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Honor Thy Father: Scandal Episode 418 Recap

Let’s get into last night’s Scandal, folks!

Team Takedown – David is still hellbent on pursuing B613 and Jake tells him that if they do, they’re all going to die. He wants State Farm to sign the document promising him immunity and he gets slammed on a table and told a forceful NOPE.

Rosen Jake 1 Rosen Jake 2

Dude is gonna get that white hat and his neck dropkicked.

With the help of Huckleberry Quinn, Rosen summons some ex-B613 agents because he needs them to testify if he has any chance of bringing down the organization. But being the sloppy fool he is, David didn’t even check to see if he’s been bugged. Jake is somewhere else listening to the entire plan be hatched. He’s already hustling backwards.

Morning After – Olivia wakes up and next to her is Russell (real name: Franklin), the dude she made the secks with. He tells her he knows her real name is Olivia and flips her over for some more rounds. Liv. Come on, G. You stay making mistakes with these hoes you deal with. Why did she let him spend the night? NAH, B.

Client Reed – A congressman named Nicholas Reed meets with Liv and needs her help to get his father off death row and back to freedom. George Reed confessed to killing his daughter’s teacher, Dan Hoffman, 15 years before. Dan was clearly a pedophile, and Jamie was one of at least 4 students he slept with. He broke her heart and 15-year old Jamie hung herself. Afterwards, Dan was found dead from gunshots to the head. The case never even went to court because George confessed to it. Nicholas doesn’t believe his father did it. Liv begrudgingly agrees to go to the prison to speak with the man.

Meeting Harmony – Lizzie goes down South and meets with Harmony, Melody Grant’s estranged sister. Yes, Mellie’s name is Melody and I want them to have a sister named Cadence so this can feel complete.

Lizzie Harmony 1 Lizzie Harmony 2

Harmony says she always has her sister’s back even though sissy doesn’t show her love. She even alludes to having tea that should make the First Lady embrace her more.

Mellie’s pissed that Liz went behind her back but her campaign manager makes a good point that she better make nice because her half-sister (they got the same daddy) could bring some things DOWN and jeopardize her campaign.

Reed’s Truth – Olivia visits the prison while wearing this BANGING WHITE COAT to see George Reed. The man doesn’t want the case reopened and he is not entertaining the idea that he is innocent. She believes that he is innocent and says she will be taking him on as a client whether he wants or not. HA!

Harmony’s Here – Cyrus is mad nervous about Harmony being in DC. He wants her to be kept away from the press and he’s looking forward to Fitz being done supporting what he thinks is a stupid play on Mellie’s part to one day become president. “Because if there’s one thing Fitz HATES, it’s the messy, petty, bitchy craziness that overtakes Mellie when her dirty laundry of a family is exposed to the open air.”

Harmony rolls into the White House rocking a red and black dress. Red is Mellie’s power color and she’s rocking blue instead, telling me that she’s not on the game. She’s jumpy the moment she sees her sister too.

Safe House Slaughter – The ex B613 agents were taken to safe house so they couldn’t be touched before they testify. Charlie is included and he goes out for a grocery run. When he returns, he finds his peeps laying in their own blood, dead. Jake emerges from the shadows and the two men tussle until Jake runs out. David, Huck, and Quinn arrive on the scene and Charlie tells them that Jake has clearly lost his mind and must be killed and they can’t tell Liv. “Ballard’s gone mad dog. We find him. We put a bullet in his head.”

Mad Dog

For him to kill the B613 agents means he is in survival mode, and Huck agrees he gotta die. Quinn has a problem with this though because he was so instrumental with the mission to get Liv back.

Basement Bust – The Gladiators find out that Dan Hoffman had a wife, and they want to see if she might have been the one who killed him. When they get to her house, her sister says she died of pancreatic cancer 2 weeks before. Later on, they sneak in and search her house to see if something could link her to Dan’s murder. In the basement, they find a gun whose ballistic matches the one used to kill him. Police comes and retrieves it.

Melody and Harmony – Mellie, Fitz and Harmony are at a tension-filled dinner. The sisters do not make beautiful music together and they start hurling words across the table to each other. Mellie comes for her sister by calling her mother a “homewrecking whore.” AW SHIT. Her sister’s retort is: “The dirt I got on you, sis? It could come in real handy one day.” OOP.

Afterwards, Fitz tells his bothered wife that she’s gonna have to learn to deal better because if she can’t even deal with her sister, how will she be President?

Mellie Hooch

I miss Drunk Mellie.


I’m here for them right now. They’re basically BFFs and I love it.

Pope’s Neighbor – The Gladiators track Jake’s cell signal to… OLIVIA’S PLACE! Aw damb. I’ve BEEN saying. Olivia gotta move. She needs a new place. I just checked Google Maps and got her intercom code from YellowPages. Quinn and Huck knock on her apartment door and she opens up, clearly in the middle of a date with Franklin the One Night Stand. Olivia, WE DON’T LOVE THEM HOES! Hit it and quit it, girl! HIT. IT. AND. QUIT. IT. Lawd.

