No More Blood: Scandal Episode 413 Recap
One of the reasons why I stan for Scandal and Shondaland is that their love of Greek Mythology shines through. As a longtime adorer of the shenanigans of them vintage days, I am giddy when I catch the obvious references. Of course we’ve had the Helen of Troy thing repeated over and over again, with Olivia and he “face that could launch 1,000 ships.” But in episode 13 of season 4, we got a taste of Icarus’ “be careful” lesson, and this will be the 2nd time. The first was in an episode of that name in season 2.
Let’s talk about it, doe.
Hood and Hoodwinked – Olivia is taken out the truck in the desert with a hood on her head and the Iranian woman standing across from them tells them to remove the hood, which they do. The lady tells her to smile for the camera and calls someone that they have her. Gus says it’s taking too long and Liv tells him it’s an ambush and that he’s gonna be killed after they confirm he has Olivia Pope but he ain’t tryna hear her, doe.
Liv surprises the woman and starts speaking in her language. She tells her that as soon as the men get the money, they will kill her. She relays this message to her co-goons. Gus pulls Liv and asked what she lies and says she told her Gus brought backup so they better not kill him. Gus goes towards the lady and she draws a gun and tells him not to move. Lady says her people will get in their car and Gus and his folks should do the same. Deal is off. WERK, Mother Gladiator.
Ignoring Abby – There’s a classified meeting happening in the Oval Office that Abby was not invited to and when it adjourns, folks file out smiling. The head of the CIA, Mellie, Cyrus and President Ghost. Abby asks Cyrus if it’s about Olivia and he tells her nothing. “I do not know what you are talking about.”
At OPA, Quinn is having flashbacks of Huck saying Liv is dead as she drinks. Jake walks in and tells her that Liv is ok because the Iranians dropped out the sale. Quinn starts crying from relief. AWWWW.
Amnesty Alarm – Mellie gives VP Andrew an “Amnesty Agreement” that basically says he can walk as long as Liv is back home safe. He isn’t here for that. Mellie is in her “get shit done” red. She tells him “You want power. You want respect. You want to be a winner. But it’s over. This is as high as you fly, Andrew. Go any higher, and you get shot down.” Like Icarus, who tried to fly too close to the sun and ignored warnings. What happened? His wings melted and he fell into the sea. This is a warning, Andrew. Listen to it. Andrew isn’t moved because he can squeal about their dirty dealings. “I may never be President of the United States but I’ll make damn sure you’ll never be either.”
When will people learn to not come between Mellie and shit she REALLY wants? When, Sway??
Safety Be Dambed – The Head of CIA tells tells President Ghost that Liv’s time at the White House came with really classified information and she basically has the entire Lipton Factory of tea on the U. S. government’s shadiness. She’s the Amber Rose of National Security. But that’s the good part. If she ends up in the wrong hands, to get her back, the country might have to sell its soul to the devil even more and shut down all types of international security operations.
Fitz doesn’t flinch and tells them to let him know when they’ve located bae and he cannot be convinced otherwise.
If every man was as committed to a relationship as Fitz is to Liv, GAHTDAMB. Relationships fail because people think Queens and Brooklyn is long distance. This dude gives no dambs about national security since his girl is in danger. That’d be romantic if he wasn’t about to risk the entire Republic for one person.
In the Oval Office, even Cyrus is stunned by how much is on the line with Olivia possibly ending up in the wrong hands and he flips out!
“You moron. You child. When are you going to learn? The finest minds in our government have told you what needs to happen and STILL… I built you from the ground up. You are ALL that I have to show for my life. I made you a warrior. I made you a king. I made you leader of men. And THIS is what you do? THIS is what you leave me with? NO NO NOOOOOO! I’m done. I quit. I QUIT. And you can take your flowers and daisies and your love conquers all and your hope and you can choke on it. Because I don’t work here ANYMORE.”
He slams the door of the Oval Office. Holy shit. But turns out he had just tuned out and had daydreamed that he said that to his boss. All he does say is that Fitz made excellent points about Liv being saveable. Oh. It’s like when your parents piss you off so bad and in your head, you’re going AWF on them but they go “what did you say?” and you pout and reply with “nothing.”
Sister Solidarity – Mellie has summoned Liz North and she tells her she needs to do something about Andrew. Lizzie says she can’t do anything because he doesn’t think she’s on his side anymore. FLOTUS in red says she saved her life and her daughter’s from Huck by sleeping with Andrew so she better come through with a solution. “Show some solidarity, sister!”
