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#Scandal222 Recap - “We made it!”
Gladiators we made it to the season 2 finale of Scandal! That cliffhanger moment though? WE. CALLED. IT!!!
Let’s focus on the cliffhanger moment shall we? Joe Morton is Olivia Pope’s dad. The man behind B613 is her dad which explains a great deal about Olivia Pope and her need to fix/handle things. It also explains her relationship with Fitz.
Knowing all of this - does Cyrus know that Rowan is Olivia’s dad?
So if we all sort of called it that Rowan is Olivia’s dad. Is it wrong of me to assume that Harrison is somehow related to Olivia or is that just being too well narrow?
David Rosen played Billy Chambers to get what he wanted - his white hat as the US Attorney General. Because of the fact that David recorded Billy’s confession, Fitz made him a hero. David Rosen discovered the mole.
Now let’s talk about Fit - the man of the hour!
Fitz had so many great mic drop moments from “Using my superpowers” to “Mellie this phase of our lives are over.” It was beyond amazing to see Fitz and Olivia working together as a team.
Let’s talk about Olivia Pope fashion:
Olivia Pope White Jacket came back on! She’s in fixer mode! I love when and where the white jacket came into place.
Let’s talk about Quinn Perkins:
Baby Huck was fire tonight. There’s a reason why Huck said he worried about Quinn like he worries about Olivia. Quinn looked like she had too much fun drilling into Billy Chambers, didn’t she?
Let’s talk about Huck:
Huck looked like he went back into his 752 wall there. Season 3 is going to be interesting to see how this develops.
Let’s talk about Cyrus and James.
Cyrus didn’t let a heart attack stop him from being the man behind the man. James telling Cyrus he didn’t want him to die.
Let’s talk about Olitz:
That Olitz phone moment tied in with White Hat’s Off. Didn’t it. “I don’t need you” connects with what Fitz told Olivia earlier in the season.
Let’s talk about Jake:
Jake admitting that his mission was to sleep her. I peep that sly grin. Your mission to end Olitz and if the bakery girl had to be killed in the process so be it, huh? My assumption was later proved right when Jake was seen put in a hole in the floor.
Let’s talk about Cyrus:
Cyrus just pulled the trigger. He told Olivia that Fitz killed Verna. He show Fitz the Olake tape. OH MY STARS!
Let’s talk about DC5:
DC5 meet up. David Rosen returned the Cytron card to Cyrus. David worn a wire recording Billy’s confession. Look at the body language between Olitz there. Fitz went from being at the head of the table to not right?
Let’s talk about David still wearing the white hat:
David Rosen found the mole. David Rosen’s a hero! David’s now the US Attorney of General. And most importantly Alyssa is back!
Let’s talk about Olitz post Cyrus pulling the trigger:
Olitz in the Oval. Olivia and Fitz forgave one another about Verna and Jake Ballard but Olivia decided that she needs to be a gladiator. Her words:
Run with Mellie by your side. Abby, Harrison, Quinn and Huck they need me.
I took them too far. Over the wrong cliff.
You can win with Mellie by your side.
You’re going to e my first lady.
I can’t leave them. They need me.
I’m their gladiator.
And because of this Fitz knelt down before Mellie and Olivia got caught in a media storm outside her apartment with reporters asking her if she is Fitz’s mistress?
Let’s talk about the cliffhanger:
Cliffhanger is what we all saw coming right? This explains EVERYTHING about Olivia Pope. Rowan’s dad!!!
And just like that we made it, Gladiators!
I’ll sound off on my favorite moments from this episode in details later on!
Did anyone else stop breathing at the end of this episode?
In the end, Fitz decides to run for a second term after all, saying his marriage is “none of your business.” Simultaneously, the gladiators discover the Cytron card has been stolen; David blames the missing card on Charlie, and Huck and Quinn have to admit that they just let Charlie go, but he has a name – he knows who the mole is, and the mole is BILLY CHAMBERS. Season one, Amanda Tanner killing, VP chief of staff Billy Chambers!
But get ready for the one-two punch: The person who slides into the car and hands Billy the Cytron card is…David Rosen.
DAVID HAS BEEN PLAYING POPE AND ASSOCIATES (and me) ALL SEASON. And of course, of COURSE he would be in on it with the mole – they ruined his career in a shockingly disgraceful manner, and made him out to be a fool. Abby broke his heart. Olivia broke his spirit. And now, as retaliation, David is going to take them out at the knees.
