Scandal says goodbye to one of their own with a bullet full of ashes.
Following the cliffhanger of the Scandal mid-season finale, we were left wondering, is Quinn (Katie Lowes) dead or alive? The episode didn’t waste any time thrusting us back into the anxiety of it all as Rowan (Joe Morton) is seen torching up a car full of someone’s remains. The group soon learns that it was indeed Quinn’s remains in the car, with scraps of her burnt up wedding dress to prove it. As the audience, we remained quite skeptical of the situation, but the episode continued to push Quinn’s demise. With everyone processing Quinn’s death, the group had to push forward and begin funeral planning. In true Scandal form, the funeral wasn’t quite what we expected. Paying homage to Quinn’s favorite story, they cremated the remains and made them into bullets to be shot out.
While the gloom of Quinn’s death hung over like a cloud, it was not the only story the mid-season premiere explored. Remember how Olivia (Kerry Washington) killed President Rashad and his niece, and Quinn found out about it? A heated confrontation between the two and Quinn’s disappearance/death all point to Olivia’s big, bad secret. Will Olivia ever come clean and tell the group the truth? Of this, we cannot be certain especially considering Rowan’s attempts to torture Liv into telling the truth didn’t bode so well for Quinn. Quinn’s loss heavily impacted every character in this episode, but none more than her husband-to-be, Charlie (George Newbern). In a desperate attempt to process this situation, he found himself back on Rowan’s doorstep pleading to be let back into his old life. This moment, however, is disrupted by the sounds of a baby crying inside the house. Could this be Quinn and Charlie’s baby? And is Quinn still alive? And will the group ever learn of Olivia’s betrayal?
We’ll have to wait till next week to find out, but until then let’s see what our Scandal roundtable had to say!
MindSet Podcast (@MindSet_Pod)- Podcast focusing on social justice and black culture
Myoshi (@BeingMyoshi)- Writer, comedian, and traveler
Julia (@DrJuliaPRS)- Plastic surgeon, food lover, movie connoisseur, music junkie, mother of cats, and child of God
Keith (@keithlovemovies)- Creator of the originally named keithlovesmovies.com
Nthabbie (@nthabbie)– Marketing & Media Maverick, Sometimes TV Commentator (TVAD) & most times Epitome of Awesomery
1. Wow, what a mid-season premiere, right? Alright, so first things first, do you truly believe Quinn is dead?
MindSet Podcast (@MindSet_Pod): NO! Mark my words, Quinn is not dead! They only recovered hair and teeth- have we learned nothing from Shondaland? No body, no murder. Part of me still thinks Harrison is somewhere out there lol. I have a couple of theories on what happened: Eli pretended to kill Quinn and now they’re working together to take down Liv. Or, Quinn escaped, and she is going to try to get Liv on her own. By the way, isn’t it amazing how far Quinn has come on this show? I remember when she was hated. Now, everyone is hoping she’s okay. Great writing, amazing show!
Myoshi (@BeingMyoshi): I really don’t want to believe that Quinn is dead. I want to believe she’s hiding waiting to get Liv, but there was a body that “matched her DNA”…
Julia (@DrJuliaPRS): You know, something in me says that she’s not dead because we know how Shonda will play us, but at the same time this is the last season. So…. If she is alive, I think she may be working with Papa Pope, which would be the TWIST OF ALL TWISTS!!! So, I could go either way. She may be dead, but if she’s not, she’s teamed up with Papa… and that adds another dimension to Charlie seeking out Papa Pope. Like, maybe Charlie knows what Quinn found out and he’s playing along OR he finds out that Papa Pope killed Quinn and it turns into a stand-off. Hmmmm.
Keith (@keithlovemovies): At first I thought she was alive and all of this was a ploy to get back at Olivia but now I’m not so sure.
Nthabbie (@nthabbie): Wow, wow, wow. What a way to kick things off… With that said, Quinn is definitely not dead. We know how the folks at Shondaland play too much. Also, that pin Huck is stuck on will unlock the mystery behind this death.
2. Glackland and Cyrus had quite the breakup this episode. What did you think of Glackland’s reason for walking away from the relationship?
