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Fitzgerald Grant—Gladiator

I hope you have all have not overdosed on last week’s episode . It had to be one of Shonda’s more brilliant episodes.  It also wasn’t hell to have to look at Tony Goldwyn at all. Looks like Fitz isn’t happy at all and we all knew it. But we never expected Poppa Pope to be the one to send him back to Washington. He certainly knows Liv’s  Achillies heel  and  that is Fitzgerald Thomas Grant 3.Fitz also has a purpose again and that is get his Livvie back. And that is where our story left off. Liv was making out with Cable Boy and she turned around and there was the love of her life. Don’t listen to any of these Olakers how she belongs with Jake and Fitz is mediocre, entitled, and all the other poison that Shonda has fed us for seven seasons. At least Cable Boy knew that when he saw the former POTUS, he had better leave.

Is this the happy reunion we waited for? No! Olivia is not happy to see him. But Fitz, has a plan. He wants her to find these black girls who have been missing and it seems no one cares. She takes the file and then says how she wants to hand it off to Quinn and the gladiators. Fitz shakes his head. No! he wants her. His motive is to let her see the Liv he fell in love with. The gladiator with the white hat. Since she has taken over as Command, that has went right out the window. Or maybe once again, she is still reeling from the effects of that kidnapping. It seems that it changed her and not for the better. PTSD is permanent. But why is she the only one on this show that suffers from it? Every character has been traumatized in some way from Mellie’s rape to Abby’s abuse. Jake, Fitz and Huck would definitely be feeling it because of the military. It wasn’t too long ago that Fitz was shot and Cyrus was facing being a widow after his hubby was murdered. One thing that was also proven last week, is that Fitz is not a superman. He is just a normal man and he finally realized that fact.

Mellie is going through her own catharsis as well. She may be the POTUS, but she is also a woman and that is brand new territory. She also still feels the effects that people will compare her to 44 or her ex hubby. Mellie , like Olivia is in denial too. She is still in love with Marcus. She misses the love she felt for the first time in years. She has feelings for the President of Bahrain and she is trying her best to be all business. But there is another who is also dealing with his own feelings. Cyrus has been alone for a long time as well. Michael was never the love of his life. He was a solution to a problem. If Liv would have went through with the wedding so she wouldn’t have to testify, it would have been the same .story.Liv felt that she wasn’t ready and neither was Fitz. It was just a solution. The true love of his life is gone and that was James. Now he is being courted by a very rich but lonely man,Fenton. It is adorable how we forget that Cyrus is a man and he has the best talks with Mellie. I can remember when Cyrus called her the “Wicked Witch of the West Wing.” Maybe Shonda had the right idea from the 100th, Cyrus and Mellie would have made a great power team. They are a great team anyway. But she is excited because today she is going to make history.

Olivia has taken the file to QPA and they are all working together as a team. They have to find a poster child for this cause. But in the meantime, Fitz knows that it is also his mission to save Liv and that is why Rowan recruited him. “He is the cheese and Liv’s weakness.” This is why Rowan has always hated him. Liv is suspicious of the whole reappearance of Fitz and goes to talk with Jake about it. I can’t understand why it has always been Jake. Jake and Fitz have probably been competing with each other since the Navy. I can see the boys competing to see who could screw more girls than the other. Liv has always been just another part of this competition. The gladiators find a girl and recruit her mother. The mother, Fitz, and Cable Boy appear on his show. Craig grills Fitz about why now for this cause and why he didn’t do anything during his term. Fitz can see right through it and realizes he wants to fight him for Liv.He shows him that he is up for a fight and announces that Vermont can wait. Liv sips her wine as she watches and a smile comes to her face. Has Rowan’s trick worked?Plus, A two bit cable reporter competing for a woman who was the fiancé of the leader of the free world? I don’t think so, Cable Boy. Plus this is the final season, and no matter what there is a happily ever after at this point. Any man who was with Liv would realize this as well as anyone who is the person chosen as an obstacle between a loving couple. Edison? Russell? Joke? FBI whore? And even Mellie knew that their days were numbered. These two are meant to be. Liv gets a visit from Marcus who gives her an invitation to come help at QPA. He also tells Olivia that Fitz misses her. She is still cautious about this cause until Marcus says that if it is just an excuse to see her, than finding just one of these missing girls is a good excuse. She digs right in and helps the gladiators.

