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Flesh and Blood: Scandal Episode 317 Recap

The phenomenal empress by the name of Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) directed episode 317 of Scandal! I loved her giddiness too and she tweeted the picture below, sent to her by her daughter. Yesssss!

Debbie Allen Scandal

Fixing the Fix – Jake is telling Olivia that shutting down B613 was some treasonous ish (it was) and she’s all incredulous about it when Fitz walks in to basically go “WTF, LIV?” Again, why she thought she was gonna do it and not be in hot water is beyond me. Jake then lets the info drop that Liv slept with him to get the codes and Fitz is unable to deal, based on his face.

Jake tea 1 Jake tea 2

Right then, in walks Daddy Pope, who has been summoned. When in trouble, bring in your best goon.

Rowan needs to help them find Dominic, who will then lead them to Maya who will then lead to the bomb. Jake’s talmbout how his men are tracking them and Papa Pope replies with a shady “is that why they’re in the wind?” SONNED. Olivia tells Fitz that he cannot leave the White House until further notice. Not to campaign. Not to get fresh air. NADA! He better stay his yansh put so he can be safe. He begrudgingly agrees because Rowan supports her decision on it.

Elsewhere, Quinn is making #breffis for Charlie and tryna assure him that she ain’t ride-or-die for OPA when he gets a code over the radio. They gotta report somewhere. Turns out, it’s to OPA! Lawd.

Command vs. Command – CharleyQuinn gets to OPA and it’s in the middle of a major ego battle between Rowan and Jake. Finally, Papa Pope picks up his dereon duffle and says either he leaves or Jake does. Olivia picks him to stay with a quickness and Jake from State Farm storms out, talmbout he ain’t gon help when shit hits the fan. Liv follows him and he reminds her that her daddy is evil dinnamug.  “He will break your bones and step over your body on the way out.” I gotta give props to Abby for her shade to CharleyQuinn when they walked in. “So are you two like an item now?” Their raggelly asses sure are. Ew.

Hightower Gone – President Ghost, Cyrus and Mellie are in the Oval Office and they find out that an older congressman, Senator Hightower, died of a heart attack. Fitz is all butthurt that he can’t leave to show his respects because people on the outside are tryna kill him. Drunk Mellie cackles and asks If it’s just people outside who want him dead. I love her.

Drunk Mellie 1 Drunk Mellie 2

Bomb Remote – Maya Pope is given a phone that she needs to punch in a code to activate the bomb. She can do it from anywhere too. Faints LAWDDDD! Meanwhile, why hasn’t anyone cussed Harrison’s dumbass out yet for sleeping with Adnan, getting knocked the hell out and then losing ALL the data from Liv’s computer? Someone shoulda snatched his edges by now. Is Abby busy?

Campaign Call – President Ghost calls Olivia because his lack of campaigning is losing him points and VP Sally is gaining them. He says he might even lose the NAACP vote and Liv replies with “I’m telling you I’m Black. Sally doesn’t have the NAACP.” HAAAAAA!!! He’s all antsy because Defiance is sitting on his chest and he wants to win his 2nd term fair and square. She assures him that they will campaign by bringing it all to the White House so he won’t need to leave. Then he starts telling Liv that he misses her. NAWL, BRO! Tuck that in! Ennehweighs, I hope the NAACP backed up their website last night cuz them servers might have been overloaded cuz of Scandal. Preparation.

Harrison and Pope – Back at the OPA office, Harrison is looking at Adnan’s pic when Rowan walks in. The gingham-less Gladiator says “Is it okay if I call you Papa Pope?”

Papa Pope Harrison

Oooooooo!!! SEE? More fuel to the “He is Brolivia Pope” fire. MMHMM! CharleyQuinn comes back and says they couldn’t find the bombmaker (Dominic) and there’s a sound. They rush outside the conference room to find Huck there with Dominic tied up. Dang, he moves fast!

Harvard Scheming – Earlier, Leo went to some high school was talmto a student who demanded he get her into Harvard if she does what he’s asking. Wells, now we know what it was. We see the girl in Lil Jerry’s room, making out. She asks if he has a condom. THIS IS A SETUP! Later, she meets Leo under the bleachers with a bag of Lil Jerry’s Lil Jerrys. Ew. Now she wants Harvard AND Yale. Shoo… he better throw in Stanford too. Leo goes “you coulda just stolen his toothbrush” but apparently, that wasn’t as fun.

Questioning Dominic – Huck, Rowan and Olivia are tryna get a tied up Dominic to give them info on Maya and he is saying nothing. He does tell Liv that he hasn’t seen her since she was really young. OH WORD? Papa Pope tells Huck to have fun with him until he gives up some goods but Liv tells them both to come outside. She wants her main goon to be gentle on the dude and not hurt him. THIS AINT SELF-ESTEEM CAMP! LET GOONS DO WHAT GOONS DO!

Papa Pope gets a call and it’s Leo saying he has Lil Jerry’s “man chowder” and he needs to know if he has access to Ghost’s DNA because the first lady is asking about a paternity test. When he hangs up, he tells Olivia to go to the White House and fix THAT.

Mellie’s Pain – Olivia goes to the House and asks Mellie about the paternity test and the FLOTUS tries to deflect at first. She tells her that Leo and Sally both know because she asked the WH doctor and that’s both sloppy and stupid. BUT she knows that she is neither of those things so it must have been done purposefully. Liv asks her “which one is Andrew’s?” and she flips out! Mellie (and her hooch) claps back!

Mellie 1 Mellie 2

“I want his head in the fire and I want to see him BURN… I have kept this secret for 15 years. I have lost my life for 15 years. I have lived this lie for 15 years. And all the while, I have watched him walk away from me. I have been destroyed while I have made him president. IT IS MY TURN!… I’m tired of carrying the cross. Let him pick it up now.” And then she sputters “Big Jerry isn’t something I want to be nailed to anymore.”

She catches herself too late and she asks Olivia to clean this mess up. She STILL didn’t say Big Jerry raped her so Liv might think it was some fling they had. Still incomplete but she’s clearly at her wit’s end.

Losing Lemony – David Rosen shows up at his office and finds Jake in his chair. Command tells him that he’d warned him to stay out of grown folks business but he was all into the break down of B613. So now, his mission is to check out all the security cameras in DC and use the face recognition stuff to find Maya Pope. Lemony Snicket can’t win EVER.

Bomb Plant – Two men place the bomb in the floor of some unidentified place. The janitor of wherever they are is slumped down on the wall, dead from one bullet wound to the head. Aw shit. Folks gon die!

Dominic’s Downfall – CharleyQuinn and Huck get no info out of Dominic so Eli/Rowan takes Charlie’s gun and puts one bullet in it. He’s gonna handle this himself. Liv asks him “WHY? WHO IS HE?” and her dad says “Dominic Bell is the only man your mother EVER loved.” AW SHIT! He’s jellis!

He wants to use Maya’s lover to lure her in so he walks in the room where dude is tied up and says he has 1 bullet and 6 chambers. He needs to know where his wife is. Dominic calls her and Rowan takes the phone to say he got her boo all hemmed up and if she doesn’t come into the office, he’s gonna kill him dead. Maya basically laughs and ain’t got no worried. She is unbothered as hell even as Rowan pulls the trigger each time, getting closer to the chamber with the bullet. Huck needs them to keep her on the phone for 20 more seconds to trace where she is. With 2 more bullets to go, Maya says goodbye and hangs up. MONSTER TINZ!


Olivia is screaming for her dad to stop and he turns around and tells Huck to take her out the room. He drags her away kicking and screaming and when the door closes, she hears one gunshot. DOMINIC GONE. THAT DUDE IS DEAD! EVERYONE HAS KILLED SOMEONE! Well, not Abby. She ain’t killed nobody. Also, everyone is a scorned lover of someone else. #IyanlaFixTheirLoveLives. All these hurt Beloveds…

DNA Deception – As they clean up the body, Abby takes a hair sample from Dominic and gives it to Rowan who gives it to Leo who takes it to the paternity test dude. Abby shows up and the guy tells her “the DNA is not a match.” She says “Yes it is” and slides him an envelope of cash. IT IS NOW! He hands the results to Leo who gives it to Sally. The report says what it needs to, which is that Jerry is Fitz’s spawn. Sally is all disappointed.

Venting to Command – Olivia calls Jake and is all in shambles because she realized that BOTH her parents are monsters beyond even she imagined. “She loved him my whole life and when the time came for him to save him, she didn’t.” Oh you just realized mama is satan? And then her daddy killed him in cold blood. Why does Jake still answer Liv’s calls??? I’da been blocked her ass A LONG TIME AGO! Instead, he’s all reminiscing about their night in the sack and their “connection.” These simps, man! You shut down my org and we ain’t talmbout NO emotional connection we had.

