We’ve all been fiending for Scandal because it’s been gone for 3 weeks and the state it left us in was NO good! Last episode had me falling all over the place in anticipation of what’s next. They came back with a BANG that was less about action and more about pulling at our heartstrings. Chile… let’s just get into it!
5 Years Ago – Olivia is at a subway stop when she sees a hairy homeless man who looks like Hagrid from Harry Potter sitting on the floor. She puts some bills in his cup and promises him that the next day, she’s gonna buy him coffee. That guy is Huck. Also, shoutout to Liv’s fierce gray leather knee boots.
I Hate/Love You – The doctor tells Olivia she had a nasty concussion but if all goes well, they will discharge her in the morning. He turns around and President Ghost thanks him for taking such good care of his “friend.” As soon as the doc leaves, Fitz walks up to Liv’s bed and tries to kiss her but she rebuffs him and says “I hate you.” “I know.” “You left me all alone.” “I’m sorry. I was wrong. I’m sorry.” He feels bad with how they left things off and wants to fix it but Liv doesn’t believe him.
Rocking BAGGINFOAF – The Gladiators find out that Olivia is in the hospital and they’re doubly worried because Huck is in the corner rocking back and forth like Miss Sofia. His back is to the wall and his feet are on the floor, which Quinn says it’s to make him feel a bit grounded. He’s saying “752” over and over again. Poor Huck is in BAD shape!
14 Years Ago – A woman (Kim) is reading to her group of preschoolers when a soldier sneaks up behind her. She turns around, sees Huck (who is clean-shaven) and gives him a huge hug and a kiss as the kids go “eewww.” Next, they’re laying in bed, and he says he’s home for good. His duty overseas is over and he took some exam that might get him another job. But he’s home. And they spoon.
Wonderland Activated – Huck (in his military uniform) is called into an office for a meeting. The guy sitting behind the desk tells him that he wants to give him a job, with great pay. He slides him the piece of paper with the amount he’ll be making and Huck asks “what’s the job?” Dude tells him that according to the personality exam he took, he has the perfect skills it takes, and he could test 1,000 men and none would be as great as him. Huck says he knows the guy behind him with a bulge in his pants isn’t just happy to be there. He knows there are two cameras and the guy in the suit is rocking one that doesn’t draw attention to him. THAT is exactly why he’d be perfect to be a member of this secret ops but he’s not interested.
Suit dude says since he isn’t married and doesn’t have kids, his other choice is to do another tour in Kosovo. BLACKMAILING MY MAIN MAN! “This is wonderland, son. Your whole life changes today. All you have to do is say yes.” There was no gun to Huck’s head, but there was basically a gun to his head. Huck says “yes.” And the guy behind him with the gun in his pants? CHARLIE!
Harrison’s Hospital Hoopla – Harrison is standing in front of two Secret Service agents at the hospital and they aren’t letting him in. He tries to convince Hal to let him through but he wasn’t having it.
Harrison: Unless the President is sharing my boss’ hospital room, I expect the freedom of movement, granted to me by the Constitution, et cetera.
Hal: I understand, Sir.
Harrison: So you’ll let me go.
Hal: No, Sir.
Oh. OHHHHHHH!!! Right.
Well, he turns around and sees Charlie, who’s in a baseball cap and holding flowers. He recognizes him and goes after him but misses him as the elevator closes so he takes the stairs. He gets to the first floor and stands in front of the elevator and when the door opens, all he sees are the flowers. WELP!
No Mr. Miyagi – Flashback to Huck in a room with Charlie, who brings out guns and other weapons as he explains what they do. They torture and kill enemies of the state and traitors of the country. He says “Pro tip: always do your job on trash day” because he can get rid of bodies quicker and if anyone goes looking for them, they’d be long gone. Outchea dropping criminal dimes. DON’T TAKE NOTES! But knowing that he trained him puts a lot of things about their dynamic into perspective. Charlie was Huck’s goon mentor. Like an evil Mr. Miyagi. Assassin kid.
First Taste of Whiskey – Huck’s first assignment is a defense contractor who he follows into a garage. Guy looks at his watch, noting that his kids got it for him and he doesn’t know how to work it. Huck, sticks a syringe in his back, and the guy wakes up in a room, where Huck tortures and finally kills him.
His first taste of whiskey. Charlie asks him how it felt and he admits it was amazing. And it started his tradition of taking the watch of every person he kills, possibly as some trophy. @NealCarter on Twitter said that 7:52 was the time on the watch of the contractor who got slayed. Hmmm…
Just Talk – Harrison calls Olivia and says he was at the hospital but he wasn’t allowed in. He sees the dude who “did it,” the one in the baseball cap and she looks outside her door and says she’s safe. He notes that he isn’t tryna get in her business but he saw Secret Service there. You know Harrison is ALWAYS here for Liv but I think he was giving her the side-eye, which I wouldn’t blame him for. The topic gets on Huck, and she’s updated about his constant repetition of “752” and even she doesn’t know what it means. But she tells him to make sure the Gladiators talk to Huck, even if he doesn’t respond.
