Is it just me or is this show getting more meta by the hour? All the characters on Scandal now are basically like, “Yes, our existence is totally FUBAR, but we’re going to keep running on this hamster wheel because it’s the only world we know.” Also hats off to Jeff Perry this week for some truly heartbreaking moments. He may be a monster, but somehow he still makes you feel for him. To the recap.
Everyone is preparing for the big threeway between El Prez, Sally, and Governor Reston. The presidential debate, I mean. Leo, because he’s the only one who works around here anymore, has enlisted Sally’s pastor to help prep her for the debate. The pastor’s confused as to why he’s remotely qualified, until he sees Sally, who is standing at a pulpit and spewing some truly insane language about cloven beasts and judgment and bacon. “Yum, yum, crispy piggy,” she says, and both Leo and the pastor’s faces drop. Side note: I need that as my new ringtone. Papa Pope is none too impressed with Leo’s progress, and tells him while Sally winning will open up Leo’s world to unimagined power and influence, if Leo fails, he’ll be “fired.” Meaning killed. Always subtle, that Papa Pope.
Meanwhile, El Prez is practicing for his debate with Andrew Nichols and FLOTUS, who’s imitating Sally with a pitch-perfect Southern drawl. El Prez is presidential, for once, and Cyrus excitedly calls Olivia to tell her what she’s missing. Il Papa is otherwise occupied, though: David is playing her the tape of Cyrus and Sally’s phone conversation. Olivia is in denial: “If Cyrus needed a murder covered up he’d come to me,” she says, to which David dryly replies, “Maybe somehow he was worried you’d do the right thing.” David wants to reveal the story, but instead Olivia goes to see Cyrus and bluffs him into confessing. She starts laughing hysterically and points out that every single presidential candidate up for debate is a murderer. Then, more seriously, she tells him he’s ruined El Prez’s chance to win with a clean campaign. “I want to walk into the light and feel the sun on my face,” she says. He begs her not to tell El Prez, but she says he’s on his own. Still, she’s not so willing to throw Cyrus under the bus—when Abby, still worried about David’s safety, asks whether they’re going to help him, Olivia just tells her they’re not getting involved.
Paige got so close this week. Playing hooky from school and baby-sitting, she took a day trip to that mysterious Pennsylvania address she found in Elizabeth’s planner last week, eventually stumbling upon old, kooky Aunt Helen. But in the Jennings family, one does not simply walk into Aunt Helen’s house.
Episode three’s title ostensibly refers to the continuing saga of Bruce Dameran, the nervous World Bank-affiliated guy who walked into the Rezidentura last week to defect. But a lot of characters are doing some walk-ins this week, no one less than Paige.
With Elizabeth and Phillip assigned to a day trip to Newport News to get the intercept on the propeller mission on which they’ve picked up the slack from the late Emmett and Leanne, the kids have the day to themselves. While Paige is supposed to get home early to watch Henry, her younger brother seems occupied enough with his comic-book star chart that she can go on her mission.
Just as her parents switch between narratives with varying degrees of veracity, Paige—ever since walking in on that season-opening 69—is picking up the same habit. To Henry, she says she’s going to take an after-school trip to Georgetown to buy some jeans. She has Henry tell their parents she’s staying late to try out for the debate club. Only Paige’s new bus friend knows a hair of the truth: that she’s trying to track down the woman she believes is the only living member of her extended family.
Paige’s walk-in continues an emerging pattern on this season of The Americans of characters entering seemingly empty houses. She gets no response from the doorbell, so she goes in anyway.
Who is Aunt Helen, though? The frazzled old woman with Elizabeth’s picture on the wall mistakes Paige for her dead daughter—but is it dementia, or a failsafe Elizabeth and Phillip laid years ago in the event that one of their kids ever took up the family business?
Well, guys. I am not entirely sure what happened in this episode, except that the show has gotten very creative with camera angles around Kerry Washington and everyone said “Publius” a lot. Perhaps the biggest development is that Harrison’s storyline finally has something to do with the main action, so hopefully he’ll have more to do than button his shirts and make phone calls with a serious face. Let’s figure this out together, shall we?
