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Olivia picks her successor in a satisfying Scandal

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  • That was a better episode of Scandal than last week’s terrorist attack snoozefest. Things started off pretty weird though. Marcus is just gleefully smiling and saying “the threat is gone,” but people died in mass terrorist attacks. The media isn’t asking more questions? No one is being publicly held accountable and everyone is cool with that?
  • Not sure what the point of teasing Olitz is. Liv is going to stay in the White House. She won’t be able to run off with Fitz.
  • Plus, I have decided I am not Team Quinn and Charlie. Not just that, I want an entire spin-off that follows Quinn and Associates as they solve weekly cases, find justice for regular people and call out racists.
  • This episode did well because it had one emotional moment that actually made sense. Olivia and her dad? No. Olivia and Quinn? Yes. Quinn deserves OPA and it’s good someone finally called Olivia out for losing her white hat, but also…Olivia stopped being a gladiator seasons ago.
  • Quinn taking over OPA is the best twist the show has ever done. I’d demand four more seasons if we just got to follow Quinn and Charlie. Everyone in the White House can disappear or something.
  • Frankie’s death is a closed case, but I don’t think the American people or his wife were ever given a clear answer?
  • What happened to Leo? I like David and Abby getting back together, but uhm…I don’t remember how he vanished. I’d guess getting beat up is enough to cool off a relationship.
  • David’s obsession with every evil woman he sleeps with is annoying. We never really saw their relationship, so it doesn’t feel real. Ok David, she said she wanted to have kids with you. She was using you. Move on. Especially since the NSA should already be gathering DNA on these people to get more information. That just seems obvious.
  • Are we supposed to be shocked that Paeus and Samantha weren’t in charge? That seemed obvious, but ok, we have our Big Bad for the finale.
  • It was annoying that Quinn didn’t give Fitz the full story when she went to the Oval. Why wasn’t Quinn like “We tracked down the witness and discovered he actually did it and I don’t have evidence, but he admitted to it”? Seems better than “my gut.”
  • This is the first time we’ve ever heard that people are better off since Fitz took office. I guess if the numbers say it, it must be true. Despite everything we’ve seen of his administration.
  • I wish the return of Liv’s mom was a bigger shock, but the second I saw Khandi Alexander’s name in the opening credits, I knew she’d end up being our Big Bad. I’m happy the show is staying contained as the season ends, but I hope this isn’t a retread of Rowan and Liv’s mom out-monologuing each other.
  • So, next season will be Scandal’s last. That certainly adds more urgency to next week’s finale.

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