Let me start off by commiserating with Olitz shippers on the events of this penultimate episode, Any Questions. You guys must know that Hallmark doesn’t make happy ever after cards for Olivia Caroline Pope. Maybe one day but not today.
The episode starts out with Cyrus telling a press conference that the president’s private life is none of their business. Like that’s going to stop them from asking any questions on the same subject. At this point I’m thinking where are Fitz and Mellie? Turns out the president is wrapped up in bed with Olivia and Mellie has gotten herself a male Olivia Pope.
For a brief moment I thought maybe this was for keeps but nah! From the start Olivia wanted to fix the situation making sure that Fitz would still be electable after the fallout but Fitz didn’t want her to, telling her to stand down. I loved that moment but Fitz had an agenda.
Fitz had no intention of running for a second term. After finding out about Defiance, he totally lost his mojo and just didn’t think that he could cut it. And why should he? If the woman he loves feels she has to rig the votes to get him elected then maybe Cyrus is right and Fitz is just sausage; handsome, highly qualified, smart, idealistic and energetic sausage, but not the kind of sausage who could be legally elected.
Olivia Pope to the rescue! Liv convinces Fitz that if he gives up everything for her, they will both end up resenting her. The look on Fitz’s face convinced me that this is what he needed to hear all along. Mellie told her Fixer that she knew her husband and I was like ‘the hell you do’. But I think she’s right. And maybe he really isn’t that nice to know.
The president killed Supreme Court Judge Verna Thornton to keep his presidency, what would stop him from playing Olivia? Yes he made the big gesture of giving up everything but maybe in the back of his mind he knew, Olivia would get him out of it and it wouldn’t be on him. And maybe knowing that he was willing to make such a huge gesture, she would continue to see him in secret once the scandal has blown over. I dunno! I just know I don’t trust him so much.
Who is the mole?
Meanwhile the real heart of the episode for me was who is the damn mole? The discovery left me with so many questions.
Looking back at this episode Abbey was the only one who I had no worries about. The whole time that I was watching there was nothing about her that made me think she was the mole.
I don’t ship Huckleberry Quinn as I want Huck to find his wife but I do love the dynamic duo lots. Quinn aka Baby Huck has been all business and finishing Huck’s sentences since she started her training. In this episode I had no doubts about her until she found Huck just about to off Charlie. I thought she was there to kill Huck. Something to do with the way the scene was lit made her look very suspect for a second. So glad she was there to talk Huck down from killing Charlie. She gave Huck the same speech he gave her when she wanted to take revenge against Hollis Doyle. Phew. Not the mole.
Harrison on the other hand had me suspecting him left right and centre. When he cornered Liv in her office and gave her the “You’re the client” speech. “I don’t know everything but I know enough”, I had so much love for him right then. He always has Liv’s back. Then I was like ‘you just want to pump her for more ammunition. You’re the mole!’ The way Olivia revealed nothing all the way through this episode. Ace.
In last week’s episode Harrison complained that there were too many people in the office and that secrets could get out. Whilst watching him this week I thought mmm were you setting the scene to blame someone else because you’re the mole? When Olivia turned over all her trusted secrets to Harrison including the combination to the wall safe, I wanted to believe that Olivia was right to place her trust in him. I mean she knows him better than we do.
Right up until the last few minutes, I was still unsure about Harrison. When he came running into the office saying the Cytron card was missing, man I wanted to slap his face. The tears were ready to fall and I was ready to run around the room screaming BETRAYER!
The problem with David Rosen is I wanted him to be a gladiator. I was hipping David and Liv from season one, episode one. I believed him when he was all like forgiving and whatnot. But the signs were there writ large. His career was destroyed by Olivia Pope and Associates (OPA). The woman he loved stole from him and lied continually about it. He lost his job and was forced to teach. He played to the gladiator’s sense of doing the right thing and inveigled himself into their offices. Sleeping in the offices was a great opportunity to search them from top to bottom I bet. What a barsteward!
Nobody who says “I am the law, the law is me” can really be the kind of gladiator needed at OPA. Dagnammit the clues were there.
There were some other illuminating moments. Like poor James being chewed out by Cyrus and realising that Mellie got him the TV gig to have a dig at Cy. That was painful and Cyrus was so mean.
I liked seeing Cyrus and the president sharing a laugh over the whole messed up situation. That was a nice moment. Don’t think I’ve seen these two share a moment like that before.
It was nice to see John Barrowman playing someone likeable as I currently despise his evil Arrow character but loved him as Captain Jack in Torchwood. But let’s face it he couldn’t get Mellie to open up and tell him the truth, he’s no Olivia Pope!
So Any Questions?
Hell yes. I still have lots of questions. Why keep the Cytron card? What further purpose could it serve Pope and Associates? How did David get the combination to the safe? Did he go into Harrison’s office and flick through the folder that Olivia gave him? How much did Billy Chambers pay to keep Charlie from killing him?
What is Jake’s handler’s end game? Does he want to protect the presidency or is he also hooked up with Billy Chambers and David Rosen? This guy is obviously quite powerful because even though Cyrus gave him lip, he still agreed to do as he was told regarding Charlie. Who is this guy?
Man, I don’t know where this is all going but I’m here for all of it.
Joshua Malina (David Rosen) had this to say on Twitter after the big reveal:
Gladiate THAT, bitches. #Scandal
— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) May 10, 2013
Funny guy. No remorse and no fraks given.
I had a frikking double knuckle bite moment when I tweeted something and Josh Malina retweeted.
— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) May 10, 2013
Not gonna lie, I geeked out a tiny bit. I’m good now though.