Scandal Season 6, Episode 16
“Transfer of Power”
Posted by Kim
This has been a SEASON, you guys. What I have loved so much about season six is that has kept us on our toes the entire time. Scandal has not lost its ability to surprise and this finale is no exception. And now that we have an end date for the show, I could NOT be happier for how the final season is being set up. LET’S GET TO IT.
Liv is naked in bed while Fitz yells at her about her mom and she’s like “It’s fine, just do me.”
“I’m not wrong. Fitz, I trust her. You need to trust me.” But that would mean Fitz would have to not be in control and we know how much he hates that.
“Get. Over. Here.”
“You are very bossy.” “And you love it.”
Maya digs out her tracking device, which honestly, we all expected her to do.
“Have you seen the size of the crowds that have already gathered out there?” Fitz tries to talk Mellie out of the Inauguration and she’s like “Excuse you, like I would miss my party.”
“The genie is out of the bottle. This inauguration is happening.” FUCK YES IT IS.
“If you’re going out there, I’ll stand by you, but I’m not comfortable bringing my children onto that dais. And I don’t think yours should be there, either.” Luna makes a completely reasonable concession to the danger of the situation.
“Let’s do this.” MELLIE IS SO PRESIDENTIAL.
Fitz gets David to sign some papers for a super secret Presidential trust as one of his last official acts and JUST LIKE THAT B-613 is back.
Cyrus and his popcorn and snacks is me.
The Inauguration starts and I’m so emotional.
I’m actually crying, by the way. IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL. Our girl DID IT you guysssssss.
Marcus and Mellie share a heated look and all I want is for these two crazy kids to work it out.
MAYA TAKES HER PLACE.
Cyrus takes the Oath with Mellie as he watches on TV.
The Gladiators realize that someone with a burner phone is ON THE DAIS OH MY GOD.
MAYA CALLS OLIVIA. “Could you do me a solid and move a couple of feet to your right?
“Wouldn’t want to hurt you too, baby.” HOE DON’T DO IT.
“Who said anything about shooting Mellie?” Um. Wut?
“You wanted a name. I’m gonna do you one better. It’s handled, baby.”
“Baby. That’s not how motherhood works. I’m going to protect you.”
Rowan shoots Maya before she can do anything. GOD DAMMIT.
MELLIE IS PRESIDENT AT LAST.
“Who the hell authorized that?” “You should be grateful.” SHOULD SHE FITZ?
“Was your mama there to kill me? I don’t know. But what I do know is that I have a valet and a dresser waiting for me to finalize my outfit for the ball.”
“But for the lady president, that means choosing a dress that will impress the New York fashion blogs without insulting the Washington conservatives.” THE SHADE.
“So, rather than sit here and discuss all the ways I might die today, I’m gonna go pick an outfit now so that I can be done with that nonsense and focus on what’s really important Running the damn country.” I AM SO HAPPY.
“I need you to take over OPA.” Quinn has a OMG I’m bringing a human child into this twisted fucked up world freak-out and honestly, it’s merited.
“You can’t bake brownies and be on the PTA here?” Abby is having none of her freakout.
“Look, I love Charlie.But he doesn’t know how to be normal. I had a life before this. A-A boring, vanilla life. I know how to do it. Charlie it would kill him.” Oh, Quinn. Just because you had a normal life doesn’t mean it’s the kind of life that would make you happy. YOU WOULD MISS TORTURING PEOPLE.
“You called Fitz earlier. Why? And this morning in the Oval? What was that about? I saw the log, David. You were the last one to see him before he left for the Capitol.” Olivia knows what’s what and she KNOWS those boys are shady AF.
“Mellie recently asked me if she should nominate a new AG. My instinct was no, we should keep you, but now I’m wondering if we might be better off with a fresh face.” I love how she just has a POKER FACE here.
SHE KNOWS about new B613. Because of course she did.
“I did what I had to do as President of the United States. We need protection like this now more than ever.” Spare me.
“Because I’ll be running it.” “So that’s how he did it.” THERE IT IS. Fitz can’t handle not being a big powerful man, so he played right into Rowan’s plan.
“You think someone hasn’t been trying to seize control or, in one form or another, replace me? You just described every single day I’ve spent in the White House, Olivia.” Sage on gChat: He’s way too emo to be command.
“This is my chance to effect real change. To make a real difference.” WHAT ABOUT YOUR FOUNDATION BITCH?
“I was going to ask you to stay. To forget Vermont. I didn’t want you to leave. I wanted you to stay here with me.”
“I wanted you to stay. But not like this.”
“Is there ever going to come a time when you don’t tell me what to do?” I know this is meant to be romantic but it just makes me want to scream.
“I rescinded the order.” Did he though?
“What do you want me to say? You’re a good man? Yay you?”
“I’m not faking this goodbye. This one’s for real.” PLEASE.
“Mr. President!” OH ITS OUR BODYGUARD MOMENT
BTW, we still have half hour left. WTF IS GOING TO HAPPEN?
“All we have is a rough location and a seating chart.” They are still trying to track down Maya’s target.
“We all have an inaugural ball to attend, and I need to be sure we’re not being shot up or fire-bombed.”
They realize the seating chart is out of date because it still has the kids and then something clicks. “Give me the footage of Frankie’s assassination.” OH MY GOD?
