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It’s Good to Be Kink: Scandal Episode 416 Recap

People love smut and Scandal brought some sexual healing into last night’s episode. Let’s talk about it, Gladiators!

United states of Kink

Dustbuster – Abby is flipping OUT at Leo and calling him disgusting. He reminds her “I’ve been between the sheets with you. You’ve taught me some things.” OWWW I see you, Prof Abby. Whatever it is, she is PISSED about and it was nasty. She tells him she’ll fix it and ends up at Olivia’s office. Liv is rocking a black blazer with blue and grey stripes, a pattern I’ve never seen her wear. Her clothes typically reflect her state of mind so this looks like she’s in all sorts of disarray. Bold stripes in blue? Whew.

Abby tells Olivia that Leo’s friend who works in publishing sent him a book proposal from a girl who has slept with DC Big Wigs. She makes Liv look away as she says that the chapter about the “Dustbuster” is about… Leo. Liv’s mouth drops and she says “If the press finds out that he likes what the book says he likes, they will laugh you off the podium.” And that is why Abby is her newest client. The book cannot be published!

Suzanne Thomas – Olivia goes to see Lena Dunham aka Suzanne (Sue), the writer of the the 50 Shades of OOHLALA book at home and she’s a young girl in pigtails, star-struck to see THE Olivia Pope at her door. Liv tells her she needs to shut that book down or risk being destroyed.

Sue 1 Sue 2

As she walks away, she calls Abby and says the girl is some little naïve somebody and it’s been handled. NAH.

Immunity – Huck goes to see David and insists that he gets immunity for testifying about and against B613. Rosen tells him that granting him that might trigger the goons of B613 into knowing about the plan. But Huck ain’t trying to take no for an answer. HE WANTS IMMUNITY! And I’m just wondering when he became so brand new. Sir, they will destroy you! But ok.

Sue’s Ransom – Sue shows up at OPA offices, looking more like an adult (and wearing a bad wig). She realizes that for Olivia to show up at her door, the person who doesn’t want her to publish the book must be powerful and rich as hell, so she’s asking for $3 million book hush money. Liv wants her to re-think since people might call her a whore and she goes IN on Pope for feminist read #1.

“When did you become so weak?… You’re Olivia Pope. In political circles, that’s like saying you’ve been to the moon. You’ve stood on the mountaintop… You and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. That’s it. That’s all we’ve got. The power you wield in this town, Olivia? You used to exude it. It came out of every pore. It gave other women a contact high so I must admit I’m a little disappointed by your behavior towards me… I thought you’d be brave. I thought you’d be adventurous, fearless, sexy, confident. But instead, you’re just a dried up prude who instead of celebrating the fact that I fully own my body and use it however I want, with whomever I want, as many times in as many kinky ways that I want, you’re shaking your finger at me?

You’re telling me to be afraid of what names someone is going to call me because I had the audacity to have too much great sex… What happened to you? Where did your power go? When did you become so afraid of life? I am not ashamed. This is my life, my body, my story to tell, sell. Go ahead and call me a whore. Everyone who writes a memoir is a whore.”

Sue Liv Quinn

WELL SHIT. Sue can’t just come into the House that Olivia Built and read her like that. But she did. Liv gotta pick her face up.

Running – In the Oval Office, President Ghost tells Abby and Cyrus to make his bill happen. He wants cops to be required to wear body cameras. Chile, we learned that won’t work either. See: Eric Garner. Mellie comes in and says she’s running for Senator of Virginia and Cyrus rolls his eyes so hard he needed Visine. She says she wants Leo to be her campaign manager but Abby tells her he’s busy.

Sue’s Book – The Gladiators are digging into who Sue is. She’s 26, Swarthmore graduate, Chemistry degree. She was fired from the EPA last month for insubordination. She’s active on social media, especially on a site called Land-O-Kink. Liv’s plan is to find out who the 17 men in her book are, and to get them to put their money together for the $3 million. They need to read the book but no traces of it turn up when they hack Sue’s computer cuz her smart ass used a typewriter.

