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White Hats Back On And I’m Laid Out: Scandal Season 2 Finale Recap

How does a TV show render you unable to function for three hours? Well, Scandal’s season finale did just that to me and my girls. It went off and for a good hour, we were screaming and falling out at random intervals. And I kept saying how Shonda had slayed me one GOOD time too many. I got home and was trying to write and could not because my ability to CAN had been rendered obsolete so I just went and laid my burdens down under a blanket.

It was an EXPLOSIVE finale episode and from the moment it started to the end, we were treated with gasp-worthy moments. Shonda and her writing staff hit us in the jugular for the entire hour. Let’s get into it!

Scandal finale recap

Murder Mercy – Olivia is reeling about news of Billy Chambers being the mole. How is he still alive? Well, Huck says since Liv didn’t want him to kill, he outsourced the job to Charlie. “If you want someone killed right, you gotta kill them yourself.” Turns out that Charlie was talked out of it as Billy promised to use his power as the VP’s chief of staff to get him information.

New League of Goons – Cyrus, Hollis, Olivia, and Mellie are sitting in a kitchen/pantry and they need to figure out how stop Billy from blowing the whistle on Defiance. Mellie ain’t here for it so as she gets up, a voice says “SIT. DOWN. MELLIE.” It’s President Ghost. This is the new League of Goons, yall. Hollis says Billy gotta die. “Bang bang. Boom boom. Bye bye.” But Fitz doesn’t want them to shed blood to fix this. Sir, did you forget you killed someone? RIP Verna. Gone but not forgotten.

Assurances, Fantasies and Superpowers – The meeting ends and Mellie storms out with Cyrus after her to say Fitz wants her back. He knows damb well he ain’t here for her in the LEAST bit. Back in the kitchen, Fitz and Liv are alone and he tells her “I’m running. I’m winning. We’re getting married and you are moving into the White House with me.” Prez Ghost is in fantasy world.

He tells Olivia to use her superpower to fix this Billy Chambers mess. They start playing tongue hockey and he stops and starts to head south. She asks him what he’s doing and he says “using MY superpower.”

Superpower Scandal 1 Superpower Scandal 2

He disappears and her eyes start twitching as he goes to search for the secrets of the universe between her thighs. OWWWWWW!!! *bodyrolls* iLIVE!

Bring Pope In – Jake meets with the Senator Whitley’s Byron (aka Phantom Goon) who says his newest job is to bring Olivia to him. He asks why and is told that if he doesn’t do it, someone else will and he’ll know where they stand. When the goon walks off, the girl from the bakery (‘memba her?) leaves right behind him.

Jostling James – James is on TV being interviewed about his knowledge of what’s happening between the First Lady and the President (since Ghost is Baby Ella’s godpappy). Right after, him and Cyrus are going at it because he feels like he’s being shut out of information being leaked out to press by Cy. Other press is about to report news that VP Sally is running against Fitz and he wants a direct comment. Beene seems surprised by the news.

Confronting Sally – Cyrus is in VP’s face yelling about how she’s supposed to be loyal to the President. She says “commandments of the Lord are being broken” in the White House and it is her obligation to offer their party an alternative candidate. Girl, shet up. You’re still butthurt bout Fitz recovering from his attempted assassination.

Gladiators Gladiate – They need to figure out how Billy Chambers got the cytron card and who helped him. Olivia figures it’s someone who was directly affected by Defiance so she goes to see Governor Reston. David is sitting in the OPA office listening to all of it and looking shifty. Quinn is on her Baby Huck steeze and hacks into the security camera across from Reston’s mansion and Liv is impressed, but Huck tells her he worries about her. “Sometimes she reminds me of me.” EEK! Then they see footage of Billy coming out of the governor’s house. David calls him and tips him off that they’re onto him. DAMBIT, LEMONY!!!

Worry Bout Yourself – Cyrus meets with Phantom Goon, who tells him “I’m handling Olivia Pope. You do your part.” Cy grabs Whitley’s Byron’s arm as he walks off and asks “what do you mean about Olivia Pope?” but gets nothing. He gets a phone call and it’s Olivia telling him Reston is who Billy’s working with. He says Fitz and Reston are meeting at that very moment. They hang up and Cyrus grabs his left arm and crumples to the floor. AW NAW!!! Beene has a heart attack! As I almost did myself!

Blackmailing Bandit – President Ghost and Reston meet and after a handshake, the Gov says he knows about Defiance. He wants to be on the President’s ticket as VP during the re-election campaign as the “unity ticket.” Reston gives him til 9am the next day or else, he will toot the horn. Ohmyword!!

Amped Up in Ambulance – Cyrus is in the ambulance making as the paramedics are trying to take his blood pressure (which is clearly sky high) and but he’s fighting them as he calls the Oval Office. Liv walks in just in time for the call and Fitz puts it on speaker. Cy wants to know what Reston said and Liv asks where he is. The grand goon says “These idiots are telling me I had a heart attack.” HA! He has no chill even while laid out.

Ambulance Cyrus 1 Ambulance Cyrus 2

Love and Heart Attack – James rushes into the hospital room and sees Cyrus sitting up in the bed, with an oxygen tube. “You bastard. Don’t you dare die on me when I’m still mad at you!” He puts his head on Cyrus’ chest and asks him if it’s true that Fitz is getting spiritual guidance about his marriage and he tells him yes. They’re so adorable and cutthroat together.

White Hat Appeal – David meets with Billy Chambers, who is asking for the Cytron card since Reston couldn’t get any incriminating info from his convo with Fitz. Lemony says he’s not really ready because those are his friends. Chambers asks if he’s the bad guy and David reminds him that he’s killed some folks. He admits to offing Wendy, Molly and Director Osbourne but he’s talmbout he had good reasons. YEAH OK, BILLY! O_O He then calls the gladiators “thugs.” I mean, he’s not wrong but they’re just my favorite thugs ever. Billy tries to appeal to David’s white hat but he’s the blackest of ALL the hats, and he tells him that handing over the card would be justice. Lemony acquiesces and slides over the card. NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Show the Receipts – Liv and Fitz are in Cy’s hospital room and she advises him to pretend he’ll put Reston on the ticket but first ask him for the card. If he doesn’t have it, then Billy does and he’ll call him to get it so they’ll trace the call. Liv meets with Reston and says Fitz is interested in the “unity ticket” but they’ll need proof. Huckleberry Quinn are back at OPA listening to his phoneline to see who he calls.

Mellie’s Epic READ – James is on TV telling his interviewer that President Ghost is seeking counseling to fix his marriage and the First Lady is being side-eyed for telling her business all up on live TV. She watches on and her face drops. Then she shows up at the hospital with flowers for Cyrus and meets Fitz there. She brought cameras to the hospital with her for show and wants her and Fitz to walk down to the lobby together to be seen and he is NOT here for it. Thus beginning the READ of the century.

“Mellie. This phase of our lives, capitalizing on public support as a definition of marriage, is over. Make no mistake. You are going to leave the White House. You’ll launch your own political career and I will back you and campaign for you and never speak of my ex-wife Mellie Grant in anything but the the most glowing of terms. And then about a year into my second term, I will go on one or two high profile dates with well-educated, age appropriate career women which will be chronicled in immaculate detail by tabloids around the globe and when word leaks six months later that I’ve been spending time with one of my oldest and dearest most trusted advisors who selflessly acted as the mouthpiece of my administration when I was lying half dead in a hospital bed. Who has always stood beside me as my friend and colleague. When it gets out that after all this time she and I have started after all this time to care for one another in a way that is no longer strictly professional, America will love her.

And let’s be honest, my relationship with Olivia is going to spark a REAL dialogue of race in this country and it is going to blow the Republican party wide open and let some light and air into places that haven’t seen change in far too long. So the party will love her. And YOU wanna be on the right side of history here. Trust me you do. If you don’t want to play along. If you leak Olivia’s name. If you refuse to go gently, well it only takes a few whispers of the word ‘racist’ for the feminist groups and the religious groups and even the Republican National Committee to turn up their noses at your stink. But I don’t want to do that, Mellie. I want to have you join me as a living, breathing monument to redemption and second chances in the America we all hope still exists.”


GAHTDAMB!!! Listen. I took the time to transcribe that EPIC ASS READ because it is worth re-reading over and over again. Fitzgerald Grant READDDD Mellie like the nonfiction section of a bookstore. He read her like Microsoft Encarta ’95. Like his name was Dr. Seuss and her life was Green Eggs and Ham. Mellie’s face was on the floor and I called someone to get a swiffer to mop that lipstick off the linoleum. THAT. WAS. THE. READ. OF. THE. CENTURY!

And the extra TEA here is that Liv came up with that plan, which he delivered in a speech for her lover to deliver to his wife. WELL DAMB! And he was so proud of himself.

Fitz Scandal Nod

Gladiators Stay Gladiating – Abby figured that there are over 20,000 possible combinations to get into the safe in Liv’s office so how was it broken into? Huck is still listening to Reston’s line when a call is placed to Billy Chambers asking for the card. They trace Billy’s location to Virginia. Got him!

Dreaming of a Goon – Cyrus, in a haze, sees Phantom Goon standing next to his bed and asks him what he means by handling Olivia. When he wakes up fully, there’s no one by his bed. Bet it wasn’t a dream, doe. And we learn his name is “Rowan.”

Wine White and WHAT?!? – Liv is at home in a divine all white ensemble, getting ready to drink her wine in peace, and talking to President Ghost. She asks him if he told Cy her plan and he says “oh he heard it.” Mmhmm, and so did the scorned wife. Then she invites him over to sleep but he had to decline because his trusted guards weren’t on duty. OH IT’S LIKE THAT?!? Hey now! After they hang up, Liv’s door knob starts jiggling. She stands by and double locks it when Jake grabs her from behind and tells her not to make any noise. The door flies open, a woman with a gun drawn appears and Jake sends a bullet right through the middle of her head. OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!! I almost threw my laptop and I surely did scream.

In Billy’s Chamber – Huckleberry Quinn are in Billy Chambers’ apartment waiting for him to return. She’s pacing back and forth and he tells her to sit down about 5 times before she finally does it. He walks in, sees them and runs out with Huck after him.

Jake’s White Hat – Jake escorts a shaken up Liv into the Gladiator office, and they rush past Harrison and Abby into her office and close the door. He tells her she’s in danger (girl) as long as she’s smashing the homieloverpresident. He mentions B613 and it shakes her up even more. She needs to stay in the gladiator office that night to be safe. As he goes to leave, she tells him he’s saved his life so maybe she can save his but that ain’t how B613 works. Jake tells Liv that he’s in danger because he disobeyed orders, not because he slept with her. “Sleeping with you was my mission so don’t bother missing me.” Well DAMB! She tells him to close his eyes and then she kisses him all deep. Jake ain’t so bad afterall. As he leaves the OPA office, Harrison says “Ish just got real.” Ummm… YEAH!

Life is No Romance Novel – Cyrus walks in Liv’s office looking haggard and clearly unwell. He tells Liv to end this relationship with Fitz and she says she loves him and will be his first lady. A Black ops attempted assassination ain’t enough to keep Liv away from Fitz. She knows who tried it and she knows why and she doesn’t care. He goes IN on her, saying that the fairy tale Romeo & Juliet thing that OLITZ have going on is foolish, because “life is not a romance novel.”

Cyrus Romeo Scandal 1 Cyrus Romeo Scandal 2

Then he pulls the chair from under her by saying Fitz killed Verna! *faints*

Whiskey Tango Quinn – Billy Chambers is bound and gagged and Huck is standing over him with a drill. Huck walks away, saying he cannot do it and Quinn gets the drill from him. She takes the drill and giddily uses it on Billy’s lower body, asking him where the Cytron card is as blood splatters on her face. He finally admits to her that it’s in locker 864.

Billy Chambers Quinn 1 Billy Chambers Quinn 2

Counterfeit Cytron Card – Abby retrieves the card from 864 and it had nothing on it. It was a fake! She searches David’s stuff that’s left in the office and finds a notebook with numbers written and some crossed out. He tried thousands of combinations before finally getting it right all those times the gladiators weren’t in the office. Turns out that David had made a plethora of copies of the Cytron card.

Reality TV – Cyrus walks into the Oval Office with a yellow envelope because he wants to show President Ghost “reality TV.” It’s the sex tape of Jake and Olivia, and Fitz watches it with pained eyes. Cyrus just had to wreck ALL the shops that night.

David’s White Hat – Hollis asks the League of Goon to kill David when Cyrus gets a text that he’s in his office. And sure enough, he is. When Cy gets there, Rosen slides over the Cyrtron card to him but he needs a favor. Back at the Gladiator office, Liv has a box waiting for her with a recorder and a file. She presses “play” and hear David’s voice. And Billy Chambers. Turns out that Lemony wore a wire during that meeting with Billy, and their entire convo was recorded.

President Ghost then has a press conference restoring David as the U.S. attorney of the District of Columbia for finding the mole who killed the Director of the CIA and betrayed the country. He is hailed as a hero. Aawwww! All David wanted this whole time was his life not to be ruined. He did right by Olivia and the gladiators. I take back my curses for Lemony.

And to top it off, he sends Liv this FIERCE ASS white hat that gave me Mother of the Bride on Easter Sunday and Head of the Usher Board realness.

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Looking like a smooth criminal. iLIVE! Swerve.

Baby Huck – When Huckleberry Quinn return to OPA, Quinn is going on and on excitedly about her first taste of torturing someone and Huck goes to another room and sits in a corner. He’s created a monster.

