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More Cattle, Less Bull: Scandal Episode 305 Recap

This episode of Scandal was slower than usual because halfway through it, I wasn’t sweating. My heart has usually jumped twice in my chest 30 minutes into an episode. BUT it was the calm before the storm. Shonda was preparing to slay us all and shake ALL the tables. The theme of this episode was desperation. Everyone was desperate at one point and all of it came to a head in the last scene, which I’m still reeling from. Let’s get into it!

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Breaking in Sunday Dinner – It’s Sunday and Liv is at dinner with Daddy Goblin and not at all pleased to be there. She tells him she won’t sass talk because she basically knows he ain’t about that life and she’s just there because they had a deal. She also mentions that her mother taught her how to be outspoken. Hmmm… more mentions of Mama Pope, eh? Meanwhile, Huck and Jake are playing Batman and Killer Robin, breaking into Rowan’s house and computer. As they wait for the jump drive to download all his info, he rolls into the house and Jake is ALMOST caught up in his kitchen. WHOOO! GOTSTA BE MORE CAREFUL!

Leo’s Not For Losers – Cyrus and Mellie got some dude named Leo in the Oval Office and when they tell him they want him to run President Ghost’s re-election campaign, he says he’d like to talk to Cy alone. Mellie the Main G says she ain’t going (and he’s gonna love her) so he needs to just say what he gotta say with his chest. Leo tells them “NAWL!” He can’t be on their team because their team is gon lose. He says Fitz has “penis problems… and his wife is a frigid shrew problems” and his image is basically in shambles. WELLLLL GAHTDAMB! Tell us how you REALLY feel then! After that proper ego dropkick, he leaves the two of them looking shell-shocked.

Oops House

Hired – Olivia meets with Congresswoman Buffay who tells her she needs her services more for fixing than campaign management. “You don’t need branding. You need discipline.” She had a baby at 15 and they gave her up for adoption. Only 5 or so people in her hometown in Montana know about it and she needs to make sure it doesn’t get out. She also doesn’t know that Cyrus has sniffed it out. As they’re talking, her assistant (and sister), Candice tells them Leo is waiting for his meeting. Buffay tells her to dismiss him because she’s hiring Olivia. WELP! Liv calls the Gladiators and tells them to pack up their dereon duffles for Montana.

Fitz and Rowan M-E-E-T-I-N-G – On the jump drive that Jake got from Daddy Goblin’s house was footage of his reunion with Fitz in his office. Huck listens to it and hears President Ghost ask him about Pete Foster’s death and “Who else has to die to protect the secret that no one on this planet is looking for?” Rowan/Eli/Daddy Goon/Grand Goblin tells him that someone is looking. Uh-oh.

Love and Basketball – Jake is on the phone with Huck getting news that Command knows someone is snooping around about Operation Remington when men in black surround him. They put him in a black car and drop him off at a basketball court where Fitz is waiting. The two of them play a pickup game of Love and Basketball with a side of White Men Can’t Jump.

Basketball Scandal

Plans Get Poped! – Cyrus calls Liv and says he found out that Rep. Buffay was a teen mom and he wants her to help them take her down. Liv smirks and says no, armed with more info and the fact that her client’s opponents know her tea. The rest of the Gladiators are in Montana giving out suitcases of cash to the folks who know about the baby. They had no problems until they got to one man who was adamant about not taking their cash and not committing to keeping his mouth shut.

Just then, press pulls up outside his house, with Ethan in tow. The White House got to the dude first, clearly. Harrison gets Huck to find some skeletons in dude’s closet and they use that to blackmail him. When press interviews him, he tells them the opposite of what Cyrus wants to hear. Ethan calls his boss and says “We got Poped, sir.”

Y’all surely did. “Poped” is now a verb for “getting screwed over, especially at the last minute.”

Pope vs. Grant – President Ghost calls up Daddy Goblin and tells him to leave Jake alone. That’s his brofriend. Rowan basically tells him he’s not the boss of him and has no authority over him. Real goons don’t recognize hierarchies! “Don’t test me.” “No, YOU should not rest me.” Chile… I’m here for this chess game.

No Manager – Cyrus is about to keel over because there’s no one to manage Fitz’s campaign and he’s flipping out to Mellie. His plan is to let Governor Reston know about Buffay’s baby before the debates.

Hide and Seek – Jake gets home from his impromptu hoop session and calls Huck to say that Fitz is hiding something. Huck sends him to the Gladiator office to run a program on his computer for some more data. As Jake leaves the office, Liv arrives because she forgot her “phone.” She meant the one that Fitz uses to call her. Jake calls her out on this and she throws the phone in the trash and they leave together. MMHMM.

Tea Spilled – Harrison and Abby go see one more person and she was the nurse who delivered Congresswoman Buffay’s baby. They didn’t even have to ask her much when she started spilling tea like broken cup. Candice is the baby that was born 30 years ago. It was just easier to raise her as Josephine’s sister. OOOPPP!!!

Liv confronts Josephine about it and she confirms. Congresswoman Buffay says she isn’t willing to jeopardize her “sister’s” life to run for office. “How bad do I want it? Not THAT bad.”

B613 Begone and Baby Huck – President Ghost tells Cyrus that he wants B613 gone, and his chief of staff tells him not to even mention that name. It’s like Beetlejuice. Say it three times and you might end up left for dead.

Back in Montana, Quinn is given ONE job, and that’s to return the electronics the Gladiators used to a local store. The clerk wasn’t tryna give her a cash refund but offered store credit instead. Baby Huck looks around and zones in to a gun shelf. LAWDDD!!! Lemme find out she’s about to be packing heat.

Confessing – Right before the debate between forever butthurt Governor Reston and Congresswoman Buffay starts, Liv’s gut tells her that they’re bout about snitch about the baby. And surely, the moment they get on stage, Reston tells folks that the lady is hiding something. She spills the beans and wins America’s heart in the process. Cyrus an’ ‘em are watching in the White House and they’re unable to deal with how much they’re about to lose.


When Congresswoman Buffay steps off the podium and Candice realizes that she’s the “baby that I put up for adoption” she walks away, all hurt and betrayed. Josephine fires Olivia, and there goes Harrison’s rent next month. He can stay with me, doe. I got room for him in my heart and my bed. HEYYY! But ma’am, that’s YOUR baby. It was gon come out that way or another!

Olivia’s Phone Crawl – Liv is back at her office looking like an orphan child and taking wine to the head. When you don’t win, find wine. That’s Liv’s life’s motto. She just cannot catch a break lately. Just then, the phone she threw in the garbage starts ringing and our girl basically crawls to it to fish it out. But it was her heart on the other line. He was hiding from his wife and she was having a pity party.

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Olivia trash phone

She helps him write his jokes for the White House Correspondence Dinner, and the two share a moment and Mellie is on the other side of the bathroom door listening. He NEVER talks to her with that much care in his voice. Eyyyaaaaa pele.

Lies and Breakups – David calls Abby and she says she’s still on Montana and can’t be his date for the White House dinner. Right then, he walks into her office and breaks up with her. She STAYS getting dumped by Rosen for being caught up in a lie. SMDH.

VP Sally’s Hypothetical – As Leo uses the bathroom, VP Sally walks in and asks him if he’d be willing to rep her if she ran for president on an independent party ticket. OH WORD?

Surprise Summon – Liv shows up to the White House correspondent dinner looking like a bag of old AND new money. Jake’s her date but she can’t keep her eyes off the President. LAWD. SSA Tom shows up and she knows she’s being summoned. She struts down the hallway and slaying all others in her path with her switch and I LIVE!

Olivia Strut 2

The hair was right, the face was snatched and the dress was EVERYTHING! She’s thinking her boo’s gonna be at the end of the hallway but it’s Mellie, dressed in red and looking like she might be out for blood. AW DAMB! ABORT MISSION! ABORT THE SEXY STRUT!

First Lady hits her with the shade of all shade “I like your new boyfriend. Is he married?” LMAOOOOO! SHE TRIED IT! Liv turns around to leave and Mellie tells her she’s sorry. She had her come because she wants her to run Fitz’s re-election campaign. “He needs you, Olivia. He is tired and broken…. He can’t breath when you’re not here. You’re everything to him.” WHOOOO!!!  I AM FALLING IN LOVE WITH MELLIE GRANT! Beyond the power push, she still loves this man (foolishly). Yes, she might be doing it because she wants to remain First Lady but she is begging his mistress to come back around so her husband can seem alive again. My goodness. She is probably up to something but I still love her.

Abby’s Fancy Apology – David returns home from the dinner and Abby’s waiting for him in an evening gown. She wanted to go to the dinner but her ex-husband was going to be there so she couldn’t. She apologizes and he tells her to just start being honest with him.

Fired to be Rehired – After Liv leaves Mellie, Jake breaks up with her because he thinks she was with Fitz the entire time. Again, she couldn’t catch a break if it held on to her leg. Harrison calls to tell her to come to the Gladiator office because Congresswoman Buffay is waiting. She apologizes for being rash and firing her and she wants Olivia back as her campaign manager. Liv says she’s not sure she’s the right person for the job and Josie tells her to sleep on it before making her decision. Harrison asks Liv what she’s doing and she doesn’t answer him and exits as he fumes. She’s gonna make that man go occupy Linkedin soon. Liv keeps playing with his pockets like this.

Baby Huck’s Gun-Toting – Quinn is back in her office with a brown package. She opens it and it’s the gun she was staring at in the shop. Baby Huck wants to taste whiskey so bad but nothing good is gonna come from her getting drunk.

Coincidence and Conspiracy – Jake goes home and Huck is waiting for him. No one respects locks and privacy on Scandal. Folks just be in each others’ houses all willy and nilly. Anywho, Huck says that Fitz was in Iceland during Operation Remington and shot down a plane that was carrying 329 passengers on orders of the U.S. government. “Two things make a coincidence. Three things make a conspiracy.” Those three things: the location of the crash, the satellite footage was missing anddd the passenger list.

Conspiracy 1 Conspiracy 2

He slides the list of passengers to Jake and told him to read the 5th name on the list. “Maya Lewis.” She was married but didn’t take her husband’s last name “Pope.” OLIVIA’S MAMA!!!

The episode ends as Jake knocks on Liv’s door and she opens it to find him with Huck.



i cant MJ

This is CRAZY but consistent with what we’ve thought after episode 1 of this season. We KNEW Rowan Pope was probably involved with the plane crash that “killed” Liv’s mom but FITZ too?!?! Dude.

But wait. WAYMENT!!! I firmly believe Olivia’s mama is still alive. Mama Pope is somewhere kicking. What if she wasn’t on that plane at all, and she was just THOUGHT to be on the plane? She might have found out that her trifling husband was tryna kill her and she faked the fact that she gon on the plane. What if Liv’s mama is living somewhere remote, and keeping track of her baby girl and Rowan doesn’t know?

And of COURSE Liv’s mama didn’t take the Pope last name. Lemme remind everyone of the brilliance of my commenters. A couple of people predicted this episode’s ending last week. Yall are so SMART!

