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OUR 15 FAVORITE SCANDAL CHARACTERS

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 April 5, 2012 was the night that Shonda Rhimes premiered her newest creation. It was a show that took place in the nation’s Capitol about a DC fixer who fixed everyone but herself.  It gave us the terms “gladiator” and “it’s handled.” It brought the phrase OMG tv to the masses and it embraced a romance between a married President and his campaign manager . Kerry Washington became a television star and it revived a long dead  career of an actor who was most known for his role as the killer in “Ghost.” “Scandal” made Jeff Perry and many others household names, as well as making Tony Goldwyn a sex symbol in his fifties. Fitz and Olivia made Ross and Rachel seem like horny teenagers. Their chemistry burned up the screen with their torrid love scenes.

In honor of the fifth anniversary and the 100 th episode, we will be spotlighting this show and its actors. First up, is Jen and my picks for our fifteen characters. Hey gladiators! who are your picks?

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Olivia Pope- Kerry Washington  Olivia is a person who lives to fix people and candidates. Unfortunately, she can fix everyone but herself. Her father sent her away to boarding school and told her she needed to be twice as good. He never taught her to love, unfortunately that is one of her problems. She never thought she was worthy enough to have a great man or that love had to hurt. She has a man waiting for her now, let’s hope she can get fixed.

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fitz-salutes. President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III – Tony Goldwyn – Fitz was born for the White House according to his father. He was rich, entitled, and sent to the best schools. He lost his mother, and his father was a politician who never quite made it to 1600 Penn. As a result, he pushed his son to get him there at all costs. He found a girl whom he thought was the perfect, trophy wife. He also hired a political animal to help him along. But Fitz, just wanted to help people and serve his country.  He enlisted in the Navy, where he became a Seal and flew  fighter missions. Some of those were black ops and dangerous. Courtesy of his father, he flew a mission that killed 329 people and would haunt him. Fitz is an idealist and romantic , that is why he never could say he loved his “political” wife. He finally found love when he found his soul mate, Olivia. The two of them just keep missing each other or letting things or people get in the way. Let’s hope the two of them finally come to their senses and head to Vermont.

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Cyrus Beene -Jeff Perry- Cyrus has spent most of his life in the closet. His dream is the White House as President. There has never been a gay President, so he has spent his life as a law school professor and political advisor. In one of those classes, he found his best student and trained her to be an animal like him. He also found his dream candidate  in Fitz and with his team took him to the Oval. He just never counted on Fitz to fall for Liv or for him to find love as well. Cyrus found the love of his life in the person of one James Novak, a reporter that came along to cover the Grant campaign. They were married , adopted a baby girl, and then James tried to dig too much. Unfortunately, curiosity killed the cat and James was murdered. He was fired as Fitz’s advisor and then went on to find his new dream boy in one Frankie Vargas. He was forced into a political marriage by one Lizzie Bear . She blackmailed him with a male prostitute . Vargas has been killed, and as his Vice Presidential candidate is slated to get his dream, the first gay President.

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Senator Mellie Grant- Bellamy Young – For the first time in her life, Mellie is her own woman. She has spent most of it in the shadow of her husband as the two took it all the way to the White House. But while she was watching her hubby climb, she was losing herself . Mellie graduated from Harvard with honors , but she gave up her brilliant career to be a smiling political wife. She also never wanted children, but had three. Her own father abandoned her and her mother for another family. He also sold her to Big Jerry to insure her future.  He wanted her to have the best , so he married her off to Fitz. But she was ruined when her father in law saw that his son hadn’t knocked her up yet and took it upon himself to do it. But he raped her and she never wanted to be touched by her husband again. She was never really sure if her late son, Jerry was her husband’s son or brother.  Mellie has been unlucky in love, her lover Andrew became a traitor and power hungry and she was relieved when her hubby found his own lover. It relieved her of her duties because frankly she couldn’t stand the man. Everything with Mellie was optics, for the good of the country. Now she is posed to be the Vice President after running for President. Will she realise her dream and resume her true love affair with Marcus. She deserves to be happy as well.

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James  Novak – Dan Bucatinsky – For a character who has been presumed dead for almost two years, James still has made an impression in the lives of the people he loved. This includes the fans. (James is one of Jen’s faves and she refuses to believe he is dead. Well anything is possible in Shondaland) Cyrus was impacted by this man the most. He still refers to him as the love of his life. James kept Cyrus on the straight and narrow. He got him to bring Ella into his life. James also convinced Cyrus to come out . He and Cyrus met while on the Trail , along with that other couple. Cyrus sees Michael as a political marriage, not a real one. Michael may have Cyrus as a hubby, but James will forever have his heart. He would have made one hell of a First Lady too.

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Stephen Finch – Henry Ian Cusick- Stephen was one of the OG gang, (Original Gladiators) . He was a lawyer who had a nervous breakdown and then Olivia saved him like she had saved so many people. He had one problem, he liked to get laid and went to Washington’s madam for his needs as well. He also felt the need to be a normal , so he started a relationship with a sweet school teacher named Georgia. He advised Olivia to end it with Fitz and she took his advice. Abby even had a thing for him and then she settled on just being a friend. But Stephen earned his gladiator stripes, when he came to Olivia’s rescue when she was kidnapped. Abby called him to help and he enlisted his friends , a bunch of Russian terrorists to make the winning bid of the deadly auction. It was the nicest surprise when all of us either thought her rescuer would either be Jake or Fitz. Instead it was one of her oldest friends and as Abby said, Once a gladiator, always a gladiator. Here’s hoping we see him again.

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Guillermo Diaz as Diego Munoz or Huck- He is Olivia’s watchdog. He is the one who is her own Secret Service. He makes sure that she is safe, and if someone hurts her watch out! (Yes that means you , Mr President) Huck is also a trained killer and a member of B613. He also has a problem with women, he picks psychos who want to kill him or frame him. But there is a woman who does have feelings for him and that is Quinn. Quinn is his Robin and he makes peace of the life he left behind . But will Huck make it through this time?

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Kate Burton as Vice President Sally Langston- Kate has a few things that she will be known for, being the daughter of Richard Burton, playing the absentee mother of Meredith Grey, and this role. (Gladiators also can thank her for stripping her future POTUS cast mate on stage ) Kate started out as a right wing Jesus freak who rode Fitz’s coat tails all the way to the White House. She could taste the power and took advantage of the fact that as VP she could run the country and try to keep the fallen President out of the Oval following his shooting. She also had a terrible secret, her loyal hubby was in the closet and came out just long enough with one James Novak. Shamed by the immortal behavior of the President, she broke away from him and then decided to run as an independent . But Daniel pushed and pushed, so she murdered him. Cyrus kept her secret and his husband died trying to find it. Now she gets her kicks and brings the laughs as she hosts her morality fest , “The Liberty Report.” It’s mission? To bring down tyranny and immorality , especially in the Grant administration

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Joshua Malina as Attorney David Rosen- David wears the white hat and is all for justice. That is something that is pretty hard in the corrupt world of politics. But David, fights on . He was edged on to his current position by his then girlfriend Abby  who pulled herself into a sweet gig as Press Secretary.  David has always been the one who wanted to bring the evil to justice.  He has also been a friend and an enemy to Olivia and the gladiators. With a father who is also a judge , he may go all the way to the Supreme Court. And then wouldn’t dad be proud?

