"Scandal" returned to television on Thursday and the premiere brought together a lot of twists and turns that finally resulted in Kerry Washington's character of Olivia Pope staying in Washington DC, for good.
The season four premiere episode opened with Jake and Olivia relaxing on an island, and it was established right at the beginning that Olivia has no intention to return to her previous life as a fixer. But Harrison's death prompts her to head back, and although she initially expressed a desire to remain in town only until the funeral, she gets wrapped up in all the drama that made her previous life exciting.
However, it remains to be seen if Fitz is a part of her future. The premiere showed Mellie finally attempting to move on from Jake's death, and in one of the ending scenes showed her in the White House balcony nursing a drink.
"I'm not going to jump," Mellie tells Fitz through sips of martini. "I'm not going to try and kill myself. I'm not you," she said, hinting that Fitz had previously tried to end his life following Jerry's death.
Finally, Fitz reveals to Mellie that Olivia was back in town, and assures his wife that he was not getting things re-started with his former mistress. "I'm not going to see her," Fitz said, but Mellie was having none of it.
"When you see her, you will tell me," was Mellie's reply to Fitz's claims.
And fans who were disappointed to have no Fitz-Olivia scenes in the premiere were given something to look forward to, as the final scene had Olivia and Fitz walking past each other in a courthouse. Although the two do not look at each other, or acknowledge one another, their hands almost touch.
Meanwhile, the second episode of the season, titled "The State of the Union," is expected to focus more on their relationship, as the thirty second promo for the episode show Olivia and Fitz finally meeting. While it's too soon to say what kind of a relationship they will have, it cannot be denied that the two still have a strong chemistry.
However, Olivia's primary and immediate concern will be to fix the scandal that has resulted from Mellie's personal struggles making headlines.
The synopsis reads: "In order for Fitz to make the biggest impact with his State of the Union address on gun control, Cyrus sets out to recruit a power couple (Mary McCormick and Josh Randall) who are influential on the issue. Meanwhile, Mellie's personal struggle gets national attention."