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.

Olivia and Fitz on Scandal

"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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This is the best show out right now to me. I was totally shocked by last night events. when Fitz walked away from Verna I exhaled and thought good hes not going to kill her and then he turns around and comes back and does it. My mouth just flew open and stayed that way for awhile. I kept thinking oh no he just didn't kill her. The whole episode was everyone fighting to kept and stay in power. I couldn't believe Cyrus would even think of putting a hit out on his husband just to keep him self in power and out of jail. Glad he didn't go through with it. I do feel bad for Abby because she does deserve to have love but can't because of Olivia problems. I enjoyed both speeches though by Harrison to Abby and Huck to Quinn. Those two are so awesome and loyal. I wish I had people like that in my life like Olivia has those two. To see Olivia say those things to Eddison about wanting painful love really made me feel sad for her. It is a shame that her love for Fitz causes her so much pain and to see him dismiss her at the end really hurt. I do like the chemistry between those two but I think they both need time apart to actually be together and be happy. This episode was amazing.


I knew Fitz was going to end 'their' suffering and I completely understood....for a drama. I saw it as self defense. She tried to end his life but he survived and now she planned to ruin the rest of his life. Her mea culpa was her final cruelty as it would leave devastation in her wake. Still don't understand why Verna wanted Fitz dead. What was the benefit?

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@Kim and @RunLikeMad--AGREED. Fitz is a child. He doesn't deserve either woman or Cyrus' devotion, which we now know is largely motivated by his own hunger for power.

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@BeBe--Thank you for the kind words! And you're exactly right: if an emotional response is evoked in the viewers, positive or negative, Shonda Rhimes has done her job. She's created a show people are talking about. Here's the thing about watching television. It's not real life. Are people in real life as corrupt as some of these characters, though? Not a doubt in my mind. But in writing these characters, Shonda's not saying that this is how the world works and that all people are as corrupt as the characters on Scandal. Making that sort of leap is a huge reach.


What a horrible show. There is not one redeemable character on this show. Murder, blackmail, adultery, backstabbing, is this a reflection of our society. Also, did Shonda write some of these comments. Only the creator could this is great.


Verna set the record straight for Fitz. He is not POTUS. She was going to tell the Attorney General about the rigged voting machines in Ohio. Set history straight. Give the power back to the people. Fitz killed her to keep his power. I don't believe he was thinking of anyone but himself.


I loved this episode, how crazy is Cyrus??? this dude has no limits. Since Verna almost took his life I totally understand Fitz's actions. He is human, if you were alone in a room with the person who had you shot in the head what would you do?? Like Cyrus said the truth would brake him and it did, that old bag was on the outs anyway she just had to stick the knife in Fitz's back before she went. Although I do agree with the old bag about one thing, Fitz is privileged as soon as he doesn't get his own way he switches ruthlessly. He has an acid tongue, calling Liv his mistress...that was a new low for him. I still love Liv, she swims with sharks so is bound to grow some sharp teeth of her own - how else would she survive? Strip back the layers and you'll see a woman who did what she thought was right to please the man she loves. Just like James did for Cyrus, he lied under oath. I honestly don't get the Olivia hate she is not perfect, she tries to do the right thing but the show is called Scandal! As for the rest, I do feel for David Rosen, dude needs a brake ASAP, next weeks episode looks like he's in for more hassle - poor Dave. And I swear Harrison is the only level headed one, he talked the sense back into Red. Huck is always a pleasure to watch, unlike Quinn.


Okay, a little perspective: Verna was dying, and she said, "BTW, I know you didn't do anything wrong, but since I'm about to die, I've decided to burn down your whole world. Oh! And you remember that whole 'bullet to the brain' deal, right? Well, that was me. We're still cool, right?" Seriously? While I don't condone it, he certainly had some mitigating circumstances. And he was still able to give her a nice eulogy. My biggest issue with Fitz is that he's never deserved either of the women around him. Verna was right, he is a giant child. He always thinks that he should be able to point to something and have it, and throws a nasty fit when he can't. Maybe now Olivia can move on in a healthy, non-rebound type way.


From the beginning of this episode I was on the edge of my seat. OMG, Charlie, Hollis and Huck all in the same elevator. Did you see the look on Charlies face. Right now he is so happy to be alive, as he should be, cause Huck is not joke. He saved both Charlie and Hollis in one fell swoop. Gotta love Huck. Yes, Huck is a killer, yes Huck is a gladiator and yes, I still consider him one of the good guys. I'm still processing the rest of the episode, so that's it for now. All I can say is, SCANDAL, WTH.


"Holy Plot Twist Batman",I didn't see that coming either. Wonder when Liv will get blood on her hands. Everybody needs a Huck in their life,having him as your friend means that he not only has your back, but he also has your front, your sides, your top and your bottom. He brings meaning to the term "True Blue".

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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.