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Shonda has been changing the game ever since the show returned this year. Using the same plot devices as “HTGWM”, she has been telling the story of the election and Vargas’s assassination in each character’s point of view. We have been seeing characters that usually aren’t the most cuddly of characters. MIA this week are Mellie , Cyrus, and of course, Fitz. (Did this MIA for Mr Goldwyn have anything to do with his campaigning for Hillary?) This week the episode is seen through the eyes of Huck . Actually it is good to see lesser featured actors in these new episodes. It’s almost like seeing a whole new “Scandal”.

Olivia can’t trust her father , she never could. But hey look at all the crap he’s done. Killing Harrison , keeping Maya prisoner and making Liv think she’s dead, and killing Jerry Jr. with a deadly virus. That’s just a grocery list of his activities. Well this time he’s crossed the line and after trying to get Fitz and Jake to kill him and failed. She will do it herself and Huck will do it. Holding a gun on Rowan, Huck is told that if he kills him it won’t do any good, he is being manipulated and the thugs will not at all think twice about killing Olivia. He also tells Huck that there is a traitor among them. He immediately thinks its Quinn and the two draw guns. Now the team must bond to find the mole. (Another nod to history, the “Mole” was Billy Chambers who was going to bring down the Grant administration with Amanda Tanner’s help. Season One)  Olivia knows there is one person that she can’t trust and she figures she will be free when he is dead. He was the one who was pushing her for the Oval and it wasn’t her idea at all. Once again , she is being manipulated and she is tired of his antics.

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Olivia (Kerry Washington) tells Huck (Guillermo Diaz) she wants him to kill Rowan

But who is the mole? Huck realizes that someone may be playing him and so he has David take him to prison and he meets up with Becky. (You remember her? she tricked Huck into being framed for shooting Fitz.) Becky said that he had someone who was playing him right now. She also pointed out that he had too big of  a soft spot and that was his weakness. Meg ups the game by asking Huck to get her a private meeting with Olivia. He thinks that she is the mole and threatens her with drugs to tell the truth. Rowan placed a tracking device in Sandra’s corpse and Olivia sees the woman murdered. Huck tried to give Rowan the benefit of the doubt that people can change. Once again, Huck is made the patsy for the love of a woman. Meg is reunited with her friend, the late Jennifer and everyone has a happy ending. Once again with his vulnerability attacked and a vicious cycle between good and evil, the MVG is Huck. But wait….a new wrinkle in the ointment. Meg shoots Jennifer and then Huck.

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Huck has to learn to trust the right people ..including Meg (Phoebe Neidhardt)

The Shadow Orgainization arranged for this to happen and you will never guess who is behind it….

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She isn’t a gladiator anymore.. Abby (Darby Stanchfield) makes a deal with the mysterious lady (Zoe Perry)

Abby is now the most ambitious and evil . She is making deals with the devil and it appears that she had Huck shot. But…. has Abby reached the top of ambition? Will Huck survive the bullets? Can David save her from herself? If Olivia is in danger, who will be her knight in shining armor?

Tonight’s OMG episode was directed by none other than Peeping Tom…Tom Verica

Mr and Mrs Jake ….

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As ratings begin to drop to an all time low, gladiators are mixed by how this episode should be rated. Part of the viewers are loving the Jake , while others are mourning the fact that there was no Fitz in the episode. While there was no Olitz in this episode , there was some hot stuff between Mr and Mrs Ballard. But Vanessa is tiring of the little act that she has to play as a political wife. She drowns her sorrows in bottles of booze (. Hey who else on this show uses liquor as a crutch? Answer everyone!)

Vanessa is getting more nervous as Jake is closer to the White House and Vice President.  Olivia is doing her job as fixer and getting America to love the Ballards. In the beginning , her and Jake are love birds and she considers herself Jackie Kennedy. She continues to lose it as she realizes its all for Jake and she is losing her personality. Enter one Mellie Grant, who has become the self proclaimed expert on being an ex political wife. She advises Vanessa to use her hubby and then spend some time trying to find out what she wants. She tells her she has never been happier because she is her own woman. Vanessa cancels on Sally causing Olivia to lie about her latest “illness.” Nice to know that Sally always gets her flu shot.

