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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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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 with 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 being 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've like Huck from the begining because he knows who he was/is(killer/ executioner/assassin)and makes/made no appologies about it. When the meaning of 752 was revealed it made all the sense in the world because not knowing the validity of his thoughts he won't let himself forget what time it was when he first and or last saw his family. He just doesn't seem to know why. I wouldn't be surprised if Fritz turns out to be Albatross. There's something not quite right about him. Mellie on the other hand IMO is in for a BIG surprise.

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I don't think Cyrus is Alabatross, he has other ways to get rid of Olivia, without having to kill her. It would be kinda silly if it's him, given Albatross's goal is to interfere/destroy Fitz's presidency. I think it's someone connected to Verna, finishing what she started, but I think it would be awesome if it were Fitz's father, however, I'm suspecting the VP has something to do with it, she's been too quiet.

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Here are more of my thoughts about Huck and 752--when he was stuck into the deprivation chamber it was to break him psychologically. It drove him a little crazy to the point that he could no longer remember facts of his life from things in his head. When he finally uttered "no" it was because he could no longer be sure that he had actually lived that happy life. He did disappear for a time, from the looks of things, around 8 or 9 years, and then found himself back in D.C. homeless and panhandling in the Metro station. When he was put back into the box in the last ep, he flashed back to his previous torture and remembered the moment at 7:52 when he saw his wife and son again and began to question his reality. I don't think he knew who he had seen until he was put into the box in the storage shed.

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If Cy is Albatross, he will be taken out eventually. Does anyone detect a pattern here?
The DC5 are being written out one at a time. Fitz killed Verna, if Cy is the mole, he will be taken care of which leaves Hollis, Mellie and Liv.
I think Fitz will divorce Mellie even if he never gets to be with Liv. He will do it for his own personal happiness and because he has had enough of living a fake life.
Hollis could hit a tree tomorrow so no biggie but Liv I'm not sure how that will play out. She may get a presidential pardon and ride off into the sunset with another man.

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I thought 752 was when he first met Olivia or the exact time he was taken away from his family. I don't understand, if Charlie told him to get lost, become a ghost, why would he stay in D.C., to even have a chance to cross paths with his lost family. Did Huck leave the country and come back, compelled by this unknown desire to return? I mean, if his life was in danger, coupled with the fact he forgot about his family, why did he stay? Or wouldn't Charlie have made sure he at least left the District? And don't you have to show proof, in their profession, that the objective was realized? I don't understand why Charlie's boss believed him without proof. And wouldn't their boss had recognized Huck, when he was public enemy #1, after the president was shot? Wasn't Huck interrogated for the attempted assassination, so wouldn't Charlie's boss know he lied about killing him? This episode raised tons of questions. Side note: Sooooo over Olitz, the nail was hammered last season, time to throw the dirty over the coffin!

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This show is riveting. Scandal actors are great. The plots are crazy, but keep you interested. I hope they get rid of Jake; don't like his character at all. Huck is so sweet deep within, I hope he can find some happiness. I love this show. All of the actors deserve oscars.

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My hubby called it a few weeks ago that cyrus is albatross and is gonna try to take out liv. im so sad hes right!

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don’t feel to sorry for Mellie because she got herself involved in a political marriage in the first place. She was more concerned about marrying for money to keep her stock pure. so she really didn’t marry for love. I love Huck and Olivia’s relationship and I hope Olivia can really get over Fitz because she can’t have him. I was mad a Fitz but I kinda don’t see him as a true bad guy because he followed the statues quo and got into a loveless marriage for his father’s approval and now he's pretty much stuck. I actually in a weird way kinda feel sorry for him that he can never have a real shot @ real love.

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I do not like Olivia and Fitz together. He is a jerk and he is married. I don't know why Olivia or Mellie love him. Was Huck's wife Astrid from Fringe? I know Huck is a killer but I love him. Interesting to see Huck, Charlie and Jake work for the same people who will not let you say no. Who are they? Remember Huck told Olivia that Cyrus is a bad guy, so Huck knows more than what he is saying about Cyrus. I see a show down coming between Huck and Charlie. I also see by the end of this show Cyrus being killed off. I was surprised that Charlie and the who ever he works for did not kill Huck's wife and son. Also they had to know by now that Huck is still alive but odd they have not tried to kill him yet. ? I want more on Harrison. Harrison is who Olivia should be with.

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.

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