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Happy Anniversary to a Shondaland Couple

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Today is a day of celebration in Shondaland for the Foleys. They have been married for ten years. Well you might know them for their alter egos more than Scott and Marika Foley.  Marika Dominzyk  is the love interest of Dr. Arizona Robbins on the mega hit “Grey’s Anatomy,” now headed for Season 14.

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 But her hubby was a part of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital as well. Scott was the sweet lovable Henry Burton , husband to Dr. Teddy Altman.

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Sadly Henry died on the operating table, making him one of the most beloved “Grey’s ” patients in fourteen seasons.  Only Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s , Denny Duquette was more loved than Scott’s character…but Shonda loved Scott so much that she decided to cast him as Captain Jake Ballard, Navy buddy to President Fitzgerald Grant

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Jake has been a lover, a fighter, and also a politician. He has been a part of the show since the second season . We have also found out that “Jake” isn’t his real name and we have also seen him get married. Scott and Marika have three children, two boys and a girl, Konrad, Keller, and Malina. They also have pets to make the Foley household a happy, crazy place. So happy anniversary to Marika and Scott….cheers from Chitownstarconnections

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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?

 

OUR 15 FAVORITE SCANDAL CHARACTERS

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 April 5, 2012 was the night that Shonda Rhimes premiered her newest creation. It was a show that took place in the nation’s Capitol about a DC fixer who fixed everyone but herself.  It gave us the terms “gladiator” and “it’s handled.” It brought the phrase OMG tv to the masses and it embraced a romance between a married President and his campaign manager . Kerry Washington became a television star and it revived a long dead  career of an actor who was most known for his role as the killer in “Ghost.” “Scandal” made Jeff Perry and many others household names, as well as making Tony Goldwyn a sex symbol in his fifties. Fitz and Olivia made Ross and Rachel seem like horny teenagers. Their chemistry burned up the screen with their torrid love scenes.

In honor of the fifth anniversary and the 100 th episode, we will be spotlighting this show and its actors. First up, is Jen and my picks for our fifteen characters. Hey gladiators! who are your picks?

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Olivia Pope- Kerry Washington  Olivia is a person who lives to fix people and candidates. Unfortunately, she can fix everyone but herself. Her father sent her away to boarding school and told her she needed to be twice as good. He never taught her to love, unfortunately that is one of her problems. She never thought she was worthy enough to have a great man or that love had to hurt. She has a man waiting for her now, let’s hope she can get fixed.

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fitz-salutes. President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III – Tony Goldwyn – Fitz was born for the White House according to his father. He was rich, entitled, and sent to the best schools. He lost his mother, and his father was a politician who never quite made it to 1600 Penn. As a result, he pushed his son to get him there at all costs. He found a girl whom he thought was the perfect, trophy wife. He also hired a political animal to help him along. But Fitz, just wanted to help people and serve his country.  He enlisted in the Navy, where he became a Seal and flew  fighter missions. Some of those were black ops and dangerous. Courtesy of his father, he flew a mission that killed 329 people and would haunt him. Fitz is an idealist and romantic , that is why he never could say he loved his “political” wife. He finally found love when he found his soul mate, Olivia. The two of them just keep missing each other or letting things or people get in the way. Let’s hope the two of them finally come to their senses and head to Vermont.

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Cyrus Beene -Jeff Perry- Cyrus has spent most of his life in the closet. His dream is the White House as President. There has never been a gay President, so he has spent his life as a law school professor and political advisor. In one of those classes, he found his best student and trained her to be an animal like him. He also found his dream candidate  in Fitz and with his team took him to the Oval. He just never counted on Fitz to fall for Liv or for him to find love as well. Cyrus found the love of his life in the person of one James Novak, a reporter that came along to cover the Grant campaign. They were married , adopted a baby girl, and then James tried to dig too much. Unfortunately, curiosity killed the cat and James was murdered. He was fired as Fitz’s advisor and then went on to find his new dream boy in one Frankie Vargas. He was forced into a political marriage by one Lizzie Bear . She blackmailed him with a male prostitute . Vargas has been killed, and as his Vice Presidential candidate is slated to get his dream, the first gay President.

