The Nov. 20 winter finale of ‘Scandal’ was jaw-dropping from beginning to end. Mama Pope returned with a vengeance and a fan-favorite might be gone for good!
We need to talk about what happened on the winter finale of Scandal. No, seriously. Those final moments were CRAZY! Olivia (Kerry Washington) showed Rowan (Joe Morton) what she was really made of, Cyrus (Jeff Perry) encountered a massive scandal, Mama Pope (Khandi Alexander) made her reappearance and someone was shockingly kidnapped in the episode’s final moments!
‘Scandal’: Mommie Dearest Returns
After Olivia’s intense dinner showdown with Rowan, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Jake (Scott Foley) were determined to find him no matter what. They started searching and they found one long lost character — Mama Pope! This should be interesting.
Huck (Guillermo Diaz) was frantic to talk to Javi after he accidentally witnessed Huck killing Kubiak. He went to Javi’s house, only to be met by his former wife, Kim. She was furious with Huck for showing Javi his deadly world. Poor Huck. This guy just can’t catch a break.
Quinn broke the news to Olivia about Kubiak’s death, and added that Elizabeth (Portia de Rossi) and Andrew (Jon Tenney) were hooking up. It was as if Elizabeth heard them talking because she walked right into Pope & Associates. She knew Cyrus had bugged her phone, and even though Olivia threw Andrew in her face, she had all the details on Cyrus’ scandalous rendezvous.
Everyone gathered round to help Cyrus fix his Michael situation. Olivia came up with a nifty plan. Michael and Cyrus would get married in order to turn the sex scandal into a love story, but there was a strict contract involved. Michael agreed to the terms, but Cyrus wasn’t going for it. He had hid his sexuality for 40 years and the first man he had slept with had been the love of his life, James (RIP). He wasn’t going to hurt James and his memory by marrying a prostitute.
Oh, and now Mellie (Bellamy Young) knew about Elizabeth and Andrew. Good lord. There’s nothing like a Mellie Grant scorned. Everyone remembers that time she went on NATIONAL TELEVISION and confessed Fitz’s affair after he chose Olivia.
‘Scandal’: Decisions & Heartbreak
Rowan’s rampage of fear started to spread all over town. Jake found a kill card with his face right on it.
Jake, you in danger, boy.
This prompted Quinn to warn Charlie (George Newbern) that Rowan was tying up his B613 loose ends. During their little chit chat, Quinn and Charlie started making out. These two are just flat-out crazy and I love them all for it.
Jake brought Olivia a gun because she desperately needed one. He even taught her how to use it! It was seriously sensual between these two. He was willing to leave all this danger and drama behind so they could go back to living in the sun together.
“The sun went down a long time ago and it’s not coming back up,” Olivia told Jake.
Andrew and Elizabeth continued to hook up, and it was still gross. (No one cheats on Mellie and gets away with it.)
Cyrus made the heartbreaking decision to resign as Fitz’s Chief of Staff. The only way to help Fitz and his presidency was for him to leave. Fitz didn’t want to accept his resignation whatsoever. Cyrus walking out of the Oval ripped Fitz’s heart in half.
With the whole Cyrus debacle, Abby was subpoenaed by David! He asked where she was on March 25, and she had to give her alibi. She was at Leo’s house the entire night. Needless to say, David was devastated. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
‘Scandal’: ‘There Would Be No Olivia Pope If Not For Me’
After Quinn and Charlie latest tryst, Quinn found her kill card in Charlie’s pocket! She confronted him about the card and they went at it. She punched the lights out of him. She’s Quinn, b**ch!
Jake headed to a safe house to find Rowan, but found nothing.
That’s because Rowan was at Olivia’s apartment! He had a gun, and Olivia looked like she was afraid he was going to use it. This father and daughter had it out, let me tell you.
“You’re a sick, lonely man who only knows how to lie and calls it love,” Olivia spat at him.
This infuriated Rowan. He called Olivia “ungrateful” for all he had sacrificed for her.
“There would be no Olivia Pope if not for me,” Rowan screamed.
Shockingly, that wasn’t even Rowan going for the jugular.
