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Vermont is for Lovers, Too: Scandal Episode 308 Recap

All the applause for Ava Duvernay, who directed this episode of Scandal, which made history! It was the first time a Black woman (Ava) directed a prime-time network TV drama created by a Black woman (Shonda Rhimes) and starring a Black woman (Kerry Washington). AND IT WAS PHENOMENAL!!!

Ava Dubernay thanks gladiators


And with that, let’s get into the episode.

Like Trash – Rowan/Eli/Daddy Goblin walks into the jail cell and tells Mama Pope (Maya Lewis) that their daughter is looking for her so the next night, he is taking her out of the country, to be a prisoner somewhere far away. Maya: “I want to see her. Olivia. I want to see my daughter and I want YOU to make it happen before I leave. You have to give me one thing before you throw me out with the trash.” Papa Pope says it ain’t happening and as he leaves, she screams “ELIIIII!!!” and I got chills. Khandi is perfect.

Double-0-Quinn – Quinn is in a car with Charlie and drops her off at work. He’ll be back for details on her day and she ain’t got room to protest because B613. The former Baby Huck walks into OPA conference room as they’re talmbout the dude she killed and solving the mystery of who did it.

Bored and Pimped – Cyrus comes home to find a bored and unemployed James in bed. He starts telling him about an interview he submitted his name for with Daniel Douglas, VP Sally’s hubby. James is GEEKED about it, not knowing he’s an obvious bait to catch Daniel in the closet he’s staying in.

The Break-in – Congresswoman Buffay’s house has been broken into and what’s missing is Candice’s laptop, which had all the campaign stuff on it. The Gladiators are on it! Assistant-Daughter says it must be the Reston campaign folks and Liv tells her to chillax on that.

Don’t Wait Up – Mellie’s watching the interview they did where Fitz finally stands up for her and her joy is momentary because she looks over at her husband and he’s all distracted. He tells her not to wait up for him. Chile… she can’t ever have nice feelings. He won’t let her. Ennehweighs, he goes to his office to call Olivia, who lets the phone ring (for once) instead of running to it. GOOD FOR YOU!

Blood Thirsty – Maya is crouched in the corner of her cell, kneeling in a puddle of blood. Mama Pope is chewing her own arm and watching it bleed and I almost fainted. I needed a moment after that. 20 years in the clink doesn’t make you a well-adjusted person. Whoooo. I cannot.

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Quinn’s Run-in – Quinn goes to a building where the guard was killed and it’s because she wants to get there before Huck does to get the security footage. She turns the corner in the lobby and runs into Jake. MMHMM. I hope he snitches to Liv.

Wrist Chewer – In a small room with a hospital bed is Mama Pope, who was rushed there. She had lost a lot of blood and Rowan asked the doctor if she’s ok. He said physically, she was going to recover but ”She ate her own wrist, sir. Most people would have passed out after a few bites.” That is code for “that woman ain’t all there, your Goonjesty.” I’ont care if she IS tryna escape to see Liv. You gotta be off your shit to eat your own wrist like that.

Red Hot Scheming – Mellie is rocking this BAD ASS red suit and strutting through the halls of the White House with Cyrus. They’re talmbout their setup with James and Daniel and Cy wants her to ensure that the VP’s hubby will flirt James. Lawd. Then she sees Daniel and tells him that Mr. Novak and Mr. Beene have an open marriage. Ok. Keep playing these bald-headed games, yall. SMDH.

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Murder Mystery – The Gladiators are all focused on finding who the murderer was and they’re going though footage. Liv tells Quinn to work on the break-in case and Huck takes over. UH OH.

Sour Candy – Congresswoman Josie’s assistant, Candy, does a press conference where she basically points fingers at Governor Reston’s camp for the break-in and theft of the Rep’s computer, pissing Liv off and causing Harrison to need to do some clean up.

Talking Tantrum – Liv’s Fitz’s phone starts ringing and he picks it up and tells him they have nothing to talk about. He says he just needs one hour because she owes him at least that. OWE YOU??? Only thing Liv OWES is her obligation to pay taxes and stay Black. She hangs up on him and destroys the phone. Ma’am, you know that ain’t enough. He gon have SSA Tom drop a phone into her coat pocket. Keep playing.

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Harrison’s Read – Brolivia Pope shows up to tell Candice to know her place and stay in it because she really TRIED it with that stunt she pulled. “From now on, you’re gonna mind your elders, color inside the lines and do exactly what I say to do, when I say to do it and not one second before. Am I clear?” Me: “YES, BOO!!!” She asks if he’s there to babysit her and he says “Maybe if you’re good I’ll let you stay up past your bedtime.” I was all… “READ HER!” But I was all “wayment…”

Getting Closer – Huck, Jake and Abby have narrowed down the killer to a woman and all they have is a possible reflection of her in the building revolving door. Quinn is sitting in the next office listening nervously.

Meanwhile, Candice’s missing laptop was found at the Reston campaign offices.

The Setup – James is tryna figure out what he’s gonna wear for his big interview with Daniel and Cyrus is telling him not to be so business-y. He wants them to also meet somewhere that feels more personal than an office. Cyrus is basically pushing James to be seduced by the VP’s husband and this will not end well, Beene. Not at all.

Reporting to Rowan – Charlie enters Daddy Goon’s office and updates him on Quinn’s progress. As expected, her job is to get all the tea she can from the Gladiators. And being the goofy that she is, it’s like taking candy from Baby Ella (who we ain’t seen in too long). When Sugar assassin leaves, Goblin pulls out old newspaper clippings of Olivia.

Maya is awake and Rowan comes in and says “this is her.” He shows her one of the pictures and she ugly cries as she looks at her babygirl for the first time in 20 years. Aaawwww!!!

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Helicopter Ride to Vermont – SSA Tom shows up at Olivia’s door and says there’s a helicopter waiting to take her to see the President. You break the phone and this dude sends a copter to scoop you up. She says “NO!” and he hands her an envelope. In it is a pic of her and her father going their separate ways after Sunday dinner. Oh YOU WILL TALK TO HIS STALKING SELF!

The copter lands and Liv power walks across the grass to Fitz who’s standing in the doorway. I be tryna be mad at Fitz but then Tony Goldwyn shows up rocking a sweater that fits his BAWDY like YES GAWD! Ugh. I’m so weak. But yeah, he says he only needs one hour but I saw a “one minute” moment coming from a mile away. Also interesting was Liv in a houndstooth coat. Her whole world is confused right now.

Vermont is for Lovers – When Liv steps in, Fitz asked why she never told him who her father was. “You know who I am, Liv. You know everything I can legally tell you. And you’re just a bundle of dirty little secrets.” She says she’s afraid that if she ever told him who he was, he’d run away. But he argues that he woulda protected her. “I don’t need protecting. I am not the girl you save.” Well, actually I believe her. When your daddy is KING GOON, YOU don’t need protecting per se, but everyone else around you does.

President Ghost randomly cuts off the convo to tell her bout the house they’re in and the granite countertops and fireplace and Liv asks why he keeps doing that. He brought Olivia to Vermont to show her the house he got built for them. THEM. And their future kids. He wanted her to see it before he sold it and sold the dream.

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GAHTDAMBIT! I was SO READY to be off Team Olitz. SO READY! And just like that, they pulled me back. Shit. You build me a house you want me to make jam in and we might could go together. OWWWWW!

Huckleberry Quinn – Quinn walks into the Gladiator conference room and finds Huck in front of the computer. He tells her that he hasn’t given her credit for her work and he knows she’s good at what she does. And I knew Huck knows. Huck knows that Quinn killed the guard and he realized that his dismissal of Quinn led her to the wrong hands. UH OH!

Quinn leaves and in the parking garage when Charlie walks up, she points a gun at his head. Dude is not even fazed in the least. Quinn. YOU AIN’T BAD! YOU AIN’T NOTHING! *twirls and moonwalks* She’s scared that she will be discovered as the killer of the security guard and Charlie leaves her there after saying she’ll figure something out. Girl.

Parenting Popes – Maya and Eli are gushing over Olivia’s pics, and for a second, they become two normal parents who are proud of their baby girl.

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Then Mama Pope notices that ALL of the pics she’s seeing of her daughter are press clippings. FOR WHY COME ain’t no pics with Papa?? And he says because they grew apart. “I told you to take care of her.” “I did.” “She was 12.” “I provided for her.” “Providing for someone and being a parent are two different things.” Daddy Goon basically tells her that she got her damb nerve to call him to the carpet like that, seeing as how this is her fault. He tells the doctor that the “prisoner” will be moved the next day and to make sure she’s well-sedated.

Vermont Loving – Olivia and Fitz are getting it ALL the way in and I was somewhere between blushing because I feel like I’m spying on them and I had to open up a window to let some air in.  SO HOT! Meanwhile, Mellie can’t find her hubby and has his secretary call him but there’s no response. And then, she has her call Olivia and no response there either. OOP. I’m sorry, Mellie Girl.

After their proper romp session, Liv jumps up and it’s sunrise (dang… they went for hours and hours. I see you, Fitz). He’s not ready for her to go but Liv is the queen of “Hit it and Quit it.”

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She’ont e’em cuddle or nothing. Fitz says he needs to destroy her father and she’s like “Do what you gotta do, Bae.” Chile… Then he tells her “I love you” and she does her usual of ignoring him. But when she’s leaving to head to the helicopter, she looks back and tells him not to sell the house. And I went “aawwww” before I could help myself. I JUST CAN’T HATE THEM! I’m terrible and Fitz is terrible for her and it’s all just terrible but yeah.

Bedroom Candy – Abby is canoodling with her boo David when he drops the gem that there was nothing worth being alarmed about on the laptop that was “stolen” because it was wiped clean the day before the “break-in.” He, of course, suspects the Gladiators but Whelan says they ain’t do it. But it lets her know who did. She calls Harrison and tells her. As he sits there shocked and shirtless, the camera pans down to Candice who is in his bed.

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You’re welcome, ladies and gentlegays.

YESSSS FOR SHIRTLESS HARRISON!!! It took THREE seasons for him to have sex. WELCOME!!! But yeah…

Husband Shade – Cyrus is so gung-ho about this Daniel-James plan but Mellie’s giving him the side-eye. When she tries to warn him not to open up Pandora’s box, he ain’t trying to hear it. “My husband’s not your husband, Mellie.” Well, DAMB.

Fire Her – Huck says he couldn’t get the reflection to show who was in the reflection. Quinn sits around looking shifty. Rep. Phoebe Buffay and Candice show up and Liv says they can fix the fallout from the fake break-in that Candice did. When Liv and the Congresswoman are alone, she tells her to fire her assistant-sister publicly to show that she won’t tolerate such nonsense and the candidate struggles with firing her own blood.

To be noted: Olivia had on NOTHING light. She was in the dark gray suit with a black tank underneath. She must be feeling dark and confused. Also, Harrison didn’t have on gingham. He must be feeling guilty for sleeping with Candy.

Pawn in Man Cave – James is at Daniel’s home, specifically his “man cave” ready to give his interview. All of a sudden, Daniel kisses him and he’s taken aback and is mad as hell about it because they’re both married. The dude thought it’d be cool to come on to James because he heard from Mellie that he was in an open marriage with Cyrus. And then things start clicking for James why Cy has been so agreeable and suggestive about the interview.

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He’s been a pawn this WHOLE time and the realization hurts his adorable feelings.

