History Series / VEEP

25th Jul '16 6:22:56 AM lrrose
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** Selina publicly tweeting an inappropriate joke about a political opponent to her boyfriend when she meant to direct message him and then falsely claiming that her Twitter got hacked is highly reminiscent of the scandal that destroyed Congressman Anthony Weiner's career.
21st Jul '16 10:13:13 AM MBI
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* HiredToHuntYourself: Amy is tasked with finding out who called Selina the C-word. Amy did, of course. As did [[EverybodyDidIt everybody]].
8th Jul '16 1:35:23 PM kingsley_zissou
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*** This is a running theme in the Meyer family; when Selina's elderly mother visits the Oval Office, the President is visibly shaken by her presence. The only thing she deigns to comment on is Selina's new short haircut.
4th Jul '16 2:06:50 AM freesefan
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw:
** In "Kissing Your Sister", Amy claims Tom James could serve three full terms since his first wouldn't count as it was as an elevated vice president. However, "Inauguration" shows the House deciding not to hold another vote once the first vote is tied, creating a permanent vacancy in the presidency, making whoever wins the Senate vote the formal president, rather than just an acting president under the 20th Amendment. Hence the winner of the Senate vote would be bound by the limits of the 22nd Amendment. There may be a ''very'' technical way he could have served 12 years, but it would be in violation of the spirit of the 22nd Amendment. See the Discussion page for more details.
** In "Inauguration", Laura Montez is referred to as the president-elect and taking the oath of office as president. This is not correct. Montez is still the Vice President, and is only serving as ''acting'' President because the office is vacant, the House having failed to choose between Selina and O'Brien. The suggestion that Selina could have served as Tom James's Vice President, or that anyone could serve as Montez's Vice President, is also artistic license, as whoever the Senate chooses as VP in this scenario would in fact remain VP for the next four years. There would be no Vice President vacancy to fill. Finally, this episode shows Vice President Doyle breaking the Senate tie, which is also artistic license as the 12th Amendment specifies that senators, and only senators, can vote to choose the Vice President.

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw:
** In "Kissing Your Sister", Amy claims Tom James could serve three full terms since his first wouldn't count as it was as an elevated vice president. However, "Inauguration" shows the House deciding not to hold another vote once the first vote is tied, creating a permanent vacancy in the presidency, making whoever wins the Senate vote the formal president, rather than just an acting president under the 20th Amendment. Hence the winner of the Senate vote would be bound by the limits of the 22nd Amendment. There may be a ''very'' technical way he could have served 12 years, but it would be in violation of the spirit of the 22nd Amendment. See the Discussion page for more details.
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ArtisticLicenseLaw: In "Inauguration", Laura Montez is referred to as the president-elect and taking the oath of office as president. This is not correct. Montez is still the Vice President, and is only serving as ''acting'' President because the office is vacant, the House having failed to choose between Selina and O'Brien. The suggestion that Selina could have served as Tom James's Vice President, or that anyone could serve as Montez's Vice President, is also artistic license, as whoever the Senate chooses as VP in this scenario would in fact remain VP for the next four years. There would be no Vice President vacancy to fill. Finally, this episode shows Vice President Doyle breaking the Senate tie, which is also artistic license as the 12th Amendment specifies that senators, and only senators, can vote to choose the Vice President.
3rd Jul '16 9:24:25 AM ZimFan89
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* SeriesFauxnale: The Season 5 finale, "Inauguration", has all the trappings of a series finale, as Selina leaves office and her staff moves on to various things.

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* SeriesFauxnale: The Season 5 finale, "Inauguration", has all the trappings of a series finale, as Selina leaves office and her staff moves on to various things. But by the time it aired, the series had already been renewed for a sixth season.
3rd Jul '16 9:22:59 AM ZimFan89
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* SeriesFauxnale: The Season 5 finale, "Inauguration", has all the trappings of a series finale, as Selina leaves office and her staff moves on to various things.



* StoryArc: The "clean jobs" bill in season 1; the hostage crisis and the resulting scandal in season 2; Selina running for President in season 3.

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* StoryArc: The "clean jobs" bill in season 1; the hostage crisis and the resulting scandal in season 2; Selina running for President in season 3.3 and 4; Team Selina trying desperately to break the tied vote in her favor in the House in season 5.
3rd Jul '16 7:04:29 AM ZimFan89
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* BritishBrevity: Eight episodes in the first season, ten in the second and third.

