Ooooo chile! January 29, 2015 can’t come fast enough because Scandal left me wondering where I left my good wig. I HAZ SO MANY THOUGHTS! Let’s jump right in.
Charge Her – Olivia is sitting in the Oval Office looking shell-shocked and Jake and Fitz talk about what the hell went wrong with the plan to capture Rowan (everything). Iunno who they thought they were playing with but Command does NOT go down easily. Special Ops guys roll into Rowan’s office at the Smithsonian and a skeleton is chilling on his desk. OOP. Then they go into the room where the Hole is. They open it.
Maya Pope thanks her daughter for getting her out the hole, and Jake and Fitz ask her when she last saw Rowan. She tells Fitz he ain’t gon do a DAMB thing to her. SHE AIN’T NEVER SCURRED. “Olivia Pope is here now. You so much lay a finger on me and we will sue your ass. Tell em, Livvie. Handle em.” Her daughter responds with “You haven’t charged her. Murder. Terrorism and Treason. Charge her and lock her up. As for my father, hunt him, find him and kill him.” And she leaves. WELL DAMB, OLIVIA!! That is way harsh! WAY HARSH, TAI!
Huck Break – Huck bangs on the door and his ex-wife opens up telling him that he cannot see Javi. He knows the boy is home because he trace him and his wife pushes him and closes the door wondering if he told him about his spy stories. Quinn watches her friend’s struggle and pitifulness. As my heart breaks for Huck.
The West Angolan ambassador meets with President Ghost in the Oval Office and he says he’s committed to keeping their democracy safe. After she leaves, Fitz tells Cyrus that West Angola attacked us, so they gotta feel some sorta pain. He gotta come back with a plan.
Special Hell – Olivia gets back to OPA and gets a call from Quinn who tells her that Kubiak is dead and he was plotting something with VP Nichols and Lizzie North, who are getting it in! Just then, Lizzie walks into OPA. She is mad at Olivia because she lied to her and said her phone just had a virus. She got someone else to look at it and they discovered that her phone was bugged by Cyrus Beene. “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t support other women.” Liz goes: “There’s a special place in hell for women who spout that tired quote to justify their bad behavior.” AMEN, OLIVIA. Get that the hell outta here, Lizzie!
Olivia rolls into Cyrus’ office and tells him to hang up the phone because something is going to happen. Abby comes in too and says the Times asked her about some photos. Fitz, Mellie, Cyrus, Abby and other staffers meet in the Oval Office where Liv briefs them on Lizzie’s set up. Also, “Elizabeth is in bed with your Vice President both literally and figuratively.” Mellie especially pays attention to that.
Cy’s business is ALL in the streets because Lizzie leaks all the pictures of him and Diamond Michael to the press. They’re talmbout it being “explicit gay sex.” As opposed to non-explicit straight ones. David calls Abby and says he will have to investigate what’s happening but Liv realizes they might be in hotter water when Cy admits that he deleted all his emails and texts. Fitz says they will fight it.
Marriage Proposal – In the OPA offices, Olivia is running through the agreement she’s drawn up while Michael and Cyrus are sitting on the other side of the table. It’s for 3 years and Diamond will get $1 million per year of marriage. If paid bae violates any terms (speaking publicly, random drug testing), he will have to pay that money back. He says that so Cy would just own him and Beene shoots back “as opposed to just renting.” HA! Petty. Liv tells them that if they don’t go the marriage route to (fake) show that they fell in love, then this will be disastrous. Michael says yes, he will do it. But Cyrus is not so sure.
“You are now the most famous gay hooker in gay hooker history. You could write a book, sell it to Hollywood. You can play yourself in the p0rn version ‘Inside Cyrus Beene.’ I was in the closet for 40 years. I spent 4 decades having sex with women between the thighs of women, which I for one, never enjoyed or quite understood. And the whole time, I only ever slept with 2 men and one of them was the love of my life. The other was a prostitute which was admittedly a terrible decision on my part. But this? This just seems cruel and unfair. I can’t. I won’t do that to James.”
Kill Card – Jake from State Farm is getting something from someone from an alley and when they leave, he looks in a mirror, turns around and kills the person who was about to kill him. AW SNAP! He looks in the dead assassin’s pocket and sees a King of Clubs card with his picture on it. Command is coming for his head and he is doing it fast!
