With only three episodes left, ‘Scandal’ sure upped the ‘OMG’ moments in the April 3 episode.
Let’s be clear — these next three episodes of Scandal are going to be absolutely nuts. In the April 3 episode, relationships ended, Maya Pope (Khandi Alexander) plotted her next big move and Olivia (Kerry Washington) made a terrible, terrible mistake. Let’s handle this recap, Gladiators!
‘Scandal’ Recap: Wearing The White Coat
What a change Scandal threw at us tonight. Instead of Olivia being fierce in a white trench coat, Abby (Darby Stanchfield) was in her place! She was Olivia’s proxy for the day and Olivia was only to be summoned if the White House was burning down. Cyrus (Jeff Perry) felt bad for what Abby was about to get herself into, which was a super awkward silence between Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), Mellie (Bellamy Young) and Andrew (Jon Tenney). Fitz wanted Olivia and no one else. (Poor Abby. At least she was rocking the fierce Olivia Pope trademark coat.)
Olivia agreed to work with Rowan (Joe Morton), only if he promised not to hurt Fitz. After he agreed, they got down to business. B613 operated off the books and pretty much every taxpayer had a hand in funding B613. (Good to know.) Olivia had the information she needed.
When Olivia went to the rest of the Gladiators with the information and orders to hack into the OMB software, Huck (Guillermo Díaz) asked her where she got it. After she said Rowan, Huck left the room, telling Olivia that Rowan would betray her and he wouldn’t work for him again. Olivia wasn’t going to take no for an answer and told Huck they all had to do things they didn’t want to do.
The Grant Administration wasn’t have the best day in the campaign. Former White House aide Jeanine Locke (Samantha Sloyan) was back and about to publish a tell-all book, “Taken For Granted.” (Well played, Scandal writers.) She played the mistress like a pro to the press, even calling Fitz an “impressive” man. Abby quickly called Olivia and said the White House was up in flames. According to Olivia, someone must of bought out Olivia’s original settlement. They thought it was Leo and Sally, but it was actually Reston (Tom Amandes)! Olivia said to ignore the news and stay above the fray. More than anything else, Fitz was annoyed that Olivia sent Abby in her place. Then came one of those epic talks between Olivia and Fitz.
‘Scandal’ Recap: Love & Politics Don’t Mix
After last week’s whirlwind episode, Andrew tried to talk Mellie. He said she deserved something real — not all the lies she had with Fitz. Before any progress was made, Mellie ran away from any confrontation.
Still believing she was just the help, Olivia asked what Fitz needed. Was she going to be Fitz’s fluffer, cheerleader, mistress, nanny, etc.? Fitz said she was being petty and jealous. Olivia replied that their relationship was just a dream because of all the obstacles standing in their way.
Harrison wanted intel about Maya from a girl named Claire. She wasn’t going to jeopardize a mentor relationship with Maya just for Harrison (Columbus Short). Seriously, who would want Maya as a mentor?
While mulling in bed about her current relationship with Fitz, Jake (Scott Foley) called and said he was drunk and outside her door. She didn’t let him in. “I miss you,” Jake said. Olivia said he killed her friend. He said James wasn’t her friend, but that was just the B613 part of his brain talking. She told him to go home, but he said he didn’t have one. (Sigh.) “I asked you to save me and you said no,” Jake said. (Jake was definitely pulling on my heartstrings tonight.)
Things got ugly in the White House so Olivia made her way there. Cyrus gave her a small lecture about how she can’t just send in an amateur when her boyfriend hurts her feelings. Olivia needed to fix things fast, because Fitz was meeting with a new Vice Presidential candidate. Olivia cut the meeting off and Fitz whined that she didn’t tell him what to do. However, he didn’t want to fight with Olivia anymore. He told Olivia, “I don’t love her. I don’t want her back. I’m almost indifferent to her.” Say what you want about Fitz, but he does love Olivia. Plus, Tony Goldwyn can slay these romantic scenes. But Olivia didn’t want to hear what he wanted; she only wanted to hear what he needed — Fitz needed Andrew to stop screwing Mellie, and Olivia was going to handle it.
Olivia gave Andrew two choices: Choose Mellie or choose the Vice Presidency. If he chose Mellie, Olivia would destroy him. Olivia made it clear that Mellie ran with the big dogs and the power. Andrew was appalled at Olivia’s cutthroat behavior, and then claimed that he loved Mellie. Olivia scoffed at him and told him to choose Mellie because it would restore her faith in humanity. But she knew men like Andrew always choose power over love. Always.
‘Scandal’ Recap: Taking One For The Team
Huck discovered the algorithm to hack into B613, but the account was empty. Huck told Olivia that Rowan had played her. Rowan denied he had anything to do with it, saying he was ready to put down B613. He believed Jake had moved the account and the only way to access it was within their doors and with Jake’s password.
Olivia called a meeting between Leo (Paul Adelstein) and Cyrus. These two mortal enemies needed to gang up together to take down Reston (Tom Amandes). Abby took Leo to prison to meet Reston’s wife, who was serving her sentence for her false rape accusation. However, as all you Scandal fans know, Reston killed his wife’s lover and Leo had the file ready for her viewing.
Reston visited his incarcerated wife and she wanted to know if Reston really did murder her lover. Reston laughed at her plan to take the truth forward because no one would believe her. He told her to do exactly as he said or else. Thanks to Abby, this confession was caught on tape and Leo was very impressed.
Huck had developed a way to hack into B613’s system, but it required Olivia to use Jake. When Olivia refused, Huck threw her words back at her. So, Olivia went to Jake’s apartment ready to play. They kissed and had sex and then Olivia took one for the Gladiator team. (Poor Jake.)
Maya Pope is one force to be reckoned with. She was planning something catastrophic to take down the President. During a seemingly normal dinner between Rowan and Olivia, Maya showed up. At one point, both Rowan and Maya had knives in their hands. Maya warned Olivia that she needed to find a new line of work. Earlier, Harrison’s friend Claire got information for Harrison, but wanted immunity from Maya. However, Maya killed her to teach Olivia a lesson. Maya is absolutely nuts.
Andrew watched Mellie own the Wounded Women Warriors event. He realized she needed to continue being First Lady, even if it meant sacrificing their relationship. Plus, I think he knew she would choose the White House. Mellie wanted to continue the relationship, but Andrew cut it off.
Mellie, being Mellie, went into the Oval Office and slapped Fitz hard. “You take everything from me!” she screamed. Fitz didn’t even bat an eye.
‘Scandal’ Recap: Going Up In Flames
The Gladiator team watched over Huck, ready to take down B613. Charlie (George Newbern) and Quinn (Katie Lowes) were watching Adnan (Nazanin Boniadi), Maya and Maya’s new lover (Sebastian Roché) open up the bomb of all bombs, ready to strike whenever Jake gave the go. When Huck asked Olivia if he should take down B613, Olivia said yes.
Olivia shut down B613 and now everything is about to go up in flames.
After all connection was lost, Quinn and Charlie went into the hotel room to find Maya and her clan gone. Meanwhile, the Gladiators were celebrating.
Jake busted into OPA and grabbed Olivia’s neck and pulled a gun on everyone else! He was furious at her for taking down B613 and told her, “You just killed the President.”
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of tonight’s Scandal? Was it right for Olivia to shut down B613? How do you feel about Olivia using Jake? Do you think Maya will really kill Fitz? Let us know!
— Avery Thompson