Scandal Recap

Scandal Premiere Recap: Evil Queen

In a late summer interview, showrunner Shonda Rhimes revealed that Season 5 of Scandal would mark the return of The Gladiators doing what they do best. If tonight’s action-packed season premiere is any indication, we’re in for some heavy-duty — and most welcome — gladiating in the weeks to come.

Of course, Shondaland is always teeming with seemingly limitless streams of crazy plot twists. We usually love them, mostly embrace them, and fully expect them. And because Season 4’s closer left so many in a world of hurt — Mellie and Cyrus getting the White House heave-ho, Rowan finally behind bars (but for how long?), Quinn holding a gun to Huck’s head — it was especially intriguing to see if Thursday’s’s action-packed premiere lived up to Shonda’s pre-season promise.

The episode opens with a deliciously fire-breathing Sally Langston — filled with the righteous indignation of a ‘true American’ — updating us via “The Liberty Report.” Fitz is throwing a lavish state dinner in honor of the marriage of Prince Richard of Caledonia’s to princess Emily (a humble Iowa girl!), but Langston complains that it’s really just a ruse to butter up Queen Isabel in order to get a U.S. naval base built in Caledonia.

Cue sizzling hot scenes of Fitz and Olivia’s romance playing alongside the narrative — all soft porn lighting and pre-dinner hanky panky — as Langston warns viewers the President wants Americans “to skip with him down the road to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Meanwhile, Mellie stews because she’s banned from the dinner (“I don’t have the flu!”) and Abby and Liv get caught gossiping about princess Emily, who catches them in the act, then recognizes Olivia and pours her heart out. “To them I’m not human, I’m just a spectacle … I don’t think they would say half the things they say if they knew there were hurting an actual person, do you?”

Then, the night’s first shock: Olivia’s called to the scene of a terrible car accident — shades of Princess Diana here — where Princess Emily lies dead, the paparazzi’s flashbulbs lighting up her bloodied corpse. A horrified Olivia covers the body with her coat. “Have some respect!” Game on, Gladiators!

Olivia meets with Queen Isobel and Prince Richard, who ask her to “represent their issues” and get the grisly photos returned. Enter Quinn (but what happened to Huck?), and they both agree it’s time to throw stacks of cash at the problem. That said, Prince Richard saves the day, by agreeing to pose for photos with Emily’s body in the morgue. Of course, one snafu remains: who’s the mysterious, helmeted faux photographer (actually a hacker assassin) who fled the scene?

Meanwhile, a bitterly betrayed Mellie tries to lay down the law with Elizabeth, resulting in a delicious catfight. Elizabeth not so subtly reminds Mellie of her newly isolated status, saying, “I was never loyal to you … You don’t matter to me, and now you also don’t matter to the most powerful man on the face of the earth. But guess who does? Me.” Snap, round one, Elizabeth!

While Abby tries to keep the ever-suspcious Sally at bay, Olivia and Fitz debate his attending Mellie’s swearing-in ceremony. Fitz ends up making a cameo (blindsiding Elizabeth in the process), but then blindsides her by handing the newly-elected Senator divorce papers. But will Mellie sign?

David confirms Emily’s death was an assassination, and Quinn and Olivia suspect the Prince is behind it, which puts her at odds with Fitz, who wants his naval base, darn it! Doors slam, battle lines are waged, and… there’s already trouble in paradise.

Later, Olivia discovers Huck (finally!) holed up in her apartment waiting for her to “fix” him. Through tears, she tells him, “You need a much better plan than me.”

Elizabeth and Abby mull over how to keep Fitz and Olivia’s romance a secret (good luck with that, ladies!), while Mellie enlists Cyrus to get back into the White House. “I’m not helping you anymore,” says a weary, scruffy-looking Cyrus, as Mellie resorts to a full-scale meltdown to win him over.

Then, the night’s next bombshell: The princess was pregnant at the time of the accident (from an affair with her bodyguard), and Olivia goes to the Queen with the news. But she’s hiding the next shocker: The Queen did it! “Not all fairytales have happy endings, my dear.”

But wait, some episodes of Scandal do! There’s Prince Richard, watching his wife’s casket being loaded into a plane, telling his mum the gig’s up and he knows everything (thanks to Olivia, of course). Then, the best line of the night: “The next time I see you … will be at your funeral.”

The episode ends with Huck showing up at — third shocker of the night! — Jake’s door, while Fitz and Olivia have it out on the Truman Balcony about going public with their love story. “They will destroy us,” she reminds him. “That’s reality, Fitz.”

