Scandal Round Table: "Top of the Hour"

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It's been a long hiatus for us gladiators, but Scandal returned last Thursday with the rousing "Top of the Hour."

With Cyrus and Olivia battling it out on a case and Fitz slowly unravelling, it was a great episode to dissect. Below, we encourage readers to join TV Fanatic staffers Christine Orlando, Miranda Wicker, Leigh Raines and Emily from ABC Scandal Fan to discuss the latest happenings in DC...


What was your favorite scene or quote from "Top of the Hour?"

Christine: I really enjoyed Mellie and Cyrus talking about being banished to Siberia. These two are such fun together. My only disappointment in the episode was that there wasn't enough Mellie.

Emily: Cyrus' dialog gets both my votes this week! First the obvious "Is your vagina apolitical?" was hilarious because it was actually coming out of my mouth right before he said it. And Jeff Perry's delivery during his scene with Mellie about being back in the President's good graces had me cracking up with "the President's waiting...for me!"

Miranda: I loved everything about Huck teaching Quinn the ways of the spy! They're awesome together.

Leigh: I really love when Cyrus and Olivia go head to head. He is a pitbull but she can handle it. I'm with Emily, the line "Is your vagina apolitical?" had me cracking up.

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Is Fitz off of his game?

Christine: Completely. His drunk dialing Olivia was just pathetic but he's not the only one off his game. If Cyrus hadn't gone so hard after Olivia, the whole affair story would have died down in a day or two. Instead he made it a huge story by digging up as much dirt as possible because he was mad at Liv. No one is thinking clearly.

Emily: We may be kicking off March Madness, but Fitz isnt even in the arena let alone the game. I don't know about Liv but I've got whiplash from all his back and forth emotions. And it's definitely not helping matters when his  right-hand-man and his wife continue to jerk him around. I agree he needs 28 days to dry out so he can get his priorities straight on all fronts!

Miranda: I don't know that he was ever ON his game. He's always been surrounded by people who made sure that what needed to be done was done and now that he's icing them all out, he's kind of showing how weak he actually is.

Leigh: Fitz has the booze eyes reallll bad. He needs to deal with two things in order to get his crap together: 1. Let Cyrus back in. Cyrus runs his life. He truly can't function all that well without that man. 2. Realize that Olivia does believe in him and get the full story before he assumes how badly she betrayed him. Also maybe he should stop spying on her...just a thought.

Why would Huck let Quinn be seen by Osborne?

Christine: I kept wondering that too?  He's got to know that's going to come back to haunt them. But it's Huck so I have faith he has a plan.

Emily: I just assumed it was because Huck didn't want to get made. With him being former CIA it would make sense to let someone else be seen versus himself, but it seems to have put Quinn in the line of fire. 
Miranda: By letting her be seen, he remains unseen. So now he can chase the director while the director is chasing Quinn.
Leigh: I think maybe Huck is trying to draw Osborne in. I'm worried for Quinn, but I know that Huck knows what he's doing. If he told Quinn the plan it might not have been as genuine.

How creepy is Jake on a scale of 1-10? What is he really after?

Christine: He's a 6 and getting creepier every episode. How far will this guy go to cover his tracks? Poor Olivia really can't catch a break when it comes to the men in her life.

Emily: Maybe I'm crazy and distracted by how good Scott Foley looks in his dress blues, but I go back and forth! Sometimes he's at an 8 after attacking that camera guy and stealing the memory card, but then he's at a 4 when he helps get the info to the President to save the hostages, much to the dismay of the CIA Director. I'm just confused as to which side he's playing for since we found out Fitz started this surveillance mess. 

Miranda: Jake. Oh, Jake. I'm so confused by you. He's a solid 7, pushing an 8, because I just can't decide what he's after. Is he trying to boost his career by working closely with the President? Is he really into Olivia? I feel like we may never know exactly who he is.

