Scandal Season 3 Review “Icarus”

Scandal Season 3 Episode 6 Icarus (5)

Time must move at a faster rate when Scandal is on because that is the quickest hour known to man. I was kind of surprised when I saw the credits rolling because it felt like the episode had just started. That just means that the hour was so engaging that I didn’t even realize it had been an hour. That’s just good television. There weren’t any really huge revelations in this episode, but it certainly feels like we’re on a slow burn right now. I’m looking forward to the eventual explosion.

There really wasn’t a case of the week so much as there was a whole lot of political maneuvering happening. Campaign season has swung into high gear and everyone is clamoring for the top spot. The White House is trying to make sure that Josie Marcus doesn’t get the Democratic nomination. Sally is working the religious base so she can run as an Independent. All the while Cyrus is running a three ring circus trying to navigate circumstances so that Olivia will have to come back and run Fitz’s campaign. It’s truly a madhouse. Olivia has her work cut out for her with Congresswoman Marcus. She’s insisting upon running a clean campaign, but all the while she’s getting slammed in the media because she’s not responding to many of the low-blows being thrown her way. After realizing that the Congresswoman has a bit of a temper, Olivia created a fake political ad so that the Congresswoman would get fired up before a big interview. It worked like a charm. I don’t think Congresswoman Marcus is wise to what they did, but her sister certainly figured it out fairly quickly. She confronted Abby with what she knew, but Abby was typical Abby and she didn’t care. We’ll have to see whether Congresswoman Marcus will take it as cooly that Olivia played her.

While Olivia was dealing with the campaign, Jake went digging for more information on Operation Remington. After he and Huck told Olivia what they’d found out about Operation Remington, she told Jake that she needed more information before she could move on it. She was afraid to ask her father because she knows he’s a monster and if she asked him anything he would have Jake and Huck killed just because he could. Jake contacted a friend who had apparently helped him out in the past. Jake’s friend, let’s call her Overly Flirty Brunette, didn’t quite do what she promised though. Instead of providing Jake with the information he asked for, she was about to provide him with a bullet. I have to assume that Overly Flirty Brunette was sent by Eli to take Jake out. I’m glad she didn’t succeed because I’m really loving Jake. He took a big risk when he went digging for more information on Operation Remington. Yes, he’s doing it so that he can get free from Eli and B613, but he’s also doing it for Olivia. He understands that she needs to know what happened to her mother, and finding out the truth about Operation Remington is what will help both of them. Jake pretty much begged Fitz to tell him the truth about what happened because he so desperately wants to be free of B613. He wants his life back. Just as an aside, if Jake had given me those big ole puppy dog eyes that he gave Fitz, I would’ve been spilling all the State secrets. I’m such a sucker for the puppy dog eyes.

I don’t know what to say about Fitz. He was kind of put in a tight spot after Olivia asked him about Operation Remington. As the President of the United States of America, there are things that Fitz should never talk to Olivia about. There are things she should never know. The problem is that Fitz is in love with Olivia and he talks with her about things he shouldn’t because she helps him think through things. As such, Olivia feels like there’s nothing that Fitz shouldn’t tell her. However, when Olivia asked Fitz about Operation Remington, he told her that he didn’t know what she was talking about. Even after Olivia told him that one of the passengers on the plane was her mother, Fitz stuck by his answer. Clearly, he was lying but he refused to say anything about Remington. It was at that point Olivia decided to kick him to the curb. I get the sense that FItz is using the whole national security excuse as a dodge. He’s told Olivia about stuff before that he shouldn’t have. It’s only been a few weeks since Fitz told her about the undercover CIA agent the FBI accidentally killed. There were 57 other lives riding on that particular national security secret, and he can trust her with that but not with Remington? Something smells fishy.

