Scandal s2 ep 6
Another part of Huck’s past catches up with him this week, when the former head of B-613, Huck’s old “killer spies” (heh) team, kills himself. B-613 was, we are told, a “top secret off-the-books project”, funded by the CIA. Of course it was. In film and TV, does the CIA do anything on-the-books, or has it spent all of its money on the black ops, the you’re-on-your-own-if-anything-happens stuff?
Anyway, it turns out that a Julian Assange-a-like is about to release details of former B-613 operatives, which will put them all in mortal danger, because of the frankly appalling things they used to do in B-613. So five of Huck’s old wet-work colleagues, now leading domestic lives – doctor, professor, homemaker – are summoned to Olivia’s office, there to be held until the threat can be dealt with. And if, in the course of that, they manage to work out who is leaking information to Assange-a-like then all well and good. Needless to say, having all of that hairtrigger aggression and appetite for mayhem in the same room is a risk in itself, and it isn’t long before they’re all pointing guns at each other.
While all this is going on, Olivia is trying to manage the Rosen/Abby situation without actually killing either of them, and subcontracts Operation Breakup to Harrison, who uses a decent wedge of money and Abby’s history as a victim of domestic abuse to catapult Rosen out of the picture. Nicely, if appallingly, done there, Harrison, but surely it won’t end like that. Olivia is being wooed by Edison, who isn’t Fitz and therefore doesn’t have a chance. And James takes Cyrus’s pillow talk about Hollis Doyle and puts it on the front page of whatever it is they’re calling the Washington Post on the show. This seems remarkably uncool, and I’m not sure I’d be as forgiving as Cyrus was.
Never less than entertaining – this being Scandal, after all – the episode nonetheless suffered, I thought, from a certain lack of focus. Perhaps, like The West Wing, Scandal isn’t quite the same when POTUS isn’t in it.