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Scandal Review: Stolen Moments

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Poor David! Poor Olivia! Poor Huck and everyone who had to smell him! All of these characters and their issues! Scandal is really playing on my sympathies lately. 

Olivia Pope is really very terrible at dating. Some would blame it on her star-crossed history with Fitz. Others probably blame it on the cell phone in her hand. She has no "off" switch.

Truth be told, the show is better for it, even if constantly being ripped away from half a second of happiness makes me sad for Olivia. As the last episode before Scandal takes a break, "Boom Goes the Dynamite" maintained the right balance between answering existing questions and leaving Gladiators yearning for more.

Boom Goes the Dynamite Scene

When Scandal moved away from the weekly clients, it lost a little bit of its dazzle. It was bogged down by Defiance and the election rigging cover up, offering no real room for character development or growth. There was too much talking... and the talking being done was too slow. 

Bringing back the weekly case speeds things up and gives the team something to do besides sit around the office waiting for the phone to ring. 

This week's case, a political family seeking office for the youngest son, gave Olivia a kick in the very beautiful dress so that she would perhaps consider being at least a little happy from time to time. I have no doubt that she's spent a great deal of the last 10 months pining over Fitz and missing him, but her sadness tonight felt almost self-imposed instead of related to her relationship woes. Like she doesn't think she deserves to be happy.

And maybe she didn't think she deserves happiness. Maybe she thought that she deserves to be lonely and sad. But, thankfully, Jake Ballard doesn't agree. And after that scene in the garden with the client, Olivia is starting to realize that she deserves more than just "stolen moments in hotel hallways." (That entire quote is a long but great one and can be found on the Scandal quotes page.)

If there is anyone out there who at this moment still wants to see Fitz and Olivia together, speak now or forever hold your peace. 

After tonight, I'm done with Fitz for the forseeable future. I want him and Olivia to have absolutely nothing to do with one another, maybe forever, since he can't even grant her the decency of explaining herself and instead called her a whore and had her life bugged with video surveillance. Wait, what's that? You didn't catch that?

Fitz is the reason Jake is watching Olivia on the Creepy Cam.

He says it's nothing personal. Olivia is just a bad person who needs to be watched. And she's a very bad person because...she lied to him?  Excuse me, but which of the two of them is an actual, cold-blooded murderer?

While I think it's creepy that Jake is so enamored with Olivia after watching the video feed, and while it was completely shudder-worthy when he stroked her face on the TV screen, there was something gentlemanly about him turning off the TV so she could get dressed in private. He could examine every aspect of her life, and her person, but that's a line he doesn't cross out of respect for her privacy when he wonders why he should be watching her at all.

(Side note: If Cyrus knows about the video surveillance and he isn't saying anything, curses to him. I've just had the thought that his naked argument with James may have occurred in the buff because he thinks perhaps his own house is being monitored.)

Watching Jake lie to Fitz about the new man in Olivia's life was also telling regarding his motivations where she's concerned. If he didn't care, he would've made something up, or said that he had gotten close to her in order to learn more. But by lying, he's making it clear that he intends to keep her to or for himself. 

I'm so conflicted by this character. Is he good? Is he bad? Is he both? He certainly makes Olivia smile.

Huck, on the other hand, had everyone grimacing tonight. At first I thought the smelly bit would be some strange spy quirk. Sometimes Huck gets caught up in work and doesn't shower, you know?

But when he was in the car outside David's school and the rain started falling, my heart sank. Of all the characters on Scandal, Huck is the one who most needs a hug. And he would probably snap my arms off for trying, but smelly or not, he needs some help. I'm glad he has Quinn. Their friendship is nice and interesting.

In the beginning, Olivia had Steven. Harrison and Abby had each other. That left Huck as the odd man out until Quinn came along. Now the two of them have each other. Harrison is the new Steven, which leaves Abby the odd woman out. So that means David needs to join the team post haste.

Plus, spending all that time at the office might be the only way he stays alive with the CIA Director/Mole after him so they might as well put his intelligence to good use. 

Finally, it was awesome to watch Cyrus figure out that Mellie has been throwing him under the bus to Fitz and then dish it right back to her. Completely awesome. I was almost giddy when Cyrus bested her. I understand why Fitz chose Mellie over Cyrus and Olivia when he found out about Defiance, but she was never the right choice as an adviser. 

What did you think of "Boom Goes The Dynamite?" Are your thoughts about Jake Ballard changing after this week?

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

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Miranda-wicker

@Sa'ad--the writers are definitely incorporating the title into the show, or pulling the episode title from the script. "One for the Dog" was a title that had me all sorts of confused until Huck said it to Becky on the roof. Now it's become my little game. When will a character say the title and which character will it be?

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My post got cut off. Olivia is in for one chaotic ride. Not even a seatbelt can keep her safe with two men desiring after her. I meant to say, "Boom Goes the Dynamite." And not using the italics. Anyways, Scandal rocks!!!! :)

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Great episode as always. There's a lot to say about Boom Goes the Dynamite. I loved how Cyrus gave Mellie "the look," when Fitz called her out on going behind his back concerning the U.S. troopers being tortured. Classic Cyrus. Yeah, Mellie is an animal, but Cyrus ... he takes the term monster to a whole other level! LOL! Huck, all laughing aside, I agree with Miranda, I feel bad for Huck being tortured, too. But I couldn't stop laughing at his co-workers' reactions about his hygiene. He should never revoke the hygiene pass, I don't care how bad his life gets! LOL. I know it's a Huck thing to fall into sometimes, but Harrison, Abby, David, Olivia, and Quinn's reactions were LOL Hilarious!!! I was crying laughing every time it was mentioned on the episode. :D And as for Fitz, what he is doing isn't love, that's obsession meeting revenge. Getting Jake involved actually made Fitz's plan backfire. And Jake got his answer when Fitz tries to convince himself it wasn't personal. Boy, did Fitz fail at persuading Jake! Or is it just me? ;) I want to see how far Jake is going to take this, because it's evident that Jake wants Olivia for himself. Olivia is in for one chaotic ride. Not even a seatbelt can save her from two men desiring her at the same time! Scandal rocks!!!!

