We gave it a B
With enough goading from Olivia, Fitz decides to visit bearded Cyrus at his hotel room. They share some drinks before Fitz jumps into the casual topic of “how was prison?” That’s when Cyrus jumps into the stories of being jumped and left for dead in prison. Fitz finally apologizes and says, “Do you remember what I gave you in the hospital? The night of the assassination? America.” You know, in the same way that someone might give you a birthday present.
But it’s enough of a jumpstart to get Cyrus to shave and give a press conference on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, only to say that he’s not worthy of the presidency. He follows that up by saying how much Frankie Vargas was worthy of the presidency, and that through Vargas’ spirit, he might be able to be the president America needs. It’s the most incredible posturing on the death of a president that I’ve ever seen. Of course, that leaves Rowan in shambles because… Olivia is good as dead, or maybe he is.
Anyways, Sarah and her terrible, horrible, no good gang of friends are hanging out with Liz North, which explains SO MUCH. They say that they’ll use Mellie to get in the White House, but ultimately, they’ll be the ones running it. But when Mellie steps up to be a badass and tell this group of scoundrels that she is not afraid of them and will be sure that they are hanged for the murder of Frankie, Sarah picks up a golf putter and beats Elizabeth North’s head in. I’M NOT KIDDING, GUYS. Portia de Rossi (and her asymmetrical haircut) are dead. And then they tell Mellie that Sarah will be her chief of staff, and if she doesn’t comply, they’ll kill her children, which, to be fair… that’s not something Mellie isn’t used to. She calls Olivia in a total panic and says she doesn’t have any way out of this mess because once you kill a president, well, the bar is pretty high to do worse.
Meanwhile, FBI Director Angela decides to follow her faulty gut and have Olivia arrested after finding the money trail set up to make it appear that she funded Vargas’ murder. But as we saw on the putting green of Elizabeth North’s head, there’s bigger fish to fry right now. Jake promises to protect Mellie while Olivia tries to figure out what to do next.
Olivia turns to Fitz for help, but he’s pretty concerned that Olivia is about to go to jail. He wants to run the buck on Rowan, but Olivia isn’t having it. She’s ready to go to jail forever to ruin Mellie, removing her from the White House via “scandal.” Fitz says he won’t stand for it because he’ll lose her. But the problem is that he’s already lost her because if the plan doesn’t move forward with Olivia in jail, and Rowan takes the fall, then Olivia isn’t Fitz’s anyway.
As the day arrives for the electorate vote, Fitz does what he wants. He sends that clueless FBI director on assignment to another state. Rowan is arrested for the murder of Vargas (which, you know, is actually kind of legit), Olivia is directly in harm’s way, Mellie is practically CHUGGING hooch (how much did her dad even make?), and as the votes roll in… it appears that Mellie Grant and Friends are going to the White House.
But you know what will be awkward? When they show up to the White House to find Rowan there. That’s right. Fitz had Rowan arrested and brought to the White House so that they can take down Sarah and team together from the inside. Mellie is mortified by it all, but Olivia and Fitz are pretty jazzed. So jazzed that Olitz is 100 percent back on — kisses, sex, and all.