|Candi and Liv were evenly matched in the |
competition for most serious serious face.
This episode was exceptionally uneven. The Josie
Everything, everyone just felt so real this week. The interactions were just so...human. My favorite was probably the phone call between a wine-soaked Olivia and Fitz, who was literally hiding from his wife in the bathroom (very presidential, sir). Good Fitz and Liv moments have been scarce for the past few episodes, but this more than made up for that shortcoming. Fitz and Liv get a lot of dramatic romance scenes or dramatic conflict scenes. It was a very nice change of pace to see them here, living their everyday lives and acting like a relatively normal sort of couple. The way Fitz slipped “I love you” into their conversation just made me melt. It wasn’t a big moment or a new revelation. It was just a gentle reminder.
Another standout scene was the basketball court alpha male-off between Jake and Fitz. Again, they felt like real friends with a long past and a current romantic rivalry. I knew at some point Fitz would fall and the Secret Service would rush over, breaking the spell of normalcy, but it was well done. The agents didn’t tackle Jake to the ground or something, which I was a little afraid of. The scene also facilitated a very sweaty and completely necessary shirtless Scott Foley scene, which I liked very much. Because of the...er...dialogue or something. Was there dialogue?
This week’s big revelation is that Fitz killed Olivia’s mother years before they even met. Is it absolutely ridiculous? Yes, of course, but it’s Scandal, what on earth were you expecting? Honestly, the only thing that keeps this show from being a soapy train wreck sometimes is the caliber of its cast. Obviously, the death of Olivia’s mother was never going to be an accident. At the moment, it certainly looks like her (ex?) husband had her targeted and killed (at the expense of 328 other lives, it should be noted). Will there be extenuating circumstances and/or an attempt to humanize Daddy Pope? Maybe there was also a terrorist on the plane and he had to choose between the life of his beloved wife and the deaths of thousands of people? Yeah, I doubt it, too.
Mellie’s pitch to Olivia would’ve been sweet if it was genuine, but this is Mellie we’re talking about. What is she playing at? I would totally believe season one or even season two Mellie wanted Olivia to come back because it was best for Fitz, but she and her husband have literally declared war on each other. Yes, she wants to remain in power, but is she willing to let Fitz be happy in order to let that happen? Wait and see, gladiators.
I don’t have much at all to say about our weekly client, who unfortunately seems to be sticking around. (I just don’t like Lisa Kudrow when she’s not Phoebe; I have no reason for this.) I’d love to accuse Scandal of grossly stereotyping the so-called ‘flyover states,’ but I’ve never been to one. I have flown over them, though.
Bits and Pieces:
Once again, Scandal time bears no relation to real world time. The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is always held on the last Saturday in April.
What do you think of the implication that B6-13 killed JFK? It’s interesting, but it also seemed a little disrespectful to me, especially since we’re coming up on the fiftieth anniversary. Thoughts? Leo also made a mention of JFK Jr., which seemed a little weird.
What in the world was Olivia wearing at the WHCD? She looked like a cartoon of a pretty woman from the future. The hair, the dress, the gloves, none of it worked. And don’t get me started on Mellie’s poodle hair.
Sally is thinking of running as a third party candidate and wants Leo to tell her what will happen. I can tell her what would happen in the real world: she’d fracture Fitz’s vote, taking some women and the more conservative voters, resulting in the Democratic candidate winning in a landslide. Of course, this is Scandal-verse, so real world political rules do not necessarily apply.
Leo: “It smells like Nixon in ’74 in here.”
Josie: “I was young and stupid and he was a boy with a nice smile and a shiny yellow pickup truck and I thought I was in love.”
Olivia: “You can’t vet your jokes you’re not funny.”
Fitz: “I know that. Wait, I’m funny.”
Mellie: “I like your new boyfriend. Is he married?”
What a great moment. You could tell she was trying to be nice and diplomatic, but just couldn’t help herself.
Mellie: “He is tired and broken and it isn’t doing the job, it’s doing the job without you. He’s not alive when you’re not here. He can’t breathe when you’re not here. He doesn’t have the will to run much less win when you’re not here, because you’re everything to him.”
Jake: “I don’t play second fiddle to anyone, not even the president. Good night, Olivia.”
A rare moment of self-respect for Scandal-verse characters. It made me like Jake so much more.
three out of four Josie