When we last left Olivia Pope, the President of the United States was standing outside her front door. He wants her to listen to the sex tape that was sent to Cyrus. Before we get to that, let's jump back two years to the day Olivia joined Fitz's presidential campaign. She makes quite the first impression, as Fitz wants to fire her for her candor. Cyrus convinces him to keep this lady around. It's during Fitz's genuine apology to Olivia that he stares into her eyes. It's at this moment that we know these two are irresistibly drawn to each other.
Olivia lets Fitz and Mellie know that the only way they have a shot at the White House is if they start acting like a real lovey-dovey couple. So, after a wicked yelling match, they begin doing just that. The surge in popularity that follows is distressing to his opponent, Sally Langston, and her right-hand man, Billy Chambers. The momentum in the Fitzgerald campaign stalls once rumors surface that Mellie is having an affair.
Billy tries to get Olivia to switch teams. That's not gonna happen. Olivia quashes the extramarital rumors with the help of a few of the friends who would eventually become her associates. Then it comes time for the debates. Fitz admits that he's a man in love with an incredible woman. The voters have no idea that he isn't talking about his wife. Fitz and Olivia fight their attraction by taking "one minute" to just stand with each other. It's a very long minute.
Olivia and Cyrus know they can't win the White House without the female vote. Fitz doesn't want to use any underhanded tactics to solve this problem. Still, it's a problem that truly needs solving. A short time later, Mellie breaks down at a campaign event. She tells the press that she recently had a miscarriage. She says her husband wanted to quit the campaign after they found out, but she wouldn't let him. Fitz is shocked that Mellie would go public with this information. That's because everything his wife said is a lie.