Not In Jersey: Scandal Sunday 4.18–Honor Thy Father Scandal Sunday 4.18–Honor Thy Father - Not In Jersey

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Scandal Sunday 4.18–Honor Thy Father


It was rather convenient for me that because of Passover, I did not have a post last Sunday. As of last week, I had absolutely no desire to write about this Scandal episode, so having a day off of blogging for the holiday worked out perfectly. However, I have since decided that I have blogged about every episode this season and I will continue to do so until the end of the season and therefore I don’t want to skip writing about last week’s episode. I spent a lot of the episode laughing at it (and not in a good way) and the rest of it confused. My thoughts are as follows:

The Good:

The best part of this episode was Tony Goldwyn’s face. He is honestly the best actor on the show and he is in 2-3 scenes per episode – I’m still waiting for my Fitz-centric episode! He expresses everything in his face, just look at him!


The other fun part of the episode was reading Tony’s tweets during the West Coast airing of the show. They were hilarious, trust me.

The Bad:

As I mentioned, I left the episode confused.

  • Much of the promo for the episode did not actually happen. Lines were cut that had been advertised – just shows how much of a mess the promotions have become. It was also obvious to those of us that follow these things that the scenes were cut and paste from other episodes. The whole Mellie and her sister plot line was supposed to have happened a few episodes earlier!
  • There was no point to having Jake lie to Huck and Quinn. He turned out to be a good guy – no surprise there – but the whole episode made the point that he was going rogue and in the end, he was only doing that to expose David’s assistant, Holly. There was no point to the story other than to fill screen time.
  • Olivia was spying on her own people with Jake. Again, no point.
  • Fitz is acting like he is ok with becoming the “first lady,” saying he is standing by Mellie as she runs for Senate and ultimately President. I don’t understand what his plan is. My hope is that he’s trying to build her up until she realizes she would be better off without him, but I’m usually wrong about my predictions.
  • At the end of the episode, Olivia’s new man Russell showed up at her door with her father. I think we were meant to believe that he was working for her father the whole time, but my theory is that her father just followed him and used him to get her to open the door. Now, a year ago we were watching her try to take down B613, and now with only 4 episodes left this season, we’re watching the same thing again.

The Ugly:

The next new episode is airing on 4/16. For some reason, the promotions department sent out a press release for the episode on 4/23 – the one after the next one – first. Everyone is already confused! Also, the promotion following the most recent episode said, “Could this be the end of Olitz?” Olitz = Olivia + Fitz. I honestly don’t understand why they think that threatening the end of the couple that started the show will make people tune in. Do that many people hate Olivia and Fitz together? Also – they aren’t together! They have barely spoken to each other this whole season. So how can something end that doesn’t currently exist? I guess whatever the show promotes must lead to the opposite – seems backwards to me.

Feel free to weigh in if you have any thoughts.


Janine Huldie said...

Off topic, but on topic and had a bit of ambivalence this past week with having the girls home and writing on my blog. So I didn't either for a few days. What I realized is that the world isn't going to come to amend if I have nothing to say here and there and to just let it go. So I think I get this and just glad it isn't just me though.

tamarsb said...

The facial expression gif - so great. Happy chametz!

Carol said...

I agree with your review. This was a terrible senseless cut and paste episode. Shonda does not know what to do with the Jake and Mellie characters so we get nonsense as filler.

This episode was the lowest in ratings since November 2012 which shows that the viewers are losing patience with the crappy characterizations and cut/paste editing.

Tony Goldwyn is very underrated as an actor. He plays the Fitz character so well but I have to say his scenes with Mellie are boring and predictable since she always wins by whining and playing the victim. I prefer his scenes with Olivia, Cyrus and now Abby and previously Sally Langston.

Tracie S said...

I have to admit, which I think I've done before this season, that this show is no longer a must watch the same night for me. I have started saving it for Friday night, when I have nothing else to watch. This episode did seem like a filler, but I think that Fitz is pacifying Mellie just to get through the rest of HIS term with no issues from her. I also think that the Olivia/Jake spying on her people was stupid. Also, her new boo Russell is one of my fave underrated actors- he is in a surprisingly large number of roles, but they are all like this, small and peripheral.

Dara said...

it is hard when the kids are home!

Dara said...


Dara said...

I wonder what they will do to improve the ratings, if anything.

Dara said...

Fitz better have a plan to deal with Mellie! He can't want to spend another 4-8 years with her!