Other thoughts on this episode: I am not liking Olivia Pope’s season 3. I know they’re cutting her down but build my boo up soon, yall! She’s so pathetic right now. BUT I think when Mama Pope returns (and she will DEFINITELY be showing her face), her and Liv will wreck shop together. Rowan/Eli gon see hell and high water for real then!

I cannot WAIT to see who plays her mama. I INSIST on Lynn Whitfield. In fact, check out my blog post with my list of who should play Olivia’s mom.

Does Fitz know that Eli/Command is Olivia’s father? Gladiators ROAR in the comments!


Check out for my top 10 moments from Scandal episode 305!

In case you’ve missed these previous posts I’ve written on Scandal, check them out to catch up:

The Brolivia Pope Theory: Who is Harrison?
The 5 Stages of Watching Scandal
Guide to Scandal Character Nicknames

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  1. November 1, 2013 at 7:18 am

    I love the review and your writing is wonderful. Pet peeve: breathe has an ‘e’ on the end of it. You breathe or you lose your breath. That is all. I love your recaps.

    • November 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks! Fixed.

      • November 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm

        Whew! Was afraid of the potential response…thanks for not flicking off. Keep writing and I will keep reading. I even have you listed on my blog under “who else should I read?”

        • Melody
          November 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm

          I thought Luvvie was about to go in, too lol

        • goosieecho
          November 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

          Nah, she mostly “goes off” when necessary.

  2. Nix-nix
    November 1, 2013 at 7:20 am

    First!! *happy dance* All I gots ta say is Olivia’s hair and dress game was tight, snatched and laid……#payultimateamish

    I think Fitiz knows that Oliiva is the Grand Goon’s daughter. He may have even gotten with her to assuage his guilt over shooting down that plane and to screw Rowan over. I mean- the one thing that the Grand Goon cannot control in this world is Olivia’s love pocket….

    • Jones
      November 1, 2013 at 8:49 am

      I think he knew too, maybe THAT’s why he didn’t want her on the campaign in “The Trail.” Fitz knew, Fitz KNOWS. I don’t think he knew Rowan’s wife was on the plane though. Fitz ain’t cold blooded…well he did kill Verna. All my feels are in the bag.

      • RavenJ
        November 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm

        I thought he didn’t want her on the campaign because he took one look at her, got a woody, and knew he was in trouble.

        • JFD1
          November 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm

          DEAD @ “he took one look at her, got a woody, and knew he was in trouble.”

        • JAP
          November 2, 2013 at 1:50 am

          DEAD x10000000

        • NightFury
          November 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm

          That’s what I always thought too, Fitz was smitten with Liv from the get go, so he wanted her fired knowing how dangerous it would be having her love pocket around, hee hee. But then this current episode made me think it was the woody AND realizing who she was, too.

    • November 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      But I don’t think Fitz knows. Even HE would have a hard time dealing with the fact that he could cause Liv’s mom to die.

      • JustJozie
        November 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm

        I agree. I don’t think Fitz knows either. Remember, Eli/Rowan is the one that hooked Liv up with Cyrus for that campaign work. He knows the truth about everybody. That’s part of his power.

      • JAP
        November 2, 2013 at 1:52 am

        i’m pretty sure he doesn’t know either, because uh yeah…he would cry forever if he knew he killed Liv’s mom.

  3. vvvvvvvvvvVv
    November 1, 2013 at 7:24 am

    I know its cliché, but I need Phylisha Rashad as mommy Pope…Lynn Whitfield is a bit too “mediocre” (in my daddy pope voice

    • laddibugg
      November 1, 2013 at 8:11 am


    • Ellyn
      November 1, 2013 at 8:15 am

      “Clair” vs “Victoria”? LOLOL!

      Someone else mentioned Diahann Carroll…think maybe she’s a little too old…

      Maybe Angela Bassett?

    • Melody
      November 1, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Lynn Whiitfield’s acting is too mediocre for a roll in Scandal, in my opinion. I think Phylisha Rashad would be perfect. I can definitely see an older Clair Huxtable as Olivia’s mother. I can see Angela Bassett also.

      • Ginalee
        November 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

        What about Alfre? No love for Alfre? She would kill it fo sure!

        • nptexas
          November 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm

          I don’t think Fitz knows Rowan is Dad and he for sure didn’t know Rowan’s wife was on the plane. Or supposed to be.

          For Mom, I would love Angela Bassett or Alfre. Phylicia to entrenched in my brain as Mrs. Huxtable.

          Oh Oh! Khandi Alexander from Treme!

        • Divinexpression
          November 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

          Oooooo… I hadn’t thought about Khandi!!!

          I do think that CCH Pounder would HANDLE Eli. Flashback to her playing Max’s mom on Living single. Dihann, and Nichelle Nichols (mentioned somewhere else) are too old, but would wear both Eli, and Fitz, and Liv out!

          Phylica Rashaad could do it, and looks as if she could actually create a Keri Washington looking Olivia with Joe Morton. I do, however, think that she is overcast as the “Mama.” I’d LOVE to see Jennifer Lewis show off her dramatic chops. Most people only think she does comedy.

      • KLashane
        November 1, 2013 at 10:25 am

        Phylicia Rashad & Angela Bassett would be good too! Who ever she is she needs to be fierce, and oozes confidence!

      • Kwan
        November 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm

        Angela is currently slaying all of NOLA as Marie Laveau in American Horror Story Coven. So she won’t be able to do this but I’m hoping for Phylicia.

    • kris
      November 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

      we need to borrow Gina Torres from Suits

      • Meek Meek
        November 1, 2013 at 11:21 am

        Oooh, Gina Torres is fierce in Suits aaannnnddd She be walking’ it out just like Olivia and with a wardrobe just a fierce as Oliva’s. Also, let us not forget the Angela Bassett from Waiting to Exhale. She can set a fire under Daddy Goblin for messin’ with her and her baby….(Sigh) I am emotionally spent.

      • Bri
        November 1, 2013 at 7:39 pm

        Agreed. Gina would be perfect.

      • OnTheAir
        November 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm

        Gina Torres is only 8 years older than Kerry.

    • Purple Dove
      November 1, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Lonette McKee is my choice. Liv’s mother is calculating without the crazy. Lynn plays her characters a bit demented.

    • NightFury
      November 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Team Rashad here!! She’s got the side eye and side voice too!

  4. Michele the Baby Gladiator
    November 1, 2013 at 7:43 am

    That walk… that hair… that dress… Olivia slayed all to be dammed in that scene and I was not only here for it, I was begging for more of the slay! She was ready for more “I love you’s” from Fitz (and for once I didn’t gag when they were on the phone).

    As I stated on Facebook last night, Mellie laid her burdens down and I picked them up. I am not here for the wife begging the mistress. No Ma’am… and 12 hours later and I’m still not here for it. I need drunk Mellie present at all times. How do we go from that epic read of “The nails, the wood, the cross” to Fitz, to “Come back to us” to Liv in 2 weeks? Mellie you slay me too… for all the wrong reasons.

    Someone call Quinn’s daddy to come pick her up before she hurts herself with that gun. Now, if Quinn goes after Hollis I’m here for that… he’s got it coming… but a random kill Quinn is so… so… DC Sniper circa 2003.

    Love your posts Luvvie. LOVEZ IT!

    • vanita applebum
      November 1, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Mellie is up to something. I feel it in my bones. Liv is being set up. Mark my words.

      • Moon
        November 1, 2013 at 11:37 am

        I agree with Vanita. It’s a setup. Mellie is evil. Mellie also hates Olivia.

        • NightFury
          November 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm

          Mellie doesn’t like Liv true but Mellie LOVES being FLOTUS MORE than she dislikes Liv. I can’t say Mellie “hates” Liv because she was practically licking Liv’s Jimmy Choo’s to get her to come back for the campaign.

      • Mrsrony
        November 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm

        I believe she will be in cahoots with Congresswoman SmellyCat!! I dont trust her either. Fire..Hire…secret baby..nawww. No good will come from her.

        • Vonetta
          November 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm

          “Congresswoman SmellyCat”….I CAN’T, LOL!!!

      • clalvis
        November 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

        This could be just the time for Mellie and Olivia to make a deal. They are good at that and are always on point with each other.
        1. They got together to save the presidency by Mellie stepping in and saying that it was her on the sextape.
        2. They got together to picket for the party girl that was killed by the guy that was protected under the diplomatic immunity.

        This is what Fitz’s women do when the presidency is on the line, rather this is what he wants or not.

      • blackpepper112
        November 4, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        Heck yeah its a setup! See the show moves so fast at times we forget to pay attention to the small things that go on. for example a phrase that was said during a discussion or just a simple word that was mumbled under the breath. For some reason, I zoom in on stuff like that..Now I noticed a couple of folks on here don’t agree, but here’s what I(EYE) zoomed in on: Remember when Nellie was drunk and was talking that slick talk to Fitz and she also added that she didn’t wish anything to happen to Olivia because she wants her around because she (Mellie) knows Olivia is basically his kryptonite, or something like that she said. But what I got is that having Olivia around and knowing he can’t be with her will be more torture for him than he could stand..

        Okay the other thing that stood out was when Mellie and Cyrus were in the office stressing out and he was throwing ideas out of his mouth, pacing back and forth and forgive me for not remembering exactly what, but he said something about, “or perhaps”.. Then Nellie repeated THAT under her breath as if she got an idea. I believe that sparked the meeting with Olivia… Nellie is up to no good. She is using Olivia. Although everything she said is true and Mellie knows in her heart that’s how Fitz really feels for Olivia and it kills her to say it aloud, there is a bigger plan. I am tired of typing so I will save the rest of my theory till next episode then I will see if I am correct.

    • LadyLarke
      November 1, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Where is the ‘Like’ button for this post??? I love all of this!

    • November 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      I think Mellie is at the end of her ropes and realizes she’s about to lose her seat as First Lady. But also, the fact that she uttered the words “he can’t breathe without you.” GIRL! That’s so deep and that had to hurt like hell.

  5. Rashawn
    November 1, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I love your recaps. When I saw the Nikki 3some ad at the top,it gave me life before I even started reading. (flashback..past post about stupid names). I think that Fitz knows Olivia is Papa Goons daughter, AND he is in B613. BUT this is odd to me since the rest of the assassins were loners or not well connected but Fitz is the son of a Politician. My crazy theory is that Grand Ghost (Fitzs Dad) was involved in something and created a debt with Papa Eli. This debt was paid when Fitz shot down the plane. Fitz was determined to get back at Papa Pope…so he seeks out his daughter(isn’t it odd that they hired her for the campaign when she was unknown…and Cyrus didn’t even know about her parents or background?). I’m not sure if loving her was part of the plan or not…maybe that’s why Papa Goon wanted Jake to sleep with her…to destroy Fitzs control.

    • Melody
      November 1, 2013 at 8:25 am

      That’s a great theory!

    • Stephanie
      November 1, 2013 at 8:40 am

      Cyrus was Liv’s professor and mentor at Harvard. He knew what she was capable of. And I believe the campaign was not her first gig do I’m pretty sure she already had a reputation for excellent fixing.