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Senator Mellie Grant- Bellamy Young – For the first time in her life, Mellie is her own woman. She has spent most of it in the shadow of her husband as the two took it all the way to the White House. But while she was watching her hubby climb, she was losing herself . Mellie graduated from Harvard with honors , but she gave up her brilliant career to be a smiling political wife. She also never wanted children, but had three. Her own father abandoned her and her mother for another family. He also sold her to Big Jerry to insure her future.  He wanted her to have the best , so he married her off to Fitz. But she was ruined when her father in law saw that his son hadn’t knocked her up yet and took it upon himself to do it. But he raped her and she never wanted to be touched by her husband again. She was never really sure if her late son, Jerry was her husband’s son or brother.  Mellie has been unlucky in love, her lover Andrew became a traitor and power hungry and she was relieved when her hubby found his own lover. It relieved her of her duties because frankly she couldn’t stand the man. Everything with Mellie was optics, for the good of the country. Now she is posed to be the Vice President after running for President. Will she realise her dream and resume her true love affair with Marcus. She deserves to be happy as well.

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James  Novak – Dan Bucatinsky – For a character who has been presumed dead for almost two years, James still has made an impression in the lives of the people he loved. This includes the fans. (James is one of Jen’s faves and she refuses to believe he is dead. Well anything is possible in Shondaland) Cyrus was impacted by this man the most. He still refers to him as the love of his life. James kept Cyrus on the straight and narrow. He got him to bring Ella into his life. James also convinced Cyrus to come out . He and Cyrus met while on the Trail , along with that other couple. Cyrus sees Michael as a political marriage, not a real one. Michael may have Cyrus as a hubby, but James will forever have his heart. He would have made one hell of a First Lady too.

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Stephen Finch – Henry Ian Cusick- Stephen was one of the OG gang, (Original Gladiators) . He was a lawyer who had a nervous breakdown and then Olivia saved him like she had saved so many people. He had one problem, he liked to get laid and went to Washington’s madam for his needs as well. He also felt the need to be a normal , so he started a relationship with a sweet school teacher named Georgia. He advised Olivia to end it with Fitz and she took his advice. Abby even had a thing for him and then she settled on just being a friend. But Stephen earned his gladiator stripes, when he came to Olivia’s rescue when she was kidnapped. Abby called him to help and he enlisted his friends , a bunch of Russian terrorists to make the winning bid of the deadly auction. It was the nicest surprise when all of us either thought her rescuer would either be Jake or Fitz. Instead it was one of her oldest friends and as Abby said, Once a gladiator, always a gladiator. Here’s hoping we see him again.

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Guillermo Diaz as Diego Munoz or Huck- He is Olivia’s watchdog. He is the one who is her own Secret Service. He makes sure that she is safe, and if someone hurts her watch out! (Yes that means you , Mr President) Huck is also a trained killer and a member of B613. He also has a problem with women, he picks psychos who want to kill him or frame him. But there is a woman who does have feelings for him and that is Quinn. Quinn is his Robin and he makes peace of the life he left behind . But will Huck make it through this time?

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Kate Burton as Vice President Sally Langston- Kate has a few things that she will be known for, being the daughter of Richard Burton, playing the absentee mother of Meredith Grey, and this role. (Gladiators also can thank her for stripping her future POTUS cast mate on stage ) Kate started out as a right wing Jesus freak who rode Fitz’s coat tails all the way to the White House. She could taste the power and took advantage of the fact that as VP she could run the country and try to keep the fallen President out of the Oval following his shooting. She also had a terrible secret, her loyal hubby was in the closet and came out just long enough with one James Novak. Shamed by the immortal behavior of the President, she broke away from him and then decided to run as an independent . But Daniel pushed and pushed, so she murdered him. Cyrus kept her secret and his husband died trying to find it. Now she gets her kicks and brings the laughs as she hosts her morality fest , “The Liberty Report.” It’s mission? To bring down tyranny and immorality , especially in the Grant administration

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Joshua Malina as Attorney David Rosen- David wears the white hat and is all for justice. That is something that is pretty hard in the corrupt world of politics. But David, fights on . He was edged on to his current position by his then girlfriend Abby  who pulled herself into a sweet gig as Press Secretary.  David has always been the one who wanted to bring the evil to justice.  He has also been a friend and an enemy to Olivia and the gladiators. With a father who is also a judge , he may go all the way to the Supreme Court. And then wouldn’t dad be proud?

