'Scandal' Tweet-cap: 'Betrayal Always Has a Price'
How do you fix betrayal?
t's a question posed to Olivia by her client, Sarah Stanner (Lisa Edelstein), and one that Olivia herself has yet to really solve.
"All you can do is to not let it ruin you," Olivia replies, with a haunted look in her eyes. Because her betrayal of Fitz has ruined her. Will she ever escape from their tormented, passionate relationship and heal? Will he? Will we?
The whole truth
Olivia meets with Jake and they engage in a little flirtation before she gives him the goods: intel on where the hostages taken in Kashfar are located. She can't go through the White House, so congrats Jake … you're the the runner-up!
Interesting, Olivia trusts Jake enough to deal with the hostage info she has #Scandal— Yahoo! TV (@YahooTV) March 22, 2013
But their sexy bantering is interrupted, though, with an urgent summons for Olivia. Seems that CEO Sarah Stanner has been implicated in an affair with President Grant's Supreme Court nominee (to replace the deceased Verna), Murray Randall. Gladiator time!
When they arrive at the house, Sarah mistakes Abby for Olivia. It's just a gone-before-you-registered-it moment, but props to the writers for not pretending the world is color-blind.
Shonda Rhimes slides in her racial undertones every now & then. I respect it. #Scandal— Bené Viera (@WrittenbyBene) March 22, 2013
Once it's established that Olivia is the boss, she runs down exactly what they expect -- the media will dig painfully deep into their lives. And it's in Sarah's best interest if she tells them the truth.
Olivia might be the fastest talker in the entire world #Scandal— Yahoo! TV (@YahooTV) March 22, 2013
Sarah fesses up: She did have an affair with the professor 15 years ago. Olivia arranges a press conference for her to tell the world, which infuriates Cyrus. He wants this nomination to go smoothly and Olivia just torpedoed his efforts. Plus, the furor only sinks him further down on the list of people Fitz trusts -- though not quite as far as Mellie.
Cyrus can't believe Olivia would do this to him or Fitz, but as she points out, her client is Sarah. To that, he shoots back what might be the best line of the season:
He warns Olivia that he's going to fight her and portray Sarah as a hussy. "Cyrus, do your best," Olivia says.
Oh no he didn't ... Cyrus assembles his own gladiator team! #Scandal— Yahoo! TV (@YahooTV) March 22, 2013
Cyrus's team engages in an all-out blitz, using Sarah's old Facebook photos and damning commentary from former law school "friends."
For anyone trying to get a good job, put your profile on private. You never know what people can do with old party pics. #Scandal— Marco (@MarcoHTX) March 22, 2013
All that leads to Sarah's company threatening to fire her for violating her contract's "morality clause." Harrison argues with a company rep that this wouldn't be happening if Sarah were a man. They back down and she keeps her job.
Meanwhile, Mellie is snooping around because she thinks Fitz is still having an affair with Olivia. After learning of his regular late-night mystery meetings (with Jake), she goes to Cyrus, who is just on fire with the zingers in this episode:
"Where your husband is leaving his signing pen these days isn't my primary concern." -Cyrus, withall the best lines tonite #Scandal— Yahoo! TV (@YahooTV) March 22, 2013
Meanwhile, Jake meets with Olivia. The intel on the hostages seems solid, but can he really trust the source? She assures him he can. Suddenly, a photographer pops up to snap a pic of the two of them. Olivia brushes it off, but Jake looks mighty concerned.
The news photographer just turned the tables for the guy that's "spying" for the president. He's gonna get rid of him… #Scandal— The Original (@ImKingShawn) March 22, 2013
More dirt starts coming up on Sarah and Randall. Turns out the two of them rekindled the affair a couple times, and one time was a year before her daughter was born! Her husband, Phil, wonders whether he's even the father.