Political Animals “16 Hours” Episode 5 August 12, 2012 News, Political Animals USA Network’s new series Political Animals “16 Hours” Episode 5 airs on Sunday August 12 at 10/9c. Episode Synopsis: 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 jeopardize his future. Show Summary: POLITICAL ANIMALS is USA Network’s highly anticipated six-hour event series that explores the nuanced and complex world of politics through the lens of a family who has experienced its highs and lows and are still battling their own powerful demons. Sigourney Weaver stars as former first lady and current Secretary of State Elaine Barrish Hammond who attempts to keep her family together while simultaneously dealing with crises of the State Department and the hungry DC journalist (Carla Gugino) who is bent on destroying her career. From Warner Horizon Television and acclaimed television and film producers Greg Berlanti (“Brothers & Sisters”) and Laurence Mark (“Julie and Julia”), the project also stars James Wolk (“Shameless”), Sebastian Stan (“Gossip Girl”), Ellen Burstyn (“Requiem for a Dream”, Ciarán Hinds (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) and Brittany Ishibashi (“The Mentalist”).