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Something Came Unbuckled on Scandal: Episode 204 Recap

Listen. I know I say this every episode but I mean it EVERY TIME. I will give Shonda Rhimes and the Scandal writing team my last pink starburst AND the last piece of fried chicken! Chile… how do they manage to slay me each and every episode? LAWD!

Disclaimer: As always, don’t read this if you haven’t watched this episode and if you aren’t ready for spoilers galore! 

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Sleeping on a Baby Couch – The episode begins with the First Lady waking up the President on a couch in the nursery. She’s kicked him out their room and out their bed because she doesn’t wanna see his face. Plus, she’s salty that he has during-the-night wood as he dreams of Olivia. WELP.

Abby’s getting played – Abby’s still sleeping with David and her goofass hasn’t figured out that it’s so he can get Olivia’s secrets from her. When she leaves the room, he gets a phone call from his partner, Alissa, and it basically confirms my suspicions.

Where’s Jenny? – Olivia’s newest clients are the parents of Jenny, a college girl who has been missing for a couple of days. As Liv and team dig into Jenny’s history, they find out that she’s slept with a bunch of senators and is basically a Capitol Hill tip drill.

Wells, it doesn’t take long for Olivia to discover that Jenny has been LEF FO DED in a woodsy area.

Pres. Ghost Gives No Dambs – Every episode, the President lets it be known how little of a damb he gives about the First Lady. This time, it’s because some kid visited the White House and pukes on her. He sits in Mellie’s room as she’s being cleaned off. As he gets up and leaves, he goes “Is 20 minutes long enough to be fake worried about you?” OUCH.

Real Gs Have Immunity – Olivia and her team figured out that Jenny was killed by one of her lovers, a Kurkistan diplomat named Alexander Lavich. However, he has immunity so they can’t bring him in for questioning, let alone arrest him.  Only way they could is if his immunity gets revoked by his government or the POTUS. So what does Liv do? She marches into the White House to go see her boo so he could pull the string needed.


Color her surprised though, as the President shuts her down before she even says a word. OOP.

Protesters Pitch Tents – At Olivia’s advice, Jenny’s parents pitch tents on the White House lawn to protest the fact that their daughter’s killer is roaming free because he’s a diplomat. As it heats up, the President feels the pressure to make a move.

Abby and David are Parched – Abby’s thirst for the southside slippery she’s getting from David turns to dehydration, so she shows up at his apartment while he’s away. She picks the locks, helps herself in and finds his wall shrine to Olivia. OOPS.

David’s thirst to solve the case he lost that led to him losing his job was also showing. His obsession over what really happened with the Quinn case is at an all-time high, and he goes to speak to the head of a big oil company (Hollis Doyle) that he thinks will give him a clue. When he gets shut down, his curiosity only intensifies. He needs to have a seat and quit poking around!

Justice Vera Be Knowing – Remember the Supreme Court justice (Vera) that had something to do with the whole Quinn case? Wells, she’s in the hospital now and Liv goes to visits her. She tells Liv that she notices that her and President Ghost “breathe in sync.” As Madam Pope tries to deny it, her phone rings and it’s from the White House. Old folks be knowing.

hello olivia gifThe Mellie-Liv Conspiracy – Turns out that the person who calls Olivia from the White House is the First Lady. I thought it was gonna be over Liv being her man’s mistress. But it turns out that Mellie wants to help with the Jenny case by voicing her support as a fellow parent. Really, she was doing it to piss off her husband.

The next day, as Jenny’s parents are protesting at the White House, the First Lady joins them and says she’s not doing it at an official capacity but just as a caring parent. It was GENIUS and the President could do nothing but facepalm in his office. He tells Cyrus “I am the most powerful man in the world and I’m being brought to my knees by my wife and my… Olivia Pope.” YUP! That sounds about right! That’s what you get for messing with two incredibly smart and manipulative women who always get what they want. DEAL, Ghost!

