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Ride, Sally, Ride

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Charlie meets with his new boss, Jake, as an introduction. Once Jake is sure that Charlie is on board with the new regime, he says that Quinn is not now and never will be part of B613, but he also doesn't want anything to happen to her. Charlie pretends he's totally fine leaving Quinn alone.

OPA is vetting Andrew Nichols, mostly so we can get his backstory. He's a successful governor of California in his first term, and he likes to date famous ladies in his own age group. Liv interviews him and basically asks why he's willing to hitch his wagon to Fitz, when everyone knows Fitz is a loser and Nichols has a shot at running for President someday. Nichols says that he's loyal to Fitz for getting him into the big time in the first place. Meanwhile, OPA hasn't been able to dig up any dirt on Nichols. So he's probably totally clean, right? That's how this show works.

Liv and Cyrus walk and talk about Nichols in the White House. Cyrus thinks Nichols is polling well, but Liv points out that his favorables are only among men because he reminds women of cheating husbands and boyfriends. Liv wants Cyrus to talk Fitz out of putting Nichols on the ticket. Cyrus says that Fitz is really into only having loyal people around lately; that's why he put Jake in charge of B613. This stops Liv short. She didn't know.

Liv finds her dad sitting on a bench by the US Marine Corps Memorial. She knew he'd be there because he used to take there after she thought her mom was dead. I bet that feels weird to say. They discuss the quote on the statue: "Uncommon valor was a common virtue." Liv says it used to remind her of her mother, but now it reminds of Rowan, because he let Liv hate him instead of hurting her with the truth about her mother.

Rowan isn't really interested in family memories, so Liv barges ahead: she knows Rowan is no longer Command and she knows he's probably upset about it. Rowan pretends he doesn't know what she's talking about, and then tells her that she has no idea what happened. Liv gets pissed that he won't accept her…what is she offering? Understanding? Sorrow? Empathy? Well, he's not having it, because he's still pissed. And then he launches into another classic Rowan speech, which I will reproduce here:

Rowan: "The married man you can't seem to stay away from had me abducted and locked me up in chains and talked to me about the way you taste while he allowed the TERRORIST who snaked her way into my marriage bed to clear US air space. What happened was the man you SCREWED betrayed me by freeing the woman who gave birth to you as a bargaining chip. What happened was the man who defiled you also defiled an organization that I gave my SOUL to build. That is what happened." Liv is near tears. Rowan goes on to tell her that Fitz is his enemy now, and he plans to use Liv to get back at Fitz. And if Liv were smart, she would run far and fast away from Fitz, because Rowan doesn't plan to let him make it to the end of his term. Is that a death threat? Is it bad if I kind of hope it is? Rowan gets up and tells Olivia that she should start grieving now, because it'll just save her time later.

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