Scandal Season 3, Episode 2 Review: What Did You Think of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”?
ScandalSeason 3 started out with a bang. The premiere was one of the most exciting episodes yet, and set the bar high for Season 3, Episode 2: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." Did the episode live up to our sky-high expectations? Read on for Wetpaint Entertainment's review, and then rate it for yourself!
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The episode featured a series of flashbacks centered around Olivia and her father. We got to learn a bit more about their strained relationship, which has been bad for basically ever, since even before Olivia knew what her dad really did for a living. We also got to see more of her backstory with Huck, which is always a delight. And it turns out knowing Huck is how she figured out the truth about her dad (and met David!), which all works out very neatly. Not so neat? The near-death fate Edison Davis, at the time Olivia's fiancee, suffered when Olivia tried to outplay her dad. Um. No wonder she hates him.
In the present, it was Olivia vs. Mellie and Cyrus in an attempt to prove/disprove Jeannine Locke's supposed affair with Fitz. As always is true when the show's most devious characters face off, it was a nonstop PR chess match that was a complete delight to watch. Mellie and Cyrus are a terrifying team, and of course Olivia and the gladiators are always a force to be reckoned with.
Olivia's deeply evil father is a whole other level of problem for her. He tried to corner Olivia into dropping Jeannine as a client by threatening Jake Ballard's life. Olivia turned to Fitz for help saving her other lover (awkward), but some things are outside of the president's control. Once the White House got to Jeannine and convinced her to confess to the affair (by paying her two million), Liv's job got even harder, but it turned out it didn't matter, because Fitz made his own move, calling a press conference and telling Cy that if he wants Fitz to stick to the Jeaninne lie, he needs to get Jake released. He endsedup going with the latter. Damn.
Huck also figured out that Olivia's dad was the Big Bad in charge of B-16, and his darker side came out for a moment in one of the most striking scenes the show has had. Amazing.
In the end, Jake was returned to Olivia...and her dad demanded they resume their Sunday dinners. We. Can't. Wait.
Honestly, we thought this episode was great. 4.5 episodes.
What did you think of the episode? Rate it yourself, and sound off in the comments below.
Catch the next episode of Scandal on Thursday, October 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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