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Scandal Recap Season 5 Episode 12: Cyrus Is Ready to Make a President

By Jim Donnelly | Feb 25th, 2016

Welcome to the official Scandal recap for Season 5, Episode 12 “Wild Card” episode (original airdate February 25, 2016). The president has a new girlfriend much to the dismay of his work wife. Cyrus still has designs on making the Pennsylvania’s governor the next President of the United States, so he has the guy taken hostage at gunpoint. It’s an unusual campaign strategy. Whatever works, right. Let’s get to all the highlights in The Gladiator Report!

Bedroom Politics: Fitz is getting along swimmingly with Lillian Forrester until work-wife Abby interrupts their make-out session in the back the presidential limo. Issues need to be addressed now that he’s wild-carding. Wild-carding, by the way, is all about the procedures that are put into play during those time the president is out to have a good time with a new lady in places like, say, the White House.

The Sex Talk: Abby and Fitz have another contentious conversation after Lillian is caught on camera leaving a private White House exit. At the end of the chat, the president realizes his work wife was right. He even puts official puts things on a first name basis between them.

There’s This Guy: Papa Pope lets his daughter know that Jake is seeing someone. Huck believes Rowan and Jake are up to something. Olivia questions her father about this. It’s clear she has her doubts that Papa Pope is truly retired. She questions Jake about this, but he’s not talking. A short time later, Olivia blows up at Huck, who believes her father is still the monster who made her.

Two Girls for Every Boy: Susan Ross announces she’s running for president. Afterwards, she invites David over for dinner. That means she probably wants to sleep with him. Elizabeth feels this is a good thing. Of course, she calls dibs on having sex with David first. She’s a modern woman.

Oh, Towel Boy: Francisco Vargas is the current governor of Pennsylvania. He’s also the person Cyrus Beene wants to make the next President of the United States. Ethan gives a rundown on all the gov’s selling points. Cyrus is intrigued when he hears Vargas was once Special Forces. He dismisses Ethan and summons a towel-wearing Tom (of former Secret Service/B613 fame) in to get to work.

Holding On For a Hero: Olivia wants Huck and Quinn to do a complete background check on Vanessa Moss, the woman Jake is seeing. In other news, the president is shaking hands with the hero governor from Pennsylvania for a photo op. Abby introduces Vargas to Cyrus. Both men are pleased to meet each other—Cyrus a little more so than the unsuspecting hero gov.

Watch the Scandal Season 5 full episode "Wild Card" here. Watch all-new episodes of Scandal THURSDAYS 9|8c.

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