First off, wow. These past couple episodes have really been the best from this half of the season.
At first, we were kind of meandering in Olitz drama, and it was getting kind of stale, because most of us kinda hate Fitz and hate Olivia when she was with him.
But this episode was all about family, and what happens when you’re stuck between, say, a high-ranking, government-sanctioned assassin and a terrorist or a publicly unfaithful dad and a privately unfaithful mom.
As we learned last week, Mellie and Fitz’s teenaged kids, Jerry and Karen, are in town from boarding school. It’s for a sit-down interview with a “very important journalist.” We’d never met Jerry and Karen up until this point, and now it’s clear why not: They absolutely despise their dad.
P&A and David Rosen are trying to look into B613 funding, to get it cut off at the knees. But they are a coming up short. It’s not on any congressional budgets, so Liv tells everyone to tap their contacts at the CIA, Justice Department, etc.
But Huck is apprehensive, because he has common sense. With B613, he says, “Uou hide, or you die.” Of course, he’s also concerned about Quinn’s safety, because he’s on a one-man mission to annoy me. He wants Liv to pull Quinn out before they take down B613, but Liv isn’t for it, mainly because Quinn pulled a gun on her the last time they spoke. Valid.
Meanwhile, Quinn and Charlie are discussing her little run-in with Huck. Charlie keeps making her run through the scenario, because obviously, she left out that kiss. She’s not stupid. Just annoying. Quinn tells him that she came home and found Huck lurking in the shadows, he pushed her against a wall, they argued and he left.
Obviously, Charlie isn’t letting this go, and keeps making her repeat her story over and over again. He also offers to kill Huck, but Quinn declines. They’ve got work to do: torturing Dmitri (Ivan’s under-terrorist from last week), who’s busy being tied up in the trunk.
The White House is also looking for Dmitri, who’s been off the grid since 2012, after killing some British tourists. Fitz wants him found, ASAP. He also takes the time to welcome Cyrus back to the WH, and tells him that James’s funeral was lovely. All I have to say is, thank you Shonda Rhimes and the rest of the “Scandal” writing crew from sparing us the sadness of watching James Novak’s funeral. Thank you.
Neither Mellie/Andrew (Meldrew? Meldrew.) or Olitz have stopped having sex since the teen Grants are in the West Wing, which is foolish, to say the least.
Right now, their client’s main problem is his kids. While meeting with them, Liv has a gut feeling that Jerry is up to something, and has Abby look to him. Along the way out of the White House, she stumbles on a disheveled Mellie leaving a room and Andrew leaving moments after. Liv, having been the Fitz’s mistress for like 185 years, knows the signs and orders Andrew to put an end to it, because how many sex scandals can one presidential campaign withstand? Of course, Andrew knows about Liv and Fitz, so he’s all “Glass Houses!” and Liv clutches her pearls.