Paris is Burning: Scandal Episode 503 Recap
Season 5 of Scandal has brought on clue-dropping through the emoji following the #Scandal hashtag on Twitter. Episode 1 was an emoji of a black woman and white man with a heart between them (clearly Fitz and Liv). Episode 2 was a red power tool (because Gavin tried to use that as a weapon). This week, it was a white hat. I’m digging this new addition to the live-tweeting of the show because we can start figuring out off the bat what we need to look out for.
Last week, Olivia dropped the gauntlet on everyone when she answered “YES” to the press when they asked if she was the First Mistress. The fallout is huge, and what she thought she was ready for might not be afterall. Let’s talk about it.
Close Your Legs – Olivia walks into the Oval Office, where a steaming Mellie is, and Fitz is looking relieved to see her. Red dress FLOTUS immediately throws a palm tree of shade Liv’s way with “Oh look. It’s the girl who can’t shut her legs. Or mouth.” OOP. She storms out, leaving the star-crossed lovers alone. I was getting what I NEEDED from Olivia’s black jacket with white lapel. YESSS. The moment President Ghost is alone with bae, he goes to her and starts kissing her. He’s all geeked that his mistress has claimed him publicly. Aawww.
Poisonous Pairing – Abby walks into Mellie’s office and tells her that if she does a press interview with Fitz, she could make it work for her. She’s interrupted by Cyrus Beene, though, who is there because he is now officially Senator Grant’s top advisor. He’s rocking a red tie himself, and they match which is telling me they are on the same team. Cy kicks Red out and asks Mellie what she wants. “I want to destroy Olivia Pope… I want their every breath to reek of poison.” He asks her again what she wants, using one of his epic pep talks. He riles her up until she finally blurts out “I want the Oval Office.” There you go! Cyrus and his “get your shit together” pep talks be having me ready to run up 100 steps while “eye of the tiger” plays in my iPod.
Not Needed – Back at Olivia Pope and Associates office, Quinn is fielding thirsty phone calls from press who want to find out about their boss’ admission. Huck is defending their system from hackers from all over the world. They are in protect and serve Liv mode when Jake from State Farm rolls in. He starts unplugging shit from the walls, closing their computers, shutting off the wifi. He tells Huckleberry Quinn to have a damb seat proverbially and stop tryna be Captain Save-a-Liv because there is nothing here to fix. “Do not lie. That was it. That was her plan. The plan is done. Liv finally stood on her own and we are done.” Ok then.
Divorce Demands – For the interview that they need to do, Mellie wants Cyrus to negotiate so she gets what she wants before agreeing to it. Mr. Beene tells Liz North that he ain’t got shit to say to her and he will only talk to Abby. His petty is long and strong but I get it. Mellie’s requests include Liv and Fitz not rubbing their love in her face public, especially not before she becomes President. They still have to be discreet about their relationship because who wants to see that? I get it, girl. Who’s tryna see the ex-bae on Instagram cheesing with new bae? NOT ME, man!
Also, Fitz has to campaign with and for her when she’s on the trail to become President. He gotta kiss and hug all the babies and tell people she cannot be outdone. Abby presents it in the Oval Office President Ghost fusses and says he ain’t gon do it but Liv disagrees immediately. 20 years of marriage means you better give Mellie what she wants. You gon take these pics with her and you will deal. Shit.
Friendship Fail – Abby is standing there, looking mad at Liv and she storms out the office. Olivia follows her to her office and asks what her beef is. Red is hurt because her friend ain’t tell her the truth about this affair even though she asked her to her damb face. She points out that she could have made sure none of those pics leaked because all those cameras that caught them could have been turned off. Liv made everyone’s life hell with her “YES” and didn’t think to tell her best friend who would have to deal with the fallout. Abby points out that it’s really because her old boss doesn’t trust her to do her job well. WELP.
