Scandal Recap: Everyone Is Trying to Spin the News About Their Sidepiece

This was a bloody episode.

Last night’s episode taught us two very important lessons. First, make sure you choose who you commit adultery with wisely. And don’t mess with a former secret government agent who’s got a couple billion dollars in the bank.

That former secret agent is Huck and the $2 billion-plus he has came from his time in B-613, money that was siphoned as part of his duty to the organization.

When we left off last week, Liv was on a plane with head kidnapper Ian headed to who-knows-where, preparing to be auctioned off to the highest bidder; someone presumably with sights set on blackmailing Fitz by holding her hostage. But despite his stellar hacking abilities, Huck can’t find the auction on the “dark net.” They need their own terrorist in the know to get in on the action.

Hmm… who’s a terrorist that they can tap for some help. Why, Mama Pope!

So Huck and Jake take a trip to the underground prison where she’s being held with AG David Rosen in tow. In exchange for access to a television, she’s going to hook them up with a drug dealer who can access the auction. Oh, but there’s one more catch: Huck has to kill three guys to ensure this dealer’s participation.

At this point, we should note that there was a violence warning for this episode. We then get another warning from Shonda Rhimes herself.   

And boy did we need it. He doesn’t just kill these guys. He’s covered the entire apartment in blood. Jake, who’s accompanied Huck on this mission, comes into the apartment where the three targets were because Huck’s taking so long and after the initial shock, he ends up beheading one of the guys for proof that the deed is done.

Let’s take a breather from that madness and go to another kind of madness.

VP Andrew is now facing off with Cyrus who is demanding his resignation. The idea is Andrew can resign and walk away or the word gets out that he staged the terrorist attack that started the war with West Angola and go to jail. But the Veep isn’t going down without a fight.

“You know, going to war for your sidepiece makes you a criminal,” VP Nichols says, throwing Fitz’s declaration of war on Olivia’s behalf in Cyrus’ face. Hmm. This is true. But Cyrus is resourceful and Fitz is determined to have proof of the VP’s shenanigans.

So Cyrus heads over to Lizzy Bear’s office just as she seems to be packing up to high tail it out of town. Cyrus has her on “a dozen watch lists” and she’s not going anywhere. “You will be my bitch until the end of time,” he says. Boy, Lizzy’s fortunes have really turned these past couple of weeks.

Seeing that he’s about to go down, Andrew pays a visit to his sidepiece, First Lady Mellie. He threatens to go public with their affair if the President presses forward with his plan. “He chose you because he thought you’d be loyal,” says Mellie. “That’s probably why he chose you,” says Andrew. Hmm. This is also true.

This leads to one of the most interesting exchanges we’ve ever seen between Mellie and Fitz. So we already know that they’re well aware of their respective infidelities.

“We sleep better when she’s lying between us,” Mellie says of Liv, happy that she’s meant to soon be free.

Now that we’ve thrown those niceties out the window, there’s nothing but real talk between them, and a certain amount of strange respect for each others’ feelings.