    • Amaya
      November 1, 2013 at 9:03 am

      No, Fitz did not seek out Olivia. That’s pretty clear. When Fitz first met Olivia, he ordered Cyrus to fire her, because he was attracted to her and knew it would lead to trouble. Cyrus insisted that Olivia remain on the campaign and threatened to quit if Olivia was fired. So I think the question to ask is why was Cyrus so insistent on Olivia being involved in the campaign. He may have been the one with the ulterior motive.

    • JazzT
      November 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Lashawn, I’m all up in all of these theories and I approve this message. I was thinking much of the same. Continue.

  6. Shellie
    November 1, 2013 at 7:53 am

    The woman who played Sherry Palmer, President Palmer’s wife on “24” should play Olivia’s mother. That is all.

    • Camille
      November 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

      THAT would be fantastic. She’s already playing a hard ass with fabulous hair on “Castle,” she’d just need a fancier wardrobe.

      • November 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm

        Yes!! Penny Johnson!! Love her on Castle!! She would make a great Momma Pope!

    • JazzT
      November 1, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Yes, Yes, YES!

  7. SecretDivva
    November 1, 2013 at 7:55 am

    First of all, Olivia was serving French Roll/Side Bang REALNESS for the GAWDS!!! She will DEFINITLEY be my Woman Crush Wednesday!!!

    Secondly, I need Pam Grier aka Foxy Brown, to be here Mama.

    Outside of that, I’m still trying to process this show and the recap. My whole wig just slid down my back and walked away after the Mama tea… #JesusBSomeClarity

    • jds09
      November 1, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Pam Grier would be PERFECT!

      • Kwan
        November 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm

        I forgot about Pam yes if not Lynn or Phylicia she would be perfect!

    • November 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      The side bang was everything to me! EVERYTHING!

    • Chiq
      November 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Did you find your wig?!?!

  8. laddibugg
    November 1, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I know everyone loves Liv’s dress…..but I actually like Mellie’s look better. Something about a lady in red.

    Regardless if Oliva actually saw Fitz after she left the dinner, Jake SHOULD have broken up with her. She departed with the thought she was going to see Fitz, she even had the ‘I’m getting some’ walk. Intent matters.

    Is it really that bad for the Gladiators that they have to return routers?

    • November 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      You’re right, though. She isn’t here for Jake in the least and he shoulda known that. Soooo although she wasn’t with Fitz at the dinner, he’s still second fiddle.

      And yes. The Gladiators had no extra cash to spare. How the mighty has fallen broke.

      • clalvis
        November 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

        OPA was handing out tens of thousands of dollars as hush money. Where did they get it and how could they afford it? OPA was hired as a fixer to Josephine Marcus and they delivered, whether she wants Olivia as a campaign manager or not. I wonder what the charge is for a competent fixer?

        • November 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm

          That cash they were handed out was given to them by Congresswoman Buffay. Hush money and bribe money related to a case has to be paid by the client, clearly.

        • Jeri Becton
          November 7, 2013 at 10:54 am


        • eileend
          November 10, 2013 at 8:17 am

          You know the old saying…”If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.”

    • Kwan
      November 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Mellie’s dress looked old to me. That collar around her neck was not it, if they would have removed it then okay maybe then she had those pinned up curls, she just looked way older than usual.

      I hate when stores don’t give you a refund especially within 30 days NAWL I don’t want no damb store credit.

      • NightFury
        November 1, 2013 at 10:07 pm

        I agree with you Kwan. I thought Mellie looked a little matronly in that dress. But Liv, OMG!!! Girl is hot and she knows it too!

  9. Ms. Faith
    November 1, 2013 at 8:19 am

    All I gotta say is this…MARK MY WORDS DEBBIE ALLEN IS GONNA BE MAMA POPE!!! She’s directing an episode of Scandal this season so get ready y’all!!!

    • JazzT
      November 1, 2013 at 9:33 am

      You know, I would not be surprised. Mainly because Shonda tends to keep all her folks together. A lot of inter-mingling between Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy.

      • Londa
        November 1, 2013 at 11:25 am

        And, apparently Private Practice, too. The guy who played the campaign manager was Cooper on that show. It was cool seeing him as a tough, bad-ass character last night.

      • Meek Meek
        November 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

        Did y’all realize that “Leo” is “Cooper” from Private Practice? Shonda does keep her folks together. I need to get in with her.

        • blackpepper112
          November 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm

          Yep I noticed… I loved Cooper so much.. He was so sweet and kind

      • nptexas
        November 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm

        I do hope she looks to Khandi Alexander from Treme. Phenomenal!

    • JAP
      November 2, 2013 at 1:59 am

      YES AND MORE YES. Debbie Allen!!!!! Loved her in Grey’s Anatomy and she will totally fit into Scandal!

  10. PurpleJonz
    November 1, 2013 at 8:22 am

    1- I didn’t think the first half was slow at all b /c I needed meds to keep my pressha down when Daddy Goon almost got Jake (from State Farms) ass. In my HOUSE, nukka?!!
    2- NAWL!! I’m team Ms. Diahanne Carroll as Momma Said Knock U Out. Lynn is good, that’s true, and Phyllicia is classic BUT Ms. Carroll was married to a white man in real life and been kickin racism’s ass for decades (and she kinda mean) . Sista is already certified & qualified.
    3- surprised I could still Type While Slayed…

    • RavenJ
      November 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      I love me some Ms. Carroll…hell I even named my car Dominique Devereax, but in TV terms I’m thinking she may be too chronologically mature to play Liv’s mom. I still wouldn’t mind seeing her on there.

      • Mo to Tha'
        November 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        “chronologically mature” Listen….i’m going to find a way to work this into conversation today

        That is all

        • RavenJ
          November 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm

          LOL!!! I dared NOT disrespect that fabulous lady by saying any other word!

  11. November 1, 2013 at 8:26 am

    *screaming laughing* You ladies said it all. I’m so done and needing some altar time leaning on the everlasting arms of Jesus after last night, Luvvie, and your comments!

    … but baaaaaaaaa-by when Fitz started talking about dismantling B613, DID CYRUS REALLY GO “HOUSE N*GGA SCARED” ON ME? I thought he was going to break into a slave dialect and start wiping his hands on his apron at any moment! Cyrus scared, cowering and almost in tears??!!! That gave me life! I hollared!!!!!

    • lvigil
      November 1, 2013 at 8:59 am

      Yeah you know its bad when Cyrus is straight up HIDING!! I thought he was gonna slap fitz to get him to stop talking.

  12. Momongo
    November 1, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I know one thing I can’t be dealing like this every week, last night had me in conniptions. I pray that Fitz didn’t know Liv’s mom was on that plane. I don’t think Fitz knew though because Rowan wouldn’t give that kind of information out he just gives out orders but if he did know he didn’t know Liv at that time soooo……I don’t know I am all confused. I thought we had gotten rid of Jake from State Farm but his azz couldn’t wait to get to that door and spill the beans. I don’t like Huck working with Jake he only works for LIv and all this chumminess with Jake is making me gag. Mellie has a plan I am not buying that we need you crap remember she is at war with Fitz and she will use Liv to make her puppet husband dance. Quinn with a gun is funny to me, luv it!!!!! No words for Abby except just go with it stop fighting it goodness!!!! My prediction Liv gone find out she gone think Fitz know more than he does she not gone talk to him for 9 months creepy Jake gone slither in, she is going to represent Friends chick to get back at White House OR Fitz knew this lady(Liv mom) was being targeted and hid her somewhere but he still shot down a plan and killed innocent people oh well trying to make Fitz not look like a complete bad guy but it ain’t working….I don’t like Jake being portrayed as good he is BAD!!! Shonda making it hard for Olitz fans man!!!!SMH I am here for the cause though cause I am a gladiator not a beep!!!haha

    • RavenJ
      November 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      I’m not sold on Jake either

  13. jds09
    November 1, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Great re-cap. I thought it was a nice touch that they played basketball to the Average White Band. I’m here for Shonda’s music choices.

    • Dia
      November 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      YES!! I thought I was the only one that caught that.

  14. Carriecnh12
    November 1, 2013 at 8:47 am

    First let me say I actually liked Mellie’s dress more, it fit her to a T, and I love her in jewel tones, and Liv’s dress is pretty and striking but I don’t think it fit her right, probably because they were trying to hide her stomach with the pattern, so it wasn’t taken in right. Enough with pretending to be Elsa Clench moving on.

    Luvvie I agree with you completely, Liv was pathetic and annoying to watch last night, Jake should have broken the phone, throwing it in the trash was a joke moment, and a way for the writers to show how “low” Liv would go to ‘be’ with Casper, i.e. crawling on the ground.
    AND I DON’T LIKE IT ONE BIT. Jake basically told her she wrong, and she knows it. The better bring back Moonshine Mellie quick, cause htcan’t have the two main women in this show having no pride just cause they lurv this man.

    And Fitz knew who Olivia was from the get go, he told Cyrus not to hire her, and I don’t care what anyone says he is going to try to use her to get back at Rowan, cause he is petty like that.

    P.s. Cyrus ducked like he thought bombs was gun drop from the ceiling and the sky was falling, and will someone please wack Quinn the mole with a mallet, popping up in places she ain’t supposed to be and butting into Huck’s bidness.

    • Dee
      November 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      I don’t think Fitz knows who Oliva’s father is or who was on the plane. Rowan/Eli would NEVER give up that information. Plus Fitz wanted to fire Olivia because he was attracted to her the first moment he saw her. Which was why there were so many glances/hold my hand/just stand here with me moments because he knew it would cause trouble and it has

  15. asetdivine
    November 1, 2013 at 8:57 am

    First off, great post Luvvie!

    Listen the end of that episode last night was just…I had a feeling that Fitz had shot down Olivia’s mother’s plane, but I still slid off my couch when Huck revealed it. I figured last week that Fitz wasn’t flying that plane during the mission and was somewhere under Rowan orders taking our Liv’s mother,but I don’t think she was on that plane at all. I think she figure out her husband’s plan. The thing about Rowan is he thinks that he has the upper hand on everyone, but that wife outsmarted him. The only downside is that she had to leave Olivia behind to save her life. Remember the season opener when Rowan tells Olivia “The White House will destroy you” and Olivia’s response is “That’s what mom used to tell me about you” Olivia’s mother knew her husband’s moves better than he thought. My theory is that she was preparing to leave him and take Olivia with her and Rowan wasn’t having that. Rowan was just as obsessed with Liv’s mother as Fitz is with Olivia…Rowan is obsessed with Olivia too because she is what he has left of her mother. I’m thinking that at some point this season we’ll see Olivia’s mother make an appearance because now that Olivia knows the truth she’s about to take her father on and her mother will show up in the nick of time to help her. Rowan’s comeuppance will only happen when the woman he loved and was so obsessed with that he “killed” reappears and rips the rug from under him. All I know is it’s about to get real thin line between love and hate on Scandal between Olivia and Fitz now that she knows the truth…or at least part of it. I don’t know if Fitz knew who his specific target was on that plane. He may have known the name but not exactly who she was. He may have warned her before she got on the plane…i don’t know. I don’t know if he knows that Rowan is Liv’s father either. I kind of think that Fitz was a naive and dedicated soldier who blindly followed orders until he shot down that plane.

