The Scandal family was not kidding about those last 30 seconds! Day-um.
But before we get to that O-M-G moment, there's a lot to discuss from Scandal Season 3 Episode 13.
The cat's out of the bag. For those wondering what would happen after Harrison and Abby saved David from the whole Publius meeting on Scandal Season 3 Episode 12, we got our answer: David told OPA the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the Daniel Douglas murder cover-up.
That meant letting Olivia in on the secret, putting her in a quite the precarious position. Olivia wants to step out into the sun and wear the white hat. She certainly said it enough times.
If she complies in covering up yet another murder, how does that help her escape the demons of her past actions? But if she doesn't cover it up, it will affect more than just Sally Langston.
Let's be clear, I don't think that Sally is anyone's favorite character on this show. How bad would it look for Fitz if it got out that his Vice President murdered her husband? There would possibly still be ways to keep him somewhat clear.
But when you factor in that his Chief of Staff and right hand man Cyrus helped cover it up? Well, there goes the entire Grant campaign as well as his presidency.
Liv confronted Cyrus and then burst into an uncontrollable fit of laughter when he confirmed the truth. So why the crazy laughter? Was she going crazy like Sally? No. It's because this whole storyline has gotten about as crazy as Sally. Who can even keep up anymore?
And like Liv said, every person running for president, for the job that makes you one of the most powerful people in the world, is a murderer.
They're all murderers. Reston, Sally, Fitz, the presidential debate it's literally murderer's row. No matter who gets elected, they're all murderers.Olivia
Murderers. Row. So if everyone's guilty, where do you align yourself? What do you do when you're in a major love triangle? You use both the men in the ways you need them to help you get through it.
First, Olivia went to Jake's with a bottle of wine and food. They exchanged fake pleasantries while lamenting just how messed up their worlds are. Then after chugging two glasses of red like a champ, Olivia needed Jake to physically take her mind off of things.
Moving on to Fitz, Olivia kept her promise from Vermont about being honest about things. She told Fitz that Sally killed Daniel Douglas and Cyrus and Mellie helped cover it up. She went to Jake for the stress release and Fitz for the problem solving. Now onto damage control.
After seeing how batsh*t crazy Sally is, Olivia decided the only way to get her to cool it on announcing she killed her husband was if Fitz showed her some "sign of God." For this, Fitz would have to throw the debate a little bit. Cyrus being Cyrus had a back-up plan that just involved disposing of Sally.
As much as Jake and Cyrus may not get along, and their little covert conversation in the park was a great scene, they both knew in the end that Sally was a liability. Jake didn't see it that way at first, but ultimately he gave Tom orders to take her out if need be.
(By the way, I'm really loving knowing that Mr. Secret Service has been B6-13 this whole time!)
What do you make of Jake's speech to Cyrus about him being a mouse? I feel like it was a way of saying that Cyrus never deals with problems head on. He just eliminates people and how long can he really keep responding the way he does? I'm open to all of your interpretations on that quote.
You're a mouse Cyrus. A mouse on a wheel thinking truly, believing that if I just run a little bit faster that I'll get the cheese. You are small, and while I'd love to explain to you how the world works, I don't have the time and you wouldn't understand.Jake [to Cyrus]
Now onto those last 30 seconds... James has just been busted as Publius by Cyrus. He arrives at the meeting saying that he can't go forward with the story after all, he just needed this revenge on his husband. The four people in the know arrive having no idea who called the meeting. The other two are shot. James and David face Jake and Jake fires one last shot.
So who got shot? Was it James who was listed as Publius in the Daniel Douglas file? Or is it David Rosen, the DA who you can't exactly murder three people in front of and expect him to be okay with it? Also, who is Jake speaking to? The person who he didn't kill?
I have watched the ending about four times and I just don't know. Vote below and sound off in the comments!