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October 27, 2017 at 12:08 AM EDT


TV Show
run date
Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young
Current Status
In Season
Drama, Thriller
We gave it a B

Cyrus, sitting with Mellie, debates this Glackland situation. He insists he won’t lower his standards. That’s when Mellie explains that President Rashad is making her feel all tingly inside. But while she can do whatever she wants with whomever she wants, she doesn’t want to be the same as the men she’s always loathed. I feel you girl, but also, President Rashad is NOT bad. But it’s a nice moment for Mellie and Cy, to sit there in front of that painting and just kind of level with one another.

At Rowan’s office, he’s preserving dinosaur bones when Olivia stops by to chat. When she sits down for a nice croissant with Dad, she asks about him coming home way back when and talking about the museum when he was lying, and Rowan calls her out and says that she can’t have both, which is what she’s asking for. She insists she can and that B613 is DIFFERENT, but he insists otherwise. And even though he’s yelly and crazy, you have to love that he’s trying to be a good dad.

Anyway, Mellie sits down with Rashad and that other rival country of his, and they talk about chilling out on all that nuclear stuff. It sounds like they’ve come to an agreement when BASHRAN IS TAKEN IN A COUP. Rashad isn’t president anymore and, well, the Gladiators have hit the fan. Olivia is FREAKING out, but Jake isn’t having it; she had him following Fitz rather than doing his job, and that’s how this got past everyone. Mellie wants to send in the troops, but Olivia is 100 percent against it. Mellie insists they have to do this — otherwise they’d have to give him sanctuary — and that makes Olivia flip out again, partly because it means they go to war, but also because she’s projecting. Mellie is about to put a man before her job, just like Olivia is doing. This is a serious feminist manifesto. But here’s the thing: Mellie makes a point. Yes, she likes Rashad, but he also showed up to stop nuclear warfare. She’s fighting for what’s right.

So Olivia goes home and pours a hell of a lot of wine (I GET YOU GIRL) and is greeted by Fitz at her door. Fitz needs her help with those missing girls, but he also has feelings about Bashran, because of course he does. Olivia tells him to leave, but he’s not interested because he isn’t ready to go. He LOVES her; they’re better together. The next day when Olivia goes to see Madam President, Mellie cuts to the chase: What does Olivia want her to do? Olivia has prepared two briefs. Mellie admits that she has feelings for Rashad, but she is NOT a teenage girl writing in her diary.

Olivia backs her because she knows what Mellie’s here for. And she respects her. As a woman. As a president. As everything. And as Cyrus goes to visit his new potential (age-appropriate…is that offensive?) suitor and Quinn goes to tell that mom she can celebrate her daughter’s return, it all boils down to Rowan. You see, there’s some serious mischief going on, and Rowan’s putting in overtime to help, at least according to Jake’s findings. And that leads Olivia to show up.

Is she going to lean personal or professional with her work? Well, looking at that stool she kicks over to her dad when she tells him to sit down, it looks like “personal” is not a word that she’s looking to incorporate into her vocabulary right now.

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