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Scandal “First Lady Sings the Blues” 

Photo Credit: ABC/Nicole Wilder
Photo Credit: ABC/Nicole Wilder

Thank goodness!

Jake Ballard is still alive, for now anyway. At least Shonda spared one main character last Thursday night. Grey’s Anatomy fans were not so lucky.

Still, Jake isn’t exactly in the best of health. As everyone surrounds his apparently dead body, Huck hauls off and slams Jake in the chest, reviving him. Oh Huck, you really are the best sometimes.

Olivia and the rest of the gladiators then spring into action, taking Jake to a warehouse where they create an underground care facility for Jake (who is basically only hanging on by a thread). They call in a shady doctor to operate on him. The shady doctor thinks he can try to help, but he isn’t going to do it for free. Instead, he insists on a favor that involves Olivia helping a Russian assassin.

You didn’t expect this to be easy, did you?

Photo Credit: ABC/Nicole Wilder
Photo Credit: ABC/Nicole Wilder

Of course, Olivia agrees to do whatever it take to save Jake’s life. It’s just that in all of the chaos, she’s forgotten one very important detail.

Her father knows her well, and he knows Jake isn’t dead yet because he’s yet to hear from Olivia at all. If Jake were really dead, she’d have done something – communicated with him in some way. Instead, there’s just silence, and Papa Pope is smart enough to know what that means.

Rowan is pretty angry that Russell has failed in his task, and that he can’t even draw Olivia out to find out what she’s up to. So, he takes matters into his own hands by shooting Russell in the arm, which ultimately lands Russell in the same warehouse being treating next to Jake.

Russell tries and fails yet again to kill Jake, but he does manage to learn exactly Olivia and her team are up to – including how Olivia is going to have her father killed.

When Olivia’s plan results in dead bodies that don’t include that of her father (but that do include dead children – a scene I had to look away from), she’s able to figure out that Russell working for Rowan.

Photo Credit: ABC/Nicole Wilder
Photo Credit: ABC/Nicole Wilder

The episode ends in a way that reminds us just how tough, strong, and smart Olivia Pope is. In what begins as a steamy sex scene, Olivia tells Russell to close his eyes. Then she presses a gun to his forehand and demands answers.

Olivia: I couldn’t figure it out. How did my dad know about the Russians? And then I realized… it was you. You were there. You were sent to kill Jake. You’re B613, and now you’re going to tell me what the hell Foxtail is!
Russell: You’re making a mistake, Alex.
Olivia: It’s Olivia. And this is definitely going to hurt!

As happy as I am that Jake is alive, I’m almost more relieved that Olivia doesn’t spend too much time being fooled by Russell. She’s too good for that.

Other thoughts:

  • Mellie is having trouble in her campaign for Senator, since the public thinks she already has a job as First Lady. More than that, they think it’s a conflict of interest. There are all sorts of feminist issues going on here, which are summarized pretty well when Abby asks David if there is any law to prevent Mellie from running. He tells her there isn’t one, because no one imagined a First Lady would ever have the idea to run for office in the first place.
  • David Rosen calling in for a television interview while Jake is being worked on in the warehouse is hilarious.
Photo Credit: ABC/Nicole Wilder
Photo Credit: ABC/Nicole Wilder
  • Is it me, or is Fitz a lot more likable these days now that he’s focused on supporting Mellie?

What did you think of this episode of Scandal? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Scandal airs Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC.

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