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"Everything's Coming Up Mellie"
~ Flashback Episode ~
Season Three
Season 03, Episode 07
Episode Information
Air Date: November 14, 2013 [1]
Viewers: 9.04 million [2]
Written by: Peter Nowalk
Directed by: Michael Katleman [3]
Episode Chronology
Previous Episode: "Icarus"
Next Episode: "Vermont is for Lovers, Too"
Character Information
Character Backstories:
Character Development:
(present day)
Relationship Stories:

You belong to B613! Welcome to wonderland!

Charlie to Quinn

Everything's Coming Up Mellie [4] is the seventh episode of the third season of Scandal, and is the thirty-sixth overall. It is the third flashback episode of the season and the tenth overall. It was written by Peter Nowalk, directed by Michael Katleman and aired on November 14, 2013.


Flashbacks 15 years into the past, at the beginning of Fitz's political career reveal a lot about how Mellie became who she is. Jerry Grant attempts to hire Cyrus Beene to run Fitz's campaign. Back in the present Mellie is giving a tour interview of the White House to help boost her image in the public eye. Fitz keeps letting her down, but at the final interview he comes to her rescue and stands up for his wife.

Olivia finally updates the OPA team – Harrison, Abby & Quinn – about what she's learned about her mother's death, who becomes their newest client. They search for any of the airline employees that worked when Flight 522 boarded. Jake helps out the team.

Meanwhile Quinn is still looking for that adrenaline high; she continues to hang out with Charlie, unbeknownst to Huck. Her relatonship with Charlie starts to become more than just mentor/mentee. But her bloodlust could put her in serious danger.

Rowan pays a surprising visit to a prisoner… who could it be?


Olivia Pope & Associates:
  • OPA newest case is to investigate the death of Olivia's mom
  • Quinn has taken up a new hobby at the gun range
White House:
  • Mellie is unhappy when she has to do a TV interview to boost her image
  • Sally warns Daniel Douglas stay on track with his flaws during her run for president
  • Cyrus and Mellie bait a trap for Daniel Douglas Langston
  • James' job may be in jeopardy because Cyrus gave the interview with the First Lady to Carla Steele
Rowan & B613:
  • Charlie continues to seek out Quinn as a new operative for B-613
  • Rowan goes to visit a surprising old firend… or foe?
  • Fitz, Jerry & Mellie try to get Cyrus to run his campaign for governor of California
  • Jerry and Fitz argue about using Fitz's war hero status to lead the campaign
  • Mellie and Jerry have a very unusual encounter on a late night


RING! It's the Fitz Phone! Olivia tries to ignore it, but she can't. She answers the call only to tell the president that she's surrounded by murderers. Fitz says he loves her. Olivia replies, "So what?" She's incredibly hurt. Fitz wants her to stop digging into Remington. He wants her to stay away from Jake. That’s not going to happen. He warns her that he has a price on his head and that it could be dangerous to be around him. But Olivia disagrees and tells Fitz that "Rowan" is the dangerous one. Fitz is shocked to hear that Olivia knows of Rowan. They both realize that they don’t know everything about each other like they thought they did.

Olivia rallies the troops. She says they have a new client. Quinn says the picture on the big board - of the client - looks familiar. That’s probably because the woman in the photo is Olivia's deceased mother, Maya Lewis. Olivia gives everyone all the details on her father. She wants to know if her mother’s death was collateral damage or intentional. Everyone offers their full support. They learn the identity of the pilot who was ordered to shoot down the plane. Up on the big board goes a photo of the President of the United States.

The team learns that Fitz's father is the person who headed up the investigation into the crash. Abby relays this information to Olivia. Then she warns her that she’s going to hug her. Remarkably, Liv doesn't pull away. Later, Harrison and Abby learn that a federal marshal took a passenger off the plane that Olivia's mom was on just before takeoff. The guy’s name was Omar Dresden. His family believes he died in the crash.

Mellie has a camera crew in the White House's East Wing to show what goes on in the world of the First Lady. She's playing up to the press big time, being a bubbly as can be. It's part of plan to restore her public image. Fifteen years ago in Santa Barbara, California, Fitz and Mellie are young and in love. It's inside Jerry Grant’s mansion where they first meet Cyrus Beene, who has a strategy to win the governor's office. The plan is to play up his candidate as a war hero. That doesn't work for Fitz. Running on his military experience is off limits.

