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Political Animals: Second Time Around

Elaine sends Bud to negotiate for the Iranian hostages, putting him back in the spotlight and interfering with Douglas' engagement party. Elsewhere, Douglas finds out Elaine plans to run for office again; T.J. turns back to old habits and hits a new low.

Source: USA

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Sunday July 22nd, 2012

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Nine Network) Oct 16, 2013

  • Currently 9.2/10
9.2/10 (6 Votes cast)
Main Cast
Sigourney Weaver
As Elaine Barrish
Marshall Manesh
As Ambassador Amir Jobrani
LaMonica Garrett
As Agent Clark
Dan Futterman
As Alex Davies
Roger Bart
As Barry Harris
Adrian Pasdar
As President Paul Garcetti
Dylan Baker
As Vice President Fred Collier
Ellen Burstyn
As Margaret Barrish
Ciaran Hinds
As Bud Hammond
Sebastian Stan
As Thomas “T.J.” Hammond
Carla Gugino
As Susan Berg
Brittany Ishibashi
As Anne Ogami
James Wolk
As Douglas Hammond


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. ..

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Warning: Political Animals season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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