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A Door Marked Exit: Scandal Season 3 Winter Finale Recap

Honestly, I just wanna lay out until February 27, 2014 because the Scandal winter finale has slayed me completely. I just… OMGGGGGGG!!! I can’t even. Let’s just jump into the happenings.

Sally’s Sin – Sally’s on the phone with Cyrus and she thinks back to what happened that night that led to the body of her husband by her feet. When Daniel enters her office, she basically goes apeshit on him for sleeping with James and putting everything she’s worked for to run for President in jeopardy. She tells him that his freak buddy being Cyrus’ husband was “poison fruit.” Her hubby gets bold and says he knew of his temptations since she saw him screwing a dude in college, and he wants out and he might even tell “The Sally Langston Story” on 60 minutes. That put her over the edge because she literally stabs in the back with a letter opener. WELL DAMB.

Sally Blood face Scandal

And here she stands, calling Beene the Based Goon. Cyrus shows up and she’s having a “752” moment, repeating to herself that she’s a murderer. Chile…

Tracking Trip – Olivia wants the Gladiators to find out about her mother, Maya, as they track down that plane to Hong Kong. Huck tells her that he’s tortured Quinn, who is at B613 at the moment. He put a tracking chip in one of her teeth and sent her on her merry way. When Daddy Goon tells Quinn he doesn’t need her info, she doesn’t get the chance to stab him with the poison syringe. Instead, she goes to the bathroom, flushes it down the toilet and removes the tracking chip. She tries to leave and Charlie says they have an assignment.

Heart Attack – Cyrus tells Sally that the story will be Daniel had a heart attack in his sleep and died. Charlie and Quinn show up, stitch up his stab wounds and move him into bed. He’s looking all clean and peaceful when the doctor shows up. He wants to remove Daniel’s clothes to inspect him when Sally comes out of her shock and throws herself over his body like a grieving widow. AND THE ACADEMY AWARD GOES TO…. SALLY LANGSTON THE NEWEST MURDEROUS GOON!

The Devil – Mellie hears of Daniel’s death and she enters Cyrus’ office all celebratory because it would mean Sally can’t run for President because of grief. Her partner in goon is white boy wasted at 7am and he tells her that it’s because they (him and her) are the reason Douglas is dead. He tells her how Sally stabbed her hubby because of his tryst with Mr. Novak and laments about how he’s officially the Devil. Out of all the things they’ve done, this one is probably the worst. “Hell hath no fury like a woman whose husband is screwing another man.” HA! He remains hilarious even in grief.

Rowan’s READ of LIFE – Rowan Pope was cornered and taken to a dark basement. Strapped to a chair and in walks President Ghost. He wants to keep him there until they’ve assured that Mama Pope is safe and free. With Command in his custody, Fitz feels power drunk and starts goading the goon.

“I’m screwing your girl. Your daughter. Every chance I get. The things I could tell you about the way she tastes. She’s quite a girl. Talented.”

OH. HE FUGGING TRIED IT! SO. HARD. What comes next is the most epic read EVERRRR as Papa Pope scalps Fitz and drags him up and down with truth. In fact, Fitz is lucky he ain’t get his ass whooped for getting so damb froggy.


“You don’t know anything about me.”

“Sadly BOY, I know every thing about you! You disappoint me as a suitor for my daughter’s hand.”

Rowan Read 1 Rowan Read 2

ROWAN MUFUGGING POPE FOR THE ENTIRE WIN!!!! LEMME JUST TAKE THIS MOMENT TO RUN AROUND MY HOUSE!!! That was a lesson in white privilege in America, and that was a READ to all the Fitzes out there. Those who happen to think they’ve done well for themselves when they’ve really been propelled to where they are because of their last names and their fathers. And every time Rowan called Fitz a “BOY” an angel moonwalked. Because yes.

I love the way Shonda Rhimes speaks about the state of race in America through her characters. This season has had a couple of these moments and it seems to be Rowan Pope who delivers it. Joe Morton is a BEAST AND HE DOES IT SO WELL!!! He read Fitzgerald the Black Folk Bill of Rights and I AM HERE FOR IT!

Also, let’s talk about how MESSED UP Fitz was for trying to throw his seckchual relationship with Olivia in her father’s face. To reduce the person you supposedly love to an object like the lollipop you can buy at the store, talmbout “lemme tell you how that strawberry blow pop tastes” is to really show your Aint Shitness. As a wishy washy fan of Olitz and one who is easy to sway into loving them together, I’m all FUCK FITZGERALD GRANT! He did too much.

But next episode, he might show her some superpowers and I might be weak again. I’m terrible. Still though… REAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDD, PAPA POPE!

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Countryless Maya – After flirting with David, Abby gets info on Maya Pope/Marie Wallace and finds out that she was born in East London, she was Margo Bouvier in Paris. Hannah Stewart in Germany. She came to the U.S. in 1972 and that is when she became Maya Lewis. No country for Mama Pope. Literally. And she was stealing government secrets from Rowan. Abby says this is her only crime, not murder. Uh huh.

Mellie’s Regards – Leo is giddy because widowed Sally can get sympathy votes. Just then, Mellie shows up to give her condolences, and he excuses himself. She tells Sally that “you’re part of our family now” and the VP knows that Cy told her she murdered her hubby. This was First Lady’s way to telling her she better keep her word and not run for president. WELP.

Quinn’s Worry – Quinn is in bed with Charlie, with a life that’s upside down from just the week before. 7 days ago, her biggest worry was if she should get highlights. Now she’s literally in bed with an assassin, has killed a dude, almost killed the head of a top secret black ops gang and had her teeth taken out by her best friend/mentor. Rough.

The Truth – James runs to David’s office to say he has a hunch that Daniel Douglas was murdered by either Cyrus or Sally. Rosen gives him no love from the Defiance betrayal, and I don’t blame him. Meanwhile, Olivia calls Fitz and says she knows her father is with him. She demands to talk to Papa and her bae brings her to the Pentagon to see him face-to-face.

Liv deduces that he had her mom pulled off the plane because she was going to sell government secrets. And when he interrogated her, he found out there was a bomb on it, so he decided to shoot the plane down before it got to London and killed thousands of folks. EXCEPT NO! That makes no sense!

Dad Look 1 Dad Look 2

Olivia looks at her father and realizes that it was deeper than that. Maya told Rowan there was a bomb on the plane but there was never one. She tricked him into killing over 300 people! “She fooled you like she fooled me.” AW SHIT! Her father gives a weak nod to confirm it and tears form in his eyes. WELL DAMB!

Liv turns to Fitz and tells him to have her mother arrested when she gets off the plane. GIRL GOODBYE! This is YOUR fault too! Someone needs to build a stadium in Vermont and tell Fitz AND Olivia to HAVE SEVERAL SEATS! NO JAM! Because their decisions that are just based purely off emotions are getting them and everyone around them into foolish situations. Like this mess where the PRESIDENT has let a TREASONOUS goon escape the USA on a PRIVATE MILITARY PLANE! HOW MUCH MESS CAN YOU BE IN?

When she leaves, Rowan asks for his jacket and tie back. He tells Fitz that “b613 is not an individual. Cut off the head of the snake and another will grow in its place.” WELP! Rowan is my new fave.

No More Gladiator – Quinn shows up at the Gladiator office, having left Charlie’s bed in the middle of the night. She goes to see Huck and he tells her the only reason he didn’t peel her like an orange or kill her is because of Olivia. She betrayed the Queen and therefore she is no longer a Gladiator. BYE QUINN!

No Gladiator 1 No Gladiator 2

Cyrus’ Plea – James shows up and see Cyrus looking pitiful. His husband asks him what happens next. “You just never noticed the 666 on my forehead before.…I’m standing here afraid and in my underwear and without my soul asking you what happens now.” Ol’ manipulative ass Cyrus. I can’t help but love him, doe. When he finishes his plea, he leaves James to his thoughts.

Hong Kong Fail – President Ghost calls Olivia and tells her that the plane never made it to Hong Kong. Maya hijacked it, killed the pilots and the army dude on it. It landed in Mongolia.  She’s gone with the wind fugitive. And no one should be surprised because you hand a top goon a phone, a gun and think she’ll land where you expected and you’d be a fool.

Jake’s Goodbye – Jake walks in Liv’s office and he kisses her goodbye. He says he loves/loved her no matter what happens next.

Quinn’s Return – As Charlie sits in bed eating takeout, Quinn walks in looking pitiful and wearing a black watch I’ve never noticed before.

Pitiful Quinn 1 Pitiful Quinn 2

2 Legit 2 Quit – After Daniel’s funeral, Sally tells Leo that it’s best if she doesn’t run and he is not tryna hear it one bit. He tells her that her husband is in heaven cheering for her and she flips out! ”Daniel Douglas is in hell. Because he’s a sodomite. He’s a godless sinner and he deserved what he got!” He realizes that she killed him and gets mad that she called Cyrus first, talmbout he’s supposed to be her first call in crisis. Chile…

David’s Snitch – David is at his office minding his business when a woman walks in and says she’s been trying to reach him. She wrote the code for an NSA program that allows them to hack into your cellphone to record convos in any room someone’s in. And she has tea for him. She plays the tape in a cellphone and it’s of Cyrus and Sally’s convo about her murdering her husband. WELL SHIT!

Command’s Surprise – Olivia calls Rowan and asks if he hid her mom for all those years from her to protect her. But our man is FIRMLY of the No Snitching Movement and he tells her that the answers she is looking for won’t be found with him. He hangs up and walks down the halls of Wonderland into his office. Sitting in his chair is Jake from State Farm. Soooo Fitz DID cut off the head and the new one that grew back is his buddy. WHHAAAAAAA?!?!?!

Next Press Secretary – James is lying in bed with Cyrus and he says he wants to be appointed White House Press Secretary. THAT is what’s next. When you lay with the Devil enough, you will join him. Welp!

Mama’s Back – Olivia gets a call and it’s from her mother who calmly says she knows her daughter is probably upset with her but “don’t worry, Sweetheart. I’ll see you real soon.” She hangs up, throws it away and walks off. SHE’S IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!!! *faints*

Hi Livvie 1 Bye Livvie



So. Jake is now Command. And it’s because Fitz is butthurt about that READ OF LIFE he got. It was an ego thing. Was he planning on taking down Rowan? Yes he was. But he didn’t have the idea to put his brofriend in his place til just after he was told to have an everlasting seat. But here’s the thing: Jake ain’t goon enough to be Command. AT ALL. How are you ton just think you can slide into the chair of someone who’s been at it for over 20 years, and someone whose wife is more ruthless than any assassin they got? PLUS, Rowan ain’t letting them good gubment benefits go like that. Obamacare or not! He is not ton go easy. Jake, YOU AINT BAD! YOU AINT NOTHING! Watch your back because Daddy Goon ain’t ton be outchea unemployed messing with you two jokers.

But ummmm… CAN SOMEONE GIVE JOE MORTON ALL THE AWARDS FOR THE BEST MONOLOGUE EVER ON TV?!? Emmys. Espys. Grammy. Golden Globe. Blue ribbon. Best dressed. Best fettucine alfredo. Best singing on Idol. Just start awards to give the man. That monologue was EVERYTHING TO ME! He snatched Fitz’s ENTIRE scalp and I’m still getting my life from it.

