This episode really breaks up the format of the show a lot. The entire episodes takes place in Selina’s house as she gives a lengthy interview to a journalist played to perfection by the always wonderful Allison Janney. Janney, of course, has quite the pedigree when it comes to political television, so it’s a kick to see her here. The entire episode is really great. Selina’s on camera gaffes, especially as Janney’s character pushes her on several uncomfortable issues, are awkward and hilarious. Anna Chlumsky, as Selina’s Chief of Staff, gets a phenomenal backstage moment when she has a complete rage meltdown at the show producer. And, yes, there are a couple of scenes where Selina is joined by ex-husband Andrew and daughter Catherine. This is as brilliantly funny as it is possible for television to be, I think. The first scene is a painfully awkward lunch; the second is a couch interview. This is just amazingly funny. Louis-Dreyfus, Pasquesi and Sutherland remain a comedy team to be reckoned with. Their scenes together are the highlight of the episode. I like the show doing something a little different; Janney is great in a guest spot that lets her shine; and the family dynamic is just phenomenal. This is a wonderful episode. Highly recommended. 4 stars.
tl;dr – interesting bottle format gives guest star Allison Janney room to shine while also allowing Selina’s dysfunctional family some hilariously funny screen time. 4 stars.