You Can’t Take Command: Scandal Season 4 Finale Recap
Let’s get into the Scandal season 4 finale!
The List – Mellie meets with the devil in a black suit: Rowan Pope, and he says his name is Damascus Bainbridge. He wants to give her money if she pays attention to an issue that is important to him. He’s all smiley like a Cheshire cat as he hands her a folder, which she opens to find pictures of her and VP Andrew Nichols doing the horizontal boogie. This is when she knows the person in front of her ain’t about that support life. She excuses Lizzie Bear from the room and asks him who he is. He responds with “You do not ask me who I am, Mrs. Grant. You ask me what I need.” Aw shit.
Oh and in that folder is the files on Operation Remington. This is when she really realizes that she’s not just in front of a goon, but a goblin.
Dazed and spooked, Mellie goes to the White House, where Fitz is strategizing her campaign with Lizzie. What “Damascus” wants is a list, and she tells her campaign manager to get her that list.
Grand Jury – Jake is about to testify about B613 in front of the Grand Jury and Olivia tells him to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. She knows that her bae will go down too, because of his role in Remington but she’s ready to make that sacrifice. In fact, she calls him to congratulate him on Mellie’s impending Senate win, and the call sounds final when she says “Goodbye, Fitz.”
After Jake testifies and the court adjourns for the day, Olivia is almost giddy with the fact that the deed is done. Until Huck comes over to say that shit has hit the fan. Liv goes outside and David stumbles off a bus and retches all over the street. In the bus are the shot, slashed and slain bodies of the 16 grand jurors. ALL’EM DEADER THAN DEAD. You do not snitch on Rowan Pope and expect that it’ll stand. That monster got those people who heard Jake’s testimony killed RIGHT OUTSIDE the damb federal building. And THAT was the list he wanted (and got) from Mellie. Gahtdamb, dawg.
So the crazy thing about Papa Pope is that he does bogus shit where HE isn’t the only culprit. He assures he gets away with stuff by having someone elseu who can stand to lose something attached to it. In this cast, it is Mellie. By giving him that list, she is now an accessory to the murders of those jurors. Well played, Rowan. Well played.
FINALLY, the Team of Takedown B613 gets the point that Rowan does NOT play and will take down anyone who tries to take him down. He was so dedicated to the cause that even the court stenographer, who wasn’t on the bus died that day in a “hit and run.” Even David Rosen and his white hat quit the game. “While I live for justice, I don’t want to die for it.” I ain’t mad at him. Liv is PISSED and wants to find out how to get even so she goes to see the person who knows her father best: Mama Pope.
Special Visit – Now you know Maya ain’t some softy who will offer comforting words. She sees her daughter looking all types of off kilter. Liv asks her mothers what she did and how she managed to have any control over Rowan. Because all these years, that is the one person who seems to be able to go toe-for-toe with him. Maya takes this opportunity to go IN on Olivia Carolyn.
‘You’ve got the “I’ve been in the hole” look all on your face… You sure do love a problem. You’re so vain. It’s always about you, isn’t it? The problem you create so you can solve them. The power you have to wield so that you can feel important. Did your father and I not say you were special enough when you were little? Did we not give you enough hugs? This uppity fantasy world that you decided to be a part of. It’s not real, boo. Now you need to come on down to this planet where the world doesn’t revolve around you.’
ALL THE WELPS! Liv ain’t come for this so she gets up to leave. As she storms out, her mother offers her the wisdom that she is trying to fight an enemy who people don’t even know exists. Ah HA. It means tells the powers that be.
Snitch Stitch – Mellie is freaking out because of her role in the murder of the jurors and so is Lizzie, since she had to fetch the list. FLOTUS goes to Cyrus Beene and confides in him about her meeting with Damascus Bainbridge, and when she mentions his threats about Remington, he automatically knows who the source is.
Beene the Beast goes to see Pope the Poisonous and wonders why he had to murk all those jurors. Rowan says he ain’t bout to go down like a chump. Besides, Cy should be lucky he ain’t kill David, and he will consider that a favor to him.
Liv shows up to the CIA headquarters (in this amazing white blazer) with Jake, to tell Director Lowry, head of the org about Papa Pope. She even comes with receipts, which she shows when the lady tries to tell her she’s making up lies. To be fair, her story sounded as likely as it is to get actual news on Fox. But with the B613 files, Lowry couldn’t deny. She tells Liv and Jake to sit tight so she can make a move.
