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Martin Landau – Hollywood Treasure Gone at 89

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 Today Hollywood lost a real treasure . Martin Landau died of complications after a short hospital stay. Landau was a Hollywood icon whose career was celebrated with both television and movie roles. Most notably, he will be remembered for his Oscar winning role as Bela Lugosi in the cult film, “Ed Wood.” Landau will also be remembered for his role on the 60’s classic that inspired the movie , “Mission Inpossible.” His career also included the claim of being the boyfriend of Marilyn Monroe. His career includes a lot of roles that he put his heart and soul into as an actor.

Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 , the son of Selma and Morris. With Jewish roots, he was proud of his father who rescued their relatives from the Nazis.  Landau began his life as a cartoonist where he worked for five years alongside Gus Edson . Together they produced the comic strip , “The Gumps” for the New York Daily News. When Landau became 22, he quit to concentrate on his acting career. Auditioning for the famous Actors Studio , one of his classmates was Steve McQueen.He also studied with such acting gods as Lee Strasberg. They were so impressed with Landau that they asked him to teach with Mark Rydell and Sydney Pollack. His best friend was the late James Dean.  Landau made his first big hit on television on “Mission Impossible” as master of disguise artist, Rollin Hand. He appeared on the show with his then wife, Barbara Bain. The role gained him praise as well as an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination.

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 Here is Landau as Rollin Hand with his former wife, Barbara Bain and Peter Graves in a “Mission Impossible ” cast photo.

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Here are Bain and Landau in the 70’s sci -fi classic, “Space 1999”

 

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Landau studied 25 films of the late horror star when he played Bela Lugosi in “Ed Wood.” It paid off with Landau getting his third Oscar nom and his first win.

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In 1994, Landau won an Oscar for his role in “Ed Wood.”

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He also appeared in the Hitchcock classic , “North by Northwest.”

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Landau had played many tv guest roles including this one on “Without a Trace.”  Landau played Jack’s father with Alzheimer’s and was nominated for an Emmy for the role. Here he is with Anthony LaPaglia.

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Here is Landau as wrestling coach , Sal Bandini , as he trains Jimmy  (Oliver Platt of “Chicago Med” ) in “Ready to Rumble.”

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Here is Landau when he was a Hollywood big shot on “Entourage” trying to relive his glory days. He is walking with Kevin Connolly and Chicago’s own, Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold.

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One of his last roles was in the Lifetime movie , “Outlaw Prophet. ” Landau played a Mormon patriarch with 50 some wives . Here he is having a talk with his son, “Scandal’s ” own POTUS , Tony Goldwyn.

He is survived by his two daughters , Susan and Juliet from his former wife, Bain. Chitownstarconnections gives our sympathy as we remember this actor’s actor.

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Why These Scandal Cast Members Should Be Nominated for an Emmy

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 Well it’s that time of year again and now we have a real game changer. At the ABC Upfronts Shonda Rhimes announced that this would be the last year of “Scandal.” As members of the National Academy ofTelevision  Arts and Sciences are voting , me and the other fans would like them to remember a few names when they are casting their ballots. Joe Morton and Dan Bucatinsky have already  been acknowledged with the Emmy and Bellamy was acknowledged with a Critics Choice Award, but there are other members that should be standing proudly with their own award.

 

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Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope…. Olivia has went on quite a journey in seven seasons. She has finally realized that the man she loves is Fitz. Jake is no longer in the picture. Her relationship with her parents is healed and she will be the Chief of Staff to Madam President Grant. She has the power that she wants and will be also running the evil organization that ruined her father. There is only one thing that is left for Livvy and that is happiness. We all want her to tell Mellie to take this job and shove it. She belongs in a big house in Vermont with her ex Presidential boyfriend. Kerry has had the nomination before , but never the big prize. So after you won the Oscar, Viola, can’t you let your girl take it home in her final year?

