'Scandal' Recap: Worst Guy in the World
Good guys turn out to be bad, bad guys turn out to be good … it's hard to keep them all straight on "Scandal."
We thought for a second that Jake was a standup guy who got put into a tough situation by his pal, Fitz. Sure, spying on the girl he's dating is creepy, but heck, the president asked him to. But by the end of this episode, it's clear Jake's got a darker agenda than making Olivia's knees wobble.
The episode starts out with Cyrus calling up his old buddy, Charlie, to dig up some dirt on Jake. Charlie wonders if James is cheating on Cyrus. Nope, it's his other husband, Fitz!
Meanwhile, the "couple" in question is at the White House, talking about the hostage situation. The president wants Jake to find out who the mole is. "If things go well, maybe we find a place for you here that's more official," Fitz says (as somewhere, Cy experiences a random heart spasm).
In Gladiator-ville, Huck and Quinn are tailing Osbourne when they see him pull up to Olivia's building. Uh-oh! The CIA director barges in, demanding to know who hired her to investigate him. (By the way, Jake is watching all this on camera until the feed gets knocked out.)
Osbourne warns her that they have a long file on her activities, but Liv icily stares him down. Half of her clients are well above his pay grade, so who really needs to be careful here?
Don't mess with Liv, even if you're the head of a superspy agency #Scandal— Yahoo! TV (@YahooTV) March 29, 2013
Despite her stance, Olivia cautions the rest of her team the next day to stop following Osbourne. Anyway, they have a new client … Hollis Doyle, aka the Devil?!
Anyway, Hollis and the fourth of his ex-wives (and his favorite) are there because their daughter, Maybelle, has been kidnapped and held for $20 million ransom. There's a video of a tearful Maybelle pleading with her parents to give over the money, but Hollis just laughs. He thinks his daughter is acting to extort money from him. "The only thing she forgot to do was to thank the damn academy," he chortles.
Well, things quickly stop being funny when the Doyles get their mail — including a letter bearing one of Maybelle's ears!
At the White House, Mellie tracks down Cyrus to find out what the deal is with Jake. He doesn't know … yet. She reminds him that he's lost his sway over Fitz and that Jake poses a real threat to his influence, which Cy knows all too well.
"It reminded me never to let my guard down, not when something Mellie this way comes." - Cyrus #Scandal— Yahoo! TV (@YahooTV) March 29, 2013
Mellie is fretting about the upcoming visit of their two (unseen) teen kids, Gerry and Karen, and tries to get Fitz's secretary to unclear his calendar. What is the first lady up to this time?
Back at the gladiators' office, Hollis is still disbelieving the kidnapping. He wants a DNA test on the ear, but that will take too long.
Wow, Hollis is one SOB. He gets an ear in the mail and shrugs #Scandal— Yahoo! TV (@YahooTV) March 29, 2013
And by the way, David Rosen is crashing in the office because his apartment was broken into. Between brushing his teeth in the kitchen and napping on the couch, he tries to convince the gladiators to go to the police. Huck is basically, like, talk to the hand. Seriously, hasn't David experienced Liv and team's awesomeness enough to know they're better than the police?
Jake calls up Olivia to make lunch plans, but she's too busy. Whatever, he doesn't care, since what he really wanted to do was break into her apartment.
I'm just wondering what you're up to = I'm about to break into your apartment #Scandal— jezebel dodai (@jezebeldodai) March 29, 2013
Once there, he copies the flash drive, takes pics of her handwritten notes on the conspiracy (really, Liv?), and adjusts the hidden cameras so they come back online.
Jake then goes to the president. He knows who the mole is — it's Osbourne. Only a few people in the world had access to that kind of classified info, and the CIA director was one of them.
Back to the case: Huck and Quinn are scoping out possible buildings where Maybelle might be kept. Quinn spots a cute family and suggests Huck make them "his" family. Nope, they've got a ridiculous dog. (How we love Huck!)