Blaming Buffay – At the press conference, Congresswoman Buffay says the break-in idea and execution was completely her idea and she’s sorry and dropping out of the race. She took the fall her for Candice, saying mothers don’t throw their daughters under the bus. Is this foreshadowing to conflict between Liv and Maya? Maybe. Maybe not. Who’s to say?

Mellow Mellie – President Ghost is sitting in the Oval Office when Mellie shows up to ask him how he’s trip to “New Hampshire” went. And she mentions that Congresswoman Marcus is now at the race, so maybe Olivia would come back to manage his campaign. Fitz gives her a noncommittal “maybe.” She doesn’t push the issue, but Mellie knows so much and gives away so little. I love how mellow she was. There’s something brewing underneath and he keeps dismissing her. SMDH.

Pawn Payback – Cyrus is waiting up for James and it’s late by the time he walks in. His hubby doesn’t even join him in bed. instead, he heads straight to shower after saying “it feels good to be back in the saddle.” As he closed the bathroom door, Cyrus gets a text message from the dude he hired to catch Daniel slipping that reads: “I think I found what you were looking for.” And it’s pictures of him canoodling with… JAMES! Thug tears get ready to fall out of Beene’s eyes, as he realized that his love slept with another men. Be careful what you asked for.

Escape – Papa Pope comes to see Maya and sees she isn’t in her bed. There’s a naked body on the floor behind the curtains and it’s the doctor with a needle in his neck. AW SHIT! MAMA POPE IS A REAL LIFE GOON!!! She was like “you will not poison me” and killed him instead.  Now she’s on the loose, out to find her baby and all Rowan can do is flip tables. OOP.

Quinn’s Surprise – Quinn gets home and finds a photo waiting inside her door. It’s her pixelated face from the reflection in the revolving door of the building where she killed the guard. She looks up and Huck is on her couch. “We need to talk about who you’re working for.” UH HUH!!! And on the ground are tools. He came ready and her ass is bout to be grass.

Livvie’s Surprise – Olivia is about to enter her building when she hears “Hi Livvie.” She turns around and it’s the mother she thought has been dead for the past 20 years.

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Liv is rendered speechless and near tears.


*faints* LEMME LAY HERE!!! Huck is gon duct tape Quinn’s mouth and give her the B613 torture treatment and I cannot WAIT! She’s had it coming with her “curious” ass! Curiousity killed the cat and if it doesn’t kill Quinn, it’s gon at least hurt her a bit.

AND THEN… something tells me Candy ain’t out the picture. She and Harrison ain’t gon just have a one night stand. That little troublemaker might be back to stir the pot. And ummm… I want her back as long as it means we’ll see more shirtless Brolivia Pope.

Will Huck be able to go through with torturing his mentee? She is Baby Huck no more. Twitter has brought us “Charlequin.” HA!

Now. Maya Lewis-Pope aka Mama Pope has given us the confirmation we need that she isn’t just some innocent bystander. All this time we thought Rowan Pope was Grand Goon. We might need to pass the peas like we used to do on that title. We ask: “What’s a goon to a goblin?” Mama Pope will reply with “Me.” And I’ma be all “I believe it.” SHE ATE HER OWN DAMB WRIST, THOUGH! And then she killed the doctor and probably did it with no problem. WHOOOOOOO!!!

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This ain’t gon be the sweet reunion I imagined when I first thought Mama Pope was alive. Her and her daughter ain’t gon be “wrecking shop” buddies. It might be the opposite. This might make Liv realize that her daddy wasn’t so bad afterall. Because Maya ain’t screwed too tight. And this all makes sense too when Rowan gets all hurt that Liv has placed her mama on this pedestal, it’s because he’s basically like “you don’t e’em know her, bro.”

Annnddd finally, IF they’re gonna write Kerry’s pregnancy into the script, this ep would give them a perfect alibi. Could an Olitz baby be conceived in Vermont in the house LOVE/LUST built? I mean… it ain’t far-fetched.

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Iunno who created this meme but it’s had me howling since last night.

Chile… I’ma be done now. Another giant recap. Gladiators ROAR in the comments and let’s talk about it!

P.S. WE GOTTA WAIT TWO WEEKS!!! Lawd. Fine. Thanksgiving. I guess. (-_-)


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. Ateba
    November 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

    OMG, girl i’ve been stalking your site all morning waiting for a review to pop up. I haven’t even read it yet, but thank you for finally posting!

    • datfynn
      November 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Been at work since 9am and not a SINGLE work email has been opened? why? Because i need that scandal recap from luvvie first! smdh.

    • Stephanie G
      November 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Thought I was the only one!!!

    • circa1908
      November 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

      I work from home on friday’s, I think I sent two emails today due to stalking Luvvie. Jesus be a restraining order

  2. RavenJ
    November 22, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Pass the peas like we used to do…I need a moment…

  3. Sharron
    November 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

    All I can say is WOW!!! Shonda n’em must be on that good good cause WHO WRITES LIKE THIS!!?? Although, all of my predictions are coming to light…maybe I am on that stuff too! As always, your recap is spot on and I can’t start my Friday until I have read it.

  4. rikyrah
    November 22, 2013 at 9:27 am


    She is a GOON!!



    Hardcore of Hardcore.



    And Huck?

    Get that stupid poser, Huck.

    Get her.

    Have no mercy.

    Cyrus…don’t cry now, mofo.

    Don’t you dare.


    thanks for the recap.

  5. November 22, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I need Scandal to come with a warning that I may get nauseated at any point during the show. The eating the wrists though??? She went all Walking Dead on us and I wasn’t prepared.

    If Quinn gets dealt with..she deserved every inch of it. And Cyrus deserves his pain too! I will also not be ready when Huck licks Quinn’s face off (in 2 weeks…) So real sick 50 shades of Huck type isht…

    I hate how Scandal and Shonda and nem toy with our emotions!

    Again..can I get Mellie to get some (in a consensual manner this time)??? PLEASE! With Tom the SSA or somebody! JESUS! The woman has been through too much not to release the Kraken! LMAO!

    • LeeLee
      November 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

      I agree..Maybe Mellie needs to find her a boyfriend so she can leave Fitz and Olivia alone…Geshh

    • Mrsrony
      November 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

      OKKKAAAYYYY!! I said this too! Mellie looking all peaches and cream pretty…shes GOTS to be getting her jobs done under the table with Tom or somebody non-electrical!!!

      • Rmc
        November 23, 2013 at 8:07 am

        Maybe she is already getting some from Tom. Everybody thinking its Hal, lol bc he snitches. But there is a reason Tom is pro- Olitz. Maybe he wants Mels to himself!

    • emti
      November 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

      To be fair…Shonda warned us not to eat until after the first commercial break

    • MsZ
      November 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Release the Kraken tho!? *I just laughed that snort laugh–the one you do when you’re trying to be quiet and laugh…* Thanks!

  6. bb
    November 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I’mma say this: Encyclopedia Brown Huck told your ass to sit down and act like you have some damn sense. But NOOOOOO! You had to keep poking your nose in shit. I could understand if Huck WASN’T entirely batshit crazy because of b613 but HE IS!!!! Did she forget about him not showering for like a month after they kidnapped him and water boarded him? Did she just think Huck was acting like that to act like that? No! See, you play with a puppy you get licked in the damn face.
    And surprise surprise your puppy has a powerdrill.

    • November 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

      I’m weak.

    • SecretDivva
      November 22, 2013 at 10:52 am

      I HOPE HUCK SERVES HER UP HOT & FRESH!!! But don’t kill her – but SCARE THE LIFE outta her so she knows to listen next time. She’s almost collateral damage at this point. When Liv finds out that she’s been hoodwinked (again) by B613 and that QUINN has EVERYTHING to do with it, Liv is cutting her ass off. B613 will just kill her because they can. Poor stupid Quinn. This is what not listening feels like.

      MAMA POPE THO! She is the THUGGIEST of THUGS!!! When she vampired out on some “I wanna see my daughter” type-sh*t, I was so done. DONE, I SAY!!!! THEN – I need to know why she is a DOUBLE MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISONER under the Earth’s crust. Like, they put her UNDER the jail and I’m confused and need answers.

      UM NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to Harrison sleeping with that slut.


      This whole episode messed up my blood pressure. I can’t even deal anymore.

      I’mma go through Scandal withdrawals and sh*t… Fuggin SHONDA, yo..

      • vanita applebum
        November 22, 2013 at 11:12 am

        Under the earth’s crust tho? *loud cackles*

      • lvigil
        November 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

        thuggiest of thugs is right…and it did seem like she was underground somewhere. apparently its her own damn fault…she didn’t argue that pt. and he asked she be heavily sedated before the move. he knows her, knows she got skills. I don’t see him falling for some common woman. but I agree I have a feeling she aint all there…like showing up at livs. u know hes coming after you…take your dirt somewhere else.

      • Tip
        November 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

        Secret Diva. I endorse this entire comment. I have no need to comment now. Thank you.

      • sharai
        November 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

        How come it took mama Pope so many damn years to ask about her daughter? She wasn’t asking to see pictures, a scrap book, home video up until now? Nope..she ain’t the right kind of women.

        • Purple Dove
          November 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm

          It’s probably understood that Mama Pope has inquired about her daughter prior to this most recent inquiry.

        • MusicNewsPolitics
          November 23, 2013 at 1:55 am

          Nope she isn’t the right kind of “woman.” (women is more than one woman)

  7. StillSuga
    November 22, 2013 at 9:30 am

    That episode that episode that episode….your review said it all! When I saw her having snack time on that wrist though! Whew! But am I the only one that caught the holy ghost when they showed Huck had Quinn all taped up and ready to plan next week? Finally!!!

  8. ScandalFan
    November 22, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Ever since we saw Mellie get raped, she’s been wearing all red. That woman is EVIL. Can’t hardly wait to see what’s in store for Mellie.

    Did anyone notice the explanation of why Liv is always eating popcorn from Mama Pope? Cute.

    Kerry’s baby bump was very noticeable. They better hurry up n write it in!

    • November 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Yes, I totally caught that about Liv’s favorite snack being popcorn. I love how Liv has her own way of being sentimental, eating popcorn as a connection to her mommy and drinking red wine because of her daddy. And I love the way Shonda ‘nem slide in those nuances for us to connect the dots.

      I believe Quinn was in the building across the street from where she killed the guard when she ran into Jake.

      I also wanted to mention that last week’s episode gave me the impression that Big Jerry and Rowan Pope knew each other. Was Big Jerry B613?

      Mama Pope ain’t to be fucked with. Reg’lar people don’t eat their own wrists, not even goons.

      I have so many complex thoughts about Mellie… She’s given up her life for Fitz to be what he is, and he is not here for her in the least.

      Do y’all remember when Senator Pudding Pop told Liv he wanted to marry her, and live a normal life with a house in Vermont, where she could make jam and have a couple babies?

      • Purple Dove
        November 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

        She also said that to Fitz, too. I think it was the episode where she went and got in her bed and stayed for a couple of days (with no head scarf and her hair stayed in place the entire time) and she talked to him on the phone.

        • Lola
          November 25, 2013 at 11:18 pm

          “with no head scarf and her hair stayed in place the entire time”

          Yes indeed…lol

      • milaxx
        November 22, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        I wanna see the thing that happened that cause Fitz and Mellie to fall out of love. Obviously she did something stupid like Cy did with James thinking it would further Fitz’s political career and backfired.

        • Rmc
          November 23, 2013 at 8:10 am

          Yea something happened between those two. He adored her in that flashback and to see them now… Things have changed so much

    • Car
      November 22, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Well now that you mention it…I do now!!!

