Where’s The Black Lady?: Scandal Episode 411 Recap
Chile, Scandal got Olivia all hemmed up. Let’s talk about it!
The Walls Talk – Fitz wants everybody who has any power to be his office. Jake, Cyrus, the CIA, the FBI, your mom… when in enters the Secret Service. He wonders what the deuce they’re doing there and is told “The Vice-President thought you’d have trouble following his instructions. Staying on the straight and arrow and not calling your friends… he told us it’d be difficult for you, not looking for Miss Pope.” WUT?
Apparently, Aides, Valets, Butlers and all these people are keeping their eye on the President. “You should be grateful for all this support. It would be a shame if Miss Pope was beheaded.” The devil in a black suit. HARPO, WHO DIS MAN??
Mellie is talking to President Ghost and he is barely even listening, worried to death about Olivia. As he helps her adjust her necklace, she drops the tea that she’s been sleeping with VP Andrew Nichols but found out that he’s 2-timing her with Liz North. He tells her to stop talking and she walks off.
Fitz calls Andrew, who tells him that Liv will be kept alive but he can’t promise anything about what shape she’s in. “You want your war? I wanna know that she’s safe. Those are my terms and nothing gets done until you meet them.” HA! Fitz is cute when he thinks he got power.
Taken Against Will – Olivia Ross (because: hair) is holding a copy of a newspaper, reading off scripted cards. “I have been taken against my will. I have been offered food and water and I’ve not been tortured or abused in any way which you know damn well is a lie.”
Those last words weren’t on the script so Ian stops the recording to let her know to get it right or end up wrong. She asks for a glass of water and they give her a swig.
“To ensure my continued safety, you must declare war on the nation of West Angola. Do this within the next 48 hours and no harm will come to me.”
The goon guy we saw in the beginning shuts the laptop in front of Fitz when he finishes watching the video of Olivia. Apparently, he will only get to see kidnapped bae once. He looks more tortured than she does cuz his soft spot for Olivia is more tender than a newborn’s.
Who Want War? – Liz tucks in her daughter for bed (apparently under the ice box where her heart used to be is love for a mini human). When she leaves her daughter’s room and shuts the door, she is grabbed and her mouth covered. It’s Huck, asking where Olivia is. YESSS! She says she doesn’t know and he tells that if she doesn’t tell him, her daughter’s blood will run! She says she swears she has no idea but will find out.
The next day, she shows up at Andrew’s office asking what he did and he says “You wanted a war in West Angola. I’m getting us a war in West Angola.” She flips out because Huck has her spooked and he tells her the war was her idea. “It’s just you and me and I’m gonna be the next President of the United States. I don’t think you wanna miss that train.” Holy hell. So that’s what he’s about?
Fitz is in a meeting with David, Cyrus and Abby, tuned out and worried bout his favorite person on Earth. They want him to deny the pardon application for Tom Larson and he says he wants to see his ex-main dude.
Sacrifice for Greatness – The two men get in the same room and Fitz said he is not considering his pardon. “I’m sorry about Jerry. I didn’t have anything against him; he was a nice boy. And you are a man. A great man and t had to choose between a nice boy and a great man and I chose the great man and iI am not sorry about that… he was a sacrifice. *I* am a sacrifice. Brush that needs to be cleared for the path of history.”
Tom outchea thinking he’s a ram in the bush. BOY BYE.
The President wants to know who he can trust in the White House and in his detail and where he can speak privately. Tom wonders if he will launch a thousand ships to save Olivia, and tells him he can’t trust anyone. But the place where he can speak privately? Liv’s house.
Meetup – Fitz and his detail go to her apartment and he leaves them outside. He enters her room and meets Jake there. He hands him a jump drive and says they have 2 days to find her. Jake takes it to the OPA offices where Huck and Quinn analyze it for coded language or riddles. They play it over and over again until Huck notices that Olivia’s swig of water in the middle of the video shows a rough reflection of someone. “She’s dropping breadcrumbs.”
Love and War – In lockup, Liv is washing her face in the bathroom as Ian watches her. She tells him that she’s not the right bait because he will not go to war on her behalf. Ian is unbothered and says he bets her $1. “President or not, he’s just a man. A sad terrified man who’s lost his Olivia doll and wants her back… That’s what makes the world go round: emotion, sex, jealousy, insecurity. Bush invaded Iraq to avenge his daddy. Clinton bombed Serbia so we could forget about Monica. The President will go to war and he will meet our demands. History says so. Love says so. I say so.”
