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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Ayana kemba

It was a mistake for Cy to clean up Sally's mess. Cy, Mellie and Fitz are about that life, Sally is not. Sally views herself as a good Christian woman, so eventually her conscious will crack under the pressure. When it does crack I don't see her being above taking everyone that she can down with her. As of last night that storyline is my new favorite. There are to many twist, turns and who dun it's with the Maya/Rowan storyline. My attention span is short, therefore I am ready to solve the murder mystery and move the he double hockey stick on! I must say that that was some terrific acting by Rowan at the Pentagon! He mopped the floor with Fitz and didn't even break a sweat.

@ Ayana Kemba

Sally is a weak link and she will have to go! I am getting a little tired of the cra cra christian storylines! Too many people know about this and it will come back to bite Cy/Mellie and Fitz in the butt!


Joe Morton is the bomb! I love the battle between him and Fitz. I am putting my money on Rowan! Fitz has had everything handed to him and Rowan is not going to hand over his daughter to him! Love it! Sorry but i can't stand Liv. It is like her mom told her last week you like having people run around for you. Liv likes power. Being the Pres's mistress gives her power. She was telling Fitz last week kill my dad and save my mom, now this week it is save my dad and put my mom in jail. Really? This woman is so full of herself! Everyone is suppose to go How High when she says jump! Fitz and Jake telling her all the time they love her and she doesn't say it back..just jump when I tell you too! And the fools jump! I like Quinn and sugarman together. Jake is so full of it. He is in charge of B16 for now and all over Fitz but when Fitz puts him in charge he is ok with it...Really? I think Pappa Pope and Momma Pope should team up and bring them all down. That's above your pay grade Boy! Damn I love Rowan! Joe Morton is kicking butt!


Your review is spot on. I too am still rooting for a Jake and Olivia connection. Joe Morton was truly masterful in this episode.


I'm still just gutted that James did the dirty on Cyrus. I always loved them as a couple, and I never really took either as a cheater. And no matter how much James felt pushed towards Daniel, I just don't think he'd have gone there. So very sad. :-(

@ Fudgefase

I agree... I still thought James didn't do it... Until he said he did as Cy had the pictures to prove it. Very didsgusted by that... This couple was refreshing. But one thing Cyrus was right about is that James, now that he knows exactly what Cyrus is capable of but more importantly what he himself can do, he cannot stomach it.

Spindae 2o

Not that thrilled by this episode, I mean it wasn't bad but last week was on such a high level. As an Jilver fan I loved the 2 scenes they have. Their chemistry is really working for me, I see him as a safer choice for Liv (and I considered he is a trained killer) and I love he isn't putting such a preassure on her.
The Sally thing wasn't appealing at all, I didn't feel any connection to the story. James trading his integrity was the only memberale thing about it. Let's see how it will play out if they press charges against Sally.
Rowan speech was really the only strong and memerable moment for me. Maya killing all those people and safely landing was to much and not that believable, but I am intruiged how the story will play out.

@ Spindae 2.0

Who is Jilver?

Drea xoxo

WOW! what an episode! the mother wants to attack the white house or does she want to attack b613...? The DD/Rosen/boring-whiny-why-is-he-still-alive-James arc needs to be done with next episode! I do not I REPEAT DO NOT WANT ANOTHER DEFIANCE SITUATION!!! that story dragged out why to long to be over a memory card which we to this day don't even know if it is destroyed as no one even checked it!!!! Rowan/Eli. What a speech! who else to tell Fitz about himself but the father of the woman he claims to be madly in love with. Sad that he fell for his wife's lies despite knowing what she is. Now it makes sense why he took off the plane but not why she was kept alive...... Liv, sigh. Huck, you gave your secrets to the wrong student!! Rosen/Abi, liking it this season, it's benefiting everyone. The scene they did with Harrison, HILAR!!
Quinn, SIGH!! why can't you ever just be on Liv's side for goodness sake! this poor me act only lasted for 1 second in season 2 opener. Harrison, I hope we get your story next section!!!! Now to the other Arc. The Monsters Arc (get the pun?!) As I digress what is going to happen to Cy and Mellz when Sally cracks

@ Katerina's Gladiator

I too truly loved the Rosen/Abbey/Harrison segment -


I thought this was a solid midseason finale, despite some glaring plot problems; the show's always had these, but the characters blot some of them out. Anyway, round of applause for Joe Morton. Full thoughts and analysis here:


So wait ... Rowan fell for that whole "bomb on the plane" thing, while Olivia deduced it was false in about 30 seconds? Rowan is much smarter than that. And how did Fitz appoint Jake as the new Command? I thought B613 was untouchable. If Fitz always had this ability, why didn't he just replace Rowan a long time ago? It doesn't make sense. Overall, I thought it was a pretty mediocre episode (with the exception of the awesome monologue by Rowan).

@ Preston

Its more likely that Rowan was replaced when Maya Pope escaped. B613 does not seem like a forgiving group of people. He should have seen it coming. Jake taking over command seems weird though especially since he wanted out. The question becomes who is the real command and what did Fitz offer them to allow Jake in the position. Or maybe the real command came to the president to offer him a deal. That is what we need to look for next season.

@ Preston

Can any one tell me how Jake became command??? I thought live dad ran everything...

@ Preston

I'm guessing one of two things. Either, he didn't knew he could be replaced. The whole "cut off the head" speech that Rowan gave him made him realize it. OR, Rowan's admittance of having ordered a civilian plane shot down based on the word of a terrorist without being properly vetted (when he confirmed for Olivia) was used as reason to have him replaced. As far as Rowan falling for it, keep in mind that Olivia had nearly 12 hours to have her team working on it when she deduced it facing off against her dad, AND his facial reactions were part of that deduction. Rowan would have had about 1/2 of that time and only the super-liar Momma Pope to watch for reactions.


Standing ovation for Rowan. Fitz was being an ass and he was lashed.
But everything was disturbinlgy true.


Omg this episode was so incredibly delivered especially rowans part and yes even tho jake would be a better fit for liv fitz looks better I love his swagger but huck loyalty to liv is deep and he has no sympathy for quinn and frankly neither do I but yes liv was hard on huck and jake put her in her place for that but I cant wait for the next episode just sad the season was shortened 4 episodes

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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.