Caged Beast – At OPA, Huck tells Jake that they need to get back into the underbelly of the net because the auction will be back soon. State Farm Jake is all concerned and tells Huck that they received the same treatment/torture/punishment at B613. “They added a beast inside me too. And he’s a really good guy. But I do not let him out. Ever… he’s hot allowed out to play. You have to keep your guy in, Huck. You have to lock him all the time. Otherwise one day, he will be strong enough to lock you in and you’ll never get out.” The message: keep your crazy caged like Mama Pope. He says that Liv s the person who keeps his beast locked in.
Huck tells Quinn that the auction is back on. She tells him that IF they lose Liv forever, then he cannot “You may be Liv’s puppy but I’m kinda yours.” Dambit, Baby Huck. You gon make me cry. She then makes him promise that he’ll stop using people’s scalp for practice. No more blood. Just then, in walks Liz North and she wants to speak with Huck.
Liz tells Huck about Andrew Nichols’ Amnesty deal and how he’ll get away with being the person who got Olivia kidnapped. She never sleeps so she is already suffering for her part. But she is asking Huck to do whatever he needs to do to “Make him pay. Make him hurt.”
Huck says he is fresh outta that type of thugnificence and walks away from her.
Neutralizing Asset – Abby complains to David that she’s been locked out of the secret again. They didn’t tell Lemony anything either and he says it might be possible that the White house decides to “neutralize the asset.” The idea freaks her out and he admits that it’s his anxiety speaking.
Cyrus has a secret meeting with the head of the CIA and tells them that Olivia is Fitz’s beating heart and “as long as his heart is out there, we are screwed. We stop it. We stop that beating heart. And that, my friend, is what your President would want us to do if his heart was in here, not out there. So we do what he cannot do. We neutralize the asset.” I wanna call it cold-blooded but it makes perfect sense.
Abby sees Cyrus with the CIA head coming out his office and she confronts him because she figured out that he’s trying to go behind Fitz’s back. Beene says Liv is his friend and the Godmother of his daughter (who we ain’t seen in who knows how long) but one person’s safety cannot and should not precede the actual safety of the country. If she is sold, she gon need to die. Dassit.
Tie Bid – The auction is back on and the Gladiators are working on bidding. They use Marie Wallace as the name and they bid $2 billion. It’s matched by some Russians as it winds down and it ends up in a time!
Gus asks Olivia what they should do and she says Marie Wallace is tryna be the comeback queen so they should roll with her. That goofy ass Gus says since it seems that is where she wants to go, then the Russians won the bid. DAMBIT.
Abby tells the Gladiators that the CIA will kill Olivia so she can’t be used as leverage. They better come up with plan B right now. Huck picks up a bag at OPA and as he leaves, Quinn said he promised that there would be no more blood and he repeats his promise as he walks away.
No Blood – Huck has the VP tied up and naked in a chair, and he sticks a needle into his back and Andrew loses consciousness. He removes the tie and the VP falls unto the floor. Liz is watching this and Huck says “Call 911 and tell them the Vice President has collapsed. I don’t kill people anymore. You and me are good now.” Aw damb!
Gone Fishing – Abby calls David to see if he has contacts at Interpol. Jake goes to see Mama Pope in prison to see if any of her Russian contacts might know something. When she is of no help, he makes her understand that her daughter is either going to die or end up in the hands of a monsters who will do whatever they want with her. Maya says “Prescott Lake.” Jake goes there and finds Papa Pope in retirement, fishing and whatnot. He’s looking like every Black daddy when he’s hanging with his friends in some super casual duds.
The Grand Goon cackles because he ain’t been gone a fortnight and Liv is in the biggest trouble she’s ever been in. Y’all know that without anyone to read since he’s in exile, his cup runneth over with shade to throw. He goes on a rant about how people are disappointing and he is never disappointed where he currently is because he expects nothing.
He picks up his fishing pole and tells Jake that he doesn’t have a daughter. WELPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!
Dropoff – The goons are packing up to go to the dropoff of Liv and she sneaks and pulls the car keys from the table. Liv tries to run out when they aren’t watching and Gus stops her with a slap. FAIL. WEAK.
Abby walks into the CIA building and says she needs to speak with the Director but since she ain’t got an appointment, no dice. She calls Cyrus’ phone and he’s in a room with the Director and others, tracking the vehicle with Liv in it.
The car comes to a stop, ready for the exchange and they bring Olivia out of the truck with the hood over her head. CIA is ready to fire missiles and Cyrus wants them to wait. Beene tells them to zoom in on the meet. Director of CIA wants them to fire but he tells them TO HOLD. He knows one of the Russians. Gus removes Liv’s hood and she walks towards the Russians. Who is it???
