Where Did We Leave Off On Scandal? Here's Your Season 5 Refresher

Photo: ABC/Byron Cohen.
After a far-too-long hiatus, Scandal is finally back this week, along with the rest of Shonda Rhimes' TGIT lineup on ABC.

The main question on fans' minds, of course, is who won the show's presidential election. We already know it's not Scandal's Trump-inspired character, Hollis Doyle (Gregg Henry), since Mellie (Bellamy Young) won the Republican primary. But it's a tough race between Mellie and Democratic candidate Frankie Vargas (Ricardo Chavira).

Fortunately, we won't have to wait long to find out which of them is the winner; the season 6 premiere will take place on election night, and we'll learn who our next president in the Scandal-verse is.

Of course, the actual politics aren't the only reason we tune into the show each week. There's still plenty of romantic drama that went unanswered last season. We're talking about the sexual tension between Mellie and Marcus (Cornelius Smith Jr.), and the fact that Jake (Scott Foley) is now married (again).

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) certainly doesn't need a man, but her romantic entanglements have always been a key part of Scandal. And since Jake's marriage was only meant to help advance Rowan's agenda, it's safe to say that relationship will be over before death does them part.

Click through to catch up on what happened to all your favorite Scandal characters last season, and get ready for some major drama when it returns on Thursday.

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Photo: ABC/Byron Cohen.
Olivia still has some major issues to address.
Last season, Olivia's PTSD after her kidnapping got the better of her — and she beat Andrew (Jon Tenney) to death with a chair. It didn't seem like Liv was all too sorry, so here's hoping she'll be able to get some much-needed therapy this season.
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Mellie has the Republican presidential nomination — with Jake as her running mate.
Rowan (Joe Morton) wanted Jake to be Edison's (Norm Lewis) vice president. But after Olivia convinced Edison to drop out of the Democratic race, Jake became Mellie's vice president instead.

Jake is definitely better suited to be a Republican candidate than a Democratic one. And while he's not fit to hold the office of vice president by any stretch, it's not like Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) was the best president himself.
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Olivia and Jake had planned for him to leave Vanessa at the altar, but in the end, he still got married.
Jake told Edison he wanted to be free from Rowan's clutches, and Olivia tried to save him, too. But when Rowan learned about their plan and threatened to kill Jake, Olivia told him to go through with the wedding.
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Rowan threatened Jake — but in the end, he was actually proud of Olivia for standing up to him.
In terms of delivering Scandal's best lines, Rowan gives Olivia a run for her money. The season 5 finale, titled "That's My Girl," is named after a line Rowan says, in reference to his daughter.

It turns out, Rowan's proud of Olivia for taking Jake away from him, even if his candidate didn't win the Democratic primary. She's still being the strong, independent woman he raised her to be. (And he did still get Jake onto the ballot, despite the party change.)

Rowan threatened to shoot Jake, but Olivia knew he wouldn't actually kill someone he thought of as his son. Which means Jake probably didn't need to go through with that wedding after all.

Oh, and did we mention that Jake killed his new father-in-law at Rowan's behest?
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Frankie has the Democratic presidential nomination, with Cyrus as his vice presidential candidate.
Frankie led the Democratic primary race after Edison dropped out, but it was a mystery who his running mate would be. That is until Cyrus (Jeff Perry) edged his way into the spot, despite having served as a Republican president's chief of staff.

It's no surprise Cyrus would want to be VP — he always seemed a bit jealous of the fact that he was the brains behind Fitz's presidency (aside from Olivia, of course).

Cyrus' candidacy also makes a Frankie win seem more likely than a Mellie win. If Mellie's the president, she's not likely to choose Cyrus to be a member of her administration, so how would his character fit into the show going forward? Unless Cyrus kills Rowan and becomes the new command — he's definitely evil enough to pull it off.
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Susan kicked David to the curb.
U.S. Attorney General David Rosen (Joshua Malina) had a pretty rough downfall last year. The man who once mailed Olivia a white hat tanked Susan's (Artemis Pebdani) presidential campaign by accepting a bribe from Florida's governor over a big sugar deal. And that's not to mention the fact that he did so while cheating on her with Elizabeth (Portia de Rossi).

Susan really got the short end of the stick last season. In addition to losing the primary and having David cheat on her, the father of her child died in an apparent suicide. Luckily, we did get to see Susan give David a pretty epic speech about his screwups.
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Fitz found out about Liv's abortion.
Abby (Darby Stanchfield) withheld the fact that Olivia had an abortion from the campaign, after considering using it to help Susan get ahead in the primary. But eventually, Fitz learned about the abortion, and told Olivia he supported her decision.
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Mellie and Fitz are on relatively good terms.
Fitz is still fairly entitled, but he did his best to support Mellie's presidential campaign. Given what the two of them have gone through — the death of their son, not to mention multiple affairs — that's no small feat. Mellie still has no problem yelling at Fitz when it's justified, though.
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Olivia and Abby are on better terms.
When it comes to politics, Abby is just as ruthless as Olivia. But in the end, Abby didn't use Olivia's abortion against her in the presidential race.

Abby isn't a gladiator anymore, so it's always nice to see the two of them share scenes once in a while. Hopefully, we'll see more of Olivia and Abby together (either in present day or through flashbacks) in the new season. And if Abby propels Olivia to seek therapy for killing Andrew, that definitely wouldn't be a bad thing.
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Huck, Quinn, and Marcus are still the OPA gladiators.
Quinn (Katie Lowes) and Huck (Guillermo Diaz) took a bit of a backseat last season, plot-wise. They're still gladiators, and they're still dealing with their B613 past. But most of the time, their story lines involved edging Marcus out of helping with whatever OPA was working on.

Hopefully, we'll see some more substantial plots this season involving all three of them (and some snazzy montages of the gladiators at work). Marcus' relationship with Mellie is juicy, but there's a reason Olivia wanted him to be a member of her team. The OPA employees deserve bigger plots of their own — after all, they may be the only people who can keep Olivia in check.
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