There is trouble at the Peace Summit. The Prime Minister thinks that Mellie and the President of Bahrain are in cahoots. He doesn’t trust him at all and thinks Mellie used her feminine wiles on him. Liv can see that there are feelings there for him. They share some of that famous Mellie hooch and talk about things. His hand brushes hers.  The leaders go back to the table and there is progress. Unfortunately, there is a military coup and the President has been overthrown. Mellie wants to help him. Liv tries to stay focused and Jake chastises her for allowing the coup to happen. “You can’t be command and be someone’s girl.” Liv has a lot on her plate and then she has a visitor. She argues with Fitz as they dance around the elephant  in the room. He declares his love in that Fitz way and says that neither of them were better off when they weren’t together. Liv takes down her defenses and lets him in. The two do what they do best -make out. Liv goes into the  Oval and Mellie tells her that she wants this to be her call. Liv agrees and gets the funding for Fitz’s project. She also informs her that she is never alone, she has her. The two women face the same battles. Usually the show is scored with some Motown, but I so got into the 90’sR and B with TLC singing “Waterfalls.” ( Crazy Sexy Cool was one of my favorite albums and I was supposed to see the girls in concert in Cleveland., it was cancelled because of Left Eye and the sickle cell) The words were so relevant as Quinn gave the mother the happy news her daughter was alive. Cyrus decided to give love another try as well. But all is not well with Rowan, Jake informs Liv that Fitz was indeed the bait and Rowan was the fisherman. …Liv is ready  to confront Rowan.  

The MVG is once again Fitz. He let Rowan think that he was doing this for him, but in his own defense. Fitz lets his heart rule his mind. He wants her back and he doesn’t care how he has to do it. He tied all of the old elements that we love together by bringing Liv back with her gladiators as well as that old time romance. The sun may be setting , but Tony proved that this show has a little ways to go yet. Fitz could be a very valuable source when it comes to this Middle East situation as well. Him and Mellie work well as a team , as long as they don’t let clashing egos in the way. Fitz can be seen as the perfect man if it wasn’t for that whole man child thing. It is obvious he is man used to getting his own way. But we shall see if this plan of his and Rowan’s works , or will it just tear Olitz further apart. Congrats are in order for Scott Foley. He has been tapped to star in a new series called “Whiskey Cavalier.” In it , he is a CIA agent. But instead of killing and stealing his buddy’s girl, the show is a comedy from Bill Lawrence who Foley had worked with previously when on Lawrence’s “Scrubs “ and “Cougar Town.” It will be great to see Scott handle comedy because it seems he is a very funny guy. I loved to see him in Jimmy Kimmel’s skits featuring the cast. Let’s hope that the powers that be can see enough to cast some of the others of this talented cast.

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It Was Quite A Night at the White House

The show may have mostly been a big yawn fest. Well actually, I was curious to see how a WH State Dinner was going to go in the Grant 2.0 White House. After all, there is no First Lady and the President and Chief of Staff are both women. Liv seems to become a new person (Has she ever gotten help for that PTSD from the kidnapping? Doesn’t look like it. ) The show opens with Liv leaving her hotel room with her new boy toy still in bed. Are the two of them using each other? She is using him for some good press for Mellie and he is using her for some WH scoops.

Remember how much Liv hated pulling together events when she was trying to be a First Lady? Well nothing has changed. She also has to tell Cyrus that he is being seated by a big fat cat that will benefit him when it’s his turn to run for the Presidency. Mr. Glacklan also has requested Cyrus since he is also gay. Is this the beginning of another Cyrus Beene relationship?  Matthew Del Negro is no longer in the cast so Michael is gone. (Unless Shonda wants to resurrect James from some hole in B613.) Mellie is busily getting ready for the dinner and from this scene comes one of the best Mellie monologues of all. Mellie talks about her loneliness and how she has a burning in her loins. She sees how Fitz sees the office and actually calls it prison. It is obvious that both Mellie and Liv are lonely.

