'Scandal' is back, and crazy as ever
Pull on your snappy blazer and get ready to deceive someone close to you - Scandal’s back! I’m not going to lie, after a two-month hiatus, it took me 5 or 10 minutes to get used to this show’s speedy walk-and-talks, zillions of plot threads and frantic editing again. But, after last night’s solidly bonkers episode, I’m fully on board to ride out the final 7 episodes of this season with Olivia and the gang. More thoughts:
- Kerry Washington’s pregnant belly makes its first noticeable appearance on the show. Well, sort of. Watching shows find ways to hide their stars’ baby bumps is one of our favorite things, and Scandal has enough of a sense of humor about itself that this could be really fun. Embrace the giant purses, Shonda! Here are some of the things the show used to hide Washington’s pregnancy on Thursday:
Some guy’s head
A lunch table
A giant peplum shirt
An overly large coat/big purse combo (a.k.a. the norm for Liv)
- It looks like the rest of the season will play out amid a presidential campaign between President Fitz and his Vice President Sally Langston, a.k.a. the lady who murdered her gay philandering husband waaay back in 2013. Great, because this arc gets all the main players back in the same arena: Fitz, Sally, Mellie, Olivia, Cyrus, Cyrus’ apparently back-stabbing husband, David Rosen, are all part of the same story, which gives Scandal a focus it’s been lacking
- One thing I really treasure in Scandal, and the thing you can’t find in just any show on TV, is a long, juicy monologue. Thursday’s episode had no shortage of fiery soliloquies, especially from Papa Pope, who’s been ousted from his job running B613 and is now officially OUT FOR REVENGE.
- Great quotes: "I killed two birds - and some people." - Charlie
"You're skipping around in a field full of bombs and mistaking them for daisies." - Papa Pope to Olivia, before he basically tells her he's going to kill the President. Father knows best!
- Real talk: We could watch an entire hour of Olivia and Mellie pretending to be nice to each other for the cameras while secretly smack-talking each other in close whispers. Amazing.
- Um, so, Sally reaches new heights with her delusions and says she believes the devil snuck inside her and used her hands to kill her husband. In Scandal's world, this is a lady that's running for president.
- Cyrus’ husband James again realizes what a monster his hubbie is, and decides to work with David Rosen to bring him down for covering up Sally’s husband’s murder. Noble quest James, but your choice of alias name, Publius, leaves a lot to be desired.
- We’re stoked about the possible drama this show can wring out of a presidential campaign, but we’re not so sure about Fitz’s new running mate, who also has the hots for Mellie. In typical Scandal fashion, it’s just one more plot thread than a single episode can really handle. Plus, who cares if Mellie cheats on Fitz with his VP? Fitz is already cheating on her with Olivia, and has been for the entirety of the show! We need a reason to care about that marriage, Scandal, before you go about imploding it.
- Quinn, you're officially boring. Either become really evil or join Liv's crew again.
- It's worth noting that, because of Washington's pregnancy, there's actually only 18 episodes in Season 3 instead of the usual 22.