I am watching the winter finale of Scandal again in preparation for tonight. Which brings to mind a question, is tonight’s show a spring premier? Because I am so ready for a spring anything! You can read the recap from the last episode, A Door Marked Exit, here. I swear, Kate Burton’s line as Sally Langston in that episode, “You have released a snake into our garden,” may be the best eight words any writer ever wrote for anyone ever. The religious and homoerotic overtones mixed with her contempt, so concisely delivered, was brilliant.
Let’s take a look at the mess we have to deal with as the series returns from a relationship perspective. I have made a handy-dandy friends chart for your reference. You’re welcome.
Huck and Quinn. Not Friends.
Oddly, Quinn will be the more likely of this pair to want to work on the relationship. Huck is over her. She is not a gladiator anymore. Which begs the question, “What the hell is she then?”
Quinn and Charlie. Friends With Twisted Benefits.
Charlie’s girlfriend? What does that role entail? How often can they pick up charming side jobs like scrubbing down all traces of evidence that the Vice President just killed her husband in the library with a letter opener? I do imagine that sort of thing pays well, but still. Now that Jake is running B-613 how will this affect her job description?
Huck and Olivia. Friends With Relationship Issues.
Olivia has yet to really have time to admonish Huck for the whole torturing Quinn stuff. Olivia feels bad for not protecting Quinn. Huck actually really enjoyed the whole thing and his only concern is whether or not Olivia will still love him. I think she probably will, whenever she has time to process all that he has done, and why he did it.
Cyrus and Sally. Strange Bedfellows.
Politics do indeed make strange bedfellows. Killing her gay husband has ironically put Sally right back in bed with another gay man. Cyrus may not have wielded the letter opener but he has just as much, if not more to lose than Sally if anyone finds out. Will Sally have a breakdown and confess to save her immortal soul? Nah. More likely from my perspective is that she will break free of Cyrus, run to Leo those two will throw her hat in the presidential election ring very, very soon.
Abby and David. Sex Partners with trust issues.
Currently, Abby seems to still be to get what she wants from him, and he, for the most part gets what he wants from her. But, her requests seem to be increasing interfering with him keeping his job. How long can sex continue to be the currency in this relationship? Then there is the whole little issue of the newbie NSA girl who has the Vice President on tape confessing her sins to Cyrus Beene. Let’s hope Abby finds this, and gets this into Olivia’s hands again before David can do anything with it. Olivia will get her hands on it if she takes on Sally as a client.
Mellie and Cyrus. Friends of Convenience.
Both of these two are keeping major secrets from Fitz, the largest one of course being that his vice president has graduated from run of the mill religious zealot to homicidal killer. They are sometimey, as we say in the south.
Fitz and Rowan. Not Friends. Not Friends at All.
During that interrogation scene at the pentagon in the last episode, these two both went way, way below the belt with each other. They both said painful truths the other will never be able to stop thinking about. They despise each other. But they both love Olivia. And Olivia is in serious danger. Will they put aside their egos to save her? Possible, but not likely.
Cyrus and James. Caught In A Bad Romance.
Out of all the couples with problems in this whole mess of a soap opera, these two probably have the most. Didn’t Cyrus hire someone to kill James once and then have a change of heart? But he made up for that by buying him a baby, right? Then, Cyrus used him as a rent boy for the VP’s husband in order to smear the VP’s chances at running for president. That was not very nice. But still. These two have negotiated a truce, Cyrus is going to make James White House Press Secretary and all is forgiven. Damn, why can’t straight people learn to work out their problems in such a civilized manner?
Olivia and Her Dad. More Forced Family Fun, Dinner is at 7.
Olivia figures out that her mother double crossed her just like she double crossed her father years ago causing him to blow up a plane full of innocent people. They both despise her mother. But is that enough for them to have a relationship? Jake has told Olivia that just because her mother is evil, it doesn’t make her father the good guy. He’s still a very bad guy. Or is he?
Jake and Olivia. Love is not enough.
I don’t expect a happily ever after here. Jake is a black ops guy first and a lover second. He can’t let Olivia into his head anymore. He has a job to do and things are about to get very dark. He will protect her, but he will stop loving her.
Jake and Fitz. A Budding Bromance.
After all, the enemy of one’s enemy is one’s friend, and for now at least, Rowan is their enemy.
I will do a recap of tonight’s episode, Ride, Sally, Ride. Don’t expect it to be a fast one. Shonda Rimes makes me keep both eyes on my TV and rewind and rewatch things to death. I won’t even start it until tomorrow. But you have this forum to discuss the episode just as soon as you watch it. I have a feeling that Sally is going to announce her run for presidency tonight and Olivia Pope may just take her on as a client. Don’t quote me on that, it’s pure speculation.
See you after the show!