Broken Huckleberry Quinn – Quinn sits next to Huck and starts talking about how she always knew she would get married. Her boyfriend Jesse was probably gonna be the one but he got blown up, she lost her identity as Lindsey and basically had her life ruined. We say she’s annoying but she got every right to be. She turns to Huck and tells him to pull out of whatever he’s in, counting down from 5. She gets to 1 and he stops saying 752. For 3 seconds. And picks the chant back up, this time at a faster pace.
Huck in Love – Kim gets pregnant and he asks her to marry him. The smile on his face was one we’ve never seen before, and it was joy. Aawwww! But we can’t forget that his life is getting darker as he gets more and more assignments. The day his son was born, he almost missed it because he had to finish one of his assignments. He made it to the hospital in time to see his son enter the world. And our dude cried. Yeah…
BruhMan Huck cried. IT WAS SO SWEET!
Hard Time – The next assignment Huck had, as he killed the man like he always does, he broke down and cried. He’s a father and husband now so maybe the killing had him crying because he realized the humanity of his victims. IDK but the thug tears flowed. And I thought 752 must have been the number of watches he’s collected (people he’s killed).
Damage Control – Cyrus comes to the hospital and finds Prez Ghost there. He goes AWF, asking him if he knows how much damage control has to be done as press finds out the President went to the hospital in the middle of the night. He DID just get show in the head 10 months before. You know Cy can’t NOT be shadeful so he had to throw in how he doesn’t have time for this “late night booty call.” HA! Too bad Fitz ain’t give a damb. He shrugged him off as Jake walks in and introduces the two of them.
Abby’s Pain – Abby’s talk with Huck is about how 752 is probably the number of times he’s put himself on the line for Liv. What’s on her mind is how she had to sacrifice love for Liv. Losing her relationship to David, who is a good guy who keeps ending up in unfortunate circumstances (Lemony Snicket). She’s clearly butthurt about this, and blames Liv (as she should). BUT she also knows that she owes a lot to her because “she saves you and she turns you into a Gladiator.”
Oh Abby. She seems to hate that she loves Liv.
No Takebacks – Looking back, Huck walks into his house, and heads to the kitchen where Kim is with a guest who is holding and playing with their son. That guy is Charlie. NAWLLLL!!! This ain’t part of the deal! iRebuke you, Satan! When the men are alone, Charlie tells Huck that him being married with a kid isn’t part of the deal. “GET RID OF THEM OR I WILL!”
When Charlie leaves, Huck goes in his piano and starts pulling out guns. His wife is alarmed as he tells her to go pack their stuff because they need to disappear for a couple of years. She asks him if he’s dealing drugs and he says no and shuts down any attempt of questioning. He just needs to go to the bank, and when he gets back, they need to leave. I was in my house yelling “Don’t leave them alone, Huck! Don’t leave your wife and son alone! NOOOO!” But he ain’t hear me, doe. He rushes out the house and is opening his car door when a car pulls up. UH OH!
Huck is thrown in a floor cell and locked in it with no light as Charlie watches. NOOOOO!!! They’re gonna hurt his family and I’m not ok with it! And some of us guessed that maybe they killed Huck’s family at 7:52.
All Talk – Harrison is out of his tie and talks to Huck about how all his life, he’s gotten away with anything because of his gift of gab. But he knows that Huck is a man of few words. “I spent my life tryna get out of homework when you spent your life as a warrior. A REAL gladiator…All I am. All I’ve ever been. Was talk.”
As Harrison speaks his truth and shows a side we’ve NEVER seen. If he is nothing else, he is steadfast in his loyalty. He can fast forward talk to me ALL night. I wouldn’t mind.
Stay Down – Back to Huck in the floor jail. They’d open up and ask him “do you have a wife and son?” and he’d yell “YES!” and they’d shut the door. He went from the clean-shaven man they threw in to the abominable snowman. At this point, we thought he might have been in there for 752 days.
Benedict Hal – Fitz’s secret service dude, Hal, tells Mellie that they were at the hospital the night before, seeing Liv. That snitching ass mofo! Why is he such a Benedict Arnold?? UGH! She thanks him for his service and he leaves.
No Air – Liv is getting ready to leave the hospital and President Ghost is still there, waiting for her. Sir, dontchu got a country to run and places to be? He tells Liv that Defiance changed everything and he was devastated to find out that she didn’t think he could win the office on his own. Fitz thought the worst of Liv when Defiance happened, not knowing she only agreed to it because she saw the BEST in him.
She tells him to leave and he asks her if she still loves him. She says she does. But what’s love gotta do wit it?? Fitz tells her that in the past 10 months, “I have learned only one thing. That I cannot exist without you. That I cannot breathe without you.”
