Category: veep style

wecouldstillbegreat:

Well, look, it’s George Looney. 

Hey, Kent. 

Dan, what are you doing here? 

Everybody needs to be somewhere, Mike. I need to be here. 

So, did they cure you or whatever? 

No, I did not need to be cured, Michael. I diagnosed myself with an acute case of “everything’s fine.” Can I get anybody a coffee? 

Uh, yes, please. 

Yeah? Okay. 

Milk and two heaping spoonfuls of whatever the fuck you’re on. 

In retrospect, I find it interesting how close Dan’s season 7 look is to his styling is here. Further proof for my “Dan’s season 7 arc is a drawn out downward spiral where he slowly destroys everything in his life he ever valued” theory – even if the way the story is presented goes against that a little bit.

I am ashamed to think of how much of season 7 I might have tolerated if they’d given Dan a beard.

wecouldstillbegreat:

Welcome to the money-making machine. Want to see the room where we make all the money? Or all the other rooms where we also make money.

It always makes me laugh how well coordinated they are in this scene – like, imagine encountering a couple like this in the real world. They would look ridiculous.

My theory – and it might make a nice missing moment – is that Dan insisted Amy change for the party, and she had to buy something at the last minute. That’s the only explanation I can think of for that dress – between the nude band at the top and the high slit it’s very uncharacteristic for Amy at that point in the show (or really any point up until season 7’a bondage dress).

I wanted to know if Dan and Amy are wearing similar clothes to the ones they did in seasons 5-7 in The Long and Winding Road? Would you be interested in creating a post like Veep style or link to some outfits that Dan and Amy (or any of the other characters) might wear in the chapters, like Amy’s dress at the cocktail party, for example?

What a really interesting question – though I fear I’m about to disappoint you.

Regarding how they’re dressed, Dan I think would pretty similar to how he is dressed in the show. From seasons 1-6, his style is pretty damn rigid – he wears some light grey suits in season 1, which I don’t think we see much of later on (it’s not the best colour on him, since he’s already pretty pale), but otherwise you could plop a season 2 costume into season 5 (for instance) and it wouldn’t look out of place. Thinking back on it, I think the cut of the suits alters slightly – Reid Scott is very lean and mean in the first years of the show (Dan’s raging ambition keeping his metabolism going no doubt), but I think he…filled in a bit as the show went on, particularly round his shoulders and upper arms.

(Which may have more to do with any post-Veep ambitions he had than anything else, as the Hollywood standard is for men to be extremely muscular – which I’m not going to complain about, necessarily. Though I don’t know if I can see him as a classic leading man type – he has the looks for it, certainly, but there’s something slightly off in his energy that makes me wonder if he would hit the mark. Playing those kind of roles takes a lot more skill and nuance than people realise – and Reid Scott always seems to be at his best when playing against the audience identification rather than with it).

In any case the devolution in Dan’s presentation we see in season 7 is in some sense the result of a prolonged crisis – which hasn’t happened here. So we might get a scene or two where he doesn’t wear a tie, but there’s no way he’d go wandering around without an America pin, especially now that he’s a candidate. I’m assuming (for the purposes of this fic) that the Westchester district is a small-c conservative one – i.e. they vote Democrat, but they’re most comfortable with a conventional white male candidate, and that will be reflected in how Dan presents himself. Lots of red ties in other words – but he’s also going to want to emphasise his relative youth, so he’ll be doing things like rolling up his sleeves to play basketball with school kids and kiss babies or whatever.

As for Amy, I have two thoughts. One, that since she’s on TV a lot more, she will be dressing with more of an eye to how she appears on camera – when she’s with Selina she dresses (somewhat) to blend in, but when she’s putting forward Selina’s position on CNN or wherever, she’s effectively lobbying the public. As a result, her presentation matters – women are judged on their looks far more than men.

However, that doesn’t mean she’ll be playing up the kind of sex-kittenish looks season 7 was wearing. That would be counterproductive – in season 7 Amy frankly didn’t give a fuck about her candidate or the issues at play, what she wanted was to get herself out there, make herself known as a force to be reckoned with. Hence presenting herself in such an eye-catching way – it didn’t matter if it was distracting from Jonah’s awfulness (and may even have been an advantage).