Speaking of failing at friendship. Liv calls Jake and is all “I think I made a mistake.” MA’AM! This ain’t the time for doubt because it’s too late now. You said “YES” so all that comes with it must be dealt with. Meanwhile, Jake gotta learn to make himself less available to her.
Demands Met – Mellie has more demands. She wants Olivia to agree to never taking the Grant last name. There shall be no 2nd Mrs. Grant. Fitz is of course like HELL NO but Liv is all “give her that too.” So Abby prints up the agreement, which Cyrus hands to Mellie. Everything she asked, they gave her. Including $500,000 annual allowance for her to use as she wishes. Senator Grant flips out, saying she wants more. What else do you want, lady? DAMB. Doing the most. She turns to Cyrus and calls him soft. She thought he was better than this and was a beast. This agreement ain’t gon cut it.
I get it, because she wants to unleash the animal in him. But really, she is hurt and she wants to be wanted by her husband. No amount of ink or ask will bring her that, though. Also, how much damage can Mellie do against Fitz? They have JUST as much dirt on her as she does on them. If she wants to start playing dirty, they could just start World War 3 against each other. ALLADEM got skeletons in the closet.
Unfair Sacrifice – Cyrus goes to the Oval Office to talk to Fitz and Liv is there too. He plays gracious, almost cowering when he tells the President that his wife is not signing the agreement. She does not want all those things. What she really wants is for him not to leave her. Beene tells his old boss that the only way all of the back and forth will end is if he takes her back. Can he at least do that until he is out of the office? Fitz thanks him for the advice, he leaves and Liv grabs her coat. She needs some air.
Olivia is walking through the White House and she runs into Mellie who is searching through her giant room/closet for hooch. She needs a good DRANK. I do miss Drunk Mellie and her UGG boots and fried chicken. She finds it and offers Liv some. When she declines, FLOTUS/Senator Grant says “You don’t get to say what you don’t want. Not in here. Your wants, your needs, no one cares.” That “here” is the White House when you are there as First Lady. She points out that Liv will not be able to work with her Land of Misfit Toys Gladiators either. MELLIE, KEEP IT CUTE! Don’t be calling the Gladiators some thugs! Yes, they cut off fingers and pull teeth out. STILL. The point is, Olivia might become First Lady but that is also when she will become ornamental. All that glitters ain’t gold.
Giving Up – Liv walks into the Oval Office and says she is not going through with shouting her love of Fitz from the rooftops. President Ghost asks if she’s giving up and she says she is not ready to give up what he’s worked for her entire life.
All these damb sacrifices for what? FAH WUT?? Whatever she says goes too because President Ghost heads to the White House balcony. Who’s there? Mellie and her hooch. I peep that Fitz is wearing a red and blue tie, which kinda mirrors her dress. She tells him she will get out his hair and he turns to her looking all sincere and starts to apologize. He says he knows she will be the first female President of the United States and that he’ll support her. “I took everything you offered me over the years… I took it all and used it to get here… I didn’t always say thank you.” Fitz. These apologies of yours. They always come late and short. And at the spurring of someone else. Never from YOU. Ennehweighs, she turns to him and asks what he’s ever sacrificed for her. He, of course, does not have an answer. BUT at least he apologized and acknowledged the role she’s played in his ascent to power.
Friendship Feels – Mellie has decided to do the press interview with Fitz, and as preparations continue for it, Abby and Olivia handle their tension. Liv tells her that she absolutely believes in her ability to do her job, but she’s just not used to being the one who is the fixee, not the fixer. She apologizes to Red and all is well between them again. GOOD! I don’t want them to beef.
Later, Cyrus walks into the Oval Office to thank Fitz for taking his advice of keeping Mellie to keep the peace until he is no longer POTUS. A still shaky-voiced Cyrus then launches into a plea for his job back. He begs his friend (at one point) to see that he is his spine, “Deep down, I hope you know this. I have your back. Always.” START THE BROMANCE AGAIN!!! Take him back, Fitz!
