It’s been six months since everything went down in “Grant: For the People.” Mellie is showing big time as she picks out color patterns for the baby’s nursery in the Oval Office. Fitz is only half-listening as she prattles on about their upcoming interview with nationally-loved news reporter Kimberly Mitchell. They’ll be revealing the sex of their baby, “America’s Baby” according to Mellie, on national TV. Fitz has other things on his mind, like a possible attack on East Sudan to stop recent genocide atrocities. We’re guessing he’s also thinking of Olivia.
Speaking of Olivia, she’s on her way into court with defense attorney Moira O’Donnell. The throngs of reporters outside ask about their client, who has been branded with the colorful nickname of “The Molotov Mistress.” Her real name is Lindsay Dwyer, but we know her as Quinn Perkins. U.S. Attorney David plays an audio tape where Quinn/Lindsay threatens to kill her cheating boyfriend. Two days later, the guy and six of his coworkers were blown to bits after a bomb was delivered to his office. Lindsay Dwyer was the prime suspect.
A motion to dismiss the case due to the state’s circumstantial evidence is denied. The case is not going well. Part of the problem is that Lindsay Dwyer ran away. She later became Quinn Perkins, though this was not her idea. She claims to have been knocked unconscious by a mystery person. She woke up in a Washington, DC hotel with everything she needed to begin a new life as Quinn. It’s a life that may be drawing to a close as David is asking for the death penalty. He believes the defendant is a cold-blooded killer. The jury is likely to agree.
Olivia has been discreetly meeting with Cyrus at a park for five minutes every other Monday. She lets him know that she’s moved on from Fitz. Speaking of moving on, Steven quit the firm and moved to Boston. This new wrinkle only adds to a workplace that’s somewhat divided over Quinn’s case. Abby, for one, thinks she’s lying about everything. The team’s best bet is to find the mystery man who knocked out Quinn. Huck is on the move to check out any video cameras that were operating near the hotel where she woke up.
Quinn is scared. She consults with another attorney to take a plea deal. In other words, she fires Olivia. Quinn demands to know how her boss knew her true identity. Olivia’s response that she does her homework doesn’t fly with Quinn. What does make an impact is Olivia’s vow that she will not let her down. Quinn is her client once again. There will be no plea agreement.
Fitz is trying his best to avoid going to war over the East Sudan situation even though, as Cyrus and Mellie know, such a decisive action would go a long way toward getting reelected. Energy tycoons like Hollis Doyle from Texas would also love the obscene profits companies like his would make if a war was in the future. Still, Fitz does not take the idea of sending soldiers into battle to possibly die lightly. He’s completely caught off guard when Mellie implies her hubby’s about to storm East Sudan during their joint TV interview.