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 But Vanessa(Jessalyn Gilsig)  has her own problem, she can’t help remembering that Jake and Olivia were once lovers. Or are they brother and sister? Nobody really knows the deep dark past of Jacob Hamilton Ballard or is it Pete Harris?  Vanessa wants to know and Jake can’t answer her.

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The new evil on “Scandal” comes from a familiar place. Poppa Pope isn’t the boss anymore . He is being manipulated by the “Lady in Red” who is being played by Zoey Perry. She should know evil because her father is the resident “monster” of the White House , Cyrus Beene aka Jeff Perry

Vanessa is all messed up and has resorted to picking up strange men. She can’t deal with the weird relationships that her hubby has with his family. She knows she was groomed to be a political wife, but she can’t deal with Jake’s former lover and Mellie’s campaign manager who is calling the shots, Olivia. We also find out that Jennifer is not dead. While Vanessa has been thinking that Jake’s disappearances have been due to him sneaking off with Olivia, he hides another secret. He has been keeping the “dead” Jennifer alive after he pretended to blow her up in that cabin. We are one step closer to solving the murder of Antonio Vargas, as well as finding out who will succeed Fitzgerald Grant as President. Cyrus has been cleared by Tom’s confession that he didn’t do it. There was also a red trail of funds that were deposited in Olivia’s account claiming to frame Cyrus. The “Lady in Red” comes to Rowan’s office and claims that it was her job to get Mellie in the Oval. Olivia feels that she has a purpose for winning this election, she has to prove to herself that she can actually get someone elected. (For those of you who don’t know the history, Fitz didn’t win either election, First term Defiance and the second term was a sympathy vote after Jerry was murdered.) It isn’t about the power, it’s about proving to herself she can actually get a candidate to win the Oval.

It is painfully obvious who is MVG for this episode and that is Scott Foley’s Jake Ballard. If we go back to his beginnings, Jake was originally brought on as competition in the Olivia/Fitz triangle. We were only told that Jake and Fitz were Navy buddies and obsessive Fitz wanted Olivia watched while they were apart. The best man for the job was Jake and then Jake fell in love with Olivia, further confusing her. It wasn’t until last season in an episode called “Till Death Do Us Part,” that we finally learned about the sick alliance between Rowan and Jake Ballard (Pete). It was also the wedding of Jake and Vanessa as a power couple. Olivia couldn’t handle it and ran out of the ceremony but not before the best man( Fitz) comforted her. He probably wanted to make sure that Ballard was out of the way for him to start back at trying to get Olivia again. Foley shines in these episodes where he has usually acted as that third wheel , a role that he has played before. Foley was part of triangle in the shows “Felicity” and “Scrubs.” But in this episode and a few, Foley has truly shown his acting chops as more than a pretty boy. He has taken Ballard and peeled him just like an onion showing us the layers, peeling them away to show new facets of the character. If Mellie does make it to the Oval, we will get to see the Jake that is only a shallow view of who he is. Or perhaps Vanessa will be the one person who can bring us a true picture of who Pete is.

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Foley began his run on the show as the ex Navy man that Fitz hired to spy on Olivia. Ballard has his own agenda as an agent of B613, keep these two apart. On the way , he ended up falling in love with Olivia. He also asks her to save him and she does. Fans of the show can go either way  Team Olake or Team Olitz. You are looking at a loyal Olitzer. I haven’t given up hope and am still watching the show.

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But now Jake is in a whole other ball game. He is poised to become the Vice President under Mellie Grant. Jake wasn’t born to politics, he wanted a simple life because of his Midwest upbringing. Is he prepared to step into the spotlight and work his way all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania one day. With Olivia guiding him, there is no stopping him and his political wife.

The Year of Kerry.. A Tribute to Kerry on her 40th

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Kerry Washington has led a charmed life. Today is a milestone for her as she turns the big 4-0!  She has had an incredible year professionally and personally. She is an icon for the modern woman as an artist, humanitarian, political activist, designer, lover, mother, and spokeswoman. Shonda Rhimes said that her character Olivia Pope has been on a journey .The journey has included her own personal growth as well as her personal relationships. Well, Kerry has been on her own journey.  This year has allowed her to have many firsts as well . Come on the journey that Kerry has come and relive some of her moments.

