Scandal Was Doing Too Much This week
From the risqué title to the dramatic final closing scenes, this week’s episode came close to doing way too much. For those of you who do not know what a fluffer is, Google it, because this is a PG blog and I am not going there. And as if that title was not pushing it far enough, the President’s fake mistress returns with a tell all book describing the Presidential package. Olivia handles Andrew who kicks Mells to the curb, Abby & Leo take down Governor Reston, Mamma Pope and Eli almost get to scrapping in public, and Jake goes ballistic after getting played by Olivia yet again.
After the Grant family interview last week, Olivia is stepping back from the White House and sends Abby over to run the campaign meeting. Abby was so proud of herself wearing one of Olivia’s old coats armed with lots of polls and data, but none of them is having it. Realizing that Olivia is not attending the meeting, Fitz walks out followed by Mellie and Andrew without so much as a “good day madam.” The king of shade is back in rare form and insists on calling her “Gabby” which sticks, and he compliments her on the coat before leaving.
Olivia is meeting with her father to lock down the source of B613 funds and asks him to promise not to hurt Fitz, but the only thing that he is going to promise her is another epic read since she can’t seem to get it together. Daddy Pope is not completely evil, so he promises that he won’t hurt a hair on the boy President’s head -it’s the rest of him that they need to be worried about. It turns out that B613 has a secret account that they used to siphon money from all the other federal agencies. Huck is angry when he learns that the she got the info from her dad and refuses to help her hack into the account, but she tells him that he works for her and they all do things that they do not want to do. This will come back to bite her later when they need to get to Jake’s phone.
The Return of the Fake Mistress and Shady Cyrus
Jeanine Locke, the former staffer who they paid off to pretend to be Fitz’ mistress, is back with a book about her fictional time as the Presidential mistress. She made up a whole story about the affair and alludes to his bedroom prowess and his “baguette.” Just tacky. They suspect that Sally is behind it and Cyrus decides to leak the the story of Sally’s teenage daughter getting a secret abortion which backfires because it makes her more sympathetic to female voters. Olivia tears into him for causing this problem and he replies “You can’t just lie down on the job and send some amateur in here because your boyfriend was mean to you.” Oh Cyrus, how I’ve missed your shady takedowns.
Fitz throws a tantrum over Liv sending Abby to the White House and wants to remove Andrew from the ticket because he is not trying to run with Mellie’s boo thang. She tells him that it would be a bad move to dump him now and asks him what else he needed in a very cold way since she is still feeling like the help. Fitz picks up on her tone and repeats her question and she launches into a tirade asking him about what services she would be required to provide for him today “Am I here to stroke your ego, am I your cheerleader? Am I here to wipe your tears…maybe I am here to make you feel hot and manly and ready so that you are not jealous of your wife’s boyfriend? Am I your fluffer today Fitz?” He replies that he is not the bad guy and tells her that she wants it to be easy but it is not. He also tells her that she was being disgusting, but I think he was into it.
Jake sends Charlie and Quinn to take over the surveillance of Mamma Pope who was getting her swerve on with some criminal type dude who is going to bring her flowers. So that is what the kids are calling it these days. Harrison approaches Claire, one of Marie’s operatives, trying to figure out where she is and what she is planning, but Claire is like nope I’m trying to learn from the master thug. Charlie starts questioning Quinn again about her loyalty and asks her if she can be faithful to him and B613. Ole needy & jealous self.
Jake Channels Lennny Williams
A drunk and lonely Jake shows up at Olivia’s door in the middle of the night demanding that she let him in. They might as well have been playing Lenny Williams’ “Cause I Love You” in the background because ole dude was pouring out his heart talking about how he asked her save him and she said no. Sigh. This man is turning into a stalker, and she later capitalizes on the fact that he still loves her by going over to his place and giving up the goodies to gain access to his cell phone. Huck has something that can turn the phone into a transmitter giving them access to all of B613’s network infrastructure, but the device must be attached to Command’s phone for 30 seconds. I guess a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, but I was so worried that Jake was going to catch her with his phone!
