When I tell you that I couldn’t move from my couch for an hour after this last episode of Scandal, please believe me. It was like someone took my last cookie. This show has me in my feelings and I don’t even mind. Scandal SLAYED ME more than usual this week and if this is my longest recap yet, you can’t blame me. I might dedicate three paragraphs to talmbout how much I rolled on carpet. Anyway, let’s get into it.
The Shooting – Anchorman Seventh Heaven Daddy gets word of the shooting outside of the President’s birthday party. And at first, he’s told the President wasn’t hit and right on air, he gets word that he actually was. They show the scene and we see Mellie screaming, with President Ghost’s blood on her. We also see that there is at least one more victim. Aw nawl!
The New President (Flashback) – Olivia’s at the hospital watching the chaos around her when she notices a flagpin on the floor. It’s the President’s and it makes her remember right before Grant/Ghost got sworn in. She got him the pin right before the ceremony.
That night, she didn’t go to the Inauguration ball because watching him dance with Mellie was painful. Instead, he left the ball early to meet her in the Oval Office. She said “Mr. President” and he got all riled up. Her: “Stop it.” Him: “We can’t stop. You’re the most important person in my life. I can’t just stop. Can you?” And then they proceeded to hit their swerve on the Presidential desk. SO. HOT.
Cyrus Reads and Liv’s on Duty – Back at the White House, Liv and Cyrus return upon hearing that Vice President Sally Langston is in the Oval Office, instead of under high protection as she’s expected to be. Sally tells Cyrus that she’s there because she’s now Commander-in-Chief. He reads her for filth and says according to the 25th Amendment, she is not. The President is still alive so she cannot be taking this role. WELP. Meanwhile, Olivia asks for one of the staffers to go to her apartment and get her 1 gray suit, 1 black suit, 1 blue suit, 6 blouses, a toothbrush and shoes. POPE IS ON DUTY!
Interesting note: Liv is usually in ivory and lighter shades. She’s asking for dark clothes. She means BIDNESS!
First 100 Days (Flashback) – We’re taken back to when President Ghost first takes office and he needs to set the agenda for his first 100 days. Him, Cyrus and Olivia go to Camp David to strategize. Ghost goes for a run with one of his Secret Service men (Tom) who tells him about surveillance in the White House. He learns that there is a camera in the Oval Office, and he should be careful. Reading between the lines: that romp he and Liv had on Inauguration night was not so secret.
Liv Holds Press Conference – Since the Press Secretary is one of the victims, Liv is the one to speak at the press conference at the White House. “President Grant is in surgery. His condition is described as critical.”
Past League of Goon Shenanigans (Flashback) – We see President Ghost speaking to a none-too pleased Liv in the halls of the White House. She’s upset because he brought Mellie to her place for dinner unannounced. Then we see Cyrus and Liv speaking to Vera, who’s mad that she’s not getting what she wants, which is a seat on the SCOTUS (Supreme Court). Liv makes a call and has someone meet her at the gates of the White House. It’s Huck. Except he’s fully bearded and has hella hair on his head, looking like Hagrid from Harry Potter. He’s homeless so she tells him to go to her apartment, take a shower and go get a haircut.
The Liv-Fitz Love Connection (Flashback) – Olivia and Ghostie are on the back lawn of the White House and she’s pissed at him. She says she’s starting to feel like the Sally Hemmings to his Thomas Jefferson (ouch) and “My whole life is you. I can’t breathe because I wait for you.” He replies with:
“I love you. I’m in love with you. You’re the love of my life. My every feeling is controlled by the look on your face. I can’t breathe without you. I can’t sleep without you. I wait for you. I watch for you. I exist for you.”
Listen. LISTEN! How she didn’t just hand over them pannie drawls on that lawn is beyond me. WHOOO that love is DEEP.
It’s Getting Real – Three hours after the shooting, anchorman 7th Heaven Daddy tells us that the Press Secretary has died from her her wounds. *wall slides* Meanwhile, VP Sally is scheming to get the Cabinet to hand the Presidency over to her. To try and stop it, Liv goes to Mellie and says she needs to address the public to strengthen America’s resolve that the Prez will pull through so Sally can saddown. Liv tries to be comforting but Mellie isn’t having it and I can’t blame her.
First Lady is still in her ball gown so she needs clothes, and Liv goes to get her some. She walks in the closet Mellie shares with the President and I gasp. It’s my dream wardrobe.
Touching the Constitution (Flashback) – President Ghost and Olivia go to the National Archives and they’re standing in front of the Constitution of the United States. He tells her that if she touches it, she’ll be the 7th person to do so in the last 100 years, since he was the 6th. I wanna touch the Constitution. But no. I’ll prolly get flaming hot cheetos finger stains on it. It’s best if I don’t. LOL. Anywho, she touches it.
She Was Up in the CLOSET… CLOSET….CLOSET – Olivia weeps into the President’s “NAVY” sweatshirt as she reminisces for a bit. Then she gets up, wipes her tears, grabs Mellie’s suit and walks out. LIKE A REAL G!
