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Scandal Round Table: Season Finale Edition

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What a Scandal Season 1 finale, right? Poor Gideon, poor Olivia, poor Fitz - and hello, Mellie, First Lady of evil!

Below, our panel of Round Table experts - Jim Garner, Leigh Raines, Miranda Wicker  and Carla Day - attempt to answer some of the burning questions from an episode that has us hanging on until September...

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Who IS Quinn Perkins? Speculate on her secret.
Jim: I can tell you who she's not - a doctor - or she would have known pulling the scissors out was a bad idea. I'm guessing she is in the witness protection program or maybe she is royalty; queen of the "deer in the headlights" people.

Leigh: Someone in witness protection is a good guess, but I'm feeling more like she's got a criminal background. I truly cannot wait to find out in Season 2! Great setup by Shonda (a woman who ripped my heart out just an hour before this episode with the Grey's Anatomy finale.)

Miranda: Right, Jim? She put her hands on those scissors and I shouted out "DO NOT TOUCH THOSE!" And then she did and it was over. RIP, Gideon. I think Quinn will have ties to someone in D.C. Someone high profile who wants her to stay hidden like her awkward nature makes it seem she has been her whole life. An illegitimate daughter, maybe?

Carla: A criminal would be too obvious. I like the idea of the secret daughter or in witness protection. I'm going with that she was involved in something huge as a child. A high profile media event of some sort: a kidnapping, self-defense killing, corrupt parents, child hidden in closet when her family was brutally murdered, etc.

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Cyrus is behind Amanda's death: Shocked or saw it coming?
Jim: Both shocking and not a surprise. I'm not surprised that he was capable of having someone killed. I'm shocked he would have let an assassin know where he lives.

Leigh: Pretty shocked. I'm thinking per Miranda's review that both he and Billy could've put a hit out on Amanda and wanted her dead. I don't think they were working together. I think that Cyrus panicked and wanted to protect Fitz. Did he know the truth about her and Billy? I'm veering towards no.

Miranda: Completely shocked, but I should've seen it coming. I thought his original nonchalance over her death was a misdirect meant to make us think that he'd been behind it, but then Billy acknowledged he'd put the hit out on her and Huck went to Charlie and said Billy was the problem. I thought it was done. Little did I know...

Carla: Not shocked, but didn't see it coming either. Disappointed. If that comes out, it means trouble for Fritz. And, really, he is a nice guy.

Is Billy Chambers really dead?
Jim: Nah. There is no way the assassin was good enough to take him without surprise on his side. I think the assassin was leaving town in a hurry so he wouldn't have to explain his failure to Huck.

Leigh: It would tie things up too neatly. It all depends on whether or not the writers have decided to be done with the Amanda Tanner storyline. Is she season one history? If so then yes, Billy is dead, there is a suicide note, Mellie might get pregnant and the whole nightmare will be history. If not then there is a hell of a twist in there somewhere.

Miranda: Billy looked so depressed when he saw the V.P. on TV he seemed on the verge of taking himself out of the game. However, no body, no death. I don't think we've seen the last of Billy Chambers. Can you imagine the secrets he must have about the V.P.? She might become Olivia's client before the second season is over.

Carla: It may depend on whether or not Matt Letscher is available. He was in the pilot for The Carrie Diaries. I think Billy killed himself, but confessed everything to the assassin first, which causes him run.

It looks like Olivia has given up the President to save his career. Should she have let him resign instead?
Jim: She gave him up for the country because she believes Cyrus when he says that Fitz is destined for bigger things. She should have never let him consider resigning.

Leigh: Olivia couldn't have let him resign. If she had her happy ending with Fitz, not only would he have given up his entire career, she would have too. Think about it. Nobody would condone the president marrying his mistress and many of her business ties would have shriveled up. Olivia would have lost a lot of the respect she has from colleagues and it would've killed her reputation.

Miranda: It would've caused a dramatic shift in the direction of the show for next season if she'd let him resign, but part of me really, REALLY wanted him to do it on the 20/20 segment and shock both Mellie and Olivia. What can I say, I'm a hopeless romantic. Mellie is one crazy, egotistical, manipulative lady and now the poor guy is stuck with her. I feel bad for their kids.

