Run: Scandal Episode 410 Recap
I’m so glad I had put on extra deodorant and applied a good layer of Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my edges for the return of Scandal last night. I ate a filling meal beforehand so my energy levels and sugar could be right. I figured since Scandal had been gone for almost 2 months, Shonda an’ ‘em were going to try to make up for lost time and lost snatchage by doing a lot. That they did. Let’s just get into the tea.
Forward and Backwards – The first thing we see is a disheveled Olivia running for her life like Forrest Gump towards a red door as her natural hair flew behind her. It was like a Motions commercial and y’all know I love any time we see her hair in all curly. Whether she reaches the door? We don’t know because they take us back to her in her apartment, dancing with Jake, telling him “I’m not choosing Jake. I’m not choosing Fitz. I’m choosing me.” Right before he went to her room for a pillow and some kidnapper chose her.
They pick her up, making her spill her wine on her white couch, and by the time Jake gets back to the living room, she’s gone. In his boxer briefs (heyyyyyy), he takes the stairs downstairs and sees a car beep, chases the car and loses it.
Un-Neighborly – The scene is replayed slowly, and when the kidnapper grabs Olivia, he takes her to… THE APARTMENT ACROSS THE HALL! That is why they disappeared so fast. Inside the apartment are several men, who have duct-taped the old lady who lives there’s mouth. Liv has also been duct-taped and the men are watching surveillance video. The car that Jake chased was just a decoy to buy them time as they go back into Olivia’s apartment to remove the surveillance equipment they had in there. Liv sleekly removes a ring she’s wearing and slides it under the carpet with her foot.
Jake comes back upstairs, checks her apartment and calls someone to tell them Liv has been taken. He gets dressed and leaves, not knowing she’s across the hall behind the door 3 feet away from him. When he’s gone, the kidnapper turns Olivia around and makes her watch as they remove the duct tape from her old neighbor’s mouth. The poor woman (Lois, but I feel like calling her Alma Mae) thinks the men got what they want and as she tries to assure Liv that things will be ok, the man holding Liv pulls out his gun and sends a shot through Alma’s heart.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Why did y’all have to do that to the poor lady?!? WHYYYYYYYYYYYY??? Summabitch!
Emergency – EMTs wheels a body out of the building and when they load the body bag and they all get into the back of the ambulance, we realize that it’s those men. They open the bag and remove the old lady’s body. Underneath it is a shaking Olivia. I’m traumatized for our girl. This ain’t right and it ain’t ok. Lawd!
They remove the duct tape from her mouth and they tell her to plead for her life because after this, she won’t see the United States again. She says “I only negotiate with people with the power to say yes or no.”
Look at Baby Goon Liv. I’d be rocking #bagginfoaf right now. She makes the good point that the guy who was holding her was the one in charge and since he ain’t in the ambulance, then none of them got power. OOOP. They can’t even argue with her so they just stick a syringe in her neck and she passes out. At this point, I already can’t deal. Olivia gon need some extra therapy after this. DIS TEW MUCH.
Locked Up – Olivia wakes up on the floor of some cell, and even after her ordeal from the night before, her hair is STILL laidt. That’s a premium press for you. She got a cell partner and he’s all slumped in the corner and he tells her that his name is Ian. Liv is trying to figure out where she is, because the walls are high and the window is out of reach and he tells her he was kidnapped because he was a journalist writing about Egypt. Homeboy seems traumatized because he’s been there for a while. He says “We’re going to die. They’re going to kill us.” Then he talks about how he was stuck in the neck with a syringe and woke up there, and he was in a cell with a dude named Bradley.
Olivia thinks they’re in the Middle East or a country where Islam reigns because they might have heard a prayer call outside. Liv yells “BATHROOM” and they lead her to a really dirty one and say she got 5 minutes. Like the real woman that she is, she put some tissue on the seat before she sits down. Although, I think she shoulda hit the squat and hover move too. You can never be too safe.
Loose Lips – In the cell, Liv starts asking Ian questions about what’s outside and he has a meltdown because her ideas of escaping might get them both killed. He has a daughter that he wants to live to see again. Liv hugs him like Mama Bear and gives him a very close face-to-face talk about not giving up. And if he’s been locked up for a while, then his breath musta smelled like landfills and onion rings so her eyelashes shoulda been curling on their own at that point. Either way, ma’am WORRY BOUT YOURSELF.
