It was worth the wait. Two weeks ago when Scandal left off after the flashback of Olivia giving the League of Goons her tearful and hesitant approval of the election rigging, I was feeling all the feelings. Especially since Senator Pudding Pop had just proposed and President Ghost had just asked Mellie for a divorce. Such a long 14 days. So much so that I made a chart last week of why Scandal cannot go away for 2 whole weeks. I was hungry for it and it fed me last night.
Flashback to Defiance – An old dude is telling folks in an auditorium that they’ll be debuting touch screen voting machines instead of paper ballots for the first time. It’s Defiance, Ohio, and these machines are labeled with “Cytron.” There’s a curly-haired young guy there who takes interest in this, and I suspected that he’s Quinn’s boyfriend. He places a call to her and this is confirmed.
David Be Knowing – There’s a bunch of men in David’s office and Hollis is sitting in the center. He tells him he knows he rigged the election that put the current President (Ghost) in office, and he’s sure he had accomplices who were really high up in the White House. Rosen is RIGHT on the money. Not one to take kindly to the truth, Hollis tells him to basically watch his back. Chile…
Mellie Ain’t the Light – A frazzled Mellie barges into Cyrus’ office, telling him that President Ghost asked her for a divorce and Cy is shocked. First Lady says “He got shot and he saw the light or baby Jesus or something!” He sure did see the light but it wasn’t for her. OOP.
The Main Problem – Liv is sitting in her office absentmindedly twirling a pretty nice diamond ring as the Gladiators look on wondering what’s going on with her. Abby wonders if Senator Pudding Pop proposed to her, and Harrison tells her it’s none of their business. WELP. Then Hollis shows up and tells Liv “It appears we still have a David Rosen problem. Which means you now have a Hollis Doyle problem.” She says she’ll fix it and he tells her if she doesn’t, then he’ll sell the entire League of Goons down the river, saving his own ass. I hate Hollis and I want him to DAH!
The Ineffective Wig Snatch – Cyrus tries to talk President Ghost out of this divorce thing. He says it’s ridiculous for him to think about breaking up with his due any day wife who is carrying “America’s baby” to go frolic with Olivia, who might he add, is the wrong “hue” which would really raise hell. After he gives his tongue lashing, Ghostie replies that when you get shot in head, “You stop being afraid about anything or anyone. When you don’t die and miraculously live, you realize you have nothing to lose.” He basically told Cy that he has no dambs to give about all that, he’s not here for Mellie, he’s ALL here for Liv and he does what he wants. All:
That’s so segzy. Owww!
Jesse Ain’t a Saint – We flashback to Jesse, Quinn’s boyfriend, speaking to Hollis on the phone. He’s asking for more money otherwise, he’ll blow the lid off the election rigging. As he was in the middle of a sentence, Hollis hangs up. Aw shit. You can’t play with a wild snake and expect not to be bitten.
Olivia Can’t. Can Iyanla? – Liv is sitting in Cyrus’ office, telling him that Hollis is ready to cause hella trouble. On the verge of tears, she says “David Rosen is the good guy. And we are the bad guys.” Her guilty conscience is sitting on her chest as she regrets ever giving that approval for the campaign rigging. And for the first time, she utters the words “I can’t fix it.” AW NAWL!!! SOMEONE CALL IYANLA! LAWD! She looked broken and helpless and it made me nervous. Cy too, because he told her that HE will fix it.
Pope is Pooped – Liv goes home and gets in bed immediately. Olivia Pope doesn’t take naps! Now she’s laying her burdens under a blanket. Oh this is serious! That night, she gets a phone call and it’s from President Ghost saying he just wanted to hear her voice. She weakly tells him “You don’t know who I am. You don’t know me. Edison asked me to marry him. He gave me a ring… go have some babies. Find normal.” He tells her he asked Mellie for a divorce and wants her. “Say you’ll wait for me.” I’LL WAIT, PRESIDENT GHOST! Oh. You weren’t talmbout me? Aight. (-___-)
The next day, Senator Pudding Pop shows up to see her laying all catatonic in bed and asks her what was wrong. She tells him to leave and turns away from him. But it must be noted that as she laid in that bed shooing away California Raisin, her hair was LAIDT like good sheets and them brows were SNATCHED! YESSS!