After Olivia couldn’t get any answers out of Fitz, she had a few glasses of wine (actually a whole bottle) and then called Eli. She let him know that she knew about Operation Remington but she didn’t want to ask him anything because she didn’t want him to kill Jake or Huck. He lied and said that he wouldn’t hurt them, but he did allow Olivia to ask him one question. She asked whether he ordered the hit on her mother. He said no. I’m not buying it. I don’t care how many tears he shed the night she died, I don’t buy that he’s a completely innocent party in all of this. Eli told Olivia that the past should be left in the past. To a certain extent, that’s true. But at the same time, the only way to step into your future is to face your past. Running from it or pretending certain things didn’t happen doesn’t help you move forward. You end up trapped in the past with whatever that thing is that you’re trying not to deal with. That’s where Olivia is. Her mother’s death deeply affected her (how could it not), and her father’s behavior afterwards made it impossible for Olivia to properly grieve the loss. Olivia felt alone and abandoned, and that’s where she’s been since she was 12. She never got past that, so Olivia’s past isn’t really her past at all. It’s right there tethering her feet to one spot.

Aside from Fitz’s shady behavior with Olivia, his relationship with Jake is…complicated. On the one hand, Jake is Fitz’s friend. They served together and they have a history. When Fitz didn’t trust anyone else, he trusted Jake. So after Fitz found out that B613 wanted Jake dead, he sent one of his Secret Service guys to watch Jake’s back. It’s a good thing too because Overly Flirty Brunette tried to kill him. On the other hand, Fitz hates Jake. He hates him because he loves Olivia. He hates him because he’s been with Olivia. He hates Jake because there’s the very real possibility that Olivia could choose him. He hates the thought of Olivia being with someone else, but he really doesn’t have the right. I know that Fitz loves her. At the same time, though, he’s not going to leave his wife. He’s not going to give up the Presidency. He’s just not available. He has no right to ask, no, demand that Olivia wait for him. Wait for how long? How long is Olivia supposed to keep her life in a holding pattern for him? I know it’s complicated. But at the end of the day, it boils down to the fact that Fitz is unavailable and if he really loved Olivia he would figure out how to let her move on with her life.

Harrison really needs to stop trying to play with the big boys. He always winds up looking like a punk. He doesn’t have the gravitas. He doesn’t have the foresight. He doesn’t see around corners the way Olivia does. Mostly though, it’s that big gaping hole in his face. Harrison simply talks too much. He overplays his hand and that’s why he always ends up getting punked. Cyrus called Harrison to threaten him into convincing Olivia not to take Josie Marcus’s campaign. Cyrus said he would make sure that a visa gets approved for a man who apparently wants to kill Harrison. Harrison was scared out of his wits and had Huck to work his magic to keep the guy from getting approved for a visa. After Harrison thought he’d won, he went to tell Cyrus to back off. But once again, Cyrus was ahead of him. It’s kind of getting to the point know where I just roll my eyes whenever Harrison starts talking.

Quinn is in real trouble now. Somehow or other Eli has found out about her bloodlust and he’s sent Charlie in to nurture it. I knew something was off the moment Charlie showed up again. He always brings trouble. Quinn would find Charlie’s presence odd too if she weren’t so blinded by her desire to kill someone. I’m not sure exactly what it is that Eli has in store for Quinn, but we can be sure it’s not good. Perhaps he’s trying to work it up to make her an offer to join B613. It’s already clear that she’s considering it because she asked Huck whether a person could work for B613 and still be “normal.” She’s way out there, and Huck’s attempts to freeze her out aren’t helping matters at all.

Another solid episode. Cyrus is overly calm right now because he really thinks he’s in control. His suspicions about Sally were confirmed. He’s going to have Harrison over a barrel pretty soon. And he figures he’s got the religious right firmly in the Grant camp. I don’t think he should get too smug though. That’s what happened to Icarus, and it didn’t work out so well for him. Mellie thinks she’s got an angle they can use to neutralize Sally Langston, but I don’t think Sally is going to go down quietly. Olivia doesn’t seem like she wants to have anything to do with Fitz since he won’t tell her the truth about Operation Remington. I can’t say I blame her. The pieces are all moving into place for some seriously heavy drama, and I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next. So what did y’all think of this week’s Scandal?

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