Vermont is for Lovers, Too: Scandal Episode 308 Recap
All the applause for Ava Duvernay, who directed this episode of Scandal, which made history! It was the first time a Black woman (Ava) directed a prime-time network TV drama created by a Black woman (Shonda Rhimes) and starring a Black woman (Kerry Washington). AND IT WAS PHENOMENAL!!!
THANK YOU, AVA!!! YOU DID THAT, MA’AM!!!
And with that, let’s get into the episode.
Like Trash – Rowan/Eli/Daddy Goblin walks into the jail cell and tells Mama Pope (Maya Lewis) that their daughter is looking for her so the next night, he is taking her out of the country, to be a prisoner somewhere far away. Maya: “I want to see her. Olivia. I want to see my daughter and I want YOU to make it happen before I leave. You have to give me one thing before you throw me out with the trash.” Papa Pope says it ain’t happening and as he leaves, she screams “ELIIIII!!!” and I got chills. Khandi is perfect.
Double-0-Quinn – Quinn is in a car with Charlie and drops her off at work. He’ll be back for details on her day and she ain’t got room to protest because B613. The former Baby Huck walks into OPA conference room as they’re talmbout the dude she killed and solving the mystery of who did it.
Bored and Pimped – Cyrus comes home to find a bored and unemployed James in bed. He starts telling him about an interview he submitted his name for with Daniel Douglas, VP Sally’s hubby. James is GEEKED about it, not knowing he’s an obvious bait to catch Daniel in the closet he’s staying in.
The Break-in – Congresswoman Buffay’s house has been broken into and what’s missing is Candice’s laptop, which had all the campaign stuff on it. The Gladiators are on it! Assistant-Daughter says it must be the Reston campaign folks and Liv tells her to chillax on that.
Don’t Wait Up – Mellie’s watching the interview they did where Fitz finally stands up for her and her joy is momentary because she looks over at her husband and he’s all distracted. He tells her not to wait up for him. Chile… she can’t ever have nice feelings. He won’t let her. Ennehweighs, he goes to his office to call Olivia, who lets the phone ring (for once) instead of running to it. GOOD FOR YOU!
Blood Thirsty – Maya is crouched in the corner of her cell, kneeling in a puddle of blood. Mama Pope is chewing her own arm and watching it bleed and I almost fainted. I needed a moment after that. 20 years in the clink doesn’t make you a well-adjusted person. Whoooo. I cannot.
Quinn’s Run-in – Quinn goes to a building where the guard was killed and it’s because she wants to get there before Huck does to get the security footage. She turns the corner in the lobby and runs into Jake. MMHMM. I hope he snitches to Liv.
Wrist Chewer – In a small room with a hospital bed is Mama Pope, who was rushed there. She had lost a lot of blood and Rowan asked the doctor if she’s ok. He said physically, she was going to recover but ”She ate her own wrist, sir. Most people would have passed out after a few bites.” That is code for “that woman ain’t all there, your Goonjesty.” I’ont care if she IS tryna escape to see Liv. You gotta be off your shit to eat your own wrist like that.
Red Hot Scheming – Mellie is rocking this BAD ASS red suit and strutting through the halls of the White House with Cyrus. They’re talmbout their setup with James and Daniel and Cy wants her to ensure that the VP’s hubby will flirt James. Lawd. Then she sees Daniel and tells him that Mr. Novak and Mr. Beene have an open marriage. Ok. Keep playing these bald-headed games, yall. SMDH.
Murder Mystery – The Gladiators are all focused on finding who the murderer was and they’re going though footage. Liv tells Quinn to work on the break-in case and Huck takes over. UH OH.
Sour Candy – Congresswoman Josie’s assistant, Candy, does a press conference where she basically points fingers at Governor Reston’s camp for the break-in and theft of the Rep’s computer, pissing Liv off and causing Harrison to need to do some clean up.
