TV Equals: "William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth deals with various concepts the most evident of which is the concept of perception versus reality. Macbeth coveted King Duncan’s throne because he perceived that being king would be better than being an honored soldier in the king’s army. The reality, however, proved very different from Macbeth’s perception. That’s not a concept unfamiliar to Scandal. Over the course of 4 seasons, Scandal has examined the idea of perception versus reality, and it’s a storytelling technique they once again employed in this week’s episode. The shock factor wasn’t as great this time around as in episodes past, and I felt a sense of relief more than anything else."