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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.

Gladiator or Traitor ?

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Okay gladiators, it looks like that one of the original gladiators has got herself in quite a mess. Abby is more power hungry than Olivia.  But what is with all of this talk about Vermont for the soon to be former President Grant? Does this mean that even if we can’t see it? Olitz is back together? Anything is possible .

We finally returned to the night that Vargas was shot and the biggest surprise of all is Abby.  Before the election, Abby had already started to plan Fitz’s post Presidency. Now usually when a President leaves office, he does things like write his memoirs and build his Presidential library. Abby is one step ahead and is already working on establishing the Grant Foundation. Fitz has made his own plans. He wants to build the Grant Presidential Library in Vermont. Hmmm. Abby argues that he can be great and change the world. He tells her off , after all the man has served his country as a Naval officer , Governor, and President. He wants to have a normal life and leave this “blood sucking swamp.”  But unbeknownst to Fitz, Abby has been given an offer of three hundred million dollars if she plays their game. Their game is a dangerous one.  Marjorie (Zoe Perry) and her partner dangle the bait in front of her.  They know how to tempt a power hungry Abby and that is whisper the word “Run for President.”  But Abby is happy being the Chief of Staff for Fitz. So she thinks.

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Before election night, Abby shares some rare bourbon with Cyrus. She questions the decision and asks him how did he know that Vargas was Presidential material? He says that he just knows and that it is charisma and good looks. Fitz had it and so does Vargas.But then he warns her that after being with Fitz, she may never be whole again. She returns to the Oval  and continues to hear Fitz ramble on about Vermont and how she will be coming there. She fires back and tells the President that Liv will never follow him to Vermont. He tells her that is low even for you.  After another berating by Fitz, she makes her decision and tells Marjorie  she is in. But the three hundred million doesn’t come without a price. It turns out that it is a cover for a plot . If she decides to bail, they will say that it was a cover for a North Korean terrorist organization and Abby will be arrested for treason. She is informed that Vargas is going to be shot. abby and fitz on election

We move ahead to election night and Abby is encouraged by Mellie. She says we can do anything now. At this point, Mellie and her staff think she will win. The final votes come in and as we found out, Vargas is shot. In the midst of the chaos, Abby receives a call that it has been done and further instructions. She is having second thoughts and then she is told to go lock down the hospital. At the hospital is Meg (Crazy girl that Huck is dating) , she is posing as a nurse and gives her a packet of bullets to switch with the other ones. In case she has doubts, Meg shows her a video of a beaten up and kidnapped Leo. Illegally she has a medic start an autopsy  After the autopsy is stopped by orders of the President, she goes in and takes the bullet until she sees that the SSA coming back and she takes it upon herself to pull out the final bullet. She is in shock when Cyrus is framed for the shooting  She believes in him and tells him she will go to war for him. But when she goes to get advice from David, she gets a surprise . David is dating the evil bitch from hell herself. It seems there is no one that is safe . She finds out that Jennifer is alive. The organization gets word of this and before you know it, Huck is shot by Meg and so is Jennifer. Abby is in bed with the Devil.

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Without a doubt, Darby Stanchfield is MVG of the week. Abby has not had an easy road with her ex who took away her confidence and self esteem. Though they do not have the same endearment as ‘the Twisted Sisters’, Abby and Olivia have stuck it out despite their little squabbles. She calls herself Olivia’s most loyal gladiator and she has proven herself time and time again. Her shining example is when Olivia was kidnapped and she was shut out of every meeting in the White House. But Abby came through with Steven and he was successful in rescuing her where the White House and the gladiators had failed. Abby didn’t have ambition until she was unceremoniously made Fitz’s campaign manager after he had berated Olivia and put her in her place. (I’m talking to my wife) When Liv left with Jake, she was made the Communications Director in the Second Term.  Along with the others, Abby felt abandoned. Despite these fights, Abby and Olivia had each other’s back. Liv would go to bat against Charles (Abby’s ex) and Abby would try to patch things up with Liv’s ex (Fitz). Darby gave a blue ribbon performance tonight as she fought with her conscience about her decision. She truly got in bed with the devil. She has shown she has more ambition than Olivia. Power is truly her drug. With heroes like PTSD Olivia and Cyrus Beene, what would you expect?

