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Scandal Review: Double Crossed

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Scandal is one intensely riveting hour of television. Really, if you listen closely enough, you can hear my jaw dropping all the way from my living room. "Blown Away?" Well, it just blew me away.

We can all breathe again now that we know that Huck was not the shooter, but that's far from all we learned. Seriously. We have so much to talk about, TV Fanatics and Gladiators, so let's get to it...

Huck Arrested

The biggest reveal of tonight, just as Jim predicted in the "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" Round Table, is that Huck was not the shooter but was actually cleaning up after the shooter. The shooter who lured him to the hotel for the purposes of framing him for the assassination of Fitzgerald Grant.

The shooter who just so happens to be his girlfriend from AA, Becky. Who is actually a trained spy just like Huck.

BOOM. That was my head exploding. It may or may not happen 10 more times during this review.

Becky is the assassin.

She's also in the wind, but before leaving, she took out Huck's "family" as payback for trying to turn her in. She hoped they would ride off into the super-spy sunset together, becoming a "for hire Bonnie and Clyde." And Huck wanted to go with her. He agreed to go with her. He loves her. But he loves his country more, I think, and that's what ultimately tipped him in the direction of giving her up.

Oh, Huck. I wanted there to be a happy ending for him here. And not just the kind of happy ending that happened in Becky's living room.

In my recent interview with Guillermo Diaz, he talked about how Huck is this tortured soul who, at his core, just wants to be accepted and not have to think about his past. I think that family he watched is one of the keys to Huck's past. He didn't choose that family at random to observe in that depth.

I knew Huck would turn Becky in when he told Olivia not to tell him who to love. But he knew she was right. He knew that he and Becky were doomed and that relationship wasn't healthy. It was in his body language and his face. Their exchange when he came to tell her goodbye, just like he promised, may be the first indicator we've gotten that Huck does know about Olivia and Fitz's relationship. He's not judging her and wishes she wouldn't judge him. Neither of them wants what they can have.

Diaz was brilliant tonight. He couldn't make eye contact with anyone and the little things like the way he grasped at his chest and wouldn't look Olivia in the eyes when he was worried about Becky were so perfect. His reaction to the family's brutal murder, particularly the little girl, was chilling and heartbreaking.

And speaking of brilliant performances, Kerry Washington played Olivia as so vulnerable and emotional. Her face when she saw the gun that had been used to shoot Fitz was a mix of horror, sadness, pain and grief and no words were needed to know exactly what she must have been thinking. Her nearly silent "yes" to Cyrus when he told her not to give up on Fitz was sad and beautiful. Her resolve when she handed Sally Langston the funeral plans and commented on the small details she'd added that she knew Fitz would have wanted was excellent.

But brilliant performances aside, tonight was about putting together the pieces of this puzzle and revealed that ultimately, everyone is in this for him or herself, everyone else be damned.

Hollis Doyle is oilier than the crude he wants to pump straight across the nation's heartland. For helping Olivia give Lindsey Dwyer a new life, Hollis gave up Verna's secret battle with cancer to Sally Langston. And Sally Langston isn't above blackmail to get what she wants, which is the Supreme Court Justice nomination she was promised when she agreed to be Fitz's running mate. 

Sally Langston is a seriously formidable opponent in this arena right now. But perhaps not as formidable as Verna Thornton, who gave up Huck's name just so she could stay on the bench.

Is her desire for the power being a Supreme Court Justice gives her worth all of that?

I can understand why Sally would use blackmail to get Verna to resign. Sally wants the Supreme Court to reflect her values as a politician. But I can't necessarily wrap my head around why Verna would be so hellbent on keeping her place when she knows that the entire house of cards could come crashing down around her at any moment. In that event, she would spend the rest of her life behind bars instead of with her family and at her leisure. An individual's motivations and desires are tricky, tricky things.

Verna handing Huck over was a serious betrayal of her friendship with Olivia, and it's intriguing to think about how that particular revelation will play out when the show returns.

The list of people Olivia can count on is dwindling. Seeing that Cyrus is in regular, contractual contact with Charlie has me uneasy for Olivia. She can't trust Cyrus, but she doesn't seem to know that she can't trust him.

As it turns out, the question in the last Round Table about whether or not James would finally get that baby - which was thrown in solely to lighten the tone of the discussion and meant as a joke - was actually a relevant and important one. James is getting his baby. But only because Cyrus is trying to keep him from figuring out the truth about the voter fraud.

Cyrus knows that James is on the story's trail, but I don't think he knows just how much James was able to uncover with his jaunt to Defiance, Ohio. James, however, isn't stupid. He knows that if Cyrus is giving him a baby, it's because Cyrus knows that James knows something. And now James knows that this information he's hiding is monumental.

