|KNEW I could snag a pic of this dress!|
***As usual spoilers***
What started as a shockingly bland and mediocre episode slowly and meticulously escalated until my jaw was on the floor.
First, Lisa Kudrow
As I mentioned earlier, I was happy Shonda Rhimes chose Kudrow for the role of Fitz's rival. I like the actress. Of course, she's a little over 10 years younger than my mother, yet last night she looked at least 10-15 years older than my mother...but that's a different conversation for a different day.
Some might argue that the casting stunt is foul play, but to an extent, I get it. We're gearing up for election season on Scandal, and introducing the character of Congresswoman Josie Marcus (Kudrow) in this manner is much like introducing a political contender. We get hyped about her presence because we want to see more of the Democrats on the show and just how far they're willing to go to take out the Prez.
Secondly, Sally Langston
On Facebook, I shared this hilarious article which posited six ways Sally Langston is a better President than Fitz. Sally has been something of a laughingstock to Cyrus and Fitz on Scandal, and she's not taking it anymore. In fact, that seems to be theme this season: political women not taking it anymore. We saw the Senator's wife murder his side piece and then verbally step all over him in court. Congresswoman Marcus has decided to make the leap and become the first female Prez, which ain't nothin' to scoff at.
And now Sally Langston is thinking of breaking away and running for President as an Independent.
Thirdly, #TeamHucknJake, and Quinn is grounded
The ex-spies have joined forces, y'all; they know Daddy Pope's dirty little secrets, all three hundred and twenty-nine of them (sorry ladies; it seems Liv's mom is dead after all). In so doing, Huck's found a new playmate and Quinn's grounded for trying to be too much like Huck. You know what happens when kids get grounded, right? If they're Quinn, they sneak out and buy a gun.
The Prez is still not grasping just how powerful B613 is. Even after getting hung up on by Daddy Pope, the Prez seriously thinks he can "get rid of B613". So Cyrus tells him a sweet little story about a man who noticed - merely noticed - B613's budget among the government's regular funds. The story ends with the man committing suicide. Of course, Cyrus explains that's not exactly how the Prez's story will end if B613 decides he's an enemy. He explains that if Fitz wants to know how B613 will deal with a sitting President, he can "ask Kennedy."
Lastly, the Unholy Trinity
I know you're thinking Mellie/Fitz/Liv, but I was actually thinking Mellie/Cyrus/Liv. After publicly throwing Liv under the bus and fucking with her revenue stream, the White House wants her back to help re-elect the same man they accused her of sleeping with...publicly. They think they can recreate their former magic...without the election-rigging this time.
Really quickly, could someone explain something to me? What makes Fitz so "great"? Cyrus runs his Presidency. Mellie used to be crucial to his image. Liv writes his jokes and comes up with all the great strategies. Meanwhile, Fitz drinks, and whines, and doesn't know what to do with himself. What makes him so great?
Remember how lost this man got when left to his own devices?