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Tony Goldwyn as Former President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant the Third- Fitz has went through enough that any normal man could tolerate , let alone someone who is the leader of the free world. With three Veeps and three Chiefs of Staff, it is enough to drive anyone crazy. Adding to it , an assassination attempt , a son murdered, the first President divorced in office and the woman he loves kidnapped and tortured. Spacey can win the nominations and awards , but his Underwood doesn’t have half the heart that Grant does. Fitz is the ultimate romantic hero. President who will do anything for the woman he loves, including letting her go. It remains to be seen whether “Olitz” will get to be together, but we are hoping they will as we come to the end. So Academy members, nominate Tony Goldwyn for playing a man who knows how to love and has grown . (Plus he looks great without a shirt)

 

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Bellamy Young as President Melody Margaret Grant- Mellie started her journey as the bitch who wanted Olivia to service her husband so she wouldn’t have to do it. But then jealousy reared it’s ugly head and she wanted her gone. She called Olivia every dirty name in the book, whore, homewrecker, can’t keep her legs together and christened her America’s Mistress. But then tragedy struck and Mellie and Fitz lost their  son. Bellamy has hit it our of the park with her story lines. We wondered what made her so bitter, and we got out answer when Mellie revealed she was raped by none other than her own father in law. It was no wonder she didn’t want to be touched by her husband and forced herself to conceive a child to save his Presidency. Everything she did, she did for him. Finally, Mellie steps up and becomes the woman to run the White House. People may think that this fictional couple mirrors the real life Clintons, but let it be known that Claire and Frank Underwood don’t have the same hootzpah as this Washington power couple. Can’t wait to see her in action with Liv as her COS.

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Jeff Perry as Vice President Cyrus Beene- Perry is one of the founders of one of the most prestigious theatre companies in the country, the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Along with Terry Kinney, Gary Sinise, their theatre has nurtured such talent as John Mahoney, Laurie Metcalf, (his ex wife) , Gary Cole, and numerous others. Jeff has been on the scene for years, but people didn’t take notice until he took the role of the power hungry , homosexual Cyrus Rutherford Beene. Cyrus finally managed to hitch his wagon to rising star Grant to take him to the White House. He rigged an election, kept two people apart to save his place in the West Wing. Ultimately he found love and it looked like he was going to have his happy ending. But then tragedy struck and someone murdered the love of his life. Ever since, he did anything to keep his place in the White House. It looks like he has come full circle and he has been through hell. His prison scenes were the best he had done in seven seasons. These gritty scenes proved that he is one of the best actors on television. It is definitely time for this extraordinary actor to win the same award that so many of his own ensemble has also won.

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Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan- Abby has went the same route that Olivia has, she has gone from OPA to the White House and back again. She has forsaken love for power and been the only woman who has been immune to the charms of one Fitzgerald Grant. Well its because she knew deep down, that there would only be one for the President. She even accommodated his whims after Liv dumped him. Her lust for power almost cost her friend, Huck his life. She is also the one who contacted Steven when Liv had been kidnapped. Her biggest cheerleader proved to be Cyrus, and her best friend was Fitz. Now that the FTG 111  adminstration is out of the White House, she is back at OPA and ready to gladiate.

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Dan Bucatinsky as James Novak – Dan has already won an Emmy for this role, but considering the fact that his role as “Andy” is history he should be compensated by winning another one. James was the only deceased character that had made an appearance in the 100th. His character made such an impact on the AU storyline because Cyrus was in the closet but still wanted the power. His solution was to marry the ex Mrs Grant and then still see James. But he realized that he still loved James and couldn’t deny it. Alas Mellie Grant and him married for power and her ex, Fitz married for love. It proved one thing, Dan is still loved by the fans and respected by the cast and crew. Hmm, “24 Legacy ” is gone , maybe its time to resurrect him. Are you listening , Shonda?

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Zoe Perry as “Samantha” Mystery Woman” or “Ponytail Bitch” -For someone with such a royal pedigree as Zoe, she definitely made her mark on the show. Her character was enough to bring down the royal evil character on this show and that is “Rowan” . She also managed to manipulate Abby to betray her friends.  She convinced the naive David Rosen to fall in love with her, yet he asked Abby if they could poke her head with chopsticks.  Like so many other characters before her, she was brought to her death by the formiddable Rowan.  She has definitely owned her place to accept the Emmy for best guest appearance.

