|Abby: "Decent ensemble."|
Liv: "It's missing a giant handbag."
There was absolutely nothing wrong with this episode. Parts were really good, in fact. But it still left me with sort of a ‘meh’ feeling.
I think it’s because of Fitz’s refusal to tell Liv about Operation Remington (or rather, the fact that he wasn’t on Operation Remington; the nomenclature is confusing!). I think we were supposed to be outraged at his desire to protect himself over giving Olivia the closure of knowing how her mother died. The thing is, we don’t know enough about the plane crash to determine that with any degree of certainty. Looking at it objectively, of course the President of the United States wouldn’t tell his ex-mistress super, crazy top secret stuff. Was Fitz trying to hide the fact that he’s responsible for the deaths of over three hundred people or was he legitimately trying to protect the secrets of the country? I find myself believing the latter until we get more backstory on this.
In what I hope will be a pattern, the typical client format is ditched completely this week to focus on Josie Marcus’s campaign. I really liked that they didn’t show her as some sort of holy political superhero. The scenes where Josie begged lobbyists for money were very well done. They acknowledged the country’s less than perfect elections system while not being overly preachy.
The standout scene of the hour has to be Josie’s interview with James. I willingly admit it: I cheered. Still, parts of it did feel a bit unfair to James. He has producers and people he’s responsible to. He didn’t personally do everything she accuses him of. Also, upon reflection, Josie’s speech about the pervasive and unacknowledged sexism in everyday life feels a little hypocritical coming from Scandal, which, let’s face it, has more than the occasional feminism issue itself.
In a completely
Bits and Pieces:
Olivia doesn’t look much like her mother, but she does seem to dress like her.
So, Olivia’s parents were still married when Maya died. Does this track? In the season premiere, Olivia told her father that Maya told her he would destroy her. That doesn’t exactly sound like the picture of wedded bliss to me.
Raise your hand if you were surprised that Leo’s plan backfired? Really? No one? Of course Cyrus was going to find out. Never try to out sleaze Cyrus Beene.
Harrison finally gets something to do besides talking really, really quickly. Yay?
I was surprised that Kate tried to kill Jake. I thought it would be the other way around, with the shadowy guy following him getting shot by her. I like that Fitz put security on Jake. He doesn’t want him dead.
Rowan says he wasn’t the one who gave the order to have the plane shot down. For some reason, I believe him. I’m not sure I believe his last words to his wife, though.
Harrison: “Stupid super-spies.”
Cyrus: “This is...‘weird’ isn’t the right word. ‘Strange.’ No... ‘Greek.’ Mythic and disturbing. This is winged horses. Wait, is it the horses who had the wings almost melted? Or I don’t know, I can’t remember. My point is this is a Greek tragedy in the making. Winged mistress flying too close to the sun.”
Mellie: “I did everything but roll your whore up in a rug and unfurl her at your feet.”
Jake: “We’re only digging up dirt on the most powerful man in the world. How dangerous could that possibly be?”
James: “You’re a shameless monster.”
Cyrus: “Who loves you dearly!”
Josie: “It’s not about experience, James. It’s about gender. Reston’s saying I don’t have the balls to be president, and he means that literally. It’s offensive. It’s offensive to me and to all the women whose votes he’s asking for. [...] And it’s not just Governor Reston speaking in code about gender, it’s everyone, yourself included. [...] The only reason we’re doing this interview in my house is because you requested it. This was your idea, and yet here you are, thanking me for inviting you into my lovely home. That’s what you say to the neighbor lady who baked you chocolate chip cookies. This pitcher of iced tea isn’t even mine. It’s what your producers set here. Why? Same reason you called me ‘a real life Cinderella story.’ It reminds people that I am a woman without using the word. For you it’s an angle, I get that, and I’m sure you think it’s innocuous. But guess what? It’s not.”
Cyrus: “How about you get to keep all that righteous indignation that fills your collection plate every Sunday and President Grant and I go pray on some new tax breaks?”
Reverend: “The Lord speaks through you, brother Beene.”
Cyrus: “Yeah, I get that a lot.”
Candi: “Is there a line you won’t cross?”
Abby: “We’ll let you know when we find it.”
Cyrus: “Mr. Wright. Ah, that’s funny.”
Jake: “It might be the only chance I ever have of sleeping with both eyes closed again.”
Fitz: “Or is it the only chance you may ever have of sleeping with her?”
three out of four prop pitchers of iced tea