'Scandal' recap: Olivia learns the truth about her mother

If last week’s episode of Scandal was considered ‘intense,’ the Dec. 12 conclusion of the midseason finale was a non-stop barrage of heart attacks from which we shall never recover. Not only did we learn the truth about Olivia’s (Kerry Washington) mom, but the fall-out from Daniel’s murder was nuts, and some major shifts in power completely changed the way this game is going to be played form now on.

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1. Cyrus helps Sally get away with murder. I never thought I’d see Cyrus Been and Sally Langston working on the same side — but then again, I never thought I’d see Sally knifing her gay husband in the back, then blaming it on the devil, either. Kate Burton was at her absolute best this week, flipping the switch from self-righteous monster to full-blown psychopath. (“He’s in hell! Daniel Douglas is in hell!”) I love her.

2. Quinn pulls out her tracking device. Quinn (Katie Lowes) is many things, but a dentist is not one of them. So watching her extract a tracking device from her own tooth was among the most unsettling moments of this two-parter. I assume she also removed part of her brain, because she’s totally dating Charlie now, and science has proven that he’s the worst.

3. Fitz lands Rowan behind bars. The seemingly unstoppable Papa Pope was finally taken down by the POTUS with the Mostest, a confrontation which went from zero to absolutely nuts in no time flat. I’m honestly not sure which part I enjoyed more — when Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) bragged about all the ways he’s had sex with Olivia, or when Rowan tore the “boy” to pieces with his angry words of truth.

4. Mama Pope’s history is revealed. It turns out “Maya” (Khandi Alexander) was a gun for hire who sold government secrets to the highest bidder, and she lied to Rowan about there being a bomb on the plane Fitz was ordered to take down. Sure, it’s a crazy story, but it ties up this whole B613 storyline in a neat and surprising way. I like that. (Oh, and Mama Pope is officially back on the loose. So watch out, D.C.!)

5. Cyrus & James remain terrible. In a desperate attempt to keep James (Dan Bucatinsky) at home — but definitely not earning back his love — Cyrus (Jeff Perry) agreed to make his husband the new White House Press Secretary. (That’s right, James. Sleep your way to the top. That will fix your sham of a marriage.)

6. Jake drops the L-bomb… then becomes freakin’ Command. I was sad to see Jake (Scott Foley) walk out of Olivia’s life, telling her, ”Whatever happens next … I loved you.” And by that, he really meant, “I’m taking your father’s job as Command of B613, but I can’t tell you. Sowwy!”

7. David catches onto Sally. Just when you thought Queen Langston had committed the perfect crime, David Rosen (Joshua Malina) got his sexy little hands on a recording of her phone-confession to Cyrus! Is Sally about to join her husband in hell? Dun, dun dun!