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‘Scandal’ Cast Reacts to Tonight’s Episode: Mellie Gets Trump’d, Jake Is a Snake, Abby Betrays Cyrus

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched “Scandal’s” March 17 episode, titled “I See You.”

The tables have turned. “Scandal” brought out a whole new set of claws from a few unsuspecting Gladiators on Thursday night’s episode, which saw Abby (Darby Stanchfield) going behind Cyrus’ (Jeff Perry) back to get him fired.

After the past few episodes in which Cyrus has been betraying President Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) to try to create a new president in Latino politician Frankie Vargas (Ricardo Chavira), Abby caught on to Cyrus’ master plan so she decided to give him a taste of his own medicine and betray him right back. With her eye on Cyrus’ spot in the White House, Abby went right into the Oval Office to tell Fitz what Cyrus has been up to and Fitz told her that if she wants his job, she had to fire him — and she did.

“Scandal” also brought back a familiar face tonight with the return of wealthy lobbyist Hollis Doyle (Gregg Henry) who hasn’t been on the show since Season 3, following his instrumental role in the Defiance storyline during the second season. Now that he’s back, he’s playing an on-screen version of Donald Trump.

Hollis cozies up to Mellie, telling her that he wants to help her with her own campaign, and after she divulges her strategy and plans, the over-the-top trickster announces his own run for president, stealing Mellie’s campaign slogan and funding his own campaign. Throughout the episode, Hollis makes many remarks reminding everyone just how wealthy he is, in addition to a few one-liners about immigrants. (Sound familiar?)

Finally, Olivia (Kerry Washington) is onto Jake (Scott Foley). Last week’s cliffhanger showed that Jake is now engaged and if that didn’t seem fishy enough, Liv realized that her former flame isn’t in his engagement for love — he wants something else. How did she know? He pulled the same trick on her: bumping into her and breaking her phone.

This week at PaleyFest in L.A., Shonda Rhimes and the “Scandal” cast talked about all of their shocking storylines after screening the new episode. Here’s what they said:

Kerry Washington on Jake: “That reveal at the end means that her hunch is right — there’s something deeper to uncover. I don’t think she knows what it is yet, but by god, she’s listening to her gut!”

Scott Foley on what Jake may have up his sleeve: “Every guy’s got a move!” he joked of the phone bit. “It’s interesting, right? We sort of see Olivia recognize a pattern there and it sets her on her way for whatever going to happen next week and even the future … where it’s headed is some place that I didn’t expect. I still don’t know all the details, but it’s going to add quite a bit to the show going forward.”

Jeff Perry on what Cyrus will do, now that he’s been fired from the White House: “You never know with Cyrus … There’s a way in which I think Cyrus is getting bit of what he wants. He needs to move on. There’s a way in which the mercenary Cyrus is looking for what’s my next roost.”

Bellamy Young on Hollis Doyle stealing her thunder: “Who knew he’s such a snake!”

Guillermo Diaz on Huck’s storyline, which saw him deciding to stop stalking his son: “I think it’s very big of Huck and kind of interesting that he’s grown as a person and a character that he’s able to say, ‘I’m going to let them go for their good.’ I think Huck is really trying to become a better person.

Shonda Rhimes on Huck turning a new leaf: “I think he’s coming around to being a different person. I think everybody is evolving this season. There’s been a lot of darkness for him and he’s trying to become a better person.”

Is Lizzy (Portia de Rossi) jealous of Susan Ross’ (Artemis Pebdani) relationship with David (Josh Malina)? “I think his interest in Susan is slightly unexpected,” de Rossi said. “I don’t know if I’d go as far to say jealous, but she’s curious. It takes a lot for Lizzy for get unhinged. I think she’s going to pull herself out of the depths of what it could possibly be and just keep manipulating.”

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