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Where the Sun Don’t Shine: Scandal Season 4 Winter Finale Recap

Ooooo chile! January 29, 2015 can’t come fast enough because Scandal left me wondering where I left my good wig. I HAZ SO MANY THOUGHTS! Let’s jump right in.

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Charge Her – Olivia is sitting in the Oval Office looking shell-shocked and Jake and Fitz talk about what the hell went wrong with the plan to capture Rowan (everything). Iunno who they thought they were playing with but Command does NOT go down easily. Special Ops guys roll into Rowan’s office at the Smithsonian and a skeleton is chilling on his desk. OOP. Then they go into the room where the Hole is. They open it.

Maya Pope thanks her daughter for getting her out the hole, and Jake and Fitz ask her when she last saw Rowan. She tells Fitz he ain’t gon do a DAMB thing to her. SHE AIN’T NEVER SCURRED. “Olivia Pope is here now. You so much lay a finger on me and we will sue your ass. Tell em, Livvie. Handle em.” Her daughter responds with “You haven’t charged her. Murder. Terrorism and Treason. Charge her and lock her up. As for my father, hunt him, find him and kill him.” And she leaves. WELL DAMB, OLIVIA!! That is way harsh! WAY HARSH, TAI!

Huck Break – Huck bangs on the door and his ex-wife opens up telling him that he cannot see Javi. He knows the boy is home because he trace him and his wife pushes him and closes the door wondering if he told him about his spy stories. Quinn watches her friend’s struggle and pitifulness. As my heart breaks for Huck.

The West Angolan ambassador meets with President Ghost in the Oval Office and he says he’s committed to keeping their democracy safe. After she leaves, Fitz tells Cyrus that West Angola attacked us, so they gotta feel some sorta pain. He gotta come back with a plan.

Special Hell – Olivia gets back to OPA and gets a call from Quinn who tells her that Kubiak is dead and he was plotting something with VP Nichols and Lizzie North, who are getting it in! Just then, Lizzie walks into OPA. She is mad at Olivia because she lied to her and said her phone just had a virus. She got someone else to look at it and they discovered that her phone was bugged by Cyrus Beene. “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t support other women.” Liz goes: “There’s a special place in hell for women who spout that tired quote to justify their bad behavior.” AMEN, OLIVIA. Get that the hell outta here, Lizzie!

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Olivia rolls into Cyrus’ office and tells him to hang up the phone because something is going to happen. Abby comes in too and says the Times asked her about some photos. Fitz, Mellie, Cyrus, Abby and other staffers meet in the Oval Office where Liv briefs them on Lizzie’s set up. Also, “Elizabeth is in bed with your Vice President both literally and figuratively.” Mellie especially pays attention to that.

Cy’s business is ALL in the streets because Lizzie leaks all the pictures of him and Diamond Michael to the press. They’re talmbout it being “explicit gay sex.” As opposed to non-explicit straight ones. David calls Abby and says he will have to investigate what’s happening but Liv realizes they might be in hotter water when Cy admits that he deleted all his emails and texts. Fitz says they will fight it.

Marriage Proposal – In the OPA offices, Olivia is running through the agreement she’s drawn up while Michael and Cyrus are sitting on the other side of the table. It’s for 3 years and Diamond will get $1 million per year of marriage. If paid bae violates any terms (speaking publicly, random drug testing), he will have to pay that money back. He says that so Cy would just own him and Beene shoots back “as opposed to just renting.” HA! Petty. Liv tells them that if they don’t go the marriage route to (fake) show that they fell in love, then this will be disastrous. Michael says yes, he will do it. But Cyrus is not so sure.

“You are now the most famous gay hooker in gay hooker history. You could write a book, sell it to Hollywood. You can play yourself in the p0rn version ‘Inside Cyrus Beene.’ I was in the closet for 40 years. I spent 4 decades having sex with women between the thighs of women, which I for one, never enjoyed or quite understood. And the whole time, I only ever slept with 2 men and one of them was the love of my life. The other was a prostitute which was admittedly a terrible decision on my part. But this? This just seems cruel and unfair. I can’t. I won’t do that to James.”

Kill Card – Jake from State Farm is getting something from someone from an alley and when they leave, he looks in a mirror, turns around and kills the person who was about to kill him. AW SNAP! He looks in the dead assassin’s pocket and sees a King of Clubs card with his picture on it. Command is coming for his head and he is doing it fast!

Jake goes to OPA and tells Huck and Quinn about the assassin and the kill card he found. It seems that Rowan now has kill cards for members of B613 as a shut down plan. Jake tells Huck to run the plates of a Lincoln town car and for them to watch their back. Quinn leaves and is sitting in a car when Charlie enters.

Quinn tells Charlie that Rowan is cleaning house. Aawww. Warning her old buddy. He says “You like me. You don’t want me dead. It’s sweet. It’s life-affirming.”

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And he tries to kiss her twice but she muffs him. The third time was the charm though.

Trigger Finger – She comes back into OPA fixing her hair. Huck updates her and Liv on the fact that he was able to determine that the only other time Kubiak, Lizzie and Nichols were together was at the Winslow law firm the night Catelyn died. They need to get to the firm but they’d need fingerprints to get access. They have a finger: dead Kubiak’s. Quinn cuts off his pointer finger and uses his finger to get into the building while the security guard is distracted by her yansh. HA!

Quinn finds a client code in the office and tells Huck. He puts it in the system and the code is for a WACO Inc. WACO TEXAS? Does this have something to do with Hollis? Because that would make me happy.

Jake walks into Olivia’s office and puts a gun on her desk. He wants her to take it from protection from her father but she is no gun man so how would she stand a chance even if he just showed up? She says her dad won’t kill her. I believe that too. Olivia is in all black here, with a tinge of white showing from under her blazer. Jake tells her “we can close pandora’s box. We can go back to the sun.” The sun said you’re not welcome! YOU HURT THE SUN’S FEELINGS! It’s not your yo-yo! (-__-) Liv knows because she tells him “The sun went down a long time ago and it’s not coming back up.”

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Thankful Service – Lizzie shows up at Nichols’ office and says she still can’t find Kubiak, the Prez hasn’t declared war on West Angola and Olivia is coming for her. She don’t feel like talmbout it, doe, and the VP puts her on his desk and goes down. OWWWWWW.

The press is speculating that Cyrus is resigning his position when Fitz walks into the Oval Office and Beene is waiting. He tells his boss that he is going to hand him his resignation letter, and Fitz needs to use him quitting to build himself up. “I am going to hand you this letter and you’re going to accept it. You’re going to say ‘Thank you for your service, Cyrus. It’s been an honor.’ To which I will respond ‘The honor, sir, was mine.’… I am not of help to you, Mr. President. The only way to help you now is by leaving.”

The President does not want to accept this and he protests but Cy won’t let him. He repeats the words as he tells him to, looking all pitiful as he does it as Beene leaves his office. Aawww that’s his bro, man. Their bromance is so real. It’s guy love between two guys (shoutout to Scrubs). Cy’s just lost his good gubment benefits.

Endless Love – Abby has been subpoenaed by Attorney General David so she has to testify privately to him on what’s been happening. He asks her about the evening of March 25, when Cyrus deleted all his emails and texts to hide his relationship with Michael. She says she had nothing to do with it and he asks for an alibi. She does. Leo Bergen. And as she admits that she was with him the entire night at his house, David’s face falls. “Endless Love” starts playing because the Scandal team is shady and I love them. That was the end of the questioning.

