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It’s Hard Out Here For A Pope!

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We have been treated to another show this season. No it is not about Olivia and her gladiators or her and the tempestuous romance with the President, it is all about the story of an election. We have watched the candidates campaign and even witnessed how it was all put together. But this election has been unlike the other ones that have been portrayed on the show. At this point , all we know is that another President is going to take over the Oval and Fitzgerald Grant will eventually leave the White House. He claims he will go to Europe to write his memoirs , but we are still hoping there is a house in Vermont just waiting for him and Olivia.

Tonight’s episode was called “Extinction” and it showed a side of Eli Pope that we have never seen before.The show took place 53 days before the election. Ironically , Olivia was concerned about Mellie starting a romance with Marcus. The show was filled with all these delicious allegories mirroring show history.  Last week, we found out that the great manipulator himself was no longer in charge . Eli was being threatened by the mysterious lady played so devilishly by Zoe Perry. She should know a thing or two about evil because “Daddy” is Jeff Perry, other wise known as Cyrus Beene. Tonight Eli Pope was more like Ross Geller than the terrible killer he usually is. Eli was swept away by his passion which involved a woman from his past and dinosaurs. Tonya Pinkins embraced the role of Sandra , a woman who stole Eli’s heart.Sandra turned out to be a fellow paleontologist that Eli had worked with but never taken that step. Maybe he was inspired by his son’s passion for Vanessa or his daughter’s love for Fitz to make that leap. With wine and some Marvin , Eli becomes the player. The two make love.

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Eli/Rowan (Joe Morton)  lays in bed after he makes love to his former flame Sandra (Played by Tonya Pinkins )

But back to reality, Sandra was a plant. That’s right ! She was used to manipulate Rowan by some real evil people lead by Zoe Perry. The objective is to make sure that Mellie becomes President and Cyrus is framed for the murder of Frankie Vargas. Mellie ‘s election brings back some memories from the past. Mellie ‘s winning is dependent on one county in California and the thugs fix the voting machines. (Just like Defiance )so Mellie wins . When Olivia finds this out , she freaks. She says she deserves to put one candidate in the White House as a winner. After all, this is why her and Fitz had their major fight because he couldnt trust anyone. Olivia is concerned that Mellie’s romance with Marcus is going to cause problems. There are too many parallels with Mellie and Olivia’s romances and history. Vargas ‘s shooting from a radio controlled gun brings back memories of Becky setting up Huck . Eli was the actual shooter and he is sad to know that he and Sandra can never be together. Olivia seems to have a little more genial relationship with her father than in other episodes.

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Eli discusses the Grant situation with Olivia(Kerry Washington). She is witness to history repeating itself as they discuss voter machine fixing and a white candidate with a black man

Two names should be praised for their parts in tonight’s episode. Joe Morton and Tony Goldwyn. Tony may not have had an active part in his usual role as Fitz, but he took that invisibility and used it to his advantage. This had to be one of the best episodes this season and best of all it moved the story along. We know that it was Eli who shot Vargas and why Jennifer had to remain dead after Jake blew up the cabin. Joe won the MVG title hands down. He took a vicious monster and made him vulnerable and in love. We saw a completely different Eli Pope who for once wasn’t the puppeteer , but the puppet. We also saw a different dynamic to the Eli Olivia relationship.  But next week . its back to the same old tricks and Olivia telling Huck to kill her father.

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Joe is directed by none other than Anthony Howard Goldwyn who is taking a vacation from his place in front of the camera.

 

 

 

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

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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.

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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

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

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Jake Ballard is her running mate for Vice President .

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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

Guest Stars on The Good Wife

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There have been a lot of guest stars who have walked through the doors of  Stern Lockhart and Gardner throughout the years. They have ranged from sitcom stars to First Ladies, Vice Presidents, and even a President . In honor of the final show this Sunday night, we proudly present a gallery of stars who have made guest appearances. Enjoy.