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Is this what’s in the future for Fitzgerald Grant? Hope so. He seems to think so.

What The Huck?

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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

MY OMG Moments of Scandal Season 5

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Ah going back to September, a year full of promise after the long hot summer. Promos were filled with laughing happy people , dancing , and eating popcorn. The publications were filled with Shonda and her girls. All was right with the world. We were encouraged with this poster and looked forward to many shirtless POTUS moments. The war had ended , Cyrus and Mellie were gone and Olitz ruled the White House. But that was months ago….

Now we end with an election and Poppa Pope thinking he won again. There was no bomb or murder, the season ended with a whimper not a bang. There were some good performances tonight by Bellamy Young, Kerry , and of course Tony gave his all when he showed that Vermont is still in the cards. But the biggest surprises came from Cyrus as he ignored his daughter’s disappearance and then dumped Tom and returned to Michael. The reason was because Vargas named him as running mate. Cyrus was never good enough for Veep in the Grant administration . (I think they would have made a good team)  But as the curtain comes down… here are my own OMG moments. well they made me go OMG …

From” Heavy is the Head ” – The Lovers are Found Out

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Sally has finally gotten her revenge on Fitz. Someone has fed her a feed into the White House and gotten pictures of him and Olivia getting ready for the State Dinner for the Royal Family. After making a mutual decision that the couple will wait to come out , Abby calls them to the television and they see themselves on the Liberty Report.

 From Heavy is the Head – I’m Divorcing You

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It’s the most important day in Mellie’s life as she begins her quest for the Oval. She is being sworn in as Virginia’s Junior Senator. On the same day, her husband tells her that he is divorcing her. It’s gonna get ugly.

“Yes” – Olivia admits she is the POTUS’s mistress

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After a talk and trip with Jake and a voice mail where Fitz says he will let her go, Olivia shocks everyone by admitting to the media that she is the President’s mistress. This proclamation throws the WH for a loop as the First Couple prepare for an interview to cover up the split . Fitz is inspired that Liv is finally fighting for them. But the war is just beginning .

Olivia Finally Makes Her Decision – “Paris is Burning”

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 A long time ago,( well actually three seasons ago) Fitz earned Liv. In this episode, Liv returns the favor. Abby spends most of the episode trying to negotiate with Cyrus for the First Lady to do the interrupted interview. Cyrus basically reminds her that its over and they are both alone. Abby returns with no First Lady and Fitz is ready to tell the truth and do the interview alone. Liv stands up and says “Watch me choose you.”

“Dog Whistle Politics” – I’m Taking My Girlfriend on a Date

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Abby is in trouble and Fitz wants her gone. Olivia is hiding out in her apartment and then she sees paparazzi , looks at the internet and threatens her attackers. She was thrown under the bus and now he fears how she will handle it. Fitz has more trouble, his Republican good old boys don’t favor his choice in women . Play ball with them or face impeachment. Fitz thumbs his nose at them and decides to take Olivia on their first date.

 My Biggest Mistake Was Marrying You – “Get  Out of Jail Free”

fitz and mellie divorce The divorce is finally final and Mellie has her say . She tells Fitz she never loved him and he repulsed her in bed. It has been a battle to say the least. Cyrus has been hired back and he has a plan to save to Fitz’s ass .Olivia is scheduled to testify and the committee has already gone after Mellie. The one way that Olivia can avoid the grand jury is to be married to Fitz. Wedding bells are ringing in the White House.

“Get Out of Jail Free” Olivia ,Will You Marry Me?”

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Fitz feels that after the shotgun wedding thrown on Olivia, the very least he could do is give her a psuedo proposal. The Truman balcony is covered with candles, flowers, and Fitz on his knee. He even has Charlotte track down Betsy Ross’s engagement ring. Olivia turns him down and then changes her mind. She will marry him.

