Scandal Final Season – Episode Recaps

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KERRY WASHINGTON
S7, Ep7
16 Nov. 2017
Something Borrowed
Quinn is still missing. The Team scour missing persons files and David Rosen produces a binder full of Jane Doe cases. Charlie starts identifying Jane Does in the morgue while hoping its not Quinn under one of the sheets. Abby rekindles her romance with David Rosen.

Cyrus hints to Jake that the reporter Curtis Pryce is who Quinn may have contacted to out Olivia as Command of B613 and all of her other deeds, and hints he knows Jake suggested Finton was connected to the bomber who took out President Rahad’s plane. Jake arranges for Curtis to meet with a sticky end, and he’s murdered and disposed of.

Rowan summons Olivia to dinner and admits he has Quinn. They face off and he demands she returns his dinosaur bones and he’ll release Quinn. No deal. Olivia has her Mother in a secure location, and meets with her for advice. Momma Pope tells her to let Quinn die as it solves all of Olivia’s problems. Her secrets stay buried.

Olivia meets with Rowan as the countdown to his threat to kill Quinn is becoming a reality. We hear two gunshots but we don’t see her body.
Scandal returns January 18, 2018
S7.E6
9 Nov. 2017
Vampires and Bloodsuckers
Quinn goes missing on her wedding day; Mellie meets with the Bashrani ambassador in the wake of President Rashad’s assassination.
S7, Ep5
2 Nov. 2017
Adventures in Babysitting
Despite Rowan’s friendly recommendation that Fitz distance himself from Olivia’s current affairs, he still went to Mellie to blow the whistle on her Chief of Staff. Olivia went to bat; securing President Rashad as a guest on Curtis’ show to put a positive spin on the war. However, she didn’t count on Cyrus’s new love interest, Fenton, who wants to get into politics. He got to sit in on several of Cyrus’ meetings; leading him to advise Cyrus that going to war with Bashran wasn’t the best solution.

President Rashad tells Mellie that he intends to leave the United States now there’s not going to be a war, but Mellie changes her mind and instructs Olivia to proceed with B613 in Bashran, and tells her to revoke Fitz’s access to the White House from now on. President Rashad’s plane explodes before it leaves the runway.


S7, Ep4
26 Oct. 2017
Lost Girls
While Liv is busy running the free world, the team at Quinn Perkins Associates  works with an unexpected client to solve an important case a missing girl, who is reunited with her Mother after Fitz – having put plans to retire in Vermont on hold – brings the case to the attention of a talk show host. At the White House, Mellie prepares for the upcoming nuclear summit with President Rashad and Prime Minister Nazari.
Cyrus has a new love interest who wants to get in to politics. Rowan launches into his latest tirade against Liv and how she’s trying to run the Country via Mellie Grant as well as running B613 at night.
Anyone else bored of this so far this Season?

S7, Ep3
19 Oct. 2017
Day 101
Life after being President of the United States is not all its cracked up to be for Fitzgerald Grant the third. Let’s recap.
Marcus dropped in on Fitz inVermont ready to go to work on his Foundation but all he did was provoke Fitz into arguments and accusations.
Rowan poured salt on Fitz’s wounds by disclosing how Liv has now become Command at B513 and asking Fitz for help. I doubt very much that Rown is a broken man and believe whole heartedly that he’s got something up his sleeve.
The hour was difficult to watch. Not a great start to live post-Presidency, huh.
Unbearably miserable without Liv in his life, Fitz decided to drop in on his former lover, only to find her cavorting with the latest flame in a long line of flames. At least it wasn’t Jake. Again. But given that Scott Foley directed this episode, we have to credit him with its brilliance.

S7, Ep2
12 Oct. 2017
Pressing the Flesh

Mellie set her sights on convincing President Rashad of Bashran  to sign a nuclear treaty at her first State dinner as POTUS; allowing Olivia, with an assist from Jake, to blackmail President Rashad into signing the agreement. but it failed, and the President announced that he’d be leaving the dinner early.

