The March 5 episode of ‘Scandal’ was one of the show’s most powerful to date. Plus, a new Vice President was chosen to replace the no good Andrew!
Scandal upped the ante big time after a two week break on the March 5 episode. Olivia (Kerry Washington) attempted to negotiate with a father who’d just lost his son at the hands of a police officer, Jake (Scott Foley) worried incessantly about Olivia and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) chose a new Vice President!
‘Scandal’ Recap: Don’t Back Down
Naturally, after episodes of being held hostage by a group of crazy people who wanted to sell her to the enemies of the United States, Jake was worried about Olivia. Despite her telling him that she was fine, he wasn’t buying it. Olivia wasn’t at the talking stage yet and wanted him to leave her be.
Olivia is never in the talking stage. With Fitz, Jake or anyone. She fibbed big time and headed to the crime scene of a dead black teenager who was killed by a white police officer. Given the similarities with the Ferguson case, this struck a powerful chord. The kid’s father showed up with a gun. Olivia pleaded with the officers to let her handle him.
Our favorite girl put her master negotiating skills to the test. The father wouldn’t hand over the gun until he talked to the officer who killed his son. This was going to be one of Olivia’s toughest cases to date.
Meanwhile, Fitz, Cyrus and David were discussing the idea of Andrew’s vice president replacement since he was technically a vegetable now. Fitz was 100% done with his vice president’s trying to overthrow him. He wanted someone safe. Boring. Someone who wouldn’t be competition when Mellie decided to run for President. Fitz had promised her she’d be next. Bless.
Olivia had some competition in Marcus Walker, an activist from the neighborhood. He started questioning Olivia’s motives, and Olivia didn’t like that one bit. Marcus told Clarence not to trust Olivia and to not back down. Marcus gave Clarence a lawn chair which he placed over his dead son. Clarence sat there and waited for answers.
‘Scandal’ Recap: Complete & Total Fear
Olivia went to the cop who killed Brandon to get some answers. (Hello there, Michael Welch aka Mike from Twilight!) The cop said he only fired his weapon because he feared for his life. Jeffrey Newton, the name of the cop, was cleverly released to the media by Marcus.
After learning that the cops were going to use tear gas on the rioters, Olivia decided she was no longer on the side of the law anyone. She stepped into the crowd and fought for Brandon Walker’s justice. Olivia went to David again to ask for the surveillance tape of the shooting. She started flipping out on him, and David noticed she was exhausted.
She told David how she lived in “complete and total fear” while she was kept hostage. “Imagine feeling like that every single day of your life,” she continued. Olivia got the surveillance tape, which showed Brandon pulling out what seemed to be a knife. Clarence was adamant that Brandon did not carry a knife. He wasn’t that type of kid. The situation escalated as Clarence pulled his shotgun on Marcus and Olivia.
‘Scandal’ Recap: [SPOILER] Replaces Andrew As Vice President
Fitz and Cyrus entertained new vice president candidates. Cyrus brought up the governor of New Mexico. She was a woman and minority. For Cyrus, it was a win-win. Mellie was not pleased that Mendez was being considered. “I prostituted myself so you could get your mistress back,” Mellie seethed. She made a deal with Fitz, and she wouldn’t rest until he made right on it.
Fortunately for Mellie, someone had leaked dirt on Mendez. Cyrus was furious over it and pointed his fingers at Mellie. But it was actually Fitz! My main Scandal guy (sorry, Jake) was fully on Team Mellie.
Mellie wanted Susan Ross, the girl who Olivia did a complete makeover on a few episodes back, as the new VP. When Mellie and Fitz sat her down to discuss the big new role, she didn’t believe it at first. She thought she’d be a terrible choice and being President would be the worst job in the entire world. After some convincing, it was pretty clear she was going to take the slot.
Mellie, you better watch yourself. Susan Ross is a real winner.
Over at OPA, Jake was furious with Huck and Quinn for letting Olivia get involved in the case. As they continued their digging, Huck and Quinn found something off with the surveillance video. Newton had made an arrest an hour before the shooting. The suspect had a knife, and it was now missing.
Olivia confronted Newton about the video. He let the suspect go in order to keep his silence. Newton had planted the knife on Brandon. Newton went on a rage-filled rant about how kids in that neighborhood had no idea what loyalty meant. The kids were raised to question and disobey the law. “His blood is not on my hands,” Newton screamed. But it was.
What an insanely powerful monologue from Michael Welch. I had chills running up my arms. It was a moving scene that reached far beyond the world of Shondaland. Snaps to the Scandal team.
Olivia went to Clarence with an explanation. When he was shot, Brandon was pulling out a receipt for his new cell phone. He was not pulling out a knife. They walked away, and Olivia took him to the White House. Olivia left Clarence alone with Fitz to mourn the death of his son.
Bravo to Shonda and Scandal writers for one of the most poignant episodes we’ve seen all year. Also, can Marcus stay? I think he’d make a great new Gladiator.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of tonight’s Scandal? Do you think Susan Ross is a good choice for Vice President? Will she eventually give Mellie a run for her money? Let me know!
— Avery Thompson