Scandal Season 2 Review “Molly, You in Danger Girl”

One of the many things that Scandal does well is the misdirect. Well, it’s not so much a misdirect as it is painting an intricate, complex picture while at the same time leaving multiple avenues to pursue. You can try to figure out what direction they’re going, but in all likelihood you’re completely wrong. That’s just good storytelling. Scandal has had many strong episodes this season, but I think this was probably my favorite. The character relationships got a lot of focus, and with a show like this you really need episodes to deal with the characters’ interpersonal relationships. But at the same time, I have been left with a whole new heap of questions.

A few thoughts about “Molly, You in Danger Girl”:

The case of the week was an investigation into the death of CIA Director Osbourne. His wife showed up at Olivia’s office practically in hysterics trying to convince Olivia that her husband had not committed suicide. Olivia decided that they would take the case, so they began re-investigating Osbourne. They found that Molly had been paid a large sum of money and her apartment was cleaned out, so they figured she’d been paid to finger Osbourne as the mole. They were right and they caught Molly trying to leave the country. She was terrified and told them that the man who gave her the money said he would kill her if she didn’t point to Osbourne as the mole. Ultimately, he killed her anyway, but now Olivia and Co. know that someone else is the mole. During the investigation, Huck and Quinn found a storage space that they believed Albatross rented. When Huck went in to check it out, he was attacked from behind and locked inside the crate in the storage unit. Quinn saved him, but Huck is now in really bad shape.

The biggest thing to come from the Osbourne investigation is that Charlie is still lurking around doing Cy’s dirty business. Just when I start to feel a little bit sorry for Cy, he reminds me that he’s a monster. As it turns out, Charlie is the one who bashed Huck in the head and locked him in the box. And it looks like Charlie also went to Olivia’s place to kill her. All on Cy’s orders. Earlier, Olivia had called Cy and told him that Osbourne wasn’t the mole, but Cy wouldn’t listen because he knew if he took that information back to Fitz, Fitz would shut him out all over again. So, Cy’s solution (as always) was just to kill the problem. In this case, the problem was Olivia. It really shouldn’t shock me anymore how far Cy is willing to go save his own behind, but just when I think he’s gone as low as he can go. He goes lower. Olivia is supposed to be his friend. But he just sends his personal assassin after her without hesitation. With friends like Cy, you really don’t need enemies. And I have to wonder whether Cy thought that all the way through. If Olivia got murdered, did Cy really think Fitz would just let that go? Did he think that Fitz would stop before he found out what really happened? Even more than that, did Cy even consider that Olivia’s team would do everything in their power to see that her killer(s) were brought to justice? I just don’t think killing Olivia was a very well-thought out plan on Cy’s part. If that’s what happened.

But then this raises a few new questions. If Charlie killed Mollie on Cy’s orders, why would Cy have Mollie finger Osbourne as the mole? Is Cy really the mole? But if Cy is the mole, then who is Park Bench Guy that Jake has been talking to? And why are they so concerned about who the mole is? Do they know it’s Cy and they’re helping him? Did they set this all up?

I feel a little dirty saying this, but for the first time ever I feel sorry for Mellie. She has built her life on lies and has lived them so much that she no longer believes there’s any other way to live. I wonder whether she ever believed in fairy tales. Judging from the conversation she had with Fitz, it’s probably safe to say that she didn’t. The way that Fitz told the true story of their first meeting, it doesn’t seem like Mellie was ever allowed to believe in fairy tales or true love. It doesn’t look as if she was ever encouraged to follow her heart. Now, sadly, I’m not sure she has a heart to follow. Everything is a cold, calculated decision and I don’t think she’d know true love if it walked up and slapped her in the face. Deciding that true love is irrelevant and that “smart matches” are the way a relationship should be made me think of just how lonely and empty that life must be. No wonder Mellie clings so tightly to being First Lady. It’s really the only validation she has that the choices she’s made (and the choices that were made for her) were worth it. Although she didn’t say it, I get the feeling that Mellie knew exactly what was going on when Big Gerry showed up in Boston. She started playing Fitz way back then, and she’s been playing him ever since. Or rather, she thinks she’s playing Fitz. In truth, she’s played herself. She’s convinced herself that the “fantasies” that people live in are the true reality because she needs to believe that. It was a surprisingly heartbreaking thing to hear from her though. I always suspected that she and Fitz pretty much approached their relationship like a business partnership, but I never would’ve imagined just how accurate that description was. Or just how sad I would feel for Mellie knowing that this future of loneliness and emptiness was chosen for her the day she was born simply because she was “old money.”

James kicked Cy out of their house because he claimed he was so disgusted by the fact that Cy forced him to perjure himself before the grand jury. But in the second most honest conversation James and Cy have had, Cy called James on his crap. One of the most difficult things to do in life is to live with the consequences of the decisions we’ve made. Sometimes we wish we could go back and make a different choice, but unfortunately life doesn’t work like that. James is in that position now. Cy correctly pointed out that he didn’t force James to do anything. James made the choice to lie and protect Cy. James isn’t so much disgusted by Cy as he is disgusted by himself. James believed himself to be a honest, patriotic American but when presented with the hard choice of country over love, he chose love. Now, he’s living with those consequences and it sickens him that (in his view I suppose) he didn’t have the strength to make the hard choice. He wants Cy out of the house because every time he looks at Cy, he’s reminded of the worst part of himself. He was unwilling to forgive Cy because he was unwilling to forgive himself.

Fitz seems to have taken a turn as well. I don’t think he can ever go back to being the Fitz we knew prior to the assassination attempt, but this new Fitz that’s emerging could be alright. When Mellie confronted him about the man he had become, it seems he took her words to heart. He has been reflecting over his life, and it seems he’s getting to the point where he’s accepting his faults. At his core, I think he’s still a good man, but he’s a man who has made some terrible choices. I don’t know that he’s a man beyond redemption though. Admitting that he killed Verna was a step down that road. Granted, he only admitted it to Cy, but the fact that he was able to say it and be truly concerned about whether he was able to be forgiven say a great deal about where he is emotionally. He knows he can’t go back, but he’s trying to move forward as a better man. I don’t know how much of that has to do with the fact that he truly misses Olivia and how much of it is his guilt over the things he’s done. But whatever his reasons, he seems to be coming back from the dark turn he made and his journey thus far is interesting.

I really enjoyed this episode, and it’s going to be difficult to wait for 3 weeks to find out what happens next. I’m thoroughly confused by Jake at this point. He still looks like a creeper to me, but at the same time he did save Olivia’s life. I don’t know. I don’t trust him right now, but maybe he’s not so bad. Maybe. I wonder how Olivia is going to deal with the Jake situation. It’ll be interesting to see whether she’s going to let him explain everything or whether she’s completely done with him. We’ll just have to wait and see. So what did y’all think of this week’s Scandal?