Instead of standing alone and turning this into a suicide mission, stand with me and turn this into a cause. Lose this battle to win the war.
Well, this episode is not a disappointment, even coming after the astoundingly great No Sun on the Horizon. This picks up right after that cliffhanger ending and it’s a stunner. The ripples of the events that happen in the first few seconds of this episode spread throughout the rest of the episode and, I think, will have to continue throughout the rest of the season. A lot of flashback material here and it’s all pretty heart-wrenching. Josh Malina does excellent work as a man once again facing a crisis of conscience; this episode is really about his journey as much as it is anything. Jeff Perry does maybe the finest acting he’s done in the series so far; yes, almost three full seasons in, he still has a deep well of emotion to draw on and the press conference scene near the end is gripping and heart-breaking. Anyway, this episode is phenomenal and the show has definitely amped itself up as it races to the season finale. And a word for Scott Foley; the show’s finally figured out how to use him and he’s figured out what makes his character tick. And what is it that does? Nothing good. Welcome to Scandal, Scott. And, again, just like last time . . . that ending left me breathless. 4 stars.
tl;dr – heart-wrenching episode features series-best performances from several cast members and amps up the series as it races toward the season finale.