Last night’s Scandal gave us the final installment of the season and has left most viewers wondering ‘what the hell happened’ for the next four months. As usual there were gasp-inducing moments, moments that were over the top, and quiet moments that were far too underused. Before I get into my feelings of this episode and how season three wrapped up, here are the highlights from “The Price of Fair and Free Election.”
Sally and Andrew survive the boom
Jake gets to Fitz in the Oval in time to warn him of the bomb, and he evacuates the church in time. Praise Jesus, Sally is alive! Andrew is too by the way, but he’s still sporting a black eye from Fitz so he’s still in the doghouse. It’s important to note that Cyrus was going to come clean about his knowledge of the bomb right before Jake enters the Oval Office. So, turns out Cyrus is a monster, but not a multiple homicide kind of monster. Looks like either he does have a teeny tiny heart in there somewhere or James’ death has put him in touch with his human side or both.
But back to Sally. She appears to take over the lead in the election due to her take charge attitude and little prodding of, “Be Jesus. You go in there and be Jesus,” from Leo after the bombing. These two need to stick around next season, because if Jake somehow has a storyline, Sally and Leo can damn sure find something to do in the White House.
Jerry coughs up blood and looks like an extra from Outbreak
During what appears to be Fitz’s last big political event during the campaign, Jerry starts sneezing and coughing up blood right on the middle of the stage and all over Mellie and Karen. It was crazy, but it was gasp-worthy when it turns out he dies from whatever this is, apparently bacterial meningitis. Wait, wut? Putting aside some major plot holes (my real life nursing knowledge is refraining from calling bullshit here), and just going with the story that’s told, how insane is it for Jerry to die, when his paternity was just settled days before??
Because even though this is the murder of the first couple’s son, it’s really about two parents who have to deal with losing a child. That’s gut-wrenching. So while people may hate on Fitz for his behavior a lot of the time, he and Mellie both earned the right to be assholes for a while next season.
The house in Vermont is now firewood kindling…or is it?
Because Fitz and everyone else knows he’s going to lose the election, he starts prepping to leave the office. He brings up Vermont and babies and just general cuteness with Olivia, so of course there has to be a roadblock and she spills the all the tea about Big Jerry and Mellie. So the truth is finally out there for Fitz about his father raping his wife and his son’s paternity and his reaction was kind of perfection. He doesn’t tear into her for keeping this from him, he just holds her. He realizes how this changed everything for his marriage and started the cascade of events of growing apart to wind up with the business partnership he and Mellie presently have. He’s definitely not in love with her, but somewhere in the mess of his heart, he loves her because she’s family.
Now, back to Olivia. After talking with Huck about how Quinn found his family (via Charlie), Olivia gets the idea in her head that everyone would be better off if she disappeared because she “is the scandal.” Don’t know who this Olivia Pope is, but the real one, the one who would never run from a problem, let alone the love of her life, better get off Rowan’s plane and return in season four.
Here’s the kicker to Olivia picking up and leaving without a warning: Jake begs Olivia to take him with her, even after she declares her love for Fitz yet again. He wants to stand in the sun with her. He needs to get back on the short bus, is what he needs to do. How many times/ways/smoke signals does it take for Jake to understand that he’s second fiddle? More importantly, what self-respecting guy is more than happy to take the scraps of a woman’s heart? Also, WHY does Olivia have to save him? If he’s so damn great, why can’t he save her? Because basically, his unemployed, woman-choking behind just hitched a ride on her father’s jet with the hopes that the zip code cheating rule applies. One positive note, he does give David Rosen all the info about B613 so David can bring them down. Oh, ok. Thanks.
And for all those people cheering that Olivia made the right choice, double check her face in that last scene, because her expression is ‘What the hell did I just do?’ not ‘I’m going a tropical vacation with my awesome boyfriend.’
Shout out to Abigail Whelan for calling Olivia out on her bullshit and sudden faith in her father. She basically said what every single viewer wanted to.
Rowan is actually the devil
“He took my child, so I took his.”
This is what Rowan offers Harrison as an explanation for having Jerry killed, by TOM nonetheless. (Tom has to die, there’s no question about this). Remember when Rowan (Scar) warned Olivia (Simba) to run away before Fitz (Mufasa) died? Yup. He got what he wanted: Olivia on a plane out of DC and Fitz dead inside over the loss of his son. Rowan has been planning this revenge from the moment Fitz described Olivia’s uterus.
Fitz was dead wrong for telling those tales, but Rowan’s reaction is equivalent to using a bazooka to kill a mosquito. More importantly, WHY does Olivia believe his change of heart without nary a question about his intentions? In the end, Rowan is back as Command. He’s tricked both Olivia and Fitz into thinking it was Mama Pope who killed Jerry, and wrangled Mama Pope back into the hole. Also, B613 still exists. Big. Freaking. Sigh.
Additional End of Season Musings
Well, we made it through season three. I wish I could say I loved the finale as much as some others did, but to be blunt, I’m just glad this season had to be cut short. As for the finale, I’ve seen some thoughts of ‘the circle is completed’ because we started out with Rowan manipulating Olivia in the beginning of the season and we ended with the same. To me, that means we literally are in the same spot we were at the beginning of the season, so what was the point of the finale? Or the season for that matter?
Other than grossing America out with the lasting image of Huck bending Quinn over a desk, because blood on the floor is an aphrodisiac….Speaking of Huck, I realize that he’s a murderer, but his heart to heart with Olivia does not negate my feelings over him choking her in the parking lot. I’ll never be ok with it. Double that for Jake because of his role in Olivia’s concussion and the choking incident.
In other thoughts, I knew as soon as I heard Olitz’s theme during their “One Minute” phone conversation that early in the episode, things were not going to end well for my Olitz heart. Then I heard Olivia say “I love you too,” and while I swooned, I knew Shonda Rhimes was about to run over Olitz with a Mack truck and then put them through a wood chipper. One small step forward for Olivia being openly honest about her feelings means 47 steps backwards for Olivia and Fitz’s relationship. It’s soap rules 101.
I would have been more okay with Olivia pulling a Kelly Taylor and choosing to run away by herself to ponder her life choices than letting Jake tag along by default. I don’t understand the constant insertion of Jake into Olivia’s life during this episode and this season. I’ll accept them as couple as soon as the Easter Bunny drops Tom Mison off on my doorstep. Season two ended with Olivia leaving Fitz for her gladiators and look how well that worked out in season three. Season three ended with Olivia leaving Fitz to “save” him. So now I fear what means for season four.
Enough about my thoughts. What did you think?
(P.S. I need some time to gather alllll my thoughts about season three and what we hope will change in season four, but keep an eye for a feature from myself and Ryan in the next few weeks). In the meantime, hit the comments and let your feelings out.