Damascus Bainbridge has taken time out of his busy schedule to meet with the First Lady of the United States regarding her senatorial campaign. Who is Damascus Bainbridge, you ask? Well, he’s a man of many names. Eli…Rowan…Command… He’s also Papa Pope, as in Olivia Pope’s loving/lethal father. He’s looking to blackmail Mellie with salacious photos of her as well as Fitz’s Operation Remington file. This is just one of the many reasons Olivia looks to take down Command in the Season 4 Finale “You Can’t Take Command” episode of Scandal.
The Road to Damascus: An entire busload of people has been executed. The dead passengers were the grand jurors in the B613 trial. Elizabeth realizes they were the names on the list provided to jovial billionaire Damascus Bainbridge. David opts to ditch his white hat. He lives for justice but isn’t willing to die for it. As for Olivia, she’s so angry she’s vibrating. Jake can only watch as she paces and rants about how she wants what’s hers.
What the Huck: Quinn bursts into Huck’s office. She demands to know why he’s working with Command. She recognized his work on the bus. She knows Huck killed all those people. Quinn draws her gun on him. She chastises him for what he did. Quinn believes the best thing she can do for him is shoot him dead. Will she?
From Bravo to Uh Oh: The only way Olivia can think to takedown Papa Pope is to get some advice from the incarcerated Mama Maya. The reason it’s so hard to take down Command is because nobody even knows Rowan exists. Olivia tells the Director of the CIA about the top secret spy organization that’s run by her father. A Code Bravo Five is ordered. Olivia isn’t sure what that is, but it sounds like good news. It’s not.
Papa’s Been Poped: While having a late night glass of wine, Olivia gets a call from her father, who is also enjoying a little vino. Rowan lets his daughter know that all the remaining B613 agents who could implicate him have been eliminated along with all those incriminating files. A short time later, Eli is arrested thanks to Olivia’s team framing him for embezzlement. They couldn’t take command, but they can take Eli Pope.
Cleaning House: While Mellie is giving her senate victory speech, Elizabeth spills the details of her meeting with Damascus Bainbridge. Fitz realizes that this man is Rowan. He later tells Mellie and Cyrus that he knows about the jurors. He orders his wife to pack her bags and get out of his house. Cyrus tries to play dumb, but the president knows everything.
Tough Break for Olake: Jake lets Olivia know that his mission is complete. He has delivered her home safe and sound. Both of his former bosses, her father and the president, asked him to keep her safe. He’s done that. Now it’s time to go. He’s in love with her, but she is in love with someone else. Jake gives Olivia some advice. If she truly wants what’s hers, then she should go get it.
No Quit in Olitz: Fitz pays a visit to Olivia’s apartment. There’s no answer when he knocks. A Secret Service agents offer to open the door is politely declined. Fitz heads back to the White House. He steps out onto his balcony not realizing that he’s not alone. Olivia is there. Fitz is surprised to see her. They give each other one of their patented “hi” greetings. Fitz asks, “What happens now?” He’s quite pleased with Olivia’s response.
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