Everything’s Coming Up Mellie: Scandal Episode 307 Recap
For a show that is notorious for shocking us with a new development every episode to outdo itself is no small feat and Scandal did that with episode 7 of season 3. When it ended, I literally spent 20 minutes just mumbling to myself saying “OMG I CAN’T” at random intervals. Tonight, it was her turn to shine. Or burn. She did both and Shonda hemmed my emotions up and still hasn’t let go. Let’s just get right into it.
Reality Mellie – Mellie is getting her “Real Housewives of the White House” on as a camera crew follows her on a tour of the East Wing. She’s talmbout the cocktail reception she’s planning to highlight some of the paintings she had restored in the White House.
Flashback to Santa Barbara – Fifteen years before, Fitz and Mellie are waking up and about to get their freak on when his father interrupts them. The ultimate cockblocker. When they get downstairs, Big Jerry introduces them to Cyrus Beene, who is rocking a terrible hairhat and a respectable beard. He’s there to help him get into the Governor’s mansion and Cyrus circles around them like a vulture.
Shooting with Sugar – Quinn is at the gun range getting her practice on with Charlie. He tells her he’s a private investigator now and she’s sopping it up with a biscuit.
Call from Boo – Olivia is on the way out when her Fitz phone rings. She leaves but runs back in to answer. GIRLLL GET A GRIP! Stop! He is calling because he’s worried about her and she flips out and calls him a stranger. “I’m surrounded by men who are murderers…I’m surrounded by men who have a body count. I’m standing in a graveyard made by people I thought I loved.”
Fact, Liv. She mentions Rowan and he asks her “How do you know Rowan?” “Oh that’s just my evil daddy” shoulda been the reply. He warns her to stop digging into Operation Remington and she hangs up on him. OOP.
I must take this time to give a SHOUTOUT to that Black tuxedo coat-dress Olivia had on in this scene! WHOOOOO!! It was Dior and it was splendid. Also, the fact that she’s in mostly black is so telling because she’s in a dark place and her usual white ain’t gon do it.
Cyrus’ Strategy and Daddy Issues – In a flashback, Cyrus is giving Fitz and Mellie strategy on what they need to do to position him as Governor as Fitzgerald Grant II (aka Big Jerry) looks on. Since Fitz is the third, I might start calling him President Trey. Cy suggests that he runs as a “war hero” and Fitz shoots it down (hehe pun). Now we know it’s because homie felt shady about the part he played in Operation Remington.
Re-election Scheme – Mellie needs an image revamp and that’s why the camera has been following her. She’s getting all the public disdain for her heaux ass hubby. However, for him to have a fighting chance at re-election, she needs to become more likable. Also, Cyrus knows that VP Sally’s hubby, Daniel Douglas is slightly sleazy so they plan on hiring a hooker to bait him. Chile, desperate times…
Gladiating for Maya – Olivia tells the Gladiators that their latest client is her mother, Maya Lewis. She spills the tea about flight 522 being shot down on her father’s orders. They all look shocked but then she puts up the picture of the person who shot down the plane and it’s President Ghost. If I was one of the Gladiators, that would make me just leave that table. TOO MUCH!
Huck, Harrison, Abby, Quinn and Jake get right to work and find out that the plane left Dulles Airport 27 minutes after it was scheduled to. The senator placed in charge of investigating the crash of flight 522 was… FITZGERALD GRANT II! Big Jerry was involved in the cover up?!?! *faints* Meanwhile, Baby Huck made sure to come to Huck to tell him “told you so!” That lady would give tylenol a headache. UGH!
Father Fallout – We flashback to Big Jerry chewing Fitz out for not wanting to listen to him and run as war hero. He tells his son that he told him not to join the Navy so look at the mess he’s created.”You’re a senator’s son! You had a trust fund!… It shoulda been some poor kid from some backwoods town who shot that plane down. Not MY boy!… I own you.” Mellie walks in just in time to hear her father-in-law tell her husband that being a Grant is the ONLY thing he has going for him. That is way harsh.
Abby’s Sympathy – Olivia is in her office when Abby comes in and says Remington goes deeper than they thought, because of the involvement of Fitz II. Liv says her father ordered the plane to be shot down but remember her father answering her question that he did not? I believe him. 22 years before, he didn’t have the power to ask for such a thing. Anywho, Abby tells her boss that she’s gonna hug her and she gotta deal. She’s basically like “Girl, you need one of my awkward hugs.”