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* BritishBrevity: Eight episodes in the first season, ten in the second and third.every other season.
30th Jun '16 3:24:18 AM Aquila89
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** In "C**tgate", Selina fins out that someone in her staff called her a cunt, and tasks Amy with finding out who it was. Turns out that pretty much everyone said it (except for Gary, who admits that he called Selina the C-word, but turns out that he thinks that the C-word is "crone".

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** In "C**tgate", Selina fins out that someone in her staff called her a cunt, and tasks Amy with finding out who it was. Turns out that pretty much everyone said it (except for Gary, who admits that he called Selina the C-word, but turns out that he thinks that the C-word is "crone".)
29th Jun '16 10:18:35 PM mlsmithca
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* TheAce: Senator Tom James in season 4. He is well spoken, caring, sociable amongst voters and has a disabled son who served in the military, hence why [[spoiler: Selina picks him as VP for her 2012 ticket]].
** However, he does have certain controversial personal views he keeps out of the public eye [[spoiler: such as wanting to legalize ''all'' drugs, and not fully blaming victims of PTSD when they kill others]].

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\n* AbusiveParents: From "Detroit."
-->'''Catherine:''' Well, ''I'm'' not going to a fucking gun show.\\
'''Selina:''' Uh, well, yes you are going to a fucking gun show [[CrossesTheLineTwice even if I have to put a gun to your fucking head]].
* TheAce: Senator Tom James in season 4. He is well spoken, caring, sociable amongst voters and has a disabled son who served in the military, hence why [[spoiler: Selina picks him as VP for her 2012 ticket]].
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ticket]]. However, he does have certain controversial personal views he keeps out of the public eye [[spoiler: such as wanting to legalize ''all'' drugs, and not fully blaming victims of PTSD when they kill others]].



* ApatheticCitizens: Of the apolitical sort
** "The Choice," where Selina has to make a statement on whether she is pro-choice or pro-life without pissing off anyone.

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* ApatheticCitizens: Of the apolitical sort
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sort. For example, "The Choice," where Selina has to make a statement on whether she is pro-choice or pro-life without pissing off anyone.



* BetterThanSex: Amy says this about finding proof of a rival politician's extramarital affair.
-->This feels better than actually having sex yourself!

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* BetterThanSex: BetterThanSex:
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Amy says this about finding proof of a rival politician's extramarital affair.
-->This --->This feels better than actually having sex yourself!



* BloodyHilarious: Selina with her face sliced up after walking through a glass door in "Running". And later when she opens up one of the cuts or gets a nosebleed or something after finishing her "Get Moving" run.

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* BloodyHilarious: BloodyHilarious:
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Selina with her face sliced up after walking through a glass door in "Running". And later when she opens up one of the cuts or gets a nosebleed or something after finishing her "Get Moving" run.



--> '''Gary''': Everything you say to me is emasculating. Do you realize that?
--> '''Dan''': Yes.

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--> ---> '''Gary''': Everything you say to me is emasculating. Do you realize that?
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that?\\
'''Dan''': Yes.



* BritishBrevity: Eight episodes in the first season, ten in the second and third
* ButForMeItWasTuesday:
** Selina apparently counts Senator Tom James among the skeletons in her closet because of a time ago when they almost, in her words, "fucked." She brings this moment up to Tom in a private conversation - he barely remembers it at all. Subverted in "Congressional Ball", when Selina gets him to admit that he was lying and he really did want to have sex with her [[spoiler:which they then promptly do]].

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* BritishBrevity: Eight episodes in the first season, ten in the second and third
third.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday:
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ButForMeItWasTuesday: Selina apparently counts Senator Tom James among the skeletons in her closet because of a time ago when they almost, in her words, "fucked." She brings this moment up to Tom in a private conversation - he barely remembers it at all. Subverted in "Congressional Ball", when Selina gets him to admit that he was lying and he really did want to have sex with her [[spoiler:which they then promptly do]].



* DontExplainTheJoke
** In "Helsinki."
---> '''Minna:''' Danteeksi, I think I should apologize in advance, because I think that this is going to be "[[Film/TheNeverendingStory The Neverending Sorry]]."\\

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* DontExplainTheJoke
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DontExplainTheJoke: In "Helsinki."
---> --> '''Minna:''' Danteeksi, I think I should apologize in advance, because I think that this is going to be "[[Film/TheNeverendingStory The Neverending Sorry]]."\\



* DoubleEntendre: In "Chung", Selina engages in some extremely innuendo-laced conversation with her boyfriend, much to the disgust of her staff members who overhear it.

