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Scandal Review: Spy Games

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How is a person supposed to sleep after watching Scandal?!? This is one show where I rarely see what's coming before the secrets are revealed... and that constant guessing makes for an exciting, often restless Thursday night.

"Spies Like Us" had me riveted from start to finish, and not just because we got to know more about Huck's past. Harrison was also thrust to the forefront of tonight's story, assuming the role of Olivia's confidante within Pope and Associates.

Olivia Worries Over a Secret

One of the first things we learned is something that diehard Fitz/Olivia fans are going to hate: Olivia's seeing Edison again.

But y'all, he made her laugh. When he walked her to the door and he explained all the reasons they should be seeing one another, she actually laughed. The Olivia Pope we've come to know, especially Scandal Season 2 Olivia, doesn't laugh. She rarely smiles. And Edison makes her laugh and smile.

I'm not saying that Fitz can't make her laugh and smile, but he can't make her laugh and smile right now. So for the time being, I'm enjoying this relationship. I like seeing Olivia happy, or something like happy. So I'll take this.

I also like seeing Harrison take charge. And tonight? Harrison was a total bad ass.

There he was in a room of spies with guns trained on one another and he successfully talked them all into lowering their weapons. The guns didn't stay lowered and were soon pointed on him, true, but he was cool and collected as he backed out of that room and never let anyone see him sweat.

For that alone, Harrison earned the big office.

He also took up the mantle of Olivia's right hand associate in Stephen's absence. Abby's profession from last season that she'd follow Olivia "over a cliff" paled in comparison to Harrison's impassioned plea to Olivia to stop seeing him as a job and to start seeing him for what he is: a soldier in her army. (To read his speech, and more, check out the Scandal quotes page.)

While Harrison may believe that the ends justify the means, he did seem reluctant in having to break Abby and David apart tonight. I can see his reluctance causing issues in the future which could be interesting if Olivia continues to keep her people out of the loop on the Cytron/Hollis Doyle issue.

And speaking of soldiers, the spies from Huck's old program coming together gave us new insight into Huck's life. He wants something normal and has no idea what that is. But even though normal is what he wants, he's still a soldier trained to carry out his mission. If his mission is to become a ghost, then he'll become a ghost, no matter who he has to leave behind.

I felt bad for Huck, but also happy that Becky is apparently good for him. She might actually help him stay sober, though I still have my suspicions about whether or not she's a plant to keep an eye on him. It was also uncomfortable to watch him encounter Charlie, Amanda Tanner's killer, and to watch Charlie put the proverbial screws to Huck just as Huck had put the actual screws to Charlie.

After tonight, I also really want to know more of Huck and Olivia's story. Their relationship seems to predate that of Olivia and any of the other associates, and she seems more attached to him than to any of the others.

Finally, Cyrus Beene is a sly, manipulative devil. And even though he's a killer-by-proxy, I love him. I also love James and the two of them together. Hollis Doyle needs to be squashed before he has a chance to hurt James.

What did you think of "Spies Like Us"? Do you think Harrison earned the big office?

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Brilliant episode! As far as Olivia...for me.."over a cliff". I love her when she is sympathetic and unsympathetic....just like people in real life. None of us are perfect and most of us have done things that are against someone's moral view of the world. As for Edison, even if he is a distraction...just like in real life...most people need some TLC...and some of us put up with all kinds of questionable, horrible, or downright criminal behavior in order to have it. Even some of the people criticizing here. No one is black or white in real life...not even the clergy! and they are supposed to be (pure that is). Life always has something to day about that and that is one the beauty of the show. Last but not least....Fitz...please hurry back!!!!

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While Edison Davis may provide the cuddles and hugs for now, he is also an opportunist who proved to be such when Olivia was with him before. Remember this quote, "You always did put your career above all else."(Olivia Pope) Davis tells her 'no' when it involves anything that requires him to bend a few rules. Yes, he may desire Olivia but I do not think he loves her. Fitz, on the other hand, is a true romantic and will give up everything to be with the woman he loves. "Tell me what to do Liv, and I'll do it." (Fitz Grant)

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I am also surprised at the Oliva bashing. I love this show and how realistic it is when it comes to good and bad. In this world, it is not as clean as we want it to be. Oliva has sacrifised a lot and I love how she is really a Mama bear for her crew and those she really trust. I wish Abby and David could have worked, but let's be honest the relationship started off wrong in the first place, in the sense, they were using each other to find out about Olivia. I love this show..no one is innocent....

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Did I miss something? What gay couple?

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Love the show, don't like the gay couple - unnecessary

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We are totally NOT happy with the gay relationship we saw last night - they don't go together, etc. Totally unnecessary.

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Loved this episode. Great to see more Huck and a assertive Harrison. This makes things all the more interesting. As for Olivia, has anyone not noticed that Olivia has been quietly falling apart ever since she found the 15year mistress silenced under Pastor Drake? "How is Fitz?" Notice how Cyrus did not bother to ask how "she" was, knowing that she is also in love with Fitz. All roads definitely lead to Fitz, but there has to be someone for her and Edison is that person now. He's safe and predictable and most important, in it for her. Even the fixer needs some fixing and Fitz, with all of his declarations of love, still gets to go home to his pregnant wife. Abby is involved in a dangerous relationship and Olivia is well aware of what Hollis will do to keeps things underwrap--not to mention Cyrus, if he feels the presidency is in jeopardy. Let's just say she had to make this decision to keep things safe for everyone. I cannot fault her for that.

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I finally watched this episode.. and I loved it. I find huck to be the most interesting character on the show, and I'm glad the dove more into his past. What Olivia did to Abby was cruel, I agree, even though I think Abby is kind of a witch.. it still wasnt' cool, but I guess whatever they are hiding, is worth protecting so maybe what she did was the best way to handle the situation. I hated that Fitz was once again NOT in this episode.. but he'll be in next weeks episode so yay.. I really feel bad for Olivia.. she makes these really tough calls, and you know she hates herself for it.. I think that is why she was crying when Edison was at her door.

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Oivia makes me sick to my stomach. What she did to Abby and David was horrible. You really want to protect them Olivia? Go the the FBI, The Washington Post and tell them what you and your pals did to buy the White House for your married boy-friend.

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Meh. It made spies boring. Pro: No Fitz. Con: No Mellie.

Scandal Season 2 Episode 6 Quotes

Huck: We are in my wheelhouse now...I'm supposed to be a ghost. If my name, and not my real name, but Huck, my name, the alias that goes with this life at Pope and Associates, if my name is on a list, it's time to disappear. So I can't stop.
Pope: Crosby sent the list to me, the check is in my name, too, so whatever this is, whatever I'm supposed to protect you against, that's in my wheelhouse, and we can fix this.

Abby: Huck was a trained killer spy.
Harrison: I don't think 'was' enters into it. Once a killer spy, always a killer spy, right?