Abby has a date to the State Dinner, courtesy of her ex David. She also wants to get the other gladiators in so they can drum up some business for QPA. The problem is that two of the gladiators are murderers and can’t go into the White House as themselves. Fake invites are drawn up for Charlie and Huck. The guest of honor is the President of Bashran. There is friction between the two countries. Everything is going well for the gladiators, except Huck. Quinn plays the Ivy League wife and paints a rosy picture of her Stanford educated hubby that loves polo. Huck has trouble chatting and getting people to talk unless he is torturing them.  He does find a fellow serviceman to talk to, but then he notices something weird. The man was never in the service , he is a plant. Huck asks Abby if she misses the White House, she smiles and then admits she is happiest as a gladiator.

Cyrus has his guest want a tour of the White House, rather than listen to the music. He takes him to the Oval and the gay millionaire tells how he wouldn’t mind being President  as he forces his way into the President’s chair. He makes it seem like any millionaire can be POTUS and Cyrus explodes. It is his dream and passion that chair and he doesn’t appreciate that he talks about million dollar paintings and Presidencies like they were nothing. Cyrus has worked hard to get his people there and he is so close himself. He has the second best monologue of the evening  .Cyrus receives a gift from the man. It’s the painting he admired. Is this the start of a new relationship?  The writers definitely went back to the old formula of Season One “Scandal.” There was definitely plenty of OMG moments , mixed in with some couple moments as well. It is obvious that Shonda is trying to wrap things up .  Jake also shows Liv the new “secret” room or B613 ‘s White House headquarters. Liv is also trying to dig up some dirt on the POTUS of Bahrain. That back fired on her because of the PM telling him about what Liv was really like. He called her the devil.  That beautiful gown was designed by Stella McCartney.

But romance isn’t dead on the show. The featured singer begins to sing and then David takes Abby’s hand. It is obvious that he still has feelings for her. Is there hope for these two? Quinn and Charlie have a moment at QPA. She wants to get married, now! Even the President of Bahrain starts to flirt with Mellie. But thanks to observant Huck, the President of Bahrain is saved by Jake and his men. Mellie gets the POTUS to think about the peace treaty. Over “Hooch” , she gets him to agree if he can get his enemies to the table as well. He agrees.


Liv gives her “Boy toy” reporter the scoop of the century about the peace treaty. He dumps his date and the two of them celebrate by going to her apartment. They kiss in the elevator , but Liv gets a surprise. It’s FITZ!!!!

“Pressing the Flesh” was directed by the awesome and star of next week’s episode … Tony Goldwyn

United We Stand…Divided We Fall

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Wow! Mouth still dropped from tonight. There is no doubt in my mind that Shonda is making her way back with fans. Shonda is trying to patch up all major relationships and make things right while the evil Peus ruins the White House. There is also plenty of good old “Scandal” OMG twist and turns to make everyone happy.  I also get the feeling that Shonda is trying to convey her own message to the Asshole in Chief.  That this country would be in better shape if Hillary would have taken over. That women can take charge better than men. Tonight was definitely about women empowerment.

Our show started out with a delicious sight and that is Liv wearing the ever popular NAVY shirt . Yes, Olitz is definitely back. Not only that, we were treated to the most delicious sight . America got to see a naked POTUS asleep in his bed.  The funny thing is when he was with Mellie and FBI whore, Fitz wore a shirt. When he is with his Livvy, he always sleeps without a shirt. (We assume that’s not all).

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It has been a long time coming but Liv has everything withing her grasp. She will get Mellie into the Oval and then be with the man she truly loves.

But it time to wake up to reality, Liv goes to visit her father who is prisoner in the White House for shooting Frankie Vargas. Rowan has a breakfast fit for a king, but then he is given a nauseating site. He is greeted by his daughter’s boyfriend whom he hates kissing Liv. He doesn’t want to have any part of Fitz’s suicide mission. He wants to run and disappear. He mentions Zanzibar where he sent Liv after Fitz’s son was killed.But Fitz does have a plan to liberate Mellie and also an idea to unite for the first time, OPA, the White House, and B613. They  are all on board except Rowan.