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Stockard Channing was regal as a First Lady but she was fun as Alicia’s mother  Veronica Loy

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TR Knight was such a sweety on “Grey’s Anatomy” but he sure wasn’t as Jordan Kahalios

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She was once a rider on “Serenity” on “Firefly”  here Morena Baccarin  was  Isobel Swift

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Kate Burton now fights for liberty on “Scandal” she was a Chief Justice who wanted Diane to be a judge , Victoria Adler

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We loved Bebe Neuwirth as Lilith , here she is hard nosed Judge Friend.

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And here is her brother in law ,the adorable David Hyde Pierce as Frank Prady

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Joe Morton is Satan Incarnate as Poppa Pope but here he defends Peter as Daniel Golden

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Lookinglass ‘s own Joey Slotnick was Anthony Dudewitz

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Broadway treasure Nathan Lane was Clarke Hayden

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Ol Lou Grant, Ed Asner, was evil homophobe Guy Redmayne

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It’s true love for Diane as Steppenwolf ‘s Gary Cole woos her as Kurt McVeigh

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 Another Broadway legend , Harvey Fierstein rules over the two lawyers as Francis Flamm

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“American Pie” fame’s Jason Biggs is Dylan Stack

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Will Alicia finally find happiness and will things turn out better than they did on “Grey’s” for Jeffrey  Dean Morgan as Jason

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Things couldn’t be more perplexing for Martha Plimpton  as the mother of three teens on “The Real O Neal’s except when she has played Patty Nyholm. Coincidentally , she also won an Emmy for her role.

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Don’t be fooled by that smile by former “Gleek” Matthew Morrison . As Connor Fox, he wants to take down Peter

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Matthew Perry makes you laugh as Oscar on “The Odd Couple” but it was no laughing matter when he challenged Peter as Mike Kresteva

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Matthew del Negro has played both sides of the law as “Michael” man whore husband on “Scandal” . On “Good Wife ” he was Officer Curtis Robb

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Just before Tony Goldwyn became POTUS and the love of Olivia Pope’s life, he was Judge Henry Baxter who was a judge with a gambling problem who took money to send kids to jail

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She helps in the Windy City on “Chicago Med’ but here justice is served by S Epatha Merkerson as Judge Melanie Ellis

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“Chicago Med’s own  Dr Charles Oliver Platt was  R. D.

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Before she fought Chicago fires , Monica Raymund made Alicia’s life a living hell as Dana Lodge

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Before Marina Squerciati rode on the mean streets on Chicago, she was Cheryl Willens

 

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From “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce” , Lisa Edelstein was Celeste Serrano

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No stranger to the legal system, Blair Underwood played Henry Dargis

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“Private Practice’s own Taye Diggs was Dean Levine Wilkins

 

 

 

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Michael J Fox was the entertaining Louis Canning

 

 

 

 

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And finally he was on the classic “The Sopranos” as Hesh , he finished his run as Howard Lyman , Jerry Adler

Till Death Do Us Part..Mr. and Mrs . Harris?

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I just got down from tonight’s ride and wow what a trip. After a wait of two weeks, we were once again presented a episode to remember. We have learned about the family of Diego Munoz, we have seen the evolution from Lindsay Dwyer to killer Quinn Perkins, and we have found out about the destruction of the marriage of Mellie and Fitz. Tonight we add one more story to the fire. That is the story of Pete Harris aka Jake Hamilton Ballard.

We have been told that Jake and Fitz were Navy buddies. We have also had explained to us about Operation Remington and the beginnings of B613. Tonight we were treated to the back story of Jake and why he felt that he should devote himself to Rowan. Jake eating chicken was just so he could save his energy for this episode.  We start the episode with a young Jake .A young boy is seen playing with army men as his parents are arguing and his father abuses his mother. To escape this life, young Jake enlists in the Navy. This is probably where he met Fitz . They see that Jake has some real talent, so then we are witness to his early days in B613. (We saw this earlier when we saw the history of Huck)  Charlie was actually in B613 with Jake. Rowan was the one who recruited Jake when he kept getting arrested and thrown in the brig for drunken brawls. He gave him a choice between going back to his abusive father and joining B613. He naturally joined the evil spy organization.

