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Political Animals


POLITICAL ANIMALS is a bold and significant look at a fictional former first family in turmoil. Elaine Barrish, a divorced former First Lady and current Secretary of State, struggles to keep her family together while simultaneously dealing with the crises of the State Department. She finds an unlikely ally in Susan Berg, a famous D.C. journalist who has spent her career tearing Elaine down. The provocative drama series will tap into the behind-the-scenes dynamics of a high-profile political dynasty, the dark – yet real – human side of life, and the often-disastrous effects of political ambition. Exploring themes that resonate in the current political landscape and taking viewers beyond the glossy ads and well-written public speeches, POLITICAL ANIMALS will reveal a vulnerable family on the verge of falling apart.


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Episode Info

Final: 1x06 -- Resignation Day (Aug/19/2012)


In the Season 1 finale, Elaine's plan to resign hits a snag and her resignation letter leaks to the press. Elsewhere, Douglas confesses his betrayal and makes a rash decision; and a surprising event leaves everyone at a crossroads.
Cast
Sigourney WeaverSigourney Weaver
As Elaine Barrish
Adrian PasdarAdrian Pasdar
As President Paul Garcetti
Brittany IshibashiBrittany Ishibashi
As Anne Ogami
Carla GuginoCarla Gugino
As Susan Berg
Ciaran HindsCiaran Hinds
As Bud Hammond
Dan FuttermanDan Futterman
As Alex Davies
Ellen BurstynEllen Burstyn
As Margaret Barrish
James WolkJames Wolk
As Douglas Hammond
LaMonica GarrettLaMonica Garrett
As Agent Clark
Marshall ManeshMarshall Manesh
As Ambassador Amir Jobrani

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Recaps
1x6: Resignation Day recap: The episode begins with Elaine waking up in the morning and getting ready for work. She then writes her resignation letter addressed to the president. Douglas on the other hand comes back home and lies down on the bed, beside a sleeping Anne. TJ meanwhile walks out of the hospital with Bud, under the flashbulbs of the media. Later Douglas reads through the letter Elaine has written. Douglas thinks the letter is great. Later Douglas hands Susan a copy of the letter, telling her that she is seeing it even before Garcetti has laid his eyes on it. He also tells her “this is it” he shall no more be working as a “double agent”. “What happened on the plane was a mistake” he adds... read more.

1x5: 16 Hours recap: The episode begins with Douglas listening to a news report, about how the Chinese crew from the sunken submarine is being rescued by the American Navy. Meanwhile Elaine along with the President and the rest of the cabinet is also waiting with bated breath for the navy to rescue the crew. Earlier, Bud informs Elaine at the hospital that TJ will remain sedated till the cocaine is out of his system. Douglas then tells Elaine that there are witnesses who saw the whole fiasco at the club; hence they can’t cover this one up. Elaine then asks Douglas to call Susan. Later, she tells Susan that TJ had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic that was prescribed to him, and went into anaphylactic shock, and hence had to be rushed to the emergency room... read more.

1x4: Lost Boys recap: The episode begins at Elaine’s house in the December of last year. They are all outraged by the kind of statements made on television by a man named Sean Reeves, who is a Senator. Later it is shown that TJ is sleeping with Sean. While at TJ’s home, Sean receives a call from his wife. He doesn’t pick up the call, and instead tells TJ that he loves him. The two, then end up making out with each other. Back in the present, TJ is shown telling a group of people how he was the happiest, last December, and how he was clean for about 6 months then. He then tells them how everything “fell by the wayside” and how he ultimately got addicted to coke, and has been an addict since. Douglas meanwhile is at Susan’s house... read more.

1x3: The Woman Problem recap: The episode begins with Bud being interviewed by a news channel. Elaine meanwhile is busy with her presidential campaign that Bud is basically supporting. Later Elaine tells Douglas to “wrangle” his father and keep him on script, so he doesn’t shoot his mouth off, while campaigning for her. Back in the present, Susan is asked by her editor, if Elaine is planning to run for president. Susan despite knowing that Elaine is planning to run for president pretends to dismiss it as idle chatter. She also tells him that, the fact is Garcetti’s team is worried that Elaine might run for the president and is hence preparing for a preemptive strike. Later Elaine and Margaret are surprised to know that, Thomas’s night club plan is still going through... read more.

1x2: Second Time Around recap: The episode begins in 1997 with Bud busy on the phone, and Elaine standing in front of his desk waiting to talk to him. Elaine, after Bud has finished his call asks him if he has slept with a woman named Sarah. Bud denies it, but Elaine tells him that it was Sarah who came forward with this revelation. Elaine tells Bud that Sarah has dates and what he prefers in bed, when Bud claims that she barely knows Sarah. Elaine doesn’t believe Bud, and throws a tantrum. Back in the present, Elaine is shown recollecting the whole incident while talking to the President. She then asks the President to send Bud to Iran to negotiate... read more.
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Warning: Political Animals guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Mini-Series
Genre: Drama | Politics
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: USA Network ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: July 15, 2012
Ended: August 19, 2012
Episode Order: 6
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