A drama-packed Scandal returned after nearly three months on hiatus. The political soap wasted no time getting back to business, and building enough tension to ensure an explosive final half of the season!
Sally Makes It a Three-Way
Sally (Kate Burton) upset everybody by announcing her candidacy for president. The religious conservative was determined to run for office as an Independent because of Fitz’s (Tony Goldwyn) loose morals.
She thought she was the righteous candidate. As for that pesky murdering her husband business? She blamed it on being temporarily possessed by the Devil. Is it safe to assume the Democratic nominee is already popping the bubbly?
Hell Hath No Fury
It appeared everything was okay again with James (Dan Bucatinsky) and Cyrus (Jeff Perry). James seemed placated with his new job as White House Press Secretary. Looks can be deceiving on this show!
James could no longer turn a blind eye to his husband’s misdeeds. He was secretly leaking info to a reporter about Daniel’s (Jack Coleman) mysterious death, and had bugged Cyrus’ office. James also teamed up with David (Joshua Malina) to bring everyone down for the murder.
Mutually Assured Destruction
Cyrus was left reeling when he found out Leo (Paul Adelstein) knew all about the murder, and how he’d covered it up. He was upset he couldn’t use this information to keep Sally out of the race, since it would also mean his downfall.
When the leaks about Daniel’s death started popping up, he hired Charlie (George Newbern) and Quinn (Katie Lowes) to keep it all secret. Olivia (Kerry Washington) put her associates on the case of finding out more.
Hot and Bothered
Harrison (Columbus Short) was freaking out that Adnan Salif (Nazanin Boniadi) was back in the country. He thought they were going to have him killed. Salif did surprise Harrison at his office, but she was a really hot girl, who was more concerned about getting into his pants than murdering him.
Fitz and Olivia were “on again” both relationship-wise and professionally speaking. Leo took the opportunity to publicly discredit Fitz for hiring a woman accused of being his mistress as his campaign manager.
To smooth things over with the press, Mellie (Bellamy Young) took Olivia out for a friendly lunch. FLOTUS also ordered Olivia to get a boyfriend. Olivia teamed up with Jake (Scott Foley), who would also do anything to protect Fitz, for a public romance. Fitz was upset, but Olivia explained this was the only way they could continue to work together — which is what Fitz desired.
The One That Got Away
Fitz was adamant about getting his trusted old Lt. Governor from California, Andrew Nichols (Jon Tenney), as his new VEEP. Everyone thought it was a bad idea, especially Olivia. A major concern was his reputation as a playboy. However, he tested well, and Fitz made the announcement.
Olivia later forced Nichols to reveal the real reason he played the field was because he lost the women he loved to someone else 12 years ago. He refused to settle now. Lo and behold the woman in question was Mellie!
Eli on the Warpath
Olivia reached out to her father because of the whole breaking-her-terrorist-mom-out-of-jail-and-getting-him-fired thing. Eli (Joe Morton) was having none of it.
He revealed to Olivia all those nasty things Fitz had told him when he was basically kidnapped by POTUS. A seething Eli told his daughter he would use her against Fitz to bring him down. If she knew what was good for her, she’d get as far away as possible.
He also implied he’d make sure Fitz was dead before his term was up. Later, it was revealed he was now working for the Langston campaign as well.
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