Scandal Review: Too Close To The Sun

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When Olivia polishes off an entire bottle of red solo, sans popcorn, you know it's going down.

On Scandal Season 3 Episode 6, our favorite Gladiator got closer to the truth about Operation Remington, but the truth also threatened to unravel her.

To keep herself busy, she made her final decision as to whose campaign she will run.

Olivia & Abby Help Josie

We opened on an episode with Olivia as a 12-year-old girl, kissing her mother goodbye. It was the last time Olivia would see her alive and you could tell it's a memory she has replayed many times.

Because there are only two people who can tell her the truth, and one of them she's afraid of despite the fact that they are related, she makes her way over to the White House.

Poor Mellie thinks this is a surefire sign that Olivia is on board with the new Fitz campaign and is even eager to leave her husband alone with Olivia. Looks like this new Mellie really is all business. Cyrus, on the other hand, knows that Olivia surprising the White House is too good to be true.

This is a Greek tragedy in the making. Winged mistresses flying too close to the sun.


For those who need a brief refresher on their Greek Mythology (I think it was middle school Social Studies, after all) Icarus was the son of master craftsman Daedalus. Daedalus made Icarus wings of feathers and wax so that he could escape Crete.

Despite repeated warnings from his father, Icarus flew too close to the sun, the wings melted and he drowned in the ocean. In other words, it was a genius idea but it could only be taken so far without consequence.

Fitz having the woman he loved back running his campaign and helping him get re-elected was, in a way, also too good to be true. Cyrus is a realist, not an idealist. He's cynical, he's a monster according to James, (even though that monster loves him!) but he's often dealing with the devil. You know, Hollis Doyle, Rowan Pope, whomever.

Well... when Fitz didn't answer Olivia about Operation Remington, Cyrus was right and Liv's team went with Josie Marcus. It's not even necessarily whether she thinks he's lying as a President. It's a question of: is this man, a man she loves, possibly responsible for her mother's death? Did he carry out those orders and lie about it?

The confrontation between Olivia and Fitz at the end had me tearing up, similar to Fitz. Did you guys catch his peepers looking a little misty? Was that because he did carry out the mission? Was it just because he was watching the woman he loved in pain? What is the truth here?

The scene that did have me out and out crying was when Olivia drunkenly re-watched the wreckage footage of the flight and called her father. Her words had my heart breaking for her. She was honest with him and with herself.

I have so many questions I want to ask you but I'm afraid you'll kill my friends if I do. So you know, let’s just talk about the weather or uh how I can’t form attachments to people because my mother is dead and my father is that thing that goes bump in the night or…you pick a topic.


Let's be honest ourselves:

Would Rowan scare you if he were your father? He said he didn't order the plane to get shot down. Do you believe him? His tears looked pretty convincing in that flashback. There's also the possibility that he did do it and also did love his wife and was genuinely sad when the news became real. But truly?

This is Command of B613 we're talking about. There's no way I could properly analyze the emotions of that man.

As for the other big part of the episode, it was obvious the Reston ad was totally concocted by OPA. Granted, we also know OPA and how they work at this point so we could see that coming a mile away. If Candy could figure it out that quickly, I worry what will happen with Josie's temper when she realizes she was played.

If they manipulate something like that again in the future, how will Josie react?

Tonight left us, and Olivia, with lots of questions. So let's turn it over to you guys.

What are your updated theories on Operation Remington? Do you think OPA's decision to go with Marcus was a good idea? How excited are you to find out more about Harrison's past? What do Rowan and Charlie want with Quinn? And last (and least) do you care as little about Sally Langston's campaign as I do?


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Drea xoxo

finally!!!!! Harrison's story!!


I don't think Rowan had his wife killed. His pain over his wife's death was genuine. I think maybe his boss (of course he has one) might have done it in order to gain control over him. After Quinn goes to work for Rowan, her first assignment will be to kill Jake. Instead I think Huck will take her out. Cyrus knows where all the bones are buried and will dig them up on an as needed basis.
Finally! It looks as though we'll get the back-story on Harrison. Whatever the story is; Cyrus already knows it.
Maybe Mellie will get the Vice Presidents hubby in a compromising position and then use it against her. Nothing will get in the way of Mellie staying in the Whitehouse.


