you've taken my life from me! i now live for 'scandal.'
the latest episode aired thursday.
i've watched it four times now. i cry in the same spots every time.
shonda rhimes has created not just a good show but this season's masterpiece.
stay away from the show if you don't want something involving that will surprise you and leave you desperate for the next episode.
this is such a great show.
shonda rhimes better walk away with a ton of awards for this show. she's amazing.
i don't even know how to write about the latest episode because it's just so damn good.
let me start with a storyline i liked that was a nice touch running through some very heavy drama in the episode.
cyrus is the white house chief of staff. he is married to james. james is a reporter for a d.c. daily. james was working on a story that led him to voter fraud via voting machines. the election that put fitzgerald grant into the white house was a fraud. when people get close to that (like quinn's boyfriend), they tend to get killed. cyrus, mellie (1st lady), olivia pope (main character played by kerry washington - she runs a damage control agency/crew), a supreme court justice and southern lobbyist hollis conspired to put fitzgerald grant into the white house.
to save james from death, cyrus told him he'd found a baby they could adopt. cyrus doesn't want a baby. cyrus then said 1 of them would have to stay home with their new daughter. so james agreed to quit his job. problem solved. (not really, james passed the info on to attorney general david and even called him this episode to find out why nothing was happening on it.)
so cyrus and james got into a loud yelling match. over having a kid. james pointed out they still didn't have the baby. cyrus pointed out james hadn't quit. it got louder and louder and ended with cyrus doubting james was ready to have a child. james went to visit the child (in the hospital) and held her. and then cyrus got honest about what was going on this episode (nothing i've said so far is what cyrus got honest about) and he and james got a lot closer and were about to leave to get their baby when an emergency phone call came in.
let's go to a line from the show. remember that mellie is the first lady. she and fitz are together for political reasons (though she thought there was still some love and life in the marriage). on the presidential campaign trail, fitz and olivia had an affair. mellie didn't find out until after she became 1st lady. so there's that tension between them. and olivia and mellie have had words about the affair - it is in the open between the 2 of them. fitz was shot at his birthday party. a secret service agent was wounded, a spokesperson was killed and fitz has been asleep ever since. they don't use the words coma and he could wake up at any minute.
so at the hospital, in fitz's room, olivia tells mellie, 'mellie, you need to pull it together. you have 1 job, you're holding off sally. i'm doing everything else. so get a grip.'
sally is the acting president. she was vice president. she took over the oval office (at the urging of hollis).
the supreme court justice went to olivia at the top and told her she gave up huck. she's the 1 who told sally about huck. huck was taken away at the end of last episode under the patriot act.
the judge wants a meeting.
mellie, cyrus, olivia and the judge meet. cyrus says that hollis is usually here. the justice says that he's the reason for the meeting. he's got a 2nd phone that he keeps locked up, a burner phone like drug dealers use. and they're kind of bothered that this led to a meeting. she gets to the point: she thinks hollis hired the assassin who shot fitz.
olivia's crew (harrison and abby really, i don't think quinn helps and, of course, huck can't) goes to work and gets ahold of the phone (through a series of events) and only 1 number is ever called on it (many times but only 1 number). olivia tells harrison they're not calling the number they may need it.
huck is being waterboarded, beaten and threatened. david objects to the pentagon officials present and says he represents the american people (he's with the justice dept, an attorney, remember) and this pompous blowhard tells him he's not even on american soil, that the pentagon isn't american soil.
the torture continues and david seeks advice from his boss and gets blown off.
remember that since olivia ended it with fitz, she's dating the head senator? well he's at her place and hasn't been able to find out anything on some 1 being taken in for the shooting. he's mad because olivia won't even tell him the name of the person. (it's huck.) she tells him they have to have a wall for the relationship to work. there's some 1 at the door. military. for the senator.
he's got a letter for the senator. it's from fitz saying he wants to reclaim his post as president.
he can't believe that olivia kept this from him.
olivia is stunned. fitz is awake? fitz is awake?
she starts to leave but he won't let her. he tells her this is top secret, no 1 can know.
she tells him to get out of her way and rushes to the hospital. she meets cyrus in the hall and asks him why he didn't tell her.
he plays it off. (1st clue that something's amiss.) they go through the security check point.
they get in and fitz's eyes are closed. 'is he resting?' olivia wonders.
then she looks over at mellie, 'what have you done?'
mellie wasn't going to let sally and hollis ruin the country. she forged the letter. she says that woodrow wilson's wife was able to run the presidency.
what was she talking about? from wikipedia:
Edith White Bolling Galt Wilson (October 15, 1872 — December 28, 1961), second wife of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, was First Lady of the United States from 1915 to 1921. She has been labeled "the Secret President" and "the first woman to run the government" for the role she played after her husband suffered a severe stroke in October 1919. She has also been called "the first female president of the United States."
