Scandal "Blown Away" Review: Killer Crush

Scandal S02E09: "Blown Away"

It used to be that Scandal was about the simple love between a president with no eyebrows and the mind-numbingly beautiful political string-puller who fixed his election. But this episode turned this nighttime soap into The Huck Show, and while I doubt Dexter Huck fans mind, I kind of do.

In terms of a season arc, we're definitely at the "Bad Guys Close In" beat, and that's depressing: The Supreme Court judge got lectured with her wig off. The scurrilous vice president addressed the nation looking very pleased with herself. Olivia was instructed to arrange the funeral of the man she loves. It was bad times for Fictional Scandal Washington.

It was super bad times for Olivia. Harrison yelled at her to "Get her ass back here!" so she could find out her beloved pet serial killer abetted the presidential assassin (Becky) and her magical remote-control sniper rifle. And then dismantled the gun and brought it back to the Parisienne garret that serves as an office for the gladiators. If Olivia had been in her right mind she would have known the best way to handle that was to grab Huck by the scruff of his neck and throw him out the window.

Meanwhile, Cyrus (who by all logic we should not be rooting for as he is a cold-hearted killer but he is also Mr. Katimski so good luck asking me not to like him) had been thrown out of his Master of Whisperers position at the White House and was forced to spend his day glaring at the TV eating grape nuts and the country was in the crazy hands of Madam Vice President who we got increasingly bad vibes from throughout the episode.

Of course, none of this national turmoil and workplace drama superseded Quinn's laser focus on her own goofy problems. I couldn't believe the speed and fury with which she attacked Huck last night, bringing things right back to the Only Problem in the World, that time she was framed for the Cytron bombing. First of all, Huck is the subject of an international manhunt right now for a crime he didn't commit so let him take 5. You don’t have to fetch him coffee or give him a shoulder massage but at the bare minimum don't pace around his office shouting inches from his face when he’s in the middle of clearing his name from High Treason. And also, who does Quinn think she’s fooling? What are you going to do with important conspiracy theory information, Quinn? Even if Huck turned around and let you know the Illuminati conspired to put you in prison and gave you names places and dates, what are you really going to do about that?

Unfortunately when Huck snapped it was on Harrison, who got pressed against a table and then did that move where you punch an inanimate object to show you’re Ready To Go, you could totally be in a fight right now, except not with a person. So awkward, the awkwardest of gestures.

In the approximately 35,000 minutes we spent with Huck last night, he learned his alcoholic girlfriend of about five days wasn’t an alcoholic, she was a murderaholic and trained killer just like him, which of course made him fall more in love with her than ever. Who can resist a stone-cold killer woman named Becky? She’s also way into wall-to-wall scrapbooking, much like the gladiators and David and Carrie Matheson.

It was a little buried in Olivia and Cyrus's cozy wine night, but Olivia dropped the bomb that the FLOTUS had restricted her privileges so she she couldn’t see the president in his hospital bed. Hateful in that Olivia doesn't get to see Fitz, also hateful in that I don’t get to see Fitz with Olivia during the emotionally wracked bedside scene I thought I was going to get last night.

The only person who really had anything close to fun this episode was Abby, who found time for a swift hate-f*ck with David after he turned over some key security camera footage. #Dabbylives! Shudder, gross. And James, who finally got his fat little baby in a last-ditch attempt by Cyrus to get him to drop looking into the Defiance voting issue. There's not a doubt in my mind James is going to get killed over this and leave Cyrus a widower with a baby, and that’s sad, that’s seriously sad.

But don't think the show won't go there! Scandal will go to dark places, as it proved last night when it killed off Huck's vicarious family. I’m still unclear on what Becky was doing with that; surely she could frame Huck without killing the only four people he cares about? Or is she just a psychopath? She needn’t have tried so hard, Olivia’s bestie the Supreme Court Justice was ready to hand his name over to the vice president, which frankly Olivia should have done at the start of the episode: in her words, get in front of the problem. I know Huck is a super-spy who was wronged by the American KGB or whatever but Dabby's footage should've gone to the powers that be instead of them waiting for a SWAT team to break into their drafty tenement office.

Altogether, a devestating and well paced-episode, but if we don’t see Fitz in a hospital bed clutching Olivia's hand soon, I will not be responsible for my actions.


QUESTIONS:

1. Who is Becky working for? (Angry Southern Stereotype Guy?)

2. Why did Abby have angry hate sex with David?

3. How long until James gets taken down?

4. How are they possibly going to justify that Olivia helped rig a national election, which has led like day into night to all this madness?