Meanwhile, Huck discovered that someone at the dinner was actually an assassin posing as a decorated member of the U.S. Army. someone furious with President Rashad for allegedly turning a blind eye to his people. Huck saved the day, again.

President Rashad flirting with Mellie was gross, though.

Olivia took Curtis back to her place for a little post-dinner hookup… only to find Fitz standing in her hallway.


S7, Ep1
5 Oct. 2017

Episode #7.1

Watch Me
Mellie’s main focus at the moment is passing an education bill in memory of Luna Vargas. Meanwhile over at Quinn Perkins and Associates the firm finally took on one of its first clients: the concerned daughter of a “religious studies professor” with whom she lost contact after he went overseas for a symposium. Her father was actually one of the CIA’s most valuable undercover assets which meant calling Jake as it had became everyone‘s problem.

Jake’s immediate solution was for Olivia to use B613’s assets to kill the guy before he had a chance to crack under torture, a decision Liv wasn’t exactly ready to co-sign. So he went behind her back, getting Mellie on board with Operation: Kill the Good Guy. Olivia’s counter-plan, ironically, was way darker; with Huck’s finger on the trigger, Liv threatened to kill the ambassador’s son if he didn’t return the operative to the United States.

Cyrus spent the first hour of Scandal‘s seventh season lusting for power but it seems he’s changed as he ultimately rebuffed a lucrative offer that would have essentially paved the way for a Beene presidency.
Mellie and Olivia had a spat which earned Mellie a reminder about how Olivia’s always right. Dinner with Papa Pope was illuminating as usual, with a new spin on how Liv is facing a reckoning. Where Liv would usually go running to a man to ease her frustrations, Fitz was in Vermont settling into his new life and Jake was off the menu, permanently, but this is drama, and we know Jake will be back in her bed before the Season’s final episode fades to black.


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Scandal – Season 6 – Tick Tock

As the clock ticks down to the inauguration of the first female President of the United States, and Vice-President; Olivia takes a big risk to ensure Mellie’s safety.

Mia (Liv’s Mom) is held captive while Team Fitz try to get her to give up the name of who hired her to assassinate Mellie on Inaguration Day. When she’s released they try to trace her but she’s torn out her chip. Rowan is furious, understandably. Jake takes a tac team to storm the warehouse where Mia was holed up and finds plans on the wall for Mellie’s inauguration assassination.

Quinn reveals she’s pregnant to a relieved Abby who has come in out of the cold. Fitz signs an Executive Order liberating funds for a revamped B613 with him at the Head. Liv ain’t gonna let that happen.

There’s a lovely scene where Fitz is about to leave the White House for the final time and Liv runs to him, in front of the cameras, and they kiss passionately.

Very well done.

Scandal Season 6 – Head Games

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David Rosen turns up at Rowan’s office asking about who Samantha really was, but Rowan tries to dissuade him from looking into it, advising him to move on with his life. David makes an impassioned plea, and Rowan instead gives him a box.

Olivia is focussed on helping Mellie choose the members of her first Cabinet and it doesn’t escape Quinn’s attention that Liv is pulling away from OPA; leaving them to gladiate all by themselves. Charlie illustrates the point by saying eventually everyone leaves and moves on to better things.

When Quinn later tries on her wedding dress, Huck tells her she looks beautiful.

Liv gives her Team a pile of cases to work through and choose one from, which Fitz will pardon. It’s his last few days in Office and the case needs to be a slam dunk to make Fitz look great on his way out of his Presidency.

David goes to Abby’s with the box and asks if he can store it in her fridge. She looks inside – it’s Samantha’s head. Jake comes over and takes swabs to identify her, then later he comes back with his findings. At Samantha’s apartment there’s a phone which has been wiped but Jake managed to pull the most recent data from it. A text message. They suddenly realise someone was using Paez and Samantha to further their own agenda.