Breaking Away – Olivia shows up to the Oval Office to see President Ghost and they both find out what Cyrus told the other. Fitz says he can forgive her for sleeping with Jake but Olivia cannot tell him the same for his killing of Verna. She tells him to run for re-election with Mellie by his side because she realizes that she cannot leave her gladiators behind. She’s taken them to the edge of the cliff and they’ve did too much bad stuff. “You are going to be my first lady.” “I can’t leave them. They need me. I’m their gladiator.”


Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” starts playing. I see what you did there, Shonda.

Reset Button – Olivia lays in bed looking relieved. Fitz goes to see Mellie and kneels in front of her with his head in her lap. Cyrus destroys the Cytron card in his office. Jake is thrown in the hole by Rowan and the B613 cats (nooooooo). The reset button has been hit and they can all start over. Or can they?

Liv puts on an adorable white running shirt and pulls her hair back. She puts on her headphones, steps into her elevator. She walks through her lobby tuned into her music and stretching. She opens up the door to exit and there’s press waiting. She pulls off her headphones and hears “Is it true that you’re having an affair with the President?” Someone grabs her and pulls her through the crowd. She’s pushed into a limo, and there’s a man sitting across from her. It’s Phantom Goon.

Liv looks at him and says “DAD?”

Olivia Dad Scandal Olivia Dad Scandal 2

And the episode ended. And then I DIED! DIED, I TELL YA!!! DAHD!!!


Shonda. GAHTDAMBIT SHONDA!!! The thing is, I’m not shocked that he’s her father, actually. I had already said Phantom Goon might be Olivia’s dad. But then I thought about it was like “Nah, that’d be too easy. It’ll be too convenient for the other older, powerful man on the show to be her dad.” So I was all “nevermind.” But turns out, I shoulda listened to my gut like Liv the first time.

I just…

DEAD elevator gif

This episode. This DAMB FINALE! It has like 3 hours worth of content in them 43 minutes. Not ONE second was wasted. I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS AND FEELINGS AND IDEAS AND THEORIES AND OHMYGAHHHHHH!!!

My Scandal theories

After the show went off, me and my girls talked it THROUGH! Here are the theories.

1. Daddy Byron wasn’t tryna kill Olivia. He sent the assassin to scare her and bring her to him because he had exhausted ALL other things that would separate her and Fitz. He finally thinks the threat of death will send her running, but Jake got to the girl with the gun first. She had her gun out, but it doesn’t mean she planned to shoot.

2. Harrison is Olivia’s brother. He is LITERALLY Brolivia Pope. He knows but she doesn’t. It’s why he’s so adamant about protecting her and how he is so passionate about being a gladiator. and it’s why she always seems slightly confused about his fervor. He didn’t have on gingham in this episode because he called Daddy Goon on Liv. He also knows that the Fitz love is gonna ruin her. And like he said last week “you’re the problem.” and when liv was NOT hearing it, he felt the only way he could protect her is to go higher up. His lack of gingham was from shame and from feeling like he failed as a Gladiator. Both as a protector and as a fiercely loyal member of OPA.

3. David clearly did not give cyrus the real Cytron card. he made many replicas and he is keeping the real one in case of incasity and he needs it to save himself. Defiance will truly never die. Especially with Reston still alive. He will harbor that hate and will still try to blow the whistle somehow.

4. Mellie is in cahoots with Daddy goon. Rowan and her have ONE matching goal: to split up Liv and Fitz. They’ve collaborated to make this happen and they have different reasons for it. We know Mellie’s but we don’t know Rowan’s yet. And it was AFTER Fitz gave Mellie that READ that shit got ultra real. Why? cuz she went back to Daddy Goon and said “Well… he’s dead ass serious.” Also related: That read was AMAZING but it was stupid of Fitz to tell Mellie the plan. You do NOT show your opponent your hand. If life is a card game, Fitz just showed that he had the Little Joker. Mellie got the Big Joker.

5. Jake WAS sent to sleep with Olivia. That was part of his mission. They wanted him to be the person who breaks up Liv and Fitz and he came slightly close but failed. Which goes back to Daddy Goon REALLY trying all the tricks he could think of to break up OLITZ and each failed. The assassin scare was truly a last resort. Finally, when that didn’t work, he leaked her name to the media (which Cyrus was too chicken to do).

6. I have two theories here, since Daddy Goon is Head Goon In Charge of B613.

6a. B613 folks are trained to know and think that they have no families. Olivia thought her dad has been dead all these years. So that “Dad?” at the end was a mixture of “You’re alive?” and “you’re behind all this??”

HOWEVER, I think I my 2nd theory is more likely.

6b. Olivia knows that her dad is the head of B613, because when he joined, they told him to pick the Ops or his family. And he picked the ops, therefore giving up his entire family. And she’s carried this hurt with her all her life and has accepted that she doesn’t have a dad. And NEVER expected to see him ever again. But since he’s B613 head goon in charge, she called in a favor with him to allow Huck to live normal. Like when Charlie said “I want the same deal Huck has” and Huck was like “what deal?” Seems Liv might have called dear old dad for Huck. Also, remember how she gave Harrison the brown and the black folders and said the black one was only supposed to be a last resort? Well, I BET that black folder had Daddy Goon’s name in it.

WHOOOOO!!! I am SPENT! My soul is WEARY! And I just need a nap and a tranquilizer. Scandal wan kill me o! I am not ready for these 4 months!

My Body is NOT ready gif

So yes. Let us discuss. What do y’all think happened? Why is Daddy Phantom Goon so invested in making sure Liv and Fitz don’t end up together. Gladiators, ROAR IN THE COMMENTS!

P.S. If you played Scandal Bingo during the show, upload a picture of your filled in cards to the Awesomely Luvvie Facebook fan page!

P.P.S. I nominate Lynn Whitfield to play Olivia’s mother.

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  1. JanvierNoir
    May 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    It ain’t been but two seconds since I prayed this prayer: I been waitin’ for that RECAP Alllllllll D’mornin’ and I ain’t seent NUFFIN’! So I says me a prayer and ask sweet jesus to come down out of his holy of holies and give dis chile sum LIFE! Breeve into her, Lawd Jesus, a new bref cause Shonda took it last night. She’s a thievin’ two-timing winch and Luvvie can’t deal, Lawd. So we come to you prostrate on this altar Lawd and ask you to brang foaf dis word we needs ta hurrrr taday cause you know, Jesus. Only you know. Only you. Haaabadasheeebadarondalaaaaa…. Yassss…. Yasss… Let him use ya baby. Let him USE YA! Amen.

    ….and the Manna came foaf! Yassss…. yassss.. Thank yaaaaaa (runnin’ round the church screamin’)… (they gettin’ my sheet ready to cover up my titties when I succumb to the spirit)

    *scrolls up for my crack fix*

    • May 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm


      • May 17, 2013 at 8:03 pm

        Yes Gladiator 411..I totally agree with everything..except for one or two points which I have to search the script. However, it does not matter right now. U have uncovered the past.I will now uncover da present. Dad’s job and the Republican Army is at stake because of this love affair. He really wanted to talk to her because all else failed. He did use damage control..using Verna,Jake and Media to drive the dagger Sy’s riviting speech to Olivia with “Romeo and Juliet” affair. Well done that Sy. He has to safeguard his comrades like “Swartscoff” in the Persain gulf. Big shit will go down if this love affair shit hits the fan. Dad loves his daughter so much all he could do is get a man in her life. He chose Jake. Yet ye left out a lot of details from Jake.Olivia is now 9 months pregnant. U may see a little bump..cause Gladiators will be very unhappy if they did not see even a little bit of that baby bump. Dad will let out Jake after 9 months. Olivia will have the baby. She will keep the secret of baby Fitz a secret. Jake will engage her. Jake&Fitz war will ensue..something like a cold war. Fitz will be Godfather to his son. There will be some kinda “Peace in da Valley”. Fitz will be invited to the baby Fitz Christening. They will play that song that “Tangella” ..forget dat name..perfect that song is. They will play dat christening scene where the Olitz staring into each others eyes with the little Moco baby. Fitz will find out that Fitz is his son thru DNA. That is how Shonda’s gonna keep it roling. Ties and more ties…but never a happy ever after ending. But this is how I think present and future will play out. I did predict they would run off to Mexico to do the “one day married next day free” Freeing Fitz of Mellie’s divorce..but U will never know..One more interesting point.. TG&JW do believe that the “Olitz” belong they will keep trying to rekindle the relationship regardless of “who’s fooling who”
        After Mellie feels comfortable again..she will have a fling with her Fixer or Squinty eye Hal..who needs some Vizine to squirt into his eyes. Lately he’s not quinting anymore..cause Mellie squirted her oil in Hal’s eyes”. He’s been looking up puss for so long she seem to ask: “Can U see Hal.” he said: “no”. Mellie: “come a little closer.” Guess he’s licking and trixing and all the other..dat son of bitch..that mother fuc&er..yes 411, you have adopted me in the “soothsayer” of badword merchants..huray to U..and so the saga goes on..I am not dead yet..

    • Jabari
      May 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      I dont have the time for you today lmfao Ha!

      • JanvierNoir
        May 17, 2013 at 1:57 pm

        You do doe, Bari. You do. O___ –

    • yellowbelle
      May 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      MO KU! (DEAD)

      (and I don’ even speak the language)

    • Aurelia
      May 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm


      • Kisha
        May 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm

        I thought I was the only one. I was SUPER excited when I refreshed for the eleventy-millionth time and this popped up.

    • MyTruthNotYours
      May 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm


    • Gdubworldwide
      May 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      This is the best first comment in the history of first comments. I howled. I no longer feel qualified to leave a comment after this slaughter. “Breeve into her” see I am laughing again. Me done!!

    • May 17, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      You ain’t got the good sense God gave a mule and I’m here for you. LMAOOOOOO!!!

      • JanvierNoir
        May 17, 2013 at 10:39 pm

        We so go togetha now. You checked yes and aine ne’em know it. You knows I prayed that prayer in my Ms. Coe-rah (Cora) voice.

    • KemaB
      May 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Freaking cryin I can not with you.

      • May 17, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        Yea..Syrus may seem cruel..but he was really trying to save their lives..using his own life to save them..this is how much love hurts..It was true about Romeo and Juliet..they are truly an older version of Romeo and Juliet

    • GoldenLady00
      May 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      *slides off couch and lays flat on floor*

    • Shay
      May 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Hilarious!! I’ve been waiting for an update since the minute the show went off! I am soooo loving the Scandal & Awesomely Luvvie marriage! Like a match made in heaven!

    • JosieGyrl
      May 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      ihollered. *dead*

  2. rikyrah
    May 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Been checking for this since 7:30 a.m.

    I do not lie

  3. rikyrah
    May 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Cyrus was like the parent who just crushed their child with the information that there’s no Santa. He was BRUTAL with both Olivia and Fitz.

    He showed NO mercy.

    He was fuckin’ RUTHLESS.

    I still have no words about what Senator Byron:

    a) did to Jake

    b) being Olivia’s Daddy

    Though revealing this dude to be her father puts Olivia’s romantic choices into perspective.

    And not only did he spread the news about his own child…MOFO had the nerve to be there TO PICK HER UP WHEN SHE WAS BLINDSIDED BY IT.

    there are no words.


    And did you see Cyrus check himself when he was about to go off while talking to Senator Byron – he just gave him the side eye and Cyrus went back to ‘ Yes, Sir’ mode.

    WHO IS THIS DUDE?!?!?!

    As for Quinn….did you look at Huck’s face when she popped her torture cherry?

    He was like…WHAT HAVE I DONE?

    Fitz was BROKEN by the end of the show. He was CRUSHED.


    If there are soap fans here, I thought you all could relate to this comment I found at another blog:

    And Cyrus….maaaaaaaaaaan. I thought Victor Newman was ruthless, but Cyrus on some other isht. Matter of fact, I think Cyrus could beat TGVN! It’s like slit their throats and poured salt in their wounds! Damn!

    • originalwharris
      May 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      I said the same thing about Senator Byron – that explains a lot about her choices with men.

    • JanvierNoir
      May 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      “torture cherry”!!! LMAO!!!! I done heard it all!!!

    • Jessica
      May 17, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Cyrus is a baby goon compared to the TGVN. Cyrus stay losing. All Victor do is win!!

    • Yolanda
      May 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      YAAAAAAAS!!!! TGVN ain’t got nothing on Cyrus, Cy makes Victor look like a teddy bear!

    • May 17, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Yes Gladiator 411..I totally agree with everything..except for one or two points which I have to search the script. However, it does not matter right now. U have uncovered the past.I will now uncover da present. Dad’s job and the Republican Army is at stake because of this love affair. He really wanted to talk to her because all else failed. He did use damage control..using Verna,Jake and Media to drive the dagger Sy’s riviting speech to Olivia with “Romeo and Juliet” affair. Well done that Sy. He has to safeguard his comrades like “Swartscoff” in the Persain gulf. Big shit will go down if this love affair shit hits the fan. Dad loves his daughter so much all he could do is get a man in her life. He chose Jake. Yet ye left out a lot of details from Jake.Olivia is now 9 months pregnant. U may see a little bump..cause Gladiators will be very unhappy if they did not see even a little bit of that baby bump. Dad will let out Jake after 9 months. Olivia will have the baby. She will keep the secret of baby Fitz a secret. Jake will engage her. Jake&Fitz war will ensue..something like a cold war. Fitz will be Godfather to his son. There will be some kinda “Peace in da Valley”. Fitz will be invited to the baby Fitz Christening. They will play that song that “Tangella” ..forget dat name..perfect that song is. They will play dat christening scene where the Olitz staring into each others eyes with the little Moco baby. Fitz will find out that Fitz is his son thru DNA. That is how Shonda’s gonna keep it roling. Ties and more ties…but never a happy ever after ending. But this is how I think present and future will play out. I did predict they would run off to Mexico to do the “one day married next day free” Freeing Fitz of Mellie’s divorce..but U will never know..One more interesting point.. TG&JW do believe that the “Olitz” belong they will keep trying to rekindle the relationship regardless of “who’s fooling who”
      After Mellie feels comfortable again..she will have a fling with her Fixer or Squinty eye Hal..who needs some Vizine to squirt into his eyes. Lately he’s not quinting anymore..cause Mellie squirted her oil in Hal’s eyes”. He’s been looking up puss for so long she seem to ask: “Can U see Hal.” he said: “no”. Mellie: “come a little closer.” Guess he’s licking and trixing and all the other..dat son of bitch..that mother fuc&er..yes 411, you have adopted me in the “soothsayer” of badword merchants..huray to U..and so the saga goes on..I am not dead yet..

