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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

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The Gladiator Report

 Well gladiators,  the Gladiator Report returns with some good news and bad news. Our show has finally returned for the seventh season, the bad news is that this is it. We are now beginning the final season of the show and we are so sad. So many adventures, so many romances , and you can be sure that in this seventh and final season that we will look at the best of Scandal. There is also a few changes in the background of the show. Kerry is now a producer on the show. Tom Verica is gone so he can prepare to be executive producer of Shonda’s new show. There will be some new directors this season as well . Kerry shadowed Scott and will be directing her first episode. Darby also will be testing her directing chops. But have no fear, there will be episodes directed by old favorites Tom Verica, Scott Foley, and Tony directs the second episode.  There will only be eighteen episodes as well, with a lot of breaks in between.  But enough of that, let’s get to the premiere.

It is a new day in Washington and a new White House. With the death of Luna Vargas, a new Vice President has been sworn in.  Cyrus has almost reached his dream and is just steps from that Presidential seal. The Democrats are already courting him for the next election as their candidate. OPA has converted to QPA and the gladiators are trying to think of ways to get clients. David reminds them that OPA is a legend and no one knows about QPA. Olivia is running the show with blackmail and getting things done.  Hurray! A client comes in and she is looking for her missing father.  Rowan sits down and warns  Olivia that her day is coming, she can’t have it all. So much for the Sunday father and daughter dinner. Olivia has fallen off of the rails and is full blown cray cray. She can have it all and she has had cameras watching her father. But QPA has been doing their homework and find out that the father is a spy. Quinn goes to tell Liv the news, but she is a little busy….we won’t go into that.

Jake is her boy and that is obvious. She is the one calling the shots and she is now Jake’s boss. QPA finds out that the professor has been compromised and Jake recommends that he is killed. This is Olivia’s first order as Command and even though she has Luna killed, she doesn’t favor killing Americans. Quinn knows what goes on and is prepared to accept the man’s fate. Huck isn’t , and he goes to Olivia to remind her that the girl deserves a happy ending. At  least, she can be happy . Jake reminds her that she is rebuilding B613 and then goes to Mellie  Mellie has learned manipulation from the best and takes care of Cyrus.  Apparently, the Bashrami ambassador  doesn’t think that Mellie can handle the Presidency. Olivia isn’t playing games with the release of the CIA agent and has Huck take aim at the Ambassador’s son . He aims at his son , who is five and then he is forced to release the spy. The episode wraps up with Olivia calling Mellie on the carpet and says that they are a team. She can either make her asterisk or monument, her choice. Mellie is not stupid , so she wants it all. Cyrus returns and the college bill passes.But what does Olivia have planned next?  Why is she meeting men at a restaurant and then sending them to a hotel room? Meanwhile, someone is laying low right now and letting his ex wife have her day. But is he pining for Olivia while he settles in Vermont?

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In My Life, I ‘ve Loved Them All

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Well gladiators, it has been quite a week. Our favorite couple has worked the press tours, then there  was the announcement that Season 7 is the end of the ride, and it culminated with a two hour season 6 finale. Of all of the seasons, I would have to say that two, five, and this one were the best. Mellie is in the Oval, Fitz is on his way to Vermont alone, and Liv is ready to rule the world. But this can’t be the end, after all this was a two hour finale. Tonight’s double feature was directed by none other than Tony “Fitzgerald” Goldwyn himself.

It has been quite a roller coaster ride  and tonight it ended for Fitzgerald Thomas Grant 3. Other than Kerry , Tony has been the one who has taken a role and made it truly his own. All of the gladiators have changed, Bellamy Young has taken a vengeful shrew and made her into a shero. (It is a shame that we couldn’t have this in real life.) Mellie got what she wanted. Way back when Olivia was kidnapped , she told Fitz that she wanted the Oval. He told her that he wanted Olivia back and healthy. For a couple that really didn’t have a lot of love for each other, they did have respect. These were two people who had lived together for twenty odd years and shared three children together. Whether Fitz  was the natural father or not, these are his kids. He raised them with Mellie. Can Mellie and Marcus get back on track or will Marcus not learn from Olivia’s mistakes.? Even Liv told Mellie she didn’t have to wait eight years. But Fitz was ready to take over B613, instead he made peace with DC, left for Vermont alone to start the Grant Foundation, At last , Mellie and Fitz have gotten what they want.

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Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) is finally free. His pardon from America’s royal prison has finally come and he is handing over the Oval to his ex  Mellie (Bellamy Young)

But it wasn’t an easy road for Mellie, there was people plotting the whole step of the way. There were suspects galore and finally tonight, we got an answer. Luna Vargas was the one behind the assassination attempt . She took care of her hubby and made the way clear for her to be President. But there is one person that she didn’t count on and that was Olivia and the gladiators. Luna wanted to see Mellie dead but she didn’t get her way … For there is a new wave in the nation and it is fresh and new. It is a shame that we didn’t get the outcome we all fought so hard for. Maybe next time we will. At least in Shonda’s land we do have a strong female to lead the nation. Melody Margaret Grant.

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Mellie  (Bellamy Young) waves to the crowd as she takes the crown from her ex and becomes the First Woman President.

Olivia seems to have completed her own journey as well. She has made peace with her father,  Cyrus and her have mended fences. She has handed over OPA to run the White House and thanks to her gladiators, she has saved Mellie . But there is one thing that has escaped Liv and that is her man. Fitz has taken off for Vermont but left her in Washington. It was one of the saddest scenes of the show tonight when Liv ran right in front of the press and paparazzi to give Fitz a good bye kiss

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Olivia (Kerry Washington) says her goodbye to Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) as he leaves Washington . (But don’t worry , he’ll be back.)

