Tonight on ABC Scandal starring Kerry Washington continues with another exciting episode in an all new Thursday October 30, season 4 episode 6 called, “An Innocent Man.” On tonight’s episode an assassin who claims he was wrongly accused wants Olivia’s help; Fitz makes a stunning move.
On the last episode, Olivia and the team continued to investigate Catherine’s case, but Olivia was distracted when Jake stopped returning her calls. Meanwhile, Cyrus fell deeper into the rabbit hole with Michael, David realized what it’s like to finally be a winner in DC and Fitz seek answers to Jerry’s death. Did you watch the last episode? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.
On tonight’s episode Olivia is summoned by a convicted assassin who claims he was wrongly accused, and Mellie becomes intrigued by a former first lady whose stories seem to be strikingly similar to her own. Meanwhile, Elizabeth inches closer to corrupting the White House and Fitz makes a shocking move.Tonight’s episode of SCANDAL is going to be absolutely incredible and you won’t want to miss even a minute. We’ll be recapping it for you here live.
Tonight’s episode of SCANDAL is going to be absolutely incredible and you won’t want to miss even a minute. We’ll be recapping it for you here live.
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Olivia thinks about being in bed with Jake and then sees Fitz there instead. Her mind is swapping between her two lovers. She’s swimming laps. Then her dad is there at the edge of the pool and tells her to wake up. She does. She’s in her apartment and Abby stayed the night. Abby tells her to call Fitz but Olivia says he thinks Jake killed his son and won’t take his calls. Abby leaves.
Fitz sits on the porch when Mellie comes out dressed night. She asks about his knuckles. He doesn’t answer. He says she looks nice and she says she has a state funeral to plan. She says former President Cooper died and that it was all in a red file on his night stand. He’s drinking and she offers to have the chef send up some fried chicken. She smirks and walks away.
Cooper was a great Republican president that was much loved. Olivia shows up at a prison and is searched before allowed in. She has a visitor’s badge. The news goes on to say that the attempt on Cooper’s life was much like the attempt on Fitz’s life – a lone gunman. That gun man was Leonard Carnahan. That’s who Olivia is there to see and she asks how she can help him.
He tells her to feel free to laugh. He tells her he didn’t shoot Cooper. He says he was set up and someone stole one of his guns a few months prior. She reminds him about his diary that was essentially a confession. He says it was forged and verified by the government. He says she can verify his innocence. The bullet is still in the president’s brain because removing it was too much risk.
He says now that he’s dead they can retrieve it and verify logistics and prove that he’s innocent. Cyrus talks to his lover about the day Cooper was shot. Cyrus offers his boy toy a credit card, allowance and a new phone. He insists. Cyrus takes a call and they plan to meet tomorrow at the same time. Michael meets with Lizzie later and she looks over the photos of him with Cyrus and she hands over money and thanks him.
He tells her there’s something else. He says someone at the White House is worried about the plan to shut down some military bases, especially now with Cooper dying. She asks how he knows this and he says he read one of Cyrus’ emails. He tells her he wants a new agreement with her and more money – a lot more.
Abby comes to see Fitz who complains that Cyrus is late again. She says she needs to talk to him about Jake. He asks what about. She says she knows he’s in custody. He asks if the press is asking and he pulls rank on her. She says she’s not asking the commander in chief but is asking a married man who was sleeping with her friend why he’s locked up the man she’s sleeping with now.
She asks if Jake has been read his rights, offered a lawyer and hasn’t been tortured. She says she sees the wounds on his knuckles. He gets angry and tells her that she can tell Olivia that her boyfriend, unlike his son, is alive and well. Abby begs him to come clean with Olivia and tells him she’s been having screaming nightmares. She says please again and then leaves.
Huck is playing a video game when Quinn comes in and interrupts. She asks if he has anything on the key from Faith’s body. He says it’s from a locker and shows her an area it’s likely located. Olivia comes in and tells them to pull info on Carnahan. They run through the evidence and tell her that quite likely he could be innocent. They know the family won’t agree to let them have it.
Olivia goes with Quinn to tell Carnahan that if they get him charged with murder because Cooper may have died from a stroke as a result of the bullet, they could get it as part of the new trial and it could exonerate him. But she says they’ll likely seek the death penalty. He agrees to the gambit. He says he wants the truth to come out.
