Emmy episode analysis: Will Julia Louis-Dreyfus (‘Veep’) go four-for-four?

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Will Julia Louis-Dreyfus win Best Comedy Actress again for the role of Selina Meyer on HBO’s “Veep“? Louis-Dreyfus is three-for-three in this category as the Veep-turned-Potus, but whether or not she makes it four-for-four as the now Potus-turned-Presidential Candidate depends on her performance in the episode submitted to Emmy judges, the Season 4 finale “Election Night.”

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SYNOPSIS: As the episode title suggests, it’s election night for incumbent Selina Meyer and after a season that saw the fracturing of her otherwise tight-knit team, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Meyer is threatened on every front. Not only is her staff fresh out of grand jury testimonies, but she’s also fighting against the popularity of her running mate, played by Hugh Laurie. At the end of the episode, the result of the national election is that Meyer and her opponent have tied with electoral votes, leaving the season on a wild cliffhanger heading into next year.

Does this tense, edge-of-your-seat and wildly unpredictable episode provide Emmy voters with yet another reason to give Emmy queen Louis-Dreyfus a win? Let’s weigh the pros and cons:

PROS

Louis-Dreyfus is given new territory here with Selina — the reunion of her and Amy (Anna Chlumsky) hits emotional character beats that the show rarely delves into.

The range that Louis-Dreyfus is able to ride as Meyer in the course of a single episode is remarkable. In lesser hands, Selina could easily become a caricature rather than a well-rounded character.

Emmy voters love the acting on “Veep.” Not only has Louis-Dreyfus already won thrice, but supporting player Tony Hale won in 2013 and the acting nominations keep coming.

More than “Veep” actors, Emmy voters just can’t get enough of Louis-Dreyfus. In total, she has been nominated for 16 Emmys as an actor for three different shows, each of which she won for at least once.

CONS

Are there any? One could say Louis-Dreyfus has had her time in the spotlight and it’s time to give it to someone else, but that isn’t really Emmy style, is it?

Voters may grow tired of Selina’s shrewd and unlikable demeanor.

Don’t count out surprise upsets from either of the two Amys — Poehler and Schumer — who are both currently riding high on blockbuster summer films: Poehler’s “Inside Out” and Schumer’s “Trainwreck.”

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Photo: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, 2015. Credit: HBO/Courtesy Everett Collection/REX

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