Scandal Season 3 Review “Mama Said Knock You Out”

Scandal Season 3 Episode 15 Mama Said Knock You Out (3)

What’s done in the dark will always come to light. That’s a lesson you’d think more people would understand, but it seems they still try to keep secrets. Several people were forced to face some hard truths in this week’s Scandal, and I have a feeling that nothing is going to be the same. I’m a little at a loss for what to say because there was so much going on in this episode, but I’m going to give it my best shot.

My grandmother used to say that blood is thicker than mud, but I’m not so sure that’s the case with the Grant family. Their familial bond was severely tested, and it remains to be seen whether that bond is damaged beyond repair. Whatever Fitz said before the interview may have put a band-aid on their issues, but I’m not so sure twenty minutes or so is enough time to really work through everything this family is facing. Let’s start with the children. For the most part, the Grant kids have been MIA. Other than a few passing references, it’s almost as if the kids don’t exist. Thus, we haven’t really been able to see how the children are dealing with their father’s shenanigans and (until this episode) we didn’t really know how they felt about him. It’s pretty clear now that they’ve been angry at him for some time though. They feel like he’s disrespected their mother, and whatever else Mellie may be, she is still their mother. Their anger at and emotional distance from Fitz makes sense given what we know of their last encounter. Fitz was angry and felt betrayed about the election rigging. Instead of dealing with it, he was drinking too much and taking his anger out on everyone else. Apparently he had been very mean to his children which made them scared of him. However, after everything about his cheating came out, anger replaced their fear. They pretty much hated him until they found out that Mellie isn’t quite the victim they believed her to be.

Mellie’s daughter caught her and Andrew going at it in Andrew’s office, and needless to say, she was devastated. Fitz, on the other hand, was furious. So furious in fact, that he cold clocked Andrew right in the middle of a meeting. That’s one way to keep staff meetings from being boring. What followed was one of the most painful conversations ever between Fitz and Mellie. I say it was painful because Fitz was being cruel and he didn’t even know it. Fitz was furious that Mellie was sleeping with Andrew, but not necessarily because she was sleeping with Andrew. He was furious because he feels like she broke their relationship and destroyed their marriage. Apparently, after Jerry was born Mellie told Fitz that she didn’t want to have sex with him anymore because having a baby had changed her. She never told him about Big Gerry raping her, nor did she tell him she wasn’t sure which one of them had fathered Jerry. Instead of letting Fitz in, she pushed him away both physically and emotionally. To be clear, I’m not blaming Mellie for that. Keeping Fitz at arm’s length was how she chose to cope with that traumatic event. The problem, though, is that by choosing that route, she never gave Fitz the opportunity to help her cope. She never gave their relationship a chance to work through that. I don’t know whether it would’ve changed anything between them, but I have a feeling it would be different. If they had worked through that together, perhaps they would be a stronger unit. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Fitz and Mellie’s relationship has slowly but surely deteriorated ever since the Big Gerry incident, and Fitz doesn’t even know about it. He believes the failure of their marriage and his cheating is Mellie’s fault. He believes that she craves power more than anything else, and he doesn’t know the cross she’s been carrying all these years. That’s what made their conversation so painful. Fitz accused Mellie of destroying them. He claims that he never would have cheated on her if she hadn’t denied him sexual intimacy for ten years and then made it clear that that part of their marriage was done. He blamed her for everything and then claimed that she’s never sacrificed anything. Ouch. If he only knew. I really wanted Mellie to tell him the truth, but I guess I can see why she didn’t. At least not right then. But at some point, I think Mellie needs to tell Fitz what happened with Big Gerry. She needs to explain to Fitz why she pushed him away. I honestly don’t know how or even if it will change anything between them, but my philosophy is the only way to deal with past hurts is to face them. That’s the only way you can truly move forward. Fitz’s speech to Mellie was very self-serving though. His decision to cheat was his and his alone. I get that she had pushed him away, but that does not excuse his bad behavior. Furthermore, he has no right to be angry after everything he and Olivia have been doing.

Olivia was rather shocked when Fitz yelled at her, but she really shouldn’t be. I mean honestly, what did she expect? Whatever may have happened between Fitz and Mellie, they are married and they have children together. Mellie is his wife, and Olivia needed to respect that. Interrupting a conversation like that between married people is never a good idea. Fitz yelling at her seemed to really cut Olivia, but he’s yelled at her before. Why was this time different? Perhaps Olivia was feeling some type of way because Maya called her “the help.” I don’t know why that would’ve bothered her so badly though. Olivia knows she’s more than just the help, and she also knows that she’s living the life she chose. No one made Olivia become the fixer. That’s what Olivia decided she wanted to do. No one makes her clean up other people’s messes. That’s what she decided to do. Why is it all of a sudden an issue when her psycho terrorist mother makes some offhanded comment about it? Maybe that’s setting up something else, but it just felt kind of odd for Olivia to get so emotional about Maya’s statement.

