Category: amy brookheimer

I guess I have some issues with the way that t…

I guess I have some issues with the way that the abortion is being discussed right now. Deciding to not have a kid because you don’t have the support of a partner is still a choice, and it’s in fact a big part of why many people decide to have an abortion. That’s real, and it doesn’t equal manipulation. Amy looked at the reality of what she was facing and Dan’s behavior and decided. (And she doesn’t need insight from Sophie—she’s made enough cracks about Sophie being a single mom. She gets it.)

Anon, I think it’s useful here to clarify that my complaint really isn’t with Amy having an abortion in and of itself. There are many, many reasons women make that choice and it’s not for me – or anyone else – to pass judgment on their decisions. Choosing not to have a child if you can’t do it without the support of a partner seems pretty damn reasonable to me.

But it’s important that I’m clear on this – my questioning the choices Veep’s writers made in structuring Amy’s arc is not the same thing, at all, as questioning whether Amy’s reasoning is “good enough.”

And one of the biggest problems is that Amy’s moment of decision happens over about forty-five seconds, from beginning to end, and even with a fine actress in the part, it just isn’t enough to convey that Amy has come to the decision entirely independently of Dan and Selina’s ongoing emotional abuse.

The writers had choices here – they didn’t have to make every single character Amy spoke to about her pregnancy relentlessly awful to her. I think it would sit a lot better if the show hadn’t gone out of its way to confirm that absolutely no one in Amy’s life was going to give her any support. Take away Selina and Gary being so horrible to her – with Selina docking Amy’s pay and threatening her future emoployment – take away Sophie using the opportunity of the abortion to sleep with Dan again, and have her be at least mildly supportive – have Dan say “do what you want and I’ll pay my due, but just that and no more” – have someone, anyone, behave like a reasonable human being (a woman of Amy’s age considering having a child should come as a surprise to precisely no one) and suddenly it’s much, much easier to believe that Amy’s choice was her own.

How the writers choose to frame things matters. They can say whatever they choose about what they intended, but… when you have all the other characters back Amy into a corner (metaphorically speaking) and the only way she gets out it is by doing what they want, I think it’s fair to question how free the choice was. Because believe you me, I wouldn’t be half or even a quarter so pissed off if I thought it was something she really wanted (except about the Meaghan thing, because come on).

If Veep had written an abortion storyline that really demonstrated how and why access to abortion gives women greater control over their own lives and thus more safety and security (by, for instance, giving them the tools to escape shitheads like Dan), I would throw them a parade. Those are stories people need to hear, over and over again.

Now, I don’t think they did – but opinions may very well differ on that point.









I thought Amy was supposed to have a big &quot…

I thought Amy was supposed to have a big "blow up" moment where she was was going to go off on Dan. What happened to that?

Well, she did blow up.

Not in the way I would like, and not in the way Dan deserves, but for Amy to be so stressed out that she starts screaming at random idiot rednecks… that’s all of the feelings she’s been suppressing about the abortion coming out right there.

And coming out in a safe way. Because Amy can scream at protesters all the live long day, and never worry about what they’ll say back to her, because she doesn’t care what they think. Opening herself up to Dan, even if she is absolutely furious with him, means she runs the risk of him finding yet another way to crush her.

I do find it frustrating though, because from what Anna Chlumsky said in interviews, there is no comeuppance for Dan – the show is never going to bring him face to face with the consequences of his actions. And there’s something dramatically unsatisfying in that – because if this is never talked out, on screen, whatever ending they give Dan and Amy is going to feel half-arsed, whether it’s happy or sad or something in between.

I honestly think Amy is going to Jonahs campai…

I honestly think Amy is going to Jonahs campaign to be Selinas eyes and ears in a way I feel like she and Dan have something planned I don’t think shes just going to ditch them like that because even an idiot can tell that Jonah isnt going anywhere so its not a good career path

You know, way back when we originally heard that Amy was going to Jonah’s campaign, I wondered about that. Have Amy be Selina’s inside man, sabotage Jonah’s campaign from the inside out.

Where it always fell down for me, is that it requires Selina to demonstrate some long term strategic vision, and to trust in Amy’s competence.

And now…I guess the question is why? Why would Selina seek to sabotage Jonah’s campaign – he isn’t a threat. He’s so much not a threat he’s being out-debated by a cos-playing wizard.

I think it’s simpler than it – it’s the same calculation Amy made for Dan in season 5. If Jonah fails horribly, no one will blame her, and if he succeeds even a little, she’s a political genius. It would set her up for life as a political Svengali – put her in a position where, for the first time in her life, she gets to call the shots.

And bear in mind, Amy has less holding her to Selina than ever before – both she and Dan have shown themselves to care so little, what reason does Amy have to stay? What is she going to gain from staying on Selina’s campaign except more abuse?

As always, this is terrible, terrible leadership on Selina’s part, because you do not drive the person who knows your strategic weaknesses better than anyone into the arms of the enemy – and certainly not for the high crime of daring to be pregnant. (If Selina wanted to launch Andrew at Tom or Kemi like a cruise missile, that would make sense).

Dan’s reaction is the one that takes work to make sense of, I think, because he was reacting far too much like…they were team, to Amy accepting an offer that will take her away from him. I have a theory on that, but it does read oddly.

wecouldstillbegreat: New stills for 7×03, Pled…


New stills for 7×03, Pledge, 2/2

Couple of Veep Style thoughts.

Selina’s white dress is almost an exact replica of the red one she wore to announce her campaign in season 3 – just white instead of red, and with longer sleeves. I think there’s both an in and out of show reason for it.

Within the show, Amy commented about Selina coming full circle in the first episode – so the repetition is probably a reference to that. Outside of the show, wearing all white has become a kind of visual shorthand for female politicians ever since Hilary Clinton walked out to accept her nomination in a white pantsuit. Clinton intended it as a reference to the suffragettes – and Selina has already shown a willingness to use that imagery in her campaign.

I find it interesting that the colour of Leon’s suit so clearly sets him apart from the rest of Selina’s team – he’s an outsider. Selina’s blouse and the check of Amy’s dress are in similar, light colours, but that’s it.

Also, look how tight Amy’s dress is. All her costumes so far this season have been relatively loose, an attempt to conceal her baby bump (which I think speaks more to her own self-consciousness about it, because it was barely noticeable). This makes me wonder if that scene is happening after a time jump, because I can’t imagine Amy would start dressing in a more body conscious style immediately after having the abortion – especially as, much like after a later miscarriage, it would probably take a month or two for her hormones to settle down, so she’d feel more normal.

But the dark colour does not bode well – or at least, it doesn’t usually, for Amy – who’s confidence and comfort over the course of the show has been directly linked to how colourful and form-fitting her clothes are (both elements are important – her dresses in 7.02 were colourful, but they covered her up a lot, and were rather loose). I wonder if whatever terrible thing Dan does happens while she’s in this costume.

Weirdly, for all that Selina is far more… performative in how she dresses, I’ve often thought the character seems most at ease when she’s in less attention-grabbing clothing – she dressed in a more business-like style in season 4, which I think is when she was more comfortable. Of course, that was the one season she got to spend doing the job, instead of in a perpetual interview for it – so she could relax a little, hence, I think, a slightly more muted colour palette, with more blacks and grays, as well as the perpetual reds.



God Almighty, shoulda had you fixed years ago.