WashingTelevision: Scandal Recap, Season Two, Episode 21, “Any Questions?”

We find out who the mole is, and Cyrus holds the least informative press conference ever.
Harrison is moving into the big leagues, in terms of both info and pattern-mixing. Photograph by Nicole Wilder for ABC.
Harrison is moving into the big leagues, in terms of both info and pattern-mixing. Photograph by Nicole Wilder for ABC.

Well. With just one episode left in season two, we finally find out who the mole is—and
I can honestly say I did not see that coming. Then again, that’s because the mole
turned out to be a character I thought was killed off in season one, so maybe I haven’t
been paying close enough attention. To the recap!

After FLOTUS’s announcement last week that El Prez had been stamping his presidential
seal on another woman’s envelope, Cyrus is desperately trying to do damage control.
He holds a press conference in which all he says, over and over, that the state of
El Prez’s marriage is a “private matter.” He’s filled El Prez and Olivia in on the
situation, and once they actually get out of bed, she’s in fixer mode, but El Prez
tells her to stand down. “I made a decision, and I will deal with it,” he says. He
wants to handle everything on his own, and she seems charmed by his forcefulness,
and they’re both as giddy as adolescents. It’s kind of cute.

Mellie, meanwhile, is interviewing a fixer of her own, a creepy guy who looks like
a less attractive Tom Cruise. He asks her for total honesty, but she tells him she’s
going to do whatever is in her best interest—which includes keeping the name of El
Prez’s mistress to herself for the time being.

Cyrus goes nuclear on Ira Glass Lite for doing the interview with FLOTUS, and James
is all, How many scoops of the century do you want me to give up? “This was my big
break,” he says, and Cyrus laughs in his face and calls him naive. He brutally says
that FLOTUS got IGL that job to hurt both him and El Prez, and James is too stupid
to understand that. He leaves IGL alone, eyes full of tears. Divorce him, IGL!

Olivia gets back to HQ, where the Dream Team are still trying to figure out who the
mole is. Olivia first goes to her safe to make sure the memory card from the Cytron
voting machine is still inside, and Abby finally admits to Jerk Jeremy that she stole
it, to which he’s like, Duh. They think the mole is VP Sally for, like, one minute,
but then hacked into her computer and saw someone logged on looking at Albatross files
while she was doing a televised press conference, so they know it’s not her. JJ, who
announces he’s part of the team now, keeps making cracks about how the President “banged
someone,” and everyone else has awkward face. Harrison tries to convince Olivia she
needs to let him take care of her. “You’re not the fixer here—you’re the problem,”
he says. Instead, Olivia, who’s weirdly calm and happy, just tells him to focus on
the mole investigation.

Next up on the list of things giving Cyrus a hernia: El Prez’s announcement that he
is not going to seek another term (which at this point seems like a pretty good idea).
Cyrus appeals to him, and when that doesn’t work he tries Olivia. He meets her in
their favorite park and tells her if VP Sally (who pops up briefly to misquote the
bible and verbally spar with Cyrus) gets her claws into the Republican party their
rights will be impinged upon. “If I really thought this is what he wanted, I would
fight to the death to give it to him,” he says. But Il Papa is unmoved. As she leaves,
Ballard’s creepy boss comes up. Turns out Ballard’s whole mission was to get between
El Prez and Olivia, and now his boss wants Cyrus to show El Prez the tape of Olivia
and Ballard having kitchen sex. He also wants Cyrus to have no further contact with
Charlie, whom he says used be one of his guys.

And where is Ballard? After turning over the tape to his boss (I really should learn
this guy’s name—anyone know it?), he tries to track Charlie from his favorite doughnut
place but loses him. Charlie first calls Cyrus for help, who shuts him down, then
goes to HQ to ask Olivia to hire him. Instead, she turns him over to Huck to find
out who the mole could be. Charlie writes the name of the mole on a piece of paper
and, after eating another of his favorite doughnuts, is prepared to die—but Quinn
stops Huck right as he’s about to shoot him in the head, repeating the line he used
on her when she wanted to get revenge on Hollis Doyle.

El Prez has decided he’s going to make a speech announcing he won’t run for reelection,
and Cyrus is so exhausted he basically gives up. “We’re not supposed to be here anyway,”
El Prez points out as they’re in the Oval Office, and they joke about how it’s been
a hell of a ride (with some action in the backseat). Cyrus goes to ask a staffer to
get the papers El Prez filed for candidacy, but she says El Prez never signed them.

So Cyrus goes to tell Olivia, and she shows up at the White House to talk to El Prez.
“Were you planning to run or not?” she asks him, and he says it doesn’t matter, but
she has a different opinion: that Defiance destroyed his confidence and made room
for all the negative ideas his father planted in his head, and he doesn’t think he
can win an election on his own. “If you give up your chance to run again I’ll blame
myself, and someday so will you,” she says. “Take back your chance. Run and win.”
FLOTUS, meanwhile, has tasked Ugly Tom Cruise with getting a copy of El Prez’s statement,
but she knows her husband well enough to know he won’t throw away all his hopes and

And sure enough, when El Prez takes the podium, he announces that his marriage is
none of the press’s business, and oh, by the way, four more years for Fitz! Olivia
and Cyrus both look delighted, but when he leans over and whispers, “I know what you’re
giving up,” her face falls.

Huck and Quinn arrive back at HQ, and everyone wants to know whether they got the
mole’s name. Except for Harrison, who has bad news: The Cytron memory card has been
stolen from the safe Olivia had it in. JJ suggests that Charlie stole it, since he
was alone in the office for a bit, and Harrison says at least Huck killed him. Then
Quinn admits they let him go—but they know who the mole is! So who is it? It’s . .
. Billy Chambers? Yep, our favorite psychotic, murderous VP chief of staff has been
behind the whole thing. We see a shot of Killer Billy in a limousine getting handed
the memory card. “Nice,” he says as the camera pans to his companion, who is—Jerk

Some thoughts:

So, uhh, I guess I was wrong about Charlie killing
in that

My bad!

Ballard’s boss instructs him to stay “as close to Miss Pope as possible.” Is the intent
just to keep El Prez in the White House? Or does Olivia serve some kind of larger

“That’s not from the bible—not everything is from the bible.” Snappy, sarcastic Cyrus
is my favorite Cyrus; unforgivably-mean-to-IGL Cyrus is not.

What do we think is in the black folder Olivia gave Harrison as a “last resort”?

Jerk Jeremy is so sneaky! Is he out for revenge? And will he have the resources (and
cojones) to bring down the Dream Team once and for all?

What did you think of last night’s
Scandal? Let us know in the comments.

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