Meanwhile Jake is also preparing for his wedding to Vanessa. It is the equivalent of the Royal Wedding as all of Washington will be there when the power couple marry in a grand ceremony. But Olivia is still healing from her ordeal.  In the beginning, Olivia looks like she did when she was kidnapped. She lays in bed and has Jake feeding her toast. Finally she gets some energy and goes for a run. It seems like Olivia is playing her father and meets her team . The game is on. Jake and Olivia talk and she tells him that he can’t marry Vanessa because he doesn’t love her. They argue and then end up kissing. (Bleech) Jake confesses his love to Olivia. and then the two of them plot to have him dump Vanessa very publicly at the altar. At a party at the White House, Jake and Fitz have a conversation about Vanessa . He asks him if he loves her. No answer. Then Jake asks him how it is with him and all he says that he is free. Fitz is in denial for the one who he wants and that is Olivia.

It’s wedding day and Jake and Olivia are putting their plan in motion. But we finally find out Rowan’s evil plan. Edison will run for President and Jake will be his VP. Vanessa will be the perfect political wife. Jake wants to cut ties and wants to do this. Rowan is not stupid and tells Olivia that if Jake doesn’t get married , he will kill him. Once again, Olivia makes the supreme sacrifice and tells Jake that she doesn’t love him and that she will always love Fitz. She sends him to marry Vanessa and runs from the ceremony. On the way out, Fitz once again asks if she is alright? She runs past him and says she can’t stay there. So as the President of the United States hands him a ring, Jake and Vanessa marry and a evil dynasty has begun.

And how did it all begin, Jake went home after his sister hung herself and then shot and killed his father… then he was in B613…the sad part was that most of the cast was MIA with the exception of Huckleberry Quinn. Everyone continued their tweeting and the best tweet of the night came to Mr President. A gladiator asked Tony if Fitz if still had the house in Vermont. His answer ? Yes and still waiting  for squishy babies. There is hope!

Next week: It’s the battle of the gladiators as the candidates are pitted against each other. GRANT and POPE and ROSS and WHELAN!!!

 

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Recovering from her ordeal, Olivia has come to her poppa’s house to heal. Or has she come to foil her father’s latest evil plan?

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Olivia wants Jake to admit that he doesn’t love Vanessa and stop the wedding . A lot of stuff has brought Jake to this point and we find out what made him the way he is.

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Rowan  ( Joe Morton )tells Olivia that this is Jake’s fate and if he would try to leave , he would be killed. She tells him that she doesn’t love him to save his life. Rowan has put all of his hopes on Jake since Olivia is such a disappointment.

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So Jake and Vanessa get married and Rowan’s evil plan rolls along.(Hey gladiators I had to get in Tony in at least one pic) LOL

Putting the Cray- Back in Crazy!!

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I am still recovering from that old entity the “Scandal” hangover. All week long we have been saturated with promos that took us back to the craziest of “Scandal” history. Those moments when our jaws dropped actually bring back the sweet as well as the sour. Well tonight was one of those episodes that kept you on the edge of your seat. If those ratings have been falling , tonight and last week are guaranteed to bring back some of the viewers. There were a lot that are still following the boycott , but more wanted to be loyal to their President. That’s right folks, tonight’s episode “Thwack” was directed by none other than the Admiral  himself. Tony ‘s episodes always have been masterpieces. Most actors when they direct have a tendency to be relegated to one or two scenes an episode. When Tony directs, he is right in the thick of the action. He has directed himself in a love scene in 2.20 “A Woman Scorned.” and tonight Fitz had another ghost from the past haunt him. Sure enough, Fitz and his team had a problem.

