Scandal is six days away from the Presidential election and a long shot off from where it should be. “Flesh and Blood” wasn’t as explosive as we were expecting. Though some have payed for their crimes, we’re still waiting for the show to restore our confidence.
- Director: Debbie Allen
- Writers: Severiano Canales and Miguel Nolla
- Cast: Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Columbus Short, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina, Scott Foley, Jon Tenney, Dylan Minette, Kate Burton, George Newbern, Khandi Alexander, Nazinin Boniadi, Sebastian Roche, Juliette Goglia, Brian Letcheser, Carlo Rota, Paul Adlestein, Joe Morton
Episode Title: “Flesh and Blood”
A security breach wraps up the OPA, while Adnan and Maya move closer to their goal.
- Daddy Dearest: Even though Jake was quick to reveal Olivia using sex to infiltrate B6-13 when Fitz popped up for a pow-wow, his warnings about Eli were valid. Allowing Eli to take point with questioning the bomb maker rapidly disintegrated into torturing the other man in Marie Wallace’s life. Marie didn’t bend to save the life of her nearly life-long cohort, so obviously Eli had to kill him anyway. We’d take a minute to ponder why Olivia could believe her father would use her office as a backdrop for his payback. Or perhaps argue whether Marie is so unfeeling that she never cared for Dominic, or was simply too committed to the plot to back out. Since she strolled into OPA to draw Olivia and Fitz back to D.C. and shot Eli in the process, it’s hard to choose between the two.
- You Owe Me Everything: Olivia was wrong—Mellie has made a history of being absurdly reckless. She just knows how to twist the outcome in her favor. We don’t understand why she’d ask Fitz’s doctor about a paternity test. The writers have been inching towards an explosive reveal of Jerry’s parentage and possible conception for a while. Leo Bergen’s acquisition of Jerry’s semen DNA sample was the flashiest bit of the night; apparently there’s nothing a girl won’t do for a couple Ivy League acceptance letters. This dragged us into the inevitable confrontation between Mellie and Olivia, driven by Olivia’s belief that Andrew fathered one of Mellie’s kids and the power of drunken Mellie. Mellie’s intoxication gave their conversation, and her slip about being nailed to Big Jerry, the desperation it needed to drive the scene home.
- Kingmaker: Cyrus doesn’t have to do a lot to make an impression. He’s a Kingmaker because he knows how one move has echoing consequences. We hoped James’ death would better Cyrus, not change him, and so far that’s what’s happening. We’ll never forget him ignoring the Presidential debate for his daughter. But using the memory of James’ death to push the President into ignoring Olivia’s edict to stay safe is Classic Cyrus. We never dreamed that he would receive word of the bomb in time to save everyone only to let Sally and Andrew presumably perish. Something about that relaxed grin Cyrus had while distracting the President while his current and future vice-president walked blindly into danger was oddly reassuring.
- Tell Me: Listen, there’s a lot that could be said about Quinn and Huck allowing Marie Wallace to slink past them and shoot Eli in the OPA offices. It’s kind of hard to fault them when they were embroiled in one of the hottest and most graphic scenes in Scandal history, and that’s saying something. They were edging towards it all night—Quinn and Charlie working at OPA brought all those emotions to the froe-front. Which one of you wasn’t impressed by Huck singlehandedly dragging the bomb maker in after Charlie’s ridiculous trap didn’t work? Quinn certainly did; the look or contained pleasure mingled with fiery pride on her face made it obvious tonight was the night. Slapping Huck into finally owning up to what he wants brought about their incendiary coupling. All that passion cloaked the sound of Marie’s stiletto pumps crossing their garage during their extreme display of affection, but we can forgive it just this once.
- Bomb Delay: It’s just like Adnan said: How did OPA believe that Marie and Adnan would stick to their plan with the gladiators snooping around? Yet again Harrison walks into an obvious trap. It’s like we’re being taunted with his uselessness. The bigger issue was being dragged through the hours just before the bomb exploded, only to be forced to wait another week for the fallout. Obviously Cyrus is setting up Fitz for another easy win. With Sally gone The President’s re-election will be assured, and so will the writers ability to play on Fitz’s exhausted complex with acceptance. Add to that Jake and Olivia’s millionth conversation about how much better they would be together. How much longer will we have to wait for the bomb, for love, or for some real action?
- “Crazy, right? All these years thinking B6-13 is untouchable and all it takes to kill us is a good quick tug on a zipper.”—Jake
- Olivia: “The NAACP is not supporting Sally Langston.” Fitz: “But they could.” Olivia: “They won’t. Have you met Sally?” Fitz: I’m telling you I’m losing.” Olivia: “I’m telling you I’m Black. Sally doesn’t have the NAACP.”
“Flesh and Blood” couldn’t’ rest on the laurels of Eli’s blood or Quinn and Huck’s hot flesh. Yes, the series order was cut short due to Kerry Washington’s pregnancy, but it feels like so much of our time was wasted. Dragging everything out (Jerry’s paternity, the bomb) until the last episode isn’t helping.
Scandal airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.
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