'Scandal' Premiere Tweet-cap: You'll Never Guess Who Leaked Olivia's Name
SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains storyline and character spoilers for the "It's Handled" Season 3 premiere episode of "Scandal."
"Scandal" Season 3 to "Scandal" Season 2: You just got served!
Seriously, we did not think any episode could be more nuts, more jaw-dropping, more wack-a-doodle than May's finale. We. Were. Wrong.
Because this premiere? Pretty sure we did not blink once. Breathing was difficult. Words hard to form. Typing notes nearly impossible. Intense scene was followed by an intense-r scene (totally a word).
As we saw in the finale, Olivia's world was shattered when someone leaked her name to the press as Fitz's mistress. Her father, Rowan — aka Mystery Bench Guy, who was Jake's B-613 boss — swooped in to "help" her. As we see in the premiere, his idea of "help" is to make her disappear (not like that).
We live-tweeted the whole thing. Let's play back the tape!
Twice as Good
Sitting in the limo, still in shock, Olivia has the wherewithal to ask her father the first question we want to know the answer to: Why did he try to have her killed? Rowan replies that he was trying to kill Jake, not her. OK, so not the worst father in the world …
But still really, really terrible. First, he berates her for believing that Fitz and the White House will help her through this. "Whose body do you think they'll burn?" he roars. Then, he brings up advice he drilled into her as a child:
"You have to be WHAT?" "Twice as good." Really supportive advice from dad. #Scandal— Yahoo TV (@YahooTV) October 4, 2013
Liv breaks down and finally agrees to his plan, which is to get on a plane, assume a new identity, and disappear. But before the plane takes off, she calls Cyrus, who doesn't want her to go. She accuses him of plotting to throw her under the bus, which he declaims.
Cyrus begs Olivia not to take off, and she decides to believe in him. Rowan's furious. "What is happening is I am taking care of myself," Liv tells her father. Then, she lays one last zinger on him:
Over at the White House, everyone's in a tizzy. Cyrus wants VP Sally Langston to take over Fitz's upcoming appearances, but she refuses to help a cheater. Fitz asks to speak to Sally alone, but rather than blowing his top, he does something rather surprising:
Fitz is apologizing to Sally of all people! "I did not live up to my promise to be the best man I can be." #Scandal— Yahoo TV (@YahooTV) October 4, 2013
Fitz is prepared to deal with the consequences of the affair, and asks Sally to buy him some time to make a statement. In her nicest, softest voice, she agrees. Huh. Sally has a heart!
At Pope & Associates, Olivia informs her team that they're not going to do anything about the rumors. Her team's reaction: WTF. While Olivia tends to the clients who are jumping ship, Harrison decides to take charge. Whatever their boss says, "We handle it."
At the White House, Cyrus pumps James for some insider press info, and learns that the reporter who broke the Olivia story hangs out at the same bar as Secret Service agents. Aha! That's the source of the leak! But, luckily, as Mellie learns from SS Agent Hal, he did not reveal Olivia's name.