Is that why you opted to show the result of the break-up?
Mandel: It's predicated on this moment of, Oh my gosh, she's heartbroken, but it's a multi-parter: One, this was a good relationship. Two, you want her to be happy, and she seemed like she'd found happiness. That scene was always going to be on an escalator or in a glass elevator. It felt like it needed this punctuation on top of the break-up, to see her reaction after the fact.
One of the things I'm very happy about has been peeling away the layers of Selina Meyer and being allowed to have these moments. I wanted to see the cost of what she did. To me, it makes the comedy that much more satisfying and the jokes that much funnier when the sadness and the tragedy are that much deeper.
I loved the woman who interrupted her crying.
Mandel: And even through that, Selina somehow finds a way to say hi. Even as she's dying on the inside. And five seconds later, she's in Iowa and sort of happy, having put the break-up behind her. The fact that she's able to cry a little bit, maybe is growth in a weird way. At least she knows she's doing something horrible and realizing it.