the episode i watched last night isn't up at abc yet. but it is up at hulu. here's the hulu page for 'scandal.'
the vice president sally langston is now president. and she is awful.
langston confronts the judge at the hospital (the supreme court judge has cancer). she tells the judge she will resign. the judge tells her that she won't, that she'll only be president for about 15 minutes. langston explains that she was promised the seat (when she got on the ticket with fitz, he promised her she would get to name the 1st vacancy on the supreme court - the judge helped get fitz in the oval office as part of the conspiracy with olivia and cyrus and the lobbyist and the 1st lady) and she will have it.
she explains that if she doesn't resign, she will tell the world that the judge has cancer, that the judge had cancer at her confirmation hearings and when she was nominated but hid it from the american people. she says she will talk about how the chemicals - including the medical pot the judge uses at night - will be public as langston calls out every decision the judge made and questions whether or not she was competent.
meanwhile, olivia (kerry washington - back at the white house after fitz got shot - she's there for the crisis - though i think she'll be fired next episode) has to plan fitz's funeral in case he does not pull through. (he's out of surgery. mellie - 1st lady - won't let olivia see him. he hasn't come to. the doctors hope he will. langston wants things ready if he doesn't.)
okay, remember we found out huck shot president fitzgerald?
he's at olivia's firm. harrison calls olivia. she says she's busy at the white house can't leave. he tells her she has to, she says handle it and he tells her to 'get your ass' over her.
she goes and discovers huck.
huck has the rifle.
that woman he was dating? she called him. she was at the hotel.
she needed him.
he went. she wasn't in the 8th floor room.
a gun was. it was operated by remote control and huck was there when it went off. 5 shots. he grabbed 4 shells but couldn't find the 5th.
and then time had run out so he pulled the fire alarm and walked out via the stairs.
every 1 believes the mystery gal framed huck but he says she's in pain and needs him.
olivia tells them to keep huck there and not let him go.
quinn's being a bitch. with all huck's going through, quinn could lay off but she's being a bitch the whole episode.
olivia is at the white house. she's seeing footage in the oval office, a presentation. they can't see the man in the hoodie's face (huck) in the hotel elevator but watch this. the video shows a woman on the elevator dropping her phone. huck picks it up for her. they're looking for the woman to find the hoodie-man's finger print.
olivia calls harrison, tells him to find out if huck's fingerprints are in any system and also to find out who the woman is and get the woman's phone before the feds do.
they need security footage of the hotel. harrison calls a man he got off on a dwi but he can't help - the hotel's in shut down.
abby says she might be able to do something.
did you automatically think attorney general david? me too.
he drops off the footage on a little thumbnail disc.
she can't say thank you. david leaves.
she's watching the footage.
harrison, quinn and huck want to know what she saw.
the woman (amanda) entered the hotel alone. she wasn't with a dealer like she told huck. she went up to the hotel room by herself.
huck refuses to believe it.
he says she needs him and he's leaving. harrison tells him he will physically stop him. huck makes clear that's not happening.
huck goes to where he took amanda 2 episodes ago. it's a house. huck watches this family that lives there. they seem normal and he watches them the way you or i do tv. so he's there watching the family and amanda is suddenly in the car with a gun.
she tells him she was hired to kill fitz and to set huck up. but she loves huck.
she says she could have spread his dna all over the hotel room. she could have killed him. she could have done any number of things.
back at her place, she's surprised to find huck. they end up screwing. and planning to get out of d.c. and i believe the country.
let's jump over to cyrus and james. cyrus is white house chief of staff. james is his husband and a reporter. james uncovered the vote fixing in fitz's election. david tipped him off.
so cyrus is not going into the white house because he hates sally langston.
at home, james' mom calls him. he doesn't like her but makes chit-chat. and she asks him when james is going to visit. not for awhile cyrus says, not since he was just up there last week.
james wasn't up there.
cyrus pretends that he was confused.
he hires the guy like huck - ex c.i.a. - the 1 that killed the white house intern who lied and said she was carrying fitz's child. that guy follows huck.
cyrus shows up at olivia's with a bottle of wine.
what's that for?
they're drinking after he tells her that his husband is cheating on him.
