Scandal Season 6 Episode 1 Review: Survival of the Fittest

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Scandal is finally back, but did it go too far this time around? 

On Scandal Season 6 Episode 1, we finally got the results of the election, and there were a lot of surprises along the way. 

Mellie losing the race was a shocker. Throughout Scandal Season 5, she was built up to take on the role as President of the United States. It just didn't work out that way. 

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It was evident she was upset, but hey, at least she didn't try to have her competition murdered. That kill command seemingly came from Cyrus, but with this being Scandal, there will probably be another one million twists before we get to the truth. 

Vargas' murder after winning the Presidential election was a shocking twist that just went too far. Everything about it was painfully executed. This could signal the beginning of the end for the once hot series. 

Olivia screeching to anyone who would listen that Cyrus was the one who had Vargas murdered was tedious. Olivia was the one who made her intentions clear about returning to the White House. 

She'll never really be able to give it up, and that's sad. Shouting the odds at Fitz was completely uncalled for and she needs to understand that. 

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Anyone who has watched Scandal knows Cyrus is an opportunistic ass who would do anything for power, but the same could also be said for Olivia. 

It's doubtful Olivia would stoop as low as killing to get her candidate into the White House, but she did play a part in the election rigging that sent Fitz there in the first place.

Olivia going all-out in her plan to prove Cyrus as the orchestrator will probably result in Fitz and Olivia reuniting. The pair still have a whole lot of chemistry, and it would be a shame if it wasn't explored. 

The best part of the hour was when Olivia went to meet with Cyrus to reveal that she knew the truth. It was ludicrous. 

Olivia showing her cards so soon was just silly. How does she know that Cyrus does not have more hitmen on speed dial? She would have been wise to continue her investigation on the side to see if she could get enough evidence to prove her case. 

Somehow, the phone call from Jenny that was deleted from the FBI database didn't hold much weight. Anybody could have made the call and Cyrus could have said she was obsessed with him or something. 

Quinn and Huck almost getting blown away by the explosion had been teased to death in the promos, so there was no surprise on that front. Returning with Jenny's hand was a little grim, but the chances of finding her alive are pretty much non-existent. 

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When all of this is said and done, expect Cyrus to still be in the White House. Who the heck is going to believe claims that the President of the United States is a murderer?

It's just so farfetched that no one would ever listen to the story. That's probably for the best. I can't be the only one hoping it turns out to be Rowan who was involved. 

If there's a way to get rid of Rowan, this would be it. That dude always seems to want to find the latest way to make a play for power. That's where Olivia gets it. 

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He's proven to us on many occasions that he would murder if the opportunity presented itself. He needs to go. 

"Survival of the Fittest" was an appropriate title for this episode, but it just wasn't that great. After being off the air for so long, it should have been better. 

Other tidbits from the episode:

  • Quinn realizing she wanted to marry Charlie after her near death experience was cute, but would Quinn really continue to work for Olivia?
  • Abby showing up at the hospital was just delightful. There was absolutely no way that she was going to let herself be thrown out of the situation. She verbally tore down the security. More scenes like this, please!
  • What will become of Mellie? She's got to be a little embarrassed that Frankie managed to flip the California votes on her. Maybe she'll get an E! reality TV series, or something. Kidding aside, I would watch that. She also needs to hook up with Marcus. They would make an adorable couple.
  • Olivia forcing Mellie to get on the phone was hilarious. She was a sore loser. 

Remember you can watch Scandal online right here via TV Fanatic. Get caught up now via TV Fanatic. 

Over to you, Scandal fanatics. What did you think of the episode? Did it go too far? Hit the comments below!

Note: Scandal Season 6 Episode 2 airs February 2 on ABC!

Survival of the Fittest Review

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Scandal Season 6 Episode 1 Quotes

Abby: Sir, he’s dead.
Fitz: He isn’t dead until I say he’s dead.

You know. Of course you know… unbelievable.