3:16 am - 04/15/2013

Veep Mega Post

Veep is not for the overly sensitive or deeply offended television viewer...and thank f**king goodness for that. The scathing HBO comedy about the deliriously foul-mouthed, unintentionally incompetent, and downright crazy fictitious Vice President of the United States Selina Meyer (Emmy-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her not-so-merry band of equally deliriously foul-mouthed, unintentionally incompetent, and downright crazy (played by the immensely talented likes of Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Tony Hale, and Matt Walsh, among others in the ensemble) is back for a second season and things are even more cynical and brutally funny than ever.

Season 2 of the series premiered on Sunday night and the mind Armando Iannucci — the king of the blistering comeback (also see: In The Loop, The Thick Of It) — has unleashed a new string of fast and furious one-liners. With a show like Veep, the rewind function on your DVR is downright essential as the jokes are relentless and it's easy to miss one when you're still in hysterics over the one that happened right before it.

The premiere episode, the aptly titled "Midterms" which found Selina and her cabinet dealing with the stress of the midterm elections and their own personal set of crisises (from a hospitalized father to trying to sell a boat on Ebay to trying to find a lipstick, everyone had their own set of unique meltdowns and little to no compassion from anyone around them), there was the lion's share of bad words and unfiltered comebacks.

If "Midterms" is any indication of Season 2, this year of Veep will be even nastier, and in turn, more hilarious than Season 1. If nothing else, Veep (which will, no doubt, rightfully earn Julia Louis-Dreyfus more awards and accolades) will provide your new favorite lines to quote from television. Jot these down for your next fight, because here are the ten best and most blistering one-liners heard in the Season 2 premiere of Veep.

1. "I fluffed 'em, now you f**k em." - Selina
2. "My eyes will say Holocaust, my mouth will say Carnivale." - Selina
3. "Nope, it's a rape alarm. Not like she's ever gonna need that. I mean she's not ugly, but she's got a lot of security." - Gary (Hale)
4. "You have as much a chance of getting the Vice President on your show as you have of getting your husband to leave that cheerleader." - Sue (Sufe Bradshaw)
5. "I don't know what those words mean. Mike, are you in the middle of some kind of aneurysm?" - Selina
6. "Screw you and the face you rode in on." - Roger (Dan Bakkedahl)
7. "Jesus, I feel my virginity growing back in here." - Dan (Scott)
8. "You have three kids by two different guys, maybe your last word should have been, 'No'." - Amy (Chlumsky)
9. "Why don't you go and f**k yourself in your own a**hole?" - Selina
10. "It was accident. Much like when Big Foot got your mom pregnant, resulting in you." - Mike

Veep airs at 10 PM ET on Sundays on HBO.


Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 2, Episode 1 of HBO's "Veep," titled "Midterms."

If you are one of the misguided few who chose to watch the MTV Movie Awards instead of the "Veep" premiere, I have to say that I am baffled by your decisions and question the integrity of your character. That said, this recap will probably be most useful for you.

I am more than willing to admit that Season 1 of "Veep" took a little time to gain its sea legs with some episodes moving a little slowly in that kind of hyper-dry, deprecating mockumentary form that I generally loathe. It would seem, however, that creators Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell have decided Selina Meyer and America can only take so much relentless ego crushing, because Season 2 began with the fastest-paced, most high energy episode in memory.

The season begins on the midterms campaign trail where, through a series of spliced terrifically spot-on sound bites, we learn that Selina is killing it. If you didn't catch the full text of her "speech," I've included it here because it is too absurd not to commend:

North Dakota, we can do this together. There is no I in freedom! Freedom is not me-dom. It's we-dom! [Sheers] I visited a dance studio in Hartford, Connecticut. When I was there, I met a brave firefighter in a wheelchair. Back then, we didn't know what HIV positive was, which meant he had to lose his kidney. He shook my hand and he said, 'You don't remember me, but I am your grandpa!'
Although I have a talent peeker for most everything that Julia Louis-Dreyfus does (Real talk: I once performed an Elaine monologue for an audition. This was regrettably recent. I was not cast), she still outperformed herself as a parody of a slick political figure, albeit of dubious moral standing.

The episode that follows is almost back to back punch lines, written in a way that is nothing but energizing. We reunite with Selina's staff members, who are unchanged save a few key developments: Buster (I'm sorry) Gary has starting seeing a woman named Dana and will not stop weaseling the topic into conversation; Mike has bought a leaky boat, which is causing him considerable financial hardship; and Amy's father, we learn right in the middle of one of Selina's declarations of self-importance, has had a maybe-stroke.

Meanwhile, the midterm election results come in, revealing pretty immediately how horribly the party did ... except for Selina. We follow the team to the West Wing -- which seems to be a gentlemen's party of sweat and despair -- where Jonah is busy running around like an oaf, stealing thunder and being otherwise useless. His staff soon informs Selina how well she is polling, prompting her to seek help from Kent, her former campaign strategist and current senior strategist to POTUS, played by Gary Cole!

This is certainly a triumphant return to the "West Wing" for Cole, who has lived on in my heart as VP Bob Russell to President Jed Bartlett in the early 2000s. He is considerably more weatherworn in his new role, but just as gruff and sensual as ever.

Kent refuses to help Selina with her reputation repair, a roadblock that results in two priceless moments: First of all, this line spoken by the Veep i so short and quickly delivered, but it appealed right to the little idiot in me and has stuck to my ribs since I heard it come out of the TV: "I'm gonna go pee pee and then we're gonna neutralize Kent." The second moment is the real pièce de résistance of the episode: the ridiculous fight over coral lipstick in the Oval Office (the president is obviously absent) where Louis-Dreyfus is really at the top of her physical comedy game -- hanging on upside down as Gary wipes off her high heel, in a grotesque duet of political dysfunction. (You see, this is my analysis of the social commentary of the oeuvre.)