When she walks into the main hallway of the CIA building, Cyrus Beene is there waiting for her. She wants to file documents to get Rowan Pope arrested, because it seems that everyone knew about B613’s existence from decades ago. EXCEPT, they thought it was a 3-4 person operation that was just in charge of top secret kills. They had no idea it was this Medusa monster, which means they didn’t know JACK about it. Cy looks at her and lets her know to stand down because her neck might don’t make it.
“Honey – I’m gonna call you Honey because I don’t remember your first name and I don’t care. Honey, you want to be reasonable about this because a shadow intelligence organization operating quite happily and powerfully in secret inside the FBI, CIA, NSA, if there was such a thing, well that would be like a sleeping lion. And isn’t it safer to tiptoe around the lion? What do you think happens if you poke the lion? Whose face does the lion rip off first? I think it rips off Honey’s face first.”
ALL THE WELPS THAT EVER WELPED IN WELPVILLE. She gets the point, because next thing that happens is that Jake and Olivia are thrown in jail. They came to snitch and THEY got locked up. Ain’t that about a bish??
Meanwhile, back at the White House, Lizzie sees Mellie is distressed and she tells her she wants to know everything, because clearly, they BOTH had something to do with the jurors dying. Later that night, Fitz gives a rousing speech in Mellie’s honor, praising his “best friend” as Lizzie looks on.
No Choice – Cyrus summons David, who thinks he will be getting fired. Beene is all “Nah.” BUT he wants him to drop the B613 takedown or else his weakness might end up in some tragic accident. His Achilles heels is Abby Whelan, and this threat is enough to get Lemony spooked. He leaves Beene’s office, and passes Abby in the hallway without acknowledging her. When he emerges from his office, she wants to know what’s going on but of course he shuts her down. “I can’t have a soul. If I had one, I would never accomplish a thing.”
David goes to the jail where Olivia and Jake are being held separately. To each of them, he passes an affidavit they must sign or they’ll be charged with treason. The document says that they made up any and all things about B613. Each one signs it when they see the other’s signature (probably forged) because there will be no freedom for them if they don’t. Director Lowry is seeing to that herself. AND, Mama Pope is told that if she signs an affidavit denying the existence of B613, she can be free. Needless to say, she asked for a pen quick, fast and in a hurry.
Winning – Finally back home, and in black pajamas, Liv gets a call and it’s from dear old dad. He wants her to know that she’s won. B613 is wiped completely off the map. There is no Command. ALL the documents proving the existence of the top flight secret spy organization of the world have been destroyed (and Rowan himself killed the agent who blew them up). She has won, and Rowan Pope is dead. He is now Eli. He slips in a shady thanks because he’s actually kinda pleased with himself and his newfound “freedom.”
Mellie did win the senate race, and as she’s onstage thanking her constituents, Fitz is on the sideline watching. Lizzie approaches him and allasudden starts talking. That hater spills the beans on what really happened to the jurors, and how Mellie gave their names up. His look of pride falls into pure disdain, and I wanna fight Liz’s face. This is her revenge for the woman who was sharing a peen with her. All this time, we were wondering why she was choosing to help Mellie, and turns out she was just biding her time until she could stick her where it works. ‘
In the words of my friend Kellee, “You can’t trust no bitch you shared a dick with.”
THAT is a word, ladies and gents. Mellie shoulda never trusted her ass.
Eli Down – In the OPA office, Liv tells the Gladiators that her father is walking. There is no evidence about the existence of B613 left, they’ve signed affidavits and Rowan is getting off scot-free. Quinn points out that Huck has $2 billion of B613 money stashed and Liv gets a bright idea.
Papa Pope is sitting in his office at the Smithsonian when police show up to arrest him. He is being charged for embezzling funds from the museum for decades. Liv and Jake show up to the station to find him in a cell full of commoners but it does nothing to humble him.
Rowan: I’ve brought down regimes, Olivia. Assassinated dictators with my own two hands, shaped history with a single phone call.
Olivia: Rowan did that. Command did that. He had power. But you?… You were right. We couldn’t take Command. But we can take Eli Pope.
As they walk away, he screams OLIVIAAAAA!!! So dramatic. So right.
Beast Unleashed – Quinn walks into Huck’s office and says she saw the bodies of the murdered jurors. Their wounds were so familiar, and she knows Huck is the one who killed them. LAWDDDTTT!!! Why would he do that? He says he had no choice because he wanted to protect his family from Rowan’s wrath so he did that job for him. Bullshit, sir. You’re just an untamed beast who wanted to kill. Quinn holds a gun to her mentor’s head and he stares her down, looking kinda pitiful.
