Scandal-More Cattle, Less Bull-Kerry Washington

Everyone loves a party, even the gladiators on Scandal. “More Cattle, Less Bull” dealt with White House Correspondence dinner while Jake quietly burrowed into our hearts. Lisa Kudrow returned as a guest star, whom we hope sticks around.

The Players:

  • Director: Randy Zisk
  • Writer: Jenna Bans
  • Cast: Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Columbus Short, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina, Scott Foley, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Burton Tom Amandes, Jack Coleman, Sally Pressman, Stoney Westmoreland, Brian Letscher, Erin Chambers, Sarah Benoit, Michael Mahon, Paul Adelstein, Joe Morton

Episode Title: “More Cattle, Less Bull”

Olivia helps Josephine Marcus wade through her pregnancy scandal as Cyrus and Mellie shop around for a new campaign manager.

The Good:

  • Operation Remington: Fitz and Rowan/Eli know each other. It turns out that Pete Foster did run that mission he had tattooed on his body — the one Fitz was listed as flying. Why might the President need well documented information on his whereabouts? Because he may or may not have been shooting down a 747 carrying 329 passengers, one of which was Maya Lewis, Olivia’s mother. We’re still cloudy on whether Fitz knows the evil puppet master Eli/Rowan is Olivia’s father, or whether he knew the disposal of Olivia’s mother was the reason for his secret mission in the first place. For once, Operation Remington is finally becoming clearer, but there’s definitely more to come. 
  • Whatever Happened to Quinn: No one likes being grounded and Quinn is no exception. It seems our Huck didn’t just try to warn Quinn away from his dark world, he tattled. Harrison’s, “You went all drill baby drill on him,” comment made it seem like Huck told him and Abby about Quinn’s help with torturing last season, and possibly her obsession with taking it further. Of course none of that matters now when Quinn used store credit from electronics she returned for Huck to have a gun shipped to her from Montana. How and what she plans to use it for is as mysterious as it is terrifying. Hopefully, Huck knows to keep an eye on his protégé. The way Quinn was stroking that gun said it all.
  • Team Jake: In the corners of the internet a fight is brewing between those on Team Fitz and those on Team Jake. We haven’t picked a side, but it looks like Huck has. The banter between the two semi-former B6-13er’s was a nice change and filled in for the lack of scenes between Huck and Quinn. It doesn’t look like their partnership will be ending anytime soon. The Operation still hasn’t been fully cracked open and Liv needs serious watching after the news that the love of her life may have killed her mother on her father’s orders. Still, if you add this to Fitz’s list—Amanda Tanner, the drinking problem, the whole married thing, killing Verna—Jake is looking like the smarter choice.
  • Old Correspondence: All of Abby and David’s scenes were frustrating because after weeks of will-they-or-won’t-they drama the two were about to jump back in. Like David, we wish the writers would have just allowed Abby to tell David that her husband, would be at the dinner. However, if they use this moment to help strengthen their relationship and advance the romance we’re on board. 

The So-So:

  • 4 More Years: If Fitz had beckoned Liv to the Presidential Suite during the dinner we would have been shocked—everything pointed to Mellie. Being right made us yearn for the days when every moment was a shock, but considering the closing bombshell we can’t complain. It’s the position that Mellie’s request put us and the show in that’s the head-scratcher. How could Liv be Fitz’s campaign manager after learning he might have killed her mom? Would the rest of the gladiators come along, or keep the office going on their own? Lisa Kudrow really shined this week; perhaps our girl would do well to work with her.

The Bad:

  • Plausible Deniability: The reckless acts of the cast are the major reason many of us became hooked on this show. Back in the day, the riskiest thing the President did was sleep with a couple women who weren’t his wife. He’s added some more colorful sins to his list since then, but to blindly disregard the need to have plausible deniability about B6-13 is worrisome. Eli/Rowan recorded his meeting with Fitz and the President called to intimidate Liv’s father from the Oval Office. He asked Cyrus how to get rid of the organization in full view of the room’s camera’s. At this point, he’s begging to be found out. People have discovered every secret he’s had so far, so how does it make sense for him to pursue being found out so boldly?

Overall:

“More Cattle, Less Bull” like a few before it, teed up Scandal for something big, we just don’t know what. Jake went from hot to smoldering by telling Olivia that he’d play second fiddle to no one. A man that stands up for himself, especially to the woman he adores is very attractive. It doesn’t look like he’ll be able to hold out for long. There will be all hands on deck as Liv addresses the possibility of Fitz having a hand in her mother’s murder. We can see the writers pushing us closer to more explosive material, and we just want to get there.

Rating: 7.5/10

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

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