Scandal Season 2 Review “Beltway Unbuckled”

Scandal Season 2 Episode 4 Beltway Unbuckled (4)

I’m not sure my heart can handle Scandal. There is so much going on with this show. Suffice it to say, I’m hooked. Huck is totally going off the rails. Fitz finally agreed to let Olivia go. Mellie is still being manipulative. Not to mention a Supreme Court justice, Mellie, Cy, Olivia, and Annoying Texas Lobbyist are somehow involved in the murder of Quinn’s ex-boyfriend. And David and Abby is just…wrong. All sorts of wrong. I don’t even…just no.

A few thoughts about “Beltway Unbuckled”:

The case of the week centered on a young co-ed named Jenny who went missing. Her parents came to Olivia and Co. for help finding her. During the course of the investigation, Harrison discovered that Jenny was the anonymous girl who slept around with the Who’s Who of DC, and blogged about it on the website Beltway Unbuckled. Jenny’s dead body was later discovered badly broken in a ditch. She’d been in a car accident, but since the driver didn’t go for help, Jenny suffocated in the dirt. As it turns out, she was last seen leaving a State Department party with some diplomat. He was driving when the accident occurred. He left her to die in that ditch on the side of the road and then hid behind his diplomatic immunity. The President refused to request the diplomat’s immunity be revoked because of foreign policy issues. Ultimately though, Fitz did ask for revocation after Mellie and Olivia used the media to drum up enough national sympathy and outrage for Jenny’s parents. The diplomat’s home country refused to revoke his immunity, but it didn’t matter much. The diplomat had a mysterious heart attack and died before Jenny’s dad could show up and shoot him. Convenient. Except it really wasn’t.

I’m very worried about Huck. He’s fallen off the wagon, and he’s fallen hard. I watched season 1 of Scandal this past weekend so I could better understand these characters, and now I understand what Huck is going through. It’s interesting that he’s going to AA meetings to deal with his addiction to killing people. But at the same time, I suppose it makes sense. An addiction is an addiction; be it alcohol, drugs, or killing people because you’re so good at it. Olivia opened that door, and now Huck is headed for disaster. The sad thing is, Olivia is so wrapped up in her own personal dramas that she can’t even see what’s happening to Huck. I really hope he can figure out how to pull things together before he gets too far gone.

Olivia and Fitz, just rip my heart out why don’t you? Fitz finally decided to let Olivia go. And it broke both their hearts just as much as it broke mine. On the one hand, they need to let each other go. Fitz is obviously not going to divorce Mellie, so what hope is there for him and Olivia? I know he loves her, but is Olivia supposed to just spend the rest of her life waiting for a man who can never be hers? It’s not fair to her. On the other hand, Olivia and Fitz love each other so deeply. The Supreme Court justice nailed it when she said that Olivia and Fitz breathe in sync. To say that matters of the heart are complicated is a colossal understatement, and rarely do they follow any kind of logic. Olivia and Fitz broke up because, intellectually, both of them know that not only is their relationship wrong, it’s impossible. But they’ll come back to each other because the heart will always get what it wants one way or another.

Not to beat a dead horse, but the filming was still not great. It was better this week than it has been the last few weeks though. There was significantly less shaky cam but there were still a few distractingly awful shots. I really don’t think I should have to try to look around furniture and/or characters’ heads to see another character’s face. Aside from the filming, I’m having another logistical problem. These people are talking entirely too fast. Someone pointed this out in the comments section of my last Scandal review. I’d noticed it, but I thought it was just me. I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one having a problem with it. These people speak so much faster than anyone speaks in a normal conversation, and that’s problematic. They speed through the dialog so fast that I miss things. It means that instead of focusing on what’s going on, I’m focusing too hard on what I may have missed because they sped through it. Seriously people, slow down.

So what did y’all think of this week’s Scandal? Do you think that the people sitting in that room at the end are hiding whatever is going on from Fitz? Do you have a feeling it’s going to blow up in their faces? Just as an aside, I really don’t like that lobbyist from Texas. His fake accent annoys me. His over the top metaphors annoy me. Everything about him annoys me. Go away.

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