 

 

 

 

The Many Roles of Tony Goldwyn

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57 years ago today, a remarkable man was born. He has done remarkable things and just helped to make the world a little bit better. He has played a doctor, a lawyer, a father, and even President of the United States. He knows how to work behind the camera and knows how to act in front of it. He is Anthony Howard Goldwyn and this is for everything he does.

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A director … Tony has directed quite a few movies and television shows. In fact, that is how Shonda originally knew him and offered him the role of Fitz. He has directed “Grey’s ” “Private Practice” and quite a few episodes of “Scandal.” Here he is on the set . Tony directed the two hour finale in Season Six.

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A musical comedy actor- Tony has been well known for his work in the theatre. Even before his work in the movies, he was trained as a theatre actor. Josh Malina actually told me in an interview that the reason he took “Scandal” was because of Tony’s work in the theatre. Here Tony is in the 2010 revival of “Promises Promises” . He has an incredible baritone voice.

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An animal lover- Tony loves animals especially dogs. He has always been a dog owner , but sadly lost his dog Sandy not too long ago. Currently he babysits his daughter Anna’s dog quite a bit. But Tony is the doggy daddy to Kerry’s fur baby , Josie. She even has a chair with her name on the set.

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An advocate for cancer- Tony lost his mother to lung cancer, so he has decided to stand up in the fight for finding a cure for cancer.  He has appeared on tv on “Stand Up for Cancer” and even appeared in a photo campaign using his mother’s picture. Here he is on the front cover of the popular Parade magazine

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A comic actor- Tony can really make you laugh. Here he is in the indie “The Godfather of Green Bay” . He plays a middle aged man who was a football hero in Wisconsin. Here he is dancing the “Macarena.” Oh and did I mention that he is also a drug dealer that the mob is after.

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A dramatic actor- Tony has played a lot of serious roles. He was a young man who was dying of AIDS on “Designing Women” . He has played a father whose daughter was raped in “The Last House on the Left.”  Tony ‘s best role has to be the man who was President and lost his son on “Scandal.” In this episode, Fitz is helpless as “Peus” detonates the drones.

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A friend … Tony loves all of his cast mates but he has different relationships with some of them. Jeff and him have known each other for about twenty years. He also has special relationships with Tom Verica and Scott Foley. But his closest friend on the “Scandal” set has to be Kerry.

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A Disney cartoon character- In 1990, Tony voiced one of the most successful Disney cartoons of recent years, “Tarzan.” If you notice the “King of the Jungle” , he has Tony’s blue eyes and strong chin. He even has his physique.

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A father- Tony has been a great father to his two daughters, Anna and Tess. He is very proud of them both. Anna is a writer for the show “Supergirl” and teaches a yoga class. Tess is currently attending Northwestern for drama. Frequently he comes to Chicago to visit her, so gladiators you might see him around the Windy City.

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A political mouthpiece-  Tony spent most of the year last year as the surrogate for candidate Hillary Clinton. He also was convincing enough to get people to care about elections through his campaigning for Hillary. Tony has spent most of his career in many roles as a politician. Maybe in the future, he might run for something himself. He’s got my vote.

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A romantic leading man… In the past the couples were Ross and Rachel and Meredith and Derek. For the past six years, Tony and Kerry have burned up TGIT with their passionate roles as Olivia Pope , Political Fixer and Fitzgerald Grant, POTUS. Will there be a  happy ending for these two? We certainly hope so.

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He knows how to make fun of himself- Tony is a joy when he is on a talk show. He charms the audience and a few shows he actually made quite an impression. . On Stephen Colbert’s show, Colbert actually told him to go to hell when he saw a scene from “Scandal” when he saw his shirtless body . But Tony seems to always have a good time when he does Jimmy Kimmel . He usually does some kind of fun skit involving his cast. In “Scandal High,” he was Hunter , the football jock and class President.

