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SP 5×05-You Got Served

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THE INTIMACY OF POWER:
HOW CYRUS GOT HIS GROOVE BACK (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH WEST ANGOLA)
Charlotte brings Cyrus into the Oval Office. Fitz sets his drink on the desk.
Fitz: Cy.
Cyrus: Mr. President.
Fitz: Have a seat.
(Charlotte exits and shuts the door. Cyrus remains planted at the door. Fitz walks toward the couch)
Cyrus: Why am I here?
(Fitz stops)
Fitz: I want you back.
Cyrus: Back?
Fitz: In the White House. Here. Working for me. (Cyrus twitches)
Cyrus: You’re offering me my job back?
Fitz: I have a Chief of Staff, but yes. Something similar…high level…Senior Advisor.
Cyrus: Why?
Fitz: Cause I could use you right now. The country could use you. We have unfinished business in this administration. I know we’ve had some difficulties lately. I think we both acted emotionally and precipitously. I wanna put that behind us for the good of the country. I want you on my team.
Cyrus: Difficulties?
Fitz: Yes.
Cyrus: Hmmm. (Cyrus moves forward from the door) This is interesting. (as he takes a seat) What do they have?
Fitz: (feigning surprise) What?
Cyrus: The Senate Committee…they have something on you. That’s why I’m here.
Fitz: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Cyrus: It’s not the ring. She fixed that. It’s bigger than that. What is it…?
Fitz: Cy.
Cyrus: Amanda Tanner…may…be? Remington? Do they know about Rowan? Do they know about Defiance? (realizing) Oh. No. It’s the tape. West Angola. Oh, I see. That’s really not good, is it? But this? This is good. This is her…not you. This is SMART. I’m the only one who can say you saw it. Well me and the vegetable, Andrew, but he’s just drooling now…so it’s just me. (pause) YOU GIVE ME BACK MY JOB…(exhaling)…or some job…and I say you never saw the tape. That’s the deal right?
Fitz: (dryly) Yes. Whatta ya say?
Cyrus: (pausing, thinking, sitting back) How many times did you mispronounce Delano in that Governor’s debate?
Fitz: Excuse me?
Cyrus: Against Astley, you kept saying the City of Del(uh)no instead of the City of Delano. Do you remember?
Fitz: No. I have no idea. That was 16 years ago…in the Primaries…
Cyrus: It was 17 years ago and it wasn’t the Primaries…uhh, General…the second debate. You fumbled it three times. Twice in the first 5 minutes and once again about 45 minutes later, but you caught yourself that last time…and you never did it again…and you carried Kern County by 11 points. Did you know you carried Kern County by 11 poi…
Fitz: WHY are we talking about this Cyrus?
Cyrus: Because I want to. If you don’t wanna talk about it, I can leave and you can rehearse your resignation speech. (Fitz’s lips lock tight as Cyrus continues) Do you remember what you ate the morning after you became Governor of California? A cinnamon donut, which is weird because you didn’t eat donuts. You wanted yogurt and fruit that morning…a parfait. You wanted to eat it at some snooty place in Santa Barbara. But I said, “No”, cause I was already looking ahead…because Governor of California wasn’t the goal. So, we drove over the hill into ranch country, into real people country…to the Longhorn Cafe in Santa Inez where you would be seen eating a donut like a real person. I picked out your donut. It was cinnamon. But then I snuck into the kitchen to get you a bowl of fruit, cause I didn’t want you to whine. Some oranges, apples and berries. I picked out the bananas of course, because you don’t like bananas…and you ate the fruit in the car on the ride home. Do you remember the ride back home?
Fitz: No.
Cyrus: I remember you had fruit, but you didn’t finish it because you said it smelled like banana. This is what I KNOW…about you. This is what I remember. This is what is in my head. You. Everywhere, everything, what you say, what you eat, what you…wear, what you think. I dream your dreams and I sweat your nightmares. This is what you are to me. What am I to you? I am the man to be thrown on the grenade. I am the man that you use and abuse and toss out and try desperately to reel back in to try and save you one more time. That IS what I am to you. That’s all you know about me. If I left this room, you wouldn’t even remember I was here, but I could tell you everything you said…the color of your shirt, the part of your hair. I can look in your eyes and know…how you slept the night before. I know exactly how many times you mispronounced a single word in a debate 17 years ago and you couldn’t tell me my mother’s name. I know…why we’re sitting here. To fill in this Olivia Pope masterpiece. We all march forward into glory. All is forgotten. That’s the deal on the table and I’m not going to take it. (pause) Because this band is never ever getting back together. (pause) I do not need this. (exhaling, eye watering) I do not need you. Not anymore. (He gets up to leave, his back is to Fitz)
Fitz: We were on a bus…between King City and Salinas in my first run for Governor and you had a package from her. It was an Agatha Christie novel and she’s written a little review on an index card and tucked it inside the front cover. “I think you’re going to really like this one, Cy. But I don’t know how she killed him with a candelabra.” You laughed. You said she sent you a package like that every week since you left home. Always a mystery, usually Agatha Christie and always with a little index card that ruined the story…and you loved it. I used to see you open those packages…behind the campaign bus in Barstow, in your office, backstage at a rally at San Marcos High School. Sometimes it was the only time I’d see you smile in a week. Sometimes in a morning briefing, I’d know you’d gotten one of the packages just by your mood. I know what she meant to you. I know that you loved her. Your mom’s name?…was Helen. (Cyrus glances back at Fitz slightly choked up) I am sorry. Truly, deeply sorry. I am sorry. I’m sorry for what happened to us. I’m sorry for what I did to us. (Cyrus turns to face him) We both made some mistakes along the way. But your mistakes…were for me. My biggest mistake…was forgetting that we were family. Everything you did, you did for me. I can’t do this. Not like this. Not alone. I want you back. That seat on the couch is yours if you want it. The job is yours if you want it. Please?
(There is a long silence as Cyrus regards Fitz’s apology)
Cyrus: The job is Chief of Staff. Elizabeth North is terminated immediately. She doesn’t transition to another position in the Administration. She’s gone. I will keep Ethan and Red. I want new car-pet in that office. You will issue a full Presidential pardon…to me for any and all crimes committed during my time of service to you. It will be signed. It will be sealed. It will be non-revokable. (pause) And I will keep it secret.
(Fitz nods yes. Cyrus moves to his familiar spot on the 2nd couch across from Fitz and begins to create the cover story.)
Cyrus: The situation in West Angola was an urgent and growing threat to the National Security of the United States. Your decision to go to war was based solely on a methodical and reasonable assessment of that threat and was supported by actionable intelligence. You never saw that tape…of Olivia Pope. You did not know it existed. You were never aware that she was even kidnapped.
(Fitz stands and extends his hand to Cyrus. Cyrus stands and shakes on the deal they have just made)
Fitz: Good to have you back, Cy.
Cyrus: I serve at the pleasure of the President. The honor is all mine.
(Cyrus turns to leave)
Fitz: CHARLOTTE, PLEASE ASK ELIZABETH NORTH TO COME TO MY OFFICE.