The goal here is different. She needs to win people over, convince them to get on Selina’s side, and that means she needs to make them like her. An overtly ‘sexy’ appearance would get in the way of that (it will run the risk of antagonising as many people as it attracts), so her presentation would be much more…America’s sweetheart than America’s sex kitten.

In other words, I think you’d still see bright colours, and probably less rigidly styled hair – but not the same ludicrously high heels or thick make-up. (I’m trying to think of a pop-culture equivalent of what I have in mind and failing – a kind of Kate Spade look but streamlined for politics might give you an idea). It is quite possibly something she and Selina (or Gary, maybe) have discussed.

Off camera it’s a different story. Without wanting to spoil any upcoming developments, Amy is currently involved with a man who’s fifteen years older than her (and looks it) and far more established in terms of his D.C. career and contacts. All of which opens her up to far more social judgement – bear in mind, if you start with the assumption that Amy is 28/29 in the pilot (to Dan’s 32/33) (which is my working assumption, as the one that best fits the available evidence, though Veep’s timeline is so borked it doesn’t entirely work), that means that in 2018, she’s approximately 33, and Bill is close to 50.

No one would bat an eyelid if Amy got involved with Dan, especially as they’ve been effectively peers for so long, but in a normal environment her age gap with Bill (especially when Amy looks younger than her actual age) will lead to at least some raised eyebrows – she runs the risk of being seen as his trophy girlfriend. So, I think socially at least, Amy’s going to be dressed up to match Bill, as much as she can be.

Of course she’s now going to be Dan’s campaign manager….

And one thing I can definitely say about that is that the stiletto heels will have to go. A congressional race will mean a lot more on the ground campaigning – she’s not going to be driving between TV studios and working out of hotel rooms, she’s going to have to travel round the constituency meeting people. At the least, her shoes are going to have to allow her to walk around for hours at a time. As for the rest, you’ll have to wait and see.

As for linking to pics…I hadn’t thought about it, but I might have a look and see if any possibilities spring to mind. I tend to only mention clothes if I have a very particular reason to, so it’s not something I think about much (there is a dress in chapter 8 that I have worked out quite a lot about, but that’s the only outfit I’ve given much thought to). I’m also rubbish at sourcing pics, which doesn’t help.

Favorite outfits of Dan and Amy’s?

I think I have two different answers for this actually. On a simple aesthetic level, I love Dan’s three piece suit in 3.01 – I’m not sure he’s ever looked better in the whole course of the show – and every time Amy wears a green dress, you can assume I’m looking at it covetously (I also love the black and blue dress in 7.05 – I think – and the black woollen dress she wears in 6.09 the morning after the night before).

As a piece of costuming – as in clothing that doesn’t just look good, but also conveys information about the character’s state of mind – for Amy, I would have to go with either the red rose dress that she wears for the blow up in Convention (I love the way it plays off Selina and Karen’s costumes, illustrating Amy’s frustrations so perfectly) or the blue sheath she wears for the CNN interview in 7.04. It’s a stunning dress, but there’s something weirdly satisfying at seeing her put all the years of seeing Selina use fashion to good use. (The make-up, however, is terrible).

As for Dan, I think his costumes tend to say less about his emotional state – he’s too polished for that – but I love that all his costumes when he’s at the lobbying firm (KPM?) are monchrome. They manage the impressive feat of making Reid Scott look even paler than he already is, and the combination with the chilly sets, subtly reinforces the sense of Dan being kind of miserable (right up until Amy joins him, gets her mojo back and wears a bright blue skirt).

I am very jealous of the person who won this in the Veep auction. I was seriously tempted to bid for it myself (despite not being anywhere near as slim as Anna Chlumsky) because I love it as a piece of costuming so much.

It’s not necessarily my favourite thing Amy ever wore (the green Clovis dress or the wrap dress she wears for the co-worker “dinner” or the black and blue dress in season 7 are probably my favourites, though she had a lot of great dresses) but the way it works within the scene, signalling all of the simmering frustrations on their way to boiling over, is genuinely brilliant.

I’m surprised it went for so little – I know it’s not Selina’s, but I do think it’s one of the most memorable costumes in the show.