Liv don been THROUGH it!
Crouching Idiot, Hidden Kiss – Quinn is spying on Charlie in some hotel parking lot while hiding in a bush and he of course walks up on her because she’s not stealthy. He then pushes her against the wall and tongues her down. The entire world basically went “EW!” Ain’t nobody here for that.
Stood Up – Mellie’s filming with Baby Teddy, and they’re supposed to take footage of her and the President playing with their last born. As her and the cameras roll into the Oval Office, they’re met with crickets. He didn’t show up. Womp womppppp! Not cool!
Also, she tells Sally that one of her staffers complained that Daniel was being fresh with her. The VP replies by saying her husband keeps his hands to himself. Yeah… aight.
Begging Cyrus – Old School Cyrus walks out because he ain’t here for the Grant’s drama but Mellie runs after him. He tells her that his job isn’t to babysit her man; it’s hers. But Melie reminds him that she’s a partner at a law firm so it ain’t her job either except it is. “If he’s going to walk in a position of power, HE is your charity work. He is your full time job.”
Can we please get into the flashback hair hats everyone’s wearing? HA! Between the hair kufi the placed gingerly on Cyrus’ head and Mellie’s terrible wrap wig, I was cracking up.
Will He Show Up? – Mellie barges into Cyrus’ office, mad as hell that Fitz made a fool of her by not showing up for her “Real Housewives” shoot. There’s an interview they’re supposed to film the next day and Cyrus can’t guarantee to her that he’ll show up.
Omar Dresden – Harrison and Abby go talk to the lady who was the gate agent on the day of the plane crash. She tells them that a federal marshall delayed flight 522 from leaving because someone was being taken off the plane. His name was Omar Dresden.
Abby puts his pic up on the Gladiator window. They are now on a mission to find out if anyone saw him being taken off the flight. Right then, Quinn gets a call and it’s Sugar Charlie asking her out on a date. UGHHHH!!!
Wayward Warning – VP Sally is fixing her hubby’s tie when she drops some not-so-subtle hint to him that he needs to keep his peen in his pants as she begins to campaign for president on the Indie party ticket. OOP.
The Incident – Flashback to Mellie sitting with an intoxicated Big Jerry as he rants about being a good father to Fitz because he never beat him. I will walk away from that before making a Color Purple reference. MELLIE KNOWS FITZ SHOT DOWN FLIGHT 522?!?! Wow. She knows Fitz more than Olivia EVER could and this is one of the reasons. She knows ALLLLL his dirt.
Then, Big Jerry starts to touch her leg and she moves his hand away. But the man wasn’t taking no for an answer. He laid himself on top of her, pinned her down and forced himself inside her as she disassociated. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! IT WAS NOT OKAY! IT WAS NOT ALRIGHT! OMG OMG OMG!!! Mellie Grant was raped by her father-in-law and I felt like crying for her and how terrible she’s been treated by everyone, especially Fitz.
Fight for Me – Mellie, looking ravishing in red, waits in the Oval Office until Fitz comes in. And she lets him have it in the most touching way possible. She is hurt that he didn’t show up to the taping but it’s just another example of him being careless with her.
“You didn’t show up for me. You left me hanging and I had to do everything myself. I always have to… If you knew the pieces of myself that I have given away for you…You declare war on me and you shame me and you make me beg for scraps and I’ve done nothing but fight for you…the least you can do is be my friend. The least you can do is show up for me.”
And my heart broke into tiny pieces because that was 15 years coming. And we know what she meant about pieces of herself. And he is NEVER nice to her. This woman has SACRIFICED for him and all she gets is side-eyes from this man.
We flashback to Mellie walking into the bedroom with Fitz, looking utterly broken from being raped by Big Jerry. She wants to go take a shower but he insists she comes to bed and he cuddles her.
