Inside the Bubble: Scandal Episode 403 Recap
Scandal season 4 is back to getting the Gladiators to gladiate again and I’m really a fan of the fact that Olivia isn’t falling apart in every episode. Anywho, let’s talk about episode 3.
Handle It – Lizzie Bear drops off her daughter at school when a shady-looking man rolls up to her and says he is not happy that the their Republican president has a Democrat as Attorney General and gun control is on the agenda. She says she’ll handle it. He’s no Hollis. Speaking of, I miss Hollis’ country ass.
Tryna Get a Piece – Cyrus and his hair rolls up to a bar where Michael is in broad daylight and the gigolo dismissed him like HE’S the $2 ho. Oop.
Musty Mellie looks slightly dusted off as she watches a story on a bride accused of pushing her new groom off a cliff. In the Oval Office, David Rosen is presenting his plan to win the Gun Control Act to President Ghost and Chia Pet (Cyrus).
Daddy Knows Best – Olivia goes to a home and knocks on a red door and Rowan opens it. She tells her father “hi” and he wonders what happened and what she needs. She tells him she’s really just there to say wassup and bad ol’ dad knows that she’s there because she is clearly feeling out of the loop since “re-entry” is hard. Also, Rowan’s house is NICE! He must read Real Simple magazine. Well, he’s always READING something and someone and now, it’s Olivia’s sub-conscious.
She can’t even argue because he’s right. “I’m just adjusting.” “You have Jake. He knows what this is like… bring him over for dinner tomorrow night.” OH? Oh. Jake ain’t even her boo, doe. He’s her booty call buddy aka Second Fiddle. Dinner with Pops? That’s official.
On the Case – The Gladiators have been summoned because a woman named Catherine has reported that her 17-year old daughter Catelyn ran away from home. They roll up to this dope house and it turns out that Catherine and Olivia went to law school together.
Sugar Shakedown – Liv calls Jake and asks him to dinner with her dad and he is like “Wayment. You want me to go to dinner with Command’s evil ass and we don’t even go together besides when you need me to lay the pipe? You’re tripping.” Well, he didn’t say it like that but he #MINUSWELL have. He hangs up and walks up to Charlie who is reaching into a vending machine. Jake smashed the Sugar Assassin’s head on the machine and knocks him clean out. Well DAMB! Charlie is gon die of DIABEETUS before someone ever shoots him.
Healing Mellie – Fitz goes to get Mellie for their daily visit to Jerry’s grave and she’s actually too busy with making the case of the Killer Cliff Bride her business to go. Aw snap! You better HEAL, FLOTUS!
Catelyn’s Case – The Gladiators are finding out info on Catherine and Quinn says she “was a side chick before becoming the main chick.” Shonda knows she be hanging in Black Twitter too much. Catelyn’s Instagram features selfies of her using the hashtags #BadBitchContest #FirstPlace.
LMAO! You can’t say Scandal ain’t current. Quinn goes to speak with Catelyn’s boyfriend, a jock named Darren and he says he hadn’t heard from her for a week.
Losing Again – Jake has Charlie naked and tied up, about to torture him for information on Harrison and Adnan’s death because Charlie took a roadtrip to Arizona, where their bodies were found. He should be used to this by now, because this is at least the 2nd time he’s been in this position. He’s the goon who always gets got. The Sugar Assassin says he only wants one thing and he’ll talk. Word?
David is arguing the case for gun control in front of some old ass judges who clearly aren’t going to give him what he wants. Lizzie is looking on and is pleased when Rosen is shut down.
Lost and Found – Liv and Catherine are talmbout law school and guess who was their classmate? Abby Whelan. Apparently, her and Liv were besties then so them not really speaking now is surprising to Catherine. Just then, Quinn calls and says Catelyn is at the Taft Hotel in room 522 ordering room service. The mom leaves to go surprise her spoiled runaway.
Quinn gets a call from Jake who summons her to whatever warehouse he’s holding Charlie. She tells him she is not going in that room with her crazy ex and he pushes her in it and locks the door anyway. “Hey Robin” to his Batman. “Cat got your tongue? Should I get your tongue?” Charlie… keep it cute.
Quinn says she is a real girl (you tell him, Pinocchia) and says that he thinks she would want him if he gets her in the room and Charlie tells her that no one else wants her. OUCH. He makes a move towards her and she choke slams him on the floor. He wasn’t expecting her to be that quick and strong.
