SEASON PREMIERE THU SEPT 25 9|8c

Gladiator Report: Flesh and Blood

  • By Jim Donnelly

Welcome to the Gladiator Report for the "Flesh and Blood” episode of Scandal. Here you’ll find highlights, quotes and a preview of the season finale down at the bottom. WARNING: There are spoilers here. Enjoy!

Win One for the Zipper: When we last left Jake, he was busy choking Olivia with one hand while holding her fellow gladiators at bay with the gun in his other. Some time has passed. Jake hasn’t really calmed down, but he does find a nice word to describe what Olivia has done. Well, it’s not really nice, but it’s the best he could come up with considering the understandably stressful circumstances of being suddenly unemployed and having the entire nation now at risk.

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I Pledge Allegiance to My Dad: Rowan lets everyone know that the bomb-maker is named Dominic Bell. He was Maya’s old handler. Both of them are in the wind. That’s why Fitz is canceling an Ohio trip even though its six days until the election. As soon as Quinn finishes reassuring Charlie that she has zero interest in associating with her former co-gladiators, the two of them are summoned to the OPA offices. Jake is on his way out as soon as Olivia declares her allegiance to her father. He does have some parting advice though.

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A Fitz Phone Call: Senator Hightower is dead. He was a great man. Now he’s a great opportunity for Fitz to score some presidential points by delivering a public eulogy to his old pal on national TV. Olivia doesn’t want him to do it. She vows that he will win the election but he needs to be alive to do it. Olivia promises she’ll bring the campaign to him if he stays put in the White House. Some other personal conversation topics pop up during their strategy chat.

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From Here to Paternity: Leo Bergen makes a deal with the high school girlfriend of the president’s son. He gets a sample of his DNA. A stolen toothbrush would have been fine, but the young lady delivers something a bit more rubbery. Now Leo needs some presidential DNA to backup the rumor about the First Lady asking about a paternity test. He asks for help from Rowan, who gives Olivia the scoop on what’s happening. Mellie, who has been drinking heavily for days, wants to see Fitz burn. She lets another little tidbit slip to Liv.

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GladiQuotes: Below are some of the top lines from "Flesh and Blood." Let us know which ones were your favorites and, by all means, pop in any that we forgot in the comments section.

Jake: Crazy, right? All these years of thinking B613 is untouchable and all it takes to kill us is a good quick tug on a zipper.

Olivia: Really?

David: Really?

Charlie: Command. Other Command.

Jake: You think he’s your dad. But that’s just a part he’s playing, a costume he puts on. A mask. Liv, once his mask comes off… Run.

Olivia: I’m telling you I’m black. Sally doesn’t have the NAACP.

Olivia: You could die. You could literally die. My mother could kill you.

Olivia: My father killed my mother’s lover tonight in my office like it was nothing. Like it was Tuesday.

Rowan: I’ve waited a long time… a very long time to kill that man. I’m sorry that when the opportunity finally arose that it was here in your office.

Come On Get Slappy: Quinn disposes of Dominic’s body solo. She couldn’t take all the bickering between Charlie and Huck, who is waiting for her when she returns. The two of them engage in their version of verbal foreplay (slapping is involved) before having sex with each other in the parking garage. They’re such a fun couple.

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Bring on the Finale!: Huck and Quinn don’t notice Maya walking past them and into the offices. Olivia later returns to find her father fighting for his life on the floor. Jake lets the White House know about Maya’s plan to blow up the church at Senator Hightower’s funeral. Cyrus is about to call for an evacuation when he suddenly realizes that Sally Langston is there. Maya Pope activates the bomb from a cell phone. There are less than 60 minutes until detonation. Okay, take a breath. Now take a look at a teaser for the explosive season finale. See ya later, Gladiators. Actually, see you Thursday!

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Read the full episode recap for "Flesh and Blood" and catch a sneak leak of the next all-new episode titled "." See ya later, Gladiators!

Get even more scoop on Episode 318 "The Price of Free and Fair Elections" right here.

Get prepped for the jaw-dropping season ender by heading over to Scandal's Finale Headquarters.

Past Gladiator Reports:

The Fluffer

Mama Said Knock You Out

Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang

No Sun on the Horizon

We Do Not Touch the First Ladies

Ride, Sally, Ride

Season 3 Mid-Season Catch-Up/A Door Marked Exit

Yolo

Vermont Is For Lovers, Too

Everything's Coming Up Mellie

Icarus

More Cattle, Less Bull

Say Hello to My Little Friend

Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

It's Handled


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