Did Mellie Just Scorch The Earth on Scandal?



 
Once again, this week’s Scandal left you on the edge of your seat.  This show is great at final acts that leave you screaming at your TV in awe and disbelief. 
 
It’s not that the plotlines are so unpredictable; it’s that you get to know these characters.  You fool yourself into thinking you understand them. Cyrus (Jeff Perry) couldn’t have a pregnant girl murdered!  Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) wouldn’t kill Verna!  Mellie (Bellamy Young) wouldn’t blow up the president’s spot!  Then, they actually do and their character is irrevocably altered.  You realize, you actually had no freaking clue what they’re capable of. 

Mellie was living at Blair House. This time she'd really had enough.  Cyrus realized as much, while Fitz didn’t — or he just didn’t care.  Mellie declared she would only move back into the White House if Fitz cut off his relationship with Olivia (Kerry Washington) and personally apologized.  Playing on her power-hungry nature, Cyrus instead offered her political support.  They’d pave her way for the Governorship of California, then the presidency, if she stayed by Fitz’s side. 

 Cyrus said the alternative would be a whisper-smear campaign that said she was complicit in Fitz’s affairs (actually true), and that she was a closet lesbian, among other things.  Mellie’s eyes nearly popped out of her head, but she held firm.  It didn’t help Cy’s case that Fitz had gotten Olivia to visit the Oval Office.

 Cyrus told Fitz they weren’t dealing with “political animal” Mellie, but a woman scorned.  She gave them a 36-hour deadline for Fitz to apologize, or she’d go ahead with a live interview.
 
To Mellie’s horror, the deadline came and went.  She ultimately called her own bluff, and did the sit-down.  She played it beautifully.  Mellie revealed after the birth of their son, and nursing Fitz back after a gunshot wound, she’d found out her husband was unfaithful.  The interviewer was none another than an aghast James, who’d just gotten an on-air news job. 
 
Things sure are going to be awkward at home with his husband now!  Cyrus did everything to stop the interview from happening.   I thought he was going to give himself a heart attack, especially when he was sprinting down that hallway to the taping. 
 
Mellie actually went through with detonating Fitz's political career; and  it’s still only the second season!  I can’t imagine what’ll happen next.  It’s only a matter of time before Olivia has to hire the Gladiators to represent her! 

10 Responses

  1. Avatar of logan_echolls
    logan_echolls

    You’re all I need to get by…that song made that scene. Also the swagger Fitz had as he sat down telling Liv to sit and watch him choose her. So sweet. “You want me Earn Me is my new mantra. Need to make me a t-shirt

    Did NOT need to see old man Cyrus getting a BJ. I’m not into old ppl sex on tv. Sorry.

    I will say though this whole episode contradicted what happened in the season one finale. Fitz was about to give up being president for Olivia. Mellie and Cyrus freaked out and set up Olivia so Olivia would tell Fitz no. Then a couple weeks ago, Fitz was going to divorce Mellie. So I’m not understanding Mellie threatening to tell the media about Fitz affair. It makes no sense because there is no leverage at all. Fitz has stated many of times that he will give up everything for Olivia. It’s Mellie and Cyrus that doesn’t want to lose the power. Now Mellie will end up losing her power because the world will just regard her as this pitiful wife who was cheated on. Besides Hilary Clinton, how many other politician wives have had huge careers.

  2. Avatar of JasamForever
    JasamForever

    I do agree that mellie has set up her own doom. I am just a bit surprised that fitz did not file divorce papers and make the first move so he would have the upper hand.

    I am worried as to who the mole really is.

    Jake and Olivia have no chemistry in my opinion. I just hope Olivia tells fits soon and they each air out their secrets.

    Olivia and fitz!!! S) :) :p love it! I guess everyone around her knows about her and the president now. So glad Olivia made him work for their coming back together.

  3. Avatar of Cyberologist
    Cyberologist

    Even though I enjoyed this eppy not just because Tony Goldwyn directed it…but I was thinking much of what is being said re: Mellie

    …I’m not sure I got the history on Fitz/Mellie straight because I always thought theirs was moreso a political marriage not a whole lotta of love then the writing seem to shift for Mellie that she is so in love with Fitz prior to this season I never got the impression she was, she seemed so self-serving, so when Cyrus offered her the deal and she turned it down…I went

    Huh? Why? Control, manipulation? What has she got up her sleeve?

    I think Mellie or Elliott Olivia’s ex, the senator) is the mole. LoL

    I like Jake (also w/Olivia) as well for me they have chemistry maybe not in the same way as Fitz/Olivia but its there for me and they have a complicated story as well. I’ve liked all Olivia’s men with her. And it feels good to watch a show where I don’t have to be shipping a pairing and getting pissed off…just sit back and enjoy the show…

  4. Avatar of thecourt99
    thecourt99

    I LOVED THE EPISODE!!!

    Now…to Mellie. I think she is in it for the power, but would love to have Fitz love her again. Remember..she induced labor just so that Fitz could run to her side. I think her seeing Fitz lay everything on the line to stay by Liv’s bedside was just too much. She wants fitz to feel that way about her.

    That being said, she is set up politically. She can take Fitz down, and start working on women’s issues. She can launch from there into political office…unless Cyrus does what he said he was going to do and share that she was complicit in the affair and everything else.

    I think it was the VP. The VP is the mole. The mole wanted information on Defiance…AND the mole was trying to discredit the president by giving tactical information. Liv’s ex may not like the president, but I get no indication that he is willing to go that far…and he should know that Liv won’t give it to him. The VP is willing to do it to become President. She had a taste and wants more power.

  5. Avatar of Phoenix Tremayne
    Phoenix Tremayne

    I don’t think it was a contradiction I think that no one really thought that Mellie had the balls to go through with it; (Well everyone except for Cyrus)I think the president was just being arrogant in thinking that he could do whatever he wanted and his wife what just shut up and take it because he knows she loves being the first lady.

  6. Avatar of Phoenix Tremayne
    Phoenix Tremayne

    I don’t think it was a contradiction I think that no one really thought that Mellie had the balls to go through with it; (Well everyone except for Cyrus)I think the president was just being arrogant in thinking that he could do whatever he wanted and his wife what just shut up and take it because he knows she loves being the first lady.

  7. Avatar of washcutt
    washcutt

    I agree with you Phoenix. I am not a Fitz and Olivia fan. After the way he address her at the christening,(after the SEX) I was finished. he has no regrades for all parties involved. he has THREE children that he don’t “SEEM’ to care about.

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