Jake goes to OPA and tells Huck and Quinn about the assassin and the kill card he found. It seems that Rowan now has kill cards for members of B613 as a shut down plan. Jake tells Huck to run the plates of a Lincoln town car and for them to watch their back. Quinn leaves and is sitting in a car when Charlie enters.
Quinn tells Charlie that Rowan is cleaning house. Aawww. Warning her old buddy. He says “You like me. You don’t want me dead. It’s sweet. It’s life-affirming.”
And he tries to kiss her twice but she muffs him. The third time was the charm though.
Trigger Finger – She comes back into OPA fixing her hair. Huck updates her and Liv on the fact that he was able to determine that the only other time Kubiak, Lizzie and Nichols were together was at the Winslow law firm the night Catelyn died. They need to get to the firm but they’d need fingerprints to get access. They have a finger: dead Kubiak’s. Quinn cuts off his pointer finger and uses his finger to get into the building while the security guard is distracted by her yansh. HA!
Quinn finds a client code in the office and tells Huck. He puts it in the system and the code is for a WACO Inc. WACO TEXAS? Does this have something to do with Hollis? Because that would make me happy.
Jake walks into Olivia’s office and puts a gun on her desk. He wants her to take it from protection from her father but she is no gun man so how would she stand a chance even if he just showed up? She says her dad won’t kill her. I believe that too. Olivia is in all black here, with a tinge of white showing from under her blazer. Jake tells her “we can close pandora’s box. We can go back to the sun.” The sun said you’re not welcome! YOU HURT THE SUN’S FEELINGS! It’s not your yo-yo! (-__-) Liv knows because she tells him “The sun went down a long time ago and it’s not coming back up.”
Thankful Service – Lizzie shows up at Nichols’ office and says she still can’t find Kubiak, the Prez hasn’t declared war on West Angola and Olivia is coming for her. She don’t feel like talmbout it, doe, and the VP puts her on his desk and goes down. OWWWWWW.
The press is speculating that Cyrus is resigning his position when Fitz walks into the Oval Office and Beene is waiting. He tells his boss that he is going to hand him his resignation letter, and Fitz needs to use him quitting to build himself up. “I am going to hand you this letter and you’re going to accept it. You’re going to say ‘Thank you for your service, Cyrus. It’s been an honor.’ To which I will respond ‘The honor, sir, was mine.’… I am not of help to you, Mr. President. The only way to help you now is by leaving.”
The President does not want to accept this and he protests but Cy won’t let him. He repeats the words as he tells him to, looking all pitiful as he does it as Beene leaves his office. Aawww that’s his bro, man. Their bromance is so real. It’s guy love between two guys (shoutout to Scrubs). Cy’s just lost his good gubment benefits.
Endless Love – Abby has been subpoenaed by Attorney General David so she has to testify privately to him on what’s been happening. He asks her about the evening of March 25, when Cyrus deleted all his emails and texts to hide his relationship with Michael. She says she had nothing to do with it and he asks for an alibi. She does. Leo Bergen. And as she admits that she was with him the entire night at his house, David’s face falls. “Endless Love” starts playing because the Scandal team is shady and I love them. That was the end of the questioning.
Quinn is sitting in bed as a phone rings and she tells Charlie it’s his. From the bathroom, he tells her to turn it off. She reaches for his phone in his bag and finds a Queen of Hearts card with her pic on it. She realizes that HE was sent to kill her and when he walks out the bathroom, she slaps him. Endless Love is still playing, by the way. She starts beating him up and he said he wasn’t sure if he WAS going to kill her.
This turns into a power wrestle but Quinn mounts him and punches the crap outta him. If Quinn is Queen, Jake is King then Huck is probably Jack.
Command Sighting – Huck calls Jake and says he might have found Command’s license plate in Roanoke, VA. Jake thinks he knows where Command is: a safe house. He is walking up stairs as Rowan is opening a bottle of wine. Jake enters an apartment and finds it empty. Olivia comes home, turns on her light and finds her father sitting at her dining room table. He is holding her Stevie Wonder “Songs in the Key of Life” album and she asks why he is in her house. He tells her to sit down and pulls out a gun that he just holds it all casual.
Rowan says he was leaving but seems Liv won’t be thrilled until he’s dead and she points out that he can never leave because the only life he has is this one where he thinks he is the master puppetmaster.
