'Political Animals' recap: Second Time Around
Susan Berg accompanies Bud on the trip, where they spend much of the time discussing product placements. Bud has her pose as President Garcetti's "special envoy" and fakes out some ultra-secret negotiations. It works, somehow, and President Hakam hands over the journalists. Bud, feeling horny with victory, beds one of the poor fools. He returns just in time for a scaled-down version of Doug and Anne's engagement party. He dances with Elaine while Nana and Thomas perform "The Second Time Around" at the piano. He has surmised that Elaine plans to run for president again and sent him to Turkey as a way to redeem his public image. She denies it, but as we see through a series of flashbacks, she's got a way of sticking with him even when she shouldn't.
On the familial front, Thomas steals a check from Nana so that he can invest in the nightclub of his dreams. It's dumb and he gets called out on it, but Doug feels sorry for him or maybe believes in him (or maybe both) and decides to give him the money himself. Doug eventually apologizes to his mother for his earlier outburst, saying he supports her if she runs again, but then calls Susan for a secret meeting. He tells Susan about his mother's plans so that Susan will expose her in the press. Susan, having just come to respect and understand Elaine, is torn. Stay tuned for the full weecap.