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Scandal Star Breaks Down Cyrus' 'Dehumanizing' Prison Experience, Previews Future Nightmares

In one of the most twisted episodes of Scandal to date, Thursday’s episode sent Cyrus to hell (and prison) and back — but he’s not out of the woods just yet.

Though the pseudo-bottle episode ended with an incarcerated Tom recanting his story to Cyrus (as another prisoner strangled a nearby guard to death with his own damn belt), Jeff Perry is quick to remind TVLine that not everyone was privy to that admission: “He still needs to survive the legal system. We haven’t seen him sprung just yet.”

Perry is, however, excited about the possibility of Cyrus being able to “actually face Frankie’s wife and daughter and truly say, ‘I didn’t do this. We didn’t do this.'”

Of course, Cy doesn’t know that Olivia — with whom he shared a devastating phone call, which Perry found “strangely fun” to act out — discovered proof of Tom’s innocence at nearly the exact same moment. Believe it or not, Perry still has hope that Cyrus and Liv’s friendship can survive this massive hiccup: “She’s very proud, and very much cut from Papa Pope,” he says. “But unlike her father, I think she’s actually capable of remorse and apologies.”

So, what’s on Cyrus’ to-do list moving forward — you know, besides becoming the first gay president?

“I would think he’d try to resurrect the marriage with Michael,” Perry says. “As much of a crazy monster as Cyrus is, there’s love there.” The same, however, might not apply to the other member of Beene family. “The audience always asks where Ella is — I don’t even think Cyrus knows Ella’s name,” Perry admits. “I believe that Cyrus is thinking, ‘Thank God someone like Michael is around with actual parenting instincts.'”

Below, Perry breaks down two of the moments that made this Gladiator squirm:

* Remember when Billy from Friday Night Lights straight-up spit in Cyrus’ face? It was quick, it was gross, and it was “dehumanizing.” Fortunately, the one thing it wasn’t… was real. “Magicians are never supposed to reveal this, but they have a little apparatus, sort of like the weirdest little homemade air rifle,” Perry says. “It shoots some sort of concoction at you. It took a few takes for it to land properly on my face, but it was great because when we got it, I heard [director Tom Verica] let out a whoop of, ‘Oh, that looks horrible — it was great!'”

* If you were thrown for a loop by that dream sequence — I’ll admit to briefly questioning whether it could be real — you’re not alone. “I was nicely fooled for a few pages at the table read,” Perry admits. “I liked what the writers did there, trying to subvert our expectations for a minute.”

* And if you — again, like me — thought this might actually be Cyrus’ final hour, Perry says he “empathizes” with you. “He deserves to be punished for everything he’s done, but the hardcore Twitter audience doesn’t want him killed yet. He’s too amusing! And I hope Shonda [Rhimes] listens, because I do love this work so much. Don’t kill me yet!”

Your thoughts on this week’s twisted hour of Scandal? Hopes for the madness still to come? Drop whatever’s on your mind in a comment below.

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  1. Brian says:

    The episodes have been better this season, but I notice this show just isn’t generating nearly as much talk on social media like in past seasons.

    • Cheyenne says:

      People have lost interest and the show has lost its audience. I don’t know five people who watch it any more.

    • Jim says:

      Papa Pope and Jake are still on the show, right? Yup, still not watching. Will continue to read recaps out of mild curiosity.

    • Karen says:

      Actually this season has been the worst it’s ever been. The only good thing would have been if Cyrus had actually died when they knew he was innocent. That would have been worthy of the show as it used to be but now to have to sit through a trial and he’ll get off and back in the white house within no time. It’s the stupidest storyline they’ve ever done.

  2. Cheyenne says:

    Just when you think this show has hit rock bottom, they take a shovel and dig down even lower.
    Fitz and the FBI director don’t have zero chemistry, they have minus chemistry. It’s painful to watch the two of them together. I was like, you’ve gotta be kidding. That whole scene with them in bed together was so bad it was comical.
    Any president but Fitz would have fired Abby on the spot for that sh*t she pulled, pretending to speak for the president.
    The cons who beat Cyrus up said “We all voted for Frankie Vargas.” AFAIK, convicted felons in a penitentiary aren’t allowed to vote at all.
    Olivia has become an empty shell of her former character. There is no point to her any more.
    At this point I am past caring who killed Vargas. It will probably turn out to be Jake and Rowan as per usual, or someone hired by Rowan. This whole show has become boringly predictable.
    i knew Abby was going to end up boinking Jake. They are both so repulsive they deserve each other.

  3. Superwoman says:

    Gotta love a cannibal with standards…he could eat his family members but drew the line at the dog….lol, so horrifying but funny at the same time.
    I’m loving this season….but Abby needs to stop being such a lil b****.
    I’ve had it with her “I speak for the president” monologues..Fitz needs to be tougher & fire her!
    Looking forward to next episode with Jake and his wife.

  4. Sleepless says:

    FBI director needs to get off the presidential bed! Didn’t Fitz and Abby have a thing going at the end of last season…?
    And what about Huck and the campaign girl? So random and unnecessary and unconvincing!

  5. James R. says:

    Please we all know it was Jake that killed Vargas.

  6. Sarah says:

    Is it just me or does anyone else want Abbey to please SHUT THE HELL UP!!

  7. Einar says:

    I want to see more of Michael

  8. Sherry says:

    OMG get Abby out of the White House she’s annoying as hell and certainly not worth air time