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Scandal finds its momentum as it settles into its last season

ABC/Richard Cartwright
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  • “Lost Girls” feels like the season is finally finding its focus. The focus on Bashran is a welcomed shift from the shadow governments of past seasons. Scandal should’ve done this seasons ago.
  • You think Fitz’s new passion to save missing black women is going to make me like him? It doesn’t. He’s still the worst.
  • QPA trying to find a perfect missing woman was horrifically realistic and well done. The points about the girls’ names and academic records really hit on the biases in media around the subject.
  • “You’re her only chance at salvation.” - Papa Pope. If salvation for Olivia means more Papa Pope and Fitz, then I’m all for Olivia going full-evil. I’d rather see her sew actual puppet strings into Mellie than go back to her Papa Pope/Fitz power dynamic.
  • They have finally given Cyrus a worthy love interest. I am absolutely here for this relationship. GAY HANK!
  • Haha, that “How’s Vermont?” “Cold and white.” moment was really cute. I like when the old, relatable Olivia pops out for a second.
  • Olivia’s plan for Zoey seemed really basic. I’m shocked QPA didn’t think to talk to Zoey’s mother.
  • I swear we’ve seen Mellie do more as president in 4 episodes than we saw Fitz do the entire season.
  • This episode did give me more faith in Olivia and Mellie’s relationship.

Ashley Ray-Harris is a Chicago-based pop culture expert and freelance writer. Her work looks at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality and modern culture.