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And I LOVE how Mama Pope’s return #alphet is IDENTICAL to Liv’s first “It’s handled” #alphet. The off-white trench. I need them to do a photoshoot. Yes, please! Also, did she get dropped off in Mongolia and then hitchhike to DC?!? I mean GAHTDAMB! Real Gs move in silence indeed! Also, she’s the type of goon who has a hairdresser on the run with her to hit her coif with that fresh blowout. I believe it.

What is the doggone deal with Quinn, doe? She’s a woman without a home, friends or direction. Right now, what is her purpose? She ran back to Charlie all pitifully but I’m wondering if she’s gonna make herself useful and cross him. I’m so sick her but we need her in the midst, stirring the pot.

Also, David Rosen is gonna probably pursue this murder of Daniel Douglas and he will lose. Because he is Lemony Snicket. Bless his heart.

WHOOOOOOO CHILE! We got TEN weeks before Scandal comes back. Two and a half months! GLADIATORS, what are we gon do???


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  1. December 13, 2013 at 7:34 am

    “But ummmm… CAN SOMEONE GIVE JOE MORTON ALL THE AWARDS FOR THE BEST MONOLOGUE EVER ON TV?!? Emmys. Espys. Grammy. Golden Globe. Blue ribbon. Best dressed. Best fettucine alfredo. Best singing on Idol. Just start awards to give the man. That monologue was EVERYTHING TO ME! He snatched Fitz’s ENTIRE scalp and I’m still getting my life from it.”

    I HOLLERED! At 8:32 am on Friday December 13th this here year of our lord J.C., that brought me immediately to tears of screaming laughter!

  2. Silk!
    December 13, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Picture the worst football fan, hootin and hollarin and whatnot. Like in that commercial.

    That’s me on Thursday nights. I keep saying I should invite people to come watch with me, but I don’t know how to act.

    I had to pause the DVR to scream/laugh at Fitz gloating to Rowan about Olivia. You’re right, childish as all get out. Rowan’s response almost took the curl out of Fitz’s hair. Almost.

    And the GLOVES! Did you catch Mama’s gloves? Maya did not have supervised Liv’s trips to the mall as a teen but that fashion sense is in the genes.

    So, ten weeks. I can do this. Rewatch each episode (except the rape scene). Maybe check out the new mini-series. Stock up on wine.

    • Opal.NdaRuff
      December 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      That rape scene still has my spirit shook.

      • tc
        December 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm

        ditto. my gracious!

  3. KemaB
    December 13, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Thank You for the transcript of the most epic read ever. Joe Morton did that!!!!! I was unable to fully comprehend everything that went on in the show after because my soul was still weeping and dancing for joy as he speed read Fitz for filth. I never really disliked Ditz until that moment. he certainly tried it. Papa Pope eloquently finished it. Now let me finish reading the recap

  4. December 13, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Lawd was too much. I woke up early this morning just to smooth hit my DVR and replay Joe Morton’s READ FOR FILTH of Fitz. I mean..can Brother from Another Planet PLEASE get an EMMY, GOlden Globe, Soul Train??? MY GOD! THat man has TALENTS beyond compare…. He’s my new fav. Goon or not!

    And Quinn.Just pulling out your teeth like it’s the new normal. Like it’s like flossing your back teeth! MERCY!

    And can we also give it up for Sally’s SLAYING of her husband. SHE READ HIM and let him have it…literally.

    Gosh..all these folks are some good ass actors. MERCY! 10 weeks wont come fast enough!

  5. December 13, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Lemme order you a Venti White Chocolate Mocha and scrambled cheese eggs…..loved every bit of this post.

    • StEvans
      December 13, 2013 at 9:14 am

      I got 5 on it!….Luvvie…Ma’am YOU ROCK!

    • Tadow2
      December 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

      I will order them weekly for you until the show returns.

  6. Kiss
    December 13, 2013 at 7:45 am

    I’m gonna marry Rowan Pope. He can lock me up for 22yrs. Ioneem care. That read raised the dead. That read was poetic justice. We should just call him Q. He got the juice. I want that read for Christmas so I can practice it and say it to ppl that make me mad. Like the mailman. Or Mall Santa. Y’all gonna post my bail right?

    • Starberry
      December 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm


  7. Mona
    December 13, 2013 at 7:47 am

    *revives from last night*


    He closed all the libaries!

    He has Fitz’s wig on his wall like a trophy.

    *faints again*

    • DivinaEmily
      December 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      “He closed all the libraries.”
      Cremate me and send my momma some flowers cuz life is over right now!

  8. India
    December 13, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Too many damn people know Sally killed bruh… Unlike Liv, ol’ Cyrus is a chatty fixer. And since it was a covered up murder, why didn’t Sally get him cremated?!? Do they not watch all the crime shows?!? Any suspicious ish & a body comes out of the ground QUICK. That’s how they’re going to get caught up. James is starting to get on my nerves, Cy should’ve let Charlie lay his snitching ass out. Quinn. Nawl! I’m so over her. Also, I’m ready to see whatever is going on with Harrison & this Wiz Khalifa (lol) fella.

    • Tip
      December 13, 2013 at 9:38 am


    • Opal.NdaRuff
      December 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Wiz Khalifa?!?! You have won.

  9. Momongo
    December 13, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I will never look at Fitz the same again. That was low Fitz you leaked my girl name episode one now this?????? Fitz has been B613 all along and the team is Maya, Fitz, and Jake in my opinion. Fitz told Rowan he would release him once Maya was free and the plane landed and she happens to be in front of White House at the end. I just can’t figure out where this is going??? But I have been saying. Jake is Fitz brother from another mother I just feel it!!! Poor Quinn I feel bad for her now she has no family except Charlie. The rest I don’t know I am tired that was too much last night

    • Q
      December 13, 2013 at 8:58 am

      ^^^^ this!!

      I’ve been saying all along that people should not sleep on Fitz….he’s been dropping hints about those presidential balls.

      Jake told Olivia last night that Fitz has more power than she thinks.

      During Rowan’s monologue (which I gave a standing ovation), he kept saying the situation was above Fitz’ pay grade. Rowan didn’t think Fitz had the reach to get him fired…I think the whole cut off the head of the snake reference was more about killing Rowan….not just firing him.

      Either maya is working with Fitz or she’s working that Assam Salif dude.

      I am happy that last night episode was more mellow. I can’t take too many episodes like last week.

      • milaxx
        December 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

        I think May is working with Adnan Salif too. I think that & to get back at Rowan are the reasons why she is back in the US.

    • lvigil
      December 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

      im still here for fitz. hes been read about how hes worthless his whole life, so he just sat back and listened. but rowans biggest sin was his pride. fitz tried to get him by talking about liv, and he wasn’t lying about screwing her every chance he gets. 🙂
      but he learned the most important thing to rowan was his position, which he rightly earned Im sure. So he used that, he said he wouldn’t kill him, but he told liv he was coming for him.

  10. Tina
    December 13, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Joe Morton’s monologue should be ALL of the Christmas, Easter, and Black History Month Program speeches! My heart was racing for the next two scenes straight after that read. I wanted to apologize to Papa Pope and I didn’t even know what I did.

    I gotta say, something about watching a black man chained to a chair call a white man “boy” so many times did a lil’ sumthin’ sumthin’ to me. And then the way he asked for his jacket and tie back when he was released? Ba-beeeeee!

    Mellie is so bad but so perfectly good at it. She and Rowan are my new faves now.

    • Kiss
      December 13, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Yes! Mellie and Rowan are my new boo thangs. No…. they deserve better than that. We goes tugetha nah!

    • jcanwisegrrl
      December 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Lemme just stand and slow clap for about 20 minutes for Papa Pope’s EPIC read of Fitz! I sat there with my mouth and eyes wide open as Fitz showed himself for the simple teenage that he’s always been, telling Olivia’s FATHER that he’s tasted the rainbow and how good it was and shit. WHAT the actual EFF?! You just don’t DO that shit Fitz. It’s a good thing I never liked his ass, cuz he woulda lost me right there. Then Rowan/Eli started to R-E-A-D and he snatched everybody’s wig. He snatched wigs so hard edges were lost. Nawl, he snatched so hard SCALPS were lost. He peeled Fitz like a grape, as Huck had threatened to do to Charlie in Season 1. And I was THERE for ALL! OF! IT! I shouted, I stood up and cheered, I hit a couple tucks and herkies and then I pulled out a chair for Fitz to have a seat. Shitheel. Papa’s read not only exposed Fitz’s privilege and ain’t shitness, but it also showed just how weak the premise of their relationship has always been. That’s why I have never been here for them. Ain’t no ‘love’ in that relationship. And then I also had a revelation: Anyone notice that Liv has never returned Fitz’s “I love yous” – ever? Hmmm…

      So many other things happened, but I was still recovering from Daddy Pope’s dress-down of Fitz the Ditz, I’ma have to watch the episode again to really get it all. But lemme just say, I kinda feel sorry for Quinn. I think she’s the most annoying person ever – even Taylor Swift is less annoying – but po baby. She had everything taken from her TWICE by Olivia’s damn shenanigans. Yes, she went and betrayed the team all because she wasn’t getting any attention, but I can’t help but feel for her 🙁

      I think James finally woke up and realised he’s gotta become a shark too or get chomped, so he’s like, eff yo love Cyrus. Just gimme my dream job. #byeSatan

      And let us just touch on the subject of Mama Pope for a second. That woman is THE. ULTIMATE. GANGSTAA! She is the real ghost. Just wow! And the fact that she was wearing a Livvie coat and glove combo with her hair all laid like they share the same hairdressa, lawd. I was so unable. And in front of the White House, doe? TJLLLA;MNDJEJKKSLLLA::APWPOLWOOLAPOWIY&!J”)”=!=?=!!??!!J!J(“Y”!!!

      And Jake as Command is kinda hot to me. I was so worried he was gonna leave the show when he came in and hit Liv with the Whitney Houston ‘and IIIIIIIIII-eeeeee-IIIIIIII will always love yooooooooouuuuuuuu’ ish. I swear I teared up. I love me some Jake and I don’t care who hates him. Maybe it’s Scott Foley’s sexy, sincere eyes. His promotion is another example of how worthless and small Fitz is. Hate him even more. But I just wanna see how it all plays out in February. Someone on Twitter commented that a freelancing Rowan might be an even bigger nightmare for Fitz and I am soooo here for that! I also hope Sally snaps and offs his ass too. I just detest him so. Ugh! And what if Mama Pope is here to off Fitz and being so pissed, Daddy Pope decides to help her? Lol! I’m probably talking crazy, but this is Shondaland, so you gotta go faaaaar left with your theories.

      February 27 can’t come fast enough!

      • Ashaunta
        December 13, 2013 at 11:15 am

        I also noticed she doesn’t return his I love yous.. I thought I was the only one.

        • jcanwisegrrl
          December 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm

          She just gives him a closed-lip smile and hits her exit. Lol!

        • Livin4daweekend
          December 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

          I was thinking about that too. Here is my theory. If you watch the flashback of Olivia with her mother right before she left for the airport as a kid…. The last thing she said to her was ” I love You Olivia” and then she was killed in a plane crash i.e. never came back. Perhaps saying “I love you” to someone for Olivia, in her mind, is connective and to her threatens that person leaving her? She obviously has tole him in other ways like “don’t sell the house”…she just can’t say the words…there is a reason why and its not because she doesn’t feel it in return for him.

