Scandal was undoubtedly one of last year’s surprise standouts. Although it started off weak, it soon morphed into an immensely compelling production. While the second season premiere wasn’t exactly mind-blowing, it was a nonetheless strong episode that laid the groundwork for a potentially explosive year.
I think I most enjoyed Millie’s continued involvement in Presidential matters. Even while pregnant, she’s still as manipulative and vindictive as ever which is always enjoyable to watch. The manner in which she dropped the Sudan bombshell on live TV in the midst of a baby interview was astounding, and Fitz’ scolding of her later (don’t use your brain) was even better. Speaking of Fitz, he and Olivia got a beautiful moment with that secret phone call which continued to paint their relationship as the most forbidden of all time (I especially loved the I hate you too part).
I also loved Olivia screwing over David in this one and getting the case acquitted through an unknown manner (I’m guessing she called The President). It looks like Shonda plans on taking Olivia through quite the journey this year and I can’t wait to see what moral dilemmas she’ll face next. Her team are undoubtedly suspicious now which should make for some exciting television. (Abby in particular was quite awesome here calling Quin “the Molotov Mistress”)
And finally, I have to say that while I didn’t enjoy the Quinn character last season, I’m not minding the added focus this year. That final reveal with Olivia and Huck being the ones responsible for her new identity was definitely intriguing, and I’m just so very curious to discover what is it that makes Quinn so special.
A strong if unspectacular hour that sets the stage for a potentially fantastic sophomore season.