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Last night’s Scandal season 3 episode was one for the record books, if Twitter was any indication.

Scandal season 3, episode 8 “Vermont Is For Lovers, Too” lived up to its name with surprise twists from Fitz and Olivia’s mom Maya. Let’s start with the highlights.

- Fitz has a big gift for Olivia. After more attempts at ignoring her longtime love interest, which included breaking her special president phone, Fitz sends a helicopter for Olivia (and photos of her and her father to tempt her to take the ride). She hops aboard and is brought to Vermont where her and Fitz duke it out about the secrets they’ve kept from one another. But then Fitz has a surprise: The house they’re standing in? He bought it. For them. The happy couple.

Shocked by this, Olivia sleeps with Fitz and they have one of their best sex scenes to date. It is, after all, something Olivia has probably wanted for a long time. A simple home life with Fitz (and maybe the sex, too) free of the stress Washington D.C. has forced upon her.

- Maya is serious about seeing her daughter. As teased in previews leading up to this week’s episode, Rowan comes into Maya’s holding cell and tells his wife that Olivia has been looking for her, but he insists that the mother and daughter can’t see one another (why?). After Rowan leaves, she’s obviously upset and willing to do anything to get out of the cell, so she starts chewing through her steel chains until she is freed.

The next day Rowan visits her again, and she’s not there because she stabbed the doctor in the neck then made her escape.

That evening at Olivia’s house, our favorite Pope returns home and hears a voice in a dark corner on the street. Maya comes out, and the two meet for the first time in over 20 years. It’s amazing. Olivia always seems to have someone waiting for her at home!

- Elsewhere in the episode, Quinn was keeping Huck from finding out who it was him that killed the security guard in episode 7. We’re nervous about what he’s going to do to her next week.

Lisa Kudrow’s role on the show appears to have come to an end after Congresswoman Marcus has left the presidential race due to her daughter’s set up break-in. Is this the end for the character, or will we see more? If she’s gone, surely another candidate (hopefully not the vice president) will step forward and be Fitz’s lead opponent.

What did you think of ‘Scandal’ season 3, episode 8?

Check out a preview for next week’s episode, annoyingly titled “YOLO.” It airs Thursday, November 28 at 10 p.m. eastern/pacific on ABC:

  • Erin

    Thanks for the recap, Andrew! “Chewing through her chains” was a very nice way to say what actually happened, but while awful, it just showed the desperation that Olivia’s mom felt. Overall, great episode (as always), but did anyone else think that Maya escaping was really implausible? Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to see where the storyline goes, but I just had a hard time believing that would actually happen if she’s as dangerous/terrible as Rowan says. (PS- I don’t want to be one of “those people,” but Liv’s mom met her on the street, not at her apartment… Huck was at Quinn’s place).

  • Mary-Louise

    I feel like Huck should know that he doesn’t have to torture anything out of Quinn.
    Also, if Olivia’s mom has been alive this whole time, I find it VERY hard to believe that she just reached desperation level now and that it’s the first time she has asked Liv’s father to show her a picture of her. I find it ridiculous that she was able to escape and if she was able to that this would be the first opportunity for her to get out.
    I don’t feel bad for Cyrus at all. Of course it’s sad to see any marriage fall apart, but Cyrus’s marriage has been based on lies, manipulation and a lack of true respect on Cyrus’s part from the very start.
    I also don’t believe that Liv falls into bed with Fitz after being SO mad at him and finding out he may have killed her mother just because he bought a house in the middle of nowhere for them. Liv would never want that life. Just being holed up with Fitz in the wilderness, not doing anything. So even the fantasy isn’t a great one and I find it hard to believe she would throw away all her anger at him for a fantasy that shows that he really doesn’t get her.
    A very unbelievable, implausible episode.

    • zimsistress

      I agree with you on Cyrus’ part and mama Pope. On the Olivia and Fitz front you couldn’t be farther from the truth, that i’m wondering whether or not we are watching the same relationship here. It doesn’t matter if you’re SO mad at someone you love as you so put it, it doesn’t make Liv love Fitz less. Fitz was angry, almost a desperate king of angry at Liv for Defiance but he still loved her and slept with her during that time even before they hashed it out. Love is love. In which ever form it comes. Theirs is toxic but I guess thats why it seems so passionate with them. And he had the house built not bought. How do you that’s not what liv wants. They have made references to that sort of life in two occasions during the show. Pay attention.

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