Scandal Season 5 Episode 10
It's Hard Out Here for a General
It's six months after Fitz and Olivia's break up; Olivia has dinner with her father when she notices people taking pictures of her from across the room. She's become a celebrity and has used that celebrity to reboot her business. He compliments her on the power she had and invites her to come by his house, but Jake lives there, so she's reluctant to visit.
She doesn't want to see Jake at her father's house because she's sleeping with him at her own.
The President calls Abby at 2 in the morning and asks to have his schedule cleared. She's sleeping, but he forces her to wake up and start working. Now that Olivia is no longer in his life, he's thrown himself into the Presidency.
Olivia gets a knock on the door. It's Huck. They have a client who happens to be the head of the NSA. The NSA chief's home computer was hacked, allowing someone to steal sensitive state secrets. Olivia and the team suspect the chief's boyfriend, Billy, a programmer.
Cyrus calls Olivia to ask if Abby is capable of being a "work wife." Olivia vets her friend, but says that position comes with a lot of power. He should be sure before he gives that up. Jake overhears her.
When Olivia shows up for work the next day, Mellie Grant is in her office. She's written a book and she wants Olivia to read it, but Olivia doesn't want to work for Mellie. At the White House, Abby gets a tip from a reporter that a whistle-blower is dealing in NSA secrets, notably Project Mercury.
Abby calls Olivia to find out whether she can shut down the Project Mercury story by going to the publisher of The Post before the paper is able to run a story.
Jake visits Fitz at the White House, at the President's request. Fitz asks Jake to help take down the Post by finding out who the whistle-blower inside the NSA could be. Fitz says he trusts Jake to get the job done when Jake casually mentions Olivia might be better suited for the job. Fitz says he doesn't talk to Olivia. Jake says he doesn't talk to her either.
Abby is once again awakened in the middle of the night by Fitz. The next day she goes to Cyrus to find out why Fitz is only talking to her. Cyrus informs her she's the President's new work wife.
Huck, Quinn, and Marcus get a lead on Billy the Whistle-Blower, but when they arrive at the Bungalow, Jake is already there on official Presidential business. Olivia learns her client is under official investigation.
Abby visits Olivia and brings along a bottle of Scotch from the President's collection. Abby talks about how hard it is to be the work wife and Olivia tells her she's the only person Fitz has left. Olivia needs to call him to ask for an out for her client, but she can't bring herself to do it.
While Quinn tries to sleep, Charlie tries to talk her through the whistle-blower's personal life, which leads to a middle of the night revelation. Olivia picks up the phone to call Fitz. He declines her call. She has an awkward moment with Jake the next morning.
Olivia learns from her client that the President already has someone in mind for the NSA director's position and Quinn learns that Billy was framed. Olivia and her team find Billy Torrance's body in a refrigerator in the bungalow and Jake is named director of the NSA.
Olivia finds Jake and her father at her father's house and confronts Jake about killing Billy. Then she finds out that her father was not only in on it but orchestrated it as a way to get back into power.
Abby finally tells Fitz that she won't be his "companion animal" any longer. Huck and Quinn shut Marcus out of their circle. Olivia tells Mellie that the book she wrote isn't good enough to make her President. She goes to work for Mellie Grant.