Scandal Review: Who Can You Trust?

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Scandal did the time warp this week, propelling the story 10 months from the end of the previous episode. Olivia's hair is straight and she's wading back into the dating pool. And the regular pool. She also looks fantastic for having not slept at all. Maybe it's the coffee. Or the red wine.

Fitz, however, is deteriorating under the weight of the world that rests on his shoulders without his trusty sidekicks to help him shoulder the load. 

Yes, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" was another sold episode of this breakout hit. One that, while a little sleepy at times, had a jaw-dropping, and creepy, ending. WTF, indeed, Scott Foley!

Fiz with Olivia

Poor David Rosen. The guy cannot catch a break. First he loses the Lindsey Dwyer case. Then he's made to look foolish in front of the Grand Jury and loses his job. And then he can't find a job at any law firm in D.C. and decides to build his own. But the clients don't come. So he ends up teaching civics and government classes.

And then he winds up with a dead girl in his bed and calls Olivia Pope for help.

Olivia and the team decide to move the body, with David's approval, and Huck teaches Quinn about clean-up, calling her a "natural" at stabbing corpses.

Sidenote: I'm not alone in thinking an interoffice romance between those two could be interesting, am I? Quck? Hinn? Quick? Okay, I'll stop.

If I have one criticism of Scandal over the past few weeks, it's that it got bogged down in the election rigging and everyone trying to cover their own tails. This was sort of a return to the case-of-the-week format. Sort of.

As it turns out, the dead girl in David Rosen's bed was actually after information on Defiance. Defiance will not die.

After talking his own way out of his own office while Harrison watched with his jaw on the floor, and after (rightfully) accusing Olivia of everything bad that has ever happened to him, David finds the dead girl's jump drive and takes it to Olivia. On it they find highly classified information that no civilian should have in his or her possession and now David absolutely needs Olivia's help if he wants to stay alive and out of prison.

Captain James Ballard, Olivia's new love interest, played by Scott Foley, had been in contact with the dead girl in David's apartment the day she died. His story is that she had been trying to sell him secrets. Top secret secrets. But after that scene in his living room at the end of the episode, I believe exactly nothing that he says.

He has cameras inside Olivia's apartment and who knows how long they've been there.

I should have put it together faster: them meeting in the coffee shop followed by the fact that he was the person she had to visit with at the Pentagon. His rather cocky insistence that they go out to dinner. There were warning signs that their chance encounters weren't so random. But I think I want Olivia to find happiness away from Fitz so badly that I was too eager for this to be someone to do that to stop and see the red flags that he's creepy.

And that TV monitor spy-cam setup he has is creepy. And intriguing. In true Scandal fashion, I have lots of questions.

I want to know his connection to Defiance. Did he kill Wendy or know who does? Is there someone in the Pentagon who suspects something happened with the election? Is this guy going rogue? Why the fascination with Olivia? Is he the mole connected to the White House?

Yes, there's a mole in the White House.

Fitz is growing increasingly paranoid about who he can trust after Verna's deathbed reveal. He knows Mellie and Cyrus enough to know that they're both animals who will stop at almost nothing to get whatever it is they want. His anger and distrust of them isn't misdirected or misguided at all.

For that matter, his anger and feelings of betrayal that are directed at Olivia aren't misguided either. Of the three of them, her betrayal hurts most, which is why their server-room sex and the following conversation was so hard to watch.

These two have certainly had their steamy moments. Tonight just felt angry, without the passion that usually causes me to want these two to be together against all the odds. (I'm not saying they weren't on fire, but angry sex is not as hot as Oval Office sex, right?) 

But even the angsty tryst in the server room was more inspired than Fitz and Mellie in the shower. Maybe it was all the scotch. 

Time jumps are always risky in television shows. They're an effective way to speed along a story that seems to be dragging, and Defiance and the election scandal were certainly dragging along. While we're not beyond that story by any means, at least now there are new avenues being opened up. There are new places for these characters to go and new stories to be told.

For instance, what will happen when Huck finds out about the cameras in Olivia's apartment? 

What did you think of "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"? What do you think of Captain James Ballard? Do you think the time jump worked? Be sure to check out the Scandal quotes page where you can rate the existing quotes and add your favorites!


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Oh, and wasn't it just ducky of Mellie to throw Cyrus under the freakin' bus with the Prez like that? She is so blatantly evil, she's beyond belief. So now Fitz thinks everything was Cyrus's fault, when it obviously wasn't. I hope that Cyrus doesn't lose his job, because he has often stated that his job is his life.
Meanwhile, what is the deal with Mellie hating children and not knowing how to even interact with them? She has, supposedly, given birth to more than one child, and we're supposed to believe she hasn't got a motherly bone in her whole body? And WHY is Abby suddenly so pathetic, that she goes to her former boyfriends house and whimpers at him? How craven is that?

