|"Ride, Sally, Ride"|
|Season 03, Episode 11|
|Air Date:||February 27, 2014|
|Written by:||Raamla Mohamed|
|Directed by:||Tom Verica|
|Previous Episode:||"A Door Marked Exit"|
|Next Episode:||"We Do Not Touch the First Ladies"|
Smile Olivia, the world is watching!
The White House deals with a bombshell announcement from Sally Langston. Meanwhile, Olivia finds herself in a challenging new role.
- Olivia Pope & Associates:
- The team works with Olivia and The White House on Fitz’s re-election
- Harrison learns that Adnan Salif is in the country
- White House:
- Olivia returns, which causes rumors about her affair with Fitz to spark back up in the media
- Sally goes public with her intent to run as an Independent candidate in the upcoming election but declares she will remain in office as the Vice President
- Leo causes problems for Cyrus
- James assumes his new role as Press Secretary
- The Press Corp stirs up The White House about Daniel Douglas’ cause of death
- Rowan & B613:
- Jake assumes his new role
- Charlie continues to mentor Quinn
- Rowan causes problems for Olivia and Fitz
- US Attorney’s Office:
- David entertains James’ theory that Daniel Douglas was murdered
- David recruits an inside man at The White House
Everyone is scrambling as Sally Langston is believed to be resigning from her post as Vice President of the United States. This catches the White House completely off guard. Cyrus, Mellie and brand-spanking-new Press Secretary, James Novak, await poll numbers to guide them on how they'll spin this thing. The results are in, but the president wants to review them first with his new campaign manager. That would be the person he's currently sucking face with in the Oval Office. None other than Olivia Pope.
Sally goes on national TV to declare that the president's moral corruption knows no bounds. Harsh. She won’t resign as vice president. This blows away Olivia's plan to categorize Sally as a selfish quitter. Fitz does, however, label her a traitor as he downs multiple drinks before noon. He wants his former Lieutenant Governor, Andrew Nichols, to be his new running mate. His decision is not up for discussion. He dismisses everyone from the Oval Office, including Olivia.
Olivia fills in the team on Fitz's pick for vice president. The current Governor of California, Andrew Nichols, is a bit of a playboy but he makes it work for him. He's basically clean and is polling well. Nevertheless, Olivia believes putting Nichols on the ticket is a bad move. She's stunned to learn that Jake is now in charge of B-613. Olivia tracks down her father to talk about the situation. Rowan gives his daughter the 411 on how it all went down. It's not a warm and fuzzy daddy speech. He suggests that she run away from The White House because he assures her that Fitzgerald Grant will not make it to the end of his term. He threatens her and Fitz by letting her know the his strongest weapon against Fitz is his very own daughter... HER!!!
Abby goes on TV to debate against Leo Bergen. They both come out swinging during a verbal back-and-forth about Sally. Then Leo throws a sucker punch when he brings up the past allegations that Olivia is the president's mistress. But Abby tries to stop this before it goes any further by reminding Leo that the president named Jeannine Locke as his mistress. James fields a flurry of questions about the rumored affair in the press room. One journalist, Vanessa Chandler, strays from the popular topic to ask why Daniel Douglas's autopsy results haven't been released. This reporter had received an anonymous text tipping her on this subject. It came from mystery source known only as "Publius."
David plays the tape he anonymously received recently for James. The inadmissible recording has Sally basically admitting she killed her husband during her frantic chat with Cyrus. James isn't interested in helping David, who reluctantly agrees to do a favor for one particular Pope-head. Harrison is worried about Adnan Salif. Deportation is not an option regarding this person.
As he settles into his new role of Command, Jake has a sit-down with Charlie. He lets him know that Quinn is not B-613 and she never will be. Leo Bergen calms down a nervous Sally to get her head back in the game. Then he lets Cyrus know that he's well aware of his involvement of the cover-up surrounding Daniel Douglas' death. This has Cyrus calling Charlie for an under-the-table mop-up job on his last under-the-table mop-up job. He has Quinn assist him in the abduction of a young boy named Billy.