The President’s “friend” Lillian has been sneaking around clinics.Everyone is still involved in the throes of the election and digging dirt com Instead of her possibly being pregnant, she has been snooping. Could this have been the reason she was seducing the Commander in Chief? Just when another sin is swept under the rug, it rears its ugly head. Jon Tenney played his heart out as the deposed Andrew Nichols. Andrew has recovered enough to say that he is going to the press with his knowledge of West Angola. Even though he was the mastermind behind Olivia’s kidnapping, Fitz has a lot more to lose. He could still be impeached for declaring war because of Olivia All of the candidates have everything to lose This causes a meeting of the minds and each of the coven meet something .Elizabeth North goes to Huck and blackmails him into taking care of the former Veep.  . , Fitz and company gather to discuss how to handle Andrew. Mellie volunteers to handle him after Abby tells her she needs to .  She goes to see him and he immediately sees right through her plan. He moves her hand down to his crotch and she grimaces. Andrew spouts off and says , ” I can see you are as disgusted at it as I am with you.” Andrew then asks for ten million dollars to keep his mouth shut . The most hilarious moment of the episode is when Cyrus gives a dollar to the pot.Thanks to Fitz, he is immune for all of his crimes .Scott Foley has another great scene where he sits , says nothing, and just eats.  Lizzie offers five million. and then so does Fitz. Olivia has a feeling so she goes to her father and Jake , they place a bug so they can hear Lillian make a deal for the article.It goes to press in 48 hours. West Angola may still come out so Fitz decides to take the blame for everything. Olivia is impressed. He is finally the leader she believed he would be. Everyone on the team has sacrificed so Fitz could stay President, so he feels it is his turn. But finally Abby has gotten her claws and informs Olivia that she runs the White House and she is one of the big dogs. She can’t have him give up. She likes the taste of power too much. Abby is insulted when Olivia tells her she can always be a gladiator for her again.Abby gets a look to kill and goes to make a deal with Nichols.Abby talks about the body count and that she now runs the Oval. she then bans Olivia from the White House. Olivia is not done and asks Jake to get her into the White House.  . Olivia goes to visit Andrew and he decides that ten million is not enough. He starts insulting Olivia and goes too far. Olivia has been having flashbacks of her kidnapping and she picks up the chair . In one of the most graphic deaths ever, Olivia smashes Andrew Nichols skull in. Sitting up against the wall, Olivia is covered with blood and then… what we have all been waiting for since the fight . Fitz takes her in his arms and hugs her and tells her everything will be alright. She hugs him back. Olivia takes charge and tells the two how to handle Andrew’s death. With a deadly look, she turns to Abby and says “Don’t ever cross me again.” Following that Liv heads for sanctuary , her father’s where she belongs.

Tonight’s MVG was hard to decide, but I guess my pick for MVG has to be Olivia. She has been on a journey since Season One. With no viable male role models, she has used men for their power and with this mindset she has no idea how to show a man how to love her. For the longest time, she was the woman who wanted everyone else to be happy. She made the ultimate sacrifice when she let the man she loved go back to his wife to save his ass. Time and time again , she did the right thing. With the kidnapping, all bets were off. She was not in control for the first time in her life. She always made the decisions, but not now. She has also been fighting a battle in her mind all along between good and evil. She has been caught between the role established by her father and the too good to be true “Helen of Troy ” that men have established for her. Olivia has felt trapped ever since the kidnapping and has felt like she has been a prisoner. This might explain her weird behavior when she was in the White House or it might even explain the decision of the abortion. Both would have trapped her to one person and she didn’t want that . She is still feeling the effects from the kidnapping and the flashbacks were obvious of that. When Olivia was bashing in Andrew’s head . she was taking back the power she lost when she was taken and tortured. She knew he was behind her abduction. But notice after she lost control, she fell into the arms of the man she loves. (Present tense folks) He took her in his arms and showed her the love she never received from Rowan. It was further demonstrated when he ran his hands through her hair and told her that everything would be alright. He actually should have done this when she was rescued and I had every hope this would have happened. This was her sign that she needed to embrace both parts of her the good (Fitz, the fixer, do gooder) and the bad (Rowan’s child, avenger, revenge) It is obvious that Olivia has embraced the better and the worse part of her. This might just make her stronger or it might break her.