Talking Tantrum – Liv’s Fitz’s phone starts ringing and he picks it up and tells him they have nothing to talk about. He says he just needs one hour because she owes him at least that. OWE YOU??? Only thing Liv OWES is her obligation to pay taxes and stay Black. She hangs up on him and destroys the phone. Ma’am, you know that ain’t enough. He gon have SSA Tom drop a phone into her coat pocket. Keep playing.
Harrison’s Read – Brolivia Pope shows up to tell Candice to know her place and stay in it because she really TRIED it with that stunt she pulled. “From now on, you’re gonna mind your elders, color inside the lines and do exactly what I say to do, when I say to do it and not one second before. Am I clear?” Me: “YES, BOO!!!” She asks if he’s there to babysit her and he says “Maybe if you’re good I’ll let you stay up past your bedtime.” I was all… “READ HER!” But I was all “wayment…”
Getting Closer – Huck, Jake and Abby have narrowed down the killer to a woman and all they have is a possible reflection of her in the building revolving door. Quinn is sitting in the next office listening nervously.
Meanwhile, Candice’s missing laptop was found at the Reston campaign offices.
The Setup – James is tryna figure out what he’s gonna wear for his big interview with Daniel and Cyrus is telling him not to be so business-y. He wants them to also meet somewhere that feels more personal than an office. Cyrus is basically pushing James to be seduced by the VP’s husband and this will not end well, Beene. Not at all.
Reporting to Rowan – Charlie enters Daddy Goon’s office and updates him on Quinn’s progress. As expected, her job is to get all the tea she can from the Gladiators. And being the goofy that she is, it’s like taking candy from Baby Ella (who we ain’t seen in too long). When Sugar assassin leaves, Goblin pulls out old newspaper clippings of Olivia.
Maya is awake and Rowan comes in and says “this is her.” He shows her one of the pictures and she ugly cries as she looks at her babygirl for the first time in 20 years. Aaawwww!!!
Helicopter Ride to Vermont – SSA Tom shows up at Olivia’s door and says there’s a helicopter waiting to take her to see the President. You break the phone and this dude sends a copter to scoop you up. She says “NO!” and he hands her an envelope. In it is a pic of her and her father going their separate ways after Sunday dinner. Oh YOU WILL TALK TO HIS STALKING SELF!
The copter lands and Liv power walks across the grass to Fitz who’s standing in the doorway. I be tryna be mad at Fitz but then Tony Goldwyn shows up rocking a sweater that fits his BAWDY like YES GAWD! Ugh. I’m so weak. But yeah, he says he only needs one hour but I saw a “one minute” moment coming from a mile away. Also interesting was Liv in a houndstooth coat. Her whole world is confused right now.
Vermont is for Lovers – When Liv steps in, Fitz asked why she never told him who her father was. “You know who I am, Liv. You know everything I can legally tell you. And you’re just a bundle of dirty little secrets.” She says she’s afraid that if she ever told him who he was, he’d run away. But he argues that he woulda protected her. “I don’t need protecting. I am not the girl you save.” Well, actually I believe her. When your daddy is KING GOON, YOU don’t need protecting per se, but everyone else around you does.
President Ghost randomly cuts off the convo to tell her bout the house they’re in and the granite countertops and fireplace and Liv asks why he keeps doing that. He brought Olivia to Vermont to show her the house he got built for them. THEM. And their future kids. He wanted her to see it before he sold it and sold the dream.
GAHTDAMBIT! I was SO READY to be off Team Olitz. SO READY! And just like that, they pulled me back. Shit. You build me a house you want me to make jam in and we might could go together. OWWWWW!
Huckleberry Quinn – Quinn walks into the Gladiator conference room and finds Huck in front of the computer. He tells her that he hasn’t given her credit for her work and he knows she’s good at what she does. And I knew Huck knows. Huck knows that Quinn killed the guard and he realized that his dismissal of Quinn led her to the wrong hands. UH OH!
