Hmmm. That was seriously my only thought as “Icarus” ended. There’s just so much going on and all of it is really getting in the way with the main storyline. Look, it’s no secret that this season hasn’t been my favorite, but the fun part of watching this show is the twists and the flat out, balls swinging craziness that will inevitably show up soon. I don’t know, you guys. I just don’t have a ton to say.

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This is now my favorite picture of all time.

Tony Goldwyn’s Face

Let’s start with the ending, however, shall we? Olivia and Fitz’s scene in her apartment was reminiscent of “old” Scandal (if you can call something old when the show’s only three years old), and something I’ve been missing all season. Those moments when the music swells and you think something is about to happen and you’re totally wrong — come on, y’all know what I’m talking about. When Olivia asks Fitz about his involvement in Operation Remington, all she wants is the truth. She wants to know that the man she loves (she’s still in love with him, I guess?) is truthful to her and that she can trust him. Fitz tells her, well, nothing, and instead basically tells her to drop it. I’m pretty much done ‘shipping “Olitz” but it sure was good to have Goldwyn and Kerry Washington on screen together again.

Remember how in Chuck Sarah was always protecting Chuck and how Chuck always had to lie to his friends and family in order to protect them? Maybe this is like that, because I can’t imagine why else Fitz is not telling Olivia the truth. B613 is a bunch of scary dudes, so maybe that’s it? I don’t know anymore. Either way, that was a lovely, lovely scene and not just because of Tony Goldwyn’s face, which is excellent.

Yeah, I’m having a hard time writing anything, and I apologize for the stream of consciousness forthwith.


The flawless Khandi Alexander makes a brief appearance as Olivia’s mom, who appears via flashback. To get such a stellar actress for the role makes me think Mama Pope is still alive, unless everything we see will be in flashbacks. Never count anything out on this show! We just don’t know! Daddy Pope tells Olivia he didn’t order the hit, but I trust him even less than I trust spiders to leave me alone at night. (They have eight legs! They make webs! All those eyes, they’re shifty.) Anyway, he’s the worst.

Harrison gets a bit of a background as the spends the whole episode trying to keep Asnad Salif from coming into the country. I think he’s the guy Harrison was working for when he got put in prison? I just don’t know anymore.

Meanwhile, in a storyline I don’t care about at all, it looks like terrible Charlie is trying to recruit Quinn into B613. I really wish I cared, but I just don’t. Sorry, all.

Finally, Lisa Kudrow provided my favorite part of the episode with her smack down on Governor Reston. Take that sexist pig, er, your campaign manager’s team down, Josie Marcus. Of all of the candidates we’ve seen thus far, I actually think Fitz is the weakest, and in reality would not stand a chance. But: the show will have Fitz win somehow — rather improbably, I’m sure — because what else will Shonda Rhimes do with Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young and Jeff Perry. Two of the strongest characters are only on the show because Fitz is president, so it will be interesting to see what happens in the coming months. Don’t get me wrong, I DO hope Fitz wins, but the show’s not brave enough to have him lose.

Things I didn’t mention:

Sally’s running for president and, surprisingly a large part of me wants her to win.

Fitz is protecting Jake and some scary guy killed some lady to keep him safe.

Cyrus and James haven’t had a big fight in a while, even though I’m really liking their relationship right now.

Huck’s all messed up and I just want to give him a hug forever.

Olivia’s last memory of her mom is her wearing white, which I thought was some fascinating symbolism, and maybe gives us some insight into Olivia and who she is.

So, yeah, the highlight of the episode was that final Olivia and Fitz scene, which really was a thing of beauty. That scene should have been the main focus of the episode, but instead we got fifty-five minutes of…stuff. I hope next week we get a tighter episode and spend more time with Operation Remington and Olivia’s mom’s whereabouts. Here’s hoping!

Next week: More! Things! Happen!

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