Political Animals “Lost Boys” Review – Before and After

Political Animals (USA) Lost Boys

In tonight’s episode of Political Animals, called “Lost Boys,” we get a look into TJ’s downward spiral and how he ended up where he is now. Trouble is; this before and after story doesn’t necessarily have a happy ending.

I have to admit that I pretty much had TJ pegged wrong this whole time, though I take some comfort in the fact that I’m sure I wasn’t the only one. We’re led to believe that his dependence on drugs is some sort of rebellion for growing up in the White House; that he started partying hard to get away from the restrictions of living in a family full of politicians. The truth is that it’s not the story at all. Or even if it was in the beginning, it isn’t any longer. I never realized that the poor guy was suffering from a broken heart but as we saw each piece of the puzzle fit together, it made more and more sense. What else but lost love could send him that far down the path to destruction not once, but twice?

When TJ sees that his ex lover hasn’t come to his opening party, especially after his entire family abandoned him and basically made it extremely clear that they thought he was bound to fail, it’s no real surprise that he did what he did. I just hope that we haven’t lost him, because now that I know the full story, I’m really starting to like TJ.

Amid TJ’s turmoil, the story of Elaine running for president moves forward when she finally tells Garcetti where he can shove it (okay so she may have put it a tad more eloquently but I think we all got the gist). Meanwhile, poor Susan has to share her byline when a crafty blogger figures out a way to get Ann to say more than she’s supposed to. It’s hard to know who to hate in that scenario, seeing that Susan was pretty conniving herself to get the story in the first place. Turn about is fair play, isn’t it?

We’re down to just two episodes now and I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see where it ends up. Will we get to see Elaine begin her fight for the presidency? Will TJ survive? These are just a couple of the questions I want, no need, answered.

My favorite bits..

“As far as I’m concerned, he can put it wherever he wants.” – Grammy is so very naughty and I love her for it.

Best rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (hasnothingtodowiththenakednessshutup)

“I didn’t know what love at first sight was, until you.”

TJ talking about the last time he was truly happy.

Bud is sleeping with his publicist? Oh wait. Of COURSE he is.

Elaine fighting for the lives of the men in the sub, when the others only wanted to see how they could use the accident to their advantage.

“In our day we would’ve called you a party pooper.”

Just when I think Elaine can’t get any more brilliant she busts out some French to get around the translator. Nice move!

Let sleeping dogs lie??? Really??

“I never thought this would happen to me. I feel like a different person when we’re together.”

The VP telling Elaine that they knew all about her plans. Oh boy. Guess we should’ve known that it wasn’t going to be that easy.

Well my wish for Ann to do something other than complain and have sex with Doug has come true. Too bad it was just in time to open her big mouth. Oops.

“Georgia doesn’t even know how to spell ‘sophisticated.'”

“First rule of DC: never hire anyone from L.A.”

“Be careful getting out of the limo, because those photographers love to get a beaver shot.”

TJ’s big evening ruined thanks mostly to his father.

Really, really wanting to punch Sean after he devastated TJ like that.

“It has been obvious for some time that I have been out of step with this administration.” – Biggest understatement ever.

Elaine pointing out to Garcetti that he needed to grow a pair and take care of the China situation.

“Good. I want you at your fighting weight when I thrash you.” – Yes!

Bud telling Hannah that the best way to convince the American people that he was no longer a womanizer would be to stop being one first.

Gunnar walking in on TJ doing cocaine.

Unbelievable. TJ got his sober partner to do drugs. Wow.

Finally realizing that everything we were seeing in the past were all the things that led up to TJ trying to kill himself. Man, that was hard to watch.

The two scenes playing out together – Elaine finding TJ in the past and Bud finding him in the present. So heartbreaking.

What did you think of this episode of Political Animals? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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