But before the screen fades to black, Sally drops the last bombshell when she breaks the Olivia/Fitz romance news to the public: “These are not merely rumors,” she insists. “These are facts.”

So, what did you think of the episode? Grade Season 5’s opening hour in the poll below and then elaborate in the comments!

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  1. Al says:

    Best eps in a while
    Show is back on track

  2. DD says:

    horrible almost unwatchable

  3. Brian says:

    I liked it too. The ending was great.

  4. Cena Gomez says:

    This is the Scandal I fell in love with in Season 1! Awesome and exciting episode! It is about Time Olivia and Fitz relationship is exposed! I say bring on all the drama! They are too sexy to be hiding away. Mellie will sign those divorce papers because it will also benefit her in the end. Loved Fitz drop Mic moment to mellie, Love the Olitz oval office fight (they so cute when they fight), love them making up in the end and finally LOVE THAT JAKE WAS NOT IN THE EPISODE UNTIL the very end!! SorryNOTSorry!

  5. Matt C. says:

    Amazing episode! The ending was fantastic. I can’t wait to see how Liv and Fitz handle their public outing.

  6. Gracie Lou Freebush says:

    Olivia didn’t track Huck down at his apartment. He was at her apartment which she went after the argument with Fitz.

    • Cheyenne says:

      Is anyone beside me sick and tired of Huck? Olivia has to play mommy to this guy every time he gets into trouble. She needs to tell him once and for all to man up or GTFO.

  7. Cheyenne says:

    Awright, who spilled the beans? My money’s on that snake Jake. I knew he wasn’t about to give up that easily. If he can’t have her, nobody can.

    • the girl says:

      Personally, I think it was Mellie. What other card does she have to play? This lets her look like the scorned and maligned wife of a terrible husband. And after Fitz threatened to expose her for the grand jury killings, which he’ll never do. I love she called his bluff though, kitty has claws. Mellie will ride that sympathy vote all the way to the Oval Office if she has to.

      • Cheyenne says:

        In any case, Sally should have kept her dumb freaking mouth shut. Did she forget what a big-ass skeleton she’s hiding in her own closet?

        • shaw says:

          That was my thought can we say glass house

          • TrudiV says:

            But Mellie and Cyrus covered up Sally’s murder of her husband. So there’s now no proof and if the truth were to now come out, Mellie would go to jail…. Hmmmm perhaps the truth should come out

          • Cheyenne says:

            Did Sally forget that either Quinn or Charlie could drop a dime on her? They cleaned up the blood in her living room.

      • Larc says:

        I think it was Cyrus, done for Mellie. Her tears affected him. And he would have done it for himself as well. He would have had the opportunity and means to have spy cameras placed during the time he was CoS.

        • Cheyenne says:

          I don’t think it was Cyrus. He can’t stand Mellie and anyway he flat-out refused to help her when she asked him to.

          • TrudiV says:

            But remember the saying: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. ” Cyrus could very well come to believe that if he join forces with Mellie that he could become chief of staff once again.

        • Cheyenne says:

          OMG guys, I just had a brainstorm — what if it was FITZ who spilled the beans? He wants to go public, Olivia doesn’t, and this way he took the option out of her hands. And he’s already shown he’s capable of doing this because he leaked her name to the Secret Service two seasons ago.

          • TrudiV says:

            Oh. Yeah. Remember he was the one who gave out her name in the first place… Forgot about him. That’s a distinct possibility. Add him to the list as well indeed.

        • the girl says:

          Her tears did not affect him. Cyrus is better than that.

    • Scandalfan says:

      I think it was Liz and maybe Abby since they feel Olivia is getting in the way of their jobs.

    • Ram510 says:

      It immeadiately thought it was Abby and Elizabeth. I actually initially thought that was common knowledge for us the viewers until they showed the previews for next week.

      • Cheyenne says:

        I could see Lizzie Bear doing it, she’s a backstabbing bitch, but Abby? She’s supposed to be Olivia’s best friend. Although Olivia should not have blindsided her like that right before the press conference.

        • the girl says:

          I agree that Abby, as angry as she might be, would not have done that without at least confronting Olivia first. And there’s no way Abby would have taken photos and video to Sally Langston. So I don’t think it was Abby and Lizzie because that would imply that they worked together, and I don’t think Lizzie did it on her own.

