With the winter hiatus of Scandal finally coming to an end, I find myself missing Huck most of all. What is it about Huck that makes the ladies swoon despite the fact that he is a sadistic trained assassin? Let me count the ways.
In a bizarre way, Huck is a great story of redemption. It’s not his fault that he is a sadistic assassin at all. As Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes shared with us in season two, Huck was forced by the CIA to become an assassin after returning from a tour of Kosovo as a marine. None of this was his idea. Since meeting Olivia, Huck has been fighting to leave his evil talents behind, or at the very least use them for good instead of evil. Huck tries to get help by going to AA meetings where he discusses his addiction to killing and torture under the guise of an alcohol addiction. In season two, he went to a meeting where he confessed to “drinking whiskey” again and admitting he likes it and doesn’t know if he can ever quit. See? He is trying to reform! He even gives those close to him the friends and family discount. He’s practically poetic when doing so. Who doesn’t want to support a man with a few little issues who is desperately trying to redeem himself? Who doesn’t love a bit of poetry like the quote below?
Peeling off the skin can be beautiful. Or removing fingers, toes. I like the feeling of a toe being separated from a foot. But with you because we’re friends, because we’re family, I won’t do any of that. You get a friends and family discount. ~Huck Season 3 Episode 9 “YOLO”
Huck is a family man. Even though B613 did everything they could to eradicate all memory of his family. His love for his wife and son is so enduring that he still fights to remember them. Surely Huck’s happily ever after, if he lives to see it, will be a reuniting with the family he still loves somewhere deep in side. That’s a great quality, right?
Huck: I think I used to have a family. But I don’t remember if they were real or if I imagined them. Olivia: What do you think? Huck: I think they were real. Olivia: Then they were real. Then you had a family. Huck: They were real. – Season 2 Episode 19 “Seven Fifty-Two”
He tried to be a good friend to Quinn. A good friend helps his friends learn and grow. He taught Quinn a lot of profitable skills. Skills like hacking, computer espionage and torture can be highly marketable. When Huck saw Quinn venturing too far into the dark side, he looked out for her and tried to pull her back. But it was too late. It seems their friendship is irretrievably broken. I suspect Quinn will stick with Charlie as she tries to figure out her life and where to go now that she is no longer a gladiator.
Quinn, I know I’ve taught you lots of things but you should try to be less like me. You should be less like me. And more like Liv. ~Huck Season 3 Episode 2, Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner?
But most of all, Huck is capable of all-consuming love. Make no mistake, Huck is in love with Olivia. He has killed for her. He would willingly die for her. He is loyal beyond measure. He protects her and defends her unconditionally. The minute anyone turns on her, no matter what their former relationship with him may have been, they become his enemy. However, he has disappointed Olivia by torturing Quinn. Will he be able to handle her disappointment in him? Or will he be driven further back into his own personal darkness?
Liv saved us and you betrayed her. You’re not a gladiator anymore. – Huck Season 3 Episode 10 A Door Marked Exit.
Scandal returns on Thursday. I suggest you read the last recap again to get caught back up on where things left off. I am so excited!