Olivia and El Prez are doing some post-coital fighting in a hotel room as our favorite Secret Service agent, Tom, and Ballard wait outside. El Prez acts like a jealous teenager about Olivia’s fake relationship with Ballard, and she spits back that she had to do it so she could stop being his “public whore.” There’s talk about hens and state fairs, and they both sound a bit insane. El Prez tries to talk to her about “someday,” but the bloom is off that particular rose for Olivia. This was an incredibly awkward scene, for all involved.
The big political maneuvering this week is that El Prez’s campaign needs money, and Andrew Nichols has been tasked with charming donors into giving up their money. But there’s a problem: A reporter named Carla Steele digs up a story about Nichols getting oxycodone delivered to the governor’s mansion back when El Prez was El Gov. But from a flashback we find out it wasn’t Nichols ordering from the Papa John’s of pharmaceuticals—it was Mellie, whose guilt and shame over being raped by her father-in-law drove her to a suicide attempt. Nichols finds her passed out on the floor, sticks his fingers down her throat, then sits up all night with her to make sure she doesn’t die. It’s not your typical love story, perhaps, but he is way nicer to her than her husband, who rather than wondering why his wife can’t stand to be touched by him just yells, “What the hell is wrong with you?”
Olivia thinks her dad is the source behind the pill story, so she asks him to dinner and tells him she’s worried he’s plotting against the President without any of his B613 power or protection. Papa Pope calls her manipulative and she storms out, where she sees Quinn spying on her from her car. Olivia tells Quinn to come home, but Quinn is still upset that Huck licked her face “like a piece of meat.” Then she threatens to shoot Olivia if she doesn’t get out of the car. So Olivia goes home, and when Ballard shows up she yells at him for assigning Quinn to tail her father. He’s all, I did not do that and also please put something in your kitchen besides wine and popcorn, because if I’m going to be your beard I at least want to be a well-fed one. Then he takes off his shirt and says he’s going to shower before they have pretend sex, and even Il Papa is not immune to the sight of Shirtless Scott Foley.
Ira Glass Lite is freaking out about Cyrus finding out that he’s Publius. David tells him to send Vanessa the tape of Sally’s phone call to Cyrus, and Vanessa immediately wants to set up a meeting. David agrees to go in IGL’s place, but Cyrus is tracking someone’s phone—Vanessa’s? Publius’s?—and sends Charlie to intercept them. Luckily for David, he’s dating a member of the Dream Team; Abby got suspicious of him and had Huck hack into his e-mail, so they are able to find him, stuff him into the trunk of a car, and drive away before Charlie has a chance to kill him.
Bad news, Phillip—or Clark, I guess. The follow-up to last week’s Alexandria massacre of the other spy family opens with Martha in hair rollers obsessing over the bloody scene. But the real shock for Phillip is that Martha may have job ambitions outside the FBI’s counterintelligence division. Could it be that instead of marrying a well-placed secretary for Mother Russia, Phillip has pointlessly shacked up with a typical career bureaucrat trying to climb the GS scale?
Actually, that’s not the biggest shock Phillip gets this week. That honor goes to, well, an actual electric shock he gets while snooping around the Chesapeake, Virginia, home of Fred, the premiere’s brush-passer, played by John Carroll Lynch. Phillip makes his side trip to the Hampton Roads in full disguise—this time playing a hirsute handyman. (Is it just me, or does Phillip’s getup look a lot like the 2012 incarnation of True Detective’s Rust Cohle?)
We’ll get back to Fred and Rust-ish Phillip in a bit. In the meantime, the murder of alt-spy family Emmett and Leanne and daughter Amelia last week drives many people to new extremes. Elizabeth can’t walk ten feet without looking over her shoulder—maybe it comes with the profession, but she seems jumpier than usual. Phillip comes back from his business trip to see Elizabeth, not Martha, and apologizes for exposing Henry during the handoff with Fred, who can’t shake the image he saw in the newspaper of the dead bodies.
And then there’s Martha. She’s getting a gun! And if the slightly off-kilter sham wife of the male lead says she’s buying a gun in the second episode, well, you know the deal.
Welcome back, Scandal fans! I need to come up with a better name for you, but all I’ve thought of so far is Popesicles (mostly because it’s roughly zero degrees out), so I’ll keep working on it. It’s been a long, tough break since our last episode, and we felt much like Quinn, cast out in the cold and forced to rely on the sweet-but-psycho boyfriend that is House of Cards season two to ease the pain until the show’s return. Everyone was in fine form this week: El Prez was back to drinking and forcefully making out with people’s faces, Olivia wore a fabulous coat, and my two favorite characters got lots to do. To the recap!