In the meantime, life is changing for the gladiators as well. Quinn and Abby have mended fences and she has confided that she is pregnant . She wants to have Abby run OPA because she wants a normal life and is scared Charlie will be bored. But it couldn’t make the former killer happier when he found out he was going to be a father. But Charlie is also having trouble with the changing role that he has with Quinn. He is threatened by her being the boss lady.

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There is a new gladiator in the oven . Quinn (Katie Lowes) is pregnant and Charlie couldn’t be happier.  Congrats are in order for both since George Newbern has been made a series regular for the last season.  Katie is really pregnant by her hubby, Adam Shapiro.

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Best line of the evening,  “Raise your hand everyone who has killed a Vice President.” Olivia tells Mrs Vargas ( Tessie Santiago) that her game is up and she knows she is behind the plot to kill Mellie and how she had her own hubby killed. Jake (Scott Foley) sits with her to make sure she dies that night.

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Here is where the circle has come full circle. Olivia was brought into the world of the White House by her mentor , Cyrus (Jeff Perry) . The two survey Washington on Inauguration Night as Olivia tells him that she will advise Mellie to name him as Vice President.

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There isn’t really one person to name as MVG tonight. Everyone was awesome. So as we wrap up another season of “Scandal” , I would like to say thanks to my loyal readers, subscribers, and sister wives. I also would like to congratulate cast and crew on another super season. Though all good things must come to an end, we look forward to the happy ending that is to come.  Have a safe summer gladiators and remember there is always DVD’s and Netflix. Oh and one more thing, Happy Birthday Tony who turns 57 on Saturday!!!    Happy Summer see you in September.

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?

 

It’s A Different Show Now…Who’s Running the Show?

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We start the Gladiator report tonight with good news. All of your TGIT favorites will be coming back! That’s right. The doctors of Grey’s, the Keating five, and OMG twisty turny drama that you crave will be back . ABC renewed  all three shows . The main reason is that all three shows have won ABC the night in the 18-49 demagraphic. Last night, ABC tied with CBS with the two powerhouses “Mom” and “Scandal.” Ever since the return from the hiatus, our show has gone from the bottom and is making waves again. But before you dust off that suit for the Grant – Pope wedding, be warned that you are not watching the lovesick President anymore. In fact, its a whole new show. Shonda has made it that we see what has happened before Inauguration Day. We see all the drama of the election and the assassination of Frankie Vargas. It changes alliances and destroys friendships. Power becomes the catalyst. Power has also destroyed relationships and people have killed in the pursuit of it. People have also ended up dead for the sake of it.

In five seasons, we have seen the who were the evil people were. We have also seen the innocent victims. In the pursuit of power, people have lied, cheated, and murdered for it. Each character has a dark side and each character has either killed, thought about having it done, or had someone else do it. We started out on the journey of Olivia Pope, her fixing ability and how she couldn’t fix her own life. How she found a man who had as much passion as her and how that passion almost destroyed him . Olivia was no longer a woman, she became “Helen of Troy” and she was sold to the highest bidder . Now we watch as four people fought for the Oval, there can only be one winner. The weakest candidate was killed and now two others have battled for the Presidency. One was a seasoned politician and the other a newcomer to the political arena. Her only experience was back seat to her husband as he climbed from the Governor of California to the White House. Cyrus is a monster and his only liability was the fact he is gay. Fitz has had to become King Solomon to decide the fate of the country and make the call since the electoral college legally couldn’t elect the popular vote. He makes a decision and makes Cyrus President. One problem, there is a tape of Frankie Vargas threatening him when he finds out about the staged shooting to convince him to run. Add to that a phone call from Jennifer Fields  that accuses Bean of murdering Vargas. Following that, Fields is blown up.

Olivia thinks that her father is her rescuer now. She wants to see Cyrus pay for his crimes. Oh gladiators, let’s not forget that any of the candidates could go down for the crimes. That means you too, Mr President. If Cyrus is taken down, then he might open his mouth about the kidnapping and Remmington. Fitz wouldn’t being going to Vermont, Olivia would be making conjugal visits to prison. Someone could also find out about Mellie and Defiance as well . She also had the twelve jurors murdered as well. OH and lets add that little forgery that she did when Fitz was shot. She forged the President’s signature to reinstate him as POTUS. Jake has all of the people he has murdered as well. (He shot Cyrus’ real hubby James) . It’s all cylinders people as Olivia has drafted the gladiators to find the proof she needs to hang Cyrus. Her main reason is that if Cyrus is in prison, Mellie becomes President and she would be back in the White House. With this tape, she has convinced Fitz to have David conduct an investigation. (Once again, Fitz listens to Olivia as always) With the proof, Fitz offers him a deal. Resign and leave politics or be arrested, convicted, and then executed.Fitz literally makes Cyrus sick.He will resign only if Mellie does the same. He can’t let Olivia win.   Olivia was convinced that Cyrus had done something to get on the ticket in the beginning and told him she wouldn’t stop until she found out what dirty trick he pulled to get to be Vargas’ running mate. Cyrus had made a claim that he was the run who ran the country , knew way too much about Olivia , and watched them grope each other like cheap porn.

