|“||Mike, that is the kind of voting irregularity we’re here to prevent.||”|
Georgia is the third episode of the sixth season of the HBO original series Veep. It aired on April 30, 2017.
Selina travels to the Republic of Georgia to help monitor the first free and democratic election the country, and is reunited with an old “friend.” Meanwhile, Mike and Gary hide evidence of a major mishap, Jonah and Richard have an eventful night out, and Dan tries to help Amy.
Selina, escorted by guide Oleg Petradze, monitors the first Democratic election of the Republic of Georgia. Jonah, Ben and Kent show up with other congressmen, whom Selina greets. Jonah, asserting he no longer needs Richard, tries to make evening plans with the congressmen but they all decide to turn in early. Secretary of State Doyle calls and tells Selina the U.S. is backing Professor Nikolai Genidze for president.
Minna Häkkinen shows up and tells Selina she’s also monitoring the election. She addresses Selina’s stay in the “insane asylum,” but Selina is insistent it was a spa.
Mike, who does not have a hotel reservation, knocks on Kent’s door and admits he accidentally voted while looking for a place to stay. He produces his green thumb, the indicator being used to prevent voter fraud. He goes to Gary for help, and Gary admits he also voted.
Selina and Minna attend a reception at President Murman Shalikashvili’s palace, and Minna reveals Shalikashvili attempted to poison his opponent. Shalikashvili pulls Selina aside and offers to make a $10 million donation to the library.
Jonah, rejected once again by the congressmen, goes to a concert with Richard who wears his “tourist” hat. At the concert, Jonah puts on the band’s T-shirt, which is decorated with Nazi symbols.
Considering the bribe, Selina asks Minna how bad things would be if Shalikashvili did win. They arrive at Professor Genidze’s humble house and after dinner, Genidze pulls Selina aside and confides he knows about Shalikashvili’s bribe. He offers her $15 million to ensure a “fair election.” Genidze admits his house is just for show; he is actually very wealthy.
Buddy attends a campaign rally, but instead of reading his damage-control speech, he withdraws from the election. He calls Amy to the stage but she is nowhere to be found.
The next morning, Selina and Minna monitor the election results. When Shalikashvili calls to up his offer to $20 million, Selina talks Minna out of claiming the elections were tampered with. She convinces Minna to declare Shalikashvili the uncontested winner, suggesting Minna’s feelings for Nikolai have clouded her judgment.
On the plane home, Selina and team watch Dan reporting on events in Georgia: Shalikashvili has been arrested by military elements loyal to Oleg Petradzet -- Selina’s guide. This plot twist is oddly similar to one from a Simpsons episode from 2001, where the Simpsons' guide on an African safari ultimately overthrows the dictator of the country hosting them.
The events of the episode were inspired by the controversy over Ukrainian presidential election of 2004, in which the opposition candidate's own face became covered with unsightly pockmarks after being poisoned with dioxin left in his soup, allegedly by Russian agents.
Main cast Edit
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer
- Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer
- Tony Hale as Gary Walsh
- Matt Walsh as Mike McLintock
- Reid Scott as Dan Egan
- Timothy Simons as Jonah Ryan
- Kevin Dunn as Ben Cafferty
- Gary Cole as Kent Davison
- Sam Richardson as Richard Splett
- Sarah Sutherland as Catherine Meyer
Guest cast Edit
- Phil Reeves as Andrew Doyle
- Matt Oberg as Buddy Calhoun
- Sally Phillips as Minna Häkkinen
- Clea DuVall as Marjorie Palmiotti
-Filmed November 1 - 8, 2016. The polling scenes in this episode were filmed on November 8 2016, election day in the United States. According to show runner David Mandel, the set got very quiet in between takes as the actual 2016 election results came in. Several scenes were filmed the following January.