‘Scandal’ took crazy, twisty good to a whole new level on the Feb. 5 episode. Olivia proved why she is and always will be the queen.
The Feb. 5 episode of Scandal had every Gladiator jaw on the floor by the time the show ended. Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) tried everything in his power to save Olivia (Kerry Washington) without pissing off Andrew (Jon Tenney), the new OPA desperately searched for clues and Mellie (Bellamy Young) and Olivia took matters into their own hands.
‘Scandal’ Recap: Fitz Vs. The World
We got an incredible Olivia-centered episode for the midseason return, but now it was time for the fallout.
Fitz wanted the CIA, FBI, NSA, Jake and Cyrus in his office ASAP to devise a plan to save Olivia. Instead, he got the shady Secret Service courtesy of Vice President Andrew. Andrew sent in his gang for “support.” Basically, they told Fitz not to do anything stupid. They were watching him at all times.
Hold up with these threats. Vice President Andrew needs to take a walk off the closest bridge.
Fitz was in a daze. He was consumed with thought over Olivia and rage over Andrew. To make matters worse, Mellie admitted that she had started sleeping with Andrew again. That is, until she learned he was also sleeping with Elizabeth.
Fitz wasn’t going to do anything in regards to West Angola military action until he got proof that Olivia was still alive. I mean, Andrew should have seen that coming a mile away. What Fitz got was a terrifying hostage video. Olivia, who looked terrified and distressed beyond belief, put up a fight. In the end, she quivered that unless Fitz declared war on West Angola, she would die.
WAIT. HOW IN THE HELL DOES THE VICE PRESIDENT HAVE THIS MUCH POWER?!
I’m finding this very hard to believe. But I believe in Shondaland more. So, there ya go.
‘Scandal’ Recap: The Reflection Seen Round The World
Elizabeth, who was sitting pretty, sweetly tucked her kid into bed. When she walked out of her daughter’s room, Huck grabbed her. HALLELUJAH! He threatened to cut open her daughter unless Elizabeth found out what happened to Olivia. When she went to Andrew, he wasn’t concerned at all.
Fitz met with Tom to ask who he could trust in the White House. The answer? No one. Tom really wanted to know how far Fitz was willing to go to save his Helen of Troy.
“Will you launch a thousand ships to save Olivia?” he asked Fitz. That’s the question, Tom!
Fitz headed to Olivia’s apartment, which was the only place he could talk safely. Jake was there waiting for him. “You need to find her,” Fitz told him.
Jake, Quinn and Huck played back Olivia’s hostage video to find any semblance of a clue. Since Olivia and Huck are twin best friend flames, he picked up on her glass of water clue. She asked for the glass of water in the video in order get Ian’s reflection!
Olivia. Is. So. Damn. Smart.
‘Scandal’ Recap: Launching A Thousand Ships
Even with Ian’s face, Jake, Quinn and Huck had nothing to go on. None of Huck’s facial recognition software picked up on Ian’s face. Huck left OPA in a hurry to take matters into his own hands.
Elizabeth went to check on her daughter and found Huck right by her side! Creepy eyed Huck was on the prowl and he was ready to “fix” Elizabeth with his toolbox.
Pray for Elizabeth, y’all.
Fitz was drinking his scotch on the terrace of the White House, so you know things were getting bad. Mellie was desperate to find out what was going on. He faked sexy time with Mellie to tell her about Olivia’s kidnapping. Fitz had started to give up hope, especially since the United States isn’t technically supposed to negotiate with terrorists.
“Don’t tell me we’ve been through all of this for a cheap screw,” Mellie said. “I love her,” Fitz said about Olivia.
“Then do what you have to do,” Mellie replied.
The next day, Fitz declared military action against West Angola.
‘Scandal’ Recap: Babysitter Or Boss?
Now that Andrew had gotten his war, Fitz wanted Olivia back. Yeah, it wasn’t going to be that easy. They still had “work to do.” Ian revealed to Olivia that this long-term gig was going to last three years. Damn.
An old lady came into OPA to look for the “Black Lady.” She was worried about Lois, who was missing. She lived next door to Olivia! OPA investigated and Huck found her ring! When Huck took a look back at the last person to log into Lois’ wifi, they found it was Dead Dead Percy! Huck discovered that Ian was one of his associates!
(Sidenote: Are we ever going to find out the significance of Olivia’s ring? Huck said she “never takes it off.” I’ve been wondering about that ring for four seasons. A gift from Fitz, perhaps?)
Elizabeth went to Mellie to confess that she had nothing to do with Olivia’s kidnapping. Olivia’s friend aka Huck had gone to town on Elizabeth’s back in his torture quest. Yikes. Mellie decided to take control of the situation. She wanted Andrew to turn Olivia over. He tried to tell Mellie that his plan meant nothing if he didn’t have Mellie’s support. They kissed.
Boy, Andrew, you’re getting so played.
Olivia was completely done with this whole kidnapping sitch. She pleaded with Ian to “sell” her on the black market. He could become the richest man in the world with her help.
“Do you want to be a babysitter or do you want to be a boss?” she asked him.
Yep, put that on my next bumper sticker.
‘Scandal’ Recap: Gone, Gone, Gone
Mellie, Fitz and Cyrus had a little meeting on the terrace of the White House. Mellie whispered into Fitz’s ear, “I took care of everything.”
Y’all, Mellie is queen. She slept with Andrew and while he was passed out, she grabbed his cell phones. She gave them to Elizabeth who handed them over to OPA.
Ian’s cell phone signal was coming from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Jake went to David Rosen to get a warrant for a “drug raid” there. When Jake and his army of men broke into the warehouse, OLIVIA WAS NOT THERE.
IAN TOOK THE FREAKING BAIT.
Fitz got a call from Olivia, but Ian took over the talking. He was selling Olivia to the highest bidder and she was going to be worth so much to his enemies.
Fortunately for OPA, Olivia was dropping bread crumbs around the world so they could track her. Olivia will always be the queen.
But prepare yourselves for next week — MAMA POPE IS BACK!
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of tonight’s Scandal? Who will buy Olivia? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
— Avery Thompson