The Key: Scandal Episode 405 Recap
Let’s just get right into this episode of Scandal.
Dan Kubiak – Olivia shows Catherine the security tape of the man who was trying to grab a file from Catelyn, her step-daughter who was killed. She identifies him as Dan Kubiak, a security guard at her husband’s firm. He was a former police captain who had a shady past but has a lot of allies in the force still and started his own private security firm.
Quinn is looking through a telescope in a building across the street from the office building where the firm is and Liv is there because she ain’t got nothing to do since “My boyfriend is avoiding me.” Oh? So now he’s bae? Now that he’ missing she wants to claim him. Girl…
Meanwhile, Huck is parked outside of his ex-family’s house. Quinn calls him and says their spy mic isn’t in the kit (and she doesn’t know it’s because he has it to listen to his ex-wife’s conversations). As the lady gladiators watch Kubiak, they see he’s joined by Catelyn’s BFF Faith. The girl walks backwards as the man pulls out a gun. They call 911 but it’s too late because he shoots her dead.
Huck walks into OPA and said all the cameras in the building were disabled when Stan killed Faith and Dan got hella alibis from his cop buddies. Liv wonders how long it woulda been for Faith’s parents to know she died if they weren’t there to see it. She seems to be asking for Jake’s case.
Do It Right – At the Oval Office, Cyrus is trying to get President Ghost to go to bed but he doesn’t want to because Musty Mellie is there. Beene’s ever-shady ass said she’s probably “in a food coma from too much fried chicken.” HA! I love he. Fitz wonders why Jake from State Farm hasn’t confessed yet for killing his son and wants a new interrogator. Cy tells him to say the word about cruel and unusual punishment (since B613 goons are extra) but Fitz says nah. They’re gonna do this one according to the law.
Daddy’s Girl – Liv is at home drinking wine (does she ever drink water?) and looking worried bout Second Fiddle. She calls his phone and leaves a weak VM. Just then, her dad shows up at her door with a bottle of wine talmbout a stressful day at work. He asks why she drank a whole bottle of the cheap wine by herself and she says she hasn’t heard from Jake in a minute.
She wonders if they talk about “this stuff.” Papa Pope says Jake reminds him of himself when he was young (never good). It would have been a sweet moment if not for his evil ass. “What if I’m supposed to be saving him right now instead of siting here drinking wine with you?” “Olivia. What could have possibly happened to a man like Jake?”
THIS DUDE IS A MESS!!!
Gooning is a Habit – Jake is being interrogated at the Pentagon and the man asks why he killed the President’s son. Silence. The interrogator says he’s also refused food and water, which requires them to move him to a hospital if he refuses within 72 hours. Jake tells the man to STFU because he’s tired of his voice and he just wants him to stop talking and wait for the President to be there.
Jake is thinking of his happy place (being at the beach with Olivia at Sybaris Island) as the man keeps asking. Suddenly, he kicks the chair one good time and the man goes flying across the room. He opens his eyes and 5 men are pointing guns at his face. GOON ON THEN, SECOND FIDDLE. Yum. That was lowkey segzy.
Leave! – President Ghost walks in to see Mellie and she tells him “Today you get a twofer. Drunk Mellie and Smellie Mellie.” Because it’s 8am and she’s already drunk. It is 8am and she is already drunk as hell.Fitz tells her to leave then, if she can’t even act like she got any behavior and she says she can’t because they have to go see Jerry everyday at 2:30pm. Bless her mourning heart.
Killing Boss – Olivia meets Jeremy (Catelyn’s father) at a diner and he’s surprised to see her there. She says Dan Kubiak killed Faith. We see that earlier, Catelyn’s father meets with Dan at a park (as Quinn looks on from a distance) and he tells him that she had a locker key. Olivia says she’s warning Jeremy and wants to save him. When Jeremy questions Dan about whether he killed his daughter too, Dan says “How many times have I asked you not to ask me about my work, boss?” OH SHIT. And then Liv tells Jeremy that his daughter is dead and he better had not had a hand in it.
Drunk and Hurt – David calls Abby and asks if she wants to hang out but she hangs up on his drunk ass. Olivia calls Jake again and leaves a VM. She says she will assume something bad happened if he doesn’t call her in 5 minutes. Huck is parked outside his family’s house when Olivia calls him and tells him to go find Jake. Right then, his ex-wife bangs on his window and tells him to leave. He tells her why he had to leave them (B613 would have killed her and their son) and she tells him to go get help for his crazy story. DAMB DAMB DAMB.
Where is Jake? – The key to the locker that Kubiak wants is still in the wind and Quinn is trying to figure it out. Huck says he knows Jake’s last location before his phone died. Right then, Fitz gets a phone call and it’s Olivia. “Did Jake come to see you?” She knows he was at the White House and he says he needs to go. “DO YOU HAVE JAKE?!?” and he hangs up. Prez Ghost says he wants to go to the pentagon when Cyrus tells her that Liv ain’t gon stop her seatch. Liv calls Abby and tells her to help her find Jake but Red hangs up and says she doesn’t take Liv orders. David calls Abby and apologizes for drunk dialing her.
State Farm and Ghost – At the Pentagon, Fitz walks in to see Jake, who tells him that Rowan blew up his car and was behind the murder. Fitz ain’t trying to hear it, doe. He tells his old buddy to eat because he’s gone 55 hours without eating. Jake takes a bite out of the sandwich and Fitz points out that he knows he went to Sybaris Island with Liv.
