Emmy episode analysis: Anna Chlumsky (‘Veep’) speaks truth to power

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Anna Chlumsky ("Veep") has earned her third consecutive Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Supporting Actress for playing chief of staff and campaign manager Amy Brookheimer. She is in a very good position to win her first trophy as she is currently ranked second in Gold Derby's predictions. She has 10/3 odds and is right behind last year's winner, Allison Janney ("Mom"), who has 8/13 odds of prevailing. Chlumsky has submitted the episode "Convention" for consideration by Emmy voters.

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SYNOPSIS
As the party's convention is underway, President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her team are in their suites discussing the speech of Selina's daughter, Catherine. Selina has also hired her wishy-washy friend Karen as a new senior adviser, and she is getting on Amy's nerves.

The team gets a huge piece of unexpected news when Selina's vice president, Andrew Doyle, announces he is leaving the ticket. After their first choice turns down the number-two spot, Amy suggests Senator Tom James (Hugh Laurie) but is immediately shut down. As Selina keeps looking at her options Amy continues to insist that Tom James is the right choice. But when Selina asks Karen her opinion and Karen replies by saying that every candidate has pros and cons, Amy loses it. She unloads on Karen's indecisiveness and then tells Selina she is the worst thing to happen to the country and quits.

Amy turns back and fires one last shot at Selina, telling her that the only thing she achieved was ensuring that no other woman would ever be president since she was so terrible at it. She leaves and we can see Amy's words have sunk in with Selina, who asks to set a meeting up with Tom James.

Will the third time be the charm for Chlumsky? Let's take a look at the pros and cons:

PROS
She gets to give a great speech that encapsulates how everyone feels about Selina and Karen, plus her reactions to Karen's "opinions" are great.

"Veep" seems poised to do very well this year and if the show wins Best Comedy Series, Chlumsky could very well go along for the ride.

Chlumsky was repeatedly singled out by many as being the MVP of the season.

CONS
With the exception of her big speech, her material mainly happens in the background of the episode.

There's not a lot of emotional range to the performance.

After she quits, she is gone and doesn't appear in the last third of the episode.

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Photo: Anna Chlumsky in "Veep." Credit: HBO

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