Has Liv ever looked as beautiful as she did tonight? Wow! Senator Davis would have been a lucky man to walk into the gala with her on his arm. Alas, it was not to be.
Let’s dispense of what obviously was needed for filler, the case of the week. It was interesting and thankfully a family was mostly brought together this time instead of torn apart or murdered. Even with the hijinks and chuckles, it doesn’t even rate much chat compared to the juiciness and unraveling secrets that were going on simultaneously.
It did give the team a chance to mostly work the ‘fix’ with Harrison as the leader. It also gave Abby and Harrison some bonding time after the dirty deed he had to do to help save Olivia Pope and Associates by sabotaging Abby’s coupling with David. So let’s just pretend the case of the week didn’t happen and move on to the meat.
The star of this episode was clearly James and Defiance. Defiance, the place, and James’ defiance against listening to Cyrus. Just think, if these two had that squishy baby at home, we wouldn’t have a new investigator on the scene since David’s knuckles have been severely rapped. He fed James the information and he took it from there. I’ll give James his investigative props and his good ear for clues, but is he long for the Scandal world if he goes soprano on the steps of the Capitol building?
Olivia and the Senator, or as I’m seeing him referred to online, Bill Cosby’s brother. I’m not feeling the chemistry and Kerry Washington is subtle in selling every moment where Olivia is trying to make herself fall for him again. If there hadn’t already been a previous relationship between them, this would be more challenging for her. It’s probably, in her mind, easing the ripping of the band-aid that bound her to Fitz.
Now Hollis is in a tizzy because Cyrus couldn’t get Fitz on board to get the man Hollis could manipulate into the Senate Majority Leader position, vacated by yet another intern scandal. If these things weren’t so common in real life, it’d seem like a worn plot device. It happens. Hollis is already standing with two fingers against Cy’s neck over James and now this.
Quinn and her game of clue is still slow going, but it’s getting there. Thankfully, the character has improved, so she’s no longer in that haze she was in before announcing that she’s Quinn, bitch. That was the turning point. Her story can’t outpace the Hollis and company plot. This will definitely meet up all at once.
Mellie. Though we know only the previews of next week, upon re-watch tonight, her insistence to not leave the limo at the gala now reads that she may have known what was to come after they would step out. The moment she tugged at his hand the way a loving couple would do to emphasize distress stuck out to me. This is not a loving couple who practices intimate gestures.
Remember, Mellie is a ‘political animal’ and she gave up what she dreams to have been a high powered political life of her own for Fitz. Who’s to say that would have even happened, but you can’t tell Mellie that. Is she out to ruin him into the ground?
Glad to have Fitz back on the screen, though he wasn’t a happy guy until the alcohol was flowing. His pain at the surveillance pictures of Liv was hard to watch. Even apart, Fitz and Olivia still ooze love and chemistry.
Next week is going to take us on a serious ride! #WhoShotFitz
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