Scandal Review: Power Corrupts

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Scandal dropped bombs and shocked my face off tonight. My eyes are still wide open and, as is often the case with this show, I'm having trouble forming a complete sentence because so many sentences are flying into my head at once.

Total. Game Changer. 

On "Nobody Likes Babies," some alliances were tested and renewed while others were broken, perhaps for good.

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"Nobody Likes Babies" picked up right where "Truth or Consequences" left off: in the elevator.

Just as the doors began to close, Huck squeaked in with Charlie and Hollis and saved Hollis' life. If, that is, Hollis agrees not to take the deal being offered to him by David Rosen. As long as he doesn't take the deal and rat out the others involved in election rigging, Huck will protect him. If, however, he decides to talk, Huck won't get in Charlie's way. 

Hollis is now one of the safest men alive, which seems to be how it always works out, right?

Meanwhile, Olivia wasted no time putting it together that Verna was the one who hired Becky since Verna was the one who had dropped the tip about Hollis and the burner phone. Verna's quest for power, and for protecting the power of her own legacy, cost people their lives. Killing Fitz, to her, was a way to end their dilemma.

She gambled on the fact that she would be dead before anyone discovered that she was the one who hired Becky, and she lost. But she couldn't die without clearing her conscience.

By telling Fitz what they did and why, she robbed the others of the chance to tell him and sully her name. This is a woman for whom reputation was everything. Confessing her sins to Fitz was her way of still looking out for herself above all. But she underestimated Fitz' reaction to being given such news. Because he killed her after hearing it.


Fitz killed Verna. The President is a murderer.

As he was walking toward the hospital door, I had a quick back and forth in my head about whether he was about to do what it seemed like he was about to do and then he did it. He just went over to the dying woman and pulled off her oxygen mask. 

Whether he did it to protect Olivia, Mellie and Cyrus, to protect himself, or because he was shot in the head, (or, most likely a combination of reasons) we'll likely know soon enough. But he did it. And I'm still shocked by it.

Now to change gears, I loved the parallel scenes in tonight's episode. The first Fitz-Olivia scene had him begging her to wait for him. Once she saw Edison again and realized that she would never have "painful, difficult, devastating, love" with him, she knew she would wait for Fitz for as long as it took. But by that point, he was crushed by what he had learned. And he used that information to crush Olivia. Their final scene together was a heartbreaking mirror of their conversation in Cyrus' office.

The Mellie-Fitz reunion was also heartbreaking, even though I don't think it was supposed to be. He's correct in that she's always shown him her true intentions. (And even though Olivia has, too, he has no way of knowing that right now.) Mellie has stood by him through his affair which, until he murdered someone, was the worst thing he could have done. While there's is a marriage of a shared interest in power and political station, I'm interested in seeing how this plays out. Will he still want a divorce in three episodes? Are they capable of real tenderness with one another?

Marriages, it seems, were key tonight.

Cyrus nearly had his own husband killed to prevent James from testifying, but in the end, he couldn't do it. He loves James more than he loves power, but his speech about how he wanted to be President was so powerful I believed Cyrus capable of having Charlie complete the job.

Cyrus: [to James] I wasn't made to be the Chief of Staff. Do you know what I was made to be? I was made to be the President of the United States. I was made to lead the nation. I was made to ensure this country's place in the world for generations to come. I would've been great at that. I have the stones. I have backbone. I have the will. I would have been a great President. But guess what, I'm fairly short, and I'm not so pretty, and I really like having sex with men, so instead of being President of this land, that I love, I get to be the guy behind the President of the United States, and sure I have power. I influence decisions. I help steer the country. But I'll never be in the history books. My name will never be on an airport or a doctrine. Being the guy behind the guy is as far as my road goes. | permalink

What this makes me hope for is a scene or an episode from the time when Cyrus first latched on to Fitz. When and where did they meet? How did they become friends? Clearly, Cyrus saw Fitz as the ticket to the power he loves.

James loves Cyrus more than he loves either their daughter or himself. Enough to perjure himself in front of the Grand Jury and derail David Rosen's case about the election rigging in Defiance. 

Poor David Rosen cannot catch a break in court. Or with Abby. Despite discovering his confession of love on the CDs, I knew she would betray David after Harrison's reminder that they are Gladiators, but I was hoping she hadn't needed to and that someone else had gotten to the card first. I guess when Abby said "over a cliff" she really meant it, despite what it seemed earlier this season.

So, TV Fanatics, what did you think of "Nobody Likes Babies?" Have you had a chance to pick your jaws up off the floor about Fitz killing Verna? 


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So now Fitzgerald thinks every time he sees Olivia he's going to dig her back out, cause he can't control his erection!!!! Olivia needs Hunk NOW!!!!! I love this show.


