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This week, Scandal‘s  “YOLO” was the thrill ride everyone expected it to be. Hardly anyone was spared during the explosive events of the night. You only live once so scroll carefully, this episode is a doozy.

The Players:

  • Director: Chris Van Dusen
  • Writer: Oliver Bokelberg
  • Cast: Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Columbus Short, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina, Scott Foley, Kate Burton, Dan Bucantinsky, Khandi Alexander, Jack Coleman, George Newbern, Kelly McCreary, Paul Adlestien, Joe Morton

Episode Title: “YOLO”

Relationships and allegiances are tested when numerous truths unravel.

The Good:

  • Mommy Dearest: Huck said Maya’s return made Liv small and slow, and honestly who can blame her? Without the distraction of emotions she would have noticed the calculated manner in which her mother remarked that Olivia was not only like her father, but raised in his image. The anger it caused had Maya’s desired effect, stoking the fires of Olivia’s resolve to save her mother. Maya’s inability to remember the events of her final day of freedom was suspicious as well. The same with her staunch refusal to pursue justice in her name. Being browbeaten for 22 years would weaken anyone, but Maya’s decision contrasted her obvious strength of mind. Watching Olivia realize Maya was the terrorist her father tried to keep from her conscience is the reason we watch the show. Olivia won’t rest until her mother is captured, and now neither will we.
  • Friends and Family: Watching Huck pull Quinn’s tooth out was riveting and disgusting. The war it caused in our psyche is the reason the show excels with its crazy plots. Of course we all know that Quinn was duped into killing Omar Dresdan. However, before that moment Quinn ignorantly assumed she could be friends with someone like Charlie, an obvious foe to Pope & Associates. Though her misstep was detrimental, no one really wants to watch Huck break though his last humane wall by harming someone he loves. The writers waited until the last second to ease that worry. Now that we know Quinn is right around the corner from needling Rowan/Eli, we can breathe easier.
  • A King Fallen: After weeks of begging for Cyrus to be put in a situation worthy of him, the implosion of his marriage coupled with the ruin of his job did the trick. Our Kingmaker’s suffering over his husband’s now confirmed transgression was deeply satisfying. After dangling a baby over James’ head to cover up Deliverance and now using James like a pawn, Cyrus’ pain was well deserved. His partner Mellie had a brief moment to shine amongst the unraveling of the Beene marriage. A sobbing Cyrus caused her to run away very characteristically from such a display of weakness. But it was her advice, from one spouse who’s been cheated on to the next, that allowed her to end the night with dignity.
  • The Inevitable: You had to know when Sally saw those pictures that it wouldn’t end well for Daniel Douglas. After asking her husband to keep it in his pants for the presidency, Daniel’s actions cost her the opportunity. Perhaps the fireworks of the rest of the evening made her husband’s murder a forgone conclusion. Maybe we’ve just been conditioned to expect retribution in the highest regard. The pool of blood around Daniel is sure to be fodder for something, whether it’s the destruction of Sally Langston or the consequences of her first phone call. It’s possible Cyrus could be her greatest ally considering the pictures that sparked Sally’s murderous rage featured James too. Of course knowing how heartless Cyrus is, nothing is certain. Too bad Paul Adlestein’s run on the show is probably over. Watching him force his client to abandon her principles was a thrill.
  • Must Be Nice: Jake and Fitz’s testosterone fueled fight was notable. All of their conversations are thinly veiled from the strong undertone of friends fighting over the same dame. Jake came out of it looking the strongest, possibly because Fitz got to throw his weight around with in his argument with Sally later on. Dragging out the tension between the two over Olivia might not be the best idea in the long term. But for right now it’s working of us.
  • Kernels: Harrison is around the corner from some drama of his own/ His former associate’s Adnan Salif name drop means it’s only a matter of time. Abby and David continue to be a cute spot of normalcy amidst the insanity of everything else. It’s good to know the writers can still work in a sense of humor now again. We cracked up at Jake’s lack of confidence with Maya’s skill with a cell phone instead of the firearm he was  meant to train her on.

The Quotable:

  • “You’re making the biggest mistake of your life crossing me and I will spend the rest of my life working tirelessly to remind you of that. You will regret this day forever.”—Fitz


It looks like next week will mean more fireworks, as well it should.  But once the show returns next year we hope it continues this pace instead of returning to the usual Fitz and client drama recipe. Episodes like the “YOLO” are the kind that made us fall in love with the show in the first place.

Rating: 10/10

Scandal airs Thursdays at 10  p.m. on ABC

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