Abby and Huck blackmail the coroner - Dr. Linda Sullivan - who signed off that Daniel Douglas died of natural causes. The Dr. Sullivan says it was from head trauma after an intoxicated fall. In another room, Charlie is holding little Billy's mouth closed so he can't scream as he and Quinn eavesdrop on the conversation. After Abby and Huck leave, mother and son are reunited. Quinn gazes out the window to see her duped colleagues heading off with no real info that will help them.
Olivia gets a lunch invitation from Mellie. There's plenty of press around to witness the event. It's Mellie's way of squelching the rumors about Liv and her hubby. It's just the first step. Mellie has Step 2 already laid out. She provides Liv with a list of prospective list of possible suitors. Mellie wants her to start dating one publically. Olivia later peppers Andrew Nichols as to why he's still single. It's because he lost out on his chance with someone special a long time ago. He devoted himself to his work rather than marrying someone he didn't love.
Olivia tells Fitz that she should resign. The president puts to rest any talk of quitting with a swift, passionate kiss. Fitz says, "You are not resigning. I refuse to accept your resignation. You can't leave me. I'm not losing you again." Olivia wants to know why Fitz put Jake in charge of B-613. The answer is simple. It's because Jake is the only person he trusts. Olivia again talks about resigning. Fitz says he can't win without her. This has Olivia heading out the door. She's not happy. She's also not resigning.
Harrison lets Abby know that his life is in danger. This is why he borrows her gun. However, Harrison doesn't use it on Adnan Salif when this mystery person shows up. Instead, he rips off her clothes as they make love in the office. In other news, Leo Bergen has a meeting with the type of man he was never quite sure truly existed. This person is Rowan.
Vanessa the reporter gets another text from Publius. Leo meets with Cyrus to discuss who is leaking info to her. They have no idea that their conversation is being recorded thanks to a bug James planted in his hubby's office. He plays the chat back to David, who is surprised to learn that James actually hasn't gone to the dark side. It has something to do with the fact that his husband is a monster. James plans to take him down. He's the source who has been leaking things to the press. He is Publius. In other news, Fitz announces his new running mate, Andrew Nichols, a man who is just happy to be near Mellie again. It seems she's the one that got away.
For a full list of cast/character credits in order as they appeared click here: Ride, Sally, Ride Credits
- Tony Goldwyn was absent for the table read of this episode.
- According to Scandal property master George Edman, the wine Olivia (Kerry Washington) drinks is actually Welch's Grapefruit Juice.
- (11/07) - The writers began working the episode in early November.
- (11/25) - Production team began prep for the episode.
- (12/04) - Production team did tech scouting, at several locations.
- (12/06) - Filming begins. Kate Burton and Paul Adelstein were on set filming.
- (12/10) - Joshua Malina was on set filming and posting naughty tweets; see second picture below.
- (12/12) - Director Tom Verica did shooting on location and on sound stage; and still found time to tweet with fans about the winter finale, A Door Marked Exit, which he directed as well.
- (12/12) - Kerry Washington and Joe Morton were on set filming a scene together.
- (12/13) - Bellamy Young was on set filming, see fourth picture below.
- (12/14) - Tony Goldwyn, Scott Foley, Katie Lowes and Bellamy were on set filming; they took a break to sing to the crew! See first picture below.
- (12/16) - Tony Goldwyn returned to the set to begin filming. Director Tom Verica posted that he nailed a great scene the next day. And Kerry had a long day of shooting.
- (12/17) - Kerry was on location filming; see third picture below for a spoiler pic. Tony and Jeff Perry were on set as well. The final pivotal scene was shot; but it was not the last day of shooting.
- (12/19) - Final day of shooting; Darby Stanchfield and Columbus Short were on set in the OPA office conference room, see fifth picture below.
- (01/14) - Dan Bucatinsky was filming scenes for this episode, We Do Not Touch the First Ladies & No Sun on the Horizon.
- → See and enjoy 23 pictures from Ride, Sally, Ride at Images from Ride, Sally, Ride.
Behind the Scenes
These pictures are courtesy of the actors and production team's Twitter posts.
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