Once again, last night’s Scandal gave us the next installment in the ‘What just happened?’ game and provided more angst for everyone at OPA and the White House. In “The Fluffer,” Olivia kinda sorta begins to get her mojo back, OPA implements their plan to take down B613, and Mama Pope is running around causing mayhem in DC just because she can.
As usual, there were 97 other things going on, like Jake yet again trying to get Olivia to “sit in the sun” with him, Abby trying and failing to get anyone in the White House to listen to her, and Harrison losing to Adnan and Maya yet again.
The real Olivia Pope made a brief appearance…
Olivia tried to send Abby as her surrogate to put some distance between herself and the mess that is the White House. That goes over about as well as a substitute teacher does with a class full of bullies. So Olivia has to come back to wrangle all these cats yet again. The good news is that Olivia Pope FINALLY started to clapback and it’s only taken all of season three for her to start to find her voice again. Her verbal slap of Fitz was perfection and about three years overdue. How much crap is she supposed to take from ‘the love of her life?’ The same goes for Huck, her supposed ride-or-die sidekick. She finally reminds him that he works for her, something he seems to have forgotten. Remember, how he choked her all those episodes ago and that was never addressed? Still not over that.
She also got a hold of Andrew’s behind and let him know that he has two choices: being VP or sleeping with Mellie. This is the Olivia that makes shit happen. Mess with this Olivia and she will have you teaching political science in a community college, just ask David Rosen. Of course, as soon as the real Olivia Pope starts to kick ass and take names, she turns around and bangs Jake to get his phone to break the code for B613’s funding. Yup, that’s right, the great Olivia Pope now uses her vagina, not brain to get information, but hey, the ends justify the means, right?
Fitz needs a good old fashion ass whooping
Because this man has done everything to push Olivia away, including consistently yell at her for doing her job (a job he begged her to come back to), yell at her for trying to open his eyes to her new reality, not care about Mellie, but yet not allow her to be ‘happy’ with Andrew AND send Olivia to be the one to break them up. His ivory tower is starting to get old. Fitz chose Andrew over Olivia’s objections, and now has to live with the consequences. Period. Interesting that Andrew seems to choose the vice presidency, and consequently breaks Mellie’s heart. Fitz is an ass, there is absolutely no question about this and deserves to be alone for long while to think about his life choices. Actually, Mellie had the right idea with that slap, and it was the best moment of the night. Hoping it knocked some sense loose.
To play devil’s advocate, however, Olivia’s speech about “waiting for Vermont and a man who can’t keep his promises” ain’t right either. Fitz has offered multiple times to walk away, and Olivia was the one to push him back to Mellie and the White House. She doesn’t get to say one week “There is no Vermont” and then next say that she’s waiting for the very idea she shot down. Both of these idiots need to remember ALL of their conversations, not just the selective ones they use to hurt each other. More importantly, they need not be together until both grow up. At this point, I choose Olivia single, home alone with sex toys over Fitz AND Jake.
Speaking of Jake, just ugh. He’s just as bad as Fitz. He accepted the position of head of B613, he could have said no, but he didn’t and now has to live with those consequences. Case in point, showing up drunk to Olivia’s house and begging her to stand in the light with him while rationalizing killing James, because he wasn’t technically Olivia’s friend. Nope. Jake is still a murderer.
And in the WTF moment of the night, Olivia seduces Jake to get his phone to find the new account number for B613. The prostitute feeling of this scene is so icky, it made the already tepid chemistry between Olivia and Jake gross. Disregarding that, Jake, the head of B613 has absolutely no problem leaving is top secret, super spy phone out for anyone to steal? Worst. Spy. Ever. Also, he has Charlie and Quinn following Maya around as she’s setting up her plans to blow up Fitz into smithereens. Obviously that’s a smart move, because it always ends well if Quinn is involved.
While these fools are running around chasing Maya, Olivia (with the help of Rowan) has figured out the way to cut the head of snake off B613 by cutting the funding. Of course, once they finally take a stand and literally cut the power to B613, they screw up Jake’s surveillance of Maya and the bomb intended for Fitz. Jake is pissed and immediately goes over to OPA to choke Olivia against a wall. Because that’s how a grown man expresses his feelings with violence.
The Presidential race is down to two
The only person who managed to win at something this episode was Abby because she managed to bring down Gov. Reston, who got away with murder last season. She got to wear the gorgeous white coat this episode and it looked on her, as did the burgundy sweater she rocked while talking to Leo. Speaking of which, the sparks between those two are there and David Rosen should be worried.
Maya is about to blow everyone up
And she doesn’t care who is collateral damage. In a family reunion from the bowels of hell, she shows up basically to threaten Olivia for getting in the way of her plan. Case in point, that girl that Harrison got to spill the beans on Maya wound up sitting on a park bench with her throat slit. Meanwhile, Olivia has no idea that Maya’s plan is to blow up Fitz and anyone else who happens to be around into tiny pieces. In a superficial note, Khandi Alexander looks drop dead gorgeous in that red suit.
Couple of storyline thoughts before I get into what I’m struggling with this episode (and season). I don’t trust Rowan and his helpfulness comes at a price, I don’t know what it is yet, but maybe his help is really a way for him to take down B613 for firing him, and kill Fitz because Maya gets away with planting that bomb now, and all the while staying Olivia’s good graces.
I think I’m ready for the summer hiatus, because quite frankly, I don’t like anyone on this dark show right now. The great Olivia Pope now uses her vagina to get information, Fitz is a murderer and an emotional abuser, Jake is murderer and a physical abuser, Mama Pope would cut her own daughter’s throat if she got in her way, and Papa Pope is no better (despite his apparent softening that I don’t believe).
Who am I supposed to invest in? Humans are messy and gray and make bad choices, but damn, at some point I have to be able to relate to these characters, even in this world full of murderers, spies, wrist chewing and teeth pulling, because that’s how we’re wired as people. Otherwise, what is the point?