    Can we talk about Jake and his Drake moment though? His little speech about not playing second fiddle was just silly. He knows what the situation is, I guess he thought his speech about her face saving him when he was in the box and that kiss last week was going to make her forget about Fitz. I’m going to need Jake to slide up in Marvin’s room and reevaluate for a minute. You’re not going to make that woman forget the man she’s in love with beyond reason overnight, Jake…I mean come on….

    Quinn’s blood-lust is going to make her an easy target for Rowan. He’ll be using her for something sinister soon.

    When Olivia threw that phone in the garbage, I knew she would be back for it later. When that phone finally rang, she dove for it like she was Michael Phelps and I was cracking up! The moment between her and Fitz was nice though. Mellie was ear hustling at the door as always. Her meeting with Olivia was a nicer version of the one she had with her in the first season where she took Olivia to task for leaving Fitz and allowing Amanda Tanner to get close to him. I don’t fully trust this move Mellie is making though…nope don’t trust her at all.

    I don’t think we’ll see Harrison’s back story until Olivia reveals why she came to the jail to represent him and why she sat there for hours with him. I think she was made to go there by her father. Olivia is hiding from Harrison who he really is to save his life. I think that’s the deal with Rowan to keep him from killing Harrison. He may be Rowan’s child outside of his marriage or he may be her mother’s child, but he is definitely Liv’s brother.

    Finally….Olivia’s dress and her walk down that hallway was EVERYTHING!!!!

    P.S…. My picks for Liv’s mom are Lynn Whitfield, Jenifer Lewis, Angela Bassett or Victoria Rowell.

    • G
      November 1, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Druscilla??!!??!! YES!!!!!

      • RavenJ
        November 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm

        Druscilla is life!!!!!

    • RavenJ
      November 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      OKAY!!!! I was like why is Jake all in his feelings. He knew what it was. He saw she still had the damn phone and only threw it away when he said something. If it was really over she wouldn’t have had the phone. He only went to that damn ball because he wanted her on his arm, but got his feelings hurt when Olitz started eye screwing each other across the room. Bye Jake

    • November 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm


    • Kwan
      November 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Yeah I don’t thin Fitz knew anything or even that Rowan is Liv’s dad, he was just following orders, but he could have warned Liv’s mom or someone did because she is def. still alive.

      I can’t wait for her to swoop in and WRECK SHOP!

  16. Ms. Aja B.
    November 1, 2013 at 8:57 am

    First time commenter–long time lurker! I live for these recaps! I get to work Friday morning and it is me, my green tea and Luvvie’s recap.

    “Beyond the power push, she still loves this man (foolishly). Yes, she might be doing it because she wants to remain First Lady but she is begging his mistress to come back around so her husband can seem alive again.”

    I was so conflicted with Mellie this week! She stay trying to get me on her Team! Olivia and Mellie both love Fitz. They both want to see him “be the man they know he could be” and Mellie was right that they owe it to him to let him win on his own accord & volition. Mellie begging Olivia to come back to Team Grant had to go down harder than the hooch she was drinking a few weeks back. She swallowed all of her pride and ego to do that.

    S/N: I was here for her “Cute boyfriend. Is he married?” shade. I’m a professed Team Olitz kind of gal. But that made me cackle.

    I’m not even gonna go there with the Mama Pope revelation. I really just can’t. Except to say this as far as casting: I don’t think Shonda would use Debbie Allen as Mama Pope because Debbie has a recurring role on Grey’s Anatomy right now. While I think Diahanne Carroll would be perfect, I do agree she might be a tad too old. I am here for Lynn Whitfield or Phylicia Rashad though.

    My life used to be all about waiting for the weekend. Now, it’s all about waiting for Thursday night 10pm and the morning after recap!

    • Onakachi
      November 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

      I want Angela Bassett to play Liv’s mom. She will slay.

      • Kali
        November 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm

        Yes I love Angela Bassett. She is currently SLAYING on American Horror Story!

      • OriginalQT
        November 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm

        You know what, I just got who looks chronologically mature (yes, straight hustle and grab) enough to be Olivia’s momma – JASMINE GUY! Now, I last saw her in that show on UPN playing a witch and she was good. Talk about TV irony. Whitley and Byron together again. Love it. Now, I’m thinking Olivia’s mom is dead, but her grandmother may come to slay dragons for her and make mitch azz Grand Goon Rowan fall in line. Now, Olivia’s grandmother? Yes, Diann Carroll all dambdaylong. She would read him for mitch azz filth. Make him cry magical unicorn tears to revive Olivia’s mom. Oh, and trust, Harrison is her brother. The way she doesn’t even deign to answer him sometimes smacks of how one treats a younger sibling. Yep. And we’re going to hear from Abby’s husband who was at the Correspondents’ Dinner. I’m thinking it is Leo. He is someone Olivia knows and he is on the chess board, too. And you know good and DAGGONE well that Mama Shonda keeps her folks employed. Private Practice gone y’all. Gone I tell ya. Plus Cooper and Charlotte have twins and that boy to take care of; he needs a check. Won’t be surprised to see fine chocolate drop Taye Diggs stroll on through as Liv’s law school nemesis and Leo’s best friend. Humph.

    • November 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Swallowed EVERY ounce of pride she had.

      • R
        November 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm

        I don’t think so. Mellie is just being Mellie. She has given Olivia permission to “have” her husband before. Mellie is smart and very manipulative. After years of calling Liv a whore, she had to backtrack and use some of Fitz words to “woo” her back. That man Leo told Mellie that Fitz looks like he needs a good screw. The hard pill to swallow was that she knows that Liv is the only person that can do it for him. So Mellie is circling back and pulling at Livs heart strings. Mellie has said that to Fitz. Remember Liv is the puppet that can make him dance. She is doing what she needs to stay First Lady thru the reelection then she’s going to go for the jugular.

        • Chiq
          November 1, 2013 at 10:00 pm

          I agree with everything you said! Mellie tryna stay on her First Lady game since Fitzgerald Grant is “our guy.” She ain’t no damb fool and just want Fitz to act Presidential so they can stay Presidential. Hell, she got as many degrees and more common/cunning sense than 98% of the people on the show (even though her dress made my skin crawl last night- the high collar es muy no bueno mi amiga!?). That. Is. All.

  17. Lee
    November 1, 2013 at 8:57 am

    The ‘ABORT MISSION, ABORT SEXY STRUT!’ had me laughing out loud at work.

    I sat shocked for at least 10 minutes last night after the show ended. Then I started muttering my favorite Thursday night mantra, “I can’t stand Shonda. She get on my nerves. Got me all fired up like this and I got to go to bed now.”

  18. MarvyMds
    November 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Mellie is a master manipulator and does nothing unless it is in her best interest. I only hope she has plenty of hooch ready because it’s going to be a tough campaign. How are you going to go from calling the mistress all types of whores to begging for her help just a few weeks later?

    My favorite scene, well other than Daddy Pope telling Fitz to stay in his place, was when Sally rolled up into the men’s room and told that guy that she wasn’t there to urinate. lol. Sally is so stiff and proper at all times, and I see that they are suddenly bringing her husband into the storyline.

    Sally and Mellie are two rogues that have been underestimated, but one or both is about to do something crazy. Watch.

    • G
      November 1, 2013 at 10:20 am

      I’m willing to bet that Leo (the man in the restroom) is Abby’s ex-husband.

      • MarvyMds
        November 1, 2013 at 10:33 am

        Nooooooo. Dang, well we have never seen Abby’s Ex, and he did slay the King of Shade and Mellie a little too effortlessly not to be some kind of power player. I am going to lay down now.

      • LadyLarke
        November 1, 2013 at 11:27 am

        I’m with you on that one.

      • duchess of hazard
        November 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm

        Hmmm- he was the son of an expolitico, right? That would be amazing.

  19. Onakachi
    November 1, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Olivia’s mother isn’t dead. King Goon knows Huck and Jake from State Farm are snooping. I think Liv’s mom’s name on that list is just another attempt from King Goon to end Olivia’s and Fitz’s relationship.

    You killed me with Olivia pushing Harrison to occupy LinkedIn. LOL!

    Scandal is slowly losing me though. I feel like too much is going on. Plus, I need to see more of Liv the fixer (that’s the main reason I fell in love with the show) and less conspiracy. No, Olivia shouldn’t be pregnant.

    • Onakachi
      November 1, 2013 at 9:33 am

      If Liv’s mom is dead, she wasn’t on that plane Fitz shut down.

    • G
      November 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

      I have enjoyed the last few episodes where they’ve actually gotten back into fixing other people’s lives….and somewhat giving us a break from the ‘action’.

      Having the whole Olitz stuff happening in the background of each episode is what made that show alluring to me.

  20. JazzT
    November 1, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I find myself going against the grain on a couple of things:
    1 – Liv was fire in that dress but I thought the strut was a bit TOO much. And I’m on Team Mellie’s Dress for that evening.

    2 – I wasn’t feeling Liv’s or Mellie’s desperation and just not liking the weak woman vibe going on right now. Don’t get me wrong, Mellie’s speech was mesmerizing but the heart of it made me sad for her.

    I’m just glad that they are finally getting somewhere with this Operation Remington thing because they were losing me.

    And Imma need Huck to slow down that rapid-fire speaking when there’s important info being said. Don’t make me pull out my dictaphone.

  21. janelfelice
    November 1, 2013 at 9:52 am

    All my fellow friend that watch Scandal are working and value their jobs so I have nobody to share with! I’m bursting at the seams!! First of all, Mama Pope ain’t dead. That reveal last night was too easy and we are only five or six episodes in. Lynn Whitfield will come in with all of her glory sometime after the winter break. Auntie Shonda is getting ready to leave us with an epic cliffhanger for like three weeks!! Secondly, I really don’t thing Fitz knew that he was killing Liv’s mom. He was just following orders. He found out after, which is why he said his meeting with Rowan was personal. My friend said that Fitz recognized Olivia back in “The Trail” episode, but I don’t think so. Shonda hadn’t even though of Operation Remington back then. I don’t think. OMG, I may have just burst my own bubble. I can’t take this show! Now let me actually ready your review. Love you, Luvvie!!!

    • Rose
      November 1, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Girl, c’mon over to Scandal Gladiators on FB; we are discussing it as well. Everyone is welcome!!!

  22. ImRight
    November 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

    So if Fitz took an order from Rowan to shoot down the plane, does that mean that Fitz was once B613? Is that why the reunion was “long overdue” because they use to work together?

  23. jcanwisegrrl
    November 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

    All I could think at the end of last night’s episode was Gdsbvdklknddwobvgrehbv svdiuroeoo!!!Gf vbrliopasvfeop voplfhturoifv!v!!!!!! I- uh- I voahdrytgffo!!!

