Well that’s the first time in a long time that I came away from a Scandal episode and was thoroughly satisfied with what I had watched. I see some people are already saying the episode was crap, but that’s what happens when you either A, literally only watch for Olitz scenes, or B, you hate-watch.
I liked that there was no coyness in revealing who Jake had shot in the opening scene. I had always thought it more likely to be James than David, but because that made way too much sense, I guess I didn’t give the writers too much credit.
Olitz - There were hardly any scenes with them together, but if I’m honest, I thought that was a good thing. I did love the bits of them together that we did see - they were working in tandem, problem-solving, and trying to be there for Cyrus. They’re such a good team when they’re not all caught up in their feelings, and they seem a much healthier partnership this way. I hate their angst, and I feel that if the writers want people to get back on board with them, they will need to concentrate on other aspects of the show, as well as building them up individually.
Olivia - I loved Olivia in this episode. She was handling things, even though once again her world was crumbling around her. I watched the Scandal Afterbuzz show earlier, and once again Bamm was getting on my last nerve. For some reason, he had an issue with Olivia having an issue with Jake killing James and the other two ladies. In what world is Olivia not going to question the guy who swore that he’d be different to her father, when she finds out that her friend was murdered by B613? Sit all the fucking way down asshole. I seriously can’t stand Bamm and his misogynistic ways. I imagine that in private he’s one of those people who’d call Olivia a negro bed wench.
Kennelia also had a problem with Olivia demanding things from people constantly, and I have to say, I love this aspect of her character. If you want something, and you know somebody who can give it you, why wouldn’t you ask for it? Or is it only men who are allowed to adopt that attitude? Anyway, I thought there was something very noble and brave about her wanting to bring down the B613. I think she can totally do it, but not without casualties.
Anyway, on the subject of Scandal Afterbuzz, it’s totally worth watching, just to see Emile’s reaction to Cyrus’ struggle with coming out. I never realized that Emile was gay, and seeing him crying, and how much James and Cyrus’ story meant to him really moved me. It’s times like these that I really appreciate what Shonda Rhimes can do with her story-telling.
Fitz- Fitz had a good episode, the compassion that always makes me want to root for him came to the fore in last night’s episode. The scene with him going to rescue James from the podium, hugging him and gently escorting him out of the presser was so powerful. Jeff Perry’s performance was beyond. I loved how Fitz tried to be there emotionally for Cyrus, despite all the ways that he’s shafted him in the past. The flashback scene where Cyrus was obviously trying to come out to him was beautiful. You could see that Fitz already knew, and his compassion was wonderful, even though Cy didn’t end up telling him he was gay. Fitz’s reaction at the state dinner when Cyrus grabbed James and danced with him, was great though.
Cyrus and James - I think this episode was a really good send-off for Dan Bucatinsky. I’ve often said that I wished James would die (along with many others) but I was unprepared for how shocked I still felt when we found out that it was him who Jake killed. I was really sorry to see him go, and as he lay dying, with his daughter’s name the last thing he uttered, I can’t lie, I cried for him.
As for Cyrus. Man, I have hated Cyrus since last season, but Shonda had me crying for him last night. I guess no matter how much of a monster he can be, when he shows his humanity, he has the ability to move me. As I already said, Jeff Perry killed that scene at the presser. I cried like a baby when he broke down.
Mellie and Andrew - They had sex, after flirting with each other during their trip to woo the gun lobbyists. I wasn’t mad at Mellie, she’s been needing to get laid forever. She needs a man who looks at her like she hung the moon. Maybe it might prompt her to make some changes to her life.
Side-note, Bellamy and Jon need to work on their sexing. It came across as very forced, and it looked rather rehearsed. I’ve seen more genuine passion between two ants. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by Tony and Kerry’s undeniable on-screen chemistry…
Jon shoulda just gone for the boob, and trusted the editors to censor accordingly
Huck and Quinn - Oh. My. Fucking. God. What the fuck was that? I can never unsee that mess again. It will be interesting to see how that relationship progresses now.
Jake - Scott Foley’s acting wasn’t too bad on last night’s episode. He can do one-dimensional like no other. It’s when he has to emote that he has issues. He can do stoic, somber and matter-of-fact fairly well, so well done for not ruining the episode for me, with your mediocre acting skills sweetie.
By the way, I saw some comments earlier where people were saying how sorry he was about killing James, and how they wanted to hug him, and that he was just doing his job. These are the same people who bring up the fact that Fitz killed Verna every two minutes and hammer him with it. Verna tried to kill Fitz for something he had no knowledge of, the bitch had it coming yet Jake cuts a more sympathetic figure because he was doing it for the sake of the Republic? Un-be-fucking-lievable.
Mama Pope - Wow. She does not mess around. She is cold as ice. She makes Rowan look like a teddy bear. I need for her to get into a room with her daughter and her husband. I need to see the Pope Family Reunion asap.
Rowan - He’s still the worst. His monologue made no sense to me at all. I’m not a fan of the school of thought that says that everybody is a monster, and they all deserve to be saved or dragged into the light. I really hope that Olivia isn’t going to be too concerned with saving Jake’s soul, she has bigger fish to fry. The only thing that I did like about Rowan’s speech to Liv was that he seemed to believe that she could be some sort of savior for those in need. Let me know if you think I’m mistaken, but I felt that he saw her as the light, and there seemed to almost be a touch of pride at that point in his monologue.
Abby and David - Poor David. He was pooping his pants this episode, as we all would I’m sure. Kennelia on Scandal Afterbuzz thought that David should watch his back because his life has always ended up a mess with after tussling with Olivia. My counter-point would be that he’s normally always been on the opposing side. Now they’re a team.
I loved the scene with Abby, where she makes David tell her what’s wrong. Their relationship is genuinely beautiful to witness. No doubt Shonda has something heinous in store for them in the future.
Like I said, I thought the episode was stellar, and it reminded me how good Shonda can be when it comes to hitting those emotional beats.