The first thing I asked when this episode was over was “is there even going to be a season 4?” because the way this episode ended seemed like it was the end of everything, it was one of those endings they use to end a series completely! I mean Olivia herself said “I’m the Scandal” how much clearer can it be, that’s usually it, that is usually the kicker when someone says that punch line—-Olivia SAID THE PUNCHLINE!
“It’s me, everything that’s happened. None of it would be happening if it weren’t for me, it’s my mother, my father, the man I love, and innocent boy dying, churches blowing up, you being thrown in the hole, the only common denominator is me, I’m at the center, I’m the eye of the storm….I have been over every option, I’ve looked at it from every angle and I have hoped and prayed that I was wrong, I’ve tried to pretend that I didn’t know what the answer is But I do so now it’s time for me to stand in my truth, it’s me. I’m the thing that needs to be fixed, I’m the thing that needs to be handled, I’m the Scandal and the best thing to do with a scandal is to shut it down.”
And how annoying is it when Olivia and Jake role play:
Olivia: you want to stand in the sun with me
Jake: I want to stand in the sun together
…NO Olivia does not really want to freaking stand in the sun with you, you heard her say “I’m in love with someone else” which means she’s NOT INTERESTED you thirsty childish ManBoy!
(Sorry, had to get that one out)
…And the whole time I’m just thinking “what is this? Not even a day ago you were talking to Fitz about Vermont and Jam…just because he’s president does not mean you can’t be together” and I understand why Olivia feels like it’s over for her and Fitz, I understand how she feels that way especially since Olivia has told him about Big Jerry and Mellie and she thinks he may love Mellie again but not answering his phone call in the end…that was wrong, he was devastated and she wouldn’t know that because she’s on a plane to no man’s land or wherever else she’s decided to go to play house with Jake.
The second thing I thought about was the irony of this season ending almost exactly where it began Olivia at an airport this time sure that she is leaving but did you catch that ending?
She looked almost as if she regretted her decision to leave or maybe it was her regretting her decision not to pick up the phone when Fitz was calling. I also have another point to make…Maybe Olivia couldn’t answer the phone because she was on a plane (Which is highly unlikely since her phone was still on but anyways), thus that caused her to regret her decision, it brought her to reality the idea that Fitz has just lost a child and she hasn’t said a thing to him about it, the love of your life who you know just lost his oldest son is calling you on the phone while you’re on a plane with a man you Don’t love and it may already be too late to turn back, are u sure? Plus I still don’t trust Jake! The boy lost my trust last season when we all found out that he was spying on Olivia, he’s such a creep! And now that Papa Pope is command again I can’t help but think that Jake could possibly be working for him again, he was probably sent to make sure Olivia stays gone to whatever foreign country or deserted island he’s sending her to.
I don’t see this going well, Olivia was so gullible towards the end of this episode, she is whenever she’s dealing with her parents and that’s a little bit of a sad and scary truth considering who they are and what they do… Does Olivia see this as some kind of vacation? That’s how she hung up the phone like “I’m on vacation talk to you in a week” and again, I think that’s when she realized “this isn’t a vacation, this is a new life” is she ready to just give up a life she’s worked so hard for? That is the part I don’t think she thought through fully.
I’m with Abby on this one:
“Your father’s a monster; he’s a murderer, and a liar and a criminal. You hate him and now you’re trusting him with your life?”
WHAT WE KNOW:
1.) Fitz now knows that Mellie was raped by Big Jerry and Olivia is one that told him.
2.) Jerry’s death
-Tom killed Jerry (Let that Sink in) and Olivia’s father ordered him to do it “Bacterial Meningitis” when Harrison finds out,Eli says “He took my child so I took his”
How Does Tony feel about this?
“One of the things that we talked about is how irredeemable Rowan becomes at the end and one of the things that most impacted me, besides just the shock of what he did, is that he says ‘He took my child so I took his.’ And the fact that that is a dishonest statement makes me hate him.”
3.) Cyrus and Olivia scenes are so brilliant and I love them!
Olivia: We’re going to win the election now, they lost their child. America is going to rally behind them
Cyrus: we’re going to win. I hadn’t really thought about it.
Olivia: I did. A child is dead and that’s the first thing that popped into my head
Cyrus: I was going to let that church blow up with all of those people in it
Olivia: how did we get like this? When did we stop being people
Cyrus: were we ever people? Or did serving at the pleasure of the president unmask us of our pesky skins and reveal us as the monsters we really are?”
This scene is so great, it’s like confession time and nothing about what Cyrus has done shocks Olivia, nothing about the way Olivia was thinking shocked Cyrus and I love that because it’s just like they understand each other and they have this bond that Olivia can’t form with anyone else, this was a very dark scene and a very dark ending to season 3, season 3 was very, very dark and revealing and I really just…I enjoyed so many scenes this season and this scene in particular is one of my favorite scenes.
4.) Can I just curl up and watch “Vermont is for lovers, Too” again and again because that’s the closest we’re ever going to get to Fitz and Olivia actually being to together for good.
Fitz: Once I lose the election we can move to Vermont, I can be the mayor and you…
Olivia: I can make Jam…What about Mellie
Fitz: What about her?
Olivia: You can’t just…
Fitz: Divorce her, yes…I can. Liv, I am going to marry you…We are going to have babies, Two babies I think.
5.) Huck knocked on the door to his family’s house thanks to Quinn and Olivia)
I feel like Huck and Cyrus are probably the only two people who are truly happy at the end of season 3, Cyrus won his election and Huck is meeting his family…oh and there’s Jake who gets to pretend to stand in the sun with Olivia…this may cause a more complicated story line for Huck because well, he just got with Quinn and that’s…interesting.
6.) Harrison might be DEAD!
“it’s a shame, really a waste of such as great talent, oh to be young, gifted and Black”
And the last thing we see is TOM putting a gun up in Harrison’s direction—-TO BE CONTINUTED!
7.) Mama pope is in the hole
I really enjoyed this episode up until the very end, when Shonda said that the finale would have four acts she wasn’t kidding and that’s why I love this show the writing is always so amazing and tonight’s editing was really amazing as well:) …I will also add that watching tonight’s episode was like building a house and tearing it down very, very quickly and I don’t know how I feel about the outcome, it’s a little unsettling but this is Scandal I think it’s time that we accept the fact that the audience will probably never win and I kind of see why, mostly its to protect Shonda’s ability to shock us every week so..I’m still on this amazing ride even though I know the outcome may never be what I want it to be…I’m not sure Olivia’s decision to leave OPA and to Abandon Fitz at a time like this fits her character very well, it was a little reckless for her to just up and leave so maybe we’re seeing a new Olivia and I’m not sure how I feel about that or maybe it’s the same Olivia (she’s left Fitz before), maybe she simply doesn’t feel like he needs her anymore because he has the ability to forgive mellie now because of what he knows and if she believes that to be true then maybe she thinks he never truly loved her he had just stopped love Mellie and (because of what we know to be true) for unfair reasons and that’s not something he did on purpose…it happens (I don’t believe it but..it happens)….what do you all think about Olivia’s decision to leave or about this whole episode in general?
because this seemed like a perfect place to end a series and I know it’s not the end but if they wanted it to be, it could have been…at least there wasn’t that much of a cliffhanger, I do appreciate that.
I’m writing my review tomorrow after I watch the episode again all I have to say is that when Shonda said there would be 4 acts she meant it and that this episode was much like building a house and then tearing it down…more tomorrow my fellow Gladiators. :)