‘Scandal’ definitely upped its OMG factor on the March 13 episode — so much so that two characters’ lives are in the balance!
The March 13 episode of Scandal was absolutely bonkers. More secrets were uncovered, the reelection campaign got underway, and two characters might be dead! Let’s get to it!
‘Scandal’: Jake Shoots David Or James
In order to get to this dire conclusion, let’s go back to the beginning of the episode. Trust me, you need to prepare yourself.
If you didn’t already know, Sally Langston (Kate Burton) has officially lost her mind. Killing her husband has brought out the crazy in Madame Vice President. If you’re still unsure of her sanity, I’ll just leave you with this Sally quote without context: “Time for the slaughter, piggy-piggy.” And in his quest to be rid of Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), Rowan (Joe Morton) hopped on the Sally for President bandwagon and he wanted to be sure he’d get what he paid for.
Everything was gearing up for the first debate of the presidential campaign. During a practice round, Fitz had to battle faux-Sally Langston, played by Mellie (Bellamy Young). Fitz did pretty well in practice, but Mellie looked amazing up at the podium.
Over in white-hat territory, David (Joshua Malina) tried to tell Olivia (Kerry Washington) that Cyrus (Jeff Perry) was working with Sally. Olivia said there was no way, because Sally and Cyrus hate one another. She believed that if Cyrus needed to cover up a murder, he’d call her. After the meeting with David, Olivia stopped by Cyrus’s to let him know she knows all about the murder. Olivia also made the point that the upcoming debate between Fitz, Sally and Gov. Reston (Tom Amandes) was Murderer’s Row. In the perfect response, Cyrus said, “Nobody’s perfect.” Olivia wasn’t going to help Cyrus with this one since Defiance nearly ruined her.
In order to keep Quinn (Katie Lowes) safe, Jake (Scott Foley) put her to work for the cover company, Acme Limited. She would be selling paper and no killing or B613 work would be allowed. (Detention for B613, basically.)
‘Scandal’ Recap: Save Me
After learning all about the murder cover-up, Olivia headed to Jake’s for a safe night in. She just wanted to be normal, and to not be concerned with all the drama in Washington. Jake said they could run away and disappear. “Run away with me, Liv. Save me,” Jake pleaded. He also admitted that if Olivia got drunk, things might get frisky. Olivia told Jake to “take advantage” of her and they kissed, among other things. Even with being Command, Jake is still the safest option for Olivia.
In terms of being saved, that’s all Sally wanted. She told Leo (Paul Adelstein) that she confessed to the Reverend about the murder. She wanted to confess to the world so God would speak to her again. Leo bolted over to Cyrus’s office to tell him to call off the debate. In a nutshell, Leo told Cyrus, “If this debate happens, you are going to jail.” Enough said for Cyrus. Cyrus called Charlie (George Newbern) and asked him to “take care” of Sally, but Jake had put the kibosh on freelance killing gigs.
Since he may or may not be going to jail, Cyrus told James that he loved him. James (Dan Bucatinsky) realized that Cyrus knew the balls were rolling, and he and David had to do something. It wasn’t just for justice, but for his own life. Cyrus then met up with Jake to ask him to kill Sally. Jake boldly told Cyrus that his job was not to protect the president, but the republic. Cyrus wasn’t going to have that. Letting Sally live puts the republic in jeopardy. She had to be taken care of.
Cyrus also went to Olivia to have her cancel the debate. Olivia didn’t want to be involved, at all. Cyrus admitted he messed up. He said he’d take it all back if he could. (Lies.) He told her to come see what he was dealing with (i.e. Sally). When Olivia visited Sally, she talked all about Jesus and compared her situation with his. Olivia was convinced. So convinced that she told Fitz about the murder and Cyrus and Mellie’s involvement and told him to throw the debate!
‘Scandal’ Recap: #PrayForEveryone
Settling in quite nicely to his Command role, Jake ordered Quinn to break in to Olivia’s office and find the information on the Daniel Douglas murder. Upon receiving the information, Jake called Tom (Brian Letscher) for a new task. He told Tom to look for signs for when Sally was about to confess during the debate. If she did, then shoot her on the spot. WHAT?!
Before the debate, Sally was on her knees praying. The Vice President had Leo and Cyrus just shaking in their boots. Olivia still pressed Fitz to throw the debate, but he didn’t budge. When Sally looked her most vulnerable, Fitz started tempting her by bringing up her late husband. (Nicely done, Fitz.)
Fitz seemed to know something was up, because before Sally was about to confess, he intervened. Wrong move, Fitz. He basically turned back on the sane switch in Sally’s brain, or she was just faking the whole time. After that, she dominated the debate. Sally is back!
Olivia is one confused lady. After making out with Jake one night, she’s with Fitz the next. She wanted to stop pretending with Fitz. “Let’s just be here,” she said. They kissed passionately in the Oval Office for all to see. No big deal.
After the debate, Cyrus started hearing a buzzing noise in his office. The buzzing noise? Yeah, it was the recording device James had installed. Cyrus put the puzzle together that James was Publius. However, Cyrus said it was right of James to lie to him.
James went to David to call off their partnership. Forever wearing the white hat, David couldn’t let this go. He was meeting with two women to put the finishing touches on his case. But before anything else could happen, Jake shot both women point blank! Then, he turned the gun on David and James and pulled the trigger on one of them!
Why does Scandal always leave me hanging like this?! My anxiety level is through the roof. And I have to wait a whole week before I get answers!
What did you think of tonight’s episode of Scandal? Who do you think Jake shot? Was Sally faking the whole time? Let us know!
— Avery Thompson