I’m not entirely sure what to say about Jake. He’s transforming into someone I don’t really recognize, and I don’t think that’s a good thing. One thing that’s abundantly clear is that Jake is becoming consumed by the power that being Command gives him. He doesn’t lust after it like, say, Sally or Mellie, but it is corrupting him. When Fitz called him in to the Oval and told him to hand over the terrorist the White House is after, Jake pretty much told Fitz to shove it. He very plainly said that he doesn’t answer to Fitz and that Fitz is nothing more than the figure-head leader of the free world. Fitz was understandably taken aback, but not just because of what Jake said, but how he said it. The detachment, coldness, and bluntness of it is not how Jake has ever communicated with Fitz in the past. When Fitz put Jake as the head of B613, I get the sense he did it because he thought it would be better. Not just for him but for everyone. He thought that he and Jake were going to be in it together, but it’s very clear that they are not. Something else that’s very clear is that Jake is disappearing. Or at least the Jake that we’ve all come to know. He is slowly but surely turning into Eli, and that is most certainly not a good thing.

Eli knows Olivia is digging in to ways to take down B613, and he called her to tell her to stop. He told her that the only reason she isn’t dead already is that he called in some favors with people who are more loyal to him (or afraid of him probably) than they are to Jake. Later on, Jake went to see Eli and basically try to threaten him. However, Eli being Eli, he would not be threatened. He quickly realized that Jake is drowning, but true to form, he didn’t provide any words of encouragement or comfort. He affirmed Jake’s fear that he’s all alone and that he’s always going to be all alone. I get the feeling that’s probably why Eli told Olivia how B613 is funded. I don’t think it has anything to do with them being family because he doesn’t seem to really care about Olivia at all. He can smell blood in the water, and he wants to get his old job back. We’ll just have to wait and see how all of this plays out, but Olivia should not trust Eli.

Jake showing up in the White House also gave us some insight into Cyrus’s headspace. He’s still grieving James’s death, and his grief led him to try to bash Jake in the head with a mini vase. Fitz stepped in, but it’s clear that Cyrus is still in a great deal of pain. It’s also clear that he knows B613 is responsible for James’s death. Listening to Cyrus explain how James caused his own death was just heartbreaking. The saddest part about all of it though was that Cyrus didn’t see his part in everything. Or perhaps he can, but he just can’t bring himself to say it out loud. Whatever the case, Cyrus is definitely a changed man. Instead of sitting up nights scheming about how to keep the White House, he goes home to play with his daughter and cry over James. This is nothing like the Cyrus we’ve all come to know. He’s still in the early stages of the grieving process, but I have a feeling that once he’s cried all of his tears, he’s going to make somebody pay.

I am completely grossed out by this whole Huck/Quinn thing. Aside from all the licking and tongue wrestling, this attraction seems to come out of nowhere. Huck and Quinn always seemed to have a mentor/mentee relationship but nothing romantic or sexual. Now, all of a sudden, they are sticking their tongues down each others throats and having awkward conversations. I don’t know what all this is about, but I really want it to stop. It feels very forced and did I mention it’s seriously grossing me out? One thing that Quinn should hopefully be able to realize now is that Charlie is also a psycho. I mean, he all of a sudden moved in to her apartment to “keep her safe” from Huck. Yeah. That’s not creepy or stalkery at all. This is going to end badly for Quinn.

All in all, solid episode. There was so much going on, I’m sure I’ve probably missed a few things. Harrison got screwed, then he got screwed. I’m not sure what Maya and Shaleef are cooking up, but whatever it is, it’s partially Harrison’s fault that they’re able to do it. Maybe that’s a way to rope him back in to the overall story, but I’m still not overly invested in what happens to him. He’s not that interesting of a character, and if the powers that be want me to care what happens to him, they need to round him out more. I am very interested to see what Maya has in store for Fitz though and why she needed everything off of Olivia’s computer. I’m also interested to know just how far Jake is going to let her go before he takes her out. Next week looks like it’s going to be another explosive one. I can’t wait to see what happens next. So what did y’all think of this week’s Scandal?