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The Gladiator Report

 Well gladiators,  the Gladiator Report returns with some good news and bad news. Our show has finally returned for the seventh season, the bad news is that this is it. We are now beginning the final season of the show and we are so sad. So many adventures, so many romances , and you can be sure that in this seventh and final season that we will look at the best of Scandal. There is also a few changes in the background of the show. Kerry is now a producer on the show. Tom Verica is gone so he can prepare to be executive producer of Shonda’s new show. There will be some new directors this season as well . Kerry shadowed Scott and will be directing her first episode. Darby also will be testing her directing chops. But have no fear, there will be episodes directed by old favorites Tom Verica, Scott Foley, and Tony directs the second episode.  There will only be eighteen episodes as well, with a lot of breaks in between.  But enough of that, let’s get to the premiere.

It is a new day in Washington and a new White House. With the death of Luna Vargas, a new Vice President has been sworn in.  Cyrus has almost reached his dream and is just steps from that Presidential seal. The Democrats are already courting him for the next election as their candidate. OPA has converted to QPA and the gladiators are trying to think of ways to get clients. David reminds them that OPA is a legend and no one knows about QPA. Olivia is running the show with blackmail and getting things done.  Hurray! A client comes in and she is looking for her missing father.  Rowan sits down and warns  Olivia that her day is coming, she can’t have it all. So much for the Sunday father and daughter dinner. Olivia has fallen off of the rails and is full blown cray cray. She can have it all and she has had cameras watching her father. But QPA has been doing their homework and find out that the father is a spy. Quinn goes to tell Liv the news, but she is a little busy….we won’t go into that.

Jake is her boy and that is obvious. She is the one calling the shots and she is now Jake’s boss. QPA finds out that the professor has been compromised and Jake recommends that he is killed. This is Olivia’s first order as Command and even though she has Luna killed, she doesn’t favor killing Americans. Quinn knows what goes on and is prepared to accept the man’s fate. Huck isn’t , and he goes to Olivia to remind her that the girl deserves a happy ending. At  least, she can be happy . Jake reminds her that she is rebuilding B613 and then goes to Mellie  Mellie has learned manipulation from the best and takes care of Cyrus.  Apparently, the Bashrami ambassador  doesn’t think that Mellie can handle the Presidency. Olivia isn’t playing games with the release of the CIA agent and has Huck take aim at the Ambassador’s son . He aims at his son , who is five and then he is forced to release the spy. The episode wraps up with Olivia calling Mellie on the carpet and says that they are a team. She can either make her asterisk or monument, her choice. Mellie is not stupid , so she wants it all. Cyrus returns and the college bill passes.But what does Olivia have planned next?  Why is she meeting men at a restaurant and then sending them to a hotel room? Meanwhile, someone is laying low right now and letting his ex wife have her day. But is he pining for Olivia while he settles in Vermont?

Meeting of Command,  Father and Daughter 

The Gladiators have a new boss Quinn!

President Grant, Vice President Beene and Chief of Staff Olivia Pope
 

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A Twisty , Crazy Kind of Story

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Shonda is a fucking genius. While we have been cursing her out for wrecking “Scandal”, she has managed to turn her entire show  back to where it should be. That’s the great thing about this show and Ms Rhimes, you can’t predict what’s going to happen. An examination of concscience , makes Olivia think about where she and Fitz are. But there is a lot of goodies before the two meet in a very familiar place.

Lately, Shonda and Olivia have been talking a lot of about history .  In the past two shows, there have been a ton of references to the past. Huck’s shooting  has made Olivia examine how far they have had to go for Fitz. The last time she made this kind of examination was when Rowan had Tom kill Jerry Jr. She and Cyrus sat and talked about becoming monsters. Olivia has gone through a lot in one hundred shows. She has fallen in love, become the world’s best fixer, worked in the White House, been kidnapped, had the men she love suffer for their relationships, reconcile with her absentee father and mother,  live with the leader of the free world, dump him, and murder the Vice President.  The 100th episode causes gladiators to remember the best and worst of this Capitol romance. That is what has made it different than other political dramas, in its purest form its a romance between a Washington fixer and her love affair with the President of the United States. But not just that, it is also has political intrigue and “Scandal”, the title isn’t too far from the truth.