    I was NOT expecting that. At all. Based on comments on previous recaps, I was with the Fitz killing civilians theory, but I did NOT expect him to have offed Mama Lewis (Mama Pope)! I had to literally phone a friend and the two of us just lost our minds screaming. My own mama must have thought I was nuts.

    Here’s what I think: What if Liv’s mama was also B613, but for whatever reason, decided she wanted to be out? You know they don’t just let you go on about a normal life outside the organisation. Evil as Rowan/Eli is, I don’t see him just deciding to off his wife for no reason. Or what if Mama Pope was *whispers* a traitor and HAD to be taken out? Lawd, I dunno. Shonda had me plain poleaxed last night and I’m still trying to gather the fragments of my sanity that have gone with the fricking wind.

    Also, can we talk about Shirtless Jake and also An Officer and a Gentleman Jake? *sweats* I KNOW I’m not the only one who was here for Jakey last night! And that pickup basketball game was a straight S/O to President Obama, IMO. #HeyBarackHey

    Liv’s Correspondents Dinner look gave me EVER-THANG I wanted and all I didn’t know I know I needed. I couldn’t even breathe, she was so beautiful. And Kerry was all aglow like them pregnancy hormones have kicked in and given her skin uplighting. That scene with Mellie broke my heart. I know Mel doesn’t want to leave the power behind, but you could see that she loves that wutliss husband of hers and will do anything for him (as long as it benefits her in the end though, natch). I’m making my placards for next Emmy season, because if Bellamy Young ain’t nominated for Best Supporting Actress or whatever, I’m PROTESTING somewhere! Between that scene and Drunk Mellie, she is SLAY-ING season 3.

    Quinn makes me want to break something. Jeez, what a wayward, annoying, burdensome twit! I was ROTFL when Harrison told her Huck is shutting her out because she went all ‘drill baby, drill’ on him and now she’s grounded. Lol!!!

    Regarding Pathetic Liv, I don’t think it’s out of character at all. Was she not crying and lip quivering over Fitz in a coat closet in the very first episode or something? This man is her weakness and, as we have come to find out, so is her father. How many of us have gone dumpster diving for the phone when someone we shouldn’t want to talk to but can’t help ourselves calls? How many of us have answered them late night booty calls when, like Mary Jane Paul (Being Mary Jane), we have that no-account punk’s number still saved in our phones as NEVER ANSWER? Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything…

    As I said on Twitter, this season is about deconstructing Olivia, showing us how she came to be everyone’s Gladiator (but has zero sense of self preservation). Remember that the image used for the promotion of this season is a pic of Olivia looking like the weight of the world is on her shoulders. ‘The secret is out’ – the obvious one being her affair with Fitz, which they’ve managed to cover for now, but other whoppers are about to come flying out the closer. We’re gonna see Liv broken, but we’re also gonna see her bounce back. Even though she is the heroine, she can’t be portrayed in a one-dimensional light. That’s not realistic. We have to see her flaws and still love her. We have to want to shake her but then want to hug her and feed her vats of expensive red wine and buckets of gourmet popcorn. We have to not only see that she is broken, but WHERE, then see how she addresses that and comes back into her own. I trust Shonda’s process. Remember it’s a series guys, so there will be lulls and bumps and things won’t always go the way we want, but by the end of the season, it will all make sense (and we’ll all be trying to find our wigs).

    Ok, I’m done preaching. I’ll just pass around this here collection plate…

    • Melody
      November 1, 2013 at 10:14 am

      I completely agree! And lawd Jake is my new baby daddy #HeyJakeHey! LOL!

      • jcanwisegrrl
        November 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

        I was #TeamJake since he accidentally-on-purpose bumped into Liv. Not only because Scott Foley is FAHN, but I ain’t here for Olitz. Despite that screen-melting chemistry and TG’s curl. lol

    • MarvyMds
      November 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Hmmmm, I think you could be on to something about Mamma Pope wanting out and faking her death to do it. That could work. **** tosses a $20 in the plate (Imma need some change back though).

      • jcanwisegrrl
        November 1, 2013 at 10:21 am

        In Jamaica where I’m from, $20 is pocket change, so I’ma just pretend it’s local currency and keep that. Lol!

    • LadyLarke
      November 1, 2013 at 11:40 am

      All of this ^^^ !!!

      *places $9.75 in collection plate* That’s all I have in my pockets lol

      • jcanwisegrrl
        November 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm

        Thank ya! That’s almost $1000 Jamaican. Good offering! lol

  24. jcanwisegrrl
    November 1, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Also, how could I forget Sally rolling up on dude in the men’s room? Lol! Loved it! She is gonna shake some tables this season. And as we’re now seeing her husband, I expect him to be a factor as well. He is ‘having fun’ in DC and since Sally is no fun, something is coming down the pipeline.

    • Melody
      November 1, 2013 at 10:05 am

      I think her husband is gay lol

      • jcanwisegrrl
        November 1, 2013 at 10:09 am

        ME TOO!!!! OMG, that’s the FIRST thing that came to mind when she was talking to Fitz. Sally the Beard is gonna shock everyone (including herself, I think) this season.

        • Melody
          November 1, 2013 at 10:15 am

          That scene AND the one last night. I was peeping his mannerisms when Sally was talking to her husband. He was screaming gay lol!

        • jcanwisegrrl
          November 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

          I missed that. I miss so much when I live tweet, but I just can’t help myself. lol. Will rewatch later so everything can sink in.

        • R
          November 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm

          Oh yeah he’s totally gay. Remember Sally called him “fun”. That’s tea party talk for homosexual I guess.

      • Purple Dove
        November 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm

        He played a gay senator on “The Office”. He was married to Angela and getting it on with Oscar. And Angela didn’t know for a good while. Yikes!

  25. janelfelice
    November 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

    One more thing. We all know how Auntie Shonda likes to foreshadow. Josie’s whole story about giving up her daughter so that she can have a better life is foreshadowing what Liv’s mom did in faking her death. Cause we all know that she is alive.

  26. Ashamai
    November 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

    First, lemme say this: I’m a West Coaster and yes I DID wake up at 7 this morning JUST to read this recap!! Its a drug I tell ya!

    Okay. THE DRESS CONTROVERSY. Chile….Liv wore the hell out of that dress and walked down the hallway like she had on gold lace panties dipped in diamond dust!!! Like the secrets of the gods and the fountain of youth were stashed in her Wonderbra! Gone be a country full of French Rolls TODAY, carbs be damned!!! As for Mellie…meh. I like red on Mellie but those curls were horrendous and looked like a bad wig. It made her look old and frumpy and not fabulously fierce as we know Mellie can be.

    I bet Rowan has THUG POPPA tattooed on his stomach cuz not even Tupac hung up on POTUS!!! He got red AND blue rags hanging out of his back pocket cuz he is bigger than all the sets on both coasts! He outchea checking folks like he runs a cleaning business…oh wait: he DOES run a cleaning business!

    I felt for Jake from State Farm (and can I mention that I DO have state farm insurance and my agent’s name IS Jake???) He was all butt hurt, but he knew what was up when she asked him to take her to the dinner.

    And let me say I am HERE, not for Melancholy Mellie but for Mellie’s Grand Ambition! Chick is like, I WILL be First Lady another four years come hell or high water and if that means my selves of steam gotta leave on that midnight train to Georgia then so be it!

    I agree, Luvvie, that they are breaking Olivia down this season. Got her looking all weak and such (except for random flashes of fire: did she check Harrison all without saying word?? I SWEAR I heard a NEGRO, PLEASE come flying out of her mind! She outchea teaching Toastmasters how to speak without words!). But I do agree that Shonda’s mind is quietly setting us up for the rubber room and Thalimide injections!

    • jcanwisegrrl
      November 1, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Lololololol! I cosign everything you said. lol. I’m already standing outside that rubber room.

    • SecretDivva
      November 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      STFU with RED & BLUE RAGS hahahahahhaha!!!! YAAAAAAAAS!!!

      Thug Poppa!! I CANNOT with you!!

    • RavenJ
      November 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      THANK YOU!!!!!!!! I was like “maybe I need to go back and look at Mellie’s dress because last night all I saw was a southern pageant contestant” had me thinking I missed something. And the hair is looking way wiggy lately.

      • duchess of hazard
        November 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm

        It’s the White House Correspondent’s dinner and a portrait of them running for election. Mellie would have to look like the nation’s hostess, so anything too tight and too fashion forward would make people raise their eyebrows. Mellie’s dress was conservative – like Oscar de la Renta conservative, because that’s what GOP women do.

        • RavenJ
          November 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm

          Thank you for clearing that up for me…still not moved.

      • nptexas
        November 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm

        Looks to me like Mellie has wonderful hair but if it’s no all Loretta Lynn, it’s pinned up like she’d about to put on a nightcap or something. That was weird.

        Yes, Olivia’s dress beyond hot but I think she is just too petite for it. Agree with other poster–just something off about the fit. It still was great, tho. And even if I don’t like mermaid hair, I did like Liv’s do at the ball.

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  28. KLashane
    November 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

    This was a great episode, and I love reading your commentary here the next morning after the show. If Liv’s mother is still alive Lynn Whitfied would be perfect!! She has that smart, evil, crafty factor that character would require. Lynn Whitfield on appearance alone looks like she don’t have time for games. Shonda has to cast her as her mother.

  29. Brandihorse83
    November 1, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I couldn’t sleep last nite because the wall I was leaning against was uncomfortable…. I could not even move after last nights episode!! Ok first of all I don’t think Liv is pathtic she is just going thru as we all have… I was here for that “Lets play for Liv’s heart” b-ball game between fitz and jake but for real tho jake needs to have a seat he knew what the situation was when he was brought into it and imma need for him to get out of his feelins when it comes to Liv… she was always with fitz so why is he suprised… I don’t think that Fitz knows about Liv’s mom and I think that daddy king goon tried to have fitz take care of his dirty work by having fitz shoot down that plane because he was just following orders…. however i dont think that mama is dead she is finna pop up…. I think that everyone is going to unite and band together to take down daddy pope because he is out damn order… Once they take down daddy then they can focus on re-election because sally is about to start some shit by running as an independent and that is gonna be the next story line… Mellie is a ride or die bitch she may have some shit up her sleeve but she goes hard…………..

  30. Football mom
    November 1, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Good morning everyone! Thanks Luvvie for the recap…soooo funny!

