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Scandal Review: Broken

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After a three-week break, what an episode of Scandal to return with! This show and its layers never cease to amaze me. My brain and my heart are both still trying to process everything we just saw and I'm finding it hard to believe that that was only an hour's worth of television. So much new information!

"Seven Fifty-Two" took us deeper into Huck's past and revealed his very first encounter with Olivia.

Past Huck

One of the things that I love about Scandal is the way the characters' back-stories have been revealed. Or NOT revealed, as the case still is with many of them. Doing this allows for the weaving of intricate histories ripe with development.

Huck is one of the most interesting people on Scandal and, simply put, tonight's episode pretty much ripped my heart out. 

Before he was Huck, this man had a family. A real family of his own with a wife and son and not just a family he chose and watched through their windows. He was happy.

Oh, my heart. So broken.

Seeing the beginning of Huck's time with B613 and his relationship with Charlie was kind of fascinating. (Tonight also gave new depth to Charlie, what with the "I've killed kings" and all, but he's not really the important one right now.) 

Huck was recruited into B613 as a Private. And recruited is a term to be used loosely since really he was threatened into signing his life away. As a person with no family, no strings to hold him down, he made an ideal candidate. But through the recruitment scene, there was the sense that this new life he was being promised wasn't exactly what he wanted.  He just wasn't in a position to say "no." The weapon in Charlie's pocket made sure of that.

Charlie taught him how to kill and watching Huck come into his own as "Spin" was intriguing, as was Charlie's decision to let Huck go and then say that he was dead. For a little while tonight I almost felt like I was watching an episode of Dexter as he bounced between reveling in his work while also carrying on a normal life with a wife and child. A wife and child he, like Dexter, wouldn't exactly get to keep because of the double life he lead.

When he told his wife, Kim, played by Jasika Nicole, that he was going to the bank, my hand shot up to my mouth. I was prepared for Charlie to go in and kill them both and leave their bodies for Huck to find as a message to him that the government owned him. I'm glad that's not what we got even if the alternative was Huck being thrown into solitary confinement for who only knows how long.

I thought that "752," the number he kept repeating, was going to be the number of days he spent inside the box, or hours, but it turned out to be the last time he saw his son, in the same Metro station where he first met Olivia. The only trouble is that until being put into the box in the storage facility, he didn't recognize the face of his son, and he's still not sure he recognizes it now.

I'm interested to see where this path leads. Will he slowly start to remember and seek them out? What has happened to them in the 13 or so years since Kim last saw him? 

What was fascinating about the present day OPA portions of tonight were the different ways in which Quinn, Abby and Harrison all tried to reach Huck.

Quinn tried to cheer him on by saying that he didn't let her get swallowed up in her misery so she wouldn't let the same happen to him. Abby simultaneously praised and railed against Olivia for saving them but at such a high cost as their love lives. Harrison's bit about how he's a talker but Huck is a "real-deal Gladiator" was a brilliant piece of acting from Columbus Short.

In the end, it was Olivia who was able to reach him. The two of them have a relationship that will never be duplicated by any other pairings within Pope and Associates. That her very first thought after leaving the hospital was to come to Huck is indicative of just how much he means to her. 

Gah. I think I need a tissue. I love Huck so much. Can we please stop torturing him now? And probably also get him a therapist?

Speaking of therapists, Fitz and Olivia need one. Or I need one to talk about all of the ways the Fitz and Olivia relationship jerks me around. I do not want to root for them because I think that he's done and said some incredibly degrading and demeaning things.

He's called her a whore on more than one occasion. He basically forced himself on her in the server room at Ella's christening. I don't like him a great deal of the time. 

And then tonight I...I didn't want her to forgive him so they could ride off into the sunset, but his explanation as to why he shut her out after learning about Defiance made me care about Fitz again. 

He was hurt and angry. But a lot of hurt. The one person he thought was on his side turned out to be aligned with others and that sort of mistrust or distrust just rocked him. I can understand that. 

But? He's still married. At least for now. Mellie's power play to get her husband back might blow up in all of their faces, but hey, I guess I can't blame her for trying? If she's going down, he's going down too. How that story develops over the next few episodes will be a fun ride to watch.

Other tidbits:

  • Jake Ballard isn't Albatross. Neither is his boss. So I think that makes Charlie Albatross? Does Cyrus know? I'm still confused on this information leakage and how that's all shaking out.
  • Jake needs "out" because he has feelings for Olivia but there is no "out." He's whatever B613 became when B613 was officially disbanded, and the consequences for trying to have a normal life would be the same for him as they were for Huck.
  • Charlie is one scary dude. 
What did you think of tonight's Scandal, "752?" Here is a look at next week's intense episode:

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

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    .....He is a coward, his wife knows it, Cyrus knows it, Jake now knows it and Olivia will hopefully soon know it. Many people in love are want to say I would give up the world for you. Here is a man that actually has the world in his hands but he hasn't given it up yet.

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    Come on people, this is not Grey's anatomy. People divided by circumstances don't always defeat the enemy and ride off into the sunset. I like the turn Rhimes has taken, her soulmate storylines were tiresome to say the least. Its darker. Huck story was interesting but if Rhimes is going to write clandestine or wet work then she needs to be more with the times. If you knew secret agent killers were at your doorstep would you leave your wife and son to go to the bank. Bug sweeps on the same day every every month. Are you kidding. Rhimes needs to visit CBS studio writers. I would hope trained professionals are better than this. Fitz and his groping was aggravating but now its become harassment and it is harassment. She walked away from him years ago to keep her composure and self esteem. Yet he keeps her on the hook to wait out his presidency or worse his reputation. People who believe that he is forced into his circumstances probably live in the same fear he does. He is a coward, his wife knows it, Cyrus knows it, Jake now knows it and Olivia will hopefully soon know it. Many people in love are want to say I would give up the world for you. Here is a man that actually has the world in his hands but he hasn't given it up yet.