Quinn is sitting in bed as a phone rings and she tells Charlie it’s his. From the bathroom, he tells her to turn it off. She reaches for his phone in his bag and finds a Queen of Hearts card with her pic on it. She realizes that HE was sent to kill her and when he walks out the bathroom, she slaps him. Endless Love is still playing, by the way. She starts beating him up and he said he wasn’t sure if he WAS going to kill her.

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This turns into a power wrestle but Quinn mounts him and punches the crap outta him. If Quinn is Queen, Jake is King then Huck is probably Jack.

Command Sighting – Huck calls Jake and says he might have found Command’s license plate in Roanoke, VA. Jake thinks he knows where Command is: a safe house. He is walking up stairs as Rowan is opening a bottle of wine. Jake enters an apartment and finds it empty. Olivia comes home, turns on her light and finds her father sitting at her dining room table. He is holding her Stevie Wonder “Songs in the Key of Life” album and she asks why he is in her house. He tells her to sit down and pulls out a gun that he just holds it all casual.

Rowan says he was leaving but seems Liv won’t be thrilled until he’s dead and she points out that he can never leave because the only life he has is this one where he thinks he is the master puppetmaster.

“You can’t disappear and become a normal person because, dad, you are not normal. You’re a sick lonely man who only knows how to lie and call it love.” Rowan BOOMS. “Could you be more ungrateful?? You’re my flesh. There would be NO Olivia Pope if not for me.” He puts the gun on the table and stands up.

“I have failed as a father. I bled and toiled and allowed myself to be hated all for your protection… All for what? A daughter who sends in her clan of good ol’ boys to kill me. It is YOUR life that is sad. It is YOU who cannot be normal. It is YOU who has no comprehension of love. So what? Your stomach turns every time you look at me? Well let me be the one to break it to you, Olivia. You are simply looking in the mirror.”

Liv grabs the gun off the table and points it at her father. OLIVIA CAROLYN POPE, YOU BETTER NOT KILL YOUR DADDY. He is looking at her and she’s holding the gun, slightly shaking. She pulls the trigger and Rowan Pope yelps the hurt of 1,000 fathers.

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There was no bullet in the gun but she #MINEASWELL have just shot a hole through his heart. It was a test and she pulled the trigger. She was willing to kill her own father. And that yelp was the sound of his heart breaking. It was pure hurt.

He grabbed his head and looked so hurt as he says “Are you kidding me? You just shot your own father. You just shot me. Never in a million years did I think that YOU would be willing to pull the trigger.”

Rowan Pope has never been THIS vulnerable or this hurt in his life. You can tell that Olivia just made his spirit ache. Dambit.

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He recalls the night before her first day of Kindergarten and how she couldn’t sleep but Stevie Wonder’s voice put her to sleep quick. He says she will miss him when he’s gone. Liv is standing there dressed in all black like an omen as her father walks out. I MISS YOU ALREADY, ROWAN!

Batman and Robin – Charlie and Quinn are sitting on the floor with bloodied eyes and faces, having beat the shit out of each other. He says he wasn’t going to kill her because she’s his Robin. They talk about how his Granny Fran just died. Aawww. These two are so dysfunctional and adorable. Quinn tells him she should be calling him more but since he messed up Huck’s life, he wasn’t high on her list of folks. The Sugar Assassin says he might be able to unfuck Huck’s life since he kept some of the B613 files for himself. Oh?

Maya’s Move – Olivia goes to see her mom and asks where Rowan could be. Maya says Rowan would visit her in the hole every single day and when Liv tries to talk about how he is obsessed with locking her up, her mother lets her have it.

“Girl, you need to move on. All you two do is talk about each other. You’re just like him. You’re serving at the pleasure of a President, running around with boys from B613. Look around, boo. I’m in a cage. You’re visiting me. You plan to come everyday or…?” WELLLLPPPPPP!

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Liv starts to cry and her mama looks unbothered. She tells her “Cry me a river, Livvie. Whatever.” And Liv bounces.

Bitch Baby – Cyrus is packing his clothes and Olivia shows up to his house. He wants to go to Europe to go deal with his failure.

“When did you decide to let them ruin you? So your life’s unfair so WHAT? That’s how it is. So they’re mean girling you in the press? So you lost someone you loved. You lost the one person who felt like family. Well grow the hell up because that is how it is. The Cyrus Beene I know doesn’t hide in his half empty closet and wet his pants like a little BITCH BABY.

The Cyrus I know is a patriot. He bites the bullet and he does what he takes to serve the republic at all costs. And I wanna know right now in this moment who you are! Because the pathetic shell of a person I’m looking at does not deserve to stand on the Presidential seal in the Oval Office let alone tell the president what to do. WHO ARE YOU CY? … SO YOU’RE NOT A BITCH BABY? I DON’T KNOW BECAUSE YOU STILL SOUND LIKE A LITTLE BITCH BABY TO ME!”



Bitch Baby Cy

Omg I was so ready to go play the best football game I’ve ever played in my life. beats chest and runs unto a field I LOVED THAT.

Next thing we see, Cyrus and Michael are doing an interview with the press about how they fell in love and are now engaged. People are loving it. He gon get his good job with good gubment benefits back. Unpack your box, Beene! You staying like Effie and we’re gonna love you. Afterwards, while in his office, Fitz shows up and says the interview was cute. Beene: “I’m marrying a whore. At least I know what I’m paying for, right?” OOP.

Shared Things – The President says they are not going to war with West Angola and Lizzie hears this and goes to see Mellie. She wonders what happened since they were on the same page and First Lady lets her have it! “Because we’re both screwing Andrew? That doesn’t make us friends. It just makes us at risk for the same STDs… when it comes to screwing someone, I’m not nearly as gentle as Andrew. From me? It WILL hurt.” I LIVE.

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Showing Receipts – Huck’s wife gets home and sees him standing on her lawn. She wants to call the cops and he tells her that he is just there to give her some files to read. All he’s asking is for her to read the B613 files that Charlie got him. He walks away leaving them in front of her door. I hope she reads them. She must believe our boo!

Liv walks to the Oval Office and before she goes in, she sees Abby, Fitz and Cyrus smiling and talking and she decides not to go in.

Quinn discovered that WACO stands for West Angolan Commercial Organization and is a subsidiary of the West Angolan government and Winslow’s firm managed their American assets. VP Nichols walks into the Oval Office at that moment. Quinn tells Huck that the VP knew the explosion was coming and positioned himself just so he wouldn’t get too hurt. Huck is wondering why they’d take pics of Olivia if it’s just war that they wanted. Good question.

Andrew is in the Oval Office mad that the President doesn’t think him almost getting blown up is enough reason to go to war with West Angola.

Black Dance – Jake goes to Olivia’s and she’s giddy, rocking all black and excited that she found 2 bottles of Du Bullay. He wants to talk to her about her father but she is not trying to hear it at all. He says that he ALMOST HAD Rowan and she insists that she is NOT talking about Pops. She wants to talk about how Songs in the Key of Life is her obsession. She puts the vinyl on and “Don’t worry about a thing” starts playing. She tells him “shut up and dance” and starts dancing. Jake joins her and shows that he ain’t got no real moves.

