More Cattle, Less Bull: Scandal Episode 305 Recap
This episode of Scandal was slower than usual because halfway through it, I wasn’t sweating. My heart has usually jumped twice in my chest 30 minutes into an episode. BUT it was the calm before the storm. Shonda was preparing to slay us all and shake ALL the tables. The theme of this episode was desperation. Everyone was desperate at one point and all of it came to a head in the last scene, which I’m still reeling from. Let’s get into it!
Breaking in Sunday Dinner – It’s Sunday and Liv is at dinner with Daddy Goblin and not at all pleased to be there. She tells him she won’t sass talk because she basically knows he ain’t about that life and she’s just there because they had a deal. She also mentions that her mother taught her how to be outspoken. Hmmm… more mentions of Mama Pope, eh? Meanwhile, Huck and Jake are playing Batman and Killer Robin, breaking into Rowan’s house and computer. As they wait for the jump drive to download all his info, he rolls into the house and Jake is ALMOST caught up in his kitchen. WHOOO! GOTSTA BE MORE CAREFUL!
Leo’s Not For Losers – Cyrus and Mellie got some dude named Leo in the Oval Office and when they tell him they want him to run President Ghost’s re-election campaign, he says he’d like to talk to Cy alone. Mellie the Main G says she ain’t going (and he’s gonna love her) so he needs to just say what he gotta say with his chest. Leo tells them “NAWL!” He can’t be on their team because their team is gon lose. He says Fitz has “penis problems… and his wife is a frigid shrew problems” and his image is basically in shambles. WELLLLL GAHTDAMB! Tell us how you REALLY feel then! After that proper ego dropkick, he leaves the two of them looking shell-shocked.
Hired – Olivia meets with Congresswoman Buffay who tells her she needs her services more for fixing than campaign management. “You don’t need branding. You need discipline.” She had a baby at 15 and they gave her up for adoption. Only 5 or so people in her hometown in Montana know about it and she needs to make sure it doesn’t get out. She also doesn’t know that Cyrus has sniffed it out. As they’re talking, her assistant (and sister), Candice tells them Leo is waiting for his meeting. Buffay tells her to dismiss him because she’s hiring Olivia. WELP! Liv calls the Gladiators and tells them to pack up their dereon duffles for Montana.
Fitz and Rowan M-E-E-T-I-N-G – On the jump drive that Jake got from Daddy Goblin’s house was footage of his reunion with Fitz in his office. Huck listens to it and hears President Ghost ask him about Pete Foster’s death and “Who else has to die to protect the secret that no one on this planet is looking for?” Rowan/Eli/Daddy Goon/Grand Goblin tells him that someone is looking. Uh-oh.
Love and Basketball – Jake is on the phone with Huck getting news that Command knows someone is snooping around about Operation Remington when men in black surround him. They put him in a black car and drop him off at a basketball court where Fitz is waiting. The two of them play a pickup game of Love and Basketball with a side of White Men Can’t Jump.
Plans Get Poped! – Cyrus calls Liv and says he found out that Rep. Buffay was a teen mom and he wants her to help them take her down. Liv smirks and says no, armed with more info and the fact that her client’s opponents know her tea. The rest of the Gladiators are in Montana giving out suitcases of cash to the folks who know about the baby. They had no problems until they got to one man who was adamant about not taking their cash and not committing to keeping his mouth shut.
Just then, press pulls up outside his house, with Ethan in tow. The White House got to the dude first, clearly. Harrison gets Huck to find some skeletons in dude’s closet and they use that to blackmail him. When press interviews him, he tells them the opposite of what Cyrus wants to hear. Ethan calls his boss and says “We got Poped, sir.”
Y’all surely did. “Poped” is now a verb for “getting screwed over, especially at the last minute.”
Pope vs. Grant – President Ghost calls up Daddy Goblin and tells him to leave Jake alone. That’s his brofriend. Rowan basically tells him he’s not the boss of him and has no authority over him. Real goons don’t recognize hierarchies! “Don’t test me.” “No, YOU should not rest me.” Chile… I’m here for this chess game.