Big Jerry lets his son know that he had no business signing up for Black Ops mission. He recalls how he had to clean up the mess Fitz made when he shot down that plane. That means he owns him. That means he'll do what he's told. The father-son bickering drives Cyrus away. Before he goes, he gives Mellie some advice. He says Fitz is her fulltime job from here on out. So Mellie goes to work. Big Jerry tells her that her husband shot down a passenger jet because there was intelligence that there was a dirty bomb onboard. It's jarring news. Then something truly disturbing occurs. Big Jerry forces himself on Mellie. He rapes her.

In present day, Cyrus and Mellie conspire to find a call girl to seduce Daniel Douglas. Elsewhere, Fitz threatens Rowan with exposure if he harms Olivia. When he gets back to the White House, Mellie is waiting for him. She wishes he knew what she gave up for him. She at least wants him to show up for her, to at least be her friend. We flashback to the night Mellie was raped. She never let on to Fitz. She used the incident to force Big Jerry to tell his son what he needs to hear. Fitz is soon back on track and running for governor. Mellie lets him know that she's pregnant. Fitz is overjoyed. Mellie is as well until she realizes who the father could be. Fitz or Jerry?

In the present day, Fitz shows up to support Mellie in the last part of her interview project. The reporter – Carla Steele – lays out just how unpopular the First Lady is amongst the American people. What can be said about the way she aired her marital dirty laundry to the world? The President has the answer to that one. He chastises Carla for attacking his wife. Anyone who does that has to go through him first. He lets everyone know that he's the one who made the mistake. He apologized and is moving on. They are both moving on. All they can do is ask the American people to do the same.

Quinn is spending lots of time at the gun range with Charlie, who is doing work as a private detective. She tries to get back into Huck's good graces, but he's still giving her the deep freeze. Charlie catches Quinn spying on him while he's spying on someone else. He backs her against a wall and plants a kiss on her. Charlie tells a breathless Quinn to give him a call if she wants to hang out. He ends up giving her the job of knocking out a security guard. What Quinn doesn't know is that the injection she gives the guy is lethal. She tries to save him but it's too late. The guard is dead. Quinn flees the scene with blood on her hands… AGAIN!

At a White House event, Fitz lets Mellie know that he wasn't acting when he fought for her with the reporter. He meant every word. In another part of the room, Cyrus watches with interest as the call girl, Amber, he found makes her move on Daniel Douglas. James interrupts to let him know that he's been fired from his job. The bad news continues when the call girl strikes out with Daniel Douglas. As it turns out, she's not his type. James, on the other hand, is. This has Cyrus and Mellie considering an entirely different approach to their problem.

The team gets info on Omar Dresden, the mystery plane passenger. Olivia knows that if they find him then they find the truth. While following a lead to finding Omar, Jake shows up at the office building where Quinn killed the security guard. Cops are everywhere. He sees the dead guard in the lobby. Not too far away, a panicked Quinn is desperately trying to contact Huck when Charlie shows up. He has video of her killing the guard. Charlie says, "Welcome to Wonderland." Quinn now belongs to B-613.

Olivia believes her father must be behind the death of the security guard. At the White House, Fitz is also trying to find answers on Olivia's mom. He sees a photo of Rowan. He now knows he’s Liv's father. Speaking of Rowan (aka Eli Pope), he makes his way into a high security lockup facility. He’s there to see Omar Dresden. He takes a seat inside the cell. Rowan says, "Our daughter's been asking about you." The prisoner arises from under some bed sheets. It’s Olivia's mother. It's Maya Lewis (aka Mama Pope)!

~ Recap for Everything's Coming Up Mellie [5] provided by ~


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast


For a full list of cast/character credits in order as they appeared click here: Everything's Coming Up Mellie Credits


Production Dates

  • (09/11) - The writers began working on this episode. [6]
  • (9/18) - Production team began prepping for the episode while simultaneously filming More Cattle, Less Bull and Icarus.
  • (9/20) - The production had a concept meeting in the morning. [7]
  • (9/20) - Producer Merri Howard and Location Manager Veronique Vowell scouted for filming locations. [8]
  • (9/24) - Tech scouting. [9]
  • (10/1) - Filming scenes in Olivia's apartment. [10]
  • (10/4) - Filming continues on a late Friday night. [11]



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