 

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But there is one person who stands between Cyrus and the White House, Tom. You remember him?  He is B613, Rowan’s loyal soldier, and the one who killed Jerry Jr. He also developed a crush on Mr Beene. and he sees himself the same way as Olivia saw herself with Fitz . This is why he barked. He is the dog on the leash that is not good enough to be Cyrus ‘ husband. Tom admits he took care of the staffer to punish Cyrus . Some of the most dramatic moments of the hour was when Tom held the gun in Cyrus’s mouth. I was on the edge of my seat thinking that Cyrus would be joining his real hubby in heaven. (Or Hell) But Tom took the fall again , like he did for Jerry’s death for Rowan. Tom blamed Cyrus for Vargas death and then he was arrested. The innocent victim in this of course is the young, Ella Novak Beene. Ella has had one father killed and now her other father is going to prison. Now she is being raised by a literal stranger. But this also might be the catalyst to bring together her godparents aka Olivia and Fitz. I think one of the strangest relationships to change is the whole Cyrus and Olivia relationship. Cyrus was the person to call Olivia to help this unknown governor win the WH. Cyrus has been her bedrock all along even in the days when Fitz hated her guts. Cyrus has also had his days when he wanted to destroy Olivia. He has had her arrested and also possibly killed. It is very odd to see her wanting to completely destroy her drinking buddy.

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There is no question of who is the MVG of this week and that is the founder of Steppenwolf Theatre, Jeff Perry. So many of the actors on these shows have been around for years and they are finally coming into their own. Jeff is one of those actors. His monologues have been one of his shining examples of what makes him such an outstanding actor. He began as such a sweet guy and has metamorphised into a man who is as evil as Rowan Pope himself. Did he trap his sweet James into a relationship in his quest of getting Fitz into the White House. Before he was Cyrus, Jeff had made an impression on “Grey’s Anatomy” as Thatcher Grey. Thatcher had suffered and finally left his wife and daughter when he found out about her affair with Richard Webber. In time, Thatcher also became a drunk and his two daughters had to suffer with his addiction. Perry knows how to capture the scene and give it the intensity it deserves. He also knows how to make the viewer feel sorry for him as well as wanting to see him get what ‘s coming to him. He has definitely taking the acting spotlight from Tony to him. Cyrus is a very complicated character because he has spent his whole life struggling. He struggled to comform to the world in his quest for power. James got him to admit what he was and he loved him the more for it. He could pick up a phone and order a hit on his husband and at the same time, cuddle his baby daughter. He has definitely been someone to watch all along. If you haven’t seen the whole show, I suggest a binge watch of the show from the first season and see how all of the characters have changed.  The show ended last night with Cyrus being arrested  and being read his rights by Attorney General, David Rosen. Before this as a touching version of the old Negro spiritual “Wade in the Water.” played, Cyrus tearfully says good bye to his little girl, Ella. Haven’t the Beene’s suffered enough.

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Let’s Hear It for TV’s Career Gals

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Today one of television’s pioneers passed into immortality, Mary Tyler Moore. I had done a few years ago a tribute for her birthday, so I decided to think about what she has meant to me and what contribution she has given to television and to women themselves. Mary was one of the very first independent career women. She had played a loving housewife in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” as Laura Petrie and made a large leap for women at that time as well. She was the first female television character who wore pants on screen. Those tight capri pants were all hers.

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Mary Richards was a true pioneer. Prior to her there was no women on television that were not mothers or housewifes. Marlo Thomas as Ann Marie was also one of those pioneer gals because she would move into New York to make it as an actress. She also took a bunch of crazy jobs while she struggled like most actresses do. Unfortunately for us, the last we ever saw of her was that Donald proposed and she accepted. We never got to see if Ann turned him down for Hollywood or gave it all up for a home in Tarrytown.

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Of course, Nichelle Nichols was a pioneer carrying two banners. She was the first African American woman who had a lead on a major network television show that wasn’t a maid or domestic. She also beat those “Lost in Space” chicks by one year. Many a middle aged man’s fantasies began with Lt Uhura on “Star Trek”

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Mary had a bff who was another career gal. It was her friend, Rhoda. Rhoda was artistic and a fun gal. She was also every woman because she griped about her weight next to a perfect Mary. She made us realize for the first time that not every woman was perfect. Her pride and joy was her window displays and we loved her hair wraps and bohemian looks.

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 The next woman to try to make it as a career woman was Loretta Swit of M*A*S*H* . Her Margaret Houlighan started out as bitchy “Hot Lips” Houlighan but matured with the help of her nurses to become the compassionate Army Major who had managed to make the Army a career . Her nursing skills helped her to attain the rank of Major in the Army and in the forties and fifties, that was indeed a rare thing.

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They weren’t secretaries , or waitresses , or shop girls, they were just two plain old bottle cappers from Milwaukee . Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams were the two girls who liked to vo-de-do and just have fun in the late fifties,” Laverne and Shirley “

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Linda Lavin was a divorced mother who took her son and headed for Hollywood with her talent. She drove from New Jersey to Phoneix where her car died and she decided to settle down. Her whole life was the diner where she worked on “Alice.” The show also ushered in the feistiest female on tv to date and that was her best friend “Flo” played by Polly Holiday. She would think nothing at all to yell at their boss , Mel to “Kiss my grits.”(I got a lot of abuse in junior high because my name is Melanie)

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 The eighties were the era of the nighttime soaps and the first female villains. It was an era of big shoulders and big broads. Jane Wyman carried the banner as one of the bad girls of this era as Angela Channing on “Falcon Crest” . Angela was a vintner in the Napa Valley who would do anything to save her family and her wine. I mean anything.She also cemented her place in history by being the ex wife of President Ronald Reagan

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Cybill Shepherd was the ultimate career gal as model turned detective Madeline “Maddie” Hayes on “Moonlighting.” Her partner, David traded barbs and had smart conversations. Ultimately he won her over, but he could never break her spirit. She was still the strong , career woman with the detective agency , even when she was with him.

