Scandal: Jake Ballard's True Identity and Huck's Past Revealed!
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday's episode of Scandal. Read at your own risk!]
If you are not currently bawling your eyes out over Huck's huge misfortune, then you have no soul.
This week's Scandal revealed the truth about Huck's (Guillermo Diaz) background, and exactly what "Seven Fifty-Two," the episode's title, actually means. It turns out, Huck was once a happy-go-lucky soldier with a wonderful girlfriend named Kim (Fringe's Jasika Nicole) waiting for him back home. Fortunately, Huck was offered a position in D.C. that would keep him close to home. Unfortunately, that position was with B613, the CIA Black Ops division that was essentially formed to torture and kill people.
Under Charlie's (George Newbern) tutelage, Huck learned the art of torture - and even began to like it. However, he lied to his employers, who had initially enlisted him because he had no family, wife or kids. In actuality, when Kim told him she was pregnant, he proposed, and they had been living together for quite some time before Charlie discovered the truth.
Now, here's the reason why Huck completely lost it upon being locked up in that crate: When Huck tried to run with his family, B613 locked him in an underground bunker, occasionally asking him if he had a wife and child. Although he readily admitted to it at first, they weren't looking for that answer and kept questioning him until his sanity finally gave and he said no. Satisfied with the brainwashing, they sent him back out in the field, but Huck was unable to perform his duties. Charlie was sent to kill him, but opted to spare his life as long as he never had contact with his family. (No wonder Huck has always refused to kill Charlie!)
When Charlie reports that Huck has been terminated, it's revealed that his boss is the as yet unnamed boss of Jake Ballard (Scott Foley). Yes, Jake is actually a member of B613. Take a moment to let that set in. Now, you're probably asking yourself why B613 made it seem like the head of the CIA was actually the mole. Our two theories: It was either in an effort to draw out the mole after offering up a false sense of security or they work for the mole.
There is some good news. It appears that Kim and her son are still alive, as evidenced by Huck's interaction with his son at the metro station at - you guessed it - 7:52am. (He gave his own father a dollar assuming he was some random homeless man.) If Huck is able to deduce that he truly did have a family (also totally makes sense why he used to watch a random family before Becky slaughtered them), maybe he'll be able to track them down and start to be whole again.
Either way, Jake's connection to B613 is not good for many reasons, namely his proximity to Olivia (Kerry Washington). As we know, there's no leaving B613. Even asking to be transferred off this case has likely raised suspicions with his superiors. (But hey, it seems like Charlie got out somehow, right?) Where will this all go? Seriously, Shonda Rhimes, hit us up. We want to know.
What did you think of this week's Scandal? Were you shocked by Huck's backstory? Were you moved by Diaz's Emmy-worthy performance? Grab a box of tissues, a bowl of popcorn and a glass of wine before hitting the comments!
Scandal airs Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC.
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