Quinn leaves and in the parking garage when Charlie walks up, she points a gun at his head. Dude is not even fazed in the least. Quinn. YOU AIN’T BAD! YOU AIN’T NOTHING! *twirls and moonwalks* She’s scared that she will be discovered as the killer of the security guard and Charlie leaves her there after saying she’ll figure something out. Girl.
Parenting Popes – Maya and Eli are gushing over Olivia’s pics, and for a second, they become two normal parents who are proud of their baby girl.
Then Mama Pope notices that ALL of the pics she’s seeing of her daughter are press clippings. FOR WHY COME ain’t no pics with Papa?? And he says because they grew apart. “I told you to take care of her.” “I did.” “She was 12.” “I provided for her.” “Providing for someone and being a parent are two different things.” Daddy Goon basically tells her that she got her damb nerve to call him to the carpet like that, seeing as how this is her fault. He tells the doctor that the “prisoner” will be moved the next day and to make sure she’s well-sedated.
Vermont Loving – Olivia and Fitz are getting it ALL the way in and I was somewhere between blushing because I feel like I’m spying on them and I had to open up a window to let some air in. SO HOT! Meanwhile, Mellie can’t find her hubby and has his secretary call him but there’s no response. And then, she has her call Olivia and no response there either. OOP. I’m sorry, Mellie Girl.
After their proper romp session, Liv jumps up and it’s sunrise (dang… they went for hours and hours. I see you, Fitz). He’s not ready for her to go but Liv is the queen of “Hit it and Quit it.”
She’ont e’em cuddle or nothing. Fitz says he needs to destroy her father and she’s like “Do what you gotta do, Bae.” Chile… Then he tells her “I love you” and she does her usual of ignoring him. But when she’s leaving to head to the helicopter, she looks back and tells him not to sell the house. And I went “aawwww” before I could help myself. I JUST CAN’T HATE THEM! I’m terrible and Fitz is terrible for her and it’s all just terrible but yeah.
Bedroom Candy – Abby is canoodling with her boo David when he drops the gem that there was nothing worth being alarmed about on the laptop that was “stolen” because it was wiped clean the day before the “break-in.” He, of course, suspects the Gladiators but Whelan says they ain’t do it. But it lets her know who did. She calls Harrison and tells her. As he sits there shocked and shirtless, the camera pans down to Candice who is in his bed.
YESSSS FOR SHIRTLESS HARRISON!!! It took THREE seasons for him to have sex. WELCOME!!! But yeah…
Husband Shade – Cyrus is so gung-ho about this Daniel-James plan but Mellie’s giving him the side-eye. When she tries to warn him not to open up Pandora’s box, he ain’t trying to hear it. “My husband’s not your husband, Mellie.” Well, DAMB.
Fire Her – Huck says he couldn’t get the reflection to show who was in the reflection. Quinn sits around looking shifty. Rep. Phoebe Buffay and Candice show up and Liv says they can fix the fallout from the fake break-in that Candice did. When Liv and the Congresswoman are alone, she tells her to fire her assistant-sister publicly to show that she won’t tolerate such nonsense and the candidate struggles with firing her own blood.
To be noted: Olivia had on NOTHING light. She was in the dark gray suit with a black tank underneath. She must be feeling dark and confused. Also, Harrison didn’t have on gingham. He must be feeling guilty for sleeping with Candy.
Pawn in Man Cave – James is at Daniel’s home, specifically his “man cave” ready to give his interview. All of a sudden, Daniel kisses him and he’s taken aback and is mad as hell about it because they’re both married. The dude thought it’d be cool to come on to James because he heard from Mellie that he was in an open marriage with Cyrus. And then things start clicking for James why Cy has been so agreeable and suggestive about the interview.
He’s been a pawn this WHOLE time and the realization hurts his adorable feelings.
Blaming Buffay – At the press conference, Congresswoman Buffay says the break-in idea and execution was completely her idea and she’s sorry and dropping out of the race. She took the fall her for Candice, saying mothers don’t throw their daughters under the bus. Is this foreshadowing to conflict between Liv and Maya? Maybe. Maybe not. Who’s to say?
