Gladiators Don’t Run Come Full Circle: Scandal Episode 412 Recap
Hey folks! I am also writing Scandal recaps for Vulture now! And what’s weird is that those ones are harder to write because they’re shorter, more concise and to the point. But over here is where I give you the lengthy play by play. I’m excited! Go check the one I wrote for today, and avoid the comments because: they don’t love me yet. BUT I WILL MAKE THEM.
Ok, let’s talk about the episode, titled “Full Circle.”
Where Is The Black Lady? – Abby sits on her and Liv’s favorite bench, waiting but no one comes so she hands the 2nd coffee she was holding to a homeless man. She calls and no one picks up. Then she goes to Liv’s house (because she has a key, and who doesn’t? Surely it’s on sale on eBay) and sees the wine spilled on the white sofa. Now she knows there’s something wrong for real.
When Abby confronts Huck and Quinn, they basically tell her she can’t sit with them because she doesn’t even go to this school (aka she is no longer a Gladiator).
Vengeance and Bidding – Cyrus walks into the Presidential bedroom and says he “comes bearing vengeance.” The Secret Service is being laid off and Navy Seals will protect the President henceforth. Also, he’s written a resignation letter that he wants VP Andrew Nichols to sign. President Ghost is all down on himself and his WIFE tells him he’s doing his best to get Liv back. Wow. He says he wants to talk to Jake and wants to be a part of the auction for her.
Deal’s Off – The goons are setting up shop in their new space and the one that Liv knocked out when she tried to escape to the red door (Gus) is telling Ian that this ain’t what the plan was. He’s all mad Liv is basically walking around like the “Queen of America” and Ian basically tells him to STFU and deal.
Just then, Ian’s phone rings and it’s the VP, who gets the news that their deal is off and he is no longer in control of the situation that’s happening. He is told that “now I’m making a deal with the highest bidder. This is literally above his pay grade and he is a BOY and he started something he could not finish.
Auction’s On – The auction for Olivia is happening on the Dark Net, which is a part of the web that no one but those who are the most shady of the shadiest can access. Password changes every 8 seconds and this is some true grimy shit. Even the U.S. government can’t reach it so Fitz decides that they need to get to the people who can to bid on behalf of the Republic: terrorists.
Back at the OPA offices, even Huck cannot get into the auction. He wasn’t invited to the dance either, and he starts to panic that she will die. Jake says they need to get their money together and join the bid but Quinn reminds them that all she got are student loans and “It doesn’t matter how many times you re-invent your identity. Sallie Mae will find you.”
This is true. They will meet you at the gates of Heaven to get what is theirs. Huck tells them that he has money that he considers B613 backpay for his time in the hole: $2 billion that he stashed when they were siphoning money away from the group to shut it down. $2,000,400,087.38 to be exact. WELL DAMB. BALLERS GON BALL.
The auction is about to start and Liv tells them that she would be insulted if she goes for less than $1 billion. Ian tells her that he might even let her choose the person who gets her once the money kinda even out and as the auction goes life, Gus comes from behind and shoots him in the head. His blood splatters all over Liv as she screams. HOLY SHIT. The rogues are going rogue and this will only get uglier! Olivia will need a therapist to live with her at this point. This experience should leave her with acute PTSD.
The White House was able to get into the auction but Huck still can’t figure out how to. At Kidnap Land, the 2 goons who are operating the auction are wondering WTF just happened. When Gus enters the room again, he helps her clean some of the blood off her face and is touching Liv’s lips and being all creepy and I’m getting the heebie jeebies. She tells him “Be careful. I’m in shock. Put anything that close to my mouth I might bite it off.” WELP.
Treasonous Tommy – Cyrus goes to VP Nichols and tells him to sign the letter but Andrew tells him that maybe they should talk about it. TALK ABOUT WHAT, TREASONOUS TOMMY? Ain’t no conversation to be had. You tried it. Then he flips the table and says if he is pushed out, he will blow the whistle on the fact that Liv is the reason they went to war with West Angola. “Going to war for your sidepiece doesn’t just make you an unpopular president; it makes you a criminal.” He needs his ass whooped. But he’s right. Well played.
All-Star Terrorist – The auction is for the most high level villainous dudes so it’s like the VIP list of evil. The Gladiators realize that they need to find the truest international terrorist they know to get access. Who is truer than Mama Pope? Quinn and Jake go to the maximum security facility with David as their chaperone.
Maya tells them that if they need her help, then she needs theirs. They ask her what she wants and she said freedom and they basically laughed at her face. She makes the point that Rowan ain’t never served in prison and his ass actually murdered the First Son. Good point but no. Then her demands get smaller and smaller. Fine, a medium security prison where she can talk to people and have cellmates and have a library of books. NOPE NOPE NOPE. Quinn pipes up and suggests a TV. What about a television that she can watch but not touch? Now we’re talking. You can’t have freedom but you can have TV. Mama Pope agrees and tells them that the streets know her as Marie Wallace. Use that name to get in.