The real shocker of the 30 minutes happens just after, when Selina is given the message that POTUS has actually called! Miracle of miracles! Thanks to her .9 percent increase in approval, he grants her an enhanced role in foreign policy -- and all the extra work that comes with it. Despite her mixed emotions at this increased responsibility, her role is still largely the same -- when POTUS requests that she buck up and do the unpalatable task of appearing as the "Face of failure" on the Sunday morning shows, Selina must oblige and don a Thatcher-esque (pardon me, may she rest in peace) hairdo that is flattering on no one.

My one criticism is perhaps also why I found the episode so easy to enjoy -- there was, dare I say it, potentially an over abundance of plot. Because each character was dealing with a personal drama beneath the arc of Selina's rising popularity, there wasn't much time to really explore any one of them. Perhaps Mike's unsalable boat will take the place of his imaginary dog as an ongoing joke in the season. I was unsatisfied mainly by Amy's father's stroke -- the conflict that arose as Amy was unable to function when Selina hurled verbal abuses at her was amazing -- which is why it felt a little lame to have Amy finally get to the hospital to learn that it maybe wasn't a stroke after all. Regardless, if the plot line did nothing else, it gave us the phrase from her obnoxious sister, "Oh my God, Amy, you work for the vice president; it's not like it's Google."

Main takeaways:
"My eyes will say Holocaust, and my mouth will say carnival!"

Mike wears Ralph Lauren for Men

Amy's sister has had three children by two different men

The word: exhaustipated

Selina deserves a Cartier dildo, says she
"Veep" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.


I loved the episode and Jonah has gotten even more 'last call hot' this season...lemme go to confession for that.
klutzy_girl 15th-Apr-2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
I am so glad this show is back! I've missed it so much.

Loved last night's premiere.
dawn_queen 15th-Apr-2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
"I don't know what those words mean. Mike, are you in the middle of some kind of aneurysm?" I died when she said that

This ep started off kinda slow but once it became a chaotic mess I remembered how hilarious it was last season. Can't wait for the next ep!
procedurals 15th-Apr-2013 12:49 pm (UTC)
i got season 1 at costco and am waiting for a break to marathon it, so i can get on board live this season

and i know you all care so here is my post
littlebones 15th-Apr-2013 12:52 pm (UTC)
do it now, though. drop whatever you`re doing and watch it bc it`s the best
aujourlejour 15th-Apr-2013 12:54 pm (UTC)
the lipstick in the oval office scene was genius. i feel bad for ppl who don't watch this show.

"i hope you boss at CVS was okay with giving you time off!"
lovefifteen 15th-Apr-2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
i thought the lipstick scene was a little overkill especially since selina just had her ass handed to her with 0.9% but it was worth it for the image of gary scrubbing the floor and whimpering

"you have three children with two different men. maybe your last word should have been no."
silvertongue5 15th-Apr-2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
lovefifteen 15th-Apr-2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
same, they go so fast with the insults it's hard for me to remember/register them all
lovefifteen 15th-Apr-2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
amazing although last night's ep was kind of sitcommy?/over the top (reminiscent of the ep where selena shits herself)...it was probably just midterms or the show wanting to rope new viewers in more.

bow to prince dan enjoying his own party's loss and rubbing it in furlong's face
it_has_been 15th-Apr-2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
I feel like I should start watching this show sometime soon I keep hearing great things about it
jaimelannister 15th-Apr-2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
DO IT :) the cast is great and it's really funny
jaimelannister 15th-Apr-2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
I didn't like the first half but the second half was much better IMO.

So glad it's back!
neonxstardust 15th-Apr-2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
Jonah has gotten even more 'last call hot' this season

This perfect description right here omg. I cackled when he cut across the CoS to announce they lost the house. Same with Dan hanging up on the governor. & Amy dragging her sister as she left the hospital room! & Gary's crazy gf will be interesting too.

combat_pearl 15th-Apr-2013 01:58 pm (UTC)
i loved it all, from the unprotected sex metaphor to sue to the eye brows bit. Even Jesse St. Clair cz i love her <3

Edited at 2013-04-15 01:59 pm (UTC)
arcee8 15th-Apr-2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
I loved it except for the little rape joke Baby Buster made. :/ After GoT, I was tired of hearing rape again. But I loved the ending montage with all the interviews. I was dying.
roguedandelion 15th-Apr-2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
lol I'm glad I'm not the only one who secretly wants Jonah.
arisingphoenix 15th-Apr-2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
"It's an accident, much like when bigfoot had sex with your mother and created you"

that lipstick scene had me rolling. I'm so excited it's back and hasn't lost a step.
ellaellaeheheh 15th-Apr-2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
I just watched it. It was pretty great, when the lipstick scene happened I had to pause it. so good.
goldenlockets 15th-Apr-2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
"Go fuck yourself in your own asshole"

This show speaks to me on a very deep level.
wasabi_girl1 15th-Apr-2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
I love this show but episodes are always over so quickly! I was like "that's it? nooooo" last night GIMME MOAR :/
prophecypro 15th-Apr-2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
I'll miss the Thick of It but this will do
sookehhh 15th-Apr-2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
It was a great premiere
silvertongue5 15th-Apr-2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
Guys it was amazing. So funny!
flawedinsomniac 15th-Apr-2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
ahhhh shit! I haven't watched it yet! I must do that this afternoon
newyorkangst 16th-Apr-2013 02:36 am (UTC)
I'm so glad it's back!
ichdontthinksoo 16th-Apr-2013 03:05 am (UTC)
I love that Idg half of the political references and I literally can't understand what's going on until someone drops a flawless one liner that makes me realize they're either happy or fucked lol
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