Episode 1 heats up the campaign as moles are implemented on either side in a brilliant returning chapter.
This recap of Netflix series The Politician season 2, episode 1, “New York State of Mind” contain spoilers.
How does The Politician season 2, episode 1, “New York State of Mind” open?
Episode 1 begins with a polls meeting and Payton is 10 points behind — James is annoyed that he won’t drop the “throuple” rumour but Payton argues that the side that drops the rumour doesn’t help their campaign.
Astrid leaves the meeting and she is followed by Hadassah Gold who wants lunch. Meanwhile, a man named Andrew visits Payton’s office. Andrew tells Payton that he’s in love with Infinity and that he wants to help Payton’s campaign because it is in the sink — Andrew wants to be a mole by working for Dede Standish’s campaign — as Andrew brings this proposition, Hadassah offers Astrid a mole position too. Hadassah drops the bombshell that Astrid won the election over Payton at NYU.
Astrid states she will think about it while Payton’s team agrees for Andrew to be a mole. The Politician season 2, episode 1, “New York State of Mind” heats the continuation very quickly.
During a live talk show, Dede tries to claim that Payton is not a real New Yorker and that he’s a single-issue candidate. It’s a watery debate for Payton and Dede suggests that his green policies will cost trillions of dollars and hers will not cost the taxpayer. Afterward, Payton wishes he brought up the “throuple”. Alice tells Payton that he needs to keep discussing climate change and he will win. Payton discusses a plan which is to ask his mother to drop from the California race.
Apparently, Payton’s mother Georgina has got invested in the climate emergency and after a run of luck, she ran for Governor using Alison’s money. Everyone loves her from every walk of life. Payton feels like his mother is stealing his thunder.
Payton attends a Gubernational Debate which his mother is debating in. She wipes the floor with the candidates and then she states that California should be its own independent country as it is its own leader in all industries — “This state is in a bad marriage // and New York, join us and New Illinois”. Afterward, Payton catches up with his mother and asks his mother to drop her campaign. She asks Payton to shine brighter, not for her to dim, and tells him to be authentic and believable.
Payton wonders if he’s any different to the twins but his mother assures him that he’s not. The Politician season 2, episode 1, “New York State of Mind” gives Payton the same challenge — to be real, which hurt him in the last season.
Andrew meets Hadassah and he’s immediately hired into Dede’s campaign. Astrid agrees to be a mole for the Dede campaign and tells Hadassah that her candidate Dede is in a throuple and that they need to kill that story. Hadassah holds an emergency meeting with Dede and her partners and she’s furious. Dede stated it was a personal and a private matter and the throuple thought Hadassah knew; she is calm about it and states they will just state “deny, deny, deny” and that they know every journalist in New York.
Dede apologizes but Hadassah drops an ultimatum — “It’s me or him” — she’s worried about Tino. But Dede does not want to lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her. One of her partners, William, walks out and goes to work on a lobster boat. Dede can’t do it anymore and asks for William to come back.
Climate action rally
Payton attends a Climate Action rally organized by Infinity Jackson and he makes a passionate speech without his cue cards and the crowd loves him; his whole speech is about preserving humanity’s future. The speech was live-streamed. Afterward, Payton is flustered but he enjoyed it — “Let’s do more of that”. The Politician season 2, episode 1, “New York State of Mind” sees Payton trying to figure out his authentic self.
Tino wants Georgina to be his Vice Presidential candidate because he finds her inspirational. This could change the story entirely. Meanwhile, Andrew brings “dirt” to Payton’s campaign but first, he wants Payton’s office; he reveals that Dede’s office is not in the 90s anymore and it’s up to date for a modern campaign. Andrew then reveals that he has bugged Hadassah and Dede and the “throuple” is still ongoing but interestingly, he makes Payton aware that Tino is running for President and wants Dede to be the VP — “Dede is not interested in this campaign”. The Politician season 2, episode 1, “New York State of Mind”, sees Tino playing Georgina and Dede for the same position.
How does The Politician season 2, episode 1, “New York State of Mind” end?
Payton tells Dede and Hadassah that he wants to be his authentic self so he will release the news of the “throuple” as he has evidence unless Dede drops out for medical reasons and goes for Vice Presidency. Payton then rings his mother Georgina and tells her she no longer needs to drop California as he’s figured it out. Episode 1 ends with Astrid telling Hadassah that “Payton is in a threesome too”. Episode 1 heats up the campaign as moles are implemented on either side in a brilliant returning chapter.