“Get Out of Jail Free” Olivia Makes a Deal for her Father

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Was that a close one? Olivia leaves her wedding after panicking and getting a phone call from Mellie. She describes Olivia as her freedom. She wants her to help her get to the White House as President. Olivia then brainstorms and has her father released. Mellie forges the President’s signature for the second time to release Rowan. He reveals to the Grand Jury their little indiscretions and the case against Fitzgerald Grant is dropped.

“Rasputin” – Fitz Moves Olivia into the White House

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Fitz has made the ultimate move. Claiming he wants to protect Olivia from her father, he moves all of her possessions into the White House. She had been arrested for releasing her father from prison. Is this love or just manipulation?

 “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – The Abortion

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She has been living as a hostage in the crown jewel of the world’s prison . She has basically been poised to take over Mellie’s place in the WH. Parties , interviews, and magazine covers show the new Olivia Pope . Following a long phillibuster , Olivia goes to an abortion clinic which was the most controversial scene of the season. To the beloved Christmas carol, “Silent Night” Olivia Carolyn Pope aborts the child of Fitzgerald Thomas Grant 111.

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” – The Honeymoon is Over

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Fitz has been at the Christmas cabinet dinner. And he was stood up by Olivia. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when a Senator’s wife asked her to find a cookie recipe. That didn’t wash well with the great Olivia Pope. Fitz has succeeded into making her into another Mellie. Liv has bigger fish to fry. She is a big dog who helped create a President. She sneaks away with SSA agents to get an abortion. When Olivia returns, she starts a fight with Fitz that ends with “There is no Vermont, there is no us. Not Anymore.” The two sit in the closet drinking Mellie’s hooch and then Olivia returns to her new couch and her apartment.

“The Fish Rots From the Head”  – Fitz Sows His Wild Oats

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He is divorced, been dumped, and so what is left but to sow his wild oats. Fitz becomes his father as he screws the best in Washington. One day, he has one of his ‘dates” come out of the shower while Mellie brings Teddy for a visit. Seeing her, Mellie declares for him to keep his whores away from her son. Nothing sinks in until Olivia drills him about his legacy after having to clean up a mess made by his SSA agents . Following this, the whoring ends.

“Wild Card”  Cyrus Sleeps With Tom

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Cyrus Beane is the master of evil. He is comparable to Rowan on the evil scale. But now the man has formed a deadly alliance with Tom . Tom was the secret service agent that Rowan placed in the WH and had murder Jerry Jr. Now Cyrus has him working for him . Does this mean that Tom might have copped a peek when he was on those Presidential booty calls and not at Olivia.?

“I See You” Abby Fires Cyrus and Begins Her Reign as Chief Of Staff

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Abby has been doing some snooping and she has caught Cyrus. He is cheating on the President by trying to elect Vargas. Fitz is history soon and Cyrus has his own future to think about. Apparently, you can’t work with a candidate while in the White House so Abby has the job of firing him and she is now the woman behind the man.

“The Miseducation of Susan Ross” – Fitz tells her a secret

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The election war is on and the candidates are out for blood and have many dirty little secrets. Olivia has no morals and no trouble giving and receiving mud on candidates. It all gets to be too much for Susan and Fitz feels that before it goes any further, he tells her the story of how he was never elected and how the election was fixed. He also feels that he needs to visit someone else to get her to pull back a little

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He asks Olivia to keep it real. The two say that they will back their candidates and then Fitz says playfully he will kick her ass. The two then toast with scotch. The two smirk at each other when he leaves. This is the first time since the fight they have been together.

“Till Death Do Us Part” – Olivia Saves Jakes Life

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Jake has been given a job and part of that job is to get married to fufill  Rowan’s plan of domination. He and Vanessa ‘s wedding is the social event of the season especially with the President as his Best Man. Liv and him talk and he says that he wants out. Rowan gets wise and says that if he doesn’t marry, he is as good as dead. Olivia takes him aside and says he is her second choice , she wants Fitz. But is this really what she wants or is she lying?