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Scott Foley as  Pete Harris or Jacob Hamilton Ballard- One of the hardest roles is the third wheel in a love triangle, and Jake has definitely had it rough. Abused as a child and witness to the suicide of his sister, he joined the Navy where he got his lifelong pal, Fitz. Seeing his talent, Rowan recruited him for B613 and gave him the most important jobs that he could have. He had been given the job of keeping Olivia and Fitz apart. She was a threat to the republic. At the time, he was brought into Olivia’s life with the guise of spying on her for Fitz. (They were on the outs) Liv found out who he was and then Capt Ballard turned on the charm. Olivia had a choice, Jake or Fitz. Jake went away with her after the murder of Fitz’s son. But then he came back to the accusation that he was command and gave Tom Larsen the order to kill. He also got beat up by the President. Jake has certainly made his way in the world going to the head of the NSA to Vice Presidential candidate for Mellie Grant. But can Jake exist in this world when all he wants is a normal life. But in Scandal world, what is normal?

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Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan – No one character has gone through so many changes as Abby. She has acted as Liv’s best friend and the gals have each other’s backs, sometimes. She was an abused trophy wife who was rescued by Liv. But then Abby wanted to be an equal to her friend. She had a taste for power and that taste led her all the way to the White House. This worked out because if Liv was having problems, she could be the voice to Fitz and let him know how she was coping. She developed a boys club feeling with Fitz and Cyrus took her under his wing. Her relationship with David was now in the toilet and she was involved with Leo Bergen. Abby redeemed herself when she called Stephen to rescue Liv. But now , Abby has sold her soul to the devil and the gladiators want her to pay. Can Abby forgive herself?

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Katie Lowes as Lindsay Dwyer/ Quinn Perkins- Defiance changed a lot of people’s lives. But this girl’s changed the most. Lindsay loved Jesse (he was actually played by Katie’s real life hubby, Adam Shapiro) and then she was forced to take the fall so that Hollis Doyle could hide the evidence by blowing up Cytron. Lindsay was then spirited away to DC , courtesy of Olivia and given the identity of Quinn. Quinn now had a new job , new friends and learned a new skill , killing and torture. Her mentor was Huck and soon the twosome became Quinn and Huck, defacing furniture with their bodies. Now Quinn is back to psuedo normal with Charlie as they prepare for their wedding. But Charlie was a witness to seeing Quinn showing her affection for Huck when he woke up. Will Charlie get his bride or will Robin return to Huckleberry Quinn?

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Joe Morton as Eli/Rowan Pope- What kind of a man sends away his daughter to fancy boarding schools after her mother supposedly dies in a plane crash? Eli Pope that’s who. Actually he knew his wife knew too much and he was trying to stop her from telling about his real job.  Eli wanted power and he saw one way to get it and that was through his daughter. She has spent an entire lifetime seeking his approval and having serious daddy issues. This has allowed her to try to find father figures in her own life. But her father had his own issues , he had been the command of a super secret organization that was a front for the CIA. He had soldiers to do his killing. The one person that he hates just happens to be the man Olivia loves. He also values Jake as the son he should have had. Now he is edging him on as he watches him just steps from the Oval. But evil has a time limit and we all wonder, when does Rowan’s clock run out.

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Brian Lechter as Tom Larson- Tom had a great cover as a B613 agent, Secret Service for the newly elected President. He would run behind him and run interference so he could go visit his girlfriend. But he also had to report back to command at the same time. The real game changer for this agent was when he was recruited by command to inject the President’s son with a deadly strain of meningitis. He was jailed and then told to tell POTUS that he was given the order by Jake. But then we find out that all those times that he was watching the WH tapes, he wasn’t looking at Liv, but Fitz. He then became embroiled in a torrid affair with Cyrus. But when Cyrus made his bid for the Oval, out went Tom and he was out for blood.

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Jon Tenney as Vice President Andrew Nichols – Andrew was Fitz’s brother in government. He trusted him implicitly enough to make him his Lt. Governor when he was in California. But Andrew kept a secret , he saw Mellie take pills and he took the blame to save her reputation. But the secret lead to a passionate love affair years before Fitz bedded Liv. When she left, it broke his heart. When Fitz needed a running mate, Andrew was vetted and he and Mellie heated up once again. But Fitz found out , and he went ballistic. Apparently the POTUS can fool around , but FLOTUS can’t and so the VEEP got a sock in the eye from his boss. But then sweet Andrew turned evil with the help of Lizzie Bear who wanted to show Grant that he needed to get back in the good graces of the GOP . The two cooked up a plot to kidnap Liv and then real terrorists got a hold of her. Fitz made him resign and then Lizzie Bear recruited Huck to murder him because she couldn’t afford to have her name on a foiled kidnapping plot. Huck gave him a drug that made it seem like he suffered a stroke. But Andrew returned and threatened everyone. He had it out for Olivia and called her every dirty name in the book. You don’t mess with a woman with PTSD. Liv took care of him with a chair. RIP Andrew.

Geeks Meet Glee- Supergirl-Flash Crosssover

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Mon El (Chris Wood) and J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) are carrying an unconscious Kara /Supergirl (Melissa Benoit)  this is how the crossover episode started

Take a time honored device like time travel and add music to it, then add superheroes and you have the latest episode that crosses over the two CW superheroes. The cross over is not a new idea, it was actually utilized back in the fifties when other characters would work with the Ricardos of “I Love Lucy. The most famous examples of cross overs would be either when Norman Lear or the late Gary Marshall would use the device to crossover to spinoffs like “Happy Days” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” Most recently, ABC ‘s prime time diva Shonda Rhimes had crossed over her two shows “Private Practice” and flagship “Grey’s Anatomy.” Characters on the two shows would do guest appearances on either show. When first seeing the opening club scenes, I moaned and thought another flashback to the past where the hero and heroine become singers in a nightclub. There I saw remnants of the “Castle” episode “Blue Butterfly” or the famous episode of “Moonlighting’ called “The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice” .

Happily I was surprised. Traditionally , musical episodes are usually panned by the tv critics but loved by the fans. Memories of “Cop Rock” haunt people . I don’t think there is not one fan who doesn’t have the entire score of “The Song Beneath the Song” on their phone . If this is the case, then why wasn’t Chyler Leigh included in the episode? She was glorious in the “Grey’s ” musical episode. This episode was obviously a vehicle for Melissa Benoit and Darren Criss. Instead of a CW superhero episode, I thought i was watching a revival of the late great “Glee”. After all, Melissa Benoit was the female lead after diva Rachel left. Darren Criss was the gay Prince Charming Blaine to Chris Colfer’s Kurt

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Add another former Gleek in the form of “Flash” star , Grant Gustin . Remember Blaine was originally a Warbler as well. As we begin the episode, both Kara and Barry  are having relationship problems. Barry has proposed to his fiance and then took it back to save her and Kara has been having potential in law problems and found out that Mon El had been lying to her about who he was. Surprise , the Music Meister appears and then Melissa ends up in the world of the “Flash.” Fresh from his adventure with “Hot Alien girl” Winn comes into the dream world as well. It turns out that they are not in a dream, but in their heads. Melissa reuses her pipes as she sings the classic “Moon River.” in this fictional nighclub. It turns out that both “Flash” and “Kara” both were raised watching movie musicals in their homes. Meister tells them that they have to finish the musical by singing and dancing before they can leap back home. Oh and another little wrinkle , neither of them have their super  powers.

There are thugs and hoods, surprisingly one of the thugs is Broadway vet , Victor Garber . He and his partner Jesse L Martin are two gay daddies of the female heroine in the musical. Coincidentally , she is also the former fiance of “Flash”. The situation mirrors his own and the idea of two gay daddies once again goes back to “Glee” (Rachel had two gay daddys) The musical numbers are lively and rival any Broadway show. The other highlight of the show was the Flash Supergirl duet , complete with tap . “Let’s Be Superfriends” is a play of words on the cartoon tv show of the same name. The two work well together and finally realize that they both need to trust their significant others and that the only thing that matters is love. At that point, they return to their own worlds. Barry proposes again and Iris accepts . Cara decides to give Mon El another chance. At that point, MM jumps and says that he has another couple that need him. That could be so many couples (. Hey Music Meister , would you mind stopping by the White House. I know a couple in Washington that needs your help.)

