Sunday, March 29, 2015

Scandal Season 4, Ep 17: Put a Ring On It. AKA: Throwback Thursday

This episode should be titled #ThrowbackThursday. In a series of flashbacks, you get more backstory on Olivia and Fitz, and most importantly, Cyrus. 

Staring with Cyrus. After a bunch of phones start ringing at 4 a.m., you realize there is some shizzle going down! OH SHIT. Cryus’ boy toy Michael is caught licking the neck of another boy toy at a club. Of course, Olivia has to come in and handle it. Shut. It. Down. Shotgun wedding, and Cryus is the pregnant bride. Mellie is the host of the wedding, buying into it as it’s her new senate platform! 

As the wedding planning is underway, Michael is freaking out because his parents, whom he hasn’t spoken with in years, are invited to the wedding. At their reunion dinner, his parents spew their disgust over his lifestyle and the impending wedding, and Michael’s anguish over it is heartbreaking. Still playing in on the charade, his parents tell him a lady from the white house is paying them more than they’ve earned in a year. When they return to their home, Michael breaks down and Cyrus can’t help but feel.  

Flashbacks of Cyrus’ past life, first marriage to a woman, from the beginning of their marriage until the sad, lonely end. As Janet, his ex-wife, is slumped on the floor discussing their divorce, he begs her not to leave him. She says “At least let’s be honest with each other. I will admit I am not having an affair if you will admit you aren’t gay.” Next, Cyrus is looking at his bed with his former husband James asking if he’s okay. His thoughts are interrupted by Michael coming out of his closet (heehee) saying there was a dry-cleaning mix-up and he was just getting his shirts. Flashbacks continue with the marriage of Cyrus and James and you realize that with James, he was truly happy. 

Then there’s Liv. You ever have one of those dreams where someone is chasing you and you can’t get away? That’s Liv. Right now.  She’s having nightmares about her past with Fitz – the passion, the fighting, all intermixed with her capture and trying to escape. 

Olivia and Fitz,  Liv and Fitz and their past affairs. As Olivia is getting the Cyrus/James wedding chamber ready, Fitz walks in and asks her why she left the White House. She confesses that she couldn’t stand to be there and see him. Fitz lays down his great grandmother’s ring, called Dubebe (or something like that), that he has never given to his wife. He said it never felt right, and he knows that’s because he was supposed to give it to her.  Dubebe = Sweetbaby. He tells her “I just want you to be happy .” 

This is the ring that she’s always wearing, and that she swept under the rug before her kidnapping. After another nightmare, in the middle of the night, Olivia gets up and is frantically searching for the ring. She finds it in a vase.  When she goes back to Fitz to talk make arrangements for Cyrus, Fitz notices her ring isn’t on her finger. 

Abby goes home and finds that Leo has taken their pillow talks to Sally Langston. When Abby tries to claim ‘church and state’, you know – keep our bedtime secrets out of your work, Leo strikes: “you poked the hole in the condom. I kept it all wrapped up.” Ouch. Harsh Leo. That’s harsh.  She snoops through his phone for secrets that she can use. 

Crazy ex-VP Sally Langston is back! She’s the host of a political talk show and is taking Leo’s pillow talk to the air. She calls out Michael and Cyrus and calls their marriage a sham, and throws down a 10K challenge for proof of fraud. Her first guest is Michael’s secret boyfriend. Olivia goes to Sally to see what she can do to stop it. She offers Sally the Secretary of State position. Sally rejects the offer, and says it’s her television show where her voice can be heard, and she feels more power on the stage than on the hill. 

Later, when Olivia is back at the White House and everyone is freaking about the wedding, she sees Cyrus and knows that she has to save him. As Sally is ready to go to air, Liv shuts her down by showing her Michael’s client list that has Sally’s dead husband on it as a repeat customer. Sally backs down and says her guest had to unexpectedly cancel and his claims could not be validated. 

On their wedding day, Michael is not the blushing bride. He says he believed that someone would love him and care about him, that it’s the day he’s been dreaming of and he has nothing. He wanted someone to love him, to make him happy, and he doesn’t. He’s alone. He knows that  Cyrus would murder him if he could. Trying to lighten the mood, Cyrus tells him he wouldn’t murder him, that’s a rookie move. He’d hire someone to do it. Cyrus doesn’t lie to him – he bares his soul and tells him he’s evil and corrupted, but since Michael already knows that he can’t disappoint him. Makes him a promise: I may not do it well, but I will do my best to be your ‘someone’ so you’re not alone.  

The wedding is beautiful, Cyrus and Michael wed, and might actually be able to pull off the happy.  Abby and Leo are at the wedding where Leo asks if he was really on the list, and Abby laughs while saying “church and state.” Olivia is seen wearing the ring. 

Again, this episode didn’t really address much, expect give more background to the characters. We finally see what we’ve all been waiting for – Olivia having serious issues with her catch and release. 

Next week proves to be waaaay more exciting. Jake going cray-cray? What’s that all about?!

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