Meanwhile, Huck’s stalking Rowan/Eli Pope with a gun, in broad daylight, when Cyrus calls, ruining Huck’s chance. I am really concerned right now. I don’t think this will end well for Huck, and I’ve had a soft spot for him.
Olivia is allowed to call her office. She wants them to get answers, even have Quinn hack into the FBI (To request that in front of a U.S. Congressman seems a little stupid. She can whisper all she wants, but there are only a handful of people in that room. I’m sure he heard her.) Quinn asks about Huck, and Liv shuts her down.
The FBI wants Mary to turn herself in, and they’ll give her the file. She says, “They’ll be scraping nine bodies off of the carpet first.” Olivia lies and says the FBI dude wants her to let some hostages go, first. Mary asks for her advice, and complies.
The released hostages are scared and not a part of this, so Olivia tells her it was the right thing to do. Mary begins babbling about how she made the bomb (from a recipe she found online, obvs.) I’m sorry, but I laughed when she started to talk about how she had to buy a stronger glue gun because her crafting gun wasn’t powerful enough. Olivia and Struthers look more-than-a-little concerned that the bomb may go off just because of her shoddy craftsmanship.
Fitz is in the Situation Room. They want to get a clean shot at Mary. If her hands are off the detonator, there’s a chance. Harrison’s spying outside and warns Liv that they’re coming up, prepared to take Mary out.
Liv learns that Fitz is running point on this and forces Mary away from the window, so she can stand in front of it to show Fitz that it’s Liv inside…so he won’t pull something stupid, like he usually does.
Fitz demands to speak with Olivia. He’s pissed, but Cyrus won’t allow him to call. They can’t share a headline with her this week. Olivia’s busy explaining to Struthers that they could accidentally shoot Mary in the chest, killing them all.
Liv demands to be put through to the president. The hostage negotiator says he won’t talk to her because he doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, which is what Liv officially is.
They run options: knockout gas could cause her to detonate accidentally, or on purpose. Jake calls Fitz on Liv’s behalf, asking what is in the classified file. Once again, no negotiating with terrorists, guys.
Side note: Jake’s salt and pepper beard. Lawd.
Rowan/Eli is visiting a man in a trailer (Huck’s trailing). It’s the Lone Wolf from the WH! He doesn’t want to take the money Daddy Pope is offering; he wants to talk with Fitz. Daddy Pope says he would only allow that as a last option.
He exits and is greeted by the barrel of Huck’s gun. Of course, he saw Huck trailing him earlier, and doesn’t seem too concerned.
Jake calls Olivia with the bad news. Quinn also isn’t having any luck and Abby’s being annoying about it. Quinn leaves Huck another message to come back, because she needs him in order to hack into the FBI. Instead, she wastes time hacking into Huck’s computer.
Abby goes to David for help. He refuses, on the grounds that Olivia is an adrenaline junkie, and he won’t enable her further. He will, however, help with the funeral arrangements once this is over.
Harrison’s babbling at the FBI negotiator about how he is going to get a bad rep “in the hostage-taking community” when he’s approached by an “FBI agent” who shows him an Al Qaeda recruitment video starring Christopher Lawrence.
He tells Liv, and she warns Mary that she needs to prepare herself for what may be in the file.
Harrison calls Abby, asking her to go back to the DOJ and ask David to look up the agent, “Laura Kenney.” It’s not the name of an FBI agent, now or ever. But David still isn’t immediately ready to budge when Olivia calls, ranting about how flawed the Patriot Act is.
David caves and meets Cyrus to request the file. Cyrus, who clearly doesn’t know David very well, tries to bully David, saying he played his last card when he handed over the Cytron card. Cyrus got him a job, so now they’re done.
Cyrus threatens to call security, but David has…notes. He’d researched all of the FBI agents involved in the Al Qaeda raid, and discovered that all of them received large pay increases afterward, making him believe they were paid to keep quiet. David threatens to hand this over to the DNC, just in time for the next election.
Fitz calls Liv. She’s right. Chris wasn’t a terrorist. He was CIA, bringing in operatives to infiltrate terrorist groups. If she tells anyone, the agents that he snuck in will be tortured and killed. The FBI killed him because they did not know who he really was. It was a terrible mistake but made him “a martyr to Al Qaeda and a hero to the U.S.” If his cover is blown, even postmortem, 57 other Americans will die. No one can know, not even his mother.