Sometimes I almost wish Scandal wasn’t this good on a regular basis because it’s going to feel that much more disappointing when the quality of the show eventually wanes. Nevertheless, I’m going to enjoy it because damn it if this show isn’t on fire.
First off, I can’t believe Hollis wasn’t responsible for the attempt on Fitz’s life. Although it was too easy to blame him, I never really second guessed the decision until they pulled the rug out from under us in this episode. It’s an inspired decision really, and I’m dying to know who was behind the hit. The ending in particular was excellent with Hollis’ assassin ominously entering the elevator. Will Shonda kill him off so soon? I have no idea.
This hour was an especially wonderful showcase for Miss Olivia Pope who finally had her much-deserved breakdown. Kerry Washington as always did an incredible job of conveying Olivia’s guilt and regret; I particularly loved her realization that she wasn’t one of the good guys. Pope is a brilliant antiheroine and I’m loving the fact that she’s far from a do-gooder (much like Emily Thorne on Revenge).
Of course Mellie wasn’t going to let Fitz divorce her so I can’t say I’m surprised that she had her gynecologist induce labor to keep him in line. It’s a soapy twist that’s bound to be hugely entertaining and I’m quite eager to witness the birth of “America’s baby.” Liv is going to love this.
Honestly this hour felt like a season finale with the Hollis revelation and Olivia spiraling out of control. I continue to be wowed by Scandal week in week out. Bravo.
– Loved the team excliaming that they’ve found their “next client” complete with shutter-snaps of Liv.
– Becky’s the one who framed Quinn? Is she the only assassin in the world?
– The “no judgements” tell-all between the Gladiators as they put all the pieces together was outstanding. The scene seriously gave me goosebumps as they started uncovering the truth.
– Huck getting into bed with Liv was adorable. They have quiet the Mother-son dynamic with Liv scolding him about “killing” much like one would order their child to eat their vegetables.
– Verna’s weakened chemo state was just heartbreaking. I’m going to miss her.
– Cyrus’ tooth fairy monologue was pretty out there but fitting in the vein of his usual (brilliantly-written) monologues.
– Olivia apologizing to her team for everything she’d done to them was quite satisfying.
– Hollis reading comics in custody made me smile.
Harrison: Wife of a senator. Not too shabby.
Abby: Please! Husband of Olivia Pope.
Cyrus: (To Fitz) Marry your mistress? Now, Liv is a lovely, smart woman. I can’t get enough of her. But she is not exactly a hue that most of your Republican constituents would be happy about, even if they could get past the divorcing and the cheating and the abandoning of America’s baby.
Olivia: Huck you have to stop killing people.
Huck: Why? It solves the problem.
Cyrus: I had a solution.
Olivia: And I chose another one.
Cyrus: (To Olivia) Justice is for regular people. Justice is for fatty in Ohio folding their laundry and drinking their beer. We are not regular people.
Mellie: (to Cyrus) You’re supposed to hate the woman. Isn’t that the standard trope? The seductress, the slut, the tramp who led your man astray. And I do. I loathe Olivia Pope. But it’s a boring sort of hate. Uninteresting, cliche’. It’s hard to even get my back into it.
Quinn: 5 million to kill the President; wow that seems like a bargain.
This hour continued Scandal‘s masterful steak of mindblowing episodes.