Season, Episode # & Title: Scandal 318 – “The Price of Free and Fair Election”
Original Air Date: April 17, 2014
Written By: Shonda Rhimes;
Directed By: Tom Verica
Soundtrack: “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone“ (1972) by The Temptations
Updated: April 18, 2014
- Scandal 318 begins with attendees at a church awaiting the start of Senator Hightower‘s funeral. It is now 14 minutes until the bomb goes off. Among the attendees are Presidential candidate Sally Langston, her campaign manager, Leo Bergen, and Fitz‘s VP running mate, Andrew Nichols.
- Olivia is at James Madison Hospital. She follows her father, Rowan, as he is rushed into surgery after being stabbed by Mama Pope.
- In the Oval Office, Cyrus looks on as Fitz reads him the eulogy he wrote for Senator Hightower. Jake Ballard tries calling Cyrus to warn him to have the church evacuated as the bomb is about to go off. Cyrus ignores the call, it goes straight to voice mail.
- Adnan, while talking on the phone with Mama Pope and holding Harrison at gunpoint, believes that something is afoot because the President has not yet arrived at the funeral. Mama Pope tells Adnan to stay calm.
- When Cyrus finally decides to tell Fitz about the bomb, Jake bursts in to the Oval Office to tell Fitz. Fitz and his security advisers move into the Situation Room to monitor the church, Jake calls out Cyrus for not alerting Fitz about the bomb.
- Churchgoers are evacuated. The bomb goes off. Sally, Leo and Andrew survive. Leo advises Sally to use this tragedy for political gain. Sally assists in giving first aid to bomb victims, in full view of the national media.
- Olivia bursts into the Situation Room and advises the President to address the nation about the bombing, and be in front of the cameras. Fitz addresses the nation but the media shifts in Sally‘s favor, devoting more air time to her “ground zero” efforts than to the President. Olivia tries to take her media contacts to task over ignoring the President in favor of Sally, but she is unsuccessful.
Scandal 318: sally Uses Bombing for Political Gain; Media shifts in Sally’s favor
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