Let’s get into last night’s Scandal, folks!
Team Takedown – David is still hellbent on pursuing B613 and Jake tells him that if they do, they’re all going to die. He wants State Farm to sign the document promising him immunity and he gets slammed on a table and told a forceful NOPE.
Dude is gonna get that white hat and his neck dropkicked.
With the help of Huckleberry Quinn, Rosen summons some ex-B613 agents because he needs them to testify if he has any chance of bringing down the organization. But being the sloppy fool he is, David didn’t even check to see if he’s been bugged. Jake is somewhere else listening to the entire plan be hatched. He’s already hustling backwards.
Morning After – Olivia wakes up and next to her is Russell (real name: Franklin), the dude she made the secks with. He tells her he knows her real name is Olivia and flips her over for some more rounds. Liv. Come on, G. You stay making mistakes with these hoes you deal with. Why did she let him spend the night? NAH, B.
Client Reed – A congressman named Nicholas Reed meets with Liv and needs her help to get his father off death row and back to freedom. George Reed confessed to killing his daughter’s teacher, Dan Hoffman, 15 years before. Dan was clearly a pedophile, and Jamie was one of at least 4 students he slept with. He broke her heart and 15-year old Jamie hung herself. Afterwards, Dan was found dead from gunshots to the head. The case never even went to court because George confessed to it. Nicholas doesn’t believe his father did it. Liv begrudgingly agrees to go to the prison to speak with the man.
Meeting Harmony – Lizzie goes down South and meets with Harmony, Melody Grant’s estranged sister. Yes, Mellie’s name is Melody and I want them to have a sister named Cadence so this can feel complete.
Harmony says she always has her sister’s back even though sissy doesn’t show her love. She even alludes to having tea that should make the First Lady embrace her more.
Mellie’s pissed that Liz went behind her back but her campaign manager makes a good point that she better make nice because her half-sister (they got the same daddy) could bring some things DOWN and jeopardize her campaign.
Reed’s Truth – Olivia visits the prison while wearing this BANGING WHITE COAT to see George Reed. The man doesn’t want the case reopened and he is not entertaining the idea that he is innocent. She believes that he is innocent and says she will be taking him on as a client whether he wants or not. HA!
Harmony’s Here – Cyrus is mad nervous about Harmony being in DC. He wants her to be kept away from the press and he’s looking forward to Fitz being done supporting what he thinks is a stupid play on Mellie’s part to one day become president. “Because if there’s one thing Fitz HATES, it’s the messy, petty, bitchy craziness that overtakes Mellie when her dirty laundry of a family is exposed to the open air.”
Harmony rolls into the White House rocking a red and black dress. Red is Mellie’s power color and she’s rocking blue instead, telling me that she’s not on the game. She’s jumpy the moment she sees her sister too.
Safe House Slaughter – The ex B613 agents were taken to safe house so they couldn’t be touched before they testify. Charlie is included and he goes out for a grocery run. When he returns, he finds his peeps laying in their own blood, dead. Jake emerges from the shadows and the two men tussle until Jake runs out. David, Huck, and Quinn arrive on the scene and Charlie tells them that Jake has clearly lost his mind and must be killed and they can’t tell Liv. “Ballard’s gone mad dog. We find him. We put a bullet in his head.”
For him to kill the B613 agents means he is in survival mode, and Huck agrees he gotta die. Quinn has a problem with this though because he was so instrumental with the mission to get Liv back.
Basement Bust – The Gladiators find out that Dan Hoffman had a wife, and they want to see if she might have been the one who killed him. When they get to her house, her sister says she died of pancreatic cancer 2 weeks before. Later on, they sneak in and search her house to see if something could link her to Dan’s murder. In the basement, they find a gun whose ballistic matches the one used to kill him. Police comes and retrieves it.
Melody and Harmony – Mellie, Fitz and Harmony are at a tension-filled dinner. The sisters do not make beautiful music together and they start hurling words across the table to each other. Mellie comes for her sister by calling her mother a “homewrecking whore.” AW SHIT. Her sister’s retort is: “The dirt I got on you, sis? It could come in real handy one day.” OOP.
Afterwards, Fitz tells his bothered wife that she’s gonna have to learn to deal better because if she can’t even deal with her sister, how will she be President?
I’m here for them right now. They’re basically BFFs and I love it.
Pope’s Neighbor – The Gladiators track Jake’s cell signal to… OLIVIA’S PLACE! Aw damb. I’ve BEEN saying. Olivia gotta move. She needs a new place. I just checked Google Maps and got her intercom code from YellowPages. Quinn and Huck knock on her apartment door and she opens up, clearly in the middle of a date with Franklin the One Night Stand. Olivia, WE DON’T LOVE THEM HOES! Hit it and quit it, girl! HIT. IT. AND. QUIT. IT. Lawd.