    • TrudiV says:

      I think it is Abby and Lizzie who spilled the beans. It sure was some good beans to spill. Now let’s see what happens. Loving it

    • TrudiV says:

      My money is on Lizzie and Abby. I’m loving that the beans were spilled.

    • Marcie says:

      I think it was the new chief of staff. She doesn’t like Olivia’s interference in Fitz’s affairs and is making to get rid of her. Once again, they’ll have to stay apart to prove they weren’t together. This will free Olivia for Gladiator work (when Abby returns where she belongs).

      • TrudiV says:

        I’m going to have to watch the episode again, but Abby and Lizzie Bear did not look surprised about the the beans being spilled. They looked quite guilty to me. Now this is some juicy Scandal.

    • Zainab Ali says:

      Jake isn’t petty like that and frankly doesn’t care if the whole world knows about Olivia and Fitz or not and remember he was the one who told Olivia it was okay to go to Fitz. He might be heart broken but was too much of a gentleman to do that. My money is on Mellie or Cyrus… but overall this episode was better than the whole of season 4 Thank God!!!

  8. Cheyenne says:

    Did anyone see the movie “The Queen” where somebody asked if the Queen greased the skids in Diana’s car? Now I’m really starting to wonder!

  9. the girl says:

    I extremely happy their affair got blown up like that. How unrealistic was it that NO ONE would EVER see anything OR say anything? Everyone has a price, Olivia of all people should know that. I can’t wait to see how she fixes this.

    In other news I think it’s smart to keep Jake relevant by pairing him with Huck for a while and I am interested in the alliance/relationship between Elizabeth and Abby. What’s amazing is that I did not miss Cyrus in this episode for a moment. Off to a great start.

    • Cheyenne says:

      It might have been Fitz who spilled the beans, seeing as he’s so eager to go public, but he did, I am going to be very, very, very pissed off at him. I realize he wants to bring the relationship into the light and all, but he hasn’t given the first thought as to how this will affect Olivia’s career. When he leaked to the SS two seasons ago that he and Olivia were having an affair, OPA took a nosedive just on the basis of an unsubstantiated rumor. This time around there are pictures to prove it. If this tanks her career Olivia is going to be devastated. OPA is her life. Fitz needs to stop being so damn selfish and start thinking about Olivia for once. She has her own needs which don’t necessarily coincide with his, and he needs to respect that.

  10. AmandaH says:

    Abby is to Scandal as Lady Edith is to Downton Abbey. Poor girl just keeps getting the raw end of the deal. She’s the one I’m rooting for this season. I hope the writers give her the confidence to rise above all those that keep stepping on her to save their own skins.

  11. AmandaH says:

    Also, I realize this is a fictional TV show and I’m more than willing to suspend disbelief for my own enjoyment, but come on…in an age of Twitter (which is super important to the shows marketing effort) do you really expect me to believe that they had all night to track down paparazzi and pay them not to post pictures of the princess? TMZ had that online long before Olivia sacrificed that awesome white coat.

    • the girl says:

      Twitter doesn’t pay. If a paparazzi has an image that s/he thinks is going to be worth something, s/he would be an idiot to post it on Twitter or Facebook. Because then everyone would have it and it would be worth nothing. Everyone has a price.

    • TrudiV says:

      Is that any less believable than the president’s woman being auctioned to the highest bidder on the dark web?

  12. Aeryn says:

    That felt like the first season of scandal. Part of me really wants Olivia and Fitz to get that house with her making jam and having Olivia realize that has never been, and will never be who she is. That she does, in fact, deserve better. With Fitz figuring himself out without anyone trying to mold him into being something.

  13. Kat Aston says:

    Thanks Sonda for bringing the affair out. After four years, it’s time to move forward. Olivia and Fitz are together, there’s no need to continue hiding. Now it’s time to branch into new storylines and have Olivia and Fitz on opposite sides, which is how most couples operate, but find. a way to compromise.

  14. S says:

    I thought Liv’s line about Evil Queens was the best of the night.

  15. Ram510 says:

    Scandal is BACK!!! This was an excellent episode, brought it back to its roots and I hope viewers come back as well. I have to admit that I miss the fast paced episodes of late season 2 and season 3, where if you missed even a minute you could be missing a key part of te show. Tonight’s episode was pretty slow, like the pace last season ended. That quick pace it part of what made Scandal unique and special, I hope they bring that element back. But even if Scandal is going pedal to the metal or cruising at school zone speeds it’s still one of the best TV shows of all time

  16. Ulrich says:

    Must admit, the episode was better than I’d anticipated. I hope it is back on track….I love the Sally character.