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Mellie Wants to Know, Where’s my Hooch?

Olivia stumbles upon Mellie rummaging for something in the back her of walk-in room sized closet.

Mellie: I’m looking for my hooch. You didn’t drink it did you, Olivia? While you were sleeping in my bed like Goldilocks?

Olivia: No.

Mellie: I…hid it…all over back when…after the funeral. (Mellie pushes a bench over to another alcove of the closet to reach and search a shelf) Now it’s like…emergency supply.

Olivia: I should go.

Mellie: (Laughing) You’re gonna need the hooch. All the hideously long days and nights you’re about to spend hosting ridiculous galas and balls. (She climbs up to another shelf on the opposite side) Standing by his side…your teeth smeared with Vaseline so your smile stays wide and bright like you’re some kind of wax figure. Haaaaa! Yesss! Ohhhh. (Mellie has found her hooch) Trust me. This stuff?…is the only thing that’ll get you through. (She struggles to open the Mason jar) The lady lunching, the curating, tedious CAUSE you have to come up with and pretend to care about. (She gets the jar open) Do you like to decorate, Olivia? Come winter time, do you find little snowflake ornaments and golden pine cones just adorable? I hope you do, cause those 111 Christmas trees don’t just design themselves. Haaaah. (She exhales, breathes deeply for a moment, the offers a sip of hooch to Olivia) What the hell, you want some?

