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In the aftermath of T.J.’s overdose, Elaine finds herself torn between staying by her son’s side and handling the rescue of a Chinese submarine. Bud discovers the truth behind T.J.’s suicide attempt last December, and takes matters into his own hands. In exchange for keeping Susan quiet on T.J.’s overdose, Elaine grants her unlimited access to the submarine rescue mission, placing her at the front of the action, and leaving Douglas to cross a boundary that could jeopardize his future.

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Episode Info


Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Sunday August 12th, 2012

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)

Alternate Airdates:

ZA (M-Net) Jun 24, 2013
AU (Nine Network) Nov 06, 2013

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9/10 (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

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. ..

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Warning: Political Animals season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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