  17. Ulrich says:

    Better than expected episode as Scandal usually starts off really slow. In the States on business during the fall for a change, from Hamburg, and actually got to watch TGIT premiere live instead of next day streaming. Hoping the show stays the course.

  18. it was red that leaked it there are photos of the white house so only people with access to the white house can do it either red your ellens wife lol

  19. Bigdede says:

    It was Lizzie who snitched to the press. I never understood the purpose of her character. She was a bad guy working with Andrew then for some odd reason Mellie hired her yet she was so incompetent the whole time. Now she’s working for Fitz and still incompetent. So Olivia tells her boyfriend to go to his wife’s swearing in. Ok. Also Fitz always let’s Olivia yell at him in front of company which makes it so obvious to others that they are together. I detest that Olivia didn’t tell Abby the truth about her and Fitz. Olivia is no kind of friend, imo. I’m over Huck. So Jake is going to help Huck out. I was wondering what Jake would be doing since B613 is gone and him and Olivia broke up. They shouldn’t even call it Olivia Pope Agency. There’s only 1 person working there!!! Sick of Mellie apologizing for that juror incident. She gave the secret location to where they were staying yet they were killed outside the courthouse! So the secret location didn’t matter since Huck killed them outside the courthouse. That’s not Mellie’s fault. So after years of being the side chick, years of Fitz and Olivia treating each other like crap, Olivia wants to slow it down so they could be in the right space.

    • the girl says:

      Olivia didn’t LIE. Abby said “did he call you?” and Olivia said “no he did not” – which is technically true.

      • Cheyenne says:

        I wonder if Olivia called Charlotte, or if Charlotte called Olivia. One thing is certain — Fitz didn’t call anyone. He almost freaked when he saw Olivia on his balcony. He definitely did not see that coming.

  20. Darcel says:

    This episode was the best one in a long time. It was more like seasons 1 and 2. It almost got 4 stars but, they had to bring Jake (Scott Foley) back this season. I so hoped that he left town.

  21. TrudiV says:

    I liked this episode:
    I liked the OLITZ sccenes
    I liked murderous self righteous Sally
    I liked that Olivia told Fitz they have to slow down and strengthen their relationship. This is what should have been happening in Season 2 and 3 and 4. Having said that, I hope Shonda doesn’t think this is her ploy to split OLITZ again!

    I wonder who told Sally about Fitz and Liv… My money is on either Abby or his Chief of Staff

  22. LT says:

    This show is a mess…sorry, it just is. I miss the old days when the gladiators actually worked together on cases. This show is so fragmented and really repetitive it’s just not even funny. I have such a love/hate relationship with this show it drives me nuts. That was one weak season premiere.

    • Leah says:

      Yes. This. I fast-forwarded through most of it. They’re together. They’re not together. They’re arguing. They’re not arguing.

    • Chuck says:

      Yeah fun times, I miss the family/teammate synergy the gladiators had when Huck was troubled person not a certified lunatic when Sally Langston was a calculating, opportunistic, ambitious, smart rival not a half crazed religious fanatic, I miss the days of Verna, Horace, Olivia, Mellie and Cyrus having clandestine meetings, I miss Rosen being a good guy, I miss Abby’s wit, I miss Cyrus’ sarcasm. It seems that the entire cast has been dumbed down to accommodate OLITZ. *wears a garlic necklace before the demons attack*

      • sweetweeny says:

        the entire cast was not dumbed down to accommodate OLITZ. The cast was dumbed down to accommodate B613 – Papa Pope and Jake Ballard. The clandestine meetings you mentioned took place during the election rigging arc, which was a great arc.

        To give B613 a bigger role in Season 3 and 4, many characters were sacrificed to include Harrison, who was, up to the time, Olivia’s right hand man, but his role was totally diminished in Season 3 to make room for Jake. Even when you take Season 4 into account and Harrison’s murder. Just think, OPA would have been all over this case trying to find out who killed their most loyal gladiator, but instead the case was given to Jake. I have many more instances where OPA was diminished for that stupid B613 arc.

        OLITZ has been there since the beginning and takes up no more space that it has always taken up. But yet, in season 1 and 2 the gladiators still gladiated. They didn’t stop gladiating until B613 came about.

