Scandal Season 6, Episode 9
“Dead in the Water”
Posted by Sage
Scandal has been milking storylines with these character-focused episodes and showing that it’s been influenced by its little sister show, How to Get Away with Murder. Case in point: Huck’s fate is still up in the air after last week’s full hour dedicated to the intellectual seduction of Abby Whelan. Now that we know how and why Abby was complicit in Jennifer’s death and Huck’s shooting, we can get back to saving the poor guy. Time is running out, so OPA has to move fast.
Back to last week. We hear gunshots from behind the door of the hotel room where Meg shot Jennifer and Huck.
And we’re back to the present. (If that even means anything. WHAT IS TIME.) Jake shows up and the key won’t open the door at first. The room is empty, but Meg’s trunk isn’t. Of course he lived. But he won’t for long, bleeding like that.
“Jennifer Fields is gone.” Jake heads straight to OPA to ask for help and they’re pretty stunned by their own failure.
“That bitch had better not have touched a hair on Huck’s head.” Quinn and Charlie search the room. Quinn is VERY touchy about Huck in general. I hope we get to see her kill someone tonight.
“Start spraying.” A black light reveals pools of blood all over the room. It is not a cheerful sight.
Olivia shows up at Abby’s office to engage her help. Abby tells Olivia not to worry, that there must be some reasonable explanation for a star witness and her bodyguards to go missing. Olivia shows Abby a picture of Sarah Ponytail, and Abby could never, ever be a spy. No poker face, that one.
“Huck could be dying right now. Our Huck.” “You’re right, I’m sorry. I’ll get it to Director Webster.” Liv hugs her after Abby promises to get the FBI involved. She shuts the door behind Olivia and looks completely in over her head. It’s only a matter of time before she’s found out.
Huck wakes up in the trunk of a car that Meg is pushing off a cliff.
Water is streaming in through cracks in the windows. Meg watches with a smile.
Huck bangs on the trunk hatch and starts hallucinating being in the OPA conference room. “Hey, pay attention!” Quinn snaps at him. Then we get an EPIC Olivia Strut, because dream Olivia is even more fierce. Yes, folks. We are in Huck’s mind palace.
“Don’t you dare give up on me.” Have I mentioned that drowning is one of my biggest fears?
“Then you can open the door.” “I can open the door.” Huck does the math to figure out when he makes his move. He needs equal pressure in and out of the car. So he must allow it to submerge completely.
“Rocks…and mud. I can’t open the door.” The plan hits a snag when the door won’t budge. The OPA windows crack and water pours in.
“I refuse to believe that YOU wasted my time.” Dream Rowan reminds Huck who the hell he is. Quinn is still his Molly Hooper though, lbr.
“What can he do? He’s pathetic.” Dream Meg is rude.
Huck strikes the window with the metal part of the headrest and gets free.
“I can’t do this, Liv.” He’s floating free in the water, oxygen deprived and oh, by the way, fucking SHOT.
“He’s dead. Look at that, under five seconds.” Abby calls Sarah to demand to know what happened to Huck. Sarah is happy to oblige.
“You know what? Don’t call me again. I don’t like you, you’re annoying.” Sarah is no help, but at least Abby remembers that Huck is her friend. She remembers after this phone call who she really stands with.
“Huck would never use the Cloud. He doesn’t trust the Cloud, the Cloud is crap.” “The Cloud can suck it.” Quinn knows her friend and finds his laptop behind a grate. So much foreshadowing that this wedding is not gonna happen.
“Do you think you could stop being my boss and just be my friend?” Abby tells Fitz that he’s her only friend and it’s the saddest thing I’ve ever heard.
“What can I do?” Marcus shows up to be of service. When a discouraged Olivia dismisses him, he says he’ll sit at the conference room table until she tells him what to do. She asks him to sit with her in her office instead. HI MARCUS.
“You’ve gone soft.” Huck pulls himself out of water to run into…himself. It’s young, tough, brainwashed Huck telling him to suck it up.
“They’re gonna find me.” “No one’s looking for you.” “Go away.” “Not a single person.” They’re looking, buddy! Stay with us!
“Am I a good boss?” *White Josh voice* Again, not about you.
Abby walks in and Liv hauls off and SMACKS her. Twice. Hard. Guys, I think she knows.