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And the Winner Is. . .

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Hello gladiators! Yes I know its been quite a while since I have written. Finally, the hiatus has ended and i am typing with a glass of red wine by my side. The “Scandal” hangover has set in and I have tried to make sense of tonight’s events. But that is what this blog post is for, isn’t it?

The election results are in and Mellie didn’t win. Vargas carried the vote and there seemed to be a lot similiar to the real election. The relationships are all supposed to be under question, but there was one that was painfully clear. Olivia has a tendency when she falls apart to want to run to one person and that is Fitz. Shades of the first season popped up when Olivia said that she needed a minute. She then said that she needed “One minute.” . Flashes of “The Trail” came across loud and clear.Kerry said in an interview that Olivia had problems and that was the reason for no pictures in Olivias office  because she wants to start with a clean slate with her relationships. Has Olivia been seeing a therapist? Is this finally the year that Vermont can be claimed?

Mellie is not taking this well at all. She has only wanted this and she does not take defeat at all. Marcus is now Press Secretary. Another reference to history as when Olivia referred to the brief time that James was Press Secretary. Olivia is very familiar to the pulpit in the briefing room. Along with history, there was some current events mixed in. There was mention of voter fraud in the county where the Grants still had a residence. (Fitz doesn’t live there anymore because he gave Mellie it in the divorce.) But then there is a breaking news story, Frankie  Vargas had been shot. When this happens , people start questioning everything and Olivia knows way too much. She also knows her father and runs to accuse him. It is almost as if Olivia is no longer afraid of Rowan. Abby has become the new gladiator and tells off the hospital and Secret Service that she is the boss. Olivia has trained her well, and so has Cyrus. Olivia is having serious flashback thoughts because the shooting mirrored an event that happened not even three years ago. That was when Fitz was shot. But the damage has been done , a bullet has went through Vargas skull and he is dead. There is only one problem when Olivia visits her father, he whispers to her that Cyrus Beene loves Cyrus Beene. She must prove that Cyrus was behind the shooting. After all, he staged the whole incident in the beginning that convinced Vargas to run in the first place.

The gladiators are not without jobs in this episode . Olivia puts them on the trace of finding the proof that Cyrus was behind the shooting. That isn’t all though. Liv finds out that Huck voted for Vargas because of the fact that he was also a Hispanic. Charlie is a little bit more nervous than usual. He had planned for him and Quinn to fly to the Caribbean. But the truth is revealed , he was going to propose. Charlie is very valuable to the gladiators, because he used to do the dirty work for Cyrus and knows the way he operates. How will Huck take this news?

The best scenes on “Scandal” often take place on the Truman balcony. This was the case tonight. Other than Kerry, Tony has the best screen chemistry with Bellamy. You almost want these two to get together if you didn’t know their history. He truly cares for her and wants her to get her wish. She now knows that he never wanted to be President and almost feels bad that she forced him into it. It is a shame that it took a divorce for these two to get along and confide in each other. Fitz now has to make the most difficult decision of his life and legacy, he has to decide between Mellie and Cyrus. When he has the proof, Fitz ceremoniously hands over the Presidency to him and tells him that he wants him to act like Vargas and treasure the beautiful gift he was going to hand over to him. Olivia is a little bit more apprehensive and tells Cyrus she knows he did it and she will prove it.

As for gladiator of the week, it goes to everyone. It is very hard to pick things up after you haven’t done it for so long. Despite the big drop in viewership after 5.9 , this team showed they still have it despite losing viewers and social media comments. They were welcomed back triumphantly and happily tweeted viewers. Just as they have done in the past, the cast was tweeting while they were shooting . Tonight almost seemed like we were watching a whole different show, but that has been the case in the past. We are now treating the show like Olivia said, “A clean slate.” The media has gone to great trouble to get out plot points and assure everyone this will be the best season yet. I sure hope so.

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The show begins with everyone in the White House waiting for the results to come in. It is down to one county (no not Ohio, but the home state of the Grants, California) to decide .

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But alas, there is an upset and Olivia cracks and can’t face that Mellie lost. She asks for ” one minute”. (And we have one brief Olitz moment as Fitz sniffs her hair, Gladiators! there’s still hope)

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Since the electorial college is still a month a way , Fitz has a decision to make. He can either pick Mellie or Cyrus. It will be the legacy that he leaves behind until he leaves. Vargas is shot.

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The minute Vargas is shot, Fitz and his Chief of the NSA, Jake (Scott Foley) start trying to find answers. (But Jake mysteriously disappears minutes before the shooting)

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Other than Kerry, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) has the best chemistry with Bellamy Young (Mellie). Six seasons later, the actors who were going to be killed off are the stars of the show. Bellamy was also the winner of a Critics Choice Award last year. She has to win the award for the shows’s most changed character.

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What a strange twist of events! Cyrus(Jeff Perry)  has been the man behind Fitz for going onto twenty years. Now America is going to have its first gay President (James should have lived for this) But wait, before Cyrus is sworn in..

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Olivia has been clued into the fact that Cyrus was the one who shot Vargas. She tells him she won’t rest until she proves he did it. But did he really do it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Year on. . .

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The girls of TGIT are ready to get back to work(. , Kerry Washington,Ellen Pompeo  and Viola Davis )

It has been almost two months for HTGWM and “Grey’s Anatomy” and almost a year for “Scandal.”to be on Thursday nights .  It has also been an eventful year for the cast from “Scandal.” Kerry Washington gave birth to her son , Caleb . Tony has worked on three movies, a Broadway play, and campaigned for Hillary Clinton. Have we missed our gladiators? Hell yes! “Grey’s ” ended with Alex  Karev’s career in jeopardy as he waited for the verdict on his attempted murder charge  “How to Get Away with Murder” ended with the death of Wes. But some other things happened the last time we were with our friends…join us as we catch up before the big return next Thursday.

“Grey’s Anatomy”  What is Grey’s without a catastrophe? In this case, it was an apartment collapsing that brought the surgeons to arms. Alex’s case continued and Jo was called to the stand. Jo has a secret that she didn’t tell Alex, she was married before and she is still legally married to her abusive husband. Alex finally learns the secret and he is given a plea bargain of two years in prison . Meredith tells him to take the bargain. Did he go away?

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The two friends (Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers) discuss Alex going to jail.

Meanwhile the Chief’s day has gone from bad to worse. He has a patient die on the table first. Then, he finds out that Eliza Minnick has taken over the resident program and he is basically ornamental. But Webber isn’t down and out , he is going to fight . Minnick has other things to occupy her time, Arizona. Fun fact: The lady who plays Eliza is married to another one of Shonda’s actors.  Marika Dominzyk is the real life wife to “Scandal’s” Jake Ballard, Scott Foley

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Marika is here with her hubby, Scott Foley. Scott was also on “Grey’s Anatomy” . He played the sick husband of Teddy that died when Cristina operated on him. Scott is currently playing Jake Ballard on “Scandal”

Owen is a loser in love again. Amelia has sent him a dear John letter and told him she left. Will she return? Find out next Thursday.

“Scandal”  Jake is back to murdering . He is told by Rowan to murder Vanessa’s father so he can leave his billions to Vanessa and her new hubby. Rowan has a power base and it is scaring all of the gladiators. Olivia is very scared for Jake . Cyrus is making the rounds trying to find a Veep for Vargas. The first candidate is Rosen. The Republicans are preparing for the convention and there is fighting between the exes. Mellie is mad because her dear ex hubby is blowing his own horn too much. He claims she can’t win without his help. But Fitz has other things on his mind. He comes across something on Abby’s desk. It is Olivia’s medical records and they were given to her to torpedo Mellie’s campaign. Fitz finally realizes that there was problems and that is why Olivia left.He admits that he misses just talking with her. Is this the beginning of a reconciliation with Olitz?

