A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show
Follow HitFix: Follow @hitfix
NEW YORK (AP) — "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity.
Thursday's third-season finale was a reminder of its tasty kookiness. Not as jaw-dropping as some (or many) episodes, it still was a display of how this show routinely shakes things up almost, though somehow not quite, beyond belief or recognition.
Read no further if you're immune to FOMO and haven't yet watched the episode.
ABC's "Scandal," of course, centers on Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), a Washington fixer at the highest level. She has had an on-again, off-again affair with the dashing President Grant (Tony Goldwyn), whose wife, the first lady (Bellamy Young), puts up with it with varying degrees of tolerance and bitterness while, recently, having her own fling with her husband's choice for his new vice president.
It's that kind of White House. And that's just for starters.
But how did the season end?
Olivia, realizing every terrible thing that happens is due to her (no wonder: She's the lead character!), concluded, "I'm the scandal! And the best way to deal with a scandal is to shut it down."
So she ditched her firm, her city and her president-squeeze in a private jet with her backup beau (played by Scott Foley), a sexy, shadowy figure who, for his own reasons, also chose to part ways with the capital city.
It doesn't take a crystal ball to predict they'll be back as quickly as the jet can be refueled.
No less predictably, Fitzgerald Grant was elected to a second term, inching by his opponent thanks to sympathy votes when his teenage son collapsed and died during an eleventh-hour political rally.
Turns out Olivia's terrorist mom (Khandi Alexander) engineered the bomb that nearly took out Fitz.
But — surprise! — it was Rowan Pope, Olivia's megalomaniac dad (Joe Morton), who murdered the president's son. Pope was scheming to guarantee Fitz's re-election and then seal his trust after wreaking vengeance on the widely assumed killer, Pope's own ex-wife and Olivia's mom.
Introduced as an evil guy then revealed to be a good guy during the past year, now Rowan Pope has been restored to monster status — as he claims his place at the side of the unwitting chief executive.
Meanwhile, the loss of their son has helped bring Fitz and his wife back together (yet again), just days after he was ready to lose the election and retire to a small town in Vermont with Olivia. (He would be mayor. She would make jam.)
It's just another narrative ricochet. But "Scandal" packs more twists and turn-arounds than a testing ground for boomerangs.
People complain that nothing gets done in Washington. "Scandal" dramatizes an opposite kind of city, where the action never stops. Except (painfully for "Scandal" fans) the next few months, while the show is on break.
EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier
Copyright © 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
Looking for something to watch?
Let Streaming Genie help you.
Let Streaming Genie help you.