Scandal Review: The Devil Came In

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Ahhh! Scandal!! Allow me a moment to lose my mind a little bit about how amazing that mid-season finale was.

THAT is how to close one chapter of a season and open a whole new one when the series returns in February.

New alliances were formed on Scandal Season 3 Episode 10 and old alliances were renewed. And someone dropped the L word on Olivia.

What Has Fitz Done?

There needs to be an unspoken - or spoken - rule that if you're a character on Scandal you should scan your set for pointy objects to see if you might die. 

First it was Gideon with the scissors and then it was Daniel Douglas with the letter opener. On second thought, maybe they should just look out for wayward office supplies that might be used to kill someone.

The entire opening sequence of "A Door Marked Exit" was impeccable. The scenes of post-phone call Sally interspersed with murderous rage Sally were the perfect way to reveal how unhinged she became during their argument. It's was also an interesting way to reveal all the many reasons for which she might have murdered him.

Unrequited love, his infidelity, her ambition. 

That scene reveals that theirs was yet another broken marriage on this series. None of the married couples are happy. 

While I'm of the opinion that at one time, Fitz and Mellie were happy together and don't buy that theirs was always a marriage of convenience and political ambition in their eyes (certainly their fathers who flung them together saw their potential), that's what it's become. And it's what Sally and Daniel Douglas' marriage always was, even if she didn't see or believe it herself.

James and Cyrus' wasn't a marriage of convenience, but it certainly wasn't always sunshine and roses. It definitely isn't now. 

Even Rowan and Maya's marriage wasn't one built on trust. She was stealing government secrets from him and selling them and she convinced him to blow up a plane full of innocent people! 

All of these marriages have become mutually beneficial partnerships, so it sort of asks what Shonda Rhimes is trying to say about marriage. (Or maybe she's just trying to make an interesting and drama-filled television show.)

Okay, enough navel-gazing about the marriages of Scandal...

Cyrus called Charlie and Quinn in to clean up after Sally and realized his responsibility in Daniel Douglas' death. That he and Mellie could appreciate how convenient the murder was for their efforts to keep Sally on their ticket was true to both of their characters and well-played.

There's a great chance that Sally will still use this to run on her own ticket. Or that she'll try. How far she'll get in that endeavor is anybody's guess. 

David Rosen knows her secret thanks to some NSA wire-tapping and a junior engineer who "remembered him from that CIA mole thing."

This is really my one complaint with the episode. 

James went to David with his suspicions that Daniel Douglas had been murdered and he was turned away. Now there's a piece of technology with proof and it all feels a little like Defiance 2.0. If it gets David back into OPA somehow, maybe I'll look the other way, but I'm not really loving the voice recording of Sally Langston's phone call and the fact that this junior engineer took it straight to a U.S. District Attorney.

We'll see how it pans out but with only 8 episodes remaining in the season, I'm hoping this is over with quickly. How it would end quickly and without coming back onto Fitz I have no idea. I trust Shonda to figure this out without weighing the story down.

Everything about Charlie and Quinn is working right now. Quinn is a more interesting character the darker she goes, and Katie Lowes teased that Quinn is about to undergo yet another evolution. Being completely rebuffed by Huck and seeing just how deep his allegiance to Olivia runs seems to have done something to her. 

Whether she feeling continued shame at going behind everyone's back and continuing her spy training or whether she's being the rebellious and experimental teenager, Quinn's in a dangerous place right now. OPA is the light and Charlie is the darkness.

Who knows what will happen to the two of them now that Jake is running B-613!?

Jake is the new Command.

The two moments tied for best of the night were Fitz and Rowan's interactions in the Pentagon and Jake's goodbye to Olivia. And they're so deeply interconnected in my mind that it's hard to discuss them separately so I'm not even going to try.

First, Rowan's "you're a boy" speech to Fitz was amazingly written and delivered. Round of applause for Joe Morton! (Check out more Scandal quotes here.)

He summed up what a lot of people feel about Fitz. He's very often not a man. He's been handed much of what he has and he hasn't really had to work for it. People in his life have done everything for him to make sure he's gotten where he is. In a roundabout way, Rowan Pope made him President the day he sent him to fly the mission that took down the plane.