Major Boner Shrinker, First Battalion: Cyrus screaming, “Get up!” at Olivia and Fitz after he barges in on them in her apartment. Fitz was still able to work up a post-coital glow in the elevator, though, as Cyrus went into a mouth-foaming fit.
Best Fake Band Name: James Novak and the Lip-Quivering Sadness (emo)
Shiva the Destroyer Charm School: Cyrus tries to explain to the secret service that he is meaner than Jesus. He really will do anything to get to Fitz. “I don’t care if you got your orders from Jesus Christ himself as he hung on the cross. Jesus is not me! Jesus forgives, Jesus saves – I destroy.” Based on his callous remarks to James later in the episode and overall attitude, this is becoming easier to believe.
Break It All the Way Down:
“I know Olivia Pope usually handles your needs.”
“Olivia Pope handles my husband’s needs.”
New Hairdresser: “I’m your priest, your shrink, your hairdresser. Can you be honest? I’m the first lady – I didn’t get here because someone like you held my hand and called himself my hairdresser. My hair? Is DONE.”
Best Bowling Team Name: The Mean, Slutty Husbands
Taking Sally to (Sunday) School: When VP Sally Langston attributed the axiom “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” to the Bible, Cyrus exasperatingly corrected her. “That’s not from the Bible. Not everything is from the Bible, Sally.”
Harrison Sinking a Three-Pointer from the Top of the Key: He offered to help her out of the potential mess that comes with being named as the president’s mistress, but she reacted coolly, prompting Harrison to point out the obvious: “Your not the fixer here, Liv - you’re the problem.”
If You See Something, Say Something: Beware the roaming molester with radioactive tracking goo on his hands.
Best Happy Place: “Watching Cyrus Beene unraveling under pressure is my porn.”
Most Unnatural Laughter: Cyrus, with his face-crumpling guffaws.
You Leave James Alone!: He is not “doughy”!
The Real Diaper Genie: Those gray, low crotch, zipperless pants Olivia was wearing did not do her any favors.
The “You Needed to Hear It Straight” Award: Captain Jack for telling Mellie, “I’m very good at what I do. I can move mountains and make miracles. But I can’t make your husband love you.”
Dead Giveaway: Slicked back is the signature evil hairdo.
David Rosen and Billy Chambers, double agent and the Albatross. I CANNOT. What can possibly happen next week? Did VP Langston know Billy was alive? And why did B613 let Huck live? See you then.
Gladiators, I don’t know where to begin, so I think it is only appropriate that after what we just witnessed, we collectively take a moment to throw a skillet of hot fish grease against a kitchen wall. When encountering strife, some people like to have a moment of silence, while others choose to act like a recently scorned woman in a Tyler Perry play. #DifferentStrokesForDifferentFolks. The point is: The penultimate episode of the season entitled “Any Questions?” completely destroyed me and left me for dead. But last I checked, I don’t look like Bill from Kill Bill, so why did Shonda Rhimes & Co. just Uma Thurman my behind with the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique with the jaw-dropping revelation of who the mole is? I see I’m getting ahead of myself here, so before I talk about the final, shocking minutes of last night’s Scandal, we need to start at square one. Let’s get to it, shall we?
Gladiators there are NO words for what transpired on tonight’s new episode of #Scandal. NONE! I have thoughts and questions.
The last 21 minutes of tonight’s episode had me going like this consistently….
First all yes to Fitz earning Olivia…on the sofa, up against the wall, in the shower, in bed, against her bookshelf, and everywhere in her apartment!
Everything about the arrival of Huck’s son scene was beautiful. Look at his face. Look at Kim’s face. Jasika Nicole was amazing and Guillermo Diaz simply blew me away.
#SevenFiftyTwo Recap - Huck’s facial expressions
I have to give a standing ovation to Guillermo Diaz for nailing all the intense facial expressions which convey a whole lot about Huck at any particular moment. Let’s break it down…
First Row: Huck’s face when Kim announced that she’s pregnant.
Huck’s face went from a light quickly dying out to pure angst. Huck at this moment knew that his life with Kim and his work at B613 is going to intersect at one moment which explains the “Oh.” (Dare I say his face is sort of like Fitz’s face when America’s baby was revealed to be a boy? Am I reaching there? But I digress…)
Look at Huck’s face when Kim said she’ll have the baby alone. It’s pure angst. The idea of his life without her completely blows him away. Look at his face there. That’s pain. That’s angst. That’s love. That’s hurt. That’s EVERYTHING.
Second Row: Huck’s happy, normal life.
