When we heard that “Scandal” was going to be a little less serialized for the second half of this season, there were admittedly some big-time worried on our end. After all, we wanted to ensure that the quality of the story remained the same … and for at least Thursday night’s new episode, it ended up remaining the case.
For one, the storyline involving the hostage crisis overseas (which is the one major continuing plot of the week) was thoroughly fascinating, mostly in learning that the person really responsible for putting these American citizens in harm’s way was the Director of the CIA. This is the sort of over-the-top plot twist that in many ways infuriates people who don’t like this show; but for those who do, it was yet another welcome dose of juicy drama to have our hair stand on end for another week. The same goes for the slowly-evolving relationship between Olivia and Jake, as she finally agreed near the end of this week’s episode to go on some sort of actual date with him rather than a mission to try and use him for information. (Of course, Olivia doesn’t know right now that Jake is playing both sides with her and with Fitz.)
The story specific to this episode was fascinating in its own right, since it touched on something that has become a sad part of American culture: that a politician. especially a Republican, has to be married and as a part of a family unit in order to be taken seriously. Olivia Pope and Associates spent much of the hour trying to find this man a wife under the suspicion that he was gay, when in reality he was having an affair with his politician brother’s wife. This made for a nice twist at the end, especially since it showed that in some families, image really does matter more than happiness.
What did you think about this episode, and are you enjoying where the Olivia / Jake story is heading? If you want to read some more scoop on Quinn’s future on the show, you can do so over at the link here.