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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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Sad for Huck. Glad for Mellie.

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This episode itself should be nominated for Emmy and the performance of Guillermo. I first saw him in Weeds and never thought he could do what he did in this series and particular in this episode. An incredible hour and very interesting though sad back story. Tonight felt like DEXTER but a sad one as DEXTER is more dark comedy. Tonight also felt like HUCK is the unlucky realistic NIKITA. B163 was like DIVISION. Only thing is Nikita is very lucky and win most of the time. HUCK lost EVERYTHING. Its do not think Cyrus is the mole, it would be quite hard to stomach if he is. I always thought he might be screwed up but he is a patriot. Now that Jack is also "DIVISION", I am quite upset as there is no getting out. I was more happy if he is indeed the mole. And why are comments on TV FANATIC now have to be moderated?

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Oh no Miranda Wicker. You need to check yourself. You are one of these people who needs to be very careful of implying rape. That's a very serious term to use. Every time Olivia and Fitz have sex, it is consensual. Don't go making statements like "He basically forced himself on her in the server room at Ella's christening." He dragged her into that room but when she slapped him he backed away. Her decision to have sex with that man was Her decision. If you need a definition on what is rape go to a woman who has had been violated in that way. People like you throwing around that word or implying force, so carelessly should be ashamed of yourselves. There is no basically you are assaulted or not. I used to enjoy reading your comments but today I quite ashamed of you.

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I get dizzy trying to figure out who the mole is. When she's ready, Shonda will tell us, hopefully by the end of season 2. Maybe Charlie, killer of kings.
I actually screamed/screeched for joy when Olitz embraced and kissed at the hospital, then came the bucket of cold water on my head.....I can't do this. ***sigh.
TG took it away as usual, raw emotion at its best. Love him, God bless you, Tony. I'm pretty sure they will never be together, though. Shonda wants to make us all Huckrazy with her rollercoster medley of need, unrequited love, anger, betrayal, sadness and grief.
KW, talked Huck off the crazy tree, thank God. I was ready to crawl in a corner and chant 752(752 times)....with my eyes glued to the tv, of course.
Jake is never gonna catch a break, from Liv or the fans. He's been set up to fail, white version of Edison.

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6) And with Huk and his 7:52 does he have to say it all the hour.. did not you have some other way of it, it is exhausting 7) Yesterday episode was really crap.. this show started really good with so many stories and unfolding in only one episode but now we are just seating with it, nothing new is happening… do we have to see so many people be tortured?? 8) Scandal was about love power now is becoming blood episode 9) I have a felling writher does not know what to do

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I was disappointed with yesterday episode
And I will say my reasons
1) Tired of “I love you� from Fitz, there is no story, it is getting to old and too boring, at the beginning was great but now it is just another thing to kill the hour
2) Same thing with liv, even her face expression, she always looks she is ready to cry, tired of that too, same with fitz.. her “I love you, I hate you� to old and to boring.
3) Come on give me something I can chew on!! The president of the first country in the world seating in the hospital reading news paper where his mistress got admitted…..!!come on!! 4) And with Huk, it would be enough to see only 1 or 2 people being tortured by him,,, we will get the story,, why we have to see so many more guys been tortured.. my believe is, the writer or the producer of the show still on vacation. 5) Those 3 people seating next to Huk telling their story when Huk goes with 7:52 come on, we all know that, didn’t you have something else 6) And with Huk and his 7:52 does he have to say it all the hour.. did not you have some other way of it, it is exhausting 7) Yesterday episode was really crap.. this show started really good with so many stories and unfolding in only one episode but now we are just seating with it, nothing new is happening… do we have to see so many people be tortured?? 8) Scandal was about love power now is becoming blood episode 9) I have a felling writher does not know what to do

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Cont @nisan - As Olivia told Huck, yes they are with us and we love them but they are not in our league of darkness and it’s our job to protect them. Olivia and Huck, can you feel the love? Her speech there at the end, WOW, so powerful, “I didn’t save you, you saved me. “I need you Huck, I am out here alone�,

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Nisan continued... As Olivia told Huck, yes they are with us and we love them but they are not in our league of darkness and it’s our job to protect them. Olivia and Huck, can you feel the love? Her speech there at the end, WOW, so powerful, “I didn’t save you, you saved me. “I need you Huck, I am out here alone�,

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Yes, Scandal is marvelous. For one hour, I am sitting on the edge of my seat with my mouth open. The writing is pitch perfect and the acting off the hook wonderful. Every single actor on this show is great. As to the story, OMG, WTH, I am speechless. So much, so fast, so devastating. First, Olivia and Fitz, this guy is crazy. He has absolutely gone over the top; he is so in love he’s stupid. Cyrus is right to be scared, very scared, cause Fitz doesn’t care anymore and now that he knows Olivia still loves him, it’s on. Huck - too much pain, too much sorrow. His story line is phenomenal, who thinks up this stuff? Here’s hoping he finds and gets to keep his real family. Quinn, Abby and Harrison – all brilliantly played out. Their stories so heart breaking, yes all were absolutely saved by Olivia and Huck and in the nick of time I might add. As Olivia told Huck, yes they are with us and we love them but they are not in our league of darkness and it’s our job to protect them. Olivia and Huck, can you feel the love? Her speech there at the end, WOW, so powerful, “I didn’t save you, you saved me.

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OMG...ok there are my thoughts now, Syrus is now going after Liv, which means Charlie is going to attempt to get Liv but Huck is not going to let that happen...this will be the season finale. I am so disappointment in Syrus...I thought he really like Liv, but I guess is he was willing to have his husband killed...why no Liv when it comes to the protecting "his" job.

Scandal Season 2 Episode 19 Quotes

Pain is the only human process that is completely defined by the person experiencing it. Now the more I do this the more I learn that people are very different in how they respond to the pain I put them through. You say 'potato' I say 'buh buh,' that type of deal. Now I would say that the majority, maybe 90% of my projects, scream out right away. But then some of them surprise me. They grit their teeth for as long as they can until they pass out and they never make any sound at all. Now they're not any braver than anyone else, they're just different. Which is what makes this job so interesting. You really get to see what people are made of. Literally.

Huck

Olivia: I hate you.
Fitz: I know.