'Scandal' recap: In the name of love
Warning: Major spoilers ahead
After last week's big revelation that indicated Huck shot President Grant, many fans were trying to come up with theories that absolved him.
Well, we got our wish -- Huck did not shoot Fitz. Whew!
But everyone else thinks he did. In the end, he's led away in handcuffs, and Olivia will have an impossibly difficult crisis to try to manage.
As the manhunt for Fitz's shooter gets under way, Huck comes clean to Olivia and her team. His girlfriend, Becky, called him from the hotel needing help. When he got to the room, a remote-controlled sniper rifle shot the president. His training kicked in, and he cleared the scene of the crime.
Huck dismisses the idea that Becky set him up. He's worried she could be in trouble somewhere, but Olivia forbids him from leaving the office. It's up to Harrison and Abby to try to track her down.
They try to get the hotel security camera footage, but it's on lockdown. Abby, however, has someone she can ask: David Rosen! When he brings it to her, they stare longingly at each other for a while before he leaves.
The team reviews the footage and Becky's records, which indicate her life started three months ago, when she met Huck. They think she really did set up Huck, but he still refuses to believe it. Despite Olivia's order, he takes off to find Becky.
But when he scours her apartment, he finds a hidden room plastered with his pictures and information. Yep, his sweet, nice, normal girlfriend is no such thing.
With Sally Langston in the Oval Office, Cyrus is moping at home. He gets a call from his mother-in-law, who reveals that James wasn't visiting his parents last weekend. When James comes home from lunch, Cyrus snoops on his phone. James has called the same person over and over again the last few days. He concludes that James is cheating.
Cyrus shows up to Olivia's apartment with a bottle of wine to moan about his love life. She counters with the fact that Sally is making Olivia plan Fitz's funeral. Cyrus urges her, as the love of Fitz's life, not to give up on him.
Meanwhile, James is still in cahoots with David Rosen. Cyrus soon finds this out when he gets his own agent, Charlie, to tail him. He's relieved at first that James isn't cheating, but then panics when Charlie reveals that James was in Defiance, Ohio, last weekend.
It's bad enough that Sally is so smug about her new status as acting president, but she also gets a new ally: Hollis. He gives her ammo against Verna, who's in the hospital battling cancer.
Sally wants that Supreme Court seat back, and tries to blackmail Verna into stepping down. Verna discusses it with Olivia, who thinks she should just resign. Verna notes that the guy the FBI is searching for looks a lot like Huck. Uh-oh.
Meanwhile, a despondent Huck goes to his safe place: the house of a normal, happy family that he likes to make up stories about. Becky surprises him there, and admits to setting him up. She can't tell him why, but she says she was supposed to do more to implicate him -- use his credit card to book the hotel room and leave his DNA there. But she didn't because she's in love with him! Becky wants Huck to run away with her. "We're the same. We're built for each other," she says.