Rowan's belief that Olivia is Fitz' way out, his "door marked exit," was spot on. She's his escape, and whether that escape will only be temporary or will someday be forever remains to be seen, as is what their relationship would look like should they ever get that opportunity to be a regular couple.

I feel quite certain there will be no jam-making, partly because Olivia Pope isn't the kind of woman who just walks away from the life she's created for herself, no matter how lonely that personal life may sometimes be.

I'll have all sorts of people disagreeing with my next statement and I'm bracing myself, but it has to be said. 

After tonight, even though Jake walked away from Olivia to become Command, I'm still pulling for a Jake-Olivia romance to be given a real shot after their interactions tonight. I'm not even sure I can articulate why.

Maybe it's the way Jake puts her in her place when she needs to be put there. Maybe it's the way he changed his "loved" to "love." Maybe it's Scott Foley's pecs in that black spy shirt. 

I don't know. But I do know I'm adding a Jake-Olivia relationship to my Christmas list.

Jake as the new Command and seeing him work closely with Fitz will make a nice and complicated triangle out of those three come February.

Maybe that's what I'm adding to my list. The opportunity to see Olivia in either relationship and to have either relationship be equally as believable as the other.

What did you think of Scandal Season 3 Episode 10? What do you think of Jake as the new Command? How do you feel about Quinn going rogue from OPA and the recording being brought to David Rosen?


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Nah, that episode HAD ME panting, at the edge of my seat !! Rowan's monologue... that's all I'm gonna say ! WOW ! Just BRILLIANT. And somehow, he was right. Fitz wants out. And Olivia is the door. I found it distasteful when he told Rowan he was banging his daughter. Like SERIOUSLY !
I find it interesting that Fitz managed to ¨replace¨ Rowan. And with JAKE ? WTF. I thought he wanted toget out ! Now he's gone even deeper ! Not without saying the L word to Liv, which had me begging for more !
Momma Pope is in DC ? SAY WHAT ?! Nah, that woman had me. What is she up to ?
I liked the beginning of the episode, showing how Sally flipped and killed her husband. However I agree with her campaign manager, calling Cyrus was a bad idea. But he saw what he did to her and his reaction to that horror was well delivered, especially when he kept repeating : The Devil came In. Taking it out on James was nothing new but his cruelty... man that gave me the chills. James however playing on what he knew to get what he wanted, very clever. Going to see David was so Defiance-like. Please, writers don't go there again.
Ok, maybe I missed something but I really don't get what the problem is with Quinn... However, she wanted to be a spy, well now she's one.


Rowan's monologue was great and a good assessment of Fitz. Despite myself, I like Liv with Fitz, no one is perfect. I cannot by Jake as command. A lot of Scandal stretches the imagination, but Jake as command is silly.

@ Boss

Agreed. Jake as command-no way. Charlie Manson-Santa Claus-more convincing.


Rowan's monologue was great and a good assessment of Fitz. Despite myself, I like Liv with Fitz, no one is perfect. I cannot by Jake as command. A lot of Scandal stretches the imagination, but Jake as command is silly.


Rowan's monologue was great and a good assessment of Fitz. Despite myself, I like Liv with Fitz, no one is perfect. I cannot by Jake as command. A lot of Scandal stretches the imagination, but Jake as command is silly.


Rowan's monologue was great and a good assessment of Fitz. Despite myself, I like Liv with Fitz, no one is perfect. I cannot by Jake as command. A lot of Scandal stretches the imagination, but Jake as command is silly.


I loved Rowan's monologue, but I'm amazed that nobody has pointed out that Fitz got EXACTLY the reaction that he wanted out of Rowan.
I'm also wondering where are the pro-Fitz people. Fitz played the best game of chess in the world and everything came up his way. Not only did he get Rowan out of B613, he got Jake in as Command. And as such, he got Jake out of Olivia's life romantically--as there is no way she's going to be involved with somebody involved with B613. All of you anti-Fitz people can keep underestimating him. Fitz is playing the long game and already has the ultimate goal in mind; his life with Olivia. While I think Vermont is the get-away for the two of them, I do see them together in either New York or D.C. Poor Quinn. Huck told Quinn over and over that she needed to quit while she was ahead--quit digging into the B613 stuff. She did it and now she is all alone and I fear for her in her "relationship" with Charlie. Charlie is amoral, and while Quinn forgot where her true loyalties were, she actually does have morals. That's going to be the conflict for the two of them. Sally. I think I said it before, Sally used religion and people to get to where she is and it's now coming back to bite her in the arse. It will be interesting to see who she breaks-down on, and I wonder just how long Leo is going to survive if he keeps pushing Sally to run.

