Scandal Review: Give For What You Love

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Scandal is really heating up leading into the final two episodes of the season. And I'm not just talking about those closing scenes!

The drama is getting intense. The secrets are coming out. And Mellie's spilling half of them proving, once again, that Hell hath no fury like "A Woman Scorned."

Very Intense Olivia

This episode was so intense I barely have any notes. From Olivia and Fitz to the team's search for Charlie, I was completely riveted.

I actually thought Cyrus was going to try to have Olivia taken out! Or that he would have a heart attack from all the angry screaming and tunnel traipsing he did tonight!

Cyrus going back and forth trying to broker a peace between Mellie and Fitz was great. He seemed to be the only one who was aware of just what, exactly, would happen to their entire operation should Mellie go public with the news of Fitz' affair. 

Mellie, like he said, was thinking like a wife whose heart has been broken too many times. Fitz was thinking with his, well, his heart. 

He may have just tossed aside an entire nation for Olivia Pope tonight and if that hadn't been enough to earn her then I don't know what more she could've wanted him to do. 

I don't really ship these two because I find their relationship more unhealthy than whole most of the time. Having Jake follow her everywhere to keep her safe was creepy. He's kind of volatile. When he's mad, he's really mad. And when he's saying the right things, they're a little too right. He's cocky and used to getting what he wants. Fitz can't really be there for her the way a guy who isn't President could be. 

Olivia will always question all that he gave up to be with her and wonder whether or not he truly believes that it was worth it. Happiness isn't something she can trust. And, quite frankly, given her speech to Edison about wanting a heartbreaking love, I don't think she can really handle a normal relationship with Fitz. If they're happy together and there's no Mellie in the way, what then?

There are so many reasons why these two do not work and why I want to see her with someone else. 

But then Shonda Rhimes puts Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn on a set together and it's like the Fourth of July and I find myself cheering on their affair and sort of hating that they have so much chemistry.

The fallout from Mellie's proclamation is coming. What it will be, I have no idea. I imagine Olivia will be the one to help Cyrus spin it somehow, but how, exactly, I don't know. She's in this up to her eyeballs and Olivia can't nor should she ever trust Mellie to keep her name out of the news. 

Mellie's out for blood. I can't really say that I blame her.

If she ruins his career, she can always start over and rebuild her own without his help, denying whatever allegations Cyrus spreads. Once Fitz is ruined, that's it. He's done. 

In other marital strife, James and Cyrus! Cyrus can't really hold the interview against James. James had no idea what Mellie was going to say and this is his first day on the job. Somehow, I think he will though. It seems like Cyrus to misplace his anger, at least temporarily. I suppose he could always be mad that he didn't get a phone call that James was conducting the interview. I just hope Cyrus is on an aspirin regimen. And that he has Tums. And gets his blood pressure checked regularly.

In non-White House news, Huck identifying Charlie from a picture of his ear made me chuckle a little, as it was supposed to. Watching Huck try to list all the information he has about Charlie was sad.

One of Charlie's likes? To kill people. And cannoli. Good to know.

Charlie's playing double agent and it seems like the guy Jake keeps meeting with doesn't know Charlie is alive. I'm really interested in the Charlie-Jake-Huck spy-assassin showdown that is no doubt coming. Huck has a score to settle with Charlie. Jake needs to cover his tracks. It's only a matter of time.

Charlie has a target on his back. And since he's playing double agent and working for Albatross and Cyrus, he really needs to watch out.

Bits and pieces:

  • David is slowly becoming one of the OPA team. Harrison seems not to like it, but there's no denying David's a valuable asset.
  • Quinn showing David how they do things without a badge was a nice nod to all the things she's learned.
  • Huck telling Olivia he doesn't want her to die was sweet.
What did you think of "A Woman Scorned"? Were you excited by Fitz and Olivia's reunion? Who do you think Albatross is? Don't forget to check out the Scandal quotes page for more Gladiator goodness!


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When it comes to Fitz, Mellie is her own worst enemy. I think she should have taken the deal Cyrus offered her that would have paved the way for her future political career. Since their marriage was a political arrangement, Cyrus could have brokered an exit plan for Fitz and Mellie that would allowed them both to live separate lives with other people. Besides, why would Mellie or any woman want to remain with a man who clearly doesn't love her, but someone else? That to me is pathetic.


I agree with @fortyseven 100%


Why does no one know Fitz killed Verner? Why is Olivia so hung up on Fitz?!! Needless to say, I am against Olivia and Fitz being together, but I do know it is needed to make the show as awesome as it is. I don't want David a part of OPA either lol. I barely like Quinn being a part of it.


I don't want Olivia and Fitz together. Fitz is a jerk! I never understand woman who would want a man who would leave his wife and children for you. Do you really think he loves you that much? He had to have told his wife how much he loves and now he just throws her away for you. I don't get it. That kind of man can not be trusted. I don't know why Mellie wants Fitzs either. It is like Cyrus said she could be president and a better one than Fitzs. I love Mellie and I am on her side all the way. Give him hell Mellie! I loved Cyrus running and screaming up and down that tunnel. When the Huck/Charlie/Jake comes to a head my money is on Huck! Maybe Mellie is the mole? Or maybe Cyrus' husband? This show keeps you guessing!


That was so tense! I was calling Mellie's bluff to, but then she talked about the affair. I am wondering if she is going to out Olivia, or if she is going to tell the world about Amanda, that would be a nice twist. You forgot to mention Jake has put camera's in his own apartment, that guy has serious trust issues!


Best Show Ever!


Fitz is a cold blooded murderer....why would anyone want Olivia with that?!!!!


cont. As to all you Fitz/Olivia haters, if they weren't carrying on like they are, what would be so good about this show, they are the center piece and a great one at that. So Like I say to Mellie, you suck it up too. The Mole - Sally or the guy that lost the election maybe.


Four stars, what show were you watching? OMG, Scandal is so good. On the edge of your seat, can't believe what you are hearing and seeing, good. This episode was fantastic, beside the story turns, the acting by everyone, just wonderful, the directing by Tony (Fitz), marvelous. OK, the President is shacked up with his girlfriend at her house, WTH. Can you hear me laughing? Shonda, who does that, LMAO. OMG I love Scandal cause it really lives up to its name. I'm going to go out on the limb here and say that Olivia will not be named as "the First Whore", OMG can you hear me laughing. I could go on and on but, Mellie, you allowed this relationship to thrive, so suck it up. Cyrus, you can't fix this. Jake, no matter how you feel, you can't have Olivia. Huck, you should have taken out Charlie when you had the chance. David, welcome. Quinn, starting to be able to tolerate you. Olivia, two hot men after your ass, you go girl. Fitz, I love you dude, way to fight for your woman. As to all you Fitz/Olivia haters, if they weren't carrying on like they are, what would be so good about this show, they are the center piece and a great one at that. So Like I say to Mellie, you suck it up too. The Mole - Sally or the guy that lost the election maybe.


Fist bump and hug for Mellie! Olivia can do much, much better than Fitz. Fitz is a child.

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Scandal Season 2 Episode 20 Quotes

I am not a toy that you can play with when you're bored or lonely or horny. I am not the girl the guy gets at the end of the movie. I am not a fantasy. If you want me, earn me! Until then, we are done.


Harrison: [to Huck] We didn't want to bother you while you were...
Abby: Shaking off the crazy.