HOW AM I ‘POSED TO BREATHE WITH NO AIR?!? *swoons* You tell me some ish like that and you might could get the business in that hospital room. And you know Liv has no power against Ghostie and his words. They make out like teenagers under the school bleachers but she pulls away and runs out the room. Maybe she remembered that she smashed the homie, Jake.
Mellie the Maid – Mellie walks in Fitz’s office and says she’s leaving him. She will be moving to the house across the street, but she can access it by tunnel so no one will know. But she’s done playing second fiddle to him and his “whore.” WATCH YOUR MOUTH, MELLIE! I mean, yeah, I’d call my husband’s mistress that and MUCH worse. Fitz isn’t even moved until she says she’s taking Teddy (America’s baby) with her. “You’re not taking my son.” The hell she ain’t. I feel like Mellie’s Mimi and Liv is like Joseline in this case.
Conflict of Interest – Cyrus calls Charlie and asks him to find out what the relationship between Jake and Liv is because he needs proof. Meanwhile, Jake meets Senator Whitley’s Byron and says he doesn’t think he’d be the best person on this case because he has a conflict of interest. Senator assumes that it’s his friendship with Prez Ghost and Jake doesn’t correct him. He was CLEARLY talmbout Liv, and Iunno why he thinks he could just be out when he wants. He knows he’s in the gubment version of the Crips.
Love Denied – The floor jail opens and dude asks “DO YOU HAVE A WIFE AND FAMILY?” to a grizzly bear named Huck and he says “Yes” weakly. As the door goes to shut, he says “no” and it opens back up. FREEDOM. He shaves his beard, gets a haircut and was back in the office where his life changed, congratulated for being back in the game. He’s given an assignment, and he isn’t able to kill the person. He paused too long and Charlie shows up and says he’s failed his test. Charlie tells him his family is ok but he should not look for them. Huck runs!
Suit dude, who blackmailed Huck to join these Ops walks in an office and tells someone that Huck didn’t work out afterall. That someone is Senator Whitley’s Byron. So he’s the head of this operation??? CHILE WHAT?!?!
You Saved Me – Liv walks into the gladiator office looking tired, and clearly coming straight from the hospital. Although it looked like she ran a flat iron through it cuz her hair was more LAIDT than it should be after a concussion. She takes off her coat and walks straight into the room where Huck was still rocking bagginfoaf, saying 752. She closes the door behind her as the other gladiators look through the glass.
Liv tells Huck that five years before, when she saw him sitting on the floor of that subway, what made her stop was his eyes. “You had the saddest eyes. They were sadder than mine.” And although he tells her that she saved him it was him who saved HER. Because they are both alone in this world and all they have is each other. She asks him to pull himself out of whatever has this grip on him, and touches his arm, which immediately calmed him.
He finally stop chanting, looks at her and says he thinks he used to have a family but he can’t remember if they’re real. She says if he thinks they’re real, then they are. And my allergies promptly started acting up and I got a couple of sniffs. No bigs. (-___-)
752 – Someone puts money in Huck’s cup as he sits at the subway station, looking lost. He turns around and whoever it is has gotten on the train. Then, a little boy and his mother get off the train, and he notices them. They look familiar to him and it’s Kim and a boy who has to be LITTLE HUCK!!! He asks his mom for money to give him, and he runs over, puts the money in his cup and smiles at him. He runs back to his mom and Huck watches them go up the stairs. He looks at the time and it’s 7:52am.
WHOOOOO!!! My eyes musta went running in place because they started SWEATING. HERE LIES LUVVIE’S FEELINGS!!! Lemme stop lying and just admit that I cried. CRIED! Real. Tears.
I was/am trapped in a glass case of emotions the moment I saw Little Huck! Outchea looking like Elian Gonzalez (‘memba him?)! My feelings were/are in shambles. Like seriously. I feel like crying every time I see that GIF or think about it. This episode broke my heart into little pieces and I had to find a broom. I was so sad for Huck!
I have 752 questions, I need 752 kleenex and I’m going through 752 emotions right now.
I got questions!
Senator Whitley’s Byron. Is he still running that top secret gubment agency OR is he a scorned ex-employee?
Charlie doesn’t know Jake as a peer so who is Jake REALLY working for? And even if Charlie is retired, wouldn’t he still know Jake if they were in that SAME circle?
Also, am I the only one who thinks Charlie saved Huck’s family and basically helped them disappear? I really believe this. And Huck knows that, in the back of his mind. Their ‘lationship is so deep which is why neither of them seems to REALLY wanna kill the other. They’ve had chances.
Yeah. This was my longest recap YET. And I think it’s because this is one of the best Scandal episodes ever. Guillermo Diaz DEED THAT! What questions do you have and what do you think Jake is about?