SCANDAL “TOP OF THE HOUR” SEASON 2 EPISODE 16 REVIEWPosted: March 23, 2013
This week’s Scandal: Sara Stanner and Murray Randall
Paparazzi arrive at home of Sara Stanner, who is accused of having an affair 15 years ago with Murray Randall. He’s Fitz’s Supreme Court nominee. Sara’s attorney has brought in Olivia!
Olivia, Abby, and Harrison head to Sara’s house. Sara confesses that everything is true- during the time Randall was her law professor, both were married and they had an affair.
Olivia sets up a press conference for Sara, and she publicly comes clean about the affair. She does this to put the heat on Randall. Cyrus sees the conference and he is livid. Olivia says Sara is her client, not Randall, and if his career tanks that is not her problem.
Cyrus leads a witch hunt against Sara, and Randall confesses the affair to Fitz. Sara almost gets fired from her CEO job for breaching her morality contract, but Harrison fights back and saves it.
Cyrus is celebrating because Randall has enough votes to secure his nomination. Mellie confronts him because she finds out Fitz is having secret, late night meetings.
It’s revealed that Sara and Randall continued their affair two years after it ended. Her husband wonders if he’s the biological father of their daughter, and now her job is in danger again.
Sara is depressed because she has to do a paternity test, and she said the affair wasn’t the biggest mistake. The biggest mistake was letting her husband believe a lie. Olivia knows the feeling, because she let Fitz believe a lie about how he became president.
Abby and Harrison talk. She says people betray others and are betrayed themselves and then they get over it. She says she understands now that Harrison is a gladiator first and a person second. Then she gets an idea to go around Sara’s morality clause. Although she has no evidence against any one on the board of directors, she pretends she does, and threatens to expose them. The board falls for the trap because they have their own indiscretions to hide, and Sara’s job is saved.
Olivia hands the paternity test results to Sara and her husband, but they refuse to read them. The media has now moved onto the hostage situation…
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Hostage situation solved…
Olivia’s at Jake’s office. She has to cancel their date, but she asks him about the Kashfari hostage situation. She hands him some information but says ‘Don’t tell anyone it came from me.’
Fitz is having a quiet meeting with Jake, but Jake exits through a side door when Cyrus and Mellie and the baby arrive. Cyrus goes in first and tells Fitz about the Randall scandal, and an annoyed Fitz tells him to fix it. Then Mellie tries to come in, but Fitz takes the baby and closes the door in her face.
Jake meets Olivia about the paperwork she gave him – dossiers on the people who were taken as hostages, which were prepared two weeks before they were taken. He wants to know where she got it, and is it legit. she tells him to trust her. A reporter snaps a picture of the two of them together.
Fitz finds out Olivia is representing Sara and tanking Randall’s career. Randall is losing support and will decline the nomination votes. Fitz calls Olivia and says she ruined him because she didn’t believe in him.
Jake goes to Fitz with intelligence of the hostages’ whereabouts. A team is waiting for his go signal. Mellie sees Jake leave Fitz’ office.
Fitz gives the go-ahead for the raid and the three hostages are found and rescued. Osborne (the mole) is stunned!
Jake sneaks into the home of the photographer who took pictures of him and Olivia earlier. He is masked, beats up the photographer, and deletes the images.
Jake goes to Olivia’s apartment and tells her the hostages are free.
Mellie goes up to Cyrus and says “Fitz isn’t cheating on me, he’s cheating on you.” And she hands him a photograph of Jake.
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Huckleberry Quinn & Osborne…
Huck and Quinn are following Osbourne to see if they can determine when he makes his drops as a mole.
Huck teaches Quinn a lesson. She follows Osbourne to a dry cleaners, and someone assists her. She has to give up her shirt so she won’t get made. Huck tells her she always needs to have the right props.
Huck takes Quinn back to the dry cleaners and she picks up Osbourne’s clothing. She finds $20,000 hidden in one of the pockets of his suits. She returns the clothing by pretending that she picked up the wrong clothes by mistake.
The guy who works at the dry cleaners sends a photo of Quinn to Osbourne.