Liv tries to thwart two hundred years of misogynist military laws and help a victim of rape, while Huck and Quinn torture Russell to find out more about Foxtail.
We Get It. Quinn's A Badass and It Turns Huck On. Stop.
While Jake is recuperating in Liv's apartment, Huck and Quinn have taken Russell to the vacant one across the hall to torture him into giving up the goods on Foxtail. Did we need the explicit violence by Quinn coupled with Huck's eyes all glazed over while he licks his lips? No. No, we did not.
Alert Type: Rape In The Military Alert.
Issue: While the Veep is touring a Navy ship, she spots a bruise on the wrist of a female sailor. She somehow intuits that this means the lady was raped, and pulls her off the ship for further questioning.
Complicating Factors: Cyrus and Fitz are enraged that the Veep is trying to handle this outside of the military justice system, since that's illegal. There is a lot of mansplaining going on in the Oval, and the Veep is just like, "I don't care. There's no way this woman, like so many before her, is going to get justice the way we've been handling it. Handle things differently."
Resolution: The Veep throws the case to Liv to handle.
Spoiler: Liv has got her hands full, and the Veep weirdly disappears from the episode after this scene.
Rowan calls Russell's phone. Huck and Quinn debate over whether or not to answer it. If they do, and can keep Rowan on the phone for twelve seconds, Huck can trace the call and find out where Rowan is. But then Rowan will also know they've got Russell. If they don't, Rowan will probably know something's up. They end up answering but not talking, and Rowan hangs up milliseconds before they can trace the call, because unlike them, he's not an idiot. Don't you think he knows exactly how long it takes to trace a call? So then everyone's super-worried that Rowan knows they have Russell, except after this scene, they kind of forget to be worried about it at all and act with no sense of urgency.
Ms. Ensign To You
Name: Ensign Amy Martin. Age: 20s. Occupation: Naval Officer. Goal: To prosecute her rapist, who also happens to be an Admiral in the Navy, and thus in charge of everyone who would be involved in the prosecution. Despite Susan's and Liv's requests, the White House refuses to help out or take an official stance. Even a direct appeal from Mellie, who unfortunately knows something about unprosecuted rapes, can't sway Fitz. Sample Dialogue: "I'm the Assistant Communications Officer, Ma'am. "
I Wish Huck Had A Kill Pill
Huck takes the gag off Russell for some unknown reason, and Russell starts digging around in his mouth. Huck and Liv hold him down and Huck digs his gross fingers into Russell's mouth and pulls out a "kill pill" made of cyanide. Liv has flashbacks to her own kidnapping and torture. Later, she talks to Jake, who promises that Russell will never tell them anything. He reminds Liv that he was the original Russell, groomed by Rowan to seduce Liv and keep tabs on her. And when he fell in love with Liv, Rowan moved on to the next man on the assembly line. Liv talks about how the only good part of her kidnapping was the few minutes a day she was in the filthy bathroom because she felt safe from her father. She really just needs to kill her dad, I think. She's certainly had the opportunity.
Plot Lightning Round
Liv and Quinn are at the deposition or whatever it's called, waiting for the JAG lawyer to show up, and when he does, it's Travis from Cougar Town. He's all bumbling and young and hickish and they are concerned but not that surprised that the Navy assigned them the worst possible lawyer. Liv tries to interject a question, which causes the Admiral to go off on her, basically calling her an enemy of the state. He claims he wasn't even on the ship the night of the alleged rape.
Quinn and Liv set out to prove that the Admiral was on the ship, but they need the security logs that would show where he swiped his badge that night, and those are classified. Abby shows up at OPA to help on the DL.
Liv gets a call and goes to visit Amy on the ship, where she learns that Amy wants Liv to smuggle her off so that she can get an abortion. Liv urges her to wait until eight weeks so that they can test the DNA of the fetus and use it as evidence, but Amy says she can't have that man's child inside her any longer. This is the point where I realized I've watched too much misogynist SVU, because I was expecting it to turn out that the whole thing was a ruse for this lady to get an abortion, and she was never raped. Then I remember that this show hates women a lot less than most other shows on television. Liv promises to help but then a senior officer shows up, orders Liv off the ship, and won't let Amy go with her.