Liv tells him “I’m going to save us.” Him: “How.” “I’m Olivia Pope.” Girl this is not the time to be dropping your LinkedIn credentials. You don’t even KNOW dude. Outchea tryna play Captain Save-a-Hoe. girl save yourself! And then they both begin to eat the food they got, which looks like cous cous, spinach and kale.
Next, Ian is talmbout how he’s a journalist for a living as he runs his hands up and down her back. He’s helping her look for a tracking device that she thinks might have been placed there and if it was, someone might find them. She says her mother had one because her dad put on there. “He won’t come find me. We parted ways.” He tells her there is no tracking device under her skin and she whispers “If I’m missing, the President of the United States will come looking for me. He will not stop until he finds me. ”
OLIVIA CAROLYN POPE, YOU TALK TOO DAMB MURCH!!! Girl, I need you to sharrap because you are currently doing the damb most. Ugh.
5 Minutes – There’s a montage of the men saying “5 minutes” where Olivia is taken to and from the bathroom. I tried to count and I got 15 “5 minutes.” So if she’s going to the bathroom 3 times a day, let’s say she’s there 5 days at this point. What I was enjoying was watching Olivia’s hair transitioning from the press to its natural state. Each point is giving me YESSES. She needs to start a YouTube channel on how to maintain fluffy hair when you ain’t got products.
Liv sits on the toilet seat without tissue and I squeal. Don’t do that! There might be foot & mouth disease on that seat. Eeeewwww. But I guess she’s fresh out of dambs after this time. After sitting there for a couple of minutes, she looks up and sees the window. She takes off her bra, rubs it on the ground and removes the underwire because UNDERWIRE BRINGS FREEDOM! She steps up on the sink and puts the wire through the small hole in the window and successfully unlocks it. As she does that, the door opens because her 5 minutes is up. The guy comes in and flips out. He grabs her and she tries to fight back and 2 of them drag her back to the cell.
“You’re going to have to be punished for trying to escape.” and Liv is all “you can’t do anything.” Oh? They grab Ian and drag him across the hall to the next cell and she hears his screams. One of the men comes back with blood in her face to snarl and tell her there is no way out… Aw damb.
Jake and Jam – After a firefight, Jake barges into the cell and scoops Olivia up. He came to save her. He carries her out the cell and she jolts and wakes up in a bed with the sun streaming through her windows. She gets into the shower, where Fitz joins her for a good ol’ make out session. Afterwards, she strolls into their kitchen where Fitz is complaining about having to throw out the first pitch since he’s mayor.
The fridge is full of jam and Liv is wearing a GIANT rock on her ring finger. WHEW! Tom walks in as Mayor Ghost walks out and she asks him “what are you doing here?” He replies: “I belong here. I’m protecting him. From you. You asked me to come, remember?”
Liv takes her nice dog for a leisurely stroll in Vermont and Abby rolls up on her. “He resigned from office just like and poof you’re here? Where’s Mellie? Where’s Karen? Where’s Teddy? Where’s the press that would be swarming you on a daily basis if the President of the United States went all Wallis Simpson on America? And what? Now you make jam for a living?…
“Jake and Fitz can’t help you. There is no man to rescue you. You are the only Gladiator in the place. You have to rescue yourself.”
I fux with Abby. Everyone needs that friend who will wet blanket you when you need it the most. Abby is that gal, because she straight told Liv about herself.
Before Abby leaves, she tells her that she dropped something. It’s a weird rusted ring. We see the ring on her Vermont kitchen table and Tom shows up. He tells her there’s no way out and as she knocks the ring on the floor, she wakes up out of inception to food being delivered to her cell. It was all a dream. She used to read WordUp Magazine.
Run – Liv pulls out the 2nd underwire from her bra and puts it into her pants and she knocks on the door and yells BATHROOM! As one of the guys takes her to the bathroom, she looks at the red door. BTW, her hair is now giving total Diana Ross when she wakes up in the morning realness.
Liv gets in the bathroom and sees that the window has been sealed shut with bricks, so the underwire trick ain’t gon work this time. She starts doing these heaving sobs because the poor girl has earned a meltdown. She stops and looks under the sink and sees the ring in the dream she had with Abby and it is attached to the sink pipe. A-HA!
