Just when you think you know where ‘Scandal’ is going, the hit ABC show drops another crazy shocker!
The March 6 episode of Scandal delivered another dose of heart-stopping shockers. A dangerous character returned, Quinn (Katie Lowes) descended further into darkness, and there was heartbreak and happiness for Mellie (Bellamy Young) — all in one episode! Let’s dig in!
‘Scandal’ Recap: Matters Of The Heart
They may have to stay in the shadows, but that doesn’t mean Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) don’t fight like a married couple! Olivia and Fitz fought over the Jake situation. Fitz doesn’t trust Jake (Scott Foley), especially since he is the new head of B613 and seriously in love with Olivia. But Olivia said she didn’t start fake-dating Jake for Fitz. She admitted she couldn’t get through this election by being Fitz’s public whore. Her world wasn’t entirely in Fitz’s orbit and having Jake by her side was for her.
The other side of this political quadrangle is Mellie and Andrew (Jon Tenney). Now that Andrew was back in the picture, Mellie had to set him straight. She told him to stop looking at her like Fitz looked at Olivia, basically. She also wanted to make sure he didn’t take the job just because of her. He said no because, let’s face it, it’s the vice presidency of the United States. However, this segued nicely back to 14 years ago. Fitz had no idea why Mellie was so scared of his dad, Big Jerry (Barry Bostwick), and why she didn’t want to be intimate with her husband. Poor Fitz, he really was clueless. Seriously, how could he be so oblivious? Since her husband reminded her of the man who raped her (Big Jerry), she turned to Andrew.
Harrison (Columbus Short) and Adnan (Nazanin Boniadi) got in some sexy time, that’s for sure. Before he left for OPA, she left him a briefcase full of cash in exchange for some help. Harrison said he was out of this shady stuff, but Adnan reminded him of a little thing called Clear Water. Apparently, insider training wasn’t the worst thing Harrison did.
‘Scandal’ Recap: Protect The Republic
Fitz’s campaign team had a new potential scandal to deal with: Alleged drug abuse in the governor’s mansion during Fitz’s term. Olivia wanted the scandal dealt with immediately, but Andrew stopped her in her tracks because it was the truth. Andrew said he threw his back out and needed some relief quickly. Olivia tried to spook the reporter with the story, but the story was too juicy to let go.
Andrew agreed to take the fall for it — and with good reason. It was actually Mellie who took the Oxycontin when she tried to overdose! Fortunately, Andrew was there and he saved her. What a man this guy is! (Also, just think of a world without Mellie. I simply cannot.)
When Olivia started digging into who would want to release this information about Andrew, she realized it was none other than dear old Daddy Pope. Rowan (Joe Morton) was trying to tank Fitz’s reelection and Olivia wanted Jake to take care of it.
Meanwhile, Jake was dealing was seriously serious stuff. As the new head of B613, he was privy to all top secret files. And by top secret, that means the crazy stuff. He was always going to be seven steps ahead of the president and his number one priority was the protect the republic. (No pressure at all, Jake.)
Elsewhere in the White House, Sally (Kate Burton) and Leo (Paul Adelstein) were trying to get Hollis Doyle (Gregg Henry) on their side. During their meeting, Sally was having horrible flashbacks of killing her husband. If they are gearing up for Sally to have a nervous breakdown, Kate Burton is going to slay it.
‘Scandal’ Recap: Truths & Inevitable Consequences
James (Dan Bucatinsky) spent all of the episode worrying that Cyrus (Jeff Perry) would discover that he was Publius. James and David (Josh Molina) continued their white hat partnership while Cyrus teamed up with Charlie (George Newbern) again. The funniest thing about this whole situation — even funnier than the name “Publius” — was the fact that James believed Cyrus would try to kill him. David advised James to send the information on Daniel Douglas’s death to a reporter. Cyrus and Charlie were right on their tails and when David went to meet with the reporter, he was thrown into the trunk of a car! Thankfully, it was just Huck (Guillermo Díaz) and Abby (Darby Stanchfield) saving David’s skin once again, and they threw Charlie and Cyrus off.
Charlie really should be keeping an eye on Quinn because she was doing a better job that he was. Quinn started tailing Rowan on her own after she saw Charlie looking into him. On her way out from dinner, Olivia spotted Quinn. She asked Quinn to come home, back to OPA. Quinn said Huck didn’t want her there.
“He licked my face,” Quinn continued. Olivia tried to tell her that B613 would destroy her, but it was too late — Quinn had gone rogue. She told Olivia to get out of her car. “Get out or I’ll shoot you,” she said. (Let’s just take some deep breaths, Quinn.)
Later, Jake called Quinn into the B613 office. He wanted to get her back to OPA, but she had information that he wanted and needed. She found out Leo and Rowan were working together. Then, Fitz’s trusted Secret Service agent Tom (Brian Letscher) stopped by Jake’s. As it turned out, Tom was B613. He’s been the ears on the inside. I was so shocked by this but it makes so much sense. I love Tom so much.
Olivia called Jake to berate him for assigning Quinn to Rowan. Jake knew nothing about Quinn because he cut her from B613. This is where things got super cute between Olivia and Jake. Since they were pretend dating, Jake told Olivia to stock her fridge. “Wine is not beer and popcorn is not food,” he said. He also mentioned something about pretend sex, but that’s not important. (Okay, it is.)
Huck bought Olivia about a bazillion cups of coffee throughout the day. Eventually, Olivia asked what was up. He wanted to apologize for what happened to Quinn. “You’re mad at me and I need you to stop being mad at me,” he said. (Help. My heart is breaking.) Olivia told him he went too far with Quinn, but Huck said it was Olivia who went too far.
Huck had an epic speech about how he was a monster that Olivia had loved and trained. He said Olivia never should have given him someone to love. “Monsters eat people, Liv. It’s what we do,” he said. (I live for these speeches.)
‘Scandal’ Recap: Do Not Touch The First Ladies
After Olivia realized Andrew was covering for Mellie, Olivia went to talk to the first lady. Olivia told Mellie to end whatever was going on between her and Andrew. Mellie shut her down real quick: “When I was faced with the chance to cheat, I kept my knees closed.” (All hail, Queen Mellie.)
And Mellie was telling the truth. Way back when, Mellie and Andrew didn’t engage in anything scandalous. However, she did tell him the truth about the rape and her numbing fear that her son was actually her husband’s brother. (That was a mouthful.) Andrew became Mellie’s confidant. They almost went too far, but Mellie remembered her place as the governor’s wife. Well played, Mellie.
In the present day, Mellie and Andrew had different plans. While looking at a picture of the flawless Jackie O, Andrew asked, “What would happen if I were to kiss you right now?” Mellie tried to deflect, but there was too much longing, and they finally kissed!
Olivia and Fitz continued their talk about Jake. Olivia admitted she couldn’t spend her whole life worrying about Fitz. She needed to think about herself for a change. Fitz asked her if she had feelings for Jake and she hesitated. I’m an Olitz fan all the way, but Olivia needs to date a single guy who is not the president.
At a campaign donor dinner, Adnan introduced herself to Cyrus. She thanked him for getting her back into the states. Cyrus was concerned about being seen with a criminal. However, Adnan’s money was very interesting to Cyrus. It turned out this was a bad move by Cyrus because Adnan is actually working with Maya Pope (Khandi Alexander)!
What did you all think of tonight’s episode of Scandal? What are Adnan and Maya Pope up to? Does Olivia really have feelings for Jake? Is Quinn too far gone? Will Mellie and Andrew get really scandalous? Let me know your thoughts!
— Avery Thompson