Scandal Season 2, Episode 12: A Preview Of Truth Or Consequences

Scandal seems to have wandered into especially complicated territory over the last few episodes, with the assassination attempt on Fitz and the aftermath dominating most of the plot. Remember when Olivia's job was to fix the problems of her wealthy clientele? We haven't seen much of that in the last few episodes, as she's been too busy working at (for?) the White House and worrying about Fitz.

This is not to express impatience with the series for veering a bit away from the format it introduced in Season 1. I've been mostly on the edge of my seat this season. That said, from past experiences with Shonda Rhimes shows, it's hard to predict whether or not Scandal will ever go back to the old format, or if we should expect the future of the series to focus on Olivia hanging around the White House (or possibly signing on to work for the President full time). Concerns aside, I'm still watching!

We have a gap between episodes now, with "Truth of Consequences" not scheduled to air until January 31. Boo. But on the bright side, the promo for the ep makes it look kind of like a horror movie. Is that a bright side? I don't know. Watch and decide for yourself.

That's right, last night Fitz asked for a divorce and Olivia could be engaged. Is she going to say yes? You'd think not, but let's face it, the more dramatic direction to go would be a yes. And then maybe she'll stay engaged for a while. Maybe she'll even try on a wedding dress, just so we can see that hypothetical Olivia Pope bride. But would she really go through with it? I'm going to say no, but this is thinking a bit too far ahead.

In other news, what was the deal with Mellie screaming? Was she in labor?

Here's the description for "Truth or Consequences"…

"Truth or Consequences" - After discovering the truth about the rigged White House election, the "Gladiators in Suits" realize that a quickly unraveling Olivia may not always wear the white hat. Meanwhile, Mellie is forced to take extreme measures to try and reel Fitz in, on ABC's Scandal, THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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