Hello gladiators! Yes I know its been quite a while since I have written. Finally, the hiatus has ended and i am typing with a glass of red wine by my side. The “Scandal” hangover has set in and I have tried to make sense of tonight’s events. But that is what this blog post is for, isn’t it?
The election results are in and Mellie didn’t win. Vargas carried the vote and there seemed to be a lot similiar to the real election. The relationships are all supposed to be under question, but there was one that was painfully clear. Olivia has a tendency when she falls apart to want to run to one person and that is Fitz. Shades of the first season popped up when Olivia said that she needed a minute. She then said that she needed “One minute.” . Flashes of “The Trail” came across loud and clear.Kerry said in an interview that Olivia had problems and that was the reason for no pictures in Olivias office because she wants to start with a clean slate with her relationships. Has Olivia been seeing a therapist? Is this finally the year that Vermont can be claimed?
Mellie is not taking this well at all. She has only wanted this and she does not take defeat at all. Marcus is now Press Secretary. Another reference to history as when Olivia referred to the brief time that James was Press Secretary. Olivia is very familiar to the pulpit in the briefing room. Along with history, there was some current events mixed in. There was mention of voter fraud in the county where the Grants still had a residence. (Fitz doesn’t live there anymore because he gave Mellie it in the divorce.) But then there is a breaking news story, Frankie Vargas had been shot. When this happens , people start questioning everything and Olivia knows way too much. She also knows her father and runs to accuse him. It is almost as if Olivia is no longer afraid of Rowan. Abby has become the new gladiator and tells off the hospital and Secret Service that she is the boss. Olivia has trained her well, and so has Cyrus. Olivia is having serious flashback thoughts because the shooting mirrored an event that happened not even three years ago. That was when Fitz was shot. But the damage has been done , a bullet has went through Vargas skull and he is dead. There is only one problem when Olivia visits her father, he whispers to her that Cyrus Beene loves Cyrus Beene. She must prove that Cyrus was behind the shooting. After all, he staged the whole incident in the beginning that convinced Vargas to run in the first place.
The gladiators are not without jobs in this episode . Olivia puts them on the trace of finding the proof that Cyrus was behind the shooting. That isn’t all though. Liv finds out that Huck voted for Vargas because of the fact that he was also a Hispanic. Charlie is a little bit more nervous than usual. He had planned for him and Quinn to fly to the Caribbean. But the truth is revealed , he was going to propose. Charlie is very valuable to the gladiators, because he used to do the dirty work for Cyrus and knows the way he operates. How will Huck take this news?
The best scenes on “Scandal” often take place on the Truman balcony. This was the case tonight. Other than Kerry, Tony has the best screen chemistry with Bellamy. You almost want these two to get together if you didn’t know their history. He truly cares for her and wants her to get her wish. She now knows that he never wanted to be President and almost feels bad that she forced him into it. It is a shame that it took a divorce for these two to get along and confide in each other. Fitz now has to make the most difficult decision of his life and legacy, he has to decide between Mellie and Cyrus. When he has the proof, Fitz ceremoniously hands over the Presidency to him and tells him that he wants him to act like Vargas and treasure the beautiful gift he was going to hand over to him. Olivia is a little bit more apprehensive and tells Cyrus she knows he did it and she will prove it.
As for gladiator of the week, it goes to everyone. It is very hard to pick things up after you haven’t done it for so long. Despite the big drop in viewership after 5.9 , this team showed they still have it despite losing viewers and social media comments. They were welcomed back triumphantly and happily tweeted viewers. Just as they have done in the past, the cast was tweeting while they were shooting . Tonight almost seemed like we were watching a whole different show, but that has been the case in the past. We are now treating the show like Olivia said, “A clean slate.” The media has gone to great trouble to get out plot points and assure everyone this will be the best season yet. I sure hope so.
The show begins with everyone in the White House waiting for the results to come in. It is down to one county (no not Ohio, but the home state of the Grants, California) to decide .
But alas, there is an upset and Olivia cracks and can’t face that Mellie lost. She asks for ” one minute”. (And we have one brief Olitz moment as Fitz sniffs her hair, Gladiators! there’s still hope)
Since the electorial college is still a month a way , Fitz has a decision to make. He can either pick Mellie or Cyrus. It will be the legacy that he leaves behind until he leaves. Vargas is shot.
The minute Vargas is shot, Fitz and his Chief of the NSA, Jake (Scott Foley) start trying to find answers. (But Jake mysteriously disappears minutes before the shooting)
Other than Kerry, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) has the best chemistry with Bellamy Young (Mellie). Six seasons later, the actors who were going to be killed off are the stars of the show. Bellamy was also the winner of a Critics Choice Award last year. She has to win the award for the shows’s most changed character.
What a strange twist of events! Cyrus(Jeff Perry) has been the man behind Fitz for going onto twenty years. Now America is going to have its first gay President (James should have lived for this) But wait, before Cyrus is sworn in..
Olivia has been clued into the fact that Cyrus was the one who shot Vargas. She tells him she won’t rest until she proves he did it. But did he really do it?