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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Scandal Sunday 4.6–An Innocent Man


Olivia Pope uses people. And in this episode she was clearly used. How does it feel Olivia? The “Innocent Man” of the title of this episode was Sheldon from Private Practice (Brian Benben) playing a man who claimed to be innocent of an assassination attempt on the life of a previous president. He claimed that he could be proven innocent if the bullet was removed from the past-president’s brain, where it remained lodged ever since the shooting. By claiming that the bullet’s presence actually caused him the stroke which he just died from, Sheldon can now be tried for murder, and therefore proven innocent if the bullet was not from his gun. But in the end, it was from his gun after all. He used Olivia to prove himself guilty and gain the fame he wanted when he tried to kill the president in the first place.


Olivia screams at Sheldon (yes I know he was not named Sheldon in this episode…) and runs from the room. At the same time, she clearly used people in this episode to get what she wanted, just as Sheldon did to her. Of course, she isn’t the only one. Everyone uses each other to get what they want and it can be disconcerting, because it is difficult to tell who is real and who is just doing what they feel they need to do.

In the pivotal Fitz and Olivia moment in this episode, Fitz tells Olivia that they are beyond repair, that there is no chance for them. Olivia fires it back at him, saying that if he turns Jake over to her father, there is no hope for them at all, ever. Fitz reacts to this, because if she’s saying there’s no hope if he gives Jake to her father, that must mean there is hope now. Olivia then claims that there is. Giving hope to Fitz is like giving him life. And he moves Jake out of the Pentagon as a gift to the woman they both love.


However! Olivia’s father wanted to kill Jake. He manipulated Fitz into letting Olivia see Jake and then he was extremely upset with Olivia that Fitz took Jake away from him (I guess he thought Fitz would definitely hand Jake over after seeing Jake and Olivia together?). Olivia tells her father that she saved both Jake and Fitz by using weapons he would never possess – meaning her sexuality. Meaning the fact that Fitz is in love with her. She used Fitz’s love to save Jake.


I feel bad for Fitz and I’m upset with Olivia. I recall a year ago when I became obsessed with Scandal after binge watching from the beginning that there were times when I hated a character and then loved him again in the next episode. Shona Rhimes seems to change people’s views of her characters by making them human again and worthy of empathy as time goes on. So I’m waiting for Olivia to be human again. I also wonder if there’s any way Jake actually was involved. Because he is currently in the position where people feel badly for him and care about him, but this could be changed in the next episode. And while Olivia believes Jake is innocent (and that she knows him as well as she knows Fitz) she also believed Sheldon from Private Practice was innocent – and he wasn’t.

Speaking of Olivia, Quinn found the locker that the key opened – the key that she dug out of a dead girl in last week’s episode. Basically, two girls were killed over this key, and when Quinn found the locker she discovered hundreds of pictures of Olivia inside! Someone has been stalking her and someone wants those photos so much that they killed people to get the locker key back. I’m thinking it’s not Jake, Fitz, or Papa Pope behind the photos. Someone on twitter suggested that it could be Abby’s ex-husband who will be in next week’s episode. But it could also be connected to Portia de Rossi’s character Elizabeth, who is trying to bring down the White House and is most likely working with someone who knows about Olivia and Fitz (maybe Andrew?).


In other news, I was wrong last week when I felt like maybe something had happened to Huck’s son Javi. He is alive and well and playing video games with Huck, even though he thinks he’s playing with another kid. And also, Mellie is back. She bonded this week with the former president’s wife and this former First Lady claims that it was actually her who ran the country while her husband was president – while he was sleeping around with multiple people. She tells Mellie that she’d be remembered as the wife of a man who made something of his life. Mellie seems to realize that she should make something of herself. Maybe she can leave Fitz and make her own political career now that she realizes this?


Apparently there are three more episodes until the winter finale. Seriously. Nine episodes in the first half of the season – if it’s a normal length season there are 22 total episodes which means there are still 13 left for the second half, which seems a little uneven! It’s the same schedule for Grey’s Anatomy by the way, which is even stranger because it wasn’t on this week and the network gave them an extra episode, so their winter finale will be after only 8 episodes with 15 to go! I wonder how long the mid-season breaks will be!


Janine Huldie said...

Can't believe we are almost at the winter break for ABC shows (I watch Nashville). Although the split does seem weird and totally uneven. Guess we will have to stay tuned.

LeeS99 said...

I think it is harsh to say Olivia used Fitz. Actually she was trying to save both Fitz and Jake. Fitz would feel terrible if he found out later that he killed an innocent man who was formerly his friend and Jake's life is spared while Olivia continues to investigate. Also, remember that Olivia and Fitz made a pact in Vermont not to lie to each other. She would not say there is hope just to save Jake.

