The Justice League (or Injustice League) has convened around the shadowy round table to discuss David Rosen. He is becoming the thorn in their side. Everyone is getting frustrated with Hollis Doyle. Finally, Olivia steps up to the plate and says that she will take care of the David Rosen problem.
A few days later, David is called in by his boss. Fully expecting to be told he is fired, he is shocked that he is being offered his job back. But only if he drops the whole conspiracy theory, which he is not so sure about, but will finally take the job.
The Governor of Maryland, who lost to Fitz in the presidential election, has called Olivia to fix a problem. A man is dead in the Governor’s kitchen. And he happens to have his pants around his ankles. The story is that the Governor walked in, saw the man on top of his wife, his wife cried “rape,” and the Governor shot the man.
The man is the contractor that has been building the Governor’s private residence. But it is not as simple as we are made to believe. As Harrison says, “There are many ways to tell a story.” The real story is that the Governor’s wife and the contractor had been having an affair. She didn’t know what to do when her husband came into the house, so she cried, “rape.” She is arrested. Olivia coaches the Governor on how to respond to the media. As he makes his statement, she discovers, on the Governor’s desk, photos of his wife and the contractor.
He knew the whole time. He tells Olivia that his whole life changed after the election. His original plan was to kill the contractor, kill his wife, and then kill himself. But when his wife reacted the way she did, he decided to go with it, because he would give a second chance.
A lot of what happens in this episode is a result of election night. A better title the episode would have been 4,359. That number is repeated often. The wife says it at least half a dozen times as she explains to Olivia that after the election their lives changed. The Governor was short 4,359 votes.
“One county in Ohio changed our lives,” the Governor’s wife says.
That could be true for all the characters gathered around the shadowy round table. As Verna points out to Olivia, Cyrus gets to run the country, Mellie gets to be Mellie, and Verna got a seat on the Supreme Court. The question is, what did Olivia get?
We are led to believe that Olivia was supposed to get Fitz. Olivia continues to turn down invitations by Addison to go on a date. Cryus inquires about it, and before Olivia can answer, he says, “All roads lead to Fitz.” It is clear that Olivia still has feelings for Fitz. But there is nothing she can do about that. She tells Addison not to stop calling, but right now she is not ready.
Randomly, a girl who Huck meets at an AA meeting, gives him her phone number (classic write it on the hand stuff). The two go out on a date. I hate to do this, but what?!? Anybody else think there’s something fishy about this girl?
The cliffhanger, as always, comes at the end of the episode. As Huck is preparing for his date, Abby gets on his computer to type in the girl’s phone number. She notices a sticky note that has the name of the grill and time that David was supposed to meet a guy connected to Cytron. She follows a few leads, and finds out that the guy was a plant.
She hurries to David’s apartment to tell him and everything else she learned. Cytron developed software that was used on the surface for slot machines, but under the table for voting machines. Like maybe voting machines in one county in Ohio, where 4,359 votes changed an election?
The camera zooms on David’s bobble heads, which double up as speakers. On the other end? Who else, but Olivia Pope. “This one I handle on my own.”
Watch out, Abby, Olivia is on the move.
One of the main points of this episode, is to reveal to us the audience (and possibly to Olivia) the interconnectedness of humanity. The decisions, choices, and actions we make can indirectly affect someone else. Olivia, being a part of the shadowy round table indirectly was involved in killing the contractor. The 4,359 votes that the Governor lost by were the votes that Olivia and the shadowy round table crew made sure Fitz got.
Fitz, who is not in this episode at all, seems to be innocent in all of this. Most likely Fitz is not in this episode because Tony Goldwyn had another obligation to fulfill. But, Fitz’ absence plays into this idea of his being innocent. He knows nothing, which is symbolized by his lack of presence in the episode.
All roads may lead to Fitz, but Fitz is in the dark.