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Scandal Review: Owned

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Scandal is on FIRE this season. Seriously. Red hot! This week may not have been full of mind-blowing revelations about Olivia's life, but that doesn't matter. Scandal kicked up the heat and delivered an intense and emotional hour in "Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington."

It was one that had me trying to fast forward through commercials while watching in real time. (Don't pretend you've never done that. You know you've done that.)

Huck Is Unhappy

First of all, everyone at OPA needs a day off. And not a day spent hunting down the head of a super secret spy group. A day where they do the opposite of work and almost get blown up. 

Olivia's the heroine of the series so it was clear that she wouldn't actually get blown up in the Congressman's office. Just as it was clear that the mother wouldn't make it out of the office alive whether she died by her own hand or someone else's. But that was one anxiety-riddled day spent inside that office and I wouldn't blame Olivia if she booked herself a tropical vacation somewhere out of the country and just went away for a day or two. 

I was stressed out and it wasn't even really happening. 

What made it so stressful was not knowing whether or not the son was truly innocent. The back and forth of that and then finding out the real truth - that the son was an American hero whose death was accidental but his mother cannot ever know that - was crazy good and thought provoking. I have a love-hate relationship with shows when they make me think "what if that really happened?" 

The fact that either way Olivia would have to let that mother down was intense. She could tell the mother that her son was a hero and risk the woman blowing up the room because of grief or she could tell the mother her son was in fact a terrorist and still risk being blown to bits. There wasn't a good answer there, but Olivia chose the latter.

We all knew the end was coming and that said end wouldn't be her walking out of the office to have her bomb diffused by a professional. It's still hard to know what's coming and prepare yourself for it when there's really no way to prepare for that.

Olivia knew that same ending was coming, too, even though she had hope that the woman would walk out alive and face the courts for her punishment.

In the middle of the crisis, Olivia called on Jake to help her out. Jake called the President. Fitz was kind of a jealous jerk because Jake called him for Olivia instead of Olivia calling herself. Fitz makes no sense sometimes. He had just gotten an admonishment from Cyrus about how the two of them need to stay very far away from each other at the moment!

They cannot talk to each other right now. It just can't happen.

They cannot be together right now. 

I, for one, am okay with that because I like the idea of her with Jake. Maybe not forever. Jake isn't her end game. But I like Jake. He's one of the good guys even if he did do some crazy spying on her last season. Tonight's episode sort of explained why he would go to that length to spy on her in a way that made Jake seem less like a creeper and more like a vicim of circumstance.

Essentially, when Papa Pope says jump, you jump. 

Huck tracked him all day, and he wasn't neat about his tracking. Finally seizing his chance to kill Command, Huck killed for Eli in order to clean up after someone who knew something about Operation Remington. An operation which is quickly becoming Scandal season 3's Defiance and which might tank the episodes in the middle if we don't get some answers soon.

Huck, once again, is a broken man, all because of Eli Pope. And Olivia and Jake are broken too.

Olivia realizes that she can't trust anything in her life, or at least not most of it, because she has no idea where her father's hands reach. If his former people are alive, it's because they're still of value to him.

Huck kept her safe. Jake's purpose for Olivia's life has yet to be determined but it's likely to distract her from wanting to continue an affair with the POTUS. If it means more Scott Foley on this awesome cast, I'm game for that.

It's also worth noting that Jake's presence offered a much needed lightness to an otherwise dark and heavy episode. Even though the end was also dark and heavy, his small kiss on Olivia's cheek and asking about Gettysburger and saying that she kept him alive helped us all exhale after holding our breath for so long in the office. It was a nice balance to the night. 

Other random moments to mention:

  • Abby calling Quinn Baby Huck and Quinn's "I hacked into her bank account because I can" were both great lines. (There are more great lines on the Scandal quotes page, by the way.)
  • David Rosen is so completely Team OPA. He's so, so good at wearing the white hat.
  • Mellie's drunken celebration was brilliantly written and acted. Bravo, Bellamy Young!
What did you think of "Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington?" What do you think about Huck killing for Eli? Are you glad Jake's back in Olivia's life?

Review

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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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Ronald-simkins

I wanted to like this show but the characters are so unlikeable i can barely watch the recaps.

