As the "third wheel" in Olivia and Fitz's forbidden romance, Mellie came into the Scandal soap opera with a target on her back. Fortunately, no B613 member actually had the First Lady in their literal crosshairs (yet). Even taking her contrived, unnecessary rape backstory out of the equation, Mellie has transformed into a complicated, empathetic and fascinating character who is getting just as screwed as her husband is in the power game to keep him in the White House. And when Jon Tenney's Andrew Nichols debuted, we were thrilled that Mellie is finally getting some!
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