Scandal Recap: Who Will Have Their Chance to Stand in the Sun?

How many PRs out there have had to choose between a friend and a client?

Last night’s episode opened where we left off: caught in the middle of a juicy love triangle between Jake (Capt. Ballard if you’re nasty… that means you Fitz), the president and Olivia in the secret prison bunker. Jake wants Fitz to shut up, wants to kill Rowan and wants to talk to his “girlfriend,” that last one mostly so he can rub Fitz’s face in the fact that they were on the island together. He even shares their little catchphrase: “Standing in the sun.” So romantical.

Ultimately, they’re really on the same side versus Papa Pope, so they decide it’s best to put some of this drama aside. At least for the time being.

“No hard feelings?” asks Fitz.

“No hard feelings,” replies Jake.

There are definitely hard feelings.

For his part, Papa Pope is not happy about this little soap opera that’s playing out between the three of them. Mostly because it looks like Olivia chooses her lovers over him. During a phone call to Liv, he’s taken to calling Fitz & Jake “these boys” and reminds her that they’re not family. He had to go to dinner all by his lonesome because she ditched him.

“You’ll always have a place as my table… I will always be there for you. So… dinner?” Oh Papa Pope. You get the sense that he really wants some semblance of a relationship with his daughter. Or at least you got that sense before he went absolutely B613 on everybody.

Back at the bunker, there’s the question of arresting Rowan. Jake wants to go in himself, arguing that he knows the layout of the B613 HQ and has a read on Rowan. But Fitz is the president. “We’re doing this my way,” he says, insisting on highly-trained officers. After continued squabbling between the “boys” — Rowan’s not just going to chase after the next shiny thing and get caught, is he? — Liv jumps in with an idea. She gets on the phone, crying to Rowan. “They just want to fight. They just want to win… I don’t want to be angry at you anymore,” she whimpers. They agree on dinner.

“I am the shiny thing,” Liv says. Fair enough.

But we all know Rowan is a sly fox. At that dinner, one gets the feeling Rowan’s speech might indicate he knows something, maybe huh?

“I never put my job before you… All that I’ve done is because of you,” he says. And then then jig is up. Snipers surrounding the restaurant start dropping like flies.

“You have forsaken me… Those people are not your people and you will never be one of them,” he says in the calmest voice we’ve ever heard from Papa Pope. “You think the world is so terrible with me in it? Wait til you see what it’s like without me.” Then he saunters right on out the restaurant and into a waiting car and drives off gangsta style.

At the same time, this arrest attempt was supposed to be successfully executed, David Rosen was at his office preparing to go through the B613 files he’s been hanging on to. Prior to this disaster of a plan was put in motion, Jake told the Fitz and Liv he had these files and wanted David to use them to prosecute Rowan discreetly. As Rowan rolls up the tinted window on his getaway car, we flash to David and the piles and piles of blank paper that his files have turned out to be.