Amy, Dan, Jonah and Richard try to win the Presidency for the President. Back in D.C., Selina brings in respected Washington fixture Bob Bradley, aka "The Eagle," and, after nudging out Tom James on the newly created Banking Task Force, meets billionaire banker Charlie Baird. Meanwhile, Mike tries to get healthy before his baby arrives; Kent investigates Sue's age; and Amy and Dan share a charged moment.
HBO presents the season premiere of the acclaimed comedy series created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar® nominee for co-writing In the Loop) that takes a sharp, satirical look at the insular world of Washington politics, following the whirlwind day-to-day existence of the onetime VP and now-President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her Emmy®-winning role). Picking up where Season 4 left off, Season 5 finds Selina in the midst of a virtually unprecedented Electoral College tie – with her future as President coming down to only a few hundred votes. With Amy and Dan on the ground in Nevada working on a recount, Selina finds herself spinning her wheels in D.C., as her staff continues their mission to make her seem presidential (even though she is the President) while fending off the ambitions of her charismatic Vice Presidential running mate Tom James, who in a twist of obscure constitutional procedure could end up becoming President. Over the course of this season’s 10 episodes, with the stakes for Selina higher than ever before, Veep continues to prove that in Washington, even the most banal decisions can have ripple effects – with unexpected and often hilarious consequences.
In the past the role of the Vice President has been a somewhat symbolic one. This Vice President aims to change all that. Her many passions include the environment, jobs and much-needed Senate reform. But despite these grand ambitions, or perhaps because of them, Selina Meyer remains very much a people person. Her mantra is "politics is about people" and she hopes to bring people closer to politics and politics closer to people. She's even given herself an informal nickname - Veep - to underline her approachability. She hopes it catches on! As she says, "I'd like to be remembered as the People's Vice President."
Gary, like Mike McLintock, is another long-time loyal associate of Selina Meyer's and has been her assistant now for "a lot of years." Informally known as the "Body Man," Gary goes wherever the Vice President goes and carries everything she could ever need - newspapers, magazines, make-up, hairspray, and sweeteners. Gary plays a "vital role" in the Vice President's day to day life. "What you see is the swan, what I'm carrying is her two big, very busy webbed legs and feet."
Amy describes herself as "the Vice President's trouble-shooter, problem-solver, issue-mediator, doubt-remover, conscience-examiner, thought-thinker and all-round everything-doer." But she's keen to point out that when she's doing her job well no one knows that she's doing it all because the role is largely anonymous. Amy says, "To some the anonymity makes the job seem thankless and soul-destroying but I welcome it, I really do."
The most recent addition to the administration, Dan describes himself as, "a dynamic team player who loves a challenge." He enjoys working with Mike and says, "getting to study him at close quarters is a revelation," adding, "he is literally SO easy to learn from." At the moment his core focus is new media but he imagines the role "will very rapidly expand beyond that narrow remit to encompass many other new and exciting horizons." He believes his extensive contacts and supreme networking skills will pay dividends in the near future. "Without wishing to sound boastful, I'm the Vice President's secret weapon."
Mike is a stalwart of the political communications scene and first began working for Selina when she was Senator for Maryland. As he puts it - "I've been with Selina now for longer than I care to remember. In fact, longer than I can actually remember!" He helped mastermind her Presidential campaign to a very creditable third place - a campaign of which he is rightfully proud. He describes himself as, "a regular guy, a sports fan, a dog lover and basically just a guy - just a pretty average guy."
Jonah is, in a way, an honorary member of the Veep's team - although, as he is keen to point out, he actually works for The White House. One of his many roles is to act as a kind of liaison between the White House and the Vice President's office, shuttling messages back and forth. As Amy puts it: "You always know when Jonah's in the office - he totally changes the atmosphere. He just hits the place like a tornado." Jonah says, "I'm a conduit between the President and the Vice President and it's tremendously exciting for me to have been given such a vital role at such a young age. When I stop to think about it, it literally blows my mind. I think pretty much everyone in DC must be jealous of me. But I'm trying not to get too big-headed about my success. I'm just working hard, doing my thing for the President." He describes himself as, "the go-to guy for all things White House."
Sue coordinates the Vice President's diary, scheduling all her meetings and visits. She also acts as the Vice President's "gatekeeper." As she puts it: "The Vice President is the second most important person in the world. I arrange for you to see her. So, in my eyes, that makes me the third most important person in the world. So you better be nice to me. Or you won't get to see her. And if you do get to see her, you better be nice to her. Or you won't get to see her again. The Vice President may forget but I hold a grudge. And my grudges are nasty." Her straight-talking, no-nonsense approach has won her many admirers.
Ben is the President's sensitive and sometimes depressed Chief of Staff. His one wish is to be cryogenically suspended, but to "never wake up...just stay suspended." When things get overwhelming, Ben has a tendency to hide in a supply closet and realign himself. What he loves most in this world is his nine-cup coffee thermos - "It's the only thing I'd save if this building were on fire." Despite being a little high-strung, Ben can be very insightful: "We all know the White House would work so much better if there wasn't a President, but there is, so we work around that."
Described adoringly by Dan as "the Pol Pot of pie charts," Kent Davison is a numbers-cruncher "who can't take a leak without polling his balls." Selina still holds a grudge against him for forcing her to hang out with her ex-husband to make them look like a normal, loving family during the election. Kent is often accused of being cold and robotic, but defends his role as such: "All I do is provide POTUS with the polls. Cold numbers." As Selina pushes for an expanded role in the White House, Kent is determined to get between her and POTUS: "I just crunched the numbers, and right now, they taste pretty bland to me."