Scandal Season 5, Episode 14
“I See You”
Posted by Kim
This week on Scandal, an unexpected figure from seasons past returns to stir up some shit, Mellie and Susan are sexually harassed by said figure, Liv and Huck do some spying, and Abby makes a power move. It’s all so dirty and twisted, I immediately needed to shower aka this was a fantastic episode. TO THE GIFS.
We open with an awkward family dinner with Jake, Vanessa, Rowan, and Olivia. Olivia killing it with the fake laughter.
Meanwhile, Quinn and Charlie break into Vanessa’s apartment to install cameras.
“Superstitious AND sentimental.” Liv is DYING.
“Jake…he just thinks the world of you.” DOES HE VANESSA? I mean I certainly hope so considering that bedroom scene last week.
“The sister I never had.” AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
Okay, this meeting with Vanessa was clearly staged, right? It’s too much of a meet cute to be real, even on TV.
“I see you, Vanessa Moss.” BUT WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Sally is calling Frankie a two face for deciding to run for President after he swore not to.
“Cyrus running Vargas? Who put that idea in your head?” Cy’s assistant tries to play innocent but fails.
“You think the Press Secretary has time to bring coffee?” Abby meets with Quinn and neither of them have coffee, which is terrible.
Abby asks Quinn to look into Cyrus for her.
“She’s not stalking, she’s focusing.” Liv has been glued to the surveillance cameras since they’ve been installed like she’s binge watching the latest season of Daredevil.
“Keep pretend running OPA, Quinn.” Abby may as well have patted her head. BUT QUINN REALLY IS RUNNING OPA THOUGH.
Huck and Marcus bond as they watch Javi’s soccer game. Welp. Their spying reveals that Kim has a new boyfriend.
“Please tell me you’re not taking that meeting.” Liv warns Mellie against a meeting with SOMEONE.
“I don’t think he’s the devil, I KNOW he’s the devil.” Okay, whoever this is, it’s NOT a good thing.
HOLLIS DOYLE. SEASON TWO REALNESS. And yes, he IS the devil.
Huck asks Charlie if he recognizes Kim’s new boyfriend. They decide he is this guy named Six Toes and he’s actually using Kim and Javi to get to Huck.
“If he finds you, he’s not gonna get even by just cutting off your toes.” So the only answer is for Huck to get to him first. I’m sure this will end great.
“I CAN SEE IT IN YOUR HIPS.” Mellie’s FACE when Hollis starts being a lecherous pig though.
“You’re leaner and meaner.” I NEED A SHOWER.
“You gonna put out for me, Mellie Grant?” I need to go through a purification ritual after this scene.
“See how far up her skirt SHE’S willing to let me go.” Hollis threatens to take his money and support to Susan by continuing to be a disgusting pig. I hate everything.
“The man’s a disease. I’m not letting him infect Susan.” That may be the one pure thing Fitz has said EVER. It was bound to happen I guess.
“You were right. Cyrus Beene is cheating on the President.”
“I’m in bed with two different women… literally.” “And we’re done here.” Let’s have a moment of silence for David and Abby’s relationship.
“One is horrible, wicked, cruel, possibly an actual witch. The other is a wonderful person.” David, you forgot to say that your diamond shoes are too tight.
“A presidential campaign is a marathon.” Liv is not at all freaking out about Hollis not giving Mellie any support.
So Jake and Vanessa are getting it on in her hallway and then JAKE LOOKS RIGHT INTO THE CAMERA STARING INTO OLIVIA’S SOUL.
“Show’s over.” Jake shows up at Liv’s apartment bearing all the cameras.
“This is pathetic. Low.”
“I want to know why you chose her.”
“You walked away from him over and over, time after time, because you knew in your gut, you knew if you said yes, he’d own you, he’d consume you, he’d be no different than your father, but over time, Fitz manipulated you. He made you feel like… Like you owed him. It’s what he does best. You knew that more than anyone, and you still fell for it.” Dropping truth bombs ERRYWHERE.
