Aired Thursday, April 3rd, on ABC, Episode - “The Fluffer”
Well to get the medical miracle out of the way, Harrison seems to have recovered rather quickly from his sleep-inducing injection last week and is back in tip-top Gladiator suit form.
Liv, still hurt from President Fitz’s harsh “I’m talking to my wife,” rebuttal last week, tries to play the icy dead-eyed stare game and calmly asks Fitz “what service am I billing you for today?’’ Wow!
Fitz shows his hypocritical side with a fierceness when he orders Liv to “make it stop!” He brazenly asks his own mistress to make sure the vice presidential candidate stops sleeping with Fitz’s wife, Mellie. The nerve.
Of course Liv, the strongest woman in D.C., but weak for Fitz, goes straight to Andrew and tells him he has 24 hours to decide whether he wants to be vice president for the next four years, or does he want to pleasure Mellie for the next three months which, according to Liv, is about how long it will be before Mellie gets bored with him.
Andrew protests that this is about love, not politics. However as he watches Liv and Fitz interact for the cameras and how smoothly she lays on the role of the loving, touchy-feely wife, he begins to doubt if what Mellie feels for him is any realer than the act she puts on for the press.
Later that evening, Mellie sidles up to Andrew and gives him the come hither smile. Andrew says he doesn’t think it’s a good idea for them to continue sleeping with each other. Without another word Mellie spins on her heel, marches into Fitz’s office and reaches back from Louisiana to the Gulf of Mexico with a roundhouse slap heard around the world!
Fitz almost goes down, the people he was meeting with are speechless, and the secret service agents (Fitz’s supposed protectors) don’t make a move. She accuses Fitz of not letting her have anything. Taking Andrew was apparently the last straw.
Then there was the Hallmark family dinner moment…not. For the first time ever viewers were treated to Momma and Daddy Pope at dinner with their beloved Livvie. Momma Pope wasn’t invited, but that’s never stopped her before. Where most families reach for each other’s hands to grace the food, these folk were grabbing for knives and making threats. Momma Pope stayed just long enough for Liv to get the phone call that Claire (one of Momma Pope’s operatives that was sneaking info to Liv) was dead, and then sashayed off. Notice how everyone ends up dead in the streets on this show? Poor Claire sprawled in the street with her throat sliced open. Always outside.
Just when we thought Liv was going to give in once again, she grew a backbone and stood up to Jake’s begging, refusing to let him into her apartment. Then she showed up at his apartment and went way above and beyond the call of duty. Let’s just say she worked him out, put him to sleep and snuck the data off of his phone. What that woman won’t do for her country.
Super Quinn and Charlie and Team Gladiators all find out around the same time that Momma Pope has a bomb. Liv tells Huck to shut down the communication system, and he does, but in the process Momma Pope gets away and no one knows where she is going.
Out of the blue Jake bursts into the office and (horror of horrors) grabs Liv around the throat and slams her against the glass-paned door…hard! Before crazy Huck and the other Gladiators can make a move, Jake whips a gun in their faces and waves it back and forth, keeping them at bay. Believe it or not, that’s the kind of stress Shonda Rhimes (creator of Scandal) left us under. She’s a great writer, but her episodes are not at all blood-pressure friendly. But we love it.
Oh and the previews next week left us with a glimpse of President Fitz speaking and a bomb underneath the stage. Not necessarily saying that the bomb was ticking under the same stage Fitz was on, but that’s all we were given.
Be sure to catch the next episode, Thursday, April 10th at 10:00pm on ABC.