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 Olivia (Kerry Washington) is enjoying a chat in the Oval with her ex Fitz (Tony Goldwyn)

Rowan has made a visit to Cyrus and everyone tries to sell him on Jake. Jake is Satan to Cyrus since he was the one who shot James. Olivia tries to sell him as well. Jake has asked her to save him. She comes up with the plan to have him rescued by being Mellie’s running mate. Jake tells her he dreams of a normal life with a tract house and him coaching kids ball. Olivia explodes and says how she is not normal, but extraordinary. Cyrus has found out that Michael has moved to Virginia and taken care of Ella. Tom tells him that he can take care of Michael and it would look like an accident. Cyrus and Olivia start at each other and its war between student and teacher. Someone is going back to the White House. The stage is set and the candidates have been announced.

 

Mellie (Bellamy Young)  has a new running mate … her ex husband’s friend and her campaign manager’s ex… Jake Ballard (Scott Ballard) aka Pete Harris

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And Vargas(Ricardo Chavira)  finds his own running mate..Cyrus!!!!  (Jeff Perry)

Who will win the Oval ? And what happened while they were on the Trail? Find out who will be the new President next Thursday.

How To Get Away With Murder   We know who was under the sheet . It was Wes. But the sad part is that Annalise has been put in jail as well as losing her law license . Everyone is very sad including Annalise and the other Keating kids. All of them, except for Laurel.  Laurel was also hurt in the explosion. She was not alone, she was pregnant with either Wes or Frank’s baby. Frank has disappeared . . Annalise begins to drink again.

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You’d get drunk too if you had been disbarred, fired from your teaching job, accused of murder, and had your students murder your cheating hubby. Poor Annalise …(Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner, Viola Davis)

Frank is warned by Bonnie that they are all still in danger of being revealed in the deaths of Sam and Rebecca. Rebecca’s body was discovered in the woods which brings her murder to life. Annalise burns the files having to deal with Sam and Rebecca’s murders , but leaves the door open. Connor has been having sex with Thomas and it is revealed the Oliver lied about his HIV status. He was never ill.  We also find out the truth , Wes was dead before the explosion.

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Nate has to tell Annalise that Wes is dead. But who really killed him?  (Albert Enoch)

The Iconic Songs of Scandal -Part Two

Note: On January 19, “Scandal” returns for a sixth season. We are getting “Scandalized” again by posting a few new articles. The first was “Eight Years of Torment-An Examination of the Grant Years”.

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“Scandal” is one of the shows that uses the music to tell the story. Shonda Rhimes did this in her other show “Grey’s Anatomy” . The Fray is now as infamous for their song “How to Save a Life” as the Rembrandts are for that certain tv theme.

“I Can See Clearly Now” by  Nina Simone in “You Can’t Take Command”

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The White House is in turmoil. Fitz finds out about Mellie and the jurors and throws her out. He then continues cleaning house by firing Cyrus. Suddenly Fitz can see that the two biggest roadblocks of their relationship is gone. Olivia is told by Jake that his mission is over and he knows he can’t win. Olivia thinks about what he said and heads for the White House. At the same time, so does Fitz and they miss each other. Fitz comes to the conclusion that he has lost again and goes to the Truman to think. He is startled by her voice and the two are reunited. The scene and season end with the two kissing as the camera pulls away . The song definitely talks of a brighter day and that is what we are to see for these two .

“You Got the Love” from” Heavy is the Head”

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It’s a new day in the White House and the lovers can’t keep their hands off of each other. They are clearly in love and at the same time the evil Sally Langston talks about a state dinner that Fitz is having to get a new Naval base. As they she talks about a commoner and a prince, the two are shown making love and getting ready for this dinner. The two stories mirror each other.

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“Do Right Woman Do Right Man” – Aretha Franklin  from “Yes”

Olivia is facing her fears and she goes on the road with Jake to do that while they work on an OPA case. But just like her client’s son, she is hiding and on the run. She is scared of what will happen when she returns to Washington since she and Fitz have been outed. Fitz tells Olivia he loves her so much that he is willing to let Mellie back in and do an interview to explain the mess. Olivia finally comes to a decision when her office is swarmed with paparazzi and reporters who ask the question. “Are you the President’s Mistress?” her answer “Yes”

“How Do You Keep the Music Playing” James Ingram and Patti Austin from “Paris is Burning”

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It is all over for the Grants. The two apologize to each other. Fitz feels that it is his fault the most because he didn’t count on falling in love. He tells Mellie that he believes that she will be the first woman President and he has sadness that they won’t grow old together. There may have been a lot of regrets , but they do care for each other. The song playing with the two looking out into the horizon, unsure of what the future holds. The sun is setting on their marriage.

“You’re All I Need to Get By” by Aretha Franklin

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In Season 2.20 “A Woman Scorned”, Fitz tells Olivia that he came over to earn her while they wait for Mellie to go on television. At nine o clock, the interview airs and the couple get hot. During this sequence, the original duet of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell singing “You’re All I Need to Get By” was played. In this episode, Aretha sings the ballad while the couple watch as Abby takes down Olivia as a homewrecker who has a history of dating older powerful men. Fitz is furious and Liv tells him to let him choose her.

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“Let’s Get it On” by Marvin Gaye for “You Got Served”

The committee has met and the documents from the White House have been seized. Olivia has to warn Fitz that the disc that told about the kidnapping . It isnt impeachable to have a mistress ,but it is to declare war to save her life. Olivia hatches a plan to seduce Fitz so she plays the ancient record so she can tell him about the trouble he is in.

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“Feeling Good” by Nina Simone

Cyrus has been called by Fitz after being told by Olivia that the only way to be excused for the kidnapping is to give him his job back. At first, Cyrus is insulted and then the two reminisce about their lives together. They realize they are really brothers and he is welcomed back into the White House. Elizabeth North is history.

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“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by Roberta Flack for “Rasputin”

Olivia has been arrested for releasing her father. Fitz has come to find out what is going on. There is no audio while we see Olivia mouthing an explanation to the President of why she had him let go. He is hurt and leaves. Cyrus engineers the arrest along with David Rosen. He makes a decision and has Olivia and her things brought permanently to the White House. She is home.

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“Someday at Christmas” by  Stevie Wonder for “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Note: This is the show that many fans called it quits. They said it was too sad and couldn’t abide by the fact that Olivia could get an abortion . Maybe not if there was a question about the parentage of the child, but we were sure who Daddy was.

The song shows the joyfulness of the season. This was also the first time that the political thriller show actually had a Christmas show. Olivia is now being groomed to be First Lady. She gives tours and plays trophy wife while Fitz plays with the big boys. But Olivia is miserable.

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“Silent Night ” by Aretha Franklin

This had to have been the most controversial scene of the episode. Mellie had made her mark with her filibuster on women’s health care. With Olivia’s help , she made quite an impression. Unfortunately, Olivia is not Olivia and the PTSD made her get the abortion. The irony is that the ancient song talks about mother and child. Unfortunately for many of the show’s fans, the Christian song is forever ruined by the image of Olivia killing Fitz’s child.

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“Ave Maria” by Stevie Wonder

I often wonder why non Catholics consider this a Christmas song. It is the same reason why they consider “My Favorite Things” also a Christmas song. There is no definition for what consists of a Christmas song. In our church, this song is sang at funerals and weddings. I have sang it many times my self. This is once again a song of irony. This couple did not expect the day to turn out like this. They expected to spend their first Christmas together, instead she celebrates her freedom with a glass of wine and he mourns the end of the relationship by drinking scotch. We see a collage of the different holiday celebrations as well. Charlie brings Quinn a tree, Liz sees the bracelet on Susan that David gave her, Mellie with her kids and Jake talking with Rowan. Mission accomplished, Olivia and Fitz are finished.

