Scandal 2.05: Abby, Hold On To Your Wig, Girl!*

The case in this episode consisted of a governor who is obsessed with the fact that he lost the election, so in order to give himself another shot in the next election, he used his wife, her lover, and Olivia Pope. Is Olivia’s gut broken again? I can’t think of a reason why she didn’t see through this man. Sure, his tears were more convincing than the wife’s and his ruse was pretty elaborate since he was also lying to his wife, but her gut is supposed to help her see through such bs. But I don’t think Olivia will ever hear about a case involving rape and go, “No, you’re lying,” so it’s up to the writers to stop using the “cried rape” gimmick.

“You’re the Fixer.”

“Yes, I am.”

Recognize and know thy place.

Fitz wasn’t in this episode, so the writers came up with a mantra to remind us that he exists and is important, I guess. There was something remarkable about Fitz’s absence, however: the pace of the episode was slower than usual. There weren’t 20 cuts to the White House in order to watch Fitz’s story for the episode play out with Mellie; there weren’t 15 scenes of Olivia watching Fitz on tv; and Olivia didn’t make 5 trips to the White House in order to have scenes with Fitz. The less hectic pace was welcomed. The cliffhanger at the end was still top-notch.

“This one, I handle alone.”

Abby better run. She better run and not look back! Olivia’s coming for her and I can’t wait. I imagine Olivia’s words + the look on her face = my mother when I was younger and she’d decided that I did something she didn’t like. But like Abby, I never saw it coming.

I notice that Abby didn’t tell David where she’d gotten her information about the plant. Likewise, Olivia is not going to tell the club about Abby. Probably because she knows Hollis would want to take….unfriendly measures against Abby. Yikes.

How did Hollis freelance? He said he did it to protect them. Are they talking about the explosion?

Hollis seems to be the head of the club. He gave everyone their positions: Verna, Cyrus, and Mellie. Or at least he put then on the right track. Verna says she isn’t sure what Olivia got, which is a little frustrating because it means Hollis didn’t necessarily give Olivia her old position at the White House or her current position at Pope and Associates. It’s frustrating because we could have gotten a step closer to figuring out who Olivia Pope is, and we didn’t get closer. Lol. The lack of a clear background for Olivia is why I can’t be sure that she would help rig an election.

Is Mellie new to the club? Her freakout screamed newbie, but I’m not sure Cyrus would have invited her into this club way past the eleventh hour. Certainly no other member of the club is looking at her like the Pope associates looked at Quinn when she was new.

Did Hollis introduce Mellie to Fitz? He said he’s known her longer than anyone in that room.

Cyrus and Mellie facing off was everything I wanted it to be!

“If your water breaks, change your pants and cross your knees.” Cyrus is so damn rude! He’s disrespectful as hell, and that’s why I wasn’t feeling his last scene with Olivia. I remember when he called her the president’s whore. Why doesn’t Liv remember? Why don’t the writers remember? Do the characters just accept and forget about him talking to them like that because it’s a case of, “You know how Cyrus is”? Not here for it.

“You may be an animal, but I am a monster.”

This got me thinking about Mellie. Mellie is boss and will play Fitz like a fiddle, but that’s Fitz. That is Fitz, and Fitz isn’t going to come hard and hit back. Yes, he’ll blow his top and yell at her once in a blue moon, but it’s not a push and pull between them. What does Mellie know about  playing with the big dogs? She’s shut Olivia up before, but that’s because Olivia keeps Fitz’s presidency in mind. If there was no Fitz in the picture, could Mellie take Olivia? I find it interesting that she got into a room full of powerful and sketchy people, like herself, and she pretty much made herself out to be the most skittish one there, saying she shouldn’t be there, preparing to deny deny deny, not wanting to go to any more meetings, etc. Looks like Mellie found something that is too much for her to handle, which is making me ask if she can hold herself up when faced with someone who isn’t a pushover like Fitz.

James Went Back to Work

I love James so much! My favorite scene of the episode is the one inside the press room. I was so uncomfortable and excited, watching Cyrus and James argue in front of the entire press corps.

Huck

“She won’t like anything I like to do.”

Little did I know that that was only the beginning of Huck’s creepiness. I had never found this character creepy. Weird, yes. Has issues, yes. Scary, yes. Creepy? No, not until he was sitting outside of that family’s house, explaining just how long he’d been stalking them. I kept waiting for him to say that they’re family that he lost touch with after he went into the government program, but no. They are random people that he scopes out, and that apparently turns Cocaine on.

I have the feeling Cocaine would make Huck relapse if he was really an alcohol addict. She would relapse and take him down with her. She is too jittery.

I did love Huck asking Harrison for advice. They should interact more.

I thought it was out of character for Huck to leave his secret assignment from Liv out in the open where people can see. Could be that it’s because he was nervous about the date, but he’s supposed to be a top-notch torture/recon man.

