I would just like to start by saying that Bellamy Young is the definition of perfection and I always love her performance in Scandal and in the last episode "Everything’s Coming Up Mellie" all I have to say is…Wow, her performance was breathtaking and amazing and I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire episode.
When Fitz calls Olivia to see how she’s doing she says something that I thought was amazing as always because Scandal Writers are THE BEST! she says:
“I’m surrounded by murderers, that’s how I am. I’m surrounded by men who have a body count. I’m standing in a graveyard made by people that I thought I loved…that is how I am”
So much happens in this episode, it’s insane…after watching this episode I felt like nothing was sure in my life, I find myself sitting and thinking about Scandal a lot because this show is so complex and now it’s like nothings impossible because Shonda and the Scandal Writers just aren’t afraid to GO THERE! they don’t believe in boarder lines and they’ve created these complicated, complex story lines for each character and they’ve created this Amazing, dark and twisty, fun, interesting, intriguing world of scandal and it’s always fun to see how the story plays out at the end of each episode because you can guess all you want but lets face it. in the end you are going to be surprised, and shocked and reaching for more because the show just draws you in. I LOVE IT!!!
The OPA Gladiators know just about everything that Olivia knows about her plane crash that “Killed” her mother.1.)Papa pope gave the order to shoot down the plane that her mother was on
2.)Fitz is the pilot that shot down the plane
3.)Olivia’s father is the leader of B613
SUPER SPECIAL NOTE:
Did anyone else notice that Lauren Stamile who played Rose on Grey’s Anatomy was interviewing Mellie in tonight’s episode?
I would love to point out the significance of this conversation between Fitz and his father
FITZ: “I was given a chance to do something, to fly…and then I was given an order!”
Big Jerry: “Grant’s don’t take orders!”
FITZ: you want me to run on a lie
Big Jerry: Fitz, you should be grateful that this lie exists and just let it go
FITZ: Let it go?
Big Jerry: It should have been some poor kid from some backwoods town who shot that plane down, not you. Not my boy but no you joined the navy to spite me and then when you got into all this mess I covered your ass. I called in favors to distance you as far away from that incident as I could. So now its time for you to pay the piper! I own you, you have a future thanks to me.
this just shows how much Olivia and FItz have in common. when his father says “I OWN YOU” meanwhile all Olivia has been saying lately is how her father controls everyone and everything, there is no escaping papa pope “He’s in charge, he’s in charge of Everything” “nobody walks away from him. He controls Everything….” This conversation is also important because Big Jerry speaks directly about how he called in favors and worked really hard to get Fitz as far away from that incident as possible and then Fitz says “Grants Don’t Take Orders!” …or do they?
…and did you see sally’s reaction when Mellie made a comment about her husband’s wondering hands in the hallway…it makes me think sally actually knows what we might know…women aren’t his type?…what do you think?
Is Cyrus responsible for changing Mellie’s mindset about her marriage to Fitz?
Do you remember that conversation between Mellie and Fitz in season 2 episode 18 “Molly You in Danger Girl”? After Fitz asks:
“Does it ever bother you…The Lies, all the pretending, and that’s not an accusation because I do it too, I do it well… ” and Mellie says “Pretending is what’s real” and Fitz looks at her really strange and says “What?” and she then continues to say “Every Married couple alive pretends. They pretend they don’t hate their in-laws or their husband’s bad jokes or their wife’s real laugh or that they don’t actually love one of their children more than the others. Marriage is… almost all pretend for everyone. That’s the reality. That’s what’s real. Buying into the delusion that there’s any other way life together, to get through an entire life together, that’s…That’s the fantasy….that’s pretending.” And then Fitz asks if he did this too her, or if she’s always been this way in a very concerned way and Mellie just asks him what’s bothering him.
So now you know why Fitz gives her this extremely worried look almost as if he doesn’t recognize her in that moment because he does remember a time when they were somewhat normal, so what happened?…
….this conversation with Cyrus happened:
Mellie: I’m a lawyer; I’m a partner at a law firm.
Cyrus: That…You’ll have to give that up, they told you that right?
Mellie: I’m going to do charity work, help people.
Cyrus: Ok, I’m going to give you a tip and this is for free because I’m done. If he is going to be governor, If he is going to be a serious politician, if he is going to walk the corridors of power. He is your charity work. He is your full time Job, you’re the wife…Help him.
Mellie: ….I will take care of it…you come back tomorrow I will deal with it…he will be ready to work tomorrow.