        • December 17, 2013 at 12:35 am

          I think you’re right about your theory…she shows she loves him, she says certain things that get that point across, but will not say it. Lol I mean…it should be safe now for her to say it, someone has already tried and failed to kill him once…

      • Meek Meek
        December 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        @jcanwisegrrl, we are here (two fingers going from my eyes to yours). I loves me some Jake from State Farm. I too wondered what they have planned for him since his name is third in the opening credits!I just want to point out Luvvie calling all dem jokers out as fools to the highest power…when Jakey read Liv about talking to Huck like he ain’t been there for her AND been used and abused by her daddy “goon or not to be goon”. I was like YASSSSS,Get it tugetha gurl! Daddy Goon still mistreated both my boys and I ain’t here for that! Huck is my brother from another mother. He is doin’ what he got to do for you Liv!

        • jcanwisegrrl
          December 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm

          I mean! How was she gonna berate Huck? I really love Scott Foley – I mean Jake, because he’s always open with Liv (except for that time when he was stalking her. He was just doing is JOB, dambit!) I started to construct a very angry tweet to Miss Shonda when he came with that goodbye. Lol! She’d have probably read me worse than Daddy Pope did BoyFitz. Can we make that a thing – call POTUS Olivia’s BoyFitz? Lololol!

        • Nicole
          December 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm

          I’m HERE for officially changing President Ghost to “BoyFitz.” YEEEESSSSSS!!!!

        • Carleen
          December 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

          I second that emotion. He will be BoyFitz until he proves otherwise.

        • Camille
          December 16, 2013 at 10:21 am

          BoyFitz is good for me, too. Telling the father of your on again off again side chick that you like how she tastes is just foul and wrong. And as soon as Liv does something he doesn’t like, he’ll drop her again. Like some little boy.

        • December 17, 2013 at 12:36 am

          Bitz, for short lol

      • GigiSxm
        December 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm

        Yes!!! I have noticed that Liv never responds in kind to his i love yous. I am so here for that epic READ. I always dispised the fact that he uses her as his exit strategy. Grow a pair bruh, if you don’t want to be president, then resign but don’t drag Olivia down with you.
        At one point during the Rowan Read i had to double check his chains. Had me shaking in my boots and i wasn’t even in the same room.
        So what powers/pull does Fitz have at B613? Apparently Rowans job isn’t above his pay grade.

        • jcanwisegrrl
          December 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm

          I had to check his chains too. Lol! Isn’t it just like Shonda to completely flip the image of subjection though? Black man in chains telling off his captor, calling him boy, stripping him of his manhood, while looking up at him physically? That was another reason it was such a powerful moment. In some ways, Rowan told off every oppressor ever. I HAD to applaud that. And then that sneering ‘Please’ as he asked for his garments back. Chills.

          I have NEVER liked Fitz. Always found him weak, willful and annoying. I don’t know how anyone can stand him and want Liv with him. All they have is combustible chemistry and that’s not enough to sustain even a tv romance. There is NO foundation to Olitz and I just don’t believe them. They can go hold a seat beside Sally’s dearly departed hubby for all I care.

      • Nichole
        December 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm

        I’m with you on freelancing Rowan. Or what about Pope & Pope & Associates. How much better Liv and her team would be with Rowan on the team as well?

        I think Maya being in front of the White House was to let us know she was in town. She has already been in contact with her contacts and it’s going to be business as usual.

      • Stace
        December 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

        I was so worried he was gonna leave the show when he came in and hit Liv with the Whitney Houston ‘and IIIIIIIIII-eeeeee-IIIIIIII will always love yooooooooouuuuuuuu’ ish.

        Girl you win….LMAO

      • scandallover
        December 14, 2013 at 8:38 am

        i am still picking my mouth up off the floor…where did fitz get off telling rowan i am banging your daughter and she’s goo killed! i was mortified…but the killer line for me was rowan saying ‘i dont consider you a suitable suitor for my daughter.’ OUCH!!!

        AND MAMA POPE? BACK IN THE COUNTRY?! i thought this chick was on every watch list going!

        you are so right re the perfectly done hair..lmao

        and jake as the new command…u have got to be kidding me: i did NOT see that coming!

  11. Monimba99
    December 13, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Lawd…..I’m laid out with the purple sheet!!! All the ushers are fanning me after this recap!!!! #dead @best fettuccine Alfredo lmao. Girl you did that!!!!

    Daddy Pope is the new Messiah lol Mama Pope is a G for all Gs. She wrote the book and directed the movie.

    Quinn…poor tinktink…Huck done took his toys and went home!!! We ain’t friends NO MO!!!

    • YKH
      December 13, 2013 at 11:36 am


    • Peachiegurl
      December 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm


      “Huck done took his toys and went home!!! We ain’t friends NO MO!!

      tooooooooo much!!!

  12. rikyrah
    December 13, 2013 at 8:06 am

    This episode was great.

    I loved Sally calling Cyrus..

    ” The devil came in.”

    And Cyrus knew…HE WAS THE DEVIL!!!

    I loved that he flipped all the Jesus stuff back onto Sally..

    ” Jesus will forgive you…let me have the burden.”

    Cyrus cracked me up.

    James, upon finding out about Daniel, knew something was up.

    Cyrus was like, no, I didn’t kill your lover….but, don’t expect me to be sad.

    I continue to believe Cyrus and James are the best written couple on the show, and I love it when they break it down.

    Cyrus is like, you’re the love of my life, and I have no intentions of letting you go…and I’ll use my position and power to keep you here.

    If not for Papa Pope, Cyrus would have had the line of the episode:

    Cyrus: I’m still the man you married, but you never noticed the 666 on my forehead..


    Papa Pope…nothing else to say….

    He was DA TRUTH.

    the beginning. middle. and end of THE TRUTH!!!

    Joe Morton absolutely ROCKS!!


    I continue to be on Team Mellie.

    Mellie and Sally:

    Mellie took that pearl handled shiv and was all up and down Sally’s back and did it with a smile on her face and didn’t raise her voice one bit.


    I just can’t compute Jake as Command.

    And Mama Goon Pope.

    What kind of pull must she have that, after 22 years is prison, she can get halfway around the world, in these times, undetected, and under the radar?

    And, can I get a witness about her rocking that coat IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!!

    • GigiSxm
      December 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Is it at all possible that his affair with Liv is intentional?????? I get the feeling there are more layers to Fitz.

      • Stace
        December 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

        I am thinking the same thing. Cause when he can tell her dad about the goodness of her love pocket and how many times he snacked that is JUST VIOLATION and shows no respect for the woman he supposedly loves. Yeah, Fitz is on his bitchassedness, and I am watching with the side eye!

        • Stace
          December 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

          Oh and one more thing, I think Jake has known all along that Fitz is using Olivia which is why he gets so disgusted when she keeps running back to him. I’m not her for Jake or Fitz. Olivia needs Ilyana to fix her life.

        • scandallover
          December 14, 2013 at 8:46 am

          oooooooh, that would be deep if it turned out fitz was just using olivia. something was seriously wrong with the way he read him the ‘i love tasting your daughter’ speech…. or was he just trying to assert himself as rowan has been so belittling up until this point?

      • Opal.NdaRuff
        December 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm

        That made my jaw drop. Because it’s completely plausible. He could have had bad feelings about Operation Remington and maybe before he ran for Pres. he decided to do some digging and find out what it was really all about. So he somehow, someway gets in contact with Mama Pope gets the real dirt on Daddy Goon and B613 (As much as I’ve grown to love Daddy Goon, that man is nowhere near innocent, he did something evil before ordering them to shoot down the plane),and so Fitz and Mama Pope been in cahoots this whole time and Liv just might have been a pawn in this big ass game they playing. What is life?!?!?!

  13. QueenSista
    December 13, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Luvvie, I know you were here for that Daddy Pope read that he gave Fitz but here’s what you missed: 1. Fitz got Rowan to snap… which makes him mentally unstable and he can no longer perform his duties as COMMAND. 2. Rowan admitted to locking Mama Pope up without any reason, which is against the law. Also giving them reason to relieve Rowan of his position. So yeah that read was E-VE-RY-THANG but you missed the major move Fitz and Jake made during that. I am here for #TEAMFAKE/TEAMJITZ or whatever we will decide to call them in these next 11 weeks.

    • Poirot0153
      December 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Yes, yesss, yessss…and YES AGAIN!!!! You hit the nail on the head. I thought maybe I was the only one not impressed by the Rowan monologue. I saw it like you did: his enemy made him lose control and lose his cool. Basically Fitz pulled an Ali rope-a-dope move. Let your opponent tire himself out then go in for the 1-2 punch: Jake from State Farm in now Command. Fitz 1, Rowan 0 in that exchange. Just sayin…

      But Daddy Pope may not be down for the count. In my opinion, the speech (excellently delivered by Joe Morton) was a sign of him losing a grip just a bit. I think he will bounce back though. I’m still a Fitz fan and have been from the start. And I am definitely a fan of Joe Morton, an excellent actor for sure.

      • Lisa
        December 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm

        GREAT POINT, but the speech was EPIC….. But, Daddy Pope ain’t going out like that!!!!!!

    • Sharron
      December 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

      I had not thought of that but you have a very good point. I have been saying that Fitz and Jake were going to team up so I am happy about that but I am interested to see how Shonda wraps all this up. Is Mama Pope about to pay a visit to Fitz?!? Will Sally listen to Leo or will her depression over her sin push her over the edge. Is Quinn working another angle?? What, Shonda, what?!?!

    • milaxx
      December 13, 2013 at 11:15 am

      How was Maya locked up for no reason? She was/is a known terrorist.

      I agree Fitz did goad Rowan into losing his cool, but Maya is guilty as original sin.

      • QueenSista
        December 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm

        Nobody knew she was a spy except Eli. That’s why he kept her locked up.

    • Christina Joy
      December 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you! That monologue made our ancestors cringe. We know that white privilege exists, but what does it prove for us to throw a hissy fit and tell them they have it. His monologue was the beginning of his end to me.

    • jcanwisegrrl
      December 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      *Buries head in sand to avoid internalising this* NOOOO!!!! I just really don’t like Fitz and want him to just take his superpowers and go to hell. I hope Papa Pope has some aces up his sleeve.

    • Cyn
      December 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      I thought EYE was the only one that noticed that as well! While Rowan / Eli read for Lyfe, it ultimately cost him his job. As the old saying goes, “never let them see you sweat!”

    • scandallover
      December 14, 2013 at 8:49 am

      interesting! rah, look at how we break down these motives…and that is PERFECTLY PLAUSIBLE

  14. Starberry
    December 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Im convinced that Mama Pope and Chiquita from “Belly” are the same person………… other explanation for me lol

  15. Msdrema
    December 13, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Yes, that Joe Morton read was the life giver to many including myself. But in the end, after all that “say it with your chest-ing” there is still reality: white privilege cost the black man his job.

  16. Carriecnh12
    December 13, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I HAVE NEVER LIKED FITZ, I said to my sis he a punk in a trunk, and what he said to Rowan last night proved it, he done ups and lost his eva loving mind, and Rowan made him sit back down to find it cause Ditz tried it and lost.

    I am sorry Liv couldn’t see that, talking bout making grape jam, anyone who likes grape ain’t gots no taste and certainly no couth, Vermont is for fools and folly and shw is the biggest one of all.

