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Has “Scandal” Lost Its Way?

The article, “Has Scandal Lost Its Plot?” came across my Facebook feed and, of course, I clicked on it. I believe the author makes some very interesting, and valid, points.

Everyone seems to be resting on their laurels. The long-winded rants from Rowan Pope, played by powerhouse actor Joe Morton, used to add a stark exclamation point to the dialogue, but they’ve lost their effectiveness now that he’s giving four-page soliloquys every time he’s onscreen. Some fans obsessively encouraged a romantic relationship between Huck (Guillermo Diaz) and Quinn (Katie Lowes), which, now that it’s happened, has taken a turn for the disgusting, routinely walking the line between torturous and flat-out abusive. A well-liked character has been killed off, and Harrison (Columbus Short), who has long been promised an interesting backstory, has been reduced to a walking penis, his main contribution this season being well-timed sex with the new baddie and former rival, Adnan Salif (Nazanin Boniadi).

Daddy Pope’s long winded rants? YES. Yes yes yes.  It’s starting to get to be a bit much. And…he talks really fast.  The Huck and Quinn thing is awful. But that’s just because I would like for her TO JUST DIE ALREADY. And I completely agree about Harrison.  His backstory really isn’t a story at all. I mean, basically, he can’t stop having sex with this chick. That’s it. *shrugs*

Having never been a fan of the Fitz and Olivia relationship, I find their exchanges to be the most grueling of all. Shouldn’t an affair be more fun? They’ve fallen into a cycle of unabashed screaming quickly followed by tense passion that makes me think of domestic abuse more often than it does romance.

I’m totally over the back and fourth.  They breakup to makeup every. single. episode. (or at least it seems like it), and it’s just….a bit much.  That’s the only way I can describe it.

The good news is that the show has marvelous writers, and there’s still a chance to recover some of that former magic. The three things Scandal can do to bring the show back around:

1. Bring back the crime of the week

What happened to the philandering senators? The babies being traded by the Russian mob? The gladiators seem bored, and they need something to do that isn’t related to the White House or B613.

2. Make Quinn stay with B613

I think it would be difficult to bring her back to the fold at Pope and Associates (unless they’re playing the long con and her infiltration of B613 is part of the plan), but her anger would be well utilized against her former coworkers.

3. Let Olivia and Fitz break up

No more jam in Vermont, no more screaming matches in the Oval Office. Olivia hasn’t been her generally fierce self since they got back together, and Fitz is the ultimate distraction. Break them up, and let’s get back to business.

1. My friend and I were JUST talking about this. This would probably be a good idea.  I mean, it really did keep us engaged.  That way, not sooooo much has to be explained, etc. about the lead cast, but yet enough attention could be given to keep us in tune to what’s going on with them.

2. No. KILL. QUINN.

3. I don’t know about this. I think the “I’m gonna stay away even though I really do love you” thing brings a certain something to the show, but it just doesn’t have to be the center of EVERYTHING on EVERY episode. What I AM happy about, though, is that Mellie FINALLY got a chance to get angry. That has probably been my favorite scene of this season.  Just for fun:

Either way, I’m still here for “Scandal.” It will continue to give me the chance to put aside my morals for about 2 hours once a week (cause I need at least an hour after it goes off to process).   It’ll be interesting to see where Shonda takes this for season 4 though.