No light at the end of the tunnel. No sun on the horizon.
This is a really, really amazing episode, easily the best since very early in the season, maybe the very best in the season. It really does just advance the plot in some big, big ways and gives everyone a chance to show off. The Presidential Debate is a great premise for an episode and that scene is incredibly suspenseful with some more really astoundingly great work from Kate Burton and some usage of a minor character in a really tense way. And the way it moves the murder plot forward is great. Kerry Washington, well into the third season, shows something I hadn’t seen from her before in a great scene with Jeff Perry where Olivia simply can’t stop laughing. It’s amazing that this far into the show, Washington still has new tricks. But the show certainly has a great theme to it; there was that great episode in season two very like this one. This episode puts a moral choice in front of just about everyone and just about everyone makes the wrong choice. In that previous episode, the metaphor was given to us by Harrison when he said he’d go over a cliff for Liv. And everyone does take a leap in that episode. In this episode, the metaphor is from Jake; a walk into the darkness and just about everyone turns from even the dim light they’ve been living in and flees head on into the dark. And it’s all for that astonishing ending, one of the best cliffhangers of the entire show. And kudos for finally using Scott Foley the way he needs to be used, as a dangerous, somewhat insane individual; his eyes are just too weird for him to play normal. But, yeah, what an episode. 4 stars.
tl;dr – show returns to form in a mostly perfect episode where every character makes the wrong choice; and, my God, that ending! 4 stars.