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Scandal Review - "More Cattle. Less Bull" - Another twist? Sure, why not!

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Another twist?

Sure, why not!

If you asked the Scandal creative team for another twist in the storyline of ABC's best drama, that answer is the one they'd most likely give you.

Last night's episode was significant in the course of the series. There's many different scandals in motion right now, but each and every one of them can get more intense at any time. However I'm going to stick with

Let's address the fantastic scene between Mellie and Olivia which occurred during the White House Correspondents Dinner. I have to say I was not surprised with the general outcome of Olivia pretty much agreeing to get on board Fitz's campaign for a second term, but I was surprised that it was Mellie who asked, behind the back of everyone else. Mellie is a character that most Scandal fans love to hate, but her critical importance to the storyline cannot be underestimated.

"He is tired, and broken, and it isn't the job; it's doing the job without you" says Mellie. "He's not alive when you're not here, he can't breathe when you're not here. He doesn't have the will to run, much less win when you're not here. Because you, you're everything to him, Liv. He needs you, so I need you. Come back. Come back to us," she concludes.

It depends how much of a cynic you are when you're deciding whether to interpret the above quote as either a heartfelt plea for help, or another spin by Mellie to gain more leverage over Olivia and Fitz. At the moment I'm choosing the former. The conflict and the backstabbing between the trio has reached the end of its tether, and something has to change. In my mind, Mellie is taking a giant step in the right direction. With Olivia on board, and Mellie in support, Fitz will feel comfortable. But I'll leave it up to you to decide how Cyrus will react. There's an endless number of routes he could take, but there's not enough time to talk about them in this review. I'm almost certain he will be backed into a corner over this, but whether he gets on board and agrees to surrender a degree of his ever-dwindling control is another discussion.

Jake and Huck haven't had the most orthodox of lives, it must be said. But the decision to team them up is perhaps one of the best decisions the Scandal creative team has made in the history of the series. Their bromance has been very shortlived, only beginning last week, but already they've been highly effective in uncovering the series' biggest coverup to date. Operation Remington has been relatively slow to unfold when compared to the speed other storylines have developed in the past couple of seasons, but the reason for that is much clearer now - because of the massive implications it will have on everyone involved. It's important to bear in mind that we still know very little about what Huck alleges to have occurred in Iceland. He said it himself that there are coincidences involved, and though I do believe he is telling the truth, if there's anything I have learned by watching Scandal, it is that the assumptions are often wrong, an there is always more to the story.

That's about as far as I'm willing to go with this review. Last night's episode was just the beginning of multiple arcs that will stretch for the length of the season. I can't wait to see what will happen.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your comments and theories in the comments section below. You can check out Scandal's ratings on my website, www.seriesmonitor.com/scandal, and follow me on Twitter!


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