  4. Sherrie
    May 17, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    The Lawd is mighty and answers prayers because when I say this is EVERYTHING!!!!!!! Girl you had me reading like didn’t even watch the show last night.That Daddy Goon and Huck theory sounds on point.

  5. Silk!
    May 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Ize still tired, like *I* was the one almost shot at, ended a relationship, accosted by the press and snatched into a limo.

  6. Jabari
    May 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Chile, like I said last week, my MLK fan and prayer book is on standby!!!! At the end of this episode, I just skipped the wall slide and busted out an epic leyomi drop then proceed to roll around my best friend’s carpet for 1.5 hours. SHONDA RHIMES, YOU CANNOT HAVE THIS MUCH POWER AND DOMINION OVER MY LIFE!!!!!! I WILL NOT ALLOW IT (#yallknowimlyin’)

    Phantom Goon is Pope Sr.!
    Our Gladiator in Gingham might be Pope Jr!
    Fitz and Mellie are back together!
    Cyrus outchea having heart attack all willy-nilly!
    Reston still out on the loose!
    Huck done turned poor lil’ Lindsey/Quinn!

    I jus….I mean…but…..excuse me while i go curl in a fetal ball til September……LAWDT!!!!!!!

    • May 17, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      I need your contact info, ’cause when I get PUT OUT MY HOUSE for cackling like I need to be committed because of your comments, I’m gonna #Occupy you couch!

      • Jabari
        May 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm

        Now you I loves you like I love cooked food but I’ma you to get it together and not get put out cause messing with me we’ll both get put out!!!!! #lbs

    • shayleen
      May 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      I am HERE for you and this comment right now….. Bwahahahahha

  7. asetdivine
    May 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    This finale was so good!! I watched three other shows after it went off and I was still unable to deal.

    The only thing I got right this season was that Rowan is Olivia’s father. Rowan is the ultimate puppet master! That man’s been pulling the strings of Olivia’s life and she doesn’t even know it yet. She deviated from his program when she fell in love with Fitz though. I’m quite sure he’s the one who leaked her name to the press…his way of getting her in line. Fitz will think it was Mellie that leaked her name though and she will once again be in the doghouse.

    I know a lot of folks have been wondering about Columbus Short’s character too, but I think that we’ll see a lot more of Harrison in the next season. His story is tied into Olivia’s so we’ll get a little more of who he is and who she is at the same time. My working theory is that Harrison is Olivia’s little brother and doesn’t know it. It’s the reason she sat all those hours in jail with him when he got arrested. He’s mentioned that he doesn’t know why she did that at least twice and she still won’t give him an answer. Who Olivia is and why she chose the life she has is tied into her upbringing. How her father treated her is probably very similar to how Hollis Doyle treated his daughter which is why she gave the one eared prodigal daughter the “poor little rich girl” read. Her need to fix has a lot to do with her upbringing. The reason that she has created a family at Pope and Associates with Abby, Huck, Quinn, and Harrison is because she lacked a stable/loving one growing up. All that needs to happen now is Olivia’s mother showing up. I’m all here for Angela Basset or Jennifer Lewis playing her mother…lip quivers everywhere!

    Quinn is much more disturbed than Huck and always was…defiance did not make her the dark chick that she is. Quinn is so disturbed that she disturbed Huck, he had to go in his office and close the door. David gets kudos for turning the tables on Billy Chambers because I was all for Huck taking him out. Cyrus was stressed the last couple of episodes but I think what finally did it for him was Rowan talking about taking care of Olivia Pope which means he doesn’t know that Rowan is Liv’s pops. He loves Olivia like a daughter despite their occasional battles and wouldn’t want to physically hurt her. We’ll see Jake again at some point in the series.

    The only other thing I have to say is Olivia was giving me Smooth Criminal when she put that white hat on her head…YESSSSS!!!

    • May 17, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      YES to all of this YESSS…

    • JanvierNoir
      May 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      What say you? *approaches the bench* I second all these motions, Your Honor. Counsel hath laid forth a solid argument and the Defense shall rest on the mercy of the Court.

    • May 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      YESSSSSS Asetdivine! You are on to something and I am ALLLLL ears!

      • asetdivine
        May 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm

        glad you all like my theories 🙂

    • Jabari
      May 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      YAAAAAAAASSSSSSS!!!!!! That white hat gave me all the Lipton, Campbell’s and Simply Orange I needed for my fever!!!!

      Now if Shonda bring in Angela as this chile’s mother, I will be murked x10!!!! I surely stan for Angela and there is not one thing anyone can do about it……

    • Tomatopaste
      May 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      Wanna bet that olivia’s mom is a white woman. This is how they roll in this show. She is bi-racial.

      • glenda kay
        May 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

        Thank you!! I think her momma is the VicePrez! Who would guess that her Bible thumpin azz would have had an affair with a black man& gave birth (then abandoned) their child (Liv) .

    • ShoeDiva925
      May 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

      I know I am late but I am HERE for the mommy roles. Especially Jennifer Lewis! We all know she can READ!!!!! But back to your theories… I agree!!! We are having the same thought process.

  8. rikyrah
    May 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    GAHTDAMB!!! Listen. I took the time to transcribe that EPIC ASS READ because it is worth re-reading over and over again. Fitzgerald Grant READDDD Mellie like the nonfiction section of a bookstore. He read her like Microsoft Encarta ’95. Like his name was Dr. Seuss and her life was Green Eggs and Ham. Mellie’s face was on the floor and I called someone to get a swiffer to mop that lipstick off the linoleum. THAT. WAS. THE. READ. OF. THE. CENTURY!


    see…this is why people like me are obsessed with your recaps.

    • KDub
      May 18, 2013 at 9:19 am

      ME TOO! I was checking for Luvvie’s recap like they’re laced with crack and 5 teaspoons of heroin! “Refresh….refresh….refresh… Keep the page up so I don’t get busy and forget to refresh again….Dang it! Dinner party. Can’t refresh yet….. When are these people leaving? Refresh on the sly in the kitchen while getting dessert…. Double-dangit! Trainer got here early. Refresh while changing clothes…. Workout over. Refresh before shower…. Crap! What’s taking Luvvie so long? She can’t do this to us? This is some Shonda-type stuff! Refresh….. AWWWWWWWWW, THERE IT IS!!!!!” *throws head back like Bubbles on TheWire after the first hit* LOL


  9. JanvierNoir
    May 17, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    1. That kitchen scene is what I saw in the previews where Liv had her head thrown back. I KNEW what was goin on. Don’t no head go back like that unless somebody samplin’ your Southern Style Menu. KnowwhatImean???? *fist bumps* And they give it to us right off the bat? I won’t ready for that. I slid right outta my chair and I was in public. And I was too embarassed to even appear bothered cause Lawd knows my body was READY for that. Jesus be a fence round my thighs cause whew! I was ready for Fitzgerald Grant. VERY ready. Okay…. whew

    2. Apparently from Cyrus’ response, “what do you mean about Olivia Pope?”, he doesn’t know that Phantom Goon is Liv’s dad.

    3. I need a refresh on Gov. Reston? What was his role? I can’t remember his storyline.


    • rikyrah
      May 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Governor Reston was Fitz’s Al Gore. The person who ACTUALLY won the Presidency and had it stolen from him.

      • JanvierNoir
        May 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        Tell it! hahahahah!


      • shayboogie
        May 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

        I see what you did there…. LOL

    • May 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Gov. Reston was who lost the White House to Fitz because of those Defiance Votes.

      Plus there was some shenanigans with his wife (she was cheating) and her lover ended up shot dead with the cover story being it was her rapist & Gov Reston caught him & shot him.

      I might be off on some of the particulars of that story but main point is he lost to Fitz because of Defiance.

      Hope that helps.

    • Lenore
      May 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Gov. Reston ran against Fitz in the rigged election.
      The loss crushed him and ruined his marriage.
      He saved his wife by killing her rapist during the rape in their home.
      He called Olivia to help, even tho she helped him lose the presidency.
      he was hailed a hero finally.
      His wife got caught up on her “rape” cry she was actually having an affair and had to go to jail.
      Gov. Reston KNEW she was having an affair and always planned on killing the guy but his wife gave him an easy out by calling rape.
      He played his wife AND Olivia by acting like he didn’t know about the affair the whole time.
      So the losing Presidential candidate in a rigged election is the perfect buddy for billy Chambers

      • Bubssis.
        May 18, 2013 at 8:12 am

        Yup, yup, that’s how it all went down!

    • JanvierNoir
      May 17, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      I need to up my Ginko ’cause I aint remember none of that. Thanks, yall!

    • May 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Don’t no head go back like that unless somebody samplin’ your Southern Style Menu. KnowwhatImean???? *fist bumps*

      “Southern Style Menu”!!! Added to the vocab,right next to OneChele’s “cocoa stirring”. YAHZ I say!

    • JosieGyrl
      May 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Lawd, idied at “Southern Style Menu”. You’re right though *nodding head*. Yes, ma’am. Whew, chile. And can I say that Fitzgerald Grant has no damb shame about his boo?? In the kitchen. At the White House. Lawd.

  10. Andrea
    May 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    When Liv asked him did he want to spend the night iswearfogod i was like “oh you got it like dat” but Fitz brought me back to reality when he mentioned that the security guards he trusts were not on duty at that time

    • MyTruthNotYours
      May 17, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      and I can’t stand Hal w/his snitchin azz self

      • JanvierNoir
        May 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

        That’s cause aine nobody taught Hal that snitches get stitches… He gone lurn taday.

  11. May 17, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Reading the recap is making me go back to da corner. I’m having a moment of cants all ova again

  12. c.
    May 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    if i ever get rich and have lots of money to spend like white people do, ima buy a racehorse and name it Senator Whitley’s Byron. AND it’s gon’ win the triple crown. boom. #dontbuhleemejeswatch

    • mrscamp
      May 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      HAAAAAA!!!!! And Ima bet on him cause I know it would be a winner!

    • KemaB
      May 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm


  13. rikyrah
    May 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I really like your theory about Olivia going to Daddy to get the deal for Huck. It would make a whole lotta sense.

    Olivia and Harrison-siblings?


    • MyTruthNotYours
      May 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      ..I’m real mad about the whole no Harrison back story…but then again – perhaps they ARE siblings….

      • JanvierNoir
        May 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm

        Which is why Liv ain’t all over him like EYE would be. EYE would be ALLLLLL over dat. Like errr Ghingham check would be CHECKED, honey. I mean, I love some gorgeous white men, I does. But an educated, fine-ass, can dress, tight-edge-up, deep rustic voiced black man with large forearms and a huge watch…. (slides outta my chair). Hep me, Jewish God! Hep me Baby Jesus. In the words of Dewey Cox, You Got to Love yo Negro Man….

        • JosieGyrl
          May 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm

          JanvierNoir, you are wrecking me today, chile. You are the end of me. I am ridin wit you, girl. I agree about the possibility that Harrison could be her brother. There is a connection between them that is close but not sexual.

          Cuz..hunteeee…if it were me, that gingham would be balled up on the floor next to my bed, chile. Believe dat!

        • JanvierNoir
          May 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm

          ; ). Back atcha Boo. Yes, I am here for Harrison. ALLADAY, ALLANIGHT! Has anyone noticed how tight his cheeks are. Naw baby, the OTHER cheeks?!? *blushes* I just love his physique. And when I can see the shape of a mans musculature on his thighs through his pants… I just. lawddddteeeLAWD! Breeve. Breeve.

        • Sticky-n-Sweet
          May 19, 2013 at 10:26 am

          Balled up?! No ma’am, not my baby’s gingham Thom Browne dress shirts. As soon as he finised, I’d be pressin em out for the next work day at Pope and Associates!

        • JosieGyrl
          May 20, 2013 at 9:51 am

          LOL @ Sticky…Chile, I can put a hurtin’ on some mac n cheese, but I can’t iron to save no body’s life. So I’ll have to send his shirts out. 😉

          I went back and re-watched. Did y’all see in that scene where Harrison is asking Liv her game plan, he says…”What’s your. end. game.”, followed by a sexy azz lip suck. *swoon*

          Lawd, Geesus, hep me. *Praying to the Geesus that was on my granmomma’s wall next to the pic of Martin Luffer Kang*

      • CapitalKayPea
        May 17, 2013 at 7:03 pm

        i seriously would go on strike if they end up siblings.


        • Vasthe
          May 17, 2013 at 9:42 pm


        • Taye
          May 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm

          First off, I just wanna say these comments are cracking a sista up! I’m new here, so imma just holla and get right to it.