This episode was a bit of a catharsis . Olivia has been suffering since the fourth season. Truthfully, each character could be a victim of PTSD. Olivia has watched little pieces of her fall off since then. The love is there but Olivia saw the White House as a prison. Fitz could have been the loving person he was by offering to talk about their relationship instead of being a dictator. Prophetically, Mellie saw the downfall of their relationship when she talked in the closet when she was looking for her hooch. Was the abortion really Olivia bailing or was it Olivia having to face a child that may not have been the superchild that a power couple would have. The child could have had a disability or been born retarded. Olivia has been teetering between good and bad since Defiance. She told herself that she was doing this for the man she loved. But was this the case? She has finally accepted her birthright as the anchor in “Dog Whistle Politics” . announced. One thing is certain , Olivia is headed for a fall. Let’s hope she finally gets the help she needs. We know there is someone for sure to hold her when the nightmare finally ends.

tony directingTony directed tonight’s episode which was guaranteed to thrill , shock, and have its memorable moments

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Jon Tenney returned for the last time tonight as Andrew Nichols. He was intent on bringing Fitz down that is until Liv foiled his plans.

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The White House coven gather to discuss how to deal with Andrew.

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Now the truth can be told. Cyrus ‘s new boyfriend is Secret Service Tom (Brian Letscher) Vargas’ brother can use this to get to Michael

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This scene was the big draw of the night as Olitz fans got some of their favorite couple. When it all comes down to it, He will always be there for her. Damn Abby for showing up .

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But for now , Liv has decided that she is her father’s (Joe Morton )monster and this is where she belongs. The red door symbolizes freedom because it was the same color as the hallway where she was held . She may think she is free, but she is not.

Let The Games Begin.. the Race for the Oval is On!

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Last night’s episode certainly sparked a lot of controversy. ABC scrambles for damage control as ratings continue to plummet and people abandon the ship , “Scandal” There is definitely  fear felt as episodes are scrapped , rewrites are done, and actors are paraded around to sing the praises of their creator.  There are some of us who have been like Pilate and washed their hands and others who can truly call themselves gladiators.  Let it be known that this gladiator will be hanging on until the bitter end. Let’s hope it will all be worth it.

Mellie is trying to find a way to put a spin on her own sad tale. She is choosing to play the poor beleaguered woman whose husband was screwing a mistress and lost a son. She wants to capitalize on the fact that while she was pregnant , her husband was near death after an assassination attempt. Enlisting Olivia’s help, Olivia says that isn’t the public is going to want to know. They will want to know why she stayed. Why did she want to stay with a man who was obvious not in love with her anymore. This is what they will want to read in the book and what will sell. Mellie turns on her and asks her a brutal question. Why did you leave? Finally someone is giving Olivia something to think about. Hah! and she even mentions Olivia should see a therapist. Hallelujah!

Toss away the white hat Rosen! Lizzie Bear has her own agenda. She wants to be Chief of Staff and she wants Susan to run for President. Susan doesn’t want it, so she uses her boyfriend to her advantage . David takes Susan for a date at Gettysburger. (Hey ! there needs to be a Gettysburger) Susan is talked into running and receives a kiss from Rosen. Her junior high crush is encouraged.She will run!

Meanwhile there is a man in the White House who is basically just biding time until his days ended. Both wife and love of his life gone, Fitz has lost it. But then comes his cheerleader, Cyrus reminds him of Reagan and Clinton and that when they were lame duck Presidents, they did things like take down the Berlin Wall. He could really do something to cement his legacy.  Cyrus also talks to Mellie and she tells him “that we made a President, we made Fitzgerald Grant.” Mellie goes back  to Olivia and the two have a chat over hooch. She tells Olivia that  she stayed because it worked. She could plan and breathe because Fitz was occupied with Olivia.

Olivia tells Mellie what she should put in this book. She should talk about how she got her strength when she was talking during the filibuster defending a woman’s rights. It is obvious that it hits a nerve with Liv since this is what prompted her decision. She has realized her strength and that is when she realized who she was. With her help, Sally reads a few choice pages on “The Liberty Report.” Mellie has made a mission statement. I guess Olivia has forgiven her for years of name calling .  Marcus continues to try to fit into the Gladiators and that includes bonding with Huck. Huck ‘s one joy in his life that is consistent is his son, Javier.

