Veep Season 5 Finale Recap: Who Was Elected Selina Meyer's Successor?

Warning: The following recap contains major spoilers from the Season 5 finale of Veep. Proceed at your own risk.

Before her brief tenure as Commander in Chief, Selina Meyer had a habit of asking Sue if the president had called. Tonight, she thought he finally had.

On the fifth season finale of Veep, Selina was brought in to speak with her assumed successor, Tom James, who wasn’t quite done screwing her just yet. This time around, the former economy czar brought Selina to his office to ask that she serve as his vice president, a role she couldn’t have been happier to discard once the last president was forced to step down in Season 3.

Though she initially turned down his offer, Selina ultimately agreed to live her own crappy version of Groundhog’s Day in an effort to secure her presidential legacy. Fearful that she’d only be remembered as the first president to pee sitting down since FDR, she agreed to be his VP as part of a deal to free Tibet, and at the very least, secure a Nobel Peace Prize. Come the House vote, however, Tom was not voted in as president. Instead, he lost out to Senator Laura Montez (Episodes‘ Andrea Savage), who promised current VP Doyle the role of Secretary of State to steal his vote away.

In the end, it was Montez who secured the deal to free Tibet on the day of her inauguration, leaving Selina with the legacy of only being more effective than James Buchanan, a president largely blamed for helping engineer the Civil War. If that wasn’t enough to kick her while she was down, ex-boyfriend Charlie Baird was promised the role of Treasury Secretary under Montez. As the finale drew to a close, the former president sat out in the rain, covered only by Gary’s jacket, unsure of where to go next. It didn’t help matters that her helicopter to exit D.C. was forced to make an emergency landing just blocks away from the Capital as the inaugural parade for her successor got underway.

What did you think of Veep‘s season ender? Where does the show go from here now that Selina and her staff (save for Sue) are all out of the White House? Cast your vote in our poll, then sound off in the comments.

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25 Comments
  1. N says:

    I thought the were gonna pull a penny dreadful and reveal this was the series finale. I was surprised no one brought up that Selina can run against Montez in 4 years since her party lost, especially after wanting to lose last week so she could run again. I am really curious though about next season as it seems they want to focus on Selinas life as an Ex President.

  2. Jimmy says:

    I’m glad they did go backwards and make Selena VP again, but I find myself wondering where a show called Veep goes from here now that their main character is no longer VP. The best part of the episode was Gary going off on everyone.

  3. Greg says:

    Felt like a series finale… The show won’t be the same if she’s not in the white house in some compacity with her team. Read over on deadline that they confirm she’s not getting back into the white house… so maybe this is the series finale for this viewer at least.

  4. The Prez says:

    Maybe I was the only one who noticed this, but Martin Mull made a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance at the very last second of the episode. He’s suffering from dementia and mistook the new president for the old one, saying they found the missing votes from Nevada and Selena won.

    That means Montez should not have become the new Commader-in-Chief and Selena Myer actually won — and thus she’ll be back in the White House when the series returns next year.

  5. Monica says:

    David Mandel has already said the Martin Mull appearance was meant to be taken as nothing more than a little treat for fans. He has dementia, plus the Nevada thing was resolved episodes ago.

  6. Leannel says:

    We’re definitely exploring the Montez is not American storyline. Also, Catherine is MISSING the hard drive of that damning film!!

  7. Gail says:

    No mention of Selina’s daughter missing hard drive with her film? Did Selina’s team steel it or is it going to be leaked to the public. I thought the season would end with the film showing up on the internet.

  8. A says:

    She is still the president. U missed the last story lines, when that counselor mistakes Montez for Selina and tells her that the Nevada lost votes were found and she won. That’s season 6 buh buh