Scandal Review: The Walking Dead

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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.

Scandal Season 1 Scene

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!


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It was definitely a WOW episode! What was not to love? James and Cyrus are, I think, one of the most perfect couples on TV at the moment. Cyrus knew just where to hit James hard - and I love James so much. I'm not that excited by the BC reveal. If you've seen one, dastardly homicidal fruitcake then you've seen them all - and this series could have done better with a different character. LOVED the David Rosen reveal - I really didn't see that coming - and I am usually ahead of most of the tv 'reveals' these days. And I like David and wanted a happy place for him as a really fully functioning part of the team. Now this will potentially limit his time on the show, and that makes me sad. I'm also getting a bit tired of the Olivia/Fitz love attack; on/off/on/off/ sacrifice/sacrifice/heartbreak/on/off. It does get a bit wearing. Anyway, definitely my favourite show at the moment. Long may it continue.


who was the woman who came at olivia in the preview for next week? was she the one who tried to kill fitz, hired by verna?


continued... plot lines and angst to go around between those two especially with what Fitz is considering - WH, new FLOTUS? Now them being pulled apart again bc of Liv sleeping with Jake and this thing with Verna perhaps? I will consider that LAME and predictable. Isn't "together" their motto. Peace <


As Josh Molina (David Rosen) on twitter said after the episode "Gladiate that Bitches"
So many questions swirling in my head. First why did Charlie not kill Billy? If Billy was supposedly dead how did he get access to the files. I would assume Sally changed her password since Billy worked with her. I get why David was working with the mole, OPA ruined his career and reputation. I still confused with Jake and Rowan (Mysterious Bench man) role is he working with Billy? Does he have another agenda he supposed to keep Fitz & Liv apart. Rowan and Cyrus working together. I feel bad for James as Cyrus torn him a apart. Even though I believe what he said was true, Mellie did get him the job and interview to just stick it to Fitz and Cyrus at the same time. He did make good points that Mellie was mulnipuately him, why did not choose a more "name" anchor Brian William, Diane Sawyer. Cyrus ripped him to the core, basically saying that he was a joke and not cut out to be news reporter. Just because Cyrus was upset over the situation he should of not taken it out on James but Mellie or Fitz.


I disagree with Annette that BC reveal was neither lame or was simply PERFECT! I always had him way at the back of my mind for the reasons you mentioned in the above piece. Didn't hear about him dying - no where the heck was he? Underground planning Olitz demise and what a perfect partner in crime as again per your reasoning mentioned above. I literally yelled out when the camera moved and I saw David's face - I was like WT... I know twitter blew up with that one! I believe there was another person chosen then Annette said the same thing so I definitely go with BILLY! You know there was a point when I believed perhaps Fitz may be the mole :) that's Shonda writing for you...hahahaha As for Cyrus I almost believed that he was going to have a heart attack especially with his world falling apart around him. And the way he ripped into James felt so cruel and hurtful. Still I have one request Shonda leave Olitz alone - there are certainly enough stories, plot lines and angst to write with them being together especially with what Fitz is considering. Now that would be lame and predictable. Isn't "together" their motto. Peace


Overall, the episode was good. However, Billy Chambers? That was LAME and ,predictable.

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Scandal Season 2 Episode 21 Quotes

[to Cyrus] I am in love with a woman who is not my wife. I want to be with her. Not in the shadows. Openly. If I have to stop being President, so be it.


I made my choice, I'm part of the team now. 'Go Gladiators.' Oh, the irony.