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Linda Bloodworth Thompson was a pioneer herself. She had first made her mark in television with an award winning M*A*S*H*script  called “The Nurses.” She also created an early tv series that was a spoof of the era of “Dallas” called “Filthy Rich” Two of the female stars of the show would bring Thompson fame for her story of four smart career women and forever broke the stereotype of dumb Southern women with the classic “Designing Women.” Here is the late Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Jean Smart, and the secretary of the real “Ghostbusters.” Annie Potts.

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Diane English broke more female ground as she created the ball busting, alcoholic, Murphy Brown.” Murphy Brown” as played by Candice Bergen,  was a serious journalist who worked on a 60 minutes type show called “FYI” . She was a pioneer in her field in the same way as Barbara Walters. Murphy was also the first working woman mother on television and took a lot of flack for it since she had no desire to get married when she had her baby. Murphy also had a special guest on her pilot show that viewers would recognize as a young Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal”

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“FRIENDS” brought three girls together as they dealt with careers and men. The actresses themselves made their way into pop culture and exploded along with the male actors of the show into superstardom . The sexy sextet were the creation of another female writer Marta Kaufman. The break out star of the show was Jennifer Aniston and her hair do the Rachel was the do everyone wanted. Rachel was a career gal who started out as a waitress and ended up being hired by Louis Vuitton and moving to Paris . She never made it because she chose Love over career and got off the plane.

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 Another career gal was Jewish interior decorator , Grace Adler on “Will and Grace” . Debra Messing also was the first fag “hag” or “fruit fly” on television. Grace had decided that if she couldn’t get a man , she would settle into life with her gay best friend.

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“ER” was another show that was busting through all sorts of stereotypes. One of the biggest was when one of the actresses had made a name for herself as a director as well. Linda Gray had directed on “Dallas” but was dismissed shortly after.Laura Innes continues to direct as well today on shows such as “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” , “The West Wing” and “Scandal” Her character , Dr Kerry Weaver also was a woman who was crippled and also the head of the ER

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 Shonda Rhimes was the next power broker and was the first woman to have her shows dominate an entire night of prime time television. Her Shondaland had a wealth of powerful and strong women in all of her series. The first show was “Grey’s Anatomy” which was the story of one Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) whose mother was the first woman surgeon and pioneer that she could never feel like she would ever be as good as her. Her best friend was also a rock star in the OR Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) . Their teacher was another powerful woman who would be another woman director on the show (Chandra Wilson) The surgeons worked and loved in the hospital where on call rooms became passion pits .

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For the first time in almost fifty years, an African American female was a lead character in prime time. Washington fixer, Judy Smith was the co producer of this series about a Washington DC fixer who helped create a President, with one small catch, the candidate was stuck in a loveless marriage for power and fell madly in love with his campaign manager. Kerry Washington is Olivia Pope and has won acclaim for her portrayal as well. Bellamy Young and Kate Burton have also made their marks as women who make runs for the White House as America’s first female President.

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Viola Davis had made her mark as a movie star. She as of this date is the first African American woman with three Oscar nominations. She also received a star on the Walk of Fame. But the role that has launched her into the tv stratosphere is law professor Analise Keating on another one of Shonda’s shows “How to Get Away with Murder” . She was also the first African American woman to win an Emmy for leading lady in a drama series.

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Stana Katic is the bad ass Capt Kate Beckett on “Castle” Kate was a detective who was on a case based on a mystery novel.She asked for help on the case from the author who turned out to have a flare with crime himself. He asked his friend , the Mayor if he could shadow the detective. From there a romance blossomed.

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Taraji P Henson is the career woman who sacrificed for her man. Came back from prison and fought for her stake in the family business. Today Loretha or “Cookie” is the diva of “Empire” music .

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Emily Deschnel is also a pioneer as an anthropologist who studies bones to solve crimes on “Bones.” As Temperance Brennan  , she works for the Smithsonian who sometimes helps the FBI. One of these times , she managed to meet the man who would become the love of her life. Today Emily and Booth (David Borreanz) solve crimes and raise their daughter and son.

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Kara came from Krypton with her cousin who would be known as Superman. The cousin would make it to Earth , but Kara was lost in the Phantom Zone. Decades later, her cousin found her and brought her to settle in on Earth. Since there was already a superhero, she felt the need to hide her powers. Well with all the evil in the world and evil aliens, Kara decides that it is time to show the world that she is indeed Supergirl. Like the ever popular Lois Lane, Supergirl’s alter ego also works as a reporter. Melissa Benoit is “Supergirl.”

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And finally wrapping things up, Rayna James had made a career as the sweetheart of country music. She started that meteoric climb with her partner , Deacon Claybourne. Deacon and her eventually fell in love . Unfortunately it was not a happy ending because Deacon became an alcoholic with all the pressure of the road. When she found out she was pregnant , Deacon crashed and she needed a hand so she married another man that she stayed with for twenty years. Finally her and Deacon reconciled and he found out her oldest daughter was his. Teddy and Rayna divorced and today Deacon and Rayna are married. Connie Britton is producer and also Rayna James on “Nashville”  on CMT.

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Eight Years of Torment-An Examination of the Grant Years

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It has been a long haul but we have finally come to the end of the lame duck President Grant’s days as President. Eight years is a long time, but we have been watching how the California governor with a military record but not much political experience would handle his tenure as President. Some have ranked him as one of the worst Presidents that we have had and others have admired how he has handled the office despite the personal problems he has had. Let’s look back on eight years of the Grant Administration.