MindSet Podcast: The scene between them made me sad. Cyrus is truly broken; so broken that he can’t see the good in other people-his soul is so twisted that he thinks everyone is just as rotten as he is deep down. Glackland was right to walk away. (Sidenote: I’m glad Glackland turned out to be a good guy. They could’ve easily played him as another Hollis Doyle type character.)
Myoshi: I mean Glackland had to do what he had to do. He found out the guy that almost killed him used to work with Cyrus. I’d walk too!
Julia: I said it before: Cyrus is too ruthless for a relationship. When you do dirt, all you see is dirt. I’m not saying that Glackland has always dealt nicely in his business (because we really don’t know anything besides him being really rich and quirky), but I think he may have liked Cyrus genuinely and isn’t used to that world of politics. At the same time though, I always thought Glackland had some motive for seeking Cyrus out, so maybe we’ll find out something about him having ties with somebody.
Keith: Glackland just can’t be with Cyrus knowing what he now knows about his past.
Nthabbie: I thought it was noble really, is he serious right now? He’s blaming Cy for staying true to the course like he’s some nun. How hilarious!!!
3. Abby and David found a flash drive while dismantling the playpen. What do you think is on it?
MindSet Podcast: Quinn is crafty- there could be anything on that flash drive. Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s not good for Liv!
Myoshi: I think that there’s evidence that could hurt Olivia on that flash drive and prove Huck right to everyone else! Luckily she doesn’t know about it. I think that was the flash drive that Quinn was going to give to the journalist who was killed before her wedding.
Julia: Probably the surveillance that Olivia & Jake were trying to get rid of from their meeting. Anything that will support Olivia’s involvement with Quinn’s death and also that plane explosion that killed Mellie’s boo-thang.
Keith: Maybe it’s a clue left by Quinn or something completely unrelated. At this point, both seem likely.
Nthabbie: I cannot fathom what could possibly be on that USB but whatever it is, it’s going to change things dramatically. Probably some intel Quinn had on all of them or possibly Liv.
4. Huck is too smart for his own good, wouldn’t you say? What are your thoughts on him figuring out Olivia’s secret and going to Fitz for help?
MindSet Podcast: I feel so bad for Huck! We all know his attachment to Olivia, which was rivaled only by Quinn! I don’t know what he has up his sleeve, but I think he’s going to try to get through to Liv as peacefully as possible. I think now that he sees what she’s capable of, it terrifies him. Given his history with B6-13, how triggering must it be to interact with Command (or someone who wants to be)? What do you do when the person you love more than anyone is now becoming the entity that broke your spirit?
Myoshi: I was really shocked that Huck figured it out that quickly but I mean he is very smart when he needs to be. Hey, he’s ex B613! I think he thought Fitz could help him but when he saw Fitz was defeated with the situation already he just walked away and kept it to himself. Besides, he had a little proof so he knew he wasn’t on the wrong track.
Julia: If anyone would have listened it would have been Fitz. Everyone else wouldn’t believe (just like Abby told him to drop it). I think Huck can disassociate himself from situations and people more because of all he’s been through, which actually helps him see through the subjective feelings and emotions of knowing people. It’s his blessing and curse.
Keith: Huck was never going to let it go and it was only a matter of time until he figured it out. Fitz was an interesting choice but nobody else seemed willing to listen to him even though Fitz didn’t seem that willing either.
Nthabbie: Huck is impulsive but very calculating. I’m pretty sure he ran to Fitz for him to alarm Liv and in a panic – Liv will make some careless mistakes that will expose her. Huck already knows what’s up. He just needs things to reveal themselves like he suspects.
5. Olivia is clearly a hot mess right now and has found herself right back into Fitz’s arms. Do you think she should come clean about Quinn?
MindSet Podcast: I think Liv needs to make up her mind. Are you Command? Do you want this life or nah? If she doesn’t, then yes she should come clean to Fitz (or Huck, really) and try to get herself out of this mess. But, if she does want B6-13, if she wants to be the first person to take command, then she’s gotta boss up! I personally, want to see her take command, but I can certainly understand if she decides not to- she’d have to come to terms with becoming her father, which is something she’s been fighting since the first season.
Myoshi: OMG! I cannot believe we are back to square one with Olivia and Fitz, but who didn’t see that coming one last time lol. I feel that if Olivia comes clean she’s bound to die by either Huck or Charlie. We know shes not going to jail.
