We’ve seen Olivia and Mellie clash on many a topic before on “Scandal,” but we have to say that the latter’s life as a mother is something a little new that is being brought to the table now. The sneak peek below gives you a better idea of what the primary story is Thursday night, and how it could frustrate Olivia even more going into election night.
Basically, Kerry Washington’s character believes strongly that in order to squelch any talk about her family being unstable in the midst of all the rumors and tabloid stories out there, she needs to be a part of a sit-down TV interview with the children. That allows them to put on a nice little guise of stability to the public, and they therefore do not know that anything is wrong.
But, of course, there are complications. The biggest one is that Mellie simply has no interest in doing the interview. She feels like it is only going to hurt her family more than help them to do it, and expose her children to more harm. It’s a simple difference of opinion, and there is a certain amount of irony in someone who is not a mother trying to tell a mother about her children. Then again, Olivia’s speaking mostly from the vantage point of politics and public perception … which she knows very well.
Sooner or later, Mellie will have to realize (at least if she wants to stay in this job and continue to be a “supportive” First Lady) that there is a lot of garbage she has to put up with. Being on the same page with the woman who is sleeping with your husband is unfortunately part of it. If we were her, we would’ve left long ago … but clearly, she’s a very different person.
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