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HBO's vulgar, straight-shooting political comedy Veep has covered a lot of ground across its six seasons in a fast-changing political and cultural climate.

In its seventh and final season, the show starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus — returning to her starring role as the foul-mouthed, would-be president after undergoing treatment for breast cancer — returns to the place where all politics-obsessed narratives must: Iowa.

The season's first episode, "Iowa," opens with a moment exemplary of the show's ethos and hysterical messiness. Embarking on yet another ill-advised run at the presidency, Louis-Dreyfus' Selina Meyer attempts to get her "New. Selina. Now." campaign off the ground with a triumphant plane landing in Iowa.

In an extremely relatable turn of events, Meyer finds her plane landing in Cedar Falls instead of Cedar Rapids, where the crowd has been called to meet her. Executive Producer David Mandel has said that this moment was based off a real mixup that the Obama campaign once made. 

Over the first three episodes aired this season, Meyer's campaign and her opponents romp up and down Iowa in familiar locales, both real like Waterloo, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, and fictional, like Lurlene, Iowa, a town famous for its novelty dog mayor.

Throughout the series, Veep has reveled in making comedy out of the unacknowledgeable and unmentionable aspects of politics and American life, from the polite face that most politicians must wear to the political establishment's unwillingness to deal with gun violence.

This mentality holds true for Iowa as the show digs deep into the first-in-the-nation caucus state's stereotypes.

In one outrageous scene, the president's aid, Amy Brookheimer (played by Anna Chlumsky), gets an abortion at a clinic in central Iowa. A nurse at the clinic informs her that "per Iowa law" she has the option to view her ultrasound, to which she responds "less talk, more abortion."

"Novelty mayors are Iowa's number one source of tourism after coming into town to buy Sudafed," Richard Splett (played by Sam Richardson) remarks after the Lurlene dog mayor dies from ingesting chocolate.

Another character asks him if a nearby cat is also a mayor, to which Splett responds "No, can you imagine? This isn't Nebraska."

The Des Moines Register makes at least one appearance in the new season when Meyer uses her poll numbers from Iowa's largest media organization to emphasize how strongly she's beating an opponent in the polls. 

The show's Iowa obsession spilled over into real life when HBO took at two full-page advertisements in the Register to promote realistic-seeming campaigns for the Selina Meyers presidency and her bumbling, dim-witted opponent Jonah Ryan (played by Timothy Simons). 

When Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters concern trolled the Register in a tweet pointing out that the advertisement "made no mention" of it being an advertisement for a TV sitcom, Julia Louis-Dreyfus responded by saying "You never know." 

Episodes of Veep's final season air every Sunday at 9:30 p.m.

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