The opening scene proved that while Olivia was away on the island with Jake she was longing for Fitz and pretending that Jake was Fitz. The scene with Fitz in the Oval office when the parents wanted money for the sex tape showed Olivia quivering just from being close to Fitz. She is just like Fitz in not being able to resist her emotions for him.

Also that statement to her father was more about emotional power than sexual power. Remember Papa Pope is heartless and does not believe in love or that anyone would choose to do good versus evil. Papa Pope thought he had Fitz wrapped around his finger. But Fitz has a conscience and does not really want Jake killed without a trial.

As for Mellie, she is an entitled whiny idiot (definitely not Eleanor Roosevelt, Hilary or Michelle material) who once again was making stupid statements to the press which contradicts the President' stance and she will end up looking foolish again. Mellie has no power because Cyrus and Olivia are Fitz's trusted advisors not clueless power hungry Mellie
whose views are all based on approval ratings. She is not Bitsy and will never be Bitsy due to her arrogance.

Mellie misunderstood Bitsy's statements. Bitsy was saying during her time in history women were not taken seriously as politicians or presidential material. The takeaway for Mellie should have been stop standing in your husband's shadow and go get your own political career - get a damn divorce and forge ahead.

Bitsy operated in the shadows from a position of strength. Her dim witted husband depended on her. In contrast, Mellie wants to show off her so-called intelligence to the public and get applause. She is a Narcissist who is not in politics to do good and serve the public. Actually Mellie thinks the public is beneath her and calls them idiots.

I'm glad to see Olivia and Abby are friends again. I loved Abby giving Cyrus the smack down for his stupidity and standing up to Fitz. She was being a good friend to Olivia. Especially since Abby's abusive ex-husband from whom Olivia rescued her is soon making an appearance on the show.

Also I liked seeing Huck and Quinn as friends again and working together. I predict that Huck's interaction with his son will not end well. I'm really missing the OPA team working on cases - too much B613 nonsense and White House drama.

Dara said...

Thank you for your comment! I'm a fan of Fitz and Olitz and I'm rooting for them, but I have a hard time with the current show content. I believe Olivia loves Fitz and believes there is hope, but I think the show is showing us that she gave him hope in that moment in order to save Jake. She may have saved Fitz from his guilt, but what about his guilt over wrongly killing her mom (although I don't believe her mom is really dead)? I guess after the time that has passed since Jerry died Fitz realized the killer should have a trial?

I definitely agree that the dream showed that Olivia longs for Fitz, but she must love Jake to do what she is doing now. However I think her overwhelming emotions for Fitz scare her and the quivering from him in the oval office scene show that for sure!

Absolutely Mellie should get a divorce and get her own career! That's how I feel too. Hopefully her stupidity and statements to the press will make Fitz mad again and reinforce that divorce is needed!

I'm glad Olivia and Abby are friends again but I wish Abby would have had a voice when Jake threw Olivia into the wall in front of her! I'm curious to see what will happen when the abusive ex shows up.

And I really want to know who is stalking Olivia and why!

LeeS99 said...

No, Olivia does not love Jake. She cares for him as she cared for Edison - remember she even helped Edison get the position of Majority lead and gave up her relationship with him to save him from her father. But what she feels for Jake is not love and she did not refute Jake' statement that she was always going to choose Fitz which he always knew.

Olitz fans need to step back and be a little bit more viewing the show. Yeah, it is frustrating to watch this stupid baseless love triangle when the only real emotions belong to Olivia and Fitz. As for Jake, I don't think he really loves Olivia. It is more about him being obsessed with taking her away from Fitz or damaging her relationship with Fitz. Jake has never shown that he cares about Olivia's professional life or views on any world events. He is talks about is his so-called sexual prowess. When have Jake and Olivia ever talked about anything in general? Obviously they did not talk about his real life and family while on the island.

I agree that where was the indignation when Olivia was being choked and called a whore? But Abby is called a bitch and we have this big feminist speech. BS Plus it seemed out of character for Fitz since he has never called Mellie or Sally a bitch even with all their crazy shenanigans.

Amber said...

I called him Sheldon too.

I like Mellie. I hope she kicks butt. Her husband clearly isn't going to stop cheating, so she might as well move on and make a name for herself.

Dara said...

I don't think Jake loves her either. When he first said it last season I was like are you kidding? you barely know her. now that he knows her better though, I agree that his interest is more based on his dislike of Fitz and his need to be saved. I don't trust him, but I don't think the writers are smart enough to tie the story back to his anger management issues and violent tendencies. they're just making him look like someone that should be pitied. I guess Olivia probably doesn't love Jake, you're right. But she thinks she does or she is trying to convince herself she does. She is scared of real love!

Dara said...

he's not going to stop loving Olivia, that's for sure!

Dara said...

I guess so!