Scandal returns and vengeance is in the air as betrayals are leading to the would-be victims planning their comeuppance.
With Being Mary Jane over, now Kerry Washington is once again one of the few Black women to be the star of their own show. But, even with Being Mary Jane over, something lingers. And no, it isn't the fact both shared an unsettling loved for married men, but more so the idea of addiction. Which, is something we'll talk about below.
Topic 1: An Addiction to Fitz
In Being Mary Jane, it was noted how MJ's addiction is what kept her in a unhealthy relationship, and seemingly Liv and her must share a same demon because Liv, despite potentially being able to lose her career and personal life, seemingly is fully addicted to Fitz in every which way possible. She knows he is married, even if unhappily, but will make out with him in the oval office. She knows the man has a fiendish need for her, which seems hardly healthy, and yet she gives into him. And while many may ship the two together, I just find Fitz to be a stunting figure in Olivia's life. He, as Rowan said, is without a doubt a boy. He throws a tantrum when Sally announces she is running by throwing a glass at Cyrus' head. And despite having a loyal wife, who may have done some cold-blooded things, but seemingly she has probably sacrificed more than anyone in the campaign combined, and yet she is still treated like some toy that Fitz seemingly outgrew, but gets nostalgia over. But, be it political ambition, or truly love, Mellie, like Liv, seems just as addicted, though seemingly she is a bit more functional with her addiction.
Topic 2: The Election
With Fitz now going against Sally and Restin, his plate is full and seemingly he is more the kid whining about eating his vegetables than the so-called leader of the free world. But, it should be noted, it is because his feelings are hurt. Sally left him at his lowest, he can't have Olivia the way he wants to, and he has so many weaknesses that could make it so that his father was right about him. For, lest we forget, his first election he didn't really win on his own, so he personally needs this 2nd one to be legit to prove to his father he could become president, and prove to everyone else as well. But, with no VP now, he has to choose someone to run with him, and that man is his former Lieutenant governor Andrew Nichols, the current governor of California, Fitz's home state.
Thing is, Nichols lacks one thing most politicians have: a family. He is a playboy, and Olivia badly wants to diversify the ticket. Having two White men run together is old fashioned, and makes for running against a woman of faith, and a Democrat likely to have a person of color, or a gay person, running with them, all but make him seem like not only a philanderer, but someone who isn't even trying to get anything but White men to vote for him. The issue doesn't end there though, Leo, Sally's campaign manager, reignites the flames of Fitz's infidelity and puts Olivia back in the spotlight. Leading Mellie, who really should have gotten this idea earlier, to have a public meeting with Olivia. One in which they seem like gal pals, though in reality Mellie had that meeting in hopes that Liv would get herself a man. So, even if she is screwing her husband in private, which certainly isn't something Mellie wants mind you, at least the press won't know about it. For, worse enough Mellie has gotten embarrassed once in public, but to now make it seem like a long-term affair was under her nose, just imagine how that would feel.
Which is something, seemingly, Olivia does to a point. After all, she is the mistress and is running Fitz's campaign, and doesn't need the spotlight on her. So, despite Fitz being rather upset, she decides to take Jake public, but with a warning. Seeing as Rowan is ready for revenge, and she has seen Rowan go from her dad to a monster, she warns Jake about the job he has, and what it could do to him. For, even if they don't end up together, I think they are at least friends, and she doesn't want to lose another dear person to her to that organization's needs and duty.
Topic 3: The Supporting Characters Lives
Now, focusing on everyone else. James is playing double-agent and seemingly is ready to take Cyrus down, for real this time, and Quinn basically is Charlie's lackey. The real interesting story though is we finally meet the person who Harrison is so afraid of. The one who, probably due to some internalized sexism, I honestly thought would have been a man. The truth is though, it is a woman, one who seemingly Harrison had relations with before, and has during the episode. Making us wonder who Salis (spelling?), and what did Harrison exactly do to make him think she is out to get him? Much less, what is this proposal she has for him?
Making for an overall episode which doesn't feel as much as a comeback, but a continuance from where we left off. Which, for me, is a little disappointing, but at least the story is moving forward. As for any big shocks, there aren't any really, though I think Nichols pointing to Mellie as being the one who got away, and the reason he is a playboy, was supposed to be a big deal, which, to me, sounds way too convenient to be shocking or interesting. If only because love triangles seem to be done on every single program nowadays.
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