Written by: Zahir McGhee
Directed by: Tom Verica
Aired: Thursday 27th February 2014
Last Thursday’s return of Scandal after hiatus opens its arms once more with a brand new episode that picks up right where the midseason finale left off in December 2013
Us fans of Scandal last saw Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and cast members, Columbus Short, Tony Goldwyn and many others in the episode ‘A Door Marked Exit’
A quick recap: Vice President Sally Langston (Kate Burton) called Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) to cover up the murder she committed against her husband, Daniel Douglas (Jack Coleman). Sally killed him after discovering that Daniel slept with Cyrus’ husband, James Novak (Dan Bucantisky) after admitting to Sally of his homosexuality.
Things with Olivia’s mother Maya Lewis (Khandi Alexander) didn’t go over so well she learned that her mother tricked her husband, Rowan Pope (Joe Morton) to shoot down the plane that killed 329 people.
When Olivia demands that her mother be arrested upon landing in Hong Kong she is told that the plane’s crew were killed at the hands of her mother, who phones Olivia at the end of the episode and tells her that she will “see her soon” only to find out she is calling from outside of the White House gates.
This episode sees the White House deals with a major bombshell announcement from VP Sally Langston, while Olivia finds herself in a challenging new role, furthermore, The First Lady, Mellie Grant and Olivia have a sit down where Mellie tells Olivia in a very sarcastic voice to smile because “the world is watching” the camera pans on to the window where photographers are snapping pictures.
Olivia is Fitz’s new campaign leader and is figuring out how to trouble-shoot Sally’s official press conference announcing her plans when the religious zealot throws them a curveball – she will carry on as VP as she runs against Fitz.
James has made an audio tape of the call between Sally and Cyrus, and has taken it to David Rosen – they butt heads and accomplish nothing. Carrying on from this, Fitz wants a new man named Andrew Nichols to run as new Vice President.
Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) is now head of B613 because Fitz put him in the position resulting in Rowan being vengeful and furious. For he and Olivia met in a park which started off sweet and tender, but ends up shrouded in darkness for he said that Fitz should be very afraid and that if she was smart enough she will pack up and run as far away from the White House as she can for he tells her to start grieving now for Fitz won’t make it to the end of his term.
Mellie Grant – The First Lady of Shade – is a feared lady for everyone knows not to mess with her. For she is sure throwing shade after shade at Olivia Pope. She invites Olivia to a not-so-innocent lunch with Olivia which is surrounded by hound of photographers and media – inside and out.
Mellie throws dig after dig at Olivia’s character – “I’m making a respectable woman out of you Olivia,” Shade. “I know how you love your wine,” Shade. AGAIN. Lastly, Mellie gave Olivia a list of eligible bachelors she wants Olivia to date, leaving her blindsided and virtually speechless. However, this ploy of Mellie’s didn’t work for Olivia was photographed with her sometimes-flame Jake Ballard infuriating Fitz, but Olivia says this is the only way to do her job.
While Quinn (Katie Lowes) is still in the clutches of Charlie, she kidnaps the child of a woman named Linda, who was asked to destroy Daniel Douglas’ autopsy record. Linda lies to Abby (Darby Stanchfield) and Huck (Guillermo Diaz) saying that Daniel died of a drunken head injury forcing them to leave. Quinn looks out of the window after them with a look of disappointment, shame and longing to join her friends.
At the end of the episode it was revealed that it was James that leaked the questions to the reporter about Daniel Douglas’s autopsy report using the name Publius, and David Rosen is the one he told.
Scandal returns this Thursday on the 6th with a brand new episode