No Manager – Cyrus is about to keel over because there’s no one to manage Fitz’s campaign and he’s flipping out to Mellie. His plan is to let Governor Reston know about Buffay’s baby before the debates.
Hide and Seek – Jake gets home from his impromptu hoop session and calls Huck to say that Fitz is hiding something. Huck sends him to the Gladiator office to run a program on his computer for some more data. As Jake leaves the office, Liv arrives because she forgot her “phone.” She meant the one that Fitz uses to call her. Jake calls her out on this and she throws the phone in the trash and they leave together. MMHMM.
Tea Spilled – Harrison and Abby go see one more person and she was the nurse who delivered Congresswoman Buffay’s baby. They didn’t even have to ask her much when she started spilling tea like broken cup. Candice is the baby that was born 30 years ago. It was just easier to raise her as Josephine’s sister. OOOPPP!!!
Liv confronts Josephine about it and she confirms. Congresswoman Buffay says she isn’t willing to jeopardize her “sister’s” life to run for office. “How bad do I want it? Not THAT bad.”
B613 Begone and Baby Huck – President Ghost tells Cyrus that he wants B613 gone, and his chief of staff tells him not to even mention that name. It’s like Beetlejuice. Say it three times and you might end up left for dead.
Back in Montana, Quinn is given ONE job, and that’s to return the electronics the Gladiators used to a local store. The clerk wasn’t tryna give her a cash refund but offered store credit instead. Baby Huck looks around and zones in to a gun shelf. LAWDDD!!! Lemme find out she’s about to be packing heat.
Confessing – Right before the debate between forever butthurt Governor Reston and Congresswoman Buffay starts, Liv’s gut tells her that they’re bout about snitch about the baby. And surely, the moment they get on stage, Reston tells folks that the lady is hiding something. She spills the beans and wins America’s heart in the process. Cyrus an’ ‘em are watching in the White House and they’re unable to deal with how much they’re about to lose.
When Congresswoman Buffay steps off the podium and Candice realizes that she’s the “baby that I put up for adoption” she walks away, all hurt and betrayed. Josephine fires Olivia, and there goes Harrison’s rent next month. He can stay with me, doe. I got room for him in my heart and my bed. HEYYY! But ma’am, that’s YOUR baby. It was gon come out that way or another!
Olivia’s Phone Crawl – Liv is back at her office looking like an orphan child and taking wine to the head. When you don’t win, find wine. That’s Liv’s life’s motto. She just cannot catch a break lately. Just then, the phone she threw in the garbage starts ringing and our girl basically crawls to it to fish it out. But it was her heart on the other line. He was hiding from his wife and she was having a pity party.
She helps him write his jokes for the White House Correspondence Dinner, and the two share a moment and Mellie is on the other side of the bathroom door listening. He NEVER talks to her with that much care in his voice. Eyyyaaaaa pele.
Lies and Breakups – David calls Abby and she says she’s still on Montana and can’t be his date for the White House dinner. Right then, he walks into her office and breaks up with her. She STAYS getting dumped by Rosen for being caught up in a lie. SMDH.
VP Sally’s Hypothetical – As Leo uses the bathroom, VP Sally walks in and asks him if he’d be willing to rep her if she ran for president on an independent party ticket. OH WORD?
Surprise Summon – Liv shows up to the White House correspondent dinner looking like a bag of old AND new money. Jake’s her date but she can’t keep her eyes off the President. LAWD. SSA Tom shows up and she knows she’s being summoned. She struts down the hallway and slaying all others in her path with her switch and I LIVE!
The hair was right, the face was snatched and the dress was EVERYTHING! She’s thinking her boo’s gonna be at the end of the hallway but it’s Mellie, dressed in red and looking like she might be out for blood. AW DAMB! ABORT MISSION! ABORT THE SEXY STRUT!
