‘Veep’ episode 6 recap: Selina mixes illicit trade deals and pleasure in ‘Qatar’

This week, “Veep” once again sends former President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her team overseas to attend the funeral of a Qatari prince. Back in the United States, Jonah (Timothy Simons) jockeys for power when Congress Roger Furlong (Dan Bakkedahl) asks him for a favor, Dan (Reid Scott) inadvertently files a complaint about co-anchor Jane (Margaret Colin) with Human Resources, and Catherine (Sarah Sutherland) and Marjorie (Clea DuVall) try to share the happy news of their pregnant with Selina. Below, let’s look at the Top 5 moments from “Veep” Season 6, Episode 6.

Bomber and Photobomber — At the funeral of Qatari Prince Nasser bin Hamad al Gani, Selina mingles many important international figures, including China’s President Lu (Tzi Ma), while attempting to avoid Sudanese warlord Colonel al-Saleh. After an introduction to Qatari ambassador Jaffar (Usman Ally), who ingratiates himself with Selina by extending his apologies for her not receiving credit for her role in freeing Tibet, Selina poses for a picture that al-Saleh furtively photobombs. When the photo of Selina smiling with the so-called “Butcher of Juba” hits the press, Richard (Sam Richardson), Amy (Anna Chlumsky), Mike (Matt Walsh) and Gary (Tony Hale) help Selina identify a female dissident in South Sudan, Nyaring (Nicki Micheaux), to meet with to mitigate the damage to her international reputation.

I’m Cool With That — With weeks of false rumors circulating that Dan and Jane have been sleeping together, Dan complains to the “CBS This Morning” producer Stevie (Paul Scheer) that the way Jane treats him on set borders on sexual harassment. Unbeknownst to Dan, Stevie relays this complaint to CBS Human Resources, who drops in on Dan in his office to discuss the allegations. Although he initially clarifies that he didn’t want to formally make a complaint, he changes his tune when he finds out that Jane could be terminated if he sees the accusation through, which he sees as an easy career development opportunity. When Jane crashes the confidential meeting and learns of the accusations, she goes off on a hysterical diatribe against Dan and HR. On the air, Jane announces that she will be leaving CBS This Morning, with Dan promoted to lead anchor.

Potty Mouth Roger — Congressman Furlong approaches Jonah with a request for him and his newly formed group of House allies, bewilderingly named The Jeffersons, to vote on his airport bill. Jonah expects a favor in return, however, and requests an invitation to one of Furlong’s famous dinner parties, which he reserves for married couples. In the nick of time, Shawnee Tanz (Mary Holland) interjects to announce that she and Jonah are engaged, which she hadn’t yet clued Jonah in on. At dinner, Jonah, Ben (Kevin Dunn) and Kent (Gary Cole) unexpectedly find that Roger’s wife does not permit swearing in their home, a funny premise for the series’ most foul-mouthed character. Taking advantage of the situation, Jonah tries to get Furlong to move him to a better office, which he rebuffs, until Shawnee intervenes, threatening to jeopardize the vote on the airport bill unless Jonah gets his way.

Infuriating Woman — After reconnecting and sleeping with Jaffar, who sends his plane to South Sudan when Selina’s breaks down, Selina sees an opportunity to broker a deal between Sudan and China for Sudan’s plentiful natural resources. On Jaffar’s yacht, Selina acts as the negotiator between Jaffar and President Lu, but before shaking on the deal, she tells Lu that she wants him to set the record straight that she, and not President Montez (Andrea Savage), freed Tibet, to which Lu reluctantly agrees. The scene serves as a strong reminder of Selina’s expert negotiation skills, which have thus far gone unexplored this season as she struggles to find her post-Presidency footing. Louis-Dreyfus seizes the opportunity, too, bandying around threats and insults while puffing on a cigarette.

A Diverse Pageant of Different Priorities — When Selina sees that President Montez also visited with Nyaring, but received criticism from the press for not harshly condemning the human rights abuses of South Sudan, Selina pounces on the opportunity and schedules a speech at the Arab Conference on Human Rights in Qatar. Just before taking the stage to deliver her strongly worded remarks, Jaffar warns Selina that Colonel al-Saleh will be in attendance and anything she says in criticism of his human rights record might scuttle her deal with China. On stage, Selina tempers her tone, pleasing the audience, but alienating her Nyaring. When she goes to meet with Jaffar after her speech, she finds out that al-Saleh was not pleased with her unenthusiastic words and the deal with China falls apart, as does her relationship with Jaffar, who claims he can’t be seen with a white woman.

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