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In September of 2015, Kerry began her special time with a cover story talking about her Scandal character and her creator, Shonda Rhimes. Here she is pictured with her leading man, Tony Goldwyn and former First Lady Bellamy Young

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Always the fashion icon, Kerry actually has been to the White House many times during the Obama White House. Here she is with Shonda, Guillermo Diaz, (Huck) Cornelius Smith Jr. (Marcus), Scott Foley (Jake) and Katie Lowes (Quinn) The ruffled dress is from Victoria Beckham.

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Wanting to commemorate the famous scene in the Rose Garden on “Scandal” , here is Kerry and Tony as Olivia and Fitz in the White House Rose Garden

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Kerry made her mark on the world of beauty in a big way this year. She worked with the people at Neutrogena to design a make up shade line for women of color. Millions of women now use Neutrogena because of her and not only that, she uses the make up when she walks the Red Carpet .

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She also was responsible for designing and naming  15 new shades for OPI . The nail polish line reflected her “Scandal” character.

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Kerry became her own producer with the HBO movie event “Confirmation”. Her portrayal of the history making Anita Hill who brought down the nomination of Supreme Court judge, Clarence Thomas . The role brought many nominations for Kerry in the course of the year.

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Kerry was nominated for “Confirmation” for an Emmy and it was a fun night when ABC decided to add her co star and friend as a presenter. As you can plainly see, another event this year was when Kerry gave birth to her son Caleb which is why there was a six month hiatus for the “Scandal” crew. Kerry’s dress was designed by Brandon Maxwell.

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Kerry was nominated once again but was defeated by Sarah Paulson for the “OJ” movie. But Kerry was not a loser when it came to her look. That hot gold dress from Dolce and Gabbana.

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Kerry celebrated an anniversary as the spokeswoman for Movado and Elle magazine and Movado threw her a celebratory dinner to commemorate the anniversary.

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Kerry got a chance to be political just like her character this year. All of the “Scandal” cast helped with the election and nomination of Hillary Clinton . Tony spoke at the DNC and Hillary herself showed up on the “Scandal” set when Scott directed.

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Kerry made a politicial statement at last night ‘s Screen Actors Guild awards. It was concerning Trump’s ban on the borders and Muslims. She still looked great in her Cavalli Couture

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Kerry shares her birthday with her castmate , Portia Di Rossi ….they both were born on Jan 31

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But there isn’t anyone that loves Kerry more than her baby , Josie

welll maybe there is….

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HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY Kerry!!!

Let’s Hear It for TV’s Career Gals

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Today one of television’s pioneers passed into immortality, Mary Tyler Moore. I had done a few years ago a tribute for her birthday, so I decided to think about what she has meant to me and what contribution she has given to television and to women themselves. Mary was one of the very first independent career women. She had played a loving housewife in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” as Laura Petrie and made a large leap for women at that time as well. She was the first female television character who wore pants on screen. Those tight capri pants were all hers.

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Mary Richards was a true pioneer. Prior to her there was no women on television that were not mothers or housewifes. Marlo Thomas as Ann Marie was also one of those pioneer gals because she would move into New York to make it as an actress. She also took a bunch of crazy jobs while she struggled like most actresses do. Unfortunately for us, the last we ever saw of her was that Donald proposed and she accepted. We never got to see if Ann turned him down for Hollywood or gave it all up for a home in Tarrytown.

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Of course, Nichelle Nichols was a pioneer carrying two banners. She was the first African American woman who had a lead on a major network television show that wasn’t a maid or domestic. She also beat those “Lost in Space” chicks by one year. Many a middle aged man’s fantasies began with Lt Uhura on “Star Trek”

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Mary had a bff who was another career gal. It was her friend, Rhoda. Rhoda was artistic and a fun gal. She was also every woman because she griped about her weight next to a perfect Mary. She made us realize for the first time that not every woman was perfect. Her pride and joy was her window displays and we loved her hair wraps and bohemian looks.

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 The next woman to try to make it as a career woman was Loretta Swit of M*A*S*H* . Her Margaret Houlighan started out as bitchy “Hot Lips” Houlighan but matured with the help of her nurses to become the compassionate Army Major who had managed to make the Army a career . Her nursing skills helped her to attain the rank of Major in the Army and in the forties and fifties, that was indeed a rare thing.

