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Scandal Review: Intuition

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Tonight's episode of Scandal may have had a slightly slower pace than previous episodes, but it certainly didn't lack for a jaw-dropping ending:

Who shot Fitzgerald Grant?

Leading the Team
"Defiance" had everybody following their intuition, and if Fitz had listened to Mellie's, maybe he wouldn't have be in this position.

I keep playing that scene over and over in my head and I can't decide if Mellie KNEW something was going to happen because of the round table and cloak-and-dagger's secret meetings she's been privy to in Fitz's absence... or if she just knew on a gut level that they shouldn't get out of the car. I want to say that she's not so heartless and/or ambitious that she'd have her own husband assassinated, and this was all a big, huge serving of women's intuition. But with her, I feel like we can never be too sure.

Mellie's not capable of assassination, is she?

Is this solely the work of Hollis Doyle, who might be a more dangerous animal than Cyrus Beene? Or is there someone else out there who wants Sally Langston sworn in before sunrise? The suspense! It kills!

Intuition was also crucial for James tonight as he tracked down the information given to him by David Rosen. This is a dangerous yet awesome alliance these two are forming. I knew James wouldn't stop investigating Hollis Doyle just because Cyrus asked him to. The desire for scoop is too strong with some journalists and James has proven that he has quite the urge to uncover the truth. Watching James follow the leads to uncover the voter fraud that got Fitz elected was thrilling.

Now the question is: if Fitz survives the shooting, what's he going to do and think when he finds out?

He'll eventually learn that his election was fraudulent. He was never supposed to be President. Which means he would've been free to leave Mellie and be with Olivia.

It's certainly killing him to see Olivia and Edison together, though he's bringing a great deal of that pain on himself by having her watched in the first place. Here's a newsflash: Having a surveillance detail follow your ex-girlfriend around, even if she's your One True Love, is kind of obsessive and not at all romantic. I know he told Tom the Secret Service agent that they were supposed to back off of the detail, so here's hoping they actually do it.

I'm not sure how I feel about Olivia essentially using Edison as a pawn to find out if the President is still carrying a flame for her. Yes, he finagled his way to a nomination for Senate Majority Leader by stomping on her client, but her conversation with Cyrus about who should be the next leader and then her surprise that Fitz made the right choice (by making the wrong choice) was a little sad.

The President choosing to support the other candidate so that Edison would be chosen made sense in terms of blocking Hollis Doyle's connections and had very little to do with Olivia, unless it was some grand and secret gesture to say "Go. Live. Be free." His choice might have also been the reason for the shooting, so maybe it was the wrong choice after all.

Quinn also followed her intuition to determine that Huck, or someone like Huck, ferried her out of California on a private jet registered to Verna Thornton. She's learning the ways of the team members at Pope & Associates well to be able to hypothetical her way into so much information.

Also worth noting from tonight's episode was Harrison's ability to handle the case. Olivia trusted him to get the job done and he did, even if he doubted himself. And I think the Abby-David break-up is eating at him just a little bit, which is going to be interesting moving forward. If he starts to question Olivia, the whole thing unravels, but so far, he's the most in the dark about everything going on.

Huck, Abby, and Quinn all have pieces to this puzzle. Harrison doesn't.

What did you think of "Defiance"? Who do you think pulled the trigger? Check out our Scandal quotes page for more tidbits from the episode and then let's talk about this week in the comments!



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    finally a show where a black helps white people. I mean it doesn't take an intelligent dialogue to know none of the cast went to college but hey this is great. love it


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    It would be too obvious if Mellie were involved; she sometimes shows some heart and vulnerability and I think that's what that was all about. I also don't like Edison at all; he seems so cheesy, and no lovesick woman would jump into his arms like Olivia did at her door. That was ridiculous. Fitz almost in tears looking at the Liv pics was silly, too. Come on! He's be angry, of course, but crying. No way.

    I really like this show but some of these over the top moments make me cringe.


    Intuition is heightened during pregnancy no?


    I don't at all think Billy Chambers is dead. No body, no death. And we haven't had a single mention of him this season which I think is telling. It's purposefully not mentioning him so that when/if he comes back it's a big shock! Billy could totally be behind this.


    Every episode of Scandal leaves me with my mouth hanging wide open by the end. The ending had me so shocked even though with Mellie kept asking to leave did put me on some alert but the shooting still surprised me.

    I liked Harrison stepping up and Olivia trusting him to take charge more. His and Abby relationship is so sweet and it is tearing him up that he had a hand in her break up with David.

    I for one don't mind Olivia and Edison as a couple. Right now her and Fitz can't be together so I think he is a nice short term replacement.

    I can't wait till next week to find out who is the shooter. I love that this show doesn't make you wait weeks for the pick reveal but still manages every week to entertain us with some more new drama.


    Hmmm...Suppose Billy made a deal with the killer after they got out of the elevator?


    No, I like Edison. He's just not Fitz and Olivia is in love with Fitz. She might love Edison to some degree--they were going to get married, but I think he's just the safe bet. Who wouldn't want safety after a storm?

    Pastor Drake's death really did a number on Olivia. Who wants to be the mistress, holding on for 15 years, only to be suffocated by that love? I get why she wanted Fitz to let her go. However, how do they get back together now? Does Fitz realize that he needs to be with his wife, or does he want Olivia even more? Does this assasination attempt change anything for these two?

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