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Rowan doesn’t appreciate this one bit. He did not raise Olivia (Kerry Washington) to settle for an ordinary man like Fitz (Tony Goldwyn)

But more alliances are being ended, Abby has called its quits with Leo. David only stays with Samantha so he can give the “Alliance” a heads up of what is going on. For the first time, the three powers join forces, OPA, The White House, and B613. Politics does make strange bedfellows as Cyrus and Rowan share wine. But look, each of them want to kill the other one. Huck is back and in action as he sends a drone over the White House. Secret Service sends everyone to the bunkers, but Samantha and Mellie are separated so she can’t know about the plot to overthrow Peus. For the first time, we see the members of the “Alliance.”

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Olivia  and Fitz have the White Hats and B613 on their team. With people like Rosen (Joshua Malina) , Jake (Scott Foley),  Marcus (Cornelius Smith Jr.) and the worst of the White House Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry)

But the Alliance has its flaws , especially how uneasy Rowan is with Fitz. He just can’t stand him and refers to the people in the room as “Losers”  He also stooped so low to call his own daughter a whore. Uh oh! guess who didn’t like that? Soo at that point, Rowan better move because he has angered the President. You don’t dish Liv. And who came to his rescue but Sonny boy , Jake. The Gladiators have their own dilemma as Huck drives the Drone. Charlie is doubting Quinn’s feelings for Huck since he recovered from his psycho girl friend.  He is actually jealous of him and Quinn’s history. But Quinn assured him that he is the man for her. Mellie is terrified since she was the one who saw Lizzie murdered. She has been warned and the newest development is that they want Jake to resign as Veep. They know him and dont trust him. Peus will be her Veep. Well, they don’t know what its like to deal with Olivia Pope. She is not afraid of Peus. Fitz gives advice as the man in love, he tells David not to trust himself unless he is really in love with the girl.Does this mean that he is willing to give Abby another try? But Mellie needs to be Mellie again. Another relationship is rekindled as Mellie is given a pep talk by Marcus.

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Marcus (Cornelius Smith Jr. and Bellamy Young ) talks to Mellie to get her to be the woman he fell in love with.

Mellie has decided its time to take charge. Abby was in the bunker with Samantha so she could block her from doing anything. Jake decides to resign as Veep, but Mellie has another candidate in mind. Someone the country will embrace and hasn’t done the things they have all done. She has a super team in mind. She will run the country, her VEEP will be the widow of Frankie Vargas, and the new Chief of Staff will be Olivia .

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“You DON’T take Olivia Pope….Olivia Pope takes you!” Liv tells the Mystery Lady (Zoey Perry)  that she plans to fight.

There is no doubt that the MVG is Olivia. I think after she was made powerless after the kidnapping. She had her insane moments like the abortion and the murder of Andrew Nichols. She felt trapped while she was in the White House and Fitz’s move to make her First Lady without asking her permission. Perhaps she even had the abortion because she knew that her father wouldn’t care if it was his grandchild, he hated the father that much.  She felt that she owed Mellie for taking the one thing that Mellie had and that was her husband. Fitz and Liv knew that Mellie only wanted one thing, the White House. Liv is a champion and she also wanted Mellie to win fair and square. There would be no Defiance , but things spun out of control. For the first time, Olivia stands to have it all. She will have the Oval and she is finally steps away from having the happiness she deserves, Will Shonda let Liv have the fairytale and Prince Charming? Time will tell. For a while, Liv was the villain , but with one line she redeemed herself. “You don’t take Olivia Pope! Olivia Pope takes you.

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Is Olivia really close to having it all? The Oval and the man she loves?

 

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.

Be Careful What You Wish For…Olivia Finds A New Kind of Crazy

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This has got to be the best season of “Scandal” yet. It has that OMG element , the gladiators back at work, and best of all the romance of the century has prime time burning up. Tonight we all thought that Livvy would be gulping wine and crying over Dad’s old school R and B records. Boy was I shocked. It seems that Miss Olivia Carolyn Pope has a new address and that is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That’s right kiddies!! Olivia now lives in the White House. But before you start looking up the name of Grant and Pope for the wedding, know this, it wasn’t her idea.