Anyway, when she tells them to basically go away unless they have real news for her, she closes the door. Right then, the door across the hall opens. Sister Lois’ apartment is now occupied by Jake from State Farm, who tells them that Liv is safe as long as he’s safe. Clearly, he’s there to stay.

Failed Mission – Huck, Quinn, David and Charlie meet on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. If killing Jake is their mission, they have failed. And there are no other B613 agents they can roundup to testify after what happened to those other 3. And Huck takes Jake’s threat, if they try to kill him, he might kill Liv. David tells them “We are the white hats. We are the good guys. We don’t quit. We get justice.” Yeah, ok. This is all above his pay grade and he doesn’t even know it.

Failed Mission

Charlie taps out and says he’s leaving, wishing them all good luck. The others leave, telling David to stay safe. Team Takedown just broke up. I try to remind folks that you pick that team that David Rosen is not a part of, with his bad luck having ass.

Fitz Fix – Harmony is taking her hellraising back home but she stops in the Oval Office. There, President Ghost tells her the reason Mellie is a bitch is because the First Lady is jealous of her sister. He says she has everything his wife wants and that’s hwy she shows out. Harmony goes to her sister and gives her a heartfelt hug as she leaves. Mellie, back in red, wonders what Fitz did and he says he just smoothed it over. “You’re gonna win this race, Mellie. And I’m gonna be right by your side when you do.” AAWWWW Prez Ghost! THAT’S SO SWEET. Cyrus is outside the door, hearing that and looking sinister. Beene’s beast is about to come out and I’m gonna need to brace myself.

Freeing Reed – Liv meets with the Reeds in prison, and says that the gun found in Lisa’s basement was not rusty or old. So it was obviously planted there to frame her, and since she’s dead, it wouldn’t have done much. She figured out that George Reed has spent the last 15 years in prison protecting Nicholas, who was the one who actually murdered Dan Hoffman. George tries to get his son Nick to shut up but clearly the guilt is eating him up, which is why he’s been trying to get his father exonerated. Finally, with his blessing, Nicholas resigns his Congressional seat, confesses and is taken into custody. And George walks out of prison, free at last.

White Hat – David calls Huck and says he has a witness who can testify against Jake: himself. He was there when he killed James Novak. As he’s saying this, Jake is listening. GGAAAHHHHHH!!!! David’s dumb ass. WHY WOULD YOU CONFESS THAT OVER YOUR PHONE???? I try to root for Lemony Snicket but he makes it so hard! You don’t hunt goons like you’re hunting for eggs at Easter. He must have a death wish.

Rosen walks his secretary (Holly) to her car in their office garage as Jake looks on in a parked car. As they open her trunk, Jake appears with his gun drawn. He tells David to step to the side and he does, revealing Holly, who has her gun drawn. HOLY SHIT, SHE’S B613. Right then, he pulls the trigger and Holly is dead and gone. She’s the one who killed those agents in the safe house and Jake got there too late to stop her. Jake is a white hat, afterall! “We’re the good guys but you won’t always be able to tell.”

Jake Good Guy

Well, I’ll be dambed.

Huck goes to meet Olivia and she chews him OUT, angry that he kept this stuff from her. What he didn’t know is that she was behind Jake’s surveillance of David. They were working together because this sloppy takedown mission needed her. HE of all people should know better than to lie to her. “What I need is for you to be honest with me. To tell the truth. Because the things that are about to happen right now? We need to be together!”

It Gets Real – Olivia’s home and the door knocks. Franklin is standing there looking shifty. Just then, Rowan Pope emerges with “Hello, Olivia.”

Olivia Rowan 1 Olivia Rowan 2


Can we talk about how everything David Rosen touches turns to dust? Everything. The dude is the court jester and he always thinks he has a leg up on someone but they sweep him into the floor. Also, poor guy. Holly is the 2nd person he’s seen killed up close, with their blood all over him. Both time, Jake was the killer. He can join Liv in whatever therapy she gon need too.

As much as I roast David, I have to admit that he is brave. His courage borders on stupid too because he never feels a real sense of the danger he’s in. He does on some level but if I were him, I’d hire full time security. That dude walks by himself like he’s not going after the most ruthless and powerful organization (off the books or otherwise) ever.

I also want to point out that lest folks forget, Liv is really her father’s daughter in the sense that she definitely got some of his all-seeing trait. The fact that Huck thought she’d have no clue is fascinating. She’s not THAT out of the loop.

Olivia Jake side-eye

I have missed Rowan Pope this entire season. I’ve missed his reads, his slayage and overall masterfullness so the fact that he’s back with a real vengeance? IT IS SO ON. My body is ready. Shit’s about to hit the fan.

