Eric McCandless/ABC
March 08, 2018 at 10:50 PM EST


TV Show
Drama, Thriller
run date
Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young
Current Status
In Season
We gave it a B+

So, we’re course correcting. We’re sending our mom nice coats and letting her go to Paris. We’re giving big speeches on planes. We’re trying to wear the White Hat. Because Scandal is coming to an end soon, and with not a lot of time remaining, Olivia has to get back in the good graces of the Lord, and by the Lord, I mean us red wine drinkers and popcorn enthusiasts. That’s not to say we’re God, per se, but this show has made crazier comparisons. And tonight, the biggest thing getting in between Olivia and the good graces is Cyrus Beene, David Rosen, and Air Force Two. Yes. You read that correctly. The vice presidential plane.

We open up the night with Cyrus having a full laughing fit at his desk, which is nice because that should mean that someone’s not dying or falling into the darkness for once. But the laughter is over quickly. Cyrus was so jazzed because he was going to what is essentially the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and he had a funny speech. A hilarious speech, but he got sent to Lisbon for a digital piracy summit by Mellie instead. Joke’s on Cy. He’s heading out there with David Rosen, who has sent Abby for a tailspin with a fancy dinner reservation. She’s convinced he’s going to propose, which would be a LOVELY way to tie up her story line, but she’s not in the clear yet. Or rather, David isn’t.

He and Rosen board on Air Force Two to head to Lisbon, but in the irony of all ironies, the plane headed to the digital piracy summit…has been hacked. Classic Scandal. Back at QPA, while Abby is spiraling about the concept of getting engaged with a mall-store ring, Quinn pulls her into a room.

Elsewhere, Olivia is meeting up with her mom (still on house arrest), and y’all. For this final season, I’ve been doing a Scandal rewatch, and does it ever strike you…holy [insert expletive of choice], these people are straight-up demons. I mean, have y’all ever thought about all the stuff Olivia’s parents have done? Sorry for this diversion, but it’s bonkers, right? Olivia gets a call, presumably about the plane, but she ignores it because she’s gotta kick it with Murder Mom of the Year. But back to this insane episode of CSI: Cyber (Where is Patricia Arquette when you need her? SEVERELY UNDERUSED, THAT’S WHERE): Mellie is briefed on the Air Force Two debacle, but they have no update on how the passengers are doing. And I’ll tell you how they’re doing. The journalists on board are still videoing because “I’m still on the clock.” God bless the media.

Turns out Cyrus’ secretary thinks she’s the one who brought the virus on board. She lost her laptop and went searching for it, but when she got back to her desk, it was there. Can’t trust smart technology if a dumb person is using it, amirite? As they get that news, the plane is redirected. Where? D.C. Because it’s going to be used as a missile. Cyrus believes this is all Jake’s doing, and you know what? He might not be crazy — Mellie wants to ground the plane and Jake is like, “Let’s shoot it down, LOL.” When Mellie calls him out, Jake explains how he’d much rather do it via heart attack because Jake is bonkers. Then Mellie points out that Jake killed Rashad via plane and maybe it’s his fetish. Dude, the White House is nuts. So she banishes him because it’s #InternationalWomensDay and Mellie is the female president we deserve, and Jake is just left to figure out where he went wrong.

At QPA, they’re working to stop this from being the end of Cyrus and David. Everyone’s doing the most to stop this plane, even Mellie, who’s the one who put in the call to Olivia. You know, the one Olivia ignored. She’s busy playing sleepover with her mom, who is super suspicious about why she’s come to hang out with her on her birthday. And that sucks because her mom is not even thankful! She called the soufflé Olivia brought her dry. Can you even imagine? Your mom goes and kills, like, half the world and she’s all pissed because the soufflé is dry. And it turns out it’s not even her birthday. It’s just the birthday of whichever alias Olivia chose to cling to as a kid. Maybe Olivia should go solve this big issue in the sky. I mean, even Mellie has made a call to Fitz. (Recap continues on page 2)

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