“Thwack” Olivia  Succumbs to her Demons

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Olivia and company are stuck in a spot when the former VP Andrew Nichols returns for vengeance. He has been in a nursing home recuperating from a stroke that Huck caused. He is willing to make a deal and if they all don’t give him what he wants, he will run to the press and tell the whole mess. The whole scene is reminiscent of Defiance with secret meetings. Abby is willing to cut a deal but no chance. He wants more. Olivia grows tired of his games and the PTSD takes over. Amid flashbacks of her kidnapping , she picks up a chair and kills him with it. She stands silent for a few minutes and Fitz embraces her when he realizes that she is not over the kidnapping and is not well. The two hold each other and then Abby comes in the room.

“Buckle Up” Mellie and Fitz Unite and Discuss Olivia ‘s Health

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The candidates are on their way to Florida and the endorsement of the governor. One problem,  Mellie’s plane can’t take off . Why because Abby has let out to the press that there are problems with Air Force One and it can’t take off. Olivia knows that there is nothing wrong and it is just another trick. No other planes can take off until Air Force One is in the air. Mellie uses her head and waves into the Presidential plane. The two exes get off and amid the press, have a talk. One of the topics is how each of them has noticed that Olivia isn’t herself. Fitz whispers to Mellie how Olivia murdered Andrew. He also tells her that Olivia needs to eat, run or swim, and get sleep. It is obvious he still cares and will continue to care.

“That’s My Girl” FINALE

mellie i earned this

Mellie is now the Republican candidate and it is convention time. She has asked her ex to make a speech and after she reads it , she is furious. It is no more than a love letter to Fitzgerald Grant. Unlike him , she wanted the White House and also she wasn’t a privileged brat like him. She informs him that this is her day.

fitz finds the file

Fitz comes into Abby’s office and finds the file containing Olivia’s abortion. Abby explains that this is Olivia’s medical report that was given to her by Rowan. He finally knows .

fitz apologizes Instead of bawling her out, he apologizes for not listening to her and says that he accepts her decision. It was her right. He still wants to be friends.

But the final results were that Tom got dumped for Michael and  Vargas gets a running mate

cyrus as VP

and Mellie names her running mate , after he murders another victim

jake  as vp

Jake Ballard is her running mate for Vice President .

rowan toasts to his evil empire

He couldn’t be happier as he toasts to his evil plans . Will Olivia ever escape and find her true self?

Tune in NEXT YEAR

It’s Gettin Real Now Folks!!

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The countdown has begun to the finale and we have one week to go. “Scandal” was definitely the talk of the week last weekend , as our gladiators took over the White House for Barack’s last WHCD.  The hit of the event was our couple , now dubbed “Washington’s Favorite Couple’ by the media. Kerry managed to slay everyone at the Met Gala sporting a killer gown and a killer announcement. Izzy is gonna be a big sister. That’s right gladiators! Kerry is pregnant. The media has given congrats to both Kerry and her (husband?’) on this joyful occasion. Her MIA hubby coincidentally appeared at a few events previous to the announcement. But body language doesn’t lie, Kerry was aloof to her hubby. On the other hand, she was all smiles to her co star and sometimes romantic on screen POTUS. Hmmmm stay tuned . Because of this new development, the season has been cut from the usual twenty two order to sixteen episodes.

“Cyrus” is definitely not the father of the year. He asks to meet Liv in their spot but he doesn’t ask her about helping to find Michael and his daughter. No, he is much more concerned with Vargas and Edison and the Democratic race. Vargas is losing to Edison. Doyle is stomping all over the female candidates. This causes a truce between Abby and Olivia which causes Quinn to say its a “Gladiator Throwback” as the former enemies drink wine. The two decide to unite forces and take down Hollis. Doyle makes an offer to the two Republican candidates , whoever quits , the other will be his running mate. The OPA-White House team takes down Hollis, preparing the way  for the truce to end. Edison is confident until he is visited by Jake. Edison tells him in no uncertain terms that he is not going to take Jake as his Vice President. Jake threatens him and tells his that he was the one who was responsible for Edison’s little car accident. (Fall in love with Rowan’s daughter and you WILL PAY!!!)  Olivia visits Edison and informs him that he will not be running the country. Her father will. She gives the ammunition to him so he will be able to drop from the race. Edison is history and then Vargas is the Democratic nominee.

