Scandal Recap: 10 Shocking Twists

Mellie and her father-in-law! Olivia’s mom! And Quinn! So much happened in last night’s episode, the exclamations practically write themselves.

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As the plot thickens, we learn that Big Jerry isn’t just a demanding father who’ll do anything to get his son in the White House; in fact, he’s a total maniac. At one point he tells Fitz, his only son, “I own you. I made you. I can destroy you.” This guy needs a serious talking-to, or a straitjacket.

5. Olivia likes hugs.

As a professional badass, Olivia Pope isn’t the type to admit when she needs more than just merlot. By Liv’s own account she’s “surrounded by murderers,” including her dad and her lover. So when Abby says, “I’m going to hug you and you’re going to stand there and take it,” Olivia gives in, because if there is anyone who needs a hug, it’s Olivia. (And Mellie, but more on that next.)

6. Big Jerry raped Mellie.

Scandal just got real. It’s flashback time again. After Cyrus tells a young Mellie that it’s up to her, as “the wife,” to get Fitz to the White House, she goes to her father-in-law in order to convince him to lighten up on his son. Big Jerry, drunk as usual, tells Mellie all about Operation Remington. Allegedly there was a “dirty bomb” on the plane that would have started World War III. Then Big Jerry sits next to Mellie and tells her how beautiful she is. Mellie very clearly rebuffs him and he rapes her. It is the worst moment in Scandal history.

7. Quinn finally got her wish.

Quinn won’t stop fantasizing about being Lara Croft, and B613er Charlie, has been slowly turning her out. On a stakeout-slash-date, Quinn stabs an unsuspecting security guard with what she thinks is some kind of go-to-sleep serum. Turns out it is murder juice, and Quinn’s unwittingly killed a material witness in Operation Remington. To describe this girl as dumb would be a compliment.

8. Sallie’s husband is gay.

In their quest to bring down the vice president, who’s plotting to run against Fitz in the next election, Cyrus and Mellie try to tempt Sallie’s handsy husband with a young tenderoni. But instead he’s more interested in Cyrus’ husband, James. Sallie, as we all know, is a bit of a bigoted religious zealot when it comes to the whole tolerance thing. So there’s that.

9. Olivia’s mom is alive!