We gotta wait til April 16 to see the next episode. In the meantime, I’ll be oiling my edges with extra Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

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  1. paleo_wino
    April 3, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Bruh, when David was talking about how he was gonna confess, I nearly choked on my El Pollo Loco. Like damn do you ever learn Lemony? Just quit at life homie. So what’s the theory on how Russel knows Rowan? Home looked kinda shook when he answered the door.

  2. Diva
    April 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    As I posted last night on my fb Gladiators… Not Bitches group: Lemony stays unfortunate in so many events. I admire that Mr. Snicket refuses to take his white hat off. Bless his heart.
    I want The Grants to get a dog & name him Tempo. I bet he’d be part of B613 also. Bug in the collar style.

  3. CourtneyH
    April 3, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I thought that Mellie’s conversation with Fitz was interesting. She reminded him of what she has done as first lady and how he had to do the same as first husband.

  4. SIPort
    April 3, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I did not see Franklin as shifty. I thought that he was scared out of his mind. Maybe I am wrong. We will see.
    David is too dumb for words. Everytime I see Eric Holder he has security. WHERE IS DAVID’S Security????

  5. RaeJ
    April 3, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I was all over the internet last night like, “Really y’all…Melody and Harmony…and no one is saying a word about this” So thank you for calling attention to that.
    I was not feeling the way Liv slammed the door on Huck and Quinn. I know she was busy with that weird looking man, but you don’t do your team like that.
    So…what could Mellie be hiding…could it be an abortion as a teen? Did she run over a neighbor in paw-paw’s Caddy after drinking daddy’s hooch? Or did she shoot brother-cousin Billy Bob by accident while they were hunting rabbits? Enquiring minds want to know.

    • Milaxx
      April 3, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      The teenage abortion or some other type of sexcapade would make sense. Remember how she was with her daughter when Liv caught her ho’ing out? Mama knows.

  6. Tracy
    April 3, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I knew what time it was when State Farm told Lemony “He’s coming.” Also the look on Franklins face when Liv opened the door. It’s on Gladiators!

  7. Eve Tey
    April 3, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Yesssss, that white coat she wore into the prison was EVERYTHING!!! I can only dream though cuz the pieces she wears cost thousands…

  8. MissTish
    April 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Cadence is the one-tooth having, banjo-playing, pickup-truck driving, white sheet-and-a-mullet wearing , in-bred, king of the trailer park that even Harmony won’t claim (son of home-wrecking-whore #2). He’s been on Maury four separate times trying to find out who gave him the clap, but he doesn’t know Mellie is his sister…Harmony would tell, if it meant people wouldn’t find out they were related.

  9. April 3, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I have been waiting for them to show Mellie’s family, but this rowdy hillbilly is not what I expected. There is no way would that bacon-soap making, beer swilling, frizzy haired, petty brawd have been calling herself checking me at my own table like that. No mam. I don’t care what kind of dirt she has, Mellie has people.

    And I really thought Fitz was trying to push up on ole girl when he was telling her that lie about Mellie being jealous of her. With his lying azz.

    Liv making the beast with two backs with this guy is just not cutting it. After all she’s been through, couldn’t then have found someone hotter? This dude is sketchy looking and now that he’s been hemmed up by Daddy Pope what good is he?

  10. nichole
    April 3, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Shonda needs to give us coupon code for JBCO at Amazon. IJS

    Knew Jake had to be a good guy or else he would have killed Charlie in the safe house. He had the upper hand after all.

    I hope Liv got that check from Congressman Reed before he went to jail. No more pro bono!

    Not everyone can identify different languages and ONSWSTL (one night stand who stayed too long) Franklin knew them all. That was my red flag.

    What are Mellie’s secrets? If everyone knows where Liv lives and her security code, can’t we find out this about Mellie?

    And a big “welcome back” to Papa Pope. I missed him and all his goonness. It’s about to get cray cray. Liv thought she had problems being kidnapped? Let the games begin.

    • LadyLarke
      April 6, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Yes Yes and YES! When you mentioned that Franklin knew most of the languages LIv was muttering in her sleep a light bulb went off. He may be working for the other side…

  11. April 4, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Chile. I already don’t trust that new piece of meat Liv is screwing, especially since he knew her real name. I’m not here for her choice in a new secks potna, & I feel he’s linked to Rowan in some way. Now, having said THAT – I was totally here for Rowan’s return. I too, have missed him. SO glad Jake is not a bad guy. Scandal is back full throttle & I haz the happies! Woo-hoo *shimmies*

  12. notconvincedgranny
    April 4, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Unable to roar. Voice packed up and squeaked “back on the 16th” and presto! chango! POOF! it was gone.