Girl Bye 4

Plus, she’s MAD SELFISH! How do you sell this man down the river and then call him to vent ALLATAHM? And then she tells she loves Fitz and how that good lay felt like betrayal. Girl, GOOD DAY! Liv shoulda been listening to a dial tone. Jake is a fool.

Behind Campaign – President Ghost is 4 points behind Sally and there’s 5 days to go before the election while Liv is playing Butthurt Bandit. Liv confronts her dad and he says “I’ve waited a VERY long time to kill that man.” LMAO!!! Papa Pope is so petty and I enjoy his ability to admit it. Apparently, Dominic has been Maya’s lover since FOREVER and he even told her to marry Eli/Rowan. CHILE! What if he’s really Liv’s dad? Why are the Popes such a mess??? Also, back to the Brolivia Pope theory. What if Dominic is Harrison’s dad and Maya had him while she was on one of her missions? Chile… I can’t even. Also: I might have been right all along.

Squabbling Assassins – Huck and Charlie are supposed to be disposing of Dominic’s body with Quinn but the two of them are arguing like two idiots so she leaves them in the garage and drives away to do the job herself. Ain’t nobody got tahm for their foolishment.

Defiance Won’t Die – President Ghost realizes that he’s losing points in Ohio and no Republican president has ever won without the state so he tells Cyrus that he doesn’t care what Liv says. He’s going. Cy calls Pope as they board Marine 1 and her father tells her to go to Ohio too. Because the one person her mother does love is her and she won’t detonate a bomb if she’s present.

Harrison tracked the address of some of Adnan’s financial transactions to some warehouse. He walks in and sees plans and pics on the table. One is of Defiance High School in Ohio. Must be where the bomb is! He looks up and Adnan is pointing a gun at his head.

At Defiance High School, the Grants are sitting on stage when Olivia slips in and sits next to them. Mellie (in a bad ass red suit and drunk as a sunk) is in the middle of Ghost and Liv and as the two talk across her, she says “If we’re gonna die, can we do it right now so I don’t have to listen to you two?” DRUNK MELLIE FTW!

Scandal Defiance

When Fitz hits the podium, Liv tells Mellie she’s handled the paternity thing but if she still wants the real test, she just gotta say the word.

Bickering Bitches – Quinn drives back and finds Huck in the garage. She says she handled it because him and Charlie were being “2 bickering little bitches.” Best thing she’s EVER said. But then, their conversation quickly devolves to the two of them playing tongue hockey: playoffs edition. And then Huck slams her against a car and they have rough secks and I basically wanna chair slide unto the floor because this is all just gross and EW EW EW AND ARE YALL NOT GONNA USE CONDOMS OMG WHY IS THIS HAPPENING??? UGH! And as they do alladis, Mama Pope walks right past them and enters the OPA offices, surprising Eli. She says “Bring my baby home.”

Bomb Chasing – Papa Pope calls Liv tells her that the bomb is at Defiance High School so she doesn’t have much time. As President Ghost makes his speech and riles up the crowd, she whispers in his ear. He tells everyone that a sprinkler went off in the basement so they have to cut it short. Good for them for getting out!

Back in David’s office, he finally finds Maya’s face on the camera system. He tells Jake that what Marie/Maya has been up to isn’t what they thought. Uh oh.

In about 2 minutes, Olivia ends up back in OPA. Ohio to DC is 2 minutes? I know Marine 1 is fast but… DAMB! Olviia’s super power is to apparate. She got from Ohio to DC faster than Harry gets to Hogmead’s Head from Diagon Alley. Who knew? When she enters the office, the place is empty and she calls for her dad and looks over and something shocks her.

Meanwhile at the warehouse, Harrison is sitting across Adnan and the news is on talmbout the evacuation of Defiance H.S. He’s all giddy because he thinks her plan’s been foiled but she says it’s going just as it is supposed to. The bomb isn’t at the school. Aw hell.

Jake can’t get in touch with Olivia but HuckleberryQuinn’s ol’ HORNASSES roll into the office and find Olivia on the floor of her office. Her father has been shanked and he’s gasping for breath. Blood is all over him. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO PAPA POPE!!!!!

Papa Pope down

Deadly Silence – Cyrus gets a call from Jake who says Senator Hightower was really killed by Maya so she could have a gathering spot where the President would need to be present and the Mona Lisa of BOOM could be used. Cy says he’ll alert all the acronyms (FBI an’ em) and get the church cleared and that President Ghost won’t be anywhere near there. He calls Ethan, the aide and asks if VP Sally has already headed out to the funeral. She has. Cyrus is STFU because if someone gotta die, why not Langston? EVIL!

At the church, the dignitaries are gathering. Leo’s there with Sally. Governor Nichols shakes her hand. One floor below is the bomb, inside the floor. As Cyrus walks all cheerily through the White House, Maya Pope activates the code for the bomb. There’s 59 minutes left before it blows. Elsewhere, Mellie is opening the results of the real DNA test.

Cyrus walks into the Oval Office and tells the President that he wants to hear his eulogy for Senator Hightower. Way to stall. The episode ends with “Smiling Faces” playing as Cy sits looking pretty satisfied. Chile…

Cyrus Beene

PAPA POPE BETTER NOT DIE!!! I LOVED HIM FIERCELY! iSWEATERGAWD if they kill Papa Pope. I mean, I ain’t gon do nothing. I’m just saying. >___> Saints and Aints, we need the Usher Board to gather together and all the prayer warriors. ROWAN/ELI POPE CANNOT DIE!!! Lawdddd! He just cannot!

I’m just mad about how EVERYONE has been fugging up ALL season 3 on #Scandal. Huck, Harrison, Olivia. I’m so unable to deal with their successful failing. This is NOT the Olivia Pope and Associates I fell in love with. These people are some sloppy amateurs. I need Shonda and her team to get their mojo back because this ain’t e’em what the Gladiators are ‘posed to be about.

Huck let some Love Pocket from Quinn distract him when he was supposed to be protecting the office. How in the hell did Mama Pope just stroll on by them all willy nilly? That ish was a mess. Also, did I remember to say ALL THE EWS THAT EVER EWED IN EWLAND?!?!? I was on my couch like:

no no no gif

Speaking of secks, season 3 better not end without Fitz and Olivia finding out that Big Jerry raped Mellie. That carrot does not need to be dangled into season 4. It is really unlike Scandal to hold on to such pertinent info for such a long time. Shit, in season 2, we had found out who the mole was by now. Sheesh! Come on with it!

But SHOUTOUT to Bellamy Young. She’s been giving masterful performances ALL season! Love her!

The Scandal season 3 finale is next Thursday and there’s all these messes on the floor that need to be cleaned up. Gladiators ROAR in the comments!

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  1. scandalstalker
    April 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm


  2. Erin
    April 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I missed the first minute of Scandal because for some reason it started at 8:59pm. WTH? Ok back to the recap! #beenwaitingallday

  3. Torkwase Robinson
    April 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I didn’t get to watch a majority of scandal last night because my bootleg cable kept going in and out, so for me reading your recap was the highlight of my freakin weekend. can’t say thank you enough for these weekly recaps, because without them my life would be null and void!! Love love love reading your websites. Please keep up the amazing writing & articles!!!

  4. GK
    April 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    They might find out Harrison is the son/brother cause Eli is gonna need blood & who knows what else medically. & aunt Liv isn’t a match….#ScandalTheories lol

    • Kwan
      April 11, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Awwww ish I thought the same thing. and I’m okay with Fitz brother/son being revealed at the end so long as it’s actually revealed. I don’t want that secret to still be a secret going into season 4.

    • funkmysoul
      April 11, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      O SNAP. That is very plausible.

  5. Kenzo
    April 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Omg omg omg. Been saying that all day. Papa pope better not be dead, he better not. Cyrus Beene,that man does not grieve for long. He is so deliciously evil. Again Luvvie, you the ish for real. Hats off to you.

  6. Addicted
    April 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I think since the rape is the key to the issues in their marriage they are going to dangle that carrot a little longer. Getting that info is going to change Fitz’s entire perspective; it could be the end of his affair with Olivia (finally) and that’s what Season 4 could be about. Of course I could be waaaayyy off lol.

  7. Brendadc
    April 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Bellamy Young has been bringing it all season. Great performances. I don’t know who to trust who on this show. Is Papa Pope in cahoots to bring things down? I am glad that Jake kept pushing to find out where the bomb was located. He seems to be the only one to depend on nowadays. I would say Olivia should get rid of the zero (Fitz) and get with a hero (Jake) but Jake knocked off James, so eh….

  8. April 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I am still recovering. Bout to rematch last night’s episode again, before I dare comment independently lol. Thanks Luvvie!

  9. April 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Drunk Mellie is everything, and she almost makes up for nastiness between Huck and Quinn. Blech. Watching that mess gave me the dry heaves. And just why does Charlie keep referring to that broad as “Robin.” Is that some reference to Batman and Robin?

    Man these are some unstable azz assassins on this show. Jake is sprung, Charlie is jealous and Huck is just crazy, and none of this is going to end well.

