As every avid Scandal watcher knows, our beloved show is melodramatic, predictable and kind of not that good. But still, we watch, and each increasingly over-the-top episode tends to hit the same marks: The "OMG" moment, the monologue to end all monologues, and the super risky moment when Olivia Pope drinks a glass of wine in white silk pajamas — these are the things we've come to love about the show. Each Friday, we'll update our Scandal checklist and assess how ridiculous our Thursday night was. Spoilers ahead!
"The Price of a Free and Fair Election"
Shonda was in top form last night.
OMG moment: Let's go through this character-by-character: Olivia told Fitz about Big Jerry, Little Jerry is Fitz's, Little Jerry is dead, Papa Pope ordered Tom to kill him, Harrison found out and is probably dead, and Huck found his family. And Olivia decided to leave all of that behind and take the private jet she declined in the season opener.
Personally, the biggest surprise of the episode was the brief moment in time when I felt bad for Fitz. When he found out about Mellie's rape he acted like a decent human being (though I would have preferred him saying "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry, I didn't know, I didn't know. You're so strong for keeping this, but I would have helped you through it. We could have gotten through it together," through tears, but you take what you can get). His son was murdered. He was this close to losing the election, divorcing Mellie and moving to stupid Vermont with Olivia. And now he has to be president for four years because all of America feels bad for him. The price of a free and fair election is everything. I almost regretted hating him so much.