Scandal Season 3, Episode 10 Watch: The Door Marked Exit
In other news, Fitz and Rowan went head to head when Fitz had Rowan brought to some basement and stripped down to his underwear, in what was obviously a power-play move, after which Fitz tried to get under Rowan's skin by talking about how good Olivia is in bed. Maybe he was trying to get a rise out of him. Maybe he thought he could get Rowan to give up information about Olivia’s mother. Or maybe he just wanted to show Rowan how in charge he was. At that point, Fitz hadn’t been filled in on the fact that Maya is actually a terrorist or some other kind of criminal. Olivia’s people were working on that, while Fitz was saying icky things about Olivia to her father. Rowan came out on top of that conversation though, as we saw another demonstration of where Olivia inherited her ability to deliver a fast-spoken monologue.
Rowan called Fitz out for being a rich guy who’s desperate to get off the track his father set him on since birth. Rowan says Olivia is his exit strategy. I hate to admit it, but maybe the Rowan is right? We do sometimes see Fitz seeming so desperate to abandon everything and run off with Olivia. And there are times when the whole Vermont dream seems romantic but other times when it just seems like insecurity and frustration, like he's trapped in his own life and unable to take charge of anything. It's those moments that come back to me when I think about what Rowan said to Fitz. I do think Fitz loves Olivia, but Rowan might not be wrong to question the guy’s motives and insecurities.
Fitz got the last laugh though, as he somehow got Rowan fired and replaced with Jake. Maybe that disproves Rowan’s comments about being above the President’s pay-grade, but I’m really not sure what to think of that, to be honest. It seemed almost too easy for Fitz to unseat Rowan and put Jake in his place, so we’ll have to wait and see where that picks up. Meanwhile, Jake's all suited up and in charge of B-613 and that means his relationship with Olivia is over.
And obviously, Quinn didn’t kill Rowan or stab him with the needle, which wraps up another one of last week's cliffhangers. Rowan was called away in the nick of time. Meanwhile, Quinn has apparently inherited Sydney-Bristow-like spy resourcefulness, as she used a paper towel dispenser in a public bathroom to remove the tracking device Huck put in her tooth. Then she ran off and hid with Charlie. Then she returned to confront Huck at the office, who said he wanted to peel her skin off, then she went back to Charlie. No clue where any of this is going, and I’m not sure I want to think about it. But I agree with Charlie, Quinn shouldn’t change her hair.
Maya disappears in Mongolia and pops back up in Washington DC, making a mysterious “I’ll be seeing you” burner call to her daughter while looking cleaned up and gorgeous. Olivia may have gotten her speech-delivery superpowers from her father, but she inherited her ability to look chic in white from her mother. Loved Maya's coat.
Maya being back in DC is a twist, as we were surely assuming she was hiding out in some remote area. We’ll have to wait and see when and where she resurfaces. In the meantime, that’s where the episode left us, and we won’t know what’s next until late February when Scandal returns for its shortened second half.
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