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It all started out so full of promise. Grant won the Presidency over Governor Reston of Connecticut with a landslide. He won the election with the help of Campaign Manager Olivia Pope who went on to become Communications Director. Beside his side, was his dutiful wife, Mellie and his Chief Of Staff , Cyrus Beane

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 After an intense drafting session at Camp David, Grant delivers his first State of the Union address. Returning relaxed, Grant is confident with his address. Shortly after this, Communications Director Olivia Pope resigns. Her official reason was to start her own firm , unofficially she gives no reason. The President is saddened

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President Grant is threatened by a unknown tape of his voice that could threaten his Presidency. A worker in the White House threatens him and says that he had sex with her. Cyrus goes to Olivia for help which results in a reconciliation between her and the President. For the first time we realize that the President and Olivia were romantically involved .

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President Grant listens to the tape and realizes who is on it. We see for the first time Olivia and Fitz history. They bond over his sham of a marriage and the two realize they are in love with each other. The voice is Olivia’s and the tape has a woman on it now. Amanda and Billy bond to get Sally in the White House and plan blackmail of Grant. Amanda tries to kill herself and then asks for Olivia’s help . Cyrus sees no other way out and Amanda ends up in the Potomac. Problem solved? No way.

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Fitz is ready to resign and tells Olivia that he can finally be with her. He doesn’t care about anything but her and wants to resign. Olivia makes the hugest sacrifice she can. She sees Mellie leaving and brings her back to do an interview after the tape is blogged about . The woman’s voice is hers and her and the President were trying to have another baby. Mellie gets pregnant to save her husband’s ass. The stress continues. Olivia and Fitz separate .

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Olivia has started to see her old fiance since it seems the relationship is dead between her and Fitz. Fitz has her followed and under surveillance. Olivia learns about a spy camera that is in the White House and would eventually be in every home called Thorngate. While Fitz is hunting, he has Olivia summoned and she is furious. He confronts her about Thorngate and more importantly , her relationship with Edison.

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Fitz realizes that he and Olivia can’t make it work , so he invites her to a restaurant. After that he dumps her. Sickened over his decision, he has to go to London and the G8. The stress begins and he doesn’t call Mellie from the time he leaves. Did he make a mistake?

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Fitz informs Mellie that she doesn’t have to worry about Olivia anymore. He tells her that she won. The couple is on the way to Fitz’s birthday gala , but Mellie says she wants to go home she has a feeling. The pregnant woman isn’t far off. Fitz is shot.

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A new problem arises. It is revealed that Fitz’s election has been fixed. James Novak and David Rosen have been doing some digging. The group that fixed the election meets to decide what to do to keep the fix secret. Huck meets Becky at an AA meeting but it turns out that she wants him framed for an assassination attempt. Becky is hired for an assassination by Verna. The plan goes off and there is an attempt on the President’s life.

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Fitz is shot in the head causing him to have brain surgery . He codes on the table and then stays in a coma. The country is in turmoil because Press Secretary Britta Kagan is shot and dies. Secret Service agent Hal is also hit but recovers. Sally sees her shot and campaigns to  take over as President. Mellie , Cyrus  and Olivia cook up a plot to foil Sally by lying and saying the President is fine. Olivia can’t bear the thought of losing Fitz and begins a vigil.

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Defiance finally comes out for the President. On her death bed, Verna confesses all and tells him who was part of it. The worst blow was that Olivia was part of it. He doesn’t care if Mellie or Cyrus goes down, but she is another story . He can’t let her go down and so he smothers Verna and she dies. After her funeral, he can’t face Olivia and says that she didn’t have to wait for him. They are over (for now)

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He and Olivia part and they are both miserable. Without realizing it, Cyrus asks both people to be the Godparents of his and James’ baby. When they see each other, they can’t fight their feelings. Fitz has been sick over a hostage crisis and drinking heavily. The alcohol takes its toll and he chases her down the hall and pull her into a closet. He attacks her and then once again hurts her by saying that they are done . She is left in tears , while he goes to deal with his Presidential crisis.

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President Grant is tested again when he finds out Olivia is in the hospital. The drought is ended but Olivia is attacked by the spy he had watching her. Surprise, Capt Ballard is falling for her. Jake realizes that someone has targeted Olivia and rushes to protect her. She finds out that he has been spying on her on cameras . Jake isn’t dumb, he fakes an attack which lands her in the hospital. His undying love shows when he visits her. The visit must be secret so he isn’t discovered.

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 Mrs. Grant has had it with her cheating spouse and she is ready to blow the whistle on their cozy love nest. Fitz has had it too. He tells Olivia that Mellie has moved out of the White House into Blair House. She has had it with his antics as well. She gives him an ultimatum , if you want me earn me. He does it , he comes over and waits while his loving wife is going to expose his cheating ass. To add fuel to the fire, the person she asks to interview her on network television live is Cyrus’s husband, James. The clock strikes nine and the interview begins. Fitzgerald Grant has made his choice.

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Stress causes Cyrus to have a heart attack . Everyone is beside themselves. Fitz comes to visit him and then so does Mellie . Mellie says that it is time to go and tells Fitz they are leaving together since he is running again. Fitz calmly informs her that he is not . He is divorcing her and slowly introducing Liv to the public as his girlfriend. Cyrus recovers and tells Fitz Liv has cheated on him then he tells Olivia that Fitz murdered Verna. Olivia says that her gladiators need her and she can’t leave them. For the second time, he tries to give everything up for her.