But that’s another post…Jake, Fitz and Olivia are in the WH and they are trying to make sense of everything that has happened with Vargas. Olivia is glad her friend is going to be alright , but wonders how far she has gone for politics and fixing elections and murder. Did any of them sign up for this ? But then Olivia and Jake , think back to Defiance and the act that changed everyone lives.

“Scandal’s 100 is a twisted  version of  “It’s A Wonderful Life” . Instead of the I had never been born scenario, we have a if I never fixed the election scenario. Olivia goes back in her mind to the Grant jet and the vote. This time she says no…..she can’t fix the election. And as predicted, Fitz Grant never wins and becomes a normal citizen. A lot of the story is predictable…Fitz proposes to Olivia and they get married in a grand wedding. He has divorced Mellie and you would think they would live happily ever. Things change for a lot of the people. The winner for best comeback from the past has to go to “24 Legacy’s ” Dan Bucatinsky . Dan brought back the charm and sweetness that he won the Emmy  for his portrayal of the love of Cyrus’s life. We all know that Cyrus doesn’t love Michael, this proves that he was indeed meant to be with Mr. Novak. But in this episode, he is not paired with James. He has a much more dangerous partner in mind. The two are invited to the Pope – Grant nuptials, but they can’t sit together. James is disgusted by the way Cyrus treats him.

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So Cyrus thinks of his political future , both Grants are married following the divorce.

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Mellie enters into another political marriage … Mrs Cyrus Beene.. two political monsters

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And the other Grant marries for love…Governor and Mrs Fitzgerald Grant the Third…yes it happens in this universe.

The wedding is the social event of the season. Olivia ‘s gown is Anne Barge .   All of the gladiators are there . Huck gives her away since we all know that Rowan wouldn’t be welcome. (Well she never gets to know him in this universe) Abby is her maid of honor . Lindsay Dwyer is a reality star. (Quinn never came to be) There also might be a glance of Columbus Short in the audience. Yet with such brilliant imaginations, some characters were MIA from the episode. Where were the Grant children? Shouldn’t they have wanted to meet their stepmother? And Stephen should have been there as well. After all, he was the one to come back to rescue Liv.  Verna was probably dead because she was secretly suffering from cancer. But one man did show up at the wedding and that was Rowan. He couldn’t stand to see his little girl marry this man. Huck takes his place next to Liv

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Huck gives away Olivia to her groom… Fitz

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Lindsay is looking for her prince on a reality show

But things have never been better for Olivia professionally , she is working with social justice advocate , Marcus White. Fitz is now a political analyst , the equivalent of Sally’s show “The Liberty Report. It comes on every day at three. THE GRANT REPORT

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But this is all Fitz has. Olivia is making waves in Washington. She makes her way into the White House

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Olivia does get into the White House.. with very different results.