Jake: “I am screwed. You have been waiting for this moment from the second I got in bed with her. The only thing that matters is that you think I put my hands where it didn’t belong.”
He tells him he’s a white hat and he’s a good guy. He says “I didn’t kill your son” when Fitz hems him up and looks into his gorgeous blue eyes. He knows he’s right.
Children Missed – Huck is sitting outside his family’s house when his ex-wife Kim comes back out and yells. She is good and TAH’D of seeing his creepy ass outside of her house and she doesn’t know what to do at that point. He says all he wants to see his son and he’ll go away and she tells him to come back that night.
At the White House, Mellie rolls through because it’s 2:30 but her hubby isn’t there. She gets all up in his secretary Lauren’s face talmbout how this is the blocked out time for them to go to the graveyard and is all “Can you read? Reading is fundamental, Lauren.”
Ma’am, don’t come for Lauren when she ain’t send for you. This isn’t her fault.
Lock and Key – Quinn is remembering the night of Faith’s murder and she wonders why the girl didn’t run when the gun was pointing at her. She leaves her office and sees Huck wrapping a present terribly so she helps him do it. He won’t tell her what it’s for though. As she leaves, she tells Huck that she thinks Faith swallowed the key before Kudiak killed her.
Baby Huck breaks into the morgue and pulls out Faith’s body. She cuts her open and finds the key! CHECK OUT THE VALEDICTORIAN GLADIATOR.
Where’s the Real Huck Jr.? – Huck shows up to Kim’s and she lets him in. He’s all excited wondering where his son is and whether he’ll like his toy when Kim introduces him to a Dr. Newman. She thinks he needs help and thinks this is the opportunity to get it for him. When our boy figures out that he won’t be seeing his son, he chokeholds the doctor and says he’s told her the truth about what happens. Our poor Huck is in bad shape as he leaves her house.
Beene Drops Bombs – Cyrus shows up at Olivia’s place and tells her Abby knows nothing about the Jake situation so asking her is pointless. Then he sits down and tells Liv that Jake is responsible for Harrison and Jerry’s death, and ordered both hits. And that he also killed his husband, James (the only true part in all this). “My hope is that the next time you wanna chat, you’ll find me dancing on his grave.” Liv is stunned into silence as her friend walks out. DAMMMBBBBBB!!!
Papa Don’t Lie – Liv goes to see her father’s and says “YOU KILLED THEM! AND THEN YOU SET JAKE UP TO TAKE THE FALL.” Her father denies all of it like only he can, playing Olivia like a fiddle. He tells her that Jake is obsessed with her and killed Jerry so she could never be with Fitz again. Daddy talmbout he didn’t know she took Jake with her.
“I knew he would not hurt you. I knew he loved you. Because I trained him. Because there was a time he belonged to me.” Sooooo Rowan is mad Jake is no longer his. Got it. Also, Olivia seemed to buy her father’s lies.
Quinn shows up at the office and finds Huck all shaken up because Kim doesn’t believe him. “She’ll never believe me and I told her the truth.”
Jerry Ain’t Jesus – MustyMellie is sitting in the Oval Office drinking in her boots and robe when Fitz walks in. She said she made Lauren go home, talmbout she knows he was somewhere screwing Olivia Pope. “You were screwing your mistress instead of visiting your son’s grave.” He YELLS at her and says “I was at the Pentagon trying to get a confession out of our son’s killer.” It stops Mellie cold.
Fitz tells Mellie their son was poisoned and when he sees her stunned, he kisses her on the forehead and she starts talking.
“Jerry was murdered as an act of terrorism. Jerry’s death was… meaningful. It wasn’t senseless. It had meaning. It had a point. I can’t tell you how much better that makes me feel. He didn’t just sneeze and die. It was like he was a soldier. Our war hero. There was a point. He died so we could stay in this White House for 4 more years. He died for our sins…”
Mellie don lost her shit. LOST HER SHIT! Outchea talking like her son was Joseph’s stepson. And it freaked Fitz the hell out because he backed up from her and said “Stop talking until you can become the Mellie I recognize. Stop talking. Get your chips and get out my office and never mention my son to me again.”
Everybody Ain’t Olivia – David shows up at the White House, dronk and Abby tells him to leave. He says “I killed someone with the B613 files.” He talks about Judge Sparks and how the files let him win but it also got that man to kill himself. I call him Lemony Snicket because his life is a series of unfortunate adventures but those files made him a winner temporarily. “I killed him, Abby. I was trying to be Olivia Pope and I killed him. Why are we all trying to be Olivia Pope?”
Abby shows up at Liv’s door and tells her that she ruined David. “You are poison and every one who touches you pays the price.” Instead of arguing back, Olivia breaks down into tears and says that Jake killed Harrison but she doesn’t think it’s true. She’s crying uncontrollably and Abby hugs her. AAWWW.
Change – Mellie gets out her smellie clothes and steps into the shower. The water washes over her and I think Old Conniving Mellie is back.
Fitz goes to see Jake. He rolls up his sleeves and punches the hell out of him. Jake escapes to his happy place: the beach with Liv. “Did you kill my son?” Jake taunts the President saying. “Imagine me inside of her.” He gets another punch to the stomach and bleeds. Fitz has also transformed into the villain version of himself.
LAWD. What is gon happen now? Mellie seems to have found solace in the fact that her son was murdered and that’s so strange. Fitz is disgusted by her in a way I haven’t seen yet. How will Liv fight for Jake’s honor? I haz questions!!!
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