Revenge and Scandal are both going on winter break and, strangely enough, I’m totally okay with that. I just can’t anymore. After everything that went down last night on Scandal, I need a vacation! It was too much, too fast, too amazing and I just can’t, lol. I luuuurved the episode; in fact it was one of my favorites of the season… although I’m pretty sure I said that about the last episode because yeah. I love them all! But, no, this one was special. Click inside for the second-to-last last recap of 2012!
So this episode picked up right where we left off– with our beloved President getting shot just outside of his own birthday party. The reason I loved this episode sooo much is because we got all those juicy flashbacks! My fave episodes from last season were the flashback ones that came towards the end, where we finally got to see how Liv and Fitz first fell in love. I loved it! And I loved watching them as he became President and they tried– and failed– to stay away from each other. We also got to see Cyrus and James in their earlier stages and that was hilarious! And also, kinda sad. Olivia and James were both not really welcome at the Inaugural Ball– James because Cyrus hadn’t come out yet and Olivia because that ish would have been too weird. But she and the Pres had their own um Inaugural Ball… later… in the Oval Office, lmao. And by the end of it James and Cyrus were all super cute and engaged. Damn, I loved this episode!
Shonda Rhimes handled this so well because, even though the ending was CrAzy, we got sooo many answers in this episode. Defiance has finally been all cleared up and we now know for sure that Hollis bombed the office where Quinn’s boyfriend worked, killed seven innocent people so that the voting booth rigging in Ohio would never be discovered, and allowed Quinn to be framed. And we also know now that Olivia left her position at The White House because of this… and because when Mellie found out about her and Fitz it was awkward. Really awkward.
SO much other awkward and amazingness happened so let’s get to it!
Flashback episodes make life happy y’all. I could watch Olivia and Fitz make out all day, lol. Seriously, though. I mean, how could I even allow myself to get a teensy tiny bit comfortable with her and the Senator?! She belongs to Fitz! Fitz belongs to her! And it’s so cute when they try to fight it! But when they started getting it on and poppin’ in the Oval Office (and she was lit’rally callin’ him Mr. President on some Marilyn Monroe ish) I was like don’t they know about the cameras?! And then we saw the scene where the Secret Service dude schooled him on the cameras, and Fitz was straight up like What are my options? As in, where can I get it on and poppin’ with her in The White House? LMAO! I was rooollllin’! Like, these two cannot stay away from each other– at least in the flashback scenes they can’t. And I love it.
I think it can happen right over there on that desk (Fitz).
2. The [Vice] President Is A Gangsta
How frightened were you by VP Sally Langston in this episode? No– keep it real! How effing scary was this woman?! After Cyrus and Olivia screwed her over the Supreme Court nomination (the Judge from the Defiance group had already been promised the position) she was DONE with them. At the beginning of the episode we couldn’t really understand why she was being so vicious (and why she was so damn thirsty to roll up on that White House lawn, lmao) but Shonda Rhimes did that brilliant slow reveal thing and it wasn’t until later that we saw her go the eff off on them. This was a great storyline because the Defiance crew got tied in and we got to see more drama and more dirty, grimy, scandalous backstabbing in the White House.
But here’s the thing. Is she really the POTUS now?!?! Because I cannot deal with that!
3. Olivia And Mellie, Together Again
So at the beginning of the episode we saw Olivia’s triumphant return to the White House, which was kind of awesome. I love this plot because there’s lit’rally no other way Liv would have come back, unless something like a Presidential assassination attempt took place. And she def needs to be there for this madness because no one handles ish like Olivia (except for maybe Mellie, although her tactics differ slightly, lol). But Liv’s return was juxtaposed against the flashback episodes that showed her original retreat from this position, and I thought this was brilliant storytelling. We saw why she needed to leave, and it really all began with Mellie showing up at her apartment with Fitz to help him write his Inaugural Address. For the record, this is how Liv and Fitz had been ‘working’ on his Inaugural Address when wifey wasn’t around:
LMAO! Madness. And then there was that craAzyyy awkward moment when Mellie realized that something was definitely popping off between Liv and Fitz (love that moment– all it took was a look from the Secret Service agent and she knew). I think when she approached Liv about it and was so (seemingly) calm and cool, it made Liv feel worse. Scandal is a great show because we know Olivia is wrong for participating in this affair. It’s like she said to Fitz: I smile at her and I take my clothes off for you. Messed up. And even though we’ve seen Mellie do some grimey stuff, we feel for her as a wife. In this episode we got to see her getting all excited for Fitz when he won the presidency; we know she loves him… and we know she is ambitious as f—.
But my ABSOLUTE favorite part of the episode was when Liv came to Mellie so that Mellie could make a FLOTUS-type statement that would save Fitz’s presidency from the VP (who was already working on getting signatures so she could take over). And after Olivia gave that speech about how they were about to lose everything all Mellie could do was bow her head and say:
GET ME SOMETHING TO WEAR.
I was DONE. Done. That was it. She was lit’rally waiting for the moment when everything (the Presidency, America, Olivia Pope herself) would be depending on her. And there it was. She just needed some clothes. I f*ckin love Mellie.
Quote It: Hi Janine. Go to my apartment. Secret Service has the address. Get me one grey suit, one blue suit, one black suit, six blouses, three pairs of shoes, some underwear and my toothbrush (Olivia… because clothes are a big deal on this show, lmao).
4. Patriotism. Redefined By Cyrus.
OMG. That speech Cyrus gave to Olivia chilled me to my bones (as most of his speeches do). So, Olivia comes to him because she finds out that Hollis has bombed this building and killed hella people just so they wouldn’t get caught. She probably expected him to– what? Do the right thing? Confess, to save an innocent girl from prison? Hell nawl. This is Scandal! Cyrus launches into this amazing speech about how those people gave their lives for their country, and so did the girl who was going to prison. I loved that moment because you can see the pattern of takeover in politics– where one dirty deed necessarily leads to another, and another and– if you’re Cyrus– you justify it as patriotism. Olivia, we could see, was appalled and that was the beginning of her movement to save Quinn.
I can’t. There are no words. I can’t. I cannot believe we actually found out so quickly who shot Fitz. And it’s Huck. I can’t. I mean, he must have had a good reason… right?!?! Wait. What?! What does that even meeeeaaaan?! So yeah, no. I CANNOT.
Sidenote– I loved the shouts-out to Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. Scandal never focuses on the fact that Olivia and Fitz are in an interracial relationship, and I love that. When Liv tried to compare herself to Thomas Jefferson’s mistress, slave, and babymama it didn’t hold up at all, but I just loved the little historical shouts-out.
What did you guys think of this madness? Is President Fitz seriously DUNZO as President? And if so… can he puh-leeeease wake up soon so he and Liv can finally be together?! No, no. Too easy. Won’t happen. Okay. But why-oh-why did Huck try to kill Fitz?! Who is he working for?! I thought he was a Gladiator?!?!