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As a model- Tony definitely looks good in everything. He has graced magazines covers and is the one man who can wear a suit. He is constantly dressed in suits and has made a great spokesman for Brooks Brothers.  They actually put a flag pin on suits that are sold in their stores and the label reads Fitzgerald Grant . Take that Kevin Spacey.

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Knows how to enjoy life- Whether he is singing karaoke , or just having a drink, Tony can always be at the center of the fun. He loves meat and yes he does drink scotch.

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One of the titles that Tony has is King of Social Media. He loves to tweet his fans and he also loves to take selfies. He is the best thing to happen to Instagram and Twitter. He always tries to make it point to tweet on Thursday with fans during the show.  If you get a special tweet wishing you a happy birthday or a spoiler about the episode, consider yourself lucky.

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So on this 57th birthday! We your gladiators wish you the happiest of birthdays and hope you enjoy spending the day with the ones you love!!

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.

It’s A Different World From Where You Come From. . .

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Well gladiators,  believe it or not it’s been eight years and Fitz is in his last days as President. Him and Olivia couldn’t be closer. Olivia is getting ready to have it all. She is running the Oval, enjoying the best sex she has had in a while, and planning her future. Peus has been stopped and all is right with the world. Olitz is occupying the Residence for the last week of his Presidency.

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 Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Liv (Kerry Washington) are enjoying his last days in the White House

One of the biggest tasks that an outgoing President has before he leaves the White House is leaving a legacy. All of the gladiators are looking toward the future as well. Fitz sits down and tries to make the country see the good parts of his Presidency. Another task that has to be taken care of before the new President is sworn in , is Presidential pardons. Fitz is being handed a controversial case courtesy of one of the gladiators, Quinn. She becomes Olivia Pope and argues with the POTUS himself. But this development , has two positive outcomes. First of all, Fitz decides that he want to champion all the cases of innocent people going to jail. (Shades of the Innocence Project and his own real life cause) The second thing is that Olivia knows that she can leave OPA in good hands and she gives OPA over to Quinn. Quite a long way  from that naive girl who came into OPA and was in awe of Olivia Pope. All of the gladiators have come quite a long way since Harrison asked Quinn if she wanted to be a gladiator in a suit. Mellie is no longer in her hubby’s shadow , she is her own woman and Olivia is just about to get it all. Rowan couldn’t be happier that his little girl has finally got the Oval. He also hates to admit it , Olivia is happy with Fitz. Rowan now sees what kind of man Fitz really is, and knows he will take care of his little girl.

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The gladiators work without their boss. Huck (Guillermo Diaz) Charlie (George Newbern) and Quinn (Katie Lowes) are trying to find a convict for Fitz to pardon.

David has questions, and Rowan has the answers. Who is the woman who he was falling for and why did she come into his life? He shows up at Abby’s with a box. “Be careful what you wish for ” warns David. In the box is the head of the mystery woman. Jake comes over and gathers DNA and now everyone finds out that Peus was not pulling the strings. Rowan thinks he is leaving … but he is detained by Secret Service and Olivia. They know who was behind it all… Maya.

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Olivia has confidence that Quinn will be able to stand against her as the White House. Both women have more than their careers as part of their future.

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MVG? Some would say it was Quinn and others would say it was the Mother Fixer herself, Olivia. Both are stronger women and Olivia has finally decided to trust Fitz and communicate with him. Even though we never saw it, let’s hope that Liv got the help she needed and her and Fitz got a chance to talk. Olivia has helped so many people realize their potential. She helped Fitz be the man he was supposed to be and taught him what love was. She has rescued her gladiators and Jake from the horror that was their lives. She made Charlie the man that Quinn will marry and she tamed the bitch that was Mellie. Olivia let love rule her mind when it came to Defiance. Defiance was what destroyed so many lives , but no one worse than Quinn. Lindsay was set to take the fall and Liv couldn’t have that. So Quinn was born. Since Olivia was the one who brought her into OPA, it is only fair that she is the one to take over for her. Is it all over? No as President Grant said in his interview with Noah Baker. “We’re just getting started.”

