“Scandal” A Criminal, A Whore, An Idiot And A Liar Jan. 17th

“Scandal” A Criminal, A Whore, An Idiot And A Liar Jan. 17th

JEFF PERRY, BELLAMY YOUNG, BARRY BOSTWICK, KERRY WASHINGTON, DARBY STANCHFIELD (OBSCURED), GUILLERMO DIAZ

I’m a little bummed.  I love Scandal, but I could have done without the further anvil banging about the motivations behind fixing the election.  I thought it was realized long ago that Liv’s love for Fitz is what motivated her to join Cyrus, Mellie, Verna BARRY BOSTWICK, KERRY WASHINGTON, TONY GOLDWYN (OBSCURED), DARBY STANCHFIELDand Hollis.  Did we need to watch the super gluing of a white hat halo to her head for an entire episode? Did we need to see Fitz was not only living under the dead weight of a political climbing spouse, but the oppressive and emotionally abusive snake of a politically successful father?

Scandal has a very well educated audience following from what I see on social media.  I read fan tweets and bios and the sometimes sheepish admissions that they only joined Twitter to connect with other Scandal fans, the cast and Shonda Rhimes. I don’t believe this audience needed the story broken down into crumbs.  

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What I liked was seeing Sally Langston eat that humble pie.  Trickery be damned, that bitch had some serious plans and would have not batted an eye had Fitz passed away.  What I loved was Fitz asking Mellie for a divorce.  The words of a man who was given a second chance at life and is done with charades.  Where does this go? This should have happened in the first 20 minutes and let the rest of the episode be about the ball that is inevitably going into Olivia’s court. What I wished was for was something more than flashback filler.  JEANETTE BROX, TONY GOLDWYN, JEFF PERRY, KERRY WASHINGTON, GREGG HENRY

What Liv and company did was wrong, illegal and a great storyline to explore.  What made Mellie the way she is? Flashback to the beginning of their relationship.  How’s Olivia Pope & Associates rolling along without her? So much could have happened last Thursday, but I guess it was important to make sure the audience know that Liv broke the law for her sweetie.  That’s not going to matter in a court of law. 

Maybe I’m impatient from the holiday hiatus and the lack of an episode this coming week.  I just didn’t get much out of these flashbacks as I did from that hot and steamy episode, ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President,’ that filled in the Olitz blanks.  I still think of that episode and have to fan myself. 

This episode actually made me think that Fitz’s troubles may need to be explored and healed alone and not with Olivia.  Dr. Phil would say that he married his father and the softness and understanding of Liv is his antidote. Does he love her or does he love how she makes him feel?  Damn! I didn’t see doubts about where his head has been, but ‘A Criminal, A Whore, An Idiot And A Liar’ put them there. 

 

 

 

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  • Barbara

    I watched the episode several times and must say this is in the top three for me. All of your questions will be answered. We may see Mellie as a political “Stresser” but eventually we will see how she became how she is. As for the way she is now, she said she read “Dolly Madison” and now to be actually living in her home and doing all she did, etc. As Kennelia of AfterBuzzTV.come said on the show, Mellie married Jerry’s Legend, not Fitz, that too will come out. I have faith that this show will only get better and you will get what you want. Thanks. @DCCowgirl4Eva

    • Tratsch

      Thanks for the comment and your perspective. I’m devoted to the show and hope the build up returns. Have no clue how they’re going to get out of this mess with the rigging, but I have hopes that it’ll be a great ride! :-)

  • Barbara

    One thing I have noticed about Shonda Rhimes Grey’s Anatomy, she tends to HUMANIZE her characters and then make it okay for them to have flaws. The ratings show it. Grey’s has good characters we love, and they all have flaws, and yet we continue to root for them. That is what I am getting from Scandal. Other shows with higher ratings do not tend to delve into characters like these two shows do. They seem afraid of the “What you see is not always as is.” Scandal is proving to be a “Everyone is fair game” show and I love it. We will all get what we want, I just know it. Thanks for replying back.