After dealing with a presidential affair bomb and then a literal bomb, a regular ol' cheating husband scandal must feel like a breath of fresh air for Pope and Associates.
Of course, none of Olivia's cases are as cut-and-dry as they initially appear, and this one is no different with a somewhat-foreseeable twist at the end.
Not only that, but she's got a much bigger, much scarier problem to tackle: Dear old Dad. Now that he's out of the hole, Jake wants to take down Command and tries to get both Olivia and Huck on his side. But will they go against the man who "owns" them?
Picture Not Perfect
As Jake prepares to depart Olivia's apartment for his own, he warns her about her father. Olivia isn't worried, though she should be. When Jake starts to detail all the bad things Rowan and his operatives did to him in the hole, she begs him to stop. She doesn't want to be involved or to know anything.
Harrison puts out a call to the rest of the team. They have a new client, yay! Harrison even does a little victory dance. Pope and Associates have lost a lot of clients after the Olivia/Fitz affair-gate, and they need cold, hard cash.
In their tastefully-decorated home, James has pinned Cyrus down and is trying to extract a quote from his husband. Why be married to the White House Chief of Staff if you can't get some juicy scoop from him?
"Open your mouth, Cy." LOL. #Scandal can be very funny!— Yahoo TV (@YahooTV) October 25, 2013
At the gladiator offices, we meet the new client: Senator Richard Meyers, who is accused of murdering a young woman he'd been sexting using the false name "Redwood Johnson." The not-so-good senator swears that he didn't kill Desiree, who was trying to blackmail him, plus his wife Shelley is his alibi.
It's been awhile since #Scandal ripped from the headlines. Redwood Johnson may just be worse than Carlos Danger though— Yahoo TV (@YahooTV) October 25, 2013
David Rosen is prosecuting the murder trial, of course, and parades a string of young women who'd also been sexting the senator, who had publicly said Desiree was the only one. Shocker (not). Now what?
At the White House, Fitz and Mellie are watching the morning news about the Democratic primary debate featuring a very promising candidate named Josephine Marcus (guest star Lisa Kudrow). Suddenly, Fitz pales. He sees an obit for "Peter Foster," a Navy pilot. Someone from his Operation Remington past, we presume.
Foot in Mouth
With the jury already looking like they're against the senator, Liv and the gladiators go into Defcon 1 mode. They can't put Meyers on the stand since David will rip him to pieces, so they need to find someone else who might've had a motive to kill her.
"Slut shame dead girl? All aboard." - Abby. #Gladiators gotta gladiate!— Yahoo TV (@YahooTV) October 25, 2013
They discover another man who was seeing Desiree. In fact, the woman had quite a few sugar daddies on the hook. David is incensed at their tactics, and objects to the judge, but there's nothing he can do about it.
At the White House, Mellie finishes up a press conference honoring a congresswoman when a reporter asks her about Josephine Marcus. Mellie pastes on a smile and says something very diplomatic and gracious, but then goes on a private rant about the reporter, voters, and Josephine to the congresswoman. But that rant isn't so private — the congresswoman's mic was still live! Oops.
Cyrus is livid, of course. With one fell swoop, Mellie made a star out of Josephine Marcus. The First Lady rolls her eyes and promises to make a public apology.
At gladiator central, Quinn confronts Huck about the fact that he's attending AA meetings again. He rebuffs her. "Why are you worried about me?" he demands. "Friends don't follow friends. You don't fix me."
When he reaches the garage to go home, Jake surprises him. They point guns at each other. Jake wants Huck's help in taking down Command, aka Rowan, but Huck refuses.
Later, the other gladiators are prepping the senator's wife, Shelley, to give testimony when the news breaks that he's been caught sexting yet another young woman during the trial! Shelley is pissed and storms off.
Seriously, sexting when you're going through a murder trial? So not cool #Scandal— Yahoo TV (@YahooTV) October 25, 2013
A very troubled-looking Fitz inquires about Peter Foster's funeral and learns it's going to be a shabby affair. So, he puts in a call and arranges for Foster to be buried at Arlington. Then, he himself attends the service and tells Foster's sister that he was an American hero and deserved to be buried as such.
As officers perform a gun salute, Fitz looks as if he's going to start bawling. OK, seriously, what the hell happened?!
This Operation Remington mystery is killing us. Tell us MORE #Scandal— Yahoo TV (@YahooTV) October 25, 2013
The Past Is Present
Bad husband! James is pissed that Cyrus didn't clue him in about Fitz attending a Navy pilot's funeral. It could've made for a great news package! But Cy is clueless about it, too.