    I am still upset about them possibly killing off Daddy Pope. Why him Lord?

    • Y2Kelz
      April 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Robin was Quinn’s name before she came to OPA and changed her identity.

      • TeeCee
        April 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm

        No, it’s not her previous name. It’s a reference to Batman and Robin. Her other name is Lindsey Dwyer.

        • 3d2002
          April 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

          Did yall know Huck is gay in real life? Meh! I still like him but not for Quinn.

  10. FoxyForty
    April 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Mr. Beene is like Valentina hot sauce on a ripe mango in the summer time. Sweet, spicy and delicious. I really think I woulda done the same dam thing. Letting someone else take out all your problems in one flush!

  11. DMarie
    April 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I was LMMFAO at Cyrus basically skipping down the halls of the White House with that goofy grin on his face. He is going to the deepest, darkest, corner of Hell, and I was laughing so hard that tears were coming out of my eyes. My dad nailed it last night when he said B613 has NOTHING on Cyrus Beene.

    • Syrich
      April 13, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      My friend said they should have been playing “I’m Happy” by Pharrell while Cyrus was walking (skipping) through the halls of the Whitehouse. Now every time I hear the song I start laughing no matter where I am. Cyrus was literally what I believe my grandfather meant by then “Skippy is a sissy.” Although I will be very upset if Andrew is blown up.

      • Itsben1
        April 14, 2014 at 8:02 am

        “Skippy as a sissy”!! YAAASSSS, I officially love your grandfather for that little gem. LOL!

  12. DMarie
    April 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Oh and as far Huck and Quinn, or Robin, or whatever the Hell her name is, all I got is….MY EYES!! MY EYES!!

    • blackpepper
      April 11, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Why does everything seemed so disgusted at the exchanges between Huck/Quinn? Although I go back and forth with how I feel about her, for some reason I like them two together.

      • Milaxx
        April 11, 2014 at 11:06 pm

        I like them as well, but they out nasty how Abby & David were last season.

      • Bmore
        April 14, 2014 at 9:36 am

        I too, wonder why all the disgust/hate about the Quinn/Huck coupling. I just don’t get it. It’s not even like its the main focus of any episode. I see it and just think. “oh well, there they go.” I just have no problem with it… but maybe I’m just sleep.

        • LeeLee
          April 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm

          My disgust is the spitting on one another…While they were having secks on the car he hocked up a big glob and spit on her neck…Ewwww Instead of her like no you didn’t it turned her on…Nobody better spit on me or act like they about to or we fighting.

  13. Carlicia Alexander
    April 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I’m sooo #teammellie now!!! And I agree…where are the white hats?!?

  14. Jasmine
    April 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    So if VP Sally dies, Fitz will win by default and AGAIN will not have won this one outright? I guess we’ll have another season of his constipated, pained face when he finds out Cyrus never issued the warning.

    Drunk Mellie is thee best!

  15. pup
    April 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    #breffis doe?!? Ma’am….ma’am….iQuit you for a hot minute!

  16. LeeS
    April 11, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    I guess I’m the only one not team Mellie. I was hoping the selfish bitch would be at the funeral to go boom.

    When Mellie starting saying Olivia owed her rich white privileged ass, I almost jumped through the TV screen to choke her.

    The most boring useless characters on Scandal are Jake and Mellie. All they do is whine, whine and whine. Then Quinn and Huck are a close second.

    Mellie rants about Fitz as if he is holding her hostage in the marriage when she is the one who wants to stay married to remain First Lady. Also Drunk Mellie is not cute – just bitchy repetitive.
    She is your classic example of an upper class privileged entitled idiot – never taking ownership and blaming everyone else for her misery. Olivia does NOT OWE HER SH*T. STFU

    Jake has got to be the worst love interest in a triangle ever. Yes, you will win the girl over by constantly bad mouthing her father and scaring her about her father killing her. Then look like a spineless dick by telling her real boyfriend that she slept with you to get information in front of a group of people. Plus what is with the flip flopping? One moment Jake hates B613 and wants to get away from it and then he says it is his life and the B613 has to be maintained. He is a sociopath. I miss Edison.

    The Quinn and Huck story line is just disgusting and bizarre.
    Please end it.

    I’m praying Shonda ends this B613 nonsense and returns to the OPA cases and less White House drama in season 4. Hopefully Shonda got her Alias and Felicity feels assuaged and can now move on to the real show about a fixer because this season has been a hot mess.
    Thank god the season was shortened and will end with the next episode.

    BTW if Shonda loves Bellamy Young and Scott Foley this much she should give them their own damn show and not forced then down our throat on Scandal. I started watching Scandal for Kerry Washington and only Kerry. I need badass Olivia Pope back.

    Finally I noticed Bellamy Young is a complete narcissist who spends most of her time on Twitter re-tweeting and responding to praise as if she is Meryl Streep for her one note performance – gritted teeth and deep voice growling is expected every week.

    • Thandine'
      April 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      I AGREE WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • April 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      You are clearly an upset Olitz fan. I’ve seen posts like this on Tumblr after every episode since “Everything’s Coming Up Mellie”.
      Mellie and Jake are not keeping Olitz apart, they do it themselves quite nicely. And Bellamy Young is NOT a narcissist. How dare you! You don’t have to like the character of Mellie, but dont attack a sweetheart like Bellamy because she’s no longer the villain of the show, and she has become a presence on the show, and people love her; just like they love Olivia.

      • LeeS
        April 11, 2014 at 5:54 pm

        I’m not on Tumblr so I don’t know what the hell you are talking about here.

        Plus I not an Olitz fan so you lose.

        I’m a Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope fan.

        You need to read Bellamy’s timeline on Twitter and look up the definition of narcissist.

        Please tell your sweetheart Bellamy that her timeline gives the wrong impression. She needs to chill.

        • April 11, 2014 at 6:02 pm

          No, you see a woman that’s been in the game for over twenty years. You see a woman that’s bounced around different shows, always guest starring and never getting noticed much. Now, she’s on a hit show and act’s her ass off every episode, and she’s finally getting the acclaim she deserves. That’s that narcissistic, that’s gratefulness.

        • blackpepper
          April 11, 2014 at 6:10 pm

          I agree… I don’t notice all of her tweets, however I honestly think she is just grateful and happy to be acknowledged. If she didn’t acknowledge it, then surely someone would have a problem with THAT.

        • KathyMo
          April 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

          Truth! I’ve seen Bellamy Young many times and had no idea who she was until she was Mellie Grant. Hell, just last night, I watched her on an old episode of Two and a Half Men that I had already seen twice before. Bellamy Young is playing the HELL outta Mellie and I love her.

        • AJ
          April 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

          @bellamyyoung and Mellie Grant are NOT the same person. When I see the her posting on twitter – she seems happy to be playing. Remember, part of ABC and ShondaLand’s marketing for this show IS to use social media…she.. or her interns… are just making sure we stay enjoying #Scandal all week.

          Team Mellie or not – Bellamy is SLAYING that role. I’m here for Mellivia. Eff Fitz AND Jake. The two of them allied could run alladatshyt.

        • #scandalmakesmenervous
          April 11, 2014 at 8:43 pm

          i think shonda picked an awesome cast everyone seems to get along and is happy for each others success!!!! #mostawesomecastonprimetime!!!

      • Shannyn Marie
        April 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        Speak on it Terrance.

    • Lynne
      April 11, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      I thought I was the only one who was anti- mellie…. she needs to have several seats!!! Nobody told her to keep that secret.. the moment she decided not to tell and use it for power she was no longer a victim and then to just expect Fitz not look for love somewhere else after 10 years of no nookie gurl BYE!!!!

      And Jake is the worse kind of fuck boy!! Sir Liv was never here for you and that was never your Pu$$Y so I dont understand why you are always looking like a kicked puppy dog when you get put in your lane!!

      • Kwan
        April 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

        What kind of ignorance. She didn’t keep the secret to use it for power. She kept the secret because she was hurt and embarrassed. HELLO SHE TRIED TO KILL HERSELF! It’s a reality that MANY rape victims who are in relationships/or married when they are attacked keep it a secret from their significant other. I love Olivia but yes her trifling ass owes Mellie b/c at any point she could have ruined both their reputations and came close too but she didn’t. That 10 years was an exaggeration b/c Karen is not 10 years younger than Jerry so either he exaggerated or Shonda didn’t think that through when writing. Idk about you but Lee S need to get a grip honey. It’s one thing to not like a character but attacking Bellamy is over the top.

        Just as much as Mellie whines Fitz whines too. No one is keeping him hostage either they as a couple are a match they both want to stay in the white house. I’m over Olitz and I want Mellie to leave Fitz and go get her happily ever after with Andrew.

        • football mom
          April 11, 2014 at 9:24 pm

          ten years reference is about big Jerry just died four years ago…it was an approximate. Actually, she’s been dealing with this for 12-13 years.