As they’re dancing, he tells her he loves her. Olivia says she wants Vermont with Fitz. And then she wants Jake and the sun but now, she is choosing herself. “I’m not choosing. I choose me. I am choosing Olivia. Right now, Olivia is dancing. You can dance with me or you can get off my dance floor. I’m fine dancing alone.”

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He goes over to her and kisses her and she takes off his shirt. She says she’s never done it on top of a piano and he goes in her bedroom to get pillows and blankets. Jake walks out talking excitedly and when he looks around, Olivia is no where to be found. Wine is spilled on the couch and the door of Liv’s apartment is wide open.

In the Oval Office, VP Nichols tells the President to tell him the one thing that he can’t live without. “Tell me the one thing that if it were taken away from you, you’d do everything in your power to get back.” It dawns on Fitz what that thing is and Andrew wonders how the war is sounding now.


First of all. FIRST OF GAHTDAMB ALL, Olivia Pope is NOT WHO YOU KIDNAP! VP Nichols does not know WHO he is messing with. Does she not know her people? Does he not know that they will bring the entire republic down in her honor?? Does he not know that he just wrote his own death certificate? He clearly doesn’t want to live. You do not kidnap precious Olivia Pope thinking she’s just another pawn in a game to get what you want.

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But why doesn’t Olivia’s door got good locks? She should have all types of bolts and padlocks and whatnots. Folks just be walking in her house like it’s the Whole Foods.

Let’s talk theories and questions though.

1. What did Jake want to tell Olivia so bad? He was really adamant that he almost had Rowan but what else did he have to say? It seemed hella important.

b. Did Rowan Pope have something to do with this kidnapping to teach Olivia a lesson to see what life is like without him?

iii. Did Maya Pope have something to do with this in anyway?

I say NAY. But she will go hunt for he daughter and heads will roll!

4d. Why is war in West Angola so important to Lizzie and VP Nichols? We KNOW that these two are hellbent on having the U.S. go to war in the country but what is their motivation behind it? Why are they so pressed?

5. Did Olivia run away herself? She did say she was choosing herself. Is this why she was so giddy?What if that meant leaving ALL that behind without the sun or Vermont? What if she left before the kidnappers that Andrew sent got to her?

And she had on all black. Liv NEVER puts on all black in the house. She’s typically in some white silky pajamas or sweater.

Me and Shonda: going together since 2014.

Me and Shonda: going together since 2014.

Gladiators ROAR! Whatchu think happened?

P.S. After the Scandal finale, I got on video for a Scandal pordee with @TheGorgeousblog to talk about what happened. You can watch that on Spreecast.

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  1. November 22, 2014 at 11:53 am

    i am glad that i am already bald because my wig was snatched just reading all this.

    i live for your updates, gul.

  2. Tira
    November 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Between Scandal and HTGAWM, Imma need Shonda to pay for some black sharpies to color in my edges. This was a great episode. I constantly live for Papa Pope’s epic monologues. Joe Morton is giving so much life in this role.

  3. addicted
    November 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Reading this recap just sent my blood pressure back up! Daddy Pope allowed them kidnap her; there isn’t much that goes on that he doesn’t know about. He just decided that this time he wouldn’t intervene. Mama Pope ain’t even locked up securely enough so she’ll be out and acting a fool lol. I cannot wait until January 29th!

    P.S. If Huck’s baby mama doesn’t read them damn files….

    • YveM
      November 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Unless Daddy Pope is in bed with the VP, I believe he wasn’t part of Liv’s snatching. But eventually, in spite of his hurt and anger with her…..he will rescue her. After he proves her good ol’ boys couldn’t. The West Angolan thing is all abut the money, and the VP and Lizzie Bear have made some promises somewhere. I think the kidnapper was in Liv’s place when Jake got or waiting outside.

  4. November 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I had to go out and buy some new wigs. I cut my hair a couple of weeks ago not realizing what was gon’ happen and now I needs more hair to snatch off my scalp!

    I wondered for a hot minute if Huck pulled her out before they could. But then again he’s so preoccupied with baby Huck, I don’t think he’s on his post. I’m thinking the only reason she hadn’t been kidnapped was because Rowan wouldn’t allow it but now all bets are off.

    Maya would’ve had something to do with it except that she’s been in the hole for months but, we shall see. I don’t know, you think she’d go after her?

    I’m betting there are assets in West Angola that make money for somebody (Hollis?). We shall see what the future holds. In the meantime, I’ll be busy applying coconut oil to my scalp so I can have brand new edges to snatch come January 29th.

  5. Ani
    November 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I can’t get behind the love for Rowan. He is a monster. If Olivia doesn’t know how to love, it’s because she wasn’t taught how by the people who should’ve been doing the teaching.

    I LOVED Olivia and Jake dancing together, but as soon as he turned to go down the hall, I started clutching my invisible pearls.

    I wonder what will happen when Mellie finds out Andrew had a part in taking Olivia?

    • Silk!
      November 23, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Oh yes. I was convinced Jake would touch the wrong thing and blow himself up.

  6. MrsT
    November 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    My friend theorize it was Quinn and Huck who kidnapped Olivia before the VP and Lizzie could get to her because they figured out what the plan was. I hope that is the case.

    • November 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      OMG! That is brilliant! And possible. LOVE IT!

      • MyTruthNotYours
        November 23, 2014 at 9:38 am

        Luvvie…..Please, Please, Please, Please, Please…..PULEEZE – consider putting all of your Scandal episode recaps into a book. Perhaps it could be sold with the season four box set????? We need to start a campaign via twitter to get Shonda to consider this!!!!!!!
        To include every single gif and jpg – exactly as you’ve posted them!!!!


    • nichole
      November 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Didn’t think about that. Love the theory.

    • milaxx
      November 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      Oh I like that. Quinn has been on her game this season.

      • nichole
        November 22, 2014 at 3:04 pm

        Except with Charlie. I’m sure she didn’t expect a card.

        • Milaxx
          November 22, 2014 at 6:25 pm


  7. November 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I need for Mrs. Ellen to knock it off because Mother Albright was not out here blazing trails in fanciful pins and comfortable shoes to have a Lobbyist called Slickback misappropriate her words. Do better please.

    So Cyrus has no problem putting two hits on James, but he draws the line at marrying a professional mic-checker? Right. Miss Baby deserves a better stepfather than Diamond. What is he going to teach her – how to make it clap for dollars?

    I am so mad at Olivia for pulling that trigger. If she can forgive Jake for choking her, Fitz for screwing her over figuratively and literally many times over, and Cyrus for trying to blackmail her, then surely she can find some compassion for her own father. I hope he did snatch her ole dickmatized, lip-quivering arse up and put her in the hole vacated by her mother.

    • Gingersnap
      November 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Dickmatized. I am adding this to my vocabulary. Love it.

    • SIPort
      November 22, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Miss Baby deserves a better stepfather than Diamond. What is he going to teach her – how to make it clap for dollars?


    • MoMo
      November 22, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Yes to all of this!!!!! Especially Cyrus and his convenient rewriting of history. James was basically killed because of your silly and right before be was killed you essentially hoed him out to Sally’s husband remember? I guess the hairhat interferes with his ability to recall certain things factually.
      And I’m so hurt that Olivia pulled the trigger. So so mad at her for that.

    • Elle
      November 23, 2014 at 9:22 am

      “A Lobbyist called Slickback”? This is when I die…LMAO!

