After last week’s episode of Scandal left us all feeling all hot and bothered, I knew Shonda was gon turn the tables and just leave our jaws on the floor for a completely different reason. The show team had told us that this episode is where we find out who the mole so we were dehydrated for it! Let’s just jump right in.
Private Matter – Cyrus holds a press conference at the White House to comment that the First Lady’s comments are a private matter. As the media presses him for more info, he tells them repeatedly that it isn’t for public consumption.
Jesus Saves, Cyrus Yells – Cyrus is at Olivia’s door and wants in but Tom (welcome back) and another secret service agent will not let him in. He tells them he doesn’t care if Jesus Himself gave them the instructions. “Jesus forgives. Jesus saves. I destroy and I will bring vengeance down upon you in a hail of fire and brimstone.” WELL DAMB! Tom tells him he’ll need a reason to open up that door. Cy musta found a REALLY good reason because as President Ghost and Olivia frolick in bed, he storms in and yells “GET UP!”
Cheating Chatter – In the OPA office, they’re watching Cyrus’ press conference and David calls the President a cheater for stealing the election and stepping out on his wife. He admits to being a gladiator and says that whoever Fitz is cheating with better have Olivia on her team when they release her name. The other Gladiators look at each other and say nothing.
Stand Down – Liv and Fitz are getting dressed and she tells him she’ll get some intel on what’s happening now that Mellie dropped that bomb. He tells her not to do anything because this is not for her to fix. It’s his mess and it was his turn to handle it. “You have to stand down.” I notice that she’s rocking a navy blue top with tan pants. It’s the first time she’s been in a dark color in present day (instead of a flashback). Interesting…
When they leave, Fitz takes his “I hit it first and many other times” smirk with him as Cyrus looks like a helpless child.
Cytron Comeback – Olivia gets to the Gladiator office and they tell her that Tammy, Charlie’s date, was a stenographer in the Cytron explosion case. He wanted to find out about Defiance, which is why he wanted to get close to her. Liv runs into the next room and they follow. She goes into a safe in her office and pulls out the card from the rigged machine. David smugly looks at Abby, who finally admits that she did steal it from him.
Mellie’s Fixer – Mellie has hired Molivia (Male Olivia) Nope because she needs her own situation fixed. He tells her he can help if and only if she’s perfectly honest with him. And then he reads her whole MO back to her, as if she was a Dr. Seuss book. When he asks her why she didn’t name the woman her husband was sleeping with, she is speechless.
2nd Term Decline – President Ghost tells Cyrus that he is going to make a statement declining a run for a 2nd term in office. That is the ONE thing that drives Cyrus: power. Him leaving the White House is his biggest fear right now so he tries to convince him otherwise. ”We are not giving up your place in history.” Cyrus, get your life. Fitz don’t gibbadamb bout history. He wants Liv.
Failing Mission – Jake meets up with Senator Whitley’s Byron, who is not pleased with the fact that he failed to get between Liv and Fitz the night before. Jake tries to explain and is shut down with “Do not interrupt me. Ever.” OOP! He then asks him to give him physical proof of his ‘lationship with Liv, and he wants him to get Charlie. Uh oh!
Light’s on Sally – VP Sally tells a miffed Cyrus that she’s surprised that the First Lady will be the one to bring Fitz down after all he’s been through. Meanwhile at OPA, she’s the one they suspect is the mole. Liv tells them to fnd evidence.
Endgame – Harrison follows Liv into her office and asks her what her end game is with the situation with President Ghost. “You’re not a fixer here. You’re the problem. You’re MY client…I am here. And I will be your anchor.”
I love when he gets all tough. Hey boo. But Liv does NOT give him a thing. I guess she’s listening to Fitz’s instructions to stand down.
Tricked and Treated – James’ probing questions in the press conference pissed Cyrus OFF and they have a shouting match in his office. Cy tells him he should not have tried to bring him down but James insists that he was just doing his job. He already let the Defiance story go. Beene cackles in his face and says ”I’m starting to think you’re just plain stupid.” He tells him Mellie got him the job so he could be a pawn in her game, snatching James’ moment of glory. Ouch, Cy.
Mean Girl Hacking – The gladiators want to get access into the White House’s network to see bout Sally, so huck comes up with the idea of hacking into her teenage daughter’s email and sending her a virus which would springboard them into it. David helps them figure it out and the girl falls for it, opens the email and BOOM! They have access.