        • KathyMo
          April 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm

          I think it’s a little longer than that because she isn’t sure who fathered that child.

        • Scott
          April 11, 2014 at 9:53 pm

          No, you are wrong she used that rape to her advantage by keeping it a secret from Fitz and by telling jerry to be nice to Fitz or else. I like Mellie on the show but I am sick and tried of her whining about if you knew what I did for you and besides get over yourself Mellie you did not put your husband in the whithouse Hollis Doyle did. It was good to hear Olovia admit that she loves Fitz . If Papa Pope dies the show will live on I mean how many more rants can he have?

        • #scandalmakesmenervous
          April 11, 2014 at 10:39 pm

          olivia needs to tell fitz i am tired of her telling everyone else. she told cyrus at the end of last season in her office after he got out the hospital and now she told jake.

        • Elizabeth
          April 11, 2014 at 10:55 pm

          My only thing about the rape by BigGerry is that it doesn’t match with what we were shown in season 1. Mellie was all over BigGerry, you would have thought they were more than just in-laws. The way she ran up hugging and kissing and cooing with him. Doesn’t mesh at all. The way she took sides w/BigGerry when Fitz said he didn’t want him campaigning in FL. This does not appear to be the woman that “tried to commit” suicide. Mellie is about power and instead of getting it for herself she prefers to stay connected to Fitz where the power resides. Now I find drunk Mellie amusing but I’m really sick of clinched teeth deep guttering Mellie with her empty threats.

          Last week she said Fitz takes everything from her. Name one thing Fitz has taken from her? He’s the reason her ass isn’t in prison for treason on 2 separate occasions. This week she said Olivia owes her? What does owe her for? GTFOH…take responsibility for your own actions. Frankly Daniel Douglas would still be alive if Mellie hadn’t push Cyrus into showing setting things up and then forcing him to show Sally those pictures. You guys need to really watch the show. Stop trying to absolve her of all the ish she has done. She is just as guilty of committing murder as everyone else on the show. She has the murder of Daniel Douglas on her hands because she was an accessory after the fact–she knew about the murder and didn’t report it. She is also guilty of the Cytron murders. The law would find her as guilty as Hollis and Becky who bombed that building.

        • Q
          April 13, 2014 at 9:21 am


        • Kwan
          April 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm

          What do you mean it doesn’t match her at all. She’s a political wife. She does the smiling and waiving all to benefit Fitz which in turn will benefit her. I never tried to absolve her from her issues or flaws but I also don’t put EVERYTHING on her like most Olitz fans do. I never even brought up the election rigging I was talking about her marriage. She hid the rape at first b/c she was hurt, eventually she learned to live with her secret.

          Like I said YES Olivia’s triflin ass does owe her. Yes Mellie allows the relationship for her benefit but she allows it none the less. That’s not Olivia’s secret to tell. She’s the help so help keep the family together.

        • Bri
          April 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm

          Having 2 kids in 10 years DOES NOT mean you have a sex life. For all you know the only sex they had was to conceive the kids (probably for political reasons and image). The problem with your defense of Mellie is that while I can understand her reluctance to tell Fitz, instead of packing her Big Jerry’s house like Fitz wanted to she decides to blackmail her rapist the very next morning? WHO DOES THAT?!?!?!?! Only a person hell bent on power would so such a thing.

        • Bri
          April 13, 2014 at 11:02 pm

          * instead of packing her bags and leaving Big Jerry’s house*

    • Samoan
      April 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      You sound ignorant. The show is not all about Kerry Washington.

  17. JessyPooh
    April 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I felt like that disgustingly traumatizing sex scene was Quinn distracting Huck FOR Mama Pope. I feel like she’s playing them all against each other.

    • blackpepper
      April 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      oh my.. I wondered the same thing.

    • MzBhavn
      April 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      YES! I said the same thing. I also think Charlie is somewhere watching them. While eating a donut.

  18. KemaB
    April 11, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Moonshine Mellie is my absolute fav I like her better than sober Mellie and everyone else on this show the level of shade she threw last night was unrivaled you hear me and when she had her tantrum I wanted Fitz to burn just as she requested but she head to take some of the blame as well not all of it but like a dollar worth of blame for the destruction of the marriage.

    Now for Mama Pope The Grand High Goonstress. She ain’t worried bout nothing. She is crazy as hell and because of 50 shades of stupid AKA HuckleberryQuinn she shanked Papa Pope and I have many feelings. I really thought they were in on this together but I was wrong her evilness is unparalleled.

    My man Cy we forgot he was a goon too. He was like snitches get stitches and let Sally Burn I can’t.

    I agree with Luvvie everyone has failed this season except Abby all of them need their Gladiator cards revoked and have several seats of time out. I can’t wait for the next episode.

    Oh and whoever did that pic of Fitz and Young Fitz for National Siblings Day has no chill I couldn’t stop laughing. Great Recap

    • Nikki
      April 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      good points.

      and… ain’t Cyrus get Adnan back in the country in the first place?

      Also, PapaPope ain’t dead. If MamaPope wanted him dead, he’da been dead when Liv got there.

      • April 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

        what Nikki said. if MamaPope wanted him dead….he would be dead.

        • KemaB
          April 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm

          So true so it’s still possible that they are working together

        • Bmore
          April 14, 2014 at 9:46 am

          Exactly! I was like, almost err’ybody on this show has successfully killed somebody. You mean to tell me that The High Goonstress left somebody alive by accident? And that scene where olivia an’em got from Ohio to D.C. to OPA in TWO minutes? Really, Shonda? And Poppa Pope hadn’t bled out by then? Okaaay.

  19. Tina
    April 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Riddle me this, Batman: How is it Huck is so fast that he got Dominic before Quinn and Charlie could say “boo”, but took so long waxing datass that Olivia made it back to OPA all the way from OHIO before he and Quinn made it back from the parking garage?????

    • KathyMo
      April 12, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      LMAO!!! Huck ain’t had none since season one and he’s been wanting some of that Quinn for a minute now.

  20. Milaxx
    April 11, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Joe Morton tweeted that he got a new show so you may have to coordinate his homecoming.

  21. LeeS
    April 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    BTW what the F*ck happened to Harrison’s back story? Season 3 was wasted on the writers’ two precious snowflakes – Mellie and Jake.

    We did not even get a good story for Olivia’s family – barely saw Mama Pope and Papa Pope only showed up to give his monologues. How about telling us more about how Mama Pope came to be a terrorist? About Mama Pope’s family in London? About Papa Pope pulling himself up by his bootstrap? About Olivia’s background before joining the campaign?

    Instead we got the never ending Mellie and Jake sob stories. Then more time was wasted with the disgusting Quinn, Huck and Charlie story. WTF?

    Shonda and her writers need to do better especially since they keep talking about diversity and telling everyone’s stories (except for the black folks on the show).

    Season 3 sucked but I have heard that is usually what happens with a Shonda show.

    • Thandine'
      April 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      I AGREE

    • Kwan
      April 11, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      This I can agree with but girl seems like you have issues with white people, just saying.

    • Elizabeth
      April 11, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      Totally agree on all the points you made.

    • Milaxx
      April 11, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      I’m thinking the Harrison backstory got smaller because they needed to change up the 2nd half of the season due to Kerry’s pregnancy but didn’t want to put too much on Harrisons character in case Columbus ends up doing jail time.

      • Bmore
        April 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

        Almost everything you said^^^

      • Meekemoolah
        April 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

        And Columbus is STILL out there getting himself in trouble as we speak. We may never get a Brolivia back story. Colombus needs some real life therapy. Today’s story is attempted Murder-Suicide?

  22. Diva
    April 11, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    My stomach churns, my heart breaks, my brain bleeds and my nerves frazzle. Why oh why is there so much wrong happening this season?

  23. April 11, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I hate that people are pulling the race card. Papa Pope is black, and he’s gotten the best lines and monologues this entire season. This show has a large cast, sometimes people have to take the backburner so others can shine. Khandi Alexander is also black, and although her scenes are short, they are fierce and the actress is phenomenal. Olivia(Kerry) is intertwined into every storyline. Whether you like the direction of her character is debatable, but she hasn’t lost an ounce of screentime and is still the damn lead.

  24. itsben1
    April 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Everybody was completely out of fuggs last night and I was here for all of it!!

    Between drunk Mellie and Mama Pope’s dial tone of death, I had a serious case of the cackles!!

    Harrison has been on #teamdumbass since he got some poon. Them overseas orgasms from Wiz Khalifa got him open. If he’d got it from #teamnatural he’d still be winning.

    And I really can’t handle Papa Pope going to glory so soon after James’s fune. I just got my thank you card from the services and I ain’t got no bereavement days left to lay Byron to rest.

    • Thandine'
      April 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      “…And I really can’t handle Papa Pope going to glory so soon after James’s fune. I just got my thank you card from the services and I ain’t got no bereavement days left to lay Byron to rest.”


