Having become president after her predecessor stepped down, Selina Meyer is about to give her first major speech as commander-in-chief, though it remains to be seen whether her term will outlast that of America's shortest-serving president, William Henry Harrison.
With the stakes for Selina and her team higher than ever before, she must still run for election, and in the weeks to come they will grapple with how to make her seem "presidential."
Created by Armando Iannucci, the show stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer, for whom even the most banal action can set off a ripple effect that has unexpected and far-reaching consequences.
The ensemble cast of the show also includes Tony Hale as Gary, her devoted bodyman; Anna Chlumsky as Amy, her campaign manager; Reid Scott as Dan, Selina's senior advisor; Matt Walsh as Mike, her weathered press secretary; Timothy C. Simons as Jonah, vying to get back onto the White House staff; Sufe Bradshaw as Sue, President Meyer's wry executive assistant; Kevin Dunn as Ben, president's chief of staff; Gary Cole as senior strategist Kent; and new series regular Sam Richardson as Richard, a White House staffer.
Recurring guest stars on the fourth season include Patton Oswalt (Justified) as Teddy, the new vice president's hands-on chief of staff; Sarah Sutherland (The Newsroom) as Catherine, Selina's daughter; and Hugh Laurie (House) as a powerful political figure.
In the first episode of the fourth season:
Twenty-four hours before Selina's first major speech as president, her staff frantically tries to work out how she can say two completely opposite things at the same time.
Gary questions his worth now that he can no longer be close to Selina; Jonah is put off by the approach of Teddy, the new VP's chief of staff; Amy learns that Bill Ericsson (Diederich Bader), a rival campaign manager, may make a play for her job.
In the second episode, the president's staff prepares for her state visit with the Israeli prime minister. Mike tries out a new look for his more visible role. Teddy does Jonah a favor, while continuing to invade his personal space.
Stuck in traffic with Richard, Amy learns via FaceTime that Selina is bringing in a new director of communications. Gary goes overboard while planning the state dinner for the Israeli delegation, and a painting in the White House comes into the spotlight.
In Episode 3, when the personal details of a previously anonymous girl mentioned by the president are leaked, Selina's team tries to find a scapegoat for the data breach.
Catherine tells Selina she wants to support an anti-bullying campaign; Dan tasks Jonah and Richard with buying fireworks for a campaign rally. While Mike is about to make a dreadful error at a press conference, the president hosts the annual Easter Egg Roll and reads a story to the assembled kids.
Veep was created by Armando Iannucci; executive produced by Armando Iannucci, Christopher Godsick, Frank Rich, Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Stephanie Laing; produced by Bill Hill.