Carla: No. She couldn't let him give up his presidency for her. Mellie just provided the way out of the situation. Olivia and Fitz won't be able to get together anytime soon, if ever.

Favorite scene from the finale.
Jim: Mellie and Olivia's meeting. It was very clear that Mellie knew and supported Olivia keeping Fitz "happy" and on track. The fact she blamed Olivia for Amanda was both frightening and awesome because of how true it was. I can't wait to see what Mellie does in season 2.

Leigh: I'm going with Jim on this one, Mellie Grant is a powerhouse. She knocked that scene with Olivia out of the park. Not only was she aware of Olivia as his mistress, but she welcomed it as long as it kept Fitz on track! Mellie blamed Olivia for letting him spiral out of control. It almost reminded me of Big Love in a way with Fitz having different wives who took care of different needs, twisted but fascinating. Mellie was such an underrated character. Total MVP after that.

Miranda: It's a tie for me: For the dark humor factor, I loved Huck's "Okay, that's cool, whatever" when he asked Olivia about taking care of Billy Chambers. I probably shouldn't have laughed, but I did. I also loved Fitz putting the V.P. in her place. Times like that make me think Fitz actually IS President-material in the way that Cyrus sees him.

Carla: The Mellie/Olivia scene was awesome, but since it's been mentioned, I'll go with the Gideon murder clean-up scene. Umm ... they seemed to be pros at cleaning up a murder scenes. It was crazy! And, there was so much blood, how was it possible that Olivia didn't get a single mark on her long white coat. Olivia's team can seem to do anything.

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I don't think Quinn is a fugitive or an assassin, mostly because she is so awkward and clueless. Unless she is a master mind and is pretending to be completely clueless, which I don't think so because if she was a mastermind she would had never of pulled out the scissors from Gideon's neck...unless she is extremely committed to the role. She couldn't be a girlfriend or daughter of a crime lord, mostly because she is so fragile. If she was a former kidnaped/hostage victim, why would "half-a-dozen" U.S agencies be looking for her. Which brings me back to her being a convict or an extremely important person to bring down someone close to her. Why else would she be running from the authorities, it cant be for a speeding ticket. Maybe she is a victim of a mass murder, but that doesn't explain why the police are looking for her...and it sounds like she was the one who caused trouble, not the other way around. Or maybe she is a big time drug dealer, that would explain her awkwardness. I don't know what the writers have in mind, but I hope its something high profile and has something to do with the "higher ups" in the world...cause I wouldn't believe if she was a murderer. If the writers are really insane, I heard from someone that she might be the real Amanda (though didn't meet the prez) and she switched identities with the "fake" Amanda, then "fake" Amanda got preggers.

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I don't think Quinn is a fugitive or an assassin, mostly because she is so awkward and clueless. Unless she is a master mind and is pretending to be completely clueless, which I don't think so because if she was a mastermind she would had never of pulled out the scissors from Gideon's neck...unless she is extremely committed to the role. She couldn't be a girlfriend or daughter of a crime lord, mostly because she is so fragile. If she was a former kidnaped/hostage victim, why would "half-a-dozen" U.S agencies be looking for her. Which brings me back to her being a convict or an extremely important person to bring down someone close to her. Why else would she be running from the authorities, it cant just be for a speeding ticket. Maybe she is a victim of a mass murder, but that doesn't explain why the police are looking for her...and it sounds like she was the one who caused trouble, not the other way around. Or maybe she is a big time drug dealer, that would explain her awkwardness. If the writers are really insane, I heard someone mention that she could possibly be the real Amanda (but didn't sleep with the president) and switched identities with the "fake" Amanda because of her criminal past and "fake" Amanda then got laid. I don't know what the writers have in mind, but I hope its something high profile and has something to do with the "higher ups" in the world...cause I wouldn't believe if she was a murderer.

