Icarus and the Burning Truth: Scandal Episode 306 Recap
Episode 6 of season 3 of Scandal was called Icarus. I’m a fan of Greek Mythology and I immediately recalled the story of the man whose father created wings so he could fly but he was warned not to get too high. He kept flying higher and higher and he got too close to the sun so the wax on the wings melted so he fell and drowned into the sea. I assumed it’d mean someone would get too close to the truth on Operation Remington and get burned.
Mama Memories – In a black and white scene from the past, little Olivia (with glasses) is at the kitchen table. Her mom (filmed in a blur) is getting ready to leave, so she hugs her (with what seemed like finality) and bounced. Peep the white blazer too.
EEEEEE KHANDI ALEXANDERRRRRRRR!!!! Also, how cute is Lil Liv?!? I live.
Back in the present, Liv is sitting all catatonic-like in her office and Huck shoos the concerned Gladiators away. Harrison wants to know whose team she’s gonna be campaign manager for: Grant or Marcus. Olivia leaves for the White House and he thinks he has his answer.
Oval Office Uh-Oh – Mellie is in the Oval Office with Cyrus and President Ghost, excited about Olivia’s visit, because surely it must mean she’s saying yes to managing the re-election campaign. When Liv walks in and asks for privacy with Fitz, Mellie’s so parched for this news that her jittery ass excitedly rushes Cy out. Finally alone with Ghostie, Liv asks him about Operation Remington and he pulls rank on her by saying that as Commander-in-Chief, he cannot discuss that highly classified mission, which technically doesn’t exist. He even threw Defiance in her face. A crushed Liv tells him she can’t work for him and bounces. Mellie comes back to snatch Fitz’s wig because all her begging was for naught. OOP.
Speaking of the Oval Office, VP Sally is tryna occupy a seat there so Leo Bergen agrees to be her campaign manager.
Quinn’s Practicing – Baby Huck is at a gun range taking her new toy for a spin and to practice. She is hellbent on being prepared like Scar for her first kill. Chile… Bye.
Sugar and Spice – Olivia decides to manage Congresswoman Marcus’ campaign so she and Abby immediately start getting her funding. They secured meetings with big wigs from the sugar industry and Rep. Buffay is in the Gladiators’ hands getting monies!
Rousing for Remington – Olivia returns to the Gladiator office and tells Jake that she wants more info on Operation Remington. He basically replies with “yes, boo. I gotchu!” because he’s so far gone with this crush. In a meeting of the twin goons, Cyrus tells Rowan that Olivia knows about Remington and the goblin tells him to handle Congresswoman Buffay while he deals with Jake. DONTCHU TOUCH JAKE, DADDY GOBLIN!!! I LIKE HIM NOW! *wall slides* Oh, it’s also clear that Cyrus doesn’t realize that Rowan/Eli is Liv’s daddy cuz he’s ouches snitching TOO tough!
Date with Kate – Jake meets up with a hot chick named Kate to fish for some info and she offers her Love Pocket up on a platter for him. Look, Kate. This Love Parallelogram is full and we ain’t got space for one more in it. BYE GIRL! The camera then shows a man being incognito in the corner. Aw dang.
Hollering at Harrison – The Gladiator in Gingham gets a call and it’s from Cyrus, and I already knew nothing good would come from it. Beene tells him he knows they’re reaping for Buffay and he wants that to be changed. He says the name Adhan Salif and Harrison dries up and is spooked. WHO IS SALIF AND WHY DOES HE HAVE HIM SPOOKED?!? WHAT?!?
My Twitfam explained that Salif was his boss who ended up in jail while Harrison only served a couple of months on a years-long sentence. Soooo he probably thinks Harrison snitched on him to lessen his term but we know Liv is who helped him out. We just don’t know under what terms. I SMELL TROUBO!
