Scandal recap: 'Stand in the Sun'

Olivia wants to catch some rays with Fitz, while Jake is dragged deeper into the mud
Ep. 13 | Aired Mar 13, 2014

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So who does she turn to for comfort? Jake. After weeks of Jake always showing up announced at her place (where there's no beer), Olivia shows up on his doorstep, bearing Gettysburgers and wine (for herself). While he recognizes she's going through some sort of crisis, Jake is told to ask no questions. "I want to eat too many fries, drink too much wine, and have a relaxing evening with my fake boyfriend," she says. Not a bad setup, really. So he plays along, telling her about his day "selling paper." We all know that's not their world, and Jake offers to run away with Liv, who of course refuses. But can't she just enjoy her fake boyfriend in the meantime? "If you get drunk tonight, I will take advantage of you," Jake tells her, before admitting that he actually won't. He also says two words you don't often hear from a male character on TV: "Save me." And that's all Olivia needs to hear. "Take advantage of me, Jake," she says. See, things don't always have to be so complicated.

Leo's plan to have the preacher get Sally back on track appears to have backfired. Instead, she confessed to the murder and her preacher said she now has to confess to the world. Another development: God and Sally are no longer on speaking terms. So Leo does what any good campaign manager would do: He tries to stall, asking Cyrus to delay the debate and, when that doesn't fly, asking to cancel. "If this debate happens, you are going to jail," he informs Cy.

Since Olivia has refused to help David in his quest against Cyrus, he's forced to brainstorm a solution for himself. "What would Olivia Pope do? Someone should really put that on a bracelet," he says as he and Abby lie in bed. But it isn't just Liv who wants David's quest to end; Abby does too, for her man's safety. Cyrus doesn't have David and James in his crosshairs (yet). He meets up with Jake and gives him this job: "I need you to kill Sally Langston." But Jake says something Cy doesn’t often hear: No. He says the role of B613 is to protect the Republic, not settle petty White House squabbles. Of course Cy does what Cy does best and turns his personal issue into a matter of national security, but Jake's not buying it. He recognizes Cyrus for the mouse that he is, running around on a wheel, and turns the condescending tirade around on him. Point #teamjake!

Meanwhile, back at "Acme Limited Paper & Supplies," Quinn has been banished to the front desk while the big guns do the B613 dirty work. She accuses Jake of putting her out of harm's way to stay in Olivia's good graces. "I bet she's got you thinking you're part of her family -- a good little Gladiator earning Liv's love," Quinn says, just like a spurned member of that very family would say. "Watch the way you talk to clients, Perkins, we're starting to lose fake business," Jake shoots back. Is it just us, or did the writers step up their Jake game in this episode?

NEXT: Sally Langston needs to confess

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