After all of the messiness that went on with the Grant family last week, Liv is taking a much-needed vacation from Fitz, while sending Abby to the White House as her “proxy.” Cyrus isn’t happy about it, but Liv made it clear that she will only answer Abby’s phone calls and that Abby is not to call her unless “The White House is on fire, in flames, burning to the ground.”
Abby assures Cyrus that she can do the job, but makes a point to mess up her name (the fact that they continue to call her “Gabby” for much of the episode is so shady) and tells her that he almost feels sorry for what’s about to happen to her.
Clearly, Mellie, Fitz and Andrew still haven’t worked out their issues. They sulk through Abby’s entire poll stats rundown. The interview gave Fitz’s numbers a bump but women “who want to break the glass ceiling” are still into Sally and Reston visits his wife in jail every week, making him popular with women voters, as well.
Abby’s sure that this upcoming Warrior Women of America event will gain them more traction with women, but Fitz isn’t hearing it. He’s just furious that Olivia’s not there, leaving the meeting abruptly. Poor Abby even has to endure Cyrus snarking “Nice coat,” about her Olivia-esque white trench.
Liv and Rowan are meeting about B613, but before she accepts his help, she wants to be sure that he won’t harm Fitz. He’d originally threatened that Fitz “won’t make it to his second term,” a feat Rowan feels Fitz is accomplishing all on his own. Fair. But Rowan does promise Liv that he won’t “touch a hair on his head,” which knowing Rowan, still leaves room for plenty of loopholes.
But Liv accepts the promise and asks him about B613’s funding. Where do they keep the money? In the late ‘80’s, they hacked in to the federal budget and rerouted tiny amounts of money from each organization to a black box account. Every agency and taxpayer unknowingly finances B613, and only Command controls the account.
They can only access the account by finding the algorithm that will lead them to the account, which means plenty of hacker-speak from Huck this episode. Huck’s upset when Liv admits that she got the intel from her father (David Rosen: “I would have gone with Anonymous Government Employee”).
Huck’s sure that Liv’s a mark. He knows that Rowan promised her something (hmm, Fitz’s safety…), and insists that if he promised her something, he’s going to take something away. At first, Huck refuses to do it, but Liv reminds him that they all do things that they don’t want to do, and THIS is the job.
Just when I’d finally come up with a couple’s nickname for Meldrew, Mellie wants to end it. You know, in light of the fact that her only daughter walked in on them having sex. Of course, Andrew isn’t giving up, telling her she deserves a man who actually loves her and isn’t just playing the part.
Bad news on the TV. Jeannine Locke, the former White House staffer who took the fall for Fitz and Liv’s affair, has written a new memoir about the “affair” called “Taken for Granted: My Time as a Presidential Mistress.” Classy stuff. At a press conference, she claims that she doesn’t want to hurt the president, but to let the world know what kind of man he is … and then proceeds to make a few awful innuendos about his penis. No “Scandal” viewer will ever be able to look at a baguette quite the same way.
Olivia’s definitely back on the job now. Apparently, someone helped Jeannine land a second book deal, after P&A paid her off the first time. They assume either Reston or Sally is behind it, and Sally, for her part, is on the news, gleefully promising to keep Fitz in her prayers.
Cyrus wants to leak the story of Sally’s daughter Cassidy’s abortion to the news, but Liv reminds him that they agreed not to use the abortion, because it’s old news and they want to stay above the fray. Fitz gets annoyed by their squabbling and kicks everyone out, except Olivia.
He’s obviously furious that she sent “Gabby” to him in her place. He also wants Andrew off the ticket, and a list of new VPs on his desk in the morning. Liv is against it, calling it an “amateur move” that will guarantee that he loses the election. It’s too late in the campaign for this.
But what really sets Fitz off is Liv asking him if there’s anything else he needs from her today. She wants to know what job she’s fulfilling – nanny, maid, bodyguard, fluffer? She asks if she’s there to make Fitz feel “hot and manly” so that he’s not jealous of Meldrew? He calls her disgusting, petty and jealous, but she reminds her that their relationship isn’t going anywhere. All she has is a house in Vermont that she can’t live in, and a man who makes her promises that he can’t keep. Damn, Liv.
Fitz insists that he isn’t the bad guy. Their relationship isn’t something that “happened” to her. Liv accepts that, but still insists that Andrew stay on the ticket.
At B613, Jake’s given Charlie and Quinn an assignment: to spy on Marie Wallace. Of course, Quinn recognizes Liv’s mom, but assures Jake that it won’t be a problem for her. Marie is busy snuggling with one of her friends from the old days. She asks him to bring her “flowers” and then gives him a suitcase full of money from Ivan. This cannot be good.
Leo Bergen’s in the White House, making jokes about Fitz’s sex scandals and comparing him to JFK, who got stuff done, despite all the “skinny dipping and starlets.” Cyrus makes a call, deciding it’s time to “join the fray.”
Harrison meets with another of his former crime buddies, Claire. He tells her that he needs to find Marie Wallace, but Claire refuses. Not that many women are as high up in the criminal world as Marie Wallace, and Claire isn’t willing to upset a potential mentor for Harrison.
Liv’s sleeping when a drunk Jake calls her from outside her door. She refuses to let him in, and he reminds her that he can break in, if he wants. But they both know he won’t do it. He misses her, but she won’t let him end, because he kills her friends. He insists that James wasn’t her friend, promising that he would never kill her friends. Wow.
At that, she asks him if he can “hear the B613” in his brain. He can, but he just misses her. She refuses to let him in, and he bangs on the door, scaring her. It’s actually kind of sad. Jake’s loneliness is palpable.