Scandal Episode 406: An Innocent Man
Everyone was getting played during Scandal Episode 406: An Innocent Man. Michael plays Cyrus, Daddy Pope plays Fitz, and a crazy gunman plays Olivia by getting her to secure him the notoriety he feels he was denied. Huck and Quinn finally learn what was in the locker connected to the key left behind by those murdered teenage girls from a couple of weeks ago, and Olivia admits what we knew all along – there is a chance that she & Fitz might get back together again. Fitz has gone from singing negro spirituals like “I won’t Complain” to “Whip Appeal” because whatever Olivia wants is alright with him.
Tonight’s episode opens with Olivia swimming laps in a pool while having flashbacks about her trysts with both of her men. It was very steamy stuff but suddenly Daddy Pope is standing at the edge of the pool telling her to wake up. She wakes with a gasp startling Abby who spent the night out of concern. Abby tells her to call The President to ask what happened to Jake, but he is not taking her calls.
Mellie Gets Schooled
Fitz is on the balcony nursing his hands which were badly bruised from the whooping he gave Jake when a fresh and clean Mellie shows up and tells him that she is busy preparing a state funeral for former President Edward Cooper who died of a stroke. The man’s widow, the formidable Bitsy Cooper, lets her know that her services are not required. “My husband’s only religion was believing he had to screw anything with a pulse. But since us b*tches have to get through this dog and pony show, I’m going to need you to sit down, shut up and follow my lead.” This lady was all sweet and folksy in public, but she got real grimy when it was just the two of them. I’m going to call her Trill OG Bitsy. Bitsy was the real brains in the Cooper White House, and being around her inspires Mellie to try to carve out a greater role for herself in the Grant Administration.
Olivia has a new client, the man who is suspected of attempting to assassinate former President Cooper in 1986. Leonard Francis Carnahan claimed that he was being framed because he did not shoot The President although he was on the scene with a gun. The bullet from the assassination attempt is still lodged in the President’s brain, so they need to have an autopsy done to remove the bullet in order to run ballistic tests on it which Carnahan said would prove that the bullet did not come from his gun only the test winds up proving definitively that he is guilty which is what he wanted all along. He felt that he was denied his due glory since the President did not die after he shot him.
Cyrus’s nose is wide open
Cyrus is running late for work as usual due to all the time that he’s been spending with his paid boo thing. Now he is trying to wife his gigolo by offering him an apartment, secure phone and a bank account and even tells him to go buy himself something pretty. That Cyrus is such a gentleman. Cyrus takes a call before walking out of the room inexplicably leaving his phone in the room with Michael who reads his messages and uses the information he finds about some possible military base closings to negotiate a better deal from Elizabeth, the RNC chair who hired him to get to Cyrus.
Still shaken by Olivia’s bad dream, Abby asks the President if he knows what happened to Jake. Fitz tried to play the Commander-in-Chief card, but Abby shut that down real fast “I am not asking the Commander-in-Chief, I am asking the married man who used to sleep with my friend what exactly he has done with the man she is currently sleeping with.” She tells him that if he loves Olivia he should at least tell her what is going on because not knowing is giving her nightmares.
Fitz makes a Housecall
Elizabeth goes on tv to bring up the planned military base closings leading Cyrus to question how Mrs. Ellen found out about that. Cyrus tells Abby that she better locate the source of that leak not realizing that it was going to lead straight to him and his illicit activities. She calls Olivia in panic, but her friend has to end the conversation when Fitz shows up with his security detail. It amazes me how this tv President is able to just freely visit his girlfriend when he feels like it. One of his Secret Service agents even had the nerve to say “The Eagle is in the nest.” Sir, that is not his nest – his nest is over on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Olivia demands to see Jake, but he refuses to allow it and shows her the photos of Tom and Jake together and the photo of Tom stealing the vial of meningitis from Fort Deitrick.
Later, Fitz has Daddy Pope over for a drink, and they share a bottle 20-year old scotch as Rowan asks that Jake be handed over to him. “I taught him, he strayed, let me discipline my dog.” He also advises Fitz to let Olivia see Jake because not seeing him is allowing her to make him a martyr in her mind. Now that he and Daddy Pope are old friends, Fitz takes his advice and allows Oliva to see Jake who is a bloody mess. He tells her about an offshore account and asks her to make sure that the money goes to his mother. He doesn’t even bother trying to tell her the truth and seems resigned to his fate: “We both that in the end you are not going to choose me, and that’s okay.” So he does know his role after all. Now that’s progress.
Not realizing that ole lovestruck Fitz is about to flip the script on him, Daddy Pope meets up with Jake to gloat and tell him how he will die. “I played this President like a fiddle to get you back in my possession. I was his daddy, his buddy, his priest, valet, his wet nurse, his concubine, his best friend. I danced for him. I made him feel pretty. I held him in the palm of my hand until even he believed I was the better man.” Touche sir. You are good – but your daughter is even better.
After her visit with Jake, Olivia goes back to the White House and warns Fitz that if he hands Jake over to her father it will ruin any chances of them ever being together again. Fitz had just made this whole speech about how it was Jake’s fault that they could never be together again, but he pounces on this shred of a chance and demands to know if she’s saying that there is hope for them, and she grudgingly admits it. Just like that, he changes his mind about giving Jake to her father. Instead of a gruesome death and an unmarked grave, Jake will be sentenced to life in a maximum security prison.
Tired of being chewed out by Cyrus the whole episode, Abby shuts him down by telling him that she knows about the phone and the apartment he got for the gigolo and warns him check himself before he wrecks himself leaving Mr. Beene to stand there and contemplate the mess that is his personal life.
Finally, Just as he did in her nightmare at the beginning of the show, Daddy Pope interrupts Olivia at the pool. He asks her if she betrayed him and she says that all she did was save her two men before swimming off feeling all smug. She may have saved Jake, but she better worry about saving herself because when Quinn found the mysterious locker they were seeking for the whole show, she finds that it is full of photos of Olivia — someone has been stalking her. But why would someone be willing to kill to keep those photos hidden?
- Who has been stalking Olivia and why? Given her line of work, there is no telling who is gunning for her. She might need to make up with Daddy Pope for protection.
- What will Cyrus do to his gigolo now that he realizes that he was being used? He and Mrs. Ellen best leave D.C. on the next thing smoking if they want to live.
- When are Olivia and Fitz going to resume fogging up windows? Now that she left the door cracked, you know he is going to be relentless – just misusing the taxpayers’ money taking his motorcade to his sidechick’s house at all hours.
- Is Huck ever going to be able to see his son in person? He seems content to at least be able to play videogames with the kid online, but he won’t be satisfied with that for long.
- Is Tom chilling in the hole with Mama Pope? I don’t think he’s dead yet, and I am curious to see what happens with his character.