Season 3, Episode 5: “Icarus”
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I’m listening to Bastille’s “Icarus” to get into the mood to recap this week’s Scandal. It’s a great record and an evocative episode title, but who exactly is flying too close to the sun in Shonda Rhimes’s Washington, D.C.? Seems to me that everyone is half an inch from completely miserable, if not there already.
Actually, scratch that. Everything’s coming up Josie Marcus, who seems primed and able to take down Fitz’s reelection bid and Reston. But is she too principled to get it done? Meanwhile, Liv is getting closer and closer to exposing Operation Remington and therefore farther away from Fitz (hurray!), and our man Harrison is FINALLY getting a backstory! As usual, it was a jam-packed episode, so let’s get right to it.
In this flashback, we meet Liv’s mom. And she’s played by Newsradio‘s Khandi Alexander!
“No.” “What he says.” Look at Huck and Jake bro-ing out over being fellow torture survivors.
“Stupid super-spies.” Stupid? Yes. Sexy? Also yes.
“I’m going to the White House to ask him myself.” Go give that man a piece of your mind, Liv. And tune out any of that “I miss you” garbage.
Sally plots with Leo about betraying the President and launching her own campaign. As far as I’m concerned, Sally is the second most terrifying character on this show. Right behind Papa Pope. Quinn would murder me for even thinking that.
“Welcome home!” Cyrus speaks for all of us when he describes Mellie’s manic excitement over having Olivia back in their camp as “Greek, mythic, and disturbing.”
“So, like I said, I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Fitz decides to have some principles for the very first time and refuses to disclose any Remington info to Olivia. Too bad this is the one time he should completely ignore them. God, I hate Fitz.
“I did everything but roll your whore up in a rug and unfurl her at your feet!” Cold, Mellie. ICE. COLD. Keep it up.
Quinn is spending all her free time at the shooting range. Because she’s…
“This is a chance to make history…White hat, people.” Valiant Liv is back. And it helps that getting Josie elected will also stick it to her ex.
“What’s the very first thing you do?” “Change the sheets.”
“You wanna be Mayor of Red Springs or Ralph Nader? Turn your back on PAC money and large donations.” Get get get get get the paper.
“Jake? Be careful out there.” He’s just so brave and noble and ugh. Doesn’t he deserve a good luck bang?
“She THINKS she knows.” Papa Pope and Cyrus have a meeting of the twisted minds to scheme how to keep Olivia from learning any more about the mission.
Jake asks a secret agent hottie to give him the cockpit recording from Mama Pope’s flight. And she definitely wants to give him more than that.
“A Diane Sawyer, a James Novak.” James is Sawyer-status? That was quick.
I don’t know who this Salif fellow is, but SCREENTIME FOR HARRISON!
Liv has another painful flashback. And polishes off another bottle.
“Did you give the order to have my mother killed?” “No.” Phew. But that’s the only question about Remington that Papa P will answer.
“Ask her about that bastard baby.” Maybe not in so many words.
Loving Abby’s wrap dress, just FYI.
“Nice doesn’t get you President unless you want to be President of Candyland.” That’s a classic Olivia Pope pep talk right there.
Apparently this Salif guy poses some kind of threat to Harrison. Maybe he hates pocket squares.
Sally’s husband hits on Mellie in plain sight. Mellie’s gonna go for it to bring Sally down, right?
So, with these four people closing their eyes and holding hands in a circle, will a fifth guest be conjured up to join the party?
“Hey, Robin, where’s Batman?” Brian McKenzie is going to take Baby Huck under his wing and turn her into the soulless killing machine we all know she strives to be.
“I know what prejudice looks like.” “That’s what you say to the neighbor lady who baked you chocolate chip cookies.” GO, JOSIE, GO.
“The lord speaks through you, Brother Beene.” “I get that a lot.” Which lord? The dark one?
Gratuitous shot of Jake doing push-ups. Every nighttime soap needs a man-cake.
“Check her bag.” Sexy super-spy stranger bitch is B6-13!
“She needed to get angry, we needed to get her there.” Little girl, Abby Whelan doesn’t apologize. Maybe for breaking David Rosen’s headboard, but that’s it. P.S. I miss David Rosen.
Cyrus issues a Visa for Salif. Thereby putting precious Harrison in jeopardy.
Daddy Pope had sexy super-spy stranger bitch killed. Shocking. Any dead bodies, I’m looking at this guy.
“Or is it the only chance you ever have of sleeping with her?” GET OVER IT, FITZ.
“Why is this so important to you?” You’re going to be sorry you kept asking questions, Mr. President.
“I was 12 when she died. I was 12.” My poor bb. Olivia can tackle almost anything that comes her way, but this is going to break her.
Time for your feedback, Gladiators. If Papa Pope didn’t put the hit on his wife (and judging by the tears in that flashback, he was telling the truth), then who did? Who is Quinn going to shoot in the head first? And when will Jake finally get laid? Leave your thoughts and predictions in the comments, and we’ll see you back at headquarters next week.