I’ve never done this with someone in the family, someone I love and that’s . . . I won’t kill you, I promise.
So, this one picks right up with the plot thread that left me hanging the most from last episode: Huck & Quinn. And let me tell you, it is no disappointment. Also very satisfying, Cyrus’ plotline. James twists the knife in some really brutal ways (though not in quite the way Huck might do it). And there’s this astounding scene in the Oval Office with Cyrus & Mellie where Cyrus breaks down and Mellie offers him some painful advice. It’s some of the best acting Perry’s done and that’s really saying something. Meanwhile, Olivia & Maya spend some time together; their quiet conversation about the life Maya had expected Olivia to have by now is a real stunner. And then the show ends with two fantastic cliffhangers – Olivia’s realization about who the real monster is and it seems that Sally Langston has “committed a sin.” Jesus. I still don’t like the Quinn/Charlie thing, though this episode does reveal some secret motivations that make it work a little bit better, I guess. And I’m STILL JUST SO OVER Abby and David. But still, those flaws aren’t enough to take away from the absolute rush of this episode. 4 stars.
tl;dr – a real return to form with this fast-paced, disturbing, twist-filled episode; great performances too; even a few flaws can’t damage this great episode. 4 stars.