Olivia Tries To Mold Mellie Into The Perfect Presidential Candidate On 'Scandal', But She Shouldn't Have To Change

If I haven't said it before, I am saying it now: I absolutely love Mellie Grant. Olivia Pope is awesome and all, but Mellie is by far my favorite Scandal character, so when she decided to run for president, I was pumped. Now, comes the hard part — actually convincing people to vote for her. But when she finds out she has a longer road ahead of her than she ever could have imagined to get the people on her side, it gets a little intimidating. Fortunately, she has an excellent coach... even if Olivia goes too far sometimes. On this week's Scandal, Olivia tries to make Mellie into the perfect potential president, but the whole thing backfires. And maybe that's a good thing? 

It all starts with a focus group, held while Mellie and Olivia are watching from the other side of a two-way mirror. Although plenty of people find her capable and enjoyed her book, they can't relate to her, and that's a big problem. People tend to vote for people based on likability, and when you ask the average American, Mellie doesn't have that. So Olivia comes up with a plot to make everyone realize she's just like them: She sends her to Gettsyburger for the first time in her life. 

But not even Olivia's coaching could have prepared her for what happens there. Reporters find out she's eating a burger at everybody's favorite fast food restaurant, and Mellie lets it slip that she used to go to Gettsyburger every Sunday after church. There's only one problem — Gettysburger is closed on Sundays. Yikes. 

And even though this completely exploded in her face, I think it's a good thing that the charade is over. She's not a regular person; she's the First Lady. To me, that makes her uniquely qualified to do this job. And maybe if, during the debates, she's able to make the people see that, she can win over those who aren't sold on her personality just yet. 

Fingers crossed! I need to see Mellie as Scandal's first female president, hopefully with Olivia by her side. Their friendship is the cutest. 

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