Scandal season 7 episode 2 picked up almost immediately where the premiere ended off, especially when it comes to the international crisis that we’re seeing between the United States and Bashran. Olivia Pope took a huge gamble with the rescue mission last week, and with us seeing a state dinner at the heart of the episode tonight we knew that there were going to be some pretty severe consequences as a result.
What made this episode so intriguing by and large was that it was almost all framed within the same setting of the dinner — both before and dinner. There were performances, but at the same time there was Olivia dealing with the complications of her linking up with her new suitor at the end of the episode. Meanwhile, the various members of Quinn Perkins and Associates were all embattled in their own role while President Mellie Grant merely wanted a way to satisfy a few … urges.
Also, there was a larger issue: One of the people who was working the sinner was an impersonator out to kill the President of Bashran. Troublesome, no? Probably the scariest part of this is how the assassination almost happened. It came pretty darn close to a bullet being fired off.
In the aftermath of the President nearly dying, Mellie had an opportunity to make one of her biggest political swings in quite some time: Doing her best in order to get him to agree to a treaty. She wanted peace all over the globe, and he in turn argued that he wanted her to get one of his country’s sworn enemies involved. This could turn the tide in terms of international relations.
Also, we had a feeling that Mellie was about to sleep with this guy, given the drink that the two shared and also everything that she shared with Olivia earlier.
Let’s just say that he didn’t love playing babysitter to Dean Norris’ character, who spent a good bit of the episode toying around with the honor of running for election. We feel like this character was meant to be the show’s representation of an election following Donald Trump. This was a tremendously fun sideplot, one anchored for the most part by a great performance courtesy of Norris. Hey, at least the guy made up for it by giving Cyrus the painting that he so desperately wanted.
What happened with Charlie and Quinn?
At the end of the night we learned that Charlie is not altogether keen with the new version of her, and with that their relationship seemed to be over … or at least it seemed to be. They almost broke up, but then after that they made out and decided to get married. Well, okay…
Scandal season 7 episode 2 was an exercise in all sorts of good, juicy drama. It also showed that shows don’t need to do too much in order to be great. Despite being set mostly over the course of a single ending there was a lot still going on here, and almost all of it was thoroughly enjoyable.
Oh, and the episode ended with Olivia seeing Fitz for the first time this season … while she was making out with someone else. Awkward, no?
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