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Love Returns Finally. . . to the Capitol

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If you are a true gladiator like I am, you are still cheering tonight’s episode. It reminded me of Season 2 , which I consider the best season of the series. It had a great storyline and contained flashbacks of our favorites. It showed a lot of back story and answered important questions about the two most important relationships in the show. It also gave Olitz fans hope.

Mellie has started her run for the White House , but I think that working with Lizzie Bear is a mistake. She should take a book from her husband’s playbook and have Liv run her campaign. It worked before. Michael has been a bad boy and played around at a gay bar in DC. As a result, Cyrus and him will have to get married. But the episode also had a lot of tender and sentimental moments as well. Bravo to the return of the fabulous Kate Burton as Right wing lovin Sally Langston. She showed that you can’t keep a lunatic down and went after the White House with her talk show. You could only laugh at her and her antics. (Hey didn’t she forget it was Cyrus who helped her cover up murdering her husband?)

Jeff Perry definitely was the MVG tonight. (Most Valued Gladiator) . Cyrus was definitely in conflict about his upcoming nuptials and that resulted in some great flashbacks. We finally got to see some history of Cyrus and his relationships. This would be his third marriage.His first wedding resulted in one of the worst toupees ever seen on television. Emily Bergl of “Shameless” was introduced as Janet, Cyrus’s heterosexual wife. Janet represented normality and everything that his Republican party stands for. It was charming to see the interaction between him and his wife. We also saw the end of the Bean marriage when she realized her husband was gay. Another treat was the return of the well loved and definitely missed Dan Buckatinsky as James Novak. It made me sad to see how this marriage tragically ended and how it was stillobvious how much he was still loved. Cast members and fans alike tweeted how much they loved and missed him tonight. But another couple was spotlighted with the James and Cyrus story as well, the iconic couple of “Scandal” Olivia and Fitz.

Recently the “Scandalous”lovers haven’t been so cozy. They have acted more like exes. Olivia has been experiencing PTSD and been having nightmares and fantasies about her experience . In her dreams, it always goes back to one man and that is Fitz. Wem also were told the beautiful history of the “Ring”. Funny Shonda said a while ago,that it was just a ring. Tonight, we found out about that ring that Liv threw at Fitz. It started with James and Cyrus’ wedding and how Liv had just left the White House. Fitz gave her a beautiful story about how he couldn’t commit to her but wanted to give her this ring that belonged to his great grandmother from her  father.He told her he couldn’t give it to Mellie because something didn’t feel right to give it  to his wife. The ring was called  doux bebe or “sweet baby.” it was  bought it at auction. This was a treat for Olitz fans as we traveled back to the pilot and the real meaning of “Sweet Baby.” (The name of the first episode of the series) Olivia seemed to be getting back to her old form as she played fixer for her friend , Cyrus and put the spin on the gay White House wedding to beef up the First Lady’s political image.

The wedding went off with out a hitch, but not without some cold feet and the groom telling the groom he would be there for him and he wasn t  alone . Ella made an appearance as the flower girl . With Cyrus and Michael standing together, Olivia and Fitz eye each other with the passion that only they could have.Always the politician, he shakes some of the guests hands and then he sees it.  When she walks by, a smile comes to his face . She coyly smiles at him and he sees that his ring is back. There is hope…..

Next week: Jake goes loco…

Cyrus and JanetMr and Mrs Cyrus Beane … dig that crazy toupee His wife played by Emily Bergl

JamesCyrusWeddingThe true love of his life … James Novack played by the Emmy award winning Dan Buckatinsky

cyrus and michaelCyrus talks with his new husband Michael played by Matthew Del Negro


We not only got Cyrus flashbacks, but an Olitz one as well.  We learned the history of the ring and saw that Olivia had put it back on.

theringThe ring was called doux  bebe or sweet baby . It was bought at auction and it is an heirloom in the Grant family that Fitz couldn’t give to his wife, he was saving it for someone special. This little ring means there’s hope.