    • Stephanie
      November 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      “Mother Albright”? are you by any chance a fellow Wellesley grad? 😉

  8. Summer
    November 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I honestly wonder (bc it’s a dysfunctional father/daughter relationship but it’s theirs) will Rowan sacrifice himself for Liv. That’s his child, it doesn’t matter how much back & forth they go through, he won’t leave.

  9. November 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I think Jake was supposed to kill Liv the way Charlie was to kill Quinn.

    Have you seen the movie Wanted? The pact at the end? I think B613 is designed with that kind of suicide/kill pact.

    Liv either finds her kill card and bolts or someone comes to rescue her.

    • RaeJ
      November 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      I wondered if Jake was sent to kill her, but if he wanted her dead the island would have been the perfect place…then again he may have been given new orders

    • brwnsgr88
      November 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Command hates Jake. He wouldn’t have given him a kill card to begin with, let alone one for his daughter. Papa Pope has BEEN warning Liv of the dangers he’s protected her from. At this point, I think he had to allow her to see what it’s like to be completely vulnerable and on her own.

      • RaeJ
        November 22, 2014 at 7:24 pm

        I don’t think her dad sent Jake, but I do wonder if someone else could have.

      • November 22, 2014 at 8:04 pm

        Right. Command ain’t giving Jake a kill card for his daughter. How dumb would that be for him to do?

  10. nichole
    November 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Mid season we are back to asking the question “Where is Olivia Pope?”

    VP Drew and Slickback Lizzie were in plotting mode before Liv tried (tried) to toss Papa Pope under the bus…I believe.

    Mellie’s smirk is awesome.

    I think the black Liv is wearing may foreshadow her new attitude and temperment. She ‘s showing more and more how like her dad she is, even pulling the trigger. But Papa’s words are coming back FAST and with a vengence. His leaving gave VP Drew opportunity. And it means someone else was working with Kubiak.

    Those boys are not good for you, Liv. Why didn’t you listen to yo daddy?

    By the way, does anyone know where Cy and Rent-to-Own are registered? A gravy boat would be a good gift. Or maybe some new sheets.

    • Milaxx
      November 22, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Good point!
      Luvvie are we gonna give Cy & Diamond a wedding shower. I mean folks came through for Harrison’s funeral, maybe we could do a little something.

    • Pchee
      November 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      “Rent-to-Own”…. Haaaaaaaaaaaa!

    • Valerie
      November 22, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      He must hereby be called “Rent-to-Own” forever.

  11. BlackMonarchNY
    November 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Liv was definitely kidnapped by the VP’s people. There is no way she would have wasted that wine on her couch otherwise. Liv lives for her fermented grapes, she would have made sure to finish it first 😉
    -Mama bear will rescue her cub.
    -VP Nichols will feel the wrath of B613 (Rowan, Fitz and Jake)
    -Julio Roberts will be Cyrus’s trophy piece and stay at home mom to Ella who will probably be in kindergarten the next time we see her.
    -Mellie will be instrumental in saving her husband’s bae.
    -Baby Huck needs therapy STAT!

    *I have had this nagging suspicion since last season: “Rowan, you are NOT the father” Maya will show her trump card when it can do the most damage/destroy Rowan.*

    • nichole
      November 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      That wine cost too much and is too good to spill just to avoid being taken. Wait, is Liam Neeson in on this? I digress.

      Don’t think mom will help. Too unstable.
      Jake will blame Fitz.
      And yes, agree Mellie will be instrumental in the plan.

      • RonicaOne
        November 24, 2014 at 9:29 am

        I was chuckling but lost it with is, “Liam Neeson in this?”

    • Tawanda
      November 24, 2014 at 7:26 am

      You left out Huck. He will rain down fire and brimestone to get Liv back. Remember they have a very very strong bond.

  12. KayPeainDC
    November 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    hi all,

    i’m back with a theory. the reason to stalk, photograph and (kidnap?) olivia is that that is the only way to blackmail fitz into going to war with W. Angola. the only way to get fitz out of office is to force him to declare an unpopular war. i think that andrew and lizzie are behind the kidnapping, but i also think that huck is fast on his trail.

    • YveM
      November 22, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      All that you said…..

  13. Wani
    November 22, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Her being snatched raises the question I’ve had since season 1 WHY IS THERE NO SECURITY IN HER APARTMENT!?!?! I don’t get it, you are sleeping with the President and the former command, you are the daughter of THE Command and a terrorist, plus you have TWO B613 agents on payroll, but you don’t have so much as a Brink’s sticker on your door….C’MON

    • Gingersnap
      November 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm


    • November 23, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Yes to the brinks sticker on the window! Lmao, it’s like they’re giving out her apartment key in the lobby as a welcome to the building gift!

  14. Elle Monee
    November 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I think Mama Pope was being more empathetic than people realize. She told Liv “he ruined you”. And after her cry me a river speech she had tears in her eyes. Goon or NOT, if a mother sees her child crying real tears it’s ON.

    Also, I think Liv should get some counseling. She literally has no clue who has her best interests at heart. Matter fack, I hope Iyanla kidnapped her.

    • o_diva
      November 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Yes Iyanla! Lol

    • November 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      “Matter fack, I hope Iyanla kidnapped her.”

      i hate you for this.

      • November 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm

        I hope she makes Liv hold all them biracial dolls.

      • AJPlaid
        November 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm

        Me, too. LOLOL

    • blackprofessor
      November 22, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Matter fack, I hope Iyanla kidnapped her. – Lord, help us all!

    • Carriecnh12
      November 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Olivia needs Iyanla to rewrite her life not fix, because the mess this woman is becoming no simple therapy session and dolls will cur what ails her.

      Tom comparing Olivia to Helen of Troy was a foreshadowing that Fitz is stupid enough to actually declare war which would be a political disaster (like all Greek tragedies), which is what Andrew wants, and by doing that because it would be an ‘unethical and ill advised’ war he will be impeached and Andrew will be moved from VP to Prez. I screamed at the tv when Liv pulled that trigger whe was going to kill her own father for those two ninkompoops known as Pitz and Jake from Sate Farm.

      • MoniqueCurryLover
        January 28, 2015 at 8:42 am

        Oh honey chileeeeeeeee..

        “The face that launched a thousand ships”

        Where Shonda at?????

    • November 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm


  15. Wani
    November 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Also the VP kidnapping Liv is somewhat personal. She’s the reason he lost Nellie last season, Liv threatened to DESTROY this man if he didn’t stop sleeping with Fitz. He lost the the love he had just gotten back and Liv took it away. This is part of his get back

  16. scandalized
    November 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Hide ya wives cause they kidnappin everyone out here! P.O.P.E. hold it dooooooown. Olivia I luv ya!

    • Cliff
      November 23, 2014 at 9:17 am

      That almost made me wake up the whole house from laughing

  17. M
    November 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    VP & his cronies were definitely behind Liv’s kidnapping. That’s what the file of pictures was about. Every one knew she was going back and forth between the President and that punk Jake. He can’t protect a fly. Can’t wait for him to tell Fitz how his gf was snatched from right under his nose.

    The push for war is financial. Contracts with weapons companies and private mercenaries is very real.

    Huck isn’t a Jack beneath Quinn he’s just in another suite of cards. “Spies like us” referred back to what Huck used to do and that file made VP Sally do an immediate about face. Quin is a quick study but she’s not more dangerous than Huck yet.

    • November 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      “VP & his cronies were definitely behind Liv’s kidnapping. That’s what the file of pictures was about.”