      • ScandalFan
        November 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm

        Yes! Mellie was tryna warn Cy about how things will change once you go down that road!!!!! She knows all too well.

        Mama Pope n Livvie are gonna go in her apartment and start a mush fest catching up n things. Then mama gonna be like, “Chile, you know you pregnant right? You’re showing just like I did with you.”

    • MusicNewsPolitics
      November 23, 2013 at 1:57 am

      I wonder if Jake will be the baby daddy?!?!?!

  9. April
    November 22, 2013 at 9:32 am

    You know it’s bad when you wait to get ready for work until you read a recap. Now that it’s here I suppose I can go on with my day. Two weeks seems like forever though and I don’t appreciate it one bit. But that will give my husband time to catch up so he can stop asking me questions during the show. Had me ready to sign them papers if he asked me one more thing!

    • Karen O.
      November 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      I felt the same way. Hubby Leave me ALONE! Watch ON DEMAND to catch up.


    • dorothy
      November 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      CUTE !

  10. LeeLee
    November 22, 2013 at 9:35 am

    OMG!! OMG!!!
    I couldn’t close my mouth after watching last night’s episode. I can’t wait for Quinn to get a little torcher in her life. She too nosey and dumb. I love love Olivia and Fitz!!! I’m also thinking this scene will make a baby for the two, however, I don’t think the baby will survive in the show. Just my thoughts. I’m starting to have second thoughts about Harrison being Brolivia Pope also. Mellie needs to let it go because her marriage has been over since season one. The next episode seems like it there will be more jaw dropping twists and turns. I hope the spill the beans about mama Pope

  11. Canadian Watcher
    November 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Even knowing what Mellie has gone through and suffered for Fitz, and the fact that Olivia is, in all respects, a home wrecker mistress, I STILL yelled out “YES, LORD JESUS, YES!!” when Olivia ran into Fitz’s arms!! The two of them is just all there is. I want them to have the house and the jam and the kids. That man loves her like all men should love someone.

    Damn you Shonda, for making me go against my Christian values!!!

    • Purple Dove
      November 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Again, the ONLY people who can wreck a marriage are the two people in the marriage. Both Fitz and Mellie brought Olivia into it. They wrecked their own marriage.

      • Londa
        November 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

        Kinda like what Cyrus is doing now…wreaking his own marriage.

        • mochazina
          November 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm


    • scandallover
      November 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      was I the only person who was fed up with Olitz in this scene? the minute he said he got that house, I knew they would knock boots.

      and I was peeved! i’m like: QUIT IT, MY FREIENDS: THIS STORYLINE IS OLD

      but I was very spooked out at mama pope eating her own wrists. mama has issues!! what kind of therapy does one need to resolve that?

      I have to admit I wasn’t expecting her to hook up with Olivia so soon – seems a bit of a cop out to be quite honest.

      • mochazina
        November 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm

        yup. hubby and i looked at each other like “really? ugh.” and ff’d thru their “reunion”.

        i think mama pope is a certified G! she sed she wanted to see her baby, she gon see her baby. and then to find out that papa pope didn’t do right by her in all those years? nope, she was getting out of there! and i’m impressed that she was able to track down liv that quickly!

      • Phoebe
        November 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm

        You ain’t the only one. I’ve been tired of that storyline from day one. It’s been old since the 1st soap opera in tv history.
        I actually forwarded through that scene.
        At least they made it up with Mama Pope’s badassery. I can’t wait to see more of her. And I damn well hope they don’t get Olivia pregnant cos that just ruins a good show

  12. Christine
    November 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

    There is still a piece of me laying on the floor by my couch…….that episode was like FOUR in one. Damn Shonda for making me root for the side chick! A house…an entire house…with six bedrooms??? And 30 acre orchard out back…..all for Olivia….?? UGH….and shirtless Harrison still has me smiling today….and Quinn…..did you see the preview…?? He licked her cheek!!!! YIKES!!!! and I don’t think James actually slept with the VP’s hubby…it’s all part of his plan now that he realized he got played……and Mama Pope? Yeah she’s the QUEEN GOON….King Kong ain’t got NOTHING on her!!!!!

    • Rosie
      November 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      I agree with you that the pictures of James and Daniel were staged. I think James just wanted to show Cyrus what it feels like to be played.
      Mama Pope is scary as hell. Even before she went all Silence of the Lambs on her wrist, she had that “I will cut you” look.
      Harrison could have fallen off the wagon with somebody better.
      Forget Olivia’s coat. I need the name of her hairdresser. A long night of lovin’ and the hair was still laid like a burden.
      Even Fitz’s back looked good!! Isn’t he like 50 years old?

      • scandallover
        November 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

        LOL to the hair. that is what I thought – and with no headscarf? how did she manage that? that is civilized loving! LOL

        why is Harrison hooking up with Candace? Isnt that cheap? Really cheap?! unless of course, they’re in this together..?

        Fitz is fit!

      • Canadian Watcher
        November 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm

        Tony Goldwyn is 53 and yes, I would gladly give it up to him!

  13. Stephanie G
    November 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

    “Queen of hit and quit it”- loved it! Everybody talking about how Liv keeps running back to him, but maybe that’s just how she is. She may love him, but does she really want to be with him? She don’t want the house forever…

    And if they do write the pregnancy in, I will actually feel bad for her. Thomas Jefferson/Sally Hemmings for real!

    I’m worried bout James, bless his heart.

  14. KDS
    November 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I almost fell out of my seat after seeing the Usher board pic! I feel asleep last night 🙁 so thanks for the recap.

    • Londa
      November 22, 2013 at 10:26 am

      LOL!!! Yes…that was the one that sent me over the edge with laugher.

  15. November 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Anyone who doubted that Khandi Alexander was gonna bring the funk was out dey minds. She ate her wrist like that grisel from Thanksgiving and the blood was the cranberry sauce! I was screaming and howling through out this eppy! I was gleeful to see Cyrus get his face cracked too. James played him out so bad I thought he was going into cardiac arrest. Po thang. Mellie in that red suit was killing ’em wasn’t she. I on trust her. She been hurt way too many times and I’m fearful for Olitz and any other litz because I think she’s just about had it.

    A house in Vermont that’s banging and presidential sex on the floor? Sigh. Why do I want to live a fictional life right now? LOL!

    Huck is about to blow up Quinn’s spot and I’m ready for her to be his Clarice! Luvvie these recaps make me want to go pass the peas like they used to do girl! Yes! 🙂

  16. Le'eve
    November 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Chile, that wrist eating had me turning my head and tuning out the sound. Almost threw up. This episode was everything, I just wish they would have given Liv post-hot sweaty, you built me a house, sex hair. No edges were sweated out, curls were still bouncing. Naw girl, you need a ponytail holder after that type of on the floor, wrapped up in the blankets session.
    And I most definitely think Mama ” Ya daddy ain’t got nothin on me” Pope did something crazy that he had to send her away instead of killing her.

    • RavenJ
      November 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

      I said the same thing about her hair. I mean…can it really be that good if all your hair is still in place?

      • Stephanie G
        November 22, 2013 at 10:11 am


      • November 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm

        Was she moaning “watch my hair” the entire time? Because damn, girl, it looked GREAT in the morning.

      • Dee
        November 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm

        Olivia was up and almost dressed by the time Fitz got up. So she could have had a comb in her bag and she did some work on her hair before we saw her.

        • Kbb
          November 23, 2013 at 7:13 am

          Experienced side pieces have all their post coitus accessories….brush, comb, hair pieces, toiletries…side piece 101…lol

        • November 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm


  17. Corsette
    November 22, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Yes, Luvvie! I spent the whole episode here for Mama Pope. She’s Grand Goblin Goon. She’s waaaay more ruthless than Papa Pope.

  18. Brandihorse83
    November 22, 2013 at 9:41 am

    OMG am I first!?!?!

    I was sooo ready to be done with Olitz and I had just bought my ticket to Mellitz land but then that Vermont scene was just my life!!
    He built her a HOUSE that aint no he went to Jared’s… he got her a house! Shit Liv if you don’t know what to do with it I do!!! I enjoyed the hot sex but it looked like Liv was having a hard time taking all of the D…. I dont know but I was still here for it BTW
    Tony Goldwyn’s abs are everything you could eat breakfast off of them!! I knew Mama Pope was about to jump shit and go live… the woman fuckin slit her own wrists with her teeth!!! She is a G and we are gonna find out she is the real boogey woman… I told y’all that Quinn wrote checks her ass can’t cash and we are about to see Huck get all into it.. unless this turns into some kinky sex did yall see the promos where he is licking the side of her cheek?? I am here for HARRISON and his yummy chocolate chest of goodness… but why did it have to be with that slow whiny chick Candy I am not for her please don’t bring her back Shonda..


    Mellie I am sorry gurl.. but that Fitz ship has sailed go get you a boo

    Cyrus that what your ass gets…..

    James go get your life…

    • Ellyn
      November 22, 2013 at 11:05 am

      “that ain’t no he went to Jared’s”

      I’m done…LOLOL…..

    • KemaB
      November 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Lmaooo at “this ain’t he went to Jared’s” y’all slay me

  19. shadgg02
    November 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Mama Pope is on a whole ‘nother level!! I’m there for her fighting to see Olivia, but damb!

    Harrison’s sexy ass can get it anytime, anyplace, anywhere! Shiiiidd, after 3 seasons, he better had gotten some booty. He just can’t be desperate about it. But with his smooth talking fast reads, Im surprised he ain’t pulling in girls left and right.

    Fitz had me tearing up a little as he was telling Olivia the house was theirs. I mean, the catch in his throat while he was explaining???? LAWD! I just knew she was going to run to him. (Just a flash of Whitney’s “Run to You” song hit me)

    Quinn got exactly what she deserve… curious ass!! But something tells me that Huck might maim her, but will only get the info out of her. He should have 86’d Charlie when he had the chance.

    AND LAWD…..James is so gullible! He just wants to own his craft and be a damn good reporter! But he keep falling into Cyrus’ mess, he need to wake the hell up and move on!

  20. November 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

    lol like i said on FB last night….20 yrs in the Clink or NOT, IONO if i’d eat my wrist to see NOOOO-BAWWWDY! lol not even my kid! as a matter of fact, when i read that part of the recap, i was looking at my OWN wrist and was like, “MMM…NAAAH, i’m full!”

    • November 22, 2013 at 9:52 am

      I don’t even bite my hangnails because they would be sore and tender, let alone chewing through my own flesh :::shivers:::

      • Londa
        November 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

        I need a “like” button for RozB’s and Erica’s comments.

  21. Mardia
    November 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Now I can start my work day and lay down my burdens. This episode had me in silent wonderment. All I know is that I am exhausted and thank goodness we have two weeks because my blood pressure, cholesterol levels, heart and everything else can’t take this.

  22. Purple Dove
    November 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

    This episode…. I’m getting ready to watch it again but here’s what I can muster up this far:

    This was the first time I felt guilty for my Olitz affection. I know I shouldn’t root for them but I had always held hope that they could work out in the best way without violating my core values. He built her a house! Not buy it in El Secgundo, but on LAND in Vermont from the ground up…. Sigh….

    Harrison…. this episode made me like him less. Wasn’t ever a fan because Shonda really hasn’t given me a reason to. He’s cute like a little Matchbox man and the facial hair upped his cuteness but other than that, his voice isn’t deep enough to do the fast-talking authoritative growl. And him sleeping with Candice, sigh…. I guess art does imitate life.