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Scott Foley as  Pete Harris or Jacob Hamilton Ballard- One of the hardest roles is the third wheel in a love triangle, and Jake has definitely had it rough. Abused as a child and witness to the suicide of his sister, he joined the Navy where he got his lifelong pal, Fitz. Seeing his talent, Rowan recruited him for B613 and gave him the most important jobs that he could have. He had been given the job of keeping Olivia and Fitz apart. She was a threat to the republic. At the time, he was brought into Olivia’s life with the guise of spying on her for Fitz. (They were on the outs) Liv found out who he was and then Capt Ballard turned on the charm. Olivia had a choice, Jake or Fitz. Jake went away with her after the murder of Fitz’s son. But then he came back to the accusation that he was command and gave Tom Larsen the order to kill. He also got beat up by the President. Jake has certainly made his way in the world going to the head of the NSA to Vice Presidential candidate for Mellie Grant. But can Jake exist in this world when all he wants is a normal life. But in Scandal world, what is normal?

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Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan – No one character has gone through so many changes as Abby. She has acted as Liv’s best friend and the gals have each other’s backs, sometimes. She was an abused trophy wife who was rescued by Liv. But then Abby wanted to be an equal to her friend. She had a taste for power and that taste led her all the way to the White House. This worked out because if Liv was having problems, she could be the voice to Fitz and let him know how she was coping. She developed a boys club feeling with Fitz and Cyrus took her under his wing. Her relationship with David was now in the toilet and she was involved with Leo Bergen. Abby redeemed herself when she called Stephen to rescue Liv. But now , Abby has sold her soul to the devil and the gladiators want her to pay. Can Abby forgive herself?

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Katie Lowes as Lindsay Dwyer/ Quinn Perkins- Defiance changed a lot of people’s lives. But this girl’s changed the most. Lindsay loved Jesse (he was actually played by Katie’s real life hubby, Adam Shapiro) and then she was forced to take the fall so that Hollis Doyle could hide the evidence by blowing up Cytron. Lindsay was then spirited away to DC , courtesy of Olivia and given the identity of Quinn. Quinn now had a new job , new friends and learned a new skill , killing and torture. Her mentor was Huck and soon the twosome became Quinn and Huck, defacing furniture with their bodies. Now Quinn is back to psuedo normal with Charlie as they prepare for their wedding. But Charlie was a witness to seeing Quinn showing her affection for Huck when he woke up. Will Charlie get his bride or will Robin return to Huckleberry Quinn?

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Joe Morton as Eli/Rowan Pope- What kind of a man sends away his daughter to fancy boarding schools after her mother supposedly dies in a plane crash? Eli Pope that’s who. Actually he knew his wife knew too much and he was trying to stop her from telling about his real job.  Eli wanted power and he saw one way to get it and that was through his daughter. She has spent an entire lifetime seeking his approval and having serious daddy issues. This has allowed her to try to find father figures in her own life. But her father had his own issues , he had been the command of a super secret organization that was a front for the CIA. He had soldiers to do his killing. The one person that he hates just happens to be the man Olivia loves. He also values Jake as the son he should have had. Now he is edging him on as he watches him just steps from the Oval. But evil has a time limit and we all wonder, when does Rowan’s clock run out.

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Brian Lechter as Tom Larson- Tom had a great cover as a B613 agent, Secret Service for the newly elected President. He would run behind him and run interference so he could go visit his girlfriend. But he also had to report back to command at the same time. The real game changer for this agent was when he was recruited by command to inject the President’s son with a deadly strain of meningitis. He was jailed and then told to tell POTUS that he was given the order by Jake. But then we find out that all those times that he was watching the WH tapes, he wasn’t looking at Liv, but Fitz. He then became embroiled in a torrid affair with Cyrus. But when Cyrus made his bid for the Oval, out went Tom and he was out for blood.