Get Out – Cyrus, President Ghost and Mellie are in the Oval Office, and what is supposed to be celebrating turns sour. Fitz tells Mellie that he knows about how she got the jurors killed and he is disgusted by her. “We’re not a team. Get out. Pack your bags and get out my house.”
Her attempts at defending herself do not work and he tells her to go before he gets her thrown out. HIS HOUSE. The White one. Wowsies. She walks out and Cyrus is about to speak when he’s cut down to size too. Fitz knows that HE was who Mellie told, and he willingly worked with the devil who killed his son. “You’re fired.” Aw damb.
Mission Accomplished – Jake walks Liv to the door of her apartment and she invites him in. He declines, because his job with her is done.
“This is where the ride ends. My mission is complete. It has been my pleasure…They asked me to look out for you. Both of them. Your father, the bad guy and the Preident, the good guy. They both asked me to keep you safe. They both made you my mission. And I went over the line on both accounts. I’m in love with you but you are in love with him. You are owed, Olivia. Want what’s yours? Go and take it.”
Well damb. But umm… what is Liv owed??? Surely it ain’t Fitz’s underdraws. SURELY. I guess.
Back at the White House, Mellie’s bags are packed and she leaves the White House, looking downtrodden and dejected. Cyrus hands over his ID cards and keys to Abby, who watches Lizzie carry her stuff into Beene’s office. She’s the new Chief of Staff. WHOA.
Fitz goes to Liv’s apartment and rings the doorbell but there’s no answer. He returns to the White House and goes on the balcony. As he looks out on the lawn, Liv surprises him from behind. Nina Simone’s “Here Comes the Sun” plays as the two make-out and the episode ends.
First of all, Fitz be the first one judging when he got a trail of bodies behind him, acting like Mellie purposefully killed 16 people. AND on the Cyrus tip, that man has saved him more times than he knows. To just peace both of them out is wack as hell and so on par as to why he cannot have nice things ever. He is self-centered and has a short memory. Plus, he’s especially prone to overreacting to anything Mellie does.
While he’s locking lips with Olivia, he doesn’t seem to mind that HER father killed his son. He holds no type of resentment for that but he throws Mellie out for inadvertently helping Rowan murder some folks he ain’t even know. And let’s not forget that Liv was gonna let him go down with B613. Sir, bye. I didn’t realize how OVER Liv and Fitz being together I was, until I saw them on that balcony making out and was all “meh.”
Now on to Papa Pope. Olivia keeps underestimating her father. Even as Eli Pope, I doubt he’ll just go down without a fight. I expect to see him back in season 5 and I want to see more Liv vs. Rowan vs. Maya go down. Which, by the way, now that she’s free, I don’t expect she’ll take on a life of quiet, law-abiding citizenship. She’s too much of a goon to just go buy a condo in Florida. I also kinda want her and Rowan to re-unite on some older Bonnie and Clyde thing. WANT.
So Huck and Quinn. I bet we’re gonna find them doing the spy slippery slide on the OPA conference table. I know she didn’t pull that trigger to shoot him. I’m sure they both just got turned on and ended up sexing it out. They’re so nassy. I love it.
Basically, everyone lost power in this finale, and their power was mainly based on their alliances. Fitz and Cyrus’ bromance is over and his BFFship with Mellie is done. Cyrus lost the only thing he had to live for: his job. Liv doesn’t know it yet but she cannot trust Huck, who is so blood-thirsty that he’ll work for her father! Quinn lost respect for her mentor. David lost his white hat, which he held so dear.
The ONLY person who gained anything was Liz, who ascended to White House Chief of Staff. THAT kills me because it makes no sense for Fitz to put her in that position just because she snitched on his wife. What he should have done is make Abby his Chief. He trusts her more and knows her. DAFUQ, President Ghost???
Anyway, this episode was probably my least favorite Scandal finale yet. When it was over, I was like NAWL. NOPE. NAH. I was not satiated and I wanted a re-do. There was no real cliffhanger, and even the pieces that seem tied up feel frayed at the edges.
Shonda Rhimes tweeted that the ending was highly debated in their writer’s room and I see why. It didn’t seem satisfying.
Fun fact: we had a verbal knock down drag out fight about this ending in the writers room. #ScandaIFinale
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 15, 2015
What are your thoughts, Gladiators? ROAR in the comments.
Edit: One of your geniuses has made a BRILLIANT connection. In the finale of season 2, Fitz laid out his plan to Mellie, about how one day she will indeed be leaving the White House and he’ll take up with Olivia. She even has on green in the scene. As she packed up her bags and left in season 4’s finale, she was in a green suit too. Watch:
I see what you did there, Scandal writers.