Scandal Review: By Any Means Necessary

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Scandal never fails to disappoint upon returning from a break. Never. In fact, I think this show is incapable of disappointing at all right now. Scandal is on fire!

As the once-divergent story lines came crashing together around Olivia Pope, "Truth or Consequences" was a game-changer. 

Angry Olivia

I've said it all along, and tonight I was proven correct: Hollis was not behind the assassination attempt. 

Truthfully, having him be the culprit was too easy. Setting him up to make it look like he was behind it all, however, was brilliant. I have my theories about who set him up, but I'll probably be proven wrong somehow by some crazy loop Shonda will find a way to throw at us. That's okay, though. I can handle the ride on that roller coaster.

Now that we've gotten that major bit out of the way, let's talk about Olivia.

We've seen flashes of her struggle throughout the series so far. Tonight was superbly written, directed, acted, everything, start to finish. Seeing Olivia as she watched all of the events flash through her mind and then sink into bed unable to sleep or move because the weight of the guilt of what she'd done was just that heavy. That was necessary and heartbreaking in a way. 

For a time, Olivia convinced herself that everything she'd done had been for the greater good, but along the way she changed and wrecked lives. As a character, Olivia catches a lot of criticism for what is thought to be her flippant way of destroying people for what she perceives to be in everyone's best interests, but tonight made it clear that the decisions she makes most certainly burden her.

It was perfect that Edison went to her team - her family - to ask for their help in reaching her. He loves her enough to know that in a situation like that her Gladiators are the ones she needs, not him.

What was more perfect was the way Huck just flopped himself down on her bed before casually offering to off Hollis for her if that's what she wanted. 

Huck: Hollis Doyle has to go. I can take care of that for you if you want.
Olivia: Huck, you have to stop killing people.
Huck: Why? It solves the problem. | permalink

Huck also revealed that Cyrus "has a man" and named Charlie as that man. Huck and Olivia know that Charlie was responsible for Amanda Tanner's death. It won't be long before Olivia puts it together that Cyrus was behind her murder. (Also, that final scene with Charlie getting into the elevator with Hollis was a nice repeat of the last time we saw Billy Chambers.)

Huck's visit with Becky was another heartbreaker. Here's a woman who has just tried to kill the fictional President. I should not care one iota for her. But seeing that Huck cares enough about her to tell her his real name makes me want to care for her. She's the same as him, after all. Damaged. Broken by the government she swore to serve. Despite killing his family, Huck still has a desire to make things right with her, or at least for her, in whatever weird and twisted way he can. 

Regarding making things right, the team will go to great lengths to make Olivia herself right again because that's what she's taught them to do. She's taught them to fix people and they will find a way to fix her, starting with Harrison's allegiance and his insistence that, no matter what she may think of herself, she still wears the White Hat in his eyes.

Along those lines, David Rosen doesn't seem to be playing around when he says that he will come after Olivia if she tries to play him again. His ire over being sent on a mission to nab Hollis for the President's assassination when that mission turned out to be unfounded will no doubt set him on Olivia's trail somehow. But they'll be working together soon enough, and I'm actually looking forward to that. I like the idea of them working together instead of against each other and think they'll make a powerful team.

Which brings us to the closing remarks of this review: Team America's Baby.

As it turns out, Fitz is pretty serious about wanting a divorce, political suicide or not. He doesn't care. He knows what he wants and he expects to get what he wants. Mellie, however, also knows what she wants and what she wants is to be the First Lady, married to Fitz, and recognized for the years she put into grooming him into the man he is.

During her rant about how she's supposed to hate Olivia but feels slighted that she made Fitz and someone else gets to reap the benefit of that, I couldn't help but feel just the slightest twinge of sadness for her. To a certain degree, what she's saying is true. She put in the years to get him to the point of being able to campaign for President when, at least to hear her talk, that's what he wanted and not what she wanted. Somewhere along the way being First Lady became a consolation prize.

Having a doctor induce her labor to try to lure Fitz back to her? Mellie will truly stop at nothing to protect what she sees as hers. Absolutely nothing.

What did you think of "Truth and Consequences?" Who do you think was behind the assassination plot? 

Be sure to check out our Scandal quotes page for more Cyrus and Olivia and Fitz-y goodness. You can even add your own favorite lines if they aren't there already!