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Jon Tenney as Vice President Andrew Nichols – Andrew was Fitz’s brother in government. He trusted him implicitly enough to make him his Lt. Governor when he was in California. But Andrew kept a secret , he saw Mellie take pills and he took the blame to save her reputation. But the secret lead to a passionate love affair years before Fitz bedded Liv. When she left, it broke his heart. When Fitz needed a running mate, Andrew was vetted and he and Mellie heated up once again. But Fitz found out , and he went ballistic. Apparently the POTUS can fool around , but FLOTUS can’t and so the VEEP got a sock in the eye from his boss. But then sweet Andrew turned evil with the help of Lizzie Bear who wanted to show Grant that he needed to get back in the good graces of the GOP . The two cooked up a plot to kidnap Liv and then real terrorists got a hold of her. Fitz made him resign and then Lizzie Bear recruited Huck to murder him because she couldn’t afford to have her name on a foiled kidnapping plot. Huck gave him a drug that made it seem like he suffered a stroke. But Andrew returned and threatened everyone. He had it out for Olivia and called her every dirty name in the book. You don’t mess with a woman with PTSD. Liv took care of him with a chair. RIP Andrew.

And the Winner Is. . .

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Hello gladiators! Yes I know its been quite a while since I have written. Finally, the hiatus has ended and i am typing with a glass of red wine by my side. The “Scandal” hangover has set in and I have tried to make sense of tonight’s events. But that is what this blog post is for, isn’t it?

The election results are in and Mellie didn’t win. Vargas carried the vote and there seemed to be a lot similiar to the real election. The relationships are all supposed to be under question, but there was one that was painfully clear. Olivia has a tendency when she falls apart to want to run to one person and that is Fitz. Shades of the first season popped up when Olivia said that she needed a minute. She then said that she needed “One minute.” . Flashes of “The Trail” came across loud and clear.Kerry said in an interview that Olivia had problems and that was the reason for no pictures in Olivias office  because she wants to start with a clean slate with her relationships. Has Olivia been seeing a therapist? Is this finally the year that Vermont can be claimed?

Mellie is not taking this well at all. She has only wanted this and she does not take defeat at all. Marcus is now Press Secretary. Another reference to history as when Olivia referred to the brief time that James was Press Secretary. Olivia is very familiar to the pulpit in the briefing room. Along with history, there was some current events mixed in. There was mention of voter fraud in the county where the Grants still had a residence. (Fitz doesn’t live there anymore because he gave Mellie it in the divorce.) But then there is a breaking news story, Frankie  Vargas had been shot. When this happens , people start questioning everything and Olivia knows way too much. She also knows her father and runs to accuse him. It is almost as if Olivia is no longer afraid of Rowan. Abby has become the new gladiator and tells off the hospital and Secret Service that she is the boss. Olivia has trained her well, and so has Cyrus. Olivia is having serious flashback thoughts because the shooting mirrored an event that happened not even three years ago. That was when Fitz was shot. But the damage has been done , a bullet has went through Vargas skull and he is dead. There is only one problem when Olivia visits her father, he whispers to her that Cyrus Beene loves Cyrus Beene. She must prove that Cyrus was behind the shooting. After all, he staged the whole incident in the beginning that convinced Vargas to run in the first place.

The gladiators are not without jobs in this episode . Olivia puts them on the trace of finding the proof that Cyrus was behind the shooting. That isn’t all though. Liv finds out that Huck voted for Vargas because of the fact that he was also a Hispanic. Charlie is a little bit more nervous than usual. He had planned for him and Quinn to fly to the Caribbean. But the truth is revealed , he was going to propose. Charlie is very valuable to the gladiators, because he used to do the dirty work for Cyrus and knows the way he operates. How will Huck take this news?