Olivia’s Biggest Loss Yet – As Olivia almost paces a hole through her office floor, Abby walks in to ask her about the Quinn case. She gets FIRMLY shut down by Liv, who shoos her out to take a phonecall in private. Abby seems butthurt about it, clearly feeling like she should be one of Liv’s confidants. WOMP. NOPE.

Liv shows up to a restaurant that is cleared out very quickly by the Secret Service. She looks up and there’s POTUS. He sits across from her and tells her that the best he could do was allow Alexander, Jenny’s alleged killer, to return to his country. Liv is pissed and Ghost takes the opportunity to invite her on Air Force One with him as he travels to the G8 Summit. Wayment. You ain’t get her what she wants, and now you want her to gallivant with you on the Presidential plane for a membership to the Mile High Club??? Sir, you got your nerve!

Liv Fitz Breakup

Olivia turns him down and his pride musta been hurt because he tells her “”Fine. We’re done. I’m letting you go. That’s what you want, right?” And then he tells her that he’s married and has kids, so it’s not right for him to be with her. Oh really??? REAL-DAMB-LY??? Now your marriage matters? It didn’t before as you were slamming her against trees to give her a tongue check-up. He just wanted to break up with Liv on his own terms and that’s some ol’ boolsheet!

He leaves and our Pope breaks down in struggle tears. GIRL, you better put on your fuck’im dress and go clubbing!

Huck is bloodthirsty – Olivia breaks news of Alexander Lavich’s impending departure from the country to Jenny’s parents and they are devastated. There won’t be justice for their daughter, and her father is beyond angry. There’s a rage in him that Huck recognizes and confronts him about. After telling Jenny’s father how he shouldn’t go get a gun and some tools and kill the bitch who deserved it, I knew trouble was afoot.

Sure enough, as Jenny’s dad gets ready to leave the house with a gun, he watches a news story saying Alexander was found dead in an accidental suicide. “Accidental suicide” is basically Huck’s middle name. And he goes to his AA meeting and talks about how he saw the old him and loved it. HOMICIDAL HUCK IS BACK IN THE BUILDING! There is no more chill left in that man’s body. This will not end well and I’m ready!

Benedict Arnold Abby – Abby steps into David’s shower, surprising him, and says she’s ready to talk all about Olivia. Clearly, she’s salty about not being told everything that happens at the firm and she knows she can give up some juice to someone who is out to bring Liv down. SNITCHES GET STITCHES, ABBY!!!

David starts explaining how he thinks there’s a huge conspiracy afoot and wonders how high it goes. This is when we cut to…

The League of Undercover Goons – Sitting around a table is Vera, Cyrus and Hollis, the head of the oil company that David had gone to speak with. And then Mellie walks in and I lose my mind. WHAT??? The first lady was part of the Quinn conspiracy too???

And then Olivia Pope walks in and I fell off my couch.

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OMG!!! What is happening? WHAT. IS. HAPPENING? THESE GOONS ARE ALL TOGETHER??? This is like DC’s version of X-Men!!!!

WHY ARE THESE WRITERS TRYNA MURK ME??? *throws a shoe against the wall* *runs around my house swinging my scarf over my head* *rolls around on carpet*

I thought last week’s was explosive. NAWL! That was playground games compared to this one. CHILE… I was sweating like Wesley Snipes and Sheryl Underwood in a look-alike contest. THIS SHOW, LAWDT!

I can’t wait until the next episode! I AM SO READY! But too bad I gotta wait for two weeks. Scandal won’t be airing next week and the Country Music Awards will be airing in its place. I’m SUPER salty about that because I give no dambs about seeing Taylor Swift win more awards and fake surprise. I WANT SCANDAL! TWO WHOLE WEEKS THOUGH!

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Ugh. Two whole weeks. I’ll wait. I have no other choice. I’ma just be pouting but I’m HERE for Scandal ANYTAHM!

Seriously. Those last 5 minutes had me beside myself! Whatcha’ll think of this ep?

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  1. Joy n L.A
    October 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

    “This is like DC’s version of X-Men!!!!”