Saad702

Cyrus for all his genius and political know how, he still needed Olivia to help him best Mellie. So glad Mellie got put in her place.

Saad702

Boom goes the dynamite was a very good title for this episode. Is it just me or do you think the writers are encompassing the titles into dialogue. All Roads leads to Fitz, Defiance, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and now Boom goes the dynamite... Those are the only ones I can think off now..
Very good episode... I totally agree with you Miranda. Fitz is a creepy old bastard who does not deserve Fitz. They can never be together. It just doesn't make sense at all. I don't care that Fitz feels betrayed. What he is doing goes beyond insane. I also though Huck was stinking because he was working non stop on trying to decrypt the intel. Didn't see the ptsd coming up. I'm thinking maybe Andrew the trauma shrink can help?
What I hope is that Harrison gets his own story. Abby's story has been worked into the narrative and we got to see Darby Stanchfield shine a bit.
Can't wait for the next ep! Why are there no promos on youtube?

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@Rank- Ditto with what you said. Fitz is getting ridiculous and I for one am over it. I'm happy that jake turned out to be a good guy after all. I really want liv to move on and her speech was incredible and speaks to a lot of people in real life who may be the other woman or the other man. It almost never works out.

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Great episode as always. I was glad that the case of the week served a purpose. It made Olivia realise what she had with Fitz was nothing. There was no future and no present because she was frozen in time. Her speech was so heartbreaking I felt sad for her. And I, too got angry at Fitz. He might still love her and be hurt but he's also hurting her. Badly. So we found out Fitz was the one who got Ballard to keep her under surveilance. My opinion of him changed as he really seemed to care about her. Especially when he was vouchhing for her in Fitz's office and when he turned off the TV while she was changing. And I agree, Huck really needs a hug. He reminds me of my childhood dog all vulberable with the puppy eyes.

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Hey guys. Ok here are my thoughts. First of all a GREAT episode yet again (but that’s always with this show).
1.Cyrus- I knew he would get his revenge on mellie. When will people learn that you don’t cross cyrus? I can also understand his hurt with the fitz not talking to him thing but I think he needs to return back to the cyrus we all know. He needs to give fitz a good swift kiss in the ass and let his presence be known and stop being a flunky. Fitz knows he needs cyrus and I think cyrus reminded him of that when he set mellie up and got fitz to see the real her again! I guess he really took in the advice liv gave him about letting mellie be mellie because she would get on fitz bad side again. 2.Mellie- Nothing new from her. I expected that she was using cyrus to get closer to fitz and was gonna pass his idea off as her own. A part of me can understand that she wants her husband back but she’s going about it all wrong. The man clearly doesn’t want you so it’s time to move on but some people just have to learn the hard way I suppose. 3.OPA – I was very happy to see the team getting back to what they do best. The whole defiance story line was wearing me out so it was great that the show returned to what’s it’s known for which is solving problems and saving reputations. Also it was great to see them working on another political campaign. Abby clearly still loves david and he feels the same way. I wanna see more of Harrison but he was still his ever loyal self. Quinn is finally being a team player and I like seeing her work with huck. I felt bad for huck because he’s still suffering from the torture from the pentagon. It was so funny seeing everyone’s reaction to him smelling lol 4.The governor story line was scandalous of course!!! 5.Fitz- The man needs help. I heard others say he was the one that hired Jake to watch Olivia and that annoys me! You don’t want her but you don’t want anyone else so have her. Didn’t we have this behavior in middle school? He needs to grow up and talk to both cyrus and Olivia and get to the bottom of things. I liked how it was thrown up in his face when he believed mellie and gave her the credit for cyrus idea only to have it thrown back in his face when she spoke to the families after he told her not to. 6.Olivia- I’m so happy and proud that she is getting back to who she is and what we love her for! I’m glad she’ s finally realizing that it’s time to move on from fitz. I was hoping that jake ballard wasn’t as creepy as we thought he was and I’m proud to know I was right. I do think that he is starting to fall in love with Olivia and that’s gonna create a problem between him and fitz. Is it wrong that I actually want her to be with Jake Ballard? I like his character and want Olivia to have something real and drama free for a while. I loved her monologue to the guy running for governor.
I was just saying how people were getting to crazy with the whole Olitz thing and that shonda was gonna take her show back and change it up and tonight’s episode proved that. After all the show isn’t about them and I was getting tired of him disrespecting her and acting like a spoiled brat.

Scandal Season 2 Episode 15 Quotes

Jake: Wow, you really suck at dating.
Olivia: I never said this was a date. You did.

Jake: It's a date.
Olivia: What?
Jake: It's a date. You said meeting. I'm not a client. I don't have a problem. I don't need fixing. I asked you out. You said yes. We dressed up. At the end of the evening if all goes well there will be kissing. This is not a meeting this is a date. And I don't want to insult you. You chose this restaurant. I'm sure the food is very good, but this is not a date restaurant. You can't have a date here. This is where dates go to die. You look extraordinary, by the way.

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