    Mellie, girl you are still my G, and speaking of Gs, Mothersassin was wearing a tainted white coat and gloves, clearly white is a symbol for everything but purity and trust on this show.

    • Robirdie23
      December 13, 2013 at 8:52 am

      I am starting to not like Fitz now, I was like OMG WTF OMG!!!! Like who does that!!! And I think Rowan’s READ OF LIFE really showed him that only a boy talks about the woman he loves like that. Grown men don’t say crap like that to the daddy, especially not Papa Goon! IF Mama Shonda wants to make us love Fitz again she’s got a lot of work to do after that slip of the tongue! Sorry, couldn’t resist, see being nasty and uncouth rubs off on people…

    • T
      December 13, 2013 at 9:04 am

      I ain’t never liked Fitz bitch ass neither and last night proved it once again! Olivia still doesn’t know HE leaked her name to the press. And WTF is that to say to the ‘love of your life’ father?!

      I saw that love confession coming, but I didn’t think Jake will get ghost as soon as he said it. IDK. But I’m #teamJalivia right now lol … there is nothing Shonda can do to make me like Olitz again. Not even if he bought her an island and named it Olivia Pope. I gives no fucks!

      • jcanwisegrrl
        December 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm


  17. T
    December 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

    #teamJALIVIA! LOL!

  18. Michele
    December 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

    A+++++ for the gif of the best wig snatching of all time. Neely O’Hara was a charter member of the No F***** to Give Club.

  19. Robirdie23
    December 13, 2013 at 8:37 am

    After I ran around my house twice hollering like a lunatic, woke up the baby and slapped my husband’s ass just for the hell of it, I still can’t get over this damn episode!! Your recap gave me life!! And yes Rowan gets ALL the awards, I want them to invent a special Oscar category for Best Read in Life because he did IT ALL with that speech. Dead at Best Fettuccine, you are a fool and I am here for it always!! I kinda feel a lil sorry for Sally, being a right wing hypocrite had to be hard, imagine how many lies she had to tell herself to marry a gay man in the first place and than she snaps and kills him. BUT I think as usual Mellie did too much too soon because I have a feeling that Leo aint going to let a little murder get in the way of his ambition.

    Love how David stay telling government secrets every time Abby bats her eyelashes, she must be attending the Olivia Pope Love Pocket Mind Control Class and she has a B+ average! Poor David is going to lose if he goes up against Cyrus, again.

    I don’t know in the world I am going to deal for 10 long weeks without my Scandal but as usual Mama Shonda know no matter how much we complain, we will be sitting right there waiting like a hooker without a pimp, cause she keeps addicted to that sweet stuff. Thanks for the recap Luvvie, I guess I will just re-watch the entire season like everybody else.

    • Peachiegurl
      December 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Robirdie23, you ain’t tol no lies ’bout us neeva, we sho is gone be sittin’ right dere wit dat dang hooker lookin’ and lookin’ and lookin’ some mo!!! UMPH!

  20. December 13, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I dreamt about that read and I woke up and got on demand just to re see that read. Joe Morgan for the win!

  21. Nichole
    December 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I’ve been over Fitz for a while now. And he showed he was everything Papa Pope read him on by saying he screwed Liv. Very bad chice of words Mr. Prez. But Rowan showed Fitz why he is Command. Wasn’t fazed but told Fitz who he was.

    I’m all for Jake but he is not Command. Rowan knows things and you have to be the type of person with no entanglements. Jake doesn’t have it.

    Lemony should tread lightly but he knows this and it’s apparent after meeting with James.

    Mama Pope? Who is she after now? She got in touch with her people who brought her back to DC. Her work from 22 years ago is not over. Liv and her pops will have to work together to get Maya/Marie/Hannah I line.

    We need until February to recover.

    • milaxx
      December 13, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Agreed and that’s why Fitz stay losing. He always makes a big move and then flops. His remarks about Liv was just base and low down.

  22. laddibugg
    December 13, 2013 at 8:57 am


    Yes…so real and so good…you know when somenone is amped and starts spiting as they talk…i felt that lol….

    Mellie is that person who will throw you an insult wrapped so deep in sugar that all you can do is smile and say ‘Thanks”.

    Fitz is that dude you were feeling at the bar, and gave him your number. Maybe you hooked up. But he sends you a text or says the most awkward thing that makes you think “I don’t want to f%&k with this dude anymore’. Telling Pa Pope how Oliv tastes crossed way too many lines.

    y’all really didn’t think Ma Pope was going out like that did you? Runs off sing The Black Keys ♫ “Baddest Man Alive” ♫

  23. December 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

    ” She’s gone with the wind fugitive.” This line is epic. LOL

  24. Purple Dove
    December 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Sigh…. Sigh…. Sigh….

    Shonda gave us enough manna to live on until the end of Black History Month 2014. Whenever we get a Scandal twitch, we will watch Papa Pope’s white hegemonic privilege soliloquy from now and till then and all will be well until February 27, 2014.

    And Fitz’s “I’m screwin’ her, you know?” line just dried up a lot of (Black) panties…. Tacky and messy on top of disrespectful and dishonorable.

    Since Joe Morton (Papa Pope) is rightfully getting all the first place awards, please give honorable mentions to Jeff Perry (Cyrus Beene). He earned them even before this season. James is a whiny mo-fo. All talk and no action. I keep saying he and Mellie are two peas in a pod. Like Cyrus said last week, James ain’t leaving! And if you caught Cyrus’ repentance speech, he told James that he could call the police, but he doesn’t have any evidence. Cyrus noted that James would lose in a custody battle for the (Black) baby girl he bought (as a Black baby girl I am, that phrase stung a lot!). A demon always reveals itself….

    And Mellie’s meddling is going to push Sally right into the race as a grieving widow, just like ol’ dude said.

    Luvvie said: “he’s a woman without a home, friends or direction.”. She also has NO TEETH! Why hasn’t she seen a dentist for all the infections growing out of the holes in her mouth? She’s been eating, drinking, sucking, and sexing? Really?

    And that coroner who called Daniel’s body? What kind of mess is that?

    And finally, Mama Pope. We know where Liv gets it. Ludacris said he got hoes in different area codes? Mama Pope got hairdressers and stylists in different INTERNATIONAL area codes. Go big or go home.

    Here’s my Scandal innocence lost: this episode had one too many leaps of faith for me to suspend reality…. the coroner, Mama Pope getting from Mongolia to DC, the lack of press coverage for Daniel Douglas’ untimely death and no investigation? Liv’s magical thighs got the POTUS on speed dial and can get her into the Pentagon? Fitz being able to undo Rowan from Command and put Jake in without blinking? Sigh…. Love you Shonda but you gotta do better. Get back to the Scandal glory from Seasons 1-2! Esp. Season 2!


    • Purple Dove
      December 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

      CORRECTION: Luvvie said about QUINN: “she’s a woman without a home, friends or direction.”. She also has NO TEETH! Why hasn’t she seen a dentist for all the infections growing out of the holes in her mouth? She’s been eating, drinking, sucking, and sexing? Really?

    • jcanwisegrrl
      December 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      I wish Sally would snap and kill Fitz, that’s what I wish. He is even more bothersome than Quinn to me.

  25. Brandihorse83
    December 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I am still too slayed to really go in like I want to but here are some things I wanna note….

    1) I still think Sally is going to run with her murdering ass.

    2) Cyrus in butt hurt now that he is the bottom and James is the top.

    3) I think Quinn, Charlie and Daddy Pope are gonna team up to fuck some shit up.

    4) Jake as command is a HELL NAWL!!

    5) Leo is the new Cyrus.

    6) Mellie is going to get them all in the end.

    7) Mama Pope is bout that life.

    8) EVERYONE on the Scandal is evil as fuck

    9) I still think Fitz is a low-key goon and just because he doesnt read like Daddy Pope doesnt mean that he doesnt get what he wants in the end… He put Jake in command for a reason… Keep your enemies close…. I am jus sayin…

    PS.. Mama Pope snatched that coat from Liv’s closet while she wasn’t looking… I see what you did there Mama….

    • march pisces
      December 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

      #3 now that would be some good tv

      #5 i said the same thing

      #6 mellie gone be like “BAM, *ITCHES!!!”

    • Poirot0153
      December 13, 2013 at 9:49 am

      #9 – Genius!

      • Peachiegurl
        December 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm


  26. Meredith
    December 13, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I’m leaving Sally alone. I thought Sally was remorseful at first, but that *singing* That..girl is on fiyaahhhhh! She ain’t having it! They need to cut her off the ticket so she can “grieve” and find someone else with some minor quip like a drinking problem or a “RHOA” addiction, not blood on their hands.

    That read that Papa Goon have Fitz?! *slow clap* Chiiile…that thang gave me two skipped levels on Candy Crush, Proactive for acne, and Affirm after a twelve week stretch.!!! These people don’t have time to let things sink in. Mellie and Sally’s side goon take these punches and keeps it movin’…and I LOVE it!

    I need Mama Goon’s connections. The coat, gloves, and hair laid by the flatiron of God…for somebody fresh from the clink of all clinks. She’s got everybody lost and turned out, and by the time they figure out everything we’ll be on floor in full centipede mode trying to recoup from what we just saw.

    I see Jake’s exit coming in March. If you’re going to remove the snake head, REMOVE it Papa G style. You don’t roll up in their office looking like you’re ready to go over car insurance while they still have a pulse. You gone, Jake. It’s been real.

    • Meek Meek
      December 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      I love my Jakey but I agree, He just ain’t the man for the job as command.He just seems to soft. Cute, but soft. Love the, “You don’t roll up in their office looking like you’re ready to go over car insurance…” Pure thee comedy!!!!

      • Kya J
        December 13, 2013 at 3:02 pm

        Yes!!!! What type of solitary confinement Biotin vitamins you got running through your “I eat my own wrists” veins, to have fresh laid hair down to your knees after just killing an airplane full of military?!?!?!

        • Icooka4u
          December 16, 2013 at 8:32 pm

          ON. THE. FLOOR! O-<-< #DEAD #BIOTIN

  27. KW
    December 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Shonda let her green, black, and red rags hang out last night and crip walked all over American history as we know it!!!!! Loved it!

    And Jake needs a couple seats. He is not G enough to hold down B613. Gon somewhere now, sit down, and think about Olivia’s honey! You are NOT the man for this job!

  28. JenniferG
    December 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

    You are all brilliant! Every single one of you. I am hitting F5 over and over so I don’t miss any of the brilliance.

    PAPA POPE! Wow! What a speach! I agree, all the awards for that! And Fitz…just ew with the “taste” line. Disrespectful of the FORMIDABLE OLIVIA POPE.

    Sally, you let the devil in and he is still there. Somehow this murder will be public.

    Fitz-Jake-Maya. This is an interesting proposition.

    Quinn, Quinn, Quinn…I hope this is some elaborate setup with Huck ’cause otherwise your ass is grass. What’s with all the “my mouth is a bloody mess and I can’t stop kissing the crazy assassin” ??? Charlie is all creepy “she likes me!”

    NOT ENOUGH BROLIVIA! Just saying.

    Cyrus has been downright cruel to James all season…if James can get White House Press Secretary out of the mess Cyrus has made of his life, then good for him. Time for the tables to turn in this marriage.

    These last two episodes….wow.

    • Chantilly
      December 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

      F5…. just learned something new

  29. December 13, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I had to go to a Christmas party last night so I didn’t get to watch until this morning but it was so worth it. I did not move from the bed until the episode was thoroughly watched!