I’m just mad their GOOFASSES took this long to go to the realest G they know.
Snitches Get Pardoned – Cyrus tells President Ghost that Andrew isn’t resigning because he says if he goes down, he takes the administration down with him. Fitz makes the point that the American public was told that the war on West Angola was because of the assassination attempt on VP’s life so if they can prove he faked it, then they will have an out. Cy walks into Liz North’s office and sees her packing up. Surely she ain’t leaving, is she? He tells her “You’re gonna testify against your boyfriend, Andrew Nichols. In return, you won’t have to spend the rest of your life in a federal prison. You will, however, be my bitch until the end of time.”
As the goons and Gus watch the auction go nuts, Liv almost gets his phone, which is on the table. He notices just in time, though. You almost had it, girl.
Getting to Gus – Maya is telling them who they need to get to and his name is Gustavo. Quinn and David are in prison with her while Jake and Huck are on the mission, with Bluetooth headsets. Lemony Snicket (David) whines because this is being set up as a drug deal but WHO GIVES A DAMB? Quinn drags him out the room to get his head straight and when they close the door, Maya tells Jake that the real mission is that they need to kill the men she’s identified as Gus’ people for the REAL Gus because he wants them dead and this is a favor he’d need to repay with access to that auction. Huck says he will handle it, and crushes his headset.
The VP runs into Lizzie as Cyrus escorts her into a room. Uh oh. He goes to see Mellie and says that at least he still has her. FLOTUS is all “nah, B” and says he’s gonna have to give up the ghost. Then he says that if he goes down, he will sing like a bird to the public about all the dirty things they’ve done together. Mellie: “The irony is that he chose you because he thought you’d be loyal.” “Probably the same reason he chose you.” None of these hoes are loyal.
Murder Recess – David and Quinn get back into the room with Maya and Lemony threatens Liv’s mama that she bet not tell nobody about what they agreed on and how she got TV privileges. Jake thinks Huck has been inside the building for too long so he goes looking for him. When he opens the door to the room Huck went, he sees the Gladiator has wrecked shop! Huck had a field day, killing all the men, severing some limbs, and looking like a murderous child at kill em all recess.
ALLL this deprogramming is a wrap because even Jake is disturbed. All Huck cared about was whether what he was going to do would get Liv back, being the most RIDING OR DYINGEST DUDE EVER. But he lost his entire shit.
Weak Psychology – Gus isn’t in the room and Liv is left with the other men so she starts talking to them about how they’re better than what they’re currently doing. She goes all Iyanla on them, figuring out their weakness and then getting into their heads. One of Liv’s most powerful assets is that she can figure out most people’s weak points. And then she will exploit it when she wants to. Pete, one of the guys, tells her she gets it wrong. He DOES want money and she is their Billion Dollar Baby. Oop.
Concern for Bestie – Abby is debriefing Presidnet Ghost but she’s so distracted that he asks her what’s wrong. She says that she’s concerned because she hasn’t heard from Olivia and her house was a wreck when she went. He tells her to saddown because he gotta tell her something. Afterwards, she barges into David’s office pissed that he didn’t tell her that Liv is missing, and instead of understanding, he says “I did not have to tell you because you did not have a right to know.” This power is clearly going to Lemony’s head. Red is hurt.
“Someone kidnapped my best friend… NO. Someone kidnapped my ONLY friend… I don’t have friends. I have Liv. And something bad has happened to her and I didn’t get a chance to be her Gladiator because no one even bothered to let me know that she was missing… All the times she saved me. I would save her, David. I would go over a cliff for her… you have to tell me that my only friend has been kidnapped!”
David finally stops being a douchebag and he pours her a drink and says that Olivia is not her only friend. I’d be mad if I were Abby too.
Wants and Dreams – Mellie is sitting on the WH balcony sipping on some hooch and giving me false hope that we might see #DrunkMellie again when Fitz joins her. She asks for update on Liv and he tells her that she might be home soon and she says “Good. I might sleep better when she’s home lying between us.” That line is almost poetic. YES. She says the VP will have to be allowed to walk because “If we don’t, he’s going to tell the entire world that I was stupid enough to spread my legs for him… I’ll be ruined. America can forgive a man 100 infidelities but they will never forgive a woman for even one.” This is actual factual.
She puts her head on his shoulder and asks what he wants the most, besides their son being alive again and he says he wants Olivia to be home safe. He asks her the same thing and she says she wants to be the President of the United States. “I want to run the world.”
HELL YESSSS, MELLIE! Fitz looks at her and says “Andrew walks” and that shows that he’d help her do it.