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Olivia is at peace until she opens her door and is ambushed. She is the President’s mistress and someone  blew the the whistle. Everyone scrambles to cover up whoever the leak is. They even find a fake plant , Janine Locke, who will go down in infamy by talking about the President’s baguette. Surprisingly, the leak was the President himself.

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The President’s newest problem is finding a narrative to spin about him and Olivia. Olivia can’t take the fall and the loveless marriage continues. The gladiators save her ass by coming up with the lie that Janine Locke was the President’s mistress. Mellie pays her off to buy the story.

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Another grey hair appears as Olivia is stuck in a hostage situation with a distraught mother who lost her spy son.

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The sins of the past are ready to catch up again as Fitz attends a former Navy Seal’s funeral  who was murdered . His autopsy revealed a set of numbers that turned out to be a key to a secret mission by the name of Remmington. Remmington involved a plane being shot down and who shot it down. 329 lives were lost and one of those supposedly was Olivia’s mother.

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Olivia is mad at Fitz thinking he is behind her mother’s death. She decided to back Josie Marcus instead. Sally resigns to run as an independent against Fitz. Fitz needs a new running mate and calls his former Lt Governor, Andrew Nickles. It proves to be a stupid one. Fitz wants Olivia back and gets her to see a secret house he was building for them . The two of them make love in the house.

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Fitz confronts Rowan about Remmington and also about how he feels about his daughter. Rowan says he has never been a man, only a boy.

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More trouble for Grant as he comforts his best friend, Cyrus after his husband has been murdered. The murder is covered up as a car jacking. David Rosen knows the real story since he was a witness to Jake killing James and three other people.

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As the campaign for reelection continues, the Grant children are summoned to the White House. Fitz finds out his son is wearing Reston t shirts and wreaking havoc. His daughter can’t stand either of them and catches her mother in a compromising position with Uncle Andrew. Dad goes and punches him in the eye. Olivia walks in on an argument and is put in her place when he reminds her that he is talking to his wife.

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More trouble as Maya and Adnan construct a bomb that will be used to kill the President. They stick it in the church where Sen Hightower’s funeral is to take place. The bomb goes off as Fitz watches the church blow up where he was supposed to speak.

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For the first time, he is terrorized . Olivia fears for her life and that of the man she loves . He finds out that her and Jake slept together as well. Sally uses the bomb to help her own career. Savior Sally wins support.

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Maya wants revenge so she stabs Rowan. Olivia runs to her father’s side forgetting Fitz

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The worst is yet to come when Fitz ‘s son , Jerry is murdered . Adding insult to injury, Olivia has left Washington for parts unknown with Jake. She blames herself for everyone’s pain. .   The President   doesn’t know how much more he can take…..

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Olivia escapes all her problems as she calls herself the scandal. Her and Jake leave Washington as the President mourns his son. Fitz wins his second term with a sympathy vote.

randy-red-julia-and-superfreak Harrison is dead and the gladiators want Olivia to return from paradise. Despite argument from Jake, they come back to Washington. The gladiators are furious with her for abandoning them since they all have new jobs . In the end the team reunites to mourn their friend. Olivia tries to leave until a new case begs her to help her. While in the Capitol, she encounters Fitz . Without a word the two pass except for the secret smile on their faces.

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The death of Jerry Jr takes its toll on the First Couple. Mellie has lost interest in everything and the tabloids are having a field day. Fitz has to continue to run the country and Olivia helps him with his second State of the Union address. She also has to play referee to a fighting couple who are brought to Washington as national heroes. Fitz salutes a grieving First Lady for her courage. When the cameras are off, Mellie collapses.

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Another grey hair and another wrinkle appear when he finds out that his dear darling of a daughter has slipped her detail to go to a party . Two boys take advantage of the fact and make a sex tape of the drugged First Daughter. Olivia comes to the rescue and gets the opportunistic parents. Fitz and her come together for the first time since her return and she tells him she left with Jake. Fitz is once again crushed , but determined to win her back.

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Tom was imprisoned but he was edged on by command to confess who made him kill Jerry Jr. He admitted that Jake Ballard had the President’s son murdered. The lie was enough to have him imprisoned in the Pentagon and cross examined by the President. When Jake told Fitz  he didn’t kill him, he was so infuriated that he started to egg him on about his affair with Olivia and the trip to paradise. Nobody touches Olivia and so Fitz proceeded to beat the shit out of him with the cover of murdering his son. More gray hairs and wrinkles and now a bloody hand. While Jake is in custody, Olivia begs Fitz to release him. He calls her and makes the dirtiest phone call that makes her wet her panties.

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Jake is released from custody but is moved to the bunker for his own safety. Feelings are set aside as the three plot to take down Roman. Jake is still in protective custody , but Fitz sees it to his advantage and kisses Olivia outside the bunker when they leave. Olivia sees it as a way to lure her father so Rosen can arrest him. She tells him that she can’t stand the two fighting over her. A plot is beginning to be hatched and the only thing revealed is that someone has been watching Olivia. It is revealed that the Vice President and Elizabeth North are up to something.