      That’s the easy thought. But what if someone got to Liv before those kidnappers got to her? Could be Huck/Quinn, could be people sent by her daddy, or it could be her leaving herself. We shall find out.

      • BlackMonarchNY
        November 22, 2014 at 8:59 pm

        Doubt she left on her own accord, Ms. Luvvie. My bae loves her wine too much to waste it upon her sofa. She would have chug a lugged before making a dash out the door. lol

  18. November 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I must say: “Don’t you worry bout a thing” is on Innervisions, not Songs in the Key of Life… LOL

    Fitz and Jake are gonna have to be cool with Rowan because he’s he truth and the light and they know they can’t get Liv without him.

  19. Courtney H
    November 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Well.. I don’t know who kidnapped her, but I think the red wine was drugged. She “found” the bottles and cracked them open. Suddenly she spills wine on the couch? I think she passed out and was taken.

    • msbrome
      November 22, 2014 at 3:23 pm


    • notconvincedgranny
      November 22, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Well, Grand Goon was there earlier…who knows what little gifts he left behind. After all, she did inherit her wine habit from him. But she’s still got a lot to learn about her goonabilities.

    • November 22, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Hmmmm… this is interesting. I’m stroking my chin on that.

  20. tallpowerpaul
    November 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Never forget. Maya is the Grandest Goon of all. How she gon come up out dat hole still looking relatively fierce? She said, “He visited me EVERY DAY.” She and papa goon have a strange alchemy. She already out dat jail. She prolly took Olivia to protect her.

    • milaxx
      November 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Right? I can’t go a month without my brows looking rough, she been in that hole for how long? Hair still laid and brows on fleek.

    • November 22, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Maya clearly passed down the secrets of the universe between her thighs b/c for Rowan to be visiting her every day in hole, she still got a pull on him. OWWWWW. Double Pope webinar!

  21. o_diva
    November 22, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    So I’m wondering if I’m the only one who had to go to iTunes and download “don’t you worry bout a thing” after that episode. And dance around my living room? Just me? Ok.

    Next season will probably start off like season 3 of once upon a time did with operation save Henry. The VP and slicktback Lizzie bear gon have mama pope, papa pope, prez ghost and Jake from State Farm along with OPA3(Huck, Baby Huck, Red and Harrison’s ghost) going after Liv. And you mite as well start writing the funegral programs for all those who kidnapped her.

    This episode was everything. I had to wait a few hours before watching HTGAWM. And I’m glad I did because I had to call my doc and get a prescription for blood pressure pills after that one. They were using bitchbaby is. That episode too….but nobody said it like Olivia Pope read it to Cy!

    Yeah so Liv is literally the face that launched a thousand ships. She told Jake I want you AND him and Jake ran and got the pillows! If I told my dude that he’d be like, oh really?! Clearly I need to go to simping school.

    But i felt bad for papa when she pulled the trigger. That yelp was everything bad. I agree. How can she forgive everyone else but not papa. Because she sees herself in him and figures if she kills him maybe she can kill that darkness herself and go back to wearing white?

    • Max
      November 23, 2014 at 12:50 am

      “Just me. Ok” – Adorable.

    • Michelle
      November 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      No, you aren’t the only one who downloaded the song, LOL! I hope the artists are thanking Shonda…..

  22. Milaxx
    November 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I think VP Drew and Slickback arranged for the kidnapping of Liv, but Rowan & Tom were aware of it. Remember Tom’s Helen of Troy reference? I think Hollis is behind WACO. Perhaps for oil rights or something. Hollis would want Liv tailed like that so he could have dirt on her just in case.

    I can see Rowan and Maya teaming up to get Liv back. Dsyfunctional family relationship and all.

    Not sure what Jake wanted to tell her. Perhaps he found out about Hollis. I thought for sure he was gonna get shot by a sniper when he went to get those pillows though.

    Now about the wedding shower for Cy and Diamond. I could probably pull some favors and get a good deal on a reception hall. I know one that’s pretty flexible on the “No ho’ s allowed” policy.

    • whilome
      November 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      *DEAD* at your reception hall! lmbo!
      I’m hoping that Cyrus won’t keep treating Diamond like a ho, because that’ll leave him chomping at the bit to betray Cy. Thinking of that Pretty Woman scene when Edward says, “I never treated you like a prostitute.”
      Diamond Mike is gon’ say, “You just did.” [end scene]
      I think Cy is going to find true love with home dude. I hope so. He’s a monster, but baby girl needs someone to take care of her besides the nanny.

  23. SIPort
    November 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Cyrus touched me the most. I know Cyrus is a goon and a bad guy. A really bad guy. But, that monologue in Liv’s office, talking about being in the closet for 4 decades, broke my heart. I don’t trust Michael, but I do think he’ll be a good Trophy Husband.

    David stays losing ….which is not news.

    Mama and Papa Pope cracked me up this episode. Both of them read their child for filth.

    I love the Cyrus/Fitz Bromance. That scene with the resignation also broke my heart.

    I just don’t see Huck’s wife reading the files and going, ‘ ok, you can see Javi.’ I can see her going, ” I read them, you’re phucking nuts and no, you can’t see Javi because you’re a stone cold killer.’

    Charlie and Quinn..were a combination of ewwwww and funny.

    Mellie in red always gives me life and she’s out for blood…doesn’t matter whose.

    I love that Olivia/Cyrus scene….

    I can’t believe Andrew grew a pair and took Olivia…this is getting interesting.

    • November 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson would not approve of ole Randy Andy kidnapping Olivia like that.

      Cyrus is the worst but I do have a soft spot for him — probably because of all those effortless shady takedowns.

      Poor Diamond is in for a rough 3 years.

  24. November 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Great recap as always :-). I am sitting here LOLing all by myself. Welp, I think Mama Pope and Papa Pope showed some real emotions this episode which really touched me. They may have a heart afterall! I think she was kidnapped by Andrew & Lizzie’s people and they gonna’ learn tonight (in my Kevin Hart voice) not to mess with the Popes. They are family, no matter if they fight (paraphrasing). I say that Papa Pope will go and break out Mama Pope if she hasn’t chewed her way out and those two will come together to go get their Livvie! Anybody that even thought about helping Andrew & Lizzie will die along with them two, it’s that simple! Then lives will go back to the way there were! Livvie will have to realize that her mom is right, she is her daddy’s child! Livvie will be confused and don’t know who to pick, mom or dad, fitz or jake…po’ child! However, she will continue to read folks just like her daddy and do what she does best……fix it!!!

  25. Shay DeShade
    November 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Even with last week I didn’t see the crazy with Andrew coming. This makes me miss Sally Langston and her “yum yum crispy piggy” flavor of crazybish.

    Fitz is NOT THE ONE when it comes to picking VPs.

    Shonda snatched my wig and then came back for my nails too…..

  26. November 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Seriously, did Olivia learn to dance through watching Ally McBeal bosxets?

    • scandallover
      November 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Oh my goodness, please, I can’t cry laughing. my stomach muscles can’t take it. Is no-one else shouting at the screen asking Jake to please have some shaem? The girl said she wants another man: you ain’t number 1, boo! Exit stage left!

    • Sara
      November 23, 2014 at 12:24 am

      Why was Liv dancing like Elaine on Seinfeld? She needs more BET!

