this continued the show's winning streak.
so we get this tv anchor on live tv and he doesn't know what the hell he's talking about - or rather what's being said in his ear piece. he realizes in front of every 1 that president fitzgerald grant has been shot. several times in fact.
the episode goes forward but also provides flashbacks. i'm going to the flashbacks, okay?
it's right after the election. olivia's in charge of the white house press office. she sends every 1 working under her home to change and go to the inauguration balls.
she steps out into the hall and hears cyrus (her mentor and about to be the white house chief of staff) yelling with james in the press room. james tells him, 'i'm your boyfriend, not your dirty secret!'
cyrus leaves in a huff and sees olivia. he says he was just giving a reporter some information.
she nods and he leaves after she turns him down on going to the balls.
she looks at an upset james - who doesn't see her - and over him at the t.v. screen behind james which shows fitz dancing with his wife, the new 1st lady millie.
later olivia's alone in her office when she gets a call. she's summoned to the oval office. she points out that they promised the affair was over after he became president. they can't resist each other and make love.
the next day, fitz goes jogging with his security detail. the tall 1 explains that there are cameras all over the white house and every morning some 1 reviews the footage to see if there is something to archive or not. he states he saw nothing worth archiving.
fitz wants to know where he can go without cameras. camp david.
he, cyrus and olivia go to camp david and work on the state of the union speech and he and olivia make out.
she's excited and rushing to her door 1 night when, boom, there's millie. millie wants to take her out to eat, her and fitz. they've been working so hard.
now at 1 point fitz takes olivia to the original constitution. apparently they can't keep their hands off each other there either. on inauguration night she gave him a flag pin. it has 48 stars, not 50. because it was eisenhower's. millie will see it on fitz and be thrilled. she'll talk about how she read a book on dolly madison when she was a little girl and never thought she'd end up 1st lady.
okay so she and fitz (millie and fitz) are in the oval office posing for photos and she notices fitz isn't wearing his flag pin. where is it? he lost is. he really doesn't know. but while he's saying that, she sees the short and fat secret service guy make a face. he's the 1 millie always leans on to find out what's really happening. so he gives millie the pin. she confronts olivia.
she tells olivia that they're all doing what they have to. and they're all on the same team.
we're seeing why olivia left the white house.
now remember the conspiracy to put fitz in the white house was cyrus, olivia, millie, the supreme court judge and the southern lobbyist.
kate burton plays the vice president. she hasn't been on this season until the episode thursday.
so she shows up about a supreme court justice retiring. she's got a list.
cyrus, olivia and the now supreme court judge look shocked. fitz explains that the deal (to get the woman as his running mate) was that she'd get to pick the 1st appointee to the supreme court.
the supreme court judge (now) confronts olivia and cyrus. she tells them she did not do what she did, she did not whore, just so she could give up what she was promised. they better make sure she's the new supreme court judge.
olivia and cyrus get on it. they find out that the v.p.'s choice has a criminal record (sealed because it's juvie). they let her choice be announced and then they leak the truth about him to james. cyrus tells james he has something for him and james says something like, 'the last few years of my life!' and he starts to walk off but cyrus tells him he's going to want this.
so the story blows and the v.p. confronts olivia and cyrus. olivia plays dumb (convincingly). i felt like cyrus intentionally gave it away. but the v.p. already knew, she knew that they torpedoed her choice. she tells them she's not a team player anymore, that it's all about her from now on.
so that's how the supreme court judge in on the conspiracy became a supreme court judge.
let me throw this in, but it's a bit out of order, cyrus is talking about how he doesn't like the outdoors and his ex said so and his ex. olivia lets him know she knows it's james. how? she told him it was the worst kept secret in d.c. he says that he can't have this relationship, he's a republican. olivia - who can't have her affair with fitz, right - offers some good advice.
okay, olivia's in her office and her assistant tells her that there was this and that and oh, a reporter called about some voting irregularity in ohio. who was that reporter, olivia wants to know, and she tells her assistant she'll handle the call back.
she gets huck to do research and finds out who tipped off the reporter. huck looks awful. olivia gives him cash and keys and tells him to get some clippers and shave it and then shower and shower before he touches anything in her apartment. she's taking him in.
she then goes to the lobbyist. remember we've now learned that the voting machines (rigged) were by his company. so she tells him about the problem.