Beene’s Bad – Because President Ghost majors in hustling backwards, he looks at Beene and tells him to leave, because he no longer works in that house. He does it in a way that was so dismissive and cold that Cyrus’ request for his job now looks like groveling. It was humiliating for him to be so utterly rejected, especially after pouring his heart out. Gahtdambit, Fitz! You need that dude on your site. But nooooo. Ugh. I just knew Cy was gon flip the table.
He goes to Mellie’s office and finds her in a black dress, getting ready to do the interview in minutes. Cy tells her to remember that her husband is a politician, and that she needs to keep herself from being played by him. A formerly confident Mellie looks like she just got a cold bucket of water thrown on her. WAKE UP, girl.
Fitz and Mellie walk together to go to the interview but she stops right outside the door. She remembers all the bullshit she’s been through with him, and she turns around and walks away. No dice. Ain’t gon be able to do it. Thank Mr. Beene.
Fixing Things – Mellie and Cyrus bounced from the White House so the interview is dead. In the oval Office, Abby asks the President to let he fix this. He scoffs but Liv tells him to trust Abby to do it. She and Liz head to the press room while Olivia stays behind to tell Fitz that her friend is about to throw her under the bus. He gets mad and wants to go stop it but she tells him to sit his ass down. “Sit there and watch me choose you.”
HEYYYYY!!! He does, and they sit on the couch in the Oval Office watching Abby handle it like Liv would have.
Burning Paris – The Gladiators are watching the news, waiting on the First Couple interview that wasn’t coming. Quinn points out that it’s crazy because the Louvre is in flames and it isn’t even being covered in anything but scrolling text at the bottom of the newscast. Jake looks concerned and leaves immediately to go run an errand. That errand is a visit to the prison where Papa Pope is. Eli is in his behind bars uniform and giggles when he sees Jake. What do you want now?? Does Olivia need saving? Ballard says nah. He ain’t here for that. He’s there because the Louvre is burning. Command looks hella interested. This must be a B613 code for something.
The cycle continues. Fitz tells Olivia he wants to make their love legit. She looks like the prospect makes her want to wall-slide all over the White House. Then she gets close to owning their affair but something always prompts her to run. In the meantime, she calls Jake from State Farm. But ultimately, when she is placed between a rock and a hard place, she finally chooses Fitz. It is usually because she is coerced, though.
Olivia’s “watch me choose you” line is a callback to season 2 episode 20 when Fitz told her the same ting as he sat on her couch in her apartment. I love when that happens. Still, their choosing is always on shaky ground. They never get to choose each other for anything more than a fleeting moment. Will that change? We shall see.
Throughout the episode, Liv was in mostly black clothes with slivers of white. It was like her white hat was battling to come out but it ain’t quite make it. I need to know the details on that jacket she first donned. She wears some striking pieces! The person donning the white hat was Abby Whelan. She took care of business, and didn’t even have to be too dishonest to do it. She invoked the spirit of Old Olivia Pope and did her job like the BAWSE she is.
Again, Fitz STAYS making wrong decisions. He should have known that Cyrus could bring his house of cards tumbling down. Mellie was totally about to do what he wanted and needed and he went ahead and messed it all up by not having the foresight and the smarts to know that Cy could be the reason it wouldn’t happen for him. Fitzgerald Grant NEEDS a puppet master because when he controls himself, he is the master of fugging up.
Meanwhile, Mellie had on her power color of red all episode. In fact, that lace dress she had on is one of my favorite things she’s ever worn on this show. I loved it!
Chile… B613 will never go away. They are roaches. The Louvre burning seems like one of their codes. What does this mean, doe? Either way, I’m glad Papa Pope is back. I have missed him terribly. Also, I’m excited at the prospect of B613 squading up again. This is going to be a heckuva ride.
Anywho, Gladiators ROAR in the comments!