Wonder Gladiators Gladiate! – PudPop goes to the Gladiator office to tell them that Liv isn’t getting out of bed. And since they see her and talk to her everyday, they’re her family. He needs their help pulling her out of whatever funk she is in, which is incredibly unlike her. I was cracking up at the way they were all mean-mugging him though, It’s clear that they are not e’em here for him at all.
When he leaves, Quinn comes up with the idea that they all share a secret they know that might help them put together this puzzle, and they have to be able to say everything without judgment. Harrison gets Huck to agree to confirm their guesses for them if they’re correct.
First up is Quinn, who tells them that Huck is the one who created her new identity and brought her to DC AFTER shooting her up with medicine to knock her out. But he did it on Liv’s commands, saving her from being killed by the Cytron folks. Abby says Jesse called Hollis 11 times the week before the Cytron explosion. Knowing that Hollis is also who Liv believes is behind the President’s assassination and the fact that she hasn’t turned him in, they figure that it’s because he must have something on HUGE on Liv. Well putting 2 and 2 together on the Cytron rigging, they realize that Olivia knew and must have been covering up the rigging of the election! THEY FIGURED IT OUT! THOSE DAMB GLADIATORS GLADIATED THE HELL OUT OF GLADIATING!
Mellie the Elephant – Mellie’s getting a checkup, and her OB-GYN says she still has four weeks left before her due date. DANG! I feel like she’s been pregnant FOREVER! Is she an elephant?? This child is gonna be 2 years old when it’s born. The doctor tells her they’ve done a plan with the White House to allow President Ghost to be present at the birth and the look of doubt on Mellie’s face is telling. E’em she knows he’ont curr that much.
Huck Wants Hollis Handled – Huck walks out as the Gladiators are letting their new realization settle in and goes to Liv’s crib. He sees her in bed and lays next to her, on her crispy white sheets. I thought her bedspread would be brown when he got up but I’m shadeful so… anywho, he asks Liv if she wants Hollis handled. She says she doesn’t want him to keep killing people all willy nilly, and she wants justice, not more dead bodies. Besides, since Cyrus said he’d handle it, she’s gonna let him. Huck tells her that Cyrus is part of his circle and will also be dealing with Hollis PERMANENTLY, since his assassin on retainer is Charlie. It dawns on Liv what Cy’s plan is and she hops out of bed to stop it.
Verna Votes NAWL – Liv goes to see Justice Verna, who looks like she’s at death’s door and he’s about to open it. Aaawwww. Olivia is ready to make herself a scapegoat and Verna tells her “you have a chance at redemption… take it.”
Hollis Hauled In – The Feds rush in Hollis’ office with a warrant for his arrest as a suspect in the shooting of President Ghost. They get the phone in his office desk (the burner used to call Becky) and take him in. Olivia pulled that card, and is sitting in David’s office when it happened. They don’t have much evidence so they can only hold Hollis for 48 hours unless something stronger comes through. This is clearly Liv’s way of trying to keep Hollis from being killed by Cyrus’ goon. As she leave David’s office, he says “Just so you know. This doesn’t make us even. And it won’t stop me from coming after you guns blazing.” EFF YOU, DAVID!
Falling House of Cards – Liv (in an amazing wide-collared jacket) tells Cyrus that she turned Hollis in to David because he needs to be brought to justice, and if it leads to the rest of them falling along with him if he rig snitches, so be it. “Get your house in order, Cyrus. And hire a good lawyer. Make sure it’s a good one!” Aw SNAP.
Gladiators Got Her Back – As Quinn an’ em talk about what they now know, and the questions they have, Liv shows up ready to answer any and all. Harrison shuts it down immediately, saying he would leave the room because he doesn’t need answers AND the more they know, then they are opening themselves up to the possibility of being subpoenaed. Abby agrees and Quinn comes around last. They ask Liv what she needs and she says more evidence to be able to keep Hollis behind bars. They start working on that.
