Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington: Scandal Episode 303 Recap
Scandal is stressful, bro. I mean it. This show be having me waiting to exhale for a whole hour. I’m worried for myself because I be so invested in every second. When the show was bout to start, the homie @YoungSinick said “Shh, my stories are about to come on” and he’s right. This is our generation’s All My Children and Days of Our Lives. Now I know how my Granny used to feel.
Huck Scorned – Olivia is at home as Jake sleeps butt nekkid in her bed. She calls Huck, who doesn’t have much to say to her, because he’s mad and he’s stationed himself outside of Daddy Pope’s house. There’s nothing worse than a Huck scorned.
New Client, New Money – Liv gets to the Gladiator office and there’s a woman named Mary Nesbitt who wants help with a “private family matter” and runs off to a meeting after handing Harrison an envelope (with a check). Quinn asks about Huck and when Liv says he’s taking a personal day, Abby asks “we get personal days? What? Do we get vacation now to?” Not you, Fat Jesus.
America’s Petty Family – Mellie and Fitz are feeding America’s baby, Teddy, as Cyrus tries to prep them for the re-election by telling them they need to show they’re a loving unit. Those two are so over each other that they end their conversation with “SHUT. UP.” “No, you shut up!” And then they turned 5 years old.
Checking Up on Check – Quinn was entering the retainer check that Ms. Nesbitt gave them and she finds out that her son was a man named Chris Lawrence. He was killed in an FBI raid from 15 months ago, and the woman hands them a check for $27,870. Baby Huck hacked into her bank account and realized it was the entire amount that was in there. Suspect!
SECURITY! – There’s a White House tour happening and as the group moves to a different room, a man at the back dips off and heads into the West Wing by himself. When security notices him, they start on a chase as the dude heads towards the Oval Office. Once he’s there, they tackle him and he says he needs to talk to the President about “Operation Remington.”
Meanwhile, Liv is at the Capitol looking for Mary because that’s where she said she was headed for a meeting. Offices are empty and she opens the door into a Congressman’s office and finds him, Mary and his aides. When Mary turns around, Olivia sees she’s strapped with explosives.
Because of these breaches, the White House and the Capitol are evacuated. Hal must have been on duty that day as main watchman. (-_-)
Mary’s Mission – Mary is PISSED that no one has given her an explanation on why her son was killed and she asked Congressman Struthers to inquire. He says he did but his files are classified by the FBI, and they say he was a terrorist. The woman wants someone listen and Liv says that’s why she’s there. Her gut is telling her that her son was innocent. But I need homegirl to be careful and not twitch so she won’t press that red button of doom.
Back at the OPA office, the Gladiators are gathering info on Chris, like Shonda be gathering all of us together every week.
Free Pete – Cyrus gives orders for the man who tried to force his way into the Oval Office to be released. His name is Peter Foster and he clearly musta shook Cyrus to the core with his mention of Operation Remington.
Close Call – Huck is trailing Rowan/Eli Pope and plans on hemming him up when the Grand Goon’s phone rings and Huck walks past. WHEW! That was close. My nerves were getting all bad here. By the way, the call he got was from Cyrus who said “We have a Remington problem.” UH OH!
Negotiations and NAWLS – When the head negotiator for the FBI calls, Mary has Olivia handle it. She wants ONE thing and that’s to see her son’s files. Liv gets her to release the aides, so it’s just her and Congressman Struthers left. They want Mary to turn herself in before they declassify anything and she tells them NAWL! Apparently, it takes weeks to declassify the folder and I wondered why. It must be housed on a floppy disk that only uses Windows 95. O_O
Snipers, No Sniping – Harrison tells Liv that snipers are entering the building and are positioned outside. President Ghost gives them approval to shoot if they see Mary without her hand on the trigger and like a fool, she goes to the window to check out what’s happening. Olivia sees 4 red dots on her, pushes her out of the way and stands in her place. She knows they won’t shoot her but girl that was dumb. You’re brown. They’d shoot you and lie later. BB guns scare me and Liv is standing in a window as 4 sniper guns are on her like “DONT DO IT, BROS!”
