For the first time since season 2, episode 2 of Scandal, I missed an episode recap. I was in Egypt last week and missed the episode. I got back on Tuesday night and was not able to get myself together fast enough to write the recap of last week’s episode before this latest episode happened. I will not do a 2 in 1 either, so I’ll just keep this party going.
Let’s just jump into this latest Scandal episode, which was full of twists and turns. And by the end, my edges were scattered all over my floor.
Lies Mellie Tells – The Senate investigation into Fitz’ business has begun and the first person to testify is Mellie Grant. Beforehand, she spoke to the committee and they assured her that the list of questions they gave her in advance was what they’d be asking her. Of course they lied, because when she took the stand, she was asked if she knew of the Olitz affair before Liv dropped that “YES” on everyone. She said “NO” and then they blindsided her with an affidavit or something from Jeannine Locke.
Remember that she’s the person who was framed for sleeping with the President to take the heat off Liv in season 3. The letter they hand to Mellie has her own words on it, from Jeannine. The fact that she tried to bribe the girl with $2 million. Welp, egg on her face, because now people know she helped to cover up the affair for her political gain. Mellie signed up for something she was NOT ready for.
Executive Privilege – Watching this go down, the lawyer that Fitz hired to walk him through this tells him that her insistence that he testify before is now dead. They gotta flip this strategy on its head because the Jeannine Locke thing changes the game. Now he must use his power of Executive Privilege to avoid taking the stand himself. But you know who will be called up to the stand? Olivia. And if she gets up there, who knows what they’ll dig up and bring up.
As Liv, Fitz, Cy (yes, he got his job back) and the lawyer stand in the Oval Office, Cy says Fitz and Liv have to get married. Because then, she cannot be required by law to testify against him. Wait, though. President Ghost is still technically married. How the hell will that work? Those ar mere details. All they know is that Liv cannot get on that stand. They will all be dragged.
Coming for Command – Papa Pope gets a visitor in prison and it’s Elise, Jake’s wife. DAFUQ is she doing there? Anywho, when she leaves, the guard taking Eli back to his cell takes him into a room and tries to choke him with his police stick thingy. Chile, guess again, because when you come for Command, you gotta come correct. Old Mr. Pope flips the script and kills the guard. Welp.
Jake gets a call from the prison and goes up there to find Eli Pope laid up in the hospital bed. They tell him the only reason they called him is because he is just 1 of 2 prisoners he’s had and he ain’t got no emergency contact so… He learns that his wife is the other, and confronts her when he gets home. She admits to him that her mission is to kill Eli Pope. Whoever activated Lazarus One gave the order, and she doesn’t know who that is. Interesting.
Gladiators Testify – The Gladiators are called to the stand and Liv coaches them that they need to listen to the question being asked and tell the truth in the most specific way possible. They cannot lie. When asked about Jeannine Locke, they all admit that they do not know who came up with the idea to frame her.
And then came the question of who leaked the Jeannine tape. HARRISON WRIGHT. Welp. Can’t punish a dead guy.
Hang It Up – Olivia gets a call and it is her father. He tells her he is in danger and someone wants to kill him. Liv ain’t trying to hear it and hangs up on dear old dad mid-sentence. Over at David Rosen’s office. VP Susan Ross is giggling uncomfortably. What does she want? She wants to find out what she gotta do to quit her job. She no longer wants to be Vice-President of the United States. I mean, I don’t blame her but what did she think this job was gon be?
Jail or Jail? – Liv talks to Abby to discuss the possibility of her getting married to get out of testifying. The thing is that if she testifies, she will have to lie, because the truth is so damning that all will come falling down. Thing is, if she lies, she will be guilty of perjury, which is serious and might land her in jail. But if she marries Fitz, she’s locked into being FLOTUS which is a jail of its own.
Quinn gets a call and it’s Papa Pope. Dang, he must be desperate. She goes to see him and walks out because she ain’t ready to get in goon bed with him.
Liv goes to the White House balcony and sees candles everywhere and flower petals all over the floor. He gon burn down the White House with all these candles he got lit. That looks like a fire hazard. It’s cute, doe. Fitz is there in a tuxedo and he wants a do-over. Them talking about marriage has been purely about doing it to get her out of testifying so he wants to do it right. He gets on one knee and Liv looks like she wants to run. She tells him she doesn’t want this teenaged shit and he snaps saying “no man ever wants to do this.” So why? “YOU are what I want. But I guess you don’t feel the same.” Well ouch. Fitz just got his face broken into pieces. Liv ain’t tell him “I want you.” His #selfofsteam gotta be in shambles.
Pope Problems – Liv calls up Jake, the most friend-zoned dude ever to talk. He needs to stop picking up her calls. Right then, Quinn pays her a visit at home. She thinks she might have a solution to the impeachment thing.
Olivia walks into the prison hospital and sees her dad laying in bed, but he looks perfectly fine. He is. He lays still for a second and his heart monitor goes flat. THAT GOON CAN FAKE HEART PROBLEMS. I LIVE. He’s been doing that so he can be kept in the hospital because someone is trying to kill him and they won’t stop til they do. Liv doesn’t look concerned. He tells her that if she gets him out of that jail, he will let all this impeachment stuff go away. He will find all the bad things those senators have done and make shit happen.
Tunnel Meeting – Olivia walks through the tunnel in the White House and waiting for her is Mellie in a royal blue suit. That is a color she’s been rocking A LOT as Senator Grant. Liv tells Mellie that she needs her help freeing a prisoner in Virginia who can make all these proceedings disappear, because if she testifies, THEY ALL BURN. She is due to take the stand in 2 days. Liv tells her the person is Damascus Bainbridge, and she immediately recognizes that name. She says that is the man who blackmailed her into giving him the names of the jurors, and then killing them.