          Now- as to Harrison, having all the black ppl related is the only reason I can’t get with Harrison being related to Olivia

          Other than that, now that I got back the mind I surely lost on the season finale, I’m not as upset/mad/blaming shonda for making me lose my damb mind as I was. Olitz might not be broke up – Shonda said S3 is going to pick up in real time, no time jumps, so that last scene with them might only be a part of the conversation. Fitz could be playing Mellie for any number of reasons, or just be genuinely sorry that it’s going down like this – Mellie is humiliated ’cause she been outed in front of errybody. And Shonda play long game not short term, so I can’t be mad of her playing Olitz the way she do. If they got their happily ever after this quick, where’s the fun in it? Anywhoo, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

  14. Adonis
    May 17, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Your devoted readers must have been protesting with pitchforks & picket signs on Twitter

    “I DEMAND A RECAP!!!” Thanks

    1. I think Scandal will end with Season 3. Season 4 tops. There is no way you can keep up this high octane show after four seasons.


    2. I thought Olivia’s safe had a FOUR digit pin. Wouldn’t that be 10,000 combinations or more. My permutations math is damn near rustier than a dry bike chain.


    3. I love what David did with a PASSION. That was my favorite scene in the finale.

    His storyline up until this point was EXCELLENT.

    David is a good guy at heart, but like most good people, you learn that life is about POWER & VALUE, not MORALITY.

    David learned that through persecuting Quinn & chasing Defiance.

    And so, he has to get his hustle on & make a few power moves himself.

    And Shonda articulated it out nicely but making him the enemy & then making us love him again


    4. My biggest takeaway from the show.

    Side-pieces & mistresses gotta chill. Be smart. Know your role.

    Thinking you got it like Olivia Pope will get you hemmed up out here.

    Honorable Mention: I am all for Interracial dating, especially between Black Women & White Men.

    If White Men can keep y’all from being Dusty Single Mothers, I say run over that fence. And ride that pink peen.

    • JaniverNoir
      May 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      David is a good guy at heart, but like most good people, you learn that life is about POWER & VALUE, not MORALITY.

      Okay, thanks for bringing foaf the life lessons cause chile, you just “the more you know”-d my ass. THIS is my exact weakness and failure, especially in the corporate world. Writes this down. Emails it. Tweets to self. Journals.

      *fist bumps* *hip bumps* (you know, you always gotta add that sass)

    • Kisha
      May 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      I’m sorry, I teach math. I had to respond. It’s not a permutation, it’s a combination because numbers can be used multiple times. A permutation is when you can no longer count an option. 🙂 My bad. I swear it won’t happen again–I just finished teaching this unit.

      • Adonis
        May 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm


        Yes, you are right, I just thought that combinations was a subset of permutations.

        I appreciate the correction, I assumed you watched the season FINALE

        Based on that safe & the numbers you saw (0-9), & number of times he pressed it in each success (I saw four based on his notes)

        Was it possible to have over 20,000 combinations. My math says no

        I know I am being anal retentive, but when you are watching for every nuance, you catch almost everything.

    • dee
      May 17, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      It’s not always pink…just saying….lol

      • May 17, 2013 at 4:07 pm


      • Jabari
        May 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm

        Ay y’all know them caramel and lemon yellow ones will have you calling for Hay Zeus #justsayin

        • JanvierNoir
          May 17, 2013 at 11:34 pm

          Lemon yellow??? They come in that color?? Where was I?!? Damn! Is it sick? Jaundiced? That dint sound right. *shakes head* lemon yella?!?

        • JanvierNoir
          May 17, 2013 at 11:41 pm

          Still stumped… Lemme find out peens come in varietals… Is this the Spring 2013 release? Flowery bouquet, citrus notes, nutty, smooth finish *side-eye*

        • Jabari
          May 18, 2013 at 12:10 am


          Naw chile I means the ones of Latin and Asian (yes there are some) persuasion. Prolly should said banana or something like that. Hell I could said chop suey if I didn’t think that made no sense.

          I’ma have ta pray for you and my soul.

        • Jelana
          May 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

          Y’all are cracking me up!! Getting an education too!

    • MyTruthNotYours
      May 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      “If White Men can keep y’all from being Dusty Single Mothers, I say run over that fence. And ride that pink peen.”<——I HOLLARED!!!!!

  15. Shazza
    May 17, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I think Daddy Goon may have sent Jake to get between Fitz & Olivia,but I don’t think he expected a sex tape out of it. I can’t help but think that’s part of why he took the tape from Jake and put him in the hole-how ARE you make a sextape with my daughter AND disobey me? I think the other agent was following Jake because he was asked to bring Olivia to B613 but Daddy Goon wouldn’t tell him why. There’s a part of me that feels bad for Mellie because she KNOWS Fitz is there because Olivia rejected him-she’s second choice.
    I also don’t believe Rosen gave Cy the real chip (although I’m sure they checked it out before giving him his job back). But you never know. I also think Liv will get a chance to save Jake this time-she’ll get him out of that hole. I’m not sure where Quinn is going to from here-she was a little too hyped after that drill scene.
    Btw, saw your Bingo cards on Jezebel and it was interesting to see the white readers defending Quinn & Abby. And there was a poster that said she got into it with you over saying Scandal didn’t deserve any TV awards. Really? I think Guillermo Diaz certainly deserves some nominations this year, as well as for the writing.

    • MyTruthNotYours
      May 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      …for some reason, I feel like Olivia’s gonna make a plea to save Jake and he’ll then become a gladiator too…but I seriously don’t think David gave over the real cytron card…OR he made a couple copies and hid them all in different places….IF he was smart….IJS…..

      • jp
        May 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm

        Nah, Scott Foley’s new show got picked up by Fox, thank goodness. I don’t think we’ll be seeing him for a while.

        • Lenore
          May 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

          Nope Fox already canceled that joint,I think they’ll have like 4 episodes air. He could be back.

        • JosieGyrl
          May 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm

          Chile, Scott Foley just cant win!

        • Sane Jane
          May 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm

          Methinks Daddy Goon dun got FOX to cancel the show….. LAWDT!

    • CeeFu
      May 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      I agree. I don’t think shaggin his daughter was part of his plan. I think Jake just said that so Olivia wouldn’t feel bad. AND SHE WILL GET HIM OUT OF THAT HOLE!

      David took out some serious insurance with that cytron card. I’d make a copy, ’cause I wouldn’t want nobody leaving a dead body in my bed EVER AGAIN!

  16. May 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    my theories look a lot like your 6b theories… great minds and all that jazz…

  17. shadgg02
    May 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    …..and now my weekend can officially begin!

  18. Jenna
    May 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Theory 6b just might be on to something!

  19. May 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    *officially laid out in my good Blue suit cause this was an EPIC recap which made my soul go on and transition cause I have NOTHING left after this Scandal finale*

    • Jabari
      May 17, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Just so you know, I will in the front row of yo funegro, crying and hollering, talmbout “LAWDT, WHY DID YA TAKE HA LAWDT!!!! SHE AIN’T MESS NOBODY!!!!! ALL SHE DID WAS WATCH A SHOW, LAWDT!!! DAMB SHONDA!!!!!!”

      I will have to be carried out!

  20. missjai
    May 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Great recap and theories Luvvie. I’Mm still stuck on pause at that “DAD” revelation at the end.

    Oh and I didn’t heart that “Superpowers” comment when I was watching. I kept wondering what folks were tambout. Having a light bulb moment at that right now. Shonda is a BEAST!!!!!!!!!

  21. Imani
    May 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Ahhhhhh I can’t remember for the life of me, but remember when Olivia made a comment in an episode way back and she sounded SUPER jaded about life, specifically relationships. You commented on it in one of your recaps and ugh forget it! If I could just remember the quote lol it relates to this daddy goon situation!

  22. May 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Epic Review/Theory List…

    Thank you for not bitching about how Fitz and Olivia didnt ride off into the sunset on a white horse wearing a white hat, toting Baby Teddy in the middle…

    And last thanks for the honorable mention of Olivia pony-tailing it out in the last scene…somebody give the hair/make-up/costume departments all the high fives available.

  23. milaxx
    May 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I have my own thoughts and theories.For some reason it is very important to have Fitz in the white house. I wanna know why.

    1. As epic as that read was. I knew Liv had written it, and sadly it was more reason for them to be broken up. As Cy pointed out that plan sounded more like a Disney fantasy than real life.

    2. I agree that David kept the real Cytron card. He now realizes how cutthroat these goons are and knows he needs to keep some insurance for himself.

    3. I think Daddy goon choose B613 over family, but I don’t think Liv asked him to let Huck live. I think B613 probably was watching Huck and as long as he was coo coo in the subway they looked the other way. Once he started working with Liv, as long as he didn’t mess up their plans he was allowed to live.

    3s. Harrisoon is definitely related to Liv. Maybe brother from another mother? B613 knows, but Liv doesn’t.

    4. I hope they cast someone awesome as Liv’s mom. Twitter has suggested Jasmine Guy(irony) or Whoopie Goldberg. I would be happy with either.

    5. I think Mellie has been in cohoots with Rowan from the start. The only reason she didn’t give the fixer Liv’s name last week because she’s afraid of Rowan and he hadn’t given her permission.

    I think I’m going to do a marathon binge watch from season 1 to present. I was watching from the start, but I want to go back and see what little clues I missed.

    Awesome recap as always.

    • Lenore
      May 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      I hat to say this because I love her as a person but Whoopi and Senator Goon would not likely produce the beautiful Olivia.
      I was gonna say Jasmyn Guy too but she is looking ROUGH these days from to much or too little plastic surgery.

      I’m trying to think of anyone besides Angela Bassett but I can’t cause they are too close to Olivia’s age.

      • rikyrah
        May 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm

        Why not Angela Bassett?

        • Lenore
          May 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm

          *This reads like an angry rant it is not. Please read in a happy voice*

          I’m tired of Angela playing ERRBODY mama and Significant Black woman. Michael Jackson, Biggie,Betty Shabazz (Mrs. Malcolm X), Tina Turner, Rosa Parks AND Coretta Scott King.
          I love her as an actress but that is a major typecast that needs to stop. There are other black actresses that need work.

        • RavenJ
          May 17, 2013 at 8:29 pm

          Dang…you have a #pernt (point)

        • hope
          May 19, 2013 at 11:30 am

          you are darn right…Other actresses need work! Angela needs to showcase the other kind of things she can do. The comments on this blog have cracked me up…and I really need to stop reading it as I won’t be surprised by anything Shonda does. I really do hope that Harrison doesn’t turn out to be Liv’s relation – pls!

        • MsBrome
          May 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

          Thank you, Lenore. I also see that Epatha Merkeson has played Kery’s mother several times already in film….

        • Robynb12
          May 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm

          I say Victoria Rowell from Y&R as Olivia’s mom. Debbie Allen is another good choice.

        • Jabari
          May 23, 2013 at 2:08 pm

          @Robynb12: Wells, Debbie Allen has played the mother of Jackson Avery in Grey’s Anatomy and we all know how Shonda loves to recycle actors in her shows so that wouldn’t be that far-fetched……

      • cb
        May 17, 2013 at 5:17 pm

        I agree, WHOOPI? No… and no to Angela Bassett…an actress we have never seen or heard of

        • CapitalKayPea
          May 17, 2013 at 7:36 pm


        • Celina
          May 17, 2013 at 10:20 pm

          I kind of feel the same way about Jenifer Lewis as Lenore feels about Angela Bassett. While she doesn’t play important black women in history, she is in A LOT of stuff. Plus, she’s too much of a comedienne than a dramatic actress (though I’m sure she can handle it). I agree with cb- someone we’ve never seen or heard of or someone we haven’t seen in a loooonngggg time.

      • Sane Jane
        May 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        I think Lynne Whitfield would be awesome to play Liv’s mom. If only Diahann Carol was younger. Like someone else just said, knowing Shonda, it will probably be a white actress.

    • QuitaP
      May 17, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      I’m not feeling Whoopi as her mama even though it would add another cast member of Ghost to the show. I’m thinking Pam Grier or S. Epatha Merkerson.

      • JosieGyrl
        May 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm

        I like Alfre Woodard but yes to both! We have to see Liv’s mom. But, what if Liv’s mom is white?? Doh. Y’all know Shonda likes to mix it up.

      • MyTruthNotYours
        May 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

        S. Epatha Merkerson<—–I sooooo agree!!!

        • Justloveli
          May 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

          Whoever plays her mother will have to be able to pull off crisp, cool, and distant. I’ve enjoyed Jenifer in many roles, but she essentially plays the same character in each. I don’t think she could pull it off. I heart S. Epatha so hard it hurts, but I think she’s too warm and motherly to have raised an Olivia (Only somebody ole would have eyes like that, so I calls her Ole-livia). Speaking of which, I would like to see Margaret Avery in that role. We don’t see enough of old Shug, and she’s a great actress.

    • CeeFu
      May 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      I LOVED Cy’s reading of Olivia…’cause somebody had to say it! I kept thinking: Fitz is sniffing the glue if he think he’s gonna make Olivia his first lady in a country that remotely looks like the one we live in. And Olivia was just following along…C’MON PEOPLE! y’all have been shot, arrested, spied on, set up…you know the world don’t work like that!

  24. Imani
    May 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I remembered! \o/ clearly Olivia has some daddy issues to say some stuff like this. Somebody call Iyanla to fix this wounded woman y’all!

    Olivia: I don’t want normal, and easy, and simple. I want..