      I got him on the sick and shut in list at church

      • Krystal
        April 13, 2014 at 11:31 pm

        ROFLLLL! I’m prayin for boffa yall! I can’t with either of you! LOL

  25. J'Unique
    April 11, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    DEBBIE ALLEN AND SHONDA RHIMES DID THE DURN THANG!!! I was like rewind the entire time! As for Papa Pope, he and Mama Pope be like Godzilla vs Mothra. . . I knew Mama Pope was Godzilla!
    #Clear! Place the paddles and hit the button

    • April 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      not place the paddles and hit the button. *dead*

  26. Suze
    April 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Now, if Mama Pope can take out all the presidents men, why would she leave Papa Pope still alive.. There are some shenanigans there for

  27. Shannyn Marie
    April 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you for untangling this show. Last night was so loaded with plots, sub plots, underplots, and dilemas. Mz Queen Mother Debbie Allen really showed out behind the camera.

  28. April 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm


    Debbie Allen. Second only to Ava DuVernay. That is all.

    I felt some kind of way about Olivia in the beginning. If someone yoked me up like I was a wayward child stealing the grocery money from Mama’s top sock drawer, I’d be a lot madder than Olivia was. Jake would have at least been in the fetal position on the floor for a few minutes after I kneed his balls into his throat.

    Moonshine Mellie is life-affirming. She probably has a secret stash, straight from the still of a third cousin twice removed, in the East Wing. *raises glass* I really hope she gets an Emmy for this season, ’cause she brought the joy and the pain.

    Huck and Quinn: No. Just…no. While I want Huck to have a shot at a quasi-normal life, can’t Shonda an’ ‘nem write in someone else on the slightly crazy/borderline immoral side? And I agree that Quinn may be playing both sides against the middle. She may feel she’s like Jake, without a home, so why fake the funk? (sidebar: Charlie is going to go batshit crazy when he finds out. He and Huck will probably have a “Beat It”-like showdown, sans dancing.

    Daddy Pope’s entrance to “Superbad.” YAAAAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!

    Harrison: he STAYS owing folks! Every time we turn around, he’s either telling someone, “I owe you”, or bailing out someone because “I owe them”. And I need to know more about what he really did. That “Can I call you Papa Pope?” question made me think of Luvvie’s theory. Daddy Pope’s blank stare was deliciously shadeful. But the Adnan Salif thing…Oh, Harrison…*smh* I liked Adnan’s little catsuit, though.

    Leo is growing on me, when he’s not around Sally.

    Jake begs more than Keith Sweat, when it comes to Olivia. “My body, all over your body. I’ll give all my love to you…There you go, telling me ‘no’, again…Don’t stop the love!”

    Mama Pope: colder than a polar bear’s toenails. If they did a remake of “Cold-Blooded” by Rick James, the video would be all about her. Her shoes were fiyah, though. But um, er…was Dominic Liv’s daddy? Or Harrison’s? Did Liv and Harrison need to get down with National Sibling Appreciation Day?

    [sidebar: That Fitz/Little Jerry photo was just WRONG. *cackling*]

    As for Cyrus and the non-disclosure of the bomb: I guess he really don’t like it when Sally walk! [*Stetsasonic reference]. “Smiling Faces” had me hollering! Kudos for the recent soundtracks.

    Speaking of Mama and Daddy Pope: his shanking seemed suspect to me, after I had a good night’s sleep about it. Both of them are Adamantium-level Gs; if they’d mixed it up, don’t you think the furniture would have been moved, even a little bit? And ERRYBODY would have heard it–even HuckleBerry Quinn, mid-coitus. And he hasn’t survived this long to get got by his wife (they’s still married, technically!)–I still recall last week’s Restaurant Shank Showdown. Yet the OPA conference room was as neat as if it was awaiting another Gladiator quorum, even with Daddy Pope writhing in blood and pain on the floor. Methinks Mama Pope cut just enough to look authentic, but not enough to do true damage (’cause we’ve already seen that she will kill/allow without hesitation). And Daddy Pope allowed it. If she let the love of her life get blown away, why would she let Daddy Pope keep breathing? The looming question remains: what’s REALLY his agenda? What’s hers?

    I will quit Shonda if she lets Daddy Pope die. I’m already on the verge of booting Grey’s Anatomy (please put that show out of its misery. Ten years is a really good run. LET IT GO.).

    That’s all I have right now. Thank you for letting me share.

    • April 11, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      You could be on to something with that Mama Pope angle. I don’t doubt that she more vicious than Eli, hell I don’t see him gnawing his own flesh, but he aint no punk either. How did she take him down so quickly and cleanly?

      These writers stay coming up with craziment, so who knows. Maybe this whole thing is a smokescreen for whatever Marie is planning as her final act.

    • April 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      I so co-sign with Papa Pope’s entrance music! And my husband (poor soul, I make him watch this every week) and I were thinking the same thing with Papa Pope’s flesh wounds. If Momma Pope had wanted him gone, he would have been gone. Jake told Olivia he was going to play her, and play her I think he did. I also think that maybe Olivia (and Harrison) aren’t Papa Pope’s kids…hrm…..

      My husband also co-signs with your thoughts on the Huck vs. Charlie show down. I still put my vote in for Team Huck (I mean he’s unstable as a mo-fo).

    • KemaB
      April 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Lmao @ Adamantium Level G’s permission to use in the future cuz that was genius

    • jade77830
      April 15, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      “begs more that Keith Sweat” DEAD!!!!!

  29. Court
    April 11, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I love me some Mellie, but since it came out that she chose not to tell Fitz about the rape and instead confided in someone else, I can’t really feel her pain and her sense of victim-hood as it relates to Fitz. Fitz is still an ass for cheating on her, but Mellie wanted to ride the road to the White House. She can’t blame Fitz for something that he doesn’t know.

    • #scandalmakesmenervous
      April 11, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      i agree and i am tired of it…tired of hearing her talk about how she sacrificed everything for him it is getting old tell him the truth then file for divorce. last nite when she was talking to liv she said how fitz keeps walking away ummm mellie you pushed the man away so own your part in the history of mellie/fitz it is not all fitz fault and it isn’t all liv fault either. side note: drunk mellie not wanting an altoid from cyrus was hilarious!!

      • Kwan
        April 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm

        True but I doubt Fitz even tried to find out what was wrong. Right before the suicide all you saw was him yelling at her simply b/c she wouldn’t sleep with him. Yeah real sensitive. If my s/o won’t let me touch them and is super distant if you really want to find out hire a counselor. I know they could find a rich one who was willing to really keep hush about their issues. In the end he still decided to be unfaithful and at every turn publicly disrespects her. So nawl I give him no slack even if she pushed him away due to the assault.

        • #scandalmakesmenervous
          April 11, 2014 at 6:51 pm

          I think at the end of the day Fitz is a boy like Rowan said he is very immature this is why people hide everything for him because he throws things and pouts, lol!!! In the end he was unfaithful yes I feel that Mellie was unfaithful too(don’t scream at me for saying this lol) because she did start an emotional relationship with another man. I guess communication is the key to a successful relationship and Fitz/Mellie done stopped long time ago. I want them apart they need to get a divorce and move on but that would too simple in ScandalWorld so we will see..:)

        • Nikki 245
          April 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm

          Don’t you agree that Fitz is a “boy” because no one has treated him like a man ? When people are constantly taking power away from you and the ability to make your own decisions it’s impossible to grow up and be your own individual. Sometimes I feel sorry for Fitz because he CAN’T win.

        • #scandalmakesmenervous
          April 11, 2014 at 10:14 pm

          @nikki245 i am team fitz and definitely team olitz but i have to acknowledge the flaws in fitz. he is everything rowan said in his “boy speech” does that make him a bad person no. liv was telling him the other week that he needs to grow up. i have hope for fitz i want him to win this presidency so he can run his own show for once. just like i am waiting for a harrison storyline i am waiting for the day that scandal writes him taking charge as POTUS, i have seen small glimmers of it but i want more.

        • BLynne
          April 11, 2014 at 6:59 pm

          Actually he did ask her what is wrong and he said you won’t talk to me let alone let me touch you…. and I dont think it was just about the sex… Mellie removed herself from the marriage both emotionally and physically… Marriage is also about intimacy and sharing you cant expect your spouse to read your mind… and you can only ask what is wrong so many times before you start to shut down your damn self. So you can’t lay this all at fitz’s feet… Both of them are to blame for the shit show that is the Grant marriage

        • Nikki 245
          April 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm

          Why are there only a few fans that seem to understand this ? Then when Olivia came along he started to shut her down because he “knew” he was in trouble until Cyrus convinced him to rehire her.

      • BLynne
        April 11, 2014 at 6:51 pm

        YASSSSS Speak the truth….. I am so sick of Mellie and her whining own your role hoe!! You coulda been divorce but you wanted to be in the White House even more than Fitz because if you recall that dude was tryna leave and go back home in the flash back episode when Mellie told him that big jerry wanted to apologize. She can’t be mad at Fitz for what he doesnt know and blame him for trying to get out of a marriage that has been dead for years.

