Scandal s6 ep 10

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?

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4 thoughts on “Scandal s6 ep 10

  1. LeeSP April 27, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    We are in agreement again. This episode was so much fun because it was about the original show. There was no B613, spy show nonsense.

    Scandal derailed at the end of season 3 with Olivia’s departure from DC which felt forced to me. Actually it happened in the 2nd half of season 3 when Papa Pope, Mama Pope and Jake took over the show. The Fitz re-election story line had so much potential due to his rivalry with Sally Langston and was barely covered. I still feel James’ death was unnecessary and the character was needed to humanize Cyrus. Cyrus/James had great chemistry.

    Also, this is when weekly cases were pushed to the side for all the stupid covert spy stories.

    I would have preferred to see Olivia and OPA handling cases and dealing with White House drama and relationships on the side like in seasons 1 and 2.

    Hopefully, season 7 will be a return to form with Fitz out of the White House and Olivia trying to maintain her relationship with him and her OPA business.Let’s see more of Abby, Huck, Quinn, Marcus, Charlie, David, Mellie, and Cyrus and no more of Jake and Rowan.

    By the way, Kerry Washington looked gorgeous with her natural curls so they should let her wear that hair style in the present time.

  2. Jed Bartlet April 27, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Agree. I didn’t mind the B613 storyline when it was just a part of the show and we were still getting Cases of the Week. But when it started to dominate, it unbalanced the show and it never recovered.

    I also agree about Kerry Washington and her natural curls, although tbh she’s an outstandingly attractive woman whatever she does with her hair. I’m assuming that there was a point about OPA Olivia having more time and money, and “good hair” being more important in that job.

    • LeeSP April 27, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Yes, the B613 story line should have come to a natural end like other previous story lines.

      Actually, their is a point to the hair. Apparently women especially Black women are not taken seriously or considered professional with natural or curly hair according to studies. Plus working with Marcus as an activist, Olivia did not have the money (Fitz reminded her that he is filthy rich when he wanted them to get a house) or time to worry about her hair. It was statement hair.

  3. LeeSP April 27, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    There not their – need an edit button.

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