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'Veep' fan recap: Scandal in the White House (shocker!)

Season 5 | Episode 2 | “Nev-AD-a” | Aired May 1, 2016

Just when you thought you might lose your mind with the state of the current political climate, Selina Meyer has returned to add to the jocularity as only she can. Last week Veep began its fifth term, and with it came all the sarcasm, crude remarks, and general befuddlement that has defined her administration — it made us feel like having her as one of our current candidates would actually make sense. #meyer2K17 

Before we dive into episode 2, let’s catch up with how things started off this season. Selina and Senator O’Brien’s presidential race has ended in an Electoral College tie, and the result will depend on a possible recount in the state of Nevada (you say NevADa, I say NevAHda). Amy, back on Selina’s team where she belongs, has hired a recently fired Dan to make the trip to Carson City with her to oversee the proceedings. Like we don’t know where this is headed. (Dan and Amy shippers, fingers crossed that this is your season!) Selina appoints Tom James — whom she’s not thrilled with after he stole her spotlight and emerged as the possible president in the weird tie-breaker rules that only Richard seems to be schooled on (he apparently did a doctorate thesis on recounts and has been promoted to Jonah’s boss) — to be economic czar without his consent. If you think this all sounds like things are pretty typical in the White House, just wait until you read the next paragraph.

President Meyer is horny, basically. Especially after meeting Charlie Baird (guest star John Slattery), a dashing, wealthy CEO with whom she flirts shamelessly at a Banking Task Force Meeting. Immediately smitten, she hints to Ben that she’d like to “do another Banking Task Force Meeting — a quick one.” Ben suggests maybe she could have a “discreet Bank Task Force Meeting,” but that’s not Selina’s M.O. When Baird shows up unexpectedly, Selina takes him on a West Wing tour that quickly ends in her bedroom (I’m actually not sure how quickly it ended — my apologies to Mr. Baird).

Despite rushing Baird secretly out of the residence with the help of faithful sidekick Gary, who wants to hate him but who is quickly and easily infatuated by him (get in line, bro), Selina is smitten and suddenly a big fan of the banking industry. However, shortly after Baird’s deposit (sorry, couldn’t help it), she learns that Senator O’Brien has tapped him to be his Secretary of the Treasury should he win the presidency. “He f—ed me and then he f—ed me?” she screams, in what might be a good slogan to put on T-shirts given to new White House interns.

When she next sees Baird, she lays into him. “Did you take a shower in between? Were you fantasizing that I had some sort of a goatee and was on the wait list for a liver?” Baird brushes her off and tells her that in the end it won’t matter. But after Mike lets his guard down at a press conference, the press figures it out, and suddenly President Meyers’ “banking” activity isn’t so discreet. Be careful what you wish for, people.

Meanwhile in Nev-AD-a, Jonah, Richard, Dan, and Amy are hard at work badgering the recount judges and insulting voters to try to get to the magical number needed to throw the state into a full recount (Richard continuing to kick ass with his recount knowledge — LiveLoveRichard). When new task-force leader — and resident White House celebrity — Bob Radley (guest star Martin Mull) sends Congressman Furlong and his henchman to Carson City to help out, things get even uglier. (After calling one recount judge “Grimace” and making her cry, Furlong backtracks. “You’re wearing purple! It’s got nothing to do with your body shape … or the way your head goes into your shoulders so smoothly.”)

After a long day’s work, Dan and Amy head back to the hotel and have a major flirting moment. Just as we think it may lead to something more, Amy’s ne’er-do-well sister Sophie shows up in her room. (Apparently, she thought Carson City was practically Vegas, which is an honest mistake, IMO.) Later, after the votes reach 512 and Dan and Amy have a few too many (or maybe just the right amount?), Amy suggests celebrating with a “nightcap,” but Dan gets distracted by Sophie, who he mistakenly thinks works at CBS (it’s CVS — wah, wah). Working any angle he can to get ahead in life (as usual) Dan leaves the bar with Sophie, leaving Amy alone in her room sending drunk texts to Ben instead of Dan. Cautionary tale, folks, cautionary tale.

Other things making headlines:
Catherine — sorry, poor Catherine — is still moping around with a video camera trying to film her documentary … and still getting scolded by mommy for basically existing.

Mike is adopting a baby from China and is in the middle of a cleanse. Not really important (yet?), just damn funny.

Tom James becomes agreeable and suddenly graciously accepts the position of economic czar, which Team Meyer thinks can only mean one thing: He wants something. (Typical Washington.)

Best barbs and/or blasphemy:
Selina: I’m wondering if we should remove the Native American precincts from the recount lists. I’m having reservations about the reservations.

Selina: I’m at Walter Reed. I’m meeting troops and shaking … God only knows what.

Veep airs Sundays at 10:30/ET on HBO.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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