It’s the end of an era!  The very last Veep Style post.

For those who haven’t seen these before, I have done previous round ups for the first five seasons, season six, Dan and Jonah. (I’ve never done one Selina because it would take half my life).

So, for a reminder, we last saw Amy like this:

She and Dan, more in sync style wise than ever before, their clothing matching in every way possible, working together once again, before she drops her little bomb.  (Note the Blue Coat of Maternity for later).

With that in mind, let’s look at where Amy starts season 7:

Given what comes later… they are surprisingly complementary here.  The electric blue of Amy’s dress plays beautifully off the dove-gray of Dan’s suit, and the white accents of the pattern pick up on the white of his shirt.  (Less objectively, I’d also mention that Dan is probably at his most handsome in the entire season here – the colours both he and Amy are wearing being particularly flattering on him).

It’s an optimistic start to the season.  But as always, Amy’s costuming chiefly reflects her most important relationships, and in that regard, things are not looking good. 

Dan devolves, is the only word for it.

His obsessively perfect presentation becomes increasingly sloppy over the course of the season – losing his tie, his America flag pin (the horror), and even his neatly ironed shirts.  The Dan Egan of earlier seasons would be appalled.  And it seems to speak to Dan caring less and less how he is perceived by the people around him – even embracing a frankly Trump-esque tan at the end – .in fact, he’s finally happy to be seen as the human garbage dump he is. 

None of this bodes well for Amy.

In addition, her other central relationship, with Selina, is under strain. Chiefly, because Selina is aging.

A few notes on Selina’s style this year.  The vast majority of her outfits (bar maybe four or five) include long sleeves.  This is new, quite possibly a sign that she no longer wants people to look at her upper arms.  (She also seems to have acquired one particular dress – with bell-shaped sleeves and a kind of attachment around the wrist – in as many different colours as possible).

Notice how Selina’s debate dress is virtually identical to the dress she wore in season 3 to announce her campaign, aside from it being suffragette white – an attempt to reclaim the feminist crown from Kemi Talbot – and having longer sleeves.

There was a time when Selina was absurdly confident in her ability to command attention – she knew she was the most beautiful woman in any room – but as she becomes more concerned about time passing and the prospect of missing her shot or seeing it go to Kemi Talbot, her need to feel like the fairest of them all increases.

Notice how Amy is carefully dressed to blend in with the men on the campaign team?  As a young, pretty woman, she’s at risk of drawing attention away from her candidate – something, as a professional strategist, she does not want to do.  (Stick a pin in that observation for later).

That said, at this point in time, Selina is the least of her problems, because Amy’s chief of concern is ensuring no one realises she’s pregnant with Dan’s child.

Despite the fact that her pregnancy is barely visible, Amy is already dressing to conceal it, in loose fitting dresses, with full skirts that skim her lower half, rather than clinging, and have belts tied in the middle to distract people.  But, going by past observations, she is, despite all the stress of dealing with Dan and the campaign, happy about her pregnancy.  After breaking up with Buddy she dressed largely in blacks and dark blues – mourning colours – but now, while she’s still covered up in the same way, her clothing has burst forth in vibrant colours.

And no where is this more obvious than in episode 7.02, where for just one moment, she thinks it’s possible she and Dan may finally be ready to face the relationship between them.

The broken heart dress says it all.  Red and pink have long been the colours of Amy’s heart – chiefly worn when she is feeling vulnerable somehow – but they’re paired with purple, blue, white, brown and black.  She’s wearing more colours in this one dress than in quite possibly all of seasons 5 and 6 together, and almost all of them are in the shape of broken hearts. 

Dan disappoints her (and the audience), again.

As soon as Amy makes her decision, the colours drain out of her wardrobe once again – she’s back to wearing black and navy and grey.  At the same time, now that the future is assured, she no longer feels the same need to conceal the shape of her body, shifting back to the kind of form-fitting clothing she used to wear.

But perhaps the most painful aspect of all of this for Amy, is that once she makes the decision to have an abortion, she and Dan are back in sync, at least temporarily.  