    I’m still learning that Shonda knows best. Nobody could do justice to Maya Lewis Pope like Khandi Alexander is giving us. Like you said, Luvvie: her Eli scream sent shivers down the spine and her “Hey Livvie” choked up every throat that saw that scene.

    Ok. Going to watch again. I might be back if I can get myself together.

    • SarahD
      November 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      co-sin. all of the above. brb…

  23. November 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Shonda stuffed a 10-ton episode into a 1-ton bag and it was GLORIOUS!!!!!

    First, I have to say that Mellie’s hair looked like it was washed in unicorn tears – it was beautiful!

    Cyrus deserves everything he gets dangling James like bait on a hook. I felt bad for James – he was so heartbroken at that moment when he realized how he was being used. But I have a question – I keep seeing stuffed animals and other baby props, but when was the last time we saw the baby?

    The fact Mama Pope gnawed through her wrist like a bear through its foot caught in a trap shows she is gonna bring some epic crazy! She went through BOAF (yes – boaf) wrists like they were delicious and I was scared. If she can damn near chew off her own hand, what do you think she is capable of? I think she was the reason the plane was shot down – she planted the explosive device. Daddy Goon had the unpleasant task of imprisoning his dangerous wife. You can see he was doing the protecting by the way he was looking at Liv’s press clippings.

    Liv and Fitz’s love scene was hot as usual, She tried to stay away, but it was not gonna work after he showed her the fantasy. But the way Jake was sipping his coffee and pretty much insinuating he could smell Fitz on her had me cracking up. “See – I knew he would get in touch with you.”

    Harrison’s naked chest had me in some feelings. That is all I am gonna say about that.

    I saw Quinn’s fate coming when Huck acknowledged that she was doing a good job. But when I saw the tools laid out I knew he was about to dismantle her ass like a misfit toy. He even did a Hannibal Lechter face lick in the preview for 2 WEEKS FROM NOW! I am gonna be so ready…

    • Londa
      November 22, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Girl, heck, I should have read your comments before commenting myself. You nailed it.

    • Pepper
      November 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

      “Dismantle her ass like a misfit toy.” I LOVE IT!!

      I think he was licking her salty tears to get a little nutrition so he doesn’t get a cramp while he tickles her funny bone.

    • lvigil
      November 22, 2013 at 11:33 am

      you said Boaf….my back is hurting from containing the laughs cause im at work!

    • November 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm


    • November 23, 2013 at 4:43 am

      U slayed me with the unicorn tears…it’s better than Wen, ain’t it!? Lol

    • Gladiator in a suit
      November 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      The look Liv gave jake after he said that was priceless

  24. November 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

    AAAAND, house or NO house….at that moment, are we forgeting that OLIVIA DIDN’T KNOW THAT FITZ HADN’T KILLED HER MOM YET?!! ain’t no D or mouf OR HOUSE in the hills in the world that could make me forget about THAT!

    • November 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

      I mean. He ain’t do it on purpose. LOLLLLLLLL!!! I’m terrible.

      • Car
        November 22, 2013 at 10:14 am


      • Londa
        November 22, 2013 at 10:37 am
        • Londa
          November 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

          (Snickering like Snagglepuss at this.)

      • Crlsweetie
        November 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm


      • SarahD
        November 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm


      • November 23, 2013 at 4:38 am

        Lol NO Luvvie!…the gorgeous House that Presidenal Booty Calls Built is not an “I’m sorry I MAY have ruined you by killing your mom…forgive me, Bae?” Hallmark card!

        • Kbb
          November 23, 2013 at 7:19 am

          I’m dying over this here response!

      • TraciB.
        November 23, 2013 at 1:43 pm

        you are crazy – THAT was a funny behind response. All 3rd grade-ish – TOO FUNNY!!!!

    • QuitaP
      November 22, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Yes, I stan for Olitz all day every day, but you DO NOT forgive the man that killed your mama just because he bought you a house and looks amazing in sweaters!!!!

      Then, he had the nerve to say “I want you to hear I love you because I’m going to kill your father.” My friend said Fitz wants to kill “all Olivia’s parents!” At that time, she thought he killed her mama and then he said he was going to kill her father. And she’s like “okay boo!”.


      • Serenity
        November 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm

        Sex is not synonymous with forgives. She itched and Fitzgerald knew exactly where and how to scratch.

        • Purple Dove
          November 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm

          Excellent point….

        • SarahD
          November 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

          yes. this show nose-dives into the mess of sex, love love, lust love, forever, yesterday….right now. five-min ago. 15 yrs ago. family. sex. crazy. 20 years ago. sex. power. sex. …s’complicated. let’s not act like we don’t all know that on some front-lines mess. ok? ok.

    • RavenJ
      November 22, 2013 at 10:14 am

      But…but…but he didn’t know it was her mom. I mean it’s not like when Nino Brown killed the schoolteacher and bragged about it to Scotty (Ice T)…only for Scotty to realize Nino was talking about his mom. Fitz didn’t do it on purpose…and the house is really nice. And maybe the D and mouf is nice too!

      • November 23, 2013 at 4:40 am

        Lol girl….NAWL!

    • Ty
      November 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

      YES!!! She gave them cookies up so damn quick it was shameful. I’m just over the Olitz relationship! How much can he possibly love her? Seriously, It’s not like they were going on dates together. They were literally screwing in closets and random places. He’s so entitled. He speaks to her like she owes him her body/attention/affection/love. He’s still bringing up the rigging of the election like he didn’t kill Verna! Oh, we forgot about that? lol Yep, he thug killed her ass and then spoke at her funeral like it was nothing. That boy ain’t screwed on too tightly either. I’m here for Mellie bc I’ve always been here for her! lol Cyrus been pimping out James so it was only a matter of time before that came back to bite him in the ass or on James’ ass. whichever you prefer. lol Mama Pope is THE goon. that’s actually just all. Quinn, good day little ma’am. It was bound to happen whether it was by Huck or another B613 operative. As for Harrison and this blonde girl? yawn…NEXT!

      • Gladiator in a suit
        November 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm

        I can’t wait til Liv finds out that he told Tom to leak her name to the press!

    • ASNYC
      November 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Word. You kill my mom, accidentally or otherwise, the only way we getting in bed is too get me that much closer to you to shank the shit out of your ass.

      Oh, and Fitz, you better hope SSA Tom does more than deliver envelopes and picks up Olivia for you because the woman he tried to kill is out on the loose…and she ate her own wrists to do it. And she gonna find out you dragged her baby into some mess and didn’t marry her? She’s an unaffiliated Goblin. What’s a president to a Goblin?

      Mellie’s hair is laid, her face is beat, and her outfits are sickening. Shonda, get Harrison on the phone for this woman so she can get it. Olivia and Brolivia can carpool to work during their walks of shame. I believe Harrison can sweat out weaves, perms, and even Mellie’s legendary locks, but Liv’s edges was lookin a bit too nice for Fitz to have put it down like that. Maybe that’s why Liv left him like a thirsty jump off.

      • SarahD
        November 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm

        CACKLE: “What’s a president to a Goblin?” !!!!!!!

      • mochazina
        November 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        “Olivia and Brolivia can carpool to work during their walks of shame.Olivia and Brolivia can carpool to work during their walks of shame.”


      • November 23, 2013 at 4:31 am

        YASSS! *High fives the shank idea* and Harrison can do sooo much better…but daughter/sis will do since the clothes FINALLY came off! He can sweat out my hair any day (and give Mellie something she can feel cuz I know it’s been four score & seven years ago since she’s had any)!

        And since Liv doesn’t know how to give up Ghostie, I hope Mama Pope shows her how it’s done…lol u saw how she made light work out of that doctor!

  25. jcanwisegrrl
    November 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I’ll come back and give a more in depth analysis (hehe) later, cuz I’m at work and work needs to be done, DAMBIT!!!

    But all I gotta say is, I had to phone a friend after last night’s episode cuz WHEW! And YES for the half-nekkid Harrison and Fitz’s BAWDY in that sweater…. And Quinn’s idiot ass! Did she think Huck had become soft in the head and wouldn’t figure shit out? Ugh! I don’t think he’s gonna kill her though. Just scare her a bit. I know he’s thirsty for whiskey, but how would he ‘splain it to Liv?

    Also, Khandi Alexander is ALLADHAT as Mama Pope and she scares me even more than Papa Goon. Sheet, he looks like he scared a her!

    And did I talk about Fitz in that sweater already? I’m still fanning myself and my office is like fricken Antarctica! Damn you Shonda for that! I ain’t never gon be Team Olitz, but that man if FAHN!!

  26. Maz
    November 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

    In the UK watching like a hawk for this recap
    So true you want not to like Fitz but its hard not to.

  27. Camee
    November 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

    He Built her a house – not paid rent for some shacking love nest but a house to make jam in and have babies in. I saw the light and the heavens and I was gone I was in Olitz love. I mean damn he built her a house. I am sorry that is some romantic mess right there. And that look on Tony Goldywn’ face when he said I wanted you to see the dream just once was EVERYTHING and ALL THINGS. I was gone. I am sorry the romantic in me just be needing scenes like that every once in a while. I did feel bad for Mellie though can Shonda please get that girl some. She need a good lay sooooo bad. Mama Pope, Baby Huck Cryus and James there are no words I am all in my feelings.

    • circa1908
      November 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

      He built her a house!!! when is the last time someone built me a house? NEVER

      A HOUSE

      with a fireplace and a commissioned stain glass window.

      A HOUSE


      • Serenity
        November 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

        Someone once bought me a trailer …. Does that count?

        • Purple Dove
          November 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm

          Worth half a tug and jerk? ***clutches my pearls*** LOL!

    • Ally
      November 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Shoo. If she ain’t move into that house with Fitz I would have.

      Tony was brilliant in that scene. I was there for him and all that emotion he was feeling.

      When he kept talmbout the house and the countertops and the orchard I was like; “oh crap. He done for that house for her.”

      The man built her an entire house. Who the heck does that? HE LOVES HER. Point. Blank. Period. I’m done.

  28. Jones
    November 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Luvvie, can you do Promo dissections??? Last week’s promo had so many hidden scenes. I don’t want to miss a thing in preparation for next episode. Also, it would help to relieve this 2 week withdrawal I’m about to have.

  29. circa1908
    November 22, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I knew this episode was going to be everything so I watched it laying in the bed with smelling salts at the ready, so when I passed out I would automatically react. LAWD!!!

    And when Fitz was all “I just, I wanted you to see it at least once” I knowed there was a god (see what I did there).

    “This house is yours, ours, I had it built for us, when it looked like there was a chance for us I bought the land and had it built. I couldn’t really be mayor, you can’t make jam, there are bedrooms for lots of kids. This was going to be you and me raising a family and growing old together in this house. It was supposed to be ours Liv, and I just wanted you to see it once, at least once before I sell it. I wanted you to see the dream.”

    And Liv did what any true romantic would have done, she ran into his arms and I lost my sh*t. I think I actually passed out which is why I am watching the episode again right now.

    I am weak

  30. Shellbell
    November 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Why am I sitting at my desk at work, with emails coming left and right and I have not done a single thing because I was waiting on Luvvie’s recap! I can’t start my Friday without reading the recap first!

