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About POLITICAL ANIMALS & Episode Guides

About POLITICAL ANIMALS & Episode Guides

Political Animals Premiered on USA on July 15, 2012

About the Show:
POLITICAL ANIMALS is USA Network's highly anticipated Limited Series Event that pulls back the curtain on the polished facade of a former first-family as they navigate the complex world of political and personal ambition.

Sigourney Weaver stars as former first lady and current Secretary of State Elaine Barrish Hammond who is attempting to keep her family together while simultaneously dealing with crises of the State Department and fending off the hungry DC journalist (Carla Gugino) who is bent on destroying her career.

Exploring themes that resonate in the current political landscape and taking viewers beyond the glossy ads and well-written public speeches, POLITICAL ANIMALS will reveal a vulnerable family on the verge of falling apart.

From Warner Horizon Television and acclaimed television and film producers Greg Berlanti ("Brothers & Sisters") and Laurence Mark ("Julie and Julia"), POLITICAL ANIMALS also stars James Wolk ("Shameless"), Sebastian Stan ("Gossip Girl"), Ellen Burstyn ("Requiem for a Dream"), Ciaran Hinds ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") and Brittany Ishibashi ("The Mentalist").


Actor’s name

Character’s name

Sigourney WeaverElaine Barrish
Carla GuginoSusan Berg
Ellen BurstynMargaret Barrish
Ciaran HindsBud Hammond
Jimmy WolkDouglas Hammond
Sebastian StanThomas “T.J.” Hammond
Brittany IshibashiAnne Ogami
Adrian PasdarPresident Paul Garcetti
Dylan BakerVice President Fred Collier
Meghann FahyGeorgia Gibbons


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Season 1

Episode 1: Pilot (Jul/15/2012)
Drama focusing on the political and private lives of former first family members. In the opener, the Secretary of State tries to protect a dark family secret and deals with a hostage crisis in Iran.

Episode 2: Second Time Around (Jul/22/2012)
Elaine sends Bud to negotiate for the Iranian hostages, putting him back in the spotlight and interfering with Douglas' engagement party. Elsewhere, Douglas finds out Elaine plans to run for office again; T.J. turns back to old habits and hits a new low.

Episode 3: The Woman Problem (Jul/29/2012)
Elaine makes an announcement to her family; the Hammond men visit a pollster during an impromptu fishing trip; Garcetti enacts a plan that puts Elaine in conflict with her longtime mentor; and Susan shares her top-secret story with Alex.

Episode 4: Lost Boys (Aug/05/2012)
Elaine faces a diplomatic crisis upon her return from overseas and spars with the Garcetti camp. Elsewhere, T.J. recalls the events leading up to his suicide attempt and deals with his family's disinterest in his club's opening; Anne reveals too much; and Douglas struggles to cope with his betrayal.

Episode 5: 16 Hours (Aug/12/2012)
In the aftermath of T.J.’s overdose, Elaine finds herself torn between staying by her son’s side and handling the rescue of a Chinese submarine. Bud discovers the truth behind T.J.’s suicide attempt last December, and takes matters into his own hands. In exchange for keeping Susan quiet on T.J.’s overdose, Elaine grants her unlimited access to the submarine rescue mission, placing her at the front of the action, and leaving Douglas to cross a boundary that could

Episode 6: Resignation Day (Aug/19/2012)
In the Season 1 finale, Elaine's plan to resign hits a snag and her resignation letter leaks to the press. Elsewhere, Douglas confesses his betrayal and makes a rash decision; and a surprising event leaves everyone at a crossroads.