Teleplay by Simon Blackwell & Armando Iannucci
Story by Armando Iannucci
Directed by Armando Iannucci
Still new to the job, Vice President Selina Meyer and her team are off to a rocky start. A tweet sent in her name bragging about the Veep's pet project - the Clean Jobs Commission - and the proliferation of green utensils in Federal buildings upsets the powerful plastics industry. As a result, senators beholden to the plastics' lobbying group skip the Veep's Senate Reform meeting.
In an attempt to get back in the good graces of the plastics industry, the Veep invites the well-connected Senator Barbara Hallowes to join the Clean Jobs commission. Hallowes turns her down flat: "you piss off plastics, you piss of oil," she says. "You don't want to f*ck with those guys because they f*ck in a very unpleasant fashion."
Hallowes suggests that Selina fire the rogue tweeter: "I think that you might have been hoisted by your own ‘retard.' " While leaving Hallowes' office, the Senator's ambitious new spokesman Dan Egan announces that the terminally-ill Sen. Reeves has died. Hallowes recalls "Rape-y" Reeves as one of the most respected perverts in Washington.
Angling for a more prestigious job, Dan, currently dating Sen. Hallowes' daughter and deeply despised by the Veep's Chief of Staff (Amy, whom he once dated), tells Selina what went wrong with her primary campaign.
Jonah, an eager White House aide high on the power of POTUS proximity, informs Selina that the President expects her to attend that evening's fundraiser in his place. The White House doesn't want POTUS to be hit with questions about the Fiscal Responsibility bill.
En route, Selina asks Amy for an assessment of Dan. Amy dismisses him as a massive and total "shit."
At the fundraiser, the Veep's team discovers that the White House has sent Jonah over to "majorly redact" any mention of oil, plastics or corn starch from Selina's speech - leaving her with "hello" and prepositions.