'Political Animals' recap: Future Starts Slow
Doug suddenly feels much more enthusiastic about the campaign. He calls Susan and asks her to drop the story he leaked to her at the end of the last episode. She tells him she wasn't planning on running it anyway, but tells him she owns him now. He's going to be her inside source for all the campaign nitty-gritty.
Even without going to print, though, rumors of Elaine's aspirations abound. Garcetti decides that the best way to eliminate her as a threat is to offer her a seat on the Supreme Court. To do that, he pressures the current Justice -- an old law school mentor to Elaine -- to leave the position. Susan hears about this and runs to Elaine with the story. On the surface, it looks like a gesture of friendship, but it's part of Susan's plan to work her way into Elaine's inner circle. Elaine talks to her mentor about it and gets her to stay on the bench. This is all Garcetti needs to confirm that Elaine is, indeed, planning to run against him. His solution? Send her on a bunch of "low level" diplomacy missions, like dealing with Siberian tigers. She'll probably come back with a pack of Siberian tigers, trained to do her bidding. -- Tippi Blevins