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But all Fitz can do is drink and be filled with regrets. He is jealous of his wife’s success and sickened by the fact that Mellie is running for President. He is this tv host that interviews reality stars.  He really hates the fact that he couldn’t even win the election.  Olivia tells him that she was the reason that he didn’t win was because she voted not to fix the election. He couldn’t have done it because he was mediocre and ineffectual.  The romance is dead and so is the Grants sex life. But Mellie goes ahead with her plans for the Oval and they include getting Novak as a reporter to help them. Cyrus is thrown by this development and tries to hide his relationship from his bride. But they try to get rid of Sally Langston by outing Daniel as a gay man. Mellie realizes that her hubby is gay and she can’t out another man and wreck a marriage. Her own marriage is no more than a lie. The man who gets the photos of Daniel is none other than Rowan. He and Cyrus are working together.  Fitz is questioning his and Olivia ‘s relationship and accuses her of having an affair with Marcus. He never sees her and so he drinks and then considers having an affair with Lindsay in his dressing room. But then he sees things all so clear. Olivia considers divorcing Fitz until she gets a visit from Mellie. She tells her she realizes that she made the right decision. She couldn’t have been First Lady if she knew that Fitz didn’t actually win.  Fitz realizes that he is lucky to have Liv and tells her that. Liv makes the final move as they meet and she hands him an envelope . With the way she talks with Abby, we assume the envelope has divorce papers. Instead , there is a deed for a house in Georgetown . She realizes that they are worth fighting for , courtesy of Mellie.

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But then we return to the present day,  Olivia has had time to think about her and Fitz and the present day situation. He wants to declare Cyrus innocent and also give him the Presidency as his successor. She just wants to end it, Cyrus will be happy, they can finally be happy, but one person won’t be happy

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Gladiator or Traitor ?

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Okay gladiators, it looks like that one of the original gladiators has got herself in quite a mess. Abby is more power hungry than Olivia.  But what is with all of this talk about Vermont for the soon to be former President Grant? Does this mean that even if we can’t see it? Olitz is back together? Anything is possible .

We finally returned to the night that Vargas was shot and the biggest surprise of all is Abby.  Before the election, Abby had already started to plan Fitz’s post Presidency. Now usually when a President leaves office, he does things like write his memoirs and build his Presidential library. Abby is one step ahead and is already working on establishing the Grant Foundation. Fitz has made his own plans. He wants to build the Grant Presidential Library in Vermont. Hmmm. Abby argues that he can be great and change the world. He tells her off , after all the man has served his country as a Naval officer , Governor, and President. He wants to have a normal life and leave this “blood sucking swamp.”  But unbeknownst to Fitz, Abby has been given an offer of three hundred million dollars if she plays their game. Their game is a dangerous one.  Marjorie (Zoe Perry) and her partner dangle the bait in front of her.  They know how to tempt a power hungry Abby and that is whisper the word “Run for President.”  But Abby is happy being the Chief of Staff for Fitz. So she thinks.

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Before election night, Abby shares some rare bourbon with Cyrus. She questions the decision and asks him how did he know that Vargas was Presidential material? He says that he just knows and that it is charisma and good looks. Fitz had it and so does Vargas.But then he warns her that after being with Fitz, she may never be whole again. She returns to the Oval  and continues to hear Fitz ramble on about Vermont and how she will be coming there. She fires back and tells the President that Liv will never follow him to Vermont. He tells her that is low even for you.  After another berating by Fitz, she makes her decision and tells Marjorie  she is in. But the three hundred million doesn’t come without a price. It turns out that it is a cover for a plot . If she decides to bail, they will say that it was a cover for a North Korean terrorist organization and Abby will be arrested for treason. She is informed that Vargas is going to be shot. abby and fitz on election

We move ahead to election night and Abby is encouraged by Mellie. She says we can do anything now. At this point, Mellie and her staff think she will win. The final votes come in and as we found out, Vargas is shot. In the midst of the chaos, Abby receives a call that it has been done and further instructions. She is having second thoughts and then she is told to go lock down the hospital. At the hospital is Meg (Crazy girl that Huck is dating) , she is posing as a nurse and gives her a packet of bullets to switch with the other ones. In case she has doubts, Meg shows her a video of a beaten up and kidnapped Leo. Illegally she has a medic start an autopsy  After the autopsy is stopped by orders of the President, she goes in and takes the bullet until she sees that the SSA coming back and she takes it upon herself to pull out the final bullet. She is in shock when Cyrus is framed for the shooting  She believes in him and tells him she will go to war for him. But when she goes to get advice from David, she gets a surprise . David is dating the evil bitch from hell herself. It seems there is no one that is safe . She finds out that Jennifer is alive. The organization gets word of this and before you know it, Huck is shot by Meg and so is Jennifer. Abby is in bed with the Devil.