Mellie is waiting on Cooper’s widow who comes in. She tells her that she and Fitz are so sorry at his loss. The woman says to call her Bitsy then looks around at some of the décor and makes comments. There are cameras there snapping pics. They pose and she sends them others out then talks to Bitsy about the funeral. With the press gone, Bitsy tells her that her husband was a cheating dog.
She tells Mellie to give her the office and says she’ll plan everything and Mellie can just show up for the photo ops. She says – we bitches have to get through this dog and pony show. The feisty old lady walks away and Mellie smiles. Lizzie is on the news and talks up Cooper and says the Prez could learn a lot from Cooper.
She says she’s heard about base closings. Cyrus wonders how she knows and tells Abby to find out. Abby says that’s not her job. Cyrus tells her that Fitz wants her gone for gross insubordination. He tells her that her job is whatever he says it is. Abby calls Olivia and tells her what she did and says she has to find the leak or get fired.
There’s a knock on Olivia’s door and she tells her she has to go. She hangs up. Fitz is at her door. They stare at each other for a moment then she lets him in. Secret Service stays outside. He tells her that Abby is a bitch. She says that’s very offensive. He asks about her nightmares and he asks for a drink. She demands to see Jake and says he wouldn’t and couldn’t do this.
Fitz reminds her that he was spying on her for B613. She says she knows about him the way she knows about Fitz. He shows her a photo of Tom stealing the vial of the disease that killed his son. He says he brought a copy of the file for her to keep. She says she needs to see Jake and he asks why she’s being such a – and she asks if he was going to say bitch. He leaves angry.
Lizzie finds Mellie in the hall and asks her about the military base closings. Lizzie tells her that she leaked the base closings and she needs her to have Fitz deny it so he’ll be painted into a corner. Mellie refuses and says she has a funeral to plan. Lizzie goes but doesn’t look like she’s done. Olivia says they need to get David Rosen to charge Carnahan with murder.
She starts a rumor and then the press starts asking about it. They also come up with #justiceforcooper to stir up a social media storm. Once the buzz grows, David brings it to Fitz and Abby talks it up too. David announces they are filing murder charges. Huck says the hammer is down and Olivia says they’re going to court to get that bullet.
Mellie talks to Bitsy about her husband’s accomplishments. Bitsy says she did all that. She says her hubby wasn’t very bright and had ADD to boot. She tells Mellie about all the legislation she pushed through and the Soviet peace accords. She says she coached her husband through it step by step and Mellie is shocked. She says she won’t be remembered for anything but telling idiots not to litter.
Mellie says she’s a great first lady. Bitsy says she’ll be remembered as the wife of a man who did something with his life. Rowan is in the Oval Office having a drink with Fitz. He tells him he’s there for Jake and says he’s responsible for him. He says he can take care of this in a way the President can’t and asks to let him discipline his dog.
Fitz says he’s going to be tried in a court of law and executed before the world. Rowan flatters him for his convictions. He tells Fitz not to be swayed by anyone. He tells Rowan that Olivia wants to see him and he says he should. Rowan says Jake is manipulating her into believing he’s a victim by not letting him see her. Rowan tells him to let her see what she needs to see and then he can do what needs to be done. He tells him not to let love cloud his judgment. Fitz thinks about it.
Quinn is out trying the key in locker after locker. She’s at the last place and talking to Huck on the phone while she does. He hangs up and goes back to his video game. In court, David fights against the autopsy. His lawyers says they need the bullet. David says he’s already been convicted but his lawyer says the body has exculpatory evidence that could help his client.
David sees Olivia at the back of the court room. After the judge grants the autopsy, David confronts Olivia and says he now knows she started the hashtag and tricked him into filing charges. He says Carnahan is going down. She goes to see Carnahan in jail who is optimistic. Olivia makes a call about ballistics. She’s nabbed by Secret Service and taken by Fitz to see Jake.
They tell her if he gets within three feet of her, the guards will take her down. Jake sees her and tells her to listen first without speaking. He tells her about an offshore account in the Caymans. He gives her the number and she asks why he’s telling her. She’s upset at how battered he is and that he’s in chains. He tells her to give the money to his mother and tells her where she lives.