    Girl… why was I holding my breath last night like, OMG this can’t be real!!!!!!!!
    I’m watching it again just because I read your recap!!
    That Shonda is a bad bitch!!! (no Lupe)

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      I got it on DVR. I just might watch it again so pick up the things I might have missed the first time. YES GAWD!

  2. Manda
    October 26, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Whew! That show make me nervous every week. I think Milie did that to make him mad AND to secure her political future. I can’t stand Abby. I think she upset no one is in her corner. Olivia saved her from a violent husband. Columbus Short font got time for her, Quinsey don’t like her. She all alone. Whomp whomp. Huck bout to have him a boo thang. The moment he told dude don’t do it, iKNEW he was gone kill ole boy. This show is everything I need and more. I’m sitting trying to figure the plot for days.

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      That’s true. Mellie has mentioned her aspirations to become president. She’s hella strategic in her moves. And no one is here for Abby’s ol’ severe ass. She makes me wanna fight the air and kick trashcans.

      Yesss you see Huck’s admirer at the meeting? MMHMMM.

  3. Dona
    October 26, 2012 at 7:22 am
    tell them to show SCANDAL next week

    • Lisa
      October 26, 2012 at 7:33 am

      Great idea!

  4. Lisa
    October 26, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Luvvie, I LOVE your recap but I hate learning that there’s no Scandal next week! I can just imagine you marching around your place stomping and throwing stuff.

    What can we do next week to prevent Scandal shakes? Do you have an in with Ms. Rhimes? Can we get special dispensation? Should we start a petition? We MUST learn what brought the unholy triumverate (O, Cyrus and Mel) together!

    Why cut to Ghost on the plane at the end though? What does that mean? Why? When? Where? I’ve got questions and Taylor Swift does NOT have answers.

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Yeah, dude. I was like WHY I GOTTA WAIT FOR TWO WEEKS??? Lemme exercise some patience and go take a nap. But I’ma pout bout it.

      LMAO at “I’ve got questions and Taylor Swift does not have answers.” RIGHT??? Shoo…

  5. Alecia
    October 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I had a feeling Olivia hiring her had sum to do with sum I’ve been saying that all along bcoz Quinn is too passive to be an associate but I see this show gets better ever week and I love it can’t wait to see it again in 2 weeks! F the country music awards I want scandal!!!

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Yeah Liv hired her pretty easily and it’s all starting to make sense now. Quinn is more important than she realizes and Olivia hired her to basically protect her, it seems. Chile this is too juicy for life!

  6. October 26, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I am addicted to this show! Everything about it is Scandolous. I love to hate the first lady. And as wrong as the relationship between Liv and Fitz is…I still support it. Abby…I can’t stand her, but I don’t think she’s as dumb as she seems. I don’t think she is going to turn in Liv. I think she is going to play this game with David so that SHE can get info since Liv won’t tell her then she’ll dump him….

    I can’t wait until it all unfolds!!!!!!!

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      My addiction is super real for Scandal. I drop everything I’m doing. And I can’t help but like Liv and Fitz’s trifling relationship. They just got so much chemistry.

      • Joanndith
        November 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm

        TELL ME ABOUT IT! Smh! This show is bad for my heart!!

  7. Alyssa
    October 26, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Just finished watching it and that roundtable at the end? Oh God, I just about died. Everyone that walked in, I gasped and proceeded to fall to the floor inch by inch. Your recaps are the TRUTH and I live. This show is the best. Every damn episode gets me every time and it’s always the last 5 minutes. Shonda Rhimes, you are a genius. A suspenseful, funny, creative, sadistic genius. And I will worship at your feet.

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      The roundtable was just the world’s biggest shocker. All those goons at the same table. I didn’t e’em expect it in the least bit!

  8. Shanna
    October 26, 2012 at 8:11 am

    By the end of each episode I am left breathless. So many twists, turns and surprises each week. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this show. It’s the best thing on this season.

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      I’m telling you. I be sweating the entire time!

