Rhimes has, accordingly, mastered the "Olitz" tease, often bringing the pair together and tearing them apart within the same episode. Will they? Won’t they? They won’t, and hey, look the vice president is evil. At some point, the audience’s quivering lips gave way to a protracted yawn. As a possible response to the audience's yen for freshness or at least a specific narrative plan, the currently airing fifth season has not only brought Olitz together but swiftly outed their romance to the public. Olivia is now experiencing her Mistress America arc as she faces media scrutiny over being white president's black mistress, and their relationship's ripple effect on the show's merry gang of occasional murderers.
For the most part, it's been a great pivot, leading to some of Scandal’s strongest character moments. Long-suffering First Lady Mellie (Bellamy Young) has been freed from the shackles of a cuckolded political wife, and a recent episode showcased one of Olivia's finest monologues as she defended her affair to both a fictional audience and Scandal’s own viewers, many of whom were hoping she would move on to one of the other haphazardly shirtless men the show kept throwing her way. (We're still on team Jake, for the record.)