Scandal 4 x 02
“Stand and Clap”
Olivia Pope the Fixer is BACK, you guys. Anyone who read these gif-caps last season witnessed how Sage and I slowly descended into madness as our favorite BAMF lost her spine thanks to being under the thumb of one Fitzgerald Grant. What a difference a few months on an island having lots of sex makes. Olivia and Jake may not be standing in the sun anymore but thus far (yeah I know…two whole episodes!) Olivia has kept her Island Mentality of not giving a fuck. Welcome back, Liv. We missed you.
This episode is another “case of the week” style. Teeny tiny seeds of the over-arching plot of the season are being planted but we’re still putting all the chess pieces on the board. Huck and Quinn are back at the OPA offices…but is it formally open? How much longer is Abby going to keep her job as Press Secretary? What exactly is Lizzie’s motivation? And is Mellie ever going to wear anything other than her Uggs and bathrobe? Let’s get right to the gifs and find out!
“You booked a hotel suite and I’m running there for booty calls?”
“I don’t do booty calls, Jake.”
“That right there is a political booty call.” Hey, Cyrus, hey.
“They took meat away from me.”
“Are we still friends?”
“You can’t think I’m above calling in a few favors to the IRS?”
“Cyrus, you know I’m not afraid of the IRS.”
So Cyrus goes for the one thing that WILL scare Liv…telling Fitz that she’s calling for him every night and pining for him. Low blow.
“Craving meat really brings out the worst in me.” Someone get Cyrus a steak, stat!
The Elliotts, America’s Gun Control Sweethearts, hate each other. “That wheelchair is your freaking throne.” “The Taliban is better than you.”
“The President needs your asses in those seats.” I am SO HAPPY that Olivia Pope BAMF is back.
“Stand and clap, Andrew. That’s your job.” In other words, dance, monkey, dance. (Heeeeeeeeeey Andrew, still looking fine.)
Mellie is in her Uggs and bathrobe, eating chips at Jerry’s grave officially not giving a fuck.
Of course someone gets a photo and all the sudden headlines scream: MENTAL MELLIE. I do give credit for whoever came up with “The chips are down” as a headline though.
“The First Lady is grieving Jim, not crazy.” Abby has no patience for these simpletons.
Jake is digging into Harrison’s murder because no one can resist the Dark Side.
“Because working together is what we do best. ” Well. That and hate sex.
Abby realizes that Liv fed Cyrus the statements for the press conference and she is NOT having it.
“Huck and Quinn were incesting all over the office for God knows how long!” Thanks for the reminder, Abby, I had almost forgotten.
“FRIED CHICKEN. The chef will make fried chicken all you gotta do is pick up the phone and ask and bam! FRIED CHICKEN.” Mellie has got her priorities sorted and her priority is an entire platter of fried chicken.
“Oh honey baby. Do you actually think I give a DAMN what anyone thinks of me anymore?” 1000% done Mellie can stay.
“You’re supposed to be a vegetarian.”
“So I die of a heart attack. Big deal. At least I’ll be with James.” Moment of silence for James.
“A broken heart is a broken heart.” I love the moments where Cyrus is sincere, which I choose to believe he WAS here and not trying to manipulate Mellie with his pain.
“I’m done, Cyrus. I’m through.” Let her eat her fried chicken in peace, y’all.
Still waiting for Abby and David to work it out.
“I’m comparing myself to anyone who has followed a dream, Senator.” David is OWNING these hearings.
Huck and Quinn couldn’t be less interested in the babysitting the Elliotts.
Fitz staring at Olivia on the TV…
“Is this a booty call?”
“Are you summoning me?” “No. Possibly.” I’m not entirely sure why Jake is playing so hard to get but okay.
Liv: “Get over here.” Jake: “You are not in charge of me.” SERIOUSLY JAKE GO AND DO HER.
David’s trumped-up Domestic Violence charges resurface. Way to truly bury them, Harrison.
“The President likes you, but it’s over.” Pack your knives and go, David. You are the weakest link, goodbye. That was the final rose. The tribe has spoken.
“Olivia Pope, for all her talk of white hats and doing good, she just gets whatever she wants and sometimes you’re just collateral damage.”
“She gets what she wants because she’s a winner.”
“I’m going to go win.”
Cyrus getting cruised in a bar.
“You’re always going to be the guy who pulled my teeth out.”
James has a corkscrew in his leg courtesy of Lisa.
“Screw her and screw gun control!!!”
Liv playing mommy between her bad children.
David has a Bat Cave of all his secret files so this will end well.
“This is blackmail.” “I like to think of it as winning.”
“I am NOT concerned that Olivia Pope will fail. I am never concerned that Olivia Pope will fail.” That whole monologue though.
“James, Lisa. What you need is a divorce.”
“I will spin this for you.” Guys, this is the Olivia Pope I fell in love with.
“Unless you’re only staying together for the fame, in which I wish you both a long and miserable life.”
“There’s not a chance in Hell you’re getting me to put on a stupid dress to go to that stupid speech.” Mellie still doesn’t give a fuck. Also, how many different bathrobes does she have?
“Children die, Mrs. Grant.” Abby goes straight for the jugular and it’s exactly what Mellie needs, down to be compared to Jackie Kennedy. WELL PLAYED, ABBY.
Olivia desperately tries to keep her face void of emotion when Fitz enters the room. It works. Mostly.
“Ms. Pope and I have the room.” “That’s not necessary.” (And he better tell Mellie about this later, he promised.)
“GABBY will be fine.” HOW MANY MONTH HAS *ABBY* WORKED FOR YOU, YOU SHIT?
“I need to know what you think.” “No.” STAY STRONG LIV.
“Don’t you think you owe me at least this much?” NOPE.
“It’s fine never means it’s fine.” IT’S FYNE FITZ.
MELLIE IN HER COCKTAIL DRESS AND PEARLS GETTING A STANDING OVATION. My Queen.
“That is where the argument ends. That is when the debate is over.” Okay, I may hate Fitz, but that was an amazing speech.
Mellie kicking off her shoes and ripping off the pearls. She’s so not okay.
Jake discovering Charlie on the surveillance.
Olivia bringing Jake the last of the island wine after a long day.
“This is not a booty call.” “Okay.” “If I want to summon you, I will summon you.”
“Come here to me.”
NAKED UNDER THE TRENCH. GET IT LIV.
I can’t help but feel that this cutie cruising Cyrus is a trap.
Yup. Michael is a trap set up by Lizzie. But to what end?
And that’s it for this week, Gladiators! Just what IS Lizzie up to? And how much longer will Olivia stand her ground about Fitz and the White House? And what’s next on Mellie’s menu? Discuss it all in the comments.