Miranda I'm still on the fence with Mellie bc her character can be so devious at times. Fitz said it first and she just went along with what he was saying knowing full well that he was giving up on his relationship with Liv and choosing to remain with her for the "time being". Be careful what you wish for Mellie - Fitz is wounded, deeply hurt and what will that produce more pain and could he start drinking heavily not too sure. He still loves Liv and we will certainly get a glimpse into that new interaction and if Scott Foley becomes and interest ;)


I am still out on whether this is the episode that "jumped the shark". I just can't wrap my head around Fitz being a murderer. I love the show and can't wait to watch it every week. But it becomes difficult if you get to the point where you have no good guys to root for.


Insanity. Pure insanity. Fantastic review by the way because it is two days later and I'm still speechless. This show is utterly ridiculous. Utterly, insanely ridiculous and yet it is so damn good. I don't even care. Fitz was one character who despite his affair came across as untainted somehow and now he's a murderer. I had that back and forth too when he was making his way to her bed...I mean Fitz would never...but boy did he. This cast is incredible. One of the best casts on television... I mean Guillermo as my lovable psychopathic Huck gets me every time. Bellamy is so brilliant at playing Mellie. Kerry, this cast. I look forward to seeing what Fitz and Mellie look like, how Olivia copes with losing her diabolical motherfigure, questioning the morality of Cyrus her father figure, and losing her love. And Scott Foley is coming to town Can't wait!

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@gem--Ha! Hollis was too easy!! I do think Mellie could've been complicit in the shooting, particularly if Hollis' office is in the White House as it so often seems, because then she would have access to plant the phone. But I akso think Verna would've said something since she was giving her death-bed confession, so I think we're moving beyond that aspect of the story now.


Wow. It's Saturday and I am still trying to process what happened. The creativity of the story lines keep me coming back for more. Fitz hastened a dying woman's departure from this world and by doing so he preserved his presidency. He walked away from the love of his life because she knew about the election rigging. This episode was a true game changer for everyone.


I liked this episode a lot,the fast pace is really refreshing! I know that a lot of people ware surprised that Verna was the killer, but I still think it's too easy.. Perhaps I'm reading too much into things, but I still think Mellie was at the very least Verna's accomplice. Verna did say that Fitz wasn't stupid, then we saw Fitz thinking Mellie killed her. I'm sorry, but Mellie's nerves before getting off the car--that's not pure coincidence. And this storyline can be what Shonda and co needs to get Fitz back in Liv's arms!


I must say that I was surprised by the twists and turns in this show last night. It took me by surprise. I think that the writers wanted to shake things up and they really succeeded. It was nice to see Fitz grow a spine. I hope that Olivia can get over this puppy love crush on Fitz and be the dynamo that we all know and love. I just really do not like how weak she is with Fitz. I am glad that this seems to be over and that Fitz is going to become a stronger person and be in a real relationship with his wife Millie. It was ironic that it took her so long to say that she loved him back. You would have expected that immediately, but there was definitely a long pregnant pause in her response. I am glad that David and Abby are over. This really was not going anywhere. Glad it is done... We shall see what happens with Cyrus... I loved his strength in this episode. Glad to see that Olivia will be dating in the next episode. She should have some fun for a change. The Senator should become ruthless and have a vendetta against Olivia and find out why she can't commit. Who is the person that she is in love with. It would be interesting to see where it goes..


Loved it. Every single minute. I love Fitzlivia but I also adore this show for it's ability to keep me guessing every other second. I'm a GA fan but that show is SO darn predictable this season! Scandal gives me everything I want..which is mainly to be shocked and awed every episode. And they almost always succeed in some way. The Fitz/Verna moment was crushing and awesome. I would expect him to want revenge on the person who tried to kill him, but for him to actually kill her, surprise! :D I know this isn't Oscar worthy stuff, but I like less than half of Oscar stuff anyway! And I think Huck is still my fave character.


Miranda didn't I tell you about Verna bc Hollis was way too easy. Verna is a real piece of work its like she's taking down herself as well as everyone else along with her which now includes Fitz. Of course she wouldn't have anything to worry about bc she's dead as a doornail - laughing all the way - the woman is ruthless in life and in death. I feel sorry for Liv but there'll usually come a time when that other person pushes back especially with such a huge secret hanging over her head. That kiss between Fitz and Mellie so forced so no matter what he says of course his love is still there for Liv - spoilt as he is :) This show really lives up to his name sometimes you don't have time to breath. SR and her excellent team of writers have done a great job!

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Scandal Season 2 Episode 13 Quotes

Olivia: I don't want normal, and easy, and simple. I want..
Edison: What? What do you want, Olivia?
Olivia: I want painful, difficult, devastating, life-changing, extraordinary love. Don't you want that, too?
Edison: Love is not supposed to be painful or devastating. Love isn't supposed to hurt, Liv.

This isn't theoretical anymore, Liv. It's real. Say you'll wait for me. We love each other. We belong together. So say it.