Plus, the battle for the White House takes a weirdly sexy turn.
“I have so many questions to ask you, but I’m afraid you’ll kill my friends if I do.” Olivia (Kerry Washington) took father-daughter chats to a disturbing place on the Nov. 7 episode of Scandal, as the red-wine aficionado turned to Rowan (Joe Morton) for answers on “Project: Remington.”
Jake (Scott Foley) did his own investigating, but things took a nasty turn when he was almost killed by a double-crossing informant. Thankfully, and totally unbeknownst to Jake, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) put a security detail on him, which narrowly saved him from his back-alley encounter. I, for one, am thrilled Jake lived to see another gratuitous workout scene — I mean, live to see another day. Yeah, that’s what I meant.
Of course, none of this compared to the episode-ending confrontation between Liv and Fitz, in which she laid all the cards on the table — yes, including the mommy card — and he still refused to give her the answer she was looking for. She wanted “yes” or “no,” and all she got was “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
I’m really starting to hope Fitz loses the next election, just to see that smug non-smile wiped off his face for good. And speaking of the election…
Lisa Kudrow For President
Olivia Pope & Associates officially began running Josephine Marcus’ (Lisa Kudrow) campaign this week, a storyline I’m already head-over-heels in love with.
Worried that the Congresswoman was being too “nice,” Liv lit a fire in her belly by showing her a fake sexist anti-Josie ad moments before her first live prime-time TV interview — with James (Dan Bucatinsky), naturally. Cyrus’ hubby barely had time to finish his first question before he was put in his damn place by a bad-ass Josie, who stood up for all women in an incredible rant that not only restored the public’s faith in her, but also my faith in Lisa Kudrow. She’s just so freaking good.
Of course, Josie’s “sister” saw right through Liv’s lies — the giveaway was Abby (Darby Stanchfield) wearing the same nail polish as the hand in the fake campaign ad — and made it clear that she’s not OK with the way Liv’s team is running things. Fingers crossed that she doesn’t prove to be a thorn in their side! I’d hate to see them have to “handle” her, too.
Fun With Fitz & Mellie
The First Couple also began playing a nasty little game of their own this week, upon learning that Sally intends to run against him. A dinner between the Grants and the Langstons confirmed that Sally’s husband has a wandering eye, and Mellie (Bellamy Young) insists they use that against her.
And not a moment too soon! Sally has her own plan in the works to use her faith — more specifically, her moral disdain for Fitz’s extramarital goings-on — to propel her to presidency.
Odds & Ends
>> As if Rowan doesn’t already have his evil fingers in enough pies, we learned this week that he’s using Charlie to turn Quinn (Katie Lowes) into a killer!
>> I don’t know what’s more surprising: that Harrison (Columbus Short) could be facing death at the hands of a foreign enemy, or that we actually learned something about Harrison this week.
>> Seeing Liv’s final moments with her mom was heartbreaking, but at least they cast the perfect actress to play Maya Lewis (Khandi Alexander).
— Andy Swift