Welcome, Gladiators! This season, we’ll be shock (or sometimes, more like WTF) ranking the insanity of “Scandal,” ABC’s delightfully guilty pleasure starring Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn. There will be gifs. And fawning over Scott Foley. Deal with it.
Shock Ranking Scandal S3E5, “More Cattle, Less Bull”
5. & 4. Malina Got Poped.
This didn’t happen on the show itself, but Joshua Malina dressing as Olivia Pope for his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night deserves several spots on our countdown. Glorious.
3. She’s my sister! She’s my daughter!
We knew Josephine’s pregnancy as a teenager was going to be used against her, and having her sister turn out to be the very daughter she “gave up” was an interesting way to raise the stakes. But what’s really shocking was seeing a politician on Scandal be unwilling to risk important relationships for the sake of winning a race. Josie couldn’t stop the story from coming out (although the narrative is that the baby went up for adoption, not that she is now a grown woman working on the campaign), and she handled it well thanks to prep from Olivia. But she wasn’t out to win political points, and that’s refreshing. I only hope Kudrow’s character can stick around to bring, you know, morals to the scene.
Mellie continues to be one of the more shrewd political players in the game, and she is right to ask Liv to put the drama aside and come back and run Fitz’s re-election campaign. She’s the only one he’ll listen to: “He’s not alive when you’re not here. He can’t breath when you’re not here. He doesn’t have the will to run much less win when you’re not here. Because you, you’re everything to him, Liv. He needs you. So I need you. Come back. Come back to us.” Liv is toying with the idea, but maybe she’ll take Josie up on her offer to run her campaign once she learns about …
I love it that the characters themselves voiced the craziness of Operation Remington and the way the writers are trying to pull everything together: “Two things make a coincidence, three things make a conspiracy.” It’s best just to go with it, and “it” was an impressive twist that changes the nature of Liv and Fitz’s relationship, at least for the time being. If Huck is correct, Fitz ditched the ground team in Iran during the secret mission back during the second Gulf War and flew toward Iceland, where he shot down a 747 carrying 329 passengers — one of whom was Olivia’s mother. There’s no telling why Papa Pope wanted his wife killed, if he was even behind the plot. Next week’s episode is titled “Icarus” — could that be in reference to Fitz? Eli? Someone else? Tying Operation Remington into present-day consequences is smart; if this had just been a bad thing that happened to strangers 20 years ago, it could have been written off. But if it’s true, this won’t be an easy thing to overcome. I’m betting the Sunday night Pope dinners don’t last, if Eli was behind the crash.
For now, we’ll leave Liv and Fitz on a (bitter)sweeter moment, because another one may not come around for a while:
Mellie to Liv: “I like your new boyfriend. Is he married?”
Harrison to Quinn: “Grounded!”
Best Shoulder Acting:
Quinn Psycho Watch:
Oh hooray, now she’s got a gun. You know what Chekov said about this, Shonda. Although I don’t have a good feeling about how the gun is going to be used.
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Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.