For its penultimate episode of the season, VEEP breaks from tradition and presents the entire episode as if it were Catherine’s documentary. Yes, we finally get to some of the footage she shot will lurking around with her camera, and it doesn’t disappoint. From little things like meeting Ben’s wife to big things like the reveal that Selina is actively interviewing replacements for Mike, Catherine’s doc gives us insight into the Meyer administration on the biggest day it has ever faced: the vote in the House of Representatives to choose the next president.
Let’s address the results right away: Selina lost the vote. However, so did O’Brien. Since three people abstained, no one got the majority and the vote will go to the Senate, where Tom James is expected to win. Where does the show go from here? I still think that it would be hilarious if Selina were forced to be Tom’s veep, but maybe next season will be able Selina’s life after politics. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
I know Selina is a horrible person, but my heart broke for her when she received the news that the vote is going to the Senate. She tried everything to avoid it, even going so far as to try to get Jonah to vote for O’Brien instead of her. If O’Brien won, Selina could run for president again in four years. If Tom James wins, Selina will have to wait twelve whole years before running again, as his first term technically wouldn’t count towards his two term limit.
Of course, Jonah managed to mess up his one duty, which was to vote whichever way Selina wanted. He has trouble getting into Congress, getting detained by security and then getting lost on the way to the House chambers. He’s late because he was hooking up with Georgetown senior. Not a Georgetown University senior. A Georgetown Day School senior. Selina made it very clear this episode that she’s done with him, but never count Jonah Ryan out. He and Richard really do make a delightful pairing, as both are hilariously incompetent but in different ways.
Catherine’s doc also shows up events that didn’t happen this season, such as the aftermath of Amy’s quitting speech in season four, and Selina’s first congressional win. It also gives us a tragicomic insight into Selina’s past, as she recounts her inspiration to get into politics. Her father took her to Nixon’s inauguration, and he told her that. “A lot of people don’t like Nixon, but by God, they respect him. And that’s you, Peanut.”
Some more hilarious moments from Catherine’s doc: Kent is in a motorcycle gang, Catherine witnessed Tom and Selina hooking up, Gary made sure the couch they did it on was removed from the room, and Richard is in some sort of crazy choir. Sue’s above the whole thing, and refuses to appear on film. Catherine and Marjorie also briefly broke up, as Marjorie introduced her to her family as her friend. Catherine chooses to highlight their reconciliation over the fact that the vote is going to the Senate, because of course. She’s just as self-centered as her mother.
All in all, it was a strong episode of Veep, elevated by its commitment to its documentary film structure and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s hilarious, nuanced performance throughout. Next week’s episode is titled “Inauguration”, but whose? Tom James? I’m positive Selina will do everything in her power to prevent that from happening, but that currently looks like the most likely outcome. Would Selina accept the role of Vice President? Next week’s season finale is shaping up to be a can’t miss episode of TV.
Season 5, Episode 9 (S05E09)
Veep airs Sundays at 10:30PM on HBO
Jennifer Trofa lives for two things: spreading the “Superstore” gospel and themed “Law & Order: SVU” marathons on USA.
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