I love how these two are basically besties who are married and used to be fuck buddies.
Dark Places – Jake sees Quinn sitting in Harrison’s old office, which used to belong to Steven (remember him? Season 1). Talk about Throwback Thursday. He tells her that he’s worried about Huck because what he did to those men in that room was beyond what he needed. Quinn insists that her partner is fine and “He goes into dark places. I know that. I have the dental bills to prove it. But he pulls himself back. At some point before it’s too late, Huck always pulls himself back.” Yeah, what if this is the time that he doesn’t?
Huck finally gets finds the auction, but it takes him all night to enter it, using Marie Wallace’s digital footprint. And when he does, the bidding stops at $1.1 billion and bidders are dropping out. The auction has been suspended. CRAP! Cyrus barges into the President’s room holding a red envelope and Mellie wakes Fitz up immejately cuz nothing good can come in a red folder.
Gus yells to wake Olivia up and says she’s been sold to buyers who came to him directly with cash. She asks who, and he tells her “Iran.” This is his payback.
In the Situation Room, the CIA tells President Ghost that his beloved has been sold to Iran and that it is best if they “neutralize the asset” (aka let her die) seems she might be a threat to national security because of all the things she knows. Fitz is NOT hearing that, does not accept it and almost flips a table.
Back at OPA, Jake and Quinn are trying to figure out who could have bought her. Israel, Italy, France… Huck stops them to say it makes no damb difference who has her. “Whatever country they represent. They bought a person in an auction to control a president, to control a nation. She is not a person to them, she is a tool. A very expensive tool…” Homie goes into a 752 moment where he talks about all the horrible things they could do to Liv to get whatever it is they want. And the picture is so vivid that Quinn flips out and starts hitting him to get him to stop. He gets up and declares that Liv is dead (because she #minuswell be).
Get Her Back – Cyrus enters the Oval Office and Fitz says that he is insisting they get Olivia back, not just because he loves her, but for the men who have already died in the stupid ass pointless ass war that he started. The speech is rousing and I must quote it.
“43 coffins are coming off the plane this afternoon. Did you know Mellie meets every plane? I think she’s trying to save our souls or something. As if they can be saved. We have to get Olivia back. Not just because having her out there is a threat to national security. There are soldiers who are never coming home because I’ve tried to get her back.
Someone’s father, someone’s husband. I have killed so many mothers’ sons trying to get her back. The flags placed on the coffins where they layered there because they had courage to give their lives and I did not have the courage to give Liv’s. So she has to come back. Because their sacrifice there must mean something. They CANNOT have died for nothing. They CANNOT have gone to their deaths for no other reason than I asked them to.”
Cyrus says they will get her back, and I’m on my couch feeling all weepy watching Mellie hug the widows and the daughters who lost their dads. WAR IS THE WORST!
In the desert of BoomFUCKnowhere, Gus brings Olivia out of a truck, with her head covered. A woman (it looks like) walks towards them and he removes Liv’s head knapsack. Who shall it be? We will find out next week.
So. I thoroughly enjoy the idea of Mellie being President and these feminist moments on Scandal bring me joy. I also appreciated how Fitz basically looked at her anew and saw that it was possible for her to run the world. LOVE.
Also, is Huck in too deep? Can he be pulled back from this dark place he’s in when Olivia comes back? The fact that B613 Jake told Quinn that he has never seen anything like he did when he walked into the room where Huck went all apeshit on the men. That tells me he might be too gone on this.
Now, about Olivia on the auction block. I don’t like it and I don’t like it one bit. It gives me all the shivers, and it is so literal that it cannot even be separated from slavery imagery. All I know is that Shonda opened pandora’s box and even hope packed its bags and left. I need her to fix my Gladiators so they can be right again.
I really think that is Rowan Pope is behind this, but it went farther left than he anticipated it would. I am guessing that he won the bidding because there’s no way he didn’t know it was happening. And again, he is her dad FIRST. What started as him getting her kidnapped and whatnot became his daughter being at the mercy of the most evil villains in the world and of course he would try to intervene because his daughter might die on his watch.
Also, he is the one pulling the VP’s strings because of the insistence that she be returned in the right shape. He looked stressed as hell when Ian told him the deal was a wrap and I don’t think it’s just because of the power he lost. He got in bed with the wrong people. If this is Rowan Pope behind it all, A LOT of people died for him to make a point to his pricelessness in Liv’s life.
P.S. The original title of this episode was “Gladiators Don’t Run” but they changed it to “Full Circle” some time in this last week. I’m stroking my chin on what it means.
Anyway, Gladiators ROAR in the comments.
P.S. Katie Lowes (Qunn) commented on my Facebook fan page last night and I LIVE!!!!