Scandal Recap: 10 Shocking Twists

Mellie and her father-in-law! Olivia’s mom! And Quinn! So much happened in last night’s episode, the exclamations practically write themselves.

Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, the wife of President Fritz Grant
Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, the wife of President Fritz Grant Screengrab from Scandal episode "Everything's Coming Up Mellie"

Wow. Just wow. Last night’s episode of Scandal was packed with so many scream-worthy twists I’m sure most of you are hoarse. Today I can’t even whisper the word “gladiator” without feeling faint.

Just when you thought Olivia Pope had the “My Family’s Secrets Are Worse Than Your Family’s Secrets” contest on lock, here comes Mellie Grant, who’s not only married to a murderer but mostly likely had the baby of her rapist, who also happens to be her murdering husband’s dad. But, of course, in a final-buzzer moment the show’s so fond of, the Popes pull ahead of the Grants. Olivia’s mom is alive! She’s been in prison this whole time! And she sorta looks like she belongs there! See what I mean? The exclamations actually write themselves.

So much crazy happened in Scandal city this week we need a map of madness to keep up. From the mundane to monster reveal, here’s a crib sheet of the top 10 ways the world changed after last night.

1. Cyrus looks terrible with a beard.

The show opened in 1997 Santa Barbara, Calif. Fitz and Mellie are still madly in love, and Fitz’s abusive and filthy-rich father, Big Jerry, has hired “kingmaker” Cyrus Beene to get Fitz to the White House with a pit stop at the governor’s mansion. Cyrus is still his fast-talking political monster self, save one addition: an insane beard reminiscent of Homeless Huck. Thank goodness James made him shave that off.

2. Somewhere out there, there’s an ex-Mrs. Beene.

So more than just his look changed when Mr. Beene got to Washington. In an offhand comment made to a young Mellie, who’s begging Cyrus not to abandon her husband, Mr. Beene says he only fights at home with his wife. Because no scandalous stone is left unturned, I expect to see her pop up somewhere.

3. Fitz’s dad helped cover up Operation Remington.

The OPA team starts digging into the plane crash that killed Olivia’s mom and learns that Fitz’s father, Big Jerry, headed up the congressional investigation into the alleged accident. So not only did Fitz murder Liv’s mom, but his dear old dad made it all go away. Fathers on this show all pretty much suck.