Now the race for the Republican nomination is on and so is the drama. It almost looked like there was going to be another happy couple when David Rosen proposed to Susan and she accepted. But each side is digging for the dirt on each other. The gladiators have dirt on Susan and Abby is given some dirt from an unlikely source, Rowan. He informs her about Olivia’s abortion. Abby wants to meet with Olivia and she says they will meet in the White House.  Abby arrives and then Olivia informs her to meet her in the Oval. Everyone is gathered together and the two mutually agree to listen to the dirt on each other’s team. Olivia presents her dirt on Susan and its a doozy. Susan finds out that David dropped an investigation so she would get the endorsement from the Governor of Florida. She is hurt that David wouldn’t have the faith that she could do this by herself. Besides that, David is asked by Fitz to resign as Attorney General. Now it’s the White House’s turn and Abby ‘s has the power to not only siderail Mellie but it also has the potential to destroy her friend and the President. She can’t do it. They may be political rivals , but in the end they are still friends. Abby definitely went over a cliff and deserves to be MVG for this week. Instead she reveals that Mellie was seeing a psychic while she was in her mourning period following Jerry’s death. She actually wanted to try and contact her dead son. Susan quits the race and then the Republican nominee is none other than the former First Lady. Marcus and her share a moment before her big interview. The moment is reminiscent of the Olitz moments as the two look at each other. It looks like Mellie is seeing what her ex saw so long ago.

Next week is the infamous season finale. Who knows what will happen as the curtain comes down on crazy Season Five? And as per usual, the season finale is directed by none other than “Peeping Tom’ aka Tom Verica. Since Hiatus has started, your favorites are working hard over their breaks. Joe Morton is appearing in Brooklyn in “Turn Me Loose” a play about African American comic Dick Gregory. As Kerry prepares for motherhood again, she is also promoting her new shades for OPI nail color. Tony is currently in Atlanta filming “Felt.” which explains why he was sporting a new haircut. Darby is also filming “Slumber” during the summer.

abby and liv at peace

Old friends sit down for a truce. Once a gladiator…. always a gladiator.

rowan spills the beans

Rowan visits Abby and tells her that his daughter had an abortion. She aborted Fitz’s baby.

hollis on the liberty report

Hollis makes an offer to have the race end by having one of the female Republicans  leave the race and that one will be his running mate. Now the races have one goal, eliminate Doyle.

showdown in the oval

They are both armed with secrets . and each secret has the potential to destroy the other candidate as well as hurt someone. Abby can’t do it, so Susan quits after she finds out David broke the law

mellie and marcusIt is just almost like history repeating itself ….the fixer and the candidate.

 

“You Called Her Sweet Baby?” The Start of OMG

season 1 cast

Evolution of the seasons. In the beginning Henry Ian Cusick was a gladiator until the end of the season . Bellamy Young wasn’t even considered lead cast yet. Also notice the positioning through the seasons.

 

 

Four years ago, we met a young woman as she walked into a bar on a presumed blind date. The guy she met led her to a world filled with kidnappers, blackmail , and secret rendevouz with the President. Since then , we have been taken on the roller coaster of our lives thanks to Shonda Rhimes. We have also been treated to some of the greatest monologues on television and the sexiest scenes on network television.

