Scandal has done one thing well in all its seasons, and that is to keep throwing curveballs where you don’t expect. We might have gotten better at solving the cases Olivia and them get but they have kept me on my toes. The ending of this episode was a good example of that.
Poping the President – Sally Langston has posted the leaked pics of Fitz and Olivia frolicking in the White House for all to see and it is the talk of the town. President Ghost leaves an astounded Liv to go speak with Abby and Liz and they tell him he has to make a statement. He tells them that he will talk with Olivia besides him, and Abby almost cackles in his face. She knows her friend and she says “The President is about to be Poped.”
SURE IS. Because he returns to his room and she is gone! He calls her and she’s booked it out the underground tunnel, faster than he can say “Vermont.” OOPS.
Liv heads to Quinn’s, where she takes a wine bottle to the head and changes into a tshirt. She is not ready to face this. She just wants to work. Whenever it’s her turn to be her own client, she cannot deal. She runs.
Mellie’s Apology – The next day, President Ghost walks into the Oval Office and finds Mellie sitting there in a red suit. What does she want? She wants him to apologize to her. She thinks it’s better for her to be there for the optics so it looks like they are still together and she wants an apology because the divorce papers he gave her were “mean.” She still thinks they’re a team but what he needs to realize is that they never were. Fitz does nothing to have her back. Girl, bye. She does, however, read his ass. “You wanna play? Let’s play. You placed Olivia in a dangerous position. You outed her. You thought you’d be making a grand gesture… She’s not just a mistress now. She’s America’s mistress. History will preserve her as such.”
Actual factual, Mellie Mel.
He tells her that he knows she leaked the pictures, but she counter-points saying she didn’t. Sure, as FLOTUS it will get her sympathy but as a Senator, it makes her come across as a sexless prude. Good point. It makes no sense for her to do it. Ghostie replies by telling her to get the hell out. Mellie walks away with a smirk because she got her bite back. That red suit ain’t for nothing.
Fixing Things – Afterwards, Abby rolls back into the Oval Office asking Fitz how they can fix this. What comment should she give the hungry press? Once again, he insists that he will do nothing without Liv. With his weak ass. He never makes a decision that isn’t agreed on by someone else first, even when he thinks he’s the one making a decision. VP Susan comes in huffing and puffing talmbout how of course the President would never cheat. “This whole situation is malarkey and doo doo.” Bless her heart. She’s way too honest for politics. I just wanna pat her on the head. Also, who says “doo doo” and they’re over the age of 5?
Back at the Olivia Pope and Associates office, press is parked outside, waiting to see her. Quinn is holding down the fort as always when Jake and Huck walk in. Huck says “He fixed me. Jake fixed me.” I was all BISH WHERE?!? So was Quinn, who calls bullshit, saying there is no amount of medicine in the world to fix Huck. Anywho, they wonder where Liv is and she tells them she’s on a case. Some rich, white kid (Gavin) is accused of killing his father because his stepmom found him at the bottom of the stairs and his elderly father laying in blood. Apparently, he pushed him. The boy was arrested but out on bail 24 hours later, in spite of the fact that he is accused of committing a 1st degree felony. Because: rich and white.
Now, he’s missing. Stepmom wants Olivia to find him and bring him back.
2-Bit David – David shows up in Mellie’s office with some federal investigators. They are there to scan her computer for evidence of her possibly leaking those pictures. Mellie looks at him and says that in case he ain’t know, he really isn’t working as the Attorney General of the United States in that moment. He is nothing but a “2-bit divorce attorney.” This is true. Folks stay having Lemony do their dirty, sleazy jobs. He gets no respect. She hands over her computer without a fight, saying she has nothing to hide.
Catching Gavin – Liv goes to North Carolina on his trail because of his use of his cards while on the lam. She’s wearing baseball cap because now her picture is plastered all over TV. Luckily enough, she runs into the boy as he walks into a casino. She sits down at his Blackjack table and sleekly handcuffs his leg to the stool he’s sitting on. Well played. Of note: the boy’s haircut is absolutely atrocious.
Jake walks in right then, because wherever Liv is, he will come find her. They get in the car and the boy says he didn’t kill his father. Says they argued and his dear old dad wouldn’t give him the money to finish some house he was building. HOWEVER, why would he want him dead? He wants them to look at his stepmom, who was cheating on the old man. In their prenup, if she cheats, she gets nothing. BUT if he dies, she gets $1 billion. He says his dad had his will changed right before he died so they might be looking at him when she actually killed him.