        • April 11, 2014 at 7:03 pm

          Please, Mellie doesn’t want a divorce, so why would she ask for one. Fitz is the one that wants the divorce, and yet Mellie still carries his last name.

        • Nikki 245
          April 11, 2014 at 9:35 pm

          You are right, Mellie wants four more years in the Whitehouse, then she wants to run her own political campaign. She is using Fitz at this point but I guess if she is the victim it does not matter.

      • Nikki 245
        April 11, 2014 at 9:32 pm

        I am grateful that there are still fans out there who evaluate all sides of this tragic story . Mellie chose to keep her secret from Fitz for what she thought were valid reasons. She did not tell Fitz which makes him a victim as well. Perhaps he would not have allowed Olivia in IF the marriage was still functioning at the time he met her. Ofcourse that does not excuse him for the affair or acting like a complete jerk toward Mellie but now I am guessing that Fitz’s foul towards Mellie is part of his frustration in the marriage and constantly being manipulated or belittled. Mellie and Fitz are BOTH to blame for this failed marriage. The way I see it they both need the opportunity to “heal” and start over unless they want to seek therapy to make the marriage work.

  30. rikyrah
    April 11, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I think I was maddest at Harrison tonight. Mofo heard when Adnan was coming back to the country, went out and got Abby’s gun.

    But, he’s taking his behind to her SAFEHOUSE BY HIMSELF?

    what kind of nonsense/foolishness is that?

    dumbest move all night.

    Papa Pope strutting into OPA to James Brown had me LMAO. I rewound it several times.

    When he killed Dominic, I was like, ‘ Olivia, this is what he does. This is who he is. He already told you that’.

    Huck/Jake have been going back and forth telling Olivia who her father is, and she thinks the goons he trained wouldn’t know?

    I did LOL when Charlie/Quinn came back looking for Dominic, all ‘ we can’t find him’, and just walks in, throws his ass on the floor and says, ‘ I got work to do’, not even waiting for a thank you.

    Mellie was life. Bellamy was fantastic tonight. And, Olivia knows. She knows. Now that Mellie let “Big Jerry” slip, she knows it all. Olivia isn’t dumb, which is why she knew Mellie had planned the thing about the DNA test. It’s why Olivia has been listening to Mellie/Fitz convo from a couple of weeks ago. She knows – she might not be able to voice it, because she doesn’t want to deal with the ramifications of it – but she knows that anything to do with Big Jerry wasn’t consensual. Olivia’s gut is not that far gone that she doesn’t know.

    Cyrus Rutherford Bean – you evil ass mofo. I honestly believe it was a ‘twofer’ for Cyrus. Sally is killed, and she’s eliminated from the race, as well, as I believe Cyrus holds Sally indirectly responsible for the events that brought about James’ death. Hell hath no fury like a mourning husband. The other people will just be ‘ collateral damage’, but Cyrus wasn’t caring.

    Papa Pope….how you gonna NOT have a tranquilizer gun ready for Mama Pope, if you weren’t gonna kill her right on the spot?

    I can’t wait for the finale.

  31. Serenity
    April 11, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I said this on Twitter and Facebook. … I think the Pope parents are working together. Papa has the motivation and Mama has the connections. Papa said he was gonna get Fitz. Think on this…. Mama been locked up for 20+ years and she id in shape enough to beat Papa? Not really. And this explains Liv’s rant on her father wanting her to leave town.

    • Elizabeth
      April 11, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      So if they’re working together why did she shoot or stab him or whatever she did?

      The question I have about this is why kill Fitz? This is not about Fitz, this goes deeper than just being out to kill Fitz. Maya is a hired killer that sells herself to the highest bidder. When the guy was boxing up the bomb he said that this was because of murders America had done in his country. Mama Pope was a terrorist long before Fitz was president. This whole thing still has not made sense on why this is happening. Can’t just be about killing Fitz because they could have hired a sniper to take him out.

  32. Ashlee
    April 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I’m working on a remix to Order my Steps now:
    “Order my reads in your words dear Rowaaan. Lead me, guide me, help me close libraries. I want to read worthy, those edges to-oo snatch. B613 is ever changing.(Cue Sister Odell: “Oh yes it is; yes it is)But you are still command. If you order my reads , I’ll praise Your name”

    • Nitha
      April 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      ________ time of death 10:29 p.m.

  33. #scandalmakesmenervous
    April 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    In my earlier post I didn’t send a shout out to my CYRUS!!!!! I heart Cyrus. I was worried about him after Fitz had to help him off the podium after James death but the smile on his face at the end of the episode was everything.

  34. nichole
    April 11, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Who did they need to come in to the OPA offices with the answers to their questions? Pappa Pope with his cool stride (we now know where Liv gets it from) to the music of Super Bad by James Brown. I watched that segment over and over.

    Again, let me say a big Hell No to whatever Huck and Quinn were doing. Yuck!

    I hope Liv is smart enough to see Mellie’s actions and words are not from a woman who had an affair with her father-in-law. I love drunk Mellie. Fitz realized how true her words were about not just someone outside.

    Jo Morton has been offered a pilot. But i need him on Scandal. He may be in a coma for a while.

  35. Ametia
    April 11, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    The best part of Scandal last night for me was the music.

    James Brown’ Super Bad” and Undisputed Truth’s Smiling Faces.

    • Peachiegal
      April 13, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      YEEESSS!!! da music set the whole thing off.

      Now as for the Huck & Quinn thing…YUCK to the 89th power!!!

  36. April 11, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    “Why hasn’t anyone cussed Harrison’s dumbass out yet for sleeping with Adnan, getting knocked the hell out and then losing ALL the data from Liv’s computer? Someone shoulda snatched his edges by now. Is Abby busy?” I was wondering the same damn thing! This Harrison/Adnan connection seems to be totally overlooked. I’d be asking all the questions. I know everyone has their own dramas going on, but damn.

    “Liv shoulda been listening to a dial tone. Jake is a fool.” Yessss. Part of me thought they were going to be an item for a minute, but now I don’t know what’s going on. Shonda & co need to write in another love interest for Jake so we can have some more shirtless scenes.

    Where the hell was Charlie while HuckleberryQuinn were getting it on??? He hasn’t let Quinn/Robin out of his sight since they got together but suddenly she has time to get it on in public. With Huck. Something was missing there. Maybe Huck smoked Charile and we missed it?

    Cheers to the soundtrack last night! The opening and closing songs were so great.

    • Bmore
      April 14, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Thank you. I said the same thing about Harrison after last week’s episode. Ain’t nobody gon’ say nothin’ to him? Please. I also agree about Charlie… I mean, where was he during the Quinn/Huck interlude? Hmmm. And Poppa Pope still being alive when Olivia an’em got back from Ohio? Double hmmm.

  37. Just Me
    April 11, 2014 at 7:38 pm


    I’ve been wondering for the past few Scandal posts, who’s doing your writing for you? You talk about the writers on Scandal needing to get their mojo back, but it seems that yours (when it comes to your Scandal recaps, anyway) is gone, as well. I can’t help but to think you have a ghostwriter, and while the writing is still good, it’s missing the pizzazz that your earlier Scandal posts used to have. Your Scandal posts used to be really funny because of your colorful commentary. I could look to your posts to catch all those extra funnies that I didn’t catch on my first viewing, but now your posts are absolutely no different than watching the so – straight up plot summary without the commentary (e.g., the song playing when “Papa Pope” walked into OPA at the beginning of this episode). Just as I won’t stop watching Scandal even though the quality has changed, I also won’t quit reading your blog, because I think you are talented. But for real, though, who’s really writing these posts?

    • Just Me
      April 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      *show not *so

    • April 11, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      LMAOOOOOOOOOOO! Yeah. I hire a ghostwriter. She lives in Chicago. She goes these recaps for me for the low low price of bowls of rice. No one can ever find out though so its our secret.

    • Beverly
      April 12, 2014 at 8:13 am

      In my opinion, as this show deteriorates, so does enthusiasm to write about it.

  38. Max
    April 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Will someone explain to me how people just walk in and out of OPA? I know it has been said before, but McDonald’s has better security. How does Mama Pope just walk in and try and kill Ronan?

    I’m sending Shonda a cleaning bill for making me vomit all over my couch during Huck and Quinn. WTF?

    • #scandalmakesmenervous
      April 11, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      wasn’t it nasty!!!!! i replayed the episode after it went off because sooo much was happening i had to rewatch but i fast forward that part

      • Max
        April 12, 2014 at 2:15 am

        LOL! Actually, when she slapped Huck over and over and he just stood there looking stupid, I couldn’t stop laughing. I really feel for those actors because these sex scenes are just ludicrous. It’s the writer’s and casting directors fault. I actually feel that the actor that plays Quinn and the actor that plays Jake are not really strong enough to carry their story lines.