  31. November 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Damn that Tony Goldwyn and all the SEXY he brings to the table! I so wanted Liv to be able to stick to her guns but then….yeah….I couldn’t blame her for slipping back into that hotness. Who looks that hot in a dang sweater AND he was all sentimental with the house stuff….yeah.
    Mellie was KILLING that red suit. I need my girl to get some too. Her feelings were all hurt when she realized what was up. Harrison anytime is a good time but Harrison SHIRTLESS….currently my favorite episode to date for that alone….if we get an actual sex scene I’ll be wall sliding for my life!
    Mama Pope is definitely not all there. How do you just pop up after 20 years talking about Hey Livvie wth? But I love this whole family dynamic. I’m also loving that my “thoughts” were right about Daddy Goon not being a complete monster in this whole thing.
    Baby Huck, I don’t think anyone is upset about her getting taken to task. I don’t think Huck will do a full swig of Whiskey on her though.
    Cyrus,Cyrus,Cyrus….please go pick your face up off your bedroom floor. You brought this face cracking on yourself boo.
    Love the recaps!

  32. Joell
    November 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I was at pass the peas!! Girl this was the funniest one ever. But seriously, eating at her own wrist that is some serious mental health issues. Almost pulled out my DSM-5

  33. Londa
    November 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

    So, before the season is over, we’ll have an episode called “When A Woman’s Fed Up” with R.Kelley singing in the background as Grande Dame Goon (Miss Lewis-Pope, if you’re nasty.), Mellie and James flip the entire f*ck out on er’body.

    My stomach was not ready last night – or this morning – for Maya to chew though her wrists like a rat gnawing through a deterioated wood-framed house. That chick is crazy…deranged…and I’m a little bit scared of her.

    I gotta re-watch the episode because I was sleepy as all get out while I was attempting to watch it. I totally missed the giving him something he can feel moment in the house in Vermont. Girl, if I had seen that, I might have had to call someone on my “do not EVAH call this number after ten p.m.” list and know…break my celibacy clause. So, good thing I didn’t see it and my composure to day is much stronger.

    However, my eyes were WIDE OPENED when Harrison’s beautiful frame was on full view and I was none to pleased. I was like nooooooo!!! That’s supposed to be ME there with him. (But thank you Shonda for the visual! You my homie for life.)

    Baby Huck (LOL@ Charlequin!!! I love it) is about to see what that undercover goon life is really about. Huck gone learn her today! Po’thang. I kinda feel sorry for her. My heart says he’s just gonna mess with her and make her realize she ain’t bout that life for real.

    Cyrus…child, dude. Why you crying when you SET YOUR FREAKING HUSBAND UP with another man. You pimped your man and NOW(???) you wanna be hurt? Only because I like you do I have a just a teen bitty bit of sympathy for you. But, like Quinn, you made your bed, now James gon’ be sleeping in it with another man. Although, like someone else said, I think James is getting his revenge and didn’t really sleep with old dude.

    I can’t wait to re-watch this when I am fully alert.

    Thanks, Luvvie, as usual…AWESOME RECAP!!! I do have one request…like for day I’m get fired for laughing so damn hard at all your pictures and funny captions. Can we have a “Won’t Get Fired At Work” version without the pics so when nosey co-workers sneak up on you, they won’t be aware that we’re getting our Luvvie Scandal Fix on? Hehehehehehe! Just jivving…don’t change a thing.

    • ASNYC
      November 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

      I will be singing the background for “When A Woman’s Fed Up!” Grand Gobliness Lewis Pope, Mellie, and Sally are gonna ride on all of them triflin’ men.

    • Dee
      November 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      I kinda think Maya was actually trying to kill herself. She was crying when she woke up like she was supposed to be dead already, but unfortunately she was stuck being the prisoner that she was.

      • mochazina
        November 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        i don’t think so – she positioned herself at the door of her cell. if she wanted to die, i think she would have kinda hidden in the corner of her bed under the covers or something so that somebody walking by to check on her would overlook her.

    • funkmysoul
      November 23, 2013 at 2:31 am

      Yaaaas. I BEEN saying they need to have an episode titled “When a woman’s fed up” since last season and pleaaaase have the R kelly jam playing throughout. Shonda’s from Chicago like Kells, I KNOW SHE KNOWS THAT JUNT lol. I literally gagged during the wrist scene. Lord have mercy, I know there was a warning but damn my soul was not ready for that.

  34. Mae
    November 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I don’t know what’s my favorite; the recap of Scandal on your page or the cartoon Scandal episodes on youtube. I have to watch them both first thing on Fridays!

    I love Mellie. She needs to get a little on the side. Tom looks like he could lay some pipe. Let Mellie get some D!

    Huck, KILL HERRRRR. Her triflin ass gets on my nerves. Kill her.

    Cyrus, what goes around comes around. You can’t be all butt hurt when your boy takes the bait!

    Fitz KILLED ME. Tony Goldwyn looks GUD for being 53. Them abs. That chest! LAWD! He is fine as hell!

    Why does Harrison have to be sleeping with the annoying ass whint bitch from the campaign? She gets on my damn nerves. Let Huck kill her ass too..

  35. November 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Luvvie… Luvvie… I mean, fahreals. I promised myself I wasn’t gonna get all emotionally invested in this episode because last week Shonda had me balled up on the floor hummin’ negro spirituals. My emotions were just raw. I pretty much watched this entire episode through my fingers and just when I thought it was safe to look with both eyes, this heffa goes and sits Huck in simple a$$ Quinns crib with a B613 standard issue toolkit ready to throw back a fifth of whiskey. Chile… I hate/love Shonda.

    Sidenote: When Mama Pope when all Walking Dead on herself… Madam.

    • November 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

      *went. See I’m still messed up LOL

  36. PrinaJ
    November 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

    This episode had me at the Potomac late last night trying to lay all my burdens down by the riverside. Ion even know how to deal. The wrist feast almost took me out of the game early. I agree that James staged his affair to teach Cy a lesson. I refuse to let the Vermont house pull me back to Team Olitz…still here for Mellie and I think she got some evil brewing that is gonna knock everyone’s socks off. Huck can pluck each and every one of Quinn’s toes off one at a time and I will arrive early to be here for it. My only gripe for Shonda is can Harrison have a fine sistahgirl? Why all the black folks gotta be in bed with the melanin challenged?!

  37. Lyn
    November 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

    -From now on, everyone around Mama Pope should wear long sleeves and some “Wonder Woman” bracelets.
    – Mellie is like a director of a porn movie, and she can’t take it when the actors run off and do their own stunts.
    _ Poor Cyrus. It’s hard out there for a pimp.
    _ It’s time for Jake from State Farm to go. And he should take “Special Q” with him.

  38. DarLai
    November 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I am literally laughing out loud at this post. I love these recaps! I might enjoy them more than the actual show! LOL! A couple of things:

    1. Bellamy Young & Dan Bucatinsky (Mellie & James) both deserve Emmys. Dan already won one last year, and he’s working on another one. That scene when he found out Cyrus was pimping him was excellent.

    2. So much went on in this episode that was just off the chain… I’m hoping Shonda doesn’t jump the shark. I want her to reel it in a little bit before it gets too unrealistic.

    I love it though. Between waiting 2 weeks for Sons of Anarchy & now Scandal, it’s gonna be a long Thanksgiving week!

  39. Pepper
    November 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I just had a thought. What if Olivia is/does becomes pregnant?

    Is Mellie’s red suit forcasting Mellie being the devil and the blood she’s gonna bring and have Olivia lose the baby by mistake…or on purpose? Would Mellie stand for the last heir of the Fitz throne to be from the side chick while her child might be from the fatherinlaw?

    • ASNYC
      November 22, 2013 at 11:59 am

      Shonda already confirmed that Teddy is Fitz’s son.

    • lvigil
      November 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      yeah I think mellie would go all mama pope on Liv before she let fitz have a baby with her. we aint seen crazy from mellie if that happens.

  40. November 22, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Ok. Her name is Candace. Get it right. Stupid Candace is not spelled the same way that smart Candice is spelled lol.

    But this episode had me gone. I actually had to re-watch it last night because I could not deal!

    I think Mama Pope is about to wreck shop.

    • shadgg02
      November 22, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Mama Pope about to shake some tables, for real!

  41. ElleWoulds
    November 22, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I couldn’t read all the replies to see if someone mentioned this already, but I think Mama Pope was in some deep ish that probably made her an enemy of the state. Her supposed “trip” was a trap for the gov’t to blow her ass up, but Papa Pope pulled her off the plane because (a) that’s his wife and mom to Olivia and (b) he wanted to save her. THAT’s probably why he’s kept her in hiding for the past 20 years and it’s probably why he feels he needs to move her, with Olivia digging and all.

    I can’t wait to find out WTF she (Mama Pope) was working on because THAT’s gon be some deep shit.

  42. November 22, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Girl!!!! This was AWESOMELY REFRESHING…this last episode was RED HOT!!!

    Phew…A few issues, I know Mellie’s got some major issues upstairs (getting raped by Fitz dad and using it as leverage because of ambition ???WHAT!!!), but then again, I feel for her. I think Fitz has put her through WAYYY too much…we saw the episode “A Woman Scorned”-S2E20- but I think some major major ‘scorn potion’ is brewing inside of her.

    Now concerning Mama Pope…geez…she makes ‘Command’ look like a guy with feelings. Dirty bomb on plane? Was she the one who planted it? Was she B613 gone rogue?


  43. J'afrique
    November 22, 2013 at 10:44 am


  44. That CHick
    November 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

    All I can say is POPEHEADS RISE UP!

    • Londa
      November 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      That’s what she said.

      • mochazina
        November 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm

        naw, that’s what he said.

  45. Kay Bee
    November 22, 2013 at 10:52 am

    This entire recap has given me LIFE!!! I needed this…I have only been stalking the site since I arrived on the JOB. Thank you Luvvie!

  46. Chelle
    November 22, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I just want to say that I ain’t learn a damn thing about torts and childbirth during my morning classes today because I was refreshing and refreshing my tablet in class for this recap. I also ain’t learn a damn thing about DNA and RNA diseases that I was supposed to be studying last night for my exam Monday. If I fail med school I’m laying my burdens down on Shonda and Luvvie cause this show and Luvvie’s recaps are a killer week in and week out. I don’t know where I was before season 3 for scandal! I was missing the life!

    I’m with you Luvvie..I was so ready to jump off the Olitz train and let them deal with their love pain, and then last night they slayed me..messed with my Christian soul..and it was so poignant, and sad and even though the love scene was HOT AS HELL (which is where I’m going straight to with the devil in tow BTW), it was sort of soft and deep at the same time, had me all in my feelings…THose two could act their tails off..Tony had me choking up about damn Jam..imagine that?

    Last night I had to pray the Lord make Santa bring me a chastity belt for Christmas because I was ready to jump every goddamn half naked man I saw (maybe me and Mellie need to go hunting). I wanted to jump out dem bushes in Vermont as soon as Liv stepped on that copter and spring Tony’s half naked self in the THE HOUSE!I would have cuddled and e’rythang afterwards. Those abs! (are we sure he’s 53 phew!!) I just want to walk to the basketball court near my house and hand shirts to some of these young bucks to put on…they showing themself and they ain’t got half the steel of my Fitzy..
    Then Minutes later I was ready to crawl out from under that bed, smother Candy with a pillow and have my way with Brolivia..OWWW Harrison half naked was the life!! Lawd have his mercy on my slutty soul today!
    But that Vermont house was everything…pass me the keys if nobody want it Fitzy..we could ride together as long as you keep rocking dem sweaters! JAYSUS!