        • Chuck says:

          No it was for OLITZ. As you people are always quick to remind us Scandal was, is and will always be about two people so why bother with having will rounded, functional, three dimensional characters. B613 is but one of many obstacles the star-crossed lovers are going face (depending on how long scandal lasts). The show has basically dispensed with giving any other character something compelling to do which is independent of OLITZ.

        • MyFairLady says:

          I agree with @Chuck 100%. This show is all over the place…that season premier was only loved by Olitz shippers who cannot see anything past that horrible travesty of an affair.
          Fine, Olitz can be together but how about better develop the rest of the characters as well. Everyone who is saying this is the Scandal we know and love is only referring to Olitz bcoz everything else was way below average.
          What’s a Scandal episode without Cyrus causing havoc and trying to burn down everyone in his way. When he was on-screen with Mellie, that was one of the worst ever scenes to date, such lazy writing… Cyrus used to be very calculating & unapologetic for his ruthlessness; he would never cower in a corner waiting for the phone to ring so he can get his job back…
          He is the guy who got things done, blackmail is his middle name, so why did he just retreat from the WH without a fight. How about Mellie’s weeping and apologizing at every turn. Anyway I will give Mellie a pass for the next 2 episodes because I’m sure she’s coming to the realization that her marriage is truly over so her emotions may be understandable but after that she needs to be angry and to try and burn Fitz & Liv alive.
          And then Quinn tracking down every paparazzi to pay them off..was just crazy..she might as well not have been in this episode. David Rosen always struggling to walk the fine line, what’s new? The only tolerable scenes in this episode were Sally Langston and also Lizzy Bear when she was talking to Mellie. Other than that everything else was complete dribble. Every other character is suffering at the hands of Olitz…there’s no development. This is not the scandal we loved.

          • TrudiV says:

            Why is it some of you people do not understand the simple fact that the core concept of the show Scandal is about a fixer and her relationship with the president of the USA and the fact that we all have shades of gray?
            Why is it so very difficult for some of you to grasp that the show is not about Mellie or Cyrus?
            Why is it so very difficult for some of you to grasp that those are peripheral characters (some more so than others) who only create situations at times to create color for the fixer and her relationship with the president?

            Why is this so bloody difficult for some of you to grasp? Or pretend not to grasp? Is it because Olivia is a black woman who the most powerful man in the world simply cannot do without and this gets your goat?

            What it is?!

          • MyFairLady says:

            Obviously I do not expect crazy fangirl shippers to be concerned about anything past Olitz…We all know the premise the show but the supporting characters are just equally as important in the betterment of the show. I don’t care who Olivia is with, I need drama and entertainment besides seeing her roll around with an incompetent boring man.

      • Nathalie says:

        In the old times, since season 1 episode 1, Olivia and Fitz passion existed. They dumbed some characters to accommodate B613 . (Olivia, Huck, Fitz…)

  23. Allison says:

    The first thing I want to say is how absolutely beautiful Abby was in this episode. Olivia as well, but Olivia is always stylish so her look was not surprising. I do wonder who ratted out OLitz… I did think they were being rather foolish and careless parading around the place and her straightening his collar and the like and not trying to be discreet at all. Leave it to Sally to expose those two. I like “Lizzie bear”, but I really, really, missed Cyrus and was so happy to see him. Even if he was only in the episode briefly. I don’t like weeping Mellie. It just seems wrong somehow. I know she’ll be back in full form soon. Well, at least I hope that is the case. I somehow knew the queen had that girl killed. Why the girl had to cheat on a prince with her bodyguard baffles me, but alright then. Darn if I would do it, but to each his/her own. It was nice to see Jake for the two seconds we saw him. I hope Huck can put his monster back in the cage. It was a pretty good premiere. I never watched Scandal for the couplings, I always enjoyed the cases and seeing Olivia and her crew handle their business. I enjoyed the episode and cannot wait to see how the president gets “poped.” Ha! I loved that line from the preview!

  24. robandco says:

    Am I dreaming or are we finally free of the B613 storyline?!? Amen Shonda.
    The premiere was a bit slow. The case of the week was storyline B which is still not good enough for me. It needs to be plot A with everything else revolving around it. It was a bit all over the place but still very solid.
    Can we please fast forward to Olitz imploding so we can all move on to better things for Olivia?

    • TrudiV says:

      Where were you during seasons 3 and 4. Didn’t Shonda show us OLITZ imploding? Was Olivia any better off? How many times does Shonda have to make it obvious that Olivia and Fitz together is the show?

