‘Scandal’ Season 2, Episode 18 Recap – 'Molly, You in Danger, Girl'
This title might be a bit misleading—Olivia and Huck are in grave danger, too. Here's everything you need to know to get caught up!
It's sweeps day: Every third Wednesday of every month, Huck heads over to Olivia's apartment to look for bugs. (Can't be too careful!) Since Quinn is his new protege, she comes along to help with the search. They don't find any, but that's only because clever Jake knows their schedule; he now removes the bugs before the search, and replaces them immediately after.
Time to go home: Over at Olivia Pope & Associates headquarters, the team tells David Rosen and Molly—the whistleblower on Osborne—that they're free to go back home to their respective lives now that the mole is dead. Molly looks relieved to resume her day-to-day schedule, but David—not so much. All he has to go back to is teaching; not the high-powered ADA (assistant district attorney) gig he'd previously become accustomed to.
Fitz makes a speech: President Fitzgerald Grant holds a press conference to publicly address the CIA information leak that resulted in the supposed suicide of former CIA Director Graydon Osborne. He assures the American public that his administration will do everything in their power to bring all of Osborne's cohorts to justice.
But his small screen duties aren't done just yet. The President has one more big TV appearance to make; a candid primetime newtork interview alongside his long-suffering wife Mellie (the first since the birth of America's baby and his assassination attempt). It's imperative they pull this off as a believably happy-and-in-love couple—Fitz needs to announce his reelection bid in six short weeks, and this is the best way to grab headlines along with everyone's undivided attention.
Problem is, Americans want to see a fairytale of a loved-up twosome play out right before their very eyes, but since the husband and wife hate each other, pulling this off might not be as easy as they'd like to think. Never fear—Fitz assures Cyrus that they can indeed fake it; they've already been doing it for twenty years! Mellie looks heartbroken, but manages to tell Cyrus this: "Everyone can't have a perfect marriage like you and James." (If only she knew.)
Speaking of secret marital problems: Cyrus heads home to pick up more clothes; he's been secretly living in a hotel for the last three weeks since James is still mad about being lied for several years to over the Defiance, Ohio fiasco. Cyrus is ready to come home, but James needs more time. He's not sure how much, but he knows that Cyrus should plan to spend a few more nights with room service and pay-per-view.
Later we see Cyrus and Fitz discussing his talking points for the upcoming televised interview, and Fitz mentions that he knows Cy is living in a hotel and takes a moment to tell Cyrus not to give up if he still loves James. (Awwwwwwwww!)
Cyrus takes Fitz's advice and decides to check out of the hotel and head back home. James is livid, so Cy offers to go to couples counseling. James declines the offer; therapy requires they tell the truth, which they can't since James perjured himself when he lied about Cy's involvement in the election rigging plot. Cy tells James that it's not him that he's actually mad at; James is mad at himself for choosing his own happiness over doing the right thing. James tells Cy that he wishes he'd continued lying before storming off.
Introducing Susan Osborne: The late former CIA director's grieving wife shows up at Pope & Associates headquarters to tell Olivia that Graydon wasn't the mole and he didn't kill himself—he was murdered in cold blood. Her proof? The suicide note. He addressed it to Susan, not Susie or honey, as he'd called her for the last thirty years. For some reason, Olivia believes her and decides to take her on as a client.
The team digs through their Albatross files once again to reassess their work and re-interview everyone related to the case. They start with Graydon's shadow—his number one security guard, who tells Olivia and Susan that Graydon was a good man with a bit of a gambling problem; he liked to bet the ponies. Turns out, the dry cleaner who received $20,000 inside of Graydon's suit pockets was a bookie, not an informant. That leads the team back to Molly; maybe she remembers something else that can help prove Graydon's guilt—or innocence.
But Molly is missing: Abby returns to the office to tell the team that Molly is long gone and her apartment has been cleaned out. Huck hacks into her bank account and sees a recent $100K deposit; Molly played them all like a fiddle! She knows exactly who the mole is, and since the mole is still out there, David is still in danger. Abby heads over to his apartment to get him tout de suite!
Olivia is on it: She calls Cyrus to let him know that Osborne wasn't the mole, but Cy insists she drop it ASAP. The President has already gone on national TV to announce Graydon's guilt, and they can't possibly backtrack now—the man is already dead!
Olivia vows to keep moving forward until she figures out who the mole is, which poses a huge problem for naval intelligence officer Captain Jake Ballard, who of course is watching all of this transpire since Olivia called Cyrus from her bugged home. Jake meets up with the mysterious man we met at the end of the last episode on the park bench, and tells him that they have an 'Olivia Pope' problem. Jake assures the mystery man that he'll take care of it.
Moment of truth: Olivia meets with Susan to tell her that she was right—Graydon died an untimely death as honorable man, so her team will work tirelessly to prove his innocence. (They also need to figure this whole mole thing out so that they can pass proof of Graydon's guiltlessness along to the White House.)