Huck and Quinn create a fake profile on Land-O-Kink so they can get Sue out the house and on a date. Her gentleman for the evening? Charlie. As Quinn keeps lookout, Sue and Charlie get along swimmingly while Huck searches her apartment for the book. He finds it in a trunk of all her sex toys and props and scans it. What Sue considers Charlie’s role play is actually his truth. He tells her he’s a spy and when she asks how he’d torture her, he gets too real and starts talmbout how he’d use a nail gun and find a soft bone in her feet and nail her to the floor. TOO. REAL. She bounces and Huck has to haul ass out of her apartment quicker than he expected. But he got the book copied!

Surveillance Snitch – Jake is sitting in the Oval Office telling Fitz about how Liv is doing. She is physically ok but she’s an emotional wreck who still carries her gun around and survives on a diet of popcorn and wine. Bless.

The Book – The Gladiators are getting their lives reading Sue’s book. Quinn is all hot and bothered and slumped over the desk.

Quinn read 1 Quinn read 2


Who’s the Doctor? DAVID ROSEN. Abby surely knows how to pick them. She got TWO men in the book? LAWDHAMERCY. Olivia goes to see him and he said it was around he time he was a substitute teacher living on his Granny’s couch. “I was dead inside. I needed to feel.” LMAO! Poor Lemony Snicket.

Dead Inside

Paying Debts – Lizzie North is at a playground watching her daughter when Cyrus rolls up and tells her he needs to get some votes for Fitz’s bill. She says she is no longer working for any of them and he reminds her that her failed treasonous ways means she’s gonna always be his bitch. Damb.

At OPA, they’ve summoned the DC smut loving heavyhitters who are the men in Sue’s book. Liv says they each need to come up with $175K to pay Sue and Leo is all in. Some of them protest but it’s clear they will do it if they need to. David speaks up and tells them that this is illegal and they better not do it. SIR, you and your white hat gon get thrown in the river.

Huck follows David, hems him up and demands his immunity and Rosen says he might not even be Attorney General much longer because once the book drops, it’s a wrap. When the angry Gladiator makes it back to the office, Quinn confronts him and tells him if he keeps pursuing B613, he’ll get Liv in trouble. Huck says this is about HIM, not Liv. He wants to go “home” with his wife and son.

Resignation Letter – Leo points out that since Abby got TWO boos in the book, he knows she taught David some tricks too. SHARRAP, LEO! She’s writing her resignation letter because of the book and he cannot figure out why she would do that when HE will be the one destroyed. She reminds him that because their relationship is not a secret, he is a footnote in everything she does and she gives feminist read #2!

Abby 1 Abby 2

“Leo, what happens to you happens to me… There are articles about how well I do at my job but they also write about ME. If I wear lipstick, I’m dolled up. If I don’t, I’ve let myself go. They don’t like it if I repeat outfits even though I’m on a government salary. They discuss my hair color. There are anonymous blogs that say I’m too skinny. They also write about you.

Every article that comes out about me has your name somewhere in it. Because apparently, there’s this rule in order to mention my name they also have to report to the world that there’s a man who wants me. My work, my accomplishments, my awards. I stand on the most powerful podium in the world but a story about me ain’t a story unless they can report on the fact that I am the girlfriend of DC fixer Leo Bergen. Like it validates me. It gives me an identity. They can’t fathom the concept that my life doesn’t revolve around you… Tell me. When they write articles about you, Leo, how often do they mention me? Do they talk about your clothes? Write about your thighs? There IS a difference. So what happens to you happens to me.”

YOU BETTER COME ON WITH THE FEMINIST SPEECH, ABBY WHELAN! YES MA’AM! Let him know it ain’t fair outchea for us women folk.

The next day, Abby hands Cyrus her resignation letter and tells him to hold on to it until the book drops and she’ll have to step down. He is completely unbothered, reminding her that she’s the 5th press secretary of the current administration. At least she isn’t leaving because she got killed.

Leather Livvie – Olivia puts on a leather #alphet, red lipstick and a smokie eye and heads to a bar. HEY NOW. Our girl is on the prowl and she quickly catches the eye of a handsome fellow who heads over and chats her up. He says his name is Russell and she says hers is Alex.

