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Scandal Review: Teamwork

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Scandal, Scandal, Scandal! How is this show so good week after week? One Thursday night I'm going to have to live-blog or publish my notes. They're angry then they're happy. There are lots of exclamation points. 

From the acting to the dialogue to the costuming to the camera work, ever aspect of Scandal is just exceptionally done. I'm glad no one watches with me in my living room. Watching alone allows me the freedom to be giddy then shocked then angry then sad. All of the emotions, basically. 

Scandal ripped a case from the headlines and drew inspiration from Anthony Weiner's salacious sexting for "Say Hello to My Little Friend." Except Weiner didn't kill anyone and this Senator's little friend turned out not to be so little. Nor was his scandal an isolated incident.

A Senatorial Challenge

Everything about tonight was so flawlessly written and executed that I hardly know where to begin. This is one of the first cases of the week which I've found to be seriously intriguing, and it was such because Olivia got it wrong. Sort of. 

When she's right all the time, it stops being interesting. When she's off the mark, she's human. We can relate to her then. Right now Olivia Pope is off her game.

It's understandable, really.

She was named the President's mistress and has had to deal with that scrutiny. Her business is failing as her reputation crumbles. She's had to come to terms with the fact that her father is responsible for god only knows what including but not limited to ruining Huck's life and also killing people he deems unnecessary or no longer of value to him. She's scared. 

With all of that on her plate, she helped a murderer go free. But that murderer wasn't the senator. It was the senator's wife. 

That chain of events was masterful. She planned to lie for him, was crushed by the revelation that even in the midst of the trial he was still sending racy pictures to coeds and then decided to tell the truth, flooring David Rosen in the process. She didn't love her husband. He was a pig. But he wasn't a murderer. What a way to win a case, right? It wasn't until the verdict was read and the wife remained seated that it clicked that she'd been the one to kill her husband's sexting partner. And there was absolutely nothing Olivia could do about it. At all. 

Much like there's nothing Huck can do to stop Quinn from being so interested in what he does.

Huck is back on the wagon, going to meetings, talking about drinking whiskey and how much he loves it and hates that he loves it. Quinn sees what this is doing to him and she can't stop for half a second and realize that maybe her interest isn't healthy. While he certainly has been in episodes this season and toward the end of Scandal season 2, Huck is so seldom a highly emotional character that his outburst at Quinn was haunting and heartbreaking. He doesn't want to see her destroy herself the way he's been destroyed, and he knows that if she goes down his road, she's walking it willingly.

He at least had the benefit of believing that he was doing what he did in service to his country. He doesn't want his life and his demons for her.

Huck teaming up with Jake to help take down Command is awesome, provided neither of them has some sort of secret programming that would cause them to turn on each other if they heard some magic word. The thing about Command and B613 is that we can't be sure just what training they've been given. They don't know why they're alive. If they're alive there's a purpose.

What if Jake is only alive to get rid of Huck? What if Command tells Huck to kill Jake? 

I don't buy for one second that Papa Pope didn't know that they were being surveiled, much less that Jake was doing it. He's too smart for that. Huck and Jake working together, and bringing Olivia into the fold, is tricky. It's great, but it's tricky. None of them are safe, but there's no doubt that this mission is dangerous. As dangerous as Operation Remington apparently was.

Here's the good news about Operation Remington: It appears that, unlike Defiance, we're going to find out about this much more quickly. It won't be the buzzword that hangs out there over every episode taunting us and never getting resolved. Fitz seemd pretty damn resolute while marching into Papa Pope's office. While this will certainly continue to be a major story this season, it seems like we'll find out what happened on that mission sooner rather than later and then we'll watch Olivia do her magic to fix it.

While we're learning about Operation Remington and just how Olivia is going to fix it, we'll watch her struggle between Jake and Fitz. And what a struggle it's shaping up to be. Jake was wonderful tonight. His line "You are not alone in this. I'm not going anywhere" was exactly what Olivia needed to hear because it's exactly what Olivia needs. And that quick "more wine?" when she was on the phone with Fitz and Jake felt the need to make his presence known? Phenomenal. Amazing. There's so much love-triangle angst being cultivated there. I like it!

Tidbits from the episode that deserve mentioning:

  • Papa Pope--Eli? Rowan? What's his name? Does Olivia think his name is Eli while everyone else calls him Rowan? Is his name Eli Rowan professionally so as to hide his relationship to Olivia? Can we get some answers here, Shonda? Thanks. Until then, Papa Pope it is, I guess.
  • Harrison. Dancing Harrison. Someone make a gif of that so I can watch it over and over again. While we're at it, someone get the guy a decent story line. 
  • Abby and David. I love that she's going all in with him. Someone on that team deserves a little happiness. If it can't be Olivia or Huck (or Harrison or Quinn?), Abby and David will do.
What did you think of "Say Hello To My Little Friend"? Is Olivia off her game? Will the three of them be able to take down Command?

