The episode begins with a huge shouting match between Liv and Fitz. Liv has chosen Jake to be her public beau and Fitz isn't having it because Fitz "knows". He may trust Jake with B613, but not with Liv (which, by the way, doesn't any sense. If you don't trust him with Liv, you don't then hand him all the power, influence, and resources which come with B613 - like...duh).
Liv launches into one of her speeches about how she's not a hen in Fitz's hen house, or a prize he and Jake are meant to fight over, and that she can't win this election while being his whore. You know...shit we've heard and seen before, usually before she runs back to him and climbs onto his still-married dick.
Quinn apparently hasn't learned her lessons; she still wants in on the clandestine action despite multiple warnings from multiple parties. After telling Liv how Huck licked her face during their "session", she threatens Liv with a gun (and tears in her eyes, which made me raise an eyebrow). Meanwhile, Huck is bringing Liv coffee every day as a gesture of apologizing for torturing Quinn, even though Liv doesn't drink coffee (he offers to bring her tea instead). He then reminds Liv that she ruined Quinn's life, used Huck to save Quinn, then entrusted Quinn to a well-groomed monster - him. In other words, Huck apologizes to Liv by telling her it's all her fault.
Ever watch that show Burn Notice? The opening sequence use to begin with the protagonist explaining what it is to be "burned" by a spy organization. You have no job, no money, no credit history, no work history - nothing. Liv learns that ever since her father got "burned", he ain't got shit by way of funds, authority, or resources. But what folks are forgetting is that Daddy Pope has memories, and he's still able to use what he knows against his enemies. And the irony? All of B613 couldn't keep tabs on him, but friggin' Quinn was able to gather dirt in half a day by just doing the hacking thing.
And this is where I have beef; I'm not digging the inconsistencies. I mean, really...does B613 not have any damn hackers? Are they efficient or not? Are they bad-asses or not? Even Cyrus hesitated to cross them, so what Quinn uncovered in half a day, they should've found out in mere minutes. I was really disappointed with that glaring plot hole; Rhimes & Co should be embarrassed.
Now, betwixt and between all of this drama, Jake finds out his honeymoon period at B613 is over. Two agents randomly deliver a briefcase to him personally without explanation, only that he's to have this case of super-duper-classified info in the event of a change in Command. And this is where we see Jake's impatience with Liv's family drama and her associates start to grow; this is where he finally begins to understand what the hell he's gotten into (hence the meeting with Quinn, where she shows off her hacker skills). He also learns that Tom, the Prez's main Secret Service bodyguard, is also B613 and is assigned to personally deliver footage every night to Command. Of course, I knew that as soon Jake opened the briefcase.
So...Mellie is feeling Andrew, the Vice-President wannabe! Turns out they bonded back in the day when she was tried to kill herself after the rape, and he saved her. Liv stumbles across some of the story, and just assumes Mellie's been boning Andrew this whole time. Mellie is like, "Bitch, please...we are not the same. See, unlike you, I kept my knees together, ho." Which is foreshadowing, of course, because in a burst of impulsiveness, Mellie caves and starts kissing Andrew in front of all the First Ladies' portraits. Horrified by her lapse in judgment, she flees.
But I have to wonder...will Mellie and Liv start getting along if Mellie gives in fully and starts screwing Andrew?
In the meantime, James is finally realizing he's waaaaaay out of his league and about to get popped for moonlighting as "Publius." David, the braintrust, agrees to take James's place instead, and nearly gets popped in Publius's place - Harrison and Abby save him, of course.
And speaking of Harrison, Adnan Salif's pussy comes with demands. After their bone-fest, she suddenly hands him a briefcase holding the kind of paper everyone on this blog lies awake at night and has impure fantasies about. It appears Harrison was a much badder boy than he initially led Liv to believe (so maybe there's hope for his story arc after all). Apparently, Salif wants him to help her fund Fitz's campaign (she even shows up at the campaign dinner - in an awesome dress - much to Cyrus's dismay). Well, at least we think that's what she want. Turns, out Mama Pope is steering this ship, and Khandi Alexander is looking fa-bu-lous, if I dare say.