Jake slips up: Jake calls Olivia to inform her that he'll be coming over to her house tonight to cook her a lovely meal in that beautiful kitchen she never uses. She playfully asks how he knows that she never uses it, and he quickly covers himself by saying it was just a hunch. Lucky for him she buys it, but Jake knows he needs to tighten up if he intends to keep playing both sides of the fence.
The hunt is on: Team Pope starts trying to tracking down Molly. Huck starts to follow the money trail and David offers to put a call in to Homeland Security to place her on the no fly list; with her newfound riches, she'll probably try to leave the country.
Meanwhile, Huck tracks the routing number on the bank account that deposited one hundred grand into Molly's savings account only to discover that the mole's bank account was used to rent a storage space earlier that day. Huck takes Quinn along to check it out.
When they arrive at the storage facility, Huck asks Quinn to stay in the car and keep watch; she'll need to text him if she sees anything suspicious. He heads up to the unit and picks the lock; there he finds an empty crate, which he soon finds himself inside of. Someone hits him over the head with a crowbar and locks him inside!
Good thing Huck thought to bring Quinn; after a couple of hours pass and Huck has yet to return, she heads inside to see if she can find him. Since Huck didn't tell her which storage unit he was going to, she forces the manager to show her footage from the surveillance cameras. When she realizes that one of the cameras has been moved, she heads up to third floor and locates a badly beaten Huck tied up inside of the crate in an empty unit. (Now that's what we call great teamwork!)
Quinn brings Huck back to the office, and he holes up in a corner unable to speak or do anything other than rock himself. David says Huck is in far worse shape than he was last year when he was waterboarded when everyone thought he'd shot at the President.
That inconvenient camera: Quinn is going over the video feed with the team when she realizes that a man wearing a baseball cap is their link to the mole. He goes into the facility empty-handed and leaves the same way.
Later, we see the man in the baseball cap is actually Charlie, Cyrus' current go-to goon, and Huck's former partner in crime.
The sex factor: Olivia watches the interview with Mellie and Fitz dazzling the American public with awww-inducing stories of how they met and fell in love for a second, but can't take all of the saccharine faking for long. She finishes a glass of red, flips the TV off and heads out into the night for an impromptu dinner date with Captain Jake. She picks up fast food at Gettysburger and brings it over to Jake's apartment. He's just returned home from completing some sordid task (he's busy hiding his gun and a roll of duct tape), so perfect timing, perhaps?
While she's rifling through his kitchen for plates, napkins and a better bottle of wine, sneaky Jake grabs her phone from inside of her purse and turns it off. Soon after, they settle in for burgers and beers; before long, they've made it to Jake's bed. (What better way to get over an old boyfriend than to get under a new one?)
Molly is found: She's apprehended at Dulles airport trying to board a flight to Belize. The team interrogates her in a bid to get her to give up the mole, but she's too scared—he'll slit her throat if she gives him up. Legally there's nothing they can do, so Molly is free to leave the room, but not the country. Her name will remain on the no fly list.
But it doesn't matter. She turns up dead less than 24 hours later; victim of a totally unrelated hit-and-run. (Riggggggggght.) There goes that lead!
The real love story: Back at the White House, the interview is playing on TV. Mellie and Fitz are trying to remember the real story of how they met; they've told the fake version so many times, it's now hard to distinguish the truth from their go-to lie.
Turns out, Fitz's father set them up in a political marriage. Mellie comes from blue-blood old money stock, so she was pretty much forced upon him. He wonders if the lying ever bothers her as much as it bothers him, and she tells him that the pretending is what's real—every married couple pretends. Buying into the delusion is the only real way to get through an entire life together. Fitz looks horrified and apologizes for turning her into the kind of person who believes that's what a loving marriage should be like.
Abby tells the truth: And over at the Pope offices, David asks Abby if she still has feelings for him, and she breaks down and tells him she does. He wishes he could feel the same, but he can't let himself love someone he can't trust. (She still won't admit to stealing the Cytron voter card and damaging his career.)
Another moment of truth: Olivia is seen leaving a sleeping Jake in bed to get a glass of water, and turns on the television. She soon discovers it's a surveillance feed of her apartment. She demands to know what's going on, and Jake tells her that he's been watching her to protect her. A fight ensues between the two, and Olivia gets knocked down and hits her head. She's unconscious with a concussion and transported to the hospital.
Jake is there when she comes to, and tells her to say that he randomly saved her from an attacker in her apartment, and that they'd never met before. Just then, Fitz walks in and embraces the vulnerable Olivia as creepy Jake looks on.
And now, our questions—inquiring minds want to know:
-How cute are Huckleberry Quinn?! We love seeing these two all teamed up!
-And how bad do you want 'Dabby' to get back together?
-Are Olivia and Fitz finally going to give their relationship another go?
-Is Cyrus the mole? What's Jake's deal? Is he one of Cyrus' puppets, too?