But what was funniest to me is when Fitz saw Liv in the window and he ROLLED UP and told them they bet not shoot his boo.
Olivia the Terror – The FBI negotiation dude tells Olivia that she is now a terrorist because it seems she’s running the show. But had she not stepped in, they woulda been blown to bits. While in the War Room, President Ghost receives a call and when he says he doesn’t have time, his main man Tom repeats that he has a call and he understands he needs to take this one. He was expecting Liv to be on the other end but it was Jake, saying she wants to know the truth about Chris Lawrence. So Liv was like “lemme call my other boo to call my main boo.” Owwwww!
Visit from and to Rowan – Rowan visits a trailer to some dude he’s been paying monthly for some dirty deeds and he mentions that he doesn’t appreciate the little stunt he sent someone to the White House for. “The way I see it, I’m the only man who’s honorable in this deal.” This dude is involved with Operation Remington and feels some sort of hateration in Fitz’s dancerie. Rowans leaves him to stew and steps out of the trailer, where Huck has his gun pointed straight at Daddy Pope’s head. Grand Goon says he knows he’s been following him all day, cool as ice. *sings* “I ain’t got no worries.”
Baby Huck and Gladiators Activate – After trying to get in touch all day and failing, Quinn takes matters into her own hands and attempts to hack into the FBI’s database. Abby goes to see David and asks for help and although he tries to brush her off, you know Lemony Snicket always gotta end up in the tangled web OPA weaves. Harrison, who is on the scene is told by an FBI agent that Chris Lawrence’s file has been declassified and there’s proof that he WAS a terrorist. He calls Liv and tells her but then he sees that the lady really isn’t with the FBI. She’s a part of the State Department and she way lying like a rug.
Lemme take this time to say HEY BOO to Harrison in that peacoat with the popped collar, doe. I love he.
Pay Grade Pawn – David goes to Cyrus and says he needs to know what is in the classified file of Chris Lawrence. Beene tells him “This thing that’s happening on the Hill today is above your pay grade” and is ready to dismiss him when Rosen mentions something that chills Cy out a bit. David tells him that every person involved with Chris’ raid was given a promotion or a raise, except for Gordon Bates, the agent who was in charge of it. Something’s fishier than the Shedd Aquarium, and it’s because it seems the raises were to shut those involved up. OOP!
The Truth, The Lie, The Blow Up – Olivia gets a call and it’s President Ghost. She’s on speaker and he’s surrounded by David Rosen, Cyrus Beene and the head of Counterintelligence. He wants to tell her the truth about Chris Lawrence’s case, but she cannot speak as he talks, for her own safety.
Fitz tells Olivia that Chris Lawrence was not a terrorist, but a member of the CIA. In fact, he was a martyr and a national hero. He was working undercover and had infiltrated AL-q34da, and had even helped 57 undercover agents do the same. “Chris Lawrence was killed by the FBI because they did not know his true loyalties. And THAT was a terrible mistake.” THIS. IS. DEEPER. THAN. RAP. And they CANNOT tell anyone about it because those other agents would be tortured til killed if they’re found out. Even Mary Nesbitt can NEVER know that her son was innocent, as she’s insisted. Mamas be knowing, man.
He asks Olivia “do you understand?” Liv says “No” and she hangs up. She turns to Mary, and tells her: “I’m so sorry, Mary. Your son was a terrorist” and Mary crumbles to the floor as she sobs and my heart breaks for her.
Congressman Struthers’ voice says they’re ok and they’re coming out peacefully as military waits for them on the other side of the door. As he walks out, they grab him away. Then Olivia walks out and the moment her foot steps outside the threshold, the door slams shit behind her and Mary locks herself inside.