Olivia seems to be settling in at her new job as First Lady. She dresses up and then translates for her boyfriend . (Fitz doesn’t have proficient language skills. Rosetta Stone might be a good gift for Christmas Liv) Fitz continues to try to negotiate a peace treaty with a country that hasn’t been friendly in the past. The ruler seems very eager to sign the peace treaty , but Fitz has his doubts. Hey! if you need to have someone vetted fast, use your girlfriend’s connections. Olivia tells him that the one guy is lying and not to do anything until he tells more. While all this is going on , Olivia gets a phone call. It’s the former First Lady. and she wants to call in her markers. If Olivia welches on her favor, Mellie threatens to go to Fitz and tell him everything. It also seems like everyone is ganging up on Liv at once. Her father shows up and for once , he is terrified. He informs her that his sons are after him. The tide is turning on Command.

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There is nothing sexier than that Grant swag , especially when he is on a mission. Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) demands to find out what is going on with Rowan.

christmas at the white houseYou can’t help but admire the great job that the set decorator has done decorating the White House

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Abby( Darby Stanchfield) seems to be happy that her relationship with Olivia has been repaired while Cyrus (Jeff Perry) is jealous of the state of the new White House.

There is no question who is the MVP or MVG tonight and that is Fitzgerald Grant. For five years, critics have panned Goldwyn for playing the emotional POTUS as weak. Not true. Tony Goldwyn’s Fitz has been one of the most tortured characters on television. He has been manipulated by his former wife and Chief of Staff, he has survived an assassination attempt, election tampering, and the kidnapping of his mistress. He just recently escaped impeachment and ended his twenty year sham of a marriage. There is a question of parentage with all of his children, including the dead son who is quite possibly the result of his father raping his wife. He has been betrayed by both of the men who have claimed to be his friend. Mostly he has been played. Tonight he used those Presidential balls that he told Cy he had and played those who had played him.When we last saw Olivia , she was telling him how to run the country and standing on the Presidential seal for symbolism. It was obvious who was running the country. This week, Fitz found out that it was Olivia who was responsible for the release of Poppa Pope. He came to visit her in prison and listened as she begged for forgiveness. Even though Cyrus protested, (Since he was the one who had her arrested) he shut him up by saying “I forgave you too.” But then an interesting turn of events came about. Shonda Rhimes took her audience on one of those famous roller coaster rides. Olivia sat in the WH closet and watched as her clothes were being moved into it. She was puzzled by this turn of events and then Fitz came in and informed her that she was being moved in and given her own detail.He also told her that he had given up on finding Rowan. At the same time, he tells Jake to take care of Rowan. At this point, Fitz becomes the master.  Instead of the look of relief on her face, Olivia had the look of terror. And Fitz, he had the same kind of look that Tony had in every horror role he has done. No one can master the emotions like Mr. Goldwyn and he has went the gamut of emotions this season from being a man in love to his sad face when he has been hurt. He knows how to act to the camera and for an actor who has done character roles for most of his career, he has risen to the challenge and initiated in the new era of the mature romantic lead. Bravo Mr. President!!!

Love seems to be in the air at the White House. Vice President , Susan Ross has a cute little crush on one David Rosen. David seems to prefer the hot lips of former Chief of Staff, Elizabeth North. Olivia seemed to have problems coming from all angles. First of all, Jake has decided to go to battle with her about their relationship and then Mellie threatens to tell Fitz about the forging. She can’t do it yet, but will. In a tender scene with Abby , she admits that she is happy and now is scared that he will find out the truth. When he does find out, they will be done. She likes being with Fitz and she isn’t ready to lose that yet.Maybe Olivia is really ready to be in a mature relationship.

. Tonight did have those special moments that are accompanied by music that defined the series. Rhimes once again used a R and B soundtrack with Roberta Flack singing the classic Carole King song “Will You Still Love me Tomorrow?” What made this unique was as the soundtrack was playing , we could see Fitz and Olivia fighting to save everything. You could see the pain in Fitz’s eyes of betrayal and the tears as Olivia begged for forgiveness. The audience couldn’t hear the fight, but the emotions were clear. And now we are headed into the finale. . .

Be careful what you wish for Olivia!!!

RosenSusanSusan Ross (                             ) seems to have a crush on David Rosen while he makes out with Elizabeth North. Will he realize she is using him.

naked olitzBut after a traumatic experience , Olivia returns to the arms of her lover. She is safe… or is she?