Quotes of note:
"Are you pregnant? Career-wise that's like joining Scientology or getting a fucking neck tattoo."
"Why would we need to ban smiling? It's not like it's something we have time for in the first place."
"Is this for real? ‘Cause if it is, the best thing for her legacy is if she’s assassinated before she starts showing."
Two words: Anna Chlumsky. Aside from Julia Louis-Dreyfus who is, predictably, excellent in the title role, Chlumsky has emerged as the show's MVP. Sharp and witty, not only does she convincingly command the role as Selina's much-needed advisor and confidante, she's funny as hell. There is no one better on the show who can take Armando Ianucci's carefully crafted one-liners and deliver them absolutely pitch-perfectly. Chlumsky's energy alone often propels the story and it won't be long before Hollywood is paying attention (Judd Apatow, please take note). It's also nice to see Selina actually start to hold her staff accountable for their fuck-ups. Watching her take them down a couple notches -- particularly in "Nicknames" -- makes her seem more like a real Vice President, and less of a cartoon.
The guest casting has been spot on too. It's really nice to see Andy Buckley in the mix even though we wish he was given more to do. He can be such a great and subtle comedic talent; we hope he gets to showcase his talents a little more. And it was a pleasant surprise to see Patrick Fischler show up in "Baseball" ("Mad Men" fans know him as the sleazy Jimmy Barrett) as a photographer, and it led to one of the great credit gags of the season, with his numerous in-the-moment snaps of everyone at their worst, filtering by in a great montage.
Finally, please no more Filibuster Reform/Clean Jobs plot threads. It's boring, it's played out. The shows tend to grind to a halt when dealing with these manueverings, and they're not particularly compelling, so hopefully with the pregnancy coming forward, they will be tabled.