Liv finds this to be the right moment to let Ian know that she knows he got a boss and he’s a “pawn and puppet.” How do you remain mouthy when kidnapped like this? I need to take whatever class Olivia and her other TV and movie buddies take where they still have the guts to talk back. At this point, I’d be in such shambles that being flippant would be the last thing on my mind.
Ian starts touching her body and tells her she’s pretty but the compliment is more threat than anything else. He tells her she has 30 seconds to get dressed or no more baths for her. At this point, her hair is all shaggy. If she’s not scared enough, her curls surely are because they went limp and gave up the ghost.
Where’s the Black Lady? – A magnified version of the reflection in the cup isn’t matching any facial recognition software that Huck has. Quinn says of course he can’t be found that easy. Any man who kidnaps someone out their own house in less than 30 seconds is probably unfuckwitable. Suddenly, in walks an older Black woman and she asks “Where’s the Black lady? The one in charge.” She says her name is Rose and the only person she wants to talk to is the “Black lady” so she will return the next day.
In the war room, they’re discussing West Angola and possible options for invasion and through one of their rivers is the best way. One of the chiefs says they might have to wait 4-6 weeks and VP Nichols chimes up that it’s too long to wait. WOWWW. “I’d just hate for you to forget that waiting has consequences.”
Dead End – Cyrus is pacing back and forth in his office when Abby walks in asking who is on the list for the Coalition of West Angola. Beene tells Abby that it’s really strange that the President is listening to the VP at all because he knows he hates him. She tells him everything is fine and he says he didn’t even know there was a damb Coalition. OOP.
Back at OPA, Huck has run the facial recognition software 22 times and no dice on the dude in the glass. Jake and Quinn are also at a dead end.
Liz North is turning off all the lights in her house and when she opens the door to her daughter’s room, Huck is sitting on her bed. “You didn’t do what you promised Lizzy.” “You hurt my daughter and Olivia Pope is dead.” Huck opens a box of tools and Lizzy realizes he is not playing bald-headed games with her.
Cheap Screw – At the White House, Fitz is looking at everyone with new lens, because none of them can be trusted. He stands on the balcony and Mellie tells him to come to bed. She sees him take a swig of drank and asks what happened. He looks around, grabs his wife all close and whispers to tell her that her fuck buddy got Liv and will kill her if he doesn’t go to war. Mellie says “I thought you loved her. Don’t tell me we’ve been through all of this for a cheap screw… you know what you have to do.”
MOTHAFUGGING MELLIE. Can we talk about her humanity for a second? This is why she is one of my favorite characters, because they’ve developed her to damb WELL. The lady got more layers than I do in Chicago winter. Because if that was MY husband’s mistress, I’d be picking out dyeable slingbacks and menu for the repast.
When daytime comes, President Grant holds a press conference announcing that he’s ordered military intervention in West Angola. Liv and Ian watch it happen from where they are, Andrew from the press room and Cyrus and Abby from the side.
War at Last – Liv disapproves, Ian is amused, Andrew is pleased, Cyrus and Abby are shocked. The face that launched 1,000 ships indeed.
Fitz enters the Oval Office and Andrew is sitting in his seat. “You got your war. Now let her go.” “Wars take time and we need that time if we’re gonna get your second term back on track.” Andrew starts listing the things they need to do, like repealing gun control. NAWL, MY DUDE. Only thing Fitz NEEDS to do is stay white and die. He realizes that the VP isn’t planning on letting her go anytime soon.
Black Lady Back – Rose comes back asking for “the Black lady” and Quinn asks how she can help. She says she gave her friend Lois (aka Sister Alma Mae Jones) a medic alert bracelet but she never wore it and now she’s missing. Well Rose says Lois gave Liv her spare key since they lived across the hall from each other because she trusted her. Quinn’s a-ha moment is so clear you almost see the light bulb go on.
Quinn, Huck and Jake go to Lois’ apartment and Huck finds the ring that Liv slipped under the rug. They realize that surveillance from that apartment would need an internet connection and Huck grabs the ethernet wire to see if he can figure out who last logged in to the network.
Huck scores by finding out what IP address logged in and it is definitely one of the kidnapper dudes. It’s the one that Liv shot in the forehead. They use his picture to bring up other pics he’s in with known associates and in one of them, they see a face that looks like the one on Liv’s glass reflection. Ian Woods aka Claude Jolie aka Martin St. John.
Cyrus enters the Oval Office and the President says he wants to hear his thoughts on the West Angolan report. Beene is all “oh now you care?” and tells him 31 people from the U.S. military have already died in the pointless war. Fitz slams the report on his Chief of Staff and tells him to go read it.