As always, their colours match – Dan’s black t-shirt picking up on Amy’s tank top and cardigan in the scene where they visit an abortion clinic, and his…pyjamas (it seems strange to think of Dan owning traditional pyjamas, I don’t know why) picking up on the navy blue of Amy’s Penn shirt.  These short scenes show Dan at his most protective – putting himself between Amy and the protesters, sleeping by her bed all night, even sourcing her maxi-pads to help her recover.

It’s a glimpse, however short, of the kind of partner he could have been for her, right before they separate permanently.

And it’s clear in the next episode that Amy is unhappy.  For reference, this is one of the “Buddy mourning” dresses:

And this is how Amy dresses in 7.04:

As always, when Amy is trying to put up a barrier, she wears colours and shapes that call back to menswear – trying to avoid attention, rather than seeking it out.  And it’s clear that her decision to have the abortion – and whether it potentially was a mistake – lies at the heart of this.

Because all through the episode, she carries the Blue Coat of Maternity with her, a constant reminder of what might have been – not helped by Selina making mocking references to her pregnancy in their brief meeting.

And then something in Amy snaps.  Heartbroken and lonely, and trapped on a campaign that seems to embody all the worst impulses of the American public, she decides to embrace her own success above anything else.

Blue has always been Amy’s “I feel pretty” colour, but this vibrant sapphire dress is substantially more attention-seeking than…pretty much anything else she’s worn over the course of the show.  Having spent years at Selina’s side, she has finally learned how to dress to demand attention in a way she never did before.  For all that critics jumped to Kelly-Anne Conway as an influence, this look is pure Selina Meyer – the skin-tight sheath, the heavy gold jewellery, the sky-high heels and the vivid, eye-catching colour.

To illustrate what I mean, look at Selina’s in the same episode:

Amy would never have dressed like this while on Selina’s campaign, because Selina – as the above image illustrates – does not tolerate a threat to her status as the Fairest of them All.

But even if Jonah were to take a similar view, Amy…wouldn’t care.  For the first time ever, she is running a campaign purely for herself, and not for the candidate, not for the cause of women, and not for the good of America.  How can I tell?

Who in this image is demanding the attention of the viewer?  It’s not Jonah, and it’s not Beth – Amy places herself, very purposefully, in the spotlight.

She has absolutely no problem with sucking attention – whether from the media or from voters – away from her candidate.  As a result, for the very first time, she starts to dress in a way that isn’t referencing anyone else.  In the past, her costumes would tie her to Selina, to Buddy, or to Dan, but now, she stands alone.  

Note how many of her costumes include orange accents – there’s a reason for that, which we will come back to. They are also uniformly extremely tight – showing off Amy’s body in a way she’s never done before.  She doesn’t want anyone to look at her and think of pregnancy.

Of course, there is still one exception.

Escaping Dan isn’t quite so easy. 

As before, her costume complements his perfect, her orange playing off his suit, and the dark blue and white accents matching him exactly.  If nothing else, this scene illustrates that there is an attraction on both sides that won’t ever go away.

Which might be why Amy shows up to the funeral dressed like this. 

Does she look appropriate in her black minidress and heels?  No.  Does she look fantastic?  Yes. 

Admittedly, she wears a dress with long sleeves, perhaps specifically to avoid people thinking she was showing too much skin, but I’m not sure it helps all that much, because she’s still showing more cleavage than in a long time.

Amy may have tapped into some long buried confidence, but even so… trying to pick someone up at a funeral is a bold move for a woman who, not that long ago, couldn’t invite Dan into her room for a nightcap in person even when he’d spent the day breathing down her neck.  It’s hard not to think that Amy may have had other reasons for thinking Dan might be interested beyond one sleazy comment in the kitchen.

Dan disappoints her (and the audience), again – and their next significant interaction won’t be until another funeral, twenty-four years in the future.

But it seems like Amy didn’t let this knock her back for long, because when the Convention comes around, and she runs into Selina again, it’s clear she’s not going to back down easily.

It’s notable that Amy, dressed in stark white, setting her apart from everyone else in the scene (except Ben, with whom she shares a nice moment at the end) is at the centre of the group – not Selina.

Which might be, why Amy felt able to attempt this amazing power move.  Because look at what she wears to meet Selina the very next day:

It’s worth pausing for a moment here to appreciate just how aggressive this is as a styling choice.  Because Selina in red is central to the iconography of Veep.  

