There's no love lost in the first lady's family

By Michele Corriston
Updated April 01, 2015 11:00 AM
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Scandal‘s Mellie Grant – played to polished perfection by Bellamy Young – is the epitome of class.

She coats her ruthlessness in a shiny, Southern belle varnish. But, as Gladiators will see on Thursday, refinement doesn’t necessarily run in the family.

In a sneak peek of this week’s episode exclusive to PEOPLE, the first lady and Senate hopeful is furious that her campaign manager Elizabeth (Portia de Rossi) wants to bring her sister Harmony (Lauren Bowles) to Washington.

Sorry, half-sister.

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“All you have to do is look at her to know that,” Mellie spits. “She looks exactly like her trashy, trailer park mother. Harmony and I? In my family, there is an us and a them. She is a them.”

Scandal airs Thursdays (9 p.m. ET) on ABC.

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