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“Use Me” by Bill Withers for “The Fish Rots From the Head”

What does a man who was celibate for fifteen years  and then just get dumped do? He drinks a lot and screws a lot of women. Fitz takes his pain of losing Olivia out on liquor and women. The problem is that Abby has to take the fall for this behavior. She has to have the women sign disclosure statements. It’s hot and cold running women and two women don’t like it . Mellie tells him knock it off or she will want permanent custody of the kids. Olivia does it with more tack. She asks him when did he decide to become Big Jerry and is this the legacy he wants to leave for history. Needless to say, he decides to work on the remainder of his term. Also there is a murder within the Secret Service involving prostitutes, and that is also why he needs to clean up his act.

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“Sunny ” by Steve Wonder for “The Miseducation of Susan Ross”

The election continues and so does the competition between the former lovers. Fitz is backing Susan and Liv is running Mellie’s campaign. The funniest thing about the music on this show is that Shonda uses the same song or uses a different singer on a familiar song. “Sunny” has been used on three episodes. It described when Jake and Liv were on the island in the premiere episode of Season Four. “Randy, Red, Julia, and Superfreak” . It would also be used in “Run” to describe the dream sequence in Vermont that Olivia has when she was kidnapped. For the first time, Liv and Fitz are being civilized and toasting the race. With a smile, Fitz says to Olivia “I’m going to kick your ass.”

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“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Robert Flack for “Till Death Do Us Part”

Before this episode, Jake was a mystery. We knew about the stories of Abby, Huck, Fitz, Mellie, and Cyrus, but Jake didn’t have a past. All we knew about him was that he and Fitz were in the Navy together and that was it. This episode finally told all about Jake and his relationship with his abusive father. It is also the end of the relationship between Jake and Olivia. In this season, Olivia has ended both of her relationships. But she ends Jake’s to save his life. It is still obvious who has feelings for her again.

Eight Years of Torment-An Examination of the Grant Years

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PS. Due to the fact there is a lack of Scandal right now. I have decided to still give fans what they want. It’s been quite a year with the pregnancy and Tony’s involvement with Hillary’s campaign . The cast has managed to stay at the top of social media and to that we say thank God. BTW Our own Cyrus (Jeff Perry) is a Cubs fan. Paul Adelstein is an Indians fan. Thanks by the support by the way. It is appreciated

It has been a long haul but we have finally come to the end of the lame duck President Grant’s days as President. Eight years is a long time, but we have been watching how the California governor with a military record but not much political experience would handle his tenure as President. Some have ranked him as one of the worst Presidents that we have had and others have admired how he has handled the office despite the personal problems he has had. Let’s look back on eight years of the Grant Administration.

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It all started out so full of promise. Grant won the Presidency over Governor Reston of Connecticut with a landslide. He won the election with the help of Campaign Manager Olivia Pope who went on to become Communications Director. Beside his side, was his dutiful wife, Mellie and his Chief Of Staff , Cyrus Beane

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 After an intense drafting session at Camp David, Grant delivers his first State of the Union address. Returning relaxed, Grant is confident with his address. Shortly after this, Communications Director Olivia Pope resigns. Her official reason was to start her own firm , unofficially she gives no reason. The President is saddened

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President Grant is threatened by a unknown tape of his voice that could threaten his Presidency. A worker in the White House threatens him and says that he had sex with her. Cyrus goes to Olivia for help which results in a reconciliation between her and the President. For the first time we realize that the President and Olivia were romantically involved .

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President Grant listens to the tape and realizes who is on it. We see for the first time Olivia and Fitz history. They bond over his sham of a marriage and the two realize they are in love with each other. The voice is Olivia’s and the tape has a woman on it now. Amanda and Billy bond to get Sally in the White House and plan blackmail of Grant. Amanda tries to kill herself and then asks for Olivia’s help . Cyrus sees no other way out and Amanda ends up in the Potomac. Problem solved? No way.

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Fitz is ready to resign and tells Olivia that he can finally be with her. He doesn’t care about anything but her and wants to resign. Olivia makes the hugest sacrifice she can. She sees Mellie leaving and brings her back to do an interview after the tape is blogged about . The woman’s voice is hers and her and the President were trying to have another baby. Mellie gets pregnant to save her husband’s ass. The stress continues. Olivia and Fitz separate .

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Olivia has started to see her old fiance since it seems the relationship is dead between her and Fitz. Fitz has her followed and under surveillance. Olivia learns about a spy camera that is in the White House and would eventually be in every home called Thorngate. While Fitz is hunting, he has Olivia summoned and she is furious. He confronts her about Thorngate and more importantly , her relationship with Edison.

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Fitz realizes that he and Olivia can’t make it work , so he invites her to a restaurant. After that he dumps her. Sickened over his decision, he has to go to London and the G8. The stress begins and he doesn’t call Mellie from the time he leaves. Did he make a mistake?

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Fitz informs Mellie that she doesn’t have to worry about Olivia anymore. He tells her that she won. The couple is on the way to Fitz’s birthday gala , but Mellie says she wants to go home she has a feeling. The pregnant woman isn’t far off. Fitz is shot.

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A new problem arises. It is revealed that Fitz’s election has been fixed. James Novak and David Rosen have been doing some digging. The group that fixed the election meets to decide what to do to keep the fix secret. Huck meets Becky at an AA meeting but it turns out that she wants him framed for an assassination attempt. Becky is hired for an assassination by Verna. The plan goes off and there is an attempt on the President’s life.

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Fitz is shot in the head causing him to have brain surgery . He codes on the table and then stays in a coma. The country is in turmoil because Press Secretary Britta Kagan is shot and dies. Secret Service agent Hal is also hit but recovers. Sally sees her shot and campaigns to  take over as President. Mellie , Cyrus  and Olivia cook up a plot to foil Sally by lying and saying the President is fine. Olivia can’t bear the thought of losing Fitz and begins a vigil.

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Defiance finally comes out for the President. On her death bed, Verna confesses all and tells him who was part of it. The worst blow was that Olivia was part of it. He doesn’t care if Mellie or Cyrus goes down, but she is another story . He can’t let her go down and so he smothers Verna and she dies. After her funeral, he can’t face Olivia and says that she didn’t have to wait for him. They are over (for now)

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He and Olivia part and they are both miserable. Without realizing it, Cyrus asks both people to be the Godparents of his and James’ baby. When they see each other, they can’t fight their feelings. Fitz has been sick over a hostage crisis and drinking heavily. The alcohol takes its toll and he chases her down the hall and pull her into a closet. He attacks her and then once again hurts her by saying that they are done . She is left in tears , while he goes to deal with his Presidential crisis.

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President Grant is tested again when he finds out Olivia is in the hospital. The drought is ended but Olivia is attacked by the spy he had watching her. Surprise, Capt Ballard is falling for her. Jake realizes that someone has targeted Olivia and rushes to protect her. She finds out that he has been spying on her on cameras . Jake isn’t dumb, he fakes an attack which lands her in the hospital. His undying love shows when he visits her. The visit must be secret so he isn’t discovered.

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 Mrs. Grant has had it with her cheating spouse and she is ready to blow the whistle on their cozy love nest. Fitz has had it too. He tells Olivia that Mellie has moved out of the White House into Blair House. She has had it with his antics as well. She gives him an ultimatum , if you want me earn me. He does it , he comes over and waits while his loving wife is going to expose his cheating ass. To add fuel to the fire, the person she asks to interview her on network television live is Cyrus’s husband, James. The clock strikes nine and the interview begins. Fitzgerald Grant has made his choice.

