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<I>Scandal</I>: We’ve Seen the Future, And It Isn’t Pretty

Last week's Scandal felt like a season finale, and rightly so, given that "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" has propelled us ten months into the future and changed just about everything we know about everyone. The rest of this post is going to be filled with spoilers, so you'll want to stop reading if you haven't watched (since this show has gone insane with the shockers). And can I just say how impressed I was by the acting by Tony Goldwyn in this episode in particular? He did some tortured facial expressions that just spoke volumes without a single word spoken.

David Rosen
Is totally a murderer! OK, he's not. He's still the same adorable (underemployed) white hat we know, but he's being framed as a violent stabby murderer by someone who wants access to all his Defiance information and is willing to send him to jail for it. He presumes, and it isn't a bad mental leap to make, that Olivia (or one of her Defiance cohorts) is to blame, even after she helps him get out of the messy situation. The fact that his life is in total shambles, that he's resorted to teaching students who don't give a hell about anything and that his grandma has to pay his rent is just about the saddest thing.

Jake Weston
Jake who? Jake's the cute new love interest for Olivia played by Scott Foley (clearly, she has a thing for attractive, powerful white guys with good jawlines) and he seems like he's a good government employee with a love for coffee, but he's a complete stalker. He's got Olivia's entire house filled with cameras and spy gadgets. Shouldn't Huck be sweeping her place constantly for crap like that? Not sure of his endgame here, but I've got a sneaking feeling that Edison is somewhere behind this, but maybe that's just wishful thinking for wanting to see Edison again.

And Associates
I blinked and missed Harrison, Abby is still horny and sad about David (and rightly so) and the only exciting thing that happened here was Huck educating Quinn on the ways to properly dismember an already dead corpse.

Mellie
Apparently she is not above giving oral in the shower if it means that she is going to get power over Fitz. It's actually not a bad strategy for dealing with an imploding president, as far as these things go. She's totally the mole, right? Or is that way too obvious?

Cyrus
The episode centered on the christening for his gorgeous adopted daughter (I don't know where Shonda finds babies for her shows, but they are always freaking stunning) and dealing with James and his stupid flowers. But he somehow decided that Fitz and Olivia should be the godparents? That's not a recipe for disaster or anything at all like that. Perhaps it was just his way of dealing with the fact that since Fitz found out that Cyrus went behind his back with the voter rigging thing, Fitz has kept him at arm's length. He's even going so far as to ignore his advice on world politics or strategy... so everything related to his job. Obviously, Fitz thinks that Cyrus has leaked information and is the mole who put soldiers in danger, but that seems too subtle for a guy who was willing to have his own husband whacked.

Olivia
What happened to the kick-ass girl we used to know? Now she spends all of her time in the swimming pool doing laps and moping about the fact that she ditched Edison and now Fitz hates her. It was only when she and David put their heads down to figure out who framed him that we saw a glint of old Olivia. And it really isn't at all like her to not notice that her entire apartment has been bugged with video cameras. For shame. As for her and Fitz... well, that "relationship" is in an entirely destructive place. Having rough sex in a White House control room probably did a number on her dry cleaning bill, as well as her emotional well-being. Especially as he immediately dismissed her apology for Defiance, saying that she'd completely betrayed him and as such she was untrustworthy and only good for sex. She's in love, but I would have hoped she'd have gained a bit more self-esteem in the past ten months.

Fitz
Sweet Fitz playing with his baby is about the most adorable thing he's done in maybe ever. Well, after he murdered an old dying lady last week, he didn't really have to try hard, but that was his only real nice moment as this POTUS is in a massive downward spiral. He's drinking. A lot. He's aggressively pulling Olivia into random rooms for quickies and then spewing hateful words about how he only has sex with her because he can't control his penis (Patti Stanger would have a field day with him). Then he ignores Cyrus out of spite, listens to Mellie (of all people) and looks just completely destroyed while showering. His face while he was half-kissing Mellie perfectly encapsulated this mess of a man.

Where will all of this lead us? I'm not entirely sure, but I'm glad that the show wasn't afraid to make a leap ahead to get us into some really juicy new action and switch up the characters a bit more.

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