We open on FLOTUS scurrying through the White House. Her hair is huge, so you know she’s upset about something. She bursts into Cyrus’s office and says, “She’s running.” Yes, our favorite bible-thumping gay-husband murderer is going ahead with her plan to seize the presidency. El Prez seems more concerned with making out with Olivia in the Oval Office until Sally announces she will not be resigning the vice presidency, which sets El Prez to getting sauced before lunch and chucking glasses at Cyrus’s head. He also insists his new VP will be Andrew Nichols, his former lieutenant and another straight, white male from California. He’s a bit of a womanizer (he knows the difference between runway and catalogue models!), but when Olivia presses him about why he’s never settled down he admits he found “the one” and let her get away, so he decided to marry his work instead. Olivia tells Cyrus he needs to convince El Prez to pick someone different, but Cyrus says he’s “closing ranks” and picking only those loyal to him, which is also why Captain Ballard is now head of B613. Olivia is shocked, both that Jake would accept the job and that El Prez failed to mention it to her—though I suppose his tongue was more occupied examining her molars, so can you really blame him?
Olivia goes to see Papa Pope, who is hanging out by the Marine Corps War Memorial, where he apparently used to take her as a kid. They have a coded conversation about how she knows what happened and how much “the Smithsonian” means to him, but this is Papa Pope, and he is going to preach. “What happened,” he says, “is the married man you can’t seem to stay away from had me abducted and talked to me about the way you taste while he allowed the terrorist who snaked her way into my marriage bed to clear US airspace.” He tells her, as she winces repeatedly, that El Prez has made an enemy of someone he really shouldn’t have—and “the greatest weapon I can use against him calls me Dad.” His plan is to make sure El Prez doesn’t make it to the end of his term, “so start grieving now—but first, run.” Joe Morton is so operatic in his delivery it can sometimes be jarring next to the other performances—but when he’s crunching through lines that great like a cartoon wolf it’s delightful regardless.
Leo is causing trouble left and right for El Prez and Friends, blindsiding Abby in a TV interview by pointing out how risky it is to hire your purported mistress as your campaign manager. So Olivia and El Prez are back in the news, causing FLOTUS to invite her to a very public lunch, with her favorite bottle of vino, because “I know how you love your wine.” FLOTUS hands her a list of eligible DC bachelors and tells her to pick a fake boyfriend as they both laugh through gritted teeth for the flash bulbs.
Over my two and a half seasons of Scandal watching I’ve noticed a lot of familiar faces pop up in the show’s universe. I knew Liza Weil (Amanda Tanner) as Paris from Gilmore Girls and Scott Foley (Jake Ballard) as the dreamy Noel from Felicity (no offense if you were Team Ben). And I knew Shonda Rhimes liked to reuse actors in her projects, as in the case of Jeff Perry (Cyrus Beene) and Kate Burton (Sally Langston), who played Meredith Grey’s parents on Grey’s Anatomy. But a look at IMDB turned up more overlap than I expected among the various actors’ careers, along with some truly delightful discoveries—such as the fact that Matt Letscher, a.k.a. Psycho Billy Chambers, romanced Catherine Zeta-Jones as the goateed Captain Harrison Love in The Mask of Zorro.
Read on to find out which TV shows boast performances from the most number of Scandal players, as well as some more places the actors’ careers have overlapped and connections with other Washington-set shows. (Know of something I left out? Leave it in the comments!)
