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Episode 314—Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
These are just some quick, random (occasionally considered) thoughts that came to mind when I watched the episode, and by no means a formal episode review. There are no extensive quotes and references:
- Kerry Washington, I hope you never win an Emmy for playing Olivia Pope. She might get gotten (see Dan Bucatinsky (James))
- Speaking of James, you were (R.I.P.) a problem, and have been since season 2. I didn’t want you to go out like that—especially after being used by your husband in such a despicable way— but see ya.
- As for your monster Boo, Cyrus, I cried real thug tears for his breakdown over your death and for reminiscing about your courtship. I hope you took to heart that the best part of him truly did love you. Ella will now be his only meaningful memory of you.
- I loved and appreciated seeing some of the transition period between Cyrus dumping his beard (literally and figuratively), and the evolution of him becoming comfortable with his own gayness as a middle aged man. James was the anchor to that new phase of his life. James did get in his way professionally sometimes, but James also represented the best part of him. This is a whole other phase for Cyrus, and though many things about him are unlikely to change, I wonder which parts will.
- Before I get serious, let me just shout-out Fitzgerald Grant for continuing to be a sexy beast and an entirely decent man (despite some people’s wish for him to make him out to be a monster). Moving on…
- I first mentioned the importance of Fitz’s friendship with Cyrus (when glass tumblers and sex tapes aren’t involved), especially because of Cyrus’s sexuality and because Fitz is a Republican President—arguably the embodiment of American masculinity itself. I first wrote very briefly about this last year, in Bros Before Moles (Scandal 218). The continuity of that aspect of their relationship was beautifully carried over into Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. The most noteworthy thing about the portrayal is the completely normative way in which it comes across. Because it is.
- While I’m on the subject of men, let me bring up Rowan. This man has not shown a genuine emotion since he cried when Olivia was 12 and ‘lost’ her mom (among other things). This man has walled off any real connection to his individual self and became a persona—even several personas, including a ‘dad’ persona—that was devoted to the Republic. It’s why Olivia had to ask him to play a ‘real, caring, nice’ dad for a minute, someone who cared about her as a person. I’m big fan of Jo Morton, but not Rowan’s parenting skills. What he mustered up to say to Olivia was actually important for her to hear, and builds on what Olivia said in the last episode to Fitz: “Grow up…[sic]there is no clean.” Just as she asked Fitz not to punish her when she has to do dirty things to protect him, Rowan had to remind Olivia that wearing the white has is a problematic and binary way of seeing the world that just does not work for real people. Nothing and no one is pure. She should know that better than anyone.
- I think Olivia’s problem has been that she let herself go down a really slippery slope last season and by the end of it she was trying to re-jigger her own moral compass with this white hat delusion. I think this season has been about her coming to terms with the fact that the whiteness of her hat is relative, her purpose in this world is a good one. Rowan’s speech about Olivia dragging everyone to the light reinforces her ‘white’ knight narrative, but also the tremendous burden placed on her shoulders. He’s made her responsible for a nation. And in doing so, Scandal , has pointed out that it is the people who make up the Republic who persist in making this nation what it is—the good and the bad. We accept the delusions of democracy, the upward mobility fallacy of ‘the American dream’, true equality and so many other building blocks of this experiment called the United States. We do it because we are in so deep, what other choices do we actually have but to keep chipping away at dragging people into the light? Ultimately we benefit by dragging others into the light. It is not lost on me that this conversation was being had between the two main black characters on the show.
- While I’m talking about Olivia: umm, Olivia, isn’t ‘What?!’ the way you greet everybody? I wish Rowan would have greeted her with ‘Hi, hello, how are you…what?’ like she did when Cyrus called her out in Sweet Baby.
- Did you guys peep that this episode was a Gladiator call to order? That scene where all the Gladiators came in alerting Olivia to the shadery that was going down was a pivot. OPA is coming back strong you guys! Olivia’s purpose is renewed, and this time she is realistic. Her forays into the dark world of B6-13, her father, her mother, all of that….it served a purpose. This is the re-education of Olivia Pope, a woman with a renewed sense of purpose. I am ever the optimist.
- I’m also curious to see how this new pact between Olivia and David will turn out. It’s a monumental (zing!) task for them to take on dismantling B6-13 and it’s government sanctioned atrocities. I’m cynical about this, but go Olivid!
David and Abby:
- Who would have ever thought that you guys would have the model adult relationship on the show? Wow.