April 5, 2012 Scandal premiered. I have to admit I was a little confused the first time I watched it. But the one thing that drew me in like so many others was the romance that has driven the show. What kind of woman would have the ability to be able to seduce the President of the United States? And what exactly is a political fixer? In the early days , Washington fixer Judy Smith was a producer on the show. This was to bring realism to the situations on the show. Kerry was an established movie star that had been lured to television . The rest of the cast were relatively unknowns with the exception of Joshua . He was a name because of “West Wing” and “Sports Night.” Two characters were slated for early exits but their performances were so strong that they were saved. One of those actors had so much chemistry that he literally sets the screen on fire with his love scenes with Kerry . Bellamy Young wasn’t even considered a major character. Mellie was originally set for three episodes and she is now one of the characters carrying the show. Fitz was to die after the assassination , but he was saved when the Olitz relationship drove the show and the ratings. Another interesting fact is that Jeff Perry didn’t know until the sixth show that his character was gay. Now as we end Season 5 and head into Season 6, the hot storyline is the election.  So grab your wine glass and lift it to the air as we celebrate that first episode .

do you want to be gladiator in a suit

The show starts with Quinn (Katie Lowes) being recruited for OPA. Harrison( Columbus Short)  asks her do you want to be a gladiator in a suit? She answers the call.

i need your help

 Olivia is called by her friend Cyrus (Jeff Perry) He needs your help.” I don’t work for the White House any more.”

amanda tanner

Olivia and Quinn go to confront Amanda (Liza Weil or Bonnie on “How to Get Away With Murder”) Amanda Tanner is set on bringing the President down and Olivia has been asked to threaten her.

camp david

For the first time we are introduced to the couple that will drive this show. No one knew anything except that Olivia used to work for the White House  and quit.

sweet baby ...

Perhaps this was the reason. Of course Olivia had been having an affair with the very married President (Tony Goldwyn) For us gladiators, this was the beginning of the story. It wouldn’t be until later in the season that we would learn about the Trail.

COLUMBUS SHORT, KATIE LOWES, GUILLERMO DIAZ, DARBY STANCHFIELD, KERRY WASHINGTON, JOSHUA MALINA, JEFF PERRY, BELLAMY YOUNG, TONY GOLDWYN

Season Two includes Joshua Malina as David and now Bellamy is a full cast member as Mellie Grant. Kerry takes center as Olivia.

 

season 3 or 4

Now we are into Season 3 and we have added Scott Foley as Jake. Also notice Tony Goldwyn’s Fitz is also at center next to Olivia.

season 4 castSeason 4 dresses the cast up in their finest and moves Mellie away from her husband. Now Columbus Short is no longer a cast member and gone

season 5 cast

In the current season , Olivia has traded her white for some color. To the cast we have added Portia Di Rossi as Elizabeth North and Cornelius Walker Jr. as the newest gladiator Marcus . As the established leads now, Fitz and Olivia remain at the front and center

 

Runnin that Mutha… An Old Dog Returns!!!

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Gladiators , the ride is getting steeper now. Candidates are making their way into the circus and one President just wants the ride to end. The race for the Oval has begun. This week our “gladiators’ participated in Paley fest and delighted the assembled crowd with witty comments and lots of selfies. Our “President’ stayed afterwards and signed fans autographs so now a lot of lucky fans have a souvenir to treasure. Tony probably watched eagerly as his candidate , Hillary Clinton, won a major block of delegates on Tuesday.

It was a different kind of dinner at Papa Pope’s as Olivia went out of her way to be a charming hostess to Jake and his fiance. But not everything is as it seems. Olivia is buying into a whole lot of crazy. She had her people installing cameras so she could watch Jake. Hmm does this seem familiar?  Huck and Marcus are bonding over soccer when Huck discovers a familiar face. The guy that is hugging Kim is a guy that Huck was contracted to kill and he thinks that he is coming for revenge. Huck puts on a clever disguise and becomes “Harold”  Harold picks Sean up and it looks like Sean is getting the “Huck” treatment after a discussion with “Charlie”.

As the campaign trains pull out of the station, Vargas is now officially on board. Susan is also officially in the race. Mellie has all but declared her candidacy, but not yet. Since the candidates will need money, Hollis Doyle returns to make his bids for the Oval. Susan is willing to listen , but Fitz is not having it. It is still fresh in his mind what Hollis did to him and his pride. Not to mention all the killing that went on because of Defiance. He throws him out of the Oval and tells Susan to be true to herself again. Hollis knows that Mellie needs cash and endorsements and she will listen to him. The meeting is a success and Mellie looks forward to working with the snake. There is only one problem, Hollis Doyle takes her ideas and slogans and then declares himself a candidate a la Donald Trump.

