Scandal Season 6

Scandal Catch-Up: Everything You Need to Remember Before Season 6 Arrives

Exactly five weeks from today, Olivia Pope & Co. return for a sixth season of Scandal-ous shenanigans. But before we look to the future, it’s time to ask the all-important question: How the heck did we get here?

Considering it’s been seven long months since the ABC drama wrapped its fifth season — a political rollercoaster almost as unbelievable as the one we just experienced in real life — no one would begrudge even the most die-hard fan for needing a refresher.

To that end, TVLine has put together a cheat sheet gallery to help bring you back up to speed on everything from the presidential race (Grant/Ballard vs. Vargas/Beene!) to the more unexpected romantic developments. (On a personal note, for example, I completely forgot about Cyrus and Tom’s… whatever that was.)

So grab a bowl of popcorn and pour yourself a comically large glass of wine, because we’ve got some madness to rehash. Click here for direct access to the gallery, then drop a comment below: What did you forget from Season 5? And what do you hope to see when Season 6 premieres (Jan. 19, 9/8c)?