Scandal Recap: "More Cattle, Less Bull"
Congresswoman Josie Marcus (Lisa Kudrow) hired Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) to “fix” her past. She had a baby when she was 15 years old, which only a handful of people knew about from her hometown.
She wanted them silenced so that the child never found out, nor the public, so that she could still run for president.
Olivia’s crew took care of things in Josie’s Minnesota hometown. They also found out the child was taken in by Josie’s mother, and raised as her sister. Josie didn’t want her sister/child finding out the truth and destroying their relationship.
Cyrus (Jeff Perry) had been looking for a way to neutralize Josie since they knew she’d be hard for Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) to beat, if she got the Democratic nomination. He was also pissed Olivia was now working for the enemy. He’d wanted to hire her back, after a different campaign manager refused to work for the Fitz campaign because he thought they’d lose.
On the night of the Democratic debate, Olivia could tell Cyrus had leaked the news of Josie’s teen mom past to Josie’s competition. She told Josie this, and said she’d have to come clean. Reluctantly, she did so, and even though Cyrus hadn’t guessed about the sister aspect, Josie’s sister put two-and-two together. Josie fired Olivia, who turned to the bottle to deal. However, Josie’s heartfelt honesty did all but guarantee her the nomination.
Huck (Guillermo Diaz) and Jake (Scott Foley) had teamed up to uncover the details on Operation Remington, and what Eli (Joe Morton) was hiding. A jealous Fitz confronted Jake over Olivia, in a fairly awesome one-on-one basketball game. Jake was worried it was about Remington. At a secret meeting between Eli and Fitz, Eli revealed he now had proof someone was looking into Remington, when Fitz had thought Eli was just been being paranoid.
Later, Fitz told Cyrus he wanted to shut B613 down. Cyrus said he should never mention that again, or Eli would make sure the next assassination attempt was successful.