      • notconvincedgranny
        November 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm

        All she needs is to visit Cyrus and Michael the Short-Term Lease. They can pay her for being the “help” by giving her twerk lessons.

  27. dawn
    November 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Gosh…reading this recap just brought back the shock, awe, terror and excitement from Thursday.
    I don’t think I’ve ever been more afraid of Rowan than when he yelled at Liv. I was like “girlll you done upset your daddy!” and just waiting for him to cut her ass like she broke a prized ornament or glass (you know the way grandmothers do).
    Maya read Liv in a few short sentences and I felt bad for her…like dang, she told you.
    I don’t think Rowan is involved in Liv’s kidnapping. I think is all VP Nichols and Liz for that West Angola thing. They better put that girl back. They don’t e’en really know who they gonna have hunting their asses now. Command, terrorist Mom, 3 former B613 agents and a lovesick President….they gon’ learn.
    I almost shed a tear when Liv was kicking Cy’s ass back into gear. And can we please, please, please give Huck a happy ending or even a good day. Dammit man!
    This entire episode had me way deep in my feelings. Let January come forth with a swiftness so that Jesus can fix it cause all these emotions can’t be right!

    • MyTruthNotYours
      November 23, 2014 at 10:13 am

      This right here!!!!!!
      “They better put that girl back.:
      Gave me LYFE!!!!!!! #SLAYYED

    • mobaygurl
      November 24, 2014 at 11:25 am

      I was TERRIFIED when Rowan started to yell @ Liv. I literally jumped. And how she could’ve pulled the trigger on her father … is beyond me. I think Livvie surveillance was in preparation for her snatching, if it became necessary. Wars make money – LOTS of money for certain organizations. The company of the man who suicided promised to get it started. Slickback & the VP will reap side benefits by getting Fitz possibly impeached? They will never live to see the light of day on this because, as stated, there is a the long list of Liv-lovers & assassins: Ma & Pa Pope, Jake, Fitz, Huck, Quinn, Abbey et al.

  28. Tracey
    November 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Man listen, if ANYBODY broke into my house, didn’t leave when I told the, waves a gun at me IN MY HOUSE, and goes on a rant, they getting shot. I’m from Philly. You get shot for shit like that. Daddy or no daddy. Plus, how about we talk about how Rowan is playing head games with her. Um… he knew there were no bullets in the gun. Yeah, that negro needed to get shot. Enough is a GAHTDAMB enough.

    • msbrome
      November 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Haa Haaa. I was thinking the same thing. I’m from Brooklyn! He pulled first. She shoulda pistol whipped him.

      But my heart fluttered when Jake danced and said, “Man, I love you”. I died of jealousy.

      • Tee
        November 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

        I’m from Brooklyn and if I even look like I was going to give shade to my father or my mother you better believe I wouldn’t be here typing. Ya’ll be saying it was like “poof’ she gone. Damn just like that they ain’t never took no lip, no sucking teeth, no rolling of the eyes and if my Dad pulled a gun on me he would have used it…you better ask Marvin…I brought you here and I’ll take you outta here!

    • Tammie
      January 9, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Don’t usually comment but just gotta say, Tracey, I’m from Philly, too and you are TOTALLY right! LOL

      And, Tee, I’m damn near 50 and ain’t never gave my parents NO kind of shade! But you best believe if my Daddy showed up to my house with a gun, I would have been shot.

      On the episode: I knew when I saw the gun that it wasn’t loaded. Rowan wouldn’t shoot Livvie. So I kinda saw that scene playing out ahead of time…except I didn’t expect Liv to pull the trigger!

      I def think the VP and Lizzie snatched Liv. And like everyone else has said — there’s gonna be hell to pay for it!! A normal jail can’t keep Mama Pope. It’s a wrap.

  29. Ms.B
    November 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Almost Killing daddy was good.Mellie telling lizzie off great!! The rest of the episode was just O.K….I thought it would ne better. .maybe Cyrus made me tired with yo-yo emotions..his ass wasnt thinking about hus dead husband when he was in bed..oh well.still cant wait til january..I love the Popes. .scary ass

  30. Atrain
    November 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    When Jake is in the bedroom when Liv gets grabbed, there’s the very faint sound of a muffled scream. I only noticed on my third time watching. Jake let his guard down and his bae got snatched up.

  31. notconvincedgranny
    November 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    The only thing I could think of after this episode was Into the Woods – or in the case, Into The Wash(ington). GoldieFitz and the Three Goons – Papa Goon, Mama Goon and Baby Goon. GoldieFitz tried Papa Goon, and got turned out; he tried Mama Goon and thought it cost him his son; but Baby Goon was juuuuust right (especially in Vermont).

    Tiny does he realize the Big Bad Jake ain’t havin’ nun uh that. We have Hansel and Gretel (Huck and Quinn), the blond people eater (Lizzie), ol’ lyin’ ass Rumplestiltskin (the VP), the Frog King (Cyrus); hell, even Mellie is acting like Cinderella (psst…the VP is NOT your prince).

    Wake my Sleeping Beauty butt up when the break is over.

  32. alegna
    November 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I think Olivia’s Dad got wind of what the VP was doing and before those goons came he snatched her up and he is taking her to the sun or the moon or pretty much whereever he damn pleases because deep down he can’t let anything happen to her…or they were playing us and –I can’t remember if the VP knows about Olivia and Fitz–VP wasn’t even talking about Olivia..making he was talking about Mellie and and his image and how he was going to tell er’body that he was knocking her boots on the regular…Iunno…so much drama on Thursday nights Shonda Shenanigans lineup that I am all over the place with plots and whatifs! #damndamndamn *throws Florida Evans punchbowl filled with wine

  33. Senzi
    November 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Guys, we need to start saving for wigs at the moment. Next Jan when our edges are back, Shonda and her goons are snatching them faster than Jake’s sunset. #GetYoWigs!

  34. MissTish
    November 22, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I wish I could just be put into a medically-induced coma until Jan 29th…I have a theory about Liv. Some goddess made a couple of pairs of Magic Draws which were given to Erykah Badu and Olivia Carolyn Pope. Lizzie and VP an’ ’em don’t know about the Magic Draws, and they are about to find out in the worse possible way. I can’t wait for the confrontation between Mellie and her VP honey, and isn’t she on the short list of people who haven’t killed anyone yet? I hope she gets to do Lizzy (after a short tutorial from Quinn). Next season, Ella (wearing a Diamond M Collection gown) is going to attend the junior prom with Teddy.

    Also Luvvie, I got entirely too excited when you read my comment at the poirdee. I need to get out more.

    • Max
      November 23, 2014 at 12:56 am

      Paul Mooney said that Eryka Badu is hiding the shoes and the knife the O.J. trial in her wrap, that’s why we ain’t never gonna find it. Watch “Analyzing White America.”

      Just sayin’

    • howling banshee
      November 23, 2014 at 6:13 am

      Ooh, they betta not age Teddy and Ella in soap opera child years

  35. scandallover
    November 22, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    is there nothing olivia pope can’t spin with cy and diamond michael? the ho now becomes a wife? like you guys said last week: julio roberts has now come to fruition. i wish charlie had killed quinn: i can’t take the dysfunctionality and preposterous nature of her relationships any more. i.can’t!

