Show/Episode: Scandal, Season 6, Episode 1 “Survival of the Fittest”
At the Season 5 finale, Cyrus switched teams (to the Democrats!) and got himself on Frankie Vargas’ ticket as the Vice President against Mellie, and Liv finally figured out that Daddy Pope has been grooming her for the ultimate position...to wield the power of Command herself. The Season 6 premiere did not disappoint, with an explosion in the first 2 minutes, election results in the first 5 minutes, and an assassination in the first 10 minutes. (It should be mentioned that the Shondaland crew filmed this episode in August, well before the current election.)
Well, Mellie lost the election. The heartbreaking conversation Olivia had to have with Mellie to make the call conceding the election was Scandal and television at its finest. Olivia had already “taken a minute” to grieve the election, even with half an assist from Fitz, but when Liv put her game face back on and had to coach Mellie through that phone call...it certainly punched a lot of people right in the feels. And right when we thought we were recovering with those two over a bottle of bubbly, President Elect Frankie Vargas was shot, live on air. It appeared at first to be a lone gunman, but Liv knows how these things work and she runs first to her father, who is expecting her visit. Papa Pope assures Olivia he had nothing to do with the shooting, but asks her to think about who would benefit the most from Vargas being out of the way...Cyrus Beene.