Scandal “Dog-Whistle Politics” Recap

Quinn (Katie Lowes) kicks off this episode in a suit no less. It’s been a while since we’ve seen her in that attire and I think we’ve almost forgotten who she used to be. She meets up with Marcus Walker (Cornelius Smith Jr.), who was caught screwing the mayor’s wife last season. Quinn gives him the same gladiator in a suit speech given to her by Harrison, but he wasn’t having any of it. And who could blame him, its been a long time since they were gladiators in suits.

Meanwhile at the White House, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) is furious about how the media are portraying Olivia (Kerry Washington). He wants Elizabeth (Portia de Rossi) to fix it. Elizabeth wore a white pleated sleeve tie blouse. I found this Silk Neck Tie Blouse ($98) to recreate the look:

tie blouse

Olivia encourages Fitz not to fire Abby (Darby Stanchfield) and tells Fitz that he’s not acting like a leader. She’s not wrong on that front. He is acting like an immature child. Olivia is hermiting at home, drinking wine in the La Perla Silk Essence Top ($314). This Topshop Strappy V-Neck Camisole ($28) is similar:

la perla

Things heat up when Olivia catches the paparazzi taking pictures of her from the building across the street. The team has to come in to “fix” her situation. She wears a Josephine Cashmere Cocoon Sweater from 360 Cashmere ($251.40). This Neiman Marcus Cashmere Exposed-Seam Duster ($117) is similar:

360 Cashmere

The media is getting more aggressive and Olivia refuses to hire someone new, much to Quinn’s chagrin. In the meantime we learn that Jake (Scott Foley) is married to Elise (Mia Maestro) on his B613 errand! BOOM! Didn’t see that one coming.

Elizabeth is on the hunt to repair some of the damage Fitz and Olivia have caused. The Senate is getting ready to call for Fitz’s impeachment, so she decides to appeal to Senator Gibson, which didn’t exactly go as planned. Elizabeth wore a Tied Neck Blouse from Derek Lam ($990). This Evanna Double-Tie Peasant Blouse ($114) is similar:

Derek Lam

The scene between Fitz and Mellie (Bellamy Young) killed me. That’s the one area where Olivia is selfish. By having an affair with Fitz, she is breaking up a family. There is no doubt that Mellie loves her family, it’s too bad that Fitz doesn’t want to fight for that.

Olivia is starting to crack, which is why the President decides to take her on a date in the midst of all the paparazzi coverage. I thought that was a rather bold move in their current situation. Olivia wore a St. John Collection Felted Wool & Cashmere Coat ($2,195). This Parker Hurley Blanket Stripe Wool Coat ($495) is similar:

St John

Apparently, Mellie agreed with me because that one move pushed her over the edge and she gave her consent to the Senate committee to impeach Fitz. I think we’re in for one hell of a ride this season.

What did you think about this episode? If you missed it, you can still watch it here.

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