Last week ended on a doozy of a cliffhanger, and we got an immediate answer: Jake’s victim was James. I have to say, I didn’t think the final gunshot in the last episode would be fatal. I thought we’d get a coma or life support, but not death. Wow.
If Cy was evil with James in his life, what’s he going to be like without him? But James wasn’t the only person on the scene; David Rosen somehow gets a get-out-of-jail-free card with Jake, but he’ll surely pay for it. “Are you smart, David?” Jake asks the U.S. attorney. “Can you work with me on this, or do I need to stop liking you?”
I guess David can work with him, because he’s still alive at the crime scene the next morning, and asks that all evidence go through him. “We’re going to find whoever did this,” Olivia tells an in-shock Cyrus in his office. Little does she know, it’s her fake boyfriend.
The only silver lining of James’ death: We get a flashback to when he met Cy. The young reporter approaches the then-campaign manager and asks for some quotes, before Cyrus tells him if he’s going to run with the big dogs, he needs to dress the part. “You really think I’m going to take fashion advice from a guy with a neck beard?” James asks during their meet-cute.
In the wake of James’ death, Fitz wants to suspend his campaign, but Mellie’s not so sure he should skip a gun lobby event following a staffer’s shooting. “I’m not politicizing the death of a friend,” Fitz says. His VP and opponent Sally Langston calls to say she’ll suspend her campaign as well — but Leo Bergen has other ideas: go after the gun lobby endorsement with “guns blazin’.”
NEXT: Olivia puts the pieces together