Anyway, when she tells them to basically go away unless they have real news for her, she closes the door. Right then, the door across the hall opens. Sister Lois’ apartment is now occupied by Jake from State Farm, who tells them that Liv is safe as long as he’s safe. Clearly, he’s there to stay.
Failed Mission – Huck, Quinn, David and Charlie meet on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. If killing Jake is their mission, they have failed. And there are no other B613 agents they can roundup to testify after what happened to those other 3. And Huck takes Jake’s threat, if they try to kill him, he might kill Liv. David tells them “We are the white hats. We are the good guys. We don’t quit. We get justice.” Yeah, ok. This is all above his pay grade and he doesn’t even know it.
Charlie taps out and says he’s leaving, wishing them all good luck. The others leave, telling David to stay safe. Team Takedown just broke up. I try to remind folks that you pick that team that David Rosen is not a part of, with his bad luck having ass.
Fitz Fix – Harmony is taking her hellraising back home but she stops in the Oval Office. There, President Ghost tells her the reason Mellie is a bitch is because the First Lady is jealous of her sister. He says she has everything his wife wants and that’s hwy she shows out. Harmony goes to her sister and gives her a heartfelt hug as she leaves. Mellie, back in red, wonders what Fitz did and he says he just smoothed it over. “You’re gonna win this race, Mellie. And I’m gonna be right by your side when you do.” AAWWWW Prez Ghost! THAT’S SO SWEET. Cyrus is outside the door, hearing that and looking sinister. Beene’s beast is about to come out and I’m gonna need to brace myself.
Freeing Reed – Liv meets with the Reeds in prison, and says that the gun found in Lisa’s basement was not rusty or old. So it was obviously planted there to frame her, and since she’s dead, it wouldn’t have done much. She figured out that George Reed has spent the last 15 years in prison protecting Nicholas, who was the one who actually murdered Dan Hoffman. George tries to get his son Nick to shut up but clearly the guilt is eating him up, which is why he’s been trying to get his father exonerated. Finally, with his blessing, Nicholas resigns his Congressional seat, confesses and is taken into custody. And George walks out of prison, free at last.
White Hat – David calls Huck and says he has a witness who can testify against Jake: himself. He was there when he killed James Novak. As he’s saying this, Jake is listening. GGAAAHHHHHH!!!! David’s dumb ass. WHY WOULD YOU CONFESS THAT OVER YOUR PHONE???? I try to root for Lemony Snicket but he makes it so hard! You don’t hunt goons like you’re hunting for eggs at Easter. He must have a death wish.
Rosen walks his secretary (Holly) to her car in their office garage as Jake looks on in a parked car. As they open her trunk, Jake appears with his gun drawn. He tells David to step to the side and he does, revealing Holly, who has her gun drawn. HOLY SHIT, SHE’S B613. Right then, he pulls the trigger and Holly is dead and gone. She’s the one who killed those agents in the safe house and Jake got there too late to stop her. Jake is a white hat, afterall! “We’re the good guys but you won’t always be able to tell.”
Well, I’ll be dambed.
Huck goes to meet Olivia and she chews him OUT, angry that he kept this stuff from her. What he didn’t know is that she was behind Jake’s surveillance of David. They were working together because this sloppy takedown mission needed her. HE of all people should know better than to lie to her. “What I need is for you to be honest with me. To tell the truth. Because the things that are about to happen right now? We need to be together!”
It Gets Real – Olivia’s home and the door knocks. Franklin is standing there looking shifty. Just then, Rowan Pope emerges with “Hello, Olivia.”
CHILLLLLEEEEEEE LEMME GET MY GOOD WIG READY BECAUSE THE GHOST OF GOONING PRESENT HAS RETURNED AND I AM READY! SCANDAL IS BACK!
Can we talk about how everything David Rosen touches turns to dust? Everything. The dude is the court jester and he always thinks he has a leg up on someone but they sweep him into the floor. Also, poor guy. Holly is the 2nd person he’s seen killed up close, with their blood all over him. Both time, Jake was the killer. He can join Liv in whatever therapy she gon need too.
As much as I roast David, I have to admit that he is brave. His courage borders on stupid too because he never feels a real sense of the danger he’s in. He does on some level but if I were him, I’d hire full time security. That dude walks by himself like he’s not going after the most ruthless and powerful organization (off the books or otherwise) ever.
I also want to point out that lest folks forget, Liv is really her father’s daughter in the sense that she definitely got some of his all-seeing trait. The fact that Huck thought she’d have no clue is fascinating. She’s not THAT out of the loop.
I have missed Rowan Pope this entire season. I’ve missed his reads, his slayage and overall masterfullness so the fact that he’s back with a real vengeance? IT IS SO ON. My body is ready. Shit’s about to hit the fan.
We gotta wait til April 16 to see the next episode. In the meantime, I’ll be oiling my edges with extra Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
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