Fitz is still trying to replace Andrew on the ticket but Liv tells him that it’s impossible, so she decides to have a chat with Andy to tell him that he can either be vice president or keep creeping with Mellie. Olivia warns him that if he chooses Mellie, she will ruin him and Mellie will leave him because Mellie likes to stomp with the big dawgs. “Screw Mellie or be VP. It’s your choice.” Andrew says that he loves her. Olivia was not impressed and tells him that he has 24 hours to decide but it’s been her experience that men like him will choose power over love every time.
Abby & Leo Take Down Gov. Reston
Abby and Leo are dispatched to leak Governor Reston’s file to who his wife who is in prison for falsely claiming that she was being raped when her husband walked in on her and her sidepiece. She did not realize that the Gov. knew what was up and used that as an excuse to kill the man and get away with it while Mrs. Reston rots in prison. His wife asks if he knew that the man was her lover, and he told her that she better keep quiet before he has her committed to a mental hospital. He didn’t know that he was being filmed or that the video would soon be posted online by Abby. He just got Poped.
Olivia is at a restaurant with her father when mama Pope strolls in and helps herself to a glass of wine. Oh she is not there for a family reunion, she has come with a warning for Liv to find a new line of work because what she is doing is liable to get her murked. Daddy Pope was so mad that he reached for a knife and Marie dares him to try it, and he doesn’t. I think Daddy Pope met his match. Harrison calls during this awkward dinner to say that the Claire is dead. Speaking of Harrison, how are they going to NOT address him getting stabbed in the neck with a needle last week? We didn’t forget! Olivia tells him to get back to the office and calls her mother a monster which she probably took as a compliment.
Mellie Goes all Ike Turner on Fitz
Mellie does really well at the Warrior Women campaign event and is so excited that she finds Andrew at the White House and asks him if he wanted to “talk.” Boom Chicka Wa Wa. He was all like, nope, I’m good, and she realizes that Fitz shut it down because earlier Andrew was professing his love and begging her to love him back. She walks into Fitz’ office during a meeting and slaps the dog crap out of him and yells “You take everything from me!” Homegirl leaned into that slap and unleashed the fury of three years of public humiliation. Cyrus tries to clear the room, but Mellie tells them stay and icily warns Fitz “You just keep being the President.” They are going to drive ole Mells back to the hooch just when she thought she had her groove back. He better sleep with one eye open in Teddy’s room.
Huck manages to break the code to gain access to B613’s network and blows it up, and they make the mistake of being too proud of themselves toasting and making speeches. Just as they are feeling really pleased with themselves, Jake bursts in with a gun, slams our girl against the wall and chokes her. It turns out that Marie’s suitor delivered a bomb -the Mona Lisa of Boom according to Charlie. Quinn wanted to move in right away but Jake tells her to wait, and then they lose all communications because the network was shut down before Jake gave them permission to move. Quinn decides to go anyway, but Marie is gone by the time they get to the hotel. “At least know we know whose side you’re on,” Charlie whines. It did not take Jake long to figure out what happened to B613’s network, and he told Olivia that she just killed the President.
For all the action crammed into this episode, I was actually bored for the first half. I am sick of Fitz’ tantrums and whiny speeches – he never wants to accept blame for anything. I am also tired of Olivia crying about Vermont and Jam — it’s never going to happen. Get over it. I really do not like the way they have her playing Jake and whoring herself out just to get what she needs. Surely there had to be another way to get access to his phone.
I think Daddy Pope and Marie may be in cahoots because they both have the same objective -to get rid of Fitz. There is bad blood there but you know Marie is gangsta enough to overlook her personal feelings to get what she wants. And then she’ll kill him or die trying.
Charlie is going to kill Quinn. He keeps on questioning her about her loyalty to Olivia, and I have a feeling that he knows about her and Huck slobbing each other down, and he is not going to just stand by and let that happen without retaliation.
I cannot believe Jake put his paws on Olivia! Granted, she was trifling, but I am about tired of seeing her getting choked out. First Huck hemmed her up and now this dude. Her new theme song needs to be “Protect Ya Neck,” by the Wu Tang Clan.
I am trying to hang on in there with Shonda and them, but it’s getting more difficult each week. There is no one to like on this show anymore, no one to root for because they are all flawed, damaged and borderline pychotic. I live for Mama Pope and the chaos that she brings, but even that will get old after a while. OPA needs to get back to fixing stuff and soon.