There’s a coup in the White House… is Liv willing to overturn Mellie’s whole administration in order to hold onto power? Full recap of Scandal, “Army of One”. Plus, preview the HOW TO GET AWAY WITH SCANDAL crossover event!
“Army of One” picks up exactly where “The People v. Olivia Pope” ends–with Liv in the Oval demanding answers. Interestingly, Mellie is cool as a cucumber. She no longer believes Liv’s lines about them being sisters in this male-dominated game. Liv is a liar–she didn’t kill Rashad for a treaty, but because she believed Mellie to be a bad president. Mellie isn’t angry, but Liv has to go. She has until the end of the week to announce her resignation.
Jake is pretty please with his new gig as Chief of Staff. He and his wife, Vanessa (almost forgot about her!), meet with David Rosen, who will be vetting Jake for his new position. He admits to an “open marriage” with Vanessa. In fact, she’s sleeping with another man. David doesn’t think it’ll be a big deal.
For his first order of business, and as an act of good faith, Jake brings Mellie into the B613 Command Center. While he’s explaining his plans to make B613 into a tool Mellie can use, all the lights go out. Looks like Liv is shutting things down! Jake might have been able to take Chief of Staff from Liv, but she reminds him that: “You can’t take Command.” It turns about the entire network has been taken down by phreaking, an old-school hacking strategy. Apparently, Liv has reached out to Hector, one of Papa Pope’s OGs, for help with hacking. Liv also claims that the real guns and money are still with her.
As for Cyrus, he’s enraged that Mellie is willingly working with Jake.
Abby and Huck call Charlie into QPA with a new case, something to help take his mind off of grieving Quinn (though we know that Charlie isn’t grieving anymore!). Supposedly, Robert Bacall, a mid-level State Department employee is being set-up by the Russians. $12 million was deposited into his account against his knowledge or will and he received an email in Russian saying he was now in their service. He’s very concerned that he will be accused of treason.
While Huck and Charlie attempt to trace the email, Abby finds out that Bacall is having an affair. And as he’s explaining things, a news report drops that he’s been sleeping with Vanessa Ballard and using her for NSA secrets to funnel to the Russians. YIKES.
In fact, this is all part of Liv’s plan to force Jake into withdrawing his name for consideration as Chief of Staff and resigning as head of the NSA.
Mellie is increasingly frustrated that Liv is making a fool out of them and their plans. (Today was supposed to be the day of her yearly mammogram, the first U.S. President to do so.) She tells Jake and David to make Liv and her machinations go away. Jake and Vanessa meet with Bacall at QPA. It seems they’re unable to prove that this is all Liv’s doing. As for Bacall, he decides to take a chance with a lawyer to clear his name. But Abby and Huck are concerned that maybe this is a sign that QPA needs to shut down. Charlie really doesn’t want that to happen. You can tell he wants to tell Abby and Huck that Quinn is alive, but he doesn’t, yet. He does ask them to wait for him…
Liv goes to see Cyrus and tries to apologize for dragging Fenton into the fallout from Rashad’s death. She wants his help to restore her to the Chief of Staff. Cyrus knows what Liv did was right because he would have done it too. And if Jake pushes Liv out, he’s coming to Cy next. Yet, Cyrus decides to offer his help to Mellie and Jake… his idea is for Vanessa to go on television. There, she admits to participating in a sting operation to bust Bacall as an agent for Russia. This definitely throws a wrench in Liv’s plans.
But it looks like Cyrus is a bit of a double-agent himself. The next day, he brings Liv a memo from Mellie to the CIA director asking for corroboration of Vanessa’s sting operation story. This is evidence of obstruction of justice and would take down Mellie’s administration. Liv doesn’t want to use that memo to get Mellie impeached, but Cy is gunning for the presidency for himself. All Liv has to do is hold a press conference to expose that she’s being forced to step down, but it’s punishment because she uncovered Mellie’s conspiracy. This is how Liv can seize power for herself.
While Mellie waits for her mammogram, Liv comes to see her to say that she has decided not to step down. Liv will be having a press conference in the morning to call for Mellie’s resignation… she then presents the memo Cyrus gave her. Liv offers Mellie some advice on how to resign with grace and by taking responsibility for her actions, so other women coming up won’t be tainted by Mellie’s downfall. You can tell Mellie thinks this is preposterous, but she tells Jake that she plans to resign.
Meanwhile, Papa Pope and Quinn hear news about unconfirmed rumors that Liv is out as Chief of Staff. For Quinn, this is the perfect time to strike, when Liv is down. Rowan is more cautious… Liv has always been the one to dictate the news cycle, so if there are rumors about her being forced out of the White House, there must be a larger plan/purpose.
Later Papa Pope spends time with Robin, when Quinn accuses him to going soft. Is he in denial about going after Liv because he doesn’t want Quinn and Robin to leave him? Rowan let’s Quinn know right away that there’s nothing soft about him. And if he wanted to kill Robin with his bare hands, he would know exactly how to do it. Quinn becomes upset and demands that Rowan hand Robin over. Just as Quinn rejects any threat against Robin, Papa Pope will not allow anyone to hurt his child. It’s Mother Nature.
It becomes clear to Quinn that when the time comes for Rowan to choose between Liv and Quinn/Robin, he will always pick his daughter. So Quinn suggests that she, Robin, and Charlie leave town. In exchange, she will give up her quest for vengeance against Liv.
But instead of Quinn and Robin leaving with Charlie, Quinn sneaks into Liv’s apartment. Liv returns from talking to Mellie and is very shocked to see Quinn is still alive and that she’s given birth. Quinn pulls a gun on Liv and has written a confession for Liv to sign and turn over to David Rosen. She will spend the rest of her life in jail. Liv is very agitated and keeps walking to her window. Right now, there are B613 snipers with a target on Quinn to stop her from threatening Command’s life. Quinn thinks Liv is bluffing, but then the shots come through the window. Liv pushes Quinn out of the way and takes a bullet in her arm. She shuffles to the front door and yells from Quinn to take Robin and run.
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Liv goes to Papa Pope for help patching up her bullet wound. She’s shaken up, but most concerned that Quinn hates her. Rowan embraces Liv and tries to comfort her… dinosaurs cared for their young and so does he.
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At the end of the episode, Charlie brings Quinn and Robin to QPA. Huck and Abby are beyond thrilled, and the moment where Huck meets Robin is so sweet. Simultaneously, Liv holds her press conference, praises Mellie’s leadership as president, and resigns as Chief of Staff.
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Scandal is on brief hiatus until Thursday, March 1 and then we’re back with the double-crossover episodes with How to Get Away with Murder!!!
“Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself” (written by Raamla Mohamed and directed by Tony Goldwyn)–In the midst of moving on from the White House, Olivia gets an unexpected visitor in criminal defense attorney Annalise Keating, who seeks her help in fast-tracking a judicial reform class action to the United States Supreme Court. However, after Olivia’s recent fall from political grace, it’s going to be more challenging than ever to get the support they need. (via ABC)
“Lahey v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” (written by Morenike Balogun & Sarah L. Thompson and was directed by Zetna Fuentes)–As Annalise’s class-action case hangs in the balance, a meeting with the esteemed Washington D.C. fixer, Olivia Pope, proves to be crucial in getting the opportunity to argue her case in the nation’s highest court. Meanwhile, Bonnie discovers concerning information pertaining to Simon that threatens to expose what really happened during night he was shot. (via ABC)