To refresh your memory, Scandal is that political-intrigue drama from producer extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes' ShondaLand empire that titillated your parents well before last year's Fifty Shades film adaptation. And with good reason, as it’s pretty steamy stuff. Amid lengthy monologues on the Republic, Jack Bauer-worthy military subterfuge, and occasionally gruesome guest-star turns by the likes of Lena Dunham, the most alluring scandal within Scandal has always been the torrid, adulterous affair between crisis manager Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and married US President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn). Despite its procedural format, the show is ultimately a romance with toppings. Beyond Olivia and Fitz, the rest is basically just terror cell-flavored garnish. For four years, their push and pull has rattled Tumblr with every kiss and declaration of "impossible love."
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.