First of all, that headline totally rhymes. Also, I’m ready to declare this the best episode of season three — if not the series to date.
Good news: Pope and Associates finally secured a new client on the Oct. 17 episode of Scandal. Bad news: Their client, Mary Nesbitt, strapped a bomb to her chest and held a room full of people hostage at the White House — including Olivia (Kerry Washington), who was accused of being a “terrorist.”
All Mary wanted was to prove that her slain son, a suspected terrorist killed by the FBI, was actually innocent; and when no one would give her the time of day, she resorted to Plan Bomb. Through a series of favors — thank you, David (Joshua Malina)! — the truth was revealed to Liv, even if it wasn’t what she wanted to hear.
It turns out Mary’s son wasn’t a terrorist, but rather a CIA agent who infiltrated Al-Qaeda and brought other agents in as fake recruits. And there’s the rub: If the world knew the truth about him, the 57 Americans he “recruited” would be slaughtered. So Liv was forced to lie to Mary, telling her that Chris was a terrorist, after all. Aaaand… BOOM!
(Side note: Are all Shonda Rimes series required to produce one major bomb episode during their runs? This episode gave me major flashbacks to Grey’s Anatomy‘s “pink mist.”)
And Then There’s Huck
The Pope family’s bad luck continued, as Huck spent his “personal day” tracking down Olivia’s dad (Joe Morton), gun in hand. He finally got Rowan right where he wanted him, but Papa Pope turned the situation around by offering Tom to Huck as a kill. And you know our boy Huck can’t resist a good kill!
Cut to Huck relaying this whole story to Olivia, sobbing into her arms. It really was the cherry atop her perfect day, wasn’t it?
Notes Worth Noting
1. How incredible was Mellie (Bellamy Young) this week?! Her big speech to Fitz — about how she’s glad Olivia survived the explosion, so she can continue using her as a weapon against him — was as brilliantly written as it was delivered.
2. Olivia’s dad is really starting to scare me, but I’m glad she’s finally fighting back. Right now, he basically “owns” Liv, Huck and Jake (Scott Foley), so I’m hoping the three of them can put their heads together and take him down.
3. Every time Cyrus (Jeff Perry) opens his mouth, I get a panic attack. I honestly believe his stress might be contagious.
HollywoodLifers, am I on crack, or was this episode incredible? Drop a comment with your review, and your predictions for next week.
— Andy Swift