And BOOM goes the dynamite! Mary Nesbitt blew herself up and I almost slide out my chair. I. WASN’T. READY. Liv and other agents are thrown, and our Lady of Pope laid on the ground, with her hair STILL looking together. I bet she uses Pump It Up Spritz. As Liv sits in the ambulance, Quinn shows up and tells her that she found out that Huck is obsessed with her dad. MMHMM. U.O.E.N.O.
Hooch and Hatred – Fitz is headed to his office (or bed) when he sees Mellie sitting in a room by herself, in the dark. He walks in and sees she’s DRONKER than a skunk.
Homegirl is sipping on hooch (aka moonshine) to drown her sorrows in the spirits. Fitz musta pitied her because he sat down but not enough to where he’d tuck in his disdain.
“You missed out on your happy ending today. Olivia Pope being blown to bits. That’s your dream, isn’t it?”
“Oh no. Thats my nightmare. If your whore had died today, brave and strong … honey, the nails, the wood, the cross you would build and hammer her on and the worship you would feel the rest of your days down on your knees praying to Saint Olivia Pope… I’d lose. As long as she’s alive, she’s your flaw. Your achilles heel. Which makes her my weapon.”
I am here for Drunk Mellie!
Rowan Makes You Lose Control – Olivia walks into the Gladiator office, looking just slightly disheveled to find Huck waiting in there. He says he’s not there to kill her because he’s already had his fix for the day and Liv says “Please tell me you didn’t kill my father.” He didn’t. He planned on it but her father ended up getting him to kill someone for him. The guy in the trailer.
Flashback to earlier in the day, as Rowan stares down the end of a gun silencer. And with all the cool of a ceiling fan, he tells Huck he has unfinished business for him in the trailer and walks past him and into his car. WOWWWWW!
Huck goes in, slices dude’s wrist, leaves a fake suicide note and bounces. ALL on the orders of the Grand Goon he was on a mission to kill. WELL DAMB. Just when you think Daddy Pope couldn’t get any scarier. He does.
In the Gladiator office, Huck says “I thought I was free but I’m not. He controls me. He still controls me. He owns me, Liv. HE OWNS ME!” He collapses into shambles and Liv’s arms as thug tears pour out and I just wanted to rock him BAGGINFOAF to make him better.
Livia’s Got a Man At Home – Olivia gets home after having THE WORST DAY EVER and Jake is waiting for her to ask if she wants a burger for dinner. It’s like they go together for real. Anywho, she asks him “How are you here?” because B613 doesn’t give freedom papers all willy nilly like this. As they’re talking, both her phones are ringing, and it’s Daddy Rowan Eli calling but she ignores them. She demands to know why Command let him out the hole and dropped him off at her doorstep but he’s clueless dinnamug. But he tells her that he survived that hole because “Your face saved me.” Look. Olivia Pope must be made from the essence of phoenix feathers and eye of newt. She be having men so unable to DEAL.
The show ends as the two of them sit in silence, looking like lost children as Rowan huffs and puffs in his car because she isn’t accepting his calls. UH OH. Don’t make him show up at your doorstep, Liv!
Scandal typically does a lot but this episode was A LOT LOT. It was like two-in-one, even for them. Between the Operation Remington stuff, the hostage situation and Huck following Rowan like his shadow, I spent too much of the episode being like “Wait… what?” I don’t always watch every Scandal ep twice, but I had to with this one. I don’t e’em LIKE red wine and I wanted do to like Liv does.
Even on first watch, I realized that as evil as Rowan Pope is, HIS achilles heel is Olivia. That’s what folks need to remember. That’s his babygirl. This might SEEM simple but I do think Liv’s promise of Sunday dinner is why Rowan even considered releasing Jake. Of course Rowan is more than likely still planning something diabolical for Jake’s fate but methinks her control on him is stronger than even she realizes.
And Operation Remington might make Defiance look like sandbox play. I’m a-scared, because whatever was in the file that Cyrus saw spooked him but folks DYING now, which means they got something huge to protect.
So much drama! What did y’all think? GLADIATORS ROAR in the comments!
This episode’s best quote (and pinnable graphic) is from Mellie Grant!
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