Scandal Review: Can You Handle This?

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Is it just me or is Scandal the hottest show anywhere right now? It doesn't matter what time of day it is, someone somewhere seems to be watching Scandal reruns, talking about Scandal reruns, Tweeting about Scandal or buying the latest Scandal fashions at their local Saks store. 

All Scandal, all the time. And now that it's returned - and what a return that was - we have a brand new season to obsess over. Best Thursday night ever!

David and Harrison

"It's Handled" had absolutely everyone, even Daddy Dearest, trying to control the situation after Olivia was outed as being the President's mistress. Her father tried to put her on a plane with a new identity. Cyrus prepared to burn her. The team scrambled behind the scenes to figure out something - anything - that would save her.

David advised her to get out in front of the story and save herself in whatever little way she might be able. She pulled the fire alarm and arranged a super top secret meeting with Fitz and Mellie where they agreed to go with the truth. Or at least she thought they decided to go with the truth. 

Mellie, ever working her own agenda, opted to burn a White House press corps staffer instead. Because that's what Mellie does. 

But the truth - Olivia Pope's name being out there - set Olivia free anyway. Which is what Fitz planned when he dropped her name to the press. Oh, yes, that's right. Fitz leaked Olivia's name.

It. Was. Brilliant!

It will probably never work quite like he thinks it will work, but wow. He leaked her name so that Mellie couldn't. The look on Mellie's face when she realized she'd been bested was priceless. There's nothing quite like watching Fitz and Mellie go tit-for-tat in an all-out war. Nothing at all. 

That weak groveling we thought he did on Scandal Season 2? That was part of his master plan to make Mellie think he was apologetic and remorseful for his affair. And it worked! 

Or did it? With Mellie we can never be too sure, you know? She's wily, and like she said, she has a lot of time on her hands to sit around and think. She's smart and bored and Fitz better watch out. 

Everything about this episode was masterfully done. 

Every word of this show is quotable and if I could, I'd just transcribe the entire thing for the Scandal quotes page. Cyrus' verbal smackdowns of Sally Langston will never, ever, ever get old. Quinn's one-liner about killing another intern to shift the focus off of Olivia was excellent. First, it was funny, however inappropriately so, and second, it shows just how far down the Huck-carved rabbit hole Quinn's gone. She's going to be an interesting team member this season.

Joe Morton as Rowan Pope is amazing. (Also, sort of evil and scary.) It's incredibly interesting to learn more about Olivia's life because she (and Harrison) are two characters about whom we know the least. Now we know that Olivia's mom died when she was 12 and she was sent to school all over the world with the rumor of a sweet, old dad at home. But really she was sent to school all over the world because her real dad was busy commanding an army of highly trained assassins who protected the country. It's not like he could come and speak on career day. 

So now the question is, does Cyrus know that this man is Olivia's father? In the kill-folder session, he seemed not to know much about her background, which makes sense because she's tight-lipped about her life. But Cyrus knows Rowan Pope personally and is now being looped into something big regarding Fitz and Jake Ballard.

(Poor Jake! We hope you get out of the box soon!)

Ah, Scandal! I'm glad to have you back.

What did you think of "It's Handled?" On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you that Scandal is back? What's inside the folder?


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ing scenes. Also, what was in that folder at the end?


What an episode! I figured out Fitz was the leak midway through but i couldn't believe it. He is such a pig. I love that he claimed that it was to remove Mellie's leverage but it really was him forcing both Mellie and Olivia's hand to escape his marriage. He obviously doesn't love Liv the way he says he does if he was willing to tank her career and reputation that way to be with her- honestly! If it had been confirmed that she was the mistress- SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN the villain. In particular, it would have been especially awful for her as a woman of colour. Everything her father said on that score was 100% right. Fitz is a selfish, disgusting child. I cannot wait for Liz to figure out that he leaked her name. Love Mellie! She may be a bitch but I totally get her point. Also, unlike Cyrus and Liz, she totally sees the darkness that Fitz is capable of. Love love love the Gladiators. Also, I adore David Rosen- he and Liv connect on the level of equals and I never tire of them sharing scenes. Also what the hell was in that folder at the end?


(contd) She should know better than anyone that Liv would never be happy just being the dutiful first lady, she lives and breaths her career. It would have been the ultimate way to hit Liv where it hurts. Also instead of trying to constantly bring down Fitz, if Mellie really just wants to create her own political career she needs to start focusing on that.


you really cannot beat the amazingness that is scandal. It is truly one of the best written shows out their right now. Screw all the shows that get the critics praise, this show is fantastic. It is the most unique political show that I have ever seen, or heard of and it really deserves to be recognized (with a win not just a nom). I love that even though we get twists on a regular basis, I at least, NEVER see them coming. I never would have guessed Fitz leaked her name, or that Mellie would be the one to figure it out. I really don't understand Mellie's end game though. SHE went to the press about his affair yet she wasn't willing to even let them admit they had one, not even a two time fling. I understood her not wanting to let them have their happy ending by letting Fitz admit they are in love and getting the press on his side but I didn't see the reason behind not wanting it to be known that it was Liv period. If the accusation against Liv had stuck, it would have ruined her career. She should know better than anyone that Liv would never be happy just being the dutiful first lady, she lives and breaths her career. It would have been the ultimate way to hit Liv where it hurts. Also instead of trying to constantly bring down Fitz, if Mellie really just wants to create her own political career she needs to start focusing on that.


i loved everything about this episode! it bypassed all my expectations! i know what ever we think is in the folder...we'll be wrong cuz shonda is that good :)


This show is extremely well written and acted. This summer I re watched all the episodes and it was seamless. Wonderful. I'm so excited about the upcoming season.


It was so bad. I knew Fitz was the leak, it wasnt hard to guess. The episode was just plain boring to me.


I don't think Liv's mom is dead either.


I loved the way Rowan told Liv the truth. It is about time somebody told her off. I am waiting for Harrison to tell her truth. She is so stupid. Fiiz is a jerk. He has had plenty of time to leave Mellie and go with his truelove. He runs around telling everyone he loves Liv but he wants to keep Mellie and have Liv too. Him and Liv don't care one bit about Mellie. The way they were going to tell the truth, and Mellie is suppose to stand there and smile and hold his hand and bring the kids in for a Kenndy moment was sick. I don't blame Mellie you don't get to cheat on me and you and your "W" tell me jump and I am suppose to say how high! Give them hell Mellie! Love Love Love Mellie! Fitz is a jerk and Liv needs to open her eyes and to the fact she is the mistress not the First Lady. I agree with her dad: First Lady? Really?! Give them hell Rowan!


Well we learned that Liv's mom died in a plane crash and we know that Jake and Fitz were military pilots. Could they have unintentionally been involved in Liv's mom's death. With Scandal you never know and this would be such a Shonda Rimes thing to do and I'd love it. Oh, and Daddy Pope ain't no joke!

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Scandal Season 3 Episode 1 Quotes

Olivia: You shouldn't be here?
David: Why? Because I'm the US Attorney for the District of Columbia and may be asked to investigate the President's affair with you? I left that hat at the door.

[to Olivia] I am a monster, but honey, I am your monster.