Gladiators , the ride is getting steeper now. Candidates are making their way into the circus and one President just wants the ride to end. The race for the Oval has begun. This week our “gladiators’ participated in Paley fest and delighted the assembled crowd with witty comments and lots of selfies. Our “President’ stayed afterwards and signed fans autographs so now a lot of lucky fans have a souvenir to treasure. Tony probably watched eagerly as his candidate , Hillary Clinton, won a major block of delegates on Tuesday.
It was a different kind of dinner at Papa Pope’s as Olivia went out of her way to be a charming hostess to Jake and his fiance. But not everything is as it seems. Olivia is buying into a whole lot of crazy. She had her people installing cameras so she could watch Jake. Hmm does this seem familiar? Huck and Marcus are bonding over soccer when Huck discovers a familiar face. The guy that is hugging Kim is a guy that Huck was contracted to kill and he thinks that he is coming for revenge. Huck puts on a clever disguise and becomes “Harold” Harold picks Sean up and it looks like Sean is getting the “Huck” treatment after a discussion with “Charlie”.
As the campaign trains pull out of the station, Vargas is now officially on board. Susan is also officially in the race. Mellie has all but declared her candidacy, but not yet. Since the candidates will need money, Hollis Doyle returns to make his bids for the Oval. Susan is willing to listen , but Fitz is not having it. It is still fresh in his mind what Hollis did to him and his pride. Not to mention all the killing that went on because of Defiance. He throws him out of the Oval and tells Susan to be true to herself again. Hollis knows that Mellie needs cash and endorsements and she will listen to him. The meeting is a success and Mellie looks forward to working with the snake. There is only one problem, Hollis Doyle takes her ideas and slogans and then declares himself a candidate a la Donald Trump.
But a storm is brewing in the West Wing, Abby knows that Cyrus has gotten in bed with Vargas and is planning to run his campaign just like he did Fitz’s eight years ago. Abby has caught him in his lies and then she threatens to go to Fitz with the information. She tells Olivia that she wants the power and can taste it. Olivia warns her how the power can change people and not for the better. She also has a run in with Quinn about coffee, which is the last thing on her mind. Abby tells Fitz that Cyrus is working for Vargas and once again he knows he can’t trust him. Abby reminds him of the optics of firing a COS this late in the game , especially when he had already fired him once. Then he would have to search for another one . Abby tells him that she is up for the job . Fitz smiles and then tells Abby to take care of it. And in one fatal swoop, the Press Secretary fires the Chief of Staff.
Jake comes to Olivia and says he knows she has been watching him. Am I the only person who it bothers that in Season 2 , the very same thing was going on with Jake? I remember fondly when he would watch tapes of himself making love to her. I also remember him using those same tapes to hurt his friend. Olivia breaks down and admits she misses him. She apologizes to him as well. Hold the phone! she is apologizing to a man who almost choked her to death and abused her. Yet she has not made step one toward the man who she was willing to marry and then ended up killing his baby. Wake up Olivia before it is too late!!Jake also made me mad when he made it look like Fitz was the root of all evil and he was so innocent. Fitz is still being shown as weak and entitled. Sad to say , he needs some Presidential balls.
MVG of the episode is a tie between Quinn aka Katie Lowes and Abby aka Darby Stanchfield. . The reason for the lady gladiators to share the honor is because they both showed kahunas and spoke their mind. Quinn called Olivia out and asked her how she could call her people family. Ever since the White House, she has no connection to them. All she does is stalk Jake and obsess about him. When she was asked by Harrison to be a gladiator , this isn’t what she signed up for. When you heard Quinn talking about Harrison and when OIivia helped with Stephen’s proposal , you could hear the fans agreeing with her and telling this to Shonda. This was when the show was at its peak. Olivia finally addressed the kidnapping and finally viewers were given a look inside her head. No there is still no mention of the abortion or Fitz’s suicide attempt, but this is a start. I will say it again. Get thee to a shrink. It did wonders for Meredith Grey, it will help you too.
Abby takes the MVG title just for her guts. She has been living in Liv’s shadow since she took over Fitz 2.0. Olivia wanted to have nothing to do with Fitz after the whole, “I am talking to my wife” debacle. So now Abby is a fixture in the Grant WH. and has earned her spot at the table. Even when Abby threw her former boss under the bus, she showed that she had been taught well and it was a page right from her playbook. Cyrus has also taught her well, but she also realized that he is basically Satan. This was coming…The only time in his life that Cyrus had any conscience is when James was still alive.
Looks like Olivia’s gut is returning. As she listens to Vanessa gush about how her and Jake ran into each other and the crack in her phone. Olivia begins to think. This seems familiar to her because it is where she first met Jake. Something is definitely rotten in the state of DC. She tells Quinn to resume watching Jake. Him and Rowan are up to something.
Guess who’s back to make some trouble ? Gregg Henry returns as Hollis Doyle. Here he is coming to visit Mellie
The writing is on the wall for Cyrus(Jeff Perry). The game is also over for him. Fitz is fed up and has Abby fire him (Darby Stanchfield)
The gladiators are searching for Huck
Huck takes Sean on a ride.