        Quinn just isn’t a femme fatale. She may have other strengths, and she made sense in the very first scene with Harrison when the show began (remember!) as a civilian in over her head. But these “Sharon Stone”/Basic Instinct storylines don’t seem right with her. And it’s not fair to the actress. She’s playing “crazy smoking hot” and she’s not.

        The actor who plays Huck was HOT when he was on Weeds, so I know he can be sexy. But Huck has been made such a bumbling psycho idiot, that he ripped off those panties I had to laugh, while I was throwing up, and peeking through my fingers. The minute I saw it, I was like, “Oh the children are going to have a field day with this!”

        All I can say is, Quinn better watch out because you know Charlie has a surveillance tape of that parking lot, and he is not having Huckleberry Quinn.

    • Elizabeth
      April 11, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      Same way they walk in and out of Liv’s apartment LOL OPA has no security. Shonda doesn’t even try to make this shit realistic.

      I’m with you about that nasty, filthy, disgusting shit Huck and Quinn are doing. Spitting on each other and licking faces then kissing. I mean have I been off the market that long? Is this some erroti shit people now? Geez, I’m not sure WTH this is about.

  39. Ms Brome
    April 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Debbie Allen brought the show back towards its former self. Dominic is Liv’s real father. I don’t want Gov. Andrew to get blown up. I don’t know how Rowan allowed himself to get all stabbed up. I like Huckleberry Quinn and their stankness.

  40. funkmysoul
    April 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I was so glad Moonshine Mellie made a reappearance. I missed her lol. Upon re-watching the episode, it also occured to me that Mellie didn’t specify she was raped, so idk if Liv thought it was an affair/fling/one night stand or what. But the way Liv reacted, I think she may have an inkling something sinister went on. I’m not entirely sure. Mama Pope is even more cold blooded than I thought, jeeez. I can’t dislike her tho. She’s evil but I love watching her.

    Olivia’s DNA is 100% goon so I need her to step it up and take no mess in season 4. I hope Rowan ain’t dead!! Cyrus had me ROLLING when he was strutting thru the WH with that big ol’ ear-to-ear grin on his face.I can’t enjoy Olitz scenes anymore, I am 200% done with those two. Liv will always be my girl but she has been a mess, continuously slipping this season (as you said, p.much all of OPA have) so I really think Liv needs a break from both Fitz and Jake, to focus on herself. harrison’s backstory has been a let-down, personally. I didn’t think it really amounted to anything. Like Adnan and Mama Pope could have been in the story line either way.

    I’m scarred by Huck/Quinn’s scene; I have no further comment.

    The season finale should be great.

  41. Silk!
    April 11, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Funniest scene: Adnan, Maya are at the factory with Ivan where he gives her the phone that will detonate the bomb. The scene first starts in silence, and as Ivan goes into his “Down with the US” speech, the music swells to a crescendo.

    Then the music is cut off as Maya interrupts and says “yeah yeah, we got it”. Hilarious!

    • MzJames
      April 11, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      That was THE funniest scenic of the night! I loved it!

      • MzJames
        April 11, 2014 at 10:29 pm


  42. Michelle
    April 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I’d just like to point out one thing I noticed that goes with the #brolivia pope theory: Rowan said Mama Pope (with all her badassness) will not kill the one person she loves (Liv) because if she wanted to, she would be dead by now…Anyone else notice that it seems to be the same with Harrison? He keeps getting into these BAD situations, but yet, is still very much so, ALIVE…Hmmmm…..hmmmmmm…..

    • Tracey
      April 12, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Ooohhhh, I was about the post the SAME DAMN THING!!! I wasn’t on board with the whole “Brolivia Pope” thing…until tonight. Two things…when Harrison said…”hey Poppa Pope. Can I call you Poppa Pope?” That right there is some personal disrespectful ish. They have a history. NOBODY is gone say that to Command. They only people on the show not afraid of him is Mamma Pope and Harrison. When Eli said…”oh so that’s your thing…illegal financial transactions.” Sarcasm. Like ish my mom says when she disapproves of a me BF. Again. Some personal ish.

      My theory is that Harrison is the real Pope kid and. Liv is Dominic’s kid. I notice throughout the season Mamma Pope always says “my baby”. Eli is more like a stepfather that raised her out of obligation or guilt…the best schools, the tough love lessons, etc. but they are using her to take down the Grants. This vendetta goes back beyond Fitz back to Big Jerry. Mark my words.

      • ErickaKane
        April 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm

        I so agree with you! Eli wanting to take down Fitz has something to do with Remington and Eli & Big Jerry past notice in the “u are a boy” scene he knew bout Fitz’s dad and how he was raised. I kinda agree with u about Harrison being a Pope kid but it could also be that Harrison is the stepchild because if he was the real child then he wouldn’t be having these Sundays dinners and what not. Your theory could also explain why he didn’t have actual pictures with Olivia.
        Also I could be wrong but in Season 4 I kinda see OPA being B-613 now and maybe Oliva being Command and OPA being the fake job like how B613 sells paper.
        I also, believe that Charlie has a hidden agenda either he is working for Mama Pope or Eli because his job is to spy on people and he has yet well at least to our knowledge caught Huck and Quinn. I find that Awkward. Why doesn’t Harrison gave a gun yet? He got his neck shot up with a needle and all he gone do is walk up in a safe house with a cell phone pulling up in a brand new Mercedes

      • Peachiegal
        April 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

        Yelp, that makes sense to me…the Popes got some kinda issue with Big Jerry that they bringing forward to Fitz!

        I also think Liv is Poppa Pope’s step child and Harrison is her big bro, just that he ain’t got good sense like the rest of ’em. Harrison keep doing dumb &#!^, he must got dropped on his head or something as a baby!

  43. LegalEase
    April 11, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    My daughter and brother have an inside joke where they talk in the character voices and say “You’re a monster.” And “I’m not the monster here, you are!” That pic was pretty perfect and I can’t get it out of my head.

    How Olivia come from the two most gooniest goons from Goontown and be emotional allahtym?

    Cyrus just might be the devil.

    The sucessful failing is at an all time high on this show and- even though I hate to admit- I am here for it. On the front row. With popcorn. Their collective bags full of messes makes me seem hellla normal.

    • April 12, 2014 at 12:15 am

      *Cyrus just might be the devil*. DEAD.

    • Peachiegal
      April 13, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      If Cy ain’t da DEVIL he is nothing short of his little brother!

  44. irene
    April 11, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I was and still am the biggest OLITZ JUNKIE but i was rolling my eyes at the phone call this high school “i luv you forever” stuff is getting old maybe its just me?
    Why should Mellie get a divorce until recently she didnt even have a side piece shes married first lady and mom of three she doesnt want a divorce
    i thought FITZ is the one who has meet the love of his life (OLIVIA) and needs a divorce to marry her so what is he waiting for ? So he cant even do that without MELLLIES help!!!
    Hopefully on season 4 Olivia will get a new love interest who is just a NORMAL GREAT GUY please and get back to being a fixer!
    good episode

    • #scandalmakesmenervous
      April 11, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      i thought the phone call was sooooo cute!!!#teamolitz the phone call i had a problem with was the one liv made to jake and jake picked up that phone on the first ring i would have sent her to voicemail lol. minus the choking incident last week i think jake is very sweet with her and is always there when she needs him. if i had to pick someone for her right now it would be jake. fitz needs to deal with his family matters right now and as much as i want fitz to divorce mellie she will not be having it and probably will blackmail fitz to stay with her.

  45. Dee
    April 11, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Soooooo what if Quinn was trying to distract Huck all along to let Mama Pope get into OPA to kill Eli?

  46. Sparklez
    April 11, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I was late watching the show this week, so most of my gasping moments and floor slides have been covered; but while everyone was disgusted with Huckleberry Quinn, did no one notice that he hocked a loogey on her neck and then licked it off? WTF was that? I understand Huck is sick and warped, but they’re making him some kind of crazy Chrisitian Grey wanna be…Christiano Carmel or something! It’s driving me crazy! I like asexual Huck much better!!

  47. Lala
    April 12, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Okay… I need to know more about Jake and Harrison. Gimme some backstory, ya’ll. We know that Jake loves Liv, and that makes sense. I mean, Jake is broken and Liv fixes things…so….

    There were so many plot twists and turns in this episode…. I shoulda taken me some Dramamine.

    P.S. Yay! Tom 2.0 is back!

  48. Absurdist
    April 12, 2014 at 2:38 am

    I feel as though there should be some kind of Samsung Galaxy/Apple iPhone product tie-in with this episode, but I guess “There’s an app for setting off that bomb” just doesn’t have the right ring to it.

  49. Absurdist
    April 12, 2014 at 2:47 am

    One thought:

    This is late October. Jerry and Karen should be taking mid-terms, right?