@ Kasey Henton

You are right. Jake and Fitz, one upped Rowan this time. The problem is Olivia and Fitz believe their love to be in a bubble. There are many things outside of people that can affect your relationship. Time and Death being the main two, both are inevitable and cannot be stopped. They are losing on time and death may come sooner than you think. I believe that if love comes your way , you should do what it takes to allow it to thrive without much collateral damage. Life will not wait for you to step up.


I don't know what to think of this episode. Fitz being read the riot act has become tiresome. Rowan is the fourth person to do this. Though it was brilliantly delivered. He doesn't listen. There are two things you cannot tell your friends about, one is love and the other is money. They never listen, you have to leave them be on their collision course and let them learn for themselves. No one in the Scandal universe is rooting for the Olitz couple, you think they would take the hint. However, they believe themselves a tragic and epic love. You see to divorce and marry would be too simple of an ending. They must drag this out to its climatic conclusion. Where would their love be without the drama. The only thing I don't understand is the underestimation of Maya Pope. Why would Abby think she doesn't have blood on her hands. So she steals government information and she thinks she walked in and walked out to get it. Has she lost her mind. Look OPA is going to have to step up their game, if they are going against Maya and Rowan. Right now they are losing. They are going to have to think bigger, much bigger. See you next year.


I think you missed the real reason behind Sally's anger, Daniel Douglas was gay. Sally Is a homophobe as she's shown in various conversations with Cyrus. Danel threw it in her face that she knew from the beginning and he only married her to hide it from his family. Kate Burton was fantastic in those scenes. The Fitz and Rowan scenes were great, both Tony and Joe did their thing. Rowan sees himself in Fitz, not the privileged part but the sucker for love part. Rowan thinks he "created the formidable Olivia Pope" much like Mellie thinks she created Fitz. She became Olivia Pope in spite of him not because of him. Scott Foley is a weak link in a talented cast. If he has pecs, I need to sit closer to my tv screen, his eyes are pretty though.


I am realy courious why Mya Pope lied to Rowan about the bomb on plane. She was no mass murderer, she was spy working for money. Why have 300 civillians killed? There had to be something on that plane she despeartly wanted to get rid of... (sorry for spelling, not my native toung)


Loved, loved, loved this episode — it was the best to date for me. OMG, Daniel spoke too bluntly and said, much too much. Sally snapped – end of Daniel Douglas. I doubt that the others can count on her to keep it together and jump on board with their plans. She is being prodded by the campaign manager to run independently and he knows she murdered Daniel.
Rowans’ speech and the emotions he displayed were on point. Job well done. Jake also did a good job of putting Liv in her place in regards to how she was acting with Huck. Huck was protecting her. Not to mention that Jake and Huck had very valid reasons to hold Papa Pope in disdain. Might I add that Jake never looked better sitting behind that desk. I don’t hold out much hope for his future with Liv. His presence makes for an interesting love triangle.
Quinn is a much better fit with Charlie and I think he really likes her. She never fit in as a True Gladiator – always seem to be the odd person in the group.
Wow, can’t wait for February and the drama Mamma Pope is going to bring to the Scandal saga.

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Scandal Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

I get it. You just found out your mother isn't who you thought. You just got your happy memories of her taken from you. She's bad, and we don't know how bad, but that does not make your father the good guy. He is not a good guy, Liv. And Huck is about to go out there and look for him, try to save your father, try to save the man who manipulated him, who threw him in a hole until he was nearly driven out of his mind, and then stole everything that was important to him, and you say it's not my business, but Huck and I, we're in the same business, and your father? He is not our hero. He is our demon. And you're not the only one to lose your happy memories. So I speak from experience when I say maybe you cut Huck some slack.


Fitz: Here's the thing about power, Rowan. It's always hard to admit when you've lost it.
Rowan: Or to admit you've never had any at all.