Conspiracy is a strong word. However, if the shoe fits…
In the latest installment of Scandal, things continue to heat up and a complicated mess is starting to arise in the best way. Revealing old and new alliances in surprising ways, while a relationship in turmoil reaches its breaking point. Yes, the fourth hour of this so far stellar second season is one that takes more time to discover the characters rather than revel on one particular case. But that doesn’t mean the scandals aren’t as juicy as they have been so far. It just keeps getting better and better as Olivia Pope has more secrets and worries to deal with than she can count.
Tending to her old romance and new client, Edison Davis, Olivia finds herself dealing with a murdered bad girl with a blog dedicated to giving the inside scoop on what it’s like to have sex with some of the most successful men in politics around the world. Only this time, she fell pray to a sir from Kurdistan with diplomatic immunity, meaning Olivia and her gang can’t touch him. Also meaning no justice for the young girl’s desperate parents. Complicating things even more, Olivia is forced to phone in a favor to the White House. And President Grant is not all about the favors right now. Especially not after their yelling match in the woods, last episode. That said, Olivia does get help in one of the most unexpected places: Mellie Grant.
Fitz’s wife does well to present herself as a political powerhouse. Again, not simply ornamental. Watching Olivia and Mellie come together to counter Fitz’s unwillingness to act is something special, even if there is a lot of foul history between these two women. Even Fitz finds himself at a loss for words when he realizes that the two women who essentially got him in the White House outplay him at what should be his own game. Too bad Cyrus doesn’t think this to a humorous concern, but rather a threat. And Mellie is just getting started. Her political power as First Lady goes way beyond TV specials and threatening to make a scene just as Fitz jumps aboard a helicopter to visit Tokyo. She’s now using it to her advantage.
But Mellie is not the only one with some tricks up her sleeve. It’s always welcome to find out whatever we can out about Olivia Pope. She’s the main character in all of this and yet she is the one we arguably know the least about. It’s not surprising, but what is, has to be that she has old friends in powerful places that are more vital to the big picture than previously thought. Olivia just gets more and more stressed as the episodes go on, and it’s times like this where Stephen’s presence would be useful. Stephen, in Season One, always seemed closer to Olivia that anyone else. And now that he’s not there anymore, she’s boiling under pressure, unable to speak on her concerns with her person. It’s only so long before things, such as her mysterious past start getting to her. Speaking of, Olivia’s Supreme Court Justice friend, Verna seems to be one of those few people that Olivia truly shows any genuine affection toward. As is evident when she sits with Verna during her chemo treatments. Verna isn’t just a client, but an old friend and accomplice. But to what? I guess it says even more that Verna is also one of the few people that is aware of Olivia and President Fitz’s past romance.
Sadly, Liv and Fitz’s romance has finally come to a crushing end. For now at least. All done in a fancy restaurant. Their romance/love was doomed from the start, and unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any positive light shone on them for the future. Olivia and Fitz’s relationship may not be the healthiest thing for either of them right now, and their desperation for one another just seems to slip them up on occasion, but you can’t help but truly want to see these two people together in the end.
As things heat up between David and Abby, who have apparently been seeing each other quite a bit since the last episode, they both have seemed to develop some feelings for one another, even if David is mostly using Abby for some inside scoop on Olivia Pope. It doesn’t take long before Abby’s snoopy hands find a way into David’s apartment and realizes the hunt her new beau is on, concerning Olivia and Quinn. After a visit to Hollis Doyle, David strikes some concern that could get a bit messy if he’s not careful. In the end David lets Abby in on his obsessive hunt for answers, and there strikes a possible new alliance. David is definitely on to something, but he hasn’t put all the pieces together yet.
And as far as David and Abby go…I’m not sure I’m feeling their relationship, to be honest. At least not yet. And who is to say Abby isn’t simply double-crossing David? Improbable, but still possible. As things between Olivia and Abby don’t seem to be great right now. Harrison even makes sure to calm a worried Quinn when she questions Olivia‘s motives. It seems Liv has done well to acquire a group of individuals that she’s saved so that they don’t question her and her past endeavors. That could come back to bite her in the butt later, if she’s not careful.
It doesn’t take long before Huck is pulled back into his murderous habits. At least he has a new friend at AA and saved the dead young girl’s father from endangering himself by attempting to do something stupid. Nonetheless, if Huck’s murderous mind goes off the wagon, will everyone be left vulnerable to his bloodthirst? Previously, Huck had been in the midst of convincing himself that he’s okay. That he can control his murderous hands. But now he’s past convincing himself. He liked it this time. This scenario can only go one of two ways. And neither of them are particularly positive…
Even more chilling and sinister than Huck’s revitalizing kill of the night is the reveal of aforementioned old alliances that assemble in the final shots of the episode: Hollis Doyle, Verna, Cyrus, Mellie, and Olivia. They all come together in a dim-lit room ready to discuss a new plan of action, possibly to deter David from his rampant search mission. It seems apparent that even President Fitz isn’t aware of this secret little club. I’m willing to believe these five have been in cahoots even before Fitz became president. It’s definitely a juicy scandal worth watching, and I can’t wait to find out more.
Conspiracy is definitely a strong word. But it seems like the shoe fits in this case. And it’s all vaguely evil and concerning. Not to mention intense and compelling. Whatever this group is doing together, things are certainty becoming more crazy in West Wing. While not the most intriguing episode, Scandal does give us another installment that focuses on the assorted gossip-worthy concerns which have developed into definite story-propellers. Better buckle up, kiddos. There looks to be quite a scandalous ride ahead! “Beltway Unbuckled” get 4 out of 5 stars!
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