Selina wears red to feel powerful, to affirm her status as the most powerful person in the room.  In contrast, Amy has rarely worn red, and she has, up until now, it has been used to signal her vulnerability.  

But in this scene, Amy’s red dress (and lipstick) is a clear sign that she isn’t going to pull any punches.

For the very first time, Selina is dressed with reference to Amy – the pink and yellow in her floral calling back to Amy’s dress and hair – and not the other way round. The styling makes the power reversal in the relationship very, very clear.

Unsurprisingly, Selina does not like this – and her very first line to Amy in their next scene is to criticise her dress, a cheap attempt to undo the role-reversal,

Amy’s “bondage” dress does two things.  She presumably wore it to look powerful – the amount of skin it shows demonstrating an indifference to people’s sense of what is appropriate or to any risk that she might be hurt…making herself vulnerable (in a way she very rarely does) to show that no one around her is a threat.  

But because of the straps and tight collar, it also makes her look trapped.  And unsurprisingly, in this dress, Selina (who is back in red trousers) is able to cow her and make her give in.  Had she worn a stronger dress, it might never have happened.

The role reversal is fun for the audience, but it’s clear Selina did not enjoy it one bit.

This is a moment Selina and Amy spent more than a decade working towards – together on stage after Selina accepts her party’s nomination – and for a few seconds it seems like they might find a way to work together again.  

But Amy’s dark pink dress is a warning – vulnerability is incoming – and Selina, having given up Gary and the love of her daughter, is in no mood to tolerate a Chief of Staff (and at this point in time, Amy was the last viable option standing) who will do inconvenient things like talk back.  

It’s a very underplayed moment, but in some ways it’s the final act that dooms Selina to the loneliness she will endure for the rest of her life – she sends Amy back to the purgatory of the VP’s office as punishment.

The two women end the series estranged – Amy outside the Oval Office wanting to go in, and Selina inside wishing someone she loved would come in.

Twenty-four years later, Amy attends her funeral.  And there are two interesting things to note.  Amy’s lucky enough to have aged very well – I say, because she’s wearing an almost identical outfit to what she wore in 2.01.  And it’s interesting that she’s wearing a skirt suit.  The last time we saw that was when she testified before Congress in 4.09.

She tends to retreat to suits when she feels uneasy, using them as a kind of armour – so I think it’s safe to say she was expecting Selina’s funeral to be a rather fraught occasion.

But much like Dan, it makes her look slightly as though she’s stuck in a time-warp.  His presentation is more aggressively Peter Pan-ish – Dan’s style has not substantially evolved in thirty years, aside from losing his tie (and maybe, gaining a slight gut? – not a comment on Reid Scott by the way, I’m assuming it’s padding).  

For both of them, coming to Selina’s funeral means revisiting the past – although, in Dan’s case, it’s hard to avoid the suspicion that he basically lives there.

Looking at his wife and how she’s styled – the tight grey dress, the high neckline, the neat blonde hair, it’s hard to avoid the suspicion that Dan is spending his time with a version of the Amy he first met all those years ago – just a younger, less demanding version, a woman he can more easily dominate.  (Or, in more likely, a series of versions of Amy, one after another, each subject to a more stringent pre-nup than the next). It’s Vertigo-esque in an unsettling way (especially when you notice that his wife reacts to being called “Ames” before Amy does – either he actually found someone with the same name, or…something even more unpleasant is going on).

In other words, Amy had a lucky escape.

Veep, 7.07

I’m not sure how I feel about this episode. It wasn’t as bad as it could have been and yet…it’s disappointing to me how predictable a lot of it actually was.

1. So Selina gains the Presidency – for one term – but loses all of the staff we saw her rely on emotionally throughout the entire show. No Ben, no Amy, no Kent, Dan or Gary. She’s a sad, lonely woman in the Oval Office, stuck with creepy Keith Quinn and inadequate Amy, bored with her duties and having sold out everything that she might once have believed in, and with no one in her life she can speak honestly to. That seems fitting as an ending for her given this season.

2. The dick move of forcing all of her rivals – except Jonah – to sit in the front row of her funeral was truly worthy of her pettiness. That, I can only salute.