“You can’t disappear and become a normal person because, dad, you are not normal. You’re a sick lonely man who only knows how to lie and call it love.” Rowan BOOMS. “Could you be more ungrateful?? You’re my flesh. There would be NO Olivia Pope if not for me.” He puts the gun on the table and stands up.
“I have failed as a father. I bled and toiled and allowed myself to be hated all for your protection… All for what? A daughter who sends in her clan of good ol’ boys to kill me. It is YOUR life that is sad. It is YOU who cannot be normal. It is YOU who has no comprehension of love. So what? Your stomach turns every time you look at me? Well let me be the one to break it to you, Olivia. You are simply looking in the mirror.”
Liv grabs the gun off the table and points it at her father. OLIVIA CAROLYN POPE, YOU BETTER NOT KILL YOUR DADDY. He is looking at her and she’s holding the gun, slightly shaking. She pulls the trigger and Rowan Pope yelps the hurt of 1,000 fathers.
There was no bullet in the gun but she #MINEASWELL have just shot a hole through his heart. It was a test and she pulled the trigger. She was willing to kill her own father. And that yelp was the sound of his heart breaking. It was pure hurt.
He grabbed his head and looked so hurt as he says “Are you kidding me? You just shot your own father. You just shot me. Never in a million years did I think that YOU would be willing to pull the trigger.”
Rowan Pope has never been THIS vulnerable or this hurt in his life. You can tell that Olivia just made his spirit ache. Dambit.
He recalls the night before her first day of Kindergarten and how she couldn’t sleep but Stevie Wonder’s voice put her to sleep quick. He says she will miss him when he’s gone. Liv is standing there dressed in all black like an omen as her father walks out. I MISS YOU ALREADY, ROWAN!
Batman and Robin – Charlie and Quinn are sitting on the floor with bloodied eyes and faces, having beat the shit out of each other. He says he wasn’t going to kill her because she’s his Robin. They talk about how his Granny Fran just died. Aawww. These two are so dysfunctional and adorable. Quinn tells him she should be calling him more but since he messed up Huck’s life, he wasn’t high on her list of folks. The Sugar Assassin says he might be able to unfuck Huck’s life since he kept some of the B613 files for himself. Oh?
Maya’s Move – Olivia goes to see her mom and asks where Rowan could be. Maya says Rowan would visit her in the hole every single day and when Liv tries to talk about how he is obsessed with locking her up, her mother lets her have it.
“Girl, you need to move on. All you two do is talk about each other. You’re just like him. You’re serving at the pleasure of a President, running around with boys from B613. Look around, boo. I’m in a cage. You’re visiting me. You plan to come everyday or…?” WELLLLPPPPPP!
Liv starts to cry and her mama looks unbothered. She tells her “Cry me a river, Livvie. Whatever.” And Liv bounces.
Bitch Baby – Cyrus is packing his clothes and Olivia shows up to his house. He wants to go to Europe to go deal with his failure.
“When did you decide to let them ruin you? So your life’s unfair so WHAT? That’s how it is. So they’re mean girling you in the press? So you lost someone you loved. You lost the one person who felt like family. Well grow the hell up because that is how it is. The Cyrus Beene I know doesn’t hide in his half empty closet and wet his pants like a little BITCH BABY.
The Cyrus I know is a patriot. He bites the bullet and he does what he takes to serve the republic at all costs. And I wanna know right now in this moment who you are! Because the pathetic shell of a person I’m looking at does not deserve to stand on the Presidential seal in the Oval Office let alone tell the president what to do. WHO ARE YOU CY? … SO YOU’RE NOT A BITCH BABY? I DON’T KNOW BECAUSE YOU STILL SOUND LIKE A LITTLE BITCH BABY TO ME!”
“I’M NOT A LITTLE BITCH BABY!”
“THEN SHOW IT TO ME RIGHT NOW! SHOW ME WHO YOU ARE, CYRUS BEENE!”
Omg I was so ready to go play the best football game I’ve ever played in my life. beats chest and runs unto a field I LOVED THAT.
Next thing we see, Cyrus and Michael are doing an interview with the press about how they fell in love and are now engaged. People are loving it. He gon get his good job with good gubment benefits back. Unpack your box, Beene! You staying like Effie and we’re gonna love you. Afterwards, while in his office, Fitz shows up and says the interview was cute. Beene: “I’m marrying a whore. At least I know what I’m paying for, right?” OOP.