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They weren’t secretaries , or waitresses , or shop girls, they were just two plain old bottle cappers from Milwaukee . Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams were the two girls who liked to vo-de-do and just have fun in the late fifties,” Laverne and Shirley “

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Linda Lavin was a divorced mother who took her son and headed for Hollywood with her talent. She drove from New Jersey to Phoneix where her car died and she decided to settle down. Her whole life was the diner where she worked on “Alice.” The show also ushered in the feistiest female on tv to date and that was her best friend “Flo” played by Polly Holiday. She would think nothing at all to yell at their boss , Mel to “Kiss my grits.”(I got a lot of abuse in junior high because my name is Melanie)

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 The eighties were the era of the nighttime soaps and the first female villains. It was an era of big shoulders and big broads. Jane Wyman carried the banner as one of the bad girls of this era as Angela Channing on “Falcon Crest” . Angela was a vintner in the Napa Valley who would do anything to save her family and her wine. I mean anything.She also cemented her place in history by being the ex wife of President Ronald Reagan

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Cybill Shepherd was the ultimate career gal as model turned detective Madeline “Maddie” Hayes on “Moonlighting.” Her partner, David traded barbs and had smart conversations. Ultimately he won her over, but he could never break her spirit. She was still the strong , career woman with the detective agency , even when she was with him.

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Linda Bloodworth Thompson was a pioneer herself. She had first made her mark in television with an award winning M*A*S*H*script  called “The Nurses.” She also created an early tv series that was a spoof of the era of “Dallas” called “Filthy Rich” Two of the female stars of the show would bring Thompson fame for her story of four smart career women and forever broke the stereotype of dumb Southern women with the classic “Designing Women.” Here is the late Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Jean Smart, and the secretary of the real “Ghostbusters.” Annie Potts.

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Diane English broke more female ground as she created the ball busting, alcoholic, Murphy Brown.” Murphy Brown” as played by Candice Bergen,  was a serious journalist who worked on a 60 minutes type show called “FYI” . She was a pioneer in her field in the same way as Barbara Walters. Murphy was also the first working woman mother on television and took a lot of flack for it since she had no desire to get married when she had her baby. Murphy also had a special guest on her pilot show that viewers would recognize as a young Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal”

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“FRIENDS” brought three girls together as they dealt with careers and men. The actresses themselves made their way into pop culture and exploded along with the male actors of the show into superstardom . The sexy sextet were the creation of another female writer Marta Kaufman. The break out star of the show was Jennifer Aniston and her hair do the Rachel was the do everyone wanted. Rachel was a career gal who started out as a waitress and ended up being hired by Louis Vuitton and moving to Paris . She never made it because she chose Love over career and got off the plane.

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 Another career gal was Jewish interior decorator , Grace Adler on “Will and Grace” . Debra Messing also was the first fag “hag” or “fruit fly” on television. Grace had decided that if she couldn’t get a man , she would settle into life with her gay best friend.

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“ER” was another show that was busting through all sorts of stereotypes. One of the biggest was when one of the actresses had made a name for herself as a director as well. Linda Gray had directed on “Dallas” but was dismissed shortly after.Laura Innes continues to direct as well today on shows such as “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” , “The West Wing” and “Scandal” Her character , Dr Kerry Weaver also was a woman who was crippled and also the head of the ER

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 Shonda Rhimes was the next power broker and was the first woman to have her shows dominate an entire night of prime time television. Her Shondaland had a wealth of powerful and strong women in all of her series. The first show was “Grey’s Anatomy” which was the story of one Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) whose mother was the first woman surgeon and pioneer that she could never feel like she would ever be as good as her. Her best friend was also a rock star in the OR Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) . Their teacher was another powerful woman who would be another woman director on the show (Chandra Wilson) The surgeons worked and loved in the hospital where on call rooms became passion pits .

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For the first time in almost fifty years, an African American female was a lead character in prime time. Washington fixer, Judy Smith was the co producer of this series about a Washington DC fixer who helped create a President, with one small catch, the candidate was stuck in a loveless marriage for power and fell madly in love with his campaign manager. Kerry Washington is Olivia Pope and has won acclaim for her portrayal as well. Bellamy Young and Kate Burton have also made their marks as women who make runs for the White House as America’s first female President.