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* DoubleEntendre: DoubleEntendre:
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In "Chung", Selina engages in some extremely innuendo-laced conversation with her boyfriend, much to the disgust of her staff members who overhear it.



* FunWithAcronyms: The real life government staffer inclination toward this is sometimes lampooned. Everyone called the president by the acronym "POTUS," pronounced "poh-tuss" and often call Selina "vee-poh-tuss." Jonah tends to go overboard with it, called the president's dog "FDOTUS," pronounced "eff-dotus," for the First Dog of the United States. He also makes up initialisms on the fly, such as "VPVP," standing for "vice-president visual presence."

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* FunWithAcronyms: FunWithAcronyms:
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The real life government staffer inclination toward this is sometimes lampooned. Everyone called the president by the acronym "POTUS," pronounced "poh-tuss" and often call Selina "vee-poh-tuss." Jonah tends to go overboard with it, called the president's dog "FDOTUS," pronounced "eff-dotus," for the First Dog of the United States. He also makes up initialisms on the fly, such as "VPVP," standing for "vice-president visual presence."



* TheGhost: The President. Much like the PM in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', it's confirmed he'll never be seen; for three seasons, he didn't even have a name. In third-season episode "New Hampshire", it's finally revealed to be Stuart Hughes... [[spoiler: as he resigns]].
** In the first season, [[RunningGag he never once even called the Veep's office]], although Selina constantly seemed to expect him to, and [[OnceAnEpisode frequently asked if he has]]. In "Midterms," the second season premiere, the President finally calls. There is an epic record scratch.

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* TheGhost: The President. Much like the PM in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', it's confirmed he'll never be seen; for three seasons, he didn't even have a name. In third-season episode "New Hampshire", it's finally revealed to be Stuart Hughes... [[spoiler: as he resigns]].
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resigns]]. In the first season, [[RunningGag he never once even called the Veep's office]], although Selina constantly seemed to expect him to, and [[OnceAnEpisode frequently asked if he has]]. In "Midterms," the second season premiere, the President finally calls. There is an epic record scratch.



-->'''Selina:''' That was POTUS's problem. Because he relied on those two guys. One a burnt-out loser, the other a conniving robot.
-->'''Mike:''' Crazy.
-->'''Dan:''' Bad combo, yeah.

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-->'''Selina:''' --->'''Selina:''' That was POTUS's problem. Because he relied on those two guys. One a burnt-out loser, the other a conniving robot.
-->'''Mike:''' Crazy.
-->'''Dan:'''
robot.\\
'''Mike:''' Crazy.\\
'''Dan:'''
Bad combo, yeah.



-->'''Selina:''' You have no idea what it was like to be the only daughter of a pathological narcissist. I mean, all this woman did was to criticize me or ignore me.
-->'''Catherine:''' ''(sighs)'' I'm gonna go to bed.

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-->'''Selina:''' --->'''Selina:''' You have no idea what it was like to be the only daughter of a pathological narcissist. I mean, all this woman did was to criticize me or ignore me.
-->'''Catherine:'''
me.\\
'''Catherine:'''
''(sighs)'' I'm gonna go to bed.



* InSeriesNickname: Selina's has [[http://beenthinking.tumblr.com/post/23549460121/complete-list-of-vp-selina-meyers-nicknames several used by bloggers and the press]]. Out of all of these, the one [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne that sets Selina off]] is "Viagra Prohibitor."
** Dan gets one while he is in Helsinki from the press: "Danteeksi."[[note]]"Anteeksi" means "I'm sorry" and then they added "D" to make "Danteeksi"[[/note]]

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* InSeriesNickname: InSeriesNickname:
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Selina's has [[http://beenthinking.tumblr.com/post/23549460121/complete-list-of-vp-selina-meyers-nicknames several used by bloggers and the press]]. Out of all of these, the one [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne that sets Selina off]] is "Viagra Prohibitor."
** Dan gets one while he is in Helsinki from the press: "Danteeksi."[[note]]"Anteeksi" means "I'm sorry" and then they added "D" to make "Danteeksi"[[/note]]"Danteeksi".[[/note]]



* KickedUpstairs: Vice President Meyer used to be a U.S. Senator of some influence. Now she struggles to get anyone to pay attention to her. Louis-Dreyfus notes in interviews that no one dreams of being the ''vice''-president. From the pilot:
--> '''Selina''': What am I missing these days?
--> '''A Senator''': Power.