- Adnan Salif, girl you were NOT ready for Maya Lewis to bust out pro gangsta, Marie Wallace, on you. You and Harrison can go cower and bun up together somewhere warm. Mama Pope is riding into town to protect the interests of her baby girl, and I’m like this while waiting for it:
- Real talk, Marie/Maya sometimes reminds me of my mother and the phases our relationship has gone through growing up. It’s weird to watch. Marie is a problem, but she’s also awesome. I can’t quit her.
Mellie & Andrew:
- Umm, Meldew/Mes/Mendy Project or whatever your ship is? I like your flirting. It’s a little Sweet Valley High, but it’s cute. However when you guys get sexual, it is so not hot.
- What’s with the carp kissing? Now, you may not be able to commit like Kerry and Tony (for obvious reasons), but that is no excuse for at least being titillating. Harrison and Adnan set the Scandalverse ablaze. Step. It. Up.
- Also, Mellie? You are the worst kind of Republican—one who pivots away from a salient issue to bring up straw man shit. Really? Bloody Marys are as dangerous as guns and stringent background checks?
- Where the fuck do you think ‘black market’ guns come from? People who have legit licenses buying them and selling those shits on for money! JFC, may you never be President.
- Even though that scene added a layer of awkwardness to the Huckleberry Quinn relationship, it also strangely paved the way toward repairing their relationship. That kiss though?
- Jake? What can I say that I haven’t already said? He is a company man. Sob story, schmob story. This man has been doing unethical things in the name of B6-13 and the Republic since season 2 (hello, seduction of Olivia Pope and illegal sex tape). I have been saying for a while that Jake’s face, his sob story and seeming fondness for Olivia is intended to fool (some) people into trusting him. Olivia’s persistence in needing to believe that Jake is a ‘good guy’ is more about her own need to order people into categories of ‘good’ and ‘monster’ just to make it through the world. But this man cannot be trusted, and I truly hope that she gets that once and for all. That’s one of the few hard lines in the sand that I have drawn over this show.
- The one thing Jake illuminated for us is that it was Rowan’s job (he wasn’t Command at the time?) to take down that plane with 329 passengers, but his punk ass pulled little Fitzy out of a hole to do it. (Remember, Rowan told Charlie in 309 (?) that is gets no pleasure out of killing; He had Huck kill Pete Tyson in 303). This is why Rowan says he is responsible for the deaths of 183 people. He put the responsibility of the 329 not on Fitz’s shoulders, but likely on Maya’s since she lied to him.
Every season, Scandal has an episode that works pretty tightly , marking a pivot point or illuminating important information on a character or story arc. For season 1 it was (106), season two it was A Criminal, A Whore, An Idiot, and A Liar (211). The third season isn’t over yet, but *the* episode of the season may end up being Kiss Kiss, Bang, Bang.
Adam Shapiro’s #Scandal314 live tweets. Follow him on Twitter: @AdamShapiro
— Adam Shapiro (@adamshapiro)March 21, 2014
There isn’t enough wine in the universe right now. #Scandal— Adam Shapiro (@adamshapiro)March 21, 2014
— Adam Shapiro (@adamshapiro)March 21, 2014
— Adam Shapiro (@adamshapiro)March 21, 2014
Tony Goldwyn Couch Selfie, #Scandal314 Live Tweet
Every time Harrison gets lines, an angel gets its wings. #Scandal— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) March 21, 2014
Drink every time he says “Command” if you like not having a functioning liver. #Scandal— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) March 21, 2014
I bet if you threw wine at Olivia’s jackets, it would part like the Red Sea around her and leave the jacket spotless. #Scandal— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) March 21, 2014
Best ep of the season. Period. Holy hell that was great, and points the way to even better stuff for Olivia’s character. #Scandal— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) March 21, 2014
"Joe Morton Monologuin’" would be my favorite show on television. #Scandal— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) March 21, 2014
Lyn Paolo chats #ScandalFashion in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” to Instyle.com:
“The reason we loved this one is because of it’s beautiful and complicated pattern,” Lyn Paolo said. “It really represents how complicated the Daniel Douglas thing is.”
"We needed to find something that didn’t bulk and still looked elegant," Paolo said. "It symbolized her on the moral high ground and wearing the ‘white hat.’"
"We’ve never used this brand before," Lyn Paolo told InStyle.com. "But we choose this print because it showed how complicated and interwoven her life is right now. Everything is going wrong."
"There are actual butterflies and flowers on the dress," Paolo said. "Because of this whole flirtation with Andrew, we wanted something with a little romance to it. Something sweet and innocent."