Next week… “Scandal” ends its sixth season with its first ever two hour season finale . “Tick Tock” and “Transfer of Power” . Both are directed by Tony Goldwyn. Is Mellie in danger before her swearing in?

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It’s The End of the World …

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Mellie has made her choice and that is Vargas’ widow as Veep. Peus doesn’t buy it and doesn’t appreciate Samantha being kept as a hostage . Fitz is helpless as he hears what can happen in the sit room. There are nine drones that are hovering over nine major cities in the US that are filled with explosives ready to detonate. Olivia is not playing and tells Peus that the President doesn’t deal with terrorists. The next thing the screens shows is a drone that detonates over Dallas. A look of terror crosses Fitz’s face.

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In his last days as President, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) is being threatened with Armageddon .

Fitz realizes something. That he will be remembered for the attacks in the last weeks of his Presidency. This isn’t how he wanted to go out and especially since it finally looks like he and Liv will get their happy ending. He also realizes that Rowan could be part of Peus as well. Rowan is terrified and wants Liv to run with him or she is dead. Fitz wants to talk to him alone. In the meantime, Huck has hacked into Rowan’s lab where he is delivered a box on random days with a brick that weights about 9lbs.  This puzzles everyone and that includes  Fitz. During his talk, Rowan admits his fears.The brick is the same weight as a human head.  Fitz also realizes that Rowan’s greatest accomplishment is his daughter. For the first time, Rowan realizes that Fitz indeed loves Olivia .

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Joe Morton wins the MVG award for this week’s episode. Here he is talking with Fitz about his greatest treasure . Olivia , his daughter.

Jake contributes to the situation with his knowledge of dealing with situations as Naval Intelligence. He has to find out where Peus is and he tries to make a bargain . She won’t budge and he is forced to tear the tracking device out of her neck.  He hands it to Huck and then he tries to trace where Peus is . Samantha agrees to make a deal and Jake sends in Rosen since he had dealt with her the most. She really liked him and chose to tell him her real name and that is Grace. He is appalled by her and hates her. Grace knows they are bluffing about having Peus and says no deal. Rosen loses his temper and slaps Grace.

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 David (Joshua Malina) brings a deal to the Mystery Lady (Zoe Perry)

Rowan has one more card to play and he asks Fitz to help. He thinks he can do something. Abby is shut out of the Oval and Cyrus is back in. It seems that the band is indeed back together.  Olivia accompanies him to see Grace and then he goes off on Peus and her.  The White House is safe once again. Obviously this week’s MVG award goes to Rowan aka Joe Morton. Morton is an amazing actor who has won the Emmy for his role on “Scandal” . It is no wonder that is this is the case. For almost four years, he has manipulated and terrorized his daughter and all heirs apparent. He has murdered a young boy for the sake of the Republic. It was more like the action’s of a jealous father and his fear of losing control. This week , Rowan stepped up and actually helped Fitz this time. In the past few weeks, he has shown his vulnerability and his ability to love. He also allowed himself to be a bargaining chip when Peus first took over the Presidency. He also took Olivia’s place when Angela was gunning for her. We have only seen Rowan as a vicious killer with no heart and only serving the Republic. We have also seen countless accounts of people who have tried to take him down and he has proven to be invincible  I have also had my theories of the past relationships of him and Fitz and Cyrus. He saw Jake as the son he never had, as well as Russell. This week, we saw him as the father who was scared of losing his daughter. Peus manipulated him by threatening her life. But it was Fitz who said that “Olivia was his legacy.” Rowan ended the crisis and by doing that he allowed his daughter to have the peace that she so deserves. But don’t count on him escorting Olivia down the aisle . After all, you can’t take command.

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Next week: Is this the end of OPA? Olivia (Kerry Washington) gets ready to take her place in the White House , as well as her future with Fitz

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 .

the confrontation

“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?