    • notconvincedgranny
      November 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      So much for the “can’t make a housewife out of a ho” notion…

    • Dee
      November 24, 2014 at 11:23 am

      “julio roberts”….LOL…read that in my mind as Juli-ho Roberts…

  36. Carriecnh12
    November 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Something else occurred to me, is it not just sad that we all know Fitz’s first thought of what he cares about the most in this world if Olivia, what about his 2 other children, no woman should come before your children no matter who their mother is and how you feel about her.
    This just proves to me anyway how truly selfish and a waste of a man and father that Fitz is, its just sad.
    Shonda and her writers clearly have daddy and mommy issues, Is no one on any of their shows truly happy?

    • Stephanie
      November 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Carrie, I was wondering the same thing! He only has one child left now!

      • Carriecnh12
        November 23, 2014 at 10:24 pm

        Umm he has two, the daughter and phantom baby Teddy

  37. PhD in Scandalology
    November 22, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    If you listen very closely while Jake is in Liv ‘ room getting pillows for their ‘piano playing’…you can hear Liv ‘ muffled scream.

    • November 22, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      You gon make me re-watch to see if I can hear her scream.

  38. irene
    November 22, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    When liv pulled that trigger I was sooo dissapointed .
    Her father has done evil things in his position as head of B613,
    He killed Fitzs son he put Jake in the hole and tried to kill him but what wrong has he done to Olivia?
    He is a strong controlling father . Thats a bad thing?Yet Liv is doing exactly what she wants, which includes having an affair with a married man!
    He sent her to boarding school with the kids of the rich and powerful.
    That is not abandonment! Boarding school at age 11 is the norm in a lot of countries and amongst the wealthy here in America. They have visting days and holidays!
    So why does she have to be the one front and center to hunt down her own father
    Fitz and Jake cant catch Rowan on their own?
    This is why her Mama called her THE HELP!
    Loved when Mama Pope told her to move on !

  39. irene
    November 22, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    A lot of possible Emmy submissions in this episode!
    Great acting by all!

  40. GG
    November 22, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I love ya’ll allayall. I am out of breath from coughlaugin.
    Bravo Luvvie Bravo!!

  41. papalove
    November 22, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Am I the only one that likes Papa Pope? everything he tells Olivia off…he is telling the truth…everytime

    • RonicaOne
      November 24, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Consigned & notarized

  42. November 22, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    So does the track “don’t you worry about a thing” speak to we shouldn’t worry about Olivia? I don’t think Huck and Quinn have Liv otherwise the VP wouldn’t been able to play his card (Lotta cards being delt and played) and state is case to Fitz. There will be war. Every president has one while they’re in office, right? Be it inherited, started or finished.

  43. QueenC
    November 22, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Hello and Good day to all,
    I am here to request that you all join me in the “Edges Relocation Program”. For the low price of free.99 I will personally remove all said Edges from you at 9pm shizzarp on Thursdays and return them to you at 10:15 (giving you some time to reecoup).
    This is the reason brutha stevie was mentioned in this episode.
    We MUST protect our edges during Scandal so we don’t end up
    playing songs in the key of strife at the end of the season.

    *Limited time offer: Edges relocation extended until 11:00pm if you watch #DatMurda too.

    • CherBear
      November 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Where can I get more information about the Edges Relocation Program?

    • RonicaOne
      November 24, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Queen C, Stevie needed your help 25 years ago! Very appropriate call and do you have a easy payment plan? This might take a few more years to finish & the edges are creeping.

  44. Football Mom
    November 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    OK…you know I see themes in each episode. This one was about ‘getting told the truth’.
    1. Liv did not pull the trigger until Papa Pope told her that she was his mirror image. Had there been a bullet in the chamber, she would have been able to legitimately cry temporary insanity.
    2. Momma Pope basically told her the same thing and she started that little girl cry and MP called her out on her crocodile tears.
    3. Poor David had to hear the truth about Abby’s tryst with Leo.
    4. Mellie heard the truth about her wannabe boo.
    5. Cy spoke his version of the truth but Liv put the truth in his face…he is far more concerned about his image than his relationships.
    6. Quinn knew which buttons to push with Charlie…and quietly told him that in truth, worse than his murdering way, he ruined the life of a friend.
    7. Liv told Lizzie that she’s not playing with a dummy and that she can see through her and will not be easily manipulated.
    8. Mellie told Lizzie that she may have been shamed once, but she will not be shamed again. Watch yo back.
    9. Huck found out that perhaps a picture is worth a thousand words.
    10. Liv discovered that it’s time to choose herself.
    11. Jake learned that he really isnt nearly number one or two…

    My observations and predictions:
    a. I started out thinking that because Liv chose herself, that she left on her own. I’m still not sure that she didnt’ but after reading everyone’s comments, maybe she was taken in 30 seconds from her house with no noise or blood.
    b. Rowan is hurt and as a black man, pain is expressed as anger…Fitz and Jake better peek around every corner.
    c. Momma Pope still has a whole lot of influence, flat irons and updated slang for someone who’s been in a hole. It will be interesting to see how far she goes.
    d. Cyrus bet’ not find out that Lizzie took Liv…He is 100% invested in his one true friend. His skills are sharp and Lizzie is not in his league.
    e. Luvvie, I have noticed all season how Liv’s wardrobe has fluctuated from white to blends to black. She is in a dark place now…and since she is realizing that she is Rowan’s daughter…if she has been kidnapped, then her abductors have nooooo clue who they are dealing with.
    f. Joe Morton gives lessons on acting. He actually made me feel sympathy for him with his scream. I sided with him for about 10 seconds…because she is an ungrateful brat. Then I realized that this is Rowan…he needs to be dealt with.
    g. Mellie is back.
    h. Abby has got to find her way back to OPA…the White House is not the place where she can be all that she can be.
    i. I love Quinn this season…she’s quietly taking charge…and getting some.

    This was such an awesome episode. Two months is a long time….far too long.

    • Key
      November 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      I forgot that Cyrus will be one of the ones looking for Olivia as well. And yes, outside of Fitz, she is his one true friend. I can’t remember what episode it was Olivia called Cyrus a monster and he replied, “Yes, I am a monster, but I’m YOUR monster”

      Cy is going to use Diamond Michael as a part of his revenge against Slickback Lizzie and Andrew.

      How in the world does Rowan stay 2 steps ahead of Liv and the gang? Does he have her phone tapped and apartment bugged?

      I also think that Kim (Huck’s wife) may be instrumental in helping some how, some way. She is a lawyer and it will be interesting to see what she chooses to do now that she has his b613 file.

  45. Latina
    November 22, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    The ep was just epic! And your recap was epic as usual. One thing you said I want to comment on in relation to how Rowan feels about Olivia:
    “Rowan Pope has never been THIS vulnerable or this hurt in his life. You can tell that Olivia just made his spirit ache. Dambit.”

    I think he HAS been this vulnerable before – with mama pope. Remember Mya targeted Rowan to get his secrets – she never loved him. I believe he made himself vulnerable with her, they had a kid then found out that she was playing him. He broke the B613 rule of having a family and got burned. Now he is dealing with the same thing with Olivia. There are sooo many layers to mama, pappa and Olivia! I love it!