The best scenes on “Scandal” often take place on the Truman balcony. This was the case tonight. Other than Kerry, Tony has the best screen chemistry with Bellamy. You almost want these two to get together if you didn’t know their history. He truly cares for her and wants her to get her wish. She now knows that he never wanted to be President and almost feels bad that she forced him into it. It is a shame that it took a divorce for these two to get along and confide in each other. Fitz now has to make the most difficult decision of his life and legacy, he has to decide between Mellie and Cyrus. When he has the proof, Fitz ceremoniously hands over the Presidency to him and tells him that he wants him to act like Vargas and treasure the beautiful gift he was going to hand over to him. Olivia is a little bit more apprehensive and tells Cyrus she knows he did it and she will prove it.

As for gladiator of the week, it goes to everyone. It is very hard to pick things up after you haven’t done it for so long. Despite the big drop in viewership after 5.9 , this team showed they still have it despite losing viewers and social media comments. They were welcomed back triumphantly and happily tweeted viewers. Just as they have done in the past, the cast was tweeting while they were shooting . Tonight almost seemed like we were watching a whole different show, but that has been the case in the past. We are now treating the show like Olivia said, “A clean slate.” The media has gone to great trouble to get out plot points and assure everyone this will be the best season yet. I sure hope so.

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The show begins with everyone in the White House waiting for the results to come in. It is down to one county (no not Ohio, but the home state of the Grants, California) to decide .

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But alas, there is an upset and Olivia cracks and can’t face that Mellie lost. She asks for ” one minute”. (And we have one brief Olitz moment as Fitz sniffs her hair, Gladiators! there’s still hope)

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Since the electorial college is still a month a way , Fitz has a decision to make. He can either pick Mellie or Cyrus. It will be the legacy that he leaves behind until he leaves. Vargas is shot.

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The minute Vargas is shot, Fitz and his Chief of the NSA, Jake (Scott Foley) start trying to find answers. (But Jake mysteriously disappears minutes before the shooting)

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Other than Kerry, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) has the best chemistry with Bellamy Young (Mellie). Six seasons later, the actors who were going to be killed off are the stars of the show. Bellamy was also the winner of a Critics Choice Award last year. She has to win the award for the shows’s most changed character.

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What a strange twist of events! Cyrus(Jeff Perry)  has been the man behind Fitz for going onto twenty years. Now America is going to have its first gay President (James should have lived for this) But wait, before Cyrus is sworn in..

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Olivia has been clued into the fact that Cyrus was the one who shot Vargas. She tells him she won’t rest until she proves he did it. But did he really do it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Year on. . .

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The girls of TGIT are ready to get back to work(. , Kerry Washington,Ellen Pompeo  and Viola Davis )

It has been almost two months for HTGWM and “Grey’s Anatomy” and almost a year for “Scandal.”to be on Thursday nights .  It has also been an eventful year for the cast from “Scandal.” Kerry Washington gave birth to her son , Caleb . Tony has worked on three movies, a Broadway play, and campaigned for Hillary Clinton. Have we missed our gladiators? Hell yes! “Grey’s ” ended with Alex  Karev’s career in jeopardy as he waited for the verdict on his attempted murder charge  “How to Get Away with Murder” ended with the death of Wes. But some other things happened the last time we were with our friends…join us as we catch up before the big return next Thursday.

“Grey’s Anatomy”  What is Grey’s without a catastrophe? In this case, it was an apartment collapsing that brought the surgeons to arms. Alex’s case continued and Jo was called to the stand. Jo has a secret that she didn’t tell Alex, she was married before and she is still legally married to her abusive husband. Alex finally learns the secret and he is given a plea bargain of two years in prison . Meredith tells him to take the bargain. Did he go away?

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The two friends (Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers) discuss Alex going to jail.