“Man, that has got to turn your world upside down, to go from being the smartest person in the room to the biggest fool… to realize you’re just another textbook example of daddy issues, played out on a national stage.” Where is the lie though?
“Your girlfriends aren’t girlfriends. They’re marks. Nothing you do is real.”
“Vanessa likes Hugh Grant movies, she reads Vogue and takes multivitamins. But, Liv, that is precisely what I want.”
“Did you pretend that you were her? Did you get off when she got off?”
“I thought his fifteen minutes were up.” Cyrus plays dumb when Abby questions him about the Vargas campaign.
“What other governor have you spoken to 27 times over the past 2 weeks?” ABBY DID HER HOMEWORK THOUGH.
“Do you realize how outrageous this is, coming in here and accusing me of lying, of working with Frankie Vargas to run for President? He’s a democrat. He wants free college. You’ve lost your mind, Red, and I will have your job. You’ve insulted me.” Methinks he doth protest too much.
Abby’s bitch face during the entire spiel though. Bless.
“You’re lying. I’m telling the President.”
“Dammit. No. YES.” MAKE UP YOUR MIND.
“He asked ME and it never went any further than that!” Sure, Jan.
“It’s over. It is over. Please do not tell the President.”
“Liv’s not around. Huck’s not around. It’s just me who’s around, Charlie.” Quinn is growing tired of everyone NOT giving her credit for keeping this office running.
Marcus drops the bomb that the guy Charlie is looking into is dating Kim and everyone FREAKS out.
Huck puts on some glasses, calls himself Harold, and picks up Kim’s boyfriend, who is having car trouble (that he caused in order to trap him).
“At least not anymore.” Hollis throws some shade at Fitz and also reminds him of all their past evil deeds.
“Love me a country girl. Country girl wants something, she goes for it, works hard for it, not like those out-of-touch, rich folks born with silver spoon in their mouth, never worked for nothing in their lives.” WHY IS HE SO GROSS?
“You don’t have to do this, Susan.”
“We don’t need you or your money to win an election. I know I didn’t” “You must be talking about your second term, right? ‘Cause I’m sure you remember how you won your first.”
“Your ex-husband was downright rude to me.” It seems that now Hollis is going to give Mellie money, just to spite Fitz. Whatever gets her elected really.
“Let’s dig into the issues of those freeloading illegals…” MELLIE’S FACE.
“It’s Cyrus. If he’s breathing, he’s lying.” Truth.
“I know exactly what to do, what steps to take, how to make it happen, like… like I was built for it. I have him. I have Cyrus. I just know… How to take that information and use it against him, bury him. Crush him, destroy him, slit his throat and bathe in his blood.” OH ABBY STAY AWAY FROM THE DARK SIDE.
“You want his job.” “Hell yeah. I want to run that mother.” I don’t know where this ambition came from BUT I LOVE IT.
“You don’t think you should wait your turn?” Liv has a point. Fitz doesn’t have long in office. BUT would Mellie or Frankie or Susan hire her? We don’t know.
“A good person would wait their turn, a Cyrus wouldn’t. A true monster would never wait. A monster cuts in line. A monster takes. And you and I both know that this town is run by monsters.”
“But how do the big dogs sleep at night?”
“You’re a good person. You’re just standing too close to the Oval. You can feel the power and you want it.”
“Once you take the white hat off, it’s gone. You will no longer be you.”
“Be a better person okay?”
“Thanks for helping me out, Harold. I’m supposed to meet my girlfriend and her son.” Most awkward car ride EVER.
“My name’s not Harold and yours isn’t Sean.” HERE WE GO.
“You’re saying we should actually embrace those who want to tear this country down?” Hollis is shocked by Mellie’s stance on immigration. Clearly, Hollis has yet to see Hamilton.
“Embrace America’s tomorrow.” Mellie reveals her platform and reveals she’s announcing at her old Elementary school.