Flashback of the Jealous Quinn – We see that Becky was hired to send calls and texts to Jesse’s phone, all for Quinn to stumble upon. When she loses her cool and calls him telling him he’s “dead” they had what they needed to create the jealous girlfriend who killed him narrative.
Cyrus Wants Hollis Out – Cyrus calls David in to talk about how the White House is hoping he doesn’t keep Hollis detained for too long if he’s innocent because it’d be a PR nightmare for them. The main reason is because his hired goon Charlie can’t touch Hollis while he’s locked up. Lawd.
Becky Gives Up Goods – To try to make the accusation stick, the Gladiators need to find some bank record to show that Hollis paid Becky a sum on or around the date of the assassination attempt. But since he uses Swiss accounts, they need to find the info of the account. They need Becky for this.
Huck Got the Power – Harrison and Huck go see Becky under the pretense of being her lawyers. Huck e’em put on a fancy ill-fitting suit for the occasion (prolly borrowed from Harrison) and when Becky sees him, of course she’s shocked. They start talking and it flashbacks to two years before. Jesse gets a package at his desk at work with Lindsey Dwyer’s (now Quinn) name on it. He gets an opener and an explosion happens, as Becky sits outside watching from her car. Later that night, she watches as Huck throws an unconscious Quinn over his shoulder and out her house. Turns out that setting him up for the assassination of Prez Ghost was her payback for him ruining her “perfect job.”
So she tells him that how is he there asking for a favor when she killed his family? He says he doesn’t hate her because he knows it was just business. To prove it, he gives her a slip of paper with his name on it. Huck is giving Becky his name SO SHE KNOW IT’S REAL!!! Aawww Assassin Goon Love. Sweet and Terrible.
Put Your Back Into It – Cyrus tells Mellie that his attempt at appealing to Prez Ghost didn’t work and she says “I loathe Olivia Pope. But it’s a boring kind of hate. It’s hard to get my back into it.” Look at “Saved the Last Mellie.”
But they know that what both of them hold near and dear (their statuses) will be lost if Fitz really does end his marriage. Cyrus tells her to find one last trick in her bag to make sure this doesn’t happen and she does. She goes to see her gynecologist. Yes, we all see where this is going.
It Will Be Ok – Back at the Gladiator office, Huck sees Liv looking less than her POPENESS and he gives her one of his stern wig snatches, tempered with his omnipresent underlying love and respect. “Everything is gonna be ok. And even if it’s not ok, I gotchu, Liv.” Harrison, listen. You got me too. Hey boo.
It Wasn’t Hollis – Huck cracks into Becky’s international account and sees money transferred from Hollis’ account from two years before, obviously for the Cytron explosion job. And then sees a huge sum ($5 Million) from the day after the attempted assassination of President Ghost. Well, not a huge sum if that’s what the Prez’s bounty is. Anyway, the account number is not Hollis’! He did not order the kill! Liv calls David immediately, telling him to Hollis isn’t guilty of that, but for him to hold him a bit longer. David tells him Hollis was released an hour before. UH OH!
The Desperate Measure – Cyrus finds President Ghost summoning Tom and Hal so he can do see Olivia in broad daylight. See? ALL the dambs are gone. But they’re interrupted when someone says it’s an emergency with the First Lady. The manipulative shrew had the OB-GYN induce her labor, and as POTUS rushes in, she’s screaming (and obviously adding extra drama) and reaches out to him. He hesitates before finally grabbing her hand and assuming his coach position.
Hollis gon GET IT – Hollis walks into an elevator and as the door starts to close, a man walks in and says what floor he’s going to. As the show ends, we see it’s Charlie. HOLLIS BOUT TA DAH!!!
In next week’s preview, we see a coffin with Justice Verna in it! LAWD!
WHO TRIED TO KILL THE PRESIDENT IF IT WASN’T HOLLIS?!? WHY AM I ON AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER?!? WHY DO I NEED A CAN REFILL BECAUSE I AM FRESH OUT OF ANY CAN ABILITY?!?! *faints*
I HAZ QUESTIONS!