After a several month hiatus, many were left wondering if waiting around for Olivia Pope would be worth it? The answer? Hell. Fricking. Yes.
The season premiere of Scandal delivered punches, blows and some endearing moments between characters that I thought were too far gone.
How could Shonda make the show dramatic when reality was scary than any drama series lately? Normally… she did the unthinkable. She killed the President elect. She has MAJOR balls. To think, she wanted to air this episode 2 days before Trump’s actual inauguration!
We pick up the episode on election night and it’s very clear, Mellie Grant will not be the next President of the United States. She’s optimistic but Fitz knows Liv has to talk her down. “You have to concede,” she tells her, forcing her to make a call to Vargas’s camp.
The smell of defeat is not one that clears out quickly. This is what they’ve all worked for their whole lives. And to lose to Cyrus Beam? Low blow. So low, Mellie and Liv put aside their differences to drink loser’s champagne in the bathtub. It’s a sweet moment between the President’s ex-wife and his mistress – two power hungry women who put aside their differences because they knew that they were too goal-oriented to hold a grudge and not help each other out.
That didn’t last long though because pretty soon, Vargas was shot while gearing up for his victory speech. Of course Olivia assumed it was her father’s work. After all, he wanted Jake on Mellie’s ticket so badly, he went to great lengths to get it. Rowan denied it all however, pointing the finger at Cyrus. The only thing Cyrus loves more than himself is power. He was capable of rigging Fitz’s election, what would stop him now?
Olivia’s gut was 100% sure that Cyrus was behind it but that wasn’t enough. And there was no proof. No one at Pope & Associates could connect Vargas’s shooting to his VP. Liv was ready to ambush Cyrus, make him fess up to killing the next President but upon arriving at the hospital, she was him in full on shock mode. Even Abbie was convinced he was innocent.
That is until Huck recovered a recording from a woman working on Vargas’s camp. The call was made RIGHT AFTER the shooting and she admitted to knowing Cyrus was responsible. As Huck and Quinn made their way to the woman’s wooden cabin hide out, it burst into flames, killing her.
So now Liv KNOWS Cyrus did it, but still has no proof. The lesson here? Never ever question your gut.
Unfortunately, her realization comes too late. Fitz has already gone to Cyrus and offered him the job as the next President of the United States. In terms of low blows, this one is major to Mellie. Her husband cheated on her and then gave the presidency she so badly wanted to the other team. After all she’d given up for him to become President.
Liv however was determined to make Cyrus pay for this and she stormed right into his office and made him aware that she was ready to take him down.
Thoughts on the episode? Do you really think Cyrus is responsible? How much did you miss Liv? With Fitz done with the presidency, is there room for Vermont? It seems like they still have quite the connection and the chemistry!