This was such an intense episode of Scandal. Let’s jump right into it.
Olivia & Fitz
Cyrus barges into Olivia’s bedroom, where Fitz and Olivia are making out post-coital. The guy looks like he’s on the verge of a heart attack for most of this episode. He angrily tells Fitz to get out of bed and get dressed. They got a lot of shit to deal with. Cyrus has been staving off the press this whole time.
Olivia goes into “fixer” mode, and begins telling Fitz what he needs to do to manage the situation. He tells her that he doesn’t want her to fix this one for him, he’ll deal with the consequences of his actions on his own. She gives him lovey-dovey eyes and they kiss before he leaves.
A bored Fitz listens as the team that Cyrus has assembled goes over Fitz’s options. Finally, he dismisses them and tells Cyrus that he doesn’t plan on running for re-election. Of course, Cyrus does not take this bit of news very well, at all. He suggests that Fitz can continue to see Olivia in private, if that’s what he really wants. But Fitz claims that he’s in love with Olivia and wants to be open with their relationship, and if that means he can’t be president anymore, then so be it.
Cyrus & Mellie
As I said before, Cyrus is running around everywhere looking like he’s on the brink of a heart attack. He and James argue over the interview James did with Mellie, and Cyrus goes right for the jugular by telling James that he’s stupid and is not a talented reporter. The only reason he got the job as a TV reporter is because of Mellie. Poor James, I just want to give him a hug.
Speaking of Mellie, she’s hired her own “fixer” (John Barrowman). He gives her the spiel about he’s excellent at doing his job… blah, blah, blah.
Abby, Quinn, Harrison, Huck , and David are on the hunt for Charlie.
Charlie figures out that the B-613 guys are onto him and are attempting to kill him. He manages to evade them, and goes to the offices of Olive Pope & Associates, of all places. Olivia, Abby, Quinn, Harrison, and Huck return from their lunch break only to find Charlie pointing a gun at David Rosen’s head. Charlie wants Olivia to help him. He wants the same deal Huck; whatever that deal was, it got B-613 off Huck’s back and Charlie wants the same thing for himself. Olivia tells him to drop the gun, first.
Charlie does so, and Huck takes him to a dark room where he proceeds to tie Charlie to a chair. Charlie writes down the name of the mole on a piece of paper, and then Huck points a gun at the back of Charlie’s head. Charlie tells Huck to do it quickly, when suddenly Quinn arrives. She tells Huck that killing Charlie isn’t part of the job and she gives him the “we-are-gladiators” speech. Huck lowers the gun and lets Charlie go.
When Huck and Quinn get back to the office, Harrison is running around looking very disheveled. The Cytron card, which has all the information about election rigging, is gone!
When Cyrus finds out that Fitz was never planning on running for a second term, even before last week’s episode, he tells Olivia. She then goes and talks to Fitz, telling him that if he doesn’t want to be president, then that’s fine. But she doesn’t think that’s what he really wants. Ever since he found out about Defiance, Fitz has been doubting himself.
Olivia goes back to the press conference room where all the reporters and various media outlets are anticipating Fitz’s speech. She tells Cyrus that she did the best she could. When Fitz arrives, he tells the media to back off because he’s dealing with a personal matter. So Fitz has decided that he will run for a second term, after all. Olivia, Cyrus, and Mellie are relieved.
Then, suddenly, Olivia gets a call from Harrison. He tells her that the Cytron card is gone, along with the Charlie, the one person they suspect took it. Also, they now know the identity of the mole. It’s Billy Chambers!
What they don’t know is that Charlie isn’t the one who took the Cytron card. It’s David Rosen! He took the Cytron card and is working with Billy Chambers.
Mellie’s Fixer: I am very good. All I require is complete and total honesty. Can you do that? Can you be honest?
Mellie: I am the First Lady of the most powerful nation on the planet. I didn’t get here because someone like you held my hand, and called themself my hairdresser. My hair is done. So, don’t ask me if I can be honest like I’m some little girl confused by all the books and smart talk. I can be honest. I can also lie. It all depends on what’s in my best interest.