Scandal Recap: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
This week’s Scandal revealed more about Olivia’s (Kerry Washington) earlier relationships with Papa Pope (Joe Morton) and Huck (Guillermo Diaz).
Meanwhile, she and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) plotted to preserve Jeanine’s honor, while Mellie (Bellamy Young) and Cyrus (Jeff Perry) schemed to keep their “President’s Mistress” scheme intact.
Flashbacks from five years ago revealed that Olivia and her father had been long estranged, even then. They had a weekly dinner date, but that was only so Rowan would pay off her law school student loans.
On the way home, she’d always drop off a doggie bag to Homeless Huck at Union Station. One night two men tried to mug her at knifepoint, and Huck stepped in. Olivia recognized his killer skills, and asked her father to check into him.
Olivia believed her father worked at the Smithsonian, but knew he had a friend in the FBI. She wanted him to ask about the secret organization Huck had said trained him, B613, or if he was just schizophrenic.
After Olivia realized her father later lied about checking into Huck, she remembered something Huck had mentioned about his past, which made her realize Rowan was the head of B613! A seething Olivia confronted him at dinner, and he cautioned her to leave it alone, but she told them they were through.
However, Olivia wanted to keep Huck safe. This was also the around time when Edison had proposed to Olivia the first time. She (eventually) accepted and brought him to meet dad, so she could throw Edison’s new position in her father’s face. He’d just joined a Senate intel committee that was going to crack down on secret government organizations.
Later, Rowan called Olivia threatening Edison. She could have Huck, but had to break up with Edison or next time he wouldn’t survive any “accident.” Olivia ended their relationship, and they hadn’t spoken until the mistress scandal.