Episode Title: 'Tears'
Writers: Jesse Armstrong and Armando Iannucci
Director: Armado Iannucci
After racking up seven episodes worth of political blunders, Vice President Selina Meyer's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) approval rating is tanking. In fact, it's more like a "disapproval rating", with sixty-six percent of American's unhappy with the Veep.
Now a "political leper," an endorsement from the Veep could sink Congressman Furlong's run for governor of Ohio, which means Selina's trip to Cleveland is one big waste of time. To make matters worse, there's the return of the smiling Secret Service agent, Martin Collins.
Furlong stops by Selina's suite to let her know he wants nothing to do with her or her endorsement. The Veep starts getting emotional about her personal life, in particular her relationship with daughter, Catherine. Furlong sees it as a weakness but Mike (Matt Walsh) spots an opportunity for the Veep to cry her way into America's heart.
Mike suggests to Amy (Anna Chlumsky) they "tweak the tear nipple" during Selina's scheduled TV interview and it works. A mention of her daughter and Governor Chung's golf date with the President is enough to send Selina over the edge. Her televised meltdown turns things around, making Furlong change his "turd in a hot tub" stance on the Veep.
At a party fundraiser, Furlong flags Dan (Reid Scott) down and tells him he wants Selina's endorsement, after all. Problem is, she's already on stage, about to have another breakdown. Luckily, she goes ahead and gives her support of Furlong anyway. But Dan's problems aren't over, as he's on the verge of getting called into a congressional hearing over the McCauly amendment.
Back at the office, Selina decides to promote Dan to Director of Policy and Presentation. But after the reporter who interviewed Selina tells the press she was told to make the Veep cry, Furlong busts in, accuses Selina of manipulating him and threatens to take down her entire office. Dan is demoted as quickly as he promoted and Mike celebrates.
It might not have been 'Veep's' funniest episode but the season finale certainly managed to stir things up. Dan's scheming is finally catching up to him, Amy and Mike continue to trip over each other in their attempts to keep the Veep out of trouble and Gary's always on hand with a hot beverage and a cookie. As for the Veep, as long as there's someone else to pin her miscarriages and break-ups on, she'll be just fine.