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Stress causes Cyrus to have a heart attack . Everyone is beside themselves. Fitz comes to visit him and then so does Mellie . Mellie says that it is time to go and tells Fitz they are leaving together since he is running again. Fitz calmly informs her that he is not . He is divorcing her and slowly introducing Liv to the public as his girlfriend. Cyrus recovers and tells Fitz Liv has cheated on him then he tells Olivia that Fitz murdered Verna. Olivia says that her gladiators need her and she can’t leave them. For the second time, he tries to give everything up for her.

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Olivia is at peace until she opens her door and is ambushed. She is the President’s mistress and someone  blew the the whistle. Everyone scrambles to cover up whoever the leak is. They even find a fake plant , Janine Locke, who will go down in infamy by talking about the President’s baguette. Surprisingly, the leak was the President himself.

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The President’s newest problem is finding a narrative to spin about him and Olivia. Olivia can’t take the fall and the loveless marriage continues. The gladiators save her ass by coming up with the lie that Janine Locke was the President’s mistress. Mellie pays her off to buy the story.

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Another grey hair appears as Olivia is stuck in a hostage situation with a distraught mother who lost her spy son.

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The sins of the past are ready to catch up again as Fitz attends a former Navy Seal’s funeral  who was murdered . His autopsy revealed a set of numbers that turned out to be a key to a secret mission by the name of Remmington. Remmington involved a plane being shot down and who shot it down. 329 lives were lost and one of those supposedly was Olivia’s mother.

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Olivia is mad at Fitz thinking he is behind her mother’s death. She decided to back Josie Marcus instead. Sally resigns to run as an independent against Fitz. Fitz needs a new running mate and calls his former Lt Governor, Andrew Nickles. It proves to be a stupid one. Fitz wants Olivia back and gets her to see a secret house he was building for them . The two of them make love in the house.

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Fitz confronts Rowan about Remmington and also about how he feels about his daughter. Rowan says he has never been a man, only a boy.

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More trouble for Grant as he comforts his best friend, Cyrus after his husband has been murdered. The murder is covered up as a car jacking. David Rosen knows the real story since he was a witness to Jake killing James and three other people.

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As the campaign for reelection continues, the Grant children are summoned to the White House. Fitz finds out his son is wearing Reston t shirts and wreaking havoc. His daughter can’t stand either of them and catches her mother in a compromising position with Uncle Andrew. Dad goes and punches him in the eye. Olivia walks in on an argument and is put in her place when he reminds her that he is talking to his wife.

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More trouble as Maya and Adnan construct a bomb that will be used to kill the President. They stick it in the church where Sen Hightower’s funeral is to take place. The bomb goes off as Fitz watches the church blow up where he was supposed to speak.

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For the first time, he is terrorized . Olivia fears for her life and that of the man she loves . He finds out that her and Jake slept together as well. Sally uses the bomb to help her own career. Savior Sally wins support.

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Maya wants revenge so she stabs Rowan. Olivia runs to her father’s side forgetting Fitz

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The worst is yet to come when Fitz ‘s son , Jerry is murdered . Adding insult to injury, Olivia has left Washington for parts unknown with Jake. She blames herself for everyone’s pain. .   The President   doesn’t know how much more he can take…..

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Olivia escapes all her problems as she calls herself the scandal. Her and Jake leave Washington as the President mourns his son. Fitz wins his second term with a sympathy vote.

randy-red-julia-and-superfreak Harrison is dead and the gladiators want Olivia to return from paradise. Despite argument from Jake, they come back to Washington. The gladiators are furious with her for abandoning them since they all have new jobs . In the end the team reunites to mourn their friend. Olivia tries to leave until a new case begs her to help her. While in the Capitol, she encounters Fitz . Without a word the two pass except for the secret smile on their faces.

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The death of Jerry Jr takes its toll on the First Couple. Mellie has lost interest in everything and the tabloids are having a field day. Fitz has to continue to run the country and Olivia helps him with his second State of the Union address. She also has to play referee to a fighting couple who are brought to Washington as national heroes. Fitz salutes a grieving First Lady for her courage. When the cameras are off, Mellie collapses.

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Another grey hair and another wrinkle appear when he finds out that his dear darling of a daughter has slipped her detail to go to a party . Two boys take advantage of the fact and make a sex tape of the drugged First Daughter. Olivia comes to the rescue and gets the opportunistic parents. Fitz and her come together for the first time since her return and she tells him she left with Jake. Fitz is once again crushed , but determined to win her back.

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Tom was imprisoned but he was edged on by command to confess who made him kill Jerry Jr. He admitted that Jake Ballard had the President’s son murdered. The lie was enough to have him imprisoned in the Pentagon and cross examined by the President. When Jake told Fitz  he didn’t kill him, he was so infuriated that he started to egg him on about his affair with Olivia and the trip to paradise. Nobody touches Olivia and so Fitz proceeded to beat the shit out of him with the cover of murdering his son. More gray hairs and wrinkles and now a bloody hand. While Jake is in custody, Olivia begs Fitz to release him. He calls her and makes the dirtiest phone call that makes her wet her panties.

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Jake is released from custody but is moved to the bunker for his own safety. Feelings are set aside as the three plot to take down Roman. Jake is still in protective custody , but Fitz sees it to his advantage and kisses Olivia outside the bunker when they leave. Olivia sees it as a way to lure her father so Rosen can arrest him. She tells him that she can’t stand the two fighting over her. A plot is beginning to be hatched and the only thing revealed is that someone has been watching Olivia. It is revealed that the Vice President and Elizabeth North are up to something.

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Rowan gets wise and gives the kill order to eliminate B613 agents when he fears the end of the evil organization. Olivia and Fitz try to get the aid of Maya in taking down her husband. Before Rosen can get to the information, all of the evidence is destroyed. OPA is blown up and Olivia tries to shoot her father. Unfortunately, she fails. Cyrus’ boy toy is caught with his pants down and Cyrus relationship is brought to light thanks to Lizzie Bear. Thanks to Olivia, she spins the gay relationship and tells Cyrus he is no one’s bitch baby. His job is saved and Olivia feels like she is not needed at the White House anymore. She celebrates her choosing her with Jake as they dance and make love. When he goes to get a pillow , she is gone. Andrew smugly goes to the Oval and tells Fitz that he has a choice to make … war or Olivia?

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Olivia is kidnapped and taken away as prisoner. An innocent neighbor dies so they can take her from her apartment. Jake takes off to try and rescue her and the kidnappers have beat him. Fitz is furious and the first person he blames is Jake. Jake assures him that he has nothing to do with this. The two unite to save her. Olivia tries to escape but to no avail. Her exhaustion leads to her dreams. In the first part of the dream, Jake turns commando and rescues her. Then there is another part of the dream. She is in an unfamiliar bedroom and goes and gets in the shower. There is a man in the shower….

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Olivia is Olivia Pope Grant  and she is living in a post Grant Vermont with the former President and present mayor, Fitz. There are no kids though. Olivia encounters Abby who reminds her she has to save herself. Olivia runs down a hall to some red doors and realizes she is still in the US not some far away country. Fitz informs Cyrus that Olivia has been kidnapped.

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The team and the White House are all uniting and trying to find Olivia and rescue her. Mellie sells out and seduces Andrew to find out where she is. The gladiators stage an ambush to find out that Olivia has been moved. His hand has been forced and now President Grant is forced to declare war on West Angola. Olivia has truly become Helen of Troy and thousands of lives are lost. Now Olivia is put on the auction block and the highest bidder will get the woman whom the leader of the free world loves. The bidding begins… let the games begin.

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The bidding ends with the aid of Olivia’s mother and then she finds out she is going to the Iranians. Olivia uses her language skills and makes the negotiator mad. Abby wanders around in the dark since Cyrus won’t tell her anything.For security reasons, Cyrus seeks to have Olivia killed because she has too much knowledge about the government.  She saves the day by calling Steven who brings her back to DC. Steven is now working with the Russians and that is how he finds her since they were the second highest bidders. Safe in her apartment, she has a visitor and that is Fitz. She lays into him and the two of them fight again. She also takes off the ring and throws it at him. They are finished.

