Wine and Read – Papa Pope is back and he’s sitting in Olivia’s crib drinking her good wine. She’s pissed because she’s wondering what he’s doing there. Being the all-knowing goon that he is, he of course knows about the plan to take down B613 so he’s there to tell her she has 48 hours to stop it before he handles it and them. Liv is not hearing it and this tells Rowan that her and her beloved Fitz are not seeing eye-to-eye at the moment. Because surely, if B613 goes down, so will he since he was a part of it.
“Are you finding that no matter how far you run… no matter how WHITE your knight is, that all men are just like you father?”
The Grand Goon ain’t wasting NO TIME to read Olivia like he’s in the Presidential Library. Welcome back, sir. You’ve been sorely missed. When he leaves, we see that Russell is drugged and bound behind Liv’s couch. She wakes him up and plays drunk, saying they had too much wine. That lie is so wack.
The Brandon Bill – President Ghost has introduced The Brandon Bill to Congress, named for Brandon Parker, the Black boy who was killed by police in the Black Lives Matter episode. Fitz promised his father Clarence that he would do something and this is it. The White House staff rejoices when the Senate takes their vote and only one vote is needed for it to pass: the Vice President’s.
Mayor Mansion Murder – The Gladiators show up to the Mayor’s mansion on a call and they find Marcus Walker, the activist who fought to get Brandon Parker justice, in the main bedroom. On the bed is the mayor’s wife (Natalie), dead and in a pool of blood. Brandon and Natalie were making the sex when they heard someone enter the mansion. He gets his clothes and hides in the closet and watches 3 masked men come in. One stabs her 5 times and they leave. So here he is, in boxer briefs and in shock.
Also, Marcus is running for Mayor so this is double trouble. The Gladiators decide to just clean up the scene, throw the lady’s body into a suitcase and act like none of this happened.
Marcus asks Liv: “This is what you do? This is your job? I call you and you pack up a dead body for me?” Yup. Basically.
He’s Not Here – The Mayor’s wife has been declared missing in a press conference. They want to know her whereabouts, not knowing that the Gladiators got her as luggage somewhere. Liv storms into the police station, where Marcus is being held because police said they found emails from him threatening Natalie leading up to her death. She asks the detective if Marcus is arrested and when he says no, she tells him they’re leaving. As they head out the station, they run into the Captain, and Liv READS HIM LIKE A CHILDREN’S BOOK AT STORYTIME. I got my entire life. Also to be noted: she’s wearing of her her old taupe coats.
Olivia: Captain!? Do you see this man standing here?
Olivia: Wrong answer. You do NOT see him standing here because if you did see him standing here, then I would want to know how he got here. Was he arrested?
Captain: *no response*
Olivia: (to Marcus) Were you arrested?
Olivia: AH. He wasn’t. Well then why was he taken off the street, put in a patrol car, and brought to a police station? Because that SOUNDS like an arrest. Except an arrest would mean that you read him his Miranda Rights. And you didn’t read him his Miranda Rights. (to Marcus) Did they read you your Miranda Rights?
Olivia: You didn’t read him his Miranda Rights. So now I’m confused. (to Marcus) Are you confused?
Marcus: Well I’m not here, but I would be if I was.
Olivia: Do you see the kinds of questions I would have if he was here? And I probably wouldn’t be the only one with questions. I think the United States Department of Justice, which is already investigating your department because of the Brandon Parker shooting, would have questions too. So, I don’t think he’s here. And I don’t think anybody is ever going to THINK that he was here. And if it ever gets out that he was here, if it ever turns up on the news or online or anywhere EVER that Marcus Walker, candidate for mayor, was here, then I’m going to ask my questions and I WILL get answers. Because I am someone who gets answers to my questions. (to Marcus) Am I someone who gets answers to my questions?
Olivia: See?! So let me ask you ask you this question AGAIN: Do you see this man standing here?
Captain: *no response*
Olivia: Right answer. *PUMPS OUT*
THIS is the Olivia Pope I love! She snatched that Captain’s edges in front of EVERYBODY and as they walked out Marcus was clearly impressed. He’s rolling with a BAWSE. Someone said Olivia walked out the police station like this:
Serious Susan – They expected Susan Ross to just vote YES on the Brandon Bill but she is not having it. She wants to read all 1,200 pages thoroughly because she cannot stand behind something she hasn’t reviewed, to the frustration of everyone. They send David in to answer some of her questions and when she asks how the things in the police brutality bill will be enforced he has no answers. Her: “This whole bill is a bunch of requests.” YES. Someone who cares and is good and noble! She can’t last.Cyrus will put Susan Ross in his personal burn book and the beast in him will not let her live in peace if she doesn’t play ball.
Operation Remington – Liv is present as Jake is giving his testimony to David, who makes the room real tense when he starts asking about Operation Remington. That is the mission that will never die. It is the one where Rowan Pope asked for a plane with 329 civilians to be shot down. Jake makes Liv lowkey dizzy when he admits that Fitzgerald Grant was the person who carried out the mission. She knows this is fact but the realization that this takedown of B613 will bring down the Republic got real then.