Stranger Danger – Huck and Quinn are trying to get to the bottom of the case with Gavin. As they discuss, someone shows up. He’s a press guy holding a camera, and wants to know more about the accusation of their boss being the Presidential Mistress. Huck gets up and grabs a pencil and Quinn springs to action. She bends the guy’s hands backwards and takes his camera and dares him to even say he was on their premises. She punked him so bad. “If you don’t get out of here, I will kick your ass and tell everyone a girl beat you up.” UGH I LOVE QUINN SO MUCH NOW. And to a shaking Huck clutching a pencil, sir you ain’t fixed worth a lick.
Be the Adult – Cyrus is watching Abby struggling with the press and giggling. Fitz still refuses to give a comment so all she can do is tell the press that she will not anwer questions about the cheating allegations. Beene calls Red and says he wants to offer her advice.
“Be the adult. Bring Mellie back to the White House. How does leadership come? Is it given to you? No. You want to lead, be the leader. You want POTUS to fall in line. To behave. Be the adult. He will become the child. You don’t ask children when bedtime is and you don’t listen to children when they say they don’t want their vegetables. You threaten them and you make them eat those vegetables. Be the adult.”
I LOVE me a good Cyrus Beene monologue! He makes a great point, though. They have always treated President Ghost as the child because he is. He can do nothing by himself. He is the least powerful character on this show.
Huck Gone – At OPA, Huck thinks he’s gotten some info by digging up the old man who was murdered’s property info and Quinn flips out. He is supposed to be finding the man’s will. Our boy is off his game, man. BUT Quinn throwing this no fix thing in his face is gon get her messed up by him. She better watch out before he uses a couple of her teeth as dice. He tells her PEACE and leaves.
Pope Caught – In some janky motel, Liv tells Jake that Gavin’s story seems plausible. The boys walks into the room and turns on the TV. Before he can be stopped, he sees the story of the scandal, and Liv’s picture. He’s like “I’m not the only one on the run, huh?” Mmhmmm.
Liv is on her incognegro steeze with the hat low on her forehead when she goes to a diner with Jake and Gavin. The boy excuses himself to go to the bathroom and as he goes, he stops quickly at a table of women. Jake follows him. Liv gets a call and it’s Quinn, who is updating her about the will she found. Gavin was forging checks in his dad’s name and pops found out about it and was going to tell the cops. He died the next day.
A woman walks up to Liv and asks “are you Olivia Pope? The little guy was right.” That summagoat snitched, and as women swarmed Liv for selfies, Gavin slips out.
Being the adult – Abby is in the press room and when the press asks her for the umpteenth time about the scandal happening, she decides to be the adult. She tells them that the First Lady is still living in the White House and that she and her husband, the President are dealing with the matter privately. It was a comment when she was previously told to make one. Fitz blows his gasket as he watches and tells Liz North to fix it. Abby was the adult.
She goes to see Cyrus to ask what to do now, because she is getting a lot of heat from President Ghost, who is pissed. Cy tells her to do what Liv would want, reminding her that she knows her friend better than anyone else. She asks why he’s offering advice so freely. It surely ain’t from the goodness of his heart. What’s his angle? Well, he hates no one more than he hates Liz. An she hates Mellie even more than she hates him. This is to help get Mellie back into the White House. Unspoken but obvious: getting that to happen could lead to him getting his job back. Ah yes.
Flawed Man – VP Susan is summoned to the Oval Office because the President wants her to take his place in some meeting he has the next day. She wants to protest because she’s schedule to speak to some high school kids but he ain’t hearing it. She starts to leave then turns back to ask how he could be cheating in America’s house. That ain’t what they elected him for. “Susan, I am a flawed person, just like everyone else.” “Mr. President, you don’t get to be just like everyone else.” ALL THE WELPS. Drop that word on him right quick! Again, Susan is too honorable for politics.
Beer and Spoon – Liv is back in the motel room, reassessing her bad decisions and feeling sorry for herself. Jake walks in with beer, because there was no wine in the little bodega he went to. Her pics are everywhere because all the diner folks have posted them. On a good note, there is a lead on Gavin. He stole a red car and they just need to track it. Liv wonders how she got there (because nobody’s s’posed to be here). She turns around and Jake spoons her as he gives her comforting words.
He takes being friend zoned to such epic levels. He is ALWAYS there for Olivia no matter how bad she plays him. Everyone should have a Jake. Someone who has your back in spite of the fact that you won’t give them none. HA! Liv says “Let’s face it. I’m basically Gavin.” Running from something you know you did? Sure. but your haircut isn’t terrible. She is running from the shame of loving Fitz.
What Would Liv Do? – Abby finds President Ghost on the White House balcony and points out to him that the photos of Liv in the diner also show she’s with Jake. Right. Most importantly, she wants him to understand that Liv will never be able to deal with the pressure that comes with being America’s mistress. “Olivia is doing what Olivia always does. She’s trying to stay out of the storm.” She is never going to face that music so he needs to deal with it on his own.
