Olivia Pope is on a mission to save the White House.
ET exclusively debuts a sneak peek from Thursday’s brand new episode of Scandal, where Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Mellie (Bellamy Young) scramble to gather all the intel they can before the newly appointed president-elect, Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), assumes presidential office.
Following the explosive death of Jennifer Fields, who claimed Cyrus was the one behind President-Elect Francisco Vargas’ assassination, Olivia and Mellie have a frantic conversation over the phone about their next moves in their plot to take Cyrus down.
“I’m reminded of a movie where two women drive off a cliff together,” an exasperated Mellie tells Olivia, referencing the ending of Thelma & Louise. This after Olivia directs Quinn (Katie Lowes) to head to the charred remains of Jennifer’s cabin for any and all evidence she can find before the FBI shuts down the investigation into Jennifer’s death.
“We can do this, Mellie. Do not despair,” Olivia tries to comfort Mellie as she power-walks her way through Olivia Pope & Associates. “Where are you anyway?”
“White House,” answers Mellie, seemingly more dejected than usual. “Fitz says Teddy’s been asking for me, so motherhood.”
What’s Olivia’s fix? Wine. All the wine.
“We’ll drink later.”
Cheers to that, Olivia!
In January, Washington spoke to ET at the Television Critics Association winter press tour where she and Young were promoting the new season of Scandal. The 40-year-old actress, who gave birth to her 3-month-old son Caleb last year, shared that she was “grateful” to be back at work after her maternity leave.
"I'm so, so grateful that I get to do what I love to do, with people that I love, with scripts that I love -- the entire crew, it's such a family,” Washington said. "It's hard to leave your family as a working mom, but it's easier when you're going to a family."
Scandal airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Watch Washington’s interview with ET below.