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Synopsis

Teleplay by Simon Blackwell & Armando Iannucci
Story by Simon Blackwell
Directed by Armando Iannucci

While Veep Chief of Staff Amy meets with ailing Sen. Doyle aide, Eric, about his hard-ass boss sponsoring the filibuster reform bill, there's news from the White House that Selina's Clean Jobs Task Force is likely to be greenlit.

As Eric is leaving, Selina does a "brush-by" in the hall, shaking the sick aide's hand as Amy confirms the Veep's filibuster reform-bill meeting with Sen. Doyle later in the day. Gary squeezes out hand-sanitizer for Selina after the good-byes.

Selina Jonah Gary

"That sounds like a coup." - Mike

With the President in South Africa, Selina wants to seize the agenda and roll out Dan's idea for the new "2.me" version of Selina Meyer, Vice President.

The Veep's schedule frees up as people cancel meetings because of their debilitating flu symptoms.

The team decides to meet "some regular normal" folks with an impromptu PR event at a local frozen yogurt shop owned by three generations of African Americans.

"This gastric-bug has got my head all jammed up and my ass is like the thunderdome." - Eric, aide to Senator Doyle

"Would you take a bullet for the Veep, Gary?" - Dan

Selina wants to arrive at the filibuster reform meeting early to make others think they're late.  Amy's worried that Sen. Doyle might get cold feet and decide not to support the bill.

Gary takes issue with Dan's emasculating jibes.  Dan questions Gary's willingness to protect the Veep at all costs - like the agents of the Secret Service would.

Dan encourages Selina to try out their new strategy: After the Doyle meeting, they'll do a ten minute meet up with Leon West to start the roll out of "2.me."

Meeting with Sen. Doyle

 

Selina has taken on Amy's worries about Sen. Doyle: "He can be a real hog f*cker."

And sure enough, he turns out to be a "stickler" for playing by the book.  "Madam Vice President" tries to lighten the mood, but before Doyle can lay out his demands in exchange for his support, Gary dives onto the table blocking the Veep from taking a direct hit from Eric's sneeze "bullet."

Sen. Doyle apologizes for his aide. Confident she's got Doyle where she wants him, Selina sends Amy back to the office to drum up more Senate support for the reform bill.  

Back at the office Sen. Murray's office says no to Amy on reform. Dan and Mike work on the perfect frozen yogurt flavor for the Veep to eat. Gary's flush with pride about his selfless heroism, catching the "dirty bomb" right in the face.

Handshake Deal

Sen. Doyle  wants Selina to keep the oil guys off the Clean Jobs task force in exchange for his sponsorship of the reform bill. Then he commands her to hand him his coffee.

Selina returns to her office, trying to put a positive spin on her promise to Sen. Doyle, knowing she's already agreed to put an oil guy on the task force.  She wants her team to find a way to unsay what she said. Dan suggests putting an ex-oil guy on the task force.

When Jonah arrives, everyone uses frozen yogurt flavors as code for what Selina must do about the Clean Jobs problem. They go with Jamaican Rum. Oil is in.

The journalist Leon West (aka The Beltway Butcher) accompanies Dan to the yogurt shop.

This whole day is turning apocalyptic now.

Gary succumbs to the flu. Mike gets word that the President wants to announce the Clean Jobs Task Force himself upon his return from South Africa.  Knowing Dan is planning to leak word of the task force to Leon West as part of his "Veep two point" thing. Selina sends Mike down to the yogurt shop to stop Dan.

Super Scooper

The shop owner and his family are so excited to have the Veep coming they have named a flavor after her: "Strawberry Selina."  

A skeptical Leon West wants to hear what Dan has. Dan promises that things are about to get Veep-tastic, just as Mike shows up to warn Dan.

A Situation

Jonah rushes in to tell Selina the President is suffering from chest pains and they must get to the West Wing immediately. Selina, Amy, Jona, a cadre of Secret Service agents and a severely ailing Gary make a mad dash for White House situation room.

Jonah's attitude dramatically changes as he rushes to make sure the Veep has everything she needs. Selina is asked if she can cover a POTUS meeting with the Defense Secretary and General Marsh of the Pentagon.  

Meanwhile, the yogurt shop owner, his family and Leon are all losing their patience with the Veep's no-show.

Mike gets a call from Amy. Sue calls Dan to let him know about the President's heart attack, and swears him to secrecy. Dan is about to give Leon West the scoop of the century when Mike cuts him off: The Veep is heading down for a scoop of Jamaican Rum with sprinkles. Leon walks out promising to make Dan's life eighty percent more difficult.

Just as Selina starts to get comfortable, she learns that the president is fine; he had heartburn after the State Barbeque. Jonah relays a message from Mike: Selina is needed at the yogurt store for damage control.

Just in Time, or Too Late?

Hours late, Selina arrives but the flu has caught up to her. Amy insists the Veep make good on her visit to the shop. After a few small bits of yogurt - and with the owner's 80-year-old mother in the bathroom the Veep team hurries out as Selina promises to reduce taxes.

The Veep barely gets to the limo before her gastric mishap. She pleads with her loyal team not to ride with her. Amy and Dan check their gag reflexes; Mike decides to walk.

02: Frozen Yoghurt

Season 1