S03E08 - Debate

No: 26  |   Season: 3   Episode:  |   Air Date: 1-Jun-14  

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The staff prepares for the debate between Selina and her rivals; Dan returns to the office after his panic attack; Gary inadvertently tells Wendy that Ray collaborated with Selina to make decisions.

Director and Writers

Director: Armando Iannucci
Story by: Armando Iannucci & David Quantick & Tony Roche
Teleplay by: David Quantick & Tony Roche


Furlong: Here's my favorite part, where they all pretend like they like each other. F**k Broadway, this is real acting.

Amy: If Thornhill strayed once, there may be others. Maybe a crack whore if we're lucky.
Catherine: Call me naive, but isn't that unethical?
Amy: You're naive. Welcome to politics.

Gary: What do you think of the new cut, huh? Do you like it?
Mike: Of course I don't f**king like it! It's the worst use of scissors since my failed vasectomy!
Gary: The elven look is in right now, I was reading about it.
Mike: People don't elect elves, okay. They put them to work in grottos or get them drunk at frat parties so they can toss them.
Gary: That's dwarves.

(Selina's eye continues to twitch visibly on camera)
Doyle: I can't watch this.
Furlong: Neither can she 'cause her f**king eyes don't work!

Amy: If there is any dirty trick I cannot stand, it is honesty.

Doyle: Now Maddox's daughter's gonna give her the bad news!
Furlong: "Daddy, you f**king blew it!"
Doyle: "Daddy, I've never been less proud of you!"

Amy: Okay, let's rehearse the debate. Congressman Furlong, can you be Joe Thornhill?
Furlong: Let's see. I don't know anything about NAFTA, but I do know about baseball. Baseball, baseball, baseball, look at my muscly chest, vote for me.
Amy: Ben, you're Owen Pierce.
Ben: Well I'm a baby-faced, know-nothing Congressman from Shitstain, Nevada, who's got the newly dropped balls enough to think that I can run for President.
Amy: Kent, you are former SecDef Maddox.
Furlong: Don't do the voice, though.
Kent: I've only ever used this voice, even as a young child.
Amy: Okay. SecDef Maddox, where do you stand on crime?
Kent: Well right now I'm coming across pretty hardline, so I'll go soft to outflank Mr. Chung.
Mike: Oh, well, I'm the hip hop governor of Minnesota, and I'm coming off as too soft, so I'll try to outhard SecDef Maddox.

Moderator: Governor Chung, we live in a time when young people find in increasingly hard to find work. How would you address this issue?
Ben: Ten bucks he says, "bring back the draft."

(regarding Selina promising to "repel" immigrants)
Doyle: I think I've endorsed a Nazi!
Furlong: It'd explain the Hitler haircut!

Gary: She's coming... she's coming...
Mike: I think Gary's about to come.

Notes and Trivia





StarringJulia Louis-DreyfusSelina Meyer
StarringAnna ChlumskyAmy Brookheimer
StarringTony HaleGary Walsh
StarringReid ScottDan Egan
StarringTimothy SimonsJonah Ryan
StarringMatt WalshMike McLintock
StarringKevin DunnBen Cafferty
StarringSufe BradshawSue Wilson
Guest StarringGary ColeKent Davison
Guest StarringDan BakkedahlRoger Furlong
Guest StarringKathy NajimyWendy Keegan
Guest StarringRandall ParkDanny Chung
Guest StarringIsiah Whitlock Jr.George Maddox
Guest StarringPaul FitzgeraldOwen Pierce
Guest StarringPhil ReevesAndrew Doyle
Guest StarringSarah SutherlandCatherine Meyer
Guest StarringGlenn WrageJoe Thornhill
Co-StarringShari EllikerAndrea Tandy
Co-StarringJames Kinstle(as Jimi Kinstle)
Co-StarringAndrew LeedsJackson
Co-StarringJonathan Lee Taylor
Co-StarringDesiree Marie Velez
Co-StarringMarybeth WiseJanet