Scandal recap: This Isn't Personal

Olivia takes on a new case, and Fitz continues to deal with the hostage crisis and mole situation
Ep. 15 | Aired Feb 21, 2013

A CINDERELLA STORY Will Caldwell (Sam Page) hires Olivia to get him a fake wife to help his campaign. It's love, Washington, D.C.-style. 

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Fitz's retaliation against the terrorists is not playing well with the public, though. Mellie tells Cyrus she'll have a conference call with the families of the hostages, so Cyrus takes the opportunity to use it against her. He tells a reporter about it and she listens in and reports on the conversation. And with this? Fitz is officially back on Cyrus's side and Mellie is on the outside again. Cyrus is nothing if not territorial and Mellie got a little too comfortable in her de facto advisor role.

The Will Caldwell case is a fun one. Abby sabotages their first fake wife choice, they're forced to scramble to get a backup 24 hours before an important fundraiser, and they even have to deal with a leak to the press. But that's nothing Olivia Pope's employees can't handle. The interesting thing was finding out that the leak came from within the family, and that's all Olivia needed to realize what was going on.

Will isn't gay! Will is in love with his brother's wife! And suddenly, Olivia's client becomes a reflection of her own life and she passionately advises him to stop and move on. More and more, when Olivia gives advice to someone else -- she's really talking to herself. It happened last week with Abby and this week with Will. "Stolen moments are not a life," Olivia says. She also looks particularly awesome in her fundraiser gown while doing it.

In "Boom Goes the Dynamite" everyone keeps telling themselves that nothing is personal, but of course everything is intensely personal in Scandal, and that's the lie they have to keep telling themselves to live these lives. The last scene of the episode was a particularly juicy one. Fitz saw Olivia at the fundraiser and knew she was on the phone with a man (she was, of course, it was Jake). When he asks Jake -- his neutral spy -- who she's seeing, Jake confidently tells him she's not seeing anyone. Jake either really likes her or he's playing a different angle that we just aren't allowed to know about yet. But no matter how you spin it, he just lied to our newly unforgiving President, and his old friend.

There were a few small moments that weren't given a full arc in this episode, but are important to note and discuss nonetheless. Everyone starts to notice that Huck smells awful. It's not even just a hint of stink. Abby, Quinn, and Harrison all play it as though it's completely unbearable and just chalk it up to the fact that Huck is complicated and disturbed. Quinn figures it out, though. Huck's experiencing post-waterboarding trauma. He fears water. And she's there for him to talk about it. This is both profoundly upsetting and hopeful at the same time. They're totally going to get together soon, but only after Huck can heal and recover. In happier news, Abby and David have sex. Twice! I wouldn't exactly call it a reconciliation, but it's a start, and it's passionate.

So, team Scandal, did you see the Jake Ballard revelation coming? Is he hiding anything else? Mainly, are we okay with him dating Olivia? And what about Cyrus and Mellie? Are they better when they're on the same team or when they're fighting for Fitz's attention?

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