Grey’s Anatomy and/or Private Practice
Paul Adelstein (Leo Bergen), Tom Amandes (Governor Reston) Nazanin Boniadi (not yet announced), Dan Bucatinsky (James Novak), Kate Burton (Sally Langston), Scott Foley (Jake Ballard), Katie Lowes (Quinn Perkins), Joshua Malina (David Rosen), Debra Mooney (Verna Thornton), George Newbern (Charlie), Jeff Perry (Cyrus Beene), Liza Weil (Amanda Tanner), Bellamy Young (Mellie Grant)
Law & Order (of any variety)
Paul Adelstein, Khandi Alexander (Maya Lewis), Kate Burton, Henry Ian Cusick (Stephen Finch), Guillermo Diaz (Huck), Scott Foley, Tony Goldwyn (Fitzgerald Grant), Joe Morton (Rowan Pope), Jeff Perry, Kerry Washington (Olivia Pope), Liza Weil, Bellamy Young
Paul Adelstein, Khandi Alexander, Tom Amandes, Gregg Henry (Hollis Doyle), Debra Mooney, Columbus Short, Brenda Song (Alissa)
The West Wing
Kate Burton, Matt Letscher (Billy Chambers), Josh Malina, Jeff Perry, Liza Weil, Bellamy Young
Nazanin Boniadi, Henry Ian Cusick, Darby Stanchfield
Katie Lowes, George Newbern, Darby Stanchfield, Bellamy Young
Last season on The Americans: It was 1981. Ugly sweaters weren’t just for Christmas. The KGB sent attractive operatives on long-term, deep-cover missions to infiltrate American suburbia. And the spies also happened to be really hot thirtysomething parents.
When we last saw Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), she was laid up in the hospital following a shootout with the FBI, but finally ready to commit to Phillip (Matthew Rhys), even after his sham marriage to unsuspecting secretary Martha. So how did the Jenningses spend their hiatus?
Season two begins at dusk outside a cabin in a secluded forest, with Elizabeth getting in her car and driving off. Who knew KGB agents had such woodsy convalescences? Episode director Thomas Schlamme never focuses on the woman with whom Elizabeth has been staying, but don’t get too excited—she’s definitely not played by Margo Martindale. (Don’t worry, though, Granny will be back soon enough.)
As for Phillip, he’s been spending his time as a single dad by doing skullduggery for the Soviet Union’s now-three-year-old war in Afghanistan. Phillip is breaking bread with two Afghan nationals in the back room of a suburban restaurant, posing as a blond, cowboy-hatted American agent. Commence the killing: Phillip plugs them both, then stands up for the kill shots, but not before taunting his younger victim that the “KGB is everywhere.” Frankly, that seems sloppy for the otherwise brutally efficient Phillip, because his little speech gives one of the wounded freedom fighters a chance to put up a quick fight, rip off the wig, and taunt back, “You Russians don’t know who you’re fu—” before taking one in the head.
Shame for Phillip’s government that he didn’t let the kid bleat out “—cking with.” He could have relayed the message back to Moscow and saved the regime so much trouble in Central Asia. Oh, and then Phillip exits past a young line cook who overheard the whole thing and gets offed as a result.
Two Afghan militants and a line cook down before the credits roll. Welcome to 1982.
After their mission—and their marriage—nearly unraveled in the first season, Elizabeth and Phillip seem resolved to bolster their cover of domestic bliss. Not only are Paige and Henry overjoyed to have their mom back, but Elizabeth actually comes home on Henry’s birthday. There’s a backyard party, Phillip settles up with friendly neighborhood FBI agent Stan over a travel deal gone wrong, and everyone seems, at least momentarily, content.
Especially this dweeby guy Roy, whom we meet naked as the day he was born, with an equally nude Elizabeth in a blonde wigstraddling him in a seedy hotel room. Oh, and there’s another woman crawling up his chest, too. But Roy’s romp gets broken up by a couple of suits (Philip in fine wig and false nose form and a friend) from “Air Force security,” who question him at gunpoint while he clutches a very strategic pillow. Who is Roy? I’m not really sure yet, but he’s got a big new job at Lockheed that gets him a good time, at least until the (phony) feds show up.
It would be easy to say Joe Morton’s not a bad guy, he just plays one on TV. The 66-year-old actor was introduced toward the end of season two as Command, the ultra-scary head of shadow government B613—and then revealed in the season finale as Olivia Pope’s estranged father, Rowan Pope. But before his twisted relationship with his daughter could be fully explored, Shonda Rhimes brought in an even more formidable villain—Rowan’s long-thought-dead wife, Maya—which made even an all-powerful government operative whose business is to terrify and manipulate everyone around him seem somehow not as bad.
Morton is a veteran actor with a career spanning stage, screen, and multiple decades—including a run at Arena Stage in the 1970s as Walter in Raisin, a musical adaptation of the play A Raisin in the Sun. He was in Washington earlier this month as a presenter for the annual BET Awards, and we chatted with him by phone about the serendipitous way he snagged his Scandal role, what he likes about his bad-guy character, and the relationship advice he’d share with the real Olivia Pope.
What’s on the agenda while you’re in town?
