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Scandal 3x04 - "Say Hello to My Little Friend" (x)
Olivia & Jake
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Scandal ║ 3.03 ║ Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington
October 19, 2013 @ 11:53 pm
Darby Stanchfield as Abby in Scandal - “Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington” (Ep. 303).
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She’s an adrenaline junkie and she needs help.
TVLine.com: Quote of the Week: Best Zinger from Scandal
"If your whore had died today, brave and strong, protecting a congressman inside the Capitol, with the nation watching… Honey, the nails, the wood, the cross you would build and hammer her on, the worship you would feel for the rest of your days, praying to St. Olivia Pope…. I’d lose our little war. I’d lose."
Mellie (Bellamy Young) deflecting husband Fitz’s suggestion that Olivia being blown up is her “happy ending”
I have to go now. Thank you, Mr. President.
For a split second there, I thought Olivia would tell the woman the truth. A part of me even wanted her to tell her the truth, that her son was indeed gunned down; that she was right and the government was holding valuable information—the truth—from her. However, as the scene continues to unfold, we see the battle momentarily being waged inside Olivia. You could see the wheels turning as she weighed the pros and cons of doing what she knows is morally right versus what she understands is strategically best.
We already know right off the bat (“Don’t make me do this to her.”) that Olivia has difficulty with doing what has been requested of her, but she does it anyway. She does it because one woman’s quest for the truth and redemption of her son’s reputation is not worth the lives of 57 other CIA operatives. It also isn’t worth the security of our nation.
We have seen this theme repeatedly play out on Scandal where characters do morally unjustifiable things for justified reasons, particularly on behalf of country. This undoubtedly occurs on the regular with the government. It’s a hard pill to swallow for those who have never considered that some of the most difficult decisions and acts carried out by the government involve some amount of collateral damage, such as this woman’s son.
This scene really did make my heart hurt. It made me think about how many such agents have died on behalf of this nation who we will never know about because it could compromise some long standing operation or reveal the shenanigans the United States partake in undercover. It also made me think of Rowan and what he said to Olivia about how his job requires him to do things that allow the general American populous to live unburdened lives.
My question now is: where does Olivia fit into all of this? Why is the security and stability of the United States tied to this one woman?
In real life, The President most likely wouldn’t have revealed such sensitive information to a civilian, but we’re in Scandalverse, so I’m going to just go with it. If Fitz didn’t tell Olivia the truth, if the White House chose instead to remain mum, they knew Olivia and her cohorts were going to continue to dig until they found what they were looking for. Who knows what they would have done with the information then, particularly since OPA would have been coming at it from the position of their client. Their quest led them to David Rosen, who, in his brilliance, compelled the White House to fold and reveal the information themselves.
By Olivia getting the information directly from Fitz, she was being asked to switch from representing her client to representing the country. The White House considered the fact that it was Olivia there with Mary, and that as a former member of the Administration, Olivia would understand the significance of withholding the truth. They took a gamble and it paid off.
Tony Goldwyn’s hair
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