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* KickedUpstairs: Vice President Meyer used to be a U.S. Senator of some influence. Now she struggles to get anyone to pay attention to her. Louis-Dreyfus notes in interviews that no one dreams of being the ''vice''-president. ''vice''-president.
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From the pilot:
--> '''Selina''': --->'''Selina''': What am I missing these days?
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days?\\
'''A Senator''': Power.



---> '''Selina:''' I'd rather be shot in the fucking face than serve as vice president again! Seriously! ''In the fucking face!''

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---> '''Selina:''' --->'''Selina:''' I'd rather be shot in the fucking face than serve as vice president again! Seriously! ''In the fucking face!''



--> '''Mike''': This could backfire.
--> '''Dan''': It's not gonna backfire.
--> '''Mike''': ''The gun could literally backfire.'' It's where the phrase comes from.

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--> ---> '''Mike''': This could backfire.
--> ---> '''Dan''': It's not gonna backfire.
--> ---> '''Mike''': ''The gun could literally backfire.'' It's where the phrase comes from.



** From "The Vic Allen Dinner"

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** From "The Vic Allen Dinner"Dinner":



* ParentalNeglect: Selina pays more attention to her political career than to her daughter, Catherine. Catherine's favorite family vacation was the time the housekeeper took her to Disneyland with her family. In "Alicia", Catherine outright tells her mother that she had a "hard, lonely, miserable life".
** AbusiveParents: From "Detroit."
--->'''Catherine:''' Well, ''I'm'' not going to a fucking gun show.\\
'''Selina:''' Uh, well, yes you are going to a fucking gun show [[CrossesTheLineTwice even if I have to put a gun to your fucking head]].

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* ParentalNeglect: ParentalNeglect:
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Selina pays more attention to her political career than to her daughter, Catherine. Catherine's favorite family vacation was the time the housekeeper took her to Disneyland with her family. In "Alicia", Catherine outright tells her mother that she had a "hard, lonely, miserable life".
** AbusiveParents: From "Detroit."
--->'''Catherine:''' Well, ''I'm'' not going to a fucking gun show.\\
'''Selina:''' Uh, well, yes you are going to a fucking gun show [[CrossesTheLineTwice even if I have to put a gun to your fucking head]].
life".



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In the second season episode "Andrew", Ed gives a brief but harsh one to Jonah:
-->"Jonah, you're not even a man. You're like an early draft of a man, where they just sketched out a giant mangled skeleton, but they didn't have time to add details, like pigment or self-respect. You're Frankenstein's monster, if his monster was made entirely of dead dicks."

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
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In the second season episode "Andrew", Ed gives a brief but harsh one to Jonah:
-->"Jonah, --->"Jonah, you're not even a man. You're like an early draft of a man, where they just sketched out a giant mangled skeleton, but they didn't have time to add details, like pigment or self-respect. You're Frankenstein's monster, if his monster was made entirely of dead dicks."



--> "I have bitten my tongue so long, it looks like a dog's cushion. But no more! You have made it impossible to do this job. You have two settings -- no decision and bad decision. I wouldn't let you run a bath without having the Coast Guard and the fire department standing by, but yet here you are running America. You are the worst thing that has happened to this country since food in buckets and maybe slavery. I've had enough. I'm gone."...[leaves, comes back a few seconds later]..."You have achieved nothing apart from one thing. The fact that you are a woman means we will have no more women presidents because we tried one and she fucking sucked. Goodbye, ma'am."

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--> "I --->"I have bitten my tongue so long, it looks like a dog's cushion. But no more! You have made it impossible to do this job. You have two settings -- no decision and bad decision. I wouldn't let you run a bath without having the Coast Guard and the fire department standing by, but yet here you are running America. You are the worst thing that has happened to this country since food in buckets and maybe slavery. I've had enough. I'm gone."...[leaves, comes back a few seconds later]..."You have achieved nothing apart from one thing. The fact that you are a woman means we will have no more women presidents because we tried one and she fucking sucked. Goodbye, ma'am."



