It’s been two weeks since the last Scandal. This episode was much anticipated, especially after I watched the previews with that foreboding music. Shonda an’ ‘em told us it was gonna be explosive and they were not playing with us. I’m still clutching my chest. Let’s jump into “Defiance” and all the tea that came with it.
The Morning After – Aw snap! Senator Davis spent the night at Olivia’s. As they get dressed for work, Edison tells Liv about his past relationships, hoping she’d open up about hers. But all she gives him is inside tea that when something big happens that day at the Senate, he should issue a statement of support. He tells her “Whoever he was, he really hurt you didn’t he?” YOU’ONT KNOW HER LIFE WHEN YOU DO! O_O
Double Trouble Meetup – David meets with James to get him to look into research he’s done on Hollis Doyle rigging votes. James isn’t buying it but David convinces him to take the packet to review it.
The Pierce Problem – Harold Pierce is Olivia’s newest subject for fixing. His son (Skip) and ex-wife think he’s lost his mind because he’s now with some super young girl who looks like a Baywatch extra (Jenna). Especially since the divorce is only a month old. He quit the multi-billion dollar empire he founded, gave his ex-wife $500 million in settlement, and is now flouncing around with Jenna. But the main problem is Pierce’scompany is going to IPO in three days and they’re worried that if word leaks of his foolishness, the company’s stock will be worth pennies.
Senator Sex Scandal – Olivia’s handling the Senate Majority Leader, who is outing himself for having sex with the 21-year old daughter of his best friend. These men stay messing up over young love pockets. He has to resign his seat, and as he makes his statement, she stands behind him.
President Ghost and Cyrus are watching the broadcast on TV. Olivia’s face is only half visible, and out of focus but Fitz is mesmerized.
He’s in shambles over HALF her face. If he sees WHOLE her, he gon be in puddles! The First Lady comes in and he can’t e’em act like he half gives a damb about her. He barely even listens to Cyrus, who tells him there’s a gala they’ll be having for his birthday. And then I HOLLERED when Cy said Stevie Wonder’s gon be singing at the party. OF COURSE, STEVIE GON SING AT A FAKE TV TRIBUTE! O_O Was this Shonda Shade? Because I enjoyed it thoroughly!
Harold Needs Supervision - Harrison goes to a judge to get Harold to be considered incapable of making his own decisions so Skip could be his power of attorney but she asks them to get an independent person to evaluate him. The person sent is escorted out the house, naked and with a shotgun to his back. Welp.
With his shotgun and his young vixen, Harold tells the gladiators that he doesn’t support the IPO so he wants to take it to the press. ”And I’m gonna tweet it into the crapper.” Jenna don taught granddad social media. To avoid that, they cut the satellite wires to his house so he can’t get phone or internet service.
Quinn Gets Curious – All of a sudden, Quinn starts asking Huck questions about gasses that put people out for 10 hours at a time. She tries to play it off by saying she’s researching to see how they can deal with Harold Pierce. You ain’t slick, ma’am! You’re researching your own background and case. Mmhmm.
Babysitting is Boring – Harrison and Abby are posted outside of Harold’s house to make sure he doesn’t leave until after the IPO, and he finds out that David has left her many sappy voicemails and she’s clearly sad about it. While they were in mid-convo, Jenna brings out nachos and margaritas for them. See? Golddiggers can be nice too.
Dinner of Drunken of Defiance – At an intimate dinner with the First Lady, Cyrus, James, Vera (Supreme Court Justice) and a couple of others, President Ghost (who seems tipsy) starts talking about the story of the night he won presidency, and how polls shouldn’t be trusted. Mellie tries to get him to stop but he wasn’t hearing it. Half of the League of Goons were sitting at that dinner table and he doesn’t e’em know a damb thing that was going on. Fitz ends up saying how him and the other candidate were neck-and-neck in Ohio. And then they won Defiance County, and therefore the state and then the presidency.
What this means is: Defiance County, Ohio is where Governor Reston (from episode 5) lost when he said it was by 4,359 votes. That is where Hollis Doyle rigged the machines.
James IMMEDIATELY goes to the file David gives him and realizes that he might be right after all. He’s going down dangerous territory and the League of Goons is NOT gonna like this.
Harrison and Abby’s Fail – Jenna runs out and gives the babysitters a number saying since their phones don’t work, she needs them to call it because Harold is sick. They do as she says and when the “doctor” arrives, Jenna doesn’t let HABBY (Harrison & Abby) in. When they’re finally let in, they’re surprised to see Harold and Jenna are now married and that “doctor” is a Dr. of Theology. WOMP! HABBY had some ‘splaining to do to Olivia on this one for that partial mission fail.