3. That said, proof if proof were needed that this show’s insight into actual politics is limited – there is no way on this earth a Democrat would be selected for the ticket with a platform of ending same-sex marriage. No way, no how, it doesn’t matter how conniving everyone is. And framing it as just another Catherine hissy-fit doesn’t do much to distract the audience from how ridiculous things have become.

4. The chaos at the convention was very well executed, I’ll give them that, and a lot of fun to watch.

5. So Amy married Bill Erickson and never had children. Mea culpa – I called this one wrong. But this illustrates exactly why the way they framed her decision to have the abortion was so unfortunate story-wise – they put so much effort into building up her desire to have a child over the last three years (and I’m not unsympathetic to the argument that a lot of that was rather clumsy) that it’s impossible to feel good about this ending for her. Dan and Selina between them bullied her into giving up something she really wanted – and she never got another chance at it. (But if she had been pregnant, that would have come with an entire host of other problems – basically what I’m saying is I think 7.03 made it effectively impossible to give Amy an ending that would sit comfortably with the audience).

Also, Bill Erickson, really? At least with Secret Agent Beautiful there would have been some build up – not once in any scene where those two shared the screen did I perceive any chemistry. Still, by virtue of not having been on screen much, Bill is one of the few men in Veep who hasn’t treated women appallingly, so good for her, I guess – she seemed reasonably happy, and less tense than with Buddy or Dan (in his bad times). Also, aged-Amy (who was pushing 60, I think) had truly great hair.

6. It’s very, very submerged, but it’s interesting to me that the decision not to go ahead with the pregnancy turns out to have been in many ways more consequential for Dan’s life than Amy’s. Because there’s an AU of this story where Dan supports Amy, goes with her to Jonah’s campaign, and moves from there to greater career success, probably more personal happiness (actually definitely – Amy would have genuinely loved him, which I doubt was true for any of his other wives), and who knows… political candidacy or something.

As is, he’s basically turned into Andrew Meyer 2.0, right down to the sleazy schemes – with the exception that Amy appears to have been able to cut him out of her life in a way Selina never really managed (which…how? I want to know the backstory on that – maybe, at long last, Dan dating her abortionist was a bridge too far).

He’s just like Selina in other words – he indulged his narcissism and selfishness for too long, and effectively destroyed the only relationship he ever seemed to value as a result. Whether he KNOWS that or not, who can tell, but it’s interesting that decades later, he’s still instinctively hanging all over Amy the moment he’s in her presence. Like Selina, he got everything he wanted, and sacrificed everything he cared about in the process, making it profoundly unsatisfying in the end (except, because Dan never had a conscience, Amy was the only thing he cared about) – as a result, he’s been trying to get back the way Amy made him feel ever since he gave her up

Now, I don’t know if that’s what the writers were intending to convey – though this is where death of the author comes in handy because who cares – but there needed to be at least one moment in the season where his feelings about Amy to make it clear what they were doing. In other words the execution was shoddy.

I’m not satisfied with it as an ending for them, because there was no resolution for their story on-screen – which was all I really wanted (okay a resolution and a kiss, I’m shallow that way). I think I could have been happy with this – or well, not happy, but you know, reasonably accepting – if we’d had that. But at the same time, because it was impossible to get Dan to an ending this grim if Amy ever expressed her feelings to him (since, as he did care about her, and he didn’t like it when she got upset in front of him, he absolutely would have done things differently – they actually go out of their way to establish that in 7.01 – cryface Amy softens him up immediately) the writers had to manipulate them both into never having a conversation about anything – and it still feels artificial because in the past there wasn’t anything they couldn’t talk about in.

Man, Dan in 1.01 would have had such contempt for where he ended up. If only because of the awful tan.

7. Selina destroyed Tom James. I cheered. Finally, finally, finally she got to win one of their constant battles – and consigned him to the dustbin of political history. (The thread of the “Amy”s being used, manipulated and abused by both of them to get what they wanted – always – was pretty unpleasant).

8. It’s interesting that both Amy and Kent – the only two staff on Selina’s team with anything left of a conscience – were the ones who attempted (rightly) to stand up to her over Jonah.