It was a bit weird seeing Huck like this because we’re so used to Huck in the present time being so intense but look at Huck after he smooth things over with Kim. He’s smiling. He had smiles upon smiles. They went on to get married. They bought a house. They had their son. All was well in Huck and Kim’s life at this point. I dare say this is the happiest point of Huck’s life. Here’s a man that was abandoned by his family and survived foster care who went on to have some happy with Kim. The only time I’ve witness Huck’s bright smile like this was when he’s torturing stuff. Kim makes him happy.
Third Row: Huck’s obstacles
Hats off to the music team at Scandal for putting the following lyrics during Huck’s happy montage because it lead the way to his biggest obstacle:
It’s going to be a bright, bright, bright, sun shiny day!!! I can see all obstacles in my way.
Huck was happy. He had the woman he loved by his side. He had a job that he enjoyed. All was well in this moment but when the baby came, Huck’s happy moment dimmed. Contrast that with him being happy torturing folks to when the baby (their newborn son) arrived. He broke down and cried. He knew. He just knew it was only a matter of time before they (re: his B613 bosses) came and stomp all over his normal life. I tried to capture Huck’s tears with a screenshot but it was too dark. (GIF makers to the rescue?) It was much darker than Huck’s previous torture scenes which to me reflect his feelings. His obstacle was time. He was running out of time. He knew sooner or later that he cannot be with Kim, be a father, and have the job he enjoyed. All can co-exist as his BC613 expressed - they like it that he’s alone.
Side Note: I know I wasn’t the only one comparing how Huck was coaching Kim with Fitz and Mellie’s baby delivery scene, right? I know I wasn’t the only one crying as Huck’s voice broke as he held his son, right?
I walked away from this episode with much more appreciation for Huck and what Guillermo Diaz brings to Huck.
#SevenFiftyTwo Recap - When Olivia Meets Huck vs. When Huck’s Son Gives Him Change. (Full circle.)
I loved how the episode opened up with Olivia Pope giving Huck some change and it ended with Huck’s son giving Huck change.
Olivia didn’t know who Huck was but she felt compelled to come near him because of his eyes as we later learned. She saw a reflection when she saw Huck even though she was clean. Huck had the turmoil and pain of what he went through all over himself while Olivia kept it bundled deep inside. She found someone that has been on that dark side of the moon when she first saw Huck.
Look at what Olivia said to Huck when she returned back to OPA:
Huck. I have to admit I’m not a person who gives change to homeless guys in the metro. I don’t do that. I don’t stop. Which is… I don’t stop, but I stopped for you. You made me stop. It was your eyes, you had the saddest eyes. They were sadder than mine. The thing is, Huck, you always say that I saved you. That’s not true, it’s not even close to true. I had been all alone for a very long time. There were moments, people who somehow convinced me that I’m wrong, that I’m not alone, that I have something to… People let you down. People hurt you. People lie. I’m all alone, except for you. Harrison and Abby and Quinn are… we take care of them, we love them, but they don’t live on the dark side of the moon. They’re different. So Huck, I need you to step out of this. whatever this is, whatever happened to you, you have to come back to me. I need you. You are all I have. You are everything. Because I didn’t save you in that metro station, you saved me.
I also loved how Huck’s son felt compelled to give him change too at the train station. Look at how happy his son was to make a positive change into the universe. “Mommy, I want a dollar for the man. Mommy, he looks hungry!” (I also loved that as soon as the train doors open, Huck’s son looked like he was running off to him before his mom, Kim, stopped him. Huck’s son seem to notice Huck there. Was he watching him as the train pulled into the train station?)
Look at Huck’s eyes with Olivia and compared to when he was with his son. If these eyes could talk, right?
Nicely done, Guillermo Diaz, nicely done.
#SevenFiftyTwo Recap - This happy Doctor is a reflection of how I feel too.
Yes doctor we all feel the same way you do about Fitz!!! I’ll vote for him if I had a chance. I love how it gave us a great insight on how well received Fitz as a President is in the Scandal world.
#Scandal “Seven Fifty-Two” Analysis - “All roads lead back to Olivia Pope.”
Welcome back, Scandalians! It’s been a couple of weeks since we last checked in with Il Papa and company, and we left things on a tense and scary note. But those looking for huge plot movements forward were out of luck: Although there are only a few episodes left in the season, Shonda devoted the hour to filling in Huck’s tragic backstory, to which we say: More Huck! Always! To the recap..
The show returns from hiatus in a surprisingly contemplative mood.