These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Cargo Ship: Mellie and the Fried Chicken. It turns out it was special vegan "fried chicken" made for Bellamy Young.
Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A growing risk as the second season progresses. Of course, some of the rotten things done are to save the more sympathetic characters from Hollis Doyle.
By Season 4, more than half the cast has orchestrated or outright committed coldblooded murder, and those with clean hands are only a little better. Interestingly, the character with probably the highest body count coupled with evident psychopathic tendencies is one of the most sympathetic (and beloved by fans).
Fridge Logic: In season 2, all of "Quinn's" trial and the aftermath. Since the majority of the evidence seems to come from the fact that she ran, it's never clear why Olivia didn't discreetly help get her off earlier instead of moving her. Further, she's only charged with the 7 murders as far as we see, and never identity forgery or terrorism, so it's not clear why a US Attorney is prosecuting her instead of a California DA. Even after the trial, she continues to use the name Quinn Perkins and appears to have no difficulty, for instance, booking a flight under that name. Even if acquitted for murder it is doubtful the DOJ would have let her continue under a fallacious identity.
It's possible she had her name legally changed offscreen. After all she'd been through, it would make sense if she didn't want anything to do with her old identity.
He Really Can Act: Guillermo Díaz has spent a lifetime playing gangsters and criminals and comedy roles, but now plays the deeply wounded Huck very convincingly.
Olivia Carolyn Pope, at least once an episode and usually multiple times. She also demonstrates chessmastering and talents in the Guile Hero department.
Control probably qualifies.
Olivia's mother, apparently.
Moral Event Horizon: The President murders Verna Thornton in order to maintain his hold on the Presidency after he learned of the election rigging that put him there, because she was going to speak to a federal prosecutor and completely expose Defiance. Granted, she did hire an assassin to murder him earlier in the season, and had weeks to live at most.
Tastes Like Diabetes: In "Baby Made a Mess," Olivia makes an absurdly cute campaign commercial with the ten-year-old daughter of a candidate for the senate. The candidate herself, while smart, isn't very telegenic.