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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?

1.

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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.

2.

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.

4.

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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.

6.

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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.

7.

GUILLERMO DIAZ

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?

8.

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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

9.

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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?

10.

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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?

12.

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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?

13.

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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.

14.

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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.

15.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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

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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)

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The gladiators are searching for Huck

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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.

Seven Days till OMG…. Scandal ‘s OMG Season!!!!

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Alright Gladiators! It’s seven days and counting! Everyone is scrambling to watch those final episodes. Magazines have been flying off the newsstands with our faves on the cover and ABC has been spreading the gospel of Olitz. But let’s not forget where we started before the balcony scene , the kidnapping, back to the beginning of season 4. So before we are watching Washington’s hottest lovers, let’s take a stroll back down memory lane from a season where it all changed.

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Olivia and her gladiators mourn Harrison’s death. Her and Jake have returned from the island of Zanzibar for this funeral. Jake wanted Olivia to leave Washington  following the funeral but she was asked to help someone . But while she was in the Capitol, she runs into a familiar face

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There is no way she leaves now!!!

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The usually ambitious First Lady is now mourning the death of her son and has become crazy Mellie. Here she is enjoying her fried chicken on the Truman balcony. She pulls herself together with Abby’s help for the State of the Union address

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Fitz praises his wife at the State of the Union address. It is the first time that him and Olivia talk . She proofreads his speech.don't ever leave me again... i almost died

Olivia is to the rescue again when Karen is caught on a sex tape and needs her help. It is also the first time that Fitz has Liv alone in the Oval again. He tells her that he almost dies without her. She tells him she didn’t go alone. He is crushed.

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Tom is arrested and confesses that he was given the order by Jake to kill Jerry. Jake is immediately arrested and pleads his innocence to the President. Jake chides him on about his real issue , being with Olivia. Fitz beats the crap out of him.

fitz beats the shit out of him

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Finding out that there is indeed hope for them… Fitz makes one of the hottest phone calls of the year . He tells Olivia what she can expect if she would come over to the White House.

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Olivia tries to save Jake and visits Tom in prison. He tells her that Fitz tried to kill himself and she is floored.

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Tired of trying to get her father, she dances to her independence and tells Jake she wants to make love on the piano. But then she is abducted

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Andrew tells Fitz that Olivia has been kidnapped so he will declare war on West Angola.

And here is the winner of the best speech of the year … from Where the Sun Don’t Shine

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Yes? I need you to listen to me very carefully because I’m going to speak to you right now the way the Cyrus Beene I know would speak to you.
When did you decide to let them ruin you? Excuse me? So your life’s unfair.
So what? That’s how it is.
So, they’re mean-girling you in the press, they’re calling you names that hurt your little soft spots deep inside? Well, so what? That’s how it is.
So you lost someone you loved.
You lost the one person who felt like family.
Well, guess what grow the hell up because that is how it is! The Cyrus Beene I know doesn’t hide in his half-empty closet and wet his pants like a little bitch baby.
The Cyrus I know is a patriot.
He bites the bullet, and he does what it takes to serve the Republic at all costs.
So, I want to know, right now, in this moment, who you are.
Because the pathetic shell of a person I’m looking at right now doesn’t deserve to stand on the presidential seal in the oval office, let alone tell the president what to do.
– Who are you, Cy? – Liv.
Who are you, Cy?! – Liv! – Who are you, Cy? I am one of the most powerful men in the world.
Who are you!? I am one of the most powerful men in the world.
Oh, yeah? So, you’re not a bitch baby? I run this country.
I’m nobody’s bitch baby.
I don’t know.
You still sound like a little bitch baby to me.
I am not a little bitch baby! Then show me! Prove it to me right now! Show me who you are, Cyrus Beene!

run a bra saves

Olivia is kidnapped and held hostage. Using her bra, she tries to escape

vermont-dream

While she is kidnapped, she has dreams about Vermont and being married to Fitz..

fitz declares war

it works ! Fitz declares war

steven rescues olivia

Stephen rescues Olivia after he bids to win her back. Once a gladiator , always a gladiator

fight with fitz

There is no happy homecoming . Olivia blames Fitz for her kidnapping and yells at him for declaring war. She throws her ring he gave her at him.

the lawn chair

“The Lawn Chair” was a timely episode about a father whose son was shot because he was black. Courteney B Vance played the father.

