Scandal “Paris is Burning” Recap

After Olivia’s (Kerry Washington) revelation that she is Fitz’s (Tony Goldwyn) mistress, Abby (Darby Stanchfield) has to stop the interview with Mellie (Bellamy Young) to deny the affair. I loved Mellie’s Lela Rose Fitted Lace Sheath Dress ($1795). This Marc New York Lace Sheath Dress ($148) is similar:

Lela Rose

I loved what Abby did with the Secret Service to stop the interview. What a smart move! As soon as Mellie and Fitz figure out what’s happening, Olivia shows up in the Oval Office. Mellie is furious and Fitz orders her to leave until they figure out what they’re going to say. Olivia wore a Christian Dior coat. This Autumn Cashmere Double Face Knit Coat ($396) is similar:

Christian Dior

Mellie calls in Cyrus (Jeff Perry) to negotiate for her and aside for wanting to stick it to Olivia and Fitz, she wants the Oval. Olivia is inclined to agree to all of Mellie’s demands and keep her happy, while Fitz doesn’t seem to care about anything other than this relationship. Olivia wore a Vince Cross Stitch Double Layer Tank ($248). This Everleigh Double Layer Tank ($68) is similar:


I loved the scene between Olivia and Mellie in the closet where she gets Olivia to reconsider her decision. Being the First Lady isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be and I think Olivia finally realizes what she is giving up to be with Fitz.

Fitz isn’t willing to give up and goes and talks to Mellie and gives her a heartfelt apology and basically charms the pants off of her. She buys the whole thing until Cyrus, angry about Fitz’s cold brush off, tells her that she got played. Then the best moment of the episode happens…Cyrus and Mellie give the symbolic finger to Fitz and leave without doing the interview. Mellie wore a black Marni Herringbone Print Dress ($1630). This Ralph Lauren Houndstooth Print Dress ($139) is similar:


I love Mellie’s character and was so proud of her for finally sticking up for herself. This is going to be one hell of a season!

On a side note, Jake (Scott Foley) pays a visit to Papa Pope (Joe Morton) because in other news, the Louvre is burning and that means something else is happening.

What did you think about everyone’s choices in this episode and what are Eli and Jake up to?

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  1. I’m utterly shocked at how much Mellie’s dress cost! I’m a cheapskate so my jaw dropped. Shock aside, thank you for the wardrobe breakdown….and for showing a cheaper alternative as well.

  2. I would totally wear the black and white dress. It’s classic!
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  3. Nice alternatives 🙂 Thanks for sharing the info and the comparison photos.
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