Showing Up – It’s time for the interview and Fitz isn’t anywhere to be found so Mellie is already coming up with excuses to the reporter when she walks up behind her. The reporter asks Melie how she feels since a third of the American public question her emotional stability for airing out their dirty laundry publicly. Fitz steps in and firmly says “I had the affair. I should be sole carrier of blame and embarrassment for this fiasco. I made the mistake. I’ve apologized for it. Now it’s time. I am moving on. We are both trying to move on.” FINALLY! Thanks for speaking up for her, Trey! That is the least you can do! (-__-)
Mission Date – Charlie and Quinn are sitting in a car, on some sort of twisted date that’s really a mission. Then they start making out and I’m wondering about how foolish she really is. WHY WOULD YOU BE FRATERNIZING WITH YOUR MENTOR’S ARCHNEMESIS?!?! Ugh.
After playing tongue hockey, Quinn walks into a building where a security dude is sitting behind a desk (clearly, this ain’t Liv’s building. Shade). She grabs his hand when he tries to hand her a pen and jabs the needle that Charlie gave her into it all hapzardly.
Thinking he’s asleep, she calls Charlie. Then she looks over and sees the man foaming at the mouth. He hits the floor and she realizes that he’s dead. Her GOOFASS just made her first kill and she was tricked into it. FAIL, BABY HUCK! UTTER FAIL! This is why you can’t have nice things!
Morning After – We flashback to the morning after the incident and Mellie joins her father-in-law at breakfast. Having to look into the face of your rapist after the fact is the story of too many people who’ve been assaulted. She takes their time alone to tell him to apologize to his son and show his support without being the verbally abusive asshole he typically is. “You will tell him that he doesn’t have to run on his military record.” And people say she doesn’t love Fitz. Come on.
Cocktail Coupling – It’s the night of Mellie’s cocktail party and she thanks President Ghost for showing up for her at the interview. He says he meant every word of it. As they mingle with guests, Cyrus is watching the hooker they hired try to bait Daniel Douglas but he isn’t biting. James comes up and Cy dismisses him right before he blurts out that he was just fired. AAWWWW!!! Woo woo woo Mr. Novak-Beene. As Mellie strides over, he tells her that the hook-line ain’t sinking but when she looks over to Daniel, she sees he’s REALLY into James. AW SNAP!!! It must be hot in that closet!
ALL THE TEA SPILLT – A man brings a folder to Fitz in the Oval Office and he updates him that Olivia isn’t in imminent danger.
Jake shows up to the building Quinn just left and sees EMT zipping up a body bag with the security guard in it. He calls Olivia to tell her and she knows that her father probably got there first. Or one of his minions.
Quinn is placing a call to Huck when Charlie shows up to stop her. He says Huck would be totes disappointed in her since there’s footage of her killing homeboy. And he tells her “You belong to B613 now. Welcome to Wonderland.” Seems that the security guard kill was the initiation she didn’t know she was having. DUMMY!!! THAT’S WHAT YOU GET!
Fitz’s guy comes with info on Olivia’s parents, including a picture of Maya Lewis. He says her father is Elijah Pope, who works at the Smithsonian and he had to work hard to find a picture of him but he did. It’s an old pic and Fitz pulls it out, presenting his well-known “Fitz Face” of realization. And he knows that him and Liv are truly strangers. MMMHHHMMM President Ghost. Command is Mr. Pope.
Rowan Pope struts into a prison and he says he’s there to visit Omar Dresden. He shows his top level clearance badge and goes through door after door and it’s a lot of security wherever this person is. He finally enters a cell and sits down as the inmate comes from under the blanket. IT’S… OLIVIA’S MOM!!!
I. DON. DIE! TELL ME HOW I’M POSED TO BREATHE WITH NO AIR, LAWD! Where is Verna’s tank?!?!?!
The episode shoulda just ended here, honestly. But we flashback to a party that Fitz and Mellie are throwing to thank the people who’ve signed up to work on his campaign for Governor. When Fitz notices that she doesn’t drink the champagne she’s holding, he realizes that she’s pregnant! He’s giddy and gives her a huge hug as she looks super nervous. COULD HER BABY BE BIG JERRY’S?!?!?! DOES FITZ HAVE A BROTHER-SON?!?! Please Shonda. Do not break my heart like that. Tell me Mellie ends up finding out her baby was Fitz’s. DON’T BREAK MY HEART!
I CANNOT BREATHE!!!!! RUNS AROUND MY HOUSE LOSING MY SHIT BECAUSE I AM UNABLE TO CAN. I AM CAN DEFICIENT. MY ABILITY TO CAN IS DONE! THERE IS A WORLDWIDE SHORTAGE OF DEALAGE!!!!