  46. brandihorse83
    November 22, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I just have to say even tho I love poppa pope’s ultra gooness…. It is really sad that we all feel so bad for him this man is a monster no matter how we cut it…. And he could have saved himself a lot of trouble had he just kept Liv in the loop of his diabolical plans that way she wouldn’t always be trying to be the cheese between two pieces of white bread…. And I am sorry but Jake just makes my skin crawl he knew about Liv’s relationship with Fitz from jump but he just kept on until she had no choice but to deal with his ass…. Fitz has his flaws but he has always been upfront about what he wants and that is Liv and he has tried more than once to give it all up for her but she always plays that for the good of the country card and leaves him high and dry…. I want Fitz to be the one to choose himself and kick everybody to the curb…… and the VP is just dumb he has brought hell fire on his ass for this one.

  47. max
    November 23, 2014 at 12:59 am

    “You can’t disappear and become a normal person because you are not normal. You’re a sick lonely man who only knows how to lie and call it love.”

    Was Olivia reading Rowan, or was Shonda reading Bill Cosby? I don’t know.

  48. girl2000x
    November 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    In the scene where Liv’s Mom tells Liv that her dad ruined her, the mom notices that Liv is about to break down so she proceeds to toughen Liv up by showing her no compassion for the tears. Then, in the next scene Liv does the same for Beene. I just found that interesting and typical of how black families sometimes show love…I also wonder why it is so hard for Liv to understand or forgive her father when all the other men in her life from, Fitz to Jake to her best friends Huck and Cyrus, are all just like her dad -not as bad ass of course but still shady folks. maybe she finds it hard to forgive her dad because he set the tone, the standard for the type of men she loves… Anyway, her dad was right, those boys can’t protect her…

    • ynnon
      November 24, 2014 at 10:33 am

      I saw that scene with Olivia and her mom differently. Olivia went in there and started yelling at her mom so she could get information about her dad and Mama Pope was like “Girl…”, then Livvy started fake crying and her momma was like I came into this world before you; I was a goon when you were all little and pretty, I wrote the book on tricks so you might as well stop the fakeness and Olivia’s left as quickly as they came.

  49. howlingbanshee
    November 23, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Charlie: I was on the fence, doesn’t that mean anything?
    Me as Quinn: It means the fence wasn’t sharp enough *breaks his neck*

  50. Muppet
    November 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Snap! If you listen carefully, when Jake goes into the bedroom and right as he gets to the bed I think you can hear a muffled scream from Olivia. I’ve replayed it several times and have heard it each time (at 41:24 mark for fellow iTunes downloaders)

  51. Michelle
    November 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    What did Jake see on the thumbdrive? Is that what he wanted to tell Liv?

  52. Absurdist
    November 23, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    That is a serious Ayn Rand beatdown Quinn put on Charlie.

  53. Tristan
    November 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I came here for this one line:

    “You staying like Effie and we’re gonna love you. You staying like Effie and we’re gonna love you.”

    Well, ok. It was two lines.

    And now that I have them… I am leaving. My life’s purpose has been fulfilled. Thank you. Thank you very much.

  54. Lala
    November 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    “First of all. FIRST OF GAHTDAMB ALL, Olivia Pope is NOT WHO YOU KIDNAP! VP Nichols does not know WHO he is messing with. Does she not know her people? Does he not know that they will bring the entire republic down in her honor?? Does he not know that he just wrote his own death certificate? He clearly doesn’t want to live. You do not kidnap precious Olivia Pope thinking she’s just another pawn in a game to get what you want.”

    “The face that launched a thousand ships.” -Tom

    …ya knoowww.

  55. stace
    November 24, 2014 at 9:54 am

    The one thing Shonda is consistent at is the unexpected. So even thought the VEEP and his peeps are the obvious suspects, I dont think its them. I think whatever happened is going to throw us for a loop next season. So y’all better get on your black castor oil and grown them edges back or sign up for Hair club for men/women, cause Shonda coming for them edges with a vengenance.

  56. Dovekat
    November 24, 2014 at 11:06 am

    BABAY!!! I READ EVERY SINGLE COMMENT AND HAVE GOTTEN LIFE FROM THEM ALL. Everyone and their theory is so on point. I have to agree with every one that….Lizzie Bear and VP Andrew out here trying to be real goons and they didn’t do all their homework. How you gonna take the grand goon’s daughter…and the president’s bae…..and Jake from state farm boo….AND Huck’s new command….CHILE…..I pray they stren in the LORD because they are going to need HIM! “its gonna rain on they heads” because they HAVE NO CLUE! NO CLUE!!! Whew….I’m not even concerned about what Olivia is going through….or what is happening to her….I can’t wait to see the wrath of the men in Olivia’s life come down on those two fake goons! That will probably be Emmy worthy material right there. I do wonder what role Mellie will play in all of this…..I wonder if Rowan is truly behind the kidnapping? Hey may not be behind it but he is probably aware…. Did Mama pope play a role? How will the dynamic change between Fitz and Jake they use to be friends….what will Huck do….he spiraled when she left to stand on the sun…..what about Cyrus….SO MANY QUESTIONS…..”AND WE DON’T HAVE THE ANSWERS” (KANYE VOICE)

  57. Jabria
    November 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Tom called it. Olivia is the modern day Helen of Troy.

  58. Trice
    November 25, 2014 at 2:12 am

    just found this page. Reading and laughing all night.

  59. fabfreshandfly
    November 25, 2014 at 9:31 am

    OK, so what we know for sure is that Livvie don’t waste no wine for nothing, so she was definitely kidnapped while sitting on the couch waiting on Jake to give her a Beyonce Make Love to Me moment on the piano. Papa Pope knew it was going down, that’s why he was at the house to give her one last moment to redeem herself, but as Luvvie stated she was dressed in all black Luke the Omen, now Papa Pope is saying this is for my homies, and you know it. I keep thinking to how Shonda kept referring to this season as Abby’s season, so will she step up in the Absence of Baby Grand Goon and Hold it Down for OPA? And yes, VP Longstroke and Sweet Slickback Badass Lizzie are behind that kidnapping and Fitz gone lose all his chill. Mellie is going to have to slap him back to reality so he can handle his biz and Cyrus is going to team up with Big Red to get Livvie back home and on the good foot so she can be back to wearing white. And something tells me Diamond is going to have an ‘accident’ before the wedding via Candy Crush Charlie, but we shall see. My pressure was sky high watching this episode I thought I was going home to join James in the Sweet Bye and Bye. Can’t wait for January.

  60. Shay DeShade
    November 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    OK, so not to mix fiction and reality but….we could have really used some President Rowan Pope yesterday, in response to Ferguson.

    We needed Rowan (or his spiritual sibling) to READ that puffy faced idiot prosecutor for his LIFE.

    I have a brand new appreciation for him today, yall.


  61. ure A
    December 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Anybody see mama pope’s face after she told livvie to cry her a river?

  62. December 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    This is my first time on this site, so maybe you already answered this. What happened to the President’s little boy and Cy’s baby girl? The little boy never showed up while Mellie grived for her son.

  63. kirstin
    January 2, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    i definitely think she ran away herself or kidnapped herself. This will force everyone out of the woodwork and more importantly it forces everyone to work together. If they want to find Rowan, it will force him out of wherever he’s hiding and then they can finally capture. Man i’m so over him!! His voice is so ANNOYING! He’s gotta go! I know he’s papa pope but come up make up a twist he’s not really her dad or something. Make her have a cool sister somewhere or something. he is so aweful! I know you’re suppose to hate him but really?….really? he’s just so god aweful!

  64. kirstin
    January 2, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    i didn’t notice the black outfit till you commented on it, i really think you’re spot on. Plus she was acting really weird. So she totally ran away or kidnapped herself.

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