Deann need to see a psychiatrist! Also, what was up with Quinn becoming Lizzie Borden in this episode? The look in her eyes and on her face when she stabbed the dead girl was revolting! EW! Even David, who has been a white hat, and wanted to get back to that, suddenly blows off Olivia when she's the one whom he called first when he found a bloody dead girl in his bed! But now he's decided he doesn't need her anymore, and insults her after all she has done for him? What a JERK. And now we have a creepy Naval Intelligence Officer who has totally rigged Olivia's apartment for surveilance who is also trying to get into her pants...ewwww! Creepy barely begins to describe it!


I couldn't seem to find any character to like in this episode, as everyone was in totally creepy/horrific/nasty/evil mode! First of all, I think Fitz was a complete asshat for dragging Olivia into an electrical room and more or less forcing himself on her (not that she protested) and then having the NERVE to say "it's over, even though I can't control my erections around you, I want nothing to do with you." I'm sorry, that is total BS! He's a grown man, not a horny teenage boy! He certainly CAN control his genitals, he just doesn't want to, the rat bastard. And the look of sheer revulsion he had on his face everytime his wife Mellie tried to have sex with him, or even give him a bj, was just awful. I can't imagine any man, let alone one who claims he can't control his erections, willfully turning down oral sex, no matter who it is from. I realize Mellie is a lying piece of crap, and evil in her own right, but seriously, if you nearly puke everytime you're naked with her, you need to see a psychiatrist.


I was wondering why Olivia doesn't have her place swept regularly too. She should know better! She's a former white house helper! People know she has inside info that's loaded. Ugh. But SF's new character was adorable and then the screens came into view... I almost fell over. And why do I also feel like I should have seen that coming? But I do my best to NOT try and predict this show because it is one of the most entertaining right now because you never know what could happen! I adore Fitzlivia but I was NOT thrilled with the last two conversations they had. First the mistress comment and then the one about not controlling wanting to sleep with her? I'm not so pro Fitz as I was at the start.


I don't agree that Huck and Quinn should be together. He's too creepy for her. I had got the impression in the pilot that Harrison and Quinn had chemistry but they never followed on it. I would like them together. Especially that Harrison nedds a storyline we almost know nothing about that guy.


The reviewer is right Mellie's betrayal didn't hurt as much as Cyrus and Olivia's. He expected something like that from Mellie, which makes it easier for him to forgive. He always knew she was power-hungry so it's no surprise. Tammymoo, I like your theory, it makes sense she wants Fitz to only rely on her for advice and take Cyrus's place (or job, even). BTW am I the only one who think Olivia will eventually hire David Rosen. Now that he's part of the people she saved...


There were so many OMG moments for me last night. That ending with him watching Olivia was so so creepy. I thought when they first met they had good chemistry and this should be interesting to see Olivia with someone new but they he had to be spying on her. The preview for next week looks like it gets even more creepy. I felt so bad for David. Could this man life get any more sad. He can't catch a break. Even though him waking up to the dead girl next to him with blood everywhere was shocking but the scene with Olivia and Fitz in the server room had me. I with the reviewer that was angry sex. I felt so bad for Olivia again because she so wants to make the election rigging thing right and he won't even hear her out. Also how cute is Cyrus baby. I hope him trusting Mellie and not Cyrus will backfire on him. The whole time she was turning that on Cyrus I was saying please tell me you're not buying that BS. Love the scene with Huck and Quinn when he asked her to stab the girl. I like these two together but not as a couple. I felt for the first time last night that Quinn was apart of the team. Great show.


I think Huck and Quinn would be great together. David will join Olivia's team. Captain James knew he was a creeper from the beginning. Olivia with the kind of business you are in you don't check your house for bugs and cameras? Love how my girl Mellie threw Cryus under the bus and then smiled about it. Fritzs can't be stupid enough to believe her. I can't believe he did not ask Olivia who came up with the plan. Sure they were wrong but she would have told him the truth. Fritzs is losing his mind boring shower sex with Mellie with a drink in his hand and server room angry sex with Olivia and then dissed her after. I love Harrison wish they would show more of him. I just started watching this show after Fritzs got shot but I am really liking this show. Hope they keep the writing up. Hope other networks follow ABC's lead and have shows on for more than 22 eposides. Yes that is a dig at NBC wasting money on shows that are only on for tow eposides before you cancel it and your few shows that are hits you only have on for 22! Stupid Peacock!


Those years working with Mr. Allstate will make him a good undercover agent... I feel he's been tracking Olivia for months.....


It was painful watching Fritz and Olivia "interaction". However, I think it was necessary. I think it showed that Olivia is human and capable of making bad decisions in love. It also shows that Fritz is sometimes his own worst enemy. I understand why Whiskey Tango Foxtrot episode was "what it what". Also, the reason Mental Mellie threw Cyrus under the bus because she saw this as an opportunity to lure Fritz away from his right-hand-man Cyrus and position herself as his champion and confidant. I have to take a bow to that crazy azz chick, she should have been President, she's ruthless!

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Scandal Season 2 Episode 14 Quotes

What do you think she wanted from me? That we faked the moon landing? That a Starbucks tall is really a small? She wanted Defiance, Liv.


Fitz: Cyrus, you're in my bathroom.
Cyrus: Yes, sir, Mr. President, and I'm as unhappy about that as you are.