'Scandal' recap: Who can you trust?
If time flies when you're in love, then the days are excruciating long when you're nursing a broken heart.
It's been 10 months since Verna's funeral and Olivia and Fitz haven't spoken or seen each other since then. But when they do … well, let's just say you might need a cold shower because their reunion is HOT.
It's also short-lived. Fitz still doesn't trust her or Cyrus, is trying to drink his problems away, and even relies on Mellie for advice. Seriously, if he's asking Mellie for help, you know Fitz is in trouble.
As for Olivia, she might be ready to move on with a new guy -- who turns out to have his own agenda.
Body of proof
Olivia is getting her morning cup of coffee when she meets a handsome stranger at the shop. They exchange some cute banter, and it's nice to see Olivia smile for once.
Elsewhere in D.C., David Rosen wakes up … clutching a bloody knife … next to a dead woman! He has gone on a huge downward spiral in the last 10 months; he got fired, is teaching U.S. government, and needs his grandma to pay the rent. But a dead body is infinitely worse, so even though they kinda sorta ruined his life, David calls Olivia Pope and Associates.
At David's apartment, the gladiators gather to figure out what happened and what to do. Turns out David was roofied by the woman, whose name is Wendy. Huck suggests moving the body, but warns that doing so will mean they might not find the killer. David doesn't want to go to prison, so he gives the go-ahead to move Wendy back to her apartment.
There, Huck does a little reverse clean-up, but he needs to splatter some of Wendy's blood on the walls. He lets Quinn stab the body, and she does so with gusto. "You're a natural," Huck says with new respect. Only on "Scandal" can people bond over stabbing a corpse.
The gladiators find photos of naked men on Wendy's phone. She was hooking up with a lot of guys -- to dig up dirt and use it as blackmail. Uh oh, did David tell her anything about Defiance? David then accuses Olivia of setting him up, which makes Olivia realize perhaps someone else did set him up … a ruthless someone else who's the chief of staff.
She goes to see Cyrus, who denies setting up David. They chat about the christening for his and James's baby girl; apparently, Olivia and Fitz are the godparents. Really great idea there, Cy. She thinks Fitz knows about Defiance and that's why he's shutting them out. "Defiance is over," Cyrus says. "Defiance will never be over," Olivia replies sadly.
All by myself
At the White House, Fitz is in the shower when Mellie brings him the whiskey he requested -- at 7 AM! Then the first lady tries to seduce him, to which Fitz just sort of shrugs. Luckily, they're both saved by Cyrus knocking at the door, with the news that four Americans have been kidnapped abroad.
In the Situation Room, the president's advisers say the kidnappers want one of their own released from custody. But getting them back won't be so simple, because the hostages are CIA agents. Fitz blows up, demanding answers on how this happened.
Later, he meets with the ambassador of the country where the hostage is taking place. When Cyrus walks in on the tail end of it, he questions Fitz about why the president is shutting him out but gets brushed off.
Cyrus confers with Mellie about the Fitz problem: If he does know about Defiance, then he doesn't trust any of them. After a while, he'll start trusting someone else instead of them -- and they can't let that happen.
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At another Sit Room briefing, Fitz wants to order a SEAL team to rescue the hostages, but Cyrus advises caution. After a private word together, Fitz finally agrees to delay for a little while.
Elsewhere, Wendy's body is discovered and David is arrested. Harrison preps him for the interrogation, but this is a brilliant former prosecutor we're talking about. He tears apart his replacement, daring him to take on a losing case and turning out like David.
Over at Olivia's office, Huck pores over Wendy's cell phone records and finds a number that traces back to the Joint Chiefs of Staff office. And when Olivia goes to find out whom Wendy had been talking to, she runs into the guy from the coffee shop!