Scandal Is Back and We Need Answers

We ask five burning questions going into the second half of season 3.

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope ABC

The oddest thing about Fitz giving Jake the keys to the agency that is above the presidency is that it leaves Fitz vulnerable to his frenemy. Maybe they both live by the motto “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer,” or maybe they secretly enjoy the pissing contest they continue to have. Either way, Jake is the man now, and it’s going to be interesting to see what he does in that role. If I had to guess, Fitz won’t like it.

Quinn, Please?

I say “Quinn, please” at least once an episode, and I’m pretty sure that streak won’t end anytime soon. With Huck practically salivating at the opportunity to see Quinn in the streets, she’s now beholden to Huck’s biggest hater, Charlie. I’ve never bought their relationship the way I bought Quinn and Huck, and I still don’t think she likes Charlie. But he does provide for her what no one else has been able to: safety and comfort. The only question now is whether Quinn will do what she has to do to get back in Huck’s good graces and become a gladiator again, or whether she is a good girl gone bad and, in the words of Jay Z, gone forever.

Is Sally Langston Out of Here?

A reminder: Sally went full Brandi from A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, killing her philandering husband with a letter opener in the midseason finale. She confided in Cyrus, who ended up telling Mellie. Now that those two know the haps, Sally might as well kiss goodbye whatever little bit of power she had. Not only will the woman be serving at the pleasure of the president, but she’ll now have to bow down to his chief of staff and the first lady.

Who Is Maya Lewis?

“I’ll see you real soon”: Those were the last words Olivia’s mother said to her daughter before she hung up on her and threw the burner in the trash right outside the White House. We don’t know much about Liv’s mom, but what is there to figure out about a woman who starts cannibalizing herself, literally, in order to get out of jail? It’s clear that she’s crazy. The only question is for whom: Is she trying to off her baby’s daddy, Rowan, her own daughter or the president? Maybe all three?

Gladiators, mount up. 

Jozen Cummings is a writer living in Harlem, N.Y. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog,

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