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Scandal Review: Going To Extremes

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Desperate times called for desperate measures tonight on Scandal. And for some of the characters, those measures weren't just desperate. They were also extremely gruesome.

"Crash and Burn," while dealing with several tangential story lines, could really be called "All About Huck."

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We've spent the last several weeks learning the histories of the members of Team Olivia. Last week, through Cyrus' investigation into Olivia and her team, we discovered more about everyone - except Huck - than we had in the prior three episodes. The loyal, gun-owning, computer genius has been something of a mystery until tonight.

Then, we got Huck's story. And what a story it is.

First, the squad discovers that Amanda Tanner is missing and Huck clues Olivia in to the fact that she's being watched. From there, he details how Amanda was likely stolen from the apartment. When questioned about how he could possibly know this, he says he knows because that's how he would do it. When he discovers that he knows Amanda's abductor, he sets up a meeting with the assassin and learns that Amanda is dead.

It's been clear that Huck is fiercely loyal to and protective of Olivia for quite some time, but what hasn't been clear is why. Huck, after suffering a mental breakdown because of the work he was required to do as a member of a Black Ops team for the CIA, was unceremoniously dumped on the street in such a manner that prevented him from contacting his friends or family again and left him homeless and living in the subway. That is, until Olivia came along and cleaned him up and got him "sober," where "sober" means he no longer enjoyed torturing and killing people for information.

Watching him torture his former colleague for information on the whereabouts of Amanda Tanner's body, at Olivia's request no less, was chilling. Watching him pull away from her as if he's in pain later in the episode was kind of heartbreaking.

He has followed her over his own cliff all for the sake of knowing what happened to this girl. Because of the subtleties in his character, the way he portrays his brokenness when the others seem so put together, he's fast becoming one of my favorites of Team Olivia.

Other points of note from this episode:

  • The President and Cyrus differ in their reactions to Amanda Tanner's death. President Grant seems somewhat shaken, or at least saddened by the news. Cyrus, however, has a complete disregard for her death.
  • Cyrus and the President learn that Olivia wasn't the one who sent the tape. They know there's someone else within their protected circle who knows of the President's indiscretions. How much did I love that the blackmail tape was a recording of Nixon's resignation speech? My money's now on the Vice President for being the blackmailer, or someone in her camp at least.
  • Speaking of the V.P., she certainly seemed like a snake in the grass. A snake whose politics seem vastly different from that of the President's and who did not like being forced to vote against her personal desires in the Senate. I don't think I'd trust her any farther than I can throw her.
  • Stephen couldn't cheat on his fiancee' to get the mechanic's report for the airplane crash, but could cheat on his fiancee' to get the coroner's report for Amanda Tanner. While I hate that he cheated, though, monogamy doesn't seem like his M.O., I'm glad Team Olivia got the information first. Amanda Tanner's baby wasn't the President's.
  • It wouldn't be awesome to be the President given how impossible it seemed for him to leave the White House without alerting the press corps he planned to leave. Does he have to alert someone when he wants to go to the restroom, too? However, the fact that he made it happen and went straight to Olivia certainly heats things up next week.
  • The plane crash subplot served only as a way for Harrison and Abby to have something to do, like be a savant with sound recordings and look uncomfortable when other women cry in front of you. That's why it's not mentioned very much in this week's review.

What did you think of Huck's story? And what did you think of the Vice President?

Review

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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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Tvjunkie

I've got a feeling that there could actually be four players in this whole thing: Olivia, Fitz(+Cyrus), First Lady, and the VP. Amanda getting abducted and then murdered is the work of the First Lady. She herself said that everyone in the White House would go to the extremes for the Pres. And she has clearly expressed how she wants to stay in the White House therefore wanting to get Amanda out of the picture. I mean, she's aware of Fitz' affair with Olivia so why wouldn't she know about Amanda? And the VP is probably the one blackmailing him to resign. I'm just glad that even Cyrus knows that Olivia isn't behind that. I also loved how the President went to Olivia at the end of the episode and of course, great job with the Huck history. Over-all, a great episode!

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Love, love this show. I love Olivia and the pres ~ sooo smokin hot! The pres. is gorgeous. Can't wait to see what happens next. glad the baby was not the pres.

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I know its not right but i like the pres with olivia and abby w the guy thats engaged

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I LOVED this episode. I found myself drawn to Huck since the pilot and he's intrigued me from then on. I was beyond thrilled when I seen he would get some focus and it did not disappoint! I can easily say he's my favorite character now although I was close to saying that before. The emotions he displays despite saying few words...powerful. it also gave further insight into why he's so protective of Olivia. I did not expect Amanda to be dead but the baby not being the presidents wasn't shocking. I'm suspicious of the first lady and Vp wouldn't be surprised if they were working together. Cyrus is always a bit conniving but the chief if staff whom seems the most distraught over the war between Olivia and the president has me most suspicious.

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I absolutely loved this episode. I keep wishing I could find a leak of the next episodes somewhere!! I know, that's a bit extreme, but I really want to see where the Olivia and the President's story line lead. Right now its hot hot hot. As for Huck, oh, I really felt for him and also now worry about him as a character. What is this lapse in his sobriety gonna do for him?

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Loved this episode! Did we doubt the Pres was going to see Olivia:? I knew he was because she wouldn't go see him. I'm also glad Cyrus finally realizes there is a third party. I really, really like Huck glad we got to see his background it was very well done. Can't wait to see what happens next week.

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This is my favorite new show this year. I think the "real" bad person in the show is the "first lady". I don't like her at all. I loved the scene where the president wanted to get out alone and said he knew the former presidents left. "You can't tell me 42 didn't get out on hie own?" And who did Amanda kept talking to on the phone? How come Olivia hasn't checked her phone calls.

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Awful, awful, awful show. I saw one episode, that was enough for me

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Great episode. The Huck story was incredible (and creepy). I wanted to cry when Olivia tried to reach out to Huck in the end. Initially I was skeptical about the White House subplot, but it's turning out to have some of my favorite scenes. The interaction between the president and the secret service was just comedic gold. I can't believe we only get two more episodes of this show this season.

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dont forget about stephen he is in there too.... he always seems to be right behing oliva and the president... she hung up on him... i wonder where he fits in with all of this....i think he hates that olivia has a thing for the president... i go back to the first epiosode why did he need her at the resturant.. he has some secrects too

Scandal Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

There isn't a person in this building who isn't willing to go to extremes for you.

First Lady

David: So, who do you think killed her? See, I've got this nagging feeling you've got a pretty good idea. I know I give you a long leash on a lot of things and I like to because, despite my better judgment and all my protests to the contrary, I really do consider you a friend. But I can't look the other way here, not on this...I prosecute crime. I get the bad guys. So at some point, even with you I gotta draw the line. I've gotta do my job. I've gotta be the sheriff.
Olivia: The white hat looks good on you.

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