She says he won’t die but he says her dad and the president would agree. He says he knows she likely thinks he’s guilty too. He tells her he could tell her he’s been framed and her dad is behind the whole thing but that’s his just word and it won’t change anything. He says it can’t. He says they both know that she won’t choose him and says that’s okay. He says not choosing him is okay. He asks her to repeat back the bank account number and she does. Fitz watches them talk through the two way glass with a stern expression on his face.
Mellie and Bitsy sit on the porch drinking and Bitsy complains about the autopsy. Mellie says she has no influence like Bitsy did. Bitsy says she fought for it. Mellie says there is only one woman he listens to. Bitsy says at least it’s just one woman. She says she hired the ugliest secretary she could find for her husband and he still banged her twice a day every day. She says – poor woman. Then she tells Mellie at least him doing that gave her time to run the country.
Olivia gets ballistics and goes to confront Carnahan. The bullet came from his gun. He gets a look on his face and then tells her coldly how he did it. He says he came to kill him but then he didn’t die. He says he couldn’t confess to a failed assassination. He says no one remembers those. He says he’s been waiting for Cooper to die so he could take his place at the assassins’ table with John Wilkes Booth and the others.
She tells him he’s sick and he thanks her for giving his life meaning. He tells her to get him the electric chair and says no lethal injection for him. He says he wants to go out with a bang. Olivia goes to see David and advises him to give him life in prison. He says he can’t believe he beat Olivia. He’s so pleased that he out-poped her. She asks him to help Jake.
He says he would have liked to but can’t because he’s out from under DOJ authority. She asks what that means. We see Rowan talking with Jake telling him he keeps his promises. He says he will see him buried in an unmarked grave like every other terrorist. Jake asks if it matters to Rowan that he loves her. Rowan says all he had to do was pay his respects to her father but he couldn’t handle it.
He calls Jake arrogant and says he always has to show his swagger. Rowan tells him how he manipulated Fitz to get his hands back on Jake. He says he got Fitz to believe it was his idea to give Jake to him and says he carries his power like a man should. He tells Jake that you don’t take command, command takes you. He leaves him there and goes.
In the rotunda, Cooper’s body lies in state. The news confirms that Carnahan did kill Cooper. Fitz talks to Olivia and she asks how he could transfer Jake out of DOJ. He says he can’t trust himself with him. She asks how he could give him to her dad. He reminds her that he had her mother executed for the crime. He tells her Jake tore apart his family and ruined their relationship for good.
Olivia says there is no hope of them being together again if he hands Jake over to her dad. Fitz asks her if there’s hope now. She doesn’t answer and he raises his voice and asks again. She cries and says there’s hope. She walks out. That seems to take him aback.
Mellie and Bitsy come down the steps to greet the press. She asks no one to give Carnahan any attention. Mellie speaks up and says her husband will not close the military bases. She says he supports Cooper’s policies and is a Navy man. Bitsy whispers to her that she has a joint that’s not going to smoke itself and asks Mellie to join her on the Truman balcony. Mellie giggles.
Cyrus watches the news and asks Abby how the story leaks. He threatens her job and she says he bought a new cell phone on a new account. She says it’s the same day he rented his new apartment so he wouldn’t have to keep staying at the hotel with his new friend. She tells him before he goes on a witch hunt, he may want to check his own back door. (Back door? OMG, that’s too funny)
Huck finishes up his video game. Turns out he’s playing online with his son Javi. She tells her son one more round then teeth and bed. We see them chatting online as they play. Quinn is still going locker to locker but finally hits it. She shows Quinn that it was what they killed Faith and her friend for. The packet has hundreds of photos of Olivia. Quinn says it looks like they’re hunting her.
Fitz comes in and tells Jake that he’s transferring Jake to super max. He says he’ll spend the rest of his life there. Fitz tells Jake it’s his gift to the woman they love. Olivia swims laps then finds her dad there at the pool waiting just like she dreamed. He’s furious and accuses her of intervening. She says she was saving Jake and Fitz. He tells her she crossed him. She tells him he may be command but she has weapons he can’t possibly possess. She swims away from him with a smirk.