|"No, really though...what was that?"|
Secondly...what the hell was that????
First, Mellie had me laughing when she scurried to Cyrus's office and had to flash a quick, tight, First Lady smile en route. Upon reaching Cyrus's office, she gasps, "She's...running."
After a useless, pointless, inappropriate Olitz moment (read: smooching in the Oval Office while both their careers are going up in flames), Sally Langston's fixer essentially humiliates Olivia Pope by having Sally run as a Third Party candidate while remaining Vice President.
Mm-hm...maybe if Liv wasn't so busy smooching the Prez and dreaming of Vermont, she would've have her wits together and could've foreseen and countered such a move. But alas, that would be asking too much.
Another critic says it best:
With Sally hanging on like a ginger barnacle, Fitz chooses Andrew Nichols, his old lieutenant governor, as his new running mate, and everyone is freaked out because he seems too normal. When Liv interrogates him about his penchant for dating models, he screams about being married to his job and the one that got away, which seems to appease her, but Nichols is hiding a big secret after all — the one that got away is Mellie, and he’s thrilled to be back in her orbit. I like that Liv’s gut seems to be working again, but this is a potential nightmare scenario because Mellie doesn’t seem to be into this dude at all. Does she have it in her to cheat on Fitz? And if not, are we going to have to watch her fight off another rape-y, insistent dude? The way she was positioned between them both, holding each of their hands high at the end of the episode, makes me think this will play out in deeply disturbing ways. I never watch the previews for next episode because I like to be surprised, so if they’ve already revealed a Grant/Nichols threesome, don’t tell me.So you see our problem.
Harrison spent most of the episode shitting bricks because Adnan Salif is back in town. The big reveal is that Adnan Salif is a woman, a beautiful, sexy ninja, and when she finally confronts Harrison, she takes him down with her vagina. Like most Harrison subplots, this one ends with boning, and I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I am so bored with Harrison having sex. Does he like to cook? What’s his favorite baseball team? We know he has a dick already! Harrison is being objectified out of existence. They’ve built Adnan Salif up like she was a Voltron of murder, so I wasn’t expecting this Red Shoe Diaries treatment of a supposedly threatening character.
~ Danielle Henderson, "Scandal Recap: The World Is Watching"
Daddy Pope has a cameo (in which, as Amanda O points out below, he announces he's going to fuck up Fitz's world); Mama Pope does not appear, in case anyone is wondering. Jake thinks he won't be destroyed by B613, Charlie and Quinn go "shopping", and Abby, Huck, and Harrison barely have any lines.
James and David decide to join forces and take down Cyrus, which surprised me. I though James was caught up. Cool new gig, wealthy influential husband...but I guess when your husband whores you out, then cleans up the murder of the guy he whored you out to, I guess you reach your tether and just have to say, "Enough is enough." This is very ballsy, very 007 of James, and I'm interested to see how well he pulls it off. Already he's implanted a mic in the picture of his daughter which sits on Cyrus's desk, so all of Cyrus convos are being recorded. And James has begun leaking hints about the murder to the press...which could get him killed.
Final verdict? This episode should've been better. It should've been so much better considering the hype and the wait, and if Shonda Rhimes is thinking she can hang on with hype and hiatuses, she's wrong. That's how you lose an audience, especially one that's underwhelmed when you come back from hiatus, and even more so when everyone's comparing your show to the insanely successful, notably hiatus-free House of Cards.