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Viola Davis had made her mark as a movie star. She as of this date is the first African American woman with three Oscar nominations. She also received a star on the Walk of Fame. But the role that has launched her into the tv stratosphere is law professor Analise Keating on another one of Shonda’s shows “How to Get Away with Murder” . She was also the first African American woman to win an Emmy for leading lady in a drama series.

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Stana Katic is the bad ass Capt Kate Beckett on “Castle” Kate was a detective who was on a case based on a mystery novel.She asked for help on the case from the author who turned out to have a flare with crime himself. He asked his friend , the Mayor if he could shadow the detective. From there a romance blossomed.

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Taraji P Henson is the career woman who sacrificed for her man. Came back from prison and fought for her stake in the family business. Today Loretha or “Cookie” is the diva of “Empire” music .

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Emily Deschnel is also a pioneer as an anthropologist who studies bones to solve crimes on “Bones.” As Temperance Brennan  , she works for the Smithsonian who sometimes helps the FBI. One of these times , she managed to meet the man who would become the love of her life. Today Emily and Booth (David Borreanz) solve crimes and raise their daughter and son.

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Kara came from Krypton with her cousin who would be known as Superman. The cousin would make it to Earth , but Kara was lost in the Phantom Zone. Decades later, her cousin found her and brought her to settle in on Earth. Since there was already a superhero, she felt the need to hide her powers. Well with all the evil in the world and evil aliens, Kara decides that it is time to show the world that she is indeed Supergirl. Like the ever popular Lois Lane, Supergirl’s alter ego also works as a reporter. Melissa Benoit is “Supergirl.”

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And finally wrapping things up, Rayna James had made a career as the sweetheart of country music. She started that meteoric climb with her partner , Deacon Claybourne. Deacon and her eventually fell in love . Unfortunately it was not a happy ending because Deacon became an alcoholic with all the pressure of the road. When she found out she was pregnant , Deacon crashed and she needed a hand so she married another man that she stayed with for twenty years. Finally her and Deacon reconciled and he found out her oldest daughter was his. Teddy and Rayna divorced and today Deacon and Rayna are married. Connie Britton is producer and also Rayna James on “Nashville”  on CMT.

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“May The Force Be With US” The Effect on Princess Leia and Star Wars on Pop Culture

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Today, we said goodbye to the icon of a generation. One that little girls wanted to be like and one that little boys had dirty dreams about. Carrie Fisher died from complications from a heart attack she suffered on Saturday. Always the film queen, Debbie Reynolds  followed her daughter into eternity two days later. We believe she died of a broken heart. Carrie made such an impact, actually everyone from this franchise has made such an impact on our society . Let’s just count the ways that Luke, Darth, Han and of course, Leia have come into pop culture.

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“Friends” The One With the Princess Leia Fantasy. Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) was asked by his girlfriend Rachel (Jennifer Anniston) about him having a special fantasy they could stage in the bedroom. Ross gave the answer that every geek boy wanted, Princess Leia in the gold bikini. Shame the fantasy was ruined when Ross imagined the Princess was his mother. Damn you Chandler!

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“That Seventies Show”  “A New Hope”  Just like typical boys in the seventies, Eric and the gang go to see the movie and this brings fantasies to Eric of Donna as the Princess.

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“Spaceballs” Blame it on the master , Mel Brooks to come up with the ultimate Star Wars spoof. Just like in his other movies, he shows up in the movie. This time he is in a couple of times, as a Yoda type character with the phrase “May the Schwartz be With You” . The late John Candy was Barf , Bill Pullman as Lone Star. Daphne Zuniga from “Melrose Place” played Princess Vespa.

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“Blue Harvest” from “Family Guy”  Seth McFarlane has to be the most popular guru in pop culture. He has taken celebrities and made fun of them and McFarlane himself is a sci fi geek. We remember fondly the “Family Guy” spoof where Vader is none other than the evil one himself, “Stewie” Lois makes an awesome Leia.

