Exclusive Political Animals Finale Sneak Peek: Can TJ Be Saved from Old Demons?

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This Sunday at 10/9c, as USA Network’s Political Animals uncorks its roller coaster of a season finale, matters at home take as much precedence as those concerning the State Department or Oval Office.

As seen in this exclusive sneak peek at the season ender, TJ (played by Sebastian Stan) — barely out of the hospital after a near-fatal OD — aims to get out his mom’s house to run some “errands.” Yet no gruff Secret Service grunt can hold a candle to Ellen Burstyn‘s Grandma Margaret, who uses strong words versus a stiff arm to try to keep the recovering, oft-relapsing addict from reuniting with old demons.

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Press play below to see if the self-derided “booze hound” can keep this particular grandson from making the same old mistakes.

Comments (23)

  • God I love this show. I wish the ratings were higher though… unfortunately it has some VERY tough competition

    Comment by Roger – August 16, 2012 08:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really enjoying Political Animals. Hope to see it get a second season.

    Comment by Talia – August 16, 2012 08:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TJ doesn’t need to be saved, believe me, he is perfect as he is. The only compelling character in this show

    Comment by Ley (@ley_la) – August 16, 2012 08:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They need a season 2!! Most amazinf political show since West Wing!!!

    Comment by shuayb – August 16, 2012 08:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I AGREE !
      They should change the day & time if they want better ratings though. Sunday night is tough

      Comment by Laurel – August 16, 2012 08:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really hope this show gets renewed, its fantastic. And it is on a really tough night.

    Comment by itsme – August 16, 2012 08:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Go, Grandma!
    She’s the only one who seems to understand TJ.
    Just hope her wisdom gets through to him.

    Comment by Fyrkat – August 16, 2012 09:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love this show. Such GREAT actors in it. Love Sebastian Stan!

    Comment by EveatEden – August 16, 2012 09:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait to see this episode. Sebastian Stan rocks!

    Comment by Denise Holmes – August 16, 2012 09:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please extend this FANTASTIC show into a full season! While ratings have been mediocre, I think it’s largely a function of the tough time slot and Olympic coverage. USA is sitting on a gold mine with this incredible story and cast. It’s pure quality from top to bottom!

    Comment by jazzhound – August 16, 2012 09:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why do so many cable show premiere on Sunday nights at 9 (or 10)? Even Oprah, who could use some stronger ratings, premieres her biggest OWN shows opposite the best across the cable dial. I could see this kind of counterprogramming if the rest of the schedules were stacked with shows, but they’re not!

    Comment by TV Gord – August 16, 2012 09:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can he be saved? I think the larger question for the audience is how much do we care? Personally, this is the least interesting subplot of a fairly interesting political drama.. But it’s a bit too soapy for its own good.. Nearly every major plot point has been telegraphed well in advance. Not the least of which was his second overdose..

    Comment by Jack R – August 16, 2012 09:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really like this show too, but it’s not on until 10pm here. That is way too late for me on a “work night”, so have to catch it later in the week on my DVR. Hope we get another season!

    Comment by GeoDiva – August 16, 2012 09:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Haven’t heard anything about a renewal which does not bode well or am I wrong?

    Comment by Jake – August 16, 2012 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • USA seldom if ever renews a show before its finale. Please see RELATED link above for more information.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – August 16, 2012 10:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PLEEEAAASSSSEEE USA renew this show, it is sooo good. Love The TJ stuff but the show overall is fantastic as well.

    USA always are chasing that elusive Emmy recognition, and I think this is the show to do it for them, it will be competing with AHS next year for sure.

    Yeah the ratings are not great but the past two weeks it has gone up, against the olympics, and it will probably go up even more next week for the finale.

    It is just so good it has to be renewed. Yeah, they made a mistake putting it in a very competitive timeslot without a lead-in but they could but it behind an established show like Burn Notice or Royal Pains or even Suits, I know the shows have a very different feel to them than this but would give it a better shot.

    Matt: What do you rate its chances of renewal.

    Comment by Martin – August 16, 2012 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show is absolutely wonderful. Absolutely renew it. Who can we write? Reminds me of the excellency of “Friday Night Lights”.

    Comment by P. Grace – August 18, 2012 09:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes, renew this show!!! I LOVE it! But I agree w/other posters, it should def be on a different night.

    Comment by M. Price – August 19, 2012 07:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show is absolutely riveting…just finished watching season finale. Please, please renew !! The writing, the cast…everything !!! ( and Sigournery Weaver… brilliant as always. )

    Comment by Joey – August 19, 2012 08:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The best new series of the season. I love it !!!

    Comment by Shirley – August 19, 2012 08:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love this show Political Animals, great cast, great storyline & I almost missed because it was not advertised enough on TV. Great, great show, really looking forward to next season.

    Comment by Rose Marie Winter – August 27, 2012 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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