Scandal Recap: Hardly Quinn

ec2d34d61cc65da1bf39a0b94b51It’s time to start getting out some tissues with the popcorn and wine. We’re in the home stretch, Gladiators! The last handful of Scandal episodes is…well..at hand.

Tonight’s episode, entitled “Robin”, is supposed to reveal Quinn’s fate, but did it?

Pluses, or Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Had That Baby

-BOOM! And I am literally just talking about the car explosion at the top of the hour. While I was hoping Shonda would truly go full Game of Thrones in Scandal‘s final season, that weird hairpin that Huck discovered among Quinn’s remains raised my red herring hackles. I fully expected for Quinn to show up right at the end to prove that she was alive, but we got a crying baby instead! Unexpected, but I’m still pretty sure Quinn is alive and a few pounds lighter somewhere. And I’m not happy about it! No points just questions.

-That being said, if by some miracle Quinn and her unborn child are dead… She and Charlie were going to name the baby Robin! Ugh, kill me… Not literally, Papa Pope, not literally. Plus 300 points.

-Olivia was all of us when she took that liquor from Fitz and slammed the door in his stupid, handsome face. “Friend”?!?! Really, Fitz? You and Olivia are friends? Boy bye. And don’t count on an Olivia drunk text later either. Plus 700 points.

-I haven’t thought about my death much, but being cremated, having your ashes put in bullets, and having those bullets used to kill your enemies sounds like a pretty badass way to go. Plus 200 points.

-Return of the White Hat! It’s been a long time since we’ve seen it anywhere, let alone on Olivia’s head. But I still want one. And I want to get drunk, put it on, and yell at people. Plus 2,000 points.

-While I obviously am all on board with Cyrus and Fenton standing in the sun/going to the island/making jam in Vermont, I think it’s unrealistic to think that Cyrus’s dark and twisty past wouldn’t catch up with him and ruin everything. No points at the expense of Cyrus’s happiness.

-LOVE everyone seeing their special moments with Quinn before shooting her morbid-awesome funeral bullets. My favorites were Marcus’s memory of Quinn convincing him to join OPA (which, of course, recreated the fast-talking first scene in the pilot where Quinn was propositioned by Harrison with the ol’ “Gladiator in a Suit” speech) and Olivia passing the keys to OPA to Quinn in her office. Quinn may have turned out to be really bad at the job, but the emotion was earned by everything Quinn and Olivia went through to get to that moment standing in front of each other as equals. Plus 10,000 points.

-George Newbern killed it this episode. Whether Charlie was paralyzed with grief over Quinn’s death or choking the life out of Papa Pope, Newbern was doing some of his best work ever. His character has always been a welcome comedic presence, but this episode in particular showed his amazing range. Plus 1,000 points.

Total: 14,200 points/Two empty bottles of really expensive looking whiskey

Minuses, or But Seriously? Is Quinn Dead or Alive?

-Let’s talk about Huck’s selective detective genius. He’s fallen for two too many woman who turned out to be psychotic, treasonous murderers. But SOMEHOW he got to the bottom of Olivia and Quinn’s fateful meeting and connected it to Olivia’s role in Rashad’s murder. He may have gotten the biggest detail wrong about Olivia being the one who murdered Quinn, but two out of three ain’t bad. His inconsistency is super frustrating. Minus 1,000 points.

-I’m still SO over Papa Pope and Fitz lamenting their “loss” of Olivia. You think you own her, but you don’t. You think you know her, but she’s more than your one-dimensional perception of her. They both need to get a life! Minus 3,000 points.

-I missed the OPA office memo about wearing leather to Quinn’s funeral. And I wish that all the characters missed it as well. Minus 600 points.

-I’m also disappointed that Olivia didn’t get to give a sweeping, epic eulogy for Quinn. I guess the visuals did the trick, but it seemed like a bit of a cop out for her as a character to just say Quinn’s death was “awful” and then drown her sorrows in Fitz’s bed. Minus 900 points.

Total: 5,500 points/6 bullets that were probably filled with some stranger’s ashes

Based on the promo for next week’s episode, methinks we’ll find out everything about Quinn’s time with Papa Pope BESIDES whether or not he murdered her. So…that blows. Either way, I hope you’ll join me next week for another recap! See you then, Gladiators!

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