Scandal-Say Hello To My Little Friend-Melora Hardin, Patrick Fabian, Kerry Washington

Without Scandal Thursday nights would be nothing. “Say Hello to My Little Friend” toyed with the Anthony Weiner sexting drama, adding a murder twist. Lisa Kudrowbegins her run as a guest star, but Jake is the one who steals the show.

The Players:

  • Director: Oliver Bokelberg
  • Writer: Mark Fish
  • Cast: Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Columbus Short, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina, Scott Foley, Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, Melora Hardin, Patrick Fabian, Patrick St. Espirit, Michael B. Silver, Stoney Westmoreland, Brian Letscher, Peter Holden, Joe Morton

Episode Title: “Say Hello to My Little Friend”

The gladiators defend a Senator accused of murder-for-sexting while Jake investigates Olivia’s father.

The Good:

  • Operation Remington: No one is any closer to figuring out that the big secret with Operation Remington is. But we were fed enough information to satiate our hunger. Fitz blanched at the news that Peter-the-Remington-guy died and arranged for his military funeral in Arlington out of respect or guilt. Serious digging revealed that one of Peter’s 86 missions as a pilot in the Navy had been expunged from his record. The number of the hidden original flight plan was tattooed on his corpse, which fingered Fitz and not Peter as the mission pilot. We nearly forgot Jake was involved in the same rescue mission, but intelligence on being a member of the ground team shed no light on why the mission was erased from history. Seeing Fitz stride into Eli’s office for what he called, “a long overdue reunion,” was the real intrigue.
  • Double Trouble: It wasn’t the most surprising union. We had hoped Eli’s cast offs would join together to dismantle his regime. Jake and Huck aren’t closer to unraveling the maze, but seeing them work together is enough for now. They both want what’s best for Liv, which is a great equalizer. It’ll be interesting to see if they form a real partnership or if the paring is just a means to an end.
  • Whiskey: Huck finally said the words that Quinn needed to hear: “Stop while you still can.” At this point it’s terrifying to think that she might have been lying to herself. Could Quinn actually believe she was following Huck and badgering him with questions about his torture/killing addiction to soothe his soul? Her rabid fascination with his preferred line of work is practically tangible. At least Huck did his due diligence and attempted to end the spiral he had a hand in creating. Considering how much we enjoy seeing the two alongside one another, it’s tough to pick a desired outcome.  Let’s just say whichever puts them on the same side is the right one.
  • Just One: The best part of Scandal’s Anthony Weiner like sexting drama with a side of murder was the comparisons made between the Senator Meyer’s wife and Olivia. Apparently news segments will serve as barometers for political standings, a stroke of genius on the part of the creative team. Unfortunately the segment showed the diminished position Olivia’s affair did to her public position, made evident by the gladiators search for clients. The speech the Senator’s wife made referencing the weak, anti-feminist position her husband left her in was much like the one the President left Liv in.  You know, right up until the point Liv figured out Mrs. Meyers killed the victim to right her marriage.  Now that we’ve acknowledged where Olivia is, we need to see her moving forward.
  • Persevere: Jake is a man that knows how to stay focused. He kept his wits about him in the hole. He made Huck see reason and start investigating Eli with him. And in one short hour Jake got Olivia to drop her pathetic I-need-to-be-a-good-little-girl-so-daddy-won’t-punish-me shtick and not only work with him and Huck, but have a little make out session. Listen, we’re on board with the powerful chemistry between Fitz and Olivia. But as he’s off being President, it’s hard not to root for Liv and Jake to continue to form a connection of their own. Plus, knowing that whenever Fitz and Olivia do get in a room together all bets will be off. It adds the kind of tension and anticipation that a drama like this feeds on. 

The So-So:

  •  Mic Mishap: The writers paid Mellie the courtesy of making her microphone mishap one caused by the recording device of a companion and not a blunder with her own technology. That being said, her gaffe was nothing more than a set up for the real drama that Josephine Marcus (Lisa Kudrow) will go through next week. Yet again, her only other moment in the sun was a brief hand grasp of support from her occupied husband. Mellie’s desperate search for any kind of compassion behind his defense of her to Cyrus was painful to watch. As usual any hope of love of from him was destroyed by his obvious disinterest with the First Lady. For goodness sake,. Give this woman something to do; she deserves so much more.

Overall:

We weren’t exactly off track but “Say Hello to My Little Friend” still put things right. As far as we know, Fitz is ignorant of Eli being Olivia’s father, but it may be possible he knows Eli leads B613. With Kudrow on the horizon things are looking up. All we need is too kick up the spontaneity a notch and give Cyrus and Mellie some drama for things to be as they should.

Rating: 9/10

Scandal airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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