  9. Timika Hite
    October 26, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Scandal is the most appropriately named show. I didn’t think it could get more scandalous and off the chains but it does eery week. It has me talking to the TV and sitting on the edge of my seat. Why do I need to wait 2 weeks? It is so unfair to us addicts.

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      YES! I actually be yelling “SCANDAL” during the show. It’s so scandalous!

  10. Tiffany
    October 26, 2012 at 8:53 am

    First of all Luvvie, YOU are the next Shonda Rimes, because your posts keep me slaaayyyed. I was dead at “Capital Hill Tip Drill” last night when you said it on twitter, and again this morning!!
    I am so here for Scandal. What is the conspiracy!?1 What was Quinny’s ex-boyfriend into?? What does the first lady have to do with it!?! Shonda, I need answers. Muth eff a Country awards!

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      “First of all Luvvie, YOU are the next Shonda Rimes,” FROM YOUR FINGERTIPS TO GOD’S EARS!!! *does a church scoot* Whoooo that just made my heart sing!

      But yeah. I got so many questions and I’m upset bout the CMAs messing up our plans to find out next week. 14 whole days! LAWDT!

  11. Lashawn
    October 26, 2012 at 9:15 am

    That last five minutes had me running around my living room screaming!!!! I live this show!!!!

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm


  12. October 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I love your review! It’s as scandalous as the show itself! Seriously, this is one of the best shows I’ve ever watched and I’m blown away every week. What an ending last night and I cannot believe we have to wait two weeks for the next episode (I, too, could care less about the country music awards BOO). I love David’s character and I’m worried that his nosey digging around will get him killed, Yikes! Thanks for a great recap!

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      This show slays me every single week. I don’t know how they manage to do that but they does! I don’t like David’s character. He is too nosy for my liking. Prolly b/c I feel all protective of Olivia.

  13. Erin
    October 26, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Maaaaaaaaaan, after I screamed and hollered about that secret group on FB last night, a friend asked me to inbox her a summary. I had to send her yours because you couldn’t have captured my emotions during that last scene any better! The rest of the episode too…but yeah, those last few minutes! WHAT. THE. HELL?????????

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      YESSSS!!! Thanks for sending it to someone. Sharing is truly caring.

  14. October 26, 2012 at 9:48 am


    iHate/Luv you. I joined twitter to do 1 thing and decide #minuswell follow you and now your tweets on this episode got be interested in this show. You ain’t no good for this.

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      I’m telling you. You need to watch this show and get your life!

  15. Tori R.
    October 26, 2012 at 11:52 am

    The last few minutes, I was yelling all up and thru my bedroom! This show is the greatest!! I am just fine with Private Practice being done, Shonda needs to devote every cell she has to SCANDAL! I’m even getting better at listening faster 🙂

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Chile who you telling? Those last 3-5 mins just ungathered me! I was laid OUT.

  16. Thatchic
    October 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Last night’s epi just further confirms for me that Shonda Rhimes (because you have to say her whole name just like that) didn’t have friends growing up. She stayed in her room reading books and making up stories with her imaginary friends. And sweet little 8lb 5oz baby Jesus please forgive me but I’m #teammistress. They belong together dammit!!! Ain’! Luvvie girl we shall rise up and march against the CMA’s but not tomorrow because I gotta get my hair retwisted. What?! I want them to take me seriously!

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Yes. You MUSt invoke her whole name Shonda Rhimes’ overactive imagination is my damb spirit animal.

  17. nichole
    October 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    For someone who was beat badly by her ex-husband and “saved” by Olivia Pope, Abby surely has a bad attitude and seems highly ungrateful. Does she not see how loyal Huck is to Olivia? And how thirsty he is for *whiskey*?

    President Ghost (I love that) needs to give the First Lady what she wants. That woman is truly scary and has some Olivia Pope credentials in messiness and clean-up. I guess he learned the hard way that when she says she wants a seat at the table, someone needs to pull out a chair.

    As for that last meeting, all I could do was just stare at my tv. Something big is going on that’s going to live up to the word SCANDAL.

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Right?? How soon she forgets. Ol’ ungrateful ass Abby.