Mellie Speaks – A tearful Mellie speaks to the press and says “America has a president. A living president. And his name is Fitzgerald Grant. He hasn’t given up on you so don’t give up on him.” That was her signal to Sally Langston to have a seat! And then we see why Sally’s not about playing ball with Fitz’s people.
Sally’s Lost Nomination (Flashback) – Sally Langston tells Cyrus and Liv who she wants to nominate for the open SCOTUS seat, and his name isn’t Verna. Being the underhanded people they are, they feed James (Cyrus’ boo and reporter) information that he had a juvenile conviction record. When the story runs, Sally comes in Cyrus’ office, rightfully accusing him of playing a part in it. She’s no more Mrs. Nice Gal to them because they screwed her out of the person she wanted to appoint. Still, I don’t like her. NOT here for her at all!
Hollis Seven Man Secret (Flashback) – The killing of the seven men at Citron is something no one in the League of Goons but Hollis knew about. When Olivia confronts him, he says he had to handle them and Jesse Tyler (Quinn’s boyfriend) to make sure word of the rigged election didn’t get out. The man is evil. Liv tells Cyrus “Hollis is a dangerous person.” and he says “We won. Hollis isn’t a threat to us.” Yeah. That’s what you think. (-_-)
President is Outta Surgery – Olivia goes to the hospital and sees Mellie speaking to the surgeon who operated on President Ghost. The surgeon said they got all three bullets out of him but he’s still unresponsive. *cries in my tea*
Olivia Resigns at White House (Flashback) – Mellie walks up to Liv in the hallways of the White House and sweetly tells her that she left something of hers behind. It was the flagpin that Liv gave President Ghost. Apparently, Mellie had gotten word that they went to the National Archives together, and she throws slight shade, saying she was sure he’d take his wife with him. She tells Liv “we got him here and we need to do everything to keep him here.” Soon after, President Ghost receives a letter on his desk (with the flagpin on top) tending Liv’s resignation from the White House. Welp.
State of the Union (Flashback) – The last thing Liv worked on at the House was the State of the Union address that Ghostie gave. He said the words “I dedicate this presidency to bringing integrity back… This time in this place with this presidency. It. will. be. different.” He didn’t e’em know how he got to the office was full of shadiness. Aawwww Fitz.
It All Falls Down – The cabinet votes to let Sally Langston act as President, and for once, the League of Goons don’t get what they want. As she gets sworn in, Cyrus throws a tantrum and basically *wall slides* in his office, sitting on the floor by his desk. Olivia just stands by and watches Mellie sit by her husband’s bed at the hospital. She hands her the flagpin she picked up on the floor. And then anchorman 7th Heaven Daddy murks us all.
What the Fuck, Huck? – The person suspected in the shooting of the President and the Press Secretary was said to have a buzz cut and be rocking a red hoodie. We’re shown the scene from the angle of the shooter who pulls his gun in and collects the shells around the hotel room. The face under the hoodie looks to the side and we see it’s Huck. And I lost my shit.
HUCK. WUT? *RUNS AROUND MY HOUSE* HUCKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!! I CANNOT! I CAN’T! I AM UNABLE TO CAN!!! I HAVE THE INABILITY TO CAN!!!!!!!! *faints* LEMME LAY HERE!!! *fights the air* GAHTDAMBIT!!!
WHAT THE FUCK, HUCK?!?!? WHAT?!?!?
Omg. I have so many questions. SO. MANY. QUESTIONS. And in the hour after the show went off, me and my Twitter followers ripped this to shreds trying to make sense of it.
1. WHAT THE FUCK, HUCK??
b. Why was Huck in a bright red hoodie? That is SO unlike him. I’ve never seen him in color. He’s always in white, black and grey. It’s a bit odd that he’d do a job in something so flashy. Why for how come?
III. Why would Huck shoot the love of Olivia’s life? Something major had to be behind it because he’s so loyal to Liv and would never want to hurt her like this.
4a. MAYBE there were 2 shooters? Maybe Huck was just supposed to shoot the President in the shoulder to injure a little but another shooter hit him in head? I don’t want to believe that Huck would do seriously for realsies hurt the President. I feel like he was set up and didn’t realize there’d be a second shooter involved.
V. Who is behind this? Huck didn’t come up with a plan to shoot the President all by himself. Was this Sally? Or Hollis? And does Quinn have a role to play in all this?
6. How will that missing casing that Huck was looking for come to bite him in the ass?
I HAZ SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! I was on my couch making up all types of scenarios, talmbout “well maybe Huck apparated and Voldemort did it.” I was and am still SPENT! This show got me in my feelings!
40 minutes after this show ended and I was still sweating like Rick Rawse on a broken escalator. I have a problem.
So yes, DISCUSS! Who got answers for me?
P.S. Shonda Rhimes RTed me. COME ON, SOMEBODY!
I am here for Mother Shonda!