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Scandal Recap: Olivia Chooses Fitz and Paris is Burning

By Jim Donnelly | Oct 8th, 2015

Welcome to the official Scandal recap for Season 5 Episode 3, “Paris Is Burning” (original airdate October 8, 2015). Fitz and Mellie are just beginning an interview to deny the allegations of an affair. Secret Service agents burst into the room. They shuffle Fitz and Mellie away. Abby explains that she needed to stop the interview. Why? Well, Olivia Pope just told the world that she’s the president’s mistress. Let’s find out what happens next in the Gladiator Report!

True Lies: When Olivia shows up at the White House, Fitz declares that they should tell the truth. Mellie is flabbergasted. Abby is unsettled. She also feels betrayed.

Hoochie Mama: Olivia meets up with Mellie while she’s searching for some hidden hooch. They have a frank conversation. Mellie lets Liv in on the life she’s in store for as she stands next to the president. She also tells her that any additional hooch she may happen to dig up in the White House can be considered her parting gift.

Mellie Warns Liv about Life in the White House|Olivia finds Mellie while she's searching for hidden hooch.|Olivia meets up with Mellie while she's searching for some hidden hooch. They have a frank conversation. Mellie lets Liv in on the life she's in store for as she stands next to the president. She also tells her that any additional hooch she may happen to dig up in the White House can be considered her parting gift. Watch this scene from Scandal Season 5 Episode 3, "Paris Is Burning," and don't miss Scandal ABC THURSDAYS 9|8c.

Hoochie Papa: Jake puts the kibosh on Huck’s plan to erase the Internet. It would have been cool, but he has a better idea. He’d much rather polish off a big bottle of vodka and watch the world end. A short time later, Jake gets a call from Olivia, who says she may have made a mistake.

Olivia Calls Jake and Tells Him She May Have Made a Mistake|Did Liv make a mistake?|Jake puts the kibosh on Huck's plan to erase the Internet. It would have been cool, but he has a better idea. He'd much rather polish off a big bottle of vodka and watch the world end. A short time later, Jake gets a call from Olivia, who says she may have made a mistake. Watch this scene from Scandal Season 5 Episode 3, "Paris Is Burning," and don't miss Scandal ABC THURSDAYS 9|8c.

The Balcony Scene: Olivia advises Fitz to take Mellie back. They can wait 18 months until he’s done his term. Later, Fitz apologizes to Mellie for how he’s treated her over the years. He then thanks her for getting him where he is. Fitz lets her know that she is going to be the first woman to be President of the United States.

Fitz & Mellie: The Balcony Scene|Fitz apologizes to Mellie for how he's treated her over the years.|Fitz apologizes to Mellie for how he's treated her over the years. He then thanks her for getting him where he is. Fitz lets her know that she is going to be the first woman to be President of the United States. Watch this scene from Scandal Season 5 Episode 3, "Paris Is Burning," and don't miss Scandal ABC THURSDAYS 9|8c.

Maybe He Can Work at Gettysburger: After a lot of back-and-forth, Cyrus lets Fitz know that Mellie will do a TV interview with him. He also wants his old job back.

Cyrus Begs the President for His Old Job Back|Fitz doesn't give him the response he wants.|After a lot of back-and-forth, Cyrus lets Fitz know that Mellie will do a TV interview with him. He also begs the president to give him his old job back. He wants to serve his country again. Fitz doesn't give him the reply he is looking for. Watch this scene from Scandal Season 5 Episode 3, "Paris Is Burning," and don't miss Scandal ABC THURSDAYS 9|8c.

Cause the Players Gonna Play, Play, Play: After Fitz tells Cyrus that he can go now. Cyrus does, indeed, go…straight to Mellie. He tells her that she got played by the greatest politician in the world. This gets Mellie thinking.

Mellie Decides NOT to Do the Interview|'You almost had me.'|Cyrus tells Mellie that she got played by the greatest politician in the world. This gets Mellie thinking -- and she ends up deciding NOT to do the interview with Fitz. What does this mean for the president? Watch this scene from Scandal Season 5 Episode 3, "Paris Is Burning," and don't miss Scandal ABC THURSDAYS 9|8c.

And the Haters Gonna Hate, Hate, Hate: Abby makes a beeline to the White House briefing room. Olivia lets Fitz know that she’s going to throw her under the bus. It’s their only move. Olivia orders Fitz to sit down and let this happen. She wants him to watch her choose him.

Watch Olivia Pope Choose Fitz on Scandal|Meanwhile, Abby throws Liv under the bus.|Abby makes a beeline to the White House briefing room. Olivia lets Fitz know that she's going to throw her under the bus. It's their only move. Olivia orders Fitz to sit down and let this happen. She wants him to watch her choose him. Watch this scene from Scandal Season 5 Episode 3, "Paris Is Burning," and don't miss Scandal ABC THURSDAYS 9|8c.

Fire Alarmed: The Louvre is on fire! Nobody cares! The only things being covered by the news is the lack of comment from the White House about a presidential affair. Jake’s revelation that the Louvre is on fire piques Papa Pope’s interest. It’s obvious that this incident means a lot more than just lost artwork.

Jake Goes to See Papa Pope!|What does the Louvre burning have to do with Rowan?|The Louvre is on fire, but it seems like no one cares. The only thing being covered by the news is the lack of comment from the White House about a presidential affair. Jake cares, though -- and he immediately goes to see Papa Pope. Watch this scene from Scandal Season 5 Episode 3, "Paris Is Burning," and don't miss Scandal ABC THURSDAYS 9|8c.

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