This has got to be the best season of “Scandal” yet. It has that OMG element , the gladiators back at work, and best of all the romance of the century has prime time burning up. Tonight we all thought that Livvy would be gulping wine and crying over Dad’s old school R and B records. Boy was I shocked. It seems that Miss Olivia Carolyn Pope has a new address and that is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That’s right kiddies!! Olivia now lives in the White House. But before you start looking up the name of Grant and Pope for the wedding, know this, it wasn’t her idea.
Olivia seems to be settling in at her new job as First Lady. She dresses up and then translates for her boyfriend . (Fitz doesn’t have proficient language skills. Rosetta Stone might be a good gift for Christmas Liv) Fitz continues to try to negotiate a peace treaty with a country that hasn’t been friendly in the past. The ruler seems very eager to sign the peace treaty , but Fitz has his doubts. Hey! if you need to have someone vetted fast, use your girlfriend’s connections. Olivia tells him that the one guy is lying and not to do anything until he tells more. While all this is going on , Olivia gets a phone call. It’s the former First Lady. and she wants to call in her markers. If Olivia welches on her favor, Mellie threatens to go to Fitz and tell him everything. It also seems like everyone is ganging up on Liv at once. Her father shows up and for once , he is terrified. He informs her that his sons are after him. The tide is turning on Command.
There is nothing sexier than that Grant swag , especially when he is on a mission. Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) demands to find out what is going on with Rowan.
There is no question who is the MVP or MVG tonight and that is Fitzgerald Grant. For five years, critics have panned Goldwyn for playing the emotional POTUS as weak. Not true. Tony Goldwyn’s Fitz has been one of the most tortured characters on television. He has been manipulated by his former wife and Chief of Staff, he has survived an assassination attempt, election tampering, and the kidnapping of his mistress. He just recently escaped impeachment and ended his twenty year sham of a marriage. There is a question of parentage with all of his children, including the dead son who is quite possibly the result of his father raping his wife. He has been betrayed by both of the men who have claimed to be his friend. Mostly he has been played. Tonight he used those Presidential balls that he told Cy he had and played those who had played him.When we last saw Olivia , she was telling him how to run the country and standing on the Presidential seal for symbolism. It was obvious who was running the country. This week, Fitz found out that it was Olivia who was responsible for the release of Poppa Pope. He came to visit her in prison and listened as she begged for forgiveness. Even though Cyrus protested, (Since he was the one who had her arrested) he shut him up by saying “I forgave you too.” But then an interesting turn of events came about. Shonda Rhimes took her audience on one of those famous roller coaster rides. Olivia sat in the WH closet and watched as her clothes were being moved into it. She was puzzled by this turn of events and then Fitz came in and informed her that she was being moved in and given her own detail.He also told her that he had given up on finding Rowan. At the same time, he tells Jake to take care of Rowan. At this point, Fitz becomes the master. Instead of the look of relief on her face, Olivia had the look of terror. And Fitz, he had the same kind of look that Tony had in every horror role he has done. No one can master the emotions like Mr. Goldwyn and he has went the gamut of emotions this season from being a man in love to his sad face when he has been hurt. He knows how to act to the camera and for an actor who has done character roles for most of his career, he has risen to the challenge and initiated in the new era of the mature romantic lead. Bravo Mr. President!!!
Love seems to be in the air at the White House. Vice President , Susan Ross has a cute little crush on one David Rosen. David seems to prefer the hot lips of former Chief of Staff, Elizabeth North. Olivia seemed to have problems coming from all angles. First of all, Jake has decided to go to battle with her about their relationship and then Mellie threatens to tell Fitz about the forging. She can’t do it yet, but will. In a tender scene with Abby , she admits that she is happy and now is scared that he will find out the truth. When he does find out, they will be done. She likes being with Fitz and she isn’t ready to lose that yet.Maybe Olivia is really ready to be in a mature relationship.
. Tonight did have those special moments that are accompanied by music that defined the series. Rhimes once again used a R and B soundtrack with Roberta Flack singing the classic Carole King song “Will You Still Love me Tomorrow?” What made this unique was as the soundtrack was playing , we could see Fitz and Olivia fighting to save everything. You could see the pain in Fitz’s eyes of betrayal and the tears as Olivia begged for forgiveness. The audience couldn’t hear the fight, but the emotions were clear. And now we are headed into the finale. . .
Be careful what you wish for Olivia!!!