At first, the Navy had Fitz doing desk work because of his senator father, but he was eventually given a chance to fly, and then was given “an order.” Now, his father wants him to campaign on a lie, but his dad insists he should be grateful that this lie exists, and should let it go.
The really horrible side of Fitz's dad is on display right now. He tells Fitz that he has nothing else to go on but his name. He’s his son, but he’s not as smart, or as interesting. He made Fitz, so he can destroy him. This season really is an epic look at bad fathers.
Abby reports back to Olivia about their findings, including the involvement of Fitz's dad, but really, Abby just wants to hug her, even against her will. It’s a sweet moment that reminds you that Abby is Olivia’s friend, not just her employee.
Charlie’s staking out his target when he realizes that he, too, is being watched. It’s Quinn. He finds her and tosses her a jacket, then tosses her up against the wall, kisses her and leaves.
Mellie stops Sally in the hallway to feed her some fake story about one of her staffers being sexually harassed by Daniel Douglas. Sally insists that Mellie’s staffer is lying, then leaves when Mellie’s TV crew shows back up to take some shots of her traipsing around the White House with Baby Teddy on her hip.
They set out for the Oval Office. Fitz’s secretary tries to stop them, but Mellie opens the door and finds it empty. Fitz can’t even be bothered to show up for this publicity stunt?
Flashback to Cyrus leaving the Grant estate because of the family drama. He says he has enough of that at home with his wife, and we see how much things really have changed for Cy. Cyrus says he’s on board if they decide they want to turn Fitz into a politician, but if this is just an ego boost, that is Mellie’s job. as his wife.
Mellie balks at this. She’s a partner at a law firm, which Cyrus immediately tells her she’ll have to give up. She falters, insisting that she’s just going to charity work. But Cyrus insists that Fitz will be her full-time job, and Mellie promises that she will have Fitz ready to work if Cyrus comes back the next day.
As Cyrus hangs up with “Amber” the escort, Mellie storms into his office, raving about Fitz not being in the Oval Office when he promised he would be. She’s doing this “Vanna White routine” for him, and she needs him to meet her halfway. She wants to know if Fitz will act like he has some sense at their interview tomorrow. Mot even Cyrus can promise her that.
Abby and Harrison interview Mrs. Rowe, who was the gate agent for the flight. She tells them that the flight was held at the tarmac by a federal marshal and someone was taken off the plane.
This is news to Harrison and Abby. It wasn’t mentioned during the news report, despite the fact that the woman told the investigator who interviewed her. She assumed there was nothing important about it, because she never heard talk of it again. She didn’t see the man who was taken off the plane, but can’t forget the name: Omar Dresden, b.k.a. Fakename McGee.
His family believes he died in the crash. Huck agrees to do some hacking and Liv sends Harrison and Abby to track down more witnesses. Meanwhile, Charlie calls Quinn to make plans for tomorrow night.
Sally gushes to Daniel Douglas that she heard from Leo Bergen about the progress she’s making financially. She also wants to make it clear that he can’t be out there sleeping around while she’s trying to run for president. He insists he understands, and she agrees never to bring it up again.
Flash back to Mellie assuring Fitz Jr. that he’s a decent father, which he believes to be true, since he doesn’t beat Fitz like his father beat him. Sure, he slept around, but his wife never knew.
He tells her that Fitz shot down Flight 522 because intel said there was a dirty bomb on board. Fitz was ordered to shoot it down, so it wouldn’t hit its target and start World War III. The government had to lie about the collateral damage to avoid the lawsuits.
Mellie is understandably disturbed. Fitz Jr. picks that moment to grab her knee, which quickly turns to the most disturbing thing we have ever seen on this show. Fitz’s father raped Mellie on their couch and even though the scene is only about a minute long, I still feel that we deserved a trigger warning at the beginning of this episode.
It also makes it even more awful that Fitz treats Mellie like something stuck to his shoe. She’s waiting for him in the Oval Office, walking around the Presidential seal on the carpet in her bare feet, drink in hand. He tries to dismiss her, but she won’t be pushed out. He left her hanging. She’s tired of doing everything herself; he is supposed to be her partner.
Fitz suggests they don’t pretend to be something that they’re not, but she has given up too much for him, even while he shames and disrespects her. She waves away the fact that he never loved her, but she says the least he could do is be her friend, to show up for her and not treat her like a stranger.
Mellie creeps into the bedroom, telling some lie about being on the phone with her father. Fitz insists she climb into bed with him instead of taking the shower she desperately wants. The image of her crying silently while he continues to whine about his daddy issues is heartbreaking. A strong, present-day Mellie lying for Fitz when it seems like he isn’t going to show up for the camera crew is even more infuriating.
But he does show up at the last minute! New leaf, maybe?