Welcome to the official Scandal recap for Season 5, Episode 8 “Rasputin” (original airdate November 12, 2015). The President of the United States makes his way through the tunnels under The White House to a holding room. He steps inside to see a sullen, handcuffed Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) seated behind an empty table. Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) stares at her for a beat. He pleads, “Tell me it’s not true, Liv.” Before she can answer, we must jump back 48 hours to see just what led up to this moment. Get the full scoop in the Gladiator Report!
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: Rowan (Joe Morton) pays a visit to Olivia to say he’s being hunted. He’s not worried about Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) though. He’s afraid of those who have initiated Lazarus 1. He lets his daughter know that he will protect her while he’s alive and has taken measures to assure that she’ll be okay should he die.
Unpleasant Conversation: Olivia tells Jake about her visit with Papa Pope. Their ensuing exchange is unsettling to say the least. Revealing, too. See why!
The End Is Near: Olivia is keeping a pretty big secret from her boyfriend, who just happens to be the most powerful person on the planet. She assures Abby (Darby Stanchfield) that she’ll tell Fitz how she freed her father. She knows it’ll end them though.
The Truth Comes Out: Cyrus (Jeff Perry) manipulates David (Joshua Malina) into helping him hunt down Rowan. As it turns out, the person who probably masterminded his escape is Olivia Pope, who is placed under arrest. We now return to the moment we were at when the president met up with his incarcerated girlfriend.
Home Is Where You Hang Your White Hat: Jake lets the president know that he has a lock on Rowan’s location. The only one there when he arrives, however, is Tom, who is lifeless on the floor. If Jake doesn't have Papa Pope, then who does? Three words: What. The. Huck?! Meanwhile, Fitz also reveals that he’s had all of Liv’s clothes transported to the White House. That’s because she lives there now.
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