Will Mellie be able to win the public back?
That was one of the more pressing questions after Scandal Season 5 Episode 15, when she made a mistake that she won't be forgetting anytime soon.
TV Fanatics Jim Garner, Christine Hinton and Paul Dailly talk about Susan ditching David, what was in the envelope and who they want to win.
What did you think of Mellie's big blunder?
Jim: She could have played it off by saying that she was thinking of Saturday services...seems pretty easy to play off really. I didn't think it was that big of blunder really.
Christine: No, she definitely blew it by taking the lie too far. She should have just admitted she hadn’t had a lot of Gettysburgers in the past but was obviously missing out because they're so darn good. It would have made her look less like a phony trying to pull one over on people.
Paul: I thought it was hilarious, but she took it a little far. She should have checked the opening times of the place before she went there.
What information was in the envelope?
Jim: Not sure, but judging by the look on Liv's face, it must have been juicy!
Christine: I’m guessing it’s better than knowing that Susan’s boyfriend is sleeping with her campaign manager, but whatever it is, it’s got to be good.
Paul: I have no idea, so they better let us know in the first few minutes of the next episode.
Were you glad that Susan ditched David?
Jim: Not at all, I was more sad that Abby didn't seem to realize that she was ratting David out. First, given how public their dating was, how did she not know? Second, why in the hell would she gossip about David to anyone much less the VP?
Christine: Yes and no. I like David but sleeping with Susan to get her to run for President while screwing around with Liz was just plain wrong. I do think he regrets it and that he cares for Susan, but he deserved to get dumped. I loved Susan asking Fitz why people cheat and him telling her that if she suspects it then it’s probably happening. That was a great moment between them and after that, I wasn’t surprised she cut David loose.
Paul: I was glad. He deserved it. Why should she let him treat her like a fool? Hopefully this will toughen her up before all her dirty laundry is aired on national TV.
Who do you want to win?
Jim: I'm torn between Mellie and Susan. Originally I was 100% behind Mellie, but they've been shaping Susan into a real contender. She doesn't have her head in the clouds the way she once did and I really like how forceful she's gotten with Fitz.
Christine: Susan has really grown, but I’m still team Mellie. She’s smart and can be a real powerhouse. I’d love to see what she’d do as president. Oddly enough, and I get the irony here considering all we know about Mellie, but there’s something about Susan I don’t completely trust. Go figure.
Paul: I'm between Susan and Mellie. If Susan gets confident, I think she could pull off the role well, but at the moment, Mellie is the front runner.
How do you think the rest of the season is going to play out?
Jim: I'm expecting a few more jaw dropping scenes like Liv and Jake in the bathroom. Talk about man-handling someone. WOW! Poor Jake never knew what hit him I think.
Christine: I’m over the Fitz/Olivia/Jake stuff. Watching Olivia run between the two of them, no matter what the reason, has gotten old. However, I love the election storylines. I can’t wait to see more of Mellie, Susan, Hollis, Vargas and everyone that works with them behind the scenes. This campaign could be a whole lot of fun.
Paul: I'd like to see less of the relationship storylines. The show works better when it's about the election. I think we'll find out our winner before the finale, but something bad will happen to them.
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