The writers of Scandal don’t even let us chill. This is one show you can’t miss ONE minute of, because in the first 60 seconds, something major happens that lays the groundwork for the entire episode. Let’s get into the tea!
Gun to head – An older man runs to his mailwoman and gives her a yellow envelope. When the mail truck turns the corner out of sight, he takes a gun out and shoots himself in the head. WELL DAMB.
Olivia Had a Date – After finally saying yes to her ex, Senator Edison, they end up in the hallway of her apartment. He asks to come in and she says she won’t sleep with him on their 2nd date. He retorts with “We lived together… I watched you press your hair. This is not our 2nd date. This is our 4,000th date.” When a woman lets you watch her do her hair, you know it’s real. Liv says no anyway.
Abby Gets a Drawer – David asks Abby if she wants a drawer in his apartment and she says she would love it. And Liv listens in, having planted a bug in a bobblehead doll in David’s crib.
James Makes the Front Page – They were lying in bed when Cyrus says how much he doesn’t like Hollis Doyle and James uses what he says in his article and refers to him as a “Senior White House official.” Cyrus flips out at breakfast and James says he’ll be writing more about Hollis. Uh oh. The League of Goons will not be happy about this.
This Ain’t Tyra Mail – A check for $100,000 arrives at Olivia’s office with sheet music, except it’s “not just Mozart.” Huck realizes it’s in code and sees his name in it, along with the names of 5 other spies. This is the package sent by the man who killed himself in the beginning of the show.
B613 Declassified – The man who killed himself is Huck’s former leader in a top secret CIA operative called B613. Huck says he’s leaving because if he’s name is on this list, it’s time to disappear. Olivia says “Let me take care of this. Let me take care of you.” and he gives her 24 hours to do so.
Hollis is Not Happy - Hollis Doyle saw the story about him on the front page of the Times and visits Cyrus. He demands that he better handle James otherwise he might take the situation into his own hands. “You and your husband call each other whatever you please but put your WIFE on a leash.” OOP!
Meeting with Nigel - Liv finds out that the person who is threatening to blow the whistle on B613 is Nigel Surnoff, an international hacker whose real identity is unknown. Olivia asks Huck how bad the info on his operative really is and he says “We did tthings that would make it hard for you to sing the national anthem and mean it.” OH. DAMB.
They find out who Nigel’s lawyer is and Liv meets with him. Nigel is on the computer, with his face and voice blurred. He says he’s waiting on the G8 summit to conclude so he can blow this info up.
Olivia Demands Meeting with the Spies – Olivia realizes that Nigel doesn’t have the real info yet so one of the spies that worked with Huck is waiting to give him the real deal. She asks Huck to call them in so they can find out which one is the leak.
Harrison Steps Up – Harrison tells Olivia how it’s getting incredibly weird in the firm. He says “Tell me what you need and I will do it… I’m your family. I’m your gladiator and that is not a job to me.”
She says that Abby and David can’t be together, even though she can’t tell him the reason why. He doesn’t hesitate to tell her it’s handled.
He meets with a woman in a bar and slides her an envelope of cash.
The Meeting of the Badasses – The Gladiators wait in front of an elevator and each spy arrives one by one, looking really regular. Doctor, professor, realtor, mom and… Charlie. They just happen to be former professional assassins O_O. As they arrive, Huck collects their guns in a basket and one of the spies looks familiar. It’s because we saw him last season. Charlie’s the guy who Cyrus hired to kill the intern Amanda, and Huck tortured him for info.
Liv tells the spies that they shouldn’t kill Nigel because there are other hackers who will take his place. They begrudgingly nod and agree as she tells them that no one should leave the room until she has further news.
There’s a camera in the room recording them, and Quinn is taking notes. All are taking phonecalls, showing the lives they live now. The doctor responds to a call about a prescription. The professor gives instructions on an essay he assigned. The mom calls her kids. And Huck called his boo to check in. AWWWW!
Harrison Plants Idea on Abby – Harrison asks Abby if she’s done background research on David. He was clearly doing this so she could find whatever he’s planted in David’s past and I loved it.
The Goons Glock Up – Quinn was left to keep watch on the six spies in the conference room when she drops her cup of coffee in alarm as Harrison and Abby walk in. They look and see that they’re all pointing guns at each other. You got SIX PROFESSIONAL ASSASSINS and you figured they wouldn’t hide a gun? They prolly hid them in their mouths!
Harrison bravely tries to talk them off the ledge and he succeeds for about 10 seconds before they all put the guns back up, including one pointing at him. He leaves and is slightly shaken up by it.
Cyrus Deserves an Oscar – Knowing he needs to protect James by having him drop the Hollis stories, Cyrus tells him how he will lose his job if James keeps writing about Hollis. AND THEN HE STARTS CRYING! Of course James caves in, promising to never write a story on Hollis again. The Academy Award goes to…
Liv Flips… a Laptop – Olivia meets with Nigel’s lawyer and flips the laptop Nigel is talking from off the table. She tells his lawyer that if he doesn’t give up info, these six goons will hunt him down. He panics and tells her the account number that Nigel just sent money to. She writes it down and calls Huck. He tells her it’s a Swiss account so he can’t hack into it and that he’ll have to leave because they only have 2 hours of the 24 left.
A Game of CLUE – Huck walks into the conference room with the notepad with the account number on it and he tells the spies. IMMEDIATELY, they look at the doctor. The numbers match the prescription info he was giving earlier on the phone. So while they were all making phonecalls, ALL of them were listening to the doctor give that prescription and they remembered what he said. GAHTDAMB highly trained summabishes! I can BARELY remember my own 4-digit pin. These goons here remembered numbers a doctor rattled off. WOW!
Wink Handles It – As Charlie is about to kill the doctor, Huck intervenes and gives a speech on how they can be different. It’s cute and the mom in the pink sweater winks. Huck looks over and Doc has a whole in the middle of his head where Wink has sniped him. WELPINGTON!
Quickly, the other spies clean up the conference room. It’s spotless, and they leave Huck in the same chair he was in when they killed Doc. Liv shows up and is relieved to see him. He tells her his spy name “Spin,” short for “spinster” because they never thought he’d meet somebody. Aawww, a goon with a heart.
Abby Finds Plant – Abby’s looks up David’s background afterall and she finds out that someone he used to date ended up in the hospital after an argument. And she met up with her and confirmed it. As a former battered woman, this is someone she’s sensitive to so she breaks up with David.
Abby goes to the firm all butthurt and she confesses to Liv that she’s been dating David. She’s foolish for not knowing Liv would already know such information. She doesn’t realize her reach.
The Spies Get Back to Life – All the spies are shown living their normal lives. Well, all but the doctor, who was murked. If Shug Avery was there, she’d say “See, Daddy? Spies got souls too.”
And I love the Nina Simone song playing in the background as this was happening. YES LAWD!
Olivia Gets Her Groove Back – The senator shows up at Liv’s house and asks to come in. He tells her “I am a man and I don’t play games and you and I are very good together so let me in now or I walk away.” Liv cries and hugs him and they go in her house and close the door. YESSSSS!!! GET YOURS, LIV! Also, I’m here for the senator. Yes. He’s grown on me.
The next episode is in 2 weeks and it’s gonna be President Ghost’s birthday. And something EXPLOSIVE is gonna happen. I CANNOT WAIT!
The highlight of my evening though? That Kerry Washington tweet! I’m having the best week EVER! \(._.)/