Scandal recap: The Mother of All Meetings

After a romantic getaway with Fitz, Olivia Pope is in for the surprise of her life
Ep. 08 | Aired Nov 21, 2013

NEW ENGLAND NOOKIE Liv and the president steal away for an old-fashioned Olitz hook-up in Vermont, so Shonda Rhimes has clearly been getting your fan letters.

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Cyrus is back to evilly tapping his fingers together and planning Sally Langston’s demise, but Mellie is the voice of reason, arguing that a marriage is at stake. “Sally must suspect that her husband is a big gay slut,” Cy says in the way only Cy could. But Mellie’s not talking about Sally’s marriage; she’s talking about Cyrus’. Has he honestly not considered the fact that his pimping could work too well?

Jake sees through Liv’s “super busy” excuse the next morning, telling her, “I told you he’d find a way, didn’t I?” He then manages to make sipping coffee look super hot. Even if he’s not meant to be with Olivia, Scott Foley is never allowed to leave Scandal, OK?

Now James is entrapped in Daniel Douglas’ man cave, soon to be entrapped in the vice-presidential husband’s embrace. James puts all the pieces together and grasps just what Cy has done. When James gets home much later than expected, Cyrus realizes that Mellie might have been right. And just when we think James might be playing Cy and making him think something happened when it didn’t, the photographic evidence comes through on Cy’s phone. Eww, really, James? Daniel Douglas? We know you’re mad at Cy, but gross.

The secret’s out about Josie’s staged break-in, but instead of laying the blame on her sister/daughter and moving on, she takes full responsibility and withdraws from the primary. It’s been real, Lisa Kudrow, but we all know which campaign Olivia is meant to work for. And Mellie knows too: Even though she’s all too aware of who was keeping Fitz warm in New England, she suggests they rehire Liv.

The jig is up for Quinn’s new career path: Huck’s story about not being able to tell who was in the footage was all an act. “We need to talk about who you’re working for,” he says from Quinn’s living room, with his trusty toolkit of torture supplies next to him. Good luck, Baby Huck.

The jig is also up for Eli. He returns to the secret prison hospital only to find that Maya has sedated her doctor, instead of the other way around. And Olivia is in for the surprise of her life when she hears her mother’s voice from the shadows outside her apartment. “Hi, Livy,” Maya says, and Olivia’s face says it all: She’s seen a ghost.

So, Gladiators, are you sad to see Josie Marcus go? Why do you think Olivia’s mom had to disappear in the first place? And are you worshiping at the Altar of Shonda for that Vermont scene? Let us know in the comments!

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