With this, ALL these unknown things start tumbling out to both women. Liv says “That’s Eli Pope, my father.” Mellie says that is why Fitz kicked her out the White House. And Liv does the checkmate and tells Mrs. Grant that he is the person who killed her son. The still-grieving mother puts her head on the wall of the tunnel, sobbing, as Liv walks away. THAT IS THE MAN YOU WANTED HER TO RELEASE, LIV?!?!? HOW WOULD SHE FORGIVE HERSELF??? Two women who have been hurt, and who share painful history with two men they cannot shake.
I Guess – Fitz and Liv are laying in bed with their backs to each other, when she turn around and tells him “No wedding dress, no flowers, no vows. And I’m keeping my name.” She slides on the engagement ring he offered her and puts an ellipsis on what is the most unenthusiastic acceptance of a proposal ever.
I guess the whole wedding thing has to happen since plan A (Papa Pope being free) ain’t panning out.
Liv calls Jake talmbout she gon marry Fitz, and he’s all “whatevs.” What do you want from him, Olivia? Stop calling him. He does one strong move and hangs up on her, though. He turns to Elise and says he will go with her to help kill Liv’s father. They agree on meeting at 3pm the next day at Union Station.
Pathetic Mediocrity – For the marriage to Liv to happen, Mellie gotta sign those divorce papers. They’ve already hashed out most of the terms so Fitz is in the room as they go over the final things. She wants control of Jerry’s foundation and she wants to be able to visit his grave on Saturdays without having to see his face. He begrudgingly accepts and she signs. As she starts walking out, he throws shade her way talmbout how there’s nothing left for her to take from him. That lights a fire in Mellie’s head because she turns around and reads his ass for filth.
In all of this MESS, Fitz won’t ever take responsibility for anything so when he tells her she has blood on her hands with those jurors, it was the pot calling the kettle faulty. Did he forget about Operation Remington and how he shot down an entire plane of people on command? Or the fact that he killed Verna?? Mellie goes IN saying “I wouldn’t have had to bury my baby if it wasn’t for you… I wouldn’t have spent 20 years propping you up. Making you feel okay about your pathetic mediocrity.”
ALL THE WELPS! Fitz is every white man, basically. His character needs to be called “white privilege” because he epitomizes it. Folks have spent Fitz’ entire life propping him up, making sure he prospers and he thinks it’s because he’s REALLY smart. He IS white privilege.
Quitting Time – Susan is in David’s office, hellbent on quitting her post as VP and he says she just has to send a resignation letter. Over some wine coolers, she admits to the Attorney General that she does not want to become President, because she is not cut out for all the shenanigans. The way it’s looking, Fitz will be impeached and she ain’t about the life. David tells her that because she’s so not the right person for the job, she’d be the right person for the job. Oh Susan. . I bet she thinks drinking an Amaretto Sour is a wild night.
The Revolution – Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” plays as Olivia resigns to her fate and stands in the Oval Office, about to be married to Fitz. She is so out of her element that her usually fierce outfit and long flowy hair has been replaced by Sister O’Dell’s French twist and some homely white suite.
An official tells her that once she becomes First Lady, she will need to pick a chief of staff. Also, she will need to hand over her phone she she’s given a top flight secure one. As he makes that point, her phone rings and she steps away to take the call. It is Mellie Grant.
Next, things move very fast. Jake goes to Union Station and goes to where Elise is sitting. He taps her and she falls over the bench, dead. AW SHIT.
Abby walks into the Oval Office and drops the ring Fitz gave Liv on his desk.
Olivia is due in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify but when they call her name, she does not show up. Instead, envelopes are dropped in front of every member of the 18-person committee. They open them up and each one has a different incriminating picture that is so bad it will destroy them. They unanimously decide to drop their investigation because anything else on their part will cause mayhem raining down.
Liv walks through the tunnel and meets up with Mellie, who says she decided to take her up on that offer. Senator Grant says “You are my freedom. You are my white knight…. you are gonna make ME President of the United States.”
Just then, Eli Pope walks up behind Mellie, and behind him is Secret Service Agent, Tom.
Ok first of all WHERE THE HELL DID TOM COME FROM??? Not only did Papa Pope get out, he sprung Tom out too. But the shit here is that Mellie is now choosing to work with the man who killed her son. HOMEGIRL HAS SNAPPED. I mean seriously. Shit is really gonna hit the fan now because she’s in dangerous territory and to take her #1 enemy as an ally is an act of desperation. This is not gonna end well for her because when you lay in bed with a snake, you will get eaten. Mellie doesn’t know how bad this idea was, and I bet she will find out soon.
Remember that no one can control Rowan Pope. Olivia did ALL that work to take down B613 and get her father in jail just to have it all falling down. Command is right. He is NEVER caged.
What’s interesting is how much of a commitment-phone Olivia is. The way she looked like she wanted to enter the ground at the idea of being married. She is a cloud and you cannot pin her down. AMIRITE?? She shouldn’t have said YES to the press if she wasn’t ready for what would come with it, and why didn’t she foresee some of this fallout? You cannot start a fire and then halfway through be all “Oh wait. I WASN’T READY.” You lit the match. Watch it burn. Instead, she’s having Abby return her engagement ring.
Meanwhile, Jake cannot ever win. That dude stays losing, on the romance side and on the life side. He finally reconnected with his “wife” and she comes up dead. Someone said he is the new Lemony Snicket and his life is a series of unfortunate adventures. And now, he’s vowed to kill Rowan/Eli Pope. We gon see.
Gladiators, roar in the comments!