(Olivia blankly stares back)

Mellie: I didn’t poison it. See? (She sips the hooch and feels the burn) MMM! Hah hah hah hah. (Mellie extends the offer again)

Olivia: I don’t want any.

Mellie: Mmmmph. You don’t get to say what you don’t want. Not in here. Your wants? Your needs? Nobody cares anymore. All that matters from now is him. You will make so many sacrifices and compromises. You won’t even feel like a real person anymore. You will be unrecognizable. You think you’re going to be able to keep that little business of yours up and running? That group of THUGS you got workin’ for ya? What, you think you’re gonna find a place for them here…on your staff…in the White House? I don’t think so. The moment he takes your and and presents you to the world, you get dropped in a cage and you are trapped. The amount of bile you will force yourself to choke down…Haaah. But, like I said…(lifting Mason jar)…that’s what this here liquid gold is for.

Olivia: To feel numb.

Mellie: Oh honey, nooo. Living here…in this prison, that’s what makes you feel numb. THIS is what makes you feel normal. (sips hooch, shudders at the burn) Huh-heh. (she stands, walks to Olivia, smiles and inhales) When you go back down to the Oval…and you sit next to Fitz, I hope you know what you’re really fighting for. (She walks past Olivia and exits the closet)

(Olivia stands contemplating Mellie’s words)

Mellie: (Giggling, she steps back in the doorway) Oooohh n’ whatever hooch you dig up around here…(serious, yet sad)…consider it my parting gift. (she exits and leaves)

(Olivia stands alone in the corner of the hollow vastness of the room sized walk-in closet)

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The Puppet Becomes The Master…

Langstan Smith, Scandal Podcast

Lizzie sits in silence in Mellie’s Senate office as Mellie reads a document.
Lizzie: Mrs. Grant…
(Mellie raises one finger, then signs the document. She abruptly lays down the pen and folds her hands, giving Lizzie full attention.)
Mellie: I’m going to assume that last night was a mistake. Today there will be no mistakes.
Lizzie: Excuse me?
Mellie: You will assure me now that he will be at the Capitol by my side this afternoon when I take the oath to become a United States Senator.
Lizzie: Thaaat’s why I’m here.
Mellie: You will guarantee that the President will show up for his wife. Because that is what is best.
Lizzie: I don’t appreciate being sum…
Mellie: You don’t appreciate? (into familiar evil purr) You don’t appreciate me. Ha ha..you ungrateful little…
Lizzie: Uh’kay. This meetings over.
Mellie: Why? Why did you betray me? After everything I did for you. I saved your life. I saved you AND your child from Olivia Pope’s butcher. I took you in. I brought your booonnnes back from the political graveyard and performed voodoo to make you somebody again…and as payment…you stab me in the back. I wanna know why.
Lizzie: First, let’s be clear. You did not do anything for me. You did that for you. You only ever do anything for your own benefit. Second, you didn’t take me IN. I was your prisoner, I was your puppet, I was your BITCH. Third, your payment was that I got you elected. You are sitting in that chair, in this office as a United States Senator because of me. That is how I repaid you. Fourth, one can only be betray if there’s loyalty first…I was never loyal to you. You were never loyal to me. I don’t think you’ve ever been loyal to anyone. So when I made my move up the political ladder of success…all own my own, I wasn’t even thinking about you. Because you don’t matter to me. And now, you also don’t matter to the most powerful man on the face of the Earth. But guess who does? ME. So believe me when I say…Hmm, the President regrets to inform you that he’s unable to attend your little swearing in today Senator. He has better things to do. But…best of luck in future endeavors.
(Mellie sits in a silent grimace as Lizzie takes her leave of Mellie’s Senate office.)