Miscellaneous

  • Loved the call between Liv/Eddison and I loved their scene together. Olivia loves it when Eddison calls, and she’s not ready to tell him to stop. She loves the attention, basically. The promise. Maybe she’s waiting to feel the same way (or stronger) about him as she does Fitz.
  • We were subjected to yet another assault of Abby and David being intimate.
  • Why did Quinn ask for clarification on what Olivia can do?
  • I’d like everyone to notice that Quinn licks her hand to pat Huck’s hair down and then she licks it again to pat it down so more. That means Quinn got hair gel on her tongue on the second lick. Ew.
  • I loved Harrison telling Abby that Olivia was talking about her when she was telling them not to make any jokes or comments about the situation they were going to see.
  • What is wrong with that newscaster woman? She’s so extra. Didn’t she call the dead girl from the last episode a whore or a slut? Are those words even allowed on the news?

*Episode Title: All Roads Lead to Fitz

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4 thoughts on “Scandal 2.05: Abby, Hold On To Your Wig, Girl!*

  1. Is Olivia’s gut broken again? I can’t think of a reason why she didn’t see through this man. Sure, his tears were more convincing than the wife’s and his ruse was pretty elaborate since he was also lying to his wife, but her gut is supposed to help her see through such bs. But I don’t think Olivia will ever hear about a case involving rape and go, “No, you’re lying,” so it’s up to the writers to stop using the “cried rape” gimmick.

    I think that Olivia’s gut has been broken since early season one or eve before. I think it has something to with Fitz coming back into her life with the Amanda Tanner case.

    so it’s up to the writers to stop using the “cried rape” gimmick.

    I really need them to cease and desist RIGHT THE FUCK NOW.

    I finally starting liking Abby when she surprised David in the shower. She is finally doing something with those crazy others other than boring a hole into my soul. Abby vs. Olivia will be interesting. Her cray is second only to Huck’s.

    Verna says she isn’t sure what Olivia got, which is a little frustrating because it means Hollis didn’t necessarily give Olivia her old position at the White House or her current position at Pope and Associates. It’s frustrating because we could have gotten a step closer to figuring out who Olivia Pope is, and we didn’t get closer.

    I actually think it is interesting that Olivia got involved in a huge mess without a clear payoff or a payoff that others can understand easily. Everyone else got something tangible. What Olivia got probably has something to do with what she said to Cyrus at the end of the ep – she hates seeing the bad guys get away.

    Is Mellie new to the club? Her freakout screamed newbie, but I’m not sure Cyrus would have invited her into this club way past the eleventh hour.

    Prison is not in Mellie’s life plan. Where would she even put all the baby clothes that the Queen of England sent her in a jail cell? Like, COME ON, Alta. Think! 🙄

    Do the characters just accept and forget about him talking to them like that because it’s a case of, “You know how Cyrus is”? Not here for it.

    Maybe everyone accepts this behavior as a trade off for having someone as ruthless as Cyrus on their side. He is your friend until you cross him. Then all bets are off. I mean, you can’t benefit from his viciousness and, then, turn around and be shocked that some of that gets directed at you from time to time.

    I love James so much! My favorite scene of the episode is the one inside the press room. I was so uncomfortable and excited, watching Cyrus and James argue in front of the entire press corps.

    Yaaas! I love this relationship

    What is wrong with that newscaster woman? She’s so extra. Didn’t she call the dead girl from the last episode a whore or a slut? Are those words even allowed on the news?

    Fox News?

    • Yeah, Olivia’s gut problem might have something to do with Fitz. *Sigh.*

      I finally starting liking Abby when she surprised David in the shower. She is finally doing something with those crazy others other than boring a hole into my soul. Abby vs. Olivia will be interesting. Her cray is second only to Huck’s.

      Lol. Oh Huck. The show scene was the second scene that made me side-eye her. First was when she broke into David’s apartment.

      What Olivia got probably has something to do with what she said to Cyrus at the end of the ep – she hates seeing the bad guys get away.

      I think so too. Which is another clue that a rigged election probably isn’t the answer.

      Prison is not in Mellie’s life plan. Where would she even put all the baby clothes that the Queen of England sent her in a jail cell? Like, COME ON, Alta. Think!

      Lol! It’s true. Mellie is always ready to abandon ship. See: when she was ready to peace out on Fitz in season 1 once the Amanda Tanner scandal broke out.

      Maybe everyone accepts this behavior as a trade off for having someone as ruthless as Cyrus on their side. He is your friend until you cross him. Then all bets are off. I mean, you can’t benefit from his viciousness and, then, turn around and be shocked that some of that gets directed at you from time to time.

      But no one’s ever asked him to be vicious. Ever. Does anyone even know how vicious he is? Mellie looked totally shocked by what he said. No one asked him to kill Amanda, and Fitz has been shown to be against the (perceived) ruthless measures that Cyrus is for (like taking advantage of the senator’s death in season 1 to push the Dream Act, moving in on East Sudan, etc). Cyrus talked about his playbook, but I don’t think they’ve ever said what he brings to the table like that have Olivia. He’s just a good chief-of-staff and a sketchy person.

      Yeah, I’m pretty sure that woman works for the Scandal ‘verse’s version of Fox News.

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