Review: Veep (Season 5, Episode 3)

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It's the third episode of the fifth season, and Veep just keeps on giving.

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It’s three days before the Nevada ballot, the Chinese hackers are still burrowing their way into the White House servers, Catherine (Sarah Sutherland) continues to lurk in the shadow of her mother for her documentary, and Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) completely lacks the knowledge of how Twitter works. What else could you expect from an episode of Veep?

Unsurprisingly, the third episode of the fifth season focuses less on the political aspects of Meyer’s campaign, but rather her accidental tweet, meant to be a direct message to her boyfriend, and the process of covering her mistake up. Elsewhere, she’s finally understanding why recount expert Bob has been acting strangely, and that Dan is currently living through ‘the worst year of [his]life’.

The main narrative throughout the season is the Nevada ballot, and Veep manages to stride the line between a political narrative and absurd hilarity within the White House. But even with the political side of things, it’s still hysterical. Kent (Gary Cole) is in charge of finding what the problem is within the Nevada ballots, and it’s through him that Selina discovers that there is evidence of missing ballots in the vote; that naturally, Kent cannot find. And with Selina and her team struggling to close the gap between the ballots, this isn’t exactly the best news. Not that she can’t deal with it, however, as the return of the Chinese hackers seem to pass by her completely, with Selina exasperatedly commenting “I have a great idea. Why don’t we give the Chinese their own log-ins and passwords? Saves everybody a lot of time”.

‘The Eagle’ soared on all fronts, especially Selina’s comments on the English monarchy that you can only relish in. Whether it’s through the blossoming relationship of Amy (Anna Chlumsky) and Dan (Reid Scott), Selina blaming every single thing that she is responsible for on Gary (Tony Hale), and Mike’s (Matt Walsh) inevitable realisation that due to Selina blaming the Chinese hackers for her Twitter conundrum, his dream of adopting a Chinese baby can’t come true; season five is rapidly becoming one of, if not, the best seasons of Veep so far.

If not by the episode itself, by this goldmine of dialogue below:

SELINA: In reality, I have no reality Ben, you’re the one who suggested we all live in the Matrix.

KENT: M’am, nobody chose to live in the Matrix.

SELINA: What?!

KENT: The machines rose up and placed humans in the Matrix so they could use them as a biological power source.

BEN: Well, whose side were you on?

WHAT EVEN IS THIS SHOW?!

Veep airs on Sky Atlantic on Tuesdays at 11:10pm. 

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