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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(Continued.. Got cut off.) all these comments dissing Olivia surprise me. She's the one who makes the hard difficult awful choices despite the pain it causes her.. It's sort of like Huck, he feels the guilt of all he's done, but with Olivia it is like.. she is entering her situation knowingly, knowing full well all the torment and blackness it will bring to her soul, but doing it because it's right... So yeah, team Olivia.


Sorry but what is this obsession to see Olivia happy? Considering how unhappy she makes everyone else, why should SHE be happy? Olivia has become too much of a demi-god for my liking, making and destroying things when she sees fit. I agree with Marcus, she has become very unsympathetic. This so-called relationship with Edison is a bore and a waste of our time. We all know it's going nowhere so really what purpose does he serve in the story other than being the distraction because Fitz isn't around? We already have too many irrelevant characters on the show (here's looking at you Quinn!), there was no real need to add another one simply so Olivia can 'get some'.


marcus olivia is trying to protect abby by keeping her away from david...the further away she is from david rosen and his investigation the safer she is.its obvious that doyle will do anything to protect whatever secret they're all covering up, hence cyrus asking james to back off reporting on doyle.
so olivia in her own perhaps misguided way is trying to protect those she cares about without implicating them and putting them in harms way.


@Simone I'm sorry but no one can call any storyline on Scandal ridiculous, not after the Petraeus scandal. Nope, I refuse to accept it. I personally loved the spy storyline, I thought it was an ingenious and entertaining way to engage audiences into uncomfortable questions. Making us ask ourselves if our society has failed these people, these former soldiers ( at home and abroad soldiers) who have to re-assemble their lives with barely any support from the rest of us. When they have sacrificed their lives to take care of our country as whole. The current Petraeus story is definitely scandalous, but it also brings to mind the ridiculously high divorce rates in military families. It reminds us that these vets whom we lionize are also vulnerable, breakable human beings. And unlike Simone, I thought the storyline and acting did it absolute justice. I felt the pain and anxiety of the spies( especially Huck) and it broke my heart.


terrible episode .. i am slowly but surely starting to really dislike Olivia. I just get a sense of arrogance from her towards people who love her unconditenially. Maybe there is some half ass reason why Abby cant be with David but doing that to someone as fragile as Abby was plain cruel. Sorry no justification.
Note to writers .. making your lead unsympathetic is a pathway to disaster.


I thought this episode was even worse than that last one. I cannot imagine how anyone could be riveted by that ridiculous spy story and overall bad acting. I hope the next episode is better than these last two.

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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?