'Scandal' recap: The lying game
Sometimes you have to fight fire with white-hot lies.
Slimy Hollis Doyle is revealed to be the one behind President Grant's assassination attempt, and now he's manipulating the acting president, Sally Langston. So, Mellie does a very Mellie thing: She forges her husband's signature on a letter taking back control of the government.
It's a lie that could put Mellie away for treason and Olivia for aiding and abetting a federal crime. But it's a lie that they can also use to smoke out the shooter, Becky, and save Huck from torturous interrogation.
And it's a lie that ultimately becomes true when Fitz wakes up at the end of the episode.
Huck is getting waterboarded and beaten to a bloody pulp, as a troubled David Rosen watches on.
Verna admits to Olivia that she's the one who implicated Huck, but says she now believes Hollis Doyle was behind the shooting. She overheard him talking on a secret cell phone -- a burner (guess Supreme Court justices watch "The Wire," too).
Abby and Harrison break in to retrieve the only phone number on the burner. Will it lead them to Becky?
At Olivia's apartment, Edison drops by to tell her that he can't find any information on where the government is keeping the shooter. It's hard when Olivia won't even give him a name, but she insists on keeping a Chinese wall between her personal and professional lives.
Suddenly, there's a knock on the door; someone delivers a letter for Edison. It's from the president, seeking to have his powers reinstated! Fitz is awake!
A hopeful Olivia races to the hospital, but when she gets to Fitz's room, he's still unconscious. Turns out Mellie forged his signature because she doesn't want to let the man responsible for the shooting to continue having power over the country. No biggie ... that's just treason.
Langston calls to congratulate Fitz on his recovery, but she gets suspicious when Mellie answers and tries to act cheerful. But how to prove Fitz isn't awake? Hollis Doyle suggests she leak Fitz's recovery to the press. "They can ask the questions I can't," she agrees.
Olivia brings a new client to the gladiators: Fitzgerald Grant. Now that the press is asking about his recovery, they need to make it appear that he actually woke up. The team disperses to do their thing.
Huck's torture continues, but he will say only that the president is still in danger from the real shooter. A conscience-stricken David reveals the warning to Olivia, who takes it to Sally. She asks the VP to release Huck so that he can help track the real shooter. At first Sally refuses, but then she reads Huck's CIA file. Whatever is on pages 4 and 5 causes her to change her mind.
Now that Huck is free, they need to smoke out Becky. Olivia and Cyrus create a ruse that Fitz is being transferred to Camp David to complete his recovery.
Then Edison shows up demanding to see the president, but Olivia blocks him. He warns her that if she helped forge the letter, he'll prosecute her. "Goodbye, Edison," she icily replies. And good riddance!
Back at the Oval Office, Sally is frustrated about how to prove Grant isn't awake. Hollis tells her not to worry ... he'll "take care of it," meaning he'll call Becky to finish the job.
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