How has The Oval been for you thus far? Dramaful, right? Yes, I said dramaful! I know it’s not a real word but that’s how I feel!
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Anyway, we pick up tonight’s episode with first lady Victoria attempting to go down on a secret service agent named Max. Max explains that he’s happily married and also just isn’t into it. He doesn’t physically put up a fight, but he keeps saying, “Ma’am!” with emphasis, as in, “Please stop!” but she won’t stop. You know the Franklins don’t understand boundaries.
Victoria finally hears his protest and stops what she’s doing, but then asks if he’s not into it because he’s not attracted to her and starts trying to get it poppin’ again. Max finally gets more aggressive. He grabs her, tells her to stop and that she’s being unprofessional.
In one of the first attempts to humanize Victoria, she goes on this spiel about how she only stayed with Hunter because she put him in the White House. She claims she’s usually more in control than this, but Hunter drives her nuts and she’s under a lot of pressure to prove to her family and the world that she’s worthy.
Basically, she’s screwed up in the head because her light-skinned mother being in a relationship with her dark-skinned father caused drama on her mother’s side of the family. When Victoria was born with her beautiful brown complexion, her mother’s family didn’t like it.
Victoria was shipped off to boarding school so as not to put a stain on her colorist family’s light-skinned legacy, and eventually she met Hunter in college. She said Hunter was always an idiot, but she saw his potential, and therefore her potential through him. Once Hunter actually did become somebody, her family stopped shunning her. In Victoria’s mind, marrying the All-American White Boy was the thing that she hoped would make America take her seriously.
Eh...and it doesn’t seem like that’s working. Someone break out the world’s smallest violin.
Anyway, Max is looking at her like, “Cool story, sis,” before she finally just berates him and storms out. And as soon as she leaves, her son, Jason, pops up from underneath the dining table like the little creep he is. He tells the agent that Victoria will get him eventually because she always gets what she wants.
At this point, Max is super annoyed because he was sexually assaulted by the first lady, and now her crazy son is here being a stalker. Max’s only response to Jason is to scold him about lurking around. Jason basically said he can do what he wants because it’s his house. Because, again, the Franklin family knows no bounds.
Speaking of lack of boundaries, let’s fast forward a bit. Hunter is missing his mistress, Denise. So he calls her and tells her to come over, but she is "shook"! Remember how the first lady beat her down last week? Yeah, so she’s not about to deal with that again, and she tells Hunter it’s a wrap. But again, the Franklins know no bounds, so this isn’t over. As a matter of fact, later on, he demands that Max go and scoop her up. Hold that thought, though.
In other news, Kyle, the secret serviceman who has been stalking Donald, the chief of staff, gets home, where he’s harboring Bobby. He was supposed to have killed Bobby after the latter broke into Donald’s house, but we’ve already established that they’re working together on some secret mission that isn’t quite clear yet.
Anyway, Kyle got a hold of more information from the night that Bobby and Lilly were at the airport. He got some photos (via surveillance) of the two of them sitting next to each other, leaving the lounge together, but then going separate ways after a gap in the footage. There was a blind spot, so there are no photos of them going into the bathroom, but Kyle demands to know what happened. Bobby plays dumb.
Later on, Bobby calls Lilly and tells her that if Kyle calls her, then she should maintain that they coincidentally sat next to each other but nothing happened. For now, only Bobby, Lilly and Kyle know something is up between the former two, because Kyle gave Donald an edited version of the files they collected on Bobby, i.e. he left those photos out. Kyle does actually confront Lilly later on, and she plays dumb, as she was instructed to.
Gayle is still at Picky’s stash house thottin’ and boppin’, but because she’s a narcissist, she calls her brother to see if anyone missed her at the White House yet. Jason says no one even knows she’s gone because his plan for her to get out was airtight, but then he says they need to talk about what she owes him. And that’s when she hangs up.
We already know that Jason is not above blowing up her spot in retaliation, and that’s exactly what he does. Once Victoria finds out that Gayle is missing, she sics the secret service on her. So little do Picky and Gayle know their time together is numbered.
Next, we find Barry at Denise’s shop. Here’s where things get interesting, Denise is actually Ruth’s twin sister. Ruth was Barry’s baby mama, if you recall. Denise and Ruth hadn’t been on speaking terms since Ruth joined the cult. So this is the moment that Barry informs Denise that Ruth is dead. Denise wasn’t really surprised, but their conversation gets cut short when Max comes in and literally kidnaps her. Barry hid throughout this entire ordeal, so he’s not caught up for now.
Back at the stash house, Picky and Gayle are still cuddling in bed, thinking everything is all good. They start making out again—really comfortable—and then Barry walks in on them. He and Gayle lock eyes, but Gayle is so shocked that her jaw is basically on the floor.
And end scene.
Gayle isn’t as sneaky as she thought. Next week, the consequences of her actions will come back to bite.
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