'Scandal' recap: 'No Sun on the Horizon'

March 14, 2014|By Lauren McEwen | For The Baltimore Sun

One thought kept crossing my mind and timeline last night: "Jake really is Command."

We start off the episode with a chopped monologue from Jake about what it means to be Command, and how it requires you to have no ties and no family. This is going to be bad.

Elsewhere, Sally is having a breakdown during debate prep: there's a bizarre, religion-tinged ranting about Fitz being the devil, complete with cloven hooves, complete with the phrase "Yum, yum, crispy piggy. Yum yum." It’s so bad that Leo Bergen called in her pastor to help her get it together, and even he seems to doubt whether or not he can reel her in.

Fitz is busy with prepping, as well, with Mellie playing Sally and Andrew Nichols as Governor Reston. Mellie makes a really good Sally, and is positively glowing while pretending to debate, which is more proof than ever that she should BE THE PRESIDENT AND NOT FITZ.

Anyway, Fitz is rocking debate prep, which is making Cyrus excited enough to leave Olivia giddy voicemails, asking why she’s not there … and she’s not there because her team is busy bringing her up to speed on the D.D. murder case. Huck, Abby and David Rosen play her recordings from Cyrus’s office.

Liv’s confused as to why Cyrus would be involved in any of this, since he hates Sally, and would probably have used the knowledge that she killed her husband against her. Except, David points out, Cyrus caused Sally to snap by “pimping out” James to D.D.

Liv freaks when she finds out that James is working with David against his husband, but David rattles off all of the concrete evidence they have against Cyrus, Sally and Leo, insisting that Watergate had less to go on.

Honestly, Liv seems most upset that Cyrus had to cover up a murder and didn’t consult her, but she hasn’t been on her game lately. When is the last time that Liv had a client that wasn’t Fitz, her mother or herself? How is she even paying all of these people, let alone paying for the awesome maternity top they are using to hide Kerry Washington’s baby bump?

Liv heads to the White House to confront Cyrus, and he’s too worn out to lie to her for long. She bursts into laughter when she grimly realizes that all of three of the presidential nominees are murderers (Reston killed his wife’s lover, pretending he thought him a rapist). To which Cyrus hilariously replies, “Nobody’s perfect.”

As darkly ironic as that may be, it doesn’t change the fact that Fitz’s clean slate is gone. He can’t redeem himself from having “won” a stolen election if the entire ballot is full of cold-blooded killers. That doesn’t change the fact that Liv doesn’t want to help and be dragged “back into the dark.”

Abby’s busy “paying her dues” at B613’s cover business: a paper company. She’s not happy because she’d much rather be killing people, but Jake tells her that she is not ready. He also puts an organization-wide ban on “freelancing,” which…I can’t believe Rowan allowed that in the first place. It’s one thing to murder people to protect the Republic and another to be a hired gun.

Speaking of Rowan, he’s very unhappy with Leo, since Sally’s taken a hit in the polls. I snorted when Rowan called Reston a “known unknown,” because of Samuel L. Jackson’s Gin Rummy from “The Boondocks.” (Warning: explicit language in all of these links.) But he wants Reston to win to restore the balance of power since Fitz/Sally stole the election.

Abby’s shocked that Liv won’t help David, but Jake is even more shocked when she shows up to his apartment with food, asking him to be her fake-boyfriend for the night. Jake plays along for a bit, and then confides in her that every time he steps into B613, he realizes all over again that he is Command. Under the weight of the decisions he makes and the knowledge he has, he really hopes for a day that he can just be normal, which is all Liv really wants, too.

They can’t have it, of course, but what they can do is have sex again. Fitz is not going to be happy.

Sally’s pastor hasn’t had any luck getting Sally’s head back in the game, in fact, she confessed to him … and now she wants to confess to the American people at the presidential debate, in the hopes that she will hear God’s voice again when she prays. Leo frantically warns Cyrus of Sally’s plans, pointing out that Cyrus will go to jail, too, if she confesses. That’s enough to get him to help.

Quinn’s at work, busy being super rude to a customer who called in to order paper, while Charlie’s just shocked that they actually sell paper. Cyrus calls, hoping to hire Charlie again. Of course, he turns it down because he’s been banned from freelancing.

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