Gladiators!!! How long has it been since we last met? Seriously. Three weeks feels like a decade in Scandalville, and I was so excited for last night’s new episode… it was awkward. Like, I did that thing where I was like Well I have to order Chinese food because Scandal’s coming on and how can I fully enjoy the new episode without Chinese food? And then I was all like, Wait, let’s not watch the episode right now, I’m gonna make some iced tea real quick because how can I not have an amazingly sweet glass of iced tea to go along with this new episode? It was weird. But I was right– Chinese food, iced tea, and last night’s episode make life happy! Click inside for our first recap in forever!
I know it’s been said before. I know I’m stating the obvious… but OMG: I effing love this show. Everything– lit’rally, everything– I want to happen on this show happens. Ages ago I told my partner in Scandalville that the show would eventually need to introduce us to the characters in a real way. We’d need to learn about their pasts, their parents, all the stuff that makes them a mess, etc. Otherwise, I thought, the show was just an exciting thrill ride, but it wasn’t a full, narrative story. It wasn’t a world we could really get attached to. This is why I loved that episode where we met Fitz‘s Dad (because, didn’t we then learn everything we needed to know about him?), and this is why I loved learning about non-creepy, super-sweet, family man Huck. He was the perfect Gladiator to do this with, but I hope we also get similar episodes for the other guys at some point… including Olivia.
This episode also focused on the ever-dramatic relationship between Olivia and Fitz. I think this was the first time we saw the two of them really, really addressing the stolen election/Defiance situation. This was good because Olivia needed to hear why Fitz was so insanely mad about it, and Olivia needed the opportunity to defend herself. But honestly? These two got on my damn nerves this episode, lmao! I wasn’t exactly, entirely done with Jake (I know, I know… I have issues), and I’m tired of these two playing with my emotions! Just choose! LOL. No, but seriously. They need to get it together so I can feel stable in their relationship. What?
Season 2, Episode 19: Seven Fifty-Two
1. Clean-Shaven, Pre-CIA Huck Is/Was Everything
How awesome was this? I mean, seriously. How much did you effing diiiiiieeeeee seeing Huck as, like, a totally adorable, normal guy who was married to a friggen elementary school teacher?! Like, the sweetest, nicest, supportive-est elementary school teacher ever? Are you kidding me? Him showing up to surprise her and being all cute with the kids? I loved it. I loved it so hard and then… then things got really dark, really fast. Watching Huck become… Huck? Madness! Remember his first torture job? He was so cute and nervous:
LMAO. Oh, man. This is such a good show.
Pro tip: always do your job on trash day. (CIA Charlie to newbie Huck)
2. Does Harrison Now Know About Olitz?
So, when Harrison went looking for Olivia he found her at the hospital. And it was awkward. Because the Secret Service was there, and they’re usually only around if the President is around. Harrison knew that this clearly meant *something* but was really careful about bringing it up to Olivia, because we all know he luuurves Olivia and would never make her feel judged or any type of way. But I’m wondering if it matters now that he basically, probably knows about Olitz. The President made it SO obvious to everyone that he was up in the hospital with his boo, and I think some things are really gonna change as a result.
3. Oh! So That’s Why Huck Hates Being Locked In Large Crates!
I cannot believe what those CIA douchebags did to our Huck. I mean, obviously, I can believe it… and I cannot believe it! They lit’rally got him to forget he had a family! I believe that’s called brainwashing? And it’s awful. Huck had kept his wife and son a secret, and when they found out they shut his entire life down. Made his family disappear and locked him in a hole for months and months on end, until he forgot who he was. But he was so wrecked following the torture, he culd no longer do his job (and boy, he’d been one of the best). Interestingly enough, Charlie was the one who let him go/disappear, even though Huck was supposed to be killed. I’m guessing he had a soft spot for Huck (sweet, right?) but he clearly remembered Huck‘s, um, issue with being left in small, dark spaces, since he was the one who threw him into the crate in the storage room. If I ever see Guillermo Diaz in public I’m going to hug him so effing hard, and it’s probably gonna be weird for both of us, but damn! Our poor Huck!
4. OMG, Mellie Is Going To Effing Kill Everybody… Political… Or Literally
Okay, I was sooo Team Mellie on this one. Y’all know I love me some Olivia and Fitz. Y’all know I love when they do their angry make-out thing and then Olivia pulls away and Fitz looks like he just got shot again. I love that! However. The repetition of their break-ups to make-ups is starting to make me, like, seasick or something. Back and forth, back and forth. It’s like Ronnie and Sammie on Jersey Shore, only worse because we expect more from Olivia and Fitz (lmao… yes, yes I did just draw that comparison).
So when Mellie was like I’ve had enough, I totally got it. So have I, Mellie! Here’s the thing with Mellie– she actually prefers it when the two of them are ON. Because when they’re on, Fitz is on. It’s the break-ups that his body/mind/soul can’t seem to handle. So Mellie, as his wife, is just asking for stability. Either keep your mistress and be stable, or dump your mistress and be stable with me or just be effing stable! But the fact that he was openly going back to Olivia and pining by her sickbed was just too much for her and that made sense to me. Even that scene with Olivia and Fitz talking about Defiance in the hospital, and then making out and professing their love to each other, and then Olivia running away from it was annoying! But I did like that Fitz kinda told her about herself.
You don’t fix me! You don’t handle me!
The only thing with Mellie is that she’s now threatening to really, really eff his ish up (and she’s starting the process by moving out). Is it weird that I kind of want her to, lol? Like, I wanna see how bad things could get if Mellie were to actually stand on the front lawn of the White House and just tell all. But I also don’t want Olivia to, like, die or be ruined, so this is tricky.
Aghhhhhhh! AGGGHHhhhhhhhh! Did you cry when little Huck showed up on the subway platform? Did you cry? No? Okay cool ’cause I totally didn’t have tears my eyes during that entire scene either. Cool, cool.
Yeah, no I cried. OMG. So from the beginning of the episode, Huck was only able to say one thing: Seven Fifty-Two remained on repeat and it sucked. The scenes were really strong because each Gladiator tried to get Huck to calm down, to talk, to explain what he meant but nobody could do it. Instead, they each ended up opening up to him about their lives and their ‘Seven Fifty-Two.‘ They all had these things that they couldn’t let go of and it was a really cool (if a bit theatrical) way for us to get to know the characters a little more.
Anyway, once Olivia got discharged from the hospital she went straight to Huck and resurrected him with one of those awesome ‘I didn’t save you, you saved me‘ speeches. That’s when we found out that one day, at 7:52, his son and wife walked onto the subway platform where he was living… because he was homeless. And it was a really awkward moment because he’d been brainwashed to think they were not real. Charlie thought he would just send Huck over the edge by putting him in that crate (he did), but he also triggered a powerful memory that will surely change Huck forever. And now his whole ‘family’ stalking thing makes perfect sense, right?
No but really. Baby Huck was too cute:
So many other things happened in this episode, though! Jake definitely knows about Olitz at this point and asked to be reassigned. Too bad the CIA doesn’t ‘reassign,’ LOL. And based on the preview for the next episode, Cyrus is pretty much done with Olivia since her existence always complicates the President’s frame of mind. I have no clue what’s gonna happen next, but it seriously looks like it’s about to go wayyyy down. Can’t wait!
P.S. Shouts-out to PITNBr Brandyjk who hilariously suggested that I start making video recaps for these. Oh, girl! If only you knew I sound like the most annoying Southern California girl ever. Besides, have you seen Funky Dineva‘s recaps? Until I can compete with these, I’m sticking to the written word: