Every Absurd Thing Gwyneth Paltrow Does in The Politician Season Two – Vulture

Posted By on June 24, 2020

Vote Georgina. Photo: Nicole Rivelli/Netflix

Given her penchant for blithely announcing that she doesnt remember her various co-stars, its hard to say if Gwyneth Paltrow knows that she is on The Politician. But still, that doesnt stop her from being the best part of the show: Considering the quality of the rest of the second season, Paltrow isnt only the shows MVP, but its sole bright spot. As Ben Platts characters gorgeous, charismatic, poreless, and moral-free mother Georgina, Paltrow gets to spend the season running for California governor and hooking up with a hot Texas politician who isnt not based on Beto ORourke, while only occasionally checking in on the shows turgid central story line. For those who wish avoid spending the time watching all of that, or who just want to enjoy Gwyneth Paltrow doing weird stuff on TV, weve summarized everything that Gwyneth gets up to over the course of the shows second season. Its not a long journey, but boy is it a wild ride.

Watches the Game of Thrones series finale with her billionaire lover (who hates it)

Who are any of this people? Photo: Netflix

After The Politician sets up its business in New York, we jump back to Georginas life in California, where we discover that shes gotten really into climate activism and has started dating a famous Hollywood billionaire who isnt not a parody of Megan Ellison, down to the fact that she really loathes the Game of Thrones finale. Anyway, at one point, Not Megan Ellison suggests to Georgina that she should stop just talking about the climate problems of the world and run for office. A hookah hit later, Gwyneth decides to do it.

Runs for California governor on the platform of suggesting Jake Tapper hug a tree

Well have you, Jake? Photo: Netflix

Gwyneths plan to get into politics amounts to running for governor of California while spouting platitudes awfully similar to the actual sentiments of Marianne Williamson. Somehow, this goes over extremely well at a big CNN debate hosted by the actual Jake Tapper (did Gwyneth repeatedly call him Chris Hayes on set? We can only imagine yes), so well that Gwyneth gets even bolder and

Announces that California should secede from the Union

This is met with applause. But cmon, that hashtag is way too long to use effectively in tweets. Really shouldve gone with #CalXit.

Considers becoming Fake Betos running mate

Honestly? That tracks. Netflix.

Honestly? That tracks. Netflix.

In the final step of Gwyneths whirlwind rise to political prominence, she gets a visit from a folksy senator named Tino from the state of Texas (played by Sam Jaeger) whos pretty much a skateboard ride away from being Beto ORourke. Remember him? The Politicians political takes just feel so very cutting edge. Anyway, this is supposed to introduce some dramatic tension about whether Tino will choose Gwyneth or Judith Light for his running mate in the upcoming presidential race, but it mostly serves to give Gwyneth some astrology jokes.

No Gwyneth, though the episode is titled Conscious Unthroupling. A wild tribute from Politician creator and current Goop husband Brad Falchuck to one of her past relationships? They do all appear to be friends.

Paints this incredible work of art

Its metaphorical. Photo: Netflix

In order to get people to care about climate change, Gwyneth decides she will depict it as a giant monster creating floods and wildfires as it assaults California. Frankly, I am terrified.

Agrees to date Fake Beto

Defenestration, totally not cool. Netflix..

Defenestration, totally not cool. Netflix..

A political relationship has become an actual relationship. (Also, in case you were wondering: The show wrote off Gwyneths husband from the first season by saying that hed run off with a Hasidic Jewish woman.)

Polls at a 91 percent approval rating, but forgets her staffers name

Gwyneth is winning the race, but as in real life, there is much that she simply refuses to remember. Sorry to her Marvel co-stars, and the Cut.

Is described in great detail by Fake Beto to his comatose wife

Calm down, sir. Photo: Netflix

Im uncomfortable.

Confirms rumors about her relationship with Fake Beto

She works unusually hard for a woman as beautiful as she is. Photo: Netflix

Im more uncomfortable.

Ends her affair with Fake Beto after his comatose wife wakes up and reveals that she knows about their affair

Good for her, I guess.

Grills Judith Light on the concept of throuples

When two people love a third person very much... Netflix.

When two people love a third person very much... Netflix.

I worry the concept of throuples is not nearly as interesting as The Politician is convinced that it is.

No Gwyneth but a lot of Robin Weigert, which is something.

Wins the California gubernatorial race, then gives Ben Platt life advice

You learn new things about moral philosophy from Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow every day.

Speaks the truth about her sons whole thing

I dont remember what was happening with Paytons plot at this point either.

Gets stoned and has a bath

This is how I exit all my Zoom calls. Photo: Netflix

Consider lighting a nice candle while youre at it.

Wraps up her story line via FaceTime

Gwyneth wins 98 percent of the vote for governor, something that The Politician reveals in a FaceTime scene between Gwyneth and Judith Light, who has recently lost her election against Ben Platt. According to Refinery29, the scene was the result of the real-world stay-at-home order. Murphy previously claimed that the show wrapped filming and editing before the pandemic hit in full, so this was likely a reshoot of some kind to advance Gwyneths plot. Anyway, as it turns out, she gets bored with the idea of being governor Nobody told me you have to move to Sacramento for the job and decides to run for president outright, giving up her dream of seceding from the rest of country to instead make the rest of the country more like California. She pitches Judith on becoming her VP, announces that Bette Midler will be her chief of staff and

Wins the presidency!

Also describes Gwyneth's performance on the show. Netflix.

Also describes Gwyneth's performance on the show. Netflix.

We dont see any more of Gwyneth, but we do get a little time-jump to the end of Ben Platts first term as a state senator, where we learn that Judith and Gwyneths campaign has worked! But shes bored again, so Judith has decided to run for president for the next term, and shes come over to recruit Ben Platt to be her running mate. Hes far too young for the job, but apparently Gwyneth has spent her first 100 days on a fix the dumb shit in the Constitution cleanse, so thats legal now. The Politician season three: President Platt?

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