Remember when I said that Peus and Samantha had to be working for someone who carried a little more weight in DC? Well, I was right. It’s unlikely that these two newcomers could just waltz in and start barking orders at Rowan Pope, the leader of B6-13, an undercover organization basically running things in the US government. At first, I thought that maybe Rowan was playing Liv and company and pretending to be afraid of these two while calling the shots. He did want to get Mellie in the White House after all.
That wasn’t the case, however. It was an entirely different Pope running the show this time – Mama Pope. We haven’t heard from her in a minute and turns out, she’s been keeping busy plotting to turn her ex-husband into her puppet and get daughter into the White House.
As Rowan is about to embark on his much-needed vacation, Liv stops him from leaving the country to inform him that her mother was controlling Peus and Samantha the whole time. So while they may have eliminated those two, they haven’t eliminated the full threat. You can imagine Rowan wasn’t pleased finding this out. And of course, we now have to wonder what Mama’s angle in all of this is? Why does she want Mellie and her daughter in power? What psychotic plan does she have in mind?
As Fitz spends his last few days in office he’s focused on two things: Liv and his legacy. Throughout his tenure, he hasn’t really left his mark on the world aside from a few scandals here and there. So he’s really focused on picking the right prisoner to pardon in order to prove to the people that he really was a great President.
Liv hands the task over to Pope and Associates and it quickly becomes apparent to them all that with one foot in the White House, Liv is totally checked out from her actual “business.” Quinn, Charlie, and Huck decide to prove to her that the work they do still matters by finding a case that shows the racial injustice in our legal system. The victim is an African American man accused of bombing a church. A trip to predominantly white bar reveals that the killer who framed the man was actually a white man. Quinn knows this dude is innocent but without any proof, Liv shuts it down. That’s when Quinn decides to go above her boss aka “this new Olivia” and heads straight to Fitz to tell him that her “gut” tells him he should pardon this man. I mean Quinn channels her best Olivia Pope in this scene, convincing the President based solely on what she believes. It’s pretty badass and an example of just how strong Liv’s impact is on her employees.
Quinn is surprised to find out this was all a test done to see if she was worthy of taking over OPA. Charlie was right, with Liv in the White House, she won’t have the necessary time to deal with their cases but she wants the right person to fill her Loubitons and she just found her. There’s really no better suitor to fill in as successor than Quinn.
- I cannot wait for a Quinn and Charlie wedding. I hated them together at first but they’ve really grown on me. And with Huck being her maid of honor, I can’t help but smile from ear to ear.
- I’m not sure what happened to Leo but I definitely miss Abby and David together. He may be dorky but her quirkiness balanced him out. Who else would let their ex-keep an ex’s head in their fridge? And despite how terrible (and illegal it is), Rosen needing to know Sam’s real identity helped them figure out who they were working for. So really, Rosen finally did something right for once.
- Seeing Mellie and Luna as the next President and Vice President makes me so proud, even though I know it’s only a show.
What a satisfying episode! Thoughts on this week’s Scandal?