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Without a doubt, Darby Stanchfield is MVG of the week. Abby has not had an easy road with her ex who took away her confidence and self esteem. Though they do not have the same endearment as ‘the Twisted Sisters’, Abby and Olivia have stuck it out despite their little squabbles. She calls herself Olivia’s most loyal gladiator and she has proven herself time and time again. Her shining example is when Olivia was kidnapped and she was shut out of every meeting in the White House. But Abby came through with Steven and he was successful in rescuing her where the White House and the gladiators had failed. Abby didn’t have ambition until she was unceremoniously made Fitz’s campaign manager after he had berated Olivia and put her in her place. (I’m talking to my wife) When Liv left with Jake, she was made the Communications Director in the Second Term.  Along with the others, Abby felt abandoned. Despite these fights, Abby and Olivia had each other’s back. Liv would go to bat against Charles (Abby’s ex) and Abby would try to patch things up with Liv’s ex (Fitz). Darby gave a blue ribbon performance tonight as she fought with her conscience about her decision. She truly got in bed with the devil. She has shown she has more ambition than Olivia. Power is truly her drug. With heroes like PTSD Olivia and Cyrus Beene, what would you expect?

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Is this what’s in the future for Fitzgerald Grant? Hope so. He seems to think so.

What The Huck?

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Shonda has been changing the game ever since the show returned this year. Using the same plot devices as “HTGWM”, she has been telling the story of the election and Vargas’s assassination in each character’s point of view. We have been seeing characters that usually aren’t the most cuddly of characters. MIA this week are Mellie , Cyrus, and of course, Fitz. (Did this MIA for Mr Goldwyn have anything to do with his campaigning for Hillary?) This week the episode is seen through the eyes of Huck . Actually it is good to see lesser featured actors in these new episodes. It’s almost like seeing a whole new “Scandal”.

Olivia can’t trust her father , she never could. But hey look at all the crap he’s done. Killing Harrison , keeping Maya prisoner and making Liv think she’s dead, and killing Jerry Jr. with a deadly virus. That’s just a grocery list of his activities. Well this time he’s crossed the line and after trying to get Fitz and Jake to kill him and failed. She will do it herself and Huck will do it. Holding a gun on Rowan, Huck is told that if he kills him it won’t do any good, he is being manipulated and the thugs will not at all think twice about killing Olivia. He also tells Huck that there is a traitor among them. He immediately thinks its Quinn and the two draw guns. Now the team must bond to find the mole. (Another nod to history, the “Mole” was Billy Chambers who was going to bring down the Grant administration with Amanda Tanner’s help. Season One)  Olivia knows there is one person that she can’t trust and she figures she will be free when he is dead. He was the one who was pushing her for the Oval and it wasn’t her idea at all. Once again , she is being manipulated and she is tired of his antics.

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Olivia (Kerry Washington) tells Huck (Guillermo Diaz) she wants him to kill Rowan

But who is the mole? Huck realizes that someone may be playing him and so he has David take him to prison and he meets up with Becky. (You remember her? she tricked Huck into being framed for shooting Fitz.) Becky said that he had someone who was playing him right now. She also pointed out that he had too big of  a soft spot and that was his weakness. Meg ups the game by asking Huck to get her a private meeting with Olivia. He thinks that she is the mole and threatens her with drugs to tell the truth. Rowan placed a tracking device in Sandra’s corpse and Olivia sees the woman murdered. Huck tried to give Rowan the benefit of the doubt that people can change. Once again, Huck is made the patsy for the love of a woman. Meg is reunited with her friend, the late Jennifer and everyone has a happy ending. Once again with his vulnerability attacked and a vicious cycle between good and evil, the MVG is Huck. But wait….a new wrinkle in the ointment. Meg shoots Jennifer and then Huck.