Baby Huck FTW!
Killer Cliff Bride – Back at the White House, Mellie is obsessed with the Killer Cliff Bride. It’s clearly a grief coping mechanism. She tells Abby she knows the woman didn’t push her husband to his death and she wants to speak to the guy in charge of the investigation (Jeff Asperton). She wants him to be flown in so she can chat with him.
Abby goes to tell Cyrus about it and he kicks her out his office when he hears Michael is on the line for him. OOO. Cyrus got a crush and Michael’s about to be his Pretty Woman. Older rich man falls in love with prostitute. Anywho, “Gabby” ends up in the President’s office and he tells her to give Mellie whatever it is she wants without hearing what it is.
Riding Dirty – David comes in when she leaves and gets his ass handed to him by a frustrated Fitz who is desperate for a win so he’s not just President by name alone. “I need a jerk to not be able to buy an AK-47 and shoot up a school.” YESSS, FITZ! I’m with you! Rosen goes into his B613 files and pulls out one. He is about to use these files to get everything he wants henceforth. GO IN AND GET DIRTY, LEMONY SNICKET!
Shenanigans and Sex Tape – Huck shows up in Olivia’s bedroom in the middle of the night and says he has info on the Catelyn case. Liv wasn’t even wearing a scarf or laying on a silk pillow. Of all things on this show, that was the one that made me go “Now I KNOW this is fiction.” You know that hair ain’t LAID like that for Liv to be on a cotton pillow with no night scarf. Come on, Black woman. ANYWAY… Huck found a sextape of Catherine and Darren. SCANDAL!!! And then, voicemail of Catelyn telling her mom she’s gonna snitch on her to her Dad about her doing the horizontal tango with her boo. Olivia calls the Taft Hotel and finds out the police is in room 522. AW DAMB.
Catelyn is dead (2 shots to the chest) and her mom identifies her body as Liv and Huck show up. When the room clears, Olivia slams her old friend on the lockers and says she cannot help her because she killed her own daughter. Catherine denies doing it and her husband comes in.
Batman and Robin – Quinn and Charlie are laying on the floor, looking all cold. Jake coulda left them a duvet or something! He says he’s lonely and she says she isn’t because “I have Liv and Huck… Abby and Jake.” You ain’t got Jake, Quinn. I don’t trust him. The two start making out (Stockholm Syndrome kicks in fast) and Jake returns. As she walks away, he tells her “If you ever get lonely, I’m always here.” Look at Charlie getting his Keith Sweat on! HA!!! Jake tells him he now has to spill ALLLL the beans.
No Old Friends – Abby shows up at Liv’s house and wants to know how Catherine’s is but Head Gladiator says she can’t tell her anything. Red leaves in a huff and I am not pleased that these two are no longer friends.
Olivia goes to Jake’s and he refuses to open the door for her. Liv wonders why he’s so busy all of a sudden. She tells him she knows he ain’t working because he ain’t got no job. LMAOOO! She just called him Tommy from Martin. Jake closes the door on her face. OOP. Is Second Fiddle tired of playing music that Liv ain’t trying to hear? Did he realize he’s FOREVERFRIENDZONED? Nahhhh. He must be finishing Charlie business.
Black Hat – Rosen rolls up to Judge Sparks (from the Court of Appeals) with the file and says he knows about the hit and run he did in 1992. WELP! Looks like he just stomped all over his white hat again.
In the Oval Office, they’re celebrating the gun control win with champagne. Abby comes in to say he’s needed in the First Lady’s meeting and he says “I’ll be there when I can, Gabby.” SIR! Lolol
Catherine comes to OPA and tells Liv that Darren is being interviewed by the police so she will be a suspect soon. She says she was bored and slept with her daughter’s boyfriend but she did not kill her daughter. Quinn storms into the OPA offices and finds Huck and Olivia working. She flips out on them because none of them noticed she had been missing for a day. But when none of the Gladiators were gladiating, SHE was the one who went everywhere checing up on them and finding them all the way in Sybaris Island. They do her so bad sometimes.
“That is unacceptable. That is how Harrison died.” She storms off and they didn’t even follow her to ask why she was missing. They are SUCH bad friends. Y’all better check on me if I’m missing. Don’t Quinn me, y’all!