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Fitz gets his third Vice President in Susan Ross. She is picked by Mellie as she begins her climb to the White House

put a ring on it

Cyrus looks back on his past weddings as he gets ready to be married. Olivia puts back on the ring and hope is alive again.

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Fed up with all their games, Fitz cleans house by throwing out Mellie and firing Cyrus . Mellie is now the junior Senator for Virginia .

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Quinn realizes that Huck was the one who killed the jurors and she threatens to shoot him.

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With Mellie and Cyrus gone, Fitz goes to find happiness and finds it.

What happens now?

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to be continued


Our Favorite “Castle”Guest Stars

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Over the last 7 years “Castle” has had many great guest stars from TV shows, soap operas, and movies,. Here are some of our favorites.

Bellamy on CastleBellmay Young played Candace Ford in the season 3 episode “Pretty Dead” which involves the death of a beauty pageant contestant. Now Bellamy is seen every Thursday on ABC’s “Scandal” as the First Lady, Mellie Grant.

brian-letscher-the-wild-rover-castle  Brian Letscher played Irish mobster Liam Finch on the episode “Wild Rover” most recently Brian was secret serviceman Tom protecting the sexy President Fitzgerald Grand on ABC’s “Scandal”

Castle701-00833Matt Letscher, Brian’s brother played Henry Jenkins a man who had a part in Castle’s 2 month disappearance in 2 episodes “Driven” and “Sleeper” Matt was last seen as the mole Billy Chambers on ABC’s “Scandal”

Castle107-00914Katie Lowes played socialite Rachel Maddox on the episode “Home is Where the Heart Stops” She is currently on ABC’s “Scandal” as gladiator and Huck’s on and off girlfriend Quinn Perkins.

Castle208-00687Gregg Henry plays Winston Wellesley in the episode “Kill the Messenger” He most recently appeared on ABC’s “Scandal”as evil texan Hollis Doyle.

Darby CastleDarby Stanchfield appeared in two episodes “Always Buy Retail” and “Significant Others” as Castle’s annoying ex wife and Alexis’s mother Meredith. These days you can catch Darby in the white house as press secretary Abby Weldon on ABC’s”Scandal”

George on CastleGeorge Newbern  played cheating husband Howard  Peterson in the episode “Nanny McDead” now part of a secret organization B613 where he spends his time killing people as Charlie on ABC’s “Scandal”

Sarah Drew CastleSarah Drew played the scorned and murderous nanny Chloe Richardson on the episode”Nanny McDead” she spends her time in Seattle now as Dr. April Kepner on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”

Castle107-01196 Caterina Scorsone played Joanne Delgado the daughter of a murder victim in the episode “Home is Where the Heart Stops” she’s busy mourning the death of her only brother as Dr. Amelia Shepherd on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”

Castle213JasonGeorge-KelvinJason George played business man Charles Kelvin on the episode “To Live and Die in LA” he’s now married to Dr. Miranda Bailey as Dr. Ben Warren on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”

Kelly McCreary played Kelly Jane the assistant of young pop singer Mandy Sutton on the episode “Limelight” she is the daughter of the late Ellis Grey and Chief Richard Webber, Dr. Maggie Pierce on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”

Dr BurkeMichael Dorn plays Kate Beckett’s therapist Dr. Burke in several episodes. His most famous role is Warf on “Star Trek the Next Generation”

johnathan FrankesJonathan Frakes had cameo as Richard Castle’s biggest fan on the episode “The Final Frontier” he is best known for playing Commander Riker on “Star Trek the Next Generation” and being the husband of “General Hospital’s” Laura, Genie Francis.