Russell Liv 1 Russell Liv 2

Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” is playing as Liv cuts to the chase with “Why don’t we finish our drinks, NOT get to know each other and go back to my apartment?” WELL DEN, ALEX! But first, she’s goes to the bathroom to freshen up.

Olivia walks to the bathroom and looking in the mirror takes her back to the bathroom she was in when she got kidnapped and was Ian’s cellmate. She freaks out a little and runs out the bar from the back. She can’t get no Sexual Healing until she heals her mind from the trauma of that kidnapping. Poor baby.

What Sue Wants – On Quinn’s behest, the Gladiators found out what really made Sue write the book. She wants revenge against her ex-boss, Jim Sanders, who almost raped her when she turned him down for sex. He heard she was a freak in the sheets and assumed that meant she’s freak anything that walks, including him. When she went to Human Resources to report him, SHE ended up getting fired AND blackballed.

It’s a sad tale as old as time and it ain’t even right. Liv promises to help her bring him down so Sue gives her story on record, so they can file a suit against Jim. He will lose his job and be ruined. Sue has an interview for a new job AND she gets her column with the Washington Post. Sue is ecstatic and thanks her. All is well but that’s too neat.

Bad Samaritan – Olivia meets Cyrus, who is carrying a large briefcase. He tells her there’s $3 million in it. He doesn’t want to lose Abby in the White House because she’s one of the few useful people in the place. Liv says she doesn’t need it because the book has already been handled. Cy asks for the book anyway and it’s really because he wants all the dirt he can get on the men of DC. You know he can’t just do anything from the goodness of his heart.

Campaign Manager – Lizzie shows up in Mellie’s office with a huge document on things she’d do to help her become a Senator. She’s tired of being Cyrus’ bitch and wants some power and an ally. Lizzie tells her she knows she wants to run for POTUS eventually and she will need her scheming powers to overcome the hurdles. “Think of what I’ve already done for you. The lengths I’ve gone. The bodies I’ve left in my wake. I am exactly the type of person you want in your corner.” She’s right. Can they also have Bitsy mentor them?

Sue’s SOS – Huckleberry Quinn go to see Sue in her apartment and they hear her scream for help. When they enter, one of the men in her book (DOUBLE STUFF) is holding a knife to her. They tell him to drop the knife and he does. Huck kicks homeboy out and tells him to act like this shit ain’t happen. As Quinn wonders why he let him go, Huck picks up the knife on the floor and slashes Sue’s neck.

Huck slice

AW SHITTTT!!! WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?! He says he couldn’t risk her talking and losing his chance to be with his family.

Huck. has. lost. it. All this because of some “home” he ain’t even gonna get? Liv, your puppy needs to be tamed.

At the OPA office, Liv is telling Quinn to find out what detectives are on the case of Sue’s murder. Quinn slides her an envelope with the book in it and says she has every copy of the book. Olivia asks if she knows who did it and she refuses to tell her. “Sue is not your client. Abby is. Abby is family… Just know that justice for Sue comes at a cost to Abby. At a cost to your family.”

Freedom – Huck is in David’s office and Rosen brings him papers to sign to get immunity. As he goes through the pages, Lemony laments about how he feels responsible in some way for Sue’s death. He heard about her murder and he feels like he played some part in it. He doesn’t even know the half. Huck finishes signing and says “I’m going home.” At what cost, sir? And for how long?

Sexual Healing – Abby and Leo are in their bedroom and Red is talmbout Sue being killed. She read the book, though, and thought it was hot (especially chapter 5). He wants to know what happened in that chapter and these pervs start going at it, talmbout “what would Sue be doing?” THEY SO NASSY! HA!

Alex (Liv) is back at the bar and Russell approaches her again. This time, her body’s ready and they go back to her place to play tongue and peen hockey. Meanwhile, Jake is in the Oval Office, Pride-deficient, telling Fitz that Olivia is fine. There are no threats around her and there’s nothing new to report (lies).

