Let me begin by saying I'm ready for Scandal to be canceled.
This is a dual recap; last week aired Episode 4 x17 "I'm Just a Bill" , which confirmed that Franklin J. Russell (Brian J. White) is a B613 agent sent by Daddy Pope and assigned specifically to Olivia. This marks second the second time Rowan has sent a man to sleep with his own daughter as part of their mission. Just as I disliked Olivia gathering a bunch of "good ole white boys" to kill her father (who, when you think about it, originally just wanted her to stop sleeping with Fitz), I dislike this casual idea that a black father is - essentially - whoring his daughter out to his employees.
If you're a B613 agent, and as good as we're constantly told you are, you shouldn't have to sleep with a subject just to surveil them. Jake initially did quite well by just bugging Liv's apartment and watching her from a distance (Fitz's idea). Pursuing her romantically and sleeping with her (Rowan's idea) was unnecessary and accomplished nothing except to create an unwanted love triangle that has gone on for way too long.
Last week's episode ended with Franklin stabbing the hell out of Jake and leaving him to bleed out. I cheered. Actor Scott Foley even tweeted that it had "been an honor" being on Scandal, further convincing fans his character was dead. But Jake Ballard was revived right away in the beginning of this week's episode. I wailed so loudly my neighbors were probably having a WTF moment.
Oh...but it gets worse. See, Huck does the reviving, and he notices that no major organs were stabbed. Even I know you ought to stab someone in the heart or the jugular if you want to kill them - you're telling me a trained B613 agent doesn't know how to kill a human being with a knife???
Shonda Rhimes, there are limits to our suspense of disbelief. You've shown Rowan, Huck, Charlie, Jake, and even Quinn taking people out like it was child's play. Fuck... friggin' Fitz killed a cancer patient with his own two hands!!! Did B613 just not teach Franklin about human anatomy? Was he out sick that day?
So now, not only is the B613 storyline moving full-speed ahead despite frequent complaints from fans, not only is Jake still alive, not only is yet another good-looking MOC not cast as viable love interest for Olivia Pope, not only is Rowan still thinking it's appropriate to exploit his own daughter's vagina, but now, now we have the first prominent black B613 agent aside for Rowan himself, and he is incompetent as fuck.
That's it. I'm out. I'm done.