'Scandal' Mid-Season Finale: Jake Says Goodbye To Olivia And Hello To A New Position

12/13/2013 01:39 pm ET

Things took an unexpected turn when Jake took himself out of the running for Olivia's heart on the mid-season finale of "Scandal."

"I loved you. Whatever happens next, I want to make sure you know that I loved you," he said. "I love you.”

Why the cryptic send-off? Because Fitz gave Jake an unexpected new appointment: He is now officially in charge of B-613, and Olivia's father is out. As for her mother, it seemed she successfully escaped, calling Olivia to promise her they'd see one another again soon.

“After tonight, even though Jake walked away from Olivia to become Command, I'm still pulling for a Jake-Olivia romance to be given a real shot," wrote TV Fanatic's Miranda Wicker. "I'm not even sure I can articulate why ... Jake as the new Command and seeing him work closely with Fitz will make a nice and complicated triangle out of those three come February.”

"Scandal" returns to ABC on February 27.

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