“I didn’t know he ate people for a living ’cause, per usual, I’m the last one to know anything, despite the fact I’ve done nothing but prove myself a valuable member of this team.” POOR MARCUS.
“You need to start treating him like he’s part of the family because he is.”
“We’re just a regular Brady Brunch.” Watch out everyone, Quinn is about to blow.
“Family doesn’t abandon one another. You abandoned us for him, for the White House.”
“You have a job. You wanted more responsibility. You have it. I take care of you. I never claimed to be a babysitter.”
“Why do you hate us? Answer the question, Liv!”
“I was kidnapped! Do you know what that means? They took everything from me, everything, my freedom, my dignity! And I could have just quit. I could have laid down and died, but I didn’t. I took my life back! I stood up! And a year after being sold on the auction block, I was sitting in the Oval with the president of the United States, and I was running the country!” I know this is horrible, but I am really glad they aren’t just letting that whole kidnapped thing drop.
“It’s my turn. MINE.”
Huck interrupts all the emotional revelations by appearing clutching Sean’s body. “It wasn’t him,” he declares.
ABBY TELLS FITZ ABOUT CYRUS. “Trust me, I know this.”
“Thank you, Abby.” After everything Fitz has put Cyrus through, he still has the nerve to look like he’s about to cry.
“He’s kingmaking Vargas, creating a President for the other side, from right here inside the White House, right down the hall, outside this oval, your oval. He’s a turncoat. You don’t let that stand.”
“Cyrus has me. Cyrus wins again.” WAH WAH FITZ.
“You don’t have to spend a single second looking for a new Chief of Staff. I’m right here, I’m exceedingly qualified, I will raise my sword, run at the enemy, and fight the good fight every single day. I will be the best West Wing general you’ve ever wished for and the scariest monster you never knew you needed.” ABBY.
“It IS easy, Mr. President. Fire him. Hire me.”
“You want ME to fire Cyrus?” “You want the job? That’s the job.” “I’ll let you know when it’s done, sir.”
“He’s just Sean. he loves Javi and Kim. He has a ring in his pocket. I have to let them go. Sean’s a good guy.”
HOLY SHIT HOLLIS DOYLE IS DONALD TRUMP.
“HE STOLE MY PLATFORM, MY TAGLINE, WORD FOR FREAKING WORD.”
“You slimy, slithering, hell-raised son of a whore.”
“This oughtta be fun!” Fitz can barely contain his glee at this development.
“I’m the one that’s gonna have to go out and debate that man.” Susan is NOT amused.
“He could have been kept on a leash and instead he’s going to make a circus.” I don’t know why I didn’t foresee Shonda GOING here. I am ALIVE.
“You do not yell at me in this office!”
“Where DO I yell at you? I want to go there.”
“This is the Susan Ross Show, sir.” Goddamn right.
“It’s because of you. the reason i can be selfish. YOU.” Olivia extends Quinn an olive branch. A big one. SHE KNOWS what Quinn has been doing.
“Is there anything else you want to know?” “Quinn have you ever killed anyone?” “I think that’s enough sharing for today.”
“I need your badge.” HERE WE GO.
“I bought you 15 minutes.” “How kind.” The only question is HOW Cyrus will exact his revenge.
“I’d like us to stop with all the crazy.” Somehow, I don’t believe you, Liv.
“I miss you. That’s why I’ve been acting like this, with the cameras and the stalking and the… It’s because I miss you.”
Vanessa shows up and Liv plasters on her best fake smile.
“Want to join us for a drink?” Abby settles in to her new job quite nicely.
Huck shuts down the whole surveillence on his family. Maybe they can all finally move on.
Something with Vanessa’s meet-cute with Jake FINALLY triggers something in Olivia because it’s all to similar to how SHE met Jake.
“Quinn? Let’s step up our surveilance on Jake.” LET’S GO.
Just what IS Jake up to? How will Hollis Doyle affect the Presidential Race? Leave your thoughts in the comments.