    Edison: What? What do you want, Olivia?

    Olivia: I want painful, difficult, devastating, life-changing, extraordinary love. Don’t you want that, too?

    Edison: Love is not supposed to be painful or devastating. Love isn’t supposed to hurt, Liv.

    • CapitalKayPea
      May 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      This is why my theory is that Edison and Daddy are actually drinking buddies. Edison ran crying to Daddy after Liv broke up with him the second time.

      And Daddy said: I’ll handle it.

  25. Thisistip
    May 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you!!!!!! Aww thank you Lawd. I needed all of this especially these theories. I really need to rewatch the finale before I can develop my own theories. I just couldn’t bring myself to rewatch it last night.

    I will say several of your theories seem plausible like 1,3,4,6a & 6b

  26. Tejas
    May 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    This was all that I needed in my life today.

  27. May 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I woke up looking for this! All of your theories have my mind spinning. I don’t think Liv new he was alive. I’m rolling with theory number 1 & yes head goon and Mellie working together makes perfect sense. When Fitz was READING Mellie, I was like NOO you can’t tell that shark your plan! All though, I really don’t care bc I am not for the Fitz & Liv drama! Long summer ahead!

    • hope
      May 19, 2013 at 11:33 am

      I wanted to give Fitz one big dirty slap for running his mouth to Mellie: how do you give your enemy fast track into your plan…unless, of course, it’s a decoy? Hmmm – just thought of that one. But the speech was DEEP

  28. LaToya
    May 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Daddy Pope probably been telling Liv for years to leave them white boys alone and she just ain’t wanna listen. He just finally said “F* it. I can show you better than I can tell ya about what happens to those who don’t listen to me” LOL… and YES to the above suggestion about Angela Bassett being Ma Pope!

  29. mrscamp
    May 17, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I have nothing to add. I’m still recovering. I had to take a muscle relaxer just to go to sleep last night. And yes, I have been stalking your Twitter and Facebook so I could be the FIRST to read your always epic recap!! I was suspicious that Head Goon was Liv’s daddy, but Auntie Shonda still slayed me with the revelation. It would be awesome if they got Diahann Carroll to play Momma Pope. Whoever it is must be beyond fabulous!

  30. Margie
    May 17, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I agree with you, I believe Harrison is her brother too. She just doesn’t know it yet. Can’t wait until that is revealed. This is my first time reading your recap and I love it. You have a fan for life!

    And I think if they have a have to have someone cast as her mother, I nominate the diva Diahann Carroll. They are dead ringers as mother and daughter.

    • Newbie
      May 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      I hope Harrison is not the brother. Why all the black people gotta be related?

      • CapitalKayPea
        May 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm


  31. May 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    These theories are great!! In a recent article, Shonda Rhimes said we would learn more about Harrison’s backstory and I’m feeling the brother theory. You know, because all us black people know each other. Hey girl!

    …and that read! It was so. damn. good. Thanks for the transcription.

    I need to watch the finale all over again because it was that good. I had a friend over last night who watched Scandal for the first time and even she was screaming at the TV.

  32. ChunkyDlyte
    May 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    YES!YES!YES!! Luvvie, your recaps are so good and well worth the wait, as always!!! Scandal had me SO crazy last night, I felt like Naomi Campbell’s edges, I was just HANGING ON TO NOTHING!! Just how are we all going to cope until Fall?

    I felt SO bad for Jake! I was like, not the slavery hot box! NOOOOOO!!!! And that read for Miz Mellie was for the GAWDS! I was dying!! Loved how she set it up that Prez Fitz dropped to his knees in the beginning for pleasure and than dropped to his knees in the end for loss/pain, I was just like WOW! MamaShonda SLAYED ME! And I will be re-watching Season 1 & 2 just so I can make it until Season 3. GREAT Recap Luvvie!!!

    • Kisha
      May 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      ‘slavery hot box’

      I’m weak.

      • rikyrah
        May 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm

        that’s what went to my mind too.

        that scene from Django with BroomHilda.

    • Elle
      May 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Somewhere Naomi Campbells edges are crying softly and begging for castor oil and a respite from the spotlight.

      • cb
        May 17, 2013 at 5:21 pm’t…lol

      • RavenJ
        May 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm


      • Bubssis.
        May 18, 2013 at 8:32 am

        I can’t breeve! Rotfl…. bout dem edges!!! Bwhahahaha!

    • PK
      May 17, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      #dead. Not Naomi’s edges! Whew! Lmbo!

    • Swt
      May 17, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      I literally choked @ slavery hot box!!!

    • Keta
      May 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      OH MA GAWD! OH MA GAWD! I can’t breathe… I can’t breathe! Naomi Campbell’s edges though?!!!

      Broomhilda’s hotbox?!

      I can’t…

      Sweet Baby Jesus fix it.

    • JosieGyrl
      May 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Good catch about Fitz dropping to his knees at the beginning and the end for far different reasons. Welp, that sums it up right ‘dere.

      • hope
        May 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

        Deep insight – fa real on Fitz’s kneeling. I don’t want to cough up my fried rice laughing at the reference to Naomi’s edges…PURLEEZ

  33. arlenep
    May 17, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you forever for this recap. I watched the finale twice (missed the first 10 min) and agree with all. Jasmine Guy would be a great tounge in cheek person to be in the cast, but if her royal Momness Phylicia Rashad were play it I would NOT be mad.

    • MyTruthNotYours
      May 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      her royal Momness Phylicia Rashad as Olivia’s mother…<—–another great casting idea!!!!

      • Muse
        May 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        +3 for Phylicia Rashad (in case Shonda’s people are reading this, and they probably are). Or Alfre Woodard. Or Lynn Whitfield.

      • Justloveli
        May 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

        Could totally see Phylicia in this role! Good call.

        • Maverick
          May 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm

          Yes or Dihann Carroll. I love her. Wish she had more face time on White Collar. Dihann would be great as Olivia’s mother —sharp, sophisticated, elegant and could put Daddy Goon in check.

  34. Carriecnh12
    May 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Shonda and her team have done it again, they have once more sent placed us on the emotional roller coaster that is Scandal. The twist and turns that gave us vertigo and sent our stomachs to our feet.

    Yes Fitz has the supper power of making Liv’s eyes roll to the back of her head, but that is his only power, he is a one trick pony. Whereas with characters like David, he has many tricks and superpowers, that no one anticipated. He not only fooled Billy, but he had everyone thinking that he good, the bad then good again.

    Luvvie you were definitley onto something when you called Harrison Brolivia Pope,the fireworks that will go off when this is revealed will be worth these upcoming months.

    Someone needs to get a straight jacket for Quinn, ASAP, the chick has gone over to the dark side, embraced the Jackyll to her Hyde. The fact that Huck look terrified is proof that something bad is about to happen, and no one will no how to handle it.

    Jake, Oh poor unfortunate, misunderstood, distrusted Jake. in your case no good deed really dose not go unpunished. I hope Charlie or Olivia comes to your aide soon (but seeing as Scott Foley apparently got his own show this might be awhile).

    I still believe that Sen. Whitley’s Byron AKA Dad, is trying to protect her from seomething really bad concerning Fitz. It may have to do with the mission he told Cyrus about, I think snuffing out Verna when she was minutes away from kicking the bucket is nothing compared to other things he has done.

    Finally Fitz has been catapulted from his extremely high horse and forced to his knees before Mellie.

    Oh what a ride, I can’t wait to get in the seat and strap myself in again. 😀

  35. May 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    OK my theory is: HNIC aka Dad does not want the Olitz thing to happen because he knows the press will start digging in her past and he doesn’t want that. His organization is supposed to be under the radar and “he don’t got tahm for dat”. Which also means he didn’t leak the mistress thing but he knew someone was going to and was there to help get her out of there.
    And I am going to need him to get his head back in the game cause his people are half a$$ing while he’s trying to deal with Liv- Charlie can’t kill anybody right to save his life,Jake’s getting all moon eyed on a job and lil mama that went to Liv’s apt was all wiggling the door like a 5 yr old with no covert skills at all! Liv keep your love pocket away from Fitz please so your Daddy can focus on his job/people!! Lol

  36. May 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    This is probably the best recap of ANY series that I have ever read. Hilarious and spot on. You have just earned a loyal reader!

  37. SG
    May 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Yes, to Lynn Whitfield playing her mom!

    I still haven’t come to terms with Jake, Rowan being her Dad, and Cyrus telling everything!!! I was going to throw my laptop as well…I know I didn’t breathe at all during that last scene with liv and fitz.

    and Encarta 95……I just died laugh. you are too much!

  38. Kisha
    May 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I SWEARFOLAWD that nobody, NOBODY can break a sorrowful-yet-dismayed-moment-of-realization face better than Kerry Washington. When she saw the HGIC, her face told her WHOLE story.

    And I thank GAWD that I can love and appreciate David once again. I was too through #weekfolast and last week when I thought he was lurking and snitching. I truly appreciated his GANGSTA last night. I am (cautioulsy) hear for Lemony.

    And Jesus be a drop of humanity for Quinn. She went to a new level of goonery…while my poor Huck just went allaway in. He truly created a monster–I knew it when she got to hyperventilating before Billy got there. She bought had an “OH-oh-oh-oh” moment when she drove that bit into that man’s leg. I was weak.

    I loved your recap. I waited all day for this joint. I love it.

  39. Bea
    May 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    We should start a petition ‘Get Jake out of the hole!!!’. That scene broke my heart.
    How heartless is her dad that Jake was trying to save his daughter’s life and he got punished? Are his orders more important than Liv’s life? If so, he is a horrible man. I mean, kick him out, give him a boring office job pushing paper, but the hole? Sobs, sobs, sobs….
    I was relieved when I saw the journos out of her house, as she was walking with her headphones on, I kept saying to my husband , she’s gonna get shot, she’s gonna get shot’, I could feel something was going to happen once she crossed that door.
    It’s going to be a loooong summer!

  40. Bea
    May 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    By the way, are we all sure Columbus Short is coming back and they are not getting rid of him like they did with the English guy?
    Why wasn’t him on The View and GMA with the rest of the cast?

    • Nukegirl
      May 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      They said he had a family emergency that day, but would absolutely be back next season.

    • Lenore
      May 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      He’s having a continual family thing cuz he was only in one (two? ok one and a half) scenes in the finale. I think it’s big enough that Shonda re-wrote it so he was able to be home. Bellamy Young aka Mellie said she did all of her scenes from last weeks episode (all in Blair house) in one day. CS/Harrison probably got the same schedule

  41. Absurdist
    May 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I hurt my fingers with all the snapping, gurl…

  42. Bria
    May 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I agree with the theory that Harrison is Liv’s brother, and I think Daddy Goon let Huck live because He has been protecting Liv for the past few years. After episode “752”, I kept saying “why isn’t B613 concerned that Huck is still alive”? They knew he was alive when Cyrus hired that man to look into Liv’s team in Season 1 and he contacted the CIA to get more information about Huck. I mean, I would be concerned if someone was digging around to find info. on a man I supposedly had killed. I just can’t believe we are at the end of season two and there is still SO MUCH MORE to the story even though we have already been given A LOT!

    I know I am in the minority on this, but I really don’t like Olitz. It just doesn’t make sense to me that someone as intelligent and aware as Olivia would let go of ALL her grips on reality to believe she could be Fitz’s new first lady. Here’s what needs to happen: After Jake gets out of the hole, Olivia needs to find him and nurse him back to health, because he will not be in his right mind. During that time, she needs to fall in love with him for real, because he is definitely in love with her. This dude has proven time and time again that he is HERE for Olivia. He risked his job AND his life for her. Only love will make a guy give up either one of those.

    Also, I want Edison to come back and do something crazy like help Sally Langston run for President if she promises to make him VP!

    I love this show, and I am addicted. Love your recaps too Luvvie!

    • Absurdist
      May 17, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      But Edison Davis, Senate President Pro Tempore, is an African-American DEMOCRAT, which means that he would be regularly in conflict with Sally (the President of the Senate), the (white, fundamentalist Christian) Tea Party Republican. Sally isn’t so desperate to be president that she’d risk losing Tea Party backing to even be seen in public with a Democrat, much less topping a ticket above one. Now, the tacky governor Reston could play whatever game he wanted to if Fitz had put him on the ticket, because he’d still have the Defiance thing to hold over Fitz’s head until he drove Fitz out of office, but that’s a completely different thing.

    • bd
      May 20, 2013 at 12:19 am

      +1 re Jake. #TeamCaptain

  43. Football mom
    May 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I screamed several times last night!

    1. How is Mellie going to hate Liv on one hand and sit down to discuss business on the other? She didn’t appear to be ready to punch her. Something in that milk is NOT white!
    2. Sallie is going to play a much bigger role next season. She is MAD!
    3. Two funniest lines last night…Hollis and his shooting noises and Cyrus gonna shoot someone in the ambulance.
    4. Liv kissed Jake after she knew he was coonnected to daddy Byron…was that the kiss of death or what?
    5. She knows who her dad is and what he does…I believe she has spent her entire career being the opposite only to learn she is more like him than she dreamed. I think all of her staff are people she has saved from Byron’s evil clutches…tho, only Huck knows the whole story.
    6. I want Harrison to be her brother, but that seems too easy and obvious. I think he may be related in some other way…love child from when she was a teen who was adopted out by controlling dad?????
    7. Mellie is probably in with Byron…but if she thinks she can go toe to toe with him like she does with Hollis, she is in for a big letdown! Wouldnt you love to see Hollis and Byron plotting something!
    8. Mellie is an idiot! How many times is she going to let him run to her when Liv pushes him away?

