Scandal Review: Worlds Collide

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Kerry Washington promised in our interview that the Scandal season finale would bring it. And "Grant For the People" certainly did. Consider my jaw sufficiently dropped and my mind officially blown.

I can't tell you how glad I am that this show was picked up for a second season. Seven episodes is simply not enough of such an awesome series.

Olivia & Cyrus Work Together

This was a night of masterful storytelling. Things came together and characters fell apart beautifully.

Quinn as a client was a perfect intersection of the show's usual format of two stories. Quinn needed her secret identity to stay hidden, so she called Olivia instead of 911 after Gideon bled out all over his rug. Olivia, despite her team's protests, demanded that Quinn was a client and she would be treated like one. The team's reluctance to clean the crime scene, followed by its meticulous scrubbing, indicates that maybe this isn't their first time doing something like this. They knew exactly what they were doing: protecting a client at the cost of being able to prosecute the real criminal.

But still, they did it. Because those are the lengths to which Olivia will go when someone needs her help.

Olivia's professional and personal lives collided as she had to save an employee and her lover from Billy Chambers. He killed Gideon and then torpedoed the Fitz' presidency by telling the media about the President's affair with Amanda Tanner and leaking the tape, leaving Cyrus and Olivia to do the impossible one more time. The choices left to Fitz after it looked that they would be unsuccessful were so grim I felt bad for him.

He could lie, but he won't do that. Olivia could tell the media that she's the woman on the tape, but that just makes him look worse. Or he could resign and they could have a normal life. Together. He could have the life he wants with the woman he loves. (For the full line, check out the Scandal quotes page.)

In that moment, I hoped he would resign and the two of them would ride off into the sunset. They deserve a normal life together. We're conditioned not to root for infidelity, but there I was, excited that these two could have a happily ever after. But Cyrus and Stephen had to meddle and tell Olivia 1) Fitz was born to be a leader and 2) this is basically her fault. And while both of those may be true, sort of, when she choked out "Normal is overrated" to Stephen I felt so bad for her, almost broken.

And then she was even gracious enough to save Billy Chambers from Huck. Sort of.

Huck, after promising not to kill Billy, used a technicality to try and get rid of the snake. And that technicality--Charlie, the CIA operative Huck tortured for information about Amanda Tanner--was in Cyrus' pocket the whole time.

Did you catch that? Cyrus Beene was behind Amanda Tanner's murder.

Or he was working with Billy Chambers. Or they were both out to have the girl murdered. And how does the First Lady figure in?

It's clear that she knew the President had an affair with Amanda Tanner. She had the audacity to blame Olivia for it. And then she swept in and saved the day by saying that she was the woman on the tape and that she and the President are expecting a new baby. The First Lady has no scruples! None at all! Fitz and Olivia essentially breaking up after hope had been so high earlier in the day was heartbreaking. Knowing that the entire story was likely Olivia's idea made it worse.

She's willing to give up everything for Fitz. She'll even give him up.

With that, season one is done, and the biggest question remaining of the season is "Who is Quinn Perkins really?" And it's not a question to which we got an answer. I suppose they had to save something for season two. I know that between that question and the Cyrus reveal, I'm eager for September.

Were you shocked to find out that Cyrus was behind Amanda Tanner's death? Do you think we've seen the last of Billy Chambers? What did you think of tonight's finale?


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I can see why so many people detest the FIrst Lady, given her ability to pathologically lie and removed off any compassion. However, what many people dont see is her loyalty. Not to America or the White Office, but to herself and her President. What she did in this episode was absolutely astounding, I applause her for saving the day. And even though the relationship between Fitz and Olivia is so heart breaking and alluring, there is no way for Fitz to be with Olivia unless he resigns his presidency. Which makes him look really bad. Therefore, the First Lady had all rights to do what she did - including telling Olivia to back off. Even though the audience probably roots for Olivia and Fitz to one day be together, the First Lady IS the one Fitz is married to. She's been with him for over 15 years. Even though time isn't an excuse for anything, there's just no other way to do this. The Vice President, on the other hand.... hahahahahah... nothing good I can say about her. What a lying, scheming snake. All in all, what a great season! I really can't until September - guess we're going to have to wait a while to find out who Quinn actually is.


