Heading into Scandal Season 4 Episode 3, Fitz’s second term has been focused on actual governing, specifically the Elliot Gun Control Act.
This may be great for America, but it’s less than ideal for those who turn into the crazy ABC drama each week for soap opera-like sex and shenanigans.
Did that change on “Inside the Bubble.” Let’s find out, shall we?
We start with Mellie, who passed on her daily cemetery stop and grew obsessed instead with the story of a killer bride. She practically called a cabinet meeting over it.
But when The First Lady learns it had actually been resolved hours earlier, viewers (and her husband) see the positive wind come out of Mellie’s sails once again.
Rosen then grows inspired to help Fitz make his Presidency “mean something,” using the B613 files to blackmail a judge into reversing his stance on the gun bill. It works. Davis is cheered by the administration. And the judge kills himself.
As for Olivia? She was all about getting Jake to have dinner at her dad’s house; and also helping a college friend named Catherine Winslow. The latter’s daughter was missing.
This grows complicated when Liv learns her old pal had been banging her daughter’s boyfriend and then finds the daughter dead. Catherine pleads innocent, though she gets arrested for the crime.
And when Abby stops in to ask about the situation, she realizes just how bad things are between Olivia and Fitz.
In Jake Land, Charlie says he’ll give up all he knows… in exchange for one night with Quinn. Charlie then gets inside the head of “Robin” and these two end up playing tonsil hockey!
Charlie’s words about her colleagues later take on additional meaning when Liv and Huck don’t even realize that Quinn was missing for 24 hours.
Liz, meanwhile, earns a victory when we witness Cyrus paying Michael $2,500 in the morning for… yeah. You can imagine for what. Michael reports this information back to his boss.
Finally, Jake agrees to dinner with Rowan, having seen the footage of Tom infect Jerry Hr. with bacterial meningitis.
Once Liv leaves the table, Jake asks Rowan why he had Harrison killed. Was it because he learned about Jerry Jr. Jake demands that Rowan leave town, but Rowan shoots back:
I’ll be the one standing over you when you die.
Well, okay then! Nice chat!
A major showdown is looming…
Scandal Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: Inside the Bubble