“You have no comprehension of love,” Rowan said. He said that she was exactly like him, no matter how hard she tried not to be.
Olivia snatched the gun, much to Rowan’s shock and disbelief.
Then, she pulled the trigger, but the gun wasn’t loaded.
Rowan was stunned. “You will miss me when I’m gone,” Rowan told Olivia before he headed out.
Where’s that white hat, Olivia?
‘Scandal’: Ouch, Mom. That Really Hurt.
Quinn and Charlie had a brutal beatdown, but their relationship wasn’t ruined over it. They started talking about his Granny Fran, which was cute. Quinn admitted that she should have called him more, but she couldn’t get over the fact that he ruined Huck’s life. However, Charlie had a way to make it right.
Olivia thought she might have had better luck by going to see her other parent. She was desperate to know where Rowan went. “You have a PhD in his crazy,” Olivia yelled to her mother.
If you thought Rowan’s talk with Olivia was bad, think again.
“Girl, you need to move on,” Mama Pope said. “All you two do is talk about each other.”
She said that Rowan ruined Olivia. When Olivia started crying, Mama stuck a knife in her daughter’s heart. (Not literally.)
“Cry me a river, Livvie,” she finished. “Whatever.”
Then, Olivia just snapped. Hopefully for the better. Mama Pope was definitely hiding something. The pain on her face as Olivia left was brutal to watch.
Olivia immediately headed to see Cyrus as he packed up his things. It was time for some REAL TALK. She told Cyrus to pick himself up and not let this scandal ruin everything he’d worked for.
“The Cyrus Beene I know doesn’t hide in the closet and wet his pants like a b***h baby,” Olivia yelled.
She wanted to know what Cyrus was really made of. “I run this country,” he replied. “I’m nobody’s b***h baby!”
That’s right, Cy! You the man! Later, he went on air with Michael to talk about his engagement and got his job back. Scandal resolved!
‘Scandal’: Where In The World Is [SPOILER]?
After solving everyone else’s problems but her own, Olivia went to see Fitz. She found Abby and Cyrus celebrating with him and didn’t want to interrupt.
WHAT?! No Olitz moment in the winter finale?! Blasphemy!
Andrew came to see Fitz in the office right at the moment that everything started to come together for Quinn and Huck. They realized Andrew knew the explosion was coming. He was involved with Winslow, who helped manage West Angola’s assets. They were planning this war the whole time. The only thing that didn’t make sense were the pictures of Olivia.
Jake stopped by Olivia’s to talk about Rowan, but Olivia was not about that life. She just wanted to dance. And that’s just what she did. Jake joined in and these two became cuter than I could have ever imagined.
“Man, do I love you,” Jake told Olivia. (Swoon.)
Olivia wasn’t willing to choose between Jake and Fitz. She chose herself. That’s the Olivia Pope way!
“I want Vermont with Fitz, but I also want the sun with you,” she said.
Jake and Olivia kissed and were ready to have sex on top of the piano. Jake went to grab a pillow and found Olivia gone.
She spilled her wine, so you know things got real. Olivia was KIDNAPPED!
Meanwhile, Andrew taunted Fitz by asking him what he couldn’t live without. That’s when Fitz realized Andrew had done something to Olivia. Oh lord. Fitz is going to go to the ends of the earth to rescue Olivia. I’m going to be anxiously waiting until season four’s return to watch it all go down.
5 ‘Scandal’ Notes Worth Mentioning:
1. Quinn used Kubiak’s severed finger to find her way into Winslow’s law firm. Just gross.
2. Mellie admitted to Elizabeth that they were both screwing Andrew. Mellie’s southern twang was out, so you knew she was mad. Watch out, Liz.
3. Huck finally got his opportunity to explain everything to Kim. He left all the documents about him at her doorstep.
4. Since this is my recap, I am very angry over the fact that we got not one Olitz scene in this episode! Why must I wait so long for these two to reunite?
5. There was a serious lack of Mellie in the midseason finale. I did not like it one bit.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Scandal’s mid-season finale? Where did Andrew take Olivia? Who will rescue her? Let us know!
— Avery Thompson