Review

Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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    Drea-xoxo

    After watching TGW and then to this, i'm surprised in saying aloud that the TGW had me more gasping and on the edge of my seat!! but back to the review; we all knew quinn wanted to become a mini huck, only a matter of time before he realised this. what is going to happen when Fitz finds out commander is liv's dad....... other than these developments, mellie's microphone blunder was hilar and relatable

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    What was up with Fitz taking Mellies side and then grabbing her hand? I'm telling you I was in a complicated love hate marriage and these two so remind me of me and my ex. Yes, it is certainly possible to love and hate a person and it is thee most maddening type of relationship to be in! Fitz may think that he is in love with Olivia, but color me crazy for believing that in his own sick twisted way he loves Mellie more. Whatever need Mellie feeds in him is very real and I don't think he will ever leave her. Olivia just provides a convienent escape.

    I liked the twist with the wife killing the mistress, I didn't see it coming. Also, I need them to hurry up and wrap the B36 stuff up. My attention is waning from that story line.

    Fortyseven

    Boring case. It's nice to see Mellie doing FLOTUS stuff

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    The good wife is apparently not so good. I knew the wife killed the girl in the beginning but the fact the team didn't realize disturbs me greatly. GET BACK ON TRACK! The spouse is always the next suspect after the sexual partner. The concept of marriage is tested daily on this show. I love it. I believe they show marriage with a harsh bright light. Where couples stay together for love, power, money, connections or because they just did not want to be with anyone else. For those who are not married, it is baffling to see this reality or the lengths people will go to keep their marriage together. Keep it coming.

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    Shonda, you did good. I asked before to see what Olivia saw in Fitz and today I saw a glimmer. For those who missed it, Fitz said "Its time for a reunion." Could it be, No! It can't be. Wait for it, Fitz was B613. He was the pilot on the Remington mission, he and Jake worked together, he had no qualms assigning a trusted friend to surveying his mistress' home with indoor cameras. Now, we know why Eli says the president has no power. I just thought it was the usual shadow government rhetoric. Now I know that Eli owns the president as well. This is too much. I see why Quinn wants in. It's like an exclusive country club of deadly assassins and they reek of power. Power is intoxicating and addictive. Olivia is in over her head, Jake, Huck and Fitz don't need her expertise to take her father down, they just need HER. They finally found a weak link in Command and its her. Be careful Liz.

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    I too liked the Teamwork concept this episode. The Scandal characters never stay in their boxes do they? LOL.
    My highlights were the 10-second teaming of Fitz & Mellie against Cyrus; the reconnection of David & Abby; and the swag of the POTUS strutting into Rowan's man-cave unannounced. Good stuff Shonda.

    Still don't trust Jake but a lot of fans want him & Liv together so I wave my white flag w/the broken Olitz heart in surrender. Liv & Fitz will only love in FanFiction land. LOL

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    @ Mschessplayer1225

    I seriously do not trust jake as well. Liv has to be wise

    Miranda-wicker

    @gigi--I don't think Mellie has bigger plans (though nothing would shock me). I didn't mention it because it seems like it will be a big part of next week.

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    I love Scandal, even when it’s mediocre and this week’s episode certainly was not ordinary. Scandal provides the right mix of reality and excitement tinged with a touch of unbelievable. The case of the week was hilarious. Color me stupid – I did not see it coming that the wife was the actual Killer. Nonetheless, I enjoyed case.
    I love David & Abby together. I have so much respect for him. He’s that quiet, unassuming looking guy, that can get the one up on people before they even see it coming. Although, this week was not one of those times for David. He was totally thrown off by the response of the Senator’s wife that she did not love her husband, etc. etc.
    Why does Cyrus keep trying to control Fitz?? Again, he suggested to him that he leave the Remington situation alone, and before the end of the show – Fitz is confronting Daddy Pope – uh oh.
    As usual, I can’t wait for next week. Keep it coming Shonda!

    Gigi2776

    "Huck teaming up with Jake to help take down Command is awesome, provided neither of them has some sort of secret programming that would cause them to turn on each other if they heard some magic word." ---IKR!!

    Amen on 'Dancing Harrison'! And Shonda promised that Harrison would get a story line this season. Maybe it's coming in the second half of the season.

    Yes, Olivia is definitely off of her game. But it's going to be a blast when she finally gets her game back.

    The Mellie storyline wasn't mentioned. Am I the only one that thinks Mellie is up to something with the new Lisa Kudro character?

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    I like Shonda Rhimes, it feels like she's feeding out of wiki leaks and the news or something!! That Josephine is Ann Coulter and the senator a Weiner ;-)
    The way she writes and entertwin reality and fiction makes Politics in real life more interesting. if Grant is Obama (but with a Defiance :Kerry/Bush) then Rumsfeld is B613 Papa Pope.. Monica never slept with Clinton and so on! Gotta Love that show! Thumbs up Rhonda.




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