In a week when we lost the incomparable Larry Hagman, we have an apropos episode from Scandal…”Who Shot Fitz?” In a shocking ending to episode 7, President and First Lady Fitzgerald were heading to a gala event for the President’s birthday when all of a sudden shots ring out and screams ensue. I’m surprised that Shonda Rhimes would do an episode like this and not have it be the winter finale…because this episode screamed winter finale!!! But I’m not complaining that I’ll only have to wait until next week to see what happens next. This was a pretty major episode. Between Fitz being shot and James figuring out what David Rosen had suspected, Scandal is starting to reach a whole other level.
For weeks, David has been trying to figure out what really happened with Quinn Perkins. And what started out as a simple investigation into why Olivia was so desperate to protect Quinn that she sabotaged his case, causing him to get fired, has turned into a major uncovering of voter fraud. Now it took many steps to get to this point, with Abby’s help, but this is where we are at. David knows Olivia and Hollis Doyle are involved and he wants to uncover the truth. Since Olivia destroyed his relationship with Abby and his reputation on top of it, David now needs another partner in crime to help him with research…enter Cyrus’s husband, James. David gives James his research and asks him to help with the investigation using his reporter connections and investigating prowess. At first, James wants no part of this because he didn’t see anything in the data all that alarming. That is until he’s sitting at dinner in the residence with the President and First Lady and the President starts telling a story about how one small county in Ohio gave him the presidency. Fitz was talking about how you can never trust pollsters. He talked about what all the exit polls were saying and how the votes came in completely opposite of what the exit polls said. He mentioned the county of Defiance, Ohio. This set off alarms in James’ head. After dinner, he went back to his office to pulled out David’s research and found the county of Defiance listed as one of the counties that was impacted with faulty voting machines. So James catches the first place to Ohio. Long story short, he finds the voting machine in a high school and tests the machine. He votes 5 times for Fitz’s opponent. When he prints out the copy of official registered votes on the machine, he is stunned to see the results were 2 votes for the opponent and 3 votes for Fitz….Fitz wins. He has his proof. Uh oh. This is BAD news for James. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up dead. He’s a pretty expendable character, as much as I like him, so I have a bad feeling this is going to get him killed.
Now we need to figure out, how all the players are involved…Doyle, Cyrus, Mellie, Verna, and Olivia. We know why they wanted to do it but the question is how did these 5 people decide to come together to defraud the citizens of the United States? And how were they able to get away with it?
Here’s another question I have, was it really necessary for Olivia to do what she did to Abby and David? Think about it. Did she really think David would stop investigating this after Abby broke up with him? If so, she isn’t as smart as she thinks she is. So she broke Abby’s heart and ruined David’s reputation for what? For him to still figure out about the voter fraud? Each week going by, Olivia is looking worse and worse. I think it’s fair to say at this point that she isn’t a good person. She’s been a mistress, a liar, a manipulator, and now a defrauder. And she constantly justifies her actions to her own warped views about what is right and wrong. Yep, no longer an Olivia Pope fan here.
So let’s get to the huge cliffhanger….Fitz is shot. Who shot him and who’s responsible? I’m going to go out on a limb and say it isn’t Mellie because it’s too obvious. The way she was looking around outside and limo and the fact that she didn’t want to go to the party and tried to stop Fitz from getting out of the car…it screams Mellie is behind this. But the big sticking point for me that it isn’t her, is that if she really changed her mind about having him shot, he gave her the perfect out…the baby. He asked if the baby was ok and she said yes she and the baby are fine. If she was really behind it and really didn’t want him to go, she could have easily used that as the excuse to get him out of there. So I don’t think it’s her. Could it be Doyle, sending a message? Could it be Senator Davis being a lot more ambitious than we thought? Could it be Cyrus? Could it be Verna? Or is it Mellie? The promo said the shooter will be reveled next week. I think that’s a bit soon but maybe it’s the shooter but not who’s behind it. I guess we’ll find out soon enough!!!!
What do you think of Defiance? Did you love it? Were you shocked by that ending? Let me know!