[7.7/10] I definitely enjoyed the part of this episode where everybody, especially Selina, went from joy to misery, to changing their lives and declaring how things will be different to immediately backing water, as the news vacillated between POTUS leaving and POTUS staying. It’s a testament to the fickleness of everyone in D.C. in the show, or at least the people in the Veep’s orbit, how they turn their whole lives on a dime like that.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus did a nice job going from agony to jubilation and back again with the news. Her jumps for joy in the supply closet and her screaming into a pillow were amusing counterpoints, and the shift in her demeanor from schmoozy and confident with the kids at the science fair to total “fuck this” mode when it turned out POTUS was saying was pretty perfect.
But it’s also illuminating how everybody else moved back and forth too. Dan, snake that he is, immediately jumped off the train he already had one foot off already, and his quick disillusionment with Chung (who’s as self-absorbed and kind of terrible off stage as he is on camera) was a nice touch. By the same token, the Gary/Dana thing isn’t my favorite plot thread, but I did appreciate Gary’s exasperation with the young clerk at the cheese store.
The best subplot, however, was Amy with her semi-boyfriend. The way she went from wanting to settle down and relax with him (with him being very reluctant) to her being gung ho about sticking with Selina (much to her boyfriend's chagrin) was a nice touch. I didn’t always like the actor who plays the boyfriend when he was Gabe from The Office, but he’s a nice addition here. In particular, his “you people are horrible” line was a nicely self-aware line on the show.
It’s an episode that found time to bring back all the season’s supporting players, from Gary Cole and Kevin Dunn (who led to a nice moment where they were juxtaposed with Dan and Mike) to the sleazy Congressman to Dana. And of course, Jonah was in rare form as the pathetic but amusing guy he is.
Overall, it was a nice way to end the season, that went back and forth on the rising and falling fortunes of Selina, and the ensuing ripple effects, in an amusing way.