'Scandal' Tweet-cap: The Dark Side of the Moon
Since the beginning, Huck's been this mysterious figure we always wondered about: Where he came from, who he was, how he got to be this way.
Now, we know. And we wish we didn't, because the story is so, so, so tremendously, awfully, heartbreakingly sad.
But as painful as it is to witness exactly how Huck came to be Huck, we understand him more. And we understand his special relationship with Olivia. They both "live on the dark side of the moon," as she says. As grand and bigger than life and romantic and dramatic as it may seem, that dark side isn't a pleasant place. It's gut-wrenching. It's peace-shattering. It's life-altering. It's tragic. And there's no silver lining, no bright side, no happy ending.
Eyes wide shut
This is going to be a flashback-heavy episode; the first few minutes show how Olivia and Huck first meet -- she's taking the subway and spies a homeless grifter begging for change.
"5 years ago" ?! We heart #Scandal flashbacks. And Olivia's bangs.— Yahoo! TV (@YahooTV) April 26, 2013
In the present day, Olivia is getting checked out after her concussion from her sort-of tussle with Jake. After the doctor pronounces her fit, Fitz pounces on her! "I was hurt, and I was wrong, and I'm sorry," the president says. As believable as he sounds (and as handsome as he looks), Olivia gives him the Death Glare.
Back at the Gladiators' office, Huck is curled up in a corner repeating the number "752." What does that mean?
Well, let's go to flashback: He's in fatigues and surprises a woman reading to a bunch of kids -- we shall call her Library Girl -- who turns out to be his sweetheart. They kiss and hug and engage in all sorts of non-Huck things.
What's scarier: messed-up PTSD Huck or happy, dancing Huck? #Scandal— Yahoo! TV (@YahooTV) April 26, 2013
Apparently, he's been called back from the fighting front for an interview. In that room is Cyrus's assassin friend, Charlie! Huck quickly realizes this is no ordinary job screening; this is the CIA. And if he doesn't take the gig, he has to go back to Kosovo.
This is wonderland son. Your whole life changes. All you have to do is say yes #scandal— DKNY PR GIRL® (@dkny) April 26, 2013
And he does. Unfortunately, he'll regret it later.
Harrison tries to see Olivia in the hospital, but Secret Service agents get in the way. Then he spies Charlie looking shifty and weird -- in the baseball cap he always wears, even though he's a superbad, supercapable CIA agent -- but Harrison is unable to chase him. But that just makes us wonder: Why is Charlie there? And under whose orders?
Calling all friends
Back to Huck's story: Charlie takes him under his torturous, murderous wing. "Torture is an art. This is your chance to come into your own," Charlie says. And Huck takes to it!
"Always do your job on trash day" - Charlie to Huck. And by "job," he means MURDER #Scandal— Yahoo! TV (@YahooTV) April 26, 2013
Once he returns to the office, Harrison calls to check on Olivia. And even though he knows why the Secret Service is protecting her, he doesn't call her out on it.
"It's none of my business. Just get back here as soon as you can," he says gently.
Can Harrison be OUR BGF (best guy friend)? #Scandal— Yahoo! TV (@YahooTV) April 26, 2013
Quinn takes a crack at trying to fix Huck, rambling on about how she envisioned a life with Jesse. And for a moment, it seems like his protégé is getting to him -- but his "752" chanting gets worse.
Huck goes to see Library Girl, who is skittish and nervous. It turns out she's pregnant! She isn't sure how Huck's going to react, but he's happy and excited. He asks Library Girl to marry him. Later, we see him stop torturing some dude to run to her side as she gives birth. They welcome a beautiful baby boy into the world. And his being so happy means really bad things are coming.
If they did something bad to Huck's lady and baby, I will be so OVER.... #Scandal— Kendra Brown (@MsKendraBrown) April 26, 2013
Abby takes her shot at trying to fix Huck and starts going on and on about David Rosen, and how they love each other. But her loyalty is with Olivia.