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Scandal Sunday #3–Family Dynamics

Sunday, December 8, 2013


Welcome back to Scandal Sunday! Did you all catch this week’s new episode (#309 YOLO)? This week was my first official Scandal Thursday because the last new episode was on just after I finished catching up with the show, so I didn’t have to wait at all for a new episode to come on. This time I was so excited for it to be time to watch! Now there is only one new episode before the show goes on hiatus until February 27. I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with myself while waiting over two months for a new episode! It might involve watching the series from the beginning again! Beware: This post will probably contain spoilers if you aren’t all caught up with the show.

Today I wanted to discuss families. If you watch Scandal, I’m sure you’ve noticed that none of the main characters have families, or at least good family dynamics. Take Huck for example. We don’t know if he has parents, but we do know that he was married and had a son. They were taken away from him by B613, and I believe this was because he couldn’t have a family while doing his job.


Huck was watching a family outside their house, but Becky killed them to get at him. Then there’s Quinn – her mother died and her father gave up on her after she was framed for the Cytron explosion. So Huck found her a new family.


Huck also called Quinn part of his family in this week’s episode. And being that we don’t know anything about Abby’s or Harrison’s families, I think we can assume that Olivia Pope and Associates are each other’s families.

Which of course leads us to Olivia’s family. Talk about messed up! Olivia was 12 when her mother left for London and the plane she was on crashed. Twenty-two years later, her mother has reappeared and Olivia finds out she was not on that plane at all. Olivia did not live at home after her mother left and later discovered that her father is the head of the government’s top secret spy organization (B613). I thought that possibly Olivia’s father had to get rid of his wife and daughter just like he had to get rid of Huck’s wife and child – to do his job, he couldn’t have a family. At the same time, he is shown to continue visiting his wife in the prison she remained in for the twenty-two years she was missing, and to keep up with his daughter by bribing her into having dinners with him. Right now, we don’t know what Olivia’s mother did to land her in prison, or whether her father was protecting his family or is just evil, as Olivia originally believed.

Next, there’s Fitz. His mother died and his father was emotionally abusive to him (as well as a womanizer, rapist, and all-around jerk). However, Fitz cried when his father died. The person who understood his pain was Olivia.


The relationships these two had with their fathers is just another component in their undying love for one another. It has been pointed out on the show that Olivia tends to get involved with older men, and Fitz does fit that profile, being 50 to her 34. He’s not quite old enough to be her father, but he’s a loving, older male figure who can take care of her. And while it may be dysfunctional in some ways, it works for them.

Doesn’t everyone want to be held sometimes?

What do you think of the family dynamics on the show? Is it ok to take dysfunction and turn it into love? Do you think Olivia’s father got rid of her mother (and sent Olivia to boarding school) for their protection? Who do you think is more evil, Olivia’s mother or father?


Janine Huldie said...

Totally sounds like one hell of a night time drama to me and since I love soaps and all things dysfunctional with dramas yet again wish I had more time to get involved, but totally enjoying your posts on this each weekend now!! :)

April @ 100lbcountdown said...

Oh Scandal! How I love thee! Ok, the level of dysfunction in this group is high and turning it into love makes for a good show, but not for real life. Tons of turmoil. They implied that Olivia's mom is a terrorist, so if that's the case, then mom is more evil, but we don't know the whole story yet. Can't wait for Thursday! Sucks it'll be off until February!

April @ 100lbcountdown said...

Maybe he really loves her and that's his kryptonite. He couldn't bear to see her die, but wanted others to think she was.

Dara said...

yeah, and what, she left the bomb on the plane so he still had to shoot it down?

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

I can't believe there is only one show left before hiatus! I definitely think they are each other's families on the show. And one thing I couldn't believe is that Fitz's father raped Millie- and might be the father to their first child. It's all so insane.

Dara said...

I know, that was shocking. that guy was the biggest jerk.

Dara said...

I don't know, Quinn is confusing. I'm hoping she's working with Huck and playing Charlie, not the other way around! Jake implied that Fitz was set up to be the president, I guess it's certainly possible..

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

How is Janine not watching this show yet??? Ugh ... crazy girl!

I really want to know what's going on with Olivia's mother ... Thursday is going to be a great episode. But like you it's going to be hard to wait two months to get some Scandal back.

Good thing I have the DVD's ... :)

I highly recommend getting them. It's just so nice to be able to pop in and see the romance anytime. I just love Fitz and Olivia {as you well know.}

(¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

Dara said...

I just open up the scenes on youtube when I want to rewatch them! I hope we really do get answers on thursday, instead of more questions, which I know shows love to do!

Leslie said...

I love Jake and I feel so bad for him caught up in the Fitz/Olivia drama. Also, what the heck did Cyrus think would happen when he set up his husband?!?!?

Dara said...

I'm not sure if I like Jake. He made Olivia think someone was trying to kill her but actually someone was trying to kill him. He is jealous of Fitz. I agree about Cyrus!

Maddie Baldassari said...

For Whatever reason...I am team Jake. I love the chemistry between her and Fitz and really used to hate Millie, but once I understood what his father did to her, I really empathize with her. and I think that Quinn is playing Charlie...but I am so confused. AAAAAhhhhh.

Dara said...

Mellie can be empathized with...or you can look at her choice. she didn't let Fitz give up running for governor and run from his father, she used what he did to her to get Fitz and therefore her ahead! I hope we get more answers this week!!

mail4rosey said...

I haven't seen it, but we're terrible about watching TV. I really should take some time out to see what's on. :) Thank you for linking to Super Sunday Sync. Have a great week!

Amber said...

I LOVE Scandal. The only thing I don't like is the cheating. I feel bad for Mellie. I know she acts like she has a stick up her butt, but still, she clearly loves her husband and doesn't deserve to be cheated on constantly. Olivia should leave the married dude with kids alone and focus on Jake in my opinions.

Holly Higgins said...

I saw this on Netflix and almost started it. It sounds like such a soap opera!

Dara said...

you too!

Dara said...

Mellie encourages Fitz to see Olivia! she's done it multiple times. I think Olivia and Fitz belong together personally!

Dara said...

you so should.

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