“Scandal” aired the shocking mid-season finale “A Door Marked Exit” on Dec. 12.
The mind-blowing follow up to last week’s episode contains murder, mayhem and at least one intense confrontation we've been dying to see: Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Rowan (Joe Morton) going verbally toe-to-toe. In typical “Scandal” fashion, the action twists at least 180 degrees and the entire B-613 storyline is turned on its head.
We can imagine the mental high-five Jake (Scott Foley) and Fitz are giving each other over the phone as we’re blasted with the biggest shocker: Rowan is ousted as Command and Jake is now the head of one of the deadliest organizations in the country. What will an unemployed Rowan do? Will he clean up his act or continue to make new deals with the devil?
And, just what is Olivia’s (Kerry Washington) mother’s newest agenda? She murdered the pilots of her presidentially endorsed plane and skipped all the way back to DC. Why is she hanging around the White House? Will the murderous vixen set her sights on Fitz?
Sally, What Have You Done?
Kate Burton plays ruthless and cutting so well and the opening sequence with Sally’s confrontation with her husband is so riveting. Her insults spew like venom and when he finally threatens to leave she snaps – in the most horrific way. Seeing the blood spattered all over her face is gruesome and this quickly becomes her darkest hour.
Who does she call? Her morally slippery counterpart Cyrus (Jeff Perry), of course! Cyrus arrives to clean up the mess he ultimately created and we’re not shocked by the agile manner in which he sweeps murder neatly under the rug and tacks it down (or so he thinks!)
He has to clue a shocked Mellie (Bellamy Young) in and true-to-form; she spins the situation to suit her needs. She tells Sally she knows and issues a veiled threat to spill the story if she fails to stay by Fitz’s side.
Leo also figures out Sally’s dark deed and chastises her for not being her first call. Paul Adelstein is thriving in this role that is a sharp turn from lovably flawed Coop on “Private Practice” and the change suits him well. Leo is obviously shady and is used to getting his hands dirty and it’s going to be fun watching his dynamic with Sally from here.
James (Dan Bucatinsky) assumes the worst – that Cyrus actually killed Daniel. Their confrontation is equally intense and ultimately comes to a head by James promising Cyrus he’ll stay with him if he names him White House press secretary.
Jeff Perry shines as Cyrus navigates yet another slippery slope. Only this time, it seems like Cyrus teeters close to cracking under the pressure of the dark choices he has made.
We have no choice but to bite our nails to the quick until “Scandal” returns and we find out what David is going to do with the tape of Sally and Cyrus’s post-stabbing conversation. The big question is: How many more times can Cyrus walk away unscathed with dirt and blood smeared all over his hands?
You’ll Regret What You Said
Raise your hand if you loved how Fitz was able to haul Rowan in and force him to sit and listen! This is arguably one of the most intense scenes of the season for both of these uber-powerful men who are both connected in very intimate ways to the same woman. Tony Goldwyn and Joe Morton are both smoking hot and we’re totally drawn into what is ultimately one of the biggest face-offs of the season.
It’s sure mind-bending to consider anyone calling the leader of the free world a small, insignificant boy. Fitz is determined to keep the upper hand and he does an excellent job of it. He doesn’t even flinch as Rowan flings the insults at warp speed; even when he tells him Olivia is nothing more than his door marked exit. One thing is certain, the wheels are already turning in Fitz’s head and we can almost hear his inaudible threat: You’ll regret what you said.
Don't you just love the Fitz phone? It's sort of like Liv's Bat Signal. Fitz is her own personal super hero, after all. It’s heartbreaking when she faces her father head on and pieces together the fact that he was duped by her mother into blowing up the plane. Fitz ultimately lets him go and frankly, it’s disturbing watching him walk out the door. Fitz finally had a very dangerous man contained. Shouldn't he have kept him that way for a while?
Some big questions: Was Rowan really trying to protect his daughter or is he hiding even more secrets? Why keep a deceitful gun-for-hire that sells government secrets alive? He’s tortured and killed so many people. Olivia already thought her mother was dead. Why not finish the job?
I’m in Charge Now
It’s mind-blowing that Jake is now in charge of the organization that beat him to near death and threw him in a hole for months. It might be a good thing, since Fitz seemed to put him there. Maybe the two of them will reform some of the “methods” the organization uses. It is nice, though, to see the two former Navy buddies finally work together for a change.
It’s a little unsettling to consider what Rowan will do now that he’s been ousted. Will he go after his daughter and use her as a bargaining chip to get his job back? Will he try to atone for his sins? Or, will he form an evil alliance with a government enemy and gun to remove Fitz from office? If he does go rogue, will he team up with Maya (Khandi Alexander) to destroy anyone he can?
Some more questions: Jake declared his love for Olivia and said goodbye. How is she going to react when she finds out Jake runs B-613? What is Maya’s agenda now? What is she doing in DC? Now that she knows she’s been exposed, is Fitz her next target?
As always, we’re hanging breathless on the edge of our seats and it’s going to be a long winter waiting for answers.
“Scandal” airs in Flint on WJRT ABC12 on Thursdays at 10 pm ET.