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"It used to be that Scandal was about the simple love between a president with no eyebrows and the mind-numbingly beautiful political string-puller who fixed his election."

What show have you been watching? When has their "love" EVER been simple?!?

I guess it's a shame that Huck isn't as pretty as Fitz...he might not get the burlap sack in the river treatment you've been pushing for. Perhaps if instead of being addicted to killing, he was addicted to infidelity and creating emotional turmoil ;)
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Your recaps are EFFFFFFFFFFFING AMAZING, pls continue
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I wished you continued these recaps. After I started watching the show in November, I went back and read all of your recaps and loved them.
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I love this episode. Usually, when Tony Goldwyn is MIA, the episode sucks, not this time. Loved Abby and David finally getting it on again. Not sure why people don't like them. Becky killing Huck's "family" was very sad. She did it to hurt him pure and simple. So, happy James figured out what Cyrus was up to. He wants his story and his baby. Go James! This episode really made me want to keep watching. So many questions that need to be answered.
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Oooh, why can't the home-wrecker and the unelected Prez - that's expecting a baby with his FLOTUS - ride off happily ever after while violins play softly? Sniff sniff, NOT!

I've been waiting and waiting for Olivia to come to her senses and realize that if SHE doesn't end this adulterous affair ASAP that she'll be vilified like Monica Lewinsky if/when word gets out. She appears to be so competent at fixing things, but not when it comes to her own predicament.

James and David at the baby store was my favorite scene. Too bad it'll probably end badly for James, but that scene shows me he's not as naive as we initially believed.

Abby's creepy foreplay and hate-sex, ewww! And Quinn sucks!
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So, the question is: Will he he wake up to the sound of Olivia's voice, or will he stir slowly awake in front of Mellie (is that her name?) and mumble Olivia's name? The heartstrings or the salt? This show's fun.
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-I don't know who Becky is working for but I KNEW I didn't trust that biotch from the beginning, so does that count as me calling that? Maybe not. But yeah. She messed with my Huck AND my Fitz. Shizz is about to get real. I'm trying to figure out if Yosemite Sam actually had a motive to kill the Prez.. Although I still think it was more about killing the Asian lady...before she said anything about their conspiracy so maybe it was Yosemite Sam.
- Because Abby needed something (or in this case someone) to do in this episode. Because it was the stupidest scene in an otherwise fantastic episode.
-Oh James is going down hard. Wait...why does that sound lewd? I swear I didn't mean it that way. I actually lost respect for James. I mean, don't get me wrong Cyrus is not a good person at all despite being so damn interesting to watch, but James refuses to let up on this story knowing that at the very least it could get his husband fired and shunned for life. He doesn't even know that at the most he and so many others could be killed. It's my personal hangup about journalist and reporters and the things they'd do and the things they'd give up just for the sake of a story and the notoriety that comes with that.
- I don't know how they'll do it but they'll find a way. They managed to pull off showing how she could be involved in the killing of people w/o her actually being involved and knowing.
- I loved this episode. It had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end. I'm a Huck fan though so this was not a problem for me at all. I honestly understood why he disassembled and took the gun because it is part of his training, and the outcome wouldn't have changed. He was still seen leaving the place, so whether he left it there or not he'd have been brought in for being an accomplice somehow. There was no getting ahead of an attempted assassination of the President. The rule is simple, someone has to pay...and pay quickly, it doesn't matter who. So the outcome would have ended up the same.
-Quinn is the WORST. Like since the beginning she was just there. Useless. And then they had this whole thing revolving around her so she's there for a reason but still completely useless. But hitting Huck up with yelling at him over her being kidnapped two years ago while he's running from the law and accused of treason! IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU, Quinnsey!!! Like get over yourself girl! You can't and won't do anything. The truth isn't going to get you anywhere. You're life is probably a million times better now anyway. Can you have the decency to postpone that shizz until later. To Huck's cred, he pretty much regards her the way you do your pesky younger sibling. At some point their annoying voice becomes background noise and you all but flick them away the way you do a gnat.
- No one plays a badass b!tch like Kate Burton. Give that woman an emmy. But really Madame "Prez" is going too far. So is the supreme court justice. She's about ready to kick the bucket so why is she so adamant about holding on to her seat so desperately that she turned on Olivia and Huck.
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Was it wrong of me to have loved it, when Harrison yelled at Olivia? They really need to give Harrison more too do. It's time for Olivia to clean house, starting with Quinn and the red head. Kind of miss the Pres, could he come out of the coma now, things are more interesting when he's awake and mooning over Olivia.
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I just want to say I called Becky`s shadiness a while ago. So there. Go me! And Quinn sucks.

