Scandal 6x12 “Mercy” Season 6 Episode 12 Sneak Peek - Rowan (Joe Morton) appreciates Fitz’s (Tony Goldwyn) hospitality but he is not happy about Fitz and Olivia’s (Kerry Washington) relationship. The disdain on his face when Fitz kisses Olivia in front of him makes his disapproval clear. He commands respect from Fitz telling him to call him ‘Mr. Pope’ instead of Rowan.
There isn’t a day that passes me by that I don’t think of her and how she won’t be mine. I can’t begin to express how painful it is to finally come to terms with the fact that Olivia Pope, the woman who I’ve fallen in love with who I thought loved me too, truly doesn’t want me.
For so long I believed that she was just going through her own issues but I guess I was kidding myself. Now it’s time to get back to reality. The reality is Olivia Pope will never be mine because she doesn’t want to be mine. I’m just another pawn in her game.
morning (because I’m on the other side of the globe) I watched the premiere.
this is some kind of a review, thoughts, gifs, etc; all mixed up about 601. Let’s see:
1. This is
one of the greatest episodes I’ve watched in a long time. I was not a fan
of 5B and this premiere has really made the difference. The plot was intriguing
and it remembered about the old days: the good old days.
Frankie Vargas. I wanted him to win and I had the feeling that he could win as
well (you feel me, @lauraquarium ). But when I saw this:
I had the
feeling that something BAD was about to happen. I don’t know, I saw this
victory too quickly and in the Scandalverse you never know until the very end
of the episode. Again, POOR FRANKIE.
3. Fitz and
Olivia. This is, in my opinion, the scene that summarizes the episode for
after Olivia. They are in friendship mode on. I like it, I mean, it’s a good
start if we want them back together someday (if Shonda let’s that happen, of
course). OLITZ IS FAR FROM OVER
Ballard. I don’t care where he is or what he does if it is a normal episode.
But in this episode Frankie Vargas was killed.
So “Where’s Jake?” could be
answered with: killing Frankie Vargas, maybe?. He was with Fitz in the room but all is possible here. Well, I’m sure we will know in a few
weeks but Jake is one of the options on the table.
5. Survival of the Fittest. Mellie has lost. And what really scares me is the way
Olivia takes this lost.
First, she calms Mellie but then:
Papa Pope might be right about Cyrus but I’m SO tired of this relationship.
After listening Papa Pope she goes back to the White House and is again that Olivia Pope hungry for power (bye white hat). She is still controlled by Rowan.
And next: even if Mellie says she doesn’t want to run anymore, she NEEDS to run because she can’t keep herself from power because she is addicted to it.
Cyrus Beene. This scene really broke me and not because Cyrus just saw a
shooting. This broke me because this shows how far a person can go just to have
power. Cyrus is capable of doing this, of course. He is a
political monster. Look at
7. I laughed at this:
8. So, we have a wedding soon, I suppose:
9. Susan Ross
and Lizzie Bear were not in the episode and that doesn’t make sense, unless the
flashbacks of 602 explain this. Something must have happened to them, I guess.
I hope not to Susan, though. I love her so much, just look at this:
Disclaimers: I am petty and I am hella relying on the AU as reality because I can and the fact that seasons 3-4 didn’t happen because they were unnecessary as shit. About 90% of my answers are obvious but I will try to be fair. I also have only just seen clips and random Tumblr posts since S5A. But @allergictonormality knew all this when she sent it to me because she’s a true friend.
favorite male character:
favorite female character:
These people are both damaged as fuck and stupid and in need of therapy and Jesus and some balls but yeah. Still. I’m getting angry thinking about this.
least favorite character:
Both have outstayed their welcome. They could have been good characters though.
Season 2 for sure.
Happy Birthday, Mr. President. I think it was just really well done all around. Everyone showed up and showed out in the episode. Runner up is The Testimony of Diego Munoz
favorite romantic ship:
Do you even have to ask?!
favorite family ship:
They are trying. They better, they fucked up the first two!
favorite friend ship:
This is the part where I am not trying to be shady or disrespectful but Mellivia. I don’t understand how you could. @night-catches-us summed it up well:
I understand the idea of shipping Melliva, tbh. In my opinion, its about shipping two clearly powerful women outside of a male dominanted spectrum. I get that. They want a female focused relationship…What i don’t understand about the ship is how they blatantly dismiss the way in which Mellie treats Olivia. Their relationship isn’t based in friendship or trust, but manipulation…
Also, what I’ve said previously:
The most I can think of is that they’re both women fighting the patriarchy or whatever but, like I’ve said before, that can only go so far. I don’t need to be friends with every person in my oppressive groups. I SHOULDN’T be friends with someone just because they share an oppression with me. If Olivia and Mellie were the same as they were in season 1, I could totally see it. I could root for their eventually friendship, but they aren’t. The friendship they would have does not seem healthy at all. I’ve seen people in friendships t like theirs. It’s full of such rage and it’s settling on both of their ends. It’s just so sad now.
Let me shut up though because live and let live. I wish the best for Mellie Grant. And some self-awareness as well.
On first watch I really liked 505. Some great dialogue and great Olitz moments. Little gutted we didnt see the date but oh well. Im gunna watch again later to take more in, but im guessing a fair few of you on here wont be happy. I am loving S5 so far!!