"Not everything I do is a scheme." - Cyrus. LOL, please #Scandal— Yahoo TV (@YahooTV) October 25, 2013
When he hears the name "Peter Foster," though, the alarms in Cy's head go off. And he runs off to meet with Rowan on the park bench. Jake is nearby, trying to listen in, and catches the name "Peter Foster" as well.
Jake shows up at Liv's office with a file on Peter Foster. As a pilot, Foster flew 86 missions but only 85 are documented. Once again, Liv refuses to get involved. But as Jake leaves, Huck sees him — and goes to look at the file himself. When he does, Huck realizes that Peter Foster was the man that Rowan had him kill.
At the White House, Mellie, Fitz, and Cyrus watch a press conference by Josephine Marcus. Cy is still mad as hell about Mellie's gaffe — not only are Josephine's numbers going up, but she's been trending on Twitter for two days!
Fitz jumps into the fray and orders Cyrus to back off, then holds Mellie's hand in sympathy. Mellie and millions of fans' eyes go very round in shock. She doesn't know what to make of it, and neither do we.
Cy lays off Mellie, but he isn't going to back off Josephine, who poses a very real threat to Fitz's reelection campaign. So he orders his aide, Tom, to dig up some dirt on the candidate.
With Shelley still missing, Liv and her team are desperate. Abby goes to David, but he sees right through her stalling tactics. David declares (again) that he's done with her. Oh, David, you're not done with her. You're not done with Abby until she's done with you!
The gladiators manage to track down Shelley, who is indulging in a big glass of wine (and who can blame her?). Liv promises to help Shelley find a great divorce lawyer — after she testifies for the senator. Shelley doesn't want to lie about what a great guy he is, and Liv says she doesn't have to.
At the trial, David grills Shelley on the stand. She affirms that Richard was with her the evening of Desiree's death. But why should the jury believe a loving wife? Well, because that wife isn't so loving anymore. Shelley declares she doesn't love Richard anymore and their marriage is over — but that he didn't kill Desiree and doesn't deserve to go to prison.
There should be a jail for cheating, lying bastards #Scandal— Yahoo TV (@YahooTV) October 25, 2013
That evening, Liv is drinking a big glass of wine herself (and who can blame her?) when there's a knock at the door. It's Jake again — but this time with Huck! They show her the file and explain that it was actually Fitz who was the pilot on Operation Remington, not Peter Foster. And yet, Peter Foster was tattooed with the Operation's code number, so it looks like he was involved. Whaaat?!
At the White House, Tom reports his findings to Cyrus, which are … nothing. Josephine is clean, he says. Oh, except for one weird time when she walked into a hospital pregnant but walked out without a baby. Cy looks like Christmas came early. You can practically see the words "Jackpot" in his eyes.
The trial is almost over; they're all waiting for a verdict. The senator is musing about whether he can save his marriage, then reveals that Shelley did lie for him. He really didn't kill Desiree, but they weren't together that night. She was ... shopping? Liv starts to put the pieces together: Shelley killed Desiree!
After Richard gets a not-guilty verdict, Liv confronts Shelley, who apparently murdered Desiree for being "the other woman" — all before finding out that there were numerous other women in her husband's life.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned #Scandal— Yahoo TV (@YahooTV) October 25, 2013
At the office, Quinn tries again to talk to Huck and he explodes at her. She's not worried about him — she's interested. It goes along with how she's becoming New Huck, how she likes torturing and maybe even killing. "Stop while you still can," Huck warns Quinn.
Meanwhile, David is at home, consoling himself over losing another case to the gladiators (really should've joined them while you could). Abby calls him; she's outside his door. No more playing games, she wants in — and he lets her.
It's wine o'clock! Liv and Jake share a bottle of red wine in her apartment. She isn't sure what to think or feel about her father, but she's scared.
Jake holds her close to his chest, and the two start kissing. They're making out, hot and heavy, when the phone rings. It's Fitz. Of course.
He sounds sad, drawn, despondent. Liv asks him what's wrong, when Jake practically yells out "More wine?" Nice move, buddy. Jake smirks at her. Fitz, having heard Jake's voice, tells her to go back to her company.
After hanging up, Fitz emerges from a car and parades down a long, creepy hallway to the office of ... Rowan! Who doesn't appear to be glad to see Fitz at all.
"This is a reunion," Fitz informs him. "One that's long overdue."
Rowan and Fitz in the same room. Chills! #Scandal— Yahoo TV (@YahooTV) October 25, 2013
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