Also, I now dislike our resident Supreme Court Justice a lot because of my psychotic love for our resident ninja-spy-murder-addict. So, therapy.

And I hope the POTUS comes back from his mini vacation coma and doesn't have any memory of the FLOTUS, just for the chaos of it and because we all got robbed of the emotional roller coaster of a bedside scene with Libby and FItz.
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Maybe I'm forgetting something, but how did Quinn figure out that it was Olivia and Huck who arrange her identity change? It feels like she just suddenly knows things she shouldn't.
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She's been fishing for info. First by putting together that Huck had the means and knowledge to do the job. When she grilled him about it, there was no real denial. Huck never really tried to throw her off his scent.

The whole "some woman" tells you to kidnap someone and you just do it no questions asked thing was her fishing to confirm it was Olivia which she just went with because he does follow Olivia's instructions no questions asked. Add that to the fact that Olivia was able to get her out of prison rather easily and there you have it.

I still think it's pointless. Now that she knows, now what? Really? What? Maybe she'll finally find out that they saved her azz! It was new identity or DEATH! Hate Quinn AND Abbey SO much! The two of them make me want to turn this show off!
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1. How about the same person/s who tried to acquire the spying program?
2. I think Abby was trying to get him to react violently.
3. No idea. But if this dude had any idea what his husband was capable of...
4. This election rigging story line, and Emo Pres getting shot better pay off big It is hard to understand why OP would be complicit in that - it makes it tricky to root for her.
They wasted a perfectly great dress, and a bedside opportunity for Fitz/Olivia. WTF writers? POTUS better wake up and get back in charge soon.
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Abby banged Rosen to get the flash card. next ep he feels the pocket he put it in and its gone. she took it while she was riding him
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What I find interesting is that Olivia is the architect of Huck's destruction. He's said a number of times that he is a stone killer. The thing is, he only recently started killing again and it's clear not only that he's out of practice but that his time with Olivia has affected him. He was the one who couldn't shoot the traitor a couple episodes back. As good as he was supposed to be, one supposes he would have anticipated Becky's moves -- perhaps suspected her from the beginning -- and been several steps ahead of her without his sober time with Olivia.
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About 1000 times better than last week, which was probably the worst episode of the year.
Didn't have to watch Olivia crying and otherwise acting like a lovesick adolescent. Hope we never have to put up with that again. I like to see Olivia being a master crisis manager and using the nefarious talents of her crew of miscreants to make it work.
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I liked the episode, but yeah, I'm a Huck fan. I love the actor (watch the first season of Weeds and the short-lived Mercy). Still, that doesn't mean he's not a social cretin, nor does it mean his 5-minute love affair with a fellow sociopath was especially interesting. It's just that the intrigue is fun for me. As a guy, I don't care about Olivia with Fitz, or Abby with Rosen, etc. The cases are more fun for me, and I like watching them work, and how dark Olivia gets when she needs to.

Abby hooked up with Rosen because while she's not sure he isn't another wifebeater, she's still into him, and she hates herself for it, especially because she'd thought she'd overcome that particular weakness. This is why she had the particularly creepy 'My fingers are your pacifier" power sex on Rosen. I don't care about either one of them, but w/e.

Quinn sucks.

James is annoying overall, but I liked how he knew that Cyrus was buying him off. But yeah, I also think he's doomed, and Cyrus is gonna raise a random kid by himself, *and though* he's eventually gonna be great at it and love the kid, the direction of that storyline doesn't appeal to me at all.

But for the sake of the audience and my GF, they'd better have Fitz waking up to the sound of Olivia's voice in double quick time. There's only so much 'everyone else' they can take.

And Quinn sucks.
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You forgot to mention that Quinn sucks.

As a girl who isn't a girly girl I can't just hang my hat on the romance of anything. I get equal thrills out of Fitz and Oliivia AND the cases. I'd watch this show w/o the Olitz romance because it's my kinda thing anyways, but something about their particularly chemistry that I find kinda mesmerizing so I can't even rag on the people who get all sappy about them being together...because I enjoy it too. Then I admonish myself for becoming a sap.

