Hosted by Joe Lamour
Last week Arturo Garcia deftly laid out what happened during the season finale. Thanks Art! Before we break for the summer, Jordan St. John, Loree Lamour, Johnathan Fields and I talk about the things that surprised and delighted us during the last episode of Scandal Season Two.
Jordan: For a second, I just have to call out this early scene with the Knights of the Fitzian roundtable with special guest – Fitz himself. In this scene, I remain firmly Team Mellie. Can you imagine having your husband openly cheating on you and then, when having a discussion about something illegal you did for the betterment of his (and your) life, he sides with his mistress? Mellie would be well within her rights to call both of them out of their names in the room.
Loree: Well, well. A lot of things have come to pass. I think the most disturbing is how Quinn is slowly transforming into a little Huck and how you can see Huck is not comfortable about it. Makes me wonder if “the gladiators” are all capable of inflicting that kind of physical pain to another person and even take it to the level of killing and just will plain on do anything for Olivia.
Joe: Yeah, Loree- this goes with my theory from a few weeks ago that Shonda Rhimes or the writers think that literally anyone can become a serial killer if they have a drill and some heartache. I really don’t like the continued assertion.
Jordan: I don’t know about every person being a serial killer, but Olivia Pope does not exactly surround herself with sane people. I think they make a jump here from Quinn liking to trail people to Quinn gleefully drilling into someone’s leg but everyone in Olivia Pope’s world, including Olivia, has to have a stomach for justifying WHATEVER they need to do to get it done. What I found fascinating about the David Rosen storyline wrap up is that he finally proved he belonged. He could have gotten Billy Chambers murdered in a dark room and Rosen chose not to worry about all that. No matter what his new title as District Attorney is, welcome to Pope and Associates.
Normally by now I would assume that you watched the season finale, but the twist ending was so big, I’m putting a SPOILER ALERT here as well!
Loree: Also, when that female assassin from B613 came for Olivia and Jake ends up killing her because the guy- I mean- Olivia’s father (!) who gives Jake orders told him to take care of Olivia. It makes me wonder: was the assassin really there to kill Olivia or maybe drug and take her away since we find out that Olivia’s father is the one giving orders to Jake. That floored me!
Jordan: Also, how much does Cyrus know about Olivia’s dad? He got his heart attack right after the double whammy of daddy saying her would take care of Olivia and finding out Reston was in the White House. Did he think her father would kill her?
Johnathan: Loree, you were not alone. I was at a Scandal soiree and everyone in the room’s jaw dropped at the last minute of Scandal. Olivia’s pops was giving Hannibal Lechter with that, “Hello Olivia” though.
Joe: I have to say, Rowan Pope- his character has a full name listed on IMDB, I wonder how long that’s been there- anyway, Joe Morton, the guy who plays Rowan Pope, was Henry Deacon on Eureka, and honestly, it’s freaking me out a bit. His character on Eureka was the nicest guy in the universe! Morton is putting on some Dr. Evil realness.
Jordan: I gotta say, with this whole thing with Olivia’s dad, A LOT about Olivia started making more sense. If that is how your father gets down, I can see how Fitz’s “I show my love by yelling and stalking you” approach could make her feel at home.
Loree: I’m also wondering who let the cat out of the bag about Fitz and Olivia. The obvi would be Mellie but is it ever that simple. Shonda is brilliant because I did not see that coming about Olivia’s dad. I think that’s what makes this series so amazing, you are originally looking left but all of a sudden the commotion is coming from the right. Since we know Sally wants to run against Fitz it could’ve been her who spilled about Olivia and Fitz but who knows.
Joe: I don’t think it was Mellie. I think it was her fixer.
Johnathan: I want to give a shout-out to the camera people in this episode. I loved the way they shot Cyrus’ heart attack from various angles. Then when Fitz handed the strategy off to Mellie in the hospital and we see her close-up beyond Fitz’s ear. I need to take a moment to celebrate that genius.
Joe: That sort of makes me want to go back and check it out again.
Johnathan: When you’re watching Scandal, do you find yourself wanting to press pause and interview the characters? I do. Like when Fitz looked at Olivia and said, “You’re going to be my first lady.” I wanted to pause and say, “Well, technically, she’ll be the second lady.”
Joe: My question for Fitz: “Did you think you’d be able to swoop Olivia into The White House with no problem? I don’t know what sort of stupidity bubble you’re living in- ugh I can’ even look at you.”
Jordan: I ask the commenters, what do we feel about the two year Olivia plan? That Liv essentially will use race as a weapon against Mellie and a talking point in her future positioning? Manipulative and smart but considering what she’ll be using it for, is she cheapening true racial issues or do we feel, since Olivia’s race is her card to play, she can use it however she chooses?