Ponderings - Scandal Season 2 recapsThis week’s episode was crafted perfectly for Olivia and Mellie to show off. Or, rather Kerry Washington as Olivia and Bellamy Young as Mellie show off some acting chops. The two are adversaries in this episode like never before. Together they got Fitz in the White House, but against one another, they are bringing Washington to her knees.

Fitz, who cannot seem to make up his mind, wants Olivia back now. After seeing in her the hospital bed, it seemed to wake him up to his true feelings for Olivia. Mellie has moved to Blair House giving Fitz a limited amount of time to figure out what he is going to do, choose Olivia or choose his family.

Jake Ballard, in plain clothes, is babysitting Olivia for the President. Olivia calls the President and tells him to call off his puppy, but Fitz won’t budge. And Jake won’t either.

Cyrus and James are still fighting, but when James gets a job at BNC (“I could be the next Anderson Cooper”), all is forgiven.

The Gladiators are trying to figure out who Baseball Cap guy is. Huck offers to help, and right away he identifies Baseball Cap as Charlie. When asked how he can tell, he answers, “That’s Charlie’s ear.” Huck is the one who tells Olivia it is “Cyrus’ Charlie.” Which makes Cyrus appear to be Albatros, which is what all of us were already thinking, right? Charlie in the meantime is at Jake Ballard’s place digging up dirt on him and Olivia. Charlie finds video of the two having sex, which is saved in case Cyrus needs to use it.

Olivia does not want to bounce on Cyrus as Albatros until they are certain.

This is one of my best friends. . . . We have to be sure.

The Gladiators are given the task to investigate Charlie and see what other clients he has. They find out that he goes to the same bakery shop every Thursday, and he attends a book club on Thursdays where he started dating a girl named Tammy. Olivia also gives the green light to have them look into Cyrus’ phone records.

In the middle of all of this, the President wants to see Olivia, which throws her into an intense moment of yelling at the President: “You do not summon me!” and “Stop getting my hopes up.” and the best line, “You want me? Earn me!”

Cyrus is going back and forth between Mellie and Fitz. Neither are giving in. Mellie has made arrangements with BNC to do a prime-time interview, where she will spill the beans about his affair with Olivia if he does not choose family. He takes a deal to Mellie that offers her a bright, political future. Mellie rejects it. Finally, Cyrus gets an idea. “What if,” he says to Mellie, “I could get rid of Olivia Pope.”

In the meantime, Huck has come clean with Olivia about Charlie. Charlie was one who killed Amanda Tanner. “I didn’t say anything because there is a code.” Charlie has been Cyrus’ guy for at least two years. Cyrus isn’t looking good right now.

Now, with the whole Albatros thing, this makes us wander what Cyrus has up his sleeve. He has the President’s secretary call Jake Ballard to the White House. Cyrus goes to Olivia’s, but Jake is still there, guarding the door. He is a good puppy, only leaves with the President tells him to. Afterwards, Jake tells Olivia he thinks Cyrus is the mole (red flag, people.) Olivia still cannot wrap her head around it. Cyrus would never be disloyal to Fitz.

The Gladiators interview Tammy and find out, eventually, that she was the court reporter for David’s grand jury on Defiance. Her laptop, where she transcribed everything, was stolen. Guess by who? Charlie! All the pieces fall into place, which means that Cyrus is not the mole. Someone else is using the gifts and talents of Charlie, but who?

Perhaps it is Mystery Man that Jake keeps meeting in DC parks. Jake tells Mystery Man that Cyrus is getting too close. Mystery Man does not give him permission to look into it, just to take care of it. Which leaves us wandering, who is going to die next?

Mellie hand picks James, Cyrus’ husband, to do the interview, surely to piss off Cyrus. Mellie tells James and the rest of America that the President had an affair. And where is the President?

Scandal gold.