Meeting with Mellie – Mellie has called a meeting with some of the members of the President’s Cabinet to prove to them that the Killer Cliff Bride did not push her groom. She lays out her case so proper, has created reports and has really put in work. Her obsession is clear and Fitz joins them in the middle of it. After she finishes her presentation, one of the men tells her that they know. Because two eyewitnesses already told them the groom fell accidentally. AWWWKKWWAARRDD. The pitiful-looking FLOTUS is ushered away by Abby.
Sexy Gatorade – Cyrus goes to the bar where Michael picks up his client and the gigolo jokingly wonders whether he is being stalked. “You’re not here for a drink, Cyrus. You’re thirsty but you’re not here for a drink.” *DEAD* Cyrus is parched and he wants some Michael-flavored Gatorade. He’s bout to really get his Chief of STAFF on. BADUMTSS!
Ok I’ma saddown.
Scotch for Gabby – Prez Ghost summons Red to his office and hands her a glass of scotch. He thanks her and says he owes her an apology for underestimating and yelling at her. She admits that he does but it’s for not getting her name right. Touché. He invites her to sit and then asks her to tell him how Olivia is doing. SIR. CHECKING UP ON YOUR VERMONT DREAMS IS NOT IN HER JOB DESCRIPTION!
Jake calls Olivia and says he’ll go to dinner with dear old dad as he looks at pics of SSA Tom with his hand on Jerry’s shoulder. He knows. Huck walks into Quinn’s office and says if she ever goes missing again, he’ll look for her. AAWWWW. Musty Mellie is back and on a couch in the fetal position. NOOOOO. We were making progress! Someone tells David that Judge Clark is dead from a suicide (shot himself in the head). That black hat has consequences, man!
Dinner with Daddy – At the most awkward dinner ever, Rowan, Olivia and Jake are sitting at a table in the Pope home. Liv gets a call and has to step into a different room. Daddy Goon tells Jake from State Farm that he’s glad Liv is in good hands (HEEE! I see what they did there). Second Fiddle turns to his ex-boss and says he knows he got Harrison killed because he figured out how Fitz III died.
“Shut up. Just shut your stubborn old man mouth up. You’re done giving orders.” WHO IS YOU TALMTO??? Jake went to Chuck E. Cheese’s and acquired some balls from the pit because he READ Rowan Pope! He then says he’s going to tell Liv everything and that’s when Rowan almost stabs him in the finger. The Grand Goon tells him “I will be the one standing over you when you die.”
WELP! Olivia comes in just in time and the men behave.
It Wasn’t Her? – Huck found tape from Catelyn’s dad’s law firm showing Catelyn in an elevator struggling with a file with some unknown man a couple of days before she died. HE might have killed her. Just then, Quinn comes in and turns on the news to show Catherine being arrested as a suspect in the murder of her daughter.
Laid Like Cyrus – The next morning, Cyrus is leaving the hotel room where he just shared a $2,500 lay WITH tip with his ho, Michael, who then rolls up to Lizzie to say he caught the fish she wanted. OOP. Trouble dey.
Cyrus is sprung as hell.
So I have a confession after this episode: I might like Quinn now. She didn’t annoy me at all, and in fact I found myself being all “YESSSS, QUINN!!!” Baby Huck has grown up, yall and whether we like to admit it or not, she’s necessary. They do take her for granted too but she’s a down ass chick.
David did not take well to the news of how blackmailing that judge got him what he wanted but ended the man’s life. However, with a taste of finally not being Lemony Snicket and having power, I doubt he will or can go back to being honorable. He’s on the dark side now and he is in too deep. Those B613 files are his Get Out of Jail Free card and I wonder if Jake will come for them. What will Rosen do then?
Jake. JAKE! Why would you tell the devil everything you know? WHY WILL YOU SHOW YOUR ENTIRE HAND OF CARDS?!?! He just can’t move in silence like real Gs in thought. It KILLS me every time I watch a show or movie and someone reveals to their enemy everything they know about them. I’m the person yelling at the screen when it happens.
I don’t know why he feels like he got power to take down Command, especially since he told his plan. The hell? Dude ain’t got NO poker face. Ugh.
But yeah… Gladiators ROAR in the comments.