  44. Absurdist
    May 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Oh, and…

    Smart jogging outfit aside, the only thought I have when I hear “lululemon” is Brittany Norwood and what she did to that poor girl up in the lululemon Bethesda store. Hopefully that’s not the store Olivia got that outfit from.

    • Lenore
      May 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      It is. Her twitter crew confirmed it’s all Lululemon. What did Brandy do? Is that the girl she hit/killed?

      • JanvierNoir
        May 17, 2013 at 11:00 pm

        This is not the artist Brandy. This is a woman named Brittany who murdered her co-worker. They both worked at the Lulemon Athletica store in Bethesda, Md. where all the Montgomery County barbies purchase $200 fu*king yoga pants cause it’s that serious to look that damn good and refined when you are bending that ass over.

        She tried to make it look like self defense but they basically said she was jelly of her coworker (a beautiful blonde) who was also on a soccer team together. Brittany is Af-American and actually very beautiful. She murdered her in the storeroom or bathroom of the store. they claim the gil caught Brittsny steaking from the store like clothes and loot. I don’t know what made her snap on the white chick and go bat shit cray but she did and now behind bars cause Bethesda will never EVER let a negro make them feel unsafe in their town center. No ma’am. So lil Brit Brit shoulda known better. EVER. NEVER NEVER. No Country for Negroes Wif Rogue Tendencies there.

        Back to the regularly sched. Program.

        • JanvierNoir
          May 17, 2013 at 11:22 pm

          …oh and I hope Secret Service Shallow Hal is paying attention here. Classic example of why snitches get stitches… (metaphorically, that is)

        • Absurdist
          May 18, 2013 at 12:29 am

          “Snapped” doesn’t even begin to describe what she did to that girl, and the poor child was alive through most of it. I don’t care how Buffy she may have been, NOBODY deserves the beating that girl got. THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-ONE WOUNDS, over trying to steal A PAIR OF YOGA PANTS.

          It’s not fair to associate the brand with the crime, but word association being what it is…

        • Lenore
          May 18, 2013 at 11:27 am

          Oh sorry Reading is fundamental. I heard about that a while back. Didn’t she claim that a robber came in but she got away? Stupidity and greed smh.

          “where all the Montgomery County barbies purchase $200 fu*king yoga pants cause it’s that serious to look that damn good and refined when you are bending that ass over.”
          “Bethesda will never EVER let a negro make them feel unsafe in their town center. No ma’am.”

          So funny yet sad.

        • Absurdist
          May 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm

          Yeah, she said it was robbers/rapists. Didn’t even stage the scene all that intelligently.

  45. BLynne
    May 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I have been sliding down walls since last night and I am still tryna pick myself off the floor!!! This rollercoaster is to much for my mind… When Fitz read Mellie for filth I got my life!!! And then when he showed his supreme bitchassness and literally craweled back to her I withered and died…. this has to be a set-up I mean what kinda of man would do that? And how is next season gonna be any different from the first bc now that they are not together Fitz is gonna drink and Olivia is gonna swim ( aint we seen that already) I need to know what daddy goon has got goin on in the background and jennifer Lewis need to play Liv’s mama.. I have no CANs I have no nothing I am emotionally bankrupt Shonda Rhimes has too murch power over me and she has snatched away the little grip of sanity I had with that epic episode last night….. I a drank… thas it im thru…..

  46. dee
    May 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I was kinda hoping Mellie would have kneed Fitz in his damn throat when he came crawling–literally–back to her. This ain’t the first time….

    Called Cyrus having a heart attack, but I thought he would have been out longer.

    Dad?! well, I knew something was gonna go down…she was a little too peaceful with those headphones in her ears…and then you noticed the people fake smiling at her….

  47. May 17, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!! Thx for the stiff drink! I’m telling you, I was so intent on the screen I missed the gift of the hat!!!! Whew…good thing you cover this Luvvie and I had the same theory about Harrison being her brother!!! OMG!!!! And the one about David still having a copy of that dang disc…OMG>>>>her DAD!!!! That one blew me…oh yeah, my poor HUCK…he’s created a monster! I wanna hug him and wrap him in my arms…poor baby! I’m done! (btw…I lurk no more!lol!)

  48. Absurdist
    May 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    And still again…

    Didn’t we meet some of Huck Spin’s former “coworkers” in 2.06, “Spies Like Us?” How does B613 not know that Huck is still alive, given that other former agents have seen him alive and in Olivia’s office?

    I smell a continuity problem…

    Oh, and Grant still hasn’t put up a nominee for Verna’s seat, which means that now there are TWO vacant seats at the Supreme Court, because apparently judges can’t stop screwing around (one in season one with the madam’s prostitutes, one in season two with his former law student).

    • JanvierNoir
      May 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Would knowledge of Huck’s presence and him being alive come under The OPA Convention Treaty of Peace between OPA and B613?

      • JaniverNoir
        May 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

        Oops! I meant, The OPA Convention Peace Treaty.

    • May 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Interesting question about continuity! If B613 is for life, how did that roomful of assassins meet up? Weren’t they all retired? (maybe not.)

      The main way everyone knows Huck is alive is when he was waterboarded in connection to Fitz’s shooting. Sally Langston was handed his file in the Oval Office and everyone went “damn”!

      • Absurdist
        May 21, 2013 at 2:25 am

        But I thought the waterboarding was Pentagon, not Special Ops, because they let David in to watch it. It’s still a problem, because according to what Charlie said, B613 is under the impression that Huck has been burned, and there’s no way that Rowan would want Huck or Spin or whichever name he’s on to next still out there.

    • Brina
      May 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      No the judge in season 1 did end up getting confirmed, the prostitute was his wife, and Olivia basically blackmail all the other clients on the list who were high powered Senators and Congressman to push the confirmation through.

      • Absurdist
        May 21, 2013 at 2:27 am

        Thanks for that; my brain is not holding on to all the information that well after the finale.

  49. Elle
    May 17, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Loved the recap. And the comments just make it even better. I am still sniggling at the endorsement of interracial dating above. And the Jasmine Guy casting requests flying all over Twitter and Facebook. Wrong on all accounts. But so damned right.

    As for theories, I am really interested in Harrison’s background. I can’t see them being siblings at this point, because then all the black folks on the show except the security guard at the White House (and Cyrus & James’ adopted baby) would be related. But then again, it really does explain the devotion on either side.

    Rowan/Byron definitely explains some of the darkness around family for Liv, and I expect a strong (maybe overbearing), abrasive mother to counter the B6-13 father. Jenifer Lewis and lip-quivering? Y’all are KILLING me over here. Her delivery seems a little over the top for Scandal. I wouldn’t mind seeing Phylicia Rashad reading folks like Alvin, but I know that’s not entirely original. Maybe Alfre Woodard, CCH Pounder or Lynn Whitfield or even somebody new. Whoopi could be fun too, but I see Shonda going all-the-way-diva for Olivia’s mom, and I can’t picture that with Whoopi. Man, the more I think about CCH Pounder staring people down and cutting them up with her side eye, the more I like the idea.

    So my theories/predictions for next season are as follows:

    1. Fitz and Mellie are going to ride the circus surrounding Olivia to boost/fuel the reelection campaign. Molivia Nope will come back to work as a spin doctor over Cyrus’ objections.

    2. Reston is not out of the picture. The unity ticket may not be dead. Sally Langston is going to play herself and run, and maybe even with Reston to get at Fitz.

    2. Cyrus is going to have a fight with the conscience he didn’t know he had all next season.

    3. Abby and David will get back together. He does have the card and is now hip to the real monsters in DC (Hollis, B6-13, etc), so he’ll be less idealistic this time around.

    4. Teddy’s paternity will come into question and so will Mellie’s faithfulness.

    5. Liv’s mom will be a fierce force to be reckoned with. She will know about Rowan/Byron and check him. Several times.

    6. There’s a new love interest waiting in the wings for Liv and my vote is for Adam Rodriguez and some PG-13 shirtless scenes (Please and thank you, Ms. Shonda).

    7. Edison will be back when this news about Liv and Fitz drops. Harrison may try to play interference for Liv with the media. She will play nice even way past it getting ugly for her. And her gladiators will hold her down. Even Abby.

    8. I agree with another poster above. Scandal is going five seasons max. Not just because the momentum will be hard to maintain, but because eventually Fitz will leave the White House and so much of the drama is centered on the fact that he is President. Lost set the stage for it. But then again, advertising dollars are powerful, this show is making ABC money and Grey’s is on it’s way out, right? Right?

    • Lenore
      May 17, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      YES to CCH Pounder I can never remember her name cuz it’s frikkin’ CCH! She is a strong black actress that we don’t often see (well WE do but you know what I mean)and she has the acting skill to make it stellar not over the top.

    • Thisistip
      May 20, 2013 at 7:31 am

      I am here for Adam Rodriguez as Liv’s live interest!!!

    • Beamer
      May 29, 2013 at 1:50 am

      I know I’m late to the party, but had to comment on your list. Love the idea of Mellie having a little sumthin’ sumthin’ on the side, but Teddy not being Fitz’s would kill me:-( He’s so cute with him.) ‘course there’s nuthin’ sexier than a man with a baby in his arms;-)

  50. ski_diva
    May 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I am so happy to read this recap and all of these comments without having to see someone call Shonda out of her name because she did not make Fitz and Liv the endgame. There are actually people vowing to never watch the show again, not purchase Kerry’s ELLE and so on.(the cray cray has been unleashed) What I see here is that people see the brilliance of Shonda Rhimes and are willing to take this crazy ride with her. The plot thickens and I can’t wait for S3. Thank you all

    • jp
      May 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Word. I like Olivia and Fitz well enough, but it’s Liv’s show. In addition, why people are acting like Shonda Rhimes is a new entity? Rhimes is crazier than a bed bug, and as ballsy as anything – that’s why I am ride or die for Scandal in S3. The people on tumblr are going batshit crazy and threatening never to tune in.

      Well, I’m here for September.

  51. Gdubworldwide
    May 17, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    So I lied. Big respect to @JanvierNoir though your comments are like Luvvienuggets. Luvvie you are just as irresponsible as Shonda, you have people sweating, twitching and feening for your recap pipe. I need a break from both of you. Thank God for summer hiatus. But before I go let me say a few things. Which can easily run away into many things, Scandal causes problems.
    I thought last week’s episode was my favourite but this one is the best of both seasons. For a bunch of reasons.
    1) Olivia’s gut reported back to duty. It had been gone way too long. Though I get why it was on hiatus too, when a man can get into your tiny spaces like Fitz all sense common or otherwise leave the building. But no Shonda could not send you out like that and I thank her for it. Race doesn’t have a place but it has a place and I love her for working it with nuance and style.
    2) Shonda recognises the chemistry between the actors but having Fitz kill Verna means the only possible endgame for Olitz is her waiting for him outside Folsom Prison after he serves his 20 to life. It wasn’t self-defence like Jake, it was a dirty business and she is gonna turn that man into Lady Macbeth soon enough, shouting “out damned oxygen mask” for the rest of his life. And I am not saying Olivia is all clean hands here either, because she has nicely outsourced all her dirty work so her white hat stays bleached but she is ready to atone. Let’s see how that goes.
    3)I also knew that 22 minutes was never going to be enough time for him to earn Ms. Pope. Shonda has and continues to write him into a weird corner. He is weak and bends with the prevailing wind. To write a scene which shows him on his knees to Mellie at the end after that epic Olivia written read is to wreak all kinds of havoc with how men, particularly Presidents are viewed. He has become a craven coward willing to do anything for the White House. And I have no problem with that but the image will never go away.
    4) The best scene of the night for me was when Olivia woke up the next day, pre her fencing engagement ( for surely those were no ordinary jogging togs. That was a woman at peace and in control of her decision making. Loved it. And the journalists swarming over her as the mistress comes right into her wheelhouse. This is what she does. Olivia has a plan for that, the minute she wheeled that carry-on down the corridor to his room she had to have prepared the “oh oh the world knows” folder. I believe Harrison has that.
    5) I love that Shonda makes each season stand alone. Because yes it is re-set time. And having the fixer Dad says heaps and gives a writer a world to explore. Just like having the over achieving mother conditioned Meredith Grey.I would start swearing that “if Shonda don’t get an Emmy, blah, blah, blah” but the narrative they are running on this show is that it is all “superficial, loin-tingling guilty pleasure fodder leave the intellect to the Mad Men and the rest” but there is a hell of a lot happening here. It has not been seen before and I pray to the Queen of All Media ( that is Mama O) that more will be spawned. And Shonda’s show-running and writing gets some justice.
    And finally @Luvvie I am lying. I caint quit you. Wish I could but take it from a Stevie Wonder addict the title of that track is Higher Ground and that title makes Olivia’s decision even more satisfactory. Sometimes your happiness isn’t just about you. And for that she could have also chosen Stevie’s Superwoman (Where were you when I needed you?) Shonda is the TRUTH.

    • ski_diva
      May 17, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      This from the fixer herself, Judy Smith:

      “On one hand Olivia wants to be with Fitz, on the other, because of that same love she wants him to believe in himself and this time win legitimately. Putting aside whether he deserves it, she knows that his best chance to be re-elected and to also prevent her name from being revealed is for Fitz to stay with Mellie. She knows that for the election it is more about image than truth; appearance rather than reality.

      During the episode she struggles with which direction to take. She develops her own plan for Fitz divorcing and later remarrying her, counter to her advice in the last episode for Fitz to forget her and go back to his wife. She at first is committed to her plan but then can’t carry through with it – sacrificing what she wants for what she considers to be his benefit. She also feels her staff needs her and that she’s asked too much of them.”