“My mother wasn’t lying. She wasn’t aiming for Mellie.” OH MY GODDDDDDDDD.
“I’m just happy to be a part of the team.” YEAH I BET YOU ARE.
“You’re not going to the ball, Luna.”
“Your plan failed. Mellie’s alive. What I need to know is if there’s a Plan B.”
“My approval rating is higher than the President’s. I’m the widow of a national hero. An icon. If something happens to me, Mellie’s presidency is a non-starter.” IT REALLY IS THE PERFECT PLAN.
“I AM PLAN B.” This is amaaaaaaaaazing.
“Now get out of my house before I have the Secret Service throw you out.”
“That bitch really plays it, doesn’t she?” Time for a good mother-daughter chat.
“We’re stuck with Luna. She has all the cards.” Subtext: Mommy, what do I do?
“This is about you. That Luna bitch is stepping on your lawn. The White House is your baby.”
“I earned it. I deserve it.” I mean, it’s true. But also Olivia’s sense of entitlement is TERRIFYING.
“Then, honey, do what you need to do to get your baby back.”
“You are half me and half that crazy man. I don’t see how anyone can fight you and win.” Olivia IS the Hybrid.
“You’re gonna hire me.” “You were the Chief of Staff at the White House.” “So? I’ll be the chief of staff at OPA.” ABBY WHELAN’S COMING HOOOOOOOOOOOME.
“You want to have a baby? Let’s have a baby.” Listen, I love how after EVERYTHING Abby is STILL like I am here for you bitches. And Quinn is so grateful, it’s a lot.
“Over a cliff.” I AM EMO.
“We’re gonna have a baby.” CHARLIE’S REACTION THOUGH. Give me the spin-off.
“I need a date. You need a shave.” MELLIE IS TAKING CYRUS AS HER DATE.
“I’m in charge of the whole country now. All of it. It’s terrifying. And the only person who can imagine anywhere close to what I’m going through is you.” STOP.
“I’m late for the ball as is.” Olivia finally has her plan and shows up at Luna’s door. Luna is not amused.
“You’re going to die. Tonight. Here in his room.” Well…this just took a turn.
Luna starts screaming for her agents. “Those agents? They’re not yours.” “They’s mine.” JAKE.
“Raise your hand if you’ve killed a Vice President before.” Oh my god amazing.
“He was Argentine. It counts.” LOL LOL LOL.
“We’re not going to kill you. You’re going to kill yourself.” WOW WOW WOW WOW THEY ARE REALLY DOING THIS?
“I loved Frankie! I just I didn’t want to be First Lady. I didn’t want to be trapped in that life.” I mean, Olivia should be able to relate to that.
“Then why keep your kids off that stage on election night? Because you knew. You knew the bullet was coming.” This is what the youths call a mic drop.
“There you are. Feels good, right? Not to hide anymore?”
“Imagine if Jackie Kennedy had been President. How unstoppable she’d have been. They’d have given her everything she asked for. Medicare. Civil rights. Things her husband wanted but never got. And all because of those blood stains on her pink Chanel suit.”
“Frankie’s ideas would have died on the vine. I gave them a chance to live!” The amount of justifying going on here.
Olivia is unmoved. “The bullet or the pills, Luna? Your choice.”
“Call me when she’s dead.” I’m sad because Jake’s tux doesn’t even get to go to the party.
“Liv! What happened to you? You missed the parties!” “I was there. We must have just missed each other.” She’s so calculating, I’m LIVING.
Liv ALSO gets Mellie to sign an Executive Order for an emergency trust. UM. (She also has her do this in front of Cyrus whose face says “YO.”)
“Is it done? It’s done.” WOW SHE DEAD.
“B613?” “Fully funded. Time to turn the lights back on.” OH MY GOD OLIVIA.
“I’m here to make a few things clear to you. One: you have no hold over Fitz. He’s gone. Two: Mellie is mine. Mine to advise, mine to protect. Which is why I’m reconstituting B613 and will run it myself. You’re retired.” LIKE FATHER LIKE DAUGHTER.
“Three: I love you. I want Sunday dinners with you, to share this world with you. I want a father. But cross me again, and I will kill you.”
“No, you’re not smart prey. You’re the predator.” YEAH SHE IS.
Cyrus and Liv meet on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, just like they said they would when this was all over.
“She does make a good point, though. A president’s far more powerful the night he’s elected and the day he dies than at any other point in his presidency. I’ve always believed that. And Luna with those blood stains on her dress? It’s like Jackie Kennedy in her pink Chanel suit. Put her in the Oval, she’d be unstoppable.” DID HE JUST?
“This was you.” Evil Cyrus is everything to me.
“You planted that seed in her head just like you’re planting a seed now in mine, hoping I’ll get rid of Luna and make you VP. This is the ending you wanted.” AHHHHHHHHH.
“Sounds to me like we both got what we wanted.” HE KNOWS ABOUT B613.
“Stay in town.” “So you can drag me back to jail?” “So I can nominate you.” THIS IS THE BEST. BUT I ALSO hate that Mellie is being PLAYED. She’s not a Fitz-Puppet. How long till she catches on to all this?
“How’s it feel? To be the most powerful person in the world?”
“Right. It feels right.”
So Olivia has OFFICIALLY become an anti-hero. NO MORE WHITE HAT. There’s absolutely no way the final season ends well for her now is there? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!