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Rowan gets wise and gives the kill order to eliminate B613 agents when he fears the end of the evil organization. Olivia and Fitz try to get the aid of Maya in taking down her husband. Before Rosen can get to the information, all of the evidence is destroyed. OPA is blown up and Olivia tries to shoot her father. Unfortunately, she fails. Cyrus’ boy toy is caught with his pants down and Cyrus relationship is brought to light thanks to Lizzie Bear. Thanks to Olivia, she spins the gay relationship and tells Cyrus he is no one’s bitch baby. His job is saved and Olivia feels like she is not needed at the White House anymore. She celebrates her choosing her with Jake as they dance and make love. When he goes to get a pillow , she is gone. Andrew smugly goes to the Oval and tells Fitz that he has a choice to make … war or Olivia?

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Olivia is kidnapped and taken away as prisoner. An innocent neighbor dies so they can take her from her apartment. Jake takes off to try and rescue her and the kidnappers have beat him. Fitz is furious and the first person he blames is Jake. Jake assures him that he has nothing to do with this. The two unite to save her. Olivia tries to escape but to no avail. Her exhaustion leads to her dreams. In the first part of the dream, Jake turns commando and rescues her. Then there is another part of the dream. She is in an unfamiliar bedroom and goes and gets in the shower. There is a man in the shower….

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Olivia is Olivia Pope Grant  and she is living in a post Grant Vermont with the former President and present mayor, Fitz. There are no kids though. Olivia encounters Abby who reminds her she has to save herself. Olivia runs down a hall to some red doors and realizes she is still in the US not some far away country. Fitz informs Cyrus that Olivia has been kidnapped.

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The team and the White House are all uniting and trying to find Olivia and rescue her. Mellie sells out and seduces Andrew to find out where she is. The gladiators stage an ambush to find out that Olivia has been moved. His hand has been forced and now President Grant is forced to declare war on West Angola. Olivia has truly become Helen of Troy and thousands of lives are lost. Now Olivia is put on the auction block and the highest bidder will get the woman whom the leader of the free world loves. The bidding begins… let the games begin.

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The bidding ends with the aid of Olivia’s mother and then she finds out she is going to the Iranians. Olivia uses her language skills and makes the negotiator mad. Abby wanders around in the dark since Cyrus won’t tell her anything.For security reasons, Cyrus seeks to have Olivia killed because she has too much knowledge about the government.  She saves the day by calling Steven who brings her back to DC. Steven is now working with the Russians and that is how he finds her since they were the second highest bidders. Safe in her apartment, she has a visitor and that is Fitz. She lays into him and the two of them fight again. She also takes off the ring and throws it at him. They are finished.

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Cyrus gets himself into a mess when his boy whore fiance gets caught in Dupont Circle with a guy. It’s time to take action and Olivia goes to work by arranging a gay wedding in the Rose Garden sponsored by the First Lady. The wedding brings memories back to the other weddings in Cyrus’s life, to a woman and to his late hubby , James. The wedding goes off despite torment from Sally. Olivia is confident enough to put Deux Bebe back on her finger. For the first time, Fitz sees some hope.

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The White House and Washington is a mess. Rowan manages to avoid jail and makes a deal with Mellie if she gives him the list of jurors . The jurors are murdered and the case is dismissed. Rowan is free. Huck murders the jurors. Olivia and Jake go to the CIA to spill their guts which lands them in jail thanks to Cyrus. David is threatened and forces Olivia to sign to get out of jail. Jake delivers her to her door and tells her its the end of his mission and urges her to go to the man she loves. Mellie wins the Senatorial election but during her speech, Lizzie Bear tells Fitz about the jurors and he throws her out on her ass. The next bit of housecleaning is firing Cyrus, which pleases Lizzie Bear who wanted to see him gone. Fitz goes to Olivia’s , but she isn’t there. He assumes that she left with Jake again. Defeated, he goes back to the White House . But then he hears a familiar voice …it’s Olivia! She is there for him. He asks “What do we do now?” She smiles and says, “Whatever we want.” Then the lovers begin to kiss…..

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Fitz entertains the Prince and his wife of Caledonia. He talks with the Queen about a naval base for the US. It is his first State Dinner without Mellie. Even though they can’t be public yet, it is very obvious that Fitz and Olivia are together. Mellie is sworn in as Senator of VA. but after he poses with her during her swearing in, Fitz tells her that he wants a divorce. Mellie begs for mercy, but to no avail.

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After deciding that they want to slow things down, the world speeds things up by showing a leak in the White House security feeds.  Sally proudly shows the couple embracing on “The Liberty Report.”

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The couple try to explain to Noah Banks that Olivia is taking the blame for this and that the couple is stronger than ever.

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But Olivia decides to fight for them and returns to a crowd of a reporters asking her if she is the President’s mistress… her answer YES!!!

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Mellie tries to dissuade Olivia from returning to her place with Fitz. The interview is flagged when Noah sees Olivia’s confession. Abby is mediator for Fitz and Cyrus is for Mellie. The two decide that their paths have grown apart and Mellie leaves the White House. There is only one way to play it and Abby does it the way that Liv would . She slut shames Olivia making her out as a power hungry woman who uses powerful older men. Fitz won’t have it , but Olivia says she has to take the fall.

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A tabloid reporter takes Abby’s accusations and then the media storm starts. Mellie is ready for work but the committee has some bigger fish to fry, it is to fry Mellie’s husband’s ass and start impeachment proceedings. They want her to vote with them to impeach him. Fitz wants to fire Abby, Lizzie Bear says wait before she leaves. Fitz’ s party wants him to play ball with him and basically make racist comments about Olivia. This angers Fitz and he dares the world to come between them. He shows up to take her on their first date. So does the press. Mellie sees this and says IMPEACH HIM!!

