Her reputation in ruins, Olivia Pope chose Fitzgerald Grant by allowing Abby to throw her under the bus. Now she drinks alone in her apartment while the world casts aspersions on her character and crucifies her in the media.
Mellie Grant handles the media's barrage of questions following the reveal that her husband has, in fact, been having an affair with Olivia Pope. Will she artfully manage their intrusive interrogations? Most likely. This is Mellie we're talking about, and she has Cyrus on her side.
Olivia takes a case which takes her away from Fitz and the White House just as the story of their affair breaks in the media. Fitz will no doubt take this as a sign of rejection while Olivia will see it as an act of self-preservation.
I am not a toy that you can play with when you're bored or lonely or horny. I am not the girl the guy gets at the end of the movie. I am not a fantasy. If you want me, earn me! Until then, we are done.
Olivia: I don't want normal, and easy, and simple. I want.. Edison: What? What do you want, Olivia? Olivia: I want painful, difficult, devastating, life-changing, extraordinary love. Don't you want that, too? Edison: Love is not supposed to be painful or devastating. Love isn't supposed to hurt, Liv.