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Mellie & Fitz Divorce Conversation

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Mellie and Fitz enter a parlor to have a private conversation after her swearing in as a United States Senator.

Mellie: I just wanted to thank you for coming today…
Fitz: Mellie…
Mellie: …and I wanted to apologize. I would’ve done it sooner, but I wanted to do it in person. I thought I’d have a chance before the State dinner. Especially with the queen visiting…and the optics…that whole…but I understand that you needed some space…some time. But I’m glad you came around.

(An awkward silence as Mellie clasps her hand together three times)

Mellie: I think about what I did everyday. Those jurors…(hesitant breaths)..what I did…those jurors…I…(frustrated sigh)…I’ll never forgive myself and maybe you won’t either. Guess we just add it to the list of awful things we’ve done…things we spend our future together trying to repent for. But I can face it. Because we’ll be together. I know without a doubt that you and I together…a team…is what’s best. For us…for the country…for our…beautiful children. And I’m sooo glad you see it too.
Fitz: I’m divorcing you.
(Fitz pulls divorce papers from his left breast pocket and hands them to Mellie. Mellie is stunned as she looks at the divorce papers.)
Mellie: I’ll never sign.
Fitz: You will. You have so many qualities I despise, but I do admire your brilliance. So do the math Mel. Fighting this…fighting me? Will mean both of us deploy every weapon in our arsenal. Every lie. Every secret. Every juror on that bus. Mutually assured destruction. we’ll be ruined. Now me? Hey. I’m a war hero, Governor, two time President. my bucket list is done. You? Your biggest accomplishment so far is waving and smiling. It’s your first day pitching in the major leagues. You’ll sign.
(Fitz exits, leaving Mellie in stunned silence and disbelief.)

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Queen Isabel There May Be No Happily Ever After, But…

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The Queen Isabel stands presiding in ceremony over Princess Emily’s casket before boarding the Royal plane back to Caledonia. Olivia and Prince Richard enter and stand beside and behind her.

Queen Isabel: What is SHE doing here?
Richard: You hired her. The same way you hired the man who murdered my wife. Olivia’s non-disclosure agreement didn’t appy to me. So when we get home you’re going to abdicate…because of health reasons…because of age. Because you are no longer fit to rule. You will allow your son to exceed to the throne and live out your days at the winter palace. Alone. Because the next time I see…the time I will even be able to tolerate the sight of you, will be at your funeral.
Isabel: Richard, if you please…
Richard: If you dare to oppose me or speak out in any way, Olivia Pope may not be able to tell the world what you’ve done, but I won’t hesitate. (Prince Richard walks away to Princess Emily’s casket and Olivia moves in for the final kill.)
Olivia: You were right. Not all fairy tales have happy endings. But evil queens? They tend to go down. (Proceeds into the Pope Bounce and Strut)

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Scandal 4×11 – Fitz in the Oval Office Scene

THINGS GO DEEP (SHIT) AT THE WHITE HOUSE

(Fitz is pacing the Presidential Seal in the Oval Office)

Fitz: Charlotte!!
(Charlotte peeks in)

Fitz: Ring Jake Ballard…find Cyrus…I want the heads of the CIA, FBI and the NSA in my office yesterday. (there is a pause and Charlotte only stares at Fitz) Did you hear me?

Charlotte: Yes sir, only…
(Charlotte opens the door further and five Secret Servicemen walk in)

Fitz: Agent Fielding? I didn’t call for the secret service. Can I help you?

Fielding: We’re here to help you…Mr. President.

Fitz: Help me?

Fielding: The Vice President thought you might have trouble following his instructions, staying on the straight and narrow…not calling in your friends or the FBI, CIA…the NSA. He told us it might be difficult for you…not looking for Miss Pope. He told us you would need our support. We’re here to support you Mr. President.

Fitz: The Secret Service takes their orders from me, not the Vice President.

