Scandal, Episode #5x20 recap/review
Redorkydoodle is out of town so I’m performing this week’s autopsy on Scandal, Season 5, Episode 20. Livvy and Abby agree to work together so they can take down Hollis Doyle. Quinn thinks it’s great to have the original “Throwback Thursday” Gladiators back together. poor Quinn. She’s so naïve. On the flip-flop, Huck disagrees. Huck says, “They can never be what they were." Tee-hee-hee. I’m with you, Huck. Abby and Livvy can never be the same, just like this show can never be the same. Can I get a witness?
David Rosen proposes to Susan, and she says, Yes. Olivia meets with Cyrus because Cyrus needs know if he’s still got the touch. And Olivia tells Cy that he’s losing in the primary because Rowan is running Edison’s campaign. And Olivia doesn’t want to fight her father when she knows she can’t win. Then, Papa Pope meets with Abby with dirt on Mellie. Papa Long-Winded Pope also tells Abby that Olivia aborted Fitz’s baby. Ouch! How did Papa Pope know? Wait. Never mind. How does Pappy Pope know anything? How did he know all that dirt to blackmail the Senate Judiciary Committee?
Olivia and Abby uncover evidence that Hollis Doyle is a racist, a rapist, and his supporters include a $100K donation from the Grand Wizard of the KKK. And when Hollis publicly defends his actions, his polling numbers increase. For whatever reason, America loves Hollis (it’s an obvi parallel to Republican front-runner, Donald Trump).
Rowan tells Edison to add Jake Ballard to his ticket. Meanwhile, Abby suggests that they attack Hollis Doyle on his stance with abortion. No, Gawd, hunni. Olivia wants to keep the topic of abortion completely off the table. Yes, hunti Olivia, I’m sure you do. Then, Hollis makes this announcement: The first woman to drop out can join his ticket as his Vice-President. Hollis is just that sure that he’s gonna win. Whooooo, chile! The arrogance of that man! He’s worse than Rowan.
Olivia comes home to find Rowan at her door. Rowan encourages Olivia to take Hollis’ deal to make Mellie his running mate. Typical. Rowan is playing Olivia against Abby, and Abby against Olivia.
Edison tells Jake that he’s not going to be his running mate. That’s when Jake tells Edison that his car accident from way back when was no accident. Jake was driving the other car. It was Jake who injured Edison to scare him away from Olivia. WHAAAT?! Gurl, Shut Up! After that scene, Olivia negotiates with Hollis to get Mellie on his ticket. Well, well, well. You know how this works. For the final plot-twist, Mellie is not going to run with Hollis, and I’m guessing Abby will confront Olivia about her abortion. Or worse yet, Fitz is gonna get that hot cup of scalding tea. Lawd, I feel the vapors.
Back from commercial, we find out that Olivia recorded her meeting with Hollis. It was a set-up. Then she took every racist, misogynistic slur straight to the lovers of liberty. Boop! Sally Langston broadcast his words to the country, and forces Hollis to end his campaign. Oooo, Olivia! Werk, bitch! That’s one down, and one to go.
Next, Olivia meets with Edison so he’ll throw his campaign. She persuades him to say every thing that he’s been dying to say about that fat racist Hollis Doyle. And Edison does exactly that… It’s the best damn monologue this show has seen in a long, long time.
Edison concedes his campaign, and Frankie Vargas is the Democratic front-runner. Abby confronts Olivia’s secret service detail about her visit to the abortion clinic. Abby wants to blackmail Olivia into conceding her campaign, but Olivia makes a different play. Olivia gathers both Republican candidates, and their campaign strategists inside the Oval Office to see what dirt each candidate has on the other? Olivia goes first. She exposes David Rosen for dropping his case against Tamarac Sugar in favor of the Florida governor’s endorsement. Then, Abby chooses not to expose Olivia’s abortion in front of everybody. Instead, she says the only dirt they have on Mellie is that she visited a psychic to contact her dead son.
When it’s all said and done, Susan drops out. It was either that, or David Rosen gets dragged through the press and leaves the White House in disgrace. That’s it folks. It’s Mellie Grant versus Frankie Vargas in the race to the White House. David’s engagement is over. Mellie and Marcus fight their obvi attraction, but it’s clear that an affair is on the way. And in the final moments, Abby admits to Olivia that she knows Olivia had an abortion but she would never use it for political leverage. Abby also admits that it was Rowan who told her.
Final Analysis: It was a good episode, but I’m an eternal optimist for this series. I think they can turn it around. Next week is the Season Finale. And you might get TWO episode reviews. One from moi. And one from ”Redorkulous“. Until then… Keep Gladiating, hunni.