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Is Governor Andrew Nichols sweet revenge for Mellie fans?

Actor Jon Tenney attends the 'Thanks For Sharing' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.
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Ever since "Everything's Coming Up Mellie," it's been slightly more difficult to not like First Lady Mellie Grant.* After the bizarre breakfast table negotiations, viewers were left wondering if Mellie used the rape from her father-in-law for political and social gain.

On Thurs., March 6, those viewers got their answers in the form of prescription pills, and Governor Andrew Nichols (played by new cast member Jon Tenney) to the rescue.

Not only are viewers wondering if Fitz is raising his brother, but Mellie seems to be wondering, too. Slowly but surely those who just can't handle the adultery with Olivia are moving towards Team Mellie, and the fact that she "kept her knees together" helps.

The drama with Fitz being jealous of Jake is borderline preposterous considering the argument the president had with Olivia was while they were getting dressed. What more proof does a man need that he's the chosen one than to have the side piece quietly outside of the door while the two of them do the do?

And judging from Jake's outburst about "pretend sex" and requesting Olivia fill up her kitchen with something other than wine and popcorn, there's not a lot going on with those two anymore. Seems Jake may have more in common with Mellie than he does Daddy Pope these days.

Mellie's cringeworthy secret is with her dead father-in-law. Jake's cringeworthy secret is at the bottom of no-man's land with B613. TV writer Shonda Rhimes is definitely onto something with these two characters. While viewers may have been indifferent to them before, it's becoming easier to see they both have a pulse and possibly can be quite likeable.

With Mellie it's more of a sympathy like. With Jake it's more of an adoration of power. But either way it goes, these two are winning in the last two episodes. And maybe, just maybe, the governor and Olivia will notice what they're both missing out on.

* Bellamy Young, the actress who plays Mellie, said on Thursday night's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" that her real name is Amy Young. She added the "Bell" in front of "Amy" to avoid having the same name as another member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

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