Previously on Scandal, ‘Baby Made a Mess’
A Tale of Two Petties
Jake is happy to hear that Olivia and Fitz now realize he’s innocent, but he’s still a little shitty over being locked up and beaten. Because Jake can be petty, too, he insists that Fitz call him Captain Ballard and not Jake because only his friends call him Jake. He wants to be released so he can pop a few caps in Rowan’s ass, but Olivia tells him he has to stay in so they don’t tip off Rowan. They need to get Rowan by the book, as two people who walk in the sun. Jake not-so-casually points out to Fitz that “walking in the sun” is their special catchphrase. See? Petty.
But damn he’s fine.
After referring to Olivia as his girlfriend and reminding Fitz that he was hitting that all kinds of ways on a private island, Jake agrees to do things their way and reveals his secret B613 files. Boom.
Lizzie’s Got a Problem & Andrew’s Da Bomb
Lizzie Bear’s phone is bugged and she hires Olivia to find out who it is. The list of people who don’t like Lizzie is long, and even though Olivia is on the list, she agrees to help.
Someone tries to kill Andrew, probably because of the West Angola situation from last week.
Forgive & Forget
Papa Pope calls Olivia like he didn’t just threaten her ass last week. She missed their dinner date. She says she’s pissed at him. He wants to know if she’s new. Doesn’t she realize this is the way family behaves? He reminds her that he’ll be there for her long after those “boys” are gone. She hangs up on him.
You know who IS reconciling though? Mellie and Andrew. She rushes to his office and she’s so relieved to see he’s not dead, she gives him some booty. Right there in the office with the curtains open.
While Quinn babysits Kubiak, Huck waits to track the person bugging Lizzie’s phone.
Rosen is summoned to the bunker where Fitz, Jake, and Olivia fill him in on the their plan to bring Rowan down. Through some slick talk, Jake basically tells Rosen he better help because he should have used the damn files months ago like he told him to. David agrees to maneuver some kind of military tribunal to ensure that Rowan’s trial doesn’t become public record.
In the hallway, Fitz tries to push up on Olivia and she pushes back, but she eventually gives in and kisses him because Olivia makes poor life choices.
Cyrus on Front Street
Huck figures out that Cyrus has bugged Lizzie’s phone, so once confronted by Olivia, Cyrus comes clean about his affair with Michael. He asks Olivia to help him figure out what Michael and Lizzie have on him. You know, because they’re friends. He conveniently forgets how he basically gloated about imprisoning Jake a few episodes ago. Even though it’s a conflict of interest, Olivia agrees because poor life choices.
Bring Your Son to Work Day
Olivia finds Huck and Javi hanging out in Huck’s office and, of course, she has questions. I mean, is it even legal for you to be hanging out with him, Huck? He doesn’t want to talk about anything but work. Fine. She asks him to look into what Lizzie has on Cyrus. He’s all, is this even legal? Touche, Huck. Touche.
Liv calls Lizzie with some bullshit about her phone, and then she tells Cyrus to go home and not see Michael. Definitely don’t go to Michael’s new apartment that he paid for. She’s going to find out what Michael told Lizzie.
Then Liv goes to meet with Jake in the bunker and he wants to make sure she’s going to get him out of there. She’s not going to let him rot there and go walk off into the sun with Fitz. She tells him be bet’ not ever talk about her and another man in the sun. This would be really sweet if she didn’t just have her tongue in Fitz’s mouth.
Remember how Olivia told Cyrus to stay away from Michael and how we all knew that wasn’t going to happen? Yup. Michael shows up at Cyrus’ house and Cyrus makes him bend over and keep his damn mouth shut. Anger sex, FTW! Turns out, Michael didn’t deserve all that. Huck discovers that Michael never told Lizzie anything worth a damn. So, Olivia confronts him and learns that Lizzie has a top secret apartment. Olivia sends Huck to bug the apartment so they can try to get dirt on Lizzie.
You know who else makes poor life choices? Huck! He brings Javi along on his stakeout of LIzzie’s apartment, so he’s there when Lizzie arrives there with Kubiak. And since Quinn was tailing Kubiak, she shows up at the stakeout van. Huck sends Javi off for ice cream so he won’t witness Lizzie screw Kubiak. But, hold up! Andrew arrives and he sends Kubiak off to kick rocks. Lizzie and Andrew start making out… and this is really problematic because Andrew JUST told Mellie he was ready to resume their affair.
Kubiak smashes the window to their van and after a struggle with Huck, Huck impales Kubiak’s neck on broken glass. Javi witnesses it all and runs away, leaving perfectly good ice cream on the ground.
These Popes Ain’t Loyal
Fitz and Jake can’t agree on a plan to get Rowan. Sick of their shit, Olivia comes up with a plan that involves her calling her father in tears because both Fitz and Jake have let her down. She suggests dinner and he picks the time and place. I knew from the jump this shit wasn’t going to end well.
Olivia tells Cyrus that Michael cares about him, thinks he’s a good man. He says it’s ironic that the ones closest to you are always the ones who do the most damage. Are you listening, Olivia?
At dinner, while a team surrounds the restaurant and Fitz and Jake watch from the situation room, Rowan starts monologuing. Meanwhile, David has some military personnel helping him go through the B613 files.
Papa Pope tells Olivia that everything he’s ever done was for her, and now, his leaving and the deaths of all the men outside is because of her as well. Snipers take out the team, David realizes all the papers are blank, and Papa Pope tells Olivia that she really, really, really, really fucked up. Then he pimp walks out to his waiting ride and drives off into the darkness. Not the sunset. Never anything to do with the sun with that one.
- So, Lizzie is involved in whatever is going on with the files on Olivia. Andrew, too, it seems. Not surprising since Andrew has no love for Liv.
- After he threatened Papa Pope, was Jake dumb enough to go back to the files in the storage unit? I’ll have to go back and check. But I know for a fact he had the files moved to his hotel room, which is why he didn’t let Olivia in. Wait. That would mean he DIDN’T go back to the storage unit because he threatened Papa Pope at dinner after that. So, some time after threatening him, but before going to The White House with his folder, Jake took all of those files to ANOTHER storage unit. And either Papa Pope was having him watched or Papa Pope has an inside source.
- Huck’s wife is going to kick his ass.
- I’m going to overlook how convenient it is that EVERYTHING that has happened this season links back to Olivia. I mean, even the really great case-of-the week, which turned into case-for-a-few-weeks, involving her friend’s missing daughter all links back to Liv, as does everything Lizzie has been doing.
- Jake BET’ NOT die.