James Is Looking For Trouble - James goes to Defiance County by find out about the voting machines and they tell him there are 150 machines used and stored in a warehouse. He counts all of them but only sees 149. The security dude there tells him there is only one other machine in the county, and it’s in a trophy case at the local high school. LAWD!!! No!
Majority Leader Vote of Confidence – With the Senate Majority Leader seat open, Edison is throwing his name in the ring. Olivia asks Cyrus how likely it is for him to get it and he says not that likely. But if Edison gets it, it’ll mean the Fitz is over Liv.
Pics of Liv and Edison get delivered to President Ghost, who is always looking like someone took his last pink starburst. When he sees the coupley pics, he starts to cry. You better emote in the name of love, Ghost! E’em though you’s married. O_o
Harold Has Lost His Mind – Chaos ensues when Skip comes to the Pierce house and Harold shoots him in the arm with his shotgun. That old geezer is a FOOL! Harrison calls Liv for help but she tells him to handle it. Step up your game, Gingham! Huck helps clean Skip’s wounds and Harrison helps the men end the feud by making them sit and talk it through. It turns out they wanted the same thing but approached it differently. Aawwww.
150th Is The Charm - James finds the 150th voting machine in the trophy case and the janitor’s warning of “don’t steal anything” goes unheeded. OOP. He gets the machine working and tests it by voting 5 times in a row for Reston/Howard. But when he printed the machine’s tally, it showed 3 for Grant/Langston and 2 for Reston. He now has proof that the election was rigged. LAWDDDDD!!!
I got my GOOD wig ready for James’ funegro. The one that doesn’t move when you jump on the pews because he might don’t make it once Hollis gets wind of this.
The Pierces Make Up – Harold Pierce calls off the IPO and his wife is left realizing that her wish for him to be crazy isn’t so. And she has to deal with what it means to lose the love of her life at this age. Poor lil tink tink.
Major Win for Edison – Olivia’s boo finds out that he won the Majority Leader seat, and he wonders how. She says she had nothing to do with it, and she realizes President Ghost did it. She finally agrees to escort Edison to Fitz’s 50th birthday gala, which she wasn’t previously going to attend. Could President Ghost really be over her? She thinks so. There’s a catch to this somewhere. I just KNOWED it.
Hollis is HOT – Hollis hears of Edison winning the majority leader seat and shows up to throw a fit to Cyrus. He says ”I’m bout ready to bring this whole house of cards down” and storms out. OH. CRAP. This is NOT good because the man seems ruthless.
Quinn’s Got It Figured Out – Quinn approaches Huck with questions, and just as suspected, she’s been trying to piece together how she got to be involved in Lindsey-Quinn gate. Based on FAA and flight records, she figures out she was drugged and flown on a private plane owned by Vera Thornton from Sonoma to DC two years before. WELP! *faints*
Time For the Gala – Edison picks up a STUNNING Olivia from her place and they head to the gala smiling from ear-to-ear and holding hands.
The opposite mood is happening in the President’s car as he rides with the First Lady, looking none too pleased. As their car pulls up to the event, Mellie starts telling him she no longer wants to go to the event. ALL OF A SUDDEN!
She starts shaking like a polaroid picture, saying she doesn’t wanna go anymore. “she’s not my mistress anymore. So buck up. You won…” Mellie says “I don’t wanna go” again and he looks at her, and says “We can’t always get what we want, can we?” OOP!
He steps out the car and she follows him. After a couple of steps SHOTS ring out and the President is down.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! President FITZ!!! NOOOOO! I legit threw my shoe at the TV and slid off my couch! WHATTT???!?
Mellie KNEW this was gonna happen. And this must have been what Hollis meant when he said he was gonna bring down the whole house of cards! iCANNOT! I am UNABLE TO CAN. I have the inability to can! OMG!
iSWEATERGAWD, yall better not have killed President Ghost because if you did… I ain’t gon do nothing but still! Alls I know is Olivia is bout to SHAKE THE TABLE to find out what happened to the love of her life! Or she’s gonna crumble because even she might not be able to fix this. I am just… WHOOOOOOO!!! Those last 4 minutes DID ME IN! I just… cannot.
So. Who shot Fitz? WHO DID PRESIDENT GHOST IN???
Discuss. I’m spent.
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