Drama Is Part of Their Lives . . . TV Actors Who Direct TVs Best Dramas

drama-masksPreviously , we talked about the actors who made us laugh and then directed. Now with brilliant shows like “Mad Men” “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” , many of the actors who play on television currently on dramatic shows have been on  the other side of the camera as director .

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERABesides being married to TV’s Laura , Jonathan Frakes has directed many episodes from the “Star Trek” franchise. Currently he has directed an episode from the ABC hit “Castle” and also the TNT show “Falling Skies.”

eric-mccormack-perceptionEric McCormack earned his tv fame for playing Will Truman on “Will and Grace” , now he continues on as the brilliant Daniel Pierce on TNTs “Perception” Using his mind to solve crimes, McCormack has joined the fraternity of actors who have directed their own series. Eric also had a reunion with his former “Will and Grace”  co star, Debra Messing on “The Mysteries of Laura”

kevin-mckiddKevin McKidd has been a part of the Grey’s family for quite a few years now. He has a fantastic singing voice that he got to use  in the musical episode. He has also directed at least seven episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” where he portrays Dr. Owen Hunt.

chandra-wilsonAs Bailey on “Grey’s Anatomy”, Chandra Wilson  knew how to control her interns. She has taken that knowledge to heart by directing at least ten episodes of GA.

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Debbie Allen is no stranger to either side of the camera. She has directed from “A Different World” to her own show “Fame” Currently she appears as Catherine Avery on “Grey’s Anatomy” . She has directed GA as well as sister show “Scandal” and most recently “Empire”

tom vericaTom Verica has acted in movies and television for years. He is currently one of the producers of “Scandal” and has also directed the hit series. Tom spent this past season as Sam Keating on “How to Get Away With Murder.”

roger-and-don-mad-menAs Roger and the infamous Don Draper, Jon Hamm and John Slattery are partners in directing as well. They have both taken turns directing the AMC soon to be classic “Mad Men.” The show is in its final season.

laura-innesLaura Innes is really true to her Chicago roots. She graduated from Northwestern University, went on to star as Dr. Kerry Weaver on “ER” and also directed the series. I had the pleasure of being directed by this all business girl. She has also directed “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” “The West Wing” and most recently “How to Get Away With Murder”

On Location For "Law & Order SVU" - December 15, 2011Mariska Hargitay of Law and Order SVU is truly a power woman. As well as playing the tough but tender detective Olivia Benson , she has been at the director’s helm at least twice on her series.

eriq-la-salleEric LaSalle has proven himself as a director as well as an actor. As well as “ER” he has directed “The Night Shift” , CSI Cyber” , and “The Night Shift” most recently.

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Paul McCrane began his career with the song he sang in the movie “Fame” But then his career took him to the classic series “ER” as Dr Rocket Romano pursuing the beautiful Dr Elizabeth Corday. Following his demise, he has directed for ‘ER” “The West Wing” “Scandal” “Glee” and “Nashville” as well “The Closer” and “Major Crimes”


Anthony Edwards was the pal to Tom Cruise in “Top Gun” lead the “Revenge of the Nerds” and cemented his place in television history pre Greys as the “hospital” show as Dr Mark Greene on “ER” . His television death brought tears to my eyes. He directed four episodes of the series that lasted a record fifteen seasons.

paul_adelstein_2007_05_15 When the show “Private Practice” ended, Paul Adelstein had another job at Shondaland . He became Leo Bergen , Sally’s henchman during the election on “Scandal” Paul directed an episode of his series “Private Practice.” Didn’t know Paul was a Chicago boy.

dan-bucatinsky-400x600Dan Bukatinsky was well known as a producer, writer, and director even before his Emmy winning role as “James” on “Scandal” He has served with the consulting  producer title on “Grey’s Anatomy” for many years. He has also directed the Showtime series of pal Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy” .He will also be a part of Lisa’s show “The Comeback.” on and off camera as well. The HBO show that was unjustly cancelled will be returning in November. Dan is also on “Marry Me”

scott-foley-felcity-and-monkScott’s character may have spirited away the fair Olivia from Washington and her true love, but Scott Foley’ doesn’t have anything less than his competition. Scott has actually taken the lead in the upcoming movie “Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife” . He stars, directs, and has written the movie in post production. Scott has directed “Felicity” and “Monk”