Alex is Here – Liv gets home and calls Russell, who shows up at her door because: duh. He says he knows her name is Olivia, and he knows he did not get drunk because he barely drinks. He wants someone stable in his life, sooooo that means he doesn’t want Liv. She’s the most unstable, unsettled person ever. She admits this but says she wants to be Alex when she’s with him because nothing in complicated when she’s Alex. LAWDT. Liv, let this man go. She convinces him to come in, because these men CANNOT say no to her. I actually enjoy the power she wields over them. It’s great seeing that. Also, I’m still waiting for her webinar but whatevs. Anywho, he comes in and they start making out and before you know it, he’s carrying her into the bedroom. HEY NOW!
Susan’s Read – Susan is still reviewing this bill and no matter how much pressure they place on her, she ain’t having it. She has real questions! So they send in Mellie and Susan knows wassup because she is sharp as a tack! “You need this bill so you can announce your Senate run” which will eventually lead to her running for President. I just love that this lady was made fun of and thought of as just some lady who was pitifully given a position but she’s showing that she’s incredibly smart and strong-minded. Even Mellie is taken aback.
The best thing about it is Susan gives her a hug and gives her a vote of confidence that she’ll be a great president one day. It was shade and love in the same breath. We need a politician like Susan Ross. So badly.
Justice or Career – The Gladiators found that the Mayor’s personal driver was rocking a bandage over his hand, and saw that he also got a deposit of $20,000 in an offshore bank account a day after Natalie was killed. The Mayor tried to frame Marcus for his wife’s murder with the planted threatening emails too. Now that they know who was really responsible, Marcus has two choices: he could blow the whistle, and end his political career immediately. OR, they could use it as leverage to get the Mayor to drop out of the re-election and Walker basically gets the seat. Liv says: “Justice or your career. I can only give you one. So what do you want?”
Marcus begrudgingly picks his career. Liv has him and the Mayor in a limo explaining the terms of their agreement. Now, they must go play nice to the press as he announces he’s stepping down. Right before they step out, Mayor looks at him and says “That bitch got what was coming to her.” WELL, that must have pushed Marcus over the edge because when he took the podium, he throws all the plans away and tells the truth, admitting that he was having an affair with Natalie and she is dead, not missing. HOLY SHIT.
Ross the Boss – The voting for the Brandon Bill is several days overdue at this point because Susan is hellbent on reading this through so finally President Ghost shows up to tell her to COMME DES FACKONS. But our girl is not letting herself be bullied. “I am not here to advance my own agenda. I am not here to be your lap dog. The only reason I am here is to help make real change… I’m not the one wasting your time here. This bill is wasting your time. This bill is wasting America’s time.”
There’s another BAWSE who’s a RAWSE and their name ain’t Rick. TELL HIM, Susan! By the time Cyrus comes to check up on this, he sees that Fitz has rolled up his sleeves with her. They’re ditching the 1,200 page paperweight and coming up with a new bill that will actually DO something about police brutality. Cy is pissed but he gon have to deal but Susan better watch her back. Oh and Mellie announces her Senate run.
Walker Walking – Marcus tells detectives everything he knows and saw about Natalie’s murder, and he walks away, telling Olivia that he’s kinda salty that his political career is over before it even started. She assures him that he did the right thing and that’s what matters. Meanwhile, I’m wondering why no one is questioning the Gladiators for being accessories to a first-degree murder by not just tampering with the crime scene (or making it disappear) but also hiding the body. Well, I know why: because TV.
Pope vs. Pope – The Grand Goon pays Liv another visit and she tells him that she is not stopping the takedown, and she doesn’t care who else she brings down with it because this is the right thing to do. Rowan is actually proud of his daughter.
“Look at what you’ve become. The woman I’ve always hoped you would be: standing on your own two feet. We may be on different sides, but at least you’ve become a worthy opponent.” This is how he shows love.
Jumping Jake – Jake goes to the OPA offices, looking for Olivia but it’s deserted. Suddenly, a masked man jumps out of the shadows and unto Jake. They get into a tousle match, until the dude pins Jake down. He removes his mask and IT’S RUSSELL!!!! LAWDDDDDD. He starts stabbing Jake repeatedly and while he does it, he says Rowan has always thought State Farm was the golden boy.
He uses Jake’s stomach as his own wack-a-mole game some more as the episode ends.
LAWDDDDDDDDDDDD. I had to call the Usher Board because the day I knew was coming might finally be here. I’ve been saying that Jake will die. Olivia is Team Bad Decisions for real because she gave that man IMMEDIATE access to her life and home. She never even thought it could have been a trap. She and her gut be slipping, man. Russell being B613 makes sense because you’d think she would know that the men she meets by happenstance are typically never that. Even JAKE was a setup for her initially. Olivia’s current lover killing one of her main side baes should make her have a complete seat and be done with men for a good minute. She gotta put her Love Pocket on ice because nawl.
But yeah, I thought Jake is gone but there are some promo pictures from next week’s episode that show him laying on Liv’s bed recovering. I had already called the Men’s Choir and told them the fune colors for Brother Ballard are fluorescent beige and muted royal. We’ll put arrangements on hold for now. FOR NOW. Related: I wish those pics hadn’t dropped.
Papa Pope is back and ready to let chaos reign on EVERYBODY. They need to all walk in bullet-proof body suits and helmets, because it’s on.
Also, it’s clear that Marcus Walker is our newest Gladiator. He’s the new Harrison.