  18. Chanel
    October 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    So you will give them your nasty pink starburst and your greasy fried chicken but NOT your bowl of white rice? This is why we can’t have nice things and you, solely, are the reason that the CMA has us waiting 2 weeks!

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Only person I’d give my last bowl of white rice to is my mama and Jesus, Nellie! I gotta draw the line somewhere!

  19. Twin
    October 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I do not understand Abby she has been getting smart and asking questions this season. Nobody was checking her out last season and she get a shot of peen this season and go crazy! she needs to have several \_/

  20. Bridgette
    October 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Chile…..I was throwing pillows everywhere at the end of Scandal last night. All I could do was scream WHAT IS GOIN ON?????? And then we got to wait two weeks??? For why Sweet baby Jesus? Anywho, Keep the Scandal the recaps coming Luvvie. (Sorry for all the question marks, LOL)

  21. MimiLuvs
    October 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I don’t watch “Scandal”. Actually, I don’t watch sitcoms because I am the type of person who can only watch a show, if it is a ‘season-on-DVD’ type of deals.
    Every time I see the “President Ghost” in writing, it makes me laugh because a few years ago, my mother and I had saw Tony Goldwyn, in NYC. My mother, being the crazy person that she is, she kept calling him “The guy from Ghost”.

  22. VeeBoogie
    October 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Maaan, lissen….y’all got a sista turned out like an 80s crackhead with all this Scandal-lity, lol. Luvvie, you had me *DEAD* at, “I was sweating like Wesley Snipes and Sheryl Underwood in a look-alike contest.” iCaint!!!

  23. MajorityFools
    October 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Bruh. BRUH! I stay up past my bedtime to watch Scandal and it took me two hours after it went off to calm down and gather my life. 2 WEEKS?! How will my heart go on?! I have an unhealthy yearning for Scandal, for real. And for the love of cheese eggs and grits, Olivia is too strong of a woman to be acting all basic and crying when Fitz dumped her when last episode she screamed, “I AM NOT YOURS!” Dammit I just want their love to thrive! Sorry about that but Scandal gives me hypertension.

  24. Angela Lee
    October 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    This show has the excitement of all the old nighttime soaps combined. I’ve never watched a show,even Dallas, and felt a complete system overload. My head, heart,my emotions, all out of whack. I feel like I can’t take it anymore, but the thought of not seeing how it all unfolds is worse. I knew Mellie was hard, but the comment about the child with the patch under the glasses was bad, even for her! I had to rewind just to make sure she said it. Too many good moments to count.

  25. Capricorn
    October 27, 2012 at 12:43 am

    yes. All of this. YES.

    but YO! What was that gathering at the end?
    Why is Cyrus so shady?
    Why is Abby such a sucker?

  26. Amanda
    October 27, 2012 at 4:11 am

    i lived for quinn gettin abby together…and harrison’s response….JESUS!! LMAO!

  27. Shay
    October 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Fantastic recap! I see I need to stop multi-tasking while tuned! The lil details will come back in a big way! Can’t wait till the next show! I vote CMA’s to be kicked off the island…ijs lol!

  28. Denise
    October 30, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Just found out 9 more episodes have been added to this season!

  29. November 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Mannn you have THE best recap. I followed Singlema over here lol

  30. janelfelice
    November 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I am soooooo mad that Scandal didn’t come on last night!!! That’s why I’m in here with my office door closed watching the last episode. If I get fired, its Auntie Shonda fault!!! As always, your recaps are the best!!!

  31. Sherlan
    November 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Luvvie (sighs) you are too much…this recap (and the others) and all these comments are funny as hell…my husband must think i’m loosing my mind up in here – i’m laughing so hard.

    I spent the whole weekend catching up on all the episodes (watching some scenes over and over).

    I was thinking that since Huck would do anything for Olivia, maybe he get rid of Fake Lady Grant?!! but that’s just my wishful, selfish thinking.

  32. Absurdist
    August 10, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Papa Nystrom asks Huck: “You got kids?”