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Huck has to learn to trust the right people ..including Meg (Phoebe Neidhardt)

The Shadow Orgainization arranged for this to happen and you will never guess who is behind it….

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She isn’t a gladiator anymore.. Abby (Darby Stanchfield) makes a deal with the mysterious lady (Zoe Perry)

Abby is now the most ambitious and evil . She is making deals with the devil and it appears that she had Huck shot. But…. has Abby reached the top of ambition? Will Huck survive the bullets? Can David save her from herself? If Olivia is in danger, who will be her knight in shining armor?

Tonight’s OMG episode was directed by none other than Peeping Tom…Tom Verica

Happy Birthday to Olivia’s Most Loyal Gladiator – Guillermo Diaz

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Today in 1975, a gladiator was born. That’s right, this is the day that Guillermo Diaz other wise known as Diego Munoz or Huck on the ABC hit “Scandal” . Huck has certainly had an interesting go round on the show. Starting out as a killer, who we have found out had a wife and kid. We have seen him try to find his identity and tame the beast as a member of B613. We have even seen him as the man who was arrested for trying to kill the President . (Totally a set up). We have even seen him as a lover. But the real Guillermo is proud of his gay relationship and especially of the tattoo of his true passion.Guillermo loves Madonna and has seen most of her concerts.

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Here is Guillermo and his tattoo of Madonna. Guillermo has actually met the singer when she was on Ellen. He is such a fan that the only two tours of hers that he didn’t get to see was  “The Virgin Tour” and “Who’s That Girl.”  (I actually saw the “Who’s That Girl” one) Guillermo is from the Big Apple like several of his fellow “Scandal” stars. Like Kerry Washington

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Guillermo was born to Cuban parents and as a result has played many hoods and gangsters. He was a regular on the series “Weeds” and was also on “The Sopranos” “Law and Order” and in the sixth season of “Without a Trace” . which featured another “Scandal ‘ star . Tony Goldwyn. He also had a role on “Law and Order SVU” in the same season as Joshua Malina.

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Guillermo also had a role in the landmark gay film, “Stonewall” He is proud of his relationships . His boyfriend’s name is  Mike Webb.

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His best friend in the world is none other than his co star Katie Lowes. It’s Huckleberry Quinn.Huck hasn’t had the most stable love life, but he has always had Quinn and Guillermo has Katie

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Other than “Weeds ” and “Scandal” , Guillermo will always be remembered for his role as “Scar Face ” in “Half Baked”  Who couldn’t forget this scene?

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But Guillermo has cemented his place in tv history as former Marine and current gladiator, Huck.  When Olivia needs it handled, she can always count on Huck. Here he is with Olivia and his fellow gladiators. Whether its saving some millionaires ass or helping out the POTUS, the gladiators can be counted on. Here he is with Kerry Washington, Columbus Short, Darby Stanchfield, and Katie Lowes

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 Here is Guillermo with the award winning cast of “Scandal” . including  Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Darby Stanchfield, Portia di Rossi, Tony, Kerry, Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, OPAs newest gladiator, Cornelius Walker Jr. , and Katie. Guillermo has been nominated for Image Awards and Glaad Awards.

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Here is Huck enjoying his birthday cake . He is very lucky since he gets to celebrate his birthday with the President. Of course, it’s “Scandal” ‘s POTUS Tony Goldwyn. This gladiator is proud to wish Guillermo a happy birthday

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Can You See a Brand New Day!!

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 Hello fellow gladiators!! Here it is premiere night and I am feeling that “Scandal” hangover. Between trying to savor the Olitz and tweeting the cast. (Yes I got one from David Rosen, Joshua Malina) I am still enjoying the OMG moments. I don’t know where to begin. Obviously , things are a changin at 1600 Penn. I noticed and so did a few other faithful that the amount of sexy scenes between TG and KW. Obviously the network overplayed the clip and there was more sexy in the promo than the actual episode. Some of the gang was absent like Leo (who won’t be missed) and others had very small parts like Jake. It was definitely a Fitz/ Olivia episode.