    My observations:
    1. Rowan wants to X Liv’s mom from her memory. His response that she is who she is solely because of him points to that. I think he thought her death would make him king daddy…he resents being second fiddle in Liv’s affections. He doesnt know how to handle that.
    2. I had to laugh at Leo’s assessment of Mellie and his complete disregard for her feelings when he called her a frigid shrew. She was not embarrassed or angry. All she cares about is Fitz staying in power.
    3. Quin is one dangerous, lonely, ignored woman. She is determined to be a part of the OPA family…but she didnt realize that Harrison assigned her the role of child…”you’re grounded”. And like a rebellious teenager, she is determined to show them by showing out. A gun in her hands is a frightening thing!
    4. I thought that it was Rowan’s people rolling up on Jake. The whole basketball scene was confusing to me. They just ignored the whole sleeping with the same woman issue. There has to be more to their relationship.
    5. Best line of the night, “We got Pope’d sir”.
    6. Fitz does not seem able to win against Rowan…and why do we play into Rowan’s split personality???? He’s Rowan for B613 stuff but Eli for dad stuff.
    7. Why is Liv confiding in Jake about her relationship? She really needs a girlfriend. Quin is available.
    8. My heart actually broke for Mellie when she was listening outside the bathroom. She yearns for that intimacy with her husband.
    9. When Huck was alone at Jake’s, did he open the cabinet doors to the wall of Liv’s world? Does he know what Jake was up to? Why is he trusting him? Huck was on floor…he’s always like that when he is B613 messed up. Did you notice that Liv was on the floor, too? Their emotional discomfort has to be matched with physical discomfort.
    10. I did not see the plane list coming. I honestly thought it had to do with a foreign leader or a group of kids being killed. I was stunned.

    • LadyLarke
      November 1, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Best Line for me was: “Olivia Pope: the gift that just keeps on giving” LOL I cried!!!

    • JFD1
      November 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      I agree with all your theories apart from 7… Quinn is not available as a girlfriend; she is crazy with a capital C and i wouldn’t trust her with my lunch order talk about secrets!

  31. ayah
    November 1, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I think Fitz knows Olivia’s mom was on that plane, and that Rowan is her Dad. Liv’s mother might be alive, and he might know about that too. I don’t think he’s really in love with Liv like that. He’s using her to get back at Rowan or to assuage his guilt for shooting down that plane with 300+ innocent people. That’s why he wants to dismantle B613. Who’s the person who’s IP address Rowan is trying to track down? Huck/Jake, Liv’s mom in hiding, or maybe another B613 person who knows the deal? Mellie is definitely up to no good asking Liv back. Moonshine Mellie is alive and well, she just retreating and reloading. In all of this, Liv is just the biggest dumb-dumb! She is getting played like a fiddle by Rowan, Fitz and Mellie!

    • Melody
      November 1, 2013 at 10:41 am

      I agree. I’m so over this whole Olitz shit. I think Fitz is in love with the fact that he isn’t with her, but he isn’t in love with her.

  32. ayah
    November 1, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Also, Mellie was giving bad witch from the Wizard of Oz scarlet fever in that dress! Hated it! Liv slayed with the black and white geometric, asymmetrical hair though!

  33. Melody
    November 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

    My question is how did Huck know that’s Olivia’s mom in the first place?!

  34. Bri
    November 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

    my theory is and has been this:

    Fitz was just Daddy Pope’s pawn. he doesnt know the depth of all that went down. Mama pope either knew too much of something or otherwise was a threat to Daddy pope so he used B6-13 to get rid of her (i could even see her being a secret agent of some sort if not b613 herself)… only she is smarter than he is and saw it coming. so she let him think she was dead and went into hiding. she knew as long as daddy Pope thought she was dead Liv would be safe. meanwhile she had another child while in hiding (Harrison). Liv has no idea he is her brother, but I could see Harrison knowing to some extent and their mother sending him her way. Mama Pope will come back to set things straight at a time Liv will really need her to get her father in check. She is much smarter than he is and I cant wait to see this reunion…

    • Momongo
      November 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Good theory!!!!

  35. Vasthe
    November 1, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Apparently Fitz doesn’t know that olivia’s mom was on the plane and that Rowan is her father

  36. Londa
    November 1, 2013 at 10:59 am

    My spidey senses were tingling as Liv was getting her Naomi Campbell on behind SSA Tom. I was certain that Mellie was behind the closed door ready to pounce. I was right & I was wrong. Mellie bitched slapped Liv with her opening line, for sure. But, then, laid her cards on the table like a professional poker player who knows you gotta bluff and/or lose to win. Mellie ain’t begging Liv to come back purely for Fitz’s benefit. She knows what she’s doing.

    I’m loving Mellie this season. Probably by strict design of the puppet master, Shonda, who is setting us up for something big.

    I do not believe for one minute that Fitz killed Mama Pope (who will be the baddest undercover agent of all time, I’m sure). I think he *DID* shoot down the plane under orders from a Grand Goblin (and I think there have been more than one Grand Goblins over time). However, remember, Fitz has a soft spot (aka a heart) and sometimes that doesn’t allow him to be malicious.

    I have a few theories – neither of them is fully fleshed out in my mind yet.

    THEORY 1) I think he figured out that he was being ordered to kill civilians, including Ms. Lewis. Somehow, Fitz got smart and figured he was being manipulated by his daddy and a Goblin. I believe he began working in cahoots with Mama Lewis and they made it look as if she were on the flight while in reality she had already absconded, many miles away, forever to be hidden but at the cost of losing personal contact/relationship with her daughter. I think Mama Lewis made Fitz promise to watch out for Liv. I think Fitz knew who Liv was when she first started working for him; but she didn’t know who he was.

    I think Fitz is gonna admit to Liv that, yes, he did shoot down the plane. And, before he can explain any further, she’s gonna slap the mess out of him and strut out of White House with a “V” for vendetta tattooed across her heart because we all know what we would do if someone so much as TALKS about our mama’s, let alone actually KILL them. Liv will be out for blood.

    THEORY 2) I think the current Grand Goblin has been searching for Mama Lewis all these years and has decided to use er’body and their momma as pawns to find Ms. Lewis. So, he’s put all these elaborate machinations into motion. And, like a marionette manipulator, he is pulling, twisting, and loosening strings as needed so his puppets do his bidding: bringing Mama Lewis into his reach so that he can exact his vengeance onto her.

    Theory 3) Season three is going to end in similar fashion to season 2: with Liv coming face to face with her past and the final words of the season will be an incredulous and breathy, “Mommy?” Our Liv will literally pass the freak out at seeing her mom alive. And, if they write the pregnancy in, Jake from State Farm, Prez Ghost with his Denzel walk, and Senator Puddin’ Pop will all be on hand to catch her when she falls. Unfortunately, they’ll be so busy pushing each other out of the way that neither of them actually manages to catch her. And, just in the nick of time, Mama Lewis will cushion Liv’s fall.

    Theory 4) WHO PLAYS MAMA LEWIS? There is a bevy of fabulous actresses from which to choose. We’ve all speculated, hoped, prayed and demanded who should be the Chosen One. I’ll add some more gas to the flames of conjecture. My (additional) choices, in no particular order, are C. C. H. Pounder, Alfre Woodard, Anna Deavere Smith, Ella Joyce, Valarie Pettiford, and Lorraine Toussaint. And, if Shonda is – as usual – manipulating our emotions and behavior, she has thrown us a clue with the last name Lewis. Therefore, my wildcard name is Jennifer Lewis.

    Theory 5) During Season 4, Liv and Mama Lewis will tag team to crush all ‘lem Goons and Goblins. Daddy Pope is just a visible Goblin whose thirst for his wife’s blood put him out in the open and exposed his weakness. There are Goblins behind the scene manipulating him – they probably wanted him gone anyway. Sorry Joe…you will probably not live much past season 4 or 5.

    That’s all I got. Gladiating is becoming a part-time job. Shonda, if you’re reading awesomelyluvvie (as, rightfully, everyone should be), can I get paid if I get fired from my 9-5?

  37. Beverly
    November 1, 2013 at 11:13 am

    From time to time comments appear here about Fitz as cold-blooded murderer of Verna. In my opinion, he killed her in self-defense. As long as Verna was alive with a cell phone by her bed she could order another hit on Fitz, and maybe his wife too, if she is standing close enough to him like the woman who died during the assassination attempt on Fitz in a previous season. Just sayin’

    • Lovedbyverdie
      November 1, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      I keep saying it was self defense!!! She told him she was behind the shooting. Oh that work so she was planning on telling everything. Yes self defense and self preservation.

    • NightFury
      November 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm


  38. QuitaP
    November 1, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Jake: how did he get hired by both Fitz and Daddy Goblin to watch Liv? I really like the growing bromance with Huck. Huck needs a friend. What is his obsession with hamburgers though? Why didn’t the military notice he was missing when he was in the hole?

    Fitz: Definitely not naive or stupid. He knew what he was doing! I don’t think he knew it was Liv’s mom on the plane. His true colors are coming out this season and we will see how ruthless and cunning he can be. Still love him though!

    Mellie: She just made her next chess move. It would be torture for Olitz to be on the campaign trail together but they can’t be together. You know Mellie would be right by Fitz side the whole time giving Liv the stank eye and calling her a whore. Loved her dress and her hair though! That’s one fierce First Lady!

    Dabby: I wonder if Leo is her husband. Paul Adelstein was a heartless bastard on Prison Break so he could play her abusive ex-husband. Loved him on Private Practice!

    Quinn: Huck needs to drug her, relocate her, and give her another new identity.

    Liv: Poor girl! She really needs to give Jake a chance and then she can spend the rest of the season eating popcorn and hamburgers, and drinking wine. Will help with the eventual baby weight gain that’s coming.

    Sen. Buffay: I like Lisa Kudrow in this role. Her one-liners are going to be awesome. Plus, she can definitely take on Mellie.

    Liv’s Mom: I vote for S. Epatha Merkerson from Law & Order. The scenes between her and Daddy Goblin would awesome. Lt. Van Buren is afraid of no one!!!!

    • Moon
      November 1, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Yesssss…Leo MUST be Abby’s ex. He was just everywhere in this episode leading me to believe he is going to be around for a while. First of all, he gets whoever Olivia drops as a client, plus, he was propositioned by Sallie. He ain’t going no where.

    • Melody
      November 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Jake and Olivia had hamburgers on their first official date. The same date they did the boom-boom lol

  39. lvigil
    November 1, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I love the “ABORT MISSION! ABORT THE SEXY STRUT!” I swear I heard the old school record skipping sound. Seeing mellie sure shook out any feelings she was catching on the way.
    And jakes little outburst….he knew the game a while back…he knew he was B team from the start.
    I don’t know how this will play about…too many variables…but I see mama pope coming in and laying Eli out. shes probably the only one who can. CANT WAIT.

  40. Mr. Frizzle
    November 1, 2013 at 11:37 am

    All roads lead to Harrison……….PS, I got a ten spot saying Baby Huck kills Jake.

    • @opal_nda_rough
      November 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      And if she does I’ma come looking for her.

    • G
      November 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Baby Huck is going to end up working for Daddy Goblin

    • Momongo
      November 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      I was thinking that Quinn would kill Jake too, Jake has taken her only friend. I say go for it Quinn

  41. Moon
    November 1, 2013 at 11:44 am

    My main choicefor Mama Pope is S. Epatha Merkerson. I envision Olivia’s mother very, very smart and regal.

  42. Football mom
    November 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I had not thought of that…Leo probably is Abby’s exhusband! That would explain why he didnt want to represent husband…remember he said something to the effect that he didnt want Liv’s sloppy seconds…plus, he looks honery. He dissed Mellie with no regard to her face. He does not respect women. VP Sally is in trouble if he is on her team.