THIS EPISODE DID SO MUCH! So much tea was spilled that Lipton factory must exploded in the Scandal writing room.
VP Sally’s husband is gay. Quinn is now B613. Mama Pope is alive. Fitz’s daddy raped Mellie and their first born might be his brother-son.
I have so many thoughts and questions.
First of all, MAMA POPE LIVES!!! I just knew she couldn’t be dead. She’s been in a cell for 22 years??? I thought she was gon be chilling in a remote island living the life. I didn’t expect she’d be locked up like that. WHAT PART OF LIFE IS THIS?!?!?
Now I’m hella curious. If she’s in jail, then she’s not some innocent person who was caught up in the crossfire of Rowan’s mess. She musta did something or maybe she was the person who put the bomb that Jerry was talmbout on that plane. Maya Lewis was a goon, yall! And maybe even a bigger goon than Rowan. Also, can we see now that he probably didn’t make the order for the plane to be shot down? Something tells me that when we find out what is REALLY behind Operation Remington, we’re all just going to wanna quit everything. It’s deeper than the pacific!
Quinn is a case of curiosity killed the cat. Her “20 questions” self is now a part of B613 because she’s nosy to a fault and she’s now gotten herself into the world’s most powerful gang. Look at her life and look at her choices. She was feeling dismissed by Huck so she ran into the arms of his enemy. Well, she’s gonna be getting a taste of whiskey more often now. Also, I wanna punch her GOOFASS!
And for the most important person in this episode: Mellie Grant. I MUST give Bellamy Young ALL the salutes because she was AMAZING! She’s been stealing the show all season and this episode was her chance to truly shine and she was blingy like a diamond.
People don’t like Mellie because of the love for Olivia and we sometimes forget she’s really not the enemy. She’s power-starved, manipulative and hella devious. BUT I also firmly believe that she loves her husband. Every single thing Mellie does is not solely for power because some of it is for the approval of the man she married. That same man who looks at her with disgust, as he plays kickball with her feelings constantly. He looks through her so often that she ends up being like a show dog saying “Look what I can do.”
I’ve been falling in love with Mellie Grant all season 3 but after tonight, me and her officially go together and I’m now a member of Team Mellie. That woman is the RIDEST OR DIE-EST lady EVER. She’s sacrificed SO MUCH for Fitzgerald Grant and she truly gets very little in return. Even as First Lady, she’s lost the respect of most people when she talked about Fitz’s hoshit. But for over 15 years, she’s suffered for his benefit.
This brings me to the most important thing that happened in this episode: Mellie’s rape. That was the hardest scene I’ve ever had to watch on this show and I cringed and was horrified and I averted my eyes. For many people, that scene was so tough and I expect a lot of pieces on it today and I’m hugging everyone who felt that to their core because it triggered their own abuse. However, people’s reaction to Mellie after the rape surprises me. Some even say that because she didn’t fight back, it proves that she set up herself to be raped so she could use it as leverage and I’m appalled by that thought.
WHO THE HELL SETS THEMSELVES UP TO BE RAPED?!? That’s so callous and such a dangerous way to think and part of the reason why women who do get assaulted carry stigma and shame with it. No one allows themselves to be raped. There is NO glory that comes with someone violating you to that level. That wasn’t a “setup.” Rape is not a tool that women use to get the upperhand. Those three stories you might have heard mean nothing when MILLIONS are victimized.
And then many people maintain that she brushed it off and used it to blackmail Big Jerry at the breakfast table, therefore minimizing the impact it really had on her. Although I do wish they would have let Mellie stay vulnerable post-assault, I understand why she dealt with him like she did. She did what she could to figure out a way to not lose EVERY PIECE of her power. He had taken a lot of it the night before. That was probably her being in survival mode. DEFENSE MECHANISM, PEOPLE! Whether people agree with how she dealt with Fitz’s father the day after, her response should not negate her trauma.
Ugh! I’m tired and this recap is already giant, so GLADIATORS ROAR in the comments!!!
Why do you think Maya Lewis has been in prison all these years? How did you feel about the rape scene and how the morning after was handled? Did this episode change your views of Mellie? Just go forth and chat!
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