STEPEHN FINCH. Season 1. Gladiator. AW SNAPPPPP! And now he has a beard which makes him much hotter. I’m a sucka for beards.
Olivia takes the gun from Stephen’s hand and turns around and shoots Gus in the kneecaps. She runs towards him and kicks him several times until Steven comes to get her. She had a Miss Sofia moment.
Once A Gladiator – In Cyrus’ office, he pours Abby a drink and she says she remembered that Stephen worked at Interpol and thought to track him down. He came to Liv’s rescue because “Once a gladiator, always a gladiator.” Red points out that Beene almost killed Liv but she understands because it is true that the fate of ome person should not crumble the Republic.
Stephen escorts Olivia to a waiting helicopter where she thanks him for calling in a favor with a Russian gang to save her. She wants him to come back to Washington with her to resume his Gladiator duties but he’s happy where he is (and he probably knows that bad things come with working with Liv).
Icarus Falls – Mellie passes Liz North in the White House hallway and they give each other a slight nod as news reports talk about how VP Andrew Nichols has suffered a massive stroke. Mellie goes to see a debilitated VP in the hospital and says “you brought this on yourself.” COLD-BLOODED. DON’T COME FOR MELLIE! Especially when she’s wearing a red dress.
Glass and Confusion – Olivia is in a room being interviewed by the CIA’s director and when she picks up a glass of water, her hand shakes as she has flashbacks of the last time she was holding such a glass (when Ian made her record that video). Poor thing had to stop the interview.
Quinn and Jake escort Liv home and when the elevator door opens, she pauses before stepping out. She looks across the hall at the door of her next door neighbor (RIP Alma Mae Jenkins). Inside Liv’s apartment, Huck is adding an 4 extra locks, which he shoulda BEEN done 4 seasons ago so her house won’t be treated like the neighborhood Whole Foods.
Jake wants to stay the night so she isn’t alone but Liv’s stubborn ass tells him she just wants to sleep. Huck gives her a huge hug. OMG. Love. See, Daddy? Thugs have souls too. Right after the Gladiators leave, Fitz shows up, looking all tortured.
He asks if they hurt her and she ain’t tryna talk about it. She tells him she wasn’t raped and then she lets his ass HAVE it.
“You WERE the President you were meant to be. And then when the true test came along when I was taken because of you YOU go to war? You sent thousands of innocent soldiers into harms way. Some of them to their deaths for ONE person…You didn’t save me. I’m on my own!”
She throws something small and metal at him and she opens the door to show him out. What she threw at him were rings.
I just need to say WTF, OLIVIA?!? The first thing you do to the man who went to war for your ass is tell him he basically sucks as the ruler of the free world because he went to war for you. Gahtdamb. I mean, yes it’s a fantastic and valid point but coming from her is a dropkick to the chest for President Ghost. It’s not her fault. People have been doing matrix backbends of life for her behalf since she was young so she is all spoiled. You wake up out your sleep to come get me at the airport after a late flight and you’re probably gon get fresh breakfast the next morning. This man went to fucking WAR for you and all you can do is cuss him out? SHEESH!
Liv is just so stubborn, though. Sheesh! The next 3 episodes should be dedicated to her laying on a therapist’s couch because homegirl won’t ever let herself sit in feelings. She was just kidnapped and she came out swinging. Bish, you better cry a little.
Speaking of, it was good seeing Stephen! I was hoping he’d stay. I’m hoping that in an episode or two, he shows up at OPA offices saying he changed his mind and that he’s back (and keeps the beard).
Anywho, Mellie’s red dress always mean some shit will get done. I expect to be seeing her in it more now that Mellie for President is definitely happening.
Oooo and I gotta say. Papa Pope’s “I don’t have a daughter” was a WOW moment for me. WOW. I have been saying all along that if Liv is in clear danger, he would always save her. I was wrong. He was good and fed up and didn’t even give it the time of day. A small part of me is still wondering if he pulled some strings he won’t admit to save her. HOPE! Don’t leave!
But shoutout to YALL for calling this ending last week.
GLADIATORS roar in comments!
Oh and guess what????
I walked up to Shonda Rhimes at Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon and said “Hi I’m Luvvie.” She replied “Awesomely Luvvie? OMG I LOVE YOU. Your tweets are so funny! I’m kinda star-struck.” And then we took a selfie (view it on my Instagram). You Guise. What. Is. Life??????
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) February 20, 2015
Yes. I am still dead.