Obsessed with the Olitz residence scene to Marvin Gaye. It was so
Dom/Sub and sexy and playful and interesting all at the same time. There was a parellel for me with this scene with 411, when Fitz has to secretly tell Mellie about the corruption in the White House and the kidnapping, but the level of intimacy and chemistry in 505 was on another level, but both related to west angola. On another note… Tony
Goldwyns abs are a work of art, and Kerry in that nightie had me feeling all kinds of things, the two of them together are too much!!!
The little snippet of them in the residence watching Edison on TV had me all in my fanfic feels. So domesticated and casual and in a weird way normal. It wasnt a heated quick moment, just them together. I love it sooooo much!!
A few people I was here for this week:
Leo Burgen - I LOVE HIM. He is such a great character, and I don’t know if it is because Paul Adlestein plays him so well, but he was great this week.
The thing 1 and thing 2 comment had me weeing!
Patty Snell - she was hilarious, she had no fucks to give and put every one in their place.
Marcus - For a second I thought he would be all about justice and go behind Olivia’s back but then I was like nah, not after last week he wouldnt. Im liking Marcus.
Cyrus was an absolute PSYCHO this week. He was a man possessed almost, it was kind of weird to watch. I find his character very frustrating but Jeff Perry does it so well I cant help but always be captivated by it at the same time.
That scene at the end with Tony was phenomenal, both of them brought it and I loved the detail in what they said and the reality that they are family to each other in a sense. Obviously though this all came about because of the West Angola video so Fitz didn’t have a choice but I think Cyrus when he is on the inside will ALWAYS be there for him, more so than Elizabeth. Fitz noticing the detail from the book Liv got Cyrus was so special. The little intricacies in this scene made it so so special. Fitz all tearful had me clutching my heart.
The thing that worries me about this is how much leverage Cyrus now has. He holds Olitz in the palm of his hand essentially, with that video. If that is vouched for then they are done with. Cyrus has always loved to be the master controller but this will be a new sense of power and it is terrifying. A slightly comforting thought is that Olivia and Fitz know him very well, know his ways of doing things and as a team they are strong enough to hold him off. So ye, Cyrus has me on edge.
Loved how this situation has back fired on Mellie and she has been shafted in a sense. She needs to be told where to go and be brought back down to whatever semblance of reality her brain is able to comprehend. Her slipping the ring is just another petty attempt to ruin them but she should know the brilliance of Olivia Pope and her team and understand that something like that would never hurt them. So ye, Mellie can keep trying and keep getting knocked back, Im here for it.
Cyrus apologising to Mellie for bringing Olivia to the campaign. I was like?
If Olivia hadnt have come along you wouldn’t have even stood a chance at winning the election, regardless of defiance. So please stop. No FLOTUS, no COF. NOTHING. So im not buying that.
Side Note: Is Ella at some boarding school in Switzerland?
I had been wondering when we would see him again, especially once the affair came out. It was a great political ploy to have him speak like that about her, but obviously behind the scenes he was anything but pleased. There was the obvious parallel with 211 and I am loving this from the writers. All these season 2 throwbacks.
He has a right to feel a bit peeved as he obviously did but back then, in the situation Olivia was in, telling the truth was never going to be the option. What did he expect. I do think she loved him at one point, or at least tried to. He was the only one I could stand her being with besides Fitz.
I also thought it was very brave of Olivia to go to him given she knew what he must’ve been thinking. She is ballsy this season and not holding back and I like it. She is also vulnerable at the same time which is endearing.
It was never going to be a happy reunion was it really.
Now I know a lot of you on here are gonna be mad like why did she say she never met him, its horrible writing for Olivia blah blah blah…
I actually thought it was very honest, truthful, emotional and vulnerable. Olivia has grown so much already in S5 it is huge. She is openly talking about her feelings and she is committing to her love. This just shows how willing she is to go with this and I am so proud of Olivia.
The way I see what she was saying is this; their love has had such a huge effect on other people that if she could have protected them from it or prevented them from it then she would have, but she couldnt, she couldnt help but fall in love with him. She has always been about saving people and being responsible for them and she carries the weight of her relationship with Fitz with that, but she isnt apologising for loving him. She is sorry for the surrounding destruction.
Im not so sure about her comment of her wearing the ring as being weak? Is she saying she couldnt fend off the strength of his love for her, or she was too far gone to try and stop it?
Anyway, I thought she spoke with enough emotion to connect with people without being melodramatic and with enough composure to speak with such candor.
Were people really expecting for Olivia Pope to be all fairytales, romace, oh he is my prince? That is not Olivia Pope. She has never been in to fantasy.
No comments on Joke or Elise this episode, did nothing for me or too me. They need to give Fooley some screen time. Im not even caring that Olivia keeps going to him, she needs someone outside of the immediate OPA and WH circle to talk to, so whatever. He is essentially her shrink and her delievery boy.
Thats it really off the top of my head after one watch at 6am. Im sure Ill have some more thoughts about it during the week but all in all I thought it was really good.
Now onto next week:
Not sure how I feel about a proposal/marraige next week. I know it should have us all going fangirl mad but I dont want their love to be cheapened and brought down to the same level as Cyrus and Michael, his whore. I want it to be when they were ready and on their terms. A proposal from Fitzgerald will be a thing of beauty though, and if they get engaged and then dont get married then maybe that’ll sit better with me. But Fitz is not divorced and it doesn’t look like Mellie is signing any time soon, so is that even legal?
Anyway its a promo, so it probs wont happen but Im interested to see how it pans out for sure!!.
I will finish with some Olitz dom/sub:
And last but certainly not least……. Their bodies, their hair, their outfits (or lack of), their positions… and lack of boundaries.