By Natasha Greeves | Shadow and Act April 26, 2013 at 10:29AM
For many Scandal fans a three-week hiatus was just way too long! So much so fans actually started a petition to request this not happen again. But what Scandal fans should be wondering is why an announcement hasn’t been made regarding the renewal for a third season. I don’t think anyone thinks it’s not going to happen. But one has to wonder why ABC has yet to confirm. Can’t be because the ratings aren’t good.
ABC may have made Scandal fans wait, but quite a bit was revealed in this episode entitled “Seven Fifty Two.” As the episode concluded I wondered if Shonda might have been listening to Usher’s “Confessions” because so many people seem to be making them.
If last season had a lot to do with Quinn, this season seems to be all about Huck. Last night’s episode started five years prior where we get to see Olivia and Huck meet for the first time. His mental stability is an ongoing problem and we finally get to find out why.
“752” is likely to be a number played quite a bit in the lottery all over the country today. Huck repeated those words while rocking back and forth the whole episode. My facebook feed was full of predictions of what the number meant. But we will get to that later.
While Huck is struggling with obvious post-traumatic stress disorder of some kind the rest of the office tries to help him by talking to him, or rather using this time to make confessions.
Quinn reveals her past hopes and dreams: the wedding, the house, the family, and the life. She laments how her life was stolen from her and tries to get Huck to move forward.
Abbey laments the life she gave up with David to be a Gladiator; How Olivia swoops in and saves them when they are at their worst; How she owes Olivia her life, and because of this, she and the rest of the group are blindly loyal.
Harrison reveals that he is a talker, and that its what nearly landed him in jail before Olivia saved him. “All I have ever done is talk,” he states. But the talker doesn’t have anything worthy to say to Huck. He is rather emotional and for the first time we get to see a few cracks in his hefty self-esteem.
When Olivia finally returns at the end of the episode, she reveals in a few words, a much darker past. Stating that she stopped at that train station because Huck’s eyes were sadder than her own. That she and Huck shared a darker experience than the rest of Pope and Associates, and that she needed him. We have yet to meet any of the Pope family or really get any background about how she got to where she is.
Via flashback we find out that Huck was a vet recruited by the government to work for an agency called B613. B613 employees take out domestic enemies of the state. While Huck is offered the job, I don’t know if anyone else felt that he didn’t have any other choice but to take it. We find out Charlie wasn’t just a co-worker but essentially his mentor.
Family is not allowed, apparently, for B613 employees because when they find out about Huck’s, Charlie instructs him to take care of it. When Huck makes the decision to run, he is apprehended and thrown into a cell beneath the ground. He is asked one question every time they come back: “Do you have a wife and child?” They don’t release him until he says “no.” Frankly, I am not so sure that he actually has a family or if the woman and child he sees at the train station aren’t just another family he had chosen, like in other episodes. Time will reveal whether the woman and child he sees at 7:52 are indeed Kim and his son Javier.
We find Charlie has a soft side, if Kim and the baby are indeed alive. He also allows Huck to live despite the fact that he reports that he terminated him. But I think the revelation in this moment is, who he is reporting the information to! Joe Morton’s character is actually the head of B613. Or at least used to be when Huck was part of the team. Which begs the question: do they know Huck is alive? Is Huck his real name? I don’t recall during the entire flashback the use of his name.
Captain Ballard finally meets Cyrus. Cyrus plays it cool as always, but he puts Charlie on the job to find proof about the Captain’s relationship with Olivia. If we wondered how the Captain felt about Olivia, we found out tonight. He makes the request to Joe Morton’s character to be removed from the case.
Cyrus tries to get President Grant to leave Olivia’s side. As usual, he gives us the quote of the evening “. . . President of the United States is on a late night booty call.”
Meanwhile Mellie has been resourceful and she has found out that President Grant hasn’t left Olivia’s side. She moves out and let’s Grant know that “life as you know it is over.” In other words, get it together or everything I know will be revealed. As much as Mellie annoys me you can’t blame her.
I am so over the relationship between Olivia and President Grant. I want Olivia to just let it burn as they say. She tells him at the beginning of the episode “I don’t believe you any more.” But by the end of the episode she is back in his arms. I know she walks out on him, but we all know that this tawdry tale is going to last the length of the series. Is anyone else over it?
Two more episodes left! I have a feeling they will be jammed packed.