Scandal Season 2 Review “Hunting Season”

Stuff just got real y’all. Scandal really decided to lay on the, well, scandal this week. NSA spying on American citizens. Fitz and Olivia breaking up (I think). Murder. Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!

A few thoughts about “Hunting Season”:

It’s gotta kinda suck when your ex-boyfriend is the president of the United States and he can find out everything he wants to know about your past. That’s actually really disconcerting. Fitz called Olivia under the pretext of fussing at her about Thorngate. But really, he called her because he was jealous. She hasn’t been taking his calls and then he saw a photograph of her with a senator she used to date. He was furious at her but at the same time, he wanted her. He needed her. But ever since Olivia took the case of the bishop and his mistress, she has been trying to break things off with Fitz. She still loves him. She still wants him. But she knows that she needs to walk away. But it’s really hard when he keeps calling her and sends the Secret Service to pick her up. It’s really hard to walk away when you love someone.

Which brings me to Mellie. Mellie certainly showed her true colors in this episode. On the one hand, I can’t say that I think her reaction was completely unwarranted. Fitz has been walking around acting like he’s in a good mood and like things are better between them. He’s been pretending to be happy and whether she was actually buying it or not, she told herself that things were getting better. But then almost in the same breath that they’re laughing about how much he hates hunting, he’s being cold and dismissive toward her at dinner. It’s like living with someone who has a split personality. Additionally, she’s pregnant and I’m certain her hormones are all over the place anyway. But at the same time, her real motives came to light. She has political aspirations of her own, and she’s really just waiting to parlay whatever political goodwill Fitz will have when he leaves office into her own political career. And she let Fitz know in no uncertain terms that she would not hesitate to destroy him.

The case of the week did something that really bothered me. It was a massive misdirect. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind twists and turns. I don’t mind surprises. I don’t mind thrills. What I DO mind is the writers hiding some of the pieces of the puzzle so that I don’t have the opportunity to figure it out for myself. I don’t like feeling as if the writers pulled the twist out of thin air. It’s fine if I come to the wrong conclusion, but I want all the pieces on the table. I suppose that the audience, much like Olivia and Co., was supposed to feel played. And if that’s what they were going for, then mission accomplished. But I really don’t like when writers do that. It seems like lazy writing to me. Aside from that, it was an interesting case. It’s scary to think that the government not only has technology that can spy on its citizens like that, but that they actually use it.

Once again, I was not a fan of the filming. There were a number of very weird camera angles that were more distracting than artful. Especially during Fitz and Cy’s conversation. At one point, we were so close to Fitz’s mouth that I think I could see the plaque on his teeth. The shot then moved over to Cy, but half his face was obstructed by the lamp on the desk, and there was no reason I should be trying to see around the lamp just to see Cy’s face. I’m not sure what the director was thinking, but he made some seriously poor camera angle choices.

So what did you think of tonight’s Scandal? Were you cheering along with Harrison when Quinn told Abby off? I know I was. Sound off in the comments below.