If it were acceptable to write an entire review in nothing but screams and exclamation points, I would try it. Because there's certainly a lot of screaming and exclaiming going on inside my brain after watching Scandal tonight.
So much, in fact, that I stopped taking notes on "Any Questions?" somewhere around the time when Cyrus cut James into a million little pieces and then I just watched the rest with my mouth hanging open until... OMG Billy Chambers is the mole!
BILLY CHAMBERS IS THE MOLE. Billy. Chambers. Is. The. Mole. And David Rosen is a double-crossing, crazy-helper.
I said it in Round Table after Round Table that I didn't think Billy Chambers died at the end of Scandal season 1. We never saw a body and rule #1 of killing people on TV means if we don't see the body there's always a chance the character didn't really die. I love being right!
Billy is the perfect kind of crazy. I mean, he sent Amanda Tanner to seduce the President, knocked her up and told her to pretend it was Fitz' baby. He is a loyal devotee to the Vice President for reasons that aren't entirely clear. And he stabbed a man to death with a pair of scissors! (RIP, Gideon!)
Billy Chambers is certifiable. And he's back!
More shocking than Billy Chambers being the walking dead is the fact that David Rosen is his accomplice. David double-crossed Olivia, stole the Cytron card back and delivered it into the hands of the one deranged man who is more hellbent on taking down Fitzgerald Grant than any other.
Let's be clear. David has plenty of reason to want to double-cross Olivia. Plenty. She and her quest to protect Fitz cost David everything. His career, his reputation, his ability to practice law. All of it was lost because of Olivia Pope. He's got a bone to pick and it's a big one.
But I still never saw that reveal coming. Never ever ever. I was totally shocked. When the camera panned to show his face, there was an audible gasp in my living room and my eyes were as big as saucers. The writers have done such an amazing job of insinuating him into life at Pope and Associates and had him go so far tonight as to say that he's a gladiator. They did such a good job of making me like him and want him to be a part of the team!
It was perfect! PERFECT! Well done! Ah! I love surprises!
I also love that Quinn was the one to talk Huck down from shooting Charlie. She really is becoming, as Abby called her, "baby Huck," and it's really giving Quinn something to do besides fetch coffee.
Huck is so broken. Wanting to shoot Charlie made sense. Charlie has taken everything away from him. But not shooting him showed courage. It showed just how far Huck has come since he and Olivia found each other. And Charlie had to live to see another day. Because Jake still has to catch him.
Speaking of Jake, I really want to know what his boss' deal is. Is Billy Chambers working with him? Why does he care what's going on with the President? Or with Olivia Pope? What's his plan with the video of Olivia and Jake? Will he use it to drive a wedge between Fitz and Olivia?
I could see that being a reason he would want it. He tried to tell Cyrus to use it for that same purpose, but Cyrus didn't, for whatever reason. Maybe Cyrus realized, after going to Olivia's apartment to retrieve the President and remind him that he does in fact have a job to do, that the video wouldn't work the way he wanted it to work. It wouldn't turn Fitz against Olivia. It would turn Fitz against Cyrus for showing it in the first place.
The Mellie/Fitz/Olivia triangle is such a weird dynamic. Mellie and Olivia both know Fitz better than he knows himself. They both knew there was no way he wouldn't run for a second term.
Olivia was right when she said that if he gave that up, eventually, that would be the thing that came between them. Defiance will always creep in between them somehow.
Defiance will never die.
Two other things that need to be mentioned before wrapping this up: Cyrus and James, and Harrison.
That fight between Cyrus and James was absolutely brutal. Cyrus Beene! Stop being an ass! He was so unbelievably mean to James tonight and even though it's probably true that Mellie requested him strictly to take a stab at Cyrus, wow. Cyrus cut him to the core. I hope the couch in his office is comfy.
Harrison was straight up shot down by Olivia tonight. He tried to stand up and be her protector, to be brave and save the day for her the way she's done for so many others, but she wouldn't acknowledge that anything was wrong or let him help in any way. She froze him out.
I know I'm probably forgetting something. It's impossible to cover everything in a show with so much to talk about, particularly when my brain is still running in circles yelling "Billy Chambers!!" So, let's talk Scandal in the comments!
What did you think of "Any Questions?" What did you think of Billy Chambers' return? Of David's betrayal? Leave your answers below and be sure to check out the Scandal quotes page for more Gladiator goodness!
Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.Tags: Scandal, Reviews