These past four weeks without Scandal have been tough. LAWD, THEY HAVE BEEN HARD! Thursday nights without Olivia Pope an’ ‘em have been empty. They’ve been a shell of their former selves. I was PARCHED for them to return. Dehydrated, even. Last night, I was in front of the TV, sweating in anticipation of the return. I had many questions stemming from last episode and I needed answers. Let us get into the tea, for a lot was spilled.
The Evil Duo – It seems that Hollis is now becoming BFFs with VP Sally and this can lead to nothing good. Dude was sitting in the Oval Office like he owned it. NAWL!
Huck’s Torture – Huck is in the government’s custody, being tortured for information by being waterboarded and beaten like his name was Sofia and they were Harpo. But being the real G he is, he isn’t cracking. David is watching and is bothered by the torture tactics. He challenges the CIA dude there and tells him that what they’re doing is illegal and since he is the U.S. State Attorney “The United States of America is in this room with you.” Homeboy replied back with “You are not in America. You’re at the Pentagon.” WELP.
These Are Her Confessions – Justice Verna comes to Olivia and tells her that she is the snitch who threw Huck under Big Brother’s bus. Liv calls in the rest of the League of Goons in and Verna spills the beans that she knows Hollis has a 2nd phone and overheard him talking to a “Becky.” She also tells them he’s now BFFs with Sally and has benefited the most from President Ghost’s shooting. Aw. SNAP. The League now sees Hollis for the snake he is.
Saved By the Bell – Senator Pudding Pop shows up at Liv’s apartment because she’s trying to find out information on Huck and he’s asking why but she doesn’t wanna tell. He’s salty about it but gets distracted when he starts kissing her. As he’s about to start a good make out session, her doorbell rings. He says “saved by the bell” as she opens the door. It’s a military man with an official letter to deliver to Edison. When’d he start getting mail at her crib??? He opens the letter and it’s from President Ghost, asking to be reinstated as President, and signed. Liv loses her cool because how’d he wake up and not call her??? Then she asks him what he meant by “saved by the bell” and he says she’s been avoiding him. “We haven’t had sex in a week.” “The president was shot.” “What’s that gotta do with our love life?” Well, apart from EVERYTHING? Nothing. O_o Liv is still reeling from finding out that Ghost is up and she tells him to get out her way and she goes straight to the hospital.
Flag on the Play – Liv shows up to the hospital and Cyrus is waiting for her. They enter the room where President Ghost is and he’s laying there, still comatose.
She looks at the First Lady, who is sitting next to his bed, and it clicks. Mellie forged the President’s signature to get VP Sally out the Oval Office. Liv freaks out, wondering how they’re going to pull this massive scheme off, when Fitz hasn’t even opened his eyes. Before even having the chance to discuss it, there’s a call from Sally, asking to speak to the President. RUH ROH. The First Lady takes the phone and is sounding all chipper about how this is a miracle. Sally replies with a shadeful “The Lord is good” before asking to speak with Ghostie. Mellie squeaks that he’s actually asleep and she could feel Sally’s side-eye through the phone. She hangs up and says “She knows.” NO SHIT, MELLIE! NO.DAMB.SHIT.
David Questions, Abby Annoys – Cyrus’ boo, James, calls David to get updates on the rigged election thing, and is told that there are more important matters at the moment. Let’s not forget the very president he’s trying to expose is laid up at the hospital. James better saddown.
Then David has a chat with his boss about how Huck being tortured is illegal, according to the Constitution. His boss says it’s for the greater good, and he basically has no say in it. Meanwhile, back at the Gladiator office, Abby is asking Quinn and Harrison why they aren’t snitching on Hollis and how she doesn’t understand what’s really happening. Harrison tells her in this low and intense voice that what’s happening is that super undercover work that is deeper than rap. And that they need to trust Olivia. Moments later, Liv walks in and puts a picture of President Ghost on the wall. He’s their newest client.
The Puppet Show – Hollis convinces VP Sally to fight back against Team Fitz, who is clearly lying about him being awake, so they leak the letter to the press. As questions about Fitz’s health pour in, the Gladiators clap back by dropping their own insider info, through sources at the hospital and in Congress who they convinced to vouch (read: lie) about President Ghost being awake. Olivia strategized the hell out of it, and soon enough, she had the press talmbout how great the Prez’s recovery is, even though they hadn’t seen or heard from him. I AM HERE FOR YOU, POPE! You Gooning Goddess! Hollis controls Sally, Olivia controls the media. Like violins.
Where’s the baby, Cyrus? – James is upset because he quit his job expecting to have baby to take care of but there’s no baby yet. Cyrus tells him it’s because the baby has jaundice so they had to keep her at the hospital longer. James start questioning this “miraculous” recovery that everyone claims the President had and I lowkey wish he would get hurt by Hollis. He’s doing too much. Cy better give that man his baby before he ruins his life and blows the lid off this election thing.
Huck Speaks – Huck is still being used as a punching bag, and his face is covered in his own blood. Finally, he says he’ll talk if and only if David steps into the room. He knows he’s watching from the window. When he enters, Huck asks “Is the President still alive? “If he’s still alive, he’s still in danger. She’s not done.” He’s tryna warn yall. Becky gon try to finish what she started!