    I thought I was the only one who caught that shade Jake threw Liv next morning while sipping his Java…LOLLL

    Cyrus got what he deserved! Throwing shade on Mellie…she warned your self because she speaks from experience! I hope James makes him cry and beg, and beg and cry some more all up and down his Chief of staff office!!!

    Baby Huck…schuups!!! HUck gon deal with your curious self!

    Mama Pope is everything I need right now…I couldn’t deal with the wrists but my body is ready for her gooning in two weeks…Scandal will kill me I swear!

  47. AJ
    November 22, 2013 at 11:00 am


    My take:

    I think Mama Pope was B613 gone rogue and Eli had to put her down. Hence why in the previous episode we see him bawling. Who gave him that order tho?

    I work in Television in wardrobe. They’re putting Olivia in dark colors, big suits and long coats to try to mask the bump as much as possible. I highly doubt they’ll write it in. They will probably use body doubles and tight shots of her to continue to cover it up. It’s happened many-a-times on other shows.

    I knew Harrisson was about to hook up with dumb dumb. I’m not here for it. What ever happened to the guy who was entering the country that had him spooked a few episodes back? I need more development. We need a better understanding of WHO Brolivia is.

    I also believe, Huck is going to get the answers he needs and tell Baby Huck to scram or he’ll kill her. Then he’s going to kill whatshisface. Huck may even build more resentment to ‘Liv because, yet again, her antics have caused someone to cross over to the dark side.

    I also think that once James figured out what Cyrus was doing he purposefully staged those photos. He knows his man. And probably knew there would be someone taking photographs, hence why they stood so close to the window.

    • AJ
      November 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Watch Mellie ROUNDHOUSE KICK us all by announcing her candidacy next episode!

  48. ReallySeeME
    November 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Laaawwwwdddd Jeezus!

    All this time I been calling Daddy Goon “Rowan Corleone, the Black Don of DC” because he’s such a coldblooded gangsta sumbitch….

    But dayuuuummmm… Mama Pope is CAPITAL G! All she needed was a side of fava beans and a nice chianti. I’m still twisted behind Cannibal Lechter. SMDH

    I’ma need more than a minute. And some quality time with my therapist. And some pharmaceuticals……

    • Kelly
      November 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Long time lurker but had to reply…. i am dead with your comment about the side of fava beans and a nice chianti…. Jesus be a defibrillator

  49. Scott
    November 22, 2013 at 11:12 am

    All I can say is that he brought the dream for them. A house in Vermont with an orchard where his Livvy could make jam and have babies. Tony G was rocking that sweater last night and those abs. Jake the snake wished he had the body that Fitz has. It is time for Jake to go and he can take stupid ass Quinn with him. I melt when Fitz calls her Livvy it is sexy as he’ll and that scene with them in that house was the most romantic one to date because it was simple and real. I luv Mellie but seeing. Olitz I just want more scenes with them together. They are so hot and that chemistry is smoking. I had to grab a bottle of water to cool me down I was so hot!
    Lots of questions about mama pope we find out that she actually did something wrong and daddy pope is not ad bad as we thought.
    Josie us another Sarah Palin not ready for prime time. I hope Huck does not kill Quinn but teaches her a lesson.

  50. Liv Howard
    November 22, 2013 at 11:22 am

    What if that isn’t Huck that slobs BabyHuck’s face? What if it is Charlie and Huck had him in a corner waiting? I have to watch the preview again and look a little closer. I can’t get with Olitz even though they give you awwww moments. And that house though…smh. I do not like the Harrison sisterdaughter angle. Ugh. Please Shonda find him someone worthy. I’m counting on Mellie to pull something. Drunk Mellie is the stuff and she is always schemimg. Cyrus is diabolical-no doubt. Ha.
    And MamaGoon. I didn’t think she killed DR. but rather gave him, in the neck, the injection of sedatitive meant for her. She is boss!

    • November 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Oh it’s Huck. It’s Huck for sure.

  51. untameable hair
    November 22, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I knew mama was a major goon. Can’t wait to they read us her maniacal resume.

    I so wish Huck finally rock-a-bye baby Quinn’s stupid/annoying behind.

    Cyrus one word, Karma!

    Am I the only one tired of this Olitz fanatical relationship that will never happen, but is only happening in their minds and pants?

    I concur with some of the other posters, can Mellie please get laid and get a hobby, so her bored scheming behind doesn’t ruin someone else?

    Definitely nice for once seeing Harrison caught up in a scandal and getting laid, a small almost insignificant one, but a scandal nonetheless.

    Seems like everyone in this episode was getting laid or screwed and the most laid was Liv’s hair after having an all night love session with Fitz.

    • untameable hair
      November 22, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Also, Rowan all you had to do was let Mama she baby girl. See, none of this would had had to happen. We know she been locked down for over 20 years, but you do not mess with mama goon bear when she wants to see her baby!

      • Londa
        November 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm

        Amen to this. And amen to Liv’s hair getting laid.

  52. CleosSistah
    November 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I cannot work today! AND I gotta wait TWO WEEKS!!! Shoonnnddddaaaaa!!!

  53. Purple Dove
    November 22, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Ok. Still waiting to do my second viewing but a question popped up in my mind:

    Was it wise for James and Daniel to send those photos (staged or not) to Cyrus? Doesn’t this give Cy the ammunition to ruin Sally’s chances to run against Fitz? Or would Cy be too embarrassed that his husband possibly cheated on him?

    • November 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Cyrus had Charlie watching Daniel – that’s who sent the pics to Cyrus.

      • November 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm

        I don’t think it was Charlie. It was some dude named Lionel that he mentioned to Mellie. Charlie got his hands full working with Command right now.

        • November 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

          I went back and watched – you are correct. Charlie also got his hands full probably trying to fend off an angry Huck mad that he has to ‘do his work’ on Quinn. Did you see during the preview when he bust out screaming “BOOM!” It is gonna be epic in 2 weeks!

        • Elizabeth
          November 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

          So true. Rowan told Cyrus that Charlie was dead to him, he’s come home to B613. We know that Charlie called Cyrus for cover and Cyrus told him he didn’t know him and not to call that number ever again.

        • funkmysoul
          November 23, 2013 at 2:11 am

          I need tp rewatch (as if I watch Scandal episodes once anyway, LOL) cause I don’t remember hearing about a Lionel at all.

    • Kris
      November 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      I don’t think so I think the goal was to get a pic of Daniel making a pass at him and James pushing him off. Cy didn’t expect xxx pics to happen and James is a semi public figure so thatll make the wh look bad. They already have enough sex scandals.

  54. arlene...blackorchid
    November 22, 2013 at 11:47 am

    so i watched last week’s episode and this weeks back to back (thank u dvr). here are my jumbled thoughts:

    maya might have had her someone dip their pen in her ink and eli found out. if eli knew she was about to die on that plane b/c he had the info from his boss, he could get her off the plane without bosses knowing but torture her by putting her under the jail for 20 yrs away from her babygirl as penance for her slip up.

    yes, quinn your curious ass got got. u fittinta learn today! huck is loyal to one person – olivia. everyone else that tries to hurt her gets the sideeye and the toolkit.

    im still not team olitz. he ain’t no good for her. iont care about the house (even though its beautiful and vermont is a lovely state). he, at core, is weak. going after poppa goon might not be the best of ideas. he don’t know he the manchurian candidate? didn’t b613 try to kill him before already?

    mellie. oh sweetie. just let that weak man go. he ont luv u. at all. you gave your all to this man, heon’t even appreciate you. keep the public appearances up and get u a side piece. he won’t even complain.

    cy, you reap what you sow. should share dastdardly deeds with those involved so james knew what part to play.\

    harrison, i knew he was smashing sisterdaughter. was too easy. shonda likes her characters to have the swirl y’all.

  55. StEvans
    November 22, 2013 at 11:48 am

    man down…bring a cart of cans STAT.#enteringtherapypronto

  56. November 22, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Am I the only one that thinks James didn’t really sleep with homeboy. I think he figured out he was a pond, told Daniels and they faked those photos. If I was James I’d want to Cy to hurt yes, but that don’t mean I’d sleep with homeboy. And does Daniels really want his wife to run for president? Just wondering. Then again, I’m trying to be an optimist because as much as I hate the way Cyrus treats James, I love them together and I want to think James does too.

    • November 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      I don’t know – James wanted to get in the shower so bad, and he looked hurt, like he did something he didn’t really want to do. He knows that Cyrus will be just as hurt as he is.

    • scandalstalker
      November 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      pond = pawn

    • mochazina
      November 22, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      i’m not sure he did either. but i know if nothing else, he figured out there was a camera watching and wanted to get back at cy, and i think that “take a shower” bit was still part of it.

  57. Momongo
    November 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Liv and Fitz made a baby last night, awww!!!

  58. Suzie
    November 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    As always great recap!!!!

  59. Football mom
    November 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm


    Thank you for the recaps. They make my Fridays. Gladiators, thanks for the comments…I love agreeing and disagreeing with all of the theories.

    Mine for this week:
    1. I am starting to like Eli/Rowan/Poppa…He is softening and I think we are going to find out that he is the king of b613 to clean up wifie’s mess. She is going to make him look like a saint by the time it’s all over. How much more messed up can Lv;s DNA be?

    2. I was sick to my stomach and had to turn away from the wrist eating scenes. SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. I agree that James did not sleep with husband Langston. He is going to use this to whip Cyrus into a jealous frenzy and then get another Ella or a house in Vermont. Except, Cyrus just about had him killed last year…hmmmm….

    4. I could not put myself back in bed with Fitz for a house, a chip or $10 billion. He killed her mom as far as she knows, he wants to kill her dad and he’s married. None of that makes me wet. While I might love him still, I’d not be able to get beyond any of that.

    5. Harrison, you are a fine man but until you stop seducing clients, we are done! You cannot sh*t where you eat.

    So we have two weeks…that’s an eternity!

    • November 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      I have to agree with you on your 4th point. I’m not liking Olivia’s decisions this season at all, starting with her refusal to let the Team ‘fix’ her problem when the secret came out. Girl what’s love got do do with it? Can we all stop catering to Fitz and his presidency and move on already?

      I am so not team Olitz any more, that died for me way before the plane crash. The instant he placed his head on Mellie’s lap in the final episode of last season i was done.

  60. Shannon
    November 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    The episode was epic! But the music though?!?!?!?! Baaaaaaaby when Otis Redding “Try A Little Tenderness” started playing when Cy was sitting by himself in deep thought about a late arriving home James I hollered!!!! Literally yelling at the tv….That’s what the hell he get you Jive Turkey! They should have done a flash of Mellie saying “I told you so!” And where has that little baby girl been? They must have a really good nanny….LOL!

    • SarahD
      November 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Yes to all of this. I did too. Appreciated the music I mean. I heard that Otis jawn on the 2nd go round and chuckled.

  61. Colah
    November 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    When James said he’s back in the saddle it just occurred to me that he coulda meant that he is back up to #hoshit.

    I don’t like this Candy foolery because it also occurred to me that she may not be as innocent as her mama/sister thinks she is. She gets sympathy for having been fooled for so long by her mama/sis but perhaps she is salty and calculating enough to have deliberately sabotaged congresswoman Buffay’s chance for presidency. I her meddling ass.

    • November 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      That’s right, because back in season 2, Cyrus did say that James was a bit of a slut. Cyrus should have known better.

      So I didn’t even notice someone was in bed with Harrison at first, cuz all I saw was HIS CHEST. Woo.

