Scandal Round Table: "All Roads Lead to Fitz"

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The votes are in! Scandal just keeps getting better and better! While Fitz was away at the G8 Summit, Olivia and Cyrus managed the Cytron crisis in his absence.

Join TV Fanatic staff members Leigh Raines, Jim Garner, and Miranda Wicker, along with Emily from ABC Scandal Fans, as we discuss "All Roads Lead to Fitz." Then add your answers in the comments...


What was your favorite scene from "All Roads Lead to Fitz"?
Leigh: Olivia and Cyrus hanging out with the wine and popcorn. I love them when they're just friends. Close second, Cyrus telling Mellie "you may be an animal but I'm a monster."

Jim: Huck and his new girlfriend sitting in the car with Huck sharing something he likes to do. It was great that not only did she not think it was strange but it made her more attracted to him. I hope their romance continues. They are so cute!

Miranda: Cyrus and Mellie in the hallway took my breath away with how very, very sinister he can be one minute and how very, very sane and rational the next. LOVE him even though I think he's probably evil.

Emily: I loved the press briefing scene with Cyrus and James! First because I love Dan Bucatinsky as James! Second, because it was just hilarious how uncomfortable Cyrus was. Third, I think James is probably the only one who can ruffle Cyrus’ feathers. It’s ironic that James is the person Cyrus truly cares about and loves, but now fears as well since James has returned to the White House Press Corps. I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble he stirs up!

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Scarier character: Hollis, Cyrus or Huck?
Leigh:  Huck is probably the most physically dangerous but doesn't want to be that way. Cyrus FTW.

Jim: Cyrus. Let us not forget he casually paid a hitman to kill a woman in Olivia's apartment last year. I wouldn't get on his bad side for anything.

Miranda: I'm actually going with Hollis on this one for the simple fact that he seems to have stupidity and impatience on his side. I get the feeling that had he waited on the rest of them, none of them would be in this mess. Never underestimate stupidity, right?

Emily: Cyrus, hands down is the scariest of the three because he knows how to get away with his “…nitty-gritty, morally bankrupt, back-alley brawling rest of the game”. Hello, Amanda Tanner?!? He has to win at all costs (“Winning is winning”) and he’s freakishly skilled and making you believe what he wants or influencing people to see things how he wants them to be perceived whether it’s the truth or not. He’s extremely calm and methodical in his plotting and to me, that’s the most frightening.  If you’re on his bad side or you get in his way, you’ll never know what hit you.

Can we trust Huck's new girl friend?
Leigh: Ehhh... I think she's just a little weird but harmless.

Jim: Not sure how much we need to trust her as Huck does a pretty good job of not sharing anything "work" related.

Miranda: After seeing that Olivia's been spying on David and Abby, I think she's a plant to keep watch on Huck. It wouldn't surprise me in the least to know that Olivia's keeping tabs on all of her employees.Emily: I’m on the fence with “Cocaine” so far. On one hand she really may just be looking for companionship, even though she does seem to be a little kooky. But I could definitely see her being a “plant” as well – maybe the CIA is trying to rope Huck back in. If it turns out to be the latter, I could see her truly falling for Huck in the process and potentially turning on her “boss” to help him.

Do you think Fitz really got elected because of voter fraud?
Leigh: I think anything is possible on Scandal, but I feel like Olivia wouldn't let herself be involved with that.

Jim: Could the glitch account for just over 4,000 votes? Sure... is there anyway to know for sure? Time will tell.

Miranda: I also feel like Olivia wouldn't be involved in something obviously illegal, but Harrison did say that sometimes the ends justify the means for her. So if that's true, and she didn't sense that the governor was capable of murder when he was running for president, what greater evil was she trying to prevent?

Emily: Based on what we know (or assume to know), I don’t think so entirely. I have a hard time believing that such a small margin of victory (4,359 votes), in one county in one state wouldn’t have raised immediate red flags. I would also think that the Governor would have contested the results considering how obviously obsessed he has been in the two years since the election – so much so that he’s willing to let his wife take the fall for murder. I’m sure there are plenty of crucial puzzle pieces still to come in this conspiracy.

We know Olivia's been spying on David, but we don't know for how long. What do you think will happen to Abby and David now?
Leigh: Abby is so screwed. David doesn't have to have loyalty to Olivia.

Jim: I think Olivia is going to give them a choice, come into the fold and protect them from Hollis or if they refuse it will be the end for both of them. I'm hoping for the former.

Miranda: I've defended Abby's lack of understanding of Olivia's silence for a while now, but after this? I can't wait to see the inevitable conversation these two women have and watch as Olivia puts Abby in her place. And please, writers and TV gods, keep David Rosen alive. I like him.

Emily: I have no idea what will happen, but I think we may see some of Olivia’s true colors. I’ll speculate that she may play Abby and David against each other to keep Abby out of the line of fire since no one else in the “Big 5” knows of Abby’s involvement.  It’ll sure be interesting to see who comes out wearing the “white hat."

What do you think about the rekindled friendship between Cyrus and Olivia?
Leigh: See my answer to one. I love it.

Jim: I think Olivia has needed someone to give her straight answers since Stephen left. While there is the whole "I had your client killed" thing that could create a rift, it's nice to see them friends for now.

Miranda: I loved the scene, definitely. But I hope this is that whole "keep your enemies close..." thing. There's a cautious comfort between them while they both remain completely aware of the capactiy for a fall-out.

Emily: I loved this scene and the interaction between Cyrus and Liv – more of their old friendship and close to an almost father/daughter love between the two. However, I hate to think how crushing it will be for Liv if/when the truth comes out about Cyrus’ involvement in Amanda Tanner’s murder.

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Scandal Season 2 Episode 5 Quotes

Olivia: Governor, I know this is a terrible time for you and I understand how you feel about me, but if we're going to work together, if I'm going to help you here, you follow my rules. It's up to you. You know what's at stake. You've seen what I can do.
Gov: You're the best. Don't I know it.

We all jumped off the bridge together. Heck, we held hands.