But a storm is brewing in the West Wing, Abby knows that Cyrus has gotten in bed with Vargas and is planning to run his campaign just like he did Fitz’s  eight years ago. Abby has caught him in his lies and then she threatens to go to Fitz with the information. She tells Olivia that she wants the power and can taste it. Olivia warns her how the power can change people and not for the better. She also has a run in with Quinn about coffee, which is the last thing on her mind. Abby tells Fitz that Cyrus is working for Vargas and once again he knows he can’t trust him. Abby reminds him of the optics of firing a COS this late in the game , especially when he had already fired him once. Then he would have to search for another one . Abby tells him that she is up for the job . Fitz smiles and then tells Abby to take care of it. And in one fatal swoop, the Press Secretary fires the Chief of Staff.

Jake comes to Olivia and says he knows she has been watching him. Am I the only person who it bothers that in Season 2 , the very same thing was going on with Jake? I remember fondly when he would watch tapes of himself making love to her. I also remember him using those same tapes to hurt his friend. Olivia breaks down and admits she misses him. She apologizes to him as well. Hold the phone! she is apologizing to a man who almost choked her to death and abused her. Yet she has not made step one toward the man who she was willing to marry and then ended up killing his baby. Wake up Olivia before it is too late!!Jake also made me mad when he made it look like Fitz was the root of all evil and he was so innocent. Fitz is still being shown as weak and entitled. Sad to say , he needs some Presidential balls.

MVG of the episode is a tie between Quinn aka Katie Lowes and Abby aka Darby Stanchfield. . The reason for the lady gladiators to share the honor is because they both showed kahunas and spoke their mind. Quinn called Olivia out and asked her how she could call her people family. Ever since the White House, she has no connection to them. All she does is stalk Jake and obsess about him. When she was asked by Harrison to be a gladiator , this isn’t what she signed up for. When you heard Quinn talking about Harrison and when OIivia helped with Stephen’s proposal , you could hear the fans agreeing with her and telling this to Shonda. This was when the show was at its peak. Olivia finally addressed the kidnapping and finally viewers were given a look inside her head. No there is still no mention of the abortion or Fitz’s suicide attempt, but this is a start. I will say it again. Get thee to a shrink. It did wonders for Meredith Grey, it will help you too.

Abby takes the MVG title just for her guts. She has been living in Liv’s shadow since she took over Fitz 2.0. Olivia wanted to have nothing to do with Fitz after the whole, “I am talking to my wife” debacle. So now Abby is a fixture in the Grant WH. and has earned her spot at the table. Even when Abby threw her former boss under the bus, she showed that she had been taught well and it was a page right from her playbook. Cyrus has also taught her well, but she also realized that he is basically Satan. This was coming…The only time in his life that Cyrus had any conscience is when James was still alive.

Looks like Olivia’s gut is returning. As she listens to Vanessa gush about how her and Jake ran into each other and the crack in her phone. Olivia begins to think. This seems familiar to her because it is where she first met Jake. Something is definitely rotten in the state of DC. She tells Quinn to resume watching Jake. Him and Rowan are up to something.

hollis doyle joins the party

Guess who’s back to make some trouble ? Gregg Henry returns as Hollis Doyle. Here he is coming to visit Mellie

abby and cyrus

The writing is on the wall for Cyrus(Jeff Perry). The game is also over for him. Fitz is fed up and has Abby fire him (Darby Stanchfield)

the gladiators search for huck

The gladiators are searching for Huck

huck and harold takes sean for a ride

Huck takes Sean on a ride.

TONY GOLDWYN

The days are now numbered for this man. He is a lame duck President who is forced to fire his Chief of Staff in his last days. But will there be someone waiting when he gets on Marine One on January 20? He is amused to watch the parade of clowns lining up to get his job.