next day, she's getting ready to brief reporters. her assistant tells her kim jong il is acting crazy, something else is going on and, oh, there was an explosion in california.
they don't know yet.. could be an angry ex-girlfriend. and then she mentions the name of the company
olivia realizes in that moment ...
she confronts the lobbyist as they sit on a park bench. yeah, he did it. he ordered it. and it's too late for either of them to get their cherries back (his line) so she better just handle it. but this woman, olivia points out, the ex-girlfriend lindsay dwyer, she's going to be set up for the murder of those people with the bomb. he doesn't care.
olivia goes to cyrus. cyrus is with james. they're happy. they're going to get married, james tells her, and adopt a baby. james is really happy but notices olivia's bothered so he says she can have cyrus, he just got engaged and he has plenty of things to do.
as soon as he leaves, olivia tells cyrus that the southern lobbyist had 6 people killed and he's going to frame this linsday dwyer.
cyrus shows the ugly side of him by insisting that the 6 died for their country and lindsay's going to be serving time for her country and this is the most important thing and blah blah.
and olivia just looks dismayed.
you get why she left the white house.
lindsay dwyer, if you don't already know is olivia's employee quinn perkins. last season, quinn was a mystery who couldn't remember a chunk of past. and wouldn't talk about the rest. olivia knew the truth but no 1 else (huck knew) did. and then quinn's boyfriend was killed (for getting too close to unearthing the conspiracy) and quinn finds him. olivia explains they have to clean the scene. abby and harrison point out that's illegal. they have to clean because quinn will be the suspect. why?
because she was before.
quinn isn't quinn. and that's when it begins to crack and we learn stuff.
last episode, quinn tricked huck and was able to find out that she was kidnapped and transported in the supreme court justice's plane - she confronted huck with that and pointed out that the judge is olivia's close friend.
so now we know why olivia left the white house.
now let's go to current times. fitz is in surgery, millie's covered in blood and not leaving his side, olivia finds the flag pin on the floor of the hospital. she's back at the white house because of the crisis.
the vice president lands on the south white house lawn - only the president is allowed to do that. cyrus goes to confront her and she's planning on becoming president and acting like she is. he explains the constitution to her. she becomes the president if fitz steps down, is impeached or dies. none of that has happened. he tells her she's going with the guards to the bunker and they can carry her if they have to because their job is to get her there and protect her.
remember olivia's dating the senator now? he's in the bunker too.
when things are judged safe and the bunker people are let go, the senator immediately calls olivia. he tells her the vice president was lobbying the cabinet in the bunker to vote to replace fitz with her right now (which they can do). she just needs 2 more votes.
olivia goes to talk to cyrus and they try to figure out what to do.
olivia decides only millie can stop this. she goes to millie who thinks olivia's there to tell her fitz is dead. when she learns that's not the case, olivia tries to sit by her and millie tells her (loudly) not to and not pretend that they are friends. olivia explains what the v.p. is up to and that they need millie to go out before the cameras. there are all these rumors. rumors millie's shot, etc. she tells olivia she'll need a fresh set of clothes.
she goes before the cameras and does a great job. and fitz would have been secure except the doctor can't say if it's a day or a week or when that fitz is going to come to. the episode winds down with cyrus throwing things in his office as the vp is in the oval office getting sworn in by the supreme court justice.
and if that seems like, 'let me up for a breath!' oh, you just don't know.
the last scene of the episode?
we're right after the gun shots on fitz. we're up in a hotel room. a man in a red hoodie with a rifle is packing up. and grabbing shell casings. oh, look, it's huck.
can you believe it?
this is the most action packed show on t.v. shonda rhimes is my hero, my goddess, you name it. she has created an amazing show. kerry washington is so wonderful as olivia.
if you're not watching 'scandal,' please start.
don't feel, oh, i've missed it already.
right before this show started airing last season, c.i. told me to watch, told me it was great, blah blah blah. i'm just not some 1 who responds. i should. c.i. doesn't hype. if she says something's worth it, it usually is.
then right before the 2nd season started up with new episodes, i opened up the disc set of season 1 c.i. sent me. i was hooked.
and season 2 is even more amazing.
this is an incredible show. everything we want from t.v.
thank you, shonda rhimes, for creating this wonderful, must-see t.v. show.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'