Julia: You know, I don’t think she knows everything and I think she knows that. Yes, she is a COMPLETE mess, but I also think there is some denial and doubt. Not only from a grief perspective, but I refuse to believe that she’s had her daddy for this long and don’t know he always plays games. I just won’t be able to wrap my mind around that.
Keith: Olivia always finds herself with Fitz because it’s her comfort zone. She should come clean about Quinn but I don’t think she will.
Nthabbie: She should and I know she will, eventually. Liv considers herself bad but she’s really just a little girl with daddy issues. No amount of her drinking and trying to keep in control will ever wean her off her demons.
6. Those flashbacks were everything as the group bid farewell to Quinn. Which one was your favorite and why?
MindSet Podcast: My favorite Quinn moment is when she read Abby waaaay back in season 2 or 3! But if I have to choose from last night’s episode, I guess I’ll go with Marcus’ flashback. She gave him the same speech that Harrison gave her, only this time as the head of OPA, such a full circle moment! I think that was a beautiful nod to her character arc, especially if she is actually dead.
Myoshi: My favorite flashback was between Quinn and Jake. It was funny how she hit him for being considerate and then fell into him crying while he looks confused on what to do next. She made him bring out his softer side for a second.
Julia: I’d have to say that David Rosen’s flashback was best probably because it showed her transition from naive to mature. …and can we just talk about how David is the ONLY one not comfortable shooting a gun?!? Like, for real… I think that is symbolic of that flashback. She was the naive one, but that clip showed her transition of knowing they weren’t necessarily the good guys all the time or that they would win all the time.
Keith: They were all great but I couldn’t help thinking that they didn’t matter that much because she’s not dead.
Nthabbie: Huck’s flashbacks were bittersweet for me as I had still hoped to see their relationship explored more. Charlie is a good guy but I was still rooting for her and Huck to eat each other up in the most grotesque way only they could.
7. Holy ending! It’s safe to assume it is Quinn and Charlie’s baby, but do you have any other theories before next week’s episode?
MindSet Podcast: I don’t know how much time has passed, but that’s a big ol’ baby to be a newborn. If it is Quinn’s baby, I’m hoping that means she’s also still alive.
Myoshi: OMG! That was a twist I didn’t see coming! I think Papa Pope wants a do-over since he failed at Olivia, but didn’t expect to get caught with the baby. My theory is he made Quinn go into labor early then tortured her by not letting her see or hold the baby. Then to top it off he let her hear Liv let her die!
Julia: Well, the autopsy said the baby was killed so that’s actually where I’m caught up. Was it just DNA or the baby? There are so many unknowns in this area. I honestly don’t know who else’s baby it could be, but who is taking care of a newborn? Did she give birth first? Did he deliver the baby after he killed her? I’ve got some SERIOUS questions about this baby…
Keith: We’ll definitely know for sure whether or not this is all a ploy to get back at Olivia. If the others figure out what she did then she’s going down.
Nthabbie: Nope. That’s Quinn’s baby and Papa Pope is keeping Quinn in some warehouse as leverage against his twisted daughter. Charlie finding that baby is the key to the mystery and will have a domino effect on everything.
Final Verdict: The Scandal midseason premiere concocted a dramatic cocktail of death, drama–and a newborn life.
What a way to kick off the midseason, right? Scandal is going all in as it embarks on the final 11 episodes of the series ever. Things are at a tipping point as the group grapples with Quinn’s death and Olivia’s secret seems to be consuming her more than ever before. And with a mysterious baby in the mix, things are just getting started in the world of Scandal.
With Olivia’s world crumbling around her, she has sought out refuge in the only place she’s ever felt comfortable–in Fitz’s bed er arms. What will this mean for Olitz moving forward, or will this truly be a one night only love-making comfort session? Time will tell, but we cannot wait to find out.
As next week approaches, we hope to find some clarity over what exactly happened to Quinn, and whether she is truly dead. Our hopes are that Scandal doesn’t deprive us of the truth and gives Quinn a story she so very much deserves–dead or alive. And as Olivia continues to be a hot mess, the drama can only increase ten-fold as the secret she harbors chews her up inside. Until next week, Gladiators!