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Season 2 went down this way, with plotlines inspired by the 2010 midterm elections, the Osama Bin Laden raid/Iranian student hostage crisis, the fiscal cliff negotiations and the government shutdown.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: RippedFromTheHeadlines:
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Season 2 went down this way, with plotlines inspired by the 2010 midterm elections, the Osama Bin Laden raid/Iranian student hostage crisis, the fiscal cliff negotiations and the government shutdown.



* RunningGag: In Season 1, Selina constantly asks whether the President has called. He never does.
** In second season premiere "Midterms", the President finally calls, and gives Selina a new role in foreign policy after she was judged to be an asset in the midterm elections. The gag was since dropped.
** In the season 3, there was a CallBack in the form of a throwaway gag about how the President won't stop calling, followed by [[spoiler:Selina being asked to call someone when she becomes the president.]]

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* RunningGag: RunningGag:
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In Season 1, Selina constantly asks whether the President has called. He never does.
** *** In second season premiere "Midterms", the President finally calls, and gives Selina a new role in foreign policy after she was judged to be an asset in the midterm elections. The gag was since dropped.
** *** In the season 3, there was a CallBack in the form of a throwaway gag about how the President won't stop calling, followed by [[spoiler:Selina being asked to call someone when she becomes the president.]]



* ScullyBox: Used in-universe: Gary has a folding stepping stool in his bag for Selina to use during speeches when the lectern is too tall. This is understandable, given that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 5'3".
** In Season 3, when Selina is campaigning for the nomination, she gets a crate--reinforced with titanium, costing $1200. The reveal that Selina is standing on a $1200 crate causes her some embarrassment.

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* ScullyBox: Used in-universe: Gary has a folding stepping stool in his bag for Selina to use during speeches when the lectern is too tall. This is understandable, given that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 5'3".
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5'3". In Season 3, when Selina is campaigning for the nomination, she gets a crate--reinforced with titanium, costing $1200. The reveal that Selina is standing on a $1200 crate causes her some embarrassment.



* SpeakIllOfTheDead: In "Detroit", when Selina is told that journalist Emily [=LaFuente=] was killed in a shooting, her immediate reaction is: "Emily [=LaFuente=], the journalist? She was a vicious bitch and a fucking drunk."

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* SpeakIllOfTheDead: SpeakIllOfTheDead:
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In "Detroit", when Selina is told that journalist Emily [=LaFuente=] was killed in a shooting, her immediate reaction is: "Emily [=LaFuente=], the journalist? She was a vicious bitch and a fucking drunk."



* StealthInsult: Quite a few have been directed at Selina

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* StealthInsult: Quite a few have been directed at SelinaSelina.



** In "The Vic Allen Dinner"

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** In "The Vic Allen Dinner"Dinner":



** In "The Choice"

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** In "The Choice"Choice":



-->'''Dan:''' Nice wheels Mike; is it new?
-->'''Mike:''' Not quite. Like your mother, it's been previously loved and paid for by a couple of guys.

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-->'''Dan:''' --->'''Dan:''' Nice wheels Mike; is it new?
-->'''Mike:''' --->'''Mike:''' Not quite. Like your mother, it's been previously loved and paid for by a couple of guys.



-->'''Dan:''' Was your mom plagiarizing the Bible when she said 'oh God oh God'?

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-->'''Dan:''' --->'''Dan:''' Was your mom plagiarizing the Bible when she said 'oh God oh God'?
27th Jun '16 5:44:24 PM freesefan
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** In "Inauguration", [[spoiler:Laura Montez]] is referred to as the president-elect and taking the oath of office as president while still a senator. Technically speaking, [[spoiler:she]] wasn't the president-elect and should have had to take the oath of office as vice president first. It was probably done just to keep things simple.

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** In "Inauguration", [[spoiler:Laura Montez]] Laura Montez is referred to as the president-elect and taking the oath of office as president while president. This is not correct. Montez is still a senator. Technically speaking, [[spoiler:she]] wasn't the president-elect Vice President, and should have had to take is only serving as ''acting'' President because the oath of office is vacant, the House having failed to choose between Selina and O'Brien. The suggestion that Selina could have served as vice president first. It was probably done just Tom James's Vice President, or that anyone could serve as Montez's Vice President, is also artistic license, as whoever the Senate chooses as VP in this scenario would in fact remain VP for the next four years. There would be no Vice President vacancy to keep things simple.fill. Finally, this episode shows Vice President Doyle breaking the Senate tie, which is also artistic license as the 12th Amendment specifies that senators, and only senators, can vote to choose the Vice President.
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