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Following his attendance at the Paris Peace Conference which began in January 1919, Wilson returned to campaign for Senate approval of the peace treaty and theLeague of Nations Covenant. However, his health failed in October, when a stroke left him partly paralyzed. The United States never did ratify the Treaty of Versaillesnor join the League of Nations, which had initially been Wilson's concept. This is attributed to the facts that isolationist sentiment was strong and some of the articles in the League's charter conflicted with the United States Constitution.. Wilson was also unwilling to compromise on his position over the League of Nations, with Senator Lodge.
His constant attendant, Edith Wilson took over many routine duties and details of government. She carefully screened all matters of state and decided which were important enough to bring to the bedridden president. "I studied every paper sent from the different Secretaries or Senators," she wrote later of her role, "and tried to digest and present in tabloid form the things that, despite my vigilance, had to go to the President. I, myself, never made a single decision regarding the disposition of public affairs. The only decision that was mine was what was important and what was not, and the very important decision of when to present matters to my husband."
Edith also strongly opposed allowing Vice President Thomas R. Marshall to assume the powers of the presidency. She selected matters for her husband's attention and let everything else go to the heads of departments or remain in abeyance. In My Memoir, published in 1939, she called her role a "stewardship" and insisted that her actions had been taken only because the president's doctors told her to do so for her husband's mental health. Most historians disagree with her version of events. Historian Phyllis Levin wrote that Edith Wilson was "a woman of narrow views and formidable determination".
olivia's not for it at 1st. but then starts strategizing. they pull it off. they get a doctor to declare it's the closest to a miracle she's ever seen. they get a secret service agent to whisper to the press that when fitz woke up, he told a joke, 'next birthday, let's do take-out.'
olivia leaks to a reporter that fitz is, she can't repeat this, a little vain. he wants the scars on his head (from the bullets) to heal before facing the public. olivia then sets up the only interview with mellie, with the woman she whispered to. at the end of the interview when the issue of fitz appearing in public comes up, the reporter doesn't get a concrete answer. so she smiles and says something about how maybe america will see him when the scars go away. mellie laughs that she didn't say it, but, yes, the president is a little vain.
sally's not buying it.
but the torture? as they continue to torture huck, 1 of the torturers let's slip that fitz is better.
huck begins screaming he will talk. but only to the person behind the glass.
david comes in and huck refuses to answer any questions until it's confirmed that fitz has awoken. at this point, huck says fitz is still in danger from the assassin.
david goes to olivia. he passes on what huck said and tells her about the torture.
olivia goes to the white house and tells them they have to release huck. she's told she's lucky they didn't go after her for harboring huck. she presses and gets a meeting with sally and intel officials. sally doesn't want to release huck - as olivia's demanding - and doesn't believe what olivia's saying or that huck could catch the assassin. olivia tells sally (and calls her 'sally' not 'president') to listen to her experts. they explain that huck would not have been caught if he did shoot fitz, that his training and his talent at it means he could get away with it. they also tell her to go to page 4 and 5's summary.
whatever's on that page, shocks and impresses sally. david shows up at the pentagon. he tells them that the president has ordered them to stop torturing a u.s. citizen.
they pretend fitz is being moved to camp david. huck scouts the exterior of the hospital. hollis learns about fitz moving to camp david (from sally - sally doesn't know hollis is a killer but he says he's taking care of it and giving her plausible denial - that seems rather clear, doesn't it?). hollis calls becky and tells her he needs her to finish the job.
huck is able to figure out how becky will try to kill fitz.
guns swarm in, becky's handcuffed, huck is as well.
we're at olivia's office. she, quinn, harrison and abby are eating chinese and watching tv to see sally announce in an oval office address that the assassin has been caught. there's a knock at the door.
it's some 1 with the government and huck. the government guy tells olivia they are releasing huck in her custody.
huck sits down to eat with them. he says nothing. he's limping, he's battered. olivia watches him and looks like she's going to cry.
next day, mellie is at the white house and sally confronts her with the letter. she had an expert look at it. fitz is right handed and wouldn't have done the stroke across the letter t (he has 3 in his full name) that way, only some 1 left handed would have and mellie is left handed. she threatens to prosecute mellie if mellie doesn't get honest.
what does mellie do?
we don't know. mellie was losing it despite this being her idea. that's why olivia told her that in the hospital (that i quoted earlier). so we don't know what happened there.
but at olivia's offices?
quinn comes in. she tells olivia she needs answers. she knows hollis was behind the plot to kill fitz and she knows he blew up the lab she worked in, he killed her boyfriend, she thinks olivia owes her some answers. olivia tells her to sit down, that she does deserve answers. olivia's about to explain things when her phone rings.
'i've got some 1 who wants to speak to you.'
a voice says hello.
it's fitz. he's awake.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'