as they drink, olivia can't believe he hasn't asked james. he says james is a liar. and he's younger and he's better looking than cyrus. and he's a slut.
olivia laughs at the last 1.
cyrus says it's true. it was 1 of the things that he found hot about james when they first met.
olivia doesn't think james is cheating but she talks about having to make preparation for fitz's funeral and cyrus tells her to never talk about it like that again, never talk about it like fitz could die. he tells olivia that she is the love of fitz's life and fitz needs her to believe.
so cyrus gets the report from the spook.
there's no affair. james is working on some story. he's meeting with an attorney general named david about the story. don't worry because david is straight and just broke up with his girlfriend (that's abby). and he has better things to do then work on this case.
cyrus was so happy as he was listening.
but then the spook is saying he has better things and doesn't need to go to small towns in ohio.
what small town?
defiance or whatever the 1 is that james stole the card from the voting machine to prove voter fraud.
cyrus tells him to keep following james.
if you get too close to the details, you get killed.
that happened to the man quinn slept with the 1st season. if olivia and harrison hadn't broken up abby and david, abby was going to be killed. now james knows.
cyrus makes dinner (orders) for them. and surprises james with a photo of a newborn. the little girl is their baby in a week if they want her.
and he (cyrus) will have to go back to work at the white house.
so they need someone to stay home with the baby.
yes (james is saying 'yes' to all this).
and that means james is going to have to quit his job.
yes? - cyrus asks.
james says yes.
james has wanted a baby all along. cyrus hasn't. what changed his mind? cyrus tells him that his friend fitz being close to death, he feels selfish saying no.
olivia meets with the judge. the judge wants to know if there's anything she can do to fight sally langston. step down, olivia says, and spend your remaining time with your grandchildren.
the judge says she's not going to give up and be put out by a pretend president.
olivia is a raw edge and misses that the judge is talking about sally. instead, olivia thinks she's talking about fitz and starts insisting that fitz does not know what they did, that he's a patriot and a good person.
he's in the hospital, the judge points out, so is she. karma.
and then she drops that she saw a sketch of the shooter. it looked to her like it was huck.
olivia plays blase and asks, 'did it?'
cyrus meets with the spook. james has gone from 1 baby store to another. cyrus tells him he doesn't have to follow james anymore.
we see james in a baby store talking to a woman. she works there and she's helping him with what he needs. she walks off and then james turns to continue speaking to some 1 else.
james tells him he can't do the story now but hands him the device he took out of the voting machine.
huck goes to see olivia at the white house. he waits at the gate for her to meet him.
did i mention the feds grabbed the woman with the cell phone. it was just a partial print and they can't identify him.
so olivia comes out and huck says he's leaving with amanda (whose real name isn't amanda). he promised he would say goodbye and that's what he's doing.
so olivia begs him not to and tells him they can try to find her and huck says no.
but he calls harrison. okay, he'll do it olivia's way. amanda's home is __ go there in ten minutes, in ten minutes because that's when she's supposed to meet huck at their spot. after 10 minutes go there and plant the gun.
huck goes to their place (the house). amanda must be late. he calls her. her cell phone is no longer activated.
a man walks a dog down the street. the dog goes crazy barking in front of the house.
huck looks at the house.
he goes in. the entire family has been killed and there's a voice.
he finds a recorder. it has him telling harrison to put the gun at amanda's place. she had his phone wired.
the judge goes to see sally langston.
so she's here to turn in her resignation letter?
she has that, the judge says, and she can hand it over or she can hand over something else.
there's nothing else the (temporary) president wants.
really? not even the name of the president's shooter?
that's on the other slip of paper.
the judge says this is langston's osaman bin laden. the resignation? 1 letter makes you small, 1 letter makes you larger.
we're at olivia's firm. huck is freaking out. quinn's being a bitch.
olivia's telling huck they can try to fix this.
quinn announces she's done and leaves.
as she's walking out of the front of the office, she looks up and there are about 10 swat teams. they sweep past her into the office and grab huck.
olivia asks what are the charges?
they say they're holding him under the patriot act.
end of episode.
so, again, an amazing episode. it has quickly become the best show on tv.
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