OLIVIA POPE RULES THE WHITE HOUSE AS ‘SCANDAL’ RETURNS FOR A FINAL SEASON!

Scandal returned to ABC for its final season on Thursday night and this will be a defining season for Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington).

Olivia is now Command, steering events at the White House, like reaching into her old bag of tricks to blackmail a Senator into voting for an upcoming bill Mellie (Bellamy Young) is pushing.

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OPA is now QPA (Quinn Perkins and Associates) and without Olivia at the helm, the agency needs clients. A young woman comes calling, desperately searching for her father who it turns out might be a compromised CIA operative. Jake’s (Scott Foley) advice to Olivia is to strike surgically and kill the operative. Olivia wants a rescue operation initiated, not prepared to kill an American patriot.

When Jake goes behind Olivia’s back to convince Mellie, the sitting President, to put a military plan in motion to neutralize the operative, Olivia is furious, pulling strings as only she can, to foil the operation and bring the American home.

Olivia and Jake have been sleeping together…again…but that comes to an abrupt end when Jake comes calling. Their entanglement has caused Jake to take liberties, and “get familiar” as Olivia puts it.

Olivia is going to be Command on her own terms. And when Mellie attempts to put Olivia in her place, reminding her that she is President and calls the shots, Olivia begs to differ. She asks Mellie if she wants to be an asterisk or a monument when history is told. Mellie chooses the latter, but to achieve that Olivia warns, she must be in charge. Mellie agrees.

This is Olivia Pope’s White House.

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