S01E03 - Catherine

No: 3  |   Season: 1   Episode:  |   Air Date: 6-May-12  

What if it hits and we get a headline saying "Selina causing large scale devastation."What if it hits and we get a headline saying "Selina causing large scale devastation."


The VP and her team discover that her appointee for the Clean Jobs Commission is unacceptable. As the party in celebration of her 20 years in politics approaches, Meyer worries about gossip that she's a diva, tries to figure out what kind of pet dog she should get, and deals with her daughter Catherine, visiting while on break from college.

Director and Writers

Director: Tristram Shapeero
Story by: Sean Gray & Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche
Teleplay by: Sean Gray & Tony Roche


Amy: Uh, Mike, have you announced Chuck yet?
Mike: I'm still working on it, Amy.
Amy: Oh, come on. This is not the Hoover Dam.
Mike: Yeah, it is the Hoover Dam... filled with shit. And when we announce Chuck Furnham, an ex-oil guy, on the clean jobs task force, do you know what happens with all that shit, Amy?
Amy: Uh, does it get used in a clumsy and unpleasant analogy by you?
Mike: Look, Amy, oil already hates me 'cause we're closing their tax loopholes and making them pay for cleanup, so now I'm eating everyone's shit. I'm like the last guy in a human centipede with this.
Amy: And there it is.

Gary: (after faking a call from POTUS) FYI, the President is not calling.
Selina: FYI, Gary, no shit.

Jonah: Whassup, as they say in the late '90s?
Selina: Hey, Jonah. Did the President cancel the Chinese premier to come to my 20th party?
Jonah: No, ma'am. Although I'm sure he wouldn't miss it for the world if it weren't for the fact that he runs the world. (Selina fakes a laugh) I'm sure his absence has nothing to do with your rift with the first lady.
Selina: What? There is no rift. It was one tiny little disagreement and everyone's making it out like we had a catfight in the map room or something.
Gary: She'd be a rough fighter, though. She's got big shoulders. Those aren't pads.

Senator Barbara Hallowes: You dumped my daughter by text and didn't even apologize.
Dan: No, I did. I signed off with colon open brackets.
Senator Barbara Hallowes: Listen, is Selina really trying to appease the oil lobby with Chuck Furnham?
Dan: I suppose Chuck could be viewed as a gesture.
Senator Barbara Hallowes: Chuck is a gesture all right. Do you know what these oil wise guys call him? They call him "who the f**k is Chuck Furnham?"

Gary: You're not gonna believe this. Selina is on next years list of hurricanes.
Selina: Ugh, shit! What if it hits and we get a headline saying "Selina causing large scale devastation."
Amy: People won't equate you with a natural disaster, ma'am.
Selina: Really, Amy? Cause I've met some people. Okay, real people. And I gotta tell ya a lot of 'em are f**king idiots.

Catherine: You guys, are we seriously gonna let the guy with the police sketch face of a rapist tell us what to do?

Notes and Trivia



When Selina fist-bumps Dan, Mike can be seen walking away from the group behind them. In the next shot, though, Mike is still there and hasn't moved.

In the beginning of the episode, during Selina and Gary's brief exchange about a dog, every time the camera angle changes, the iPad is flipped.


StarringJulia Louis-DreyfusSelina Meyer
StarringAnna ChlumskyAmy Brookheimer
StarringTony HaleGary Walsh
StarringReid ScottDan Egan
StarringTimothy SimonsJonah Ryan
StarringMatt WalshMike McLintock
StarringSufe BradshawSue Wilson
Guest StarringKate BurtonBarbara Hallowes
Guest StarringPatsy Grady AbramsMrs. Reeves
Guest StarringAndrew Barth(as Andy Barth)
Guest StarringAlison Anne DanielsCarol Hallowes (as Alison Daniels)
Guest StarringMichael N. Dunlop
Guest StarringPeter GroszSidney Purcell
Guest StarringBus Howard
Guest StarringEddie JonesChuck Furnam
Guest StarringMichael J. LyonsJim Wiseman (as Michael Lyons)
Guest StarringJulie MunReader
Guest StarringPhil ReevesAndrew Doyle
Guest StarringSarah SutherlandCatherine Meyer