Scandal's premiere takes no prisoners as the fight for the White House turns deadly
Knock me into the Potomac and call me Amanda Tanner! Scandal is back.
I’ll be joining you as your aficionado this season, and together we’ll make sure it’s handled. Through the Christmas episode abortions, the hooch in the dresser drawer, and the botched elections, we’re here at the end of the most absurd election since… well, let’s just stick with fiction. We open with Quinn and Huck trekking through the woods together, talking about marriage and looking for an unnamed woman, but when they get to the cabin she would be staying in, the cabin blows up. Let’s just say that it’s probably fair to say Amanda and this lady have something in common.
But of course, we don’t get answers immediately because we have to throw back to the night before… Election Night, as exit polls are coming in. Remember when exit polls were fun to watch? What a time. Surprisingly, it appears that the election is coming down to California, which seems to be leaning in Mellie’s favor, but it all depends on San Benito County. Mellie’s camp seems pretty excited, but suddenly, it falls into Frankie Vargas’ court. Olivia downs a glass of liquor, and Mellie falls back on the hope that there was voter tampering going on in San Benito.
Meanwhile, Jake’s wife/best new character Vanessa is getting toasted on the couch, which feels super relatable on TGIT, am I right? Jake is nowhere to be found, and Olivia is pushing Mellie in the direction of having her concede. Mellie’s determined that 4,000 votes aren’t enough to end it, but Olivia demands she make the call. Olivia coaches her through it with cues on notepads, and it’s painful, because how much has Mellie earned this? Yes, Frankie is great and fun and charming, but he has Cyrus in tow, and Mellie really had earned it.
Fortunately, Mellie and Olivia retreat to a bathtub, fully clothed, to drink victory champagne, now being used to nurse their loss. As they mourn, they hear cries from the main room. Running in, they reporter on television announces that President-elect Vargas has been shot. It’s too, too much. They find the shooter, and Fitz is immediately briefed. Strangely enough, Jake is immediately by his side, and you have to wonder if his quick absence makes more sense because of it.
Abby heads to the hospital to start calling the shots on who can be around as PEOTUS Vargas is being operated on. The lead agent attempts to put Abby in her place, but she shuts that down REAL quick because this is her house… at least for a few more months. Of course, in the aftermath, Olivia and staff are trying to pull the pieces together. As the rest of the staff waits at OPA, practically considering Vargas dead, Olivia is coaching Marcus through reporting the news on Frankie. He was hit three times: once in the arm, once in the stomach, and the third went into his brain. And with that last shot, Frankie Vargas, PEOTUS of Shondaland, dies.
Of course, in the sadness of the moment, we have to turn back to the politics of it all: Who will be President now? David Rosen explains that while it could very well be Cyrus, it could also be a number of other people. Speaking of a number of people… we still don’t have much detail on who killed Frankie Vargas, which leads Olivia to Rowan’s office. He admits he didn’t kill Vargas, but when he sets into a lecture about why Olivia lost the election, he reveals that Cyrus likely paid off the assassin who took Vargas out. He also reveals that he offered Olivia San Benito County, and she turned it down because who needs a double Defiance on their hands? Olivia heads back to OPA with Huck and Quinn to review the tapes to see that Cyrus did step away from Frankie right before the gunshots, as if any of us are shocked that Cyrus would maim a man for the presidency.
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