For those of us over any story line involving Rowan (Joe Morton), this is not our week.
Let’s bitch it out…
U.S. Attorney’s Office vs. B613
David (Joshua Malina) and his bevy of B613 agents, Quinn (Katie Lowes), Huck (Guillermo Diaz) and Charlie (George Newbern) are ready to take down the organization. However, Jake (Scott Foley) didn’t get the White Hat memo and is refusing to participate. In fact, he tells them to shut it down. The team instead decides to round up other agents that worked with Jake in order to take him down with B613. Together, they all killed a lot of people (but some don’t really count, cause “bombings are cheating.”)
Of course, Jake finds this out because he bugged David’s office. Quinn, Charlie and Huck lose some major street cred for not checking for bugs. Isn’t that Spy 101?!? David and Team put up the agents-turned-witnesses at a safe house and when Charlie shows up, all three witnesses are slaughtered with Jake standing in the living room. Jake has officially gone off the deep end. Next step: threaten Liv (Kerry Washington)! That’s the last straw before the team realizes they need to stop proceeding with the case in order to protect her.
As David and his assistant Holly are in the parking garage leaving work, Jake approaches them gun raised. Wait, what’s this? Jake didn’t kill everyone, he was bugging David because he’s tracking Holly aka the B613 agent who murdered the witnesses and was about to kill David. That is, before Jake put a bullet in her brain. Here David, take this hankie and wipe the blood off your face. The fact that Jake was secretly wearing his white hat didn’t surprise me (#TeamJake doesn’t give up so easily), but Holly sure did.
The best part of this storyline is finding out that Jake had included Liv in his plans all along. I’m so sick of people on TV shows keeping secrets for asinine reasons that make everything more complicated than needed.
First step of becoming a Senatorial candidate? Vetting your family. Enter Mellie’s (Bellamy Young) sister – I’m sorry, “half-sister” – Harmony (Lauren Bowles from True Blood). The bitterness runs deep between FLOTUS and her bacon-fat soap-making sister. In part due to Harmony’s (Harmony!) “homewrecking whore” of a mother.
While the plot doesn’t have much meat to it, it does give us more of everyone’s favourite new BFF duo: Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Mellie. Fitz asks Mellie how she plans to handle the entire country when she can’t even handle her relationship with her own sister. Mellie reminds him that that’s his job now, HE’S the spouse that should be ready with soothing words or an anecdote to cut the tension. Instead of balking at that new position, he embraces it. Fitz tells Harmony that Mellie is so cold to her because she’s jealous, and the girls seal their truce with a hug (albeit a super awkward one).
e o’ the Week
Congressman Reed (Jordan Belfi) pulls Liv away from a booty call to ask for her help. Years ago, his dad is convicted of killing a man and is now close to being executed. Reed’s daughter committed suicide after being seduced by her high school teacher, the man the father has confessed to killing. His Congressman son is convinced he is innocent. After visiting him in prison, Liv is convinced too and takes the case. After some poking around, OPA discovers that the victim’s ex-wife, who conveniently died a few months prior, had the smoking gun hidden in her basement. Liv’s BS-meter goes off when she discovers the gun is in mint-condition and couldn’t have been in that basement for 15 years. In a pretty straight-forward plot twist (yawn) we discover the dad is protecting his own son and the Congressman planted the gun to get his dad off death row.
In the end, the Congressman confesses to the murder and his dad goes free.
After an exhausting week, Liv is back at her apartment when there’s a knock at her door. Her booty call is there with…her father!
- So is Liv’s two-night stand working with Rowan, or did they just have an awkward meet-cute in Liv’s hallway?
- What is going on with Mellie’s hair?
- Has everyone forgotten that Huck slashed Lena Dunham’s throat a few weeks ago? Because…I can’t.
- I’m no spy expert, but shouldn’t you scatter your witnesses in various safe houses to maximize their chances of not being found? Also, they’re B613 agents. Shouldn’t they be able to handle their own business? One of them killed 37 people (but then again, “bombings are cheating”)
- Huck: “Do you wanna know what I would have done if that was my kid?” Liv and Quinn: “NO!”
What did you think of the episode? Are you glad to have Rowan back? Are you glad Jake’s still “good” (well, relatively…for a contract killer)? Do you want to meet more of Mellie’s family? Sound off below!
Scandal takes a two week break and returns Thursday, April 16 at 10pm EST on ABC. When we return, Papa Pope takes center stage <le sigh>