    1. Sally was in full-on Rain Man mode until she had to snap out of it, but when she did, Man! Cyrus was looking at her like “Okay – WERK BISH!” But I don’t think Sally has the goon credentials to keep up with the veteran goons. Sally jumping into the fray is like a chihuahua jumping into a fight with pits and rottweilers. Yeah some ankle, nuts, and face might get bit, and she may draw blood, but eventually one of them is gonna catch her by the neck and shake the shit out of her until she is no more.

    2. Joe Morton is a BEAST of an actor! When he read Fitz for everything while peppering ‘boy’ all throughout, I have to admit I thought that was so segzy. It really was. And while Jake from State Farm may be in the big chair right now, he is not gonns stay in charge of Wonderland for long and he will come crawling to Eli for advice and help. Oh yeah – Fitz’s nasty ass was wrong for trying to taunt Liv’s daddy with the “I know how she tastes” mess. The average daddy would have broke through some chains and beat the shit outta someboy for talking about his baby girl that way. But this is Eli/Rowan/Big Daddy Goon – he will soon handle it.

    3. Can we pause and pay #amish to 1) Abby’s DVF vintage snakeprint wrap dress? The combo of the dress and hair was perfect – Abby stepped her game up this entire season and I am here for it! 2) Mama Goon’s hair whipping flawlessly in the wind while she strutted in the baddest white trench seen this side of Olivia. She has a purpose and she is gonna turn everything upside down!

    4. I was cracking up at Quinn sitting on the bed talking about she can’t find her underwear! This is the most dysfunctional mess on the show right now between her and Charlie, and he just looks like he smells like Psycho for Men by Faberge. And Huck pouting and telling Quinn she is no longer a Gladiator was not his best moment. But her pulling out the tracking device on her own? I personally think she is starting to get off on mouth pain.

    5. Leo needs to go sit his butthurt ass down somewhere.

    6. James still doesn’t get it. Cyrus idea of love is he won’t kill you yet. But get out of place and he will move up your expiration date while crying and blowing snot bubbles. Cyrus was right when he said James did not see the 666 on his forehead, but I think James chose not to see it.

    7. I’m gonna watch it again when I get home this afternoon!

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  31. Mrsrony
    December 13, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I cant say anything that hasn’t been said about Papa Pope read of the century. It alone gave me strength to get out of bed this morning!!
    Ok…did no one else notice that FABulous blue dress Mellie had on!?! I woke up thinking about it.

    I think Huck and Quinn got a private super secret mission going on. I think Huck did a bit of damage…putting the chip in but this is all going to come out with Quinn being the gladi-est gladiator of them all. HuckleberryQuinn gonna save the day.

    I dont think anyone is going to be able to trust Mama Pope….and live to tell the story. She done kilt ERRRRbody in her path…and I wouldnt be surprised if she didnt fly that damn plane herself to Mongolia. She’s THAT level of GOON! She aint try to hide no bodies…just left them where they laid…Military plane pimp-parked on the runway all side goggled!! But her and Eli got that bond over their babygirl and I think she gonna go for Fitz’s balls when she finds out everything…IF she dont already know. Mama is gonna go for Fitz and Eli’s blood.

    Its hard to remember that Jake AND FITZ AND HUCK are products of B613. That aint softball. They are ALL hard core…dont let the sexy fool ya. I am on pins and needles to see what they gonna do because they are totally unpredictable!!

    Ima need another nerve pill this morning behind this show!!

  32. OrganizedChaos
    December 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Ive decided that I will just hibernate until February 27, 2014. This is the only way I will make it…unless netflixs drops Orange is the new black…then maybe I will be able to cope!

  33. KayMee
    December 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

    1. Fitz can sit all the way down.
    2. Me and Daddy Pope go together now, but Jake Ballard is my side piece.
    3. There was way too much bodily fluids in the last 3 episodes of Scandal. Between the wrist chewing, teeth pulling, throwing up, stabby spray I had to put my wine and popcorn down.
    3a. Its the gore some sort of symbolism/biblical reference, Shonda? blood letting, references to De Debil, 666 and what not.
    4. So is Mama Pope now in the White Coated Good Guy? And note, she looking fierce, coifed and unmussed after a 12 hour flight to Mongolia by way of DC. I look tired after a 30 minute ride on Metro…what’sup with THAT? My prediction: She about to be the back door “Guy in White” and she and Daddy Pope about to take down all of them Debils (CyMel = The Two Headed Beast) in the White House.

    • Carleen
      December 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Yes, waaaaayyyyy too much gore. Miss Shonda hear my prayers and please lighten it up.

    • Peachiegurl
      December 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      ….LOL @ “blood letting & CyMel = The two Headed Beast…”

      OMG…too funny!

  34. Monique Johnson
    December 13, 2013 at 10:58 am

    OMG! you did not miss a beat, a note, a read, or a wig snatch in this post. I love it. I think that Daddy pope is going to work with Olivia to bring Jake “the statefarm guy” sorry ass down. While Mama pope is galavanting around DC take secrets and selling them at the swap meet. I don’t know what to do until February 27. I think I will just lay at the alter with you.

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  36. laddibugg
    December 13, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Random thought: when Cyrus said “Hell hath no fury like a woman whose husband is screwing another man.”…he was married to a woman before, right? Wonder if he got caught out there like that….

    • jcanwisegrrl
      December 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Oooohhhhhhhh!!!!!! I had caught that, but I hadn’t ‘caught’ it till now. Oh my word. Wonder what happened there? Cuz I know Shonda didn’t just throw in that one flashback episode gratuitously.

  37. December 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

    1) JOE MORTON (forever in all caps from now on) for the win. 2) honorable mention to Jeff Perry and Kate Burton. 3) Mellie is everything. 4) Jake better chill on how he speaks to PapaPope. That will not end well.

    but here’s the thing that nobody is talking about. There’s been some doubt about how could MamaGoon get to Mongolia and back to DC and alldat. But see, She never made it to Mongolia. She assassinated the crew and landed that plane in an Amish field in Western Pennsylvania. She used the phone THEY GAVE her to call a contact, who flew to her in a small prop plane. Her contact took the plane that she was on to Mongolia and left it in plain sight on the runway to be found. That way everyone would THINK she was in the wind. Meanwhile, she flew to Atlanta and got her hair done real quick, then to NYC to have her favorite meal at RedRooster, THEN down to DC, picked up a burner phone from ol’ boy who runs the rib shack on House of Cards (Reg Cathey), THEN called her baby girl. And that STOMP off was not to kill Fitz but rather to reconnect with her main point of contact, the one who she has worked with this whole time…..CYRUS.

    • Ashaunta
      December 13, 2013 at 11:50 am

      That’s a good point! There is absolutely no way she got back in the states that quickly and undetected. She never left!

    • jcanwisegrrl
      December 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      *faints* If that happens… Lawd, lemme just lay here til Feb 27. That would be an EXCELLENT twist. But would Cy betray Fitz? What would he get out of it, when Fitz is the closest he’s ever gonna get to being POTUS? I’m just confuzzled right now. I think I need some anxiety meds and a quick nap.

  38. YKH
    December 13, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I LAY and STAYS laying at the feet of Poppa Pope! O!M!G! That was THE best tongue whooping EVER delivered in all the history of tongue lashings! You have to wonder if he has some Caribbean in him 😉
    Joe Morton for every award KNOWN to MAN and the UNIVERSE!
    And Khandi Alexander as Mama Pope! Lawd, this show just went from wooo to HYFR!!! CGDPF (Jake) is just going to end up helping bring down the gubment one time! You can’t put a BOY to do a MAN’S JOB!

  39. Colah
    December 13, 2013 at 11:17 am

    That roller coaster animation at the end is Shonda’s way of laughing at us after every episode. Watching most episodes I feel like I’m on a roller coaster: excited when it starts, then screaming, crying and near vomiting. Yup. And then at the end of the ride I’m all exhausted and speechless and like ‘ shit, I can’t wait to get on again!’ I see what she did there. Ha!

    I am too slain to even speculate on what will happen next. I just know the next damb episode better be a flashback ep of Harrison’s past . If not…well, I will just have to deal, but Imma be mad though.

    Funny thing about the timing of the rest of the season is that Feb. 27 is 2 days after my due date so I am quite literally pregnant with anticipation of things to come. Now see what I did? You see lol

  40. ChelleB
    December 13, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Joe Morton and Kate Burton pulled out ALL the stops last night showing themselves as the BOSS actors they are!! Sally was EPIC in the beginning switching between nervous breakdown to psycho BISH in ten seconds flat!! She is a real G. And #DanielDead has been added to my #VernaDead stash. So the Prez and Vice Prez of the United F$%&ing States are murdering Goons. Oh SCANDAL. You done slayed me!!

    Papa Pope. There are no words. I couldn’t move after that read and I started apologizing for all kinds of things that I didn’t even do when you finished that read. He called him Boy 5-6 times in that EPIC read. I saw what you did there Shonda. Ain’t that what black folk were called by whites back then???
    But I knew Fitz was gonna be skinned and scalped after he went there. I don’t care what RESPONSE you’re trying to get from the Head G, WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT TASTE COMMENT about his DAUGHTER? BUT…

    I’m side-eyeing Fitz y’all. DO NOT SLEEP ON THIS MO-FO. He was Black ops!! Black ops chooses you, you don’t choose it so he is straight up Gangsta. I’m sleeping with my one eye open on that Fitz because he KNOWS Papa G will come for him. That’s how real G’s move. Jake is Gangsta too. Don’t let those doe eyes fool y’all none! B613 is a G squad of black-op assassins. Remember Charlie’s indoctrination of Huck? “We Kill People. Hell we torture people, then we kill them…on trash day so by the time anyone realizes they’re gone, they’re in a landfill somewhere.”-Charlie in 752 (Season 2, ep. 19)

    Jake from State Farm-“whatever happens, I just want you to know I loved/love you”. I see you Shonda. Wasn’t that Fitz in Vermont when Olivia was leaving their love nest two episodes back. Almost same words (Fitz didn’t use past tense) but different mouth. I see you girl. But on the reals. Let LIV GET HER LIFE. She needs to figure out herself before she can figure out A MAN! PERIOD!

    Papa G sees in Fitz and Liv making the mistake he made with Liv’s mother. He LOVED her and she played him and made him (well Fitz really) kill 300+ people. He will die to protect Olivia from her emotions because as far as he’s concerned love F’s you up. But all is not forgiven Papa G. You damaged Liv a lot. She’s a wreck thanks to you and Mrs G. Putting her in boarding schools with children of Kings and NOT showing her love is not 100% PARENTING so I’m not down with Papa G at all y’all. I just liked the read which I think did nothing for Fitz BTW because he’s been called worthless all his life by his own Papa G. He acts the way he acts because of the life he had. MONEY DOES NOT HAPPINESS BRING. Both Fitz and Liv lacked love as children. Both lost their Moms early and their Dads had no emotional connection to them. Just sent them to good schools and blah,blah, blah like that’s supposed to build a child. IT DOES NOT! Fitz turned into a blithering fool and Liv constantly blames and sacrifices herself for others like the world’s problems are her fault.
    Well technically Mama Goon on the loose is Fitz and Liv’s fault sooo…you two chirren go and sit and put you faces in the corner until I tell you to interact with the adults again!!!

