Veep 5.4

Veep 5.4 – Mother

The death of Selina’s mother could lead to a boost in poll numbers.

Selina deals with the repercussions of the new Chinese sanctions. Dan and Amy stage a protest just as the recount in Nevada looks more and more grim for the Meyer campaign.

[re: Selina’s team failing to stop the recount and win Nevada]
Selina: Well, maybe I’ll get assassinated.

Jonah: You can’t put a Jonah Ryan on TV like that. 18 to 34-year-old women are gonna be distracted by that.
Dan: The only thing that women 18-34 are gonna do when they see you on camera is file a restraining order.

Selina: You’re gonna cancel this recount like Anne Frank’s bat mitzvah.


ST:D 1.11

Star Trek Discovery 1.11 – The Wolf Inside

The ISS Discovery is given the coordinates of the resistance leadership, and ordered to kill them all.

Burnham and Tyler travel as a landing party themselves and instead surrender to the resistance in hopes of learning how the Klingons of this universe have learned to work with other species; they find that the Mirror Voq is the leader.

Burnham offers to give the group time to escape before their base is destroyed, and Mirror Sarek confirms she can be trusted after connecting to her mind.

Why Burnham thinks she can ‘save’ the rebels and accomplish her mission is not clear. It is only because the alternative Sarek is there that she survives. And how does Tyler survive ? The Discovery must be in transporter range. How does this not alert the Shenzhou that something is up?

Veep 5.3

Veep 5.3 – The Eagle

Mike must deal with the consequences of Selina’s accidental tweet. Feeling usurped by Bob, Amy begins to be troubled by his behavior. At a museum gala, Gary finds himself the belle of the ball.

To justify her tweet, Selina’s staff use the strike of Chinese hackers. Missing ballots could win Selina the presidency.

Selina: Can I really blame another country for something they didn’t do?
Ben: It’s been the cornerstone of American foreign policy since the Spanish-American War.


Veep 5.2

Veep Season 5 Episode 2 – “Nev-AD-a”

Amy, Dan, Jonah and Richard try to win the presidency for Selina in Carson City, Nevada. Back in D.C., Selina brings in respected Washington fixture Bob Bradley, aka “The Eagle”, and, after nudging out Tom James on the newly created banking task force, meets billionaire banker Charlie Baird.

Meanwhile, Mike tries to get healthy before his baby arrives but it backfires; Kent investigates Sue’s age; and Amy and Dan share a charged moment, which is interrupted by her sister, Sophie.

Richard: These are from the president’s last set of precinct changes for the recount challenge?
Dan: Yes, and the changes before that and the changes before that. She’s changed her mind more times than a frickin’ child molester at Disneyland.

Mike: You are looking at a guy on the master cleanse. I feel amazing.
Ben: What in the lunatic fuck is the master cleanse? Sounds like Nazi domestic policy.

Veep 5.1

Veep Season 5 Episode 1 “Morning After”

The day after the Election, Selina begins wooing congressmen before the vote in congress that will decide her presidency, while dealing with a plummeting stock market, a new “stress-pimple” and Chinese hackers.

On the night after the election, Selina discovers a possible road to victory in Nevada.

Meanwhile, Amy must figure out if she is back or not; Catherine kicks off a behind-the-scenes documentary project; Mike announces that he and Wendy are adopting a baby from China; Dan considers a new career; Richard is proven to be very useful and Cliff returns as Jonah’s new assistant.

Selina leads a symposium on race, that quickly turns bad. Again, Bill Ericsson is scapegoated.


Bill: Can I just say one thing..
Kevin: Yes, Goodbye

Ben: The three Ss, ma’am, strength, stability and bullshit.
Selina: Honey, it’s Yemen. Life gives you Yemen, you got to make Yemen-ade.

Thick 4.7

The Thick of It 4.7

The Home Office has cut police numbers, created a huge backlog of arrest paperwork, and managed to blame DoSAC for the enormous queues at police stations. At Malcolm’s suggestion, Dan Miller gets sent on a fact-finding mission to the local cop-shop to press the flesh, in the belief that it will make the Government look unresponsive. Or does he have another motive?

The Final Episode.


Thick 4.6

The Thick of it 4.6

In an hour-long special, the coalition government, the civil service staff of DoSAC, and the opposition find themselves under the scrutiny of the Lord Justice Goolding Inquiry into Mr Tickel’s death and the practice of leaking in politics.



The Thick of it Special 2007
“Spinners and Losers”

When the PM resigns, the government go berserk over one night looking for a successor who is not Tom. Will Malcolm spin out of control?

This takes place over one night. Apparently everyone stays up to plot the rise of the replacement PM. It’s better than the first special and shows the futility of those wrestling with the levers of power.

This is where I leave the show and return to season 5 of Veep. After that, the combination of the two that is the 2009 film ‘In the Loop’.


ST:D 1.10

Star Trek Discovery Episode 10 ‘Despite Yourself’

It looks like the Doctor is dead ‘He’s Dead, Jim’ ! And the crew is trapped in an alternative universe…..  It’s ………

Somehow familiar……….

So all the setup about the Klingon war has been blown aside as we travel an alternative  universe.  The Terran Empire is portrayed, fairly unashamedly, as a “Trump-verse” with chrome knobs on. Its denizens are boorish, despotic barbarians against whom the galaxy’s non-human races are allied. The Americans should love this.

errans’s preferred means of attack, one suspects, is an all-caps twitter tirade.