Adam CastleAdam Baldwin played loose cannon Detective Slaughter on the episode “Headhunters” he played Jayne on “Firefly” alongside Nathan Fillion, and will return as Mike Slattery on TNT’s “The Last Ship” June 21, 2015.

castle-s5e14featuredGina Torres played reality star Penelope Foster on the episode “Reality Star Struck” she played Wash’s wife Zoe on “Firefly”and is wife to ABC’s “Blackish” Laurence Fishburne.Paula

Debi Mazar plays Castle’s publicist Paula in the episode “When the Bough Breaks” she reprises her role as Vince’s publicist in the “Entourge” movie opening nation wide June 3rd.

screen-shot-2014-02-05-at-21-18-23Rex Lee played fashion designer Yumi in the episode “Dressed to Kill” he returns as Ari Gold’s assistant Lloyd in the “Entourage” movie opening June 3rd.

Tony Denison plays mobster Mickey Dolan in the episode “After Hours” you can catch him in new episodes of TNT’s “Major Crimes” this June as Andy Flynn.

Julie Gonzalo played high school friend Maddie in the episode “Food to Die For” her best line is “You want to make little Castle babies” she was last seen as Pamela Rebecca Ewing on TNT’s “Dallas”

Alyssa Milano Alyssa Milano played Castle’s college girlfriend Kyra Blaine in the episode “A Rose for Ever After” She is on ABC’s “Mistresses” as Savannah.

castle303-00378Jason Bighe played Kate Beckett’s mentor Mike Royce in “Under the Gun” and “To Live and Die in LA” catch him as Hank Voight on NBC’s “Chicago PD”

Castle-Ep18-S3_portrait_w858David Eigenberg played Peter Connelly in the episode “One Life to Lose” now he puts out fires as Christopher Hermann on NBC’s “Chicago Fire”

Taylor CastleTaylor Kinney played Darren Thomas in the episode “Once Upon a Crime” he’s smoking hot as Kelly Severide on NBC’s “Chicago Fire”

RachelLisa Edelstein played Kate Beckett’s partner in DC Rachel McCord in the first 3 episodes of season 6. Lisa plays Abby on “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce”

Nikki HeatLaura Prepon played Natalie Rhodes in the episode “Nikki Heat” Laura has a role in the Netflix show “Orange is the New Black”

Agent ShawDana Delany played Agent Jordan Shaw in the episodes ” Tick Tick Tick” and “Boom” fun fact she played Nathan Fillion’s wife on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”

Linchpin-Copyright-2012-American-Broadcasting-Companies-Inc-3Jennifer Beals played Sophia Turner in “Pandora” and “Linchpin” catch her her new show TNT’s “Proof” this June.

jaleel-white-castle-abcJaleel White played Mickey Franks in the episode “Saturday Night Dead” he played nerd Steve Urkel in the 90’s on “Family Matters”

maxresdefaultGregory Harrison played Danny Valentine who made a point to flirt with the married Beckett in the episode “Saturday Night Dead”  he appeared as Dean on the short lived “Friends” spin off “Joey”

Castle fatherJames Brolin played Castle’s father , CIA spy Jackson Hunt in “Hunt” and “Deep Cover” his wife is the mega singing sensation Barbara Streisand.

 

CharlesCharles Shaughnessy played diplomat Nigel Wyndham in “The Limey” he is best known for his role on “Days of Our Lives” Shane Donovan and his role on CBS’s “The Nanny” Maxwell Sheffield.KAMAR DE LOS REYES, DAYA VAIDYAKamar De Los Reyes played Manuel Villaobos in the episode “Private Eye Caramba” he is known to daytime fans as Antonio Vega on “One Life to Live.