(And that is where Mellie started realizing what she needed to do in order to get Fitz in the White house)
Back at OPA:
So we know that someone was taken off the plane by a federal marshal the night of the “Crash” and we can assume that his name was Omar Dresden because that’s what the gate agent said but we also know that his family believes he died in the plane crash, it was kept from the press, and the gate agent didn’t see exactly who the person was but there has to be someone who did see who was taken off that plane…so was it Omar? Or was it somebody else? Maybe Olivia’s mother?
Everything’s coming up Mellie:
- Mellie has known Fitz shot it down the plane ever since Big Jerry told her
- The reason for shooting it down according to Big Jerry: There was a dirty bomb on board
- Mellie has been though A LOT !
Big Jerry: “He’s too sensitive, he’s got too many feelings…That’s why he will never win…Good god you’re a beautiful women.”
And that is where it all went WRONG! This scene is just…I have no words, Mellie was basically raped by Fitz’s father and then she found out that she was pregnant, so who’s baby is it? And the most heartbreaking thing that happened in this episode was the last scene where Fitz finds out Mellie is pregnant and then looks at his father across the room and says “You know if it’s a boy he’s going to make us name him Jerry, right?”
I HAVE SO MUCH FEELINGS after watching this! this is heartbreaking,genius, and AHHHHH! I HAVE NO WORDS FOR THE END OF THIS EPISODE, I feel like I understand Mellie so much more now and I understand where she’s coming from. THE THINGS SHES BEEN THROUGH…wow.
I have a lot of favorite scenes from this episode by i have to say that My favorite scene of all, is Mellie speaking to Fitz in the oval office.
When she speaking to Fitz in the Oval office, (LOVE HER RED DRESS! BTW) she says something that kinda finalizes this whole montage of Mellie and the way she is and why she is the way she is
“You didn’t show up for me. You didn’t show up for that stupid reporter and me and teddy and that photo-op in the oval, you left me hanging and I had to do everything myself, I always have to. I am tired of doing everything myself! I am alone here. We’re supposed to be partners, we are supposed to be in this together”
Fitz: Let’s not pretend were something we’re not
Mellie “if you knew the sacrifices I have made…The things that I have given up…and the pieces of myself that I have given away for you and you treat me this way? You declare war on me, and you shame me, and you make me beg for scraps when I’ve done nothing but fight for you! …you don’t have to love me but we are in this hell together and the flames are graying both of us with equal intensity baby so the least you could do is be my friend just a little bit…the least you could do is show up! Show up for me …show up for me Fitz and stop being like some…stranger”
Ok so this scene speaks SO MUCH about the structure and meaning of this show and this episode especially when Mellie says “We are in this hell together and the flames are graying both of us with equal intensity” I feel like this symbolizes the gray area that almost every human being fits into…the idea that no one is all good and no one is all bad. And she’s realizing that she isn’t all good or all bad and she feels it’s becoming the same with Fitz. She feels that they have both changed and that they both are constantly changing and not always for the better, I feel like she’s also saying they’re both in hot water so they might as well stick it out together.
we even see at the end of this scene Mellie calls him a Stranger and she isn’t the only one who feels like she doesn’t know him anymore, Olivia mentions that too, in the beginning phone scene she says “you don’t get to ask me how I am, we don’t know each other…you’re a stranger.” And so I think it’s been quite a day for Fitz, having Olivia say “so what?” when he tells her he loves her, having both the women in his life call him a stranger…I think he has an sort of awakening in that Mellie moment and that’s why he’s completely honest when he defends Mellie in the interview.
….And then Quinn believes everything that Charlie says. The whole time they’re in the car I’m thinking “Really Quinn…You believe that’s M99 in those syringes?” and then I’m thinking “really Quinn? You don’t think they have cameras everywhere in that building?” and then when he doesn’t pick up the phone I’m like “STUPID, STUPID, GIRL!!!!!! Has Quinn Lost her mind?” and then Baby Huck basically gets kidnapped by B613 in a very manipulative, tricky way, and there you have it…Quinn got played, and I almost feel sorry for her, but she got herself into this mess all I have to say is “Really Quinn? Really?” welcome to wonderland
so what else happened?
And I will leave on one very confusing note…
“If Jerry isn’t Fitz’s child and he’s Big Jerry’s child….Wouldn’t that mean that Fitz’s son Jerry is actually his brother in some really weird way?
I’m going to be writing a review tomorrow because I’m literally drunk on scandal tonight and I’m not thinking rationally but I would like to say that Bellamy Young is truly amazing and her acting tonight was PERFECTION… I am so inspired by this scandal cast. and crew and writers team..SO INSPIRED!