    My prediction: Liv is going to represent Buffay out of vengence for Fitz supposedly killing her mom.

    I dont think the mom is dead…I think Rowan planted the airplane info. He wants Fitz away from Liv…he wants Huck and Jake both off his case…this kills all of those birds with one stone. That way he can come back to Liv with her mom being alive and be the hero.

    Mellie doesnt think things through…but begging Liv to get on board, she has raised red flags. Liv might be down, but dont count her out. She’s smart and she’s getting ready to be pissed the heck off.

    • Londa
      November 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Yep, I think that’s the reason why she’s gonna represent Buffay, too.

  43. LadyLarke
    November 1, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Someone said on here a few weeks ago that Liv’s mom had to be taken out or hidden because people who work for B6-13 can’t have families – I still think it’s either that or the fact that Mama Pope knew or did something she shouldn’t have which is the reason why she was supposed to be on that plane.

    Also, did no one see the resemblance between that whole Operation Remington thing and TWA Flight 800? Please watch that documentary if you haven’t yet or google TWA flight 800. I swear it is the exact same thing.

    The best line of the night for me, besides “We’ve been Pope’d, Sir,” was “Olivia Pope: the gift that just keeps on giving.” iCackled at that statement from Cy.

    I think both ladies’ gowns were impeccable last night, but Liv’s supermodel walk slayed me. There was something about that added switch that put Tyra Banks to shame.

    Liv’s mother is still alive. I know she is. She probably realized what her husband was doing, checked in at the gate and simply walked away. She may even be more dastardly than Daddy Goon.

    I’m not gonna be able to deal with reality when Scandal goes on hiatus from the middle-to-end of December until February 27th. #LeSigh

    • liya
      November 16, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      I HAVE BEEN THINKING THE SAME THING re twa 800!!!! glad i am not the only one. 🙂

  44. TopshelfVA
    November 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Not Lynn Whitfield! I can’t get her character from a Thin Line bwtween Love and Hate out of my mind. I would like to see Ms. Dianne Carrol or maybe even Felicia Rashad play Liv’s Mama.

  45. @opal_nda_rough
    November 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I don’t think her mom is alive, that would just be a little too “extra” but if they get Angela Basset to play the role then I’ll be ok with it.

  46. ShoniLane
    November 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    You know…we are all going to be royally disappointed if that woman turns out to be actually dead…

    • TypeALady
      November 2, 2013 at 2:03 pm


  47. Sweetpkizes
    November 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I want Quinn to shoot herself in the foot. And that is all!

  48. AlmostFamous
    November 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Mama Goon is definitely alive. I say Mama Goon because to fake your own death in a plane crash is GOONIN. Papa Goon probably got tired of her goonin ways and had to take her out but didn’t a good enough job.

    And you know Baby Huck has no business having a gun! Huck done made Quinn lose her damn mind. She’s gon’ hurt somebody before the end of this season.

  49. cb
    November 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I like Mellow, always have

    • November 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Iunno if you called her Mellow on purpose but it made me cackle. LMAO! Ain’t nothing mellow bout Mellie.

  50. BeeJayDubb
    November 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Undoubtedly, Liv slayed with that outfit at the Correspondents dinner, HOWEVER – I know you saw that french roll on the back of her head. I think my favorite part of last weeks Scandal recap from you was the advice to never trust a woman in 2013 with a 1995 hairdo – does this go for Liv as well?????? lol.

  51. scandalstalker
    November 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I am here for all of this!

    Also ya’ll, pay attention to the colors — Mellie and Sally Langston both wore that same shade of red on the season 2 finale that Mellie had on last night. Ya’ll know Mama Shonda does everything on purpose, down to the color of Liv’s drawers and the direction of her baby hair. I think Sally and Mellie are gonna be in cahoots. They’re going to bond over their husbands “having fun.” Why else would Sally’s husband matter all of a sudden? He’s one of the bullets in the gun Mellie and Sally bout to ride out with. Sally’s going to run for pres as an independent and Mellie’s gonna run for VP. I wouldn’t put it past Mellie to come up with a fake baby she gave up for adoption 15 years ago, just to get over on Congresswoman Phoebe Buffat (Ya’ll see what Mama Shonda did there?). All that ‘Fitz needs you crap’ was smoke and mirrors. Mellie a real G- she keep her friends close (well, she ain’t got no friends doe…) and her enemies closer. Please believe she don’t really give two shits ’bout Fitz breathin’ no “whore” air. To quote Luvvie– DONBEELEEMEJUSWATCH!!

    • scandalstalker
      November 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      sorry, i meant congresswoman buffay

    • Melody
      November 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      You’re right! There is so much symbolism on Scandal that a lot of people miss.

    • Londa
      November 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Damn! I just cussed twice out loud. I did not even CONSIDER the option that Moonshine Mellie was gonna run for VP.

      Awwwww, snap! Things ’bout to get ugly and good. I mean, good and ugly.

  52. Colah
    November 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I want to see Jenifer Lewis play mama pope though

  53. rikyrah
    November 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Loved the recap.

    I understand Mellie. Mellie I absolutely get at all times. Her going to Olivia is pure Mellie, and Mellie hasn’t come this far to let it all disappear in front of her eyes.

    Jake is nothing but a boy toy.

    Olivia’s mother is not dead…and if Shonda R. would cast Angela Bassett..I don’t even know if I would even make it through the episodes.

  54. Q
    November 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I hope Shonda is out there encouraging her viewers without healthcare to get Obamacare because we will all end up in ER by the time this season ends.

    Rowan is the Devil In The Flesh….how can you order the deaths of 300+ innocent people just for the purpose killing 1. That’s soul-less

    • Dena
      November 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      I think Eli killed 300 to save 2. He wasn’t allowed a family in B613. So he faked killing Maya and sent Olivia away. That’s why Olivia was told by her mom that he would ruin her life. She had to agree to disappear to save her child. And maybe part of that was a new identity, family and a son named Harrison. My thoughts…

  55. funkmysoul
    November 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Alright yall:
    Let us have a minute of silence for the woman formerly known as Olivia Pope *pours a 40*
    Chile…Liv is a MESS right now and I’ont like it :/ I get that she’s head over heels in love with Fitz. Fitz is Olivia’s achilles heel. But what in the name of Mary, Jesus, and Joseph has happened to Olivia’s character? She is a complete shell of her former self and just unable to deal in every way.

    Meanwhile, Moonshine Mellie stays owning every scene and is currently far more likeable than Liv. That “is he married?” line had me rollin. I don’t doubt that Mellie has major payback planned after Fitz’s re-election…heads will ROLL, forreal. I felt bad for her when she was asking Liv to ‘come back’ having to admit to yourself that your husband can’t function without another woman, smh!

    I can’t help but feel the writers are dumbing Liv down with every episode and I am not here for it.

    Shoutout to Huck for ‘grounding’ Quinn, she is getting on my nerves even more than usual. I can’t take her transformation into a blood thirsty killer seriously tbh. SHEEE BETTER LAY LOW *Nate Dogg Voice*

    I am here for more Harrison every week, HEYYYY BOO!

    I still don’t and probably never will trust Jake, but why does he suddenly have an issue with being the sidepiece? Boy, you KNEW the deal from long time…although Liv asking her side boo take her to a dinner so she can have eye sex with her main boo was a damn mess – (again, Liv is trippin right now)

    Daddy Goon proved yet again why he is the HNIC, Fitz don’t want none.

    I point blank refuse to believe that Mama Pope is dead. Nope. No sir. Nah. It’ s just way too convenient of a storyline, I doubt she even got on the plane. And on a personal note, I really really really wanna see who’ll get to Liv’s mama. Plus she NEEDS some tough motherly love atm. Mama pope will SLAY errbody in D.C.

    On a more positive note regarding Liv, she looked baaaaaad in that outfit and hair. I was literally chanting “WERK, WERK, WERK” as she strutted down the hallway. Yes lawd.

  56. jcanwisegrrl
    November 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I don’t know if anyone has said it (and I’m not about to read through a millionteen comments to check), but it just occurred to me that maybe Maya Lewis could be the one stirring the pot and looking into Operation Remington! Remember Daddy Goblin said SOMEONE’s looking, which is what has him all angry and ish. If Liv’s mama is the one looking, that would prove my theory that she too was B613 or somehow connected.

    In addition to the fact that his precious president shot down a plane full of civilians back in the day, it could also be the knowledge that one of them was Liv’s mom that had Cyrus so spooked when Rowan dropped the folder on him.

    Maybe Mama Pope is now after her OWN revenge and is coming to snatch Fitz’s wig and Rowan, having a sense or knowledge of that, is trying to cover not only his own ass, but save his baby girl from the blowback as she’s too close to Fitz.

    What y’all think?

  57. November 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Y’all kill me. Lol. Don’t come for my boo Jake, because he did not send for you.

    Don’t act like you don’t know how the sidepiece game goes. You sign up for the role of sidepiece either thinking that’s all you want OR that you’ll take it for now… either way you end up wanting to usurp the mainboo. Don’t let the mens fool y’all the story is the same even when the chromosones are XY.

    #iwillhavejakesbabies #scottfoleyiknowyoureadthis #DMmeboo

  58. Purple Dove
    November 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Sigh… Ok y’all…. Here it is….

    Olivia let us have it with those long black opera/elbow gloves. It was a shame we couldn’t see a H to T (head to toe) view of the dress. Why? Hmmmm…. the hair had the perfect swing in the front, Pump it up Spritz in the back with a shiny blue/black rinse on top. I didn’t like her makeup, though. Outside of last week’s previews, Liv’s look was “ok” to Mellie’s sleeveless (we see you saluting FLOTUS Obama’s arms) red satin dress. She got some tanning done and the makeup was flawless. Mellie looked GREAT. Now….

    Don’t even be fooled by Mellie. This latest plan is going to backfire on her just like all of her plans do. First of all, SSA Tom is Fitz’s dude so of course Liv thought it was Fitz summoning her. Where was flaky arse Hal? Yeah. Mellie knew Hal would bleep it up and Mellie wanted to catch Liv off guard. And all that begging to help with the campaign? She wants to keep her power. Period. Before Liv, Mellie was running the show and Fitz was dead on the inside and she was ok with that because she got what she wanted and Big Jerry (Fitz’ daddy) had hooked them up for political gain. Mellie doesn’t love Fitz like that. She is more driven by her jealousy and hurt/rejection that Fitz can’t/won’t love her like he loves Liv. Mellie knows that connect professionally and personally and there’s NOTHING that Mellie can do about that. Mellie said it herself during her drunk tirade last week that she will use Liv to pull Fitz’s strings. If nothing else, Mellie is CONSISTENT. Which brings us to…

    Liv. Girl…. love her lots but she’s got to get it together. But her instability makes sense. She’s reconnected with her father by force which brings up all kinds of memories and traumas. And these things are causing her to make poor judgements, including messing with…

    Y’all say Jake from State Farm and I’m gonna call him cockblocking Noel (from Felicity). He, Hal, and Quinn need to put in the hole or where Maya Lewis is because….