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I agree I was like who doesn't know that the scissors are creating a plug ! But who cares a show can't be perfect yet this show started out good and ended amazing ...I was surprised at the finale which WE all have to admit isn't common with tv shows nowadays

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You know, this might sound crazy but Quinn AND the POTUS both don't really have eyebrows. Seeing as this is not exactly attractive, maybe they're...related? Siblings? Father and child?

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What happened to my comment? Ah well...here I go again...
I recall getting real anxious when Quinn pulled that scissors out...you are not suppose to do that...Katie Lowes shivers really well. I'm really anticipating the second season regarding Fitz taking back his life from these two ladies and others who think they can run circles around him. POTUS knows what he wants - Olivia and he certainly knows how to get what he wants without any interference. As far as Cyrus goes...he's already off his leash and I wonder what comes next. Second season cant come quick enough thank goodness for fanfic!

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Charlie would not have gone up in the elevator with Billy Chambers, if he had no intention of obeying Huck ("it will boost your confidence"). He would have gone straight to Cyrus for money and headed for the border. Billy Cambers is dead ;-)

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Excellent finales, did not see the thing with Cyrus coming because I suspected him at first but then when Billy stabbed the reporter I was sure it was him, so yes pretty surprised. Oh Quinn, really? My 85 year old mother would know not to pull out the scissors,probably my 5 years grand daughter would as well! It's like every movie where they hear a noise in the basement, and then go down there and you keeping don't go down there! The best scene of the season was Melle/Olivia no doubt, wow she is right up there with scariest women on tv!

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I think Quinn is a fugitive/witness who faked her death, changed her appearance and assumed a new identity. No clue why. Girlfriend or lawyer of a famous crimelord who knew too much? Cult member? Former kidnap/hostage victim? Rogue CIA operative?....Oh scratch that...A CIA agent would know not to remove a pair of scissors from a stab wound. Honestly, I don't know why she's so awkward and clueless. Maybe she led an extremely sheltered life, or suffered a recent head trauma or used too many illegal drugs. Billy lives. Assassin guy just wasn't into the whole killing thing anymore, thanks to Huck. Olivia and Fitz are hot, but it would have been bad for him to resign. If he's still miserable when his term ends and she's still single, then maybe they can give it a go. The Mellie/Oliva scene was my favorite, followed by the absurdity of the murder scene cleanup, where they all stood around a corpse bickering . By the way, I'm starting to like Harrison more and more.

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(Comment cut in half)...Both Fitz and Liv offer to fall on their swords, but it's not a real option.
Loved Mellie and Olivia as sister wives of sorts. I think Olivia knew Mellie was aware of the affair, but not that they were on Team Keep Fitz In Line. Awesome. And kind of twisted. Also enjoyed Cyrus and Fitz at the beginning. Loved Cyrus basically calling Fitz a lovesick tween and Fitz telling Cyrus to shut up and get over the fact that Olivia fell for him. Great roundtable! Looking forward to more next season.

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Such a fun finale, and I think there was a nice balance of tying up threads from this season and setting up storylines for the next season. I think Quinn is definitely involved in something high profile because she told Amanda a few episodes back (2? 3?) that she was "in trouble once" and was then really vague about it, but it sounded like a big deal. Maybe she's pulling a long con and pretending to be clueless (I hope) to hide that she's really a criminal mastermind. The Cyrus reveal was shocking because I didn't think this was that kind of show (not that there's anything wrong with that). So both Fitz and Olivia could potentially suffer the consequences of letting their respective pitbulls off of their leashes, which leads to the Billy issue. I don't know that he's dead, but I wouldn't be surprised if he killed himself. I hope he's still around to cause trouble for the Grant administration. Olivia couldn't let Fitz resign, just like he couldn't let her out herself as the woman on the tape. Both of them offer to fall on their swords, but it's not really an option. I agree with Leigh about the Big Love/sister wife vibe between Mellie and Olivia. I think Olivia already knew that Mellie was aware from the opening of the scene, but she didn't know that Mellie thought of them as part of Team Keep Fitz in Line. Awesome. I also like any scene between Cyrus and Fitz. Loved Cyrus for basically calling Fitz and Olivia lovesick tweens and loved Fitz for finally telling Cyrus to shut up. Great roundtable! Looking forward to more in Season 2.