07/23/2012 03:45 am ET Updated Sep 21, 2012

'Political Animals': Elaine Chews Out The Vice President (VIDEO)

"Political Animals" (Sun., 10 p.m. ET on USA) continued its six-episode run in an episode that made clear Secretary of State Elaine Hammond is sick of powerful men trying to manipulate her for the sake of their own egos and political gain.

Nevertheless, Hammond is trying to find her strength while battling her one weakness: her ex-husband, former President Bud Hammond. And she revealed some political ambitions of her own, reaffirming her commitment to run for president and widening the net of people who are in the know.

Even more ambitious, she plans to run against the sitting president from her own party, which is likely to cause all kinds of drama -- and further separates this fiction from the reality of Hillary Clinton's political experiences.

While Bud may have been manipulating Elaine to get back into the political game, it looks like she may be playing him as well to improve his public image for her own campaign ambitions. And when the vice president -- who felt emasculated by Elaine convincing the president to send Bud to handle a tense diplomatic situation -- attempted to undermine her plans, she had no reservations about laying into him verbally on the phone.

She was rightly disgusted that he would put his own bruised ego over the lives of American citizens threatened on foreign soil. But can she come out on top of this political power struggle? How far will her own ambitions take her?

"Political Animals" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on USA.

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