Fielding: I don’t think that I’ve been clear. I’m not talking about just the Secret Service. There’s also White House aides, pages, staff, military guards, a couple of secretaries. Oh, and a few of the valets and butlers in the residence. Consider us all…your support group. We’re watching you…keeping an eye on you at all times. Cameras, listening devices, every phone call, every toilet flush. See, we care. You should be grateful for all this support. Would be a shame if Miss Pope was beheaded. Don’t you agree Mr. President. They don’t call this the crown jewel of the American prison system for nothing. We’ll be you. Sir.

(The five Secret Servicemen leave, leaving a confused Fitz standing on the Seal and staring up at the ever present Oval Office camera.)

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Scandal 4×11 – Sell Me On The Open Market

(Olivia sits alone in her , Ian enters with a newspaper)

Ian: I thought you should see the damage you’ve wrought.

The headline reads: “U.S. Suffers Casualties in First Day of Combat”

Ian: (sarcastically) Thank God for those policies, right? Really keeping us honest.

(Olivia kicks the newspaper away)

Olivia: What do you want?

Ian: What do I want?

Olivia: (slight laugh) It’s he first question I ask my clients…typically I know what the answer is gonna be, but I just need them to arrive at it themselves.

Ian: And if I were one of your clients, what do you think I’d say?

Olivia: You’d say you want power…but I think that’s a lie.

Ian: No? Now why would that be?

Olivia: Because you’re sitting on one of the most valuable assets in the world…and not using it.

(Olivia has moved from sitting below Ian on her cot to standing on a far wall in a negotiative power position and continues speaking in a conspiratorial tone)

Imagine the price I’d fetch on the open market. “You own Olivia Pope, you own the President.” nations, dictators, drug cartels…they’ll coming running. (Ian perks up) You’d be rich beyond your wildest dreams. But, no, you’d rather honor your contract, spend the next three years bringing me food and water. Yes, you’d be the highest paid babysitter on the planet, but that’s all you’d be. A babysitter.

Ian: (confused) You’re saying I should sell you?

Olivia: (going in for the hard sell) I’m saying WE should sell me. I know the market, who the players are…how to pull their strings. This is MY wheelhouse. If anyone can make this work for you, it’s me!

Ian: So I get rich and you get what?

Olivia: (breaking out the vulnerable prisoner face again and back to hard sell) I get to not spend the next three years counting down the day the President leaves office and you put a bullet in my head. We both know I’m resourceful. You get rich and I get to take my chances on the open market, plus you’d have to make me look presentable to get top dollar and right now I could really use a shower and a change of clothes. Think about it Ian. It’s WIN/WIN! But again, the question is not what I want, but what you want. Do you want to be a babysitter or do you wanna be a boss? It’s up to you.

(Nothing about this scene speaks to slavery, but to Olivia taking her power back. What you also might note here is that Ian will likely have been sloppy due to his greed and taken Olivia to a hairdresser…perhaps killed her…and to a clothing shop…and killed them too. Even crazier, in his quest for power he may have used an ATM or credit card without really thinking about it. From the apartment to the cell (she left her sweater on purpose) and beyond Olivia is dropping breadcrumbs.)

Also Olivia is selling her knowledge, not her body. She is an active participant in this bidding war. She represents power over the President of the United States and by extension…the United States. She is selling herself as an advisor…not a slave or a concubine.

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You are not Olivia (Scene)

we-cant-tell-you-4x4-like-father-like-daughterYOU ARE NOT OLIVIA…YOU WILL NEVER BE OLIVIA (STOP HATING ON OLIVIA)

Scene from “Like Father, Like Daughter“, Scandal Episode 4×4

(Abby is in the press grotto giving a briefing when she notices Huck and Quinn in the White House hallway)

Abby: What are you two doing here?

Huck: We can’t tell you.

Abby: What!?

Quinn: We can’t tell you.

Abby: See, that’s where you’re wrong. We’re in the White House. This is my turf. In this building, you are no longer a Zombie army of two under the command of Olivia Pope. So, you can either tell me what you’re doing or I’m going to get four of the biggest men you’ve ever seen and have them escort you out to Pennsylvania Avenue. These guys? They’re not just big, they’re Circus big.