4x05-Eye-of-the-Beholder-castle-26291696-1280-720Jessica Tuck played Joy McHugh in the episode “Eye of the Beholder” Ironically Jessica played Nathan Fillion’s older sister Megan Buchanan on “One Life to Live.

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And last but not least, Jack Wagner played Billy Piper in “Significant Others” he is best known for playing Dr. Peter Burns on “Melrose Place” and singing cop Frisco Jones on “General Hospital”

Its Been a Scandallous Year- Images of 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jake Gets A Can of Whoop Ass – POTUS Style

joke and olitz

 It was definitely a night for POTUS fans!!! From the beginning of the show, until the end, we were strapped in and ready for a ride. There were some tear jerking moments , there was surprises , and of course there was Tony Goldwyn at his sexiest this season. This only goes to show that the reunion when POTUS and Olivia become one again is only a few episodes away.

Obviously the main focus tonight was Jake aka Scott Foley. His days are numbered in Washington. There is one person who is fighting for him and that is Olivia. She is still confused about her feelings for him. I guess you would have some kind of loyalty to a guy that you were screwing . But you aren’t going to get too far when you have pissed off the President of the United States. I don’t know what has made him madder , the fact that he thinks that Jake killed Jerry Jr or the fact that Jake has screwed the woman he loves. It’s probably both. Jake egged him on about how he was inside her while he punched him out. Note to TG fans: I was never more turned on in my life than when Fitz was going after Jake and punching him. Working out in the WH has paid off. A special added treat was the sing a long with Fitz and Jake. Both have prove their singing talents, Scott was in the Music Event on “Grey’s Anatomy” and Tony was in “Promises Promises ” on Broadway.

Fitz has also had it with the woman who was formerly the First Bitch aka Smelly Mellie. He gave her an ultimatum , to return to the old Mellie (sneaky, lying ambitious ) or get out of his face. Olivia tried and tried to find out what had happened to her sex toy and was finally told by her dear friend Cyrus what had happened. Bravo to Jeff Perry who I have dubbed his character my new hero, He finally remembered while on his booty calls that he had a wonderful loving husband names James. Quinn was such the bad ass tonight as the earns the title of ultimate gladiator as she dug for the truth with this week’s client. (Does anyone pay attention to OPA business anyway?} Guillermo made me feel sad when he went to see his little boy, Javi and his ex wife wouldn’t let him see him and called a shrink for him. Huck doesn’t like to be lied to , so he tried to strangle the doctor. Abby went on her merry bitch way, yelling at Rosen and Olivia. Tonight was a breakthrough in the Olivia / Abby friendship. Olivia admitted how scared she was about not knowing about Jake and the two hugged. Ahhhhhh.

Everyone just hit it out of the park tonight acting wise. It’s safe to say that Scandal is one of the best acted and best written shows on television. It kind of reminded me of the early days of Grey’s and the cast has to be commended for their tweeting. Even if they are hard at work making another great episode, they take the time to send those tweets to their fans. They try to tweet everyone whether they are celebrating a birthday or giving them a pat on the back for something their character has done.

There was a little bit of trouble this afternoon when an online entertainment site was calling the true gladiators “idiots” for rooting for our couple.They proceeded to give reasons why Fitz and Olivia were a bad match. We who can truly call ourselves gladiators , are not idiots. We are people who still believe in romance and that if two people are meant to be together they will find a way. We have sat by and watched out couple live through death, assassination attempts, election fixing, murder, threats from the First Lady, deceit from Cyrus, and so on and yet he can still get angry and she can still shed a tear when she thinks of him. So fellow “Idiots” , let’s keep hope alive and pray that Shonda will allow that man to be a Vermont soccer dad when the Presidency is just a memory.

the two men of olivia pope

  Here sit the two men who fight for the affection of Olivia Pope… Jake Ballard and President Fitzgerald Grant (Scott Foley and Tony Goldwyn ) Special thanks to gladiator Fitz Thomas Grant  for the use of the picture.