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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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Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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like Huck. I am a Scandal lover. This show is by far, one of the best shows on TV. Thanks Shonda and staff.

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way. c) David and Abby broken up – oh awful Olivia. I felt bad for both of them but let’s not forget that David was using Abby in the beginning to get info on Olivia and then they were working together to bring Olivia down. And Abby was using David to get back at Olivia for not being more forthcoming with info she thought she deserved to know, so 5. Yes, I love these characters, I love Olivia and Fitz together, they probably don’t have a future together, but I’m a dreamer. I love Huck, even though he is an assassin, a master assassin, like the VP found out. Don’t like Quinn so much, not in the beginning, not now, hopefully that will turn around soon, because I want to like all the GLADIATORS. Abby, she’s a stiff person on all levels; she has a negative opinion about most things. She’s not very loyal either. She’s coming back but she messed up big time in my eyes and Harrison, did you just see that smile light up my face, Harrison, Gladiator to the bone, like Huck. I am a Scandal lover. This show is by far, one of the best shows on TV. Thanks Shonda and staff.

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She hates Olivia, not because Olivia loves her husband, but because Olivia has power over him, which is all Mellie wanted from Fitz in the first place. She created him, to her; he was a piece of clay, not the love of her life, but her ticket to the seat of power. She is there. That's what she wanted, that's what she got. No tears for Mellie. 3. For all you Edison lovers, do you even know this guy? Can't put my finger on it but this guy is shady. Why would he even suspect that Olivia and Fitz had a relationship, why would he come to that conclusion? He didn't see them together, or looking lovingly into to each other’s eyes, so, like I said, don't trust this guy. 4. All the bad things that Olivia has done - well let’s see, a) She said yes to voter fraud (very bad). b) After Hollis planted that bomb and set up Quinn, Olivia/Huck and Verna saved Quinn, twice. Did any of them know that Hollis was a psychopath, I think not, at least not back then, they found out the hard way. c) David and Abby broken up – oh awful Olivia. I felt bad for both of them but let’s not forget that David was using Abby in the beginning to get info on Olivia and then they were working together to bring Olivia down. And Abby was using David to get back at Olivia for not being more forthcoming with info she thought she deserved to know, so 5. Yes, I love these characters, I love Olivia and Fitz together, they probably don’t have a future together, but I’m a dreamer. I love Huck, even though he is an assassin, a master assassin, like the VP found out. Don’t like Quinn so much, not in the beginning, not now, hopefully that will turn around soon, because I want to like all the GLADIATORS. Abby, she’s a stiff person on all levels; she has a negative opinion about most things. She’s not very loyal either. She’s coming back but she messed up big time in my eyes and Harrison, did you just see that smile light up my face, Harrison, Gladiator to the bone, like Huck. I am a Scandal lover. This show is by far, one of the best shows on TV. Thanks Shonda and staff.