9. Speaking of which, both moments where Amy finally stood up for herself with Selina made me want to cheer, even if it didn’t last (I wonder if Amy worked out why Selina wanted Dan fired – since Selina doing it for Amy’s benefit was pretty damn unlikely – I hope not). The bondage dress also makes sense now – it made Amy look confined and trapped, for the scene where she gets bossed around by Selina yet again. Though it’s a pretty weird choice for her to wear on the convention floor, I have to say. Going by the last few episodes, I think it’s safe to say orange has become Amy’s power colour.

10. So in Veep world Jonah, Kemi, Selina and Richard were all President – Kemi and Richard for two terms each (I think – I might need to watch it again?). Is there any precedent for one party having a lock on the Presidency for such a long period?

11. Kent became a watchmaker – he’s basically Doctor Manhattan.

12. Ben met his fourth wife. I’d say that’s sweet…but ew. The scene with him and Selina in the hospital room was almost affecting – or it would have been, if Selina nerving herself to sacrifice her conscience meant anything at this point. But it hasn’t in a long time.

13. That red dress in the final scene looked so uncomfortably tight, I’m amazed she could move in it.

14. Called it: Selina pinned the Meyer Fund shenanigans on Gary. It’s distressing just how easy it was to see that coming.

15. I was so sure that VP candidate was going to turn out to be the soldier from season 2 – they kept drawing attention to his injury, and they’d talked a lot about callbacks…and yet they never clarified it for the audience.

16. Jonah doing a Bill Clinton with the balloons. As though we needed the show to underline how lacking in originality it has become.

17. CBS tossed Dan but kept Mike for twenty plus years? Really? And he still hadn’t learned about the cameras.

18. Of all things, the moment where Buddy did…whatever it was he was doing to that Dr Pepper bottle made me laugh the most. All credit to Matt Oberg.

19. The Tom Hanks joke was…fine, I guess. Not quite the shocking callback I was expecting from how the cast talked about it.

20. Jonah ends the show still happily married to Beth. The world of Veep is a very strange place.

Kinda miss dan egan in a suit and tie ngl. It just reminds me of better times lmao

Same, anon 😂I was happy to see the little changes in his wardrobe in the bts pics because I thought that meant he was softening LOL. Little did I know it was the complete opposite.

Reid said this about his appearance in season 7: He’s been a lobbyist so he made a bunch of money, he was an anchor on CBS morning show, so he’s got the fame bug and now he’s back on the campaign trail, so he doesn’t wear the ties anymore, he’s got the five o’clock shadow.

What I would give to have Dan back in a suit and tie instead. 

Which episode is Amy’s bondage dress in??

Can you specify which dress? Sorry I don’t know which one you’re talking about, there’s been so many good ones! 😂

Setting aside the content of the scene (which, as much as the idea of Dan being terrible in bed is both entertaining and plausible to me, may be intended as hyperbole) (but even so, poor Beth) Amy looks smashing in that black and blue dress. Blue is often her “I feel pretty” colour, which makes it an interesting choice here – a scene that’s explicitly about sex and which includes Agent Youngblood prominently at the start.

Also, look how much skin she’s showing, compared to earlier on in the season. As much as Jonah is abominable, she doesn’t feel the same need to defend herself around him that she did with Dan or Selina. It also can’t be ignored that Jonah would never feel threatened by Amy looking her best in the way that Selina definitely would (now) (earlier in the show, Selina knew she was the fairest of them all, so she wouldn’t have been even the least bit threatened by having a pretty woman around; her self-belief was so ludicrously robust, it wouldn’t have crossed her mind that anyone would be more attracted to Amy than to her).

The other thing that strikes me is that Amy’s colour palette has noticeably expanded from where it was earlier on in the season – 7.01 was about gradually darkening blues, 7.02 mostly pinks and reds (with, I think, one blue dress), the colour she wears when most vulnerable, and 7.03 was all grays (she tends to wear colours echoing menswear when “getting down to business”). Whereas in this episode alone we see green, (sparkly) purple, blue, red, orange and black, and while the dresses have a variety of cuts, they’re all pretty damn form-fitting.

Jonah has become a refuge from Selina and Dan in the same way that Selina became a refuge from Buddy in season 6.