I am excited with the direction of the show. Different characters with complex personalities and most of them putting Olivia to the test. You cannot know how good a gladiator is until you put them in the ring.The first few seasons had quite a few of the characters fawning at the alter of Olivia which I did not buy or watch. Except for Mellie of course. People it doesn't bother Olivia that Josie shows her teeth sometimes. Olivia is in politics her skin is thick, she can take it. Olivia would have written Josie off, if she didn't have any teeth at all. Josie is going for the President of the United States. She needs a backbone made of titanium. This campaign trail excites her but most of all motivates her. Her team is at their best. The campaign video was a BRILLIANT maneuver that was being Poped.
The question of Fitz answering her questions should not be reduced to if he loves her he will tell her everything. That is ridiculous, Fitz as POTUS has a duty to his country not just her. He cannot disclose classified information to her just because she asks. Are you kidding?Many people in operations have spouses and families where they never disclose anything up until the day they die. This is where trust becomes imperative. Just because you love each other doesn't mean you share every secret or classified information in your closet. Will Olivia ever tell Fitz that the congressman's wife killed that girl. Her client's information is classified, she should expect no less from Fitz. We need some sense of realism to keep us interested.

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@ Aykme

I always wondered why Liv didn't tell David Rosen about the congressman's wife. Aren't there exceptions to the confidentiality clause? I couldn't believe that just went away after Liv realized it. Then again, I totally don't know law background! Just something I'm curious about.


The ep is very poor.


I think Fitz doesn't know as much about Operation Remington as he thinks he does. In fact, I don't think anybody, other than Rowan, knows the full story of Remington.
But both Fitz and Olivia are heartbroken about it. Fitz, because he can't tell the woman he loves what he does know; and Olivia because there are questions that only Fitz and her father know the answers to.
Cyrus is more of a snake than I thought he was; threatening Harrison to get Liv to do something is just terrible. But I have to give him some credit; he figured out how to play Sally. That should be fun to see.


This is one of those great episodes that has my mind really thinking asking some of those same questions. Loved Sparkle's theory about what may be going down. Obvious to me that Fitz doesn't have any idea about Rowan being Liv's dad and that Liv's mom was on that plan. He doesn't want to share anymore bc he knows how she is and that tenacity can get the woman he loves killed. Indeed the scenes between these two were very powerful and I felt for them. THESE TWO DESERVE EMMYS! How long will Liv and Josie Marcus coexist?




Great episode as always! Someone needs to keep an eye on Baby Huck!!


I think this was the best episode yet this season!!!!


Love this show! Intriguing on so many different levels. Here's my theory: Rowan is a footman and NOT the most powerful man in the world. The most powerful man would not show his face or do his own dirty work. Given Shonda's amazing ability to misdirect, I think Rowan is a monster but not THE monster. It's entirely possible that he did not order the take down of the plane. Someone above him did to keep him in line because he has a daughter to worry about. I believe the threat to Liv is real and Rowan is frantic to keep her out of the line of fire. Unknowingly, Liv is living and/or working in conflict with what must happen. Fitz is THE power's choice and their affair threatens to take him down and/or puts two puzzle pieces too close together in this life and death game. They are all puppets with someone else pulling the strings. Keeping them in silos is essential to obscuring their (the real power) identities and keeping everyone on their individual string.

@ sparkle

Well said! Your theory might be right.

@ sparkle

What if the Bigger-than-Rowan-Bad is Hollis? He did, after all, have the resources to blow up Quinn's boyfriend. And the female-spy type who did it.

@ sparkle

I'm thinking, I'm thinking - definately a possibility. So do you think it's someone we know already or what?

@ Nisan

Good theory!

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Scandal Season 3 Episode 6 Quotes

There’s probably only two people in this world who can tell me if this really happened. One of those people is my father and I can’t ask him because he’ll probably kill both of you or maybe even all three of us to teach me some kind of sick lesson. And the other is the President.


Stupid, super spies.