    Mellie is up to no good but her plans always backfire so we shall see. But she’s cold as hell. Not a flinch when Cyrus told her how DD really died!

    PREDICTION: Fitz is going to break up with Liv. That suitor comment I think cut him the deepest, NOT the white privilege thing because his father worked as hard as Papa G to get money. Remember in season two where he talked of grandfather working at the docks and was poor and that’s why his father wanted him to marry DAR Blue money people to pass off that they were new money gotten by his father. I think he’s going to leave Liv and try to fix his life so she could fix hers but I think Jake will make a play for it but I think Fitz has a long game….I’m ALWAYS distrustful of a quiet Fitz. I’d rather him barking and ranting because a quiet Fitz is dangerous! He lost the battle last night, but he won the war of B613 G removal. Like Jake said, Papa G is NOT A SAINT. He killed people TOO. LOTS OF PEOPLE and he DESTROYED LIVES!

    • Purple Dove
      December 13, 2013 at 11:34 am

      *double fingersnaps all through this post* You professed and cited references APA style! LOL!

      • ChelleB
        December 13, 2013 at 11:44 am

        *takes off gloves and white hat and curtsies* Thank You:)

    • jcanwisegrrl
      December 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      This is an awesome analysis. *applauds*

    • poirot0153
      December 15, 2013 at 5:35 am

      @Colah – THIS analysis gave me life! Very insightful…and good reminder of all the layers to this show and the characters. I never thought about the parallels between Fitz and Olivia’s upbringing.

      Not only does Shonda Rhimes play with our emotions, she messes with our minds too. I love her but I don’t like her right now. Lol

      I know that some find Fitz’s “taste” comment distasteful and disrespectful. But my take on it is that Fitz was very strategic in going there. And Daddy Pope’s speech aside, Fitz end goal was achieved: insert a ‘mole’ in B613. He didn’t torture him. He didn’t lay hands on him. Fitz just went for the jugular…his enemy’s weakest point, his feelings for his daughter. Daddy Pope has done a lot of damage (Huck, those 300 innocent lives in Operation Remington, letting Charlie/Huck loose to keep Remington covered up, etc.).

      How is Fitz’s comment any different that Mellie pushing down her pain and using her rape by her father-in-law as a chip to forward HER ambition for Fitz’s political ambition? Olivia lies to people straight to their face on the daily. Jake was stalking Olivia (and liked it). Cyrus pimped out his husband (and got played…bravo) which led to the death of Sally’s husband.

      They are all messed up. I’m still on Team Fitz and I am still rooting for him & Olivia. I know I’m probably in the minority on that one. Lol. Actually, I’m giving Liv the side-eye. Her daddy had a job as the head of band of killers and torturers (in the name of national security, of course) and her mama is a straight sociopath. Fitz might need to be scooting away from Liv…at least until she gets some deep and intense therapy. Too bad they can’t get some joint sessions. Alright, I know that last statement was ridiculous. 🙂

  41. Scott
    December 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Cool down on the hatred for Fitz . I did not like what he said but it got the response that he wanted. Yeah Rowan read him the riot act but I am sick of daddy pope . He is no saint either and we wonder why Olivia has commitment issues. She had parents that no one can trust!!!!! Why is it that when your daughter who knows the truth calls you and ask you to tell why you kept her mom locked up for 22 years and you still do not answer her. You have issues. I am proud that he pulled himself up but he did not do it on his own. He had help along the way. Fitz asked to be taken down because he should not have said what he said but who in the hell does Rowan think he is? He is not as important as the president of the country and I am looking forward for either Fitz, Olivia, or Jake to tell him about himself inthe second half of the season .
    I am tired of Liv going from Fitz to Jake in a nanosecond . She needs to make up her mind and grow up. I thought it was funny how bad. Cyrus looked in bed with James but James got the last laugh and what about Sally’ s campaign manger not been angry be caused she killed Daniel buy because sad she called the whitehouse instead of him.
    Olivia has gotten Fitz in a hot situation an dine thT will not be fixed easily.
    Poor Quinn she is in no man’s land. Everyone but Liv has turned on her. Mama pope was looking good last night after killing three people. Cannot way for the next episode. Still on team olitz.

    • ChelleB
      December 13, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Mellie is going to be ONE HELL OF PISSED when she finds out the cover-up that has to be done because of the mess Olivia got Fitz into sort of. I say sort of because Fitz is his own man and he could have declined getting involved but he’s whipped by those “buffet tastings,” so he got his a%$ involved! PLUS we would have all called him heartless if he hadn’t helped Liv’s Mom who everybody thought was the Good guy.

  42. MiAsia Harvey
    December 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    This was such a great recap!!! It was spot on. Of course Rowan Pope is not going to go down easy. Hell, I hope he doesn’t go down at ALL, but I sure hope Fitz does. Rowan for the win becaus his lines were tight to death. I really like Jake and I’ll ride for with him all day long but you’re right, he is not goon enough to be in Command of B613. Thank you for this read. Reading a reap through humorous eyes made my boring, government day. 🙂

  43. MiAsia Harvey
    December 13, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Correction : Reading a *recap* through humorous eyes made my day. Thanks again!

  44. milaxx
    December 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Not much to say that hasn’t been said.

    Papa Pope’s read was epic. Him and Mellie need to start a book club cause they stay reading folks.

    Fitz may have wanted to get a rise out of Papa Pope, but that was a step too low talking ’bout how he done taste Liv’s rainbow.

    I think Fitz hatched this coup when Jake went to Fitz for help & blamed him for Jake being in B613. Grabbing Eli was just the stalling tactic while Fitz called in enough favors to oust Eli. Sadly it won’t last. I just hope Jake don’t end up in the hole again.

    I think Maya is working with Adnan Salif & that’s why she came back to DC instead of staying on the run.

    James may be mad at Cy, but I’ve always thought James was one of those folks who loves a thug. He wasn’t half as mad at Cy as he was when he found out about Defiance. That had Cy kicked out of the house and out of his bed. This time they were in the same bed together. Honestly when he told Cy he wanted to be White House Press Secretary & Cy asked if he still loved him, I thought James was going to roll over and jump his bones.

    Quinn is still double agent. *side eyes that new watch* I believe she wants to prove she’s a gladiator by taking Charlie down.

  45. December 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Fitz couldn’t take the verbal thrashing, so he went up and called Human Resources at B613 and was like “I don’t like the way Rowan spoke to me, I feel threatened.” They were like: “We’re right on it, Mr. President.” *Click* Kind of mirrors real life. Ha.

    But that epic sonning was everything. I will be watching it again. Great recap!

    • Carol
      December 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      “…he went up and called Human Resources at B613 and was like ‘I don’t like the way Rowan spoke to me, I feel threatened.'”

      Just awesome!

  46. Rachmo
    December 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    That. Damn. Read.

  47. Opal.NdaRuff
    December 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Moonwalking angels though? #DOA

  48. MsKey
    December 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Great episode from start to finish. I’m still trying to makse sense of everything. Everyone made great points. One thing I will mention like a few others did was about doubting Fitz.

    Fitz isn’t as soft as people think he is. Yes he has been read many times by varoius people and well deserved. But he always has the last laugh. Verna, Cyrus and especially Mellie have felt it. Mellie alway gets it the hardest.Example,when he played her like a fool crying in a her lap only to throw it in her face the next season when he leaked Liv’s name. I think there’s way more to Fitz than we know. Like someone said it’s the quiet Fitz we should worry about. That whole I’m screwing you daughter crap was tastless but he did it for a reason….Time will tell but lets not be so quick to discount the “Boy”.

  49. Football mom
    December 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I hate that I will have to wait ten weeks for more, but honestly, Shonda and Company have given me enough to think about for a while. My observations…
    1. Did you pick up on the accusations the new Daniel was hurling at Sally? She knew he was on the DL and married him because he was from money and no one else wanted her. Hmmm…so little Sally Walker was sitting in a saucer and looked to the east to find one who’d love her best.
    2. Why did she think to call Cyrus first? They’ve had such an adversarial relationship up until now. There must be history beyond the James – Daniel thing. Maybe she was friends with his exwife.
    3. I cannot figure out if Quin is good or bad…she is certainly not a weak link. So she dug in her own mouth! GROSS!!!!!
    4. I was watching Fitz’s face when Rowan was telling him off…he went from amused to troubled. Great acting.
    5. While I think there may be some truth to Momma Goon, I dont think Liv got it right. I think Rowan chose to let her draw her own conclusion and instead of verifying or denying it, he said nothing.
    6. Fitz and Jake are in cahoots and not only are sharing Liv, they are united in wrestling power from Rowan. She is a pawn and I’ll be glad when she figures out that neither of those men are there for her. I want to see her get pissed!
    7. Have you noticed that nearly everyone on the show has killed someone except Harrison, Abby, Liv and Mellie?
    8. I cannot understand the timeline…how did Momma Pope get back in Washington so fast????
    9. Fitz absolutely has no respect for Liv…a man does not talk about how his woman tastes to anyone, let alone her dad!
    10. Jake warned Olivia that more is to come…I cannot imagine what is next. I knew he was up to no good!

    I heard that the spring season will be shorter due to Kerry’s pregnacy. I hope it’s not true…does anyone know?

    enjoy your holidays everyone! Luvvie, rest your typing fingers…until February!!!

  50. E
    December 13, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I thought this Episode should have been called “The Read” – It slowly made me lose my mind and I enjoyed every minute.

    Sally basically told Daniel Douglass that him, their daughter, his mama, his gun collection, his dog, his accent, his chair and anything else that he ever touched or created in life wasn’t sh*t! “You are my cross to bear!” Woooo, that is immediately being inserted into any break up speech I deliver in the future.

    Cyrus got what he deserved, with more to come. Mellie ain’t ish either with her “Singing in Pain” (Sally’s Pain) @$$. She skipped up in Cyrus’ office to announce DD’s like she was an extra in Mary Poppins.

    Ok, now about Papa Poe’s read – IT. WAS. EPIC. I loved everything about it, but I think people are seeing this a little skewed. Fitz told Pops that he was “screwing” his daughter to guage his reaction. He wasn’t disrespecting how he feels about Liv. If Pops had said “Don’t you talk about my daughter like that, she is my child and I love her and I won’t let you use and abuse her…,” things would have went differently. Instead he talked about his ‘pay grade’ and how he ‘created her in his image’ and basically admitted that his job was more important than Olivia. So Fitz stripped him of what mattered most: for Liv (because daddy abandoned her) and Jake (cause at some point he saved Fit’s life and he owes him one) and himself (because he shot down the plane on Rowan’s order). It’s easy to be a goon with a squad of assasins but how many ‘holes’ do you have at your house to put people in? NOT ONE. But I am not counting Daddy out. He got connections beyond connections and he is going to find out about the VP and Cyrus (since Charlie cleaned it up) and he is going to hold it over Fitz’s head to get his job back.

    **Side Note: I am a Fitz fan, not so much Olitz, but definitely Fitz. His heart is in the right place, and people use it against him. It’s funny how people call him weak because he shows emotion. Is he supposed to be Thug with his feelings? I don’t get it. But I do know Fitz is a Goon in his own right, and I appreciated his Jake Chess Move. Who has time to be chasing your boo when they are running a top secret spy organization? Checkmate.

    • E
      December 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      She skipped up in Cyrus’ office to announce DD’s DEATH like she was an extra in Mary Poppins.