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Wes Craven’s homage to Hollywood in “Scream 3” allowed Carrie to make fun of herself. She played a studio employee that helped Gale and the fake Gale (Parker Posey) look up Maureen Prescott. Carrie claimed that she was close to the part of Leia , but the other girl go the part because she slept with George Lucas.

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“The Big Bang Theory “is a tribute to geekdom . There have been many comic book icons and sci fi ones that have guest starred on the show. . These include Stan Lee, Nathan Fillion, and the late Leonard Nimoy . In” The Convention Conundrum” Sheldon wishes to make his own Comic Con and runs into James Earl Jones. They spend a fun day together that ends with them playing a practical joke on Princess Leia herself. Guess the Princess didn’t take it too well.

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“My Two Dads”   “Scrubs” took the gang and made them Star Wars characters. It was hilarious to see the opinionated Dr Cox as Obi Wan …JD was of course Luke.

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Liz Lemon(played by Tina Fey )worshipped Princess Leia so much she wanted a Star Wars wedding on “30 Rock” .

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“How I Met Your Mother’s” Barney actually had a life size storm trooper in his apartment . His buddies, Ted and Marshall tested relationships by asking potential girlfriends questions like , do you like ewoks?

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“Freedom” Grey’s Anatomy” Bailey proved that she was a Star Wars fan by explaining to a young man that he is like Han Solo when he has trapped himself in concrete .

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“Modern Family”  “Planes Trains and Automobiles” Mitchell  tells Cameron that he left his Luke action figure on a plane and his father never tried to get it back. Cameron surprises him by replacing the toy.

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“Castle” Final Frontier” Castle is at a sci fi convention and there is a murder. Beckett and Castle discuss that when Alexis was a little girl she made the cutest Princess Leia and he was Darth Vader when they went to the Comic Cons. We also find out that Castle has a statue of Boba Fette in his bathroom.

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“17 Again” Matthew Perry becomes Zac Efron and he has to stay with his geeky friend , Ned. Ned is played by none other than Matthew’s” Odd Couple” co star Thomas Lennon. Fun fact: Thomas was on an episode of “Friends” as Joey’s hand twin when the gang was in Vegas.

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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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No One Can Take the Sky From Him Now … RIP Ron Glass aka Shepherd

 

'SERENITY' FILM PREMIERE, LOS ANGELES, AMERICA - 22 SEP 2005

Today the Serenity is draped with black crepe as Browncoats mourn. Their spiritual leader, Shepherd Derrial Book, went to be with his Creator today. Ron Glass who was best known for two roles. He was the fussy, stylish and snobbish Detective Ron Harris on the classic police comedy “Barney Miller”  in the seventies.

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Ronald Earle Glass was born in Evansville, Indiana on July 10, 1945 to Letitia Mae Gibson and Crump Allen Glass. Ron always knew that he wanted to be an actor and was given the chance to audition while he was at the University of Evansville.  From this school , he received a Bachelor of Arts  in Drama and Literature. Glass made his first professional appearance at the world famous Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. From there he went to Hollywood, where he appeared on such shows as “Sanford and Son”  “Good Times” and “All in the Family.” In 1975, he got the role of Harris that he held until 1982.

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Here Ron is one of the actors to play the role of Felix Unger on television in an all African American version called “The New Odd Couple”

Following “Barney Miller” Glass continued to act and appear on television. He had done appearances on “Family Matters” “Star Trek Voyager” and many others including “Teen Angel.”  His most famous guest role was on the show “Friends” as Russell  Ross’s divorce lawyer.

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Ron played the role of Russell, Ross Geller’s divorce lawyer on “Friends.”

 Ron also lent his voice for animated cartoons like “Rugrats” “Superman” and “The Proud Family.” His career got a revival as he was known to a whole new generation as the pseudo Christian “Shepherd” on Josh Whedon’s “sci fi cult classic “Firefly.”

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One of his last appearances was on “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” . Ron also has done movies like “Death of a Funeral” “The Butler” and “Lakeview Terrace”

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Here is Ron in “Lakeview  Terrace” with Patrick Glass and the lovely Kerry Washington “Olivia Pope” of “Scandal”

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Here he is in one of his last roles on “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” with as Dr Streiten

Chitownstarconnections gives their sympathy to the Glass family and to the many fans