      • robandco says:

        If by making it obvious you mean showing how toxic they are for each other then yes, she has. Olivia was miserable because of many reasons that had nothing to do with Fitz (I mean she was at war with her psycho-father who kept murdering everyone around her) but the main reason is because Fitz was a predator that couldn’t let her go. I know she’s a tough woman and whatever but she’s human and she’s flawed and the freaking president is harassing her, what can she do?

        • Cheyenne says:

          If he’s a predator who can’t let her go, why did she invite herself in the night he kicked his wife out of the house? She can’t let him go any more than he can let her go.

          • robandco says:

            Why do beaten women/men come back home every day instead of walking away? Love. Even if it is wrong, love can make people do the worst thing they should do.

        • TrudiV says:

          How about harass him to hell back? How about siccing her father on him when her father ran B-613?
          How about what happened when Fitz did let her go in the restaurant in season 1? Was she better off then? Didn’t Fitz give her the perfect opportunity then to get on with her life?
          How about when she was engaged to Edison?
          How about when Edison asked her to marry him again in season 3?

          The episode The Trail has clearly showed us that it was lights out for Fitz when he met Liv.
          Deal with it

          BTW – she should have let her psycho father alone and get on with her life.

          • Cheyenne says:

            You got some seasons mixed up. Fitz let her go in the restaurant in season 2 (I think it was episode 4 or 5). Edison asked her to marry him again in season 2. I don’t think he was in season 3 at all.

      • Chuck says:

        You mean the Olivia Pope we met in season 1, that fierce hurricane of a woman, strong, independent, intelligent, confident, honourable who’s life didn’t revolve around a man is better of with Fitz than without him ? Since Olivia has let Fitz back into her orbit she’s been humiliated now twice as a mistress, she’s been kidnapped, she’s been complicit to so many crimes I’ve lost count and of course the original sin vote rigging clearly when Fitz is involved in Olivia’s life she make’s very smart choices. *drops mic*

        • robandco says:

          You, sir, are my hero.

        • lurve says:

          Fitz was in fierce Olivia’s orbit in season 1. And, all the horrible things that happened to Olivia didn’t start until her father and Jake showed up. That’s when her life got dangerous. And, yeah, the kidnapping was supposed to be to make Fitz go to war, but how do you get kindapped with a “super spy” in the next room? From what I’ve seen, Olivia does make bad choices when it comes to Fitz, like the voter rigging, because she thinks with her heart, instead of her head. But, the show has also shown that when they are together, she makes the right choices with cases. Like in Season 2 with Congressman Shaw. After she talked to Fitz, she knew what to do for that case. In season 2, they consistently got the mole case wrong while she and Fitz were on the outs. But, right after she and Fitz got together, she was able to think clearly and figured out that Reston was the one working with Billy Chambers. Olivia wants to be with Fitz. She has always known that one of the things that could possibly happen is her name coming out. She just thought she would be able to control the narrative. But, it seems she was so happy to be with him this time around that she allowed them to be careless, and they were blindsided by the outing.

          • Chuck says:

            I like how OLITZ fans always casually ignore the fact it wasn’t only Rowan that asked Jake to spy on Olivia, but Fitz also asked Jake to spy on her.

        • TrudiV says:

          You need to pick the mic back up – unless you have greasy hands of course…

          Until Olivia met Fitz, she merely had a job she was good at and was screwing around with silver foxes on the DC circuit.
          Once she met Fitz, she came into her full potential by running a presidential campaign. Becoming the press secretary further gave her the opportunity to the halls of power that she would never have had otherwise.
          Fitz is the darn best thing that has happened to her professionally and emotionally.
          Take it from the horse’s mouth: She told Edison she wants complicated, she wants hard. And there ain’t no one more complicated and definitely not harder than Fitz.

          • Coal says:

            Ah, Cyrus was the one that brought Olivia onto the campaign. So what you are basically saying is that Olivia Pope would be nothing without Fitz ? You probably aren’t a feminist aren’t you ? Besides Olivia didn’t get Fitz elected Horaces’ did the first time around and papa Pope did the second time around.

          • Cheyenne says:

            Coal, have you actually been watching this show? Olivia was the deciding vote that got Fitz elected. Hollis (not Horace) said from the get-go it was either all of them or none of them. If Olivia hadn’t finally broken down and realized Fitz couldn’t win unless the election was rigged, that would have been the end of it. Reston would have been elected.

            You really need to go back and watch this show again so you can make some intelligent comments next time.

