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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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It's a very lame episode. Little to no action, boring, expected.. I dont see how we could believe it was Huck for a second. His love story and the whole arc is annoying. I do understand the need for drama and such..But I dont see how Olivia and Fitz could be together for good unless he quits/loses. It will be like the whole Derek/Meredith thing, going on forever and eventually ending up being boring. I think the best episodes of the show were aired already, and it will just go downhill from now on. See what happened with Grey's Anatomy, the first 2 seasons were the best and then it became just lame.

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I do think that Scandal is Shonda's new favourite show - and frankly it's easy to see why. New people, incredible characters, fascinating storylines. The writing is flawless and the acting superb. It's currently my favourite show. Long may that continue.

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This episode was incredible, I was hopeful it wasn't Huck and glad that one was a go. I guess when James said he was a damn good reporter and was good at his job he wasn't lying, he sure found out that information fast. I agree the scene with Abby & David was really creepy and felt out of place. Is it just me cause i am starting to get real sick Quinn, the fact that she keep bombarding Huck seems kind of stupid because she saw what he did to Harrison, why would she try to get on his bad side. I never thought that i would find another character that i loved to hate as much as Millie but Sally has surpassed that and i actually just hate her. Come one Fitz don't die on us Liv needs you.

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Now I really believe that the writers do a more excellent job when the focus is on the main characters instead of these other scandals going on around them. This is the first time I've watched an episode without Fitz's presence and thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Guillermo Diaz did an excellent job going through the range of Huck's emotions. I knew he wasn't the killer but I was dumbfounded when it was Becky bc I hadn't even placed her on my suspect's lists. It crushed me that he wanted to go with her but I told myself that Huck wants to be loved just like anyone else. I was grateful in the end when he chose to stay but it was so heartbreaking what Becky did to that family. What will Huck do if he is the first to find her?
Way to go Harrison! My jaw dropped when the told Liv to get her ass over to the office. Yeah he's becoming the second in command. Verna Ugh! Why is she fighting for that seat so badly that she doesn't want to be with her family and she turns on Liv? Everybody is out for their own and I can see why Liv wears the white hat!! Fitz please wake up and together you and Liv can fight this!

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For all you crazies that said it was Becky, sorry! knew it wasn't Huck.

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I think the honest turning point for huck was when becky wouldnt give up her real name. he looked like he believed they could be happy and had she trusted and loved him enough to give up her name he would have gone with her. the look on his face when she didnt, i told my husband if he wasnt gonna turn on her before he would now. i feel bad for huck.. i was so proud of harrison! he put his foot down with liv, knowing huck could kill him with one move he still tried to keep him there, and safe. i liked livs little touches to fitz's hopefully not used funeral. that was just weird with david and abby. i love liv and cy as bffs!

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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