When the finale opens, it's the night of the convention and the party is in a stalemate. No one candidate has enough delegates to win the nomination. From there, it's a madcap dash of wheeling, dealing, and conniving.
Ultimately, Selina decides that the presidency is worth more than her humanity. To win one pack of delegates, she offers to get rid of same-sex marriage, devastating her lesbian daughter Catherine in the process. (Catherine's never mattered much to her, but this is a new low.) She gives Jonah the veep slot, despite the warnings of Amy, who, in crunch time, realizes putting Jonah anywhere near the presidency is dangerous, despite her desire to fuck with America. "Being Vice President is like being declawed, defanged, neutered, ball-gagged and sealed in an abandoned coal mine under two miles of human shit," Selina snarls in Amy's face. "It is a fate worse than death. And besides, I'm not going to die because I've got the heart and twat of a high school cheerleader who has only done anal."
Selina has one final power move, and it's the most crushing. In order to absolve herself of any wrongdoing related to her nonprofit The Meyer Fund, she has her loyal aide Gary (Tony Hale) take the fall for embezzlement. Just before she accepts the nomination, he picks a chia seed out of her teeth and hands her a favorite shade of lipstick. "You look beautiful," he says. She responds: "And you are a lifesaver, couldn't have done it without you." She hugs him before taking the stage, a rare show of affection. As she speaks about sacrifice, and how no one has sacrificed more than her, FBI agents emerge from the shadows to take him away. He gives her a horrified look, far from the adoring expression he usually wears.