Sunday, May 5, 2013

Scandal - A Woman Scorned

Cyrus (Jeff Perry) goes into fixer mode following the press getting wind of Mellie (Bellamy Young) and the children moving out of the White House and into Blair House and Mellie's 36-hour ultimatum before revealing her husband's affair on national television. With the help of David Rosen (Joshua Malina), who has moved back into the offices of Olivia Pope & Associates for his protection, Harrison (Columbus Short), Abby (Darby Stanchfield) and Quinn (Katie Lowes) continue to investigate the video tape from Huck's (Guillermo Díaz) abduction searching for clues to the identity of Albatross.

Finally feeling up to examining the tape, Huck identifies Charlie (George Newbern) as his attacker which raises the question who he is actually working for and if Cyrus could be the mole. Using Huck's limited knowledge of the man who taught him to enjoy killing, Olivia Pope & Associates put their collective energies into finding Charlie. The raised stakes, and his concern over Olivia's (Kerry Washington) safety, force Huck to confess to Olivia that Charlie as responsible for Amanda Tanner's (Liza Weil) murder, at the request of Cyrus. After discovering Albatross is consumed with learning the truth about Defiance, however, the team realizes once again their looking for their mole in the wrong place.

Unable to threaten or bribe Mellie out of her destructive course of action, Cyrus comes up with a different plan by luring Jake (Scott Foley) to the White House alone, removing the President's (Tony Goldwyn) guard dog to deal with the situation personally. When that fails he makes an impassioned plea to the President who takes his advice to heart, just not in the way Cyrus intended as Fitz chooses the one thing he loves more than being President and shows up on Olivia's doorstep rather than try to stop Mellie's press conference.

"A Woman Scorned" doesn't do a very good job selling the possibility of Cyrus actually being the mole, which the show has given us no reason to believe is even slightly plausible, but it does raise some interesting questions about how far he was willing to go the night he tried to force Jake off his post. The President's grand romantic gesture seems to have won him back the heart of the woman he loves, but with Mellie announcing his adultery to the country it will be interesting to see how long Olivia's name will be kept out of public conversation and just what Olivia has planned for Mellie and anyone else who stands between her and the man she loves.

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