Meg bleaches her hair and hears a noise outside her door.
She grabs her gun and shoots at the door. She opens up to see that it’s rats. So she puts down her gun down (SHOOT THE RATS), turns around, and finds Quinn and Charlie standing right behind her. “WHERE IS HE.”
“What was your best outcome for selling out your family?” Abby is getting the full range of Olivia’s fury right now.
Abby throws it back at her that Olivia is keeping Cyrus in jail, even though she knows he is innocent of Frankie’s assassination.
“You think I won’t get a chair and work it out on you?” Did she just…?
“Can you help find Huck, yes or no?” “No.” “Then you’re worthless.” But Olivia won’t let Abby leave.
Instead, she threatens to let Quinn at her. “I will not call her off. I will not save you.”
Huck pulls Jennifer’s corpse out of the water with his last bit of strength. Don’t be a political videographer, kids. It’s a dangerous business.
“Look at me.” Quinn has her Dexter Morgan set-up going and she’s torturing Meg while Charlie watches.
“Was it this finger that pulled the trigger when you shot my friend?” She pulls it off, with pliers.
“You can train someone to deal with pain, but vanity, that’s way deeper.” She tacks a Wolverine-esque hook to her face. This is so brutal, so animalistic, even Charlie can’t look.
“No wonder Huck loved me instead of you.” EXCUSE ME?
That’s the last fucking straw. Quinn loses control and slits Meg’s throat. I think she hit a nerve.
“Did it feel good? I hope so.” Olivia chastises Quinn for dispatching their best lead. Quinn just looks forlorn.
“Charlie, if you know what’s good for you.” “I don’t ever know what’s good for me. That’s not how I roll.” Charlie is the unlikely deliverer of this pep talk.
“You can’t just give up. You don’t give up. That’s not a part of the thing.” He tells her that Quinn needs to see a body, she NEEDS to. So Olivia needs to be a miracle worker, for them.
“We’re not giving up. This is Huck, our Huck, he belongs to us.” Olivia womans up and gives the speech they all need to hear. They’re going to work a miracle, because that’s what they do.
They track Jennifer’s phone. Jake and Olivia prepare to go out and find the source of the signal. Quinn would like to come too, in case anyone else needs to die.
“Why the hell would we have to keep an eye on YOU?” Quinn is meant to stay behind and watch Abby. She figures out why and CRAWLS ACROSS TABLE, then lunges at her, like Catwoman. “I will kill you.”
“I’m here now, it’s okay.” Jake and Liv find Huck, unconscious now. But alive.
Quinn paces at the hospital. Huck is stable. He lost a lot of blood, could have brain damage. But this has been really rough on her. Wonder whyyyyyyy.
Fitz shows up. Charlie: “Oh, crap.” I am Charlie, he is me.
“He might die.” Fitz holds Olivia in the hallway and ughhhhhhhhh, you shouldn’t get a prize for waltzing in after everyone else has done the hard work.
“That’s selfish. You don’t force a president to keep that kind of secret. That’s treason.” “You need to forgive her.” Olivia is angry that Abby told Fitz about their little situation.
“She needs you. If anyone can pull her back, if anyone can save her, it’s the one person who got out.” This is actually a decent Fitz move. Olivia is so judgey of Abby, but they’re very alike in some ways. Except Abby is completely and utterly alone.
“How could you be so stupid?” Quinn is leaning over Huck’s bed, talking to his comatose form. Her bedside manner could use some work.
“When are you going to realize that the only people who really love you are right next to you?” Basically, she tells him to stop chasing what he already has.
“From now on, I’ll look out for you. I’ll cover your blind spot, I promise…I will never forgive you if you die.” WOW, okay, we are going back there. Gird your loins for #HuckleberryQuinn 2.0.
Huck wakes up and sees Quinn. She gets into bed with him. Charlie sees through the window and realizes something. He has to be wondering whether she’d be this distraught if something happened to him. Is Charlie going to call the wedding off? It’s pretty clear Quinn isn’t over Huck.
Olivia sits on a bench with Abby and takes her hand while she cries. Please be friends again. We’ve been begging for SEASONS.
So Huck is alive, as we predicted. But how the hell are OPA supposed to clear Cyrus’s name without Jennifer Fields or the person we knew as Meg? Let’s speculate in the comments.