      As you stated, “sometimes your happiness isn’t about you.”

      P.S. Could have also chosen “All In Love is Fair”

  52. Shawty Do Wop
    May 17, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    the finale murked my life…then someone told me the Shonda is stepping away from the show and any chance i had at an afterlife was just snatched away. scandal with no Shonda??? *sniffle*

  53. KemaB
    May 17, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Listen I was waiting for this recap for so long I had to hop on the web to type my response since I have so many feelings about this Finale.

    the first twenty minutes were a blur i was like man we really at midway into the episode and so much has happened. I love/hate Hollis country bumpkin ass and his bang bang boohoo bye bye comment.

    Fitz telling Liv he was gonna mary her and bring her to the white house and then showed his superpower #yesgawd

    Senator’s Whitley’s Byron aka Phantom Goon aka Rowan aka Dad wants Liv and wants Cyrus to play his trump cards and though Cyrus is scared as hell he is like I got this but Daddy Goon is like no I got this and I will end your life so get it together and fast.

    Cyrus and his don’t die be loyal had me on the floor cackling and I wasn’t here for Gov. Fatal Attraction ultimatium to the Fitzy when Cyrus was code 1:15(aka goon down) but then I was cackling once more when Cyrus was on the phone cursing everybody out on the celly minutes later (you can’t keep a good goon down).

    Nor was I here for Billy showing his desperation to get David to give up the Citron card. Then Fitz read Mellie like the ten commandments and i wanted to help her find her life, jaw and self esteem because they all had laid their burdens down on the floor.

    Then ish got real and after Liv almost died the last few scenes had me unable to deal. I wasn’t moving, making any sounds, barely breathing just staring at the tv like what in all of the Fk is going on. My soul died right along with huck when Quinnsy tortured billy.

    I saw the moment somethhing in Cyrus snapped and when he read Liv for her delusions of grandeur and fairytale romances and dropped the Verna bomb turned around showed Fitzy the tape and told him that clearly he is the only grown-up in the room and exited like a real G I was speechless.

    Then came the reveal David still got the white hat that he passed on to Liv that was beyond fierce. Liv and Fitz came to their senses David got his job back all was well in the world and then bam Shonda sucker punched us all in the face. Liv was outed and was ushered into the Limo to face the firing squad aka Daddy Phantom Goon.

    I.stopped.breathing.for.a.whole.minute. It took three hours for my heart rate to get back to normal, I had a headache and high blood pressure. I was spent and my sould was beyond tired and I blame Shonda Rhimes. She slayed us she hit us with what we thought we already knew and then shocked us all over again.

    How am I supposed to live this next 4mths and like someone said why isn’t season 3 starting next thursday.

    I love all your Theories and I agree I think Harrison is her brother and he called in Daddy Goon to shut romeo and juliet all the way down and Mellie and him may be in cahoots.

    Great Recap as always Luvvie 🙂

    • MyTruthNotYours
      May 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      “I saw the moment something in Cyrus snapped and when he read Liv for her delusions of grandeur and fairy tale romances and dropped the Verna bomb turned around showed Fitzy the tape and told him that clearly he is the only grown-up in the room and exited like a real G I was speechless.”

      …when I saw that glint in Cyrus’s eyes I KNEW he was about to let Liv HAVE it w/BOTH barrels!! Cyrus was like aight, enough with all this back n forth bullshyt! Play time is O – V – A!!!!
      You two have NO idea what’s good for ya, so I’ma TELL you BOTH!!!

      • KemaB
        May 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

        Exactly he was at his limit he wasn’t necessarily doing it for Daddy goon though he was a factor it was because they weren’t being realistic acting like children with their love conquers all nonsense and he wasn’t there for it at all.

  54. May 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    This episode left me sitting in one spot (needing to pee) unable to move for over a half hour just confused and angry. If I catch Shonda in the streets of Columbus, Ohio I feel like I’ll hit her and then cry in her lap.

    1) Liv’s plan for getting in the White House was cute but even on TV…nawl. They’d have a heart attack.

    2) Cyrus snitched on ERRYBODY (Liv, Jake, Fitz) and I ain’t even mad about it. They ain’t about to keep his “presha” up. hmph But I hollered when he was still doing bawse things in the ambulance and to get out of the hospital.

    3) I apologize for the inappropriate names I called David Rosen last week and half this show.

    4) I am bothered at how little Mellie cares about being second choice.

    5) I couldn’t even holler when she said “Dad.” My jaw just dropped. I was like “Did her daddy just try to kill her?!” I bet her daddy leaked the story to finally and once and for all end Olitz. He’s tired of it. What she do? Forget to pass the potato salad at the last family reunion? Not go into medicine like he asked? Pledge Delta instead of AKA? I need answers.

    6) David still has the real card…he’s become cynical now after what was done to his life.

    7) I’d love to see Phylicia Rashad as Liv’s mom! Yassssss! Also, I don’t see Harrison as her sibling.

    8) Huck created a monster in Quinn. With her Dexter lookin’ self. 0_0

    9) Reston and Langston aren’t going to give up that easily. Look for them to start something next season. Perhaps their own “Unity Ticket.” Maybe Sally leaked Liv’s name.

    10) Poor Jake. I wonder how many more B613 people are out there though…

    P.S. I need for Shonda to bring me on as Liv’s little sister since we’re bringing in family members all willy-nilly…just saying.

    • Lenore
      May 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      When searching for Black actresses to play OP’s mom I found her sister…. Nia Long aka Veronica Pope. You know it would work.

    • MyTruthNotYours
      May 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      “If I catch Shonda in the streets of Columbus, Ohio I feel like I’ll hit her and then cry in her lap.”

      But I soooo feel ya on this!!!!!

  55. J Mil
    May 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Brolivia Pope for the win! Yes, Harrison is her brother…I assumed she knew but you have a point. She doesn’t know and he did call Daddy Goon.

  56. deedee
    May 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    My BFF swears that “Rowan”, Olivia’s daddy, is the same guy who was in Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” video waaaaaaay back when. The guy who played the statue behind the gate. Can anyone confirm or refute? I checked out Joe Morton’s particulars on IMDB but I can’t find anything that says he was in that video…

  57. Vanessa Chukwu
    May 17, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Awesome review! The Stevie Wonder song is ‘ Higher Ground’ not people.

  58. Q
    May 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Am I the only person who felt let down by the season finale? I can’t put my finger on why, but this episode did not do it for me. Maybe I was looking for something more devastating. I always suspected that Riwan was Live’s father, so that wasn’t a shock to me.

    I think I expected more from the Defiance storyline. There could have so much more to it than Billy working for Gov Reston (although he was one of the people on my list of who Billy was working for).

    I get that this is tv and make believe, but the little loose ends got me last night. Like:

    1) how can the passwords for people with high security clearance still work? I mean, where I work, we have to change passwords every 90 days. You would think that White House level clearance people would have to change them every 30 days.

    2) how is it that Billy was tortured and had his bottom half drilled into, yet he was able to walk out of a building in handcuffs (and with slacks on)?

    3) so much of the season was spent on Defiance and Jake’s job to get Olivia, how could the whole “Fitz killed Verna” and “Olivia slept with Jake” revelation just be glossed over with a quick “so, Cyus told you too” moment.

    The whole finale just seemed rushed. Maybe she wanted to bring some closure to the story just in case it wasn’t picked up for season 3..which would have kept her from going deeper. I don’t know, but after last week’s episode, I expected so much more.

    Don’t get me wrong…..I WILL be watching season 3!!

    Off topic: anyone know why Kerri Washington is losing so much weight? Is it for an upcoming movie or something. She’s beginning to look sick.

    • CapitalKayPea
      May 17, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      marry me, Q.

      • Q
        May 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        Lol. Sorry…Already taken! Lol.

        Feels good to know that I wasn’t the only one let down. Lol

        • hope
          May 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm

          LOL to Billy Chambers walking – that is soooo true. I didn’t even pick up on that until you raised it. I’m angry that Olivia’s safe did not have an alarm; how could David do that multiple combination of entries and nothing went off?? PURLEEZ. Q, you’re also right on the other points

    • TiaMaria
      May 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      I co-sign on the loose ends. AND I had the same thought too on Kerry’s weight. One of the pics she tweeted had me like, why did she post the pic??? It was cropped just above her chest and all I saw was akin n bones! It really jarred me.

  59. Keta
    May 17, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    So just as I picked myself off the floor where I had been sitting Raggedy Anne style since I slid down the wall last night, I find a link to this on my facebook wall…

    I can not and will not with this recap nor the comments. You all just sent me under the blanket crying the blood of Jesus and angel wings of protection around my feelings.

    I really need to stop reading these comments. I want to go back and re-watch the episode, but I don’t think I’m ready yet.

    *still got the goosebumps*

  60. nichole
    May 17, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    For the first time in Luvvie Scandal recaps I wasn’t ready for this one. I needed time. Time to marinate over last nights episode and happenings. Time to digest. And time to consider future possibilities.

    For the Smooth Criminal reference? *standing ovation*

    Did y’all notice Fitz’s head was in both ladies laps last night but in VERY different ways. Ha!

    VP Sally and Gov. Reston are not done. They both are going to use what they have to get what they want.

    Billy offered Charlie money but he also said he had access to any information Charlie wanted. How will that/could that play out?

    Daddy Pope?! Head of B613. Former boss of Huck and Charlie, current boss of Jake. He couldn’t have wanted his daughter killed. And how does he know and put the fear of everything in Cyrus?

    The Pope family business… all about cleaning up problems, one way or another.

  61. Dee
    May 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    My coworker and I also said that she’d called her dad for the favor to let Huck live.

    I could see Lynn Whitfield as her mom because they do favor. The silliness in me wants to see Jasmine Guy just for giggles though.

  62. LaShawn
    May 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    After rocking back and forth all night like Huck, I’ve come to a few conclusions:

    I think Harrison leaked her name to the press. I think that was HIS way of protecting her. I do like the theory of him being her brother. that would certainly explain the way he is her #1 Gladiator.

    I don’t think Daddy Goon tried to kill Liv. I think he was just trying to get her away from Fitz

    Huck created a monster. Quinn has lost her damb mind!

    That read that Fitz gave Mellie? Gave me LIFE!

    I also don’t think Cy has the right card. David has proved he isn’t stupid and I don’t trust Shonda not to bring this back up next season.

    That’s all for Now. I’m still SLAYED.

  63. rikyrah
    May 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I love all the suggestions for Olivia’s mother and want to add one:

    Valerie Pettiford.

    Olivia’s mother has to be fierce, and she has to be able to put Senator Byron in his place.

    And mucho thanks to the person above that pointed out, with Olivia being outed as Fitz’s mistress, then she can’t be around the campaign, and they will need MORE JOHN BARROWMAN-which is never a bad thing…oh please, Shonda…more John Barrowman.

    • Jelana
      May 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm


      Valerie Pettiford would be great!

  64. rikyrah
    May 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    ABC’s “Scandal” Marks Most-Watched Telecast Ever and Spikes Over Last Season’s Finale
    ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 16.

    ABC’s “Scandal” Marks Most-Watched Telecast Ever and Spikes Over Last Season’s Finale

    In its second season finale, ABC’s red-hot Scandal delivered the series most-watched telecast ever (up for the 3rd week in a row) and tied a series high in Adults 18-49 for the 2nd week running. The show also achieved new all-time highs across all key Women (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54). Scandal dominated the 10 o’clock hour, beating the second hour of CBS’ 2-hour Elementary finale by 68% in Adults 18-49 to finish as the #1 TV series in its slot on each of its last 16 first-run broadcasts. Scandal spiked over its year-ago first season finale in Total Viewers (+25%) and Adults 18-49 (+39%). Scandal built on its Grey’s Adult 18-49 lead-in for the 3rd time in 4 weeks.

    Scandal Social Stats: Scandal once again topped Thursday night as the most social series with 571,353 tweets, which is its highest number this season. This is up +83% from the prior week, and Scandal has now delivered over 4.3 million tweets this season making it ABC’s most social program. As it has continually done this season, Scandal outperformed the American Idol Finale by +56% (366,061 tweets)

  65. Kali
    May 17, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    All I have to say is that I didn’t even know they had a damn dog named Hank in the White House! I still can’t wrap my head around everything. I think the hashtag for Season 3 should be #whoisoliviapope or something like that because I want some answers in the third season. I’m loving everyone’s theories though.

    My favorite scene was when she put that damn hat on! THAT HAT BEATS EVERY SINGLE OUTFIT SHE EVER WORE THIS SEASON. Don’t let me see ya’ll out there trying to copy. Leave it alone because you can’t win this round. You can’t rock your gloves and your white attire, but leave the hat alone because you will fail. Nobody can rock it like Liv!!!!!

    • Kali
      May 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      I meant to say you *can* rock your gloves and white attire……see this show has messed up my typing ability because my whole body is still rocking BAGINFOAF 😉

      • Lenore
        May 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm

        A friend on FB was like “I’m gonna get that hat” I wanted to post “Please. Don’t.” I’ll stick to just wearing white from time to time.

