Jake and Rowan Are Basically at War on ‘Scandal,’ and It’s So Good
Everything about Scandal feels like it’s about to burst. Mellie is losing her mind. Fitz feels like he’s got an explosion on the horizon. Cyrus is walking into a honey trap. Rosen is turning into a professional blackmailer, and Jake and Liv’s relationship is about as tense as it can get.
Most importantly, Liv is hardly fitting into the world she left behind.
She stops by her father’s place, unannounced. “Are you in trouble? Did someone force you to come here?” he asks, deadpan. No, says Liv, she brought him coffee. Everything feels different now, it feels colder. “Except for me because I was cold in the first place,” responds dear dad. It’s true.
Something we never thought would happen: Rowan invites Jake for dinner, assuring Liv that he’ll learn to like Jake because Liv does. It’s all so warm and fuzzy. Except Jake and Liv’s relationship, which is filled with booty calls and not much else. Because, as Jake ever-so-gently reminds Liv, she’s in love with another man. And she’s not his girlfriend. (It’s all very high school.)
But Liv invites Jake to dinner anyway.
“Dinner?,” she asks. Yes, he responds. “Tomorrow night?” Yes. “With my dad?” No. “Call me later if you want me to do that thing to you,” he tells Olivia. Jake’s growing a serious spine.
Jake is keeping busy. He may be unemployed, but he’s got things to do. Things like bashing Charlie’s head against a vending machine and torturing him for information, all wrapped in plastic a la Dexter. Charlie is willing to make a trade — a night alone in a creepy cell with Quinn. Talk about unhealthy relationships.
Incidentally, no one at OPA even notices that Quinn has been missing an entire day. Ouch.
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OPA has its hands full with a case involving the missing daughter of Liv’s old college buddy. Except it soon turns into a murder case, and Liv’s friend is the prime suspect.
Cyrus has his hands busy, too. After yet another awkward brush with the male whore by the name of Michael (who’s on his way to getting an MBA), Cyrus gets a flirtatious call from him — at the White House, which somehow doesn’t seem to phase Cyrus. He’s really lonely and his one hand isn’t doing it anymore. It’s so sad to see Cyprus so vulnerable and, well, stupid. It’s out of character, really. But finally, he cracks and agrees to pay for sex. Well, not for sex — for privacy and discretion. Right. And he’s just waltzed right into Liz’s well placed trap. Hope the merchandise was worth it.
Meanwhile, Mellie has become obsessed with a news story about a newlywed bride accused of pushing her husband off a cliff. She’s so consumed by this that she misses a visit to her son’s gravesite. Is she recovering or is she getting worse? We soon find out when she flies in the parker ranger to D.C., and gets some investigative help from NASA and the FBI. She even does a PowerPoint presentation. She’s convinced that the bride was trying to save her husband, not push him. Turns out she’s right. Except the case has been long solved on account of eyewitnesses.
Somehow, all this causes Fitz to finally bond with Gabby (err, um, Abby). He thanks her for handling Mellie so gently, and almost in the same breath, ever-so-innocently asks her how Liv is doing.
After getting the info he needs from Charlie, Jake eventually relents and comes over for a well-prepared feast (at least it looks that way). But as soon as Liv leaves the room, sparks and accusations fly. And at least one knife.
It’s an intense and heated exchange, with Jake accusing Liv’s dad (a.k.a. the devil) for the death of the president’s son as well as Harrison, based on Charlie’s intel. Rowan doesn’t even make an effort to deny it, and Jake politely suggests that he packs up and takes a permanent leave on an Island far away.
But, Liv’s dad assures him, that ain’t happening. And just like that, we know: War is coming.
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This episode also continues the metamorphosis of David Rosen into a wearer of the dark hat. When the gun control bill hangs in the wind after his speech to the Supreme Court, Rosen is desperate to get a win. Especially so after Fitz screams at him: “If I don’t get to become a soccer dad in Vermont, then I need this to mean something.”
So what’s a bloke to do? Why resort to blackmail, of course! Rosen blackmails yet another judge to favor the legislation (based on a neverending stack of B613 intel). But things don’t work out so cleanly; the said judge kills himself with a shotgun.
Life inside the bubble, huh? It’s only a matter of time…
Katherine Brodsky is a femme fatale trapped in the mind of a writer. Her work has appeared in Variety, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy Magazine, USA Weekend, MovieMaker Magazine, Backstage, Complex, Elle Canada and many other publications. Follow her on Twitter or at KatherineBrodsky.com.