          • carmen says:

            Well said. Lol

    • Cheyenne says:

      If Olitz ends, the series ends. Deal with it.

      • robandco says:

        I am well aware that this is the show about the president’s mistress. Everyone is.
        I know that when Olitz ends the show is done. But the show IS ending one day. Not this year, certainly not until after season 7 or 8, but some day. And that day, I hope Shonda will send the right message to her viewership: don’t end up with your abuser.

      • robandco says:

        Also, you sound a lot like those people that said “Meredith and Derek makes Grey’s Anatomy, I’ll never watch an episode of that show ever again” and yet this season premiere was way above last season’s finale… Shows can last beyond their initial plot. Especially with a title as vague as Scandal.

        • TrudiV says:

          Who do you think would watch the show if either Fitz or Olivia was not on the show?
          Who do you think would watch if Shonda were to come right out and say Fitz and Olivia will be no more. Did you not watch season 4 and what happened to the numbers?
          People who said Meredith and Derek make Grey’s Anatomy are most likely the same people who do not understand the complexities of the Fitz Olivia relationship and want to see them split.
          Grey’s was never billed and was never conceived as the Derek and Meredith show. Clearly any idiot can see that Grey is built around an ensemble cast more so than Scandal.

          What show lasts beyond their initial plot?

          The sweet indulgence that is OLITZ is here to stay until the show ends.

          • MyFairLady says:

            Lol I love posts like these because it just shows that some people don’t know how TV shows work OR maybe they do but are just in denial. Nothing is ever set in stone. …
            It’s the other way round actually, people who made alot of noise about Derek’s death & about MerDer being the heart of Greys are the same people who think Olitz is the heart of the show & that Scandal won’t survive if Olitz does not exist anymore. If/when Fitz dies, the show will go on. Anyway no point in trying to argue or convince ourselves with delusions when time will eventually tell.

        • sweetweeny says:

          Shonda Rhimes herself said that Meredith and Christina’s relationship is what made Grey’s anatomy in the same way the Fitz and Olivia’s relationship makes Scandal. Therefore, the Show’s creator confirmed that it is Fitz and Olivia’s relationship that is at the center of Scandal.

          I agree, shows can last beyond their initial plot, but you do realize that it is the Fitz arc that brings in the white house and that supporting cast. Once that arc is over, then what happens to Mellie, Cyrus and the rest of the White House? During Season 4, where Olivia had minimal contact with the White House, Mellie’s whole arc revolved around Fitz and her bid to pursue her political career.

          Unlike Grey’s anatomy with its ensemble cast, Scandal centers around Olivia Pope and her relationship with Fitz, in the same vein how the good wife centers around Alicia Florres. Both shows have strong supporting cast, but the cast a peripheral – they are only their to move the story of the lead actresses.

  25. Mandy says:

    I really enjoyed S5 premier – a lot. All the relationships are fragmented as per end of last season which makes sense of course. I am looking forward to seeing how everything comes together, how Olivia rebuilds OPA and all her other relationships. I am happy that Olitz have been finally publicly outed (thank you Sally) – it will make interesting viewing on how the writers deal with that! Wonder who leaked the pics….. (about time – they deserve a kiss) Plenty of fireworks and fodder right there! S5 has been set up splendidly and I’m sure we are in for a treat. It’s going to be a brilliant ride. I can’t wait!!!

  26. TrudiV says:

    @ Coal,
    Your words, not mine. What I have said is that by Olivia working on a presidential campaign and then becoming the WH Press Secretary, she gained access to a level of power that she would not otherwise have been able to gain. By meeting Fitz and having access to him,she has been able to get things accomplished that she otherwise would not have been able to get done. So yes, meeting Fitz and having Fitz in her corner has allowed her to accomplish things and get things done that would have been improbable or not impossible for her working in a job she was good at. It is irrelevant whether Cyrus brought her in or not.

    If Olivia had not acquiesced to the other conspirators, the plan to steal the elections would not have gone into play. Hollis’ actions would not have occurred because they had all agreed that everyone needed to be in or nothing would happen.

    Yes the show used another plot device of Rowan killing Fitz’ son as the catalyst for him winning the election. I don’t know why you are mentioning this though.

    • Coal says:

      If you genuinely believe Hollice would not have gone through with the plan had Olivia sad no you are delusional.

      • Cheyenne says:

        No, honey, you are. It was absolutely necessary for all of them to be in agreement because whoever said no could blow the whistle on the rest of them.
        And BTW it’s H-O-L-L-I-S.

