Scandal Season 5, Episode 19
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Forget Team Cap or Team Iron for a few days. I wanna know if you’re Team Liv or Team Abby. A standoff between these two ladies has the potential to cause as much death and destruction as an intra-Avengers fight. Let’s see who scored the most points, shall we?
“By dawn’s early light, a political cat fight.” Susan is living.
Abby and Liv “going at each other tooth and nail.” She’s not even reporting on the candidates, really. But face it, the real good stuff is going on behind the scenes.
“I’d just as soon be shot in my face by a cannon then be tagged as a…feminist. However, I will admit that it’s hard to watch too smart, talented women tear each other apart like this.” “Hard.” Please. This translates to “thanks for the ratings, hos!”
“How late do you think you’ll be?” “Wish I knew.” Michael has questions for Cyrus and Cyrus is SO DISMISSIVE it’s actually painful.
Alex calls him, but Michael doesn’t want to help. Alex knows Cyrus was involved in shooting and hopes Michael can give him proof.
“You’re exhausted, I know, but you’ll get a day off when you’re president.” THE IRONY.
Lizzie locks David and Susan together in their hotel room so they can keep up the charade of their relationship. They are both MISERABLE.
“Governor Baker has the state of Florida on lockdown.” And we’re calling it a “bake-off,” which is fun.
“Hold on, Susan can’t drink gin.” “What?” “You told me gin makes you mean.” “Being cheated on makes me mean.” THAT’S MY GIRL.
It’s on in Florida. Every Republican candidate is headed South to kiss the ring of their powerful governor.
“She can take the stairs.” Olivia presses the “door close” button before Abby can reach the elevator. So that’s the level of petty we’re at now.
“MELLIE: MADE FOR AMERICA.” Mellie’s plane!
“It’s an internal problem.” Abby comes up with a scheme to ground Mellie and therefor Olivia. No flights can leave while Air Force One is on the runway. But what if they were dealing with some “mechanical issues”?
“What Edison Davis doesn’t have is kids.” Alex wants to use Frankie’s daughter’s cancer to score political points.
“No, but we can shame them off.” Olivia calls Air Force One out in the media.
“You can’t just lie to the FAA….go back into your office and do your job so I can do mine.” Fitz has had it. He knows the delay is fake. But Abby is not budging.
“Can I level with you? I like Susan. I think she’s smart. I think she’s personable. I don’t think she’s got what it takes to be president.” Baker blackmails Rosen. She wants him to drop an investigation into the corrupt activities of a certain company in exchange for Susan’s endorsement. Also, HELLO ANNIE POTTS.
“This is the one.” Baker picks out David’s tie.
FOUR HOURS INTO THE PLANE STAND OFF. Don’t these people have a country to run?
“Who among us hasn’t gone over the edge and killed somebody once?”
“She wants to know why you’re here when you should be saving Jake.” Quinn and Huck are still on Olivia’s mental health patrol.
“YOU SHOULD BE OVER A CLIFF WITH ME. AND YET, YOU ARE SITTING HERE, HAVING ME EXPLAIN YOUR JOB TO YOU.” Olivia hasn’t got time for amateur therapy hour.
Mellie goes to Marcus to talk out a plan to get the plane in the air. I still ship it.
“What the hell is she doing?” Mellie disembarks and walks out onto the runway, solo. The press LOSES IT.
“Wanna talk?” “I think it’s a very good idea.” Fitz is being…nice. I don’t like it.
“That crafty broad. I really underestimated her.” Color Lizzie impressed with Baker and her kickbacks.
“I took an OATH.” “We get it, you are a special snowflake.” David, are you sure you want to be crowing about your ethics right now?
“Congrats, Mellie. I’m proud of you.” “Think how proud I could make you if I could get to Florida.” (I know she’s playing him here because Mellie doesn’t give a flying fuck if Fitz approves of her or not. Anyway, well done.)
“One of them is about to go full Tonya Harding on the other. And when that happens I think we know who’s going to leave who a blubbering mess on the floor.” But who is Oksana in this scenario?
“You’re telling me you don’t know? Olivia…Andrew.” Fitz decides to tell Mellie that her campaign manager murdered her ex-lover, in front of about a dozen media outlets.
“I mean she did it with her bare hands.” There was a chair involved, okay.
“There but not there.” They’re talking about Olivia’s well-being, as if both of them weren’t involved in driving her crazy.