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When Olivia met Fitz, Fitz and Mellie were at odds with each other. They had no relationship at all. They were not the happy couple, this was not a secret. Olivia showed up and Fitz fell head over heels in love (for real), this was not a one night stand, this was not a distraction for a few days. Fitz' calls Olivia "the love of his life". Cyrus knows it; Mellie knows it as well as Olivia. So let's start from there. You call Fitz a cheater, well yeah he is. Should he have asked for a divorce way back then, yeah he probably should have, but in the real world, maybe that would not have been the best choice. So, making Olivia the bad guy in this situation is nonsense. Do we know why Mellie and Fitz was not a happily married couple, there's the rub. I will not make Fitz the bad guy, because we don't know the whole story. 2. Sometimes you love Mellie, because Mellie can play you like a drum. I love this character, she is so rich with malice, and there is no love there at all. She hates Olivia, not because Olivia loves her husband, but because Olivia has power over him, which is all Mellie wanted from Fitz in the first place. She created him, to her; he was a piece of clay, not the love of her life, but her ticket to the seat of power. She is there. That's what she wanted, that's what she got. No tears for Mellie. 3. For all you Edison lovers, do you even know this guy? Can't put my finger on it but this guy is shady. Why would he even suspect that Olivia and Fitz had a relationship, why would he come to that conclusion? He didn't see them together, or looking lovingly into to each other’s eyes, so, like I said, don't trust this guy. 4. All the bad things that Olivia has done - well let’s see, a) She said yes to voter fraud (very bad). b) After Hollis planted that bomb and set up Quinn, Olivia/Huck and Verna saved Quinn, twice. Did any of them know that Hollis was a psychopath, I think not, at least not back then, they found out the hard way. c) David and Abby broken up – oh awful Olivia. I felt bad for both of them but let’s not forget that David was using Abby in the beginning to get info on Olivia and then they were working together to bring Olivia down. And Abby was using David to get back at Olivia for not being more forthcoming with info she thought she deserved to know, so 5. Yes, I love these characters, I love Olivia and Fitz together, they probably don’t have a future together, but I’m a dreamer. I love Huck, even though he is an assassin, a master assassin, like the VP found out. Don’t like Quinn so much, not in the beginning, not now, hopefully that will turn around soon, because I want to like all the GLADIATORS. Abby, she’s a stiff person on all levels; she has a negative opinion about most things. She’s not very loyal either. She’s coming back but she messed up big time in my eyes and Harrison, did you just see that smile light up my face, Harrison, Gladiator to the bone, like Huck. I am a Scandal lover. This show is by far, one of the best shows on TV. Thanks Shonda and staff.

Jovanica007

I loved this episode. The scene when Olivia has those flashbacks befole she lays in bed was so fantastic, mostly because in those seconds it actually showed all of her actions I disliked.
I might be completely alone in this, but I want Quinn and Harrison to hook up, and I want Abby and David to get back together.

Blu

Huck. I love Huck. I love the ease of their relationship. He's the one that always gets through to her. He's the keeper of her secrets and she his. I'm a huge Olitz fan but shipping isn't my thing. The most fascinating relationships are the unromantic ones and Oluck is my favorite. The love, devotion, loyalty they have to each other is twisted, dark, but beautiful. That was one of my favorite scenes of the night. I also love the Mellie /Cyrus relationship. They speak of Fitz as though he's their kid. They have a partnership and devious and diabolical dynamic. Mellie was fantastic in this episode. Her speech about fixing Fitz that story at the obgyn. Great stuff. The elevator scene with Charlie and Hollis did take me back to Billy Chambers. Putting all the pieces together this was a spectacular episode indeed. Dying to know who put the hit out.

Blu

This episode was incredible and this review was good too!Olivia truly does catch s lot of heat from the fans that I can never understand. This show portrays people as the complex enigmas that they are. Everyone is morally compromised or morally grey. In doing that they give each character a sympathetic streak that makes them likeable in spite of their actions. I think a while back I was explaining that I love Olivia Pope because she isn't perfect and I never believed she carelessly did things. So I loved that this episode showed this. Showed how it catches up to her! And can we talk about Olivia and her men? The two that are in love with her didn't quite know what to do but wanted to make things better. Cyrus, her father figure, let her know that he'd fix things for her and then told her to snap the eff out of it. Harrison always loyal let her know that she's still a good person and she needed that reassurance. And then...contd.

Fortyseven

The laptop being there, nevermind, 2 years later was contrived.

Miranda-wicker

@V--everything you just said. :)

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Cont. I find myself wanting Cyrus to have a loving home with James plus successfully adopting a child etc On the other hand I find myself really hating the characters when they swing more to the dark side like Cyrus and Hollis having Amanda and Quinn's BF killed respectively or Huck enjoying the 'art' of killing or Mellie putting her child's life in danger and inducing pregnancy just to keep her marriage and be FLOTUS and POTUS one day or Olivia having Harrison lie about David being a wife beater etc Everyone is flawed, no one is perfect so I will keep enjoying the ride and alternate between love and hate for the characters on the show. This week I'm loving Fitz, Olivia, Edison, David & the Gladiators while hating Mellie and Cyrus. So scared for next week's episode...wonder what the game change is :(