Scandal Recap: Cracks in Glass Houses

Olivia’s the help. Mellie gets caught. And Quinn and Huck love to use their tongues. 

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal
Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal ABC

Karen walks in on Mellie and Andrew.  This poor child is scarred for life. And the fact that she refers to Andrew as “uncle” is even creepier.

Fitz tells Mellie, “You broke us.” It’s really refreshing to see Fitz be genuine with Mellie and to watch them unpack the problems in their marriage. Fitz clearly still loves her and maybe never would’ve gone to Olivia if Mellie had opened up about Big Jerry.

Olivia realizes she really is “the help.” Mama Pope may be a terrorist, but she’s still Olivia’s mom. So when Maya tells her daughter she’s “the help,” Olivia knows there’s some truth to it. It’s crushing to see Olivia realize this over and over as she runs around trying to get Fitz and the kids ready for the most important interview of the campaign.

Jake is losing it. Being in command is really taking a toll on Jake. It’s clear he’s trying desperately to get his bearings. But no fear, he still manages to look stunning while going completely crazy. #jakestillcutetho

Cyrus tries to fight Jake. This was really sad. Cyrus knows who killed James, and he’ll never be able to bring him to justice. The tragic, sad irony of it all is that he’s had people killed by the same agency that killed his husband. Glass houses.

B613 agents really like to use their tongues. Does B613 make every agent take a creepy tongue-licking workshop? Because they all use their tongues in exactly the same gross way. I seriously still can’t tell if Huck is genuinely attracted to Quinn. If so, when did that start? It doesn’t matter either way, though, because Quinn gon die.

Charlie moves in with Quinn. And by move in, I mean he broke into her apartment, put his stuff in it, then surprised her with an awkward champagne toast that can only be described as terrifying. I guess this is what love is like for B613ers.

We finally see baby Ella. And she’s an adorably chubby little angel, a ray of light that will help Cyrus find his way out of the darkness.

Lord bless this mess. (Bows head, spills wine for James and all the fallen homies, sweeps up broken glass.)

Charla Lauriston is a standup comedian and the creator of Clench & Release, a Web series about the frustrations of everyday life in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.