One Crashing Question – Olivia is on her couch guzzling wine like usual and watching old footage of a news report about the plane crash that took her mama away from her. We flashback to a moustached and afro’ed Rowan Pope watching the news in tears as they report on a plane crash that took 329 lives. His adorable daughter walks in and he stands up to tell her the news. Then, we switch to the present where Liv is in tears. She picks up the phone and calls her father.
She tells him that she wants to ask him many questions but is afraid that all her friends will end up dead if she does.
He grants her one question, like a stingy genie and she asks “Did you give the order to have my mother killed?” and he gives a straight “No.” She tries to ask if Fitz was involved and he reminds her that he only said ONE.
I believe Rowan when he said he didn’t give the order. And he was in tears when he saw the plane. MAYBE…MAYBE the plane crash went ABOVE Rowan’s head and Mama Pope was B613 and he couldn’t save her because he seemed genuinely hurt on that couch in them misty-colored memories. I DON’T KNOW!
Setup to Fail – I haven’t had a chance to rematch the show so I missed some of this scene but I believe Cyrus asked James to interview Congresswoman Buffay to show she’s a weak candidate. James: “You’re a shameless monster.” Cyrus: “Who loves you dearly.”
Campaign Pushback – Olivia is trying to get Josie Marcus to start biting back and showing her claws in the campaign and she ain’t tryna hear it, talmbout that’s not her. Liv tells her “Nice doesn’t get you president unless you want to be president of Candyland.” WELPY! Buffay snaps at Pope and excuses herself and Abby comments that she has a temper. Liv turns her head sideways like Stewie in “Family Guy.” ORLY?
Help from Huck – Harrison rolls into Huck’s office and closes the door behind him. He needs a favor, something he’s never asked his colleague before. He tells him that “If Adhan Salif sets foot on U.S. soil, I’m a dead man.” AW NAWL! NOT MY BOO! Huck offers to get Salif’s visa application deleted from the system. Ummm… I already know that ain’t nearly enough but Harrison takes it.
Lousy Langston – Mellie, Fitz, Sally and her hubby Daniel are at dinner, tryna act like everything is all honky dory. But at the table, Daniel is being all greasy and flirting with Mellie, who is giggling like a schoolgirl in a Delia’s catalog. Anddd Sally was rocking a SHARP ass emerald green suit. Emerald is a color that Mellie rocks well, so that was an interesting choice for her. Seeing how sleazy her hubby was acting by shamelessly flirting with Mrs. Grant, it’s clear that the VP has been in the First Lady’s shoes and on the end of a trifling husband. Maybe the color match was to tie them together in that way? Iunno. BUT WHAT IF IT’S MELLIE HE CHEATS ON HER WITH?!? SCANDAL!
Baby and Mentor Assassin – As Quinn shoots it out at the range, Charlie shows up. LAWD I CAN’T! Nothing good ever happens when you see that sugar-eating sharpshooter. He gives Baby Huck a tip on how to be more accurate and I wanna slide off my chair. The LAST thing Quinn needs is tips from Huck’s archnemesis, another killer assassin. And it doesn’t help that when she goes digging for answers from Huck, he pushes her to the side like badly-cut bangs. Let us not ignore that she’s now rocking all black, showing that she’s moving to the dark side. MMhmm.
Proverbial Asskicking – Congresswoman Buffay is still hellbent on playing nice and right before she starts a live interview in her home with James, Liv shows her an ad from Governor Reston’s camp. It basically called her out for being a woman without much experience to be president, using the image of the shaky hand of a woman unable to open a door for negotiations. This lights a fire under her yansh because she proceeds to hand James and Governor Reston a verbal asskicking. She points out that they’ve tried to paint her as just a woman without acknowledging her military background.“What about soldier? What about lieutenant?” GO FORTH AND FIGHT THAT PATRIARCHY, MADAME!
Meanwhile, Cyrus is watching mad as hell because James had ONE JOB and he failed. Womp. He got Poped.
Bygones Be Guns – Late at night, Jake goes to some deserted place to meet with Kate, and is being followed by some mysterious dude. As him and Kate talk, he turns around and a single bullet goes through her head. The man killed her before she could kill Jake. RIP Kate. You’re already forgotten.
