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(2016)

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Season 1

13 Jun. 2016
The Insanity Principle: How Extremism in Politics Is Threatening Democracy in the 21st Century
When Laurel returns to Washington, D.C., to work for her brother, Sen. Luke Healy, she discovers that budgetary disagreements have halted the government, and mysterious bugs are consuming the brains of Congress members and Capitol Hill staffers.
 
20 Jun. 2016
Playing Politics: Living Life in the Shadow of the Budget Showdown - A Critique
Laurel continues her investigation of Dr. Daudier's death, while more citizens are infected by the bugs; Dr. Daudier's daughter and Gustav Triplette begin to question what is happening.
 
27 Jun. 2016
Goring Oxes: How You Can Survive the War on Government Through Five Easy Steps
Agent Onofrio's investigation of a deadly incident on live TV causes Laurel, Gustav and Rochelle to delve deeper into the bug mystery. Luke tries to hide his affair with Scarlett.
 
11 Jul. 2016
Wake Up Grassroots: The Nine Virtues of Participatory Democracy, and How We Can Keep America Great by Encouraging an Informed Electorate
Laurel and Rochelle try to persuade Laurel's friend Abby to get an MRI so they can uncover the real cause of the strange behavior taking over Washington, D.C. Also, Luke attempts to reopen the government through a secret deal with the Republicans.
 
24 Jul. 2016
Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How It Gets Things Done (and Often Doesn't)
Laurel asks her brother, Luke, for his help to get the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the bugs, but he insists she first consult Dr. Joanne Alaimo, a leading entomologist, for her perspective on the invasion. Also, Laurel's relationship with Anthony takes a drastic turn.
 
31 Jul. 2016
Notes Toward a Post-Reagan Theory of Party Alliance, Tribalist, and Loyalty: Past as Prologue
When the Center for Disease Control has its funding temporarily cut, Luke attempts to reach a compromise to have the money reinstated, but Red's political machinations undermine him at every turn.
 
7 Aug. 2016
The Power of Euphemism: How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics
Laurel comes under investigation about her potential involvement with the bug infestation. Also, Gustav and Rochelle discover a unique way to communicate with those infected by the bugs.
 
14 Aug. 2016
The Path to War Part One: The Gathering Political Storm
Rochelle and Gustav capture and question a man they suspect is infected by the bugs. Also, Luke and Red face off in a Senate Intelligence meeting about a potential war.
 
21 Aug. 2016
Taking on Water: How Leaks in D.C. Are Discovered and Patched
Senator Red Wheatus hires a special investigator to dig into the Healy family's financial and personal history. Also, when Gareth learns some sordid details about Laurel's romantic past, it puts a strain on their budding relationship.
 
28 Aug. 2016
The Path to War Part Two: The Impact of Propaganda on Congressional War Votes
Laurel must work alongside an old boyfriend, Ben Valderrama, when Luke enlists her help in putting together a political documentary to support his anti-war initiative. Also, Laurel worries about the health of Luke and Germaine's baby.
 
4 Sep. 2016
Six Points on the New Congressional Budget: The False Dichotomy of Austerity vs. Expansionary Policies
Luke and Laurel rush to uncover Red's secret agenda, which is buried in a massive new budget bill. Also, Gareth inadvertently witnesses an unsettling bug encounter in Red's office.
 
11 Sep. 2016
Talking Points Toward a Wholistic View of Activism in Government: Can the Top Rebel?
When Laurel discovers that a senate bill is not what it appears, she implores Luke to help, leading to a dramatic Senate sit-in. Also, Red and Ella battle for control of the bug agenda, and Laurel questions whether or not she should leave Washington, D.C. for good
 
11 Sep. 2016
The End of All We Hold Dear: What Happens When Democracies Fail: A Brief Synopsis
Laurel discovers the secret to driving the bugs out of a person's brain and tests the tactic on her father. Armed with new knowledge, Laurel and Gareth attempt to expel the Queen bug out of Red's head once and for all. Laurel and Gareth progress in their romantic relationship.
 

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