came out of the gate swinging from the very beginning of its season three opener and it never slowed down until the 59th minute of the finale last night. Whew! The true natures of Olivia Pope's parents were revealed, Quinn took a swan dive off the deep end, Sally slaughtered her husband, Cyrus pimped out James, Rowan was dethroned from B613 Command in a hostile takeover and then was reinstated after 'killing' Mama Pope for Fitz, Mellie's tragic history got all out in the open winning Mellie presidential sympathy, and Fitz betrayed Olivia in the worst way possible by being so hurt of Mellie's frigidity in their early marriage. Oh, and Mama Pope, she blew up a cathedral.
Though we nearly got whiplash from the twisty plot developments of a truncated labyrinthine final quarter, Scandal was a bit light on powerful soliloquies in comparison to past seasons. Scandal also departed from its formula of outrageous clients with seemingly insurmountable scandals thereby denying us front row access to the masterful dominion Olivia holds over the gladiators and anyone who dare get in her way as she finesses each situation to her client's benefit. We may miss the previous formula and pray for its return (because of course Olivia is going to end up back in Washington), but season three was an explosive Fort Knox vault full of hawt entertainment gold.