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'Scandal' Season 2 finale delights fans with plot twists

Juicy conclusion and spoilers for next season dominate Twitter and the web

By Mekeisha Madden Toby May 17, 2013 1:01PM

SPOILER ALERT: This post includes plot points from the Season 2 finale of "Scandal."

 

To call "Scandal" a guilty pleasure after Thursday night's delicious Season 2 finale would be a misnomer. After all, why should anyone feel guilty for watching what was arguably one of TV's most gratifying and twist-filled closers this year?

 

Not only did fans see mole Billy Chambers get his comeuppance but the rise and painful fall of Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) once again. This, after Olivia devised such an awe-inspiring divorce package for Fitz and Mellie (Bellamy Young). The bit on Mellie being labeled a racist was a thing of beauty in and of itself. But the best part was when viewers learned that Rowan (Joe Morton), the underhanded CIA-B613 boss, is none other than Olivia's dad. Whaaaaat!

 

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This revelation and all the other juicy twists and turns -- including Quinn's (Katie Lowes) penchant for torture and Cyrus' (Jeff Perry ) heart attack and break-up abilities -- captured the attention of 9.1 million viewers. Many of these same viewers flocked to Twitter, GetGlue and the web to give voice to their shocks and delights.

 

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"Exhausted after the #Scandal finale," tweeted fan Mona Scott-Young. "I feel like I've been 'fixing,' drilling & went into cardiac arrest my damn self! #Wow!!" Meanwhile, Lena Dunham got in on the action, too. Not one to be excluded from a good time she tweeted, "Not leaving the house this weekend until I'm caught up on Scandal. I feel left behind & left out like the last girl to get my period."

 

And if you think the Season 2 finale was a head-spinner, creator and executive producer, Shonda Rhimes, promises a Season 3 filled with more suspense and intrigue, especially when it comes to Rowan and Olivia's troubled father-daughter relationship.

 

"At the very least, Rowan was trying to get Jake (Scott Foley) to have sex with her and then make a tape of it, which seems creepy on many levels, right?" Rhimes told reporters at a "Scandal" event the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held Thursday night. "I don't know if they were trying to kill her. That's up to interpretation."

 

Rhimes also said she and the writers considered an ending where Olivia and Fitz spooned in bed and ended up together but, ultimately, they wanted Olivia to have clean hands. "It was charming, adorable and really, really sexy and I love the scene and maybe one day someone will get to see it," Rhimes said. "But the problem with it was that Olivia put the white hat back on and emotionally you felt like she had found her inner core after losing it so badly. It felt like a cheat -- that we were cheating her out of trying to do something good."

 

"Scandal" Season 3 kicks off this fall on ABC. 

14Comments
May 19, 2013 2:00AM
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Sorry if it bother you that I was excited about finale.  what is your problem?
May 18, 2013 12:33PM
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Love this show, I am a Gladiator... Season 3 come quickly.
May 18, 2013 12:19PM
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Absolutely one of the VERY FEW shows I HAVE TO keep up with. The season finale was just brilliant!! I figured that Rowan was Olivia's father but now it will be interesting to know if he did all this out of love or some other (devious) reason. We all knew that no one would believe that tha Prez would or could totally forget about being the Prez for long. But boy did I feel for him having to crawl back to that wife of his. I can't wait for the new season. Shonda girl, you are the best.!!
May 18, 2013 12:18PM
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I am beginning to hate the on again/off again relationship between Olivia and Fitz. I would definitely go with Olivia over Mellie, and would like to see them together. Nice twist with David doing the right thing, though I know Davids always do. lol  I keep thinking Rowan was trying to have Olivia killed, but since he is her dad (that was a shock) now I wonder what his deal is. And Quinn with the drill was a real surprise. Huck has taught her too well. One of the best dramas on TV. I watch it on Hulu, along with Bones and Once Upon A Time, which are also good. Can't wait for next season.

May 18, 2013 11:13AM
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Not sure about David doing the right thing.  It showed him making a bunch of those memory cards.  We know he gave that govenor  a blank one but we do not know if the one that Cyrus got was the real one or if it was blank also.  David may be holding onto it for future leverage.
May 18, 2013 10:59AM
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What a good finale - was stunned to learn Rowan is Olivia's father. Kept wondering if Jake was a good guy or bad guy or bad guy who turns good guy by killing that agent who tried to kill Olivia.  And who is trying to kill Olivia?  I guess Jake gets left in the hole and won't be back because Scott Foley is supposed to be in a new show in the fall.  Too bad because I was really glad to see him in the Scandal cast.  Huck continues to intrigue and surprise - I have really come to love this character - he is heartbreaking.  I like Fitz but no way can he divorce his wife and bring a new love/new wife into the White House, would never go as smoothly as he thinks.
May 18, 2013 10:23AM
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It really is an amazing show and I absolutely HATE politics.  The season finale was surprising and frstrating and amazing.  Cyrus in the ambulance is now one of my favorite all-time scenes.
May 18, 2013 10:05AM
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Best show on tv right now.  This seaon finale was one of the best I've seen in a long time. "Bang,Band; Bye-Bye; Boo-hoo". David redeeming himself and giving Olivia the "white hat" back and nailing everyone in the process. Had me going right to the very end. Jake saving  Olivia knowing where he'd end up. That hole has gotta be a whole lotta nasty... Quinn going ballistics on Billy with the drill and Huck realizing he'd created a monster. And of course there's Cyrus- best nasty on tv ! In the ambulance and telling the secret service to shoot the EMT, or he'd do it himself and at the end trying to trash the Defiance disc with the Lincoln statue. CLASSIC CYRUS he needs an Emmy! Wasn't too surprised about the outcome w/Fitz. Cyrus was right...this isn't a fairy tale.Just leaves more options open down the road. And finally- "Dad?" OMG- Hurry up fall...gonna be a loooong summer....
May 18, 2013 7:37AM
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"It felt like a cheat..." No, what felt like a "cheat" was you (Shonda) denying the Olitz fans just a little bit of happiness for their couple. She could have always turned everything on its ear next season by breaking them up...AGAIN!...but fans could have had that little bit to cling to during the hiatus. She took the easy way out on that one but I always knew she was going to. I have mixed emotions on this one...
May 18, 2013 7:30AM
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that damn SCANDAL put into a hurry up FALL state of mine....... 
May 18, 2013 6:44AM
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Poor Jake put in the hole just like Huck!  I was also surprised by David doing the right thing. 
May 18, 2013 5:44AM
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Rowan turning out to be Olivia's dad really blew my mind. This father-daughter relationship has got to be rife with some very ugly twists and turns. Can't wait!
May 18, 2013 3:47AM
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SCANDAL IS HOT AND DELICIOUS ALL AT THE SAME TIME. CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THE 3RD SEASON TO SEE HOW THING PLAY OUT Olivia AND HER DAD. CAN'T BELIEVE THAT Quinn's ENJOYED THE TORTURING BILLY CHAMBER. SO WHAT DISAPPOINTED OLIVIA LET FITZ OFF THE HOOK SO THAT HE COULD CRAWL BACK TO MEL LIE AND ATTEMPT TO KEEP HIS MARRIAGE TOGETHER IN ORDER WIN ANOTHER TERM. ITS JUST MUCH HAPPENING AND I DON'T WANT MISS ANY OF IT. SO GUYS WILL HAVE GOOD BREAK AND BACK IN THE FALL AND KNOCK OUR SOCKS OFF "I AM TRULY WAITING THE ACTION"

 

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