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It’s the Republican National Convention and I’m having deja vu watching a woman accept her party’s nomination to be the next President of the United States. Mellie Grant does not know what is in store for her in this happily tinged flashback.
Marcus and Mellie have quite the chemistry and of course here comes Olivia Pope trying to tell her client how to avoid a Scandal telling Mellie to keep her knees closed. Zingers are shot right back becaus Mellie fires right back with a “I’m not you or Fitz.”
Ah, team Pope and her merry band of sociopaths are gathered in the Oval Office contemplating all the evidence (mostly circumstantial) arguing about whether or not Cyrus was behind the assassination of Senator Frankie Vargas. The posturing amongst Abby, David & President Fitz is always interesting due to the ever changing dynamics of the struggle of power.
Nelson McClintock turns his confession that was being coerced on him by David Rosen into a nice statement of defense and is adamant that he was not the one who murdered Vargas.
The first sit down between Cyrus and Mellie is a must according to Fitz to avoid the implosion of the United States of America. The choice of words used in Scandal Season 6 is the writing team’s way of letting what is happening in our political climate sink in to the politics of the Scandal universe.
In what didn’t come as a shock, Cyrus offers Mellie a chance to serve in his administration as his Vice President, right after Mellie accuses him of trying to murder her as well.
There is nothing more satisfying than watching Mellie Grant take down her enemy, and her rundown of Cyrus is a prime example. Letting Cyrus know that she earned everything that she has had thus far, and that he was not the candidate, but that she was, she still is, a candidate and she will get what she wants.
The scenes between Marcus and Mellie are adorable only because they are the precursor to whatever event leads to Marcus’ role as Press Secretary for the White House.
The classic “man teaching woman” trope with him standing behind her, their eyes closing and the passion scintillating between them, their feelings forbidden. Shonda Rhimes, I love you and all, but you have to do better!
The ever resourceful Quinn & Charlie undercover as FBI agents at the site of the cabin and the witty banter by Charlie talking about their pending nuptials shed light to the real humanity of the characters.
“You didn’t choose me, nobody does” a classic line uttered by classic victim Smelly Mellie. We all want Mellie to win, but she can’t seem to get a victory the right way, the way she earned it.
It wouldn’t be an episode of Scandal if there was not a love scene between two characters that should not be engaing in said behavior, but that is to be expected!
It’s time for Pope & Associates victimology! Tonight’s victim is Jennifer Fields aka Scandal Season 6’s first mole.
The intriguing part of Liv’s ploy to district her target, Director Webster is that she’s not expecting the line of questioning about the sexual tension between the Director and President Fitz.
Good ol’ Jake has managed to get McClintock to confess to the shooting of Senator Vargas, as evidenced by the look of sheer fright on his face and the large pile of piss underneath McClintock. That’s going to need a lot of bleach!
I am convinced that Olivia owns stock in every winery in America. She’s always stocked with some red vino.
“The Constitution is burning” as the scene leads to Olivia and Abby sparring once again for position in the White House as the tables have turned and Liv has questioned Abby’s motives and the right and wrongs of her actions.
It’s time for Pros & Cons with Marcus & Mellie, and what seems to be the biggest pro is that Marcus and Mellie could be together since Mellie would not be under a microscope as VP, as Marcus tells Mellie he chooses her and she needs to choose him.
“It’s love and I have gone so long without it” is followed up by “Is this what you felt with Fitz?” Mellie is truly HAPPY, a first in nearly 6 seasons of Scandal. The question is will it last? Will he end up dead?
As a fan, I appreciate the camaraderie between Olivia and Mellie after watching them spar for so many years, being on opposite ends of Fitz and the power struggle for who the true First Lady is, but I almost feel as if the pep talk Olivia is giving her is coming from a place of true concern, or if she’s “handling” her client. Only time will tell.
Listening to Huck gives me an ulcer because I’m nervous that I’m going to miss something he may have said and I’m going to be quizzed on the material.
Well, well, well if it isn’t Olivia Pope interfering in someone else’s life once again asking Abby to separate them like lustful school children who can’t keep their hands off one another.
It was only a matter of time before Mellie and Olivia came to blows as Mellie shows up unexpected and berates her friend for getting Marcus the post as Press Secretary.
“You don’t get to be vulnerable, weak or compromised by anyone” is how Pope rationalizes her decisions and the sacrifices she had to make on behalf of Mellie to get her to the Oval Office.
With the news of Mellie being offered the position of Vice President and her lingering words that Olivia will never get to the White House again while Cyrus and Mellie are in office is a threat that will not be taken lightly.
Mellie is playing right in to Olivia’s planted thoughts about Marcus taking advantage of her, which is reasonable for Mellie as she’s not the most rational character on Scandal.
The idea that the characters of Scandal Season 6 are going to be heavily divided harkens back memories to the early days of the show, when there were a lot more divisions and less interactions between the major players in DC (Pope & Associates & the White House).
Watching Quinn frantically question whether or not she should marry Charlie is standard fare in terms of her character points, but the speech by Olivia lets her know that she is free from power, because she is being offered “normal” and is annoying. While it’s harsh for Quinn to hear it all, she knows that it’s the right thing to do.
The scene changes to the funeral of Senator Vargas with the major players all in attendance and the sheer look of vulnerability is not surprising, but almost refreshing. There is the utter look of disgust by Olivia on to Cyrus, but it comes from a place of knowing his history.
Mellie is circling around the Oval Office, as if it is her first time in there, completely forgetting that she in fact was the former First Lady, but this time it could have been HER office.
“Did it hurt this bad when you left Fitz?” A great way to make an entrance by the former First Lady as a means to apologize to her friend.
Well, well, well if President Grant doesn’t have a type, I’ll be damned!
Video footage of Vargas confronting Cyrus, presumably about Cyrus’ involvement in Vargas being shot in the state capital building last season is being aired and before the show closes, the camera pans out to Olivia proudly walking out of the Oval Office as President Grant calls for the Attorney General.
Tonight was definitely another piece of the Scandal Season 6 puzzle that will be filled in each week. I know I can’t wait for next week!
Scandal Season 6 airs every Thursday night on ABC at 9pm EST!