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


Marcus, please keep in mind, that the name of the show is SCANDAL. It wouldn't live up to it's name so well if the main characters were not flawed/imperfect individuals would it? Flawed people do questionable things, and these things just happen to be scandalous at times. If you listen to the promos for the show, Ms Rhimes and her leading lady, have already "set the narrative" that, "no one in the show is who they appear to be." Liv' says that "everybody has dirty little secrets, and dirty little secrets always come out." It's the revealed secrets that are so scanadalous and that really makes the show so exciting, addictive, stimulating and a huge part of why the fans love it so.
Don't condemn Ms. Rhimes for choosing to present the protagonist and the other characters as perfectly flawed individuals with whom every truthful human being can identify with, in some way or another, at some point in their lives. Don't bully the writers to try and make the fictional character named "Olivia Pope" synonymous with true life persona of Ms. Washington. She's a figment of Ms. Rhimes's imagination, whom I hasten to add, Ms. Washington is doing a phenomenally flawless job at portraying. Try not to be a backseat director Marcus, or to dictate how the characters should be portrayed. Let the writers of the show do their thing. You are already on the Shondaland roller coaster, and it's moving full speed ahead. Buckle down and enjoy the ride! When it stops, you have the choice to go for another spin, or to walk away. But don't try to stop others from enjoying the ride just because you don't like it. That's not fair to the rest of us die hard fans. Okay?


Mellie is a hot mess!


A couple of things: 1. When Verna went to the election rigging group with her suspicions that Hollis ordered the assassination attempt didn't she say she heard him talking to Becky? If he wasn't behind the attempt, why would Verna say that? Verna seems fishy to me because of this but...
2. Mellie did try pretty hard to keep Fitz in the car once he told her he had ended things with Olivia. Also, one of the episodes in the aftermath of the shooting was called "Blown Away" which is what Mellie promised she'd do to Fitz if he didn't stop seeing Olivia.
3. In the delivery room, when Fitz paused before going to Mellie, I got the impression that he was thinking about those approval ratings Cyrus had given him, thinking it would be easier to leave Mellie after "America's Baby" was born. I read a lot into that long pause...just me?


I thought Olivia guessed back in season 1 that Cyrus was responsible for Amanda's death. I remember an angry scene where she is yelling about Fitz "letting Cyrus off his leash" to solve the Amanda problem.


I think Edison ordered the hit. So he could become vice president.


I think all the obsessing about the rigged election will come to an end when we find out the election wasn't rigged after all. A rigged election sure sounds great, but it will destroy the entire show. I want Olivia's white hat to be true. Where is the attorney who left Liv to get married? He had the most loyalty to Liv-IMO. My main concern is how many (fantastic) episodes we will get. If Fitzgerald does 2 terms, that's a lot of mystery to keep up for 7-8 seasons w/o Liv & Fitz actually being together in the end. I believe good always wins & I hope Ms. Rhimes does also. Cyrus is as bad-if not worse-as Hollis. I love Hollis! Wouldn't it be interesting to know he and Mellie had something going on we don't know about it? And I believe VP Langston ordered the hit on Fitz-w/ Eddison's intel.


I totally agree w/ CrystalNikki who wrote "...Mellie knew about or ordered the hit on Fitz. Remember she did not want him to get out of the car." Becky already worked for Hollis on Cytron. So who else would hire her to kill Fitz? It's not like assassins advertise themselves in the WantAds so Hollis had hire Becky or loan her out to his baby-mama: Mellie. They both did it.


So many are saying that the key reason that Scandal has good ratings is because of the relationship between Fitz and Olivia but the show is so much more ! Great pace, great writing and it keeps us on our toes from start to end. The show is revealing all the puzzles which makes it even more rewarding for those fans like me who starting watching since season 1 week 1.


I'm loving this show. I am in love with Olivia and Huck. I know he's a master assassin, but when he walked into her home and naturally plopped down beside her in bed I almost cried. For a moment, nothing needed to be said. His presence was all she needed. This relationship is by far one of the most unique, twisted, incredibly close and devoted ones I've ever seen. Huck and Olivia make plans to fix things for people and at the same time Huck would not hesitate to "fix" anything and everything for Olivia. He loves her and she loves him. It's true brother/sister relationshp. Their secrets bind them and have thus yielded an incomparable loyalty between them. This is their proverbial blood being thicker than water. I agree with the poster who made the comment about Edison. She needed her team - her family, not him. He was smart and humble enough to go to them to reach her. Truly loving someone means giving them what they need. Harrison-love him and his fierce protection of Olivia and for making sure that she knows she is still on that pedestal where he's concernced. Quinn is growing on me. She's beginning to have shades of gray and it never looked better on her.


This show has quickly become my absolute favorite. I love Huck. I love Huck. I know he's a master assassin, but when we walked into Olivia's home and naturally plopped in bed next to her - it was like, "Okay little sister, your big brother is here." This relationship is by far one of the most unique, twisted, closest, loyal and spectacular ones I've ever seen. Olivia and Huck love each other and no one

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Scandal Season 2 Episode 12 Quotes

[to Cyrus] We should never have done it. And now we're the bad guys, and I don't know how to fix that. And I have been running and running to stay ahead of it and I'm tired and I don't know what to do next.


[to Cyrus] Here's what's great about having someone attempt to assassinate you. You're being rushed somewhere on a gurney, and doctors are yelling, and blood is pouring out of you, and you could die. And you suddenly stop being afraid, of anything, or anyone. And when you don't die, when you miraculously live, you realize that you have nothing to lose and no time to waste.