Even with a months-long hiatus, the Feb. 27 episode of ‘Scandal’ didn’t waste anytime getting down to business. One of the most shocking reveals was Mellie’s new love interest! Strap yourselves in, Gladiators — it’s going to be a scandalous ride!
The triumphant return of Scandal was everything we wanted and more! Shocking betrayals and steamy secrets filled the Feb. 27 episode and it was magic. Let’s handle this recap!
‘Scandal’ Mid-Season Premiere Recap: Mellie Gets A New Love Interest
The episode kicked off with Mellie (Bellamy Young) running through the White House halls, so we knew the drama had hit the fan in Washington. So what was the deal? Oh, yeah. Sally Langston (Kate Burton) had decided to run for president as an independent!
Mellie, Cyrus (Jeff Perry) and James (Dan Bucatinsky) were understandably worried, so they went to see if Fitz had reviewed the poll numbers. Of course, instead of reviewing those numbers, he was making out with Olivia (Kerry Washington). Mellie walked in on them and just dealt with it, as per usual. As much as I love me some Olivia and Fitz, I really can’t wait for Mellie to get some love! The girl deserves it more than anyone.
While Leo (Paul Adelstein) was helping Sally, Olivia was busy trying to paint the vice president as a loose cannon who was abandoning her post. Meanwhile, Fitz realized that he was currently a very unpopular president, with virtually no political capital — so naturally, he started throwing things. Olivia tried to be the voice of reason, but Fitz just got back on the whiskey train.
Fitz announced that he wanted his old friend Andrew Nichols (Jon Tenney), the governor of California, to be his running mate. Olivia didn’t like the idea, but Fitz was very sure of Mr. Nichols. (And so am I.) He even got fiesty with his lady love when she tried to sway him: “I said, that’s all,” he spat. (Door slam.)
The Gladiators assembled and vetted the potential nominee. He didn’t have any scandals — that they could find — and he had never been married. He does, however, have too much of a playboy status for Olivia’s liking.
Leo and Abby (Darby Stanchfield) went head-to-head about Fitz and Sally during a televised debate. Leo threw Olivia under the bus as the alleged mistress of Fitz and caught Abby off guard. Leo easily won the debate and the country was rallying around Sally, even playing “Mustang Sally” on the radio in her honor. Sally didn’t think she stood a chance because she had heard rumors circulating about her husband. But no worries — according to Sally, she didn’t kill her husband. Apparently the devil snuck up inside her and killed him because she condoned abortion. (Because that’s totally a thing.)
‘Scandal’ Recap: I Am Publius
Meanwhile, David (Joshua Malina) and James tried digging up more information about Daniel Douglas'(Jack Coleman) death. They had a recording of a phone call between Sally and Cyrus about the murder, but it was inadmissible. David tried to pull James back from the dark side and get him to wear the white hat, but James didn’t want to budge.
But one masked crusader who went by the name Publius wasn’t going to let the murder go. Publius texted a reporter and poked questions about the autopsy. This is not going to end well.
Since Leo pulled the mistress card, Olivia decided to go low. She had Abby and Huck (Guillermo Díaz) go see the coroner. They asked how Daniel really died and she said he smashed his head on a toilet after drinking too much. But it turned out she was lying because Quinn (Katie Lowes) and Charlie (George Newbern) had her son. Cyrus had called Charlie to take care of the Daniel Douglas murder problem.
Cyrus and Leo banded together over the leak and refused to let the rumors spread. In typical Scandal fashion, the picture frame of Cyrus’s loving family contained a recording device that James had installed. James had decided to put on the white hat to take down his husband after all! “My husband is a monster,” he said. Then he admitted that he was Publius. (Boom.)
‘Scandal’ Recap: It All Comes Down To Love
The daddy-daughter duo of Rowan (Joe Morton) and Olivia also played catch up. Olivia confronted him about his current B613 status and Rowan was livid. He wanted Olivia to know that Fitz had made a major enemy. He told her to run before it was too late and that Fitz wouldn’t even make it to the end of his term. “Start grieving now, Olivia. But first, run.” he said. Joe Morton just slays his scenes every time. He is so deliciously good.
In order to fix the mistress situation, Mellie asked Olivia to lunch. They had to play nice if they were going to win. Mellie loves being First Lady and there’s nothing wrong with that. Mellie requested that Olivia pick an eligible bachelor to start dating so Fitz would stop making googly eyes to her in public.
After this meeting, Olivia told Fitz that she wanted to resign as campaign manager. Fitz refused this notion and passionately kissed her. “You can’t leave me. I’m not losing you again,” he said. When Fitz gets likes this, I can’t help but love him. Olivia tried to change the subject to Jake and why Fitz had him made him head of B613, but Fitz explained that he had killed 329 innocent people and there’s only one person he trusts to guard that secret. He then told her that he wouldn’t win without her. Case closed.
At first, I thought Olivia was going to choose Andrew Nichols as her bachelor. It just seemed like the way to go. And Olivia was stunned when he told her that the reason he wasn’t married was because he wasn’t going to marry someone he didn’t love. (Swoon.) He had loved someone and then let her go. I officially love this guy. Shonda Rhimes, keep him.
Oh hey, Harrison (Columbus Short) finally got some screen time. Apparently, this guy named Adnan Salif just got a visa to get back into the United States and Harrison was spooked. We don’t know much about this guy, except that he has Harrison shaking in his boots. At the end of the episode, a woman named Adna showed up at OPA to see Harrison. Apparently they knew each other because they had sex on his desk. Harrison is on a slippery slope and I don’t like it.
Olivia picked Jake (Scott Foley) as her boyfriend after giving him this speech about being a patriot or a person. Olivia’s scared and she ultimately trusts Jake to protect her. She’s going to need him since Rowan has teamed up with Leo and Sally.
At a campaign function to introduce Andrew as the Vice President nominee, Mellie and Andrew came face-to-face. We already knew he was going to be her love interest because their chemistry was off the charts from the moment they were onscreen together. Andrew said he’d been thinking of this moment for the last 12 years. WHAT?! Mellie was the woman he loved and that means she cheated first! I need a week or so to process this. Maybe more. And what a closing scene with Mellie standing between Fitz and Andrew. Things are heating up in the White House and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
So HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Scandal’s return? How will Cyrus handle James’ betrayal? Will Sally replace Fitz? Is Rowan serious about his threat toward Fitz? Are you excited for Mellie to finally get a love interest? Take all your Scandal-lous thoughts to the comments below!
— Avery Thompson