The past two weeks' episodes are attempting to revive two things many Scandal viewers have repeatedly stated we do care for: B613 and Olitz. Last week showed us Olitz lives. This week showed us B613 is still a "thing".
Some critics theorize that this upcoming arc is an attempt to resolve the B613 storyline once and for all. The irony is...none of us care. It doesn't need to be finished, resolved, or closed. It just needs to be buried and forgotten. Rowan Pope goes into the good night, and we never hear about his killer agents ever again - period.
But no, no...David Rosen's got his white hat back on, Diego Munoz/Huck Finn wants to go home, and Shonda Rhimes has this inexplicable need to make Rowan Pope and Jake Ballard relevant again...despite the fact fans have consistently and repeatedly asked that we drop this.
Don't get me wrong; I'd like to see Guillermo Diaz's role expand on Scandal and Joe Morton is a fine actor. But Huck is supposedly a master hacker worth billions of dollars. Why hasn't he bought a new identity (and an island) and sauntered off into the sunset with his family? And is no one else offering Joe Morton a paycheck, especially now that we're allegedly entering a possible second Golden Age of Black people on TV?
In the meantime, we finally meet a relative of Mellie's family, her Southern half-sister Harmony whose fashion sense I happen to like, thank you very much...but whom Mellie (real name Melody, mind you) ridicules at every turn. Harmony has to be re-vetted because now that Mellie's "the Candidate" and Fitz is "the First Lady" (for her senatorial run, that is), things are different. People will actually pay closer attention to her family this time around. The
This, my dear ladies, is actor Brian J. White. He plays Franklin Russell, the new guy Liv's been sleeping with. I've told myself not to get attached; heavens forbid Liv get to frolic with a fine brown man her own age. I expect this ship to sink any moment now, especially since this week's episode ended with him showing up at her door with friggin' Daddy Pope at his side.
Two guesses: either he's an ex-B613 agent or he's Daddy's hostage. Either way, it's a fail.
I mean...they couldn't just make him the new Harrison????