This episode had so much I don't know where to start. I'll go to the end. Cyrus behind Amanda's death. At first I thought he was him, then I changed my mind and thought it was the Vice President, then I thought it was the First Lady. I'm really off on this show. I love it. So many turns and twist. I think that is how politics really is. I hate the vice president.


I have to thank the previous commentors. I was beginning to think that I missed something about Quinn, but now I know nobody knows her secret. I need to go back and watch the first episode when she was recruited to be on Olivia's team. So many secrets revealed and so many yet to find in the next season. I can hardly wait. What a great new show! I'm hooked.


(continued) in a long time. Job well done Shondaland!


My jaw is still on the ground.... I can't...I just can't! Dsjfklajdf!!!!!!! The president and Olivia's story is so heartbreaking. It reminds me of Meredith and Derek from the earlier years of Grey's. The way he looks at her with those sad eyes and the way she looks at's just UGH...unbearable. The first lady is a b*tch. Excuse my language, but what a vindictive and horrible excuse for a woman. I understand she's in a loveless marriage, but damn. It wouldn't surprise me one bit that she still has something to do with the murder of Amanda Tanner. But what did shock me was that it was Cyrus. Olivia knew but everyone brushed it off like I did. There was no way he could do way! And then BAM! He did and just talked about it like it was nothing while he was gardening....ASKLFJALKJFLASJFA!!!!!!! Okay I'm done being a 5 year old lol. I'm just so in love with this show. Masterfully written, well executed, superb acting; there hasn't been a show like this on TV in a long time. Job well done Shonda Land!


Excellent finale. I liked the way Huck promised Olivia that HE wouldn't kill Billy; but I'm sure that Huck had Charlie do it and make it look like suicide; we'll see in September. Whoever Quinn is, she is not a criminal because the US Attorney General didn't arrest her, but instead took her back to Olivia and company. Didn't know that Steven knew Olivia's secret.
Never saw it coming thay Cyrus was behind Amanda's murder.


Another great finale by a great team of writers and actors. I liked this show from the beginning. Now I love it. Let's hope it stays on the great road like Grey's Anatomy and not the bad road like Private Practice.


continued...Poor Gideon, I knew he was a goner after he slept with Quinn and figured out who Amanda was having an affair with. I hope that Billy is dead, and I think the Vice President is a two-faced b*tch, and I was glad that the president put her in her place. I love this show, though I loath politics and politicians...its just so well written and riveting!


I totally agree with Jorden, I, too suspected Cyrus was behind Amanda Tanner's murder, he's such a rattlesnake! Huck and his creepy, dead eyes gives me nightmares, and David is just so sexy. Though the first lady is obviously a political animal, and not a kind or compassionate person, I thought she was perfectly within her rights to demand that Olivia give her her husband back...Olivia could never run away with Fitz, that's a pipe dream. The country needs it's leader, and I think he could have probably gotten away with divorcing his wife while he was still just governor, if he was truly so in love with Olivia. But why buy the cow when you get the milk for free, as the saying goes. I can't wait to find out who Quinn really is, and I am sure it isn't some criminal mastermind, because as everyone noted, most people are smart enough NOT to remove a blade or scissors from a major artery, lest the victim bleed out, which is exactly what happened here. Poor Gideon, I knew he was a goner after he slept with Quinn and figured out who Amanda was having an affair with. I hope that Billy is dead, and I think the Vice President is a two-faced b*tch, and I was glad that the president put her in her place.


The thing with the scissors bothered me a lot. I remember being a relatively small child when I learned...and I'm pretty sure it was in school...not to remove an object from a deep puncture. When I was older I learned it was really bad to remove it if it was close to a major artery. All I'm saying is that it better be a device to show how naive and clueless Quinn really is. This episode felt like a mid-season climax more than a finale. I suppose that's because if it were a normal 13 or 22 episode order it would have been mid-season. I can't wait for next fall!

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Scandal Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

I'm sorry if the girl you hired, the girl you mentored, the girl you brought in to save the day, your girl, fell in love with me. That must really eat at you, Cy.


You tell me to go to war with Olivia Pope and then you spend the night with her. Are you out of your mind?