I think we’ve managed to get a VIP White House tour, then there’s an honorary dinner for BET that night, and then the awards on Saturday.
You’ve performed in town before, at Arena Stage—what memories do you have of your time in DC?
When we were bringing Raisin onto Broadway, our first stop was at Arena in DC. Several things struck me about being in DC: One was the enormous poverty around the capital at that time—it was 1973, ’74—and I was stunned by people literally living in poverty, with holes in their houses and other things. So that part was not very much fun, but doing the show was; Arena is a beautiful theater, and it was a great experience. What I always remember was in Raisin, when Bobo came onstage to tell Walter Lee that the money had been absconded—we had an audience filled with ex-cons, and guys in some cases who were still in prison—so when Bobo walked onstage, they all started yelling, “Here it comes, here it comes!” It was a great time in Washington; I always enjoyed being at the theater.
Washingtonians are eagerly anticipating the return of Scandal. Can you tell me anything about what to expect when the show comes back?
We don’t really know what’s going to happen until we get our scripts, so there are lots of revelations. There’re lots of things you’re gonna see that I think will surprise you, none of which I can tell you anything about. [laughs] But I think there are lots of really incredible surprises coming your way.
How much in advance do you actually get the scripts?
Well, for instance, we’re just finishing an episode as of tomorrow, and we’re having a table read for the next episode today, so that’s the first we’ll hear of what the next episode is about.
How did you get involved in the show?
It really was a fortune of circumstances. I was out [in LA] at the end of the season last year, and I had heard of the show and obviously knew who Kerry was, and I started watching on Netflix. I really loved the writing, really loved the way it was shot, the way it was directed, so I thought, “I wonder if there’s a way I can find my way as a guest onto the show.” But before I had an opportunity to talk to any of my representation, my agents or managers or whomever, they called me and said the show had called them asking if I wanted to do a part on the show. So I put it out there in the air and somehow it managed to make its way back.
What did you know about your character before you started filming?
The biggest thing I knew, which at that time no one knew, was I was going to be discovered—or revealed, I should say—as Olivia’s dad at the end of season two. For all six episodes at the end of the season, I knew that’s where we were headed, but I could not tell anyone, including Kerry.
Rowan is such an interesting character because he’s such a bad guy in so many ways but has deep conviction that he’s doing the right thing. What do you like about playing him?
I think he’s becoming a kind of a channel for Shonda to say certain kinds of things about the world of the show and the world in general that other characters aren’t at liberty to say. The opening monologue, for instance, at the beginning of this season, “You have to be twice as good to have half as much”; or the last thing you saw before we went off the air, where I’m sitting there in chains and a T-shirt, calling a Southern Republican President a boy because of his upbringing and wealth—those things are my favorite about the character. He seems to provide a certain kind of truth about the world we live in in a different way from the other characters.
That racial commentary has been a big part of the conversation since the beginning of Scandal, with Shonda Rhimes as one of the few black female showrunners in Hollywood and Kerry Washington as one of the few black female leads on network TV, but it’s seemed more subtle until Rowan showed up and started saying explicitly, “This is how the world works.”
I think it’s been subtle in some ways and not so subtle in other ways. What Shonda’s done is put two black characters out into the world that we’ve never seen on television before. One is clearly Olivia Pope; we haven’t seen a black female character in 40 years, and certainly never one with the kind of power, or even fashion, that this particular character has. And then along comes her father, who’s for all intents and purposes the most powerful man in the United States—that’s something we’ve never seen before. We’ve seen a black President, with Dennis Haysbert in 24, but this guy is the power behind the President, more powerful than the President because of what he’s capable of doing and what kind of resources he has at his command. Certainly a lot of that for an African-American audience is very important and very powerful.
Where do you find inspiration for the character beyond what the script provides?
I drew a little bit from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man—when the character Bledsoe tosses the invisible man out of school at the beginning of that novel, he tells him to make sure he knows the lay of the land, to see everything around him and gain influence and power, and then stay in shadows and use that, and that’s kind of the mantra for Rowan.
I read an interview in which you said the important questions for understanding any character are what do you want, and to what extent are you willing to go to get it? Rowan to me still seems like such a mystery—what do you think his end goal is, and is there anything he wouldn’t do to achieve it?
