Scandal Round Table: "White Hat's Off"

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After what felt like an eternal summer, Scandal is finally back. To help us all recover from the shock of the premiere, and give us something to talk about until the next episode airs, we're back with our weekly TV Fanatic Round Table.

"White Hat's Off" revealed Quinn Perkins' identity, but the episode left us with more questions than it answered. Join TV Fanatic Staff Members Jim Garner, Leigh Raines, Miranda Wicker and Carla Day as we dish on all the best secrets from the premiere. Read on and then sound off in the comments!


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Jim: I loved the final reveal with Huck walking to the car and Olivia sitting it. Simply amazing.

Leigh: After waiting for this show to return, it's hard to pick just one!!! I guess it would be Fitz and Olivia's phone call. They just get each other.

Miranda: I loved so much about this episode. And by "so much" I mean all of it. For the sake of choosing something different, I'll go with Olivia's "tilt at windmills" speech to Quinn. It was so well written and delivered. I'm a total Kerry Washington fangirl and she's always awesome.

Carla: It was jaw-dropping from start to finish, but my favorite had to be the phone call between Olivia and Fitz. My heart broke at the "I hate you" lines.

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Was the Quinn Perkins reveal worth the wait?
Jim: Finding out she was a suspect in a bombing was not, finding out Olivia and Huck were behind her new life - TOTALLY.

Leigh: I hate cliffhangers and love spoilers so this was torture. It was really well done though. I had no clue what Quinn's reveal would be.

Miranda: YES! Yes, yes, yes! It was so worth it! My jaws dropped and my eyes were wide all three times I watched the premiere. Even after I knew it was coming, I couldn't help but be shocked and awed.

Carla: Yes. I'm glad the reveal wasn't dragged out. It provided answers to quite a few of the bigger questions as well about Quinn and Olivia. It was hard to believe that Quinn wasn't the innocent, nice girl that we first met and it turns out she really is that person.

Mellie Grant: Love her, hate her, or love to hate her?
Love her, she is absolutely brilliant in how she can manipulate Fitz. Just amazing, I want to hate her, but I'm completely in the "love" group.

Leigh: Honestly, I just don't dig her. She sacrificed her dreams for a man who cheats on her and called her an ornament. Damn Mellie, go do you, make yourself happy.

Miranda: I'm in the love AND hate her camp. She's so deliciously evil when she needs to be, but then I feel bad for her for the reasons you said, Leigh. When Fitz ripped into her after their TV interview I was hurt for her even after she'd just forced his hand on live television.

Carla: She annoys me every time she is on screen. She makes it easy to root for Fitz and Olivia. She is despicable.

Whom did Olivia call to get the judge to acquit?
Jim: She called the person that she protected Quinn for originally. I think Olivia and Huck were cleaning up a mess with the bomb and Quinn being blamed was not intentional so she moved her where she could keep an eye on her. Clearly whoever she was working for has some power.

Leigh: No idea, I thought maybe someone really high up in the court system but I love Jim's answer. Gonna jump on that bandwagon.

Miranda: Hmm, the only reason I lean away from Jim's answer is that surely they want SOMEONE to go down for this. Olivia seems like the type who doesn't want the "bad guy" to just get away. Wouldn't it have been easier to just frame the dead boyfriend for blowing up the building? I'm thinking way too much about this at 7:00 in the morning. I think she called Cyrus.

Carla: I agree with Jim too. It has to be the person, or someone, who hired Olivia in helping Quinn. Olivia said on the call that she hadn't talked to the person in a while. So, it can't be anyone we already know.

Will Olivia and Huck be able to keep this secret from the other Gladiators?
Jim: Until David digs something up I think they can, absolutely. The moment David reveals a crack, it's going to shatter like tempered glass and they will have to come clean.

Leigh: Even though I suspected Olivia had something to do with the cover up as the episode progressed, she and Huck played it so flawlessly. People might be suspicious but Olivia and Huck can keep a secret like nobody I've ever seen.

Miranda: I think for the sake of Pope & Associates, Olivia needs to come clean to Harrison and Abby and bring them into the inner circle before they find out on their own. And they will find out. They're both good at what they do and could be an asset in fixing this.

Carla: Yes. Olivia and Huck must keep the secret. If it was something that could be shared, they would have already done it. If David gets close or finds out the truth, then maybe they will have to tell, but until then the secret will stay a secret.


Man, this show has so many plot twists per episode, I always watch each episode twice just to catch all the little details. Olivia is such a great, entertaining character, she might be my favorite character on TV right now along with Fiona Gallagher from Shameless. One thing I've also appreciated about this show (and all of Shonda Rhimes' shows for that matter) is that they really pay attention to the music, and always seem to have great songs that add to the mood of the show, rather than distract. A great example in this episode was "Tied Knots" by The Album Leaf, which plays when Olivia watches the Kimberly Mitchell interview and talks to Fitz - I thought the song did a great job of heightening the moment there...again it's the attention to detail that puts this show above others.


