"Well, that’s more like it. After last week’s Scandal laid some intriguing groundwork while still failing to thrill me, I pretty much demanded that the show start heating up — and guess what? It did. “Icarus” opened with a flashback in which an adorably geeky 12-year-old Olivia Pope says good-bye to her mother (played by the wonderful Khandi Alexander, fromTreme) for what she doesn’t realize will be the last time.
For the most part, this is an episode about the ongoing Operation Remington arc — but for the first time, the plot is all about the human drama, rather than Jake and Huck typing code and firing numbers at each other over the phone. (In fact, I can’t be the only one who’s just generally relieved that this week was light on Huck scenes.) They’ve shared their findings with Liv, and since she’s too afraid to confront her father about whether he’s behind her mother’s death, she stalks off to ask the president of the United States of America whether he performed a secret mission that involved shooting down that plane.
Of course, the White House crew is shocked when it turns out Olivia isn’t there to accept their job offer. Once she has Fitz alone — a moment Mellie seems really perversely excited about — she goes hard on Remington, but he stonewalls her. “This is your boyfriend Jake talking,” he sniffs, insisting that Remington “does not exist” as far as she’s concerned. That’s when Liv tells him in no uncertain terms that she can’t be his campaign manager.
Back at Pope HQ, it’s time to pretend that she’s picking Josie over Fitz for political reasons: first woman president! Wearing the white hat! Definitely nothing to do with the fact that the incumbent might have killed her mother 20 years ago! Well, whatever — I wanted to see Liv go head to head with Fitz in the political arena, and so far it’s everything I hoped it would be.
And then it’s time for a major Josie Marcus overhaul. Her campaign needs money, and Liv convinces her to start courting big business for donations. It’s in these awkward meetings that Lisa Kudrow finally has room to do something interesting with the role. Here’s hoping she sticks around for much of the season.”
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