I do however get frustrated sometimes when people only want the show to focus on them. They have a strong cast with dynamic characters that can use their own development too. The way I see it, you can't fully enjoy Olivia Pope or what she does, unless you have an understanding of the people behind her. It makes the show more dynamic. Like the relationships alone on this show intrigue the hell out of me. Olivia and Huck is one of my faves, the amount of devotion they have for each other can't be bought. I'm really big on loyalty so I find her relationships with each of them interesting. Her and Huck 's appear to be the strongest (now that Stephen is gone), and Harrison is seemingly second, followed by Abby who admits to being willing to "go over a cliff" for her but yet can get behind investigating her if only to assuage her own curiousity, and then there is Quinn. The weakest bond of them all. But that's a whole other thing. My point being, I actually like it when they aren't solely focused on the Olitz drama. I'm surprised that their romance is what intrigues the majority of the fanbase the most.
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I don't blame you for being into this matchup. I'll admit that they've put a lot of power into Olivia and Fitz's connection to each other (I can view it as a really good lemonade when I'd rather be drinking a beer). I don't like to bring up race *every*where, but I think it's a decent accomplishment to sell their relationship so well across a mainstream audience. It seems to work for mostly everybody. Shondra's kinda done it before on Grey's Anatomy with Yang and the black guy that left, but they were both supporting characters and minorities (more in the 'Over There' tier). Not only is it a harder sell with Olivia and Fitz, they actually work out 10x better.

But as with any tango, it's all about power, and although Fitz is the leader of the free world, it feels like she's been losing too much power to him, even though it's a close call. This near-death stuff they've got going aside, I'd like if Olivia toughened up just a little bit more when it came to him. She doesn't have to be mean about it, just steadier. Rock-like...er.

Anyway, she's great with people, and we can see why her troops follow her into hell. Which is important, because she gets pretty dark with stuff. She's kind of like Don Cheadle in 'House of Lies,' but they make her more sympathetic. Less people call her a sociopath.

And Quinn sucks.
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Yes, I obviously agree with you on the race/relationship thing. In that way Shonda seems to work magic, because the diversity on her shows is a reflection of reality. I love that. Plus she has a way of bringing in the diversity w/o bludgeoning people over the head with it. She doesn't typecast and her roles never come across as stereotypical. Which is part of what makes it so...real. There are no "very special episodes" or anything like that, that most shows fall into the habit of doing. I don't think of the characters as their race or sexual orientation etc, because their characters don't revolve around any of that, those things just happen to be part of their character. Which is the ideal way of displaying it on TV imo. It hadn't dawned on me that K. Washington is the first AA female to lead a network tv show in like four decades until an article was written on it. I love the fact that it isn't something that people give much thought to, and it pleases me that its so mainstream and popular. I did pay more attention and admittedly enjoyed the interracial relationship aspect of it, only because black female and other race of male isn't as prevalent as other combos... until more recently, but still. But race has been such a non issue on this show and I love that when I'm watching tv. Unlike when I'm watching other shows and its such a glaring issue about it that is never quite addressed.

No, I hear you. I think the only reason it doesn't bother me as much as it typically would, is simply the fact that she's strong everywhere else. She balances out being fierce/strong with being vulnerable quite well. He's clearly her weakness and you see a softer and self sacrificial side to her with him, but somehow it isn't in a way that's submissive or archaic enough to be considered anit-feminist. If any of that made any sense at all.
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Yeah, and even what I want Olivia to do, I don't recommend for the show's sake. I was watching one of these episodes with my GF and her drunkies, and during the main Olivia / Fitz moment with flowin' trembly eyes and the questionable eyebrows, all the women in the room had eyes bigger than Puss from Shrek. Wine glasses? Down. Seats? Edged. It was like Simba had just been born and the monkey had him high up on that cliff. If I had interrupted that moment, someone literally would've cut me.

So basically, who'd even risk breaking something that works this well. It's just...

All of these shows with a leading lady has them as strong, intelligent (or they're supposed to be, according to the job they happen to have. Hart of Dixie? ooook.), beautiful (enough)...but their social life, if not their entire life, is a complete wreck. They've all got this huge chunk of Kryptonite walking around that turns them into jelly (until the last year or so, when they finally get their guy).

We all know why: the journey's better if it lasts longer and starts from further away. As I said, it works, and nobody's really gonna watch a show where the main chick's life is perfect, but I'd like it if eventually, someone figures out a way to have her socially happy and satisfied (even if she happens to be single) before she gets the guy...or he gets her, w/e. I guess Nikita kinda did it, but her life was really just a different kind of wreck.

I can't do it without it sounding boring as hell, but I don't get paid those big bucks.
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weird episode for me
1- I dont get the love for Abby&David storyline. I dont fell the chemistry plus Abby is so ''blahh''. oh and how weird was their sex scene? AWKWARD CRINGE
2- really no fan of Huck!!! everytime he talks, he looks like he's popping at the same time so this whole Huck-episode was a bit much for me. I want to see Olivia, Harrison and the White House people
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