  13. Suchaclassylady
    April 4, 2015 at 4:57 am

    I thought Mellie comes from blue-blood, old money. Wasn’t that part of a backstory about how Fitz’s dad hooked them up? I distinctly remember their fathers arranging that marriage over cocktails.

    • TheItGyrl
      April 7, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Maybe the money was on her mom’s side. Or, maybe her dad fell from grace and lost his money after the scandal of hooking up with Harmony’s mom. IDK, I’m just guessing at this point.

  14. Mac
    April 4, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Y’all don’t remember Olivia’s plaything from Stomp the Yard? He was the leader of the Thetas. I think I’ve seen that movie too many times, of course, it also gave us Harrison with far less chest definition (RIP Gingham).

  15. K-Vegas
    April 4, 2015 at 7:36 am

    All Shook Up aka Mr. New Booty aka Brian White would have been an excellent Harrison replacement…

  16. Alysha Brown
    April 4, 2015 at 9:52 am

    “You don’t hunt goons like you’re hunting for eggs at Easter.”

    I always look forward to reading your reviews on Scandal episodes LOL.

  17. April 4, 2015 at 9:52 am

    All of what you said and can I say that I’m loving Liv’s Resting IDGAF Face this season. It’s everything!

  18. Absurdist
    April 4, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    But how does Mama Pope fit in to all of this?

  19. Carol
    April 4, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Scandal is getting terrible ratings now because viewers don’t like the B613 storyline (die Papa Pope and Jake) and the ridiculous Mellie for President arc. Both of those plots are so silly and only there to give screen time and relevancy to the Jake and Mellie characters.

    A more interesting and believable storyline for Mellie would have been a Presidential divorce, a move to Virgina and then a run for office where we see Mellie trying to make it as a single woman and political candidate like VP Susan Ross.

    Scandal needs to refocus on Olivia and OPA. Let Olivia hire a replacement for Harrison and/or Abby – someone dynamic. The cases used to be really interesting and now they are so boring and predictable like the writers are phoning it in while dreaming up stupid B613 and Mellie plots.

    The spark is missing from this show when it does not focus on Olivia and OPA. Plus Cyrus played by the wonderful Jeff Perry should have more screen time not mediocre Scott Foley. I miss Olivia and Cyrus having wine night and working together or against each other. There needs to be more Cyrus and Fitz too – the actors have a great bromance.

    Shonda is her own worst enemy when she does not listen to the feedback from critics and fans and tries to push stories fans are not buying. ABC needs to fix this downward spiral ASAP.

    • notconvincedgranny
      April 4, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      ‘scuse me, but what show are you watching?

      • Carol
        April 4, 2015 at 3:53 pm

        The same one as you but I’m not a blind fan of shows. The ratings have dropped almost 50% from the beginning of season 4. This episode was the lowest rated since November 2012.

        I started watching Scandal for Kerry Washington and continued because it was a good show. But Scandal has not been consistently good since seasons 1, 2 and maybe early season 3. We have been getting a few good episodes and a lot of bad fillers. Shonda has the characters doing things they would never do based on their past character development especially Olivia and Huck. Things that make absolutely no sense and no real continuity.

        • TheItGyrl
          April 7, 2015 at 8:34 am

          Yeah. Season 3 was basically a cartoon/caricature for me. I fell in love with Olivia the “fixer”. These shenanigans in the last few seasons have been a grand disappointment to me.

    • Command
      April 4, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      If anything, the ratings have been messy when Maya and Rowan aren’t there. I can tell you if or when Rowan and/or Maya dies, a lot of people will call it quit. I know I only watch because of these two plus Sally, but even them can’t salvage this show and won’t make me come back before at least the season finale.

  20. foxxxxtalltrees
    April 4, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Mellie is a blue blood BUT daddy dearest left the fam for PWT and Harmony. He probably gave up the riches in the divorce for love.

  21. Silk!
    April 5, 2015 at 6:42 am

    The only thing off to me is the naming of the sisters given their history. If Melody and Harmony had the same mother, I’d believe their names. I’m surprised that the other woman would pick a name for her child that so matched her half-sibling’s.

    • Peds RN
      April 5, 2015 at 10:59 am

      I thought that too at first, unless the other woman was being petty. If Mellie’s mom and dad are blue blood, but Harmony’s mom is trailer park queen, giving Harmony a “matching” name might be her way of giving her child “rank” or “importance”. Or it could have been a giant “F you” to Mellie’s mama.

      • April 6, 2015 at 2:02 am

        Get A Look Back To Your Nostalgic Childhood Memories!!!

      • TB
        April 6, 2015 at 12:51 pm

        I agee with Peds RN! My sister is 6 weeks younger than me (CLEARLY, different Mommas! smile). My name is Traci. Her Momma named her Tonia AND gave her the same middle name!!!! So, it absolutely good be either of those reasons.