Let’s! Do! This! Scandal’s first episode of season seven opens with a cable information host (who’s, oddly, now not Sally Langston) telling us that Cyrus has been sworn in as VP and that Mellie has “come out swinging,” pegging the unfastened school invoice Frankie Vargas ran on her as a goal in the first 100 days.
Shonda comes out swinging, too: Olivia enters to the traces of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” runway-strutting down a West Wing hall in slo-mo intercut with photos of a typical factor stodgy outdated white guy looking to filibuster and bluster the long run into submission on a information program.
OLIVIA. IS. A. VISION.
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Her hair has a lifestyles to it that makes me wish to praise-shout. The digital camera can not prevent peeping her sharp-toed stilettos. They’re white with gold trim. She’s dressed in a black swimsuit with white piping and a white camisole beneath. She’s were given a Camry-sized white handbag on her arm. The complete ensemble is the dress dressmaker telling us, in regards to Olivia’s ethical compass, “You think you know, but you have no idea.”
Kerry Washington appears to be like so excellent right here it’s ridiculous. Also ridiculous: at one level, whilst strolling thru the West Wing, some random staffer (let’s name her the Undersecretary of the Interior) complete on assessments Olivia out. Like a complete frame survey. I part anticipated her eyes to malicious program out of her head whilst she howled like a caricature wolf. Shonda, why do you do that to me?
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Waiting in Olivia’s administrative center is the usual factor stodgy outdated white guy who’s doing this complete “no matter what you say, I’m voting no” factor. Olivia opens a protected and retrieves an envelope that would possibly as neatly learn, “BLACKMAIL. JUICY! SEX STUFF AND ETC.” It’s price noting that this protected is complete to bursting with identical envelopes.
Meanwhile, at the newly minted Quinn Perkins & Associates, the gang is haranguing David to get them shoppers. Apparently nobody in D.C. is aware of who Quinn, the coffee-making murderer, is. Eventually a random girl walks in and asks them to lend a hand her in finding her father.
Speaking of dads, Olivia and Papa Pope have some other white tablecloths and wine dinner. He’s salty as a result of he thinks she’s gazing his each transfer. She’s like, “Nah, man.” But she obviously is, proper? Like, we’re going to get a shot of her in her Batcave with a wall of video cameras appearing her father from other angles, aren’t we?
Papa Pope is pissed. “You are like looking into the window of my past. All I could create was me. There is a reckoning coming for you, Olivia.” And that, other people, is our thesis for this season.
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We bounce to Olivia, who’s on the speaking head display from previous reverse a scrumptious contrarian snack named Curtis Pryce. He’s in opposition to unfastened school; Olivia principally destroys him. This scene serves two functions: one, lets in Shonda to make the case totally free school and two, confirms to us that they’re going to bang.
Back at QPA, they’re in search of a person lacking in Bashran. Huck does his Huck magic and unearths the man in seconds. (Is this truly how computer systems paintings? How is it that my GPS has hassle discovering the nearest Krispy Kreme however Huck can in finding transparent video digital camera photos of a lacking guy in Bashran like he’s looking for cat movies?)
Turns out the man is a secret agent. Quinn bumps it as much as Olivia, who bumps it as much as Jake who’s between bumping and grinding classes. Jake tells Olivia that since the secret agent’s been captured, they’ll wish to kill him so he doesn’t communicate. Olivia (who’s dressed in all-black on this scene) is hesitant about it.
Cyrus meets with an Elizabeth Warren-type who tells him that she thinks he must get started making plans his run for president in 4 years. She rattles off all his main points: homosexual, ran with a Latino Democrat, serves underneath a Republican girl, followed a black daughter, hung out in jail for a criminal offense he didn’t devote. She describes this as “the liberal dream,” which feels roughly like a learn, to be fair. Like, excellent for Cyrus that folks assume he’s now not a political poison however I simply don’t see it. No colour however Cyrus Beene isn’t the liberal dream, honey. The liberal dream is 1) Literally any person who can beat Trump or 2) Michelle Obama.
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Reality apart, Olivia now has two males in her lifestyles who’re chafing underneath her management. Cyrus doesn’t like being handled, neatly, like a Vice President and despatched on missions to whip votes and meet woman scouts. What did he be expecting this was once going to be? Also, Cyrus wishes to take a seat on his palms. He murdered his husband and he’s by no means going to be president. He isn’t any Michelle Obama.
And Jake is pissed that Olivia received’t kill the lacking secret agent. He is going in the back of her again and convinces Mellie that he must be taken out. Mellie is of the same opinion. At the remaining minute, Olivia is going to the Bashrani ambassador and threatens to have Huck kill his son until he releases the secret agent. The plan works and the ambassador has the secret agent dropped at the American Embassy in Bashran simply earlier than a SEAL staff takes him out. Olivia manages to get from the Bashran Embassy to the Situation Room in the time it takes a Navy SEAL staff to knock down a door. What can I say? Her strut is strong.
That night time, Jake drops by way of Liv’s position to ask for forgiveness for undercutting her with Mellie. Liv tells him that she let him get too relaxed and kicks him to curb, sexually-speaking. “Go home to your wife, Admiral Ballard,” she says. Oh snap! I forgot that he had a spouse. What a multitude, woman. Go name that shiny-haired snack from the speaking heads display.
The hour ends with a showdown in the Oval between Olivia and Mellie, wherein Mellie demanding situations Olivia’s authority. Mellie doesn’t wish to be a puppet. Olivia’s like, “But ya are, Blanche. Ya are!” Olivia rounds the administrative center, dealing with Mellie from in the back of the Resolute Desk, as “It Takes Two” starts blasting on the soundtrack.
“You have to stop thinking of me as an employee and you have to start thinking of me as what I am,” Olivia bellows.
“And what is that?” Mellie asks.
“The boss.” Olivia replies.