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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Billy Campbell shot Fitz, although I am not sure if he has sniper skills.


All I can say is I love scandal...


@ Reese you are right “Defiance� is the county in OH where voting was rigged but this just one storyline in the episode supporting the title of the episode. Other storylines include; David defied his boss and is still investigating Hollis by using James. James defied Cy by again investigating and will possibly write about what he found on Hollis. Quinn defied Olivia by looking into how she got to DC even though she was told that it would be in her best interest not to have all the answers. The billionaire defied his family to find ‘happiness’ with the 21 year old etc etc……………….


Cont.. See his reaction to the new couple at the gala. We would certainly know how much "letting go" Fitz was prepared to do. I think Mellie had some knowledge--maybe she heard something. She looked too startled when he told her that he and Olivia were through. Can we give Olivia a break? Edison is ordinary and what's the word they use? Normal. The Fitz drama must be heartbreaking and no one cares what effect it has on her. Felt sorry for her when she was with Cyrus--although Cyrus will soon have to worry about his own heart. Will he have to get rid of James? I expect Olivia will go into her normal Fitz mode--save and protect him at all cost. Will Edison be smart enough to notice?


Miranda, you're scaring me. Fitz obsessive? Of course he is and will always be. There is no really powerful man that does not have a healthy dose of ego. Is this a surprise? Mellie is pregnant and he gets crazy because Olivia was seen with another man--Hunting Season anyone? From Season 1 'til now, he has never actually apologized to Olivia for getting her involved in that Amanda Tanner drama. How that must have hurt her. It's apparent that his love for Olivia is strong, but let's face it, until he left her, he's only thought of himself. As for the surveillance, why wouldn't he want to know what she's doing when he's not around---especially because he's never around? He's a man, who has total access. It's partially his way of protecting her and himself as well. I would like to think that he had finally decided to let Olivia go and wanted the best for her and Edison. The photos cut him to the core, but he needed to make an effort to move on. I am only sorry that we did not see what his reaction would have been to the new couple at the Gala. Too bad the shooting didn't occur later. Then, we would know how much "letting go" he was actually prepared to do.


I don't think the first lady had anything to do with shooting. If she knew about it, why would she put herself and baby in harms way?
Love this show, BUT, sometimes they all talk too fast, one after the other, can't make anything out. Very annoying.


I thought that the title "Defiance" had to do with the name of the town where the voting was rigged. Which the POTUS was talking about at his bday dinner which really made James start the investigation.


@Miranda - It was heavily implied that it was CYRUS who first started the surveillance on Olivia during the ep Hunting Season. People automatically assumed it was Fitz but he seemd as surprised as the next guy when Cyrus handed over those photos. There's your abuse of power. There is a definite anti-Fitz tone in all your reviews, words like obsessive and stalker are tossed in far too easily in his direction for whatever reason. I don't notice the same tone when Olivia toys with people's lives and abuses *her* power with her employees. Why is that?


@Overthinking - I'm with you. I really don't think it was anyone from the round table. Those are all good possible suspects, especially the governor who lost to Fitz.


@Oyan - I am there with you on your list of suspects One other thing I would like to throw out there, since the title of the episode was "Defiance" this might be another clue to suggest someone close to Fitz (the roundtable) had something to do with the shooting. Who knows.......Is it Thursday 10pm yet!?!

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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?