(Cyrus appears from a doorway)

Cyrus: Red. Leave them alone.

Abby: I’m sorry?

Cyrus: Leave. them. alone. (to Quinn and Huck) Go ahead, I got this.

(Huck and Quinn do as they are told and leave)

Abby: You make it hard for me to do my job. You undermine me here with Olivia Pope at every turn. You keep secrets from me. You make me feel…small.

scandal-quote-cyrus-4x4-abby-feeling-smallCyrus: Red, there are things that happen here in this big White House with this particular President that you will never, ever know about. Some of those things, many of those things will involve Olivia Pope. Several of those things WILL make it hard for you to do your job, but you are a patriot, you are a fighter and so you must hold your own. As for feeling small, I don’t do that to you. I suspect jealousy does that to you. My advice to you is this…you are not Olivia, you will never be Olivia, and hating Olivia for your own shortcomings will not change that fact. (Cyrus turns to leave, then turns back) Also have you ever stopped to think what it must be like to BE Olivia Pope? Doesn’t seem like that much fun.

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The Tale of Two Paternity Tests

Langstan Smith, Scandal Podcast

TEST #1

There are a couple of time sequence issues in Episode 317, Flesh and Blood may have caused a huge bit of confusion.

First let it be understood that Leo and Papa Pope were working together and that Leo was the one who first called Papa Pope to ask HIM to get the President’s DNA. Leo then informed him while standing out in front of DC Point Lab…

Olivia: (referring to Dominic) That man? Do I know him?

(Rowan’s phone rings)

Rowan: Phone’s ringing (he answers)

Leo: Did you hear the rumor about the First Lady asking about a paternity test?

Rowan: No.

Leo: You just did. I need you to score some Presidential DNA. Isn’t there some secret stash of POTUS blood in some White House vault…and before you start whining, you might note that I’m standing here with a bag full of Little Jerry’s man chowder, so…

Rowan: I’ll see what I can do.

Olivia: Who was that?

Rowan: (pretending to reluctantly reveal) Leo Bergen.

Olivia: You’re working with Leo Bergen?

Rowan: I was. Now I’m working with you and to prove it, I’m going to tell you what he’s up to and you’re going to go straight to the White House to stop him.

Meanwhile, Olivia goes to confront Mellie about what her father has just shared with her. At this point Mellie accidentally, drunkenly reveals her rape by Big Jerry. During this period Huck is also interrogating and torturing Dominic. Later that night, after no information is garnered from the interrogation, Dad borrows Charlie’s gun in an effort to “scare” Dominic into revealing where the bomb is. At this point, no matter the outcome, we knew that Dominic was a dead man.

Side note: I am of the belief that this was the plan all along. I believe it was also Marie’s revenge…for Dominic never trying to rescue her. It was her job to bring him out of hiding so that both she and Eli could get their pound of flesh from him.

Eli used his death two-fold.

The first paternity test was done using Dominic’s DNA. Dominic was Marie Wallace’s lover who was murdered by Papa Pope.

We later see Huck rolling Dominic in plastic for final disposal. As he is doing this, Abby uses tweezers to yank a single hair from Dominic’s head, which she immediately places in a plastic bag and then envelope and hands it off to Papa Pope. That same night, Papa Pope then calls Leo to tell him he is sending over a sample of the President’s (Fitz’s) DNA. This means that he either had it delivered directly to Leo or had it was sent via messenger to DC Point Lab. Olivia was too devastated after her father murdered Dominic in her place of business…she had to go home so she had no involvement in the first DNA exchange although she had knowledge of it.

Now here is where things get weird. Directly after Papa sends the fake “Presidential DNA” for processing, we flip to a scene…

DURING THE DAY, which we assume is the next day, but could have been even days later…but note, taking place in DAYLIGHT HOURS.

Abby arrives, get the results, which are not a match. But a simple chiding and a bribe from Abby (via Papa Pope) and the DNA is a match and Leo and Sally pick it up none the wiser that they have been foiled by a faked DNA test. They stop digging for dirt.

