'Scandal' recap: Olivia has a brush with death & Mellie calls it what it is!
Season 3's third episode of Scandal was a true nail-biting one, the first one this season that didn't completely focus on Olivia and President Fitz's annoying relationship. "Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington" places Olivia in the middle of a crazy hostage suicide bomber situation and delves a little more into what Mellie thinks of President Fitz, her hubby. Oh, Mellie is so evil, but I'm loving it. Read on to find out the play-by-play of tonight's episode of Scandal!
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Jake Ballard is back! Please note that his and Olivia's intimate "Hi" is the same as her intimate saludo with the President, her lover. More on this later!
New client Mary Nesbitt introduces herself to the Gladiators and Olivia and then rushes out to a "meeting on the hill." We get to time to find out what she's seeking help about because there's a rich fake family photo op planning scene between Cyrus, President Fitz, Mellie and their poor little baby.
Back to Mary: The new client has made her way to Congressman Struthers' office and, bomb strapped to her body, demands answers about her FBI son Chris Lawrence's death. "You could have prevented this!" she screams at the Congressman Duck Struthers, as Olivia walks right into the middle of the ordeal. "The FBI shot Chris because he was guilty," the Congressman screams. The distraught mom just wants the truth, even if it means taking some hostages in the most heavily guarded city, in the most heavily guarded building in the Universe.
Meanwhile, Huck is set on killing Command, aka Daddy Pope, who is now dealing with a mysterious "Remington" problem, which all we know about is that it involves some White House intruder, and--SURPRISE!--Cyrus. But more on that later...
As the hostage situation intensifies, Olivia manages to get Mary to release six hostages. After some tense moments where Mary almost gets shot (and Olivia has to stand at the window to get the President's attention), the truth seems to be hard to come by, not even Olivia dealing directly with Fitz can get it.
The truth? After some failed attempts to get Chris Lawrence's file, an FBI agent suspiciously materializes from the crowd to show Harrison a video of Chris as a recruiter for a terrorist organization. She tells him that's what they don't want to show his poor mom for fear it would break her heart. Riiiight, something is not adding up here.
David Rosen saves the day ... again: Abby finally gets her former flame to help. And who does he go to? Cyrus. "That's above your pay grade, way above," cynical Cyrus tells David and unceremoniously ushers him out of his office. But David Rosen has a little more up his sleeve, a little more dirt, the only thing that works with Cyrus. Turns out he had actually uncovered a conspiracy of sorts by looking into the personnel files at the FBI.
The truth, broken down: It has to be the president who breaks it to Olivia: Mary's son Chris was not a terrorist, he was actually a CIA agent buried so deeply underground into Al-Qeida that there was no turning back. He was a recruiter, but for other CIA agents, 57 of them, to be exact. In order to protect those 57 agents, Chris' true identity, the fact that he was a national hero, could not be revealed. Instead, his mom and the world had to be told he was a terrorist after the FBI killed him thinking he was actually a terrorist. It's up to Olivia to tell his mom the lie that the government maintains ... and for a brief moment we think Olivia might actually tell her the truth. But she doesn't. Mom Mary breaks down at hearing that her son was indeed a terrorist and the hostage situation is over. Until she pushes Olivia out of the room, shuts the door, and blows herself up. It must have been too much to take ... and deep down inside, I'm sure she knew they were all still lying.
Best part of the episode, hands down: Awesome drunk Mellie TOTALLY gives it to President Fitz after he mocks her that she didn't get what she wanted when Olivia didn't blow up and die. Oh Mellie's not upset Olivia didn't die. Oh no, she's thrilled. If she had been killed, she can't even imagine the level of martyrdom, adoration "Saint Olivia" would get from her husband, from the nation, from the world. "As long as she's still alive, well, she's your flaw, your Achilles heel, which makes her my weapon," Mellie tells him. She calls him, "My puppet husband." SO TRUE! "So cheers, baby, drink up! I live to fight another day!"
Huck is still owned by Command: Amazingly Huck didn't kill Daddy Pope, the cause of all his misfortune, torture, the loss of his family. "Even after all that time, he owns me," he sobs to Olivia. It's like Daddy Pope has Huck trained, hypnotized: After Daddy Pope tells him, he just goes in and does his B6-13 best on the mysterious White House intruder with the "Remington" problem. More to come on this later in the season I'm sure...
Back to Jake! Olivia finally gets to ask Jake Ballard about how it is that Daddy Pope let him free when he never lets anyone go. "He controls everything," Olivia herself says. I'm sure Liv will find out about that backroom deal President Tool (or maybe President Puppet, in Mellie's words) and B6-13 had. And as she well knows and Jake realizes in the last somber moments of this episode, if Jake is out it's for some other more sinister reason. AH! Stay tuned!
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