We have officially returned to the Olive Pope love triangle, y’all. Scandal’s third episode of the season opens with Olivia crouched over in a corner of her bedroom, staring at Jake Ballard sleeping in her bed one second and shooing away President Fitz, who wants to have a conversation about why Ballard’s back, the next.
Our Lady of The Pantsuit (consider yourself replaced until 2016, Hillary) doesn’t have the time for Fitz as she’s hunting down Huck, trying to figure out where his head is after finding out Command is Olivia’s pappy. He’s too busy stalking Rowan Pope to talk to her and asks for some time—as in, leave me alone, woman…damn.
Once Olivia arrives at Gladiator Headquarters, we meet Mary Nesbitt, who drops off a big check and quickly flees the office to head over to Capitol Hill with the Lil’ Kim lyric “Who the fuck want war?” looping in her head. Quinn realizes that Mary cleaned out her bank account, and upon recalling where she ran off to, Olivia decides to go out and find her.
After Olivia gets there, she sees people chasing after a man. What does she do in response? If your answer was “Look for the exit like she has some sense!” you’re dead wrong. The man who Olivia spotted running ultimately got tackled to the ground and we hear him yell about wanting to speak to Fitz over Operation Remington.
In any event, Olivia spots her new client with a homemade bomb attached to her chest. Fed up with being ignored about the death of her son Chris at the hands of the FBI, Mary laments about how no one would listen to her cries despite writing letters, making phone calls, putting up fliers, posting on message boards, and howling like a mad woman outside of the White House with a megaphone. Somewhere a lot of people are going, “That’s exactly how I feel when he doesn’t text me back.”
Mary wants the truth, only the Patriot Act won’t allow the documents concerning Chris’ killing to be unclassified. Despite being a hostage, Olivia goes to work for her client and new domestic terrorist. Abby is sent to snoop around the Justice Department, Quinn is told to try and hack the FBI’s database, and Harrison is sent to hang outside the building where Olivia is being held hostage and heckle the guy in charge of handling the hostage situation—the Black dude from Ghostbusters.
We’ve really got to do better by Harrison this season, folks.