Olivia and Fitz have become the Ross and Rachel of the new millennium . Their faces and bodies have been shown all over social media, television, and magazine covers. Those of us who have been patient and didn’t bail on Shonda have been rewarded. Others have said that the whole balcony scene was a dream. Chill this isn’t Dallas ! No it is very obvious that Olivia Pope’s life is going to change.

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The show opened with Sally causing trouble . Tonight she was moaning about the President having a state dinner for the Royal family of Caledonia. Usually the President and the First Lady are shown getting dressed together, not this time folks. Now the President dresses with his girlfriend. Olivia and Abby are dressed to kill in Rubin Singer tonight. Olivia is already trying to make the transition to First Lady. One of the sweetest scenes is when the couple arrive at the dinner, but have to separate. Olivia laughs about an international incident, but as Abby starts to  talk about ordinary people’s lives changing because of fame and riches, Olivia starts to think about her own situation. Here she is in a relationship with the leader of the free world as he prepares to divorce his wife. The next person who shows up is the new Princess of Caledonia , a former lawyer from Iowa who marries a prince.

Meanwhile Mellie is freaking out. She is supposed to be sworn in as the junior Senator from Virginia. She expects that her rather high profile husband to show up and there has been no sign of him. Lizzie Bear’s claws begin to come out and she informs Mellie that her husband won’t be showing up. Even Abby is told no President. Olivia advises her boyfriend that he has to show up because its too early in the game . He shows up alright, with divorce papers.

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I’m Divorcing You. Fitz hands Mellie her walking papers and tells her she will sign. She has a lot more to lose than him.

If you think of all of Melie’s sins. (Does anyone need a refresher course, lying on the trail, Defiance, forging the President’s signature , inducing labor, and having an affair with the VP) she does have a lot. Fitz is a lame duck President and headed toward the end of his term . Mellie is the new kid on the block. Fitz threatens her and says they will both go down. Then he adds he is a warrior President and he has a lot less to lose than her. Lizzie Bear declares she has no loyalty to her.

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But it isn’t “Scandal” without having a case for OPA. This time , Olivia and the gladiators are helping to solve the royal murder of the Princess. The whole storyline smacks of the real life story of the “death” of Princess Diana. The Princess dies in a car crash with her bodyguard. With the help of David Rosen, Olivia finds out the truth. But when she brings the case to the White House, Fitz tells her she can’t say anything. The lovers have had their first fight. Olivia goes home and finds Huck on her couch He asks Olivia if Fitz hurt her. He says that his guy is out and he can’t go home.   Does this mean that Poppa Pope is out of jail.?. It is obvious that he needs fixing and Olivia says she can’t fix people. Olivia goes to the Prince and tells him that his mother had his wife murdered. She was pregnant by her bodyguard. The Prince informs Mom she is abdicating the throne , due to age and then retiring to the equivalent of Windsor Castle.

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The lovers realize that they will have this situation again and not to let it wreck them. Olivia is scared because for the first time there is nothing that is keeping them back. Mellie has been served and Cyrus is gone. The only thing that terrifies her is when the world finds out, the press will be merciless. Fitz doesn’t care. Olivia doesn’t run anymore and she declares her love for him. She also says that before the world finds out, they need to fix all their little flaws first. He agrees to slow down. But their little love bubble was about to burst. Sally Langston broadcasts White House photos of Fitz and Liv. and taunts them. So who did it? Mellie the scorned ex wife? Lizzie Bear ? or the former Chief of Staff, Cyrus?

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Cyrus gets a visitor, Mellie. She wants him to help her.  “No deal.” he says.

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The lovers realize that life will never be the same. The world knows. . .