SYNOPSIS: In his episode submission “Crate,” Hale’s character Gary Walsh struggles to lift and carry a heavy crate that V.P. Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) wants to use to help her campaign around New Hampshire. Later in the episode, while Selina and her staff are trying to figure out what to do about a reporter’s recording device they didn’t realize was on, he is sent out to stall the reporter, which he doesn’t do a very good job of.
Later in the episode, Gary finds the Vice President in a bathroom who tells him she is going to become President. After at first he thinks she’s being optimistic, but she explains that the current President is stepping down due to his wife’s mental state. Upon hearing the news, Gary starts to cry and gets anxiety which causes a nosebleed. Sitting on the toilet, he starts maniacally laughing as the Vice President goes through his bag to find tissues to fix the bleed.
They then run out, tissues in nose, and excitedly tell the staff the good news. The Vice President then informs Gary he’ll be the only staff member staying behind to look after the campaign. The episode ends with him meeting with people at the community center, appearing near tears at having been left behind. As the credits roll, his nose starts to bleed again.
Can Hale take home his second Emmy for this role for “Crate”? Let’s consider the pros and cons:
There are some nice physical comedy moments when Hale is trying to lug around the crate, but he really comes into his own when he has his nosebleed in the bathroom. It’s different from anything you’ve seen before, which leads to an impactful moment.
Having won last year, we know voters are prepared to reward this character again. After all, this is a category where we often see voters repeat, from Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family“), to Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”) to Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”).
Getting left behind at the end of the episode gives his character strong empathy as you feel sorry for him and want to give him a hug.
Voters may want to move onto something different and reward someone else this year, and Hale doesn’t have that “Arrested Development” buzz behind him this time around.
There are chucks of the episode where Hale isn’t present, or is merely in the background. Could screen time hurt his chances?
Hale is currently in second place in our predictions with 3/1 odds. Are back-to-back Emmys in Hale’s future? Make your own predictions below.