David later tells the President that they’ve swept Mellie’s computer and there is no evidence those pictures were ever on it. But the breach started in a network in her office. President Ghost shuts the door on him before he can continue. Mellie gets a call and it is Fitzgerald Grant calling to apologize. He wants her to come home. WELL DAMB. David goes to Abby’s office with the report and drops it on her desk. Mellie’s key code was used but it probably wasn’t by her. BUT he read some tea in her inbox. And there’s tea in that report he is leaving for her to sip.
Equality Now – Liz North walks into the Oval Office and is surprised to see Mellie stroll in too. She’s back in the White House. The First Couple is doing an interview together, to squash the rumors. Ain’t nobody tell Liz til now. Whoops. She finds Abby and says she knows she’s behind it. Red pulls her into her office and says she knows she leaked the pics of Fitz and Liv to Sally, and she could use it to destroy her, of course. Instead, what she wants is that she is no longer Liz’s underling. They must be equals.
Smart move, though, because Red knows she can pull that card anytime she wants.
Gavin Found – Quinn calls Olivia and says the car Gavin last stole was at some lake. It reminds Jake that he must be by the little house he was stealing money from his dad to build. They show up at the house and the boy is standing in the middle holding a nail gun. As if that’s a really good defense. Boy, bye.
Gavin admits to killing his dad because he’s called him “a little weasel” his entire life. Shut your weak-skinned ass up, Gavin! Shit. Nigerian parents call us idiots for breakfast. You don’t see us tryna end their lives. Poor, little rich white boy without coping skills. He hears sirens coming. His running is done.
Huckleberry Quinn Unite – Quinn finds Huck at a bar. She admits that she ain’t normal herself so she’s been mad at him because she kinda sees herself in him. Huck tells her that he missed her. AAWWW.
Yes – Olivia checks her voicemail and she has one from Fitz. He tells her that he gets it. “You don’t want this. I am going to deny Sally’s story and bring Mellie back to the White House because I don’t want you to throw away your whole life just for me. I love you too much for that.” In times like this, I do feel bad for Fitz. Because he loves Olivia SO MUCH that he constantly puts her first. She hangs up and back at the White House, he is looking pained as he sits down for the interview with Mellie. Jake asks her if Liv’s ready. She walks out the car in front of OPA offices and reporters swarm her. They ask her if she’s the mistress of the President of the United States. She pauses before saying “YES.”
I literally said “HOLY SHIT” when I heard Olivia’s answer. This is HUGE. Liv stood in truth as Fitz does the opposite BECAUSE of her. Oh shit. She’s decided to stop running and just own it. What does this mean for everyone? Fallout.
Here’s the thing. Liv does what she wants, when she wants, and I’m not sure if she takes into account how things affect the people around her. The reason she hasn’t owned this relationship isn’t that she’s wanted to protect Fitz. She’s been protecting herself, which I understand. But to say “YES” when you know he’s currently, saying “NO.” It 1. makes him out to be the liar when he’s been the one ready to tell the truth all along. B. does not give him the chance to have a say in any of it and iii. Creates chaos that could have been created but controlled better had she just agreed to speak up with him.
BUT she is just tired of lying and running. It is about time.
I can’t wait to see what comes next. But let’s talk about Jake again. That dude is so down for Olivia. Jake is Aiden. Fitz is Mr. Big. You SHOULD go with Aiden but your loins don’t throb when you see Aiden. Big, doe? YES. Your brain knows you should go with Aiden (Jake). But your heart is attached to Mr. Big (Fitz). It’s a real dilemma.
Now, Cyrus. Well, I need him back in the White House and this might just be what brings him back. His smarts will be needed to deal with the fallout to come. Also, Cyrus will need to choose whose team he is on. Mellie is now hellbent on destroying Liv, but that’s his good friend. What is he gon do? Also, Abby has tea from Mellie’s emails. Will she use them to get Olivia some help in this? Information is the biggest asset here and she has more than anyone realizes she does now.
After my recap of last episode, some folks were in my comments, saying I am so biased and I am anti-Olivia and team Mellie. People seemed slightly butthurt about it. Let’s clarify some things. Absolutely, I am biased. This is my blog and this is a show I ALWAYS have opinions about. Also, I am not anti-Olivia. Just because I call her on some bullshit doesn’t mean she isn’t still bae. And I am fond of Mellie, because nothing she’s done has been more evil than anyone else on this show. Yes. I think Fitz is an asshole. He comes at her sideways OFTEN so I’m ready for her to clapback.
Whew! Let’s go! ROAR in the comments, Gladiators!