As promised, the season finale of "Scandal" on Thursday was one big can of crazy -- an episode packed with so many wild, whiplash-inducing moments that chiropractors all across America will undoubtedly benefit today.

Let's quickly recap:

-- Rowan survived the Maya stabbing attack. Doctors say the blade came THIS close to his heart.

-- Maya's bomb, indeed, did go off at Hightower's funeral. But Sally got out of the church alive and used it to her political benefit. (A ripped dress and some well-applied makeup helping the cause). Dejected, Olivia and Cyrus tell Fitz that he is sure to lose the presidency.

-- Huck and Quinn have sex. In the office. Yuck. (He later dumps her when she reveals to him his long-estranged family).

-- Olivia, for some reason, chooses the final depressing, dismal hours at the White House, to drop another kind of bomb. She tells Fitz the Big Jerry secret -- how his father raped Mellie years ago. All that talk of starting a family and making jam in Vermont is put on hold as Fitz rushes to Mellie's side.

-- With his family there for support, Fitz is ready to make one last big presidential speech, but -- WAIT -- his 15-year-old son, Little Jerry, begins to cough up blood. He hits the stage floor and dies from bacterial meningitis! Oh, Little Jerry, we hardly knew ye.

Olivia's first thought? Fitz is now going to win the election. She hates herself for it. "How did we get like this?" she asks Cyrus. "When did we stop being people?"


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-- No surprise here: It was Maya who had the boy killed. Fitz wants her dead and Papa Pope is happy to oblige.

-- A SWAT team swoops in and captures Maya on the street, coming out of a bank. The apprehension seems way too easy. The president is informed that Maya has been disposed of.

-- In the midst of it all, Olivia drops another bomb. She's going to quit the fixer business. She's leaving on a jet plane and doesn't know when she'll be back again. "It's me. I'm the scandal," she tells Jake. "And the best way to handle a scandal is to shut it down."

Jake responds by asking Olivia to take him with her. Sure. Why not? Nothing really has to make sense on this show.

-- As Olivia and Jake take to the air, we learn what REALLY went down and why Rowan wanted his daughter "shielded" from it all. It was Papa Pope, of course, who orchestrated the boy's murder -- with the help of Secret Service guy Tom. It was all part of his brazen scheme to be reinstated as the big boss of B613.

But why kill the poor kid who never had much screen time to begin with? "He took my child. I took his," he disgustingly explains.

Harrison managed to figure it all out and he may have paid for it with his life, although we don't actually see him being killed. Meanwhile, Maya, was most certainly not killed. She's been put back into her cage like the rat she is.

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