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Mellie has started proceedings and Rosen warns Fitz that he should be getting a lawyer. The committee has issued all files from the White House to be seized. Olivia seduces Fitz and while the music is playing, she tells him that they have the computer files from when she was kidnapped. It may not be impeachable to have a mistress, but declaring a war for her is. The only one who knew about Liv’s kidnapping was Cyrus and Fitz asks him to come back.

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Mellie and the gladiators are called to testify. It is a witch hunt concerning Mellie. Olivia will be called to testify now. They will be out for blood but Cyrus to the rescue, Olivia doesn’t have to testify if she and Fitz are married. Mellie makes it final and tells him in no uncertain terms how much she despises Fitz. Olivia comes home to a balcony filled with candles and rose petals.

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Olivia is proposed to by Fitz. She turns him down. Jake goes to be with his “wife” and she invites him to come with her. Elise is murdered at Union Station. Rowan is in danger in prison. Olivia finally accepts Fitz’s proposal and they celebrate. The next day is the wedding and Olivia is basically told her whole life will be turned upside down. She is told to surrender her cell phone and then she gets a call from Mellie. She will release Rowan if Olivia agrees to be her campaign manager. Olivia agrees… once again she leaves Fitz. Rowan is free and so is Tom.

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The foreign country of Bandar has come to the White House for a supposed peace treaty. They are being wined and dined by Fitz and Olivia is being tried out in a First Lady role. She makes quite an impression till one of the dignitaries asks for mercy and to deflect to the US. For her help, he gives information that the leader is hiding things from the President. The gladiators find out that the man is lying and she says no deal. Then he tries to kill himself and tells Olivia he is a homosexual and in his country that is a crime punished by death. Huck proves that the so called soda factory is where bombs are being built.Fitz pretends to sign but then tells the leader he will bomb the hell out of his so called factory for lying. Olivia is arrested for releasing her father and then imprisoned. Fitz comes to visit her and releases her. But to keep her safe, he moves all of her belongings into the White House and says , “This is your home now.”

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It is Christmas time in the White House and the media darling is Olivia. She is doing all the cute little duties of “First Lady” and Mellie is making her mark on Congress with a phillibuster about women’s health rights. Olivia finally had enough when a lady asks her about a cookie recipe. Her boyfriend is with the big dogs and she is no more than a trophy wife. She gets behind Mellie and cheers her on. She then makes a decision. We find out that Olivia is pregnant and she panics once again. This time she gets an abortion and is late for the Cabinet Christmas party. She returns and Fitz lets her have it. This is it and the couple fights for their very survival. Olivia moves out and the couple are alone again. Charlie celebrates the holiday with Quinn and stolen decorations.

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The two of them are leading very separate lives. Olivia is back to gladiating and Fitz has adopted the Grant desire to bed as many women as he can.He also makes Jake NSA Chairman after Jake murders the old one.  It starts with a reporter but the reporter has an agenda.Olivia is also back to sleeping with Jake again.Abby comes into the bedroom and catches him naked with the reporter. But it doesn’t stop there. He makes girls sign disclosure statements when he beds them.

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Fitz pours on the charm for the ladies. After all, he has been married for twenty some years. He can now sow his wild oats , which he does instead of mourning him and Olivia.

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The breakup has caused Fitz to act like his late father… all booze and broads

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But when she brings Teddy to visit Daddy, she catches a rat who had been around her son.

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But Mellie warns him , to keep his whores away from Teddy or she would take his son away from him. She reminds him that he is acting like Big Jerry.

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Olivia gives it her shot . It is the first time since their fight. She asks him if this how he wants his legacy remembered.

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He discovers that Cyrus has jumped ship and has no choice but to fire him for the second time. Abby is now Chief of Staff. She has come a long way from gladiator.

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Susan is now in the battle for President , so the ex lovers are rivals . Fitz urges her to keep it real and also to say that he will kick her ass . For the first time, they are civil. He also tells Susan that he did not win the election the first time.  He tells her to keep it real.

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Olivia has a major PTSD attack when Andrew edges her on about being Fitz’s whore. She picks up a chair and uses it to kill the former Vice President. After she is done, she falls apart and Fitz realizes and so does everyone else that she is sick. He takes her in his arms and they embrace until Abby shows up.

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At Jake’s wedding, Olivia runs and is obviously upset . Fitz runs after her and tells her everything is going to be alright. The wedding goes off and Jake and Vanessa are married. Rowan’s plot is fulfilled.

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The campaign heads to Florida for the FLA governor’s endorsement. Abby starts pulling tricks and Mellie’s campaign flight behind Air Force One. This makes Mellie behind Fitz and makes her late which the lady governor can’t stand. Mellie gets off the plane and so does her ex to talk. Fitz admits that he is worried about Olivia since the wedding and the VP ‘s death. He tells Mellie about Olivia killing Andrew and the two unite over their concern. Susan is now out of the race now. Mellie is now against Doyle. The two girls unite to take him down.

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Fitz found out that Olivia had an abortion and he blames a lot of what happened on the way he was acting back then. He realizes that he should have sat down and talked with her before he moved her into the White House. There is some progress between the two … what is their future?  We hope its back together.

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Mellie has read his speech and it is no more than a love letter to himself. She is not having it. It is supposed to be her show now. Once again, Liv to the rescue to talk to him. Cyrus is now in the race for the Dems as Vargas’ running mate. Fitz opens the Republican convention.

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But on election night something happened … President elect Vargas was shot

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Vargas is shot and then the question of who should be President is asked? Fitz is asked to make the impossible choice between Cyrus and Mellie. Actually the Electoral College is asked to make the decision for him. But one other question is asked, who shot Frankie Vargas?