Scandal Season 3 Episode 12 Recap: So Many Secrets

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Does Olivia have eyes for another man besides Fitz?

The President of the United States certainly seemed to think so on Scandal Season 3 Episode 12. Could it be that Olivia’s fake boyfriend isn't so fake after all?

And then there's the long-suffering First Lady ...

After allegations of drug abuse in the governor’s mansion surface, new VP contender Andrew Nicholls takes the fall, claiming he needed pain meds fast.

A flashback reveals he’s lying, though, in a big way ... the real culprit was none other than Mellie Grant, who ordered the pills and attempted suicide!

Andrew found her and saved her, agreeing to keep the incident a secret, but not before she confesses a very dark secret and forges a bond with him.

Meanwhile, back in 2014, Olivia is sure her dad is responsible for leaking the story to the press and in turn, pushes Jake to have B613 look into this.

That's when it gets crazy. Quinn is watching Charlie, who is watching Olivia, who is trying to manipulate her dad into saying he wants to take down Fitz.

Later, Huck apologizes to Olivia, who tells him he went too far with Quinn, and reminds her that she shares some of the blame for this debacle as well.

At the same time in Scandal Season 3 Episode 12, Cyrus also enlists Charlie to help stop Publius, who sent new info on Daniel Douglas’ death to a reporter.

For most of the hour, Adnan didn't do much, but after offering Cyrus a big donation she returned home and is greeted by none other than Olivia’s mom.

“Are we in?” Maya Pope asks. “We’re in,” Adnan confirms.

After shutting down the drug story, Olivia confronts Mellie about her relationship with Andrew, implying Mellie and Andrew had an affair that has to end.

That's when the First Lady drops the bomb: “When I was given a chance to cheat, I kept my knees together and said no, we are not the same,” she says.

Another flashback proves her right. Mellie and Andrew have feelings for each other, but she ultimately rebuffs him as he tries to make a move on her.

Back in the present day, though, it's a different story.

The First Lady grabs the potential Vice President and kisses him passionately before leaving the room. That was a crazy twist. And as for Olivia and Fitz?

He asks point blank if she has feelings for Jake.

She answers honestly, saying, “I don’t know.”

To see last night's episode in full, follow the link to watch Scandal online at TV Fanatic and catch up on previous installments of the hit ABC series as well.

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