Shared Things – The President says they are not going to war with West Angola and Lizzie hears this and goes to see Mellie. She wonders what happened since they were on the same page and First Lady lets her have it! “Because we’re both screwing Andrew? That doesn’t make us friends. It just makes us at risk for the same STDs… when it comes to screwing someone, I’m not nearly as gentle as Andrew. From me? It WILL hurt.” I LIVE.
Showing Receipts – Huck’s wife gets home and sees him standing on her lawn. She wants to call the cops and he tells her that he is just there to give her some files to read. All he’s asking is for her to read the B613 files that Charlie got him. He walks away leaving them in front of her door. I hope she reads them. She must believe our boo!
Liv walks to the Oval Office and before she goes in, she sees Abby, Fitz and Cyrus smiling and talking and she decides not to go in.
Quinn discovered that WACO stands for West Angolan Commercial Organization and is a subsidiary of the West Angolan government and Winslow’s firm managed their American assets. VP Nichols walks into the Oval Office at that moment. Quinn tells Huck that the VP knew the explosion was coming and positioned himself just so he wouldn’t get too hurt. Huck is wondering why they’d take pics of Olivia if it’s just war that they wanted. Good question.
Andrew is in the Oval Office mad that the President doesn’t think him almost getting blown up is enough reason to go to war with West Angola.
Black Dance – Jake goes to Olivia’s and she’s giddy, rocking all black and excited that she found 2 bottles of Du Bullay. He wants to talk to her about her father but she is not trying to hear it at all. He says that he ALMOST HAD Rowan and she insists that she is NOT talking about Pops. She wants to talk about how Songs in the Key of Life is her obsession. She puts the vinyl on and “Don’t worry about a thing” starts playing. She tells him “shut up and dance” and starts dancing. Jake joins her and shows that he ain’t got no real moves.
As they’re dancing, he tells her he loves her. Olivia says she wants Vermont with Fitz. And then she wants Jake and the sun but now, she is choosing herself. “I’m not choosing. I choose me. I am choosing Olivia. Right now, Olivia is dancing. You can dance with me or you can get off my dance floor. I’m fine dancing alone.”
He goes over to her and kisses her and she takes off his shirt. She says she’s never done it on top of a piano and he goes in her bedroom to get pillows and blankets. Jake walks out talking excitedly and when he looks around, Olivia is no where to be found. Wine is spilled on the couch and the door of Liv’s apartment is wide open.
In the Oval Office, VP Nichols tells the President to tell him the one thing that he can’t live without. “Tell me the one thing that if it were taken away from you, you’d do everything in your power to get back.” It dawns on Fitz what that thing is and Andrew wonders how the war is sounding now.
First of all. FIRST OF GAHTDAMB ALL, Olivia Pope is NOT WHO YOU KIDNAP! VP Nichols does not know WHO he is messing with. Does she not know her people? Does he not know that they will bring the entire republic down in her honor?? Does he not know that he just wrote his own death certificate? He clearly doesn’t want to live. You do not kidnap precious Olivia Pope thinking she’s just another pawn in a game to get what you want.
But why doesn’t Olivia’s door got good locks? She should have all types of bolts and padlocks and whatnots. Folks just be walking in her house like it’s the Whole Foods.
Let’s talk theories and questions though.
1. What did Jake want to tell Olivia so bad? He was really adamant that he almost had Rowan but what else did he have to say? It seemed hella important.
b. Did Rowan Pope have something to do with this kidnapping to teach Olivia a lesson to see what life is like without him?
iii. Did Maya Pope have something to do with this in anyway?
I say NAY. But she will go hunt for he daughter and heads will roll!
4d. Why is war in West Angola so important to Lizzie and VP Nichols? We KNOW that these two are hellbent on having the U.S. go to war in the country but what is their motivation behind it? Why are they so pressed?
5. Did Olivia run away herself? She did say she was choosing herself. Is this why she was so giddy?What if that meant leaving ALL that behind without the sun or Vermont? What if she left before the kidnappers that Andrew sent got to her?
And she had on all black. Liv NEVER puts on all black in the house. She’s typically in some white silky pajamas or sweater.
Gladiators ROAR! Whatchu think happened?