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Much of Clinton’s anticipated cameo on the Comedy Central series had been teased a day earlier, with a clip of stars and creators Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson (who play Ilana Wexler and Abbi Abrams) nearly losing their minds upon meeting Clinton in the flesh. But the full episode provided more context and treated viewers to a day in the life of a fictional Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign worker.
When her temp job as a bike messenger sends her to Clinton’s Brooklyn campaign headquarters, an overly excited Ilana — who passionately salutes photos of Clinton on the walls — “applies” to work on the campaign. “You’ll never see her,” warns the receptionist.
— Broad City (@broadcity) March 17, 2016
During an office meeting about calling voters, led by guest star Cynthia Nixon (the episode also featured a guest spot from Alan Alda), Ilana squats on her chair saying “yas, yas, yas” as Nixon’s character, Barb, answers common questions they receive: “No, Hillary does not cry at the office,” “Yes, Hillary can read a map” and “No, Hillary is not a witch.” She also reminds the room that Clinton has won a Grammy.
Thank you Broad City, did not know Hillary Clinton had won a Grammy pic.twitter.com/Y1SpVyBcRy
— Conner (@ConnerWS) March 17, 2016
Ilana takes to calling herself “Ilana Rodham Wexler” and leaves a card on Barb’s desk with her new job title: “Communications Liaison for Hillary Clinton, Future Presidentress of the United States.”
But when Barb tells Ilana that the volunteer job is unpaid, she quits. Later, Ilana brings Abbi back to her old Clinton stomping grounds, telling her best friend that the air smells “decisive” and like “no bullshit,” at which point Clinton herself appears.
Walking in slow-motion, Clinton winks twice at the girls, who shake their heads furiously and yell “Yas!” “Sorry, we are just so excited!” says Ilana, prompting the response from a smiling Clinton: “It’s all right, just take your time.”
Abbi introduces herself by stumbling through this sentence: “Hello. Proud Demo-crat. College. Aquarius. I pegged.” Clinton, without missing a beat, then thanks Ilana for her help. “You know of me?” asks Ilana, to which Clinton replies, “Well, you’re wearing a nametag.”
To Clinton’s delight, Ilana vows to continue to support the candidate by tweeting once a week, “Vote for Hillary. Yas. Yas. Yas.”
Telling them they need to do everything they can to drum up excitement for the campaign, Clinton asks “You know what I’ll do?” She then wheels out a waving inflatable tube man. “Look at that. I thought this would be really good for office morale, isn’t she great?”
“Of course. We assumed it was a he,” says Ilana.
“Oh, no, no. It’s a she. It’s definitely a she.”
— Broad City (@broadcity) March 17, 2016
The pair each take a shoulder, and the episode ends with Clinton smiling as they embrace.
Though the sketch was written a year ago and before Glazer and Jacobson knew if Clinton would appear, the appearance is especially timely. Yesterday, Twitter erupted after Morning Joe‘s Joe Scarborough commented on Clinton’s facial expressions after her primary victories, saying, “Smile. You just had a big night.” Broad City famously made a joke out of the idea of men telling women they should smile more, prompting many to recirculate the popular GIF.
Despite saying that the episode was not a political statement during their SXSW panel last week, Glazer tweeted her support for the candidate after the episode aired, saying, “Let’s go get that primary.”
so proud to rep you on our show @HillaryClinton. twas a dream come true! let’s go get that primary we’re close
— ilana glazer (@ilazer) March 17, 2016
For Clinton, who shot the cameo in December, this is her second attempt in two weeks at reaching female voters through TV women. On March 10, Shonda Rhimes teamed with Scandal‘s Kerry Washington, How to Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis and Grey’s Anatomy‘s Ellen Pompeo to endorse Clinton for an ad during ABC’s “Thank God It’s Thursday” lineup.
Watch the moment when Ilana and Abbi come face-to-face with Clinton below.
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