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'Scandal': Have Fitz and Olivia reached an emotional impasse?

Tony Goldwyn and Kerry Washington play Fitzgerald Grant and Olivia Pope on ABC's 'Scandal.'
Photo by Frederick M. Brown

'Scandal' Episode 3.12 'We Do Not Touch the First Ladies' Air Date March 6, 2014


Scandal” returned on March 6 to rock Gladiators’ worlds yet again with the emotionally intense new episode “We Do Not Touch the First Ladies.”

Let’s just cut to the chase really quickly: The episode opens to a really heated argument between Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Olivia (Kerry Washington).

First impressions? Boy, can these two yell! This argument seems different on several levels. Fitz is filled with jealous rage that Olivia pulled Jake (Scott Foley) in as her boyfriend, per Mellie’s (Bellamy Young) suggestion. He’s worried he’ll be compromised and that Jake will fight him to win Olivia over.

Fitz can’t stand the thought of Olivia with another man. We love the two of them, but we also love the fact that Olivia stood up for herself. She is perceived as “the bad guy” in the public eye and she has every right to protect herself and her professional reputation.

Fitz definitely feels threatened by Jake and he even goes as far as asking Olivia if she has feelings for him, to which she replies, “I don’t know.”

Uh oh. Could Olivia be opening her heart to Jake? Should she open her heart to Jake?

This is arguably one of Tony Goldwyn and Kerry Washington's strongest scenes in series history. It's so bold and blistering and utterly human. But, it also hurts so bad!

The stakes are so high for everyone right now. All parties involved are justified in wanting to get Fitz re-elected honestly. But, does Fitz expect more than Olivia should have to give? Has he gone too far?

Have Fitz and Olivia reached an emotional impasse?

Guarded Secrets

It’s completely wild that an entire floor of a hotel shuts down when the POTUS is there. But, this makes sense in terms of national security. However, when Fitz and Olivia have their very loud and horribly raw shouting match, the Secret Service and Jake have to listen in. Ouch! How awkward is this for Jake?

Speaking of Jake, the briefcase scene is intense. How can anyone live with that much pressure hanging over his head?

Thank God Jake doesn't seem to be as “rogue” and “reckless” as Rowan – thus far. Because “Scandal” loves to spin things in such a mind-blowing way, let’s hope Jake doesn't turn out to be a bad guy after all. It doesn't seem likely after doing time in the hole to protect Olivia. But, this is “Scandal” and crazy things are pretty much guaranteed to happen. We still have to wonder, even now, if Fitz and Olivia can really trust Jake.

Speaking of crazy things, how crazy cool is it that TOM is B613? And, how wild is it that he hands Jake a flash drive with video of the daily activities in one of the most sacred rooms in the country?

Brian Letscher continues to do such a fantastic job playing the quiet yet commanding Secret Service man Tom, that has also earned quite a social media impression as a hottie. Hopefully, Tom's ultra-secret double identity will lead to a bigger role and more screen time for Tom/Brian. He is essentially the right hand man to the highest intelligence officer in the land, while guarding the most important leader in the free world. Makes for some pretty ripe story expansion .. just sayin'!

Talk about guarding and guarded secrets! In this sense, Jake will always be eight steps ahead of the president. What an interesting and tricky dynamic! Will Jake use this information to protect Fitz or will he use it to find a way into Olivia’s heart?

Poor Mellie! Does Andrew Have a Hidden Agenda?

Big props need to go to Bellamy Young for the beautiful way she portrays the many depths and layers to Fitz’s First Lady. She can be biting, mean and manipulative and she’s always got her eye on the top prize.

However, nobody deserves to be sexually assaulted. How terrible that it was her father-in-law! We ache for Mellie for enduring that horror and we’re glad Andrew (Jon Tenney) was there to save her life when she tried to overdose.

According to RAINN (Rape Abuse & Incest National Network):

  • Every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted.
  • 60 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.
  • Approximately 2/3 of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim
  • 38 percent of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.

Rape is a hideous crime that can leave long term, permanent scars on a victim if they don’t seek help. Mellie has carried this terrifying incident around for years. Worse yet, she has to question her own son’s paternity.

It’s obvious Andrew cares for a lot for Mellie. In many ways it would be nice to see them find some sort of happily ever after together. That kind of scandal would rock the administration at its core, though. As horrible and as scheming as Mellie can be, we hope she gets the help she needs to recover from this terrible thing that drove her to want to take her own life.

There are so many hidden agendas on this show. Olivia’s gut is telling her Andrew is wrong for the vice-presidency.

Here’s a horrible thought: What if Andrew is working his way into the vice-presidency only to have Fitz “taken out” of the equation – either via an assassination or some kind of set-up to get him impeached so that he can move into the top spot as president and take Fitz’s job and his wife?

This is just speculation but, please, no! May we be wrong!

The Walls are Closing In on Cyrus

Dan Bucatinsky and Jeff Perry are brilliant beyond words in their portrayals as the most dysfunctional couple on television. They are also masters at delivering sharp, crisp, emotional, long passages of contemptuous, neurotic, emphatic and powerful dialogue.

Cyrus has really backed himself into a tight corner that he narrowly escaped from after James ala “Publius” (we love and loathe that name!) nearly blows the Daniel Douglas death secret wide open. Our hearts pound mercilessly as we anticipate Charlie’s hit on David.

Thank God Abby was a few steps ahead and saved David from walking into that trap. But now, both James and Cyrus unknowingly have price tags on their heads. It’s such a strange twist of fate they are seeking secret, mutual demise.

Will either one of these two equally manipulative men survive? Or, will they suffer an ill fate via other hands, like Rowan’s? If Rowan wanted to hurt Cyrus, he could have James killed. Although, in James’ case, he may be happy if Rowan decided to take Cyrus out. Either way, both men are sweating bullets right now and with just cause. The walls are really closing in on both of them.

A Terrorist is in Town

Adnan Salif is certainly one wily and wicked woman. What is Harrison (Columbus Short) thinking by climbing into bed with her – both literally and figuratively? She’s clearly trying to infiltrate the Grant administration.

Here we go again Cyrus! Why must you fraternize with such evil people? The real shocker is when Adan goes to a hotel room and meets Olivia’s mother there to let her know “we’re in.”

This can’t be good. A terrorist is creeping into the White House. At this point everyone needs to watch their back. Especially Fitz and Olivia. Something tells us she’s out for blood. Gulp. When Rowan told Olivia she needs to run away, we’re starting to think he was probably right.

If you are a victim of sexual assault or know someone who is call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE for help.

“Scandal” airs in Flint on WJRT ABC12 on Thursdays at 10 PM ET.

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