  66. penelope
    May 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Great theories. Number 5 is very plausible. I think Liv will bargain for Jakes freedom. So glad Jake is a good guy (and I won’t even say I told you so! ) looking forward to season 3. #FREEJAKE

  67. Kim
    May 17, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I’ve been reading these recaps (and the comments since I found this website and never commented until now. Shonda compelled me with this epic finale, lol. I have no theories (Imma let y’all have that), just thoughts.
    1. Imma need for ABC to remember they are not a cable network. They stay making me nervous with the Olitz scenes, lol.
    2. Fitz has always been a blabbermouth. Since day 1. He talks too dang much.
    3. Jake loves Olivia, and I love him. I flipped a table when they put my boo in the hole.
    4. I literally jumped up and cheered when they revealed David was wearing his white hat the whole time!
    5. Mellie is dumb for letting Fitz jerk her around.
    6. Soooooooooo many of y’all have been saying Daddy Phantom Goon was Liv’s father from jump! I kinda wasn’t even surprised when it was revealed (and I’m a little bitter about that, fyi). Also, I vote for Jasmine Guy to play Liv’s mama. Y’all know Whitley needs some work.
    P.S. I love Cyrus, always and forever. He’s mean as a snake, and it is comedy central.

    • Misskkriss
      May 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      I wish I was more surprised by the dad comment too-I think if they didn’t say we’d be shocked by the final words/five mins we’d be shocked lol it was either dad or I’m pregnant which is an angle I’m glad they didn’t take.

      I love Cyrus too-more than huck

  68. Lynne
    May 17, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Lynn Whitfield should be Liv’s mom – she would be fierce enough to scare everybody including baby Huck, err, I mean Quinn!

  69. Serenity
    May 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    This might have been said already, but I nominate Jasmine Guy to be Olivia’s mother. Imagine if Whitley DID marry Byron!

  70. Kali
    May 17, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    And can we talk about…..

    1) Where the hell were all those damn neighbors when folks were coming in and out of Liv’s apartment like it was a 7-11? When she was going for her run all the people she ran into were looking at her and smiling like they see her all the time. The dude in the armchair looks like he *stays* in that armchair like Pearl stayed in the window of 227.

    2) I’m here for Jake now and always.

    3) Oliva’s mom was murdered because of Rowan’s involvement in B613 and hence he made a rule that assassins can’t have families.
    3a) Or Olivia’s mom was an assassin too (but she still got murdered somehow…possibly by Rowan himself)

    4) Also his last name is not Pope….that’s Olivia’s mother’s maiden name and she took that so that nobody would connect her to her dad. Because everyone knows if there are two black people with the same name people assume you’re related.

    Okay I’m gonna just go off to the side and theorize in a corner. I can’t stop creating side stories for Season 3!!

    • msBrome
      May 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      No. Those neighbors in the hall were giving Liv the stank eye, because they heard the reporters on the lawn all morning say that she was the President’s ho. The Brother in the chair was giving her dap with a look of “Git it, Sis!”.

  71. Winter
    May 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Hello, long time lurker to the recaps, coming out of hiding to say the following;

    1. This recap both killed and revived me multiple times.

    2. All the comments and conspiracy theories by fellow readers gave me renewed faith in humanity. The snark went to new levels and I cackled many times.

    3. I vote for the original Aunt VIv from Fresh Prince to be Mama Pope (her fierce side eye needs to be back on television).

    4. Shonda Rimes: you deserve all the awards.

    5. Luvvie, you deserve a webby award and whatever Twitter should be handing out for most funny live tweets about a tv show.

    • Celina
      May 18, 2013 at 7:33 am

      Original Aunt Viv: YES!!!

    • May 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Great recap and plausible theories. Just wondering though why everyone is so sure that we will see Liv’s mum just because we met ‘”Dad”; also, she may be white no? like Obama’s mother? In that case…Meryl Street needs to get on tv.

      • May 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm

        oops of course I meant Meryl Streep

      • A. Marie
        May 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm

        Nah, Shonda knows better. A white mom is a waste of an opportunity to bring one of our fierce old school actresses, who never got enough credit or roles, back to the limelight.

    • KemaB
      May 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      I was gonna suggest the Orig Aunt Viv I like her for the role or Phyllicia Rashad anyone except Lynn Whitfield I can’t take her

    • msBrome
      May 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Janet Hubbert!!!! I felt that , too.

  72. E
    May 18, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I have thoughts but this is the gist:

    1)Harrison snitched on Liv (Her daddy was the name in the black folder)

    2) Liv and Fitz are not broken up. He is playin Mellie…and him and Liv are more realistic about their options and their relationship… 4 more years.

    3) Jake is coo and all but he doesn’t love Liv, he loves the shell she became after Defiance… the REAL Liv is back now and he is not ready for her.

    4) Mellie got read like Cliff Notes. That was the beginning of the set up.

    5) I kneewd that Whitley’s Byron was da Pappy…but I wasn’t ready. My soul wasn’t ready. He is gonna need to be disinfected when Liv finishes reading him for filth.

    6) Mellie

    • E
      May 18, 2013 at 12:29 am

      6 should have been Cyrus: He is a conniving Goon with 9 lives. Nuf said

      7) Edison is lurking somewhere..maybe close to Nellie?????

  73. Denni
    May 18, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Scandal. Have been a hardcore fan since I first saw it on Netflix. However, I was a little disappointed at the finale. The scene with Fitz practically falling into Mellie’s lap was nauseating. It means he’s once again weak. I preferred him stronger than that. Actually, what I really wanted was for the affair between him and Liv to continue.

    The on screen chemistry between those two is electrifying! It’s just not the same between Liv and Jake.

    Granted, Scandal has a lot going on. I am glued to the TV. It’s filled with heart-stopping drama and is the best thing on. No network or cable has had such an original and unique storyline and Scandal has them all.

    But the driving force for me is Liv and Fitz. Not Liv and Jake.

    • Jelana
      May 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Agree with you 200%

  74. Brittainny
    May 18, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I had to avoid your website and all other social media because I couldn’t watch it until today. Now I know why. I need a few minutes to remember what I had to do today because I’m lost in my thoughts right now.

  75. MissQRenee
    May 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

    HA! Luvvie I swear we think alike! I JUST told my friend that Lynn should be Liv’s Mom…lol

    All of your predictions sound so awesome, Shonda should hire you.

    I am not going to make it for the next 4 months waiting on answers for all of the questions this season finale gave us…I am just NOT going to make it at all.

  76. May 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I’m kind of hoping that Daddy Goon made the whole media blitz with actors to scare Olivia.

    Not sure why that was my first thought, but I feel like he is also in favor of helping the president and doing that sort of publicity is not good for his cause. Unless there is some back plan of his being the ultimate fixer that is going to play out in the beginning of next season.

  77. Igreen
    May 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I love love Luvvie’s recaps, she has me lauging when she calls Fitz President Ghost(why does she) and Poppa Pope Phantom goon. The question I have is Why does Poppa Pope want Fitz and Liv separated. I just see so many stories for S3 with POPPA Pope. I’m so excited!

    • MyTruthNotYours
      May 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      “I love love Luvvie’s recaps, she has me laughing when she calls Fitz President Ghost(why does she)”<—–
      B/C Tony Goldwyn (President Ghost)played a ghost in the film "Ghost" w/Patrick Swayze & Whoopi Goldberg.

      • LaToya
        May 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        Ha ha, I always thought she called him President Ghost because he doesn’t have any eyebrows…as in his eyebrows have gone “ghost” and are not there lol

  78. JosieGyrl
    May 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Y’all don raised it and slayed it, so I have just a few comments. First, can I pay #amish to Luvvie for writing these awesome recaps. Thank you!

    And, mad props to all of us gladiators led by Luvvie. As I was reading through the comments, it occurred to me that we figured a lot of this stuff out weeks, even months ago. Folks suspected that Poppa Pope was Olivia’s dad weeks ago. Somebody raised Billy Chambers months ago.

    Ok, with proper respect given, here are my thoughts:

    From the goon meeting, I love that Hollis eats no matter what! He’s got all the money and don’t give a damb. Did you see Fitz wince when Hollis said ”I made him the Pres-o-dent”. Ouch. Yes, Fitz, Hollis just called you a punk in your own kitchen. In your own house. Gahtdamb!

    On the hit that Jake saved Liv from…what if Jake was the target—not Liv? I can’t believe that Poppa Pope would put a hit on his own kid. But Cy was gonna have James killed, so clearly goon love is deadly. I do love that he is a fixer, too.

    I ain mad at Quinn, with her murderous self, she lost two men from this mess: Jesse and Gideon. Did y’all see Huck assume his 752 position after they tortured Billy? He laid his burdens down right behind the server in that little room. BRAVO that he couldn’t go through with the kill — killing has cost him everything already.

    I believe that Liv called in a favor for Huck. Look at her face when Charlie says (from last week) “I want the deal, SHE got you.”

    I think David gave Olivia that hat as a reminder of who is she supposed to be – not because she deserved it, because clearly, she didn’t.

    The last Liv/Fitz scene, I believe was a “I love you” but I love me more, move.

    Fitz’s killing Verna put Liv over the edge. When he tried to touch her, she took 17 steps backwards from him. I thought: Yeah, girl, those two hands that did you right squeezed the life right outta Verna. Hard truth.

    I loved that line…”I took my people over the wrong cliff”.

    About Fitz and Mellie, I thought that was just shameful. Just shameful. So pitiful and weak!

  79. […] can get THE recap of last night’s Scandal season finale RIGHT HERE at Awesomely Luvvie. The best Scandal recaps EVAR! Luvvie: I Luff Yew! (So Much […]

  80. Misskkriss
    May 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Since livs mom will prob have a small role can it please be Gina Torres (Shonda loves her diversity)?!? I’m all on board w Lynn Whitfield too 🙂

  81. Kalisi
    May 19, 2013 at 9:03 am

    My theory is that her name hasn’t been leaked to the media at all, and it’s just a setup by her dad to show her what could happen if she doesn’t stop. Once she’s in the limo and calms down it’ll become obvious that no one called her (to warn her or to interview her), and there weren’t that many reporters outside.

  82. asetdivine
    May 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

    *runs back in*

    I have one more thought for you all!!

    Olivia and Fitz’s attraction to each other has a lot to do with the fact that they both have daddy issues; they saw something similar in each other. The more we know about Olivia the more it will be understood. Both characters will have to do some soul searching in the next seasons to understand themselves and let go of a lot of their issues (remember Olivia’s “Let your father go” statement to Fitz in this last episode). They will have to determine if the love they have for each other is true or if the reason they connect so deeply to each is because of their fear of being alone, living in the shadows of their overbearing fathers, feeling not good enough, loss of mothers (hoping they don’t share this issue…I want to see someone play Liv’s mother), and not having the love and attention that they desired from the men that they loved the most in their lives.

    Okay,I think that’s it. *runs back out*

    • JosieGyrl
      May 20, 2013 at 9:57 am

      *I had to circle back, too.*

      Good point. I wonder if it will be a season of late night phone calls. We’ve already seen them both without the other…so time will tell. But, it they do re-connect, then it will be from the most honest place these two have ever been. No secrets between them, which could be quite powerful.

      I read somewhere that Shonda is not planning to start S3 w/ a time jump, so we’ll see in real time where the story picks up.

      OK, I’m gone before Luvvie gives me the boot! 😉

  83. rikyrah
    May 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    How ‘Scandal’ became the biggest drama on television
    by Courtney Garcia | May 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    In eight months, Shonda Rhimes broke up the First Family, unleashed a mole into the executive branch of the White House, suppressed a ballot-rigging debacle, killed innocent people, and consequently, made Scandal the top-rated drama on network television.

    While season one of ABC’s Thursday night political thriller earned a modest critical response, round two hit record-highs, even outscoring American Idol in its recent week’s airing. A large part of the show’s new-found success has been the support of a passionate online community, and more specifically, the juggernaut that has become “black Twitter.” Tweets each week keep Scandal trending for days, and it doesn’t hurt that Rhimes and her cast are leading the call to action.

    Lesson learned? If you tweet it, they will come.

    “Deep down, what social media did for Scandal really isn’t any different than what social media does for a new business or one that’s off the beaten path,” Scott Kleinberg, Social Media Editor for the Chicago Tribune, tells theGrio. “So many people are passionate about it – they love the premise, the story, and they love the fact that Shonda Rhimes is behind it. So, one friend talks to another, but in this case friendships are formed in all that chatter. It causes people to become curious and check it out. And then they want to check out the conversation. And then they can’t get enough.”

    “Gladiators” unite through hashtag discussions

    Not only does Scandal’s storyline lend itself to deliberation, the show has purposely produced a social environment conducive to ongoing discussions. Clever hashtags are created to streamline conversations. The entire cast live-tweets with fans, known as “gladiators.” Even customized commercials are broadcast to advertise details of the Twitter party.

    The results of these concerted efforts are evident in the figures alone. Scandal’s social media campaigns have generated more than 2,200 tweets a minute and five worldwide trending topics, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The latest ratings for the soap-style show are up by 23 percent, with 8.9 million viewers tuning into its penultimate airing.


    Tapping into the power of “Black Twitter”

    Along with shrewd engagement tactics, Scandal has benefited largely from the participation of its African-American audience, a demographic shown to be predominant online.

    According to TechCrunch, almost twice as many African-Americans use Twitter as whites, and a significant chunk of those users have become the backbone of Scandal’s social sphere.

    As so-called “Black Twitter” becomes more influential, other networks are taking note.

    “We’ve seen all the Scandal wannabes come out, and they’ve all sucked,” remarks Mary Pryor, a social media strategist and content producer who has actively guided the Scandal Twiterrati. “Now you have people that want to get these black eyeballs…It says a lot that African-Americans over-index on Twitter. It says a lot that African-Americans and Latinos are the leading ethno [sic] groups on Instagram. Network television wants to be able to grasp that fire.”

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