political animals

As the first season of Political Animals comes to an end (so much for being a “limited series event”) Elaine (Sigourney Weaver) is hit from all sides as news of her resignation is leaked to the press, President Garcetti (Adrian Pasdar) asks her once again to consider becoming his Vice President, and Douglas (James Wolk) comes clean to his mother about telling Susan (Carla Gugino) about her plans to run against Garcetti.

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In exchange for her burying the story of T.J.’s (Sebastian Stan) latest drug overdose and suicide attempt Elaine (Sigourney Weaver) offers Susan (Carla Gugino) full access to the rescue mission of the 100 Chinese soldiers trapped aboard the nuclear submarine off the coast of San Diego. Her editor (Dan Futterman) smells a rat, but can’t argue too hard with one of the year’s biggest exclusives being handed to his paper on a silver platter.

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Elaine (Sigourney Weaver) returns for Christmas with her family from a whirlwind tour from Siberia to Africa to a pair of shocking scandals involving the sinking of a Chinese nuclear sub off the coast of San Diego (that the Chinese have no intention of losing face by saving), and the discovery that the Vice President (Dylan Baker), in order to get an important piece of legislation passed, is going to blackmail a Republican Senator (David Monahan) about his secret relationship with T.J. (Sebastian Stan).

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At a private family dinner Elaine (Sigourney Weaver) announces to her mother (Ellen Burstyn) and sons that she intends to run against President Garcetti (Adrian Pasdar) in the next election. To help lay the foundation of his hush-hush campaign by getting the help of an old friend and pollster (Chris Ellis), Bud (Ciarán Hinds) sets out with Douglas (James Wolk) and T.J. (Sebastian Stan) under the guise of a fishing trip.

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