Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Scandal Recap: Season 5, Ep 10: It's Hard Out Here for a General. AKA Jake is a sneaky bastard, and I love it!!

Oh, it’s been 6 months. Since we’ve last seen everyone…let’s see. Mellie was the first lady, and then she wasn’t. Olivia was with Fitz, and then she wasn’t. Olivia was also preggers then she wasn’t. She moved into the White House, then…she left it. Olivia had the power. Then she didn’t. Jake was out to take down Command, then he doesn’t. What is happening?
Based on the previews, the white hat is off! 

Olivia is having dinner with Papa Pope. Guess they mended fences when Fitz left the picture. He tells her “You had the oval. You had the power.” She says “He tried to make me into a first lady.”

They keep talking and he tells her “Jake has come home. So should you.” I guess you know who Papa Pope prefers for his little girl.

 Sally Langston – back and bitchy again. Powerless means impotent. And who wants to be impotent. She’s off on another one of her rants, talking about how no one is emerging unscathed.

JAKE! Sorry, I’m always excited when he’s in the room. Actually, he was waiting in the hallway and tells Liv “I don’t like waiting.” She snaps: “Then don’t. Leave.” Standoff. Bitch face. Eye roll. Open elevator calling his bluff…and she jumps him and humps him. Angry sex. And Jake goes downtown ladies! Down. Town.

Abby is woken up by the president. She’s trying to sleep and he’s running strategies through her in the middle of the night. She complains later to Cyrus that he’s calling her 24/7 and she’s freaking out about it. She’s tired. Exhausted because Fitz won’t stop talking to her. He’s broken, needs his batteries replaced. She then wonders why Cyrus isn’t helping her. He tells her that she’s his new wife. He can’t function alone, Mellie is gone and although she was great despite her faults, she’s outie. Olivia is gone. Cyrus is on the outs. Abby’s in. she’s the new woman in Fitz’s life, and Cyrus is gloating.  

Huck shows up at Olivia’s and she won’t let him in. He’s wondering why – who’s in there? Huck says he can’t talk about the client, because they don’t want the NSA to know about it….and it’s because the client is the head of the NSA. OH, and it’s a ripped from the Hilary headlines. The NSA director has work files on her personal computer, and she notices that the computer is moving files all on its own. But of course, that doesn’t happen. Someone has programmed the computer to steal files from something called Project Mercury.

Jake goes to visit Fitz at his request, and Mr. President discloses that the Post has Project Mercury. He needs someone to shut down the whistle-blower. Jake is wondering why he doesn’t call Olivia. Jake asks “You don’t talk to her?” Fitz says no. Asks if Jake talks to her, and Jake pauses, and says no. Ahem. Technically, they didn’t do much talking did they?

Everything points to the fact that it’s one of her computer programmers that she’s been dating, Billy. She refuses to believe it’s him….Olivia isn’t so sure. She’s trying to figure out if he’s a spy or a whistle-blower. Billy is in the wind. Huck finally gets a ping on his phone and Quinn and Marcus show up at his place. Except, they find Jake with Billy’s phone.

Jake and Olivia are fighting over what Billy is doing. Olivia is trying to cover up for her client, and Jake is trying to help Fitz save the country. Olivia says she’s protecting her client and her only flaw is falling for the wrong guy. Jake fires back that Liv knows all about that! Bam. Ouch. NSA woman realizes that Billy played her…and she’s currently under investigation. She wonders if she’s going to be fired, and throws put the gender card – stating that if she does get fired, everyone will say that women are too soft and get played so only men will be in that position for the next umpteen years.

Abby discovers that Project Mercury is a spy project, and they have a whistle-blower. Billy has contacted the Post.

Mellie Grant shows up and she’s written a book. A statement of her beliefs, hopes, and dirty laundry. She wants Liv to read it. She does and tells Mellie the book is crap, and tells her what she really needs to write. Mellie enlists her help to write it.

Abby shows up with a bottle of scotch to hang with her gal pal. Leo wants Abby to quit her job. He took a campaign in Texas, saying that they never see each other anyway. Abby is complaining that she’s the work wife, and she’s tired. She’s not sorry for the rich, powerful, handsome leader who got his heart broken. He’s waking her up. Olivia says Fitz doesn’t have any one. She was the last person she had, but now she’s gone and Abby is all that is left. She eventually gets fed up with him and goes off telling him she’s not everything and can’t know it all.

Olivia also won’t call him to ask for a favor on behalf of her client. Abby calls her on the bullshit. Saying that she doesn’t want him to pick up the phone, because she’s terrified. Olivia knows she’s being a baby, and can’t take her own advice to just suck it up and call him. She ends up calling. Fitz is shocked, but doesn’t take her call.

Quinn and Charlie are having some pillow talk about Billy the Whistle-Blower. He says the dude has some serious game for completely dropping off the radar. Quinn and Charlie bounce ideas off each other and she figures out a way to find them.

Quinn discovers that it wasn’t Billy. She finds that the scrambler used couldn’t change the rhythm and cadence of Billy. They don’t know who it is, but someone is trying to set up Billy. 

Fitz places the head of security in the hands of Jake! OMG.

Jacob. Hamilton. Ballard.

JAKE. You dirty double agent. What the hell are you up to? Is this your scheming? Papa 

Pope’s grand plan? Certainly a power play.
Olivia discovers that Jake was at the house where Billy’s phone was found because he was there to kill Billy. Heh Heh. Kill Bill.

Olivia goes to Papa’s house to find out what the hell. Confronts Jake with the Olivia fast talk, Jake and Papa Pope tell her that she can either throw a temper tantrum like a 14-year old or step up and grab some 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue power.

Huck is being really mean to the new guy Marcus, and Quinn calls him on his shit. Huck gets all deep and says “we have to protect him. We can’t let him be friends with us.” Hidden meaning: their souls are twisted and evil and Marcus is still a good guy…so they can’t bring him into the inner circle of darkness. 

What's going on with Jacob Hamilton Ballard? and Papa Pope?

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