Mellow Mellie – President Ghost is sitting in the Oval Office when Mellie shows up to ask him how he’s trip to “New Hampshire” went. And she mentions that Congresswoman Marcus is now at the race, so maybe Olivia would come back to manage his campaign. Fitz gives her a noncommittal “maybe.” She doesn’t push the issue, but Mellie knows so much and gives away so little. I love how mellow she was. There’s something brewing underneath and he keeps dismissing her. SMDH.
Pawn Payback – Cyrus is waiting up for James and it’s late by the time he walks in. His hubby doesn’t even join him in bed. instead, he heads straight to shower after saying “it feels good to be back in the saddle.” As he closed the bathroom door, Cyrus gets a text message from the dude he hired to catch Daniel slipping that reads: “I think I found what you were looking for.” And it’s pictures of him canoodling with… JAMES! Thug tears get ready to fall out of Beene’s eyes, as he realized that his love slept with another men. Be careful what you asked for.
Escape – Papa Pope comes to see Maya and sees she isn’t in her bed. There’s a naked body on the floor behind the curtains and it’s the doctor with a needle in his neck. AW SHIT! MAMA POPE IS A REAL LIFE GOON!!! She was like “you will not poison me” and killed him instead. Now she’s on the loose, out to find her baby and all Rowan can do is flip tables. OOP.
Quinn’s Surprise – Quinn gets home and finds a photo waiting inside her door. It’s her pixelated face from the reflection in the revolving door of the building where she killed the guard. She looks up and Huck is on her couch. “We need to talk about who you’re working for.” UH HUH!!! And on the ground are tools. He came ready and her ass is bout to be grass.
Livvie’s Surprise – Olivia is about to enter her building when she hears “Hi Livvie.” She turns around and it’s the mother she thought has been dead for the past 20 years.
Liv is rendered speechless and near tears.
ANDDD THE EPISODE ENDS!
*faints* LEMME LAY HERE!!! Huck is gon duct tape Quinn’s mouth and give her the B613 torture treatment and I cannot WAIT! She’s had it coming with her “curious” ass! Curiousity killed the cat and if it doesn’t kill Quinn, it’s gon at least hurt her a bit.
AND THEN… something tells me Candy ain’t out the picture. She and Harrison ain’t gon just have a one night stand. That little troublemaker might be back to stir the pot. And ummm… I want her back as long as it means we’ll see more shirtless Brolivia Pope.
Will Huck be able to go through with torturing his mentee? She is Baby Huck no more. Twitter has brought us “Charlequin.” HA!
Now. Maya Lewis-Pope aka Mama Pope has given us the confirmation we need that she isn’t just some innocent bystander. All this time we thought Rowan Pope was Grand Goon. We might need to pass the peas like we used to do on that title. We ask: “What’s a goon to a goblin?” Mama Pope will reply with “Me.” And I’ma be all “I believe it.” SHE ATE HER OWN DAMB WRIST, THOUGH! And then she killed the doctor and probably did it with no problem. WHOOOOOOO!!!
This ain’t gon be the sweet reunion I imagined when I first thought Mama Pope was alive. Her and her daughter ain’t gon be “wrecking shop” buddies. It might be the opposite. This might make Liv realize that her daddy wasn’t so bad afterall. Because Maya ain’t screwed too tight. And this all makes sense too when Rowan gets all hurt that Liv has placed her mama on this pedestal, it’s because he’s basically like “you don’t e’em know her, bro.”
Annnddd finally, IF they’re gonna write Kerry’s pregnancy into the script, this ep would give them a perfect alibi. Could an Olitz baby be conceived in Vermont in the house LOVE/LUST built? I mean… it ain’t far-fetched.
Chile… I’ma be done now. Another giant recap. Gladiators ROAR in the comments and let’s talk about it!
P.S. WE GOTTA WAIT TWO WEEKS!!! Lawd. Fine. Thanksgiving. I guess. (-_-)
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