Convincing Ghost - Cyrus thinks Olivia convinced Fitz not to pursue a 2nd term. No. Her Love Pocket did. He tells her ”Don’t let him do this” and she says “We’ve already changed the future of this country once. Isn’t that enough?” Liv leaves and Senator Whitley’s Byron shows up, smooth as a gooning ghost. EEK!
No Boundaries – Phantom Goon (Senator Whitley’s Byron) tells Cyrus he knows that Olivia is the First Mistress, shocking Beene. He says he has no boundaries and he wants him to use his powers to stop all the madness, instead of tryna maintain his bromance with President Ghost. “It’s simple. It’s only complex because you’re afraid.” Also, he tells Cy to quit Charlie.
Olitz Flirting – President Ghost calls Liv and says he’s writing his statement announcing that he isn’t gonna go for re-election. He is determined to do it and doesn’t accept Liv’s offer to help with the speech. Before they hang up, he asks her what she’s wearing.
That charming dog! Owwww!
Jake’s Call – Officer Truman Show calls Liv and asks how long Fitz stayed. She doesn’t answer and he says “I’m not a bad guy, Olivia.” “You’re not a good one.” “Well neither is he.” He’s not lying.
Oh Na Na, but What’s Her Name? – Molivia Nope is tryna get the name of the President’s mistress from Mellie but she isn’t giving it up. She says she wants to see his speech before she lets that info go and he says he’ll call in a favor at the White House.
Donuts and Tracking – Charlie goes for his weekly donuts and sees a new person behind the register. She hands him his bag of goodies and he goes into the bathroom, and uses a black light to see that his hands and the bag are glowing. Tracking powder! When he leaves the donut shop, the cashier makes a call and says “he knows.” Jake looks down and sees a bunch of red dots on a map. Charlie had rubbed his hands on other folks so he the agent was now on multiple people. Smart man.
Not the Mole – The Gladiators realize that VP Sally is not the mole because U-G-L-Y, she DOES have an alibi and someone else uses her password to download info. Harrison is frustrated and kicks down a chair. Liv tells them all to take an hour break to clear their head and they leave David behind as he enjoys watching Cyrus lose his cool on TV.
Client Charlie – Charlie calls Cyrus and says they’re after him and Cy tells him he doesn’t know who he is. How quick they turn on ya. The gladiators get to their office and find Charlie there holding a gun to David’s head. Huck tells him drop the guns and he does it without any force. He says “I wanna hire you.”
Speech and Sigh – President Ghost has written his speech and he gives it to a tired Cyrus who reads it to the point where he says he won’t be running for a 2nd term. He stops there and sighs that it’s fine. Back at the Blair House, Molivia Nope hands the speech to Mellie. He says it was found in Fitz’s trash. He asks for the name of the mistress again and she says NO.
“That’s why you won’t name his mistress… Because naming her will make him hate you. And in the back of your mind, you still think there’s a chance that he’ll come back to you…I can move mountains and work miracles. But I can’t make your husband love you.”
WELPY MCWELPINGTON OF WELPLAND!
Same Deal – Charlie says he can give them the name of the mole but he wants the same deal that Huck made that allowed him to leave B613 and still live a semi-functional life. But they don’t know anything about a deal. Huck says he will get a name from Charlie. “My world, my rules.”
No Signature – Cyrus finds out that Fitz’s papers for re-election were never filed and they’ve been sitting on his desk for months. He never signed them.
Folders In Case of Fail – Liv drops two folders on Harrison’s desk and tells him that the brown one has a list of everyone who owes them a favor. And the black one is sealed, and a last resort to use if things get messy. He says “like if your name comes out” and she tells him she can take care of herself. She echos Huck with “My world, my rules.” She also tells him to put the folders in the safe and the combo is inside. Just then, Cyrus shows up.
Tape and Threats – Jake is at home watching the tape of him and Liv getting it ON. He pops out the DVD slips it into an envelope and meets up with Phantom Goon to give it to him. Senator Whitley’s Byron tells him to stay close to Prez Ghost and Liv and when Jake tries to say he might not be up for it, he shuts him down so proper. That man got power and I need to know who else is working for him!