Leigh: It's just so hard to believe Scott Foley is the bad guy even when he was the villain in one of the Scream movies! I think at this point he is protecting Olivia by getting those images back. He may trust Fitz to get the hostages home, but he knows that he had him spying for the wrong reasons. I think his creepiness may just be that he's a bit of a voyeuristic peeping Tom. Maybe he gets turned on by watching himself? I'd put him at a 5, but that last smile at the camera bumps him to the creepier side with a 6.

Is Fitz ever going to believe Olivia?

Christine: He'd have to put down the damn Scotch and let his head clear to get to forgiveness and it doesn't look as though that's going to happen any time soon.

Emily: Emily: With the way he's been acting we might need to start asking is Olivia going to forgive him! After the phone call though it seems like he's more focused on her belief in him versus the actions of the Defiance betrayal itself. Either way, until he's able to clean himself up and deal with his own actions regarding Verna I don't see any movement on the POTUS front anytime soon. You can't forgive others until you can forgive yourself and he's got plenty of strikes against himself too. 

Miranda: I think he will eventually, but I just do not want them together for a long while. 

Leigh: If he puts his pride aside for a damn second and hears her out then maybe he could believe and forgive her. I'm not even sure I want them together though. Olivia can do better. 


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Tired of drunk dialing married Fitz, Liv can do alot better than his trash talking. Im just tired of him. She may love him but sometimes you have to let it go because that is not what is best for you. That Cyrus line was the line of the nite. Because everyone knows her vagina is not apolitical around Fitz. LOL great writing. And i think Scandal is much bigger than the Olitz dynamic. OP is a international playa at work and in love


1. He's not cheating on me. He's cheating on you."
2. He's rarely been on his game.
4. 6


I just love this show! The characters interaction and dialoque is sharp and riverting. Cyrus and Olivia, Cyrus and Mellie, heck Cyrus and anybody! Loved the end when Mellie tells Cyrus..Fitz isn't cheating on me....he's cheating on you! Huck turning Quinn into all things spy. Harrison and Abby freaking the board out with the box of "Dirty Dirt." in my opinion, Harrison is the WARRIOR GLADIATOR! Creeped out by Jake at the end when he smirked into the camera. eewwww!!!! Where is David? I want David!! lol I agree with Leigh....Olivia deserves so much better than Fitz (an/or Jake)!


I think Jake may be using Liv, but is coming to have feelings for her. Jake beating the crap out of the photog to get the camera make me think he is the mole. He did not have to use that much trauma on the other guy (his training I’m sure should have taught him simple ways to put people to sleep for a while without smacking them all over a room). I’m thinking that Shonda wanted us to see that side of him for a reason (I have learned my lesson from re-watching old episodes)


I am a bit tired of Fitz whining & dogging Liv, but the writers will not let them “get over� or “resolve it�. That cannot happen until they actually have a heart to heart or shout to shout about the facts of the whole plot. Fitz needs to understand that she was the LAST person, down to the wire, to do it, & why she did it. His reasons for her thinking she did it are not the true ones and they really need to have that conversation. IMO that chat cannot happen until Hollis (he is the only one outside the “crazy triad (Fitz, Liv, Mellie) with no personal agenda related to them who could tell the true story of the conspiracy and have Fitz believe it. I have been hoping they would bring Hollis back, & have him do that. I have my fingers crossed. I think Jake may turn out to be the mole. I think the CIA guy is a double agent, & his through enemy contacts found out about a mole and has been trying to find out who it is. I think he may be using Liv, but is coming to have feeling for her as well. Jake beating the crap out of the photog to get the camera makes me think he is the mole. He did not have to use that much trauma on the other guy (his training I’m sure should have taught him simple ways to put people to sleep for a while without smacking them all over a room). I’m thinking that Shonda wanted us to see that side of him for a reason (I have learned my lesson from re-watching old episodes).

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Scandal Season 2 Episode 16 Quotes

Quinn: You're good at this...stalking people.
Huck: You'll get there.

I will not be responsible for an untimely heart attack...take a breath.