    Mama Lewis-Pope is STILL ALIVE. I don’t care what that plane manifest says. Papa Pope don’t miss. He’s very deliberate. He wouldn’t have killed his daughter’s mother. But he did have to silence her so she’s somewhere and she’s been somewhere plotting for such a time as this. And I’m rooting for Lonette McKee or someone other than Lynn, Angela, Phylicia, or Diahann because while they are all great, for various reasons, they’re not quite right for the part. I hope it’s not Debbie Allen, either. She’s great but not fierce enough. Mama Pope doesn’t have a flip mouth like Debbie can do. Wouldn’t it be great if there’s a Black woman who has some combination of all these wonderful Black actresses? Anyhoo….

    Luvvie, I’m not gone fool with you behind that name Congresswoman Buffay. Because that stunt with the sister-daughter is exactly something that Phoebe would try to pull.

    This week’s ep was another storyline mover so we know it’s leading up to something. Let’s prepare ourselves accordingly.


    • Purple Dove
      November 1, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      PS: Fitz doesn’t know Liv’s mother was on the plane that he shot down. And she wasn’t on that plane because she’s still alive somewhere.

      • R
        November 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm

        Right. Mellie does not love Fitz like that. They were partners and friends before something happened that broke the bond that they had. Still don’t know what that is yet. But I don’t think Mellie ever knew how to love in the self sacrificing kind of way. The kind that makes a marriage work. She cares about him yes. But now she sees how Fitz loves Liv and that’s making her feel some kind of way. But it’s not love. Mellie loves power and herself. She’s not about that romantic sentimental life or family life. Her ego is bruised and her feelings are hurt bc Fitz doesn’t confide in her or value her opinion since he met Liv. Like she said, if it were all about a stain on a blue dress she would be fine. But she can’t handle how Olivia and Fitz connect in other ways that jeopardizes her access to power.

    • Momongo
      November 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      I am trying to prepare myself, I had too many emotions last night

  59. Adonis
    November 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Is it me or Mellie is KILLING it with these 4th quarter scenes!!! Love her. Would love to have a woman like that on my side.

    Wow. Tips hat.

  60. Teri
    November 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I’m still laid out from last night’s episode. But what I know in my WHOLE SOUL that Mama Pope is still alive. I love Lynn Whitfield or Phylicia Rashaad. Somebody that can cut you with her eyes. She may be B613 or some kind of former spy, so she’s gotta be a badass.
    *and since I live to play Shonda when I’m all by myself — Harrison is actually Mama Pope’s son (but not the Goon’s)/Olivia’s younger brother). And she sent him back to look out for Olivia since she had to escape without her baby girl. Maybe she was pregnant when she escaped (by another man, maybe?) — maybe she just made another life once she was gone.

    Anyway — I.CAN’T.WAIT. to see how this ish unfolds…

  61. Maz
    November 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I live in the UK I wake up at 5 am to get my Scandal fix season 3 is not even available to us yet thank God for the Internet . Liv was the bomb in that dress. Mellie no shame but you do feel for her.

  62. JFD1
    November 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    1)I don’t think Fritz is aware of his helping killing Olivia’s mum; I don’t think he is evil and personally I can’t handle the idea especially with all the midnight calls, hugging in the bunker, him choosing her over Mellie and the presidency and steamy scenes in cupboards between Olitz. I am fully #Olitz to the end and fully believe in their could be relationship.
    2)This doesn’t mean that I don’t feel for Mellie; its not a joke to be in a relationship with someone who you love but doesn’t love you back and I really don’t like the whole sad Mellie, I want strong ambitious Mellie back.
    3)I think Fritz is seriously B613 but because of his actions within the organisation and could be exposure if he pushes Poppa Pope too far, he needs to get rid of the secret group; Grand Goblin has far too much power,the power to scare Cyrus and practically make him pee his pants isn’t a joke.
    4) Jake needs to sit his hot arse down with “its over”!It was never on! Olivia just needed someone to warm her up on cold nights and someone to make Fritz jealous.
    5)I think when Olivia’s mum is shown, Harrison will be more involved as I think he is either Poppa Pope’s secret love child,mama and papa Pope’s hidden child for his own safety as Mama Pope is B613 and wasn’t allowed to have Harrison whilst working on the job,or is Mama Pope’s love child which caused Poppa Pope to try kill her.I just think that he is Olivia’s brother.
    6)Quinn is bat shit crazzzzy and is a bomb waiting to happen. If she is not careful,she could end up in a hole in the ground crying for mercy.
    7)I’m for Janet Hubert for Mama Pope because she is Fierce! .If not her Jennifer Lewis

    Shonda loves to give me headaches and chest pain! lol

    • Momongo
      November 1, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      I agree with you completely Fitz had no clue and I think when he finds out he will be devastated. I think Fitz, Jake, Liv, and Huck gone team up to bring Rowan down. The thing that I want to know more about is Fitz/Jake past relation. Fitz is a man and for him to try and help get Jake out that hole has to be more than Liv said so I mean he slept with Liv why save him??? I also think that maybe Rowan was trying to maybe recruit Fitz for B613 and gave him a mission to pass and he refused I just can’t see Fitz shooting down a plane with people on board it makes no sense. I know Jake and Rowan are still working together and the mission is to take down Fitz and reclaim the republic. I fail to believe that Rowan had no clue that Jake was in his house I mean come on!!!!! Jake is BAD people!!!!! I just can’t put the pieces together yet but this is a set up to take down Fitz

      • Momongo
        November 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        I know I am contradicting myself!!!! Shonda drives me!!!!

  63. Momongo
    November 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Maybe Jake is Fitz half brother you know his Daddy was a whore, lol I mean there is this competition thing between them and Fitz did try to get him out the hole

    • JFD1
      November 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      That would be some serious drama! Liv sleeping with brothers and they both know!?! wow

  64. nichole
    November 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I know Fitz is the love of Liv’s life but… The rapport she has with Jake is too adorable. You see how she slapped his hand away and then they held hands leaving her office to go eat burger?

    Have you noticed that everytime Huck is sitting on the floor, things are not going well. The floor is his saftey net.

    Finally it may be time for a “Top Phrases from Scandal” guidebook. So far we have:
    “We got Pope’d.”
    “Shut it down.”
    “I am the hell and high water.”

  65. niki
    November 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    ok i go cut off 3 times and lost all my comments. YOu[re being watched. alright. how can Mellie order Olivia to be a hoe. If Fitz really loved her, he would have forfeited being president to make jam in Virginia. This is crazy. Olivia should get with Jake. Dad is crazy and mom -whoever that will be will regulate that – hopefully over
    ORANGE MARMALADE. Why orange marmalade- because its the best and I am ready to live in London, Marble Arch again!

  66. Gdubworldwide
    November 2, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I will watch Scandal when it is limping along on crutches and wheeling an oxygen tank behind it because I have made the show become THE SHOW. Nod to race politics here. However can I beg Shonda not to jump the shark? The President of the United States flew a secret mission to shoot down a plane of civillians one of whom might coincidentally happen to be the mother of the only black woman in DC with whom he happens to be having a torrid affair and he was possibly assigned to this mission by a man who appears to be the mos powerful man in the free world who also happens to be said black woman’s estranged father. Really Shonda?! Perhaps like me you probably watched too many Disney movies and subscribe to Walt’s Theory of Plausible Impossibility ( I love talking mice and dancing hippos) but I know from Grey’s, Practice etc that you are a writer first. There is so much meat that you have to work with no need to take us over the top. Oops sorry over the top was “throttled dying Supreme Court Justice” and I could work with that, it actually fit the narrative but all these roads leading Fitz to Olivia even when she was twelve years old cannot end with ” I could have killed your mother too”. Dear Barack please tell me that’s not how it actually is? Don’t make Scandal a critical laughing stock. Do? Please? On my knees begging? That being said. It’s your show hon. And like John Legend I will stay with you.

  67. Kelly J
    November 2, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Huge question: is Fitz an old ass man? Livs mom was killed when she was young which would mean Futz would have to be at least 15 years older than she is.

    • B
      November 2, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Tony Goldwyn is 53 in real life. He just doesn’t look it.

    • November 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Olivia was 12 when Liv’s mom was killed. Fitz is probably between 10-15 years older than her.

    • QuitaP
      November 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Fitz was celebrating his 50th birthday when Verna tried to assassinate him, so he would have been around 30 during Operation Remington.

      • November 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        And Olivia is 34 because in 1991, she was 12. So he is 16 years older than her.

  68. irene
    November 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Im sorry to say this but that Mellies speech to Liv was the most degrading thing ever. That to me was the real Thomas, Sally and Thomas’s wife moment of the show so far!!! was this women seriously asking THE Olivia Pope to come back and SERVICE her husband? Wow my mouth almost dropped to the floor and forget the flowery he cant breathe without you nonsense. That was just the iron fist in a velvet glove! Olivia should avoid this war of the Grants between Fitz and Mellie like the PLAGUE. The ties that bind Fitz and Mellie are a lot stronger and more complex than we think this couple has a weird dynamic going on and they are both looking to USE OLIVIA UP! liked this episode.

    • NightFury
      November 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Wow, I thought the opposite! I thought Mellie was admitting defeat. Admitting that Fitz needs Olivia because “he’s broken man” without O.

  69. smfowsi
    November 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Luvvie, your recap spot on as usual!

    Ok, I have a theory on Liv’s mum, I think Liv’s mum gave birth to Harrisson with another lover instead of Grand Goon, grand goon taking vengeance wanted to bring down Liv’s mum for betraying him and trying to get her killed, makes sense? bc best believe Liv’s mum must have done something mad to have Satan up on her arse.

    CAN SOMEONE PUT A LEASH ON BABY HUCK???!! CAUSEING ME ANXIETY AND WHATNOT WHY THE FRICK DOES SHE HAVE A GUN JAYSSUUUUUS! She needs to realise Huck ain’t gonna let you waggle that gun at nobody hunn!

    Omg i am so done with team olitz. They’re problamatic together and dysfunctional when not please believe Mellie and Olivia need a new boo this PRES. Ghost needs a miracle acting like a frigid child.

    I knew from day1 of this season, Oliv’s mum was part of Op Remmington somehow and believe it has been laid out.


  70. Erin
    November 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    all these what if’s are making me #$%^& CRAZY!

  71. Angela
    November 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I never post but you had me with this review!

    This show have me yelling at my tv EVERY WEEK but I can’t wait for your recaps afterward

    But why with the MJ gif? I can’t keep cackling at work!

  72. NightFury
    November 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Harrison is the only one who’s got his sheet together! Everyone else — gladiators including Olivia, Fitz, Mellie, Cy, Jake, Eli/Rowan, Lemony Snicket David — they are all screwed up in one way or another!

    Team Harrison, and Shonda needs to do more with him.

  73. November 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

    YES! Victoria Rowell as Liv’s mom! YESYESYES! There is A BIG resemblence

  74. numbah5
    November 4, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I’m surprised that no one caught that Harrison called Quinn “baby huck”!?!?!?

    Luvbug, Mother Shonda is using your lingo and i’m here for it….