SCANDAL RETURNS – SEASON 2 PREMIERE

I absolutely love Scandal, so each week I’ll post a recap and my thoughts about the current episode. That means yes, there will be spoilers.

This season we have the same cast, except for Stephen (Henry Ian Cusick) who has moved to Boston with his new wife Georgia.

Season 1 ended with a major cliffhanger, where we find out Quinn Perkins is hiding her true identity. Episode 1 of Season 2 jumps right into this storyline and we find out what Quinn is hiding. This season opener is tense and it definitely has a few ‘I didn’t see that coming!’ moments. So, here we go:

Season 2, Episode 1: White Hat’s Off

In each episode Olivia tackles a new case for a client, so I’ll start with that first. It’s mostly background noise anyways. So, a young, single politician likes to have sex in his office. One of his romps is videotaped with a hidden camera and a gossipy blog has warned that the video will be posted on their site in a few days. Huck hacks the site, grabs the video, and Olivia’s team releases it. This gives the politician a chance to spin it with the media on his own terms. Crisis averted.

Very early in this episode we find out Quinn is really Lindsay Dwyer. Several years ago she went through a bad breakup and she allegedly mailed a bomb to her ex’s job. It exploded and killed her ex and six of his coworkers. Now it’s a few months after the end of Season 1 and she’s sitting in jail with David, the U.S. Attorney, hell bent on giving her the death penalty.

Quinn/Lindsay claims she’s been set up. All she remembers is waking up in a hotel room in DC and finding a stack of official papers with her new identity on them: Quinn Perkins. She didn’t mail a bomb, she didn’t murder anyone, and she doesn’t know who created her new identity.

Now Olivia swoops in to free Quinn from the murder charges. At first I assumed that Olivia wanted to help since Quinn did work for her, but as the episode goes along it seems Olivia has an ulterior motive here (of course, this is Scandal!). Olivia tells Huck to check the security cameras around the hotel building where Quinn ended up- she wants to see who took Quinn there.

Huck checks the cameras, and we find out what happened that day when Quinn assumed her new identity- Huck was standing outside of the hotel building and watched her walk away with her new ID! Then he got into Olivia’s car and told her that Quinn has taken everything that THEY left for her. So in this episode, Olivia wanted Huck to 1) find out if there’s any footage of him near the hotel building that day, and 2) destroy the footage so no one finds out he was there.

Why did Huck and Olivia turn Lindsay Dwyer into Quinn Perkins? Are these two directly involved in the bombing? Hopefully those questions will be answered in upcoming episodes.

Now we’re looking at President Fitz’s problems. His wife, Mellie, is pregnant and she has big, Texas-size hair in this episode. I tried to ignore it but her hair took up half of the screen. Anyways, she calls their child ‘America’s baby’ and she is using her pregnancy to boost his presidential ratings. Fitz is tired of his wife being a political machine and he snaps at her. Mellie tells him that she knows he misses “her” and we know who she is referring to. So Fitz calls Olivia and those two have a sappy moment where they talk politics but we know what they really want to talk about.

Alright, now here’s the kicker: David, the U.S. Attorney, is coasting through his case and he’s sure that he’s nailed Quinn for the murders. In fact, Olivia and her team also knows that Quinn is about to go down. Olivia makes a phone call and simply says ‘We are going to lose’. We don’t know who she’s talking to. The next day, the judge drops the case and now Quinn is a free woman. Everyone is shocked, David promises to find out how Olivia pulled it off and even her team is baffled by the news.

Woo hoo I am so glad Scandal is back! I can’t wait to see how this plays out. Olivia looks very shady, and I wonder what Quinn plans to do now.

What do you guys think about this episode? Anything I left out or mis-interpreted? Let me know 🙂

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