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'Scandal' recap: Season 4, Episode 4, 'Like Father Like Daughter'

KERRY WASHINGTON

A sex tape, a car bomb, and another Gettysburger reference. But don't worry: It's Scandal, so it's handled. Let's recap.

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) receives a late-night call from a teenage rager, but it's not to join the party. The President's daughter, Karen, slipped her secret service, got wasted, and is puking in a residential bathroom.Liv has Huck (Guillermo Diaz) close down all cell service in the area while Liv and Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes) sneak the drunk kid out Weekend-at-Bernie's style and disappear on a helicopter, which is how I left most parties in high school.

But then, Liv learns Karen made a sex tape at the party — with two guys. The following day, an obviously upset President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) tells his wife Mellie (Bellamy Young) that their daughter participated in a sex act called "Eiffel Towering," which raises two questions. First, what the hell is that? And second, Fitz watched his own daughter's sex tape? And didn't wind up in the hospital with dehydration from vomiting?!

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According to every website on the Internet, "Eiffel Towering" is when two guys are involved on either side of one girl, and then high five above her. Or, I suppose, the same visual could also be achieved by the boys holding hands lovingly, which is the option I choose to believe.

Turning the table


Olivia Pope and Associates locates the two rising male stars (ba dum ching). One works atGettysburger, because there's aGettysburger mention in every episode. And the other has two despicable parents who blackmail the First Family: $2.5 million in exchange for the tape.Liv convinces Fitz to give them the money arguing that otherwise Karen will grow up to "be no more than a reality star, the lowest form of life." I guess she's already starred in Naked and Afraid.

But when Liv delivers the check, the parents now demand $3 million. Then Liv erupts, says the deal is off, and threatens to frame them for luring Karen into akiddie-porn sting specifically designed to blackmail her dad. They back out.

All is well at home too, when Mellie gives Karen a mulligan and even says the whole debacle has been sexist since, if she were a boy, they'd be highfiving. Just like in an Eiffel Tower.

Pump fake


Liv and Fitz, Fitz and Liv, Liv and Fitz...they finally kiss, but it wasn't satisfying. First, they built tension by almost kissing about 8 times, while he's putting his hand inside her jacket, which is I think what the kids call the "Leaning Tower of Pisa." Fitz says he almost died while she was gone. Liv continues to breathe heavily. Then finally they kiss — once — and she immediately pulls away (a move called the "Arch de Triumph") and admits that she didn't go to that island alone, that Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) came with her.

Speaking of Jake, Papa Pope (Joe Morton) is trying to kill him, but Jake's wise to it. He sees the bomb in his car and blows it up himself. Then he confronts Tom — the Secret Service agent-slash-giant who poisoned Fitz's son, Teddy, on orders from Papa Pope. Jake tries to flip Tom against Pope.

But before they can set a plan in motion, White House officials discover Tom was at the compound where the deadly bacteria that killed Teddy was being held. He's pulled in for questioning and is just about to finger Papa Pope for calling in the order, when Pope enters the room to take over questioning. Under duress, and while Fitz is watching, Tom fingers Jake instead. Boo, Tom! I hope you get "Big Benned" in prison.

 
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