  50. Beverly
    April 12, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I just rewatched the end of this episode. Is it me or was that a significant look and handshake between Andrew and Sally?

    (I rewatched to see why so many folks are disgusted by the Quinn/Huck coupling. I thought it was as hot as Closet Gate. Just sayin’.)

  51. BlackmonarchNY
    April 12, 2014 at 11:37 am

    After viewing this episode, my immediate thoughts are:

    1. Fitz is Jerry’s father.
    2. Dominic is Liv’s father.
    3. Harrison is Maya’s son.
    4. Fitz is suffering for the sins of the father all around as well as years of rejection from father and wife.
    5. Maya does not make mistakes. Eli was left alive on purpose.
    6. Quinn is probably Maya’s mentee/protégée.
    7. Kerry’s pregnancy and Columbus’s legal issues caused serious rewrites that clearly weren’t for the better.
    8. Cyrus broke out the 666, horns, pitchfork and a little Grinch after Jake’s phone call.
    9. Jake knows he’s broken and thinks Olivia can “fix” him.
    10. Both Mellie and Olivia appear to have battered woman’s syndrome with regard to Fitz.
    11-100 HuckleberryQuinn is a big ol NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    Going back to view for clarity on several of these points.

    • #scandalmakesmenervous
      April 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      very good assessment!!!! #11 is spot on!!!

    • TeeCee
      April 12, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      You def got #7 right! They weren’t ready for this!!

    • MsTink
      April 13, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      YES! Especially#7!

  52. gillianrosh
    April 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    These recaps are about the only good reason left to watch this show. I’ll miss ’em.

  53. Tiffany Anderson
    April 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    OPA is all off their game because it’s Mama & Papa Pope all in the mix. Liv still hasn’t processed the fact that her Mom is still alive, let alone satan incarnate! I’m just glad she’s able to get up & get to work every day!
    Luvvie, you complete my Scandal regiment:
    1. Watch Scandal with my feelings
    2. Read Luvvie’s recap so I can begin to make sense of it all.
    3. Watch Scandal again with printout of recap and understand.
    4. All is right with the world.

  54. irene
    April 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Loved the part where Mellie Fitz and Liv are sitting on stage at the rally and Fitz says Ive being a baad boy and Mellie quips about their dying now so she wouldnt have to listen to them talking. So funny drunk Mellie is hilarious !!people seem to think that this complete disregard for Mellie by Fitz shows that Liv is winning.I know this is just a TV show, but can someone tell me what exactly?
    The staff at the white house and the SS know shes being the PRESIDENTIAL side piece for 5 YEARS, but Im sure they all have the greatest respect for her.
    She gets to have sex with her boss in his office in the middle of the day with his secretary and maybe even the whole white house staff fully aware of whats going on then she gets to go home alone while he gets to attend presidential functions with his wife on his arm.


    • Peachiegal
      April 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      I love me some Moonshine Mellie she funny as all get out and she be wearin’ those dresses/suits to death!

  55. KathyMo
    April 12, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Many people have been saying that this season isn’t the greatest and they need to get back to how things were in seasons past. I think that Olivia isn’t Olivia now because KW is pregnant and probably limited to a lot of things. I learned when Claire Huxtable was pregnant that they can only hide a belly so many different ways. Plus, in previous seasons, Liv and Fitz was scrumpin’ like bandits. He can’t turn her around, slam her up against the wall, and pull down her panties nowadays.

    Another thing I’ve heard/read a lot of people talking about is Mellie being raped by her father-in-law. Some of the comments are horrible. Even though she’s a fictional character, she was still raped. RAPE IS NEVER OKAY. EVER. The things people say to justify it blows my mind and makes me sad.

    Now that I got that off my chest…

    MAN! This episode. Whew! Jake from State Farm ass is petty as hell. He wants Liv to be his boo and only his boo (and so do I) and he’s going to do whatever he has to in order to get her. He’s not going to leave her alone. If her ass getting his whole organization shut down-not a department, the whole shabang-nothing will get him to leave her alone.

    I was going on the theory that Olivia real daddy was the other guy’s too (I don’t remember his Scandal name, to me he’s Jerry Jax from General Hospital). I thought Papa Pope was on the same page too when he had Abby pluck that hair. Now I don’t think he is because that’s just too many “who’s the daddy” story lines.

    Papa Pope isn’t gonna die. Mama Pope isn’t that sloppy. If she wanted him dead, he’d have been dead. He’ll pull through. *fingers crossed*

    Lastly…I want to apologize to you all for being one who WANTED HuckleberryQuinn to happen. (I’m giggling as I type) I hate Charlie. Always have. Can’t wait til they kill his ass off the show. I don’t like Quinn being B613. She needs to come back to OPA and make coffee. As for the sex scene. It was grossly hot. He spit on her. Gross. The way they kiss. Gross. But when he tossed her ass up on that car and ripped off her stockings. That was hot. *shrugs* Huck ain’t had no booty since season one when ol’ girl set him up so, all common sense went out the window when he finally got him a piece of Quinn and that’s why Mama Pope walked right past them. Quinn’s balls ain’t big enough to run with Mama Pope. Adnan’s ain’t either for that matter. I’m looking for her to die soon too.

  56. KathyMo
    April 12, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Oh, and I think Olivia picked up on it when Mellie went on that drunken rant. I believe Olivia knows she was assaulted and I agree with Mellie that Olivia owes her. She been blatantly screwing that woman’s husband for years. In her house and all. She owes her that much respect to keep her mouth shut. It’s not her place to tell. And if/when it does come out that Fitz is that boy brother and not his father I think he’s going to be REALLY shitty to Mellie.

  57. SedaRosa74
    April 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Liv and Super Bad Papa Pope are emotionally alike IMHO. Rowan can Russian Roulette the man who cuckolded him for years and Liv can always slay a man who disappoints her (the Senator and Jake). But when it comes to defending themselves against the ones they love, they are left hurt, cut up and bleeding: Liv metaphorically and Rowan literally.

    State Farmer Jake will do anything to win the game of love and he don’t givafuh who knows. He is forever reminding the prez and everyone else that he has access to Liz’s chocolate milk. First, its “more wine” and now it’s you slept with me to hack my phone.

    Why are these men ruling the world?
    My dream ticket: Mellie and Sally.
    Mama Popetress running B613 with Quinn and Adan under her thumb.
    Abby replacing Lemoney Snicket
    Liv in Vermont making jelly until she comes back to her senses,
    then back to OPA with Huck, Charlie, Leo, David and Jake awaiting
    her orders with Fitz in therapy working on his dead daddy issues.

    I would keep Cyrus around because Luvvie you said it best some time ago, “Cyrus is dirtier than old fish grease”. Well now he is dirtier than old fish, chicken and bacon grease mixed together. But since he has not been his usual diabolical self this season, his greasiness this week has given Scandal some much needed flavor.

    Thanks for the recap and the great space to react.

    • Ametia
      April 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      LMBAO@”Cyrus is dirtier than old fish grease”

  58. Peachiegal
    April 13, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Yelp, neither Quinn or Adnan can piss ova da BIG & TALL trees like Momma Pope both of ’em just need to quit playin’ an’ stay up on the porch–fo’real!

  59. MsTink
    April 13, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Just 1 thing tho, if Harrison called him Papa Pope b/c he’s Maya’s and/or Eli’s son that means he been knowing so do yall really think he would keep it from Liv all this time?? If so why b/c he don’t seem scared of Eli?

  60. #scandalmakesmenervous
    April 13, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    i think that momma pope will shoot adna salif before she tries to kill harrison. her last episode will be thursday she needs to go cause she is making harrison look like a straight up fool

  61. CleosSistah
    April 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Ok…first, LOVE Drunk Mellie. And Bellamy Young is rocking the wardrobe!
    Now for questions…. 1) What is Clearwater and how was Harrison involved?
    2) What was Adnan’s original plan for hiring Mama Pope (since Mama has already indicated she’s got her own agenda)? 3) What does all this have to do with Harrison’s laundering money through the campaign and why/what does Cyrus know about Adnan (since he helped get her back in the country). 4) Is the bomb a distraction for something else?

    Because we know how deadly she is, I think Mama Pope coulda killed Daddy Goon if she really wanted to, but she didn’t. Maybe she and Papa are working together – she deep cover trying to get to the head of a terrorist network; him helping to increase her cover and mythology to make it possible.

    And Quinn-Huck…if they would just stop licking each other’s faces…..

  62. #Yo Where is the Finale RECAP lady
    April 18, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I need that recap…where is it???? peep it…it was a viral disease infection injection that killed lil jerry, remember that his second sneeze flew all up in Mellie’s face…she’s dead come this next season.

    and Harrison, pls dont kill him….pls. is that Maya/Marie’s son or what?

  63. #Yo Where is the Finale RECAP lady
    April 18, 2014 at 9:18 am

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  64. LaTanya
    April 18, 2014 at 9:52 am

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