      • Tryna Kwit
        December 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

        Hahahaah! Not Mary Poppins…that is perfect.

  51. Cyn
    December 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    After reading through the comments, I find it interesting that individuals who faithfully follow SCANDAL did not catch what Fitz was up to! You all were so far into your feelings, you missed the POINT. While I too thought that was the read from Heaven, he didn’t pass the ultimate test! Dude, you got canned because you lost your cool!

    • Peachiegurl
      December 13, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      ….ding ding ding….you win the prize!

      Poppa Pope ‘spose to remain cool as ice water at ALL TIMES, but he messed up when he when he let Fitz get to ’em like that! When he lost his cool the Prez said to himself I got ’em he on the ropes and went on and placed the call to HR to say Poppa Pope can’t handle the position of TOP GOON no mo’ he gotta be replaced with the quickness!

      HR responded to the request with Jake the Allstate Man!

      • Peachiegurl
        December 13, 2013 at 5:39 pm

        …correction Jake from State Farm.

  52. Cyn
    December 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    After reading through the comments, I find it interesting that individuals who faithfully follow SCANDAL did not catch what Fitz was up to! You all were so far into your feelings, you missed the POINT. While I too thought that was the read from Heaven, he didn’t pass the ultimate test! Dude, you got canned because you lost your cool!
    While we may not approve of the method that he used, the result was proven all the same. Actually, I’m. Ruinous to see how Jake performs as COMMAND!
    And I am team #OLITZ, ride or die!

    • Cyn
      December 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      I HATE auto correct! I typed ” interested,” & it gave me “ruinous!”

      Typo of the CENTURY. . . .

    • TzBwell
      December 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      If it was just about Command having to maintain his “cool”, that’s why he was replaced, then why was he replace by Jake from State Farm? Jake is always in hin M.F-ing feelings. Epecially, when it comes to Olivia picking Fitz over him (over and over again).

      I enjoy the comments and theories about as much as I enjoy Luvvie’s posts.

      *slides back in lurk-dom*

      • TzBwell
        December 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        If it was just about Command having to maintain his “cool” and not passing the test and that’s the reason he was replaced, then why was he replace by Jake from State Farm? Jake is always in his M.F-ing feelings. Especially, when it comes to Olivia picking Fitz over him (over and over again).
        I think it has more to do with the “Fitz-keeping-his-enemies-closer” theory.

        I enjoy the comments and theories about as much as I enjoy Luvvie’s posts.

        *slides back in lurk-dom*

  53. Tryna Kwit
    December 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Don’t think Leo Rosen is out of this game. He didn’t flinch when he figured out Sally killed her husband. He wants to win a presidency BADDD and beat Olivia Pope. He gone push Sally to rollover on the White House and blame the murder on Cyrus or James. Cyrus WILL give up James if he could bring down the white house. Make no mistake, the body will be exhumed – they gone find that backstab wound (that should be the name of an episode cuz they all got backstab wounds!!) And that poor little girl who has evidence of the call? She gone end up Liv’s client or dead or both. David Rosen may end up in danger again. And Jake the Snake, he has been angling for a way to one-up Fitz. Fitz thinks Jake is in his pocket but Fitz gone find a snake. Two men with power that love Liv? Fitz, you overestimate yourself and underestimate your…what did you call her.. talented..girl…again. And Adnan….prolly Liv’s real dad or brother. Boom!!! Sorry to drop that one. Had to be said.

  54. Wendy
    December 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I loved The Read brought to you by Papa Pope (aka Command, aka Rowan, aka Eli). But Fitz started and ended it. He started it by goading him about the taste of his daughter and ended it by putting Jake from State Farm as the new Command who told Papa Pope if he wants his job back, he needs to take a MFing aptitude test!!! Touche, Fitz. Well played.

    • Cyndi D.
      December 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      W-O-R-D! ! ! !

      That’s EXACTLY what happened here! Fitz has more power than we think, isn’t that what Jake from State Farm slick told us? LOL

      But that read was EPIC tho . . . . .

  55. scandalstalker
    December 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I think Mama Pope is the reason why Rowan has that “you can’t have a family rule” that had Huck in the hole. Because he learned first hand 22 years ago that you never know who the hell you’re sleeping with, kids and vows or not. So he made that rule to protect the republic, because it was his ol’ sappy heart that screwed things up in the first place. And I think it was that admission – “Yes I was married to a known terrorist, and yes she stole gubment secrets from me, and yes she lied about a bomb, which made me make Fitz accidentally kill 327 innocent people” – that gave Fitz grounds to FIRE THAT ASS. Not the speech. The speech was awesome, but the confession Livvie got was everything. He basically fired himself. I’m just saying…

  56. MarP
    December 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Why is Daniel Douglas always referred to by both names? Daniel or Mr. Langston, but enough with the Daniel Douglas.

  57. Scott
    December 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Everyone is bragging about Rowan speech to Fitz but he ripped into Fitz for the same thing that
    He did for his daughter which was to give her a better life tha he had. Fitz dad did not grow up with money he earned his the same way Rowan earned his by working his way to the top. Why is Fitz a spoiled brat and not Olivia?
    Rowan bragged about sending his daughter to schools with kings but it was okay for his daughter and not for Fitz? This is where he lost the argument to me. Rowan has a sense of self importance and that will be his downfall. He is too important to talk to his own child do not get me wrong I did not like Fitz saying what he said but Fitz used the only tool he had in the toolbox and that was his relationship with Olivia. Rowan does not seem to think any man is good enough for Liv because he does not want her to be happy because he is not. He is happy for Liv to find love and her so called family with strangers that she has saved from one thing or another. Fitz got the last word in the speech by getting rid of Rowan. BTW did anyone notice that swag Fitz had when walking from his meeting with papa pope. Go Fitz!!!!!!!!!

    • Momongo
      December 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Fitz can work a suit!!!

    • Cyndi D.
      December 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      FITZY is MY new love interest!


    • Cyndi D.
      December 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      FITZY is MY new love interest!

      #teamswag-gu for the win. . . .

    • poirot0153
      December 15, 2013 at 5:48 am

      @Scott – *slow claps for you* ; I’m with you on this one.

  58. irene
    December 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I suprisingly loved this episode although i initially thought it was a jumbled mess! FITZ IS THE WORST !That image of a white male standing in front of a shackeled black male telling him how he has being screwing his daughter whenever and however he wants her will be forever burned in my brain! Yes i get the point that he was trying to goad Rowan but there are certain lines that a person should never cross ! Fitz is a character that has being most consistently written by Shonda and on other websites ive read comments of people saying the TASTE comment was out of character for Fitz seeming to be forget the (i may not be able to control my erections) comment after closetgate and (screwing your mistress is one thing ) comment when he dumped Liv in the church .This is the love of his life right ? I LITERALLY started watching Scandal cos of OLITZ after i watched The Trail but i am DONE! with olitz until the next time FITZ USES HIS SUPER POWERS !! Dont judge!! Everyone brought their acting A game this episode.I cant wait until FEB hope PAPA POPE is still in the game.Cyrus MELLIE and Sallie the trifecta of EVIL!!! and Mama Pope .!

  59. AJ
    December 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I loved this episode. I like that the end wasn’t super explosive and nobody died, but it was just enough of a cliffhanger that we’re anxious to see what happens. I also like how Maya is going to be in the picture for longer, hopefully more flashbacks will reveal the deeper relationship that (previously) existed between her and Olivia.
    I wish Shonda Rhimes would stop trying to make Quinn happen. Her character and all of the developments aggravate me more than anything. Why does Quinn have the most developed story over Harrison or even Abby? We’ve been dealing with Quinn since season one and all of her actions seem to just mess things up. I know that Shonda is obviously doing it for a reason but my goodness just leave us alone with shoving Quinn in our faces!

  60. December 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Your students have actually a mean age involving over 30 years old.

    There can a spoken section, a nnew math section,
    and an absolute written chapter. So what should really you might?

  61. Beverly
    December 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    This season has served to change my opinions about some of the characters.

    As irritating as Quinn has been lately I have sympathy for her as I once did for Huck. I hope she can make a go of it with her new boo, Charley. He is all she has now, and I`ll be damned if he isn`t kind of a nice boyfriend. They are both doomed, though.

    Huck, the dentist wannabe, is disgusting now. His teeth-pulling, face licking, smarmy ranting behavior reveals him for the monster he is, a rabid dog that needs to be put down…this season I hope.

    If Fitz were a real president, we would be in real trouble. He is inept and easily distracted by his selfish desires. I won`t dignify what that spoiled little mofo said to Mr. Pope about his daughter with a comment.

    Mr. Pope read Ghost Boy like a Ph.D. dissertation. Bravo!

    Olivia was absolutely obnoxious barking “Find him!” at Jake. Barking at everybody, actually. Jake does not even work for her!

    Sally reads people really well too, by the way, but she should have held back a little with Daniel. She riled him up so bad, he lashed out and she had to kill him!

    Jake as Command? I don`t think so.

    I don`t think Mr. Pope will just retire gently to the Smithsonian basement either; that gentleman has major goon skills and will be a key player in the inevitable confrontation–Olivia vs. Maya. Fasten your seat belts.

    Cyrus 666 and that idiot James deserve each other now.

    Mellie, well..Mellie remains Mellie.

    …and I`m so over Olitz.

    I`ve said my piece; now I`m going to read all the comments above and laugh, say “yes!” and nod my head or say “naw'” and just generally enjoy myself.

    A fine recap as usual, Luvvie.

  62. OPAFan
    December 14, 2013 at 1:06 am

    The way Fitz disrespected Olivia to her father made me lose respect for him. It was immature and reduced him to a teenager having a testosterone fueled pissing contest. I really thought he was better than that. Papa Pope called him out and it was brilliant.
    Also, I thought the directing, editing, camera work, acting during the Sally & husband confrontation/killing was brilliant.
    Lots of great moments in this episode, but Rowan was The Star.

  63. Gayle
    December 14, 2013 at 1:30 am

    DDDDAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYUUUUUUMMMMMMM! I have nothing left to add. Between Dr. Luvvie’s recap and the posting from alllllll the scandal heads….what’s left? All of you contribute as well as ask and answer all the questions each episode. I have to read every comment or I feel my scandal watching ain’t complete. As a teacher, I do know that if Papa Goon would offer a reading specialist professional development…..Johnny and Janie would be able to read.

  64. funkmysoul
    December 14, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Rowan’s read was absolutely everything. EVERYTHING. I feel like he spoke for every single black/Poc in that speech. Fitz is the epitome of an over privileged, rich, white dude who has had everything he ever wanted handed on a plate. Daddy Goon REAAADDDDD him like all the libraries and archives combined. Joe Morton is the best thing about Scandal since he arrived imo. His “twice as good” speech was a beauty but this read eclipsed that. Fitz was so, so disrespectful the way he was talking about Liv in front of her father. I know he wanted to get a reaction outta Rowan but damn the way he went about it was gross.

    Just confirms why im not here for Fitz. I’m always on/off with dude. He’ll do something like build a house for Liv and then he acts like a complete ass. smh.
    I love how mama pope and Liv have the same fashion sense! That gave my life. Maya/Marie is the head goblin of all goblins and she is real one to look out for.

