There are only two episodes left before Scandal bids farewell, so why are we still wasting time on mundane episodes like People Like Me?
A Mellie Problem
Before we get to the bad stuff, there appears to be a Mellie problem now. After deciding to work with Olivia to get Cyrus killed in last week’s cliffhanger, Mellie spends most of this episode completely out of character. There definitely seems to be something wrong with her, especially when she’s walking around in the Oval Office, having discussions and arguments with herself. To be honest, this is more confusing than it is entertaining or worrisome, and even though I have lost faith in these writers over the years, I’ll be damned if I didn’t say I was intrigued to see where this is going. Also: don’t you dare kill off my President, writers.
Sadly, it’s come to my attention that Cyrus has become a worse version of Rowan/Eli Pope. Whether he’s giving cringeworthy, lengthy speeches or pretending to connect with Olivia, Cyrus is not ashamed to label himself as a bad guy this week. I get that the show wants to introduce an unlikely twist with characters revealing themselves as evil, but it completely undermines the nature of Scandal. The show prides itself in painting characters as people who may not be horrible but will stop at nothing for power, and yet doesn’t bother making anyone likable anymore. Plus, if there’s an Emmy for the worst scene of the year, Liv holding a gun inside Jake’s mouth while Cyrus watches on the sidelines better take that award home. It absolutely deserves it.
If there’s one silver lining to all the weirdness and atrocious writing that comes from watching an episode like People Like Me, it’s the unlikely friendship that forms between Quinn and Abby. I say unlikely because even though the two have been working together for a little while now, the writers are too busy being in love with Olivia that they’ve missed the mark when it comes to these two. Their hacking scenes are a hoot, and I’m not ashamed to admit I’m going to miss seeing Darby Stanchfield (Abby) on my screen every week. Let’s hope she gets a more deserving and ass-kicking role soon (Bellamy Young already did).
– Loved the callback to Olivia killing Andrew with a chair in season five’s perfectly titled episode Thwack! during her confrontation with Cyrus this week. What a tease.
– As ludicrous as it is, Mellie’s speech in the Oval, which references the #TimesUp movement, is excellent.
– Cyrus asking Liv if she thinks she would have been a better person had she never met Fitz is an intriguing concept, but sadly doesn’t hold up as well as expected because I absolutely cannot stand either actor at this point.
– So am I to understand that Olivia does not have the guts to kill Cyrus, but feels no shame in blowing up an airplane with an innocent man and his teenage niece on board? Mmmkay.
– How about that God-awful ending with the reveal that Jake killed his wife Vanessa? Not only does she suddenly get more screen-time this week than she ever has, but V was incredibly underdeveloped that I am sure no one will even remember this death after a few days. Nice try, writers.
Mellie: I am the state, he is the enemy of the state.
Mellie: Two women outran the boys all the way to the Oval. Cyrus doesn’t get to steal that out from under us. Cyrus does not get to rewrite the history of women. He doesn’t get to erase our climb.
Mellie: Don’t worry.
Marcus: I worry when people tell me not to.
Marcus (to Fitz): You seem haunted, tormented. And yeah, you survived. But don’t you think Mellie deserves better than that?
Cyrus: If I wasn’t keeping Fitz’s secrets, I’d be keeping someone else’s. If I wasn’t knocking Mellie from the throne, I’d be doing it to someone else.
Mellie: We don’t need their methods, their tools. We don’t need to adopt or justify violence just because it’s been business as usual for the men who have led this country since its inception. The sins of our past leaders don’t need to be our sins. They may always outnumber us, out-muscle us, outgun us. That is why we need to be smarter, better, more just. The only way we can win this is if our bond is stronger than theirs, if we hold fast together, no matter what comes.
A confusing and mediocre hour of television. Two episodes left!