      I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Congresswoman Phoebe.

    • Londa
      November 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      I am team anti-Candy. She’s a ho. And, unlike my girl Candy from Best Man/Best Man Holiday, this particular lollipop cannot be cleaned up and made a wifey.

      She’s not just a ho…she’s a conniving snake. She probably knew she was her sister-mom’s daughter. Matter of fact, I need to beat this chick down even though I haven’t been in a fight since I was 12 years old. Anybody else on team beat that hoe’s a$$?

      The preceding comments may or may not be made out of jealousy of that heifer being with Harrison.

  62. Lenore
    November 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Everybody has said everything I wanted to say here except this…

    YOU ALREADY HAVE KIDS FITZ!!!!! Remember Lil’ Jerry* Karen and Teddy!!!??? I know WE see them as much as YOU do (not at all) but they still exist!
    Every time he says something about having babies with Olivia I scream at the TV.

    *Paternity to be determined

    • scandalstalker
      November 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      i said the same thing at the tv when fitz got to talking ’bout babies with olivia. i was like, “hello? mcfly?”

  63. November 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    new acronym. 2MF (Too many feels). This episode was 2MF like a mug. y’all dun said all dat kin be said. BUT the James Factor. I think he did do the Urban Cowboy cuzzzzzz he wouldn’t have been able to convince UC to go along with a plot to fool Cyrus. There’s no way UC would let himself be photographed. So James prolly did da deed. Welp. That’s whatchoo git, Cyrus. And whoever said Mellie should hook up with USSS Tom….if that happens….I will need to borrow some walls for all the wall slides I’ll be doing.

    i said WBW (waybackwhen) that MamaPope was the trueGOON. I’m here for her. All IN.

  64. Q
    November 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Am I the only person who is annoyed with Mellie and her ‘stand by your man’ attitude? I am not buying that she’s staying because she loves Fitz. She’s staying because of her own personal ambitions. There isn’t enough love in the world to know your husband is deeply in love with another woman, will do anything for that woman, is very upfront with you about said love and you continue to try and fight for the marriage. She’s constantly humiliated in public and in front of white house staff because he’s off sniffing behind Olivia. What’s driving her to stay has absolutely nothing to do with LOVE.

    I missed the first 15 mins, so I didn’t see the arm-chewing (thank Gawd). I think Mama Pope was B613, but went rogue and turned terrorist.

    So happy Huck figured Quinn out…she’s getting on my last nerve.

    I, too, was being pulled back into team Olitz. Maybe if Mellie and Cyrus let the man leave his wife, like he’s stated many times, he would make Olivia an honest woman. Liv needs to go take a seat, though. I’m tired of her running behind a married man even if she is in love with him.

    James dove all of the way in on Sally’s husband. There’s no way the husband would agree to fake it so pics could be taken. There were even pics of them shirtless with James on his knees. However, I think James did it knowing that Cyrus wouldn’t be able to use those pics to set the man up….because he (cyrus) would get caught up in the scandal.

    • mochazina
      November 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      not to mention mellie begging liv to “come back to us”. chile, please, you cain’t get mad now!

    • Suzie
      November 23, 2013 at 2:13 am

      Mellie needs a reality-check pill -her marriage is dead. She needs to move on, hope Mellie meets someone who’ll love her for who she is.

  65. Nik-Neezy
    November 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Dear Shonda
    Shonda, girl.
    I am self employed.
    And we all know the Affordable healthcare is, ummm, well, nevermind.
    I can’t keep playing these bald head games with you.
    -heart monitors ain’t cheap

    • Londa
      November 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      LOL!!!! LOL!!! That is all I’ve got. Full Betty Rubble laugh in effect now.

    • Elle
      November 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      LMBAO @ “I can’t keep playing these bald head games with you.”

      You said it all.

  66. November 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks the tarp and the tools is a bit extreme??? Common! She’s been trying to talk to Huck for weeks. Yes she is annoying and never knew when to shut up and have several seats but damn! the tarp tho? there’s no return from the tarp, you don’t get up and limp away, you get rolled up and dumped in a shallow grave!

    He didn’t handle that situation right, he shoulda known B613 would have recruited her.

    And how is Charley dropping her off in front of OPA and neither Huck nor Jake notices this?

    Oh and the whole mama thing?… Olivia needs to be very afraid. That chewing through her wrists scene?!?! O….M….G!!!!

    I’m still in my feels, i just can’t!

  67. funkmysoul
    November 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Jesus take the wheel, this episode!

    Rowan is the HNIC, but mama pope is the REAL MUHFUGGIN GOBLIN of the show. I done said she is a bigger G than Rowan, and now we’ve already seen that. Yo. Yoooooo. When the show went all American Horror Story on us with the wrist eating, my gawd. That literally made me GAG. I felt sick. I actually said out loud:
    “BRUUUUHHHH, WHAT IS THIS?!” Couldn’t believe my eyes, that this was happening on Scandal. I was NAHT READY.

    Funny thing is, during the opening scene with Mama Pope and Daddy Goblin, I thought to myself how 20 yrs in solitary confinement will make you lose yo damn mind – and there she goes eating her own wrists. Her own wrists, yo. I am lowkey traumatized by that scene.

    It was really nice to see the Liv’s parents looking so proud about their daughter tho. When Maya explained she made popcorn for Liv when she was upset, I was like OOOOOOHHH. It all makes sense now. Mama made popcorn Liv’s only food group, and daddy turned her into a wino. Now we know popcorn is Liv’s way of remembering her mom. That’s cute.

    Quinn deserves everything she gets. She wanted to be in B613, now she got her wish and realizes it ain’t all hunky dory. I knew that Huck knew from the jump. Huck needs to shut her down.

    I totally agree w/ you on Olitz, Luvvie. I been done with them two for a while, but damn they were adorable in this episode. When Fitz calls Olivia “Livvie” *DEAD* My heart. And the fact he bought her a big ol’ house, and the speech about having a family. Staaahhp yall are annoyingly cute. I dunno if im back on Team Olitz but the episode at least made me start to reconsider.

    Fitz must have some intergalactic D because ain’t no way I’m getting it in in w/ a dude I think killed my mama. NOPE!
    I had such mixed feelings about Harrison getting it on. On one hand, I was like YAAAAAASSS shirtless Harrison, he finally got some! But then I was like “nah boo…you can do better -__- “ I still love him doe.

    James, you poor, gullible being. Cyrus done played you like a fiddle. I don’t feel sorry for Cy tho. He pimped out his husband. Play with fire and you’ll get burned.

    ALSO, how the fark is Liv gon’ deal with her mama being alive? Foreals, imagine. You go 20 years thinking your mother is dead, then she pops outta nowhere. Liv recognized her voice too. She was all “dafuq, I remember that voice from somewhere”. Then when she finds out her mom is the real bad guy, and Rowan is prolly tame compared to mama pope. I think that will finally send Liv off the deep end. She’ll be rocking BAGGINFOAF saying 752 752 752 752 752 next.

    • funkmysoul
      November 23, 2013 at 3:03 am

      sidenote: Can we start a petition for Mellie to get some D? *looks at SSA Tom* I mean damn Mellie deserves some.
      Our girl Liv’s hair stays laid like poetry but I gotta shout out Mellie’s hurr in the episode. Dem curls. Her hair looked glorious.
      The black & grey coat Liv was wearing was sexyyyy.
      And finally COT DAMN Tony Goldwyn is hella in shape for a 53 year old.

  68. Scott
    November 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Olitz all the way I am tired of people talking about liv’s hair after sex with Fitz people please this is a show and Liv was up and dressed when Fitz got up and most certainly would have comed her hair FIRST. I mean we know how we sistas are HAIR FIRST. I

  69. Chelle
    November 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Did anyone notice that Olivia’s mom called her Livvie? The only other person I heard ever call her Livvie is Fitz. Bet there’s some symbolism there… I see you Shonda… well kinda cause I can’t write a storyline to save my life!

    • Momongo
      November 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Good one I didn’t catch that!!

    • Elizabeth
      November 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Yep. Called her Livvie in first flashback. Amazing how neither she nor Fitz know each other but adopted that as their term of endearment. And to think Jake had the nerve to call her Livvie once and they tried to challenge Liv on why Fitz called her Livvie. Get a life Jake…in fact, call Mellie.

    • funkmysoul
      November 23, 2013 at 1:43 am

      Noticed that too, good catch.

  70. Adonis
    November 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    1. Negroes would sell their soul & renounce their FAMILIES to see a new episode on Thanksgiving. The cast & crew were a bit more understanding.

    2. As excellent this episode was, the BEST scene came in the PREVIEWS, “we need to talk about who you are working for” Huck

    3. One of things Scandal will shine a light on somewhat, is the Husband/Mistress relationship. It is what it is.

    If Olitz is cool with it, I am cool with it.

    But Olivia still a stupid black h*e, no matter how you slice it.

    I think BW conscious & subconsciously need to come to this understanding.

    • Purple Dove
      November 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Per your logic, Fitz is a stupid white heaux a few times over…. Let’s judge universally, please.

    • Anon
      November 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      Who is more of a whore? Olivia who is with Fitz because she loves him or Mellie who sold her soul to be First Lady.

      Now Mellie is desperately holding on to a man who does not want her (regardless if either of them are worthy), Mellie will always be the most pathetic character in this sideshow.

      The thing is Mellie will spend the rest of her life bitter, angry and blaming Fitz for everything that she chose to do willingly to gain political power.

      Mellie is a rich, white, well educated pretty woman who is terrified of standing own two feet without a man attached to her arm which is why although it is in her best interest she will not walk away on terms favorable to her – help with a future political career in exchange for an amicable divorce. She is all talk behind that scheming ranting and raving exterior.

      Please no one mention love because if Mellie loved Fitz she would set him free. Mellie loves Mellie and thinks she is smarter and better at everything than anyone else although her scheming plans usually back fire. She has privileged white woman syndrome.

    • funkmysoul
      November 23, 2013 at 1:46 am

      You really gotta call her a stupid black hoe though? I’m not excusing Olivia’s actions, but damn bruh. And yes, in that case both Fitz and Liv are hoes so…

  71. irene
    November 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    i really loved this episode but i really would have loved a shorter love scene and OLIVIA AND FITZ LYING IN FRONT OF THE FIREPLACE TALKING POST SEX!! THEY HAVE SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT !! I THINK THAT WOULD HAVE REVEALED SO MUCH ABOUT LIV (HER MOMS DEATH AND BEING RAISED BY ROWAN) It could hAve being an Emmy worthy episode for KW and TG if well written. TBH the sex scene was a bit TOO MUCH . I dont like how OLivias only function on this show is being trotted out for love scenes although when FITZ started talking about the house i was done. LESS SKIN PLEASE TOO EXPLICIT!!!Sweetest scene was Fitz buttoning up LIVS BLOUSE!

  72. OPAFAN
    November 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Luvvie, I didn’t think mama Pope killed the doctor. He walked in with a syringe to sedate her and she stabbed him with it instead. So wasn’t he just sedated?

    • November 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      She killed him. Homeboy is a goner. You stab someone in ANY artery with a syringe (no matter what’s in it) and you could kill em. So yeah. He gone.

      • Vette
        November 28, 2013 at 7:54 pm

        And the Doc was naked…..wonder why?

  73. November 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    It would be interesting to have Liv and Mellie pregnant at the same time.

  74. Ally
    November 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I think in the finale Charlie and Huck team up and kill Rowan so they can get their lives back. I also think that Charlie saves Quinn from Huck.