Drea-xoxo

so happy with how the season is going and i'm waiting for the ball to drop and everyone realise that liv's dad is controlling the whole shindig!! remmington has more relevance to everything than they are letting on.....
happy liv and huck are talking and together again, they need each other and are in fact each other's family. however liv should dig into huck past and try and find his family.........
jake may be on a mission im not sure yet..... i do want liv to be with him but due to the connection to her dad it won't be possible.
the sl of the week was a sad one =[ but i was more interested in the man going to talk to the POTUS about remmington...... overall i am happy and this still remains my no1 show

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I have to comment on Quinn, she is the most annoying character I have EVER met. She wants to be the master assasin because she thinks killing, torturing and performing hacks makes her what, Lara Croft. I want her to just STOP, Huck is not cool, he is a tortured soul with a sevant outlook on life which made him a perfect candidate for B613. Huck doesn't want to be brooding assasin, he just wants to be the good guy with his family. Wherever the writers plan to take Quinn, I hope in the end that she realizes that power can come from somethning as mundane as being loved as a father or a husband. Which apparently eludes most of the characters on the show.

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... some NSA spy or B613 that is not monitoring their phone calls. Olivia doesn't even change her phone even drug lords know better. For those who want to see more groping and heartfelt whining, I'm sure you will get it soon its ABC not AMC. However I will enjoy this new journey i.nto the complexities of the human soul.

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Shonda Rhimes is trying to hang with the big boys now. This is how it goes people with shows like Homeland, Newsroom, House of Cards and numerous other non-political shows that has great character developement. I am glad to see that the writers are leaving that pedantic Twilight crap behind. Why would anyone want to see Fitz go nuts over Olivia in a dangerous, I much preferred the Fitz that held himself together. He is POTUS for godsake, act like it. This is what EVERYONE has been trying to tell him including Olivia. Love David, he definetly calls it like he sees it. By the way, for those who don't know Jake and Fitz served together and used to be trusted friends maybe even BFF. THAT is why he chose Jake to spy on Olivia for him, Fitz didn't know there was a dual agenda with Jake. Using him to call Fitz was brilliant, people you have to stop thinking with your heart and start using your heads. Every call is monitored in the White House. Do you honestly think that there is not some NSA spy or B613 that is not monitoring their phone calls. Olivia doesn't even change her phone even drug lords know better. For those who want to see more groping and heartfelt whining, I'm sure you will get it soon its ABC not AMC. However I will enjoy this new journey i.nto the complexities of the human soul.

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Ok. Because everybody is owned by big bad papa wolf Eli Pope. My guess is that new born killer Quinn will eventually be the one to end his life

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(cont.)...second I thought I missed something and they had gotten together but then realizing they hadn't it just seemed so creepy to me. Loved Mellie's scene. As much as I hate that woman she is fascinating to watch! Am I the only one who was bawling during the Huck/Liv scene lol. It was so emotional and I was just hoping that he didn't go through with it.

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I loved this episode I really did but I felt myself comparing it to the bazooka episode of Grey's and it didn't quit hit the mark. I liked the idea of having Liv try to find out what was in the file so they could incorporate the rest of OPA into the episode and I liked the twist about the son however I felt like they missed a huge opportunity here. They could have made this episode pack a really emotional punch. Even though we all knew there was no way Liv was going to die, the people she is close to didn't know that. Not one of them really seemed to show any emotion about the fact that someone they care so much about could possibly get blown up. It felt so out of character of Fitz to not go crazy over the situation. He has been so much more ballsy the past couple weeks so in to keep in line with his characters growth he should have told Cyrus to eff off and find any way possible to speak to Liv. I was also really bothered for some reason by Jake kissing her on the cheek. For a second I thought I missed something and they had gotten together but then realizing they hadn't it just seemed so creepy to me. Loved Mellie's scene. As much as I hate that woman she is fascinating to watch! Am I the only one who was bawling during the Huck/Liv scene lol. It was so emotional and I was just hoping that he didn't go through with it.

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Episode was blah love mellie her scene was the highlight I'm team Olivia and team mellie

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We've seen the bomb thing before - overdone. This is what made the episode blah. So Huck is back drinking whiskey - guy can't get a break. I think power/control will be Eli's undoing in the end. The people he is trying to control will fight back somehow. The scene between Olivia/Huck and Olivia/Jake may have triggered something in Olivia that will make her want to fight her father back with everything she's got. When are they going to start the 2nd term campaign? I want to see Hollis try to be a part of the campaign. Miss this character!!

Scandal Season 3 Episode 3 Quotes

[to Olivia] Baby Huck's choking.

Abby

[to Fitz] We will now all do our level best to not blow her up, but you cannot call Olivia because there is no way in hell I'm allowing the two of you to share a headline for the third week running.

Cyrus
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