This is the final straw. I’m suing Shonda Rhimes to recoup the costs of the extensive therapy I now need. Anyone care to join me in a class-action lawsuit?
The episode started weirdly for me. I tuned in a minute or so late after Person of Interest, which a) had never happened before and b) totally threw me off. In the beginning, the cuts between scenes and stories felt forced and jumpy. Once this ep got going, however, it didn’t disappoint. You know, with that one glaring exception.
Fitz is a murderer. I’m having issues processing this. See above re: therapy. I’m the biggest Olivitz shipper there is, but I’m not sure I can support my beloved Olivia loving a man who murdered a cancer-stricken old lady in her bed. For the last few minutes of the show, I was literally shouting at my TV “Die! Die!” in the vain hope that Verna would expire sans assistance and I could go on ogling Fitz without repercussion. Sadly, Verna did require assistance to go gentle into that good night.
Perhaps the part of myself that loves good story and flawed characters is happy with this twist. Honestly, I haven’t checked in with her yet. I’m too busy trying to keep the Jane Austen-loving hopeless romantic part of myself from jumping off a bridge. Don’t worry. I’m kidding. It’s way too cold to jump off a bridge.
Onto less depressing matters, the first part of the season has wrapped itself up very neatly. I’m sort of loving the two mini seasons setup Scandal fell into this year. I’m not sure the Cytron storyline would have stretched over 22 episodes all by its little lonesome.
Abby and David got back together (yay!) and then almost immediately broke up (boo!). Quinn almost ordered a hit on Hollis Doyle after Huck saved Hollis from the hit put on him by Cyrus and Cyrus almost had his husband killed by the same man who almost murdered Hollis. Olivia dumped Edison for good only to be dumped by Fitz “for good.” This show gets confusing, doesn’t it? I loved the Abby/David confrontation. Did she steal the card? She really had me believing that she knew nothing about it until whoops, she found it in her bra. It’s okay, Abby, I lose shit in there too.
Cyrus and James also kept me guessing. Would Cyrus carry out the hit on James? We have ample proof that Cyrus Rutherford Beene is NOT a good guy, but murdering his husband is (fortunately) a bridge too far. I know there are some James haters out there, but I happen to like him. I was disappointed in the revelation scene between the two. Jeff Perry was very good but the whole “get undressed” thing sort of ruined the scene for me. It made it funny at first and then I kept expecting them to kiss. They do seem to go at it in the most bizarre moments.
Speaking of amazing actors, can I just say the Emmy goes to Tony Goldwyn? The scene where Verna told him of the conspiracy was just beautiful, up until, you know, that point. I loved that she made him tell her instead of the other way around. The way he said “Olivia” was so heart-wrenching. It was absolutely wonderful.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to watch something adorable to take my mind off this episode. Preferably something with talking animals.
Bits and Pieces:
The bobblehead bit was a nice respite in the darkness that was this episode.
Tony Goldwyn’s face as he’s watching doctors try to save Verna’s life is amazing. The first time around, I thought he just looked worried. The second time I watched the ep, it’s obvious he’s feeling the weight of what he’s done.
Harrison really pissed me off this week. I can’t believe Abby didn’t slap him. It seemed like the perfect moment for a decent slap.
I seriously don’t think I’ve ever felt this betrayed by a fictional character. I need a hug. :(
“Confessing tells America that the country they love is built on a lie, that it’s a fallacy. You think I care about my conscience? Screw my conscience! I’m trying to save America’s soul! I’m trying to give America its country back! The country they deserve, a country built on trust where a vote actually means something!”
“By killing a man?”
“If I’m already going to hell, why not?”
“Surprised to see you down here.”
“You have a new baby.”
“You have a new baby and you’re at work.”
“But you’re a man.”
“I was trying to find a nice way to say, yes, but I don’t like babies.”
“Nobody likes babies.”
Mellie/Cyrus spinoff. NOW.
“I’m not made to be a fugitive! I’ve got asthma!”
I seriously love James.
“I wasn’t made to be chief of staff. Do you know what I was made to be? I was made to be the President of the United States. I was made to lead the nation. I was made to ensure this country’s place in the world for generations to come. I would have been great at that. I have the stones. I have the backbone. I have the will. I would have been a great president. But guess what? I’m fairly short, and I’m not so pretty and I really like having sex with men so instead of being president of this land that I love, I get to be the guy behind the President of the United States. And, sure, I have power. I influence decisions. I help steer the country. But I’ll never be in the history books. My name will never be on an airport or a doctrine. Being the guy behind the guy is as far as my road goes.”
“I want painful, difficult, devastating, life-changing, extraordinary love.”
“Love is not supposed to be painful or devastating. Love isn’t supposed to hurt, Liv.”
“You’re naïve, you’re pampered, you sail through life clueless as a child, but you’re not stupid.”
three out of four magical vote-rigging cards