As expected, the ‘Scandal’ winter finale was a doozy. I know that fans of the show take issue with how the numerous twists and turns, but I think after this episode it might be headed in the right, and by right I mean crazy good direction. Just when I thought I was out and the show was losing steam, it pulled me right back in. Fitz might have done something right for a change, while Cyrus finally realizes that he is in fact, the devil. Though both might be bested (worsted?) by Sally The Murderess.
The dizzying opening showed us the argument between Sally and Daniel over his infidelities. We knew that Sally knew that Daniel liked to sleep around, with men, but actual proof of it completely sent her over the edge. After some harsh biblical talk where she calls him a sinner who deserves to meet his maker, she helps him meet it sooner than he had hope.
After Sally LITERALLY stabs him in the back, she calls on Cyrus who helps her clean up the blood, stitch Daniel up and come up with a believable lie, well in Shondaland, that Daniel had a heart attack. After he crosses that line, Cyrus comes to realization that he is truly evil. He blames himself for what Sally did, but someone not too concerned with her involvement with the whole thing is Mellie who tells Sally that she knew about everything. This woman needs to visit The Wizard to see if he has any hearts available.
In a desperate plea, James goes to David with the photos of him and Daniel in hopes that he can get her to stop her campaign. It’s not until later when that plucky lawyer (?) slips David the recorded phone call between Sally and Cyrus that he realizes that he has been handed something big.
Cy tries to save what little is left of his marriage, but if James is going to stay in this awful marriage, he’s going to get something out of it. So he tells Cyrus to make him the new White House Press Secretary. Meanwhile, Leo is trying to comfort Sally by saying that Daniel is among the angels, but Sally thinks he’s rotting in hell. His client is a killer, but Leo is more concerned that she called Cy instead of him. So what is in all of this for him, because something tells me he’ll do more than change votes to make Sally the next President.
As for the current Prez, Fitz uses that power he’s always speaking of to have a little sit down with Rowan. He has the secret service pick up Daddy Goon after he gets the call that his people have located Maya. The best scene of the episode, one of the best, if not the second best, of the entire series happened here with Rowan going IN on Fitz after Prez tried him by talking about how much he enjoyed having sex with Olivia. It’s too late for him to be nominated for a Golden Globe, but I hope Joe Morton gets an Emmy nod for this scene.
Olivia is brought in and demands to know the truth about her mom. The truth being that Maya was a hired assassin who married Rowan just to gain access to classified intelligence. She tricked him into thinking she put a bomb on the flight, so he had Fitz shoot it down, killing hundreds of innocent people. Far fetched? Yes. Crazy? Definitely! Maya doesn’t have any blood on her hands, but she’s still a terrorist and now she’s on the loose, all because her daughter and her boo thing effed up.
Rowan is still a goon though, but slowly and surely his goon powers are being taken away from him. Jake tells Olivia that he did love her and kisses her goodbye. The next morning after Rowan calls Olivia for one of those Sunday dinners, he walks into his office at B613/Wonderland and sees that Jake has already made himself comfy. Oh yeah, Jake is the new command. He’s also BFFs with Fitz now, and this team-up is not going to work. There’s nothing scary about Jake, he’s a big old boring teddy bear, but maybe that’s just a facade and he’s a secret goon underneath all of that generic handsomeness. In the midst of all this Maya Pope chaos,
Olivia is at odds with Huck over the fact that he tortured Quinn for what he sees as disloyalty. He put a tracking chip into her tooth-hole, eww, but after she fails to kill Rowan she takes it out. The only alliance she has is to Charlie, but she thinks she would be better off with her weird friends and weird job. When she returns to OPA, Huck takes away all her Gladiator badges and kicks her out of the group basically. So it’s back to Charlie’s creepy ass.
I don’t know what Olivia is going to do when she finds out. You can argue that Quinn was never really a Gladiator in the first place, because we all know that is a ride or die position. Didn’t Mama Pope look almost too fabulous when she was outside of the White House calling Olivia from the burn phone? How did she have time to kill the pilots, fix her hair, buy a new coat and get back into the city to scare the mess out of her daughter? Now we know where Olivia gets her love of white winter wear from.
Scandal will return on February 27th. Until then, Gladiators!