I’m happy to report that Scandal is on an upward spiral again.
I don’t know how long it will last, but this is the second episode in a row that I enjoyed a great deal. No one was outright unlikeable, and things made sense (well, in Scandal‘s ridiculous world at least). In fact, this episode actually made me like TWO characters I’d previously hated, and isn’t that quite the accomplishment in its own right?
The first of these characters is Leo Bergen played by Prison Break alum Paul Adelstein. The character has always irritated me in the past, but his arrival in You Got Served was actually kind of perfect. It makes sense that he’s the only character who can truly provide the damage control that Liv needs, and watching him navigate our gladiator back to prominence (well kind of) was pretty darn enjoyable. Everything from his questioning of her food and wardrobe, to setting up that incredible interview was spot-on. More Leo please!
Speaking of that interview, how fantastic was Kerry Washington here? I’m often harsh on the actress (it’s hard when you’re one of the weakest links in a stellar cast), but she did a magnificent job here. It felt like that interview was four seasons in the making, and I found myself completely satisfied from a character perspective in every way. I think we all agree that we wish she never “laid eyes” on Mr. Commander in Chief.
And then there’s Cyrus! This episode should singlehandedly win Jeff Perry an Emmy for his astonishing performance – particularly that speech to Fitz in the Oval Office. It was yet another scene that felt like it was a long time coming, and it had a beautiful reversal with Fitz revealing that he in fact does know the name of Cyrus’ mother (among other personal things). Awesome!
Interestingly enough, even Jake is more likable now that’s not desperate for Liv’s attention. Sure Mia Maestro didn’t get much to do this week, but at least Elise finally got to meet Liv and plant a little jealousy in the heart of our heroine. Funny how you suddenly want the thing you can’t have eh Liv?
– I freakin’ loved the continuity with A Criminal, A Whore, An Idiot and a Liar.
– Fitz’s lawyer, Patty, is quite odd isn’t she? I did like her no-nonsense attitude (not so much when she was bullying Red though).
– Cyrus gorging on brownies was just a priceless site. I particularly enjoyed seeing Mellie sleeping in his lap.
– Another moment that was very earned after so many seasons: Cyrus apologizing to Mellie for bringing Olivia on to the campaign. Her response is also perfect: thank you.
– Who else felt like having burgers with Jake and Liv? It just looked like such a cozy meal.
– I loved hearing Cyrus list so many of the show’s milestones (Defiance, Remington, Amanda Tanner). I guess I’m a sucker for strong continuity.
– So is Lizzy leaving the show for good? Do I care?
Leo: (to Huck and Quinn) Thing 1 and thing 2. And a new addition to the bestiary.
Leo: If this bunch is your go-to, you obviously called me just in time. “Grant’s groupie!!” “Sidepiece-in-chief!” “Olivia Poke!” “Here we ho again”? Mistress mania has taken the nation by storm, making you, Olivia, the delusional paramour, the wily home wrecker who snaked her way into the president’s bedroom.
Leo: Where’s all her food?
Huck: You mean her wine and popcorn?
Patty: What? Did someone give you a list of buzzwords when you took this job? Things to say so that you sound like you knew how to help run a country? Stuff just spitting out randomly to people? Do you say these buzzwords to Putin?
Cyrus: I got sparkling wine. I got five different kinds of cheeses. Prosciutto, pâté. I’m gorging on brownies.
Jake: She’s a lot like you?
Olivia: Not sure how to respond to that. Guess that means you have a type.
Jake: So do you. Married guys.
Cyrus: I know why we’re sitting here… to fill in this Olivia Pope masterpiece.
Another solid and satisfying hour from Scandal. For the first time in a while, I’m optimistic about the show.