There’s a bomb in the basement of the church.
Cyrus Beane gets a phone call warning him about the imminent explosion and the need to evacuate the building, and the wheels start to turn in his head. The president is in the Oval Office, but his opponent in the upcoming election– Sally Langston– is in that very church along with a few hundred other people. If Cyrus does nothing, she’ll die and President Fitz will stroll into his second term unchallenged.
Last night’s episode of “Scandal” started with panic in the air. The wheels were in motion on a bombing meant to take out the president of the United States being orchestrated by Maria Wallace (AKA Olivia Pope’s mom) and some dude from Russia. Because no matter how many countries America may go to war with, there will never be a better super-villain accent than Russian.
“Scandal” now sits just a few weeks away from its season finale, the point in the year where shows usually start slamming the accelerator and amping up the intensity. If you watch “Scandal,” you know that its intensity meter was already pretty maxed out, so this should be fun. Last night’s episode, titled “The Fluffer,” did not disappoint. It was full of intrigue, tension, and, of course, a giant heap of ridiculous moments. Here’s a few things it left me shouting at the television.
When last night’s episode of “Scandal,” titled “Mama Said Knock You Out,” opened, the president and his family were one hour away from a live TV interview with some guy named Noah who apparently had been given the character description of “total douche face.” Olivia Pope had come to tell Noah they needed to push the interview back and he had flipped out because who is the president to be pushing back an interview that’s been scheduled for two weeks? It seems a bit unfair because the answer to that question is, ya know, he’s the president of the United States, and sometimes stuff comes up last minute. More
Denial. It’s the first step of the grieving process.
Last week’s episode of “Scandal” ended with the camera trained on Jake Ballard as he fired a bullet into the head of either US Attorney David Rosen or White House Press Secretary James Novak, but cut to black before we knew whose head. Because we never actually saw them die, I’ve spent the last week telling myself that maybe they both survived. That maybe it was a camera trick and they’re going to make it.
For about the first three-fourths of last night’s episode of “Scandal” called “No Sun on the Horizon,” I considered submitting a recap for the show that just went, “A lot of people shout at each other,” and calling it a day. Then the last 15 minutes happened and they were pure “Scandal” in every way, and you bet your ass I loved it, even as it drove me nuts. Here’s a few things last night’s episode left me shouting at the television.
Some important stuff happened in last week’s episode of “Scandal,” “Ride, Sally, Ride.” Jake Ballard started his run as the new head of super-spy agency B-613. President Fitzgerald Grant chose a vice presidential running mate for his campaign — his former lieutenant governor Andrew Guy-Who-They-Never-Gave-A-Last-Name — who it turns out also had a thing with the president’s wife, Mellie. And Harrison Wright finally came face-to-face with a woman he was worried would kill him and … had sex with her. Which I know sounds ridiculous, but you have to understand, this woman is hot and foreign so it actually makes total sense. Also, Harrison, despite being one of the best-looking characters on the show, never gets laid. Ever. So, this is also one of those beggars and choosers things.
But that’s how “Scandal” works. Sometimes ridiculous stuff happens. And last night’s episode, “We Do Not Touch the First Ladies,” followed suit. Here’s a few things it left me shouting at the television. More
If ever a show needed a “Previously on…” segment, it’s “Scandal.” The last new episode aired over two months ago, and even back then you needed a flow chart and a PhD in analytics to follow everything. More
Last night’s episode of “Scandal” (“A Door Marked Exit”) was a masterpiece. It was exciting, it was human, it was well-edited, it was even well-titled. I know well-titled might not seem impressive, but the previous week’s episode was called “YOLO.” Trust me, it’s impressive. It was the kind of episode that made me regret the fact that my job is to write snarky comments about the show. More
Stuff I Shout at the TV is a column about the things that drive me nuts on shows that I watch — and “Scandal” is the perfect fit. It’s the kind of television series where people get their teeth ripped out one minute and then a few scenes later, make-out like it’s no big deal. It’s full of moments that are crazy and absurd, and it’s fun because it’s crazy and absurd. Aside from saying “ow” a bunch of times, here are a few more things last night’s episode (yes, it’s titled “YOLO”) made me shout at the TV. More