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Cyrus gets himself into a mess when his boy whore fiance gets caught in Dupont Circle with a guy. It’s time to take action and Olivia goes to work by arranging a gay wedding in the Rose Garden sponsored by the First Lady. The wedding brings memories back to the other weddings in Cyrus’s life, to a woman and to his late hubby , James. The wedding goes off despite torment from Sally. Olivia is confident enough to put Deux Bebe back on her finger. For the first time, Fitz sees some hope.

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The White House and Washington is a mess. Rowan manages to avoid jail and makes a deal with Mellie if she gives him the list of jurors . The jurors are murdered and the case is dismissed. Rowan is free. Huck murders the jurors. Olivia and Jake go to the CIA to spill their guts which lands them in jail thanks to Cyrus. David is threatened and forces Olivia to sign to get out of jail. Jake delivers her to her door and tells her its the end of his mission and urges her to go to the man she loves. Mellie wins the Senatorial election but during her speech, Lizzie Bear tells Fitz about the jurors and he throws her out on her ass. The next bit of housecleaning is firing Cyrus, which pleases Lizzie Bear who wanted to see him gone. Fitz goes to Olivia’s , but she isn’t there. He assumes that she left with Jake again. Defeated, he goes back to the White House . But then he hears a familiar voice …it’s Olivia! She is there for him. He asks “What do we do now?” She smiles and says, “Whatever we want.” Then the lovers begin to kiss…..

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Fitz entertains the Prince and his wife of Caledonia. He talks with the Queen about a naval base for the US. It is his first State Dinner without Mellie. Even though they can’t be public yet, it is very obvious that Fitz and Olivia are together. Mellie is sworn in as Senator of VA. but after he poses with her during her swearing in, Fitz tells her that he wants a divorce. Mellie begs for mercy, but to no avail.

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After deciding that they want to slow things down, the world speeds things up by showing a leak in the White House security feeds.  Sally proudly shows the couple embracing on “The Liberty Report.”

TONY GOLDWYN After this, Olivia is on the run and she helps with a case involving a young man accused of murder. She takes Jake on the road to help her. The two talk about what could happen if she decides to return and be with Fitz. She is scared to death. Fitz calls and leaves her a message that he is asking Mellie to return and do damage control.

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The couple try to explain to Noah Banks that Olivia is taking the blame for this and that the couple is stronger than ever.

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But Olivia decides to fight for them and returns to a crowd of a reporters asking her if she is the President’s mistress… her answer YES!!!

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Mellie tries to dissuade Olivia from returning to her place with Fitz. The interview is flagged when Noah sees Olivia’s confession. Abby is mediator for Fitz and Cyrus is for Mellie. The two decide that their paths have grown apart and Mellie leaves the White House. There is only one way to play it and Abby does it the way that Liv would . She slut shames Olivia making her out as a power hungry woman who uses powerful older men. Fitz won’t have it , but Olivia says she has to take the fall.

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A tabloid reporter takes Abby’s accusations and then the media storm starts. Mellie is ready for work but the committee has some bigger fish to fry, it is to fry Mellie’s husband’s ass and start impeachment proceedings. They want her to vote with them to impeach him. Fitz wants to fire Abby, Lizzie Bear says wait before she leaves. Fitz’ s party wants him to play ball with him and basically make racist comments about Olivia. This angers Fitz and he dares the world to come between them. He shows up to take her on their first date. So does the press. Mellie sees this and says IMPEACH HIM!!

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Mellie has started proceedings and Rosen warns Fitz that he should be getting a lawyer. The committee has issued all files from the White House to be seized. Olivia seduces Fitz and while the music is playing, she tells him that they have the computer files from when she was kidnapped. It may not be impeachable to have a mistress, but declaring a war for her is. The only one who knew about Liv’s kidnapping was Cyrus and Fitz asks him to come back.

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Mellie and the gladiators are called to testify. It is a witch hunt concerning Mellie. Olivia will be called to testify now. They will be out for blood but Cyrus to the rescue, Olivia doesn’t have to testify if she and Fitz are married. Mellie makes it final and tells him in no uncertain terms how much she despises Fitz. Olivia comes home to a balcony filled with candles and rose petals.

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Olivia is proposed to by Fitz. She turns him down. Jake goes to be with his “wife” and she invites him to come with her. Elise is murdered at Union Station. Rowan is in danger in prison. Olivia finally accepts Fitz’s proposal and they celebrate. The next day is the wedding and Olivia is basically told her whole life will be turned upside down. She is told to surrender her cell phone and then she gets a call from Mellie. She will release Rowan if Olivia agrees to be her campaign manager. Olivia agrees… once again she leaves Fitz. Rowan is free and so is Tom.

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The foreign country of Bandar has come to the White House for a supposed peace treaty. They are being wined and dined by Fitz and Olivia is being tried out in a First Lady role. She makes quite an impression till one of the dignitaries asks for mercy and to deflect to the US. For her help, he gives information that the leader is hiding things from the President. The gladiators find out that the man is lying and she says no deal. Then he tries to kill himself and tells Olivia he is a homosexual and in his country that is a crime punished by death. Huck proves that the so called soda factory is where bombs are being built.Fitz pretends to sign but then tells the leader he will bomb the hell out of his so called factory for lying. Olivia is arrested for releasing her father and then imprisoned. Fitz comes to visit her and releases her. But to keep her safe, he moves all of her belongings into the White House and says , “This is your home now.”

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It is Christmas time in the White House and the media darling is Olivia. She is doing all the cute little duties of “First Lady” and Mellie is making her mark on Congress with a phillibuster about women’s health rights. Olivia finally had enough when a lady asks her about a cookie recipe. Her boyfriend is with the big dogs and she is no more than a trophy wife. She gets behind Mellie and cheers her on. She then makes a decision. We find out that Olivia is pregnant and she panics once again. This time she gets an abortion and is late for the Cabinet Christmas party. She returns and Fitz lets her have it. This is it and the couple fights for their very survival. Olivia moves out and the couple are alone again. Charlie celebrates the holiday with Quinn and stolen decorations.

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The two of them are leading very separate lives. Olivia is back to gladiating and Fitz has adopted the Grant desire to bed as many women as he can.He also makes Jake NSA Chairman after Jake murders the old one.  It starts with a reporter but the reporter has an agenda.Olivia is also back to sleeping with Jake again.Abby comes into the bedroom and catches him naked with the reporter. But it doesn’t stop there. He makes girls sign disclosure statements when he beds them.

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Fitz pours on the charm for the ladies. After all, he has been married for twenty some years. He can now sow his wild oats , which he does instead of mourning him and Olivia.

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The breakup has caused Fitz to act like his late father… all booze and broads

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But when she brings Teddy to visit Daddy, she catches a rat who had been around her son.

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But Mellie warns him , to keep his whores away from Teddy or she would take his son away from him. She reminds him that he is acting like Big Jerry.

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Olivia gives it her shot . It is the first time since their fight. She asks him if this how he wants his legacy remembered.

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He discovers that Cyrus has jumped ship and has no choice but to fire him for the second time. Abby is now Chief of Staff. She has come a long way from gladiator.

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Susan is now in the battle for President , so the ex lovers are rivals . Fitz urges her to keep it real and also to say that he will kick her ass . For the first time, they are civil. He also tells Susan that he did not win the election the first time.  He tells her to keep it real.

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Olivia has a major PTSD attack when Andrew edges her on about being Fitz’s whore. She picks up a chair and uses it to kill the former Vice President. After she is done, she falls apart and Fitz realizes and so does everyone else that she is sick. He takes her in his arms and they embrace until Abby shows up.