She uses her underwire to twist the ring and remove the pipe, hides it under her sleeve and knocks on the door to indicate that she’s finished with the toilet. The bathroom door opens and she slams the pipe on homeboy’s head repeatedly. I think he’s dead. She grabs the keys attached to his belt and his gun and runs like USAIN BOLT towards the red door.
At this point, I’m SKRESSED, BRUH! Like my heart is beating fast and I’m sweating like I’m the one doing the running. I also think I was holding my breath because who got time for inhaling during this crisis? WHEW.
She is running with all her might when one of the main goons turns up and I screamed. She points the gun at him and he says “If you were going to shoot me, you would have done it already… there’s nothing to be ashamed of. That’s a man’s tool you got there.” She pauses and then pulls the trigger, sending a bullet through his forehead. WELPPPP!!!
Olivia runs to the red door, fumbles with the keys, opens up one lock and it feels like it is taking her forever to get the 2nd one open. She finally unlocks it, pushes the door open and runs, only to stop because she’s in front of a screen and a speaker that is playing Arabic sounds. LAWD! They got my girl on a soundstage.
She turns around and Ian walks to her, all clean-shaven. OF COURSE he was the leader. Of. COURSE.
“I told you there was no way out of there. I knew you had fight in you. Clever girl. Well done. I had questions. I needed to extract information but I was told you had to be returned in your original packaging so I needed the right sort of extreme circumstances to pop your cork. The secret to you, you always have to save everyone. He loves you. He’s never gonna stop looking for you. That’s what you said, right? I got the goose that lays the golden eggs. Knowledge is power.”
He tells Liv that this is just the beginning and escorts her back behind the red door and closes it.
GAHHHHTTTDDAAAMMMBBB, dawg! There’s so much to unpack here. Lemme take it from the top.
First of all, I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask for a moment of silence for Granny Lois, aka Sis Alma Mae Jones. A good woman. A God-fearing woman. All she did was devote her time to serving her Lord all her life. So for her to just get caught up in the Liv rapture because her apartment was next door ain’t right. Services for her will come on January 32nd at the This Little Light of Mine Still Shines Even as the Devil Tries to Take It COGIC Baptist Pentecostal A.M.E. Please tell Sister O’Dell what you can bring to the repast. We’re order tater salad from Whole Foods because we can’t have what happened when we had a funegro for Brother Harrison (aka Brolivia Pope). Gone but not forgotten.
Aight so moving on. Most of us figured out that there was no way in hell Ian was just some random prisoner. They are not throwing Olivia Pope in a cell with just someone else. And since she did say she only negotiates with the person with power, her ass wrote a check that her mouth was cash-deficient for. Overdraft fees of life. WHY DID SHE SING LIKE A BIRD TO THIS STRANGER?!? Liv. Loose lips sink ships and you just hit every iceberg on the way. She told the man all her business and I was tryna tell her to shut up but you know she don’t listen to me. Daddy Pope and Mama Pope would be so disappointed in their baby. She should know better than that. But then again, the girl is traumatized and I shouldn’t even blame her. You put duct tape around my mouth, the moment you take it off, I will sing like Julie Andrews. What do you wanna know? I’ll tell you everything, because I’m a punk.
But who sent Ian, though? I am banking on the Vice President. Andrew did tell Fitz that he was going to get what is most important to him in the world. BUT if that was the info that Ian was so happy he got out of Liv when she “popped her cork”, wouldn’t VP already know that? Remember that Andrew Nichols wants to go to war with Angola!
Could it be Rowan who sent Ian? Nah. Because he already has all the information he needs and again, he ain’t gon do that to his daughter. I maintain that. When it comes to Liv, his Daddy-ness always trumps Command.
Chile, this is gon be a mess. I just wanna take the time out to also remember other Lost Ones in this episode:
* Olivia’s off-white couch – The red wine that was spilled on it is gon leave a real NASTY stain. Unless Jake hit it with some club soda and baking soda before he left her crib. That couch is what needs real saving.
* Olivia’s premium press – Her hair was DID and they went and kidnapped her. By the end, it looked like she might have been harboring a couple of bird nests in it. Oooo she gon need a whole bottle of detangler the next time she gets it done.
* Olivia’s bra – That underwire bra did an amazing job. The sale of underwire bras are about to skyrocket. You never know when you might need to escape. Even our accessories are super.
Anywho, GLADIATORS ROAR in the comments. Drop your thoughts and feels.