“You need to move the plane, Fitz. You need to move it now. And not just for me.”
“Olivia, are you going to spend the rest of the ride telling me why my plan won’t work or do you have any ideas of your own?” Liv is NOT HAPPY that Mellie pulled that stunt. It worked though.
“Anybody opens up a rule book, they’re gonna leave their ass in a gator trap.” “That’s a hillybilly hoedown down there and it’s all your fault.” The Baker dinner is happening, and Hollis Doyle is holding court.
Fitz saves Mellie’s ass by showing up with her, ensuring that Baker won’t send Mellie away even though she’s late.
“Everyone’s got a blind spot, this is yours.” Susan Ross does not play. Abby and Olivia drain their glasses.
David tells Susan he’s proud of her for standing her ground. He’s sleeping on the floor. Everything is sad.
“I forgot. The kind of man you really are…it’s nice to know that somewhere in there, you’re still you.” Annnnnnnnnnd the door opens just a crack.
Susan reaches for David’s hand. “I will do my very best to never hurt you again.” Her inner conflict though. She’s working so hard to convince herself not to believe him.
“Are you cheating on me? You heard me, Cyrus.” Ummm, yes.
Cyrus reminds Michael of his ROLE. “Someone who puts a little effort into getting me off so I can do my job.” He also reminds him that his child is James’ daughter, not his. YIKES.
Michael gives Alex a thumb drive with all Cyrus’s communication from the week of the Harrisburg shooting. I mean.
Governor Baker endorses Susan Ross. “I am going to win Florida!” She hugs David. Olivia shatters a mug. Susan is suddenly a frontrunner.
Photos of Frankie’s daughter show up on the news. Somebody’s gettin’ fired. But WHO.
THE USB DRIVE WAS ENCRYPTED. As soon as Alex opened it, it sent photos to a news desk. (IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?) Anyway, Alex gets canned.
“It’s me, it worked.” Michael helped Cyrus get rid of Alex?! After the “get me off” thing?
“You shouldn’t be at work. You’re not ready. The first one, the first kill, it stays with you.” Huck tries to big brother Olivia.
“I am not grieving over Andrew’s death. I am satisfied.”
“I felt free. I feel whole.”
“Why are you staring at me?” “I’m waiting for the rest of it.” Huck has BEEN HERE.
“I think one kill was enough for me. I am not him. I am not this. I am better than him.” Olivia cries. She’s worried about Jake. She lets Huck hug her.
“I’m just saying, you think you know better than me, sir.” Abby scolds Fitz for the stunt he pulled with Mellie. Susan is supposed to be his candidate after all.
“I run you, you run the country. That’s the job.” So here for Abby keeping Fitz on a tight leash.
“I’m not responsible for that. Her body count is on her.” Abby isn’t going to play nice with Liv just because of the emotional trauma. Abby wasn’t the one who picked up that chair.
“I know where you are. I’ve been there. I’ve recognized it. I’ve spent time there. But now you need to climb out.” Ah, the Leo McGarry method.
Hollis Doyle won Florida! What the fuck?
“But if you gals don’t stop hissing at each other, I might just end up running away with this thing.” Oh my god.
Abby wants to know why Liv wanted her to fail.
“I taught you. I raised you. I made that Oval. I built that president.” Olivia wants the White House back, and she’ll get it however she can. Plus, you know, she sees Abby as an equal now. She knows she can take whatever Olivia dishes out.
“She doesn’t hate you anymore. You kept your conscience clean. David, you DID keep your conscience clean?” OOP. David did Baker’s bidding so Susan would get the endorsement. SHE’S GOING TO FIND OUT AND STOP LOVING YOU AGAIN YOU JAG.
“Michael, you son of a bitch, where is my child?” MICHAEL ABSCONDS WITH CYRUS’S KID. Maybe he can shack up with Alex. That’s something I would be very interested in seeing.
THE GIRLS PUT THEIR DIFFERENCES ASIDE TO TAKE DOWN HOLLIS. Abby/Olivia friendship, I MISSED YOU. What better way to mend fences than to team up to ruin a racist, sexist piece of 1% shit?
Are you still rooting for Susan and David? Will Abby and Olivia find their way back to each other? Does Hollis Doyle have ANY IDEA the size of the shit-storm that’s about to hit him? Let us know what you think in the comments!