Job Well Done Undone – Charlie is strapped to a chair in a basement, with Huck circling him. He tells him to make sure it’s one clean shot, requesting how he wants to die. Talk about a goon who’s about that life (and death). He writes on a pad and hands it to Huck, who gets behind him and points a gun at his neck. Right then, Quinn shows up and asks if he got the name. He did, so she says his job is over. Killing Charlie will be extra. “You have to ask yourself if you’re a Gladiator or if you’re looking for revenge because you can’t have it both ways.”
Reconsider Re-election – President Ghost enters a bedroom in the WH and finds Liv standing there. She tells him she knows he never signed the re-election papers and he knew he wasn’t gonna run for a 2nd terms MONTHS before. Not cuz of Liv. He played Olivia like the world’s smallest violin? He didn’t “earn” her. He used her as an excuse. But she tells him she thinks he is quitting because of Defiance. ”We stole that election. We stole your chance. Take it back. Run. Run and win.” Fitz walks out to the press conference and starts by telling the media that his marriage is none of their damb business.
Card Chaos – Back at the Gladiator office, Huck comes back with Quinn and says he has the name of albatross. Harrison comes out looking like someone stole his favorite gingham shirt and announces that the Cytron card is gone from the safe, to everyone’s shock.
Then Fitz announces that he WILL be seeking a 2nd term as president. And Cyrus looked like he could cry and Liv did too. But for completely different reasons.
Meanwhile, Mellie and Molivia are watching the conference and she is pleased, not knowing it was NOT about her in the least bit.
Charlie? – David tells the Gladiators that he found Charlie in their conference room so he might have been there for a while. Abby says it’s fine because Charlie was taken out by Huck and Quinn says they let him go. But they do know who the mole is. AW HELL!
Liv’s phone rings and it’s Harrison, telling her it was all a set up and Charlie took the Cytron card. “Which means the mole has Defiance.” But they have a name. THE NAME.
Albatross Is - Billy Chambers. He’s in a car and someone enters and hands him the Cytron card. He says “Now we can start having some fun.” That someone is David “Lemony Snicket” Rosen.
And the President ends his press conference with “Any questions?” and all hands go up.
Then I lost ALL my mind. I seriously was unable to deal. My head wanted to explode. I was so unable to CAN that I got a bill from a CAN collection agency for my debt!
To know who Billy Chambers is, you have to have watched season 1. He was presumed dead, at the hands of Charlie. Billy was VP Sally’s chief of staff and Amanda Tanner’s (Fitz’ mistress who was killed) baby daddy. He also killed Quinn’s other boyfriend. Chile… just go watch season 1 on Netflix.
The fact that he is back and the mole. AND David is working with him??? *faints* What is life about?? What is air? Just when I was starting to like Lemony! He goes and does something like this! It was like everyone did this collectively:
Any questions though? Yes. Many. Here are some:
* Why was Olivia in the navy blue top?
I found the answer to this one from Lyn Paolo, Scandal’s costume designer. She said “We used darker tones in [Olivia’s] costume to reflect the dark undertones of her soon-to-be-made decisions. Olivia is torn, should Fitz give up everything for her, will it work, how can they be together without destroying his Presidency?”
There’s ONE question answered.
* When they showed up and found Charlie holding the gun to David’s head, was it planned between the two of them?
* Was the Cytron card that David had the real one or was it a decoy that Liv planted? IF it is a decoy, did she do it to test his loyalty? Also, why does that chip still exist? Why wasn’t it destroyed? I watched the episode twice and Liv looked freaked OUT when told that the chip is gone.
* Although Billy Chambers is the mole, is VP Sally still involved? Is he just her errand boy and she’s the mastermind?
* Who else is working for the Phantom Goon and what’s his connection to Cyrus?
Next week is the season finale. I’m afraid that I’ma need deliverance after that episode. They way Shonda and her team gon come for us is not gon be pretty. I wanna go lay my burdens down NOW to prepare. Just take to my bed to build up strength for what’s to come. So many thoughts!
Gladiators, ROAR in the comments. Did this episode slay you? What are your thoughts? Chile…
Oh yeah! So I just decided that I wanna have a viewing party in Chicago for the season finale of Scandal next Thursday. I’m looking for a venue that would like to host me and like 10 of my friends to come watch the final episode of season 2. Preferably downtown. Anyone know of a good place? It’d be the best viewing pordee EVER. Email me at Luvvieblog at gmail dot com if you know a spot.