Last Meal – Ian brings Olivia food and she demands beef stew and orange creamsicles. Ma’am, this is not the Boston Market. “This is the meal I would like then I would like to be shot in the head… because I am going to die and I want to decide how.”
He tells her that he’s not going to kill her because this kidnapping thing is for a while. 3 years, until Fitz’s 2nd term is over. Apparently, one of the dudes she killed was the one who used to hook up the good food. Ain’t this about a raggelly bitch??
Huck, Quinn and Jake think they got the satellite that Ian is using pinned down to Morocco. Then it shows up as being in Cambodia. Then Havana. Ian ain’t dumb.
Whipping Lizzie – Lizzie enters Mellie’s office and says she has nothing to do with the kidnapping.
She shows Mellie the scars on her back from Huck’s tools and the First Lady gasps. She fears for her life if Liv doesn’t return and when Mellie says she will because VP got the war he wanted, Lizzie tells her that all he’s gonna do is keep making demands. “You think that now that he has Olivia Pope, now that he he realizes how much she’s worth, he’s going to keep demanding and demanding until none of us have anything left to give.”
Mellie strolls into Andrew’s office in her red dress and tells him to give back Liv. He tries to spit game at her, talmbout he made the wrong choice by sleeping with Lizzie and “it’s gotta be you and m in the Oval from now on.” They kiss.
Abby is speaking with Cyrus when he opens the report Fitz forced on him and sees a small note that says “They have Olivia.” Now it makes sense to the Chief of Staff.
Babysitter or Boss – In lockup, Ian brings Liv a copy of the newspaper with headlines on the casualties the U.S. has suffered in the war so far. She tells him:
“you’re sitting on one of the most valuable assets in the world and not using. Imagine the price I’d fetch on the open market. You own Olivia Pope, you own the President. Make that known you’re the most powerful man in the world. Nations, dictators, drug cartels. They would come running. But no, you’d rather honor your contract, spending the next 3 years bringing me food and water. Yes, you’d be the highest paid babysitter on the planet but that’s all you’d be: a babysitter… Do you wanna be a babysitter or do you wanna be a boss?”
Is babysitting boss an option?
Cyrus meets Fitz on the balcony and says he got the message. Mellie shows up and says “I took care of everything.” After she rugged Andrew into a nap, she stole his phones (3) and gave it to Lizzie to take to the OPA office. They quickly use the number Andrew called to track down Olivia’s location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They gotta go get her but the three of them won’t be enough.
Jake goes to David and asks for backup to save Liv. He acquiesces and calls someone for backup on a drug raid. Smart. “I’m saving Olivia Pope.”
The DEA sends their men with Jake and when they run into the warehouse, there’s no one there. Jake finds her cardigan, though.
Hi. Hi. – At OPA, Huck tells Quinn “she’s alive.” In the war room, Fitz is getting briefed on the war on Angola. 33 Americans dead, 11 wounded. Just then, someone walks in and tells him “It’s Olivia Pope for you.” He takes the phone and says “Hi.” “Hi.” Ian grabs the phone and gives the 3rd “Hi.” He said he doesn’t give a damb about the war. “I’m selling Miss Pope to the highest bidder… she’s gonna be worth quite a bit to your enemies or your allies.”
Huck’s computer is going nuts because the streets are talking! He knows she’s pulling some strings and letting them in somehow.
On the private plane, Ian sits next to Liv as she looks out the window. I don’t know where she found a Xi flat iron in captivity but her hair is looking MARVELOUS!
Shoutout to Marla Gibbs for the cameo as Rose! I’m here for that.
As many of us said, VP Andrew is a fool for trying this and Olivia is a fool for empowering him with information about how valuable she is. When she realized that Ian isn’t even the BIG DAWG and that he’s just a henchman, she proposed her own sale and his GOOFASS took the bait. He’s an idiot and she’s bold.
Of course I gotta mention the idea that a Black woman being sold gives me some creeps. A white woman got tortured and got welts on her back, though so… IDK. There’s stuff to unpack there but I don’t wanna or care to.
Anywho, 33 people died in one day in a war that Fitz started to protect his mistress and keep her alive. What’s he gonna do now that the war isn’t even what will bring her home? He gon tell the public “Ok my bad. No more war. I was just playing to see if y’all were paying attention.” Chile…
We shall see how Fitz handles this royal fuck up because he decided to bend to the will of a treasonous ass VP and what did he get in return? Not what he wanted.
— Danielle Henderson (@knottyyarn) February 5, 2015
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