Let’s see where do I begin. Yes, Fitz has woke up however there was so much flashbacking I hope I can cover the full episode. It opens with #Edison accusing #Liv of having an affair with #Fitz…WOW!. Liv does what she does best – she lies to #Edison’s face.
FLASHBACK: 2 years ago, 35 days before the election. We learn that the election was down to him gaining 80 plus electoral votes and guess which state was important, OHIO! The secret team included Cyrus, Liv, Mellie, Verna and big man HOLLIS! Hollis suggested that they can hire someone for a grand to rig the election. Liv is up in arms about the suggestion as well as Cyrus. There is obvious bad blood between Fitz and his father as he wanted no parts of soliciting his Fitz Sr (2 terms governor, 3 terms Senator). The stakes were high and they thought this was the only way aside from rigging the election. The affair was heating up during this time in the election.
Doctor gives the prognosis, the frontal lobe damage he sustained from the gunshot wound is eye popping. Changes in personality, no speech, simple tasks like walking almost impossible. It really sounds sketchy that he will ever regain his full capacity. Well, let Madam President has issued a statement to members of the cabinet and guess who has walked into the room, #Fitz of course. Fitz is definitely not pleased with Mellie forging his signature however getting Madam President out of the oval office is a much better.
FLASHBACK: 27 days before the election and in walks Fitz Sr. His father is the charismatic version of his DNA and definitely was built for politics. Fitz Sr. sits down with the secret group and has the entire room wrapped around his finger. Fitz is definitely not warming up to Fitz Sr. Fitz Sr. was definitely not the meek and mild politician and then Fitz Jr. starts slinging his father’s dirty laundry at the table. It was clear there was no love lost with his Fitz Sr. not showing up this was yet again another Mellie debacle to invite Fitz Sr. Mellie catches Fitz on the elevator with #Liv and she thinks #Fitz is coming on to Liv because had a little too much to drink. Wow, she really didn’t know the full story at that time. Mellie hugs #Liv
#Fitz is back to work however it is obvious the effects are weighing heavy. His meeting with senior staff ends with Sally helping him finish his sentence. Definitely, not a good look! OUCH!
FLASHBACK: 26 days before the election. Cyrus is pushing to consider Hollis’ offer. Fitz Sr. is pushing for finding dirt on the opponent, Reston. Liv puts together Harrison, Abby and Huck to find the dirt on Reston. The secret team meets after hours with Hollis, Verna, Mellie, Cyrus, and Liv to reconsider rigging the election.
Sally is still in cahoots with Hollis by updating him on #Fitz’s condition. Hollis wants to see him “crash and burn”! Interesting considering they were once friends and now he is hiring assassin.
FLASHBACK: 22 days before the election and still 7 points down in the numbers for election. He and Liv go head to head on his motivation for running. He was fighting to be better than his father.
Cyrus has realized that Fitz is no condition to continue on. Fitz insists doing a live press conference with questions. It is definitely against the better judgement of Fitz and Liv.
FLASHBACK: 14 days before election. All the dirt on Reston is tossed around and Fitz is coached on how to handle the debate. He actually defied the strategy of slinging his opponent’s dirty laundry. He kept the campaign clean with a show of emotion from his side. His father was not pleased with his choice and they both went at one another’s throat. Fitz despied his father’s political tactics and his father viewed him as weak and not worthy. Wow, what a dysfunctional father/son relationship.
Liv again coaches Fitz on how to handle his live press conference with questions. He aced the conference and Sally issued his reinstatement letter. Fitz is back and Sally finally admits it was not easy being President.
FLASHBACK: 7 days before the election and the secret team converges again. Hollis pushes the idea of rigging the election harder. Liv is the hold out. Fitz Sr. dies and Liv is finally convinced that Fitz wants it.
Edison shows up again and apologizes for all of his previous rants. He pours his heart out to Liv and professes his love for her. Then Edison tells Liv he wants to MARRY her! Mellie is spilling over with gratitude for Fitz’s condition, when she asked what did he want, his response was “I WANT A DIVORCE.” Her look spells STUNNED!
FLASHBACK: 4 days before the election Fitz’s chances of winning are a long shot without Ohio and the city of Defiance is the key to winning. 1 day before the election Liv goes in with the secret team and the scheme.
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