Well, I think his end goal, his job, is to protect the republic, whatever that takes. There’s that scene in The Godfather when Al Pacino comes back from Italy and confronts his old girlfriend, and she says, “I thought you didn’t want to get involved with your family business.” He says, “My father’s just a businessman,” and she says, “Nobody else kills people to get what they want; politicians don’t kill to get what they want.” Pacino’s response is, “Look who’s being naive,” and I think it’s the same thing here: He, Rowan, will go to any means necessary to protect the republic. At the same time he’s gotta figure out how to protect and support his daughter, whom he obviously feels is involved in all the wrong relationships. He has a vision of her that’s brighter than what she’s doing at the moment.
Scandal went on break all the way back in December, and if we’ve learned anything from two and a half seasons we expect it to come roaring back with a vengeance with its new episode this Thursday. To help you get through the two days until then, we’ve come up with a few ways to get your Scandal fix. Grab your popcorn, wine, and favorite white-and-gray loungewear and read on.
- Catch up on the action with our WashingTelevision recaps. Here’s the most recent episode, the one before that, and the rest of season three. And just for fun, take a look back at the dropped plot points from the end of season two.
- Imagine a world in which Scandal and one of our other favorite Washington-set shows, Homeland, exist in the same universe. We’re calling it Homescand. Carrie and Olivia hitting the bars together? We’d tune in for that.
- Take a closer look at Olivia Pope’s enviable wardrobe with our friends at Shop Around, who’ve rounded up her best evening looks, found affordable alternatives to her endless Prada bags, and explained how to wear that blazer/necklace combo she dons so often.
- Up your snack game with a recipe for David Guas’s nutty caramel popcorn. Concerned about keeping the sleek lines of your power suit? Try Well+Being’s healthy recipes for kernels topped with pizza flavoring or curry spices.
- While you’re at it, why not swap the usual red wine for something more festive? Pope and Associates might not have a lot to celebrate, but the return of your favorite show seems like an occasion worthy of Champagne. Get tips for choosing and pairing the sparkling stuff via Best Bites.
- Find out how the show came to be—and get crisis-management advice—from the woman who inspired it all, Washington fixer Judy Smith.
With the news that Homeland star Nazanin Boniadi has signed on to appear in the second half of season three of Scandal, and with our favorite borderline-alcoholic fixer returning to our Thursday-night TV screens this month, we started wondering: What if the two shows actually exist in the same universe? It makes sense: No one ever actually meets the President in Homeland, so it’s highly possible Fitz and Mellie are the residents of Carrie and Saul’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Here are some ideas we dreamed up for possible plotlines for season four. You’re welcome, Shonda and Gansa/Gordon.
Carrie and Olivia go to happy hour in the same bougie Adams Morgan wine bar and start commiserating over their married boyfriends. DC promptly runs out of wine.
Peter Quinn discovers Quinn Perkins/Lindsay/Quindsay is actually his long-lost fraternal twin (fraternal Quinn, if you like). To make up for their lack of childhood bonding they go to Six Flags, where P. Quinn wins a teddy bear at the shooting range and Quinn P. tortures a man who cuts her in the line for Dare Devil Dive.
Huck spies on the Brodys in the hope that he can find a new favorite family but gets so bored by all the Wizards games and lasagna he falls asleep in the back of his car and gets accidentally taken for a joyride by Dana.
Saul decides to run for office. He hires Olivia to run his campaign, and she tells him to shave his beard. Saul thinks about it for a couple of hours and then realizes the facial hair is the only thing stopping baby boomer ladies from stalking him like they do NCIS’s Mark Harmon.
Olivia and Carrie decide to meet for lunch to continue their bonding session. They meet at a food truck in Fake Farragut Square or at that fake bench Olivia sometimes sits at by the “White House,” but then they remember neither of them actually eats so they go to a bar instead.
Harrison and Abby team up with Virgil and Max to keep tabs on Mellie, who disappears at the same time each afternoon for a period of exactly 55 minutes. They discover she’s been secretly going to Itsy Bitsy Yoga with Baby Teddy, but she threatens to destroy them all if they tell anyone lest it ruin her reputation.
Dana starts dating Mellie and Fitz’s eldest son, Jerry, who returns from boarding school all grown up, soap-opera-style. Jerry steals the presidential limo and drives Dana to a bar, but she jumps out of the car in disgust when she discovers a Katy Perry CD in the glove compartment.