'Scandal' recap: Fitz continues to be a tool and Jake Ballard is back!
The second episode of Scandal's season three, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," continued delving into Olivia's past, her relationship with her dad, and--I was happy to see--more Huck, played by Latino Guillermo Díaz, one of my favorite characters.
So what happened? Did Olivia get out of the mess she made last season? And what is up with B613? Read on!
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The show starts out by delving a little bit more into Olivia's background. We find out that the strained relationship with Papá Pope goes way back. Olivia used to live with Edison, that adorable Senator from last season. Later in the episode we find out they even got engaged ... well there was a hidden motive behind that engagement, as every single move that the characters make in this show have some sort of secret motive or alternate consequences. This is pretty much the premise of this whole episode. Actions are not what they seem (what better evidence of that than Oliva and Papá Pope's strained reunion which seems jovial and friendly from the outside?).
Meanwhile back at the White House, Cyrus and Mellie continue their rampage of evil and trying to bury Jeannine Locke. The plan now? Find out the dates Mellie was away from the White House and match them to dates poor Jeannine was there also, and link that somehow to trying to seduce the prez. Damn, Mellie doesn't cease to amaze me. And the depth of Cyrus's evil surprises me too. But honestly, they're two of my favorite characters, after Huck. What kind of person am I?
After faking a happy reunion with her dad, Olivia decides to make sure Jake Ballard is still alive. He saved her life, she owes him. And he's hot. To me, he's so much better than President Tool Fitz. But here's where it gets crazy: She reaches out to Fitz--to FITZ!--to ask him to make sure Jake is still alive. "For me," she tells him. Really? So one lover who just happens to be the President is going to help Olivia look for her other lover. Okaayyy... telenovela lies alert!
Hidden motives once again close out the episode: As Olivia and her team are prepping Jeannine for her very rehearsed and heavily media trained denial of the affair with the president, we find out that what Evil Mellie came to ask of Jeannine was that she admit to the affair and she'd get $2 million in a secret Cayman Islands account. She could disappear and retire. But Liv gets through to her, tells her not to live the lie, that it would destroy her. Oh, but there's no chance that Jeannine is going to go on live TV because the President himself is going in front of the White House press corps to either admit to the affair or deny it. Why? The ulterior motive: Admit to it, Jake Ballard goes free; deny it, he dies. Somehow Olivia figures this out as well and negotiates dinner with her dad, a privilege she had ended with him when she found out what he did for mysterious organization B613, in exchange for Jake's life.
So what happens? President Tool Fitz admits to an affair on live television ... to save his lover's lover's life. Tell me you understand that one. Oh and Papá Pope--who we come to find out is named Eli--gets his Sunday dinners back when he delivers a beat up dirty Jake to Olivia's door.
The intrigue for the next episodes: How is Huck going to continue to take this? He was pretty shaken up after finding out Olivia's dad heads up B613 (he and chismosa Quinn figured it out by hacking into Olivia's computer). He actually gave me a pretty good scare when he threatened to strangle Olivia after he puts two and two together. I like seeing Huck do his thing, just not against his loved ones! And is Jake good or bad? I don't know, but he seems mighty fine to me! Stay tuned!
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