Meanwhile the Chief’s day has gone from bad to worse. He has a patient die on the table first. Then, he finds out that Eliza Minnick has taken over the resident program and he is basically ornamental. But Webber isn’t down and out , he is going to fight . Minnick has other things to occupy her time, Arizona. Fun fact: The lady who plays Eliza is married to another one of Shonda’s actors.  Marika Dominzyk is the real life wife to “Scandal’s” Jake Ballard, Scott Foley

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Marika is here with her hubby, Scott Foley. Scott was also on “Grey’s Anatomy” . He played the sick husband of Teddy that died when Cristina operated on him. Scott is currently playing Jake Ballard on “Scandal”

Owen is a loser in love again. Amelia has sent him a dear John letter and told him she left. Will she return? Find out next Thursday.

“Scandal”  Jake is back to murdering . He is told by Rowan to murder Vanessa’s father so he can leave his billions to Vanessa and her new hubby. Rowan has a power base and it is scaring all of the gladiators. Olivia is very scared for Jake . Cyrus is making the rounds trying to find a Veep for Vargas. The first candidate is Rosen. The Republicans are preparing for the convention and there is fighting between the exes. Mellie is mad because her dear ex hubby is blowing his own horn too much. He claims she can’t win without his help. But Fitz has other things on his mind. He comes across something on Abby’s desk. It is Olivia’s medical records and they were given to her to torpedo Mellie’s campaign. Fitz finally realizes that there was problems and that is why Olivia left.He admits that he misses just talking with her. Is this the beginning of a reconciliation with Olitz?

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 Olivia (Kerry Washington) is enjoying a chat in the Oval with her ex Fitz (Tony Goldwyn)

Rowan has made a visit to Cyrus and everyone tries to sell him on Jake. Jake is Satan to Cyrus since he was the one who shot James. Olivia tries to sell him as well. Jake has asked her to save him. She comes up with the plan to have him rescued by being Mellie’s running mate. Jake tells her he dreams of a normal life with a tract house and him coaching kids ball. Olivia explodes and says how she is not normal, but extraordinary. Cyrus has found out that Michael has moved to Virginia and taken care of Ella. Tom tells him that he can take care of Michael and it would look like an accident. Cyrus and Olivia start at each other and its war between student and teacher. Someone is going back to the White House. The stage is set and the candidates have been announced.

 

Mellie (Bellamy Young)  has a new running mate … her ex husband’s friend and her campaign manager’s ex… Jake Ballard (Scott Ballard) aka Pete Harris

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And Vargas(Ricardo Chavira)  finds his own running mate..Cyrus!!!!  (Jeff Perry)

Who will win the Oval ? And what happened while they were on the Trail? Find out who will be the new President next Thursday.

How To Get Away With Murder   We know who was under the sheet . It was Wes. But the sad part is that Annalise has been put in jail as well as losing her law license . Everyone is very sad including Annalise and the other Keating kids. All of them, except for Laurel.  Laurel was also hurt in the explosion. She was not alone, she was pregnant with either Wes or Frank’s baby. Frank has disappeared . . Annalise begins to drink again.

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You’d get drunk too if you had been disbarred, fired from your teaching job, accused of murder, and had your students murder your cheating hubby. Poor Annalise …(Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner, Viola Davis)

Frank is warned by Bonnie that they are all still in danger of being revealed in the deaths of Sam and Rebecca. Rebecca’s body was discovered in the woods which brings her murder to life. Annalise burns the files having to deal with Sam and Rebecca’s murders , but leaves the door open. Connor has been having sex with Thomas and it is revealed the Oliver lied about his HIV status. He was never ill.  We also find out the truth , Wes was dead before the explosion.

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Nate has to tell Annalise that Wes is dead. But who really killed him?  (Albert Enoch)

MY OMG Moments of Scandal Season 5

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

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

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

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

 From Heavy is the Head – I’m Divorcing You

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

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

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

Olivia Finally Makes Her Decision – “Paris is Burning”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Rasputin” – Fitz Moves Olivia into the White House

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

 “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – The Abortion

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

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

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

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

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

“Wild Card”  Cyrus Sleeps With Tom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Thwack” Olivia  Succumbs to her Demons

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

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

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

“That’s My Girl” FINALE

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

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

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

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

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

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Jake Ballard is her running mate for Vice President .

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

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