‘Scandal’: Is Cyrus Really Free? And Who Killed Frankie? (SPOILERS)

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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the episode of “Scandal” that aired on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Following last week’s shocker the revealed Tom Larsen (Brian Letscher) as Frankie Vargas’ killer, this week’s episode was set in jail with Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) behind bars.

“It’s been actor heaven,” Jeff Perry tells Variety about his grueling two episodes over the past couple of weeks, which have put his character, Cyrus, through a whirlwind of turmoil.

At the top of the episode, Cyrus has been arrested for assassinating the president, Frankie Vargas, along with Tom. Both are in prison, but they’re being held in different wings of the complex. “He’s the reason I’m in here,” Cyrus tells the guard. “Him and his lies.”

Though Cyrus maintains his innocence, the rest of the White House — except for Abby (Darby Stanchfield) — truly believes him and Tom are responsible for Frankie’s death, so much so that Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) orders the death penalty on his former right hand man.

Meanwhile, back in a more pleasant D.C., Mellie (Bellamy Young) is celebrating becoming the president, alongside Olivia (Kerry Washington), assuming that Cyrus is in jail for good.


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Cyrus gets a beating in prison — literally. The guards gang up against him and punch him out, leaving his lifeless body on the ground, and sending him into a hazy dream about a better life when he is president. Turns out, that dream could be foreshadowing into “Scandal” episodes coming up…

In true Cyrus fashion, Mr. Beene comes up with a master plan to have Tom killed in jail because he’s so angry at him. But while Tom is being beaten up, he yells, “I’m innocent.” Tom breaks free and Cyrus realizes that it actually wasn’t Tom who killed Frankie, therefore cleaning his slate, as well.

At the same time Cyrus is realizing his innocence, back at OPA, the Gladiators are hard at work and find evidence that Tom was not even in town the night that Frankie was shot. He was actually far away in Atlanta.

So, if Cyrus and Tom are innocent, then who killed Frankie?

Off-screen, Perry admits that the cast knows who killed Frankie, but the reveal won’t come immediately. In fact, the season has shot through episode nine and even Cyrus still doesn’t know the shooter’s identity.

“Jeff Perry knows, but Cyrus doesn’t know,” he laughs.

When asked by Variety about the possibility of Papa Pope (Joe Morton) being the killer — it’s just our theory, but he has been suspiciously quiet this season! — Perry laughs and replies, “That’s where my head and where Cyrus’ head goes first.”

Is there any chance that Tom was lying and he is actually responsible for Frankie’s death?

“We always check our expectations,” Perry tells us about “Scandal’s” twisty-turny nature. “What I’ve learned about our writers is that they’re professional surprisers.”

Before Cyrus went to jail, he was appointed to be the president. But even now that he may be free, Perry says not to count on him taking the Oval Office just yet. “Cyrus’ personal belief is that he’s very innocent and that he’s not even implicated through Tom, so he sees a little window to actually be sprung from prison. But that hasn’t happened literally yet.”

However, Perry notes that Cyrus does truly trust that Tom is innocent, at this point. “Cyrus, I think, really believes that it’s true and that he got out.”

Leave a comment below: Who do you think killed Frankie? And are Tom and Cyrus really innocent?

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  1. Sharisse says:

    Have been a huge fan up until this season getting way to bizarre it’s gone way out on limbs before now it’s just getting ridiculous. SORRY BUT NO MORE, you’ve turned the show into a murder mystery every week sorry no more appeal.

  2. Hey Jay smith says:

    Jeff Perry is brilliant!

  3. courtney gollett says:

    i think vargas brother killed him out of jealousy and because he got kicked off the campaign

  4. Nikia Williams says:

    By the way Shondra please don’t kill any major’s I wish you could bring back Harrison some how I love everybody and they all make the show!

  5. Nikia Williams says:

    The young lady that Cyrus thought was messing around with Vargas, her friend seems suspicious to me. It’s something about her that’s connected or not right. I first thought Olivia had something to do with it. Then I thought Abby did to frame Olivia and that’s why Abby was adamant about not wanting Cyrus to be held accountable. I thought Poppa Pope & Jake was too obvious so this will be most interesting. I thought it was coming back on tonight I took my shower early! What happened😫😫😫😫

  6. Shellz says:

    Jake killed Frankie. He mysteriously went missing right before the shooting. Although poppa Pope didn’t pull the trigger himself, I’m pretty sure he gave the order

  7. LIz says:

    I hope Jake and papa pope will be killed at the end of this season. Scandal is boring

  8. Really??? says:

    I don’t care for Cyrus AT ALL!!!!! I want Jake back!!! Who the hell cares about Cyrus!!!????

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