But the question is, did James know that he was being followed? Did Charlie's spying reveal that James met with David Rosen in the baby store? I want to think that the secret that David is holding the smoking memory card is safe for now, but with Scandal, we can never be too sure.

As for the rest of Pope & Associates, Harrison's resolve to hide the truth from Abby about David actually being a good guy is dwindling. I give it two or three episodes, tops, before he confesses or she finds out that the abused ex-girlfriend story was a setup. She just can't stay away from David.

And of course, now that David and James are working together, it won't be long before there's a target on David's back.

"Blown Away" has to be my favorite episode to date, though I feel like I say that after every episode. Scandal ups the ante week after week after week delivering powerhouse performances and fantastic storytelling making this one amazing ride.

I feel like I archived half the script on the Scandal quotes page, but even so I'm sure I'm forgetting something here. Probably multiple somethings. But so much was revealed and so many more questions were raised that it would be impossible for me to review every detail. That's what the comments are for, after all. So, let's talk.

What was your favorite part of "Blown Away?" What stood out to you that I didn't include here?

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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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You write very well!

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This episode was one of my least favorites. It was not because of the acting but the sadness I felt about Huck's family who was destroyed by Becky.
I was hoping Olivia and Verna had set up Sally in order to get her to go against Hollis by leaving Verna on the Supreme Court. You know, the old adage about snakes turning on each other came into play. I thought the whole time this was a ruse.
I guess my favorite part was seeing Olivia and Cyrus missing Fitz, especially when Cyrus tells Olivia to not give up on Fitz who calls her the love of his life.

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O.K. "Scandal" has consumed me totally...the best reason...I am a writer myself..and Shonda does inspire me to create plots in my head. In that case when I write my novels I can think of different plots to direct my novels...tanx Shonda...we love you...

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@Rank: Yeah..Shonda said that alright...but I was a little bit peeved when she said that...Shonda is my girl...but if she does not pay attention to the fans...she will have committed Genocide on the Scandal Fans...and Suicide on herself...cause that would be the end of the show...A writer should not write for him/herself...she should please the audience...not at our every whim..but some instance to draw us in..and you know what...I forgive her for saying that...I think she said with all her other show..but it will not work like that on "Scandal" If you take out Fitz or Olivia..the show will not work..but you will see that she will not follow through with that thought. She has the pen and computer..and she can change the script...The pres. is already out of a coma in the next episode...Olivia gave him some Kangaroo Care...he is now breathing on his own...that much I know...so keep ur pants on..

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@Mustang..check net flix. Someone mentioned the shooting scene that Beckey left...if you look closer you could see that it was just "art imitating life"..you don't have to be so upset about it...there is much, much worse on "You Tube" that people will eat and have ice cream over...What you missed is the stellar moment that "Huck" gave when he saw the death of his family...you are reading too much into it...while you were analyzing the blood and guts...you should have analyzed the heart wrenching performance"Stellar Performance" that Remez ..."Huck" gave..its called "art imitating life"...plus..Shonda was trying to spare us by giving us "Still moments of the murder." she could have made it a moving picture..which would have been a lot more grueling...

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@grey and scandal fan.. Oh thanks. I didn't realize that they did that and that there was stuff in it (haven't watched it yet)... very respectful of ABC

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They may have pulled it because of the shootings in Conn. Maybe they thought the scene where the family was shot was too insensitive.

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Uhm where the hell can I find this episode online? Hulu had it under HuluPlus but now its gone, and ABC doesn't have it either. What's up with that?! I just really really really wanna watch this episode.

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Am I the only person that was disbturbed by them showing the "family" murdered so brutally--especially the little girl and her mother? I have always loved Scandal but there was something just too cruel in that scene. I think Shonda pushed the limits too far with that one.

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Miranda you are on-point about Abby finding out she was duped by Harrison & Olivia. I think she already suspects something is wrong because David is such a good guy. Can anyone confirm a comment Shonda (& her crew) made on Oprah's cable show that sometimes she has to take her show back from her fans by killing off a main character. I've never watched her other shows before so I don't know if this is a possibility. Any reason to believe TonyG wants to return to directing and isn't coming back to Scandal? That would be devastating.

Scandal Season 2 Episode 9 Quotes

I'm new to the field of remote controlled sniper rifles. Is there a trade magazine they send out to enthusiasts, psychopaths, assassins?

Abby

[to Harrison] The person they're looking for, the one they think shot the President? That's me.

Huck
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