AndrewNichols1VP Elect Andrew Nichols, on “Scandal”  has captured the First Lady’s heart , but Jon Tenney has also helmed behind the camera on his two former series . They are the TNT hits “Major Crimes” and “The Closer” .

jeff-perry-adAs the right hand man to the President , Cyrus Beane , Jeff has a finger in every body’s pie. It should come to no one ‘s surprise that he has directed as well . He directed the late great series “My So Called Life” and is also one of the founders of the world famous Steppenwolf Theatre here in Chicago.

TonyLast but certainly not least, we come to the consummate director and actor. Tony Goldwyn has proven himself on and behind the camera. From the bad guy in ” Ghost” to his current role as President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant on “Scandal” Tony has played a variety of roles , directed many movies and series as well as his own ,with his favorite leading lady.Tony has also excelled in theatre and sang on Broadway in the musical “Promises, Promises”

Its Been a Scandallous Year- Images of 2014

scandal cast season 2Alright gladiators , it is the middle of winter hiatus with 30 days to go. Since we are looking at NYE, I thought it would be fun to look at the best of our show for this year. Things seem pretty dire right now I admit, but we have to have hope that the endgame isn’t that far off. Enjoy!

where the sun dont shineFitz just can’t seem to catch a break… he is given an ultimatum war or resign. The bargaining chip is the one thing that he can’t do without … you don’t mess with Fitz’s woman!

dont anwer thatWith the knowledge that her mother had killed her lover’s son and everything , Olivia decided to get on a plane and take off … she leaves with her boy toy Jake and returns months later

in the oval  price of a free and fairLosing his son and the love of his life on the same day proves too much for the President as he ponders it all on the seal in the Oval Office

kiss kiss bang bangJake has a job – to kill the one who threatens the republic as he digs for the truth about the Vice President’s husband’s death. That person unfortunately is Cyrus’s husband and Ella’s father James Novack

mellie and chickenShe is no longer the glamorous, ambitious First Lady , Mellie Grant loses it and becomes Smellie Mellie and a national joke ..have some chicken

fitz aandrew and mellieA winning team ? Hardly ! Fitz finds a new running mate after Sally turns on him. It is Andrew Nichols who proves  to be more trouble than he is worth and endears himself to the First Lady.

fitz beats Jake Jake is fingered for the death of the President’s son but things get really bad when Jake eggs on Fitz about being with Olivia… then Fitz becomes bad ass POTUS and sexy! Jake Ballard gets a can of whoop ass- Grant style

randy red julia and superfreakThe season began when Olivia returned to the funeral of Harrison Wright . Here the gladiators reunite to say farewell to the original gladiator in a suit

PAUL ADELSTEIN, KATE BURTON Sally decides she is done with Fitz and declares her candidacy for the Presidency. She utilizes the wonder boy Leo Bergen to help her defeat Fitz

DYLAN MINNETTE, BELLAMY YOUNG, MADELINE CARROLL, TONY GOLDWYNTrying to win the Presidency can be hard . especially with kids like Karen and Jerry Jr . But the most famous part of this episode is when Fitz screams “I’m talking to my wife” to Olivia. BIG MISTAKE

you are a boyFitz interrogates Papa Pope and chides him on as he describes in detail what he has done to his daughter and his response is that he is nothing more than a BOY!

olivia chillingSometimes a girl just needs to get away… while Washington goes to hell , she relaxes on the sun with Jake

the kissIn the privacy of the bunker, Fitz wants Olivia to kiss him…. old feelings return

the walk throughNo matter how hard they try to forget each other…fate brings them together

late night phone callsNothing like a late night phone call to get you all hot and bothered… then …..i  think we all were fanning ourselves after that calldont step on my dance floorIf anyone has seen this woman -please call the White House…Olivia declares she is her own woman and then vanishes….