Emmy Episode Analysis: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (‘Veep’) campaigns on ‘Crate’ for the win

After two wins playing Vice President Selina Meyer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is looking to continue her unbroken streak for “Veep” at the Emmys this year in the race for Best Comedy Actress.

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SYNOPSIS: In her episode submission “Crate,” Selina is feeling down after just losing the Iowa caucus and wanting to bounce back. On receiving a crate to campaign from in order to seem more folksy, she gets excited and we see a montage of her speeches from the crate around the states.

She then talks to a reporter who stumps her on a question about the expense of the crate. To recover, she gives an exclusive interview with the reporter, answering quirky questions. With her staff, she complains about the reporter and donors before realizing he has left his phone recording in the room. She sends Gary (Tony Hale) to stall the reporter while they panic about how to delete the message. Before they figure out what to do, the reporter returns and takes his phone back.

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With a report being written and donations being withdrawn, she realizes she is about to lose the campaign and gets mad at everyone, calling them “losers.” She then visits a community center, avoids the press and meets with an immigrant couple where she starts to tear up. She is then pulled aside and told the President is stepping down and she is going to be assuming office.

Selina initially wonders where the president will live and then goes into the bathroom and tells Gary, who starts to cry and ends up getting a nosebleed. She searches through Gary’s bag to try and find tissues to help him. Appreciating the absurdity of the situation, she and Gary start manically laughing. She then returns to the immigrants in a more positive mood before having to be rushed off to Washington. She excitedly calls her whole staff “winners,” and asks all her staff to come with her, other than Gary who has to stay behind and manage the campaign. The episode ends with her in a limo going to Washington, excited about becoming the next President.

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Can Louis-Dreyfus take home her third Emmy for this role for “Crate”? Let’s consider the pros and cons:

PROS:

Emmy voters love rewarding Louis-Dreyfus. As mentioned above, she has won this race the past two years, but she’s also earned Emmys for “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” And just having been entered into the TV Hall of Fame, she is a comedy and television icon.

Her episode shows great range with sadness, confusion, excitement, joy and anger. Perhaps even more importantly, it has impact. Finding out she’s President and then breaking down with maniacal laughter on the bathroom floor is showy acting that will stick with voters.

With nine Emmy nods, “Veep” has done better than ever before with nominations. Breaking into the writing category in particular, it is now in the hunt to win the Best Comedy Series race. The show’s stock is up, and Louis-Dreyfus is front and center of “Veep.”

CONS:

In her episode, Selina does not come across as very likable. There’s the scene where she is mean to her whole staff by calling them losers and then at the end leaves her most faithful follower, Gary, behind. Voters may not feel the urge to give her a hug.

Before Louis-Dreyfus, there has not been a repeat winner in this category since Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) in 2001. Perhaps voters will want to move onto someone new.

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Louis-Dreyfus is currently in the lead in our predictions with 1/4 odds. Do you agree with those odds, or are we overestimating this Emmy legend? Make your own predictions below.

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