Liv meets with Rowan for a farewell meal as he claims that he’s going to retire, now Liv is finally in the White House, and says family get in the way of her being powerful.

Jake pulls an image from surveillance on Samantha’s house that shows someone went into her house while she was in Custody. The image alerts everyone to stop Rowan from leaving town, and Liv brings him back to the White House and Jake shows him the image.

Olivia’s Mom was the person who visited Samantha’s house.

Back at OPA Quinn tells Liv she got the pardon from Fitz for the case she highlighted to him. Liv doesn’t seem interested, and then she shows Quinn where everything needed to run the business is, and Quinn is now going to run things because being a gladiator means sometimes fighting against the White House which Liv is now part of.

 

 

Scandal Season 6 – The Box

olivia-pope-scandalPaez revealed his endgame. Rowan makes a run for it. Fitz is outplayed with disastrous results. Let’s recap.

This week’s episode wrapped up the Shadowy Organisation’s storyline, thankfully.

Fitz was blindsided when his Team discovered a series of armed drones were now positioned over major U.S. cities just as Paez demands that Olivia makes sure Samantha is released from their custody.

Liv talks it out with her Father, who spurts scorn and then tells her to leave. Fitz tries to talk him around to giving up what he knows about the Organisation that held him captive for six months, and he spurts more scorn and says he’s only interested in saving himself. He commands Olivia to run away with him and she refuses.

Later, Rowan approaches Fitz and they strategize about how to get Samantha to give up the location of the drone control station and Paez’s location. Fitz sends Jake in to interrogate her.

However, Samantha resists Jake’s charm – he takes a pen and removes her RFID chip, leading Huck to use it to piggyback off the signal to locate Paez, but alas, the drones are on the move, as is Paez as another phone call to Olivia signals the explosion of a second drone over Philadelphia while Fitz can only watch in horror.

Luna Vargas holds a Press Conference thanking Mellie for choosing her for Vice President. Abby realises that Fitz has frozen her out of proceedings now that Cyrus is back when he makes a judgement call that sees Fitz choose him over her.

Rowan goes to see Samantha in lock down. The guard on the door watching her is overpowered by Roman, who pulls his gun and demands that Sam is released and the codes to the security tunnels is given to him so he can escape Sam is his leverage. The guard gives him the codes and he runs off with Samantha in tow, all the way back to his workshop where he’s restoring dinosaur bones. Once inside, Paez meets Rowan’s demands to stop sending packages with a brick inside meant to scare him into thinking its Olivia’ head Paez agrees and grants Rowan his freedom in exchange for rescuing Sam.

Meanwhile, when Paez leaves, Rowan calls Jake so he can trace him back to the drone control station. Jake takes out two operatives and then shoots Paez. Back at Rowan’s workshop he guts Samantha with a Palaeolithic sword. Cyrus later tells Mellie that its all over.

We say thank God it’s over. Worst storyline ever.

Scandal Season 6 – Mercy

This week saw a threat to Rutland thwarted by Team Pope when Paez revealed his real agenda.  Let’s dig in.

Rowan/Eli/Papa Pope laid into Fitz about how he made Olivia into a stripper; crawling into his bed at his beck and call. He even threw in an insult aboout Fitz’s Father, big Jerry (who raped Mellie) and insinuated that’s where Fitz got his craving for female flesh from.

Team Pope used a fake drone strike to put the town of Rutland into quarantine, which meant Paez’s plans were thwarted and Mellie had all the time she needed to announce her Vice President will be Luna, Frankie Vargas’s Widow. The real kicker was when Mellie named Olivia as her new Chief of Staff..

Well, Cyrus saw the chance to exact his revenge on Rowan for putting him in jail, but Cyrus, being so weak, failed miserably; but we got to see the White House wine cellar. Very well stocked.

Charlie voiced his concerns over how close Quinn is to Huck; and she reassured him that there was nothing to worry about.

We’ll see.