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    (Split my comments because I didn't want to run out of room.)

    I realized, some time ago, that Olivia & Fitz's relationship is likely to last for the entire length of Scandal's run. There will be ups/downs and twists/turns but whether it is the back drop or in the forefront...it will always be there.

    Their relationship is related (directly and/or indirectly) to every story and the fall out is riveting. I'm over the actual relationship but I'm loving all the twists and turns it generates.

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    Scandal never fails to amaze. The acting was superb, especially Guillermo Diaz. Kudos to Shonda and her team of writers. Loved the way Huck's story unfolded and how the team tried to reach him. He paused during each of their talks but when Olivia touched his hand you could see and feel him calm down. They were talking at him but Olivia talked to him, touched him and told him she needed him. That scene gave us insight into Olivia and the special friendship between her and Huck.

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    This show never fails to hook me and always leaves me wanting more!!!

    I loved Huck with his family. I also thought that B613 was going to kill his family when he left for the bank. I cannot imagine his wife"s thoughts and emotions when he didn't come back. :( The gladiators were in top form as they each reached out to Huck. I believe that he heard each one of them but he needed to be in the moment of his own hell for a while. I knew that Olivia was going to get through to him.

    I'm glad that Olivia would not forgive Fitz. It doesn't matter that she still loves him, what matters, is how much she loves herself. I'm not sure if I'm rooting for Fitz and Liv....she needs someone who can and will show her off, dance with her in public, hold her hand and treat her like a woman who is much loved, highly appreciated and protected by a man that deeply loves her.

    Mellie is making her stand. But, there's one thing that she doesn't know about Fitz.....he's a killer.

    I thought that 752 was the number of people that Huck had eliminated. OMG how sad and heartbreaking it was when we saw what 752 represented!

    Come on next week,,,,let's see where this fun ride takes us!

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    I was glad that Olivia and Fitz finally talked to each other about Defiance. The most frustrating thing about their relationship is that Olivia doesn't seem to really be with Fitz because it's too difficult. He was willing to walk away from his presidency during the Amanda Tanner debacle. Olivia forced him back to Mellie.
    I am glad that Jake is a good guy. I do think Olivia and Fitz should be together but now is not the right time. Jake can give Olivia comfort. Fitz needs to handle Mellie. I think Cyrus is the mole and he now has information to manipulate Fitz (killing of Verna Thornton)and Olivia (she was with Jake).

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    @Kay and KR--My apologies. I Youtubed that scene and rewatched it and yes, the sex was consensual. I see now that she slapped him before they had sex when I had previously thought it occurred afterward. Again, my apologies for misremembering a scene from several months ago.

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    This episode was so amazing. The fact that Fitz and Olivia's argument was NOT the highlight of the episode says a lot. Getting into Huck's back story is truly awesome. Of course he's the one we want to see the most. He's the most haunted. He's the most skilled. He's the darkest. So sad to see he had a family. Even sadder to see that he doesn't even remember if they were real. It shows you how effective that torture method of the solitary box is. It makes you reevaluate your thoughts, or really, your very being.

    Harrison's speech... Columbus Short's acting ability is just great. He was awesome for that minute or two. The only thing I wanted to be different was the end of the speech. He said that Huck made him realize that everything he is, or his whole life, he was just all talk. But I wanted him to say that Huck made him realize he was just a boy. I think "talk" fits better. But, "just a boy" is what came to mind when he said that Huck was a true man.

    Olivia's speech to Huck was sublime. Great job by the writer's. Kerry Washington was wonderful as always. The close up of her facial movements when she told Fitz she hated him was superb. Also note that Olivia was the only one who was brave enough to touch Huck. And she did it without any hesitation. And it's the only thing that worked. Yeah he paused when the other guys finished speaking. But he came to a stand still when Olivia touched him. And then her speech brought him back. Brought him home.

    Fitz's speech about her thinking she was fixing him and that she doesn't fix him annoyed me. I just wanted her to stop him and tell him that she wasn't trying to fix him. I wanted her to tell him that she believed in him and he knows that. But the simple fact was that she understood the people and understood that the people wouldn't elect him. Because they didn't see him. Or were just stupid. Because that's how I see it. It's pretty simple to me. But the fact that she didn't rebut him tells me that's not how she sees it, or not how the writers and producers see it.

    This is down right one of the best shows on television and it's time people realized it.
    Such a fantastic episode. One of the best so far.

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    I agree with you, KR. THAT WAS NO RAPE. Ms Wicker, pls take note. That was passionate consensual, glorious sex with no hint of force on his part. Shame on anyone who calls it rape, including official tv fanatic reviewers!

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    Last night show was amazing. The actor playing Huck should win so many awards, he is truly an amazing talent and the way he plays Huck is so great. I felt so bad for Huck, seeing him with a normal life and wife and child he loved was so great and to see he had to lose it all was so sad. This man has been through so much and I don't even know how he able to function at all. I would have lost it by now but even know he goes into his dark place he always manages to come out. I loved everyone taking turns with him trying to figure what was wrong with him.

    I first thought 752 was the number of people he had killed but knowing it was the last time he saw his son and wife was so sad. I hope he can find them again and get happiness back into his life.

    I don't know how I feel about Fitz and Olivia any more. I was so glad she didn't give into him but you still can't deny the chemistry these two have.

    I can't wait till next week episode.




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