It’s the 100th episode of Scandal, so the writers have come up with something a little different. Olivia, Fitz, and Jake are debating what to do about “Marjorie” and “Paes”, whoever they might be and whatever they might want – kill them, maybe, or do nothing on the basis that they all seem to have the shared goal of putting Mellie in the Oval? – but Olivia lets her mind wander. Back to a time before the first episode, and all the way to Defiance, the pivotal decision to fix the Presidential election in Fitz’s favour. What if, instead, they had let the election play out?
Which sets the scene for Olivia’s alternative reality, in which Fitz loses, and he and Mellie divorce; Abby is in a settled relationship with David Rosen – always, by a long, long, long, long, long way the best of her partners; Quinn, amusingly, is a white-trash reality TV contestant, with whom Huck, in an unconvincing Irish, is in love from a distance; and Cyrus is so far into the closet that he ditches James (welcome back, Dan Bucatinsky) and marries Mellie.
Olivia herself has detectably more “urban” hair, and works as a lobbyist with Marcus. She and Fitz – hosting a TV talk show – get married and, although their relationship goes off the rails at one point, they find a way back to each other, kind of confirming that in any universe they are the show’s OTC and will, I suspect, in due course be the endgame.
As I’ve said before I’m capable of being a reasonably cheap date when it comes to TV shows: this was actually pretty good fun, and I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, though, it put me in mind of another road not taken: the point after the landmark season 2 and before season 3 where, for some reason, the writers and producers decided that making a sensationally, ridiculously entertaining TV show just wasn’t quite enough for them, and decided instead to go in another direction. Is there one single viewer who thinks that the Scandal of seasons 4, 5, and 6 is better?