Scandal recap: How We Met Her Mother

Olivia's mom is revealed, but Fitz refuses to reveal anything about Remington
Ep. 06 | Aired Nov 7, 2013

PHOEBE, IS THAT YOU? Don't call her inexperienced! Olivia toughens up Lisa Kudrow's congresswoman with a few Pope & Associates tricks.


Back at Josie's campaign HQ, it's a celebration -- for everyone but the congresswoman's sister-daughter, who rightly calls out Pope & Associates for making the dirty campaign ad themselves. BRILLIANT. I know some commenters have questioned Liv's professional abilities as of late, since she's been pretty wrapped up in the personal drama with her dad, the president, and Jake. But here's all the proof you need that Olivia Pope's still got it.

Harrison goes to meet Cyrus and politely ignores his threats to bring Adnan back to the country. But Cy doesn't go quietly: He gets a new visa in the works for the criminal. This means trouble for Harrison, but it also means more screen time for Columbus Short, so...

Charlie and Quinn have another meet-cute at the range (Nancy Meyers spin-off movie!), but like any good rom-com, there's a twist: Charlie is working for Rowan (of course). And it looks like the late Kate was, too. But the sniper that took care of her? He was sent by the president to protect Jake. The bromance lives -- sorta. Jake starts asking questions about Remington, but Fitz won't budge. "It may be the only chance I have of sleeping with both eyes closed ever again," Jake argues. "Or is it the only chance you have of sleeping with her?" Fitz counters, before setting Jake loose once and for all.

Fitz then heads straight to Liv's apartment (TMZ would be all over that, btdubs). She still wants answers, and he wants her back on the campaign trail so they can be "us" again. "One of the bodies in the ocean was my mother," Olivia finally admits. "Do you still not know what I'm talking about?" Can we all agree that Tony Goldwyn deserves an Emmy for his facial expressions when Liv reveals that her mother was on that plane? And after that initial horror registers on his face, he goes completely blank and robotically repeats: "I don't know what you're talking about." COLD.

Where does this leave Olitz? They recovered from one breach of trust (Defiance); can they do it again? It was a relatively quiet episode, but that ending scene packed a serious punch. Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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