Entertainment TV 'Scandal' 's Bellamy Young: I Loved Playing 'Fat Mellie' "I think fans are going to need until next Wednesday to catch their breath," the actress tells PEOPLE of the ABC drama's first new episode of the year By Patrick Gomez Patrick Gomez Patrick Gomez is the Editor in Chief/General Manager of Entertainment Weekly. Formerly at People magazine and The A.V. Club, the Critics Choice and Television Critics Association member has appeared on 'Today,' 'Extra!,' 'Access Hollywood,' 'E! News,' 'CNN,' and 'Nightline,' and can be seen frequently on 'Good Morning America.' Follow the Texas Native at @PatrickGomezLA wherever your media is social for all things 'For All Mankind' 'Top Chef,' and puppy related. People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 29, 2015 07:40PM EST Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Eric McCandless/ABC After the death of her son, Scandal‘s first lady went through a deep depression this season – but actress Bellamy Young says playing the grieving Mellie Grant was “the most fun I’ve had on the job.” “When we had the table read for the first episode of the season, I wasn’t really sure what the tone was supposed to be,” Young tells PEOPLE of coming back for season 4 of the hit ABC drama last summer. “But I have the best bosses in the world and they really helped me explore the darkness. But Mellie also was the only one telling the truth in the White House. She got to walk around in her bathrobe, eating fried chicken without a bra on and tell everyone exactly what she was thinking. It was a blast. I loved ‘Fat Mellie.’ ” Over the course of the season, Mellie has gotten through her depression with a newfound focus on becoming the prominent political player she once was. But that doesn’t mean the suspense and drama is gone from the series, which returns Thursday after a winter hiatus. “In this first episode back, we do something we’ve never done before,” Young says of Thursday’s episode, which she says is basically a stand-alone episode focused on answering the question “Where is Olivia Pope?” “I think fans are going to need until next Wednesday to catch their breath,” she continues. “I basically held mine for 42 minutes straight when I watched it.” Scandal returns Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.