Veep season 7, episode 4 recap: South Carolina


Veep time jumps months into the future and gives us one of the most controversial episodes of its run yet.

Veep is going all in for its final season, and I mean all in. This week’s episode didn’t hesitate to directly address and depict situations based on current politics. It’s a bold move but it seems like it paid off. Thanks to the whole “man up” slogan Selina is doing fairly well–she’s second place in Iowa and has won in New Hampshire.

The same can’t be said for Jonah who is trailing behind in last place in his home state, but then again, it’s Jonah. Quite possibly the best worst character in the history of Veep. We can’t help but love to hate him. Oh, Jonah, you are something, aren’t you?

The episode focuses primarily on a cryptic message from the Chinese that is passed onto Selina through Mike. Because of this message, Selina sneakily gains their support in some very familiar ways (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, just turn on CNN). Suddenly, things start shifting in her favor simply because she voiced her support for the Chinese.

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She’s basically going head first into some illegal behavior but doing it in a way that almost makes it feel like she’s not. Scary, isn’t it? Meanwhile, Amy and Jonah are trying to barter a Cabinet position in exchange for dropping out of the race. But Jonah’s track record makes him a less than ideal candidate for, well, anything. But he sure does represent some strong, in-your-face political commentary that only a show like Veep can pull off.

Despite Jonah’s ridiculous statements, Amy finds herself wrapped up in his anti-Muslim rhetoric about math (you have to see this scene to believe it). It’s a drastic change and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I mean, it’s Amy!

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Other parts of this episode are worth mentioning such as Gary’s attempts to do something more than be Selina’s lackey. It’s about time but I don’t think he’ll be able to do it. Taking care of Selina’s every need has become his identity, so I’m not sure it was worth it to spend an episode of him trying to do otherwise. But watching Marjorie try to take over his job is pretty fun, she might even be better at it.

And before I wrap up this recap, I have to say this–SELINA AND DAN?! Say what?!

Veep airs on HBO every Sunday at 10:30 PM EST!