First Lady hits her with the shade of all shade “I like your new boyfriend. Is he married?” LMAOOOOO! SHE TRIED IT! Liv turns around to leave and Mellie tells her she’s sorry. She had her come because she wants her to run Fitz’s re-election campaign. “He needs you, Olivia. He is tired and broken…. He can’t breath when you’re not here. You’re everything to him.” WHOOOO!!! I AM FALLING IN LOVE WITH MELLIE GRANT! Beyond the power push, she still loves this man (foolishly). Yes, she might be doing it because she wants to remain First Lady but she is begging his mistress to come back around so her husband can seem alive again. My goodness. She is probably up to something but I still love her.
Abby’s Fancy Apology – David returns home from the dinner and Abby’s waiting for him in an evening gown. She wanted to go to the dinner but her ex-husband was going to be there so she couldn’t. She apologizes and he tells her to just start being honest with him.
Fired to be Rehired – After Liv leaves Mellie, Jake breaks up with her because he thinks she was with Fitz the entire time. Again, she couldn’t catch a break if it held on to her leg. Harrison calls to tell her to come to the Gladiator office because Congresswoman Buffay is waiting. She apologizes for being rash and firing her and she wants Olivia back as her campaign manager. Liv says she’s not sure she’s the right person for the job and Josie tells her to sleep on it before making her decision. Harrison asks Liv what she’s doing and she doesn’t answer him and exits as he fumes. She’s gonna make that man go occupy Linkedin soon. Liv keeps playing with his pockets like this.
Baby Huck’s Gun-Toting – Quinn is back in her office with a brown package. She opens it and it’s the gun she was staring at in the shop. Baby Huck wants to taste whiskey so bad but nothing good is gonna come from her getting drunk.
Coincidence and Conspiracy – Jake goes home and Huck is waiting for him. No one respects locks and privacy on Scandal. Folks just be in each others’ houses all willy and nilly. Anywho, Huck says that Fitz was in Iceland during Operation Remington and shot down a plane that was carrying 329 passengers on orders of the U.S. government. “Two things make a coincidence. Three things make a conspiracy.” Those three things: the location of the crash, the satellite footage was missing anddd the passenger list.
He slides the list of passengers to Jake and told him to read the 5th name on the list. “Maya Lewis.” She was married but didn’t take her husband’s last name “Pope.” OLIVIA’S MAMA!!!
The episode ends as Jake knocks on Liv’s door and she opens it to find him with Huck.
ANNNNDDDDD I LOST MY MIND!
OMG OMG OMGGGGG!!!!!!! FITZ KILLED OLIVIA’S MAMA IN A PLANE ON ROWAN’S ORDERS!!!!!!! GAHHHH!!! LET ME LAY HERE, JESUS!!!! LET. ME. LAY. HERE!!!!!! KRNGIRGNPRO[GMPT[KRYP[HKO[JKY[OKJYO[PKJYP[JKYPJKPYUJL.
This is CRAZY but consistent with what we’ve thought after episode 1 of this season. We KNEW Rowan Pope was probably involved with the plane crash that “killed” Liv’s mom but FITZ too?!?! Dude.
But wait. WAYMENT!!! I firmly believe Olivia’s mama is still alive. Mama Pope is somewhere kicking. What if she wasn’t on that plane at all, and she was just THOUGHT to be on the plane? She might have found out that her trifling husband was tryna kill her and she faked the fact that she gon on the plane. What if Liv’s mama is living somewhere remote, and keeping track of her baby girl and Rowan doesn’t know?
And of COURSE Liv’s mama didn’t take the Pope last name. Lemme remind everyone of the brilliance of my commenters. A couple of people predicted this episode’s ending last week. Yall are so SMART!
Other thoughts on this episode: I am not liking Olivia Pope’s season 3. I know they’re cutting her down but build my boo up soon, yall! She’s so pathetic right now. BUT I think when Mama Pope returns (and she will DEFINITELY be showing her face), her and Liv will wreck shop together. Rowan/Eli gon see hell and high water for real then!
I cannot WAIT to see who plays her mama. I INSIST on Lynn Whitfield. In fact, check out my blog post with my list of who should play Olivia’s mom.
Does Fitz know that Eli/Command is Olivia’s father? Gladiators ROAR in the comments!
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