Gladiating Detected – At the Buffay campaign headquarters, the team celebrates the success of the interview. Candice, the Daughter-assistant, tells Abby that her nail polish is the same as the woman’s in the ad. The Gladiators faked the ad. Oooo sneaky! I’m not mad, doe. They had to do it to get Josie to woman up and be about that cutthroat life.
Salif Coming – Harrison goes to see Cyrus to say he cannot be blackmailed with Salif because Olivia made her decision on who she’s representing. As he walks out, Beene makes a call instructing someone to issue a visa for Adhan. AW HELL! He’s tryna get my boo killed!
Scheming with Quinn – Quinn is at the gun range and seems to be warming up to Charlie’s evil mentorship. The sugar assassin gets on the phone and chats with Daddy Goon, who is pleased that some seed is being planted. GAHTDAMBIT! Quinn is part of another diabolical plan because she’s apparently an empty vessel who can be used for random things. First Citron and now this. This is why she gotta go OCCUPY A SEAT! Shit.
B613 Bloods – Jake shows up at the Oval Office to thank President Ghost for having security tail him. You know he had to look out for his BFF. I really enjoy their bromance. Fitz tells him to stop looking into Operation Remington but Ballard says it’s his only key out of B613. They seem to be the Bloods of the gubment. You don’t just quit. You get stomped, killed or holed out. Damb.
Pope Got Poped – Olivia’s doorbell rings and it’s Fitz, dripping swagu and looking all Presidential. He’s terrible but my goodness the man can rock a suit. He strolls in like he owns the place and asks Liv to come work for him. He says “There is NOTHING you wouldn’t do that I won’t forgive.” She ain’t killed yo mama, doe (-__-). Liv starts talmbout the plane crash, detailing how 329 people died. His hardened face continues to feign ignorance until she says “One of the bodies in the ocean was my mother. Do you still not know what I’m talking about?” And his face maintains that hard look but his eyes fall. He looked shell-shocked. He replies with “I don’t know what you’re talking about” and sees his way out.
But as the elevator door closes, the weight of what he had a hand in is written all over his face and his hunched shoulders.
YEAH MAN! YOU KILLED HER MAMA!* even though I don’t believe she’s dead but y’all already know my thoughts about that.
It was a MASTERFUL scene! Both Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn did some amazing acting.
WHOOOOOO!!! This episode was A LOT. A whole lot of crazy was thrown into the pot and stirred and I loved it. Shonda STAYS shaking the table but I see where she’s going.
We’re finally getting to unravel the onion (booty) that is Harrison. This Adhan Salif dude is gonna bring chaos with him. This is the beginning of the Gooning Gladiator in Gingham’s storm.
We have some SLIGHT insight into Rowan Pope from back in the day and when he told Olivia he’d answer ONE question, I believed that he’d give her the real answer to that question. So when he said he didn’t order the hit on that plane, I believe him. However, this doesn’t mean he wasn’t involved. It just means it might have gone over his head, like I said above. Andddd I CANNOT WAIT for Mama Pope! YES LAWD! We see her picture in next episode, at least.
How will Fitz handle this new info about Liv’s mother being on that plane? This just added a layer to him and Rowan’s ‘lationship that he wasn’t aware of and he’s gonna wanna do something about it. The thing is that President Ghost tends to overestimate his power over Daddy Goon.
VP Sally and Leo Bergen pairing up is gonna be interesting because they’re both sneaky as hell. What foolery will they bring along?
And back to the title of the episode being Icarus. Who’s getting to close too the truth? Well, everyone. Olivia, Jake and Fitz are putting themselves in danger from this investigation and as more things are revealed, it seems that the truth might create irreparable rifts in ALL their relationships. Oh AND like Icarus, the plane fell from the sky into the ocean. I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE, SHONDA!
SO MANY QUESTIONS! And Gladiators ROAR in the comments. Y’all give me the best answers.
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