Mission Accomplished they are off the trail and Papa can continue to gain Olivia’s trust while putting his ultimate plan in motion.

Again this all takes place during DAYLIGHT HOURS? WHAT DAY OR WHAT TIME IS HARD TO DECIPHER.

Next scene we find Olivia at home on the couch it is dark…she is still distraught and she calls Jake. She references the fact that…

“My father killed my mother’s lover tonight in my office. Just…like it was nothing…like it was Tuesday…he just…There is a dead man lying on the floor of Olivia Pope and Associates right now… ” (Yes you read right…TONIGHT! Which means that the Daylight scene that came before was actually a flash forward and could have happened a few days in the future.) This also means that Olivia was not there when Papa Pope set up the fake DNA test…but perhaps had knowledge of it later, but she did not initiate it.

Again, Papa Pope orchestrated the first DNA test…using it as a way to make Olivia believe that he was being helpful and it was also meant to throw the bloodhounds (Leo and Sally) off of Mellie’s trail as they had heard rumors of her affair with Andrew and that she herself had ordered a DNA test earlier in their time in the White House…and they assumed that the baby might be Andrew’s.

No one, but Mellie, Olivia and now Fitz know that the true reason for Mellie’s original request was due to the rape by Big Jerry.

Understand that it was Leo who put Papa on the DNA trail in the first place. It was a distraction device. I mentioned before that season 3 was a chess game. Papa Pope moved all the pieces into place to accomplish exactly what he wanted from the beginning.

While Olivia was distracted by Mama and DNA…she couldn’t possibly keep up with what he was doing. Papa played everyone.

TEST #2

To get to the second test, we take a journey through the final third of the episode. We find Olivia confronting Papa over having killed Dominic in her office and he tells her how much he enjoyed doing it.

(Scene with Charlie, Quinn and Huck loading Dominic’s body for disposal)

After the heated exchange between father and daughter, Olivia makes a call to Cyrus to inform him that Dominic Bell is dead and that they don’t know where the bomb is. She informs him he should keep Fitz in the White House, when she hears the sound of the chopper and realizes that Fitz, Mellie and Cyrus are boarding the Presidential Helicopter to head to Defiance, Ohio. She wants to stop him, but he is already leaving, so Papa (being the “good” Dad that he is) encourages her to go be with him, because Marie wouldn’t dare set off the bomb and kill Fitz if she (Olivia) is there.”Your mother will not kill the President if it means killing you too!”

(Scene where Harrison goes to find Adnan and gets held at gunpoint…Shonda’s first warning to us all)

Olivia arrives in Defiance, Ohio, most likely arriving on Papa’s private jet…along with a Secret Service or B6-13 agent (This would explain how Pops was able to time the stabbing just right because he knew when she landed back in DC)

Olivia makes her way to the stage and sits beside Mellie, who is drunk and now sits between she and Fitz. They exchange light banter with a side of sarcasm from Mellie. Fitz and Mellie are introduced and they stand together smiling and waving at the crowd then Mellie returns to her seat beside Olivia and we get the following exchange:

Olivia: Those rumors we talked about earlier, they’re not going to come out. It’s been taken care of. (referring to the previously faked DNA test) But if you still want the paternity test, just get me the DNA samples and I’ll make it happen.

(Mellie’s eyes brighten and she smiles)

(Scene where Quinn and Huck…HUCK and Marie slips in on Papa)

Papa calls Olivia to inform her that her mother is at the office and the bomb is still set to go off and she (Olivia) doesn’t have much time. (Olivia hangs up and immediately texts someone, likely Abby to facilitate getting the DNA needed from the White House)

Olivia steps to the podium beside Fitz to whisper for him to wrap it up.

(Scene where David and Jake discover where the bomb is)

(Scene where Olivia discovers Dad stabbed and bleeding on the floor of OPA)

(We now know that Dad orchestrated this whole scenario)

Also keep in mind that this may have been the following morning as it is a 7 hour flight from Defiance, Ohio to Washington, DC. so it is very realistic that Olivia could have facilitated getting the new DNA test done by phone while in the air.

