Scandal Review: Intuition

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Tonight's episode of Scandal may have had a slightly slower pace than previous episodes, but it certainly didn't lack for a jaw-dropping ending:

Who shot Fitzgerald Grant?

Leading the Team

"Defiance" had everybody following their intuition, and if Fitz had listened to Mellie's, maybe he wouldn't have be in this position.

I keep playing that scene over and over in my head and I can't decide if Mellie KNEW something was going to happen because of the round table and cloak-and-dagger's secret meetings she's been privy to in Fitz's absence... or if she just knew on a gut level that they shouldn't get out of the car. I want to say that she's not so heartless and/or ambitious that she'd have her own husband assassinated, and this was all a big, huge serving of women's intuition. But with her, I feel like we can never be too sure.

Mellie's not capable of assassination, is she?

Is this solely the work of Hollis Doyle, who might be a more dangerous animal than Cyrus Beene? Or is there someone else out there who wants Sally Langston sworn in before sunrise? The suspense! It kills!

Intuition was also crucial for James tonight as he tracked down the information given to him by David Rosen. This is a dangerous yet awesome alliance these two are forming. I knew James wouldn't stop investigating Hollis Doyle just because Cyrus asked him to. The desire for scoop is too strong with some journalists and James has proven that he has quite the urge to uncover the truth. Watching James follow the leads to uncover the voter fraud that got Fitz elected was thrilling.

Now the question is: if Fitz survives the shooting, what's he going to do and think when he finds out?

He'll eventually learn that his election was fraudulent. He was never supposed to be President. Which means he would've been free to leave Mellie and be with Olivia.

It's certainly killing him to see Olivia and Edison together, though he's bringing a great deal of that pain on himself by having her watched in the first place. Here's a newsflash: Having a surveillance detail follow your ex-girlfriend around, even if she's your One True Love, is kind of obsessive and not at all romantic. I know he told Tom the Secret Service agent that they were supposed to back off of the detail, so here's hoping they actually do it.

I'm not sure how I feel about Olivia essentially using Edison as a pawn to find out if the President is still carrying a flame for her. Yes, he finagled his way to a nomination for Senate Majority Leader by stomping on her client, but her conversation with Cyrus about who should be the next leader and then her surprise that Fitz made the right choice (by making the wrong choice) was a little sad.

The President choosing to support the other candidate so that Edison would be chosen made sense in terms of blocking Hollis Doyle's connections and had very little to do with Olivia, unless it was some grand and secret gesture to say "Go. Live. Be free." His choice might have also been the reason for the shooting, so maybe it was the wrong choice after all.

Quinn also followed her intuition to determine that Huck, or someone like Huck, ferried her out of California on a private jet registered to Verna Thornton. She's learning the ways of the team members at Pope & Associates well to be able to hypothetical her way into so much information.

Also worth noting from tonight's episode was Harrison's ability to handle the case. Olivia trusted him to get the job done and he did, even if he doubted himself. And I think the Abby-David break-up is eating at him just a little bit, which is going to be interesting moving forward. If he starts to question Olivia, the whole thing unravels, but so far, he's the most in the dark about everything going on.

Huck, Abby, and Quinn all have pieces to this puzzle. Harrison doesn't.

What did you think of "Defiance"? Who do you think pulled the trigger? Check out our Scandal quotes page for more tidbits from the episode and then let's talk about this week in the comments!


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No, I like Edison. He's just not Fitz and Olivia is in love with Fitz. She might love Edison to some degree--they were going to get married, but I think he's just the safe bet. Who wouldn't want safety after a storm? Pastor Drake's death really did a number on Olivia. Who wants to be the mistress, holding on for 15 years, only to be suffocated by that love? I get why she wanted Fitz to let her go. However, how do they get back together now? Does Fitz realize that he needs to be with his wife, or does he want Olivia even more? Does this assasination attempt change anything for these two?


Well, with every other show I would say Mellie did it, but here? Maybe something different was supposed to happen.
Maybe Liv's new boyfriend did it. He is much to nice for this show so far.
I really like this show it makes you think and even can surprise you, what is in my book a refreshing difference from many other shows currently running.


Hi. Long time lurker and posting newbie here. I don't think Mellie had anything to do with the assassination attempt. She uses manlipulation or blackmail, not assassins to get what she wants. IMHO the writers want us to think she had something to so with it, when really she just had a feeling something was not right.


If the shooting was a murder attempt then Mellie's not behind it and didn't know about it. I liked the investigating by James, and Quinn.


I think it was Cyrus. I think he saw that Hollis was going to destroy Fitz and so he hired Charlie to shoot him but not kill him in hopes that it would somehow endear him to the American people and detract from whatever Hollis plans to unleash. I think that's why you hear Cyrus in the promo say that the American people have to want Fitz dead in order for that to happen. It was staged. I think Mellie was in on it but I think she worried something might go wrong with the plan and tried to back out. I definitely don't think the intention was to kill Fitz and I honestly think he was shot in the arm or leg or torso. Definitely not dead. Shonda is not stupid. There would be no Scandal without Olitz. I think it's safe to say that we all hate Edivia.


Miranda--Fitz' ego is constantly fed by all of those around him--remember Mellie and the Secret Service guys discussing to what extremes they were willing to go for him? Acceptable? Not sure, but certainly par for the course. I don't see him abusing his power regarding Olivia. Quite the contrary, there's not much he wouldn't do to please her. Cyrus is an abuser of power. I remain amazed at the judgements about Olivia and Edison and confused that we don't call Fitz out at all. Could it be that women respond to his vulnerability much more than the pain that Olivia experiences?


I thought the episode was fantastic! As soon as Cyrus allowed James at the birthday dinner, i knew it would spark something. I hated that Fitz was having Olivia followed even if he did have it stopped. It is creepy and controlling. I love their chemistry but cannot stand if they end up together. Any man who abuses his office to keep tabs on his mistress has no honour. I think it is interesting that Edison is depicted as having so much integrity(what everyone says about him) but both Olivia and Fitz and much more murky characters. Mellie didn't know or have anything to do with this. She resents Fitz after everything but she is shown as caring about him. I think it was just intuition. I really want to know more about the voter fraud. How and when did they plan it? Did they find out the machines had flaws and then decided to manipulate it for their own gain?

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@mrenee--sorry if that came off shorter sounding than intended. I'm computer-less and posting from my phone.

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@mrenee, I can't tell if you think his ego and abuse of power is a bad thing or acceptable given who he is.


First of all I live in Ohio and the chances of that many Demacrat votes in Definace county to change anything is not very likely. But I like the idea of the voting fraud story line,I just the would of placed in say Franklin County (Columbus) Ohio would have been more realistic. Olivia is going to have her hands full fixing this.

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Scandal Season 2 Episode 7 Quotes

Fitz: I thought I said I didn't want a big party?
Mellie: Well, we can't always get what we want, can we?

[to Olivia] This is you sharing? Whoever he was, he really hurt you, didn't he?