FREE HUCK! – David visits Olivia’s office and tells her he knows where Huck is. He also repeats what he said about the President not being safe. She hops to action and shows up at VP Sally’s with a group of behavior experts. They give her Sally a file on Huck’s life as a spy and his capabilities, showing that he’s one of the best. If he wanted someone dead, they’d be dead. And if he committed this crime, there’s no way he would have been caught. HUCK IS TOO ABOUT THAT LIFE!
David shows up to where Huck is being detained and says “By executive order, this man is to be released.” YESSSS!!! They drop Huck off and Olivia meets him. He’s limping and his face looks like it belonged in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Huck got fucked up!
Camp David or Bust – Cyrus and Liv decide it’s best to move President Ghost to Camp David to keep him safe. Mellie questions this but signs the papers needed anyway when Liv tells her it’s for a good reason. She then turns and asks Pope how she’s holding up but our girl tells her that her only job is to not fall apart. KEEP IT TOGETHER, MELLIE!
Senator Shut Down – Senator Pudding Pop shows up to the hospital where President Ghost is, insisting that he wants to see him. Harrison won’t let him and as he tries to force the issue, Olivia shows up. Edison tells her he wants to speak with Ghostie and she says “He’s not accepting visitors.” “You’re a visitor.” “I’m his…” “You’re his what?” “His… friend.”
Talk about almost getting caught up. Pudding Pop ain’t like that, and he threatens that if the President’s signature was forged and she’s in on it, that domestic terrorism and he’ll prosecute her to the fullest extent of the law. He’s just mad that she ain’t here for him AT ALL. Got his boxer briefs all in a bunch. WOMP! Liv tells him a firm “Goodbye, Edison.” WELP!!!
Becky’s Beckoned – VP Sally tells Hollis that President Ghost is being moved to Camp David, and he takes that as a cue to finish what he started. Becky (and her new hair) gets a call that puts her on notice. Oh, it’s going down.
James Bonds with Baby – James shows up at the neonatal unit of a hospital and sees a nurse holding the baby he’s supposed to be taking home eventually. She lets him hold her and they bond. Cuteness! Also, it’ll mean real trouble if Cyrus doesn’t make sure that baby ends up in their household.
No Let Down – Huck is standing outside of the hospital where President Ghost is laid up and Liv shows up with a file for him. She also hands him a post-it with a number on it. It’s the one Abby was able to get from Hollis’ 2nd phone, hidden in his office drawer. It’ll clearly come in handy, as it’ll lead them to Becky. Before Liv walks away, Huck promises her that he won’t let her down.
As He Lays – Liv enters Ghostie’s room and she lays on his chest for more than “one minute.” Awww dammut! She misses her married boo!
Rooftop Rendezvous – Becky shows up on the rooftop of the building opposite to the hospital, in all black. She sets up a gun and is looking around for her target when she gets a phonecall. She picks it up and hears “Hey Becky” through the phone and behind her. She turns around and it’s Huck, pointing a gun at her. She asks him if he’s gonna shoot her 4 times before she pulls out her gun and he says “No, 5. One for the dog.” YES! Immediately, helicopters fly ahead and they’re both told to drop their guns. They do and the SWAT team swoops in to arrest them both. As they’re cuffed, she says “My real name is Kate. What’s yours?” Him: “It doesn’t matter.” SURE DOESN’T! Also, we’ont give a damb! you’re just the broad who shot Ghost! AND THE DOG! I ain’t forgot the dog!
Double-O-Sally – Mellie goes to visit VP Sally in the Oval Office and notices that she’s put up pictures of her family. Oh that woman is making herself REAL comfortable. The niceties are put aside quickly when Sally tells her that when people who sign their names cross their Ts, they start from the opposite side of the hand they use to write. So left-handed folks would go from right to left. Grant is left-handed and his signature on the reinstatement letter has Ts that go from left to right. Mellie’s right-handed. OOP. She got her 00-Sally on! She tells Mellie that she has an affidavit from one of the President’s doctors saying he hasn’t even opened her eyes, and if she doesn’t retract the letter, she’ll blow the roof off the whole thing. The First Lady is stunned into silence.
Hi. – Cyrus is sitting on his bed, having resigned to the fact that his BFF and boss might never recover when he gets a phone call. Olivia is sitting in her office when Quinn shows up, tells her she knows Citron is behind the accident that killed her boyfriend. AND she wonders why Hollis isn’t being turned into the FBI if he’s behind the president’s shooting. She wants to chat and Liv tells her “Let’s talk then.” As she does, her phone rings. It’s Cyrus, saying “someone wants to talk to you.” He hands the phone to the President, who croaks “Hi.”
PRESIDENT GHOST IS UP!!!!!! *runs around the house* OMGGGGG!!! YESSSSSSS!!!! WHY AM I THIS HAPPY??? Like… what is my life about??? Best “hi” ever!!! I am here for POPUS!
And you KNOW hearing Fitz’s voice was probably Insta-puddle for Liv. YESSS!!! iLIVE! I’m too excited. You’d think they were real. And I knew them. Chile…
This show!!! I have dealage inadequacy! I am unable to deal! I’m also unable to can.
Next week, the President will be back up, but we’ll get to see some of the extent of his injuries. MY BODY IS READY, LAWD!!!
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So what did you think of this ep? Were you also almost in tears at that “hi?”
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