But Cyrus and Abby sit down with award winning reporter,  Lillian Forrester. But there is a fly in the ointment , Ms Forrester admits she has a crush on Fitz. Still nursing wounds from the big breakup, Fitz is enchanted with the woman and asks her on a date.  This could be trouble. The woman could be a plant from B613 or just someone to catch the President with his pants down again. It is pretty suspicious that she admits her feelings at their first meeting.  One thing is for certain, it is our sincere hope that this skank (not pretty at all) doesn’t stick around the WH for long. Maybe it will be the thing that will urge Liv to think.

Meantime, Cyrus stands in the back and watches as an unknown governor speaks at a town hall in Pennsylvania. The wheels are set in motion. He is basically looking for his new “Fitz”. He knows 61his days are numbered as well. Another note is that Joe Morton was promoted from recurring to permanent cast. What does this mean. Is an unholy alliance brewing between Papa Pope and Jake? What does this mean to Fitz ? Is B613 alive and well?

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MVG for the night had to be Bellamy Young. Mellie is finally taking charge of her own life. She has also caused Olivia to question her own motives for ending her and Fitz. Meet our new power couple…Mellivia

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Good bye white hat for David as he pretends to care so Susan will run for President. The two are enjoying a bite at Gettysburger

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And the sharks have come out. Annabeth Gish is a reporter who has her plans for the Commander in Chief. Let’s hope she won’t be around long. The gladiators have made it pretty clear how they feel about her.

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Congrats to Joe Morton who goes from recurring to permanent cast . What evil will Rowan and Jake cook up now that they have an in into the White House ?

 

Black is Beautiful !!! Especially on Prime Time Television

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Tonight was a milestone for television actresses. Viola Davis attended Julliard , but has spent year in roles in television shows and movies. She paid her dues , got acclaim for her movie roles , and achieved the biggest coup of her career by landing the role of Analise Keating in “How to Get Away with Murder”. She showed that the gutsy professor can be flawed and even at her age can be sexy.She is an example of the Shondaland school of strong and powerful women. Tonight , she climbed the mountain and took the trophy for all of those who have gone before her and those to come. It is an age of empowerment  as she described a speech that was made by Harriet Tubman that reminded her of the road she went down as an actress. Ego was not exercised as she praised her fellow actresses who have made marks of their own. Empire actress Taraje P Henson stood up and cheered when Ms Davis took the stage and accepted the Emmy for Best Leading Actress in a Drama. She was the first black actress to do so.

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Davis works for one of the most diverse producers in Hollywood, Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes has basically only made hits that break the norm. “Grey’s Anatomy” was a show that promoted a diverse cast and introduced the viewers to men that were too handsome for words. “Scandal” introduced the public to a strong woman who was an interloper to the halls of power and to some of the hottest love scenes on prime time television. She has proved that older men and women can still be sexy and powerful.

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Henson shows that sexy doesn’t mean stick figure. She shows she got ass!

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James Pickens Jr and Debbie Allen are wed on “Grey’s Anatomy” . Older black couples are not pushed to the back, but given romantic storylines

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Jussie Smollett’s (Jamal) character on “Empire” embraces a long taboo part of black culture , being gay.

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Once taboo and even laughable, interracial couples have been embraced by society thanks to Shonda Rhimes and “Scandal” Kerry Washington is a woman who fixes everyone else’s mess, but has trouble with her own, including her love affair with the married President of the United States.

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Miranda Bailey is a woman in the man dominated world of surgery on “Grey’s Anatomy” Actress Chandra Wilson is similiar to her in some ways but she shows her power when she directs . Along with Wilson, Debbie Allen and Regina King  direct for Shondaland shows. Wilson recently directed for “Scandal”.

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The queen sits with her girls as they grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly

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“The family that plays together” , its not this one. Fox “Empire’ has broken sales records for ratings and the show’s soundtrack.  The cast has been acclaimed for their roles in the drama.

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Anthony Anderson was nominated for “Blackish” for best leading male in a comedy. The show lifts black stereotypes and also makes fun of them.

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Joe Morton plays the most evil man on television, Rowan Pope. Last year, Morton won an Emmy for his role on the ABC show, “Scandal” Khandi Alexander was nominated this year, but sadly didn’t win

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