Scandal Review: End Games

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Wow. I might need some help picking my jaw up off the floor after that episode of Scandal. Last week's installment gave us a little more character background, but this week's was all about developing the plot and identifying who's in charge. And I'll tell you right now, it's not the Leader of the Free World.

"Hell Hath No Fury" proved that the women of this show are the power players, even the guest stars, while asking a lot of questions at the same time.

The Team Struggles With a Case

Because we're a little more familiar with the world of crisis management and the characters who make up this show, "Hell Hath No Fury," which focused on developing the plot and driving us toward the end of the first season, was the best so far.

Quinn and Huck's interactions provided lightness to a plot-heavy episode, and Harrison was there, as always, with his smooth talking. It felt like the show started to come together a bit and impressed me more than the previous two episodes.

Here, the team took on the case of a millionaire's son after the client begged Olivia for her help with his defense. While Olivia was able to uncover enough information to have the rape charge against the son dropped, she and her squad also uncovered information proving him guilty of another rape several years prior. After a little soul searching of her own, courtesy of the President's Chief of Staff, Olivia convinced the mother to turn her child in for the rape he believed he'd gotten away with.

In other women-in-power news, Amanda Tanner and the First Lady dropped a couple of bombshells, and I'm not entirely sure yet which was bigger.

First, Tanner's evidence against the President regarding their affair? The information she's not ready to share with Olivia yet? That'd be the baby she's carrying. Amanda Tanner is pregnant. When asked what her "endgame" is in all of this, Amanda inquired only for a meeting with good old Fitz, a meeting to which he at first agreed. That is, until an audiotape of one of his and Amanda's encounters is delivered to the office of his Chief of Staff, Cyrus Beene.

The other bomb? The First Lady knows about the President's affair with Olivia. She even went so far as to invite Olivia to a State Dinner thinking she and the President would have another tryst and he'd be able to sleep at night. (For the lines that gave the First Lady away, and a couple of fun exchanges between Huck and Quinn, visit our Scandal quotes page.)

Each of these story lines brings up questions about what Olivia is willing to reveal about herself as news of the President's affair comes to light and what the motives of other characters may be.

For instance, the millionaire's mother, accepting some of the responsibility for her son's playboy ways, did what she knew would benefit her son best in the long run, and in doing so, I believe provided a little more clarity for Olivia about her own situation. Olivia knows this is going to get ugly. Will she have the courage to do what must be done if it means she's revealed as one of the President's mistresses? Or will she become her own client?

Before hearing Amanda's news, Olivia vowed to go as far as she had to go to get Amanda the results she wants, whatever those results may be. It's clear Olivia still has feelings for the President. How does news of Amanda's baby change those feelings?

We know the First Lady knows about her husband's affair with Olivia, but it seems she may also know about Amanda Tanner. Did the First Lady send the audiotape to Cyrus? If so, what's her endgame in revealing to the President that she knows about his extramarital activities?

What did you think of this week's episode and the overall show so far? Whose bombshell from this episode shocked you the most?


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I thought the president's wife knew about him and Liv she probably knows about the aid too. Don't much like Cyrus though seem to be a slimball.


Love this new show! Every week it seems like I only just start watching and it's over! I love it! I want Oliva and the President to be together! How wrong is that!


I really like this episode but, for the life of me, when Olivia and Amanda had that last conversation, I could not understand what Amanda said. I played it back four times and still could not understand her. I had to find this review to find out. I thought it must have been something to do with being pregnant but I sure couldn't understand her. I do wonder if it's the president's baby, maybe not. Can't wait for the next episode. (And yes, I think Thatcher Grey when I see Cyrus, but he's obviously a tougher person than Thatcher)


Blu, I agree. We are in the third episode of the show. Most people by now should know whether or not this show is for them. I have read all the spoilers and I can't wait for the later episodes, especially the flashback one that shows us the beginning of Fitz and Liv. Looking forward to that. I thought this was a great episode. I'm totally hooked.


I'd love to know why people leave negative comments about a show they don't actually watch? I mean not liking an episode and saying you won't watch it again I totally understand but never having seen it or watching the pilot and then openly saying that you never watched again but you're still leaving comments on reviews, why? The first lady surprised me and I loved that. The pregnancy thing was rather contrived. Loved the episode . It continues to get better.


Keisha - Ditto to everything you said. Jo, I was going to look up Amanda's character to see what else she worked on. I knew her, but couldn't put my finger on where I'd seen her. Thanks for saving me the search efforts. Angee, excellent point. How could Cyrus know the meeting spot if he didn't even know of their affair. My bet is that he had the Fitz tailed. Can't wait for them to really come together. Their kiss from the first episode was a great tease.


This show is definitely not for me. Everyone talks too fast and slick, and there is nothing original about it. I'm dissapointed that you don't have anything on the two new really original shows on Thur. night, Awake ( outstanding writing and acting) and Missing. They are the best thing to hit network TV in years.


One half of the first episode was enough for me. Nothing of value in story line and actors seem to sleep walk thru what I was able to watch.


I love Cyrus' character and what he did tonight. Olivia and Fitz are playing recklessly, and Cyrus is doing what he feels he needs to do to keep Fitz's presidency in tact. So I really liked that he played both of them, and let's be real...they're both capable of doing whatever needs to be done in order to reach their own endgames. With 4 episodes of the season left, I hope they give us some good background on the characters.


I'm loving this show, I figured Amanda was preggers but the first lady seems like she has her own end game. I wouldn't be surprised if she sent the recording to Cyrus. She knew Cyrus would protect his investment (the president) and make sure Olivia was out of the picture. Plus if Gideon didn't call Amanda who did? The sad thing is I think the president does actually love Olivia. Is it me or does Olivia wear a lot of white/cream/beige clothing? I love that she wore a dress in this episode, until now its been trousers all the way.

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Scandal Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Quinn: Hey, what are you doing here?
Huck: Setting you up...Put your hair down, and take that jacket off. Flirt just enough, but not too much, and do not let him see you home.
Quinn: I can handle myself.
Huck: I heard you on the phone. You need to be set up.

President: Why did you invite her to the State dinner?
First Lady: Olivia?
President: Why would you do that?
First Lady: Because you needed to see her. I trust that tonight, you'll sleep like a baby.