Ponderings - Scandal Season 2 recapsOlivia comes home after a long few days. Edison, the Senate Majority Leader, is there . . again. The encounter leads Olivia to say the following and show Edison the door:

Five, that’s sexist and insulting. You’d never suggest Scooter Libby was screwing Dick Cheney. Four, the lengths you’re going to try to twist this into a conspiracy are cause for concern. You should speak to someone about that. Three, the President is awake and talking and the suggestion that he isn’t is partisan political crap that I thought you had enough integrity to rise above. Two, in the past three minutes, you have called me a criminal, a whore, an idiot, and a liar, so this is pretty much the last time we’ll be speaking, so one, who I am or am not screwing, what I am or am not doing, is no longer any of your damn business.

The truth is, Olivia is those things. The bulk of the episode is flashback to the campagin trail, leading up to the election. Olivia and Fitz were having an affair, and Hollis Doyle had a plan to win the election. Fitz starts off in the flashback ten points behind. After bringing his father in, a seasoned politician, they realize that it probably didn’t help Fitz. His father spews out negative thoughts about Fitz and doesn’t understand why they aren’t digging up dirty on the opponent. Olivia pulls together the Gladiators, for what we assume is the first time. We meet Harrison, Abby, and Huck. Olivia sends them out to find what they can about Fitz’ opponent.

Olivia gives Fitz advice to stop being who he thinks everyone wants him to be, and be himself. He does so during a Town Hall debate and his points rise, but not enough to carry the election. Hollis once again offers the fixed election option. Everyone is on board – Cyrus, Verna, and Mellie – but Olivia does not think they should. It is not a go until everyone is on board. The day before the election, Olivia says, “Yes.” Hollis calls his guy and puts it in motion.

The episode parrells with the present day. The doctor says that Fitz could have any number of side effects and recovery would be at least three weeks. Cyrus comes in and says they have a Sally Langston problem. She is positioning herself to win the Cabinet over to keep the Oval House. As Sally has a meeting with the Cabinet to not accept the President’s reinstatement, Fitz walks in, much to everyone’s surprise. Everyone is thrilled, except for Sally.

Fitz goes forward with his day. He attends a military debriefing about East Sudan. Sally was planning to send troops in, but Fitz’ plan involved the Navy Seals. During the debriefing, he forgets the name of the East Sudan leader. Sally has to finish his sentence. Sally goes to Hollis about this. Hollis tells her to wait and let Fitz crash and burn.

When Fitz wants to do a live press conference, Cyrus calls Olivia in because Fitz won’t listen to anyone else. Olivia comes in and asks Fitz about why he wants to do it. The answer is good enough for Olivia to support his decision. She preps him for the press conference in a similar way she preps him for the Town Hall debate.

After the press conference, Sally comes to Fitz with a letter accepting his reinstatement as President. “It’s not easy being President,” she tells him. Is it possible that Sally has accepted her fallenness? Or is she just playing the game?

Before what seems like the longest day for these characters ends, there are a few more surprises. Olivia comes home and finds Edison in her place again. (Is it time to take his key away?) He apologizes to Olivia for suggesting that she had an affair with the President or had anything to do with illegial activity. He concludes his apology with saying, “If you’ll have me, marry me.”

And in the White House, Mellie, excited that the day was successful, puts Fitz to bed. She is a bit of a chatterbox. She says that Fitz could ask for anything now, he is so popular. He tells her what he wants: “I want a divorce.”