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At Jake’s wedding, Olivia runs and is obviously upset . Fitz runs after her and tells her everything is going to be alright. The wedding goes off and Jake and Vanessa are married. Rowan’s plot is fulfilled.

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The campaign heads to Florida for the FLA governor’s endorsement. Abby starts pulling tricks and Mellie’s campaign flight behind Air Force One. This makes Mellie behind Fitz and makes her late which the lady governor can’t stand. Mellie gets off the plane and so does her ex to talk. Fitz admits that he is worried about Olivia since the wedding and the VP ‘s death. He tells Mellie about Olivia killing Andrew and the two unite over their concern. Susan is now out of the race now. Mellie is now against Doyle. The two girls unite to take him down.

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Fitz found out that Olivia had an abortion and he blames a lot of what happened on the way he was acting back then. He realizes that he should have sat down and talked with her before he moved her into the White House. There is some progress between the two … what is their future?  We hope its back together.

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Mellie has read his speech and it is no more than a love letter to himself. She is not having it. It is supposed to be her show now. Once again, Liv to the rescue to talk to him. Cyrus is now in the race for the Dems as Vargas’ running mate. Fitz opens the Republican convention.

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The ride is almost over and soon there will be another President in the Oval but who will it be?

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Will it be the former First Lady? Mellie?

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Or will Rowan’s master plan succeed and Jake will end up as President?

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Will Vargas survive to be President and win the election?

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Or will Cyrus finally realize his dream of a lifetime and be the first gay President? After he kills off the competition.

This should be what is in the future for Olivia and Fitz

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I’m Every Woman – TV’s Strongest and Bad Ass Females

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Today we celebrate strong women everywhere. We celebrate us! Television is filled with wonderful role models that encourage us to be everything we can be. The glass ceiling has been broken thanks to Hillary. We can tell our daughters they can be anything they want to be. In this time period, this message is more important than ever. With show runners like Shonda Rhimes and Callie Khouri , they keep us entertained and inspired with television characters that we have made part of our lives. And the male dominated world of superheroes has made its way as well with CWs hit “Supergirl” . So pop some pop corn pour yourself a glass and enjoy our tribute to the best of television’s bad asses.

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Olivia Pope – “Scandal” – Kerry Washington – Olivia is a gladiator and a bad ass. Yet she isn’t afraid to show her tender side as well. She fights for the underdog, deals with her demons and always manages to look great no matter what. Cross her or try to hurt someone whom she cares about , watch out. But in the back of her mind only one person will always have her back and her heart, right Fitz?

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Analise Keating – “How to Get Away with Murder ” – Viola Davis – There is no stopping this lady who has won the acting Trifecta – Tony-Emmy- and Oscar. As Analise Keating, Viola has a ton of secrets and uses her talents to be a bad ass in the courtroom She also educates the next generation as a law school professor. Unfortunately, she also has involved her students as well causing some dangerous situations.

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Rayna James -“Nashville” -Connie Britton- Rayna may have just died, but her music and love for her family and friends, lives on. She was a woman filled with passion, passion for her music and her family. She had the love of a good man who stuck around and came back into her life and now holds her heart forever. Her music will live on with her two daughters, Maddie and Daphne. Her story may be fictional, but her and Deacon’s love story will stand the test of time.

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Katherine Houghton Beckett Castle- “Castle” – Stana Katic  Beckett is truly a bad ass in every sense of the world. She was the youngest woman to make detective in the NYPD. She also ended up as a captain.  She intimidates the hell out of the bad guys, which turns her man on in the bedroom. Her past kept her a prisoner, then she let Richard in it. Now the two share a life and a family.

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Mellie Grant – “Scandal” -Bellamy Young – Mellie is a fighter and survivor . She has been married to the same man in a loveless marriage to get what she wants power. She has truly paid the price losing her son and being raped by her father in law all for the love of power. Finally her lust for power cost her that man , so he could finally be with the one woman he truly loved. he divorced her. It freed Mellie to stretch her wings and reach higher than she ever thought she could. Now she is poised to be the First woman President, taking the job from her ex. She is her own woman now and has even been in love for the first time in her life. You go Madam First Lady!!!

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Loretha “Cookie” Lyons- “Empire” -Taraji P Henson -Cookie is a stand by your man type and she made the decision to take the rap for Luscious by going to prison for his crimes. That sentence was supposed to be for 17 years, but she got out early. This was a shock for her hubby and his new girl, Anika aka Boo Boo Kitty. They had planned to run the music empire together , but then Cookie came back and she wanted what was hers. The company and her man. Cookie is a fighter and a true Lyoness in every source of the word. She protects her sons and family and rules the Empire proudly. Her and Luscious will never be over.

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Miranda Bailey- “Grey’s Anatomy” -Chandra Wilson  Originally known as “the Nazi” , Miranda has had a battle from the first time she stepped into a hospital. Small in stature, but bad ass . She was tough on her “babies’ who grew into excellent doctors who have spread their wings and are the cream of the crop. She has finally found the love of her life but finds it hard to balance between work and home . Bailey is the head of surgery and runs the hospital now.

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Dr Temperance Brennan   “Bones”  Emily Deschanel – Temperance is an unusual woman. She pokes around bones and gross things to solve murders. She is also a famous author as well. But her life was shook up one day when she was partnered with Seeley Booth , an ex Army vet who is now with the FBI. Together , they fight and solve crimes. In time the partners become lovers and then get married and have kids. They make murder sexy and fun.

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Cara Danvers aka Supergirl – “Supergirl” -Melissa Benoit- Supergirl has broken through that ceiling that Hillary has broken through as well. She joins the league of female heroes like Batgirl and Wonder Woman . Supergirl came from Krypton with her cousin , who became Superman. But Kara -El was sidetracked and went through a dark hole on the way to Earth. Years later, she finally arrived. Her cover was blown when there was an accident and therefore she became Supergirl. Supergirl fights evil villains and aliens who threaten Earth. She works with her Earth sister, Alec in the DEO. Any girl who can fly into space and hold up buildings is defintely bad ass.

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Dr Cristina Yang – “Grey’s Anatomy” – Sandra Oh – Cristina lost her daddy when she was young and then decided that she would be a doctor when she grew up. First in her class at Stanford, she went to Med School at Seattle Grace to learn to be a surgeon. This is where she would find her family and the love of her life. It would also be the place where she would become a world class cardio goddess. Her most difficult surgery was when she was operating on her best friend’s husband with a gun to her head. Her hard work paid off when her mentor gave her his hospital in Switzerland. Maybe someday a certain trauma surgeon may make his way back into her life.

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Alice Vaughan “The Catch” Mirelle Enos- Things got complicated pretty fast for LA’s coolest PI. In the middle of everything, Alice finds the perfect guy. Flash forward, the perfect man leaves her and takes all of her money and clients. Danger becomes a part of their relationship as well as a sexy game of cat and mouse. Is there a happy ending for Alice and Christopher? Doubtful , after all its a show from Shonda Rhimes. “The Catch” airs on ABC and takes the place of “How to Get Away With Murder”. in the TGIT slot.

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Rebecca Ingram  “24 Legacy” -Miranda Otto – Rebecca used to work with the CIA until she joined her husband , John on his way to the White House. But the actions of Eric Carter and the murders of all of the rangers he served with in the war. She missed the action and now she and Andy are aiding Carter since he has returned to his old life to prevent a catastrophe. You would have to be a bad ass to disobey every rule in the book.

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Elizabeth McCord  “Madam Secretary”  Tea Leoni –  Elizabeth makes the deals and keeps the peace for the POTUS. She takes her IVY League education and becomes the nightmare every enemy of the US fears. With her hubby Henry and her team, there isn’t a world leader that doesn’t welcome the chance to work with our country. She is one tough negotiator so infidels beware.