“Veep’s” episode “The Vic Allen Dinner” was a big one for Mike McClintock (Matt Walsh). He bonded with Kent (Gary Cole) over their love of sailboats — and then got temporarily traded to the West Wing for a trip to Helsinki.
Walsh tells Zap2it that despite Mike’s new-found common interest with Kent, it doesn’t go all that well.
“[Mike] has no idea what Kent does or anything about analytics. He’s terrified of that position,” says Walsh. “His best skill is that he has a pretty high social IQ. He’s into retail politics, that’s what they call them. So he’s just dying over there, because it’s all about new media and market shares and analytics. He has no idea. He’s surrounded by people he can’t relate to who probably make fun of him for being a dinosaur.”
Walsh also says that the excursion into the West Wing lingers for an episode or two, but don’t mistake it as an olive branch on Kent’s part.
“Mike may have thought it was a friendly overture, but I think ultimately it’s part of Kent’s master plan,” says Walsh. “He sees Mike as a human being who can break down what he’s trying to do and relate it to the normal America. He’s just using Mike for his averageness.”
Moving forward, “Veep” just received renewal for a third season, in which Walsh hopes we get to see some glimpses into Mike’s personal life — the drinking, the ex-wife, the boat.
“I hope we deal with [the alcohol ‘hitch’]. My guess is it
can get ugly at times, probably. I think he thinks he has it under
control. He probably drinks on his boat,” says Walsh. “There’s always room for [looking into his personal life] … I would love to see the boat. My sense is it’s barely seaworthy and it’s always in the dock.”
“Veep” airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.