  75. E
    November 22, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Usually I am very wordy, but today ya’ll took the words out of my mouth, I only have 3 things to say:

    1. I just want to take Jake in my arms….and tuck in his Hater. His butthurtness is hanging all the way out like tails on a dress shirt.

    B. Mellie is going to come for Olivia and run into the Brick Wall of Goons – Mama Pope.

    III. I loved when Liv flipped out on Fitz and he looked all thoughtful like he was going to say something profound and then that fool was like “The house has orchards.” Liv bout lost her mind….

    • Gladiator in a suit
      November 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Yep I was lmao bout that (point 3)

  76. Phoebe
    November 23, 2013 at 12:51 am

    The last scene with Liv and Mama Pope reminded me of Luvvie’s jab about foursquaring at Liv’s apartment.
    Mama Goon’s been in prison for 20 damb years but even SHE knows where Liv lives. Chile!

    • funkmysoul
      November 23, 2013 at 1:47 am

      LMAOOOOOOOOO. ERRBODY knows where Liv be at!

    • Pepper
      November 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Word!She probably beat the Jimmy John’s guy there.

      • Nicole
        November 24, 2013 at 6:32 pm


  77. jilly
    November 23, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Olitz forever! Tony Goldwyn is………..the man is FINE!!! Throw Jake down the hole already. Cyrus and Mellie do not deserve any pity – they are too hungry for power. Cyrus was TOO messy in this episode pimping his husband.

  78. Sane Jane
    November 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I don’t know about you guys, but I am not feelin Mama Pope at All!! Nothing against Ms. Alexander, she is a great actress, but I just pictured someone more elegant, more sophisticated, whether she was locked down or not! Mama Pope looks “cracked up” and whatever else up in that cell. I guess Shonda has her reasons for how this character should look and behave, but REALLY? Is is just me?

  79. Philiking
    November 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Oh Chile, this episode! Congrats Ms. Ava! Brava! I do have some questions bout this episode…maybe y’all can help me out. 1. Why did Fitz give Liv that bootleg go go gadget phone? Everytime I see it on screen I want to holler! I mean he is POTUS, can he give her a real smartphone and not some bootleg tracphone (no offense trackphoners). 2) Where in da hell is Cyrus and James baby at? That child has disappeared..can someone call CPS (colored people services) to find that chile? Maybe the kid is B613 and is in a black location similar to where mama pope was? Maybe she shot scandal the dueces and went over there to kick it with the other adopted ,Zoe, on Greys. Or maybe she helped mama pope break out bc lawd knows she couldn’t have done it a long with two half wrists….I need answers #dazedandconfused

    • msvonn
      November 29, 2013 at 10:57 am

      She has that phone because they are harder to trace. Smart phones have GPS that randomly turn on and can be hacked and tracked.

  80. Scott
    November 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Why is Olivia a hoe because she falls in love with a married man whose marriage was over before they met? That is an unfair assessment of the situation. We are not perfect and we cannot help who we fall in love with. Both Liv and Fritz try to stay away but you cannot deny your true feelings. I love to see the two of them on screen. Their emotions are raw and real. The looks they give to each other is enough to send me in a tissy. This is the most dramatic love affair on tv. We cannot get enough of Olitz. I mean the nickname Olitz will go down in tv history. What other tv couple has been given a nickname and has tons of mvds posted on YouTube.

  81. nichole
    November 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    The phrase of this episode: “On it” (literally)

    Since my mom and dad don’t read this blog, yet, I will share they comments from the episode with you. My mom called the same night and said “Quinns_gotta_DIIIEEE.” My dad sent me a text that read “I HATE his ass, but I like the red dress.”

    I’m so over Liv and the Fitz. I understand love and all but he needs to get his stuff in order first. Liv needs to “lock it down” and stop running every time he calls. Plus, he needs to do his JOB. His ass is always in the Appalachian Mountains.

    I’m giving a standing ovation for this episode being the 1st time a Black woman directed a prime-time network TV drama created by a Black woman and starring a Black woman. Thanks, Luvvie for making a point of that.

    I think Harrison has been having sex, we haven’t seen it. And we see what we need to see because it always leads up to something. Just watch. The guy Cyrus is letting in the country will probably off Sister-Assistant for being close.

    Can we tell Cyrus that anytime your boo comes home late and needs to take a shower, something is amiss. And I do believe James got it poppin’ with Mr. VP.

    Will Huck toy with Quinn? Because sometimes the greatest torture is knowing what could come even if later it doesn’t. Just ask little kids whose moms tell them they will get a spanking when they get home. That’s what Huck did by laying out all his tools. Bye Quinn, with yo trifling ass.

    I’ve come to realize we really need these breaks from Scandal to digest it all. Plus, it gives us time to marinate on what’s next.

  82. Elle
    November 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    So…Harrison no doubt gets it in outside of work, but Candy just isn’t compelling. And as much as I enjoyed Lisa Kudrow, I was glad to see (what I thought was) the end of Candy. But since everybody else has messy relationships on the show, it was probably just his turn.

    I also hope Mellie can at least make a friend this season. Can she just get a hug? Shonda won’t let Mellie have anything nice, so I’m sure the backstory on the break-up of their marriage will be pinned on her, even if it isn’t her fault. But whatever it is, Bellamy will hold Mellie down.

    My feelings are in their feelings over Tony Goldwyn’s upper body. He already had me rewinding the DVR to watch his Obama strut down the hall to see Rowan earlier this season, but those abs? I was not ready…but was so grateful.

    Oh, and Mama Pope is no doubt a spy. Liv is in danger. I don’t think her mom will hurt her, but if Mama Pope is ruthless on a good day, then I’d hate to catch her on a bad one. I doubt Rowan denied her pictures because he was being cruel or lazy. He was being careful. I don’t think he wanted her to get her hands on anything that might have fingerprints. I feel bad for the hit Liv will take when she learns who/what her mother really is.

    We get it Shonda; bad decisions make good stories. But please, pretty please with rainbow sprinkles on top, do not jump the shark here. The last couple of episodes have been dancing really close to the edge. Please “know the ledge.”

  83. The Wrist
    November 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I still can’t get past how she chewed on her wrist… Jah knows.

  84. Izzy
    November 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Am I the only who feels that the chemistry between olivia and fitz is no longer the same???

    • funkmysoul
      November 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      I’m glad someone else said this cuz all throughout their love scene I felt…this doesn’t look/feel right. Idk what it is, but I didn’t see the same sparks as in previous Fitz/Liv scenes. I thought Fitz’s speech about the house was cute but when it actually came to them getting down to business, I thought something was slightly off.

      • November 26, 2013 at 3:18 pm

        Maybe because Miss Kerry is pregnant? I had that in the back of my head the whole time. It was weird watching that scene knowing she’s pregnant IRL with some other dude’s baby, maybe it was affecting her too.

  85. irene
    November 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    i dont think olitzs chemistry has changed that was an extremely hot love scene and Fitzs abs are to die for! i think that its the fact that WE know in IRL that kerry is someones newly married pregnant wife!

  86. Carriecnh12
    November 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Izzy I completely agree, their chemistry is completely different, in the “love” scene her expressions looked force and slightly off.

    Liv’s mom has earned the title of Wrist eating walker, cause the was just cray cray, Mellie, oh Mellie, this woman needs someone to show her that she matters to them, cause Fitz keeps bursting her bubbles, and Cyrus just disrespectful and cruel.

    And who the hell does Fitz think he is talking bout she owes him, she ain’t gots ta do nothing but stay black, pay taxes and die. That house to quote Shania Twain “don’t impress me much”, he trifling and she is a fool for being his side piece with no dignity and respect. She is telling him how she feels, and he ignores it to talk about fruit trees.

    An Quinn, Quinn all I have to say about this chile is expressed in the following gifs. and I am ready for the havoc and mayhem to come.

  87. deshull
    November 23, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    What a great episode and I’m finally leaving a comment…I’ve read on other sites that Shonda has said that she is not writing this pregnancy in, no matter how much we wish it could happen…On another note-Charlequinn is about to get Hucked and I am here for it…That love scene was hot and spicy but when I remembered that in real life Liv was preggers (YUCK)…

  88. Erin
    November 24, 2013 at 11:07 am

    James and VP hubby in pink and purple shirts gettin’ busy! LOL!!! I hope Huck “peels her like a grape” that’s what he told Charlie! LOL! I’m gone and I can’t function anymore. I really want Shonda Rhimes to get her life and leave mines alone. The wrist biting scene nearly took me out on a stretcher.
    Also! who says that Fitz can hit it from the back and make Liv look back at it!! Look Back at it!!!
    I can’t! Hurry up Damn thanksgiving!

  89. November 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Did anyone else catch how Cyrus was all “my husband is not your husband”; Fitz told his wife “don’t wait up”; and James said the EXACT SAME THING to Cyrus after his extra-marital romp as Cyrus laid in bed as sad as Mellie, but not looking nearly as put together or beautiful as he teared up??

  90. Nichole
    November 25, 2013 at 2:40 am

    I’m with everyone who says Mellie needs some. And I agree, SSA Tom would be the best candidate. He should be on her service detail. *wink wink*

  91. November 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I was SO grossed out by the wrist eating scene!! WTF, Mama Pope!?!?!?! Ugh!!! Let’s just say I need to stop eating and watching Scandal at the same time because I do not have a strong enough stomach for this damn show. UGH UGH UGH UGH UGH.

    And BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to Fitz and Olivia hooking up. Like a bunch of hormonal teens. Only on Scandal could someone KILL YOUR MOTHER (so they both think) and you’d still sleep with them. :/

    Drama drama drama as usual! Happy to see Cyrus and Quinn get what they deserve though!

  92. November 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Also can people in the comments stop referring to every female character on the show who happens to have sex a hoe?


  93. November 25, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    but Fitz ain’t got no eyebrows….

  94. Anne
    November 26, 2013 at 11:11 am

    OHEMGEE!!! So much in this episode. I loved the nanasecond long tenderness/pride and the parents Pope looked at the news clippings. Joe Morton and Khandi Alexander are EVERYTHING! I want to know what she did to land in prison for all those years as Papa Pope stated it was her fault. I was surprised that she and Liv hooked up so quickly too. Liv’s face was priceless when she heard her mother’s voice and then saw her.

    Cyrus gets what he deserves for playing his husband like a fiddle and believe that he was too stupid to put two and two together. He’s a reporter for goodness sake!!!

    As usual Bellamy did her thing. The scene where she has the assistant make the phone calls. Did y’all see her reaction?!! She was crushed!!! That woman can ACT! Why have I never seen her before Scandal?!

    And I’m completely over Olitz, but I KNEW Liv would be back in after hearing he built the house for her! (truth moment: I woulda been all the way back in too!!!! DAMN THE FEMALE REACTION TO CHIVALROUS ACTS!)

    Ima need to see Huck torture Baby Huck. She has tap danced on my last nerve this season. She ain’t ready to be B613!

    Can’t wait til next week’s episode!

  95. Lola
    December 3, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I have used Netflix and have surrendered myself to my own Scandal marathon. And, now I have questions:
    1) Can we get a flashback showing the origin of Cuyrus’ and Olivia’s relationship, and how it started? 2) WHAT THE HELL did Millie do to FItz to make him so bitter? 3) Clearly Daddy Pope is sprung. How did Mama Pope turn him out? Where is Harrison’s flashback and/or backstory?

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