Amy is restricted to the ship, so Olivia makes up a sick relative to get her off it. Liv calls Fitz for help getting access to the classified security logs. He can't help, but he empathizes. Liv holds Amy's hand while she has an abortion. It's sad that seeing a woman get a perfect normal and necessary procedure is such a rarity on television, and that it was probably only "okay" to show because she was raped. But at least they showed it and didn't give her a miscarriage or have her go crazy afterward.
Spin Off Idea
Jake and Russell (and any other former Rowan acolytes they can round up) sit around a table (in a high security classified prison facility, let's hope), drinking beers and reminiscing about the crazy shit they did in the name of B613, which we see in flashback. Also, they all get to try out their Joe Morton impressions, because that's always hilarious.
Main Cast: Jake; Russell; Rowan (flashback only because in this show, he's dead); the five agents who preceded Jake.
New Characters to be added: A Marshall-from-Alias type tech guy who helps them prep for their missions in flashback; a grizzled old security guard who likes to listen to their stories and helpfully asks question to prod them along.
Sample episode plot: Agent #2 tells the tale of the time he was assigned to tail Olivia while she was in college and attended her first fraternity party. While Olivia wanders around the party, oblivious, Agent #2 follows in her wake and disappears the guys who roofied her drink, felt her up, etc. The whole thing is shot in one continuous take, like that scene in True Detective.
Last Exit To Springfield
Who called the meeting? Lizzie.
What's it about? Mellie has a campaign rally in Springfield; the last time she visited that fair city was the night Jerry died on stage.
How'd it go? It's terrible. Mellie doesn't even want to go to Springfield, and she super-doesn't want to give a speech about Jerry while there. Lizzie explains that they are losing women voters because Fitz won't take a public stand on military rape, so Mellie needs to "lean in" to her son's death and make an emotional appeal. Mellie is like "How dare you!" and "Good day, sir! I said GOOD DAY!"
Wrap It Up
Fitz comforts a despondent Mellie and says he'll go with her to the rally if it'll help. She's unsure what to do, and Fitz says that Liv would tell her to throw her husband under the bus.
Abby delivers the classified logs to Liv. They confirm the Admiral's alibi, but Liv realizes that the Admiral's right-hand man isn't accounted for. She accuses him of scanning the Admiral's badge for him to set up an alibi. That dude has a terrible poker face. Liv threatens to find the security footage from that night, which she's sure will confirm her suspicions. The Admiral admits to nothing and kicks Liv and Quinn off the base.
The security footage mysteriously leaks online, and the Admiral is seen dragging Officer Martin into his office, so he's totally guilty and caught red-handed. The Admiral confesses to his guilt.
Mellie gives her speech in Springfield, but instead of talking about Jerry, she talks about how Fitz is totally wrong on the military rape issue. She vows to make it a point to change the archaic military laws surrounding rape and assault if she's elected, and the crowd cheers. Mellie also vows to tell us her secret for shiny hair because that shit looks waxed. I can see my reflection in it.
Amy thanks Liv and Quinn for their help and, as they leave the courthouse or tribunal or whatever, Quinn notices a trophy case of photos. One of them is labeled Virgil Plunkett (Amy's JAG lawyer), but the photo is a totally different person. Seems a bit odd that no one in the military noticed that someone was impersonating an officer for like a week, but okay.
That's because Fake Virgil/Travis is actually working for Rowan. He's Jake 3.0. He manages to fool Huck into letting him in, sedates Huck, and frees Russell. He weirdly doesn't kill Russell OR Huck, which seems like a cop-out. At least now we know Fake Virgil's fake accent was supposed to be fake, because that shit was bad. Jake, Liv, and Quinn all show up and find out Huck is alive and Russell is gone. Hey, remember after the phone call earlier when you guys were all worried that Rowan was going to find you? MAYBE YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING WITH THAT INFORMATION.
After her successful Springfield speech, Mellie is taken to meet a big donor. We hear the Secret Service call Mellie by her code name, Foxtail. Wouldn't Liv know Mellie's code name? Wouldn't a lot of people? I feel like that's fairly public information. Anyway, Mellie goes in to meet her big donor, and it's Rowan. So that sets up next week's finale, I guess? I'm not sure how having access to Mellie helps Rowan, or at this point what Rowan's endgame even is.