NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 10:33 PM
Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has taken on the role of Mellie Grant’s (Bellamy Young) editor in the newest episode of “Scandal.”
I would like an entire show of Mellie and Olivia talking and drinking. In fact, I would like that more than I like “Scandal.”
But alas, we got “The Candidate” instead.
While the real world gears up for Trump vs. Bernie, Shondaland is prepping for its own presidential election: Mellie vs. Susan.
Or, at least, that looks like where we’re going.
Liz’s (Portia de Rossi) newest poll has Susan Ross (Artemis Pebdani) in high demand for the high office come November, but the homely VP isn’t interested.
Mellie (Bellamy Young), on the other hand, is more interested in the Oval than she is in her own kids. I’ve forgotten their names, and I’m assuming she has too.
Elsewhere, Cyrus (Jeff Perry) and Abby (Darby Stanchfield) have a new friend: journalist Lillian Forrester (Annabeth Gish), who wants to know how Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) views his presidency, whether he’s succeeded or failed.
Personally, I want to know why President Bartlet’s eldest daughter on “West Wing” voted for a Republican.
Liz, back on her Susan For President kick, figured out a way to get her to run: send in everyone’s favorite Attorney General, David Rosen (Josh Malina).
Using the AG as a sex trap is about the most ethical thing that’s happened on “Scandal” in three seasons.
Shutting down a Gettysburger is just Rosen showing off.
Back in the White House, Fitz is, for once, being the professional one in the situation. Forrester the journalist can’t even focus on her one-on-one interview because she has such a big crush on the president. So he, of course, asks her to dinner.
Mellie and Olivia have finished the memoir, but they don’t have time to wait for publishers to get the book into a store. So they leak it online. And to reporters. And to Sally Langston (Kate Burton). Thank goodness!
Olivia and Mellie aren’t exactly friends, but they’ve found common ground in Mellie’s search for the White House.
Cyrus, surprisingly not at his cousin’s funeral — surprising, I swear! — is instead lurking in the back of a town hall, listening to a politician who is most decidedly not Susan or Mellie. He’s a young, energetic, excited Hispanic man.
I’ve get $ 10 on the new guy becoming president. You?
– Olivia’s red pen is so subtle next to Mellie’s book, but it’s such a great prop. Editor Pope to the rescue.
– “You really can compartmentalize like nobody’s business.”
– “I don’t have a therapist.” “Well maybe you should get one.”
– It’s David Rosen’s first appearance in many, many episodes and he’s literally on his hands and knees. That just feels right.
– Cyrus gave Leo McGarry’s “100 Days” speech. I swear I’m not purposely seeing “West Wing” everywhere.
– Once again, my thoughts on Jake and Olivia’s sex scene are not appropriate for a family-friendly publication. But we’re probably thinking the same thing.
– “You were a good mistress. Probably a great one.” “Well, I am an overachiever.”
– Cyrus is literally watching Fitz sleep. I don’t know how it’s taken us five seasons to get here, but it always felt inevitable.
– Huck is watching his son’s soccer games, which is both creepy and adorable. And surprising, since I completely forgot he even had a son. Remember when Baby Huck saw his dad kill someone?