(Scene with Adnan and Harrison, followed by Jake frantically trying to reach Liv…then he reaches Cyrus…we know how this played out)

What follows is a montage of scenes…from people gathering at the church for Senator Hightower’s funeral. Most State funerals are held in the morning or early afternoon. We see Cyrus gloating over his evil deed. Mellie has received her very real DNA results.

Marie sets the bomb for one hour. Cyrus still gloats. The President prepares the Hightower eulogy and Cyrus stalls by asking him to read it to him.

All this happens under the strains of… “Smiling faces…smiling faces…sometimes…they don’t tell the truth. Smiling faces…smiling faces tell lies.” this was our first clue that the finale was going to be a doozy. If you pay attention you will see all these quick vignettes that inform the set up of what happened in the finale.

“SADLY BOAY, I KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU!”

So Papa knew without a doubt that Little Jerry was Fitz’s son…he planned this meticulously, so do you really think he didn’t make sure?

He had Tom at his beck and call and had access to the entire First Family and their DNA. He would have made sure that the boy was his so he knew it would sting. He wanted this to hurt, to be painful. To literally destroy Fitz. Remember, he said he knew everything about Fitz, but he did not know everything about Mellie. So he had no idea she had been raped. If Fitz knew, this would then be in the category of things to know about Fitz…therefore Rowan would know it, but how could he when Mellie only told one other person and that was Andrew and he never told and I don’t think he even knew about the original paternity request.

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IT’S 1976 DOWN THERE

Langstan Smith, Scandal Podcastscandal8

 

[ Listen to the Randy, Red Superfreak and Julia  episode of the Scandal Podcast ]

(Mellie dangles her feet over the White House balcony with a drink in hand)

Fitz: It’s getting cold, you should come in.

Mellie: Why? You afraid I’ll jump.

Fitz: Melllieee…No.

Mellie: It’s not that far down. I’d maybe sprain an ankle. I could dive…land on my head. Those two sweet Marines would run over and try to catch me and I’d fall on them and end up breaking their necks…and the lawsuuuit…

Fitz: Mellie.

Mellie: The point is…I’m not gonna jump.

Fitz: I know that.

Mellie: I’m not gonna try and kill myself.

Fitz: I know that.

Mellie: I’m not you.

(Fitz stands in stunned silence)

Fitz: I had a bad night. One bad night.

Mellie: (annoyed exhalation) Hahhhhh hahha

Fitz: Don’t ever bring that up again.

Mellie: (Smiling, then sarcastically) I will add it to the list.

Dead kid, missing Mistress, Mellie’s Rape…Fitz’s suicide. (She takes a drink)

(Awkward silence)

Fitz: She’s not missing. She’s back.

(Fitz pours a drink)

Mellie: (stunned, then) Have you seen her?

Fitz: No.

(Mellie sits)

Mellie: Well, when you see her, you’ll tell me.

Fitz: I’m not going to see her.

Mellie: But…WHEN you see her, you will tell me. (she takes another drink)

Fitz: This doesn’t…it’s still you and me. I’m not going to see her. (He takes a drink)

(Mellie shifts in her seating position to face Fitz)

Mellie: (smiling) I just wanna be clear that…there are some things that I’m just not gonna do anymore…things that just feel like an insulting waste of time once you have held your dead son in your arms. Monitering YOU…is one of those things. So I’m saying…when you see her…(half sighs, half laughs)…and then you come home all hot and bothered and you decide to pretend that you are a good family man, so you climb into my bed and on top of me. (sighs again) I’m saying…when you see her…you will tell me. Because I’m gonna want some warning. Fitz, I don’t know if I can even imagine getting turn on by you right now. Oh and FYI…(pours another drink)…when you stick your hand into my panties? Another thing that I just don’t do anymore is WAX! Sooo…it’s 1976 down there.

So…(laughs)…you maybe…wouldn’t be turned on by me anyway. (takes a drink) The point is…when you see her, you’ll tell me.

Fitz: I won’t see her.

Mellie: Right.

(Fitz sighs in frustration and exhales)