        • Coal says:

          I’m not your honey and clearly you can’t see beyond your narrow minded fangirl reasoning. According to you everyone that doesn’t hold YOUR opinion is wrong. Unless you are an actual writer on Scandal you knowledge of the show is no superior or inferior to anyone else.

          • TrudiV says:

            Please stop being ridiculous!


            What on earth is wrong with you? BET has reruns of episodes. Watch them please.

          • Cheyenne says:

            Coal, what on earth is wrong with you? Check out Season 2 where the five of them — Hollis, Cyrus, Mellie, Verna and Olivia, are all meeting about possibly rigging the election. Olivia holds out until the very last minute. Hollis keeps telling the group all of them must be in agreement or they won’t do it. Olivia says “Then we don’t do it”, and walks off, leaving them all stumped. It was only the day before the election, when she realized there was no way Fitz could win unless they rigged the election, that she caved in and said yes. She had the deciding vote; it was all on her. Obviously you didn’t watch that episode and I’m wondering if you’ve even been watching the series since you called Hollis “Horace”.

    • sweetweeny says:

      @TrudiIV – I agree with you. I know a few people who work for the Mayor’s office and trust, their resume is looking much better than those who do not have access to that type of political power. Even Judy Smith, the character Olivia Pope is based on, worked in the Bush white house and used that as leverage to start her own firm. People want to give their business to people who have access to power.

  27. TrudiV says:


    Were you in a coma for season 4?

  28. TrudiV says:


    Name one single show in the history of television where peripheral characters were just as important as the main leads? Is this not an illogical concept to you?

    I am fascinated that you could dare think that peripheral characters should get the same billing in Scandal as the main lead. Why is this?

    • Coal says:

      Breaking Bad, The West Wing, Game of Thrones, The Wire, The Sopranos but to name a few. Even Joe Morton and Bellamy got nominated for their work on Scandal.

      • Carol says:

        LOL – Joe Morton won an Emmy while Bellamy got some second tier award. If we are counting second tier award then even Tony won an award from some group.

        There is only one lead actor on Scandal and that is Kerry Washington who has been nominated for several prestigious awards (and second tier awards). The other actors are all billed as supporting characters. That is the same for Viola on HTGAWM.

        Please stop trying to hijack a show with a black lead actress by saying the other actors should have the same billing. I wonder why? Hmm

        • Coal says:

          Hey moron I’m black so you can do away with trying to use race to win your argument. Firstly Ballamy Young was also nominated for an Emmy in the year Morton was. Secondly no one disputes the lead actor/actress status of Tony and Kerry but saying the other cast members are basically irrelevant is stupid. Which second tier award did Young win and which prestiges award did Washington win because I certainly know its not an Emmy or Golden Globe ?

          • sweetweeny says:

            @Coal – Kerry Washington won an NAACP Image Award and gave a beautiful speech. I don’t consider them to be second tier simply because I respect the NAACP AND Image Awards recognizing the work of minority actors.

          • Carol says:

            LOL – Bellamy Young has never been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG or Independent Spirit award. Kerry has been nominated for all of those awards for TV and movies. BTW, it was Kate Burton who was nominated for an Emmy with Joe Morton and Kerry in 2014.

            If you are going to talk about a show, please have some knowledge of the show and the actors. Else stating incorrect information as fact, invalidates everything you say.

      • TrudiV says:

        Which peripheral actor in any of these shows were just as important as the main leads? In case you are not aware, The Wire and Game of Thrones had ensemble casts.

        Which peripheral actor in the Sopranos was just important as Tony Sorprano?

        Which peripheral actor in Breaking Bad was just as important as Walter White

        Did Joe Morton and Bellamy get nominated for leading roles or for supporting roles?

        • Coal says:

          I’m sorry you are wright, Dean Norris and Aaron Paul were irrelevant characters on Breaking Bad, so the Scandal cast is not an ensemble or do you not want it to be ?

  29. Beech says:

    The parallel to the death of Princess Diana in the season 5 premiere was in very bad taste. The episode was a huge disappointment.

  30. S. Towers says:

    I can’t believe what an obvious rip-off it was of all the Princess Diana conspiracy crash theories! Surely your writing team can think up something original? What on earth are you paying them for?

  31. mykaayah says:

    Who gave pictures to media. I don’t trust Liz. Cyrus needs his job back he loves Fitz