    This is the beginning of the end for Cyrus Beene
    I am literally laughing at the fact Jake from state farm is the new command. You have GOT to be kidding me. Idc if he’s B613, Jake has not got an ounce of goon in his body. He’s actually the worst spy ive ever seen.

    Oh, ad I gotta give Kate Burton props. Ya’ll sleep on Kate forreal. She slayed this episode and doesn’t get a fraction of the credit she deserves for her portrayal as Sally Langston. I’ve always loved how she can deliver supreme shade with the straightest of straight faces but damn she was on point this week as the murdering-yet-grieving widow. GIVE JOE MORTON AND KATE BURTON ALL THE AWARDS.

  65. Max
    December 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Luuvie, you are hilarious – I laughed my ass off all the way through your review….after Joe M. gets his awards, you are next in line. Scandal wouldn’t be complete for me without you!

  66. December 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Oh, and Daddy Pope’s read was so fierce I was breathless.

    Joe Morton put his FOOT in that read.

    Somewhere Malcolm and Martin were dancing together in Heaven to the House Mix of that read.

    That was the “Emancipation Proclamation, Underground Railroad, We Shall Overcome, I Have A Dream, Chickens Come Home to Roost, You tol’ Harpo to Beat Me, All My Life I’ve Had To Fight, Girl Child Ain’t Safe In a Family of Men’s, I’ll Take Care Of You – Wit God Help, My Kee Da Da, Nothing But Death Can Keep Me From Her, And Ain’t I A Woman, What You Care What That White Man Call You Your Name Ain’t Toby, it Kunta Kinte, Hey, Sal, how come they ain’t no brothas on the wall?, Dy-No-Mite, Watch it, Sucka, What You Talkin Bout Willis, Miss Jackson if you’re Nasty, You’re Gonna Love Me, Elizabeth, I’m Coming To Join You, GET MY CHILDREN OUT OF HERE!” black read of LIFE.

    I haven’t been this destroyed by a line since Florida Evans dropped that glass bowl after James’ death on Good Times-


  67. shay_lafemme
    December 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    what if you are onto something and the watch is some spy gear?

    Mama Pope is wearing white. what if she really is the good guy? what secret is she selling? is she more Snowden with some iota of good in her secret selling than just a money grubbing secret seller?

    what if Jake from State Farm’s “I love you no matter what happens next.” is to say he’s taking Daddy Goon’s job, but he’s still on her side? remember Jake is here for Olivia. he wants to be her hero and Fitz was none too happy about it. Fitz might think he has Jake in his pocket, but Jake has just made a chess move and elevated himself above Fitz’s paygrade. he’s his own man now, while Fitz is still just a BOY!!!

  68. irene
    December 14, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I ,really wish that Mama Pope was not a wanted terrorist because she is FABULOUS!! Can you just imagine her and Liv dressed up and walking into a swanky restaurant somewhere in DC all eyes would be on them They would rival Beyonce and Mama Knowles!! .Two amazing accomplished black women. I cant think of any TV show that has such a scenario. I would have loved her Mom to be someone she could hang out with, go shopping., talk about HER love life,her career, her hopes and dreams. We had a brief taste of that when she and her Mom talked during breakfast.It would help us the viewers get to know Olivia and connect to her better as a person which i think has not really happened!Unfortunately unless Shonda wants somehow write her way out of this current narrative that is not likely to happen!Maybe shell give Olivia a friend. To be honest Mama and Papa Pope are both AMAZING ! ALL AWARDS TO ROWAN /JM FOR THAT AMAZING SPEECH!

  69. irene
    December 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Iam really amazed by the number of black women all over who seem to want to excuse what FITZ said to Rowan about lIV and seem to be gloating about how Fitz got Rowan fired LADIES any man who can talk to your father or mother about you in that way DOES NOT LOVE YOU!! You can rationalize or justify all you want . He supposedly wants to marry Olivia so he literally describes her to her own father as his sex toy! How disrespectful . and contrast the respectful way OLIVA HERSELF QUESTIONED HER FATHER also what did he accomplish nothing Rowan rightly read him for filth. i dont think his replacing him as Command had anything to do with anything Rowan said during the interrogation.he and Jake seemed to have probably figured out how to do it. The privilege Rowan is underlining here is white privilige .THAT IS WHY THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT HAS BEING THE MOST DISRESPECTED OF ALL TIME!Think of it if it had being reversed and a white man with Rowans power had a black man speak to him about his daughter in that way.

    • T
      December 16, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Thank youuuuuu!!! That’s what I’ve been saying all along. Fitz doesn’t love Liv like that!

    • Camille
      December 16, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Yes! Someone else here pointed out it’s not the first time he’s talked badly about her, talking about how he can screw but not marry his mistress, and how he can’t control himself after yanking her into and doing her in that closet. It might be the dirtiest and the first time he didn’t say it to her face. If he’s that bright, that much of a G and loves her that much, he could come up with a better way to get at Rowan without disrespecting the so-called love of his life.

      She was right to feel a little Sally Hemmings-Thomas Jefferson about that situation.

  70. Beverly
    December 15, 2013 at 6:52 am

    In my opinion it was not Mr. Pope`s scathing assessment of Ghost Boy that got him fired; it was his admission that he let a sociopathic terrorist infiltrate his life and fool him into ordering the killing of over 300 innocent people.

  71. December 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Luvvie you are amazing! I am sure your greatness surpasses laying us out with recaps that deserves all types of awards. But I did nominate you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award anyway though, here’s the link

  72. Laura
    December 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I love how you call him Jake from State Farm!! That was too funny!

    Yes Ma’am! That talk that Rowan gave Prez was unforgettable! I said DANG, someone just got it in the booty without any lube!!!!!

  73. Icooka4u
    December 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Hey Gladiators!
    I’m just gonna jump right in!

    Daddy Pope

    That EPIC READ from Daddy Pope as Luvvie so eloquently stated: “And every time Rowan called Fitz a “BOY” an angel moonwalked.”
    Had me rotf O-<-< ! I am smart enough to understand [as my daddy was, yes Daddy Pope is now the Daddy I never had] that Fitz was trying to rattle & bait him with that “jedi” mind trick. But-I-don’t-give -a-DAMB! Like Rick James didn’t give a f–k ‘bout Eddie Murphey white couch, dirty boots and all! F–K yo couch N–g-!!!! THIS READ is now a part of Black History and available on iTunes and Amazon Cloud. An although there was nothing “subliminal” about it, I’d like to think this was the “record” being played backwards, on that @ss for “sleeping-unaware-privileged-carrying the invisible backpack-white america-on prime time tv”!!!!!! Daddy Pope made Boy sound like GOYA without the “A”!


    Huckle Berry Quinn is more CONFUSING & CONFUSED than that fake @$$ Sign Language Interpreter at Nelson Mandela Memorial Service!

    That is all I have the energy for. I MUST re-watch! And I'se read ERRRy one of yase posts!

  74. December 17, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Every black person that watches Scandal got their lives from Daddy Goon’s Read of Ages! Frankly, I need to record it on my phone and play it for every privileged mofo that I see like I’m John Cusack in ‘Say Anything’ (lol I think I got my 80s movie right….yall know the 1 where dude held up the boombox outside in the driveway!) If Quinn is gonna take notes from ‘No Country For Mama Goon’, she can at least pay attention on how to do it right…don’t be a screw-up ya WHOLE life! This episode, plus the Great and Powerful Bey dropping an epic album at midnight on Friday the 13th had me like x_x…it was ALL too much! lol

  75. zanele
    December 17, 2013 at 4:43 am

    I just can’t with you people, every single one of you, you guys have have me falling off my chair, people in this office are looking at me like I need divine intervention or a goat slaughtered for me or something to that effect… HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!

  76. Racque
    December 17, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    So. Did anyone catch daddy Pope drop that hint about Fitz’s dad sleeping with his secretary? I’m thinking Fitz’s dad’s secretary is MOMMA POPE. Maybe I’m reaching. What kind of tragedy would it be if Fitz and Olivia were bro & sis????? Fitz’s dad ends up being Mellie’s oldest child’s baby daddy and Olivia’s daddy. My goodness. Ok I’m prob reaching but you know Shonda drops subtle hints and that lil snippet abt Fitz’s daddy sleeping with his secretary, during the READ of the year, was not a coincidence.

    • Racquel
      December 17, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      If i missed the identity of daddy Fitz’s secretary in a past episode. Forgive me. I’m new to team gladiator. LOL.

    • Classylady
      January 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      (Delurks): maybe Fitz’s dad is Harrison’s dad with Mama Pope. (Relurks)

  77. MarvyMds
    December 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I am not counting Daddy Pope out just yet, and neither is Jake which is why he made sure to tell Liv goodbye. He is not right for Command and Fitz is just trying some kind of power play to see if he can rattle Rowan. Plus he is mad about being broken like an algebraic equation. lol

    As far as Mamma Pope is concerned, I am fresh out of theories. I cannot figure out what she is up to, but I know she is not back in DC for tea and crumpets.

    When awards season rolls around, Joe Morton needs to be acknowledged for this role. That man is playing the hell out of this part, and his monologues are lethal. I thought that ole salty Cyrus was the King of Shade, but Daddy Pope is right up there with him. I feel ashamed when he is reading folks, and I didn’t even do anything.

    I hope they do give Mellie a love interest and Harrison a backstory.Oh, and get rid of Quinn soon.

    That is all.

  78. JenniferG
    December 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Now that we’ve hit mid-season….did the “Storm is Coming” photo shoot actually foretell any of what happened so far? This just came to me after Scandal reposted one of the photos on FB.

  79. Yetunde
    December 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    It took me a minute, but I have to add my own $3.00. My guy figured this one out. Olivia going to see dad was cuz she KNEW dad was the only one that could find his wife. Her signal of get her once she lands from Honk Kong was so daddy goon can handle biz cuz Fitz can’t do shiznit in Hong kong. So I think Daddy goon took care of plane made that happen. We’ll see. This last episode was EVERYTHING. I ended up in an emergency corner on ma damn sofa. LOVED IT!

  80. CleosSistah
    December 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Well, I’m gonna rewatch every episode from the beginning -at least once – and take notes cuz Shonda has laid in so many clues/hint/tips/plot points along the way that it ain’t enough to watch this like regular TV. Gotta study this.

  81. December 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Before I read any further, I gotta say thank you for having Rowan’s read of Fitz word for word. It was freaking epic, it game me life and yes, I did stand up and clap. Joe Morton aced that scene, he’s a freaking G!

  82. Smurfette1210
    December 29, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I just found your website and I’m gonna send you bill for my migraine medicine! I CAN’T STOP LAUGHIN AND U GAVE ME A HEADACHE!!! Chile, I’m SO happy I found someone that uses the word GOON like me! Lawd, Lawd LAWD!!! Adding you to my favorites and I’ll be commenting on Fridays…if I don’t still have the shakes from the night before. 😉 Have a Happy New Year!

    Oh and I khow what I’m gon do until Feb 27th…RECRUIT!!! I got seasons 1 and 2 for Christmas. Im having a Scandal party!!! Yaaaaaaas hunty!!!!

  83. Missa
    January 22, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I’m all for the read and everyone going crazy, but

    I’m calling it. I’m saying that the first thing we find out 27 Feb is that Fitz and Mellie’s first son is actually the little brother of Fitz. Someone reveals it to the son, and he comes home and demands to know the truth, while going to James for an interview, and Sallie comes out and says something, while Mama Pope verifies the DNA

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