Are you ready, Gladiators? ‘Scandal’ is finally back for its final season premiere. Olivia and Mellie get into a power struggle, and Olivia makes a big decision about her relationship with Jake.
Olivia Pope has her White House, and she walks those halls like the queen she is. She’s taking her job as Mellie’s chief of staff very seriously. She’s doing whatever she can to make sure Mellie’s administration runs smoothly, especially when it comes to this free college bill. Olivia, Mellie, and Cyrus are a team, and they’re killing it right now. Quinn and the rest of the Gladiators are working on getting Quinn Perkins & Associates out to the masses. They get their first client, and this case is going to be a doozy.
Olivia and Rowan have dinner. The tables have turned between these two, that’s for sure. She’s in control. He’s not. But he isn’t above analyzing what’s going on. He knows that Olivia’s holding all the cards when it comes to Mellie’s presidency. “You are me,” he tells her. “No matter how hard I tried, all I could create was me.” He warns her that power is a neverending journey. No matter how much she gets, she’s always going to want more. “You cannot have it all,” Rowan says, to which Olivia replies, “Watch me.”
Olivia goes on TV with a very sexy reporter named Curtis, played by Jay Hernandez. They go to bat in a heated debate. There’s definitely some chemistry there! Gimme more, Curtis!
Quinn goes to Olivia for some information about the missing man she’s trying to find. She thinks he might be one of Olivia’s guys. Even though Quinn is giving Olivia a heads up, Olivia refuses to let a pregnant Quinn inside to pee. Why? Because she’s got a nearly naked Jake in her bedroom. They’re sleeping together, but they have two very different views on what their relationship is. She’s cool with this being casual, convenient sex. He’s not. But every time Jake tries to pull away, he just can’t. He can’t resist Olivia’s charms. She may be sleeping with Jake, but she misses Fitz. She stares at the TV when the media is taking about Fitz, just like she did in the very first episode.
Jakes comes to Olivia’s office to talk about the spy. She wants to keep all of this hidden from Mellie, especially since it’s B613 territory. Jake believes the spy has to be killed. If he talks, it could be very dangerous. Olivia is very hesitant about killing a patriot and takes some time to think things over. If there’s one person who knows Olivia better than she knows herself, it’s Huck. He knows what she’s considering, and in his own Huck way, asks her not to kill the spy. Olivia refuses to have the spy killed. Needless to say, Jake is pissed. He keeps warning her about the possible danger ahead, but she doesn’t listen.
Curtis pays Olivia a visit at the White House and asks her to dinner. She doesn’t exactly say no. She walks into the Oval Office and finds Jake talking with Mellie. He’s trying to go around Olivia to get what he wants. After listening to Jake, Mellie asks to have the spy killed. But Olivia’s not ready to call the fight. She goes straight to ambassador of Bashran, where the spy is being held, to get the outcome she wants. She threatens to kill the Bashrani ambassador’s son. Before Mellie can have the spy killed, the ambassador has the guy delivered to the U.S. embassy safe and sound. Later, Olivia confronts Jake about what he did and makes a bold decision. “I never should have let you back in my bed,” she tells him. He forgot to be afraid of her, and now he’s overstepped. Olivia can’t have that.
Meanwhile, Cyrus meets with a senator about the free college bill. She builds him up and starts talking about how Cyrus could be president in four or eight years. You can see the gears turning in Cyrus’s head. He’s definitely thinking about pursuing his own agenda instead of Mellie’s. But after Mellie thanks Cyrus for all that he’s done for her, he stands by her. Turns out, this was just a plot concocted by Olivia to see whose side Cyrus is really on.
The tension between Mellie and Olivia finally reaches a breaking point. Olivia breaks down the two ways this presidency can go. She has three things Mellie needs to know about her. “One, you do not ignore me,” Olivia starts. “Two, I am right. Always. Three, there is only us. You and me.” She stresses why Mellie should never listen to a man over her. She drives it all home by telling Mellie that she should view her as the boss. “Put your faith in me, and you will become a monument.” She asks Mellie what she wants to be. No surprise here, Mellie wants to be a monument.
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