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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I recall him trying to step down last year and his 3 people pulled the rug out from under him. He also was going to divorce her ass twice.
At least Fitz loves his kids unlike Mellie (so how is he degrading her when she doesn't give two shits about the kids as the only time she brings them up is to threaten to take them away) and apparently he would only play with the baby. As for the other two kids, I don't know if I could take what Mellie said about them not wanting see Fitz because Mellie is known liar and bullshitter. Also the idea that Mellie should get custody is ridiculous cause all Fitz has to do is get that doctor to testify that Mellie purposely endanger her child's life as a political scheme to stay first lady. Mellie banking on the problematic court system of giving kids to mothers even when the worst of the two parents.


I used to love Olivia and Fitz. But now all I see is sickness and weakness with them. And not the good kind. I love how Mellie is such this horrible person and Fitz is this misunderstood prince But while he was giving up the world for his Liv that included his kids who he never talks about unless its to degrade Mellie. Filtz is the most selfish person on the show. He is the president. If he wasnt going to live up to the title he could have have stepped down. He didn't because he wants his cake and to eat it too. While he was earning Olivia he should have been earning his position as president. Since he stole it. Go Mellie. She may be a capital b but she is true to it.


You said Cyrus's allegations. There is nothing alleged about what Cyrus said about Mellie, all that stuff was true and I don't like how the show likes to conveniently forget this woman doesn't even like her baby and endanger his life just to stay first lady and Fitz better say that too and in fact Mellie manufacture the baby in the first place. As we see Mellie can turn it off or on so no I don't think she was being heartbroken wife one bit, she just knows how to play the game very well.
As for getting what he wants, the problem is Fitz doesn't get his way as majority of the time Cyrus, Mellie and his dear Olivia always be needling his power away and so we he does attempt to take it back then he's the a-hole? I admit he goes over the top, but those three go over the top with always underminding him.


I think the mole is Sally. It would be more of a shock if Billy Chambers was still alive somehow and he was paying Charlie. It was not actually confirmed that Charlie killed Billy all we saw was Charlie getting in the elevator with Billy. Cyrus already knew about Defiance if that is really what the mole is after. It would be Sally or Billy who were bitter about it. It seems s a little out of the blue for Governor Reston who Fitz ran against in the lection wanted to figure out the truth about defiance.
Someone on twitter said that shouldn't they got Cyrus a scooter or a golf cart so he didn't have to run in the tunnels between the white house and Blair house which I thought was funny. Cyrus has the best zingers when talking to different people like Mellie Fitz and Olivia.
I think Mellie asked for James to be the person to interview her instead of the woman who was supposed to interview her. As it was a way to not only stick it to Fitz but to also stab Cyrus in the back. I thought it was funny that David was oblivious to the Fitz and Olivia when he asked who is he banging and the rest of OPA were all like looking down and all left the office. If I was David I would be curious as to why all of them needed to suddenly leave.

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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.