Olivia tells Dr. Feelgood to get into her room and get nekkid. She takes 2 glasses and a wine bottle with her into the bedroom as he closes the door.

FeelGood 1 FeelGood 2


Chile, listen. I gotta say that Liv just be slipping on her pimping. Olivia you don’t even know that man with the six-pack. You just got kidnapped from your house like 2 days ago. THAT is probably not where you should bring a stranger. Rent a hotel room and get your kinky life satisfied. Has she learned nothing? I mean, get your toes curled. I ain’t mad at that but don’t do it in the apartment that’s already listed on Craigslist with directions on how to get in. Liv don’t listen to me at all.

We all know she ain’t gon be healed from the romp. I guess in lieu of some actual therapy, she’s going for Vitamin Peen. I hope it’s bomb too.

Now, about this book. If they have every copy of the book, didn’t the proposal for the book still go to all these publishers? Won’t one of them say “it’s kinda weird she gave us this damning proposal and then ended up dead?” This does not clean the slate. This book could be the new Defiant for them.

Meanwhile, the beast in Huck has been let out. He ain’t been right ever since he killed them goons and had Jake spooked. He said Liv keeps the beast at bay but clearly not anymore. Partially because Liv is still not in the right frame of mind herself.

Look at Liv’s clothing choices. They’re full of patterns and textures that seem to speak to the fact that her mind is cluttered and she’s not herself. She hasn’t been in ANYTHING light who knows how long? Damb.

Also, color me traumatized because now I know what a dustbuster is. My innocence is gone. And I cannot unsee the mental image. DAMBIT ALL.

Read: My Vulture recap of this episode: 50 Shades of Sexual Healing

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  1. Mel
    March 20, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Why would she bring a strange man into her house. She needs Dr. Phil. Is Iyanla busy?

    • LaNi
      March 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      I think those scenes with Liv’s love interest were imagined. She was daydreaming from what I could tell…

      • March 21, 2015 at 5:14 am

        I hope it was all a dream!

  2. Tade Akinkugbe
    March 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I looked it up!!! Bad bad bad idea…. what???

  3. Keisha
    March 20, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Why did I click on that dustbuster link?! :’-(

    • Tammey
      March 20, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      I lament with you..ugh

  4. MrsRony
    March 20, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Ok…Im confuzzled but wasnt B613 dismantled? Didnt Papa P hand out the deck of cards and have each one kill one??? Nobody left but Huck, Quinn, Charlie and Jake. No boss….who they scared of?

    • DQ
      March 24, 2015 at 10:26 am

      YES! I was thinking the same thing. Clearly they know something and aren’t telling us. B613 is defunct except for those you’ve mentioned.

  5. Adrina
    March 20, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I just REALLLLLLLLLLLY want someone to get her some therapy. Also I, equally, want Huck to be happy and to shut the hell up! Like of all the people he deserves to be happy, but the cost on this happiness is HIGH! I blame Quinn for Awlladis!

  6. Peaches-N-Cream
    March 20, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Lawd the Dustbuster link!! Why?
    But I’m glad Liv got her some peen. Some sexy black peen at that. Peen ain’t gonna fix her life, especially after all that foolishness she went through. She really needs a therapist.

    • mzmiamiheat
      March 21, 2015 at 8:43 am

      That peen is coming with some consequences, betcha this some set up ish?! My spirit ain’t sitting right with that at all. Liv it tooooooo smart for such a foolish decision like that. Then he spots her again after she dipped the first time….too much ain’t right…

      • Debbie Stevenson
        March 23, 2015 at 3:24 pm

        Liv’s hookup looks like MLK and like he’s wearing some old school Wet N Wild or Ultrasheen makeup, they know better than that I know they got something invented since Light Egyptian for Lena Horne:(

  7. March 20, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Luvvie, your recaps have me weak!! And why did I click on the DustBuster link?! I laughed picturing Leo doing that with Sue and promoly threw up in my mouth a little. Oh and Vitamin Peen? Drop a note to a Woman’s One a Day and see if they can’t add that to their multivitamins.

  8. March 20, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Luvvie, your recaps have me weak!! And why did I click on the DustBuster