One of my favorite scenes from the episode - was when TV-President Fritz was talking to his first lady, and told her, "No one elected you. You are ornamental. Not functional." It was a good and accurate line and I almost fell on the floor laughing.


1.Favorite Scene: I guess it would be the reveal at the end. However, there were a lot of great exchanges between all of the characters in this episode. Even the case of the week was fun.
2. The Quinn reveal was definitely worth the wait!
3. Mellie's character is so well played that it's difficult to hate her. I'm glad they made her a regular.
4. Whoever Olivia called has to be someone we don't know yet, but who has something to do with the bombing.
5. Huck doesn't talk and Olivia will only reveal something if necessary. However, I suspect that Quinn will go hunting for the person who drugged her (and hopefully involve Harrison!). She's free, but people still think she's guilty, so perhaps she'll try to clear her name.


I don't hate Mellie but dang she just gets under my skin with her little ploys like she's the one steering the ship and allowing and not allowing Fitz to do stuff. When he's willing, Fitz is more than capable of dealing with his own stuff. IMH Fitz has always been attractive to assertive women. I also believe Mellie was the person who dropped the ball bc she became more focussed on the role and status as a politician's wife and more notably FLOTUS. I know she does have her own political aspirations. Eventually that secret will come out and I could probably guess Abby's reaction...LOL!!! I enjoy the way in which OLitz interact. These two actors have so much on screen chemistry which is rare on tv these days. This is why I always crave more. They can just be talking on the phone and I actually get a shiver and I'm like wow. As far as Liv calling someone to influence the judge's decision - I'm on the fence with this one - maybe, maybe not. We all know how the show goes - sometimes we think something and find out that aint it. They did it to me enough times during season one LOLLL!


I loved that moment between Quinn and David. It was sweet and heartfelt and now I'm rooting for those two.


1. Final
2. Jim's answer
3. Love her
4. I like Jim's answer but it could be lots of things
5. For now, yes. By the end of the season, I'd say no.


oops missing part.............. I think it is also a knd of Protection. What I missed was that there was no word on Billy, after all the trouble he caused last season nobody even see4med to remember him. The excuse for Steven was the expected on, so I did not expect it on that show!


Was the Quinn Perkins reveal worth the wait?
Yes, cause I think it was a new it opened up for a new story line, much better than she was the daughter of xx or in whiteness protection and escaped… Mellie Grant: Love her, hate her, or love to hate her? I am glad she has a full role this year, she is nearly at the end of the rope. And with this Baby she is tied down even more. She deserves some things, but I can not help and feel sorry for her at the same time.
By the way… nobody said my or our Baby…. Or maybe I need to watch it a second time in case I missed it. Whom did Olivia call to get the judge to acquit? I am with Jim here, but you never know in this show for sure. This female judge did not make the impression she was easily intimidated, to make her bend the law this way it must be somebody with a lot of power or a very good argument! Will Olivia and Huck be able to keep this secret from the other Gladiators? I think as long as they need to do so, yes. I think it is also a knd of Protection. What I missed was that there was no word on Billy, after all the trouble he caused last season nobody even see4med to remember him. The excuse for Steven was the expected on, so I did not expect it on that show!


1. The final scene. My head is still spinning from all the questions it produced. 2. Definitely worth the wait. I had her pegeed as an escaped whistle blower from a cult/mormon compound. :/ 3. Love to hate her. Bellamy is so good in this role. If there were no Olivia I would probably be rooting for Mellie. 4. I have no idea but I can't wait to find out. I learned from the Quinn reveal I am not on Shonda's creative level. :) 5. I don't think she will be able to keep it a secret. I also think she is under estimating Abby and Harrison's ability to find things out. Unfortunately.


1. Telephone conversation between Olivia and Fitz. These two are amazing and you truly feel the love. Geez, talk about sexual tention.
2. Yes it was worth the wait. Didn't see that one coming at all.
3. I love to hate her. What a wonderful actress, I can't stand her. Why Fitz married her is beyound me. Doesn't seem they have ever been in love.
4. Don't know who she called, but we know it was not the President or Cyrus, her greeting to them was long time since we spoke.
4. They will have to, this is big and they have been holding on to this secret for a while now. They have been running with the big dogs.

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Scandal Season 2 Episode 1 Quotes

Abby: It makes no sense. Do you buy it?
Harrison: I question she's lying about her alibi, but I have a hard time buying her as some Unabomber freak who could mix Clorox and toothpaste and blow up half an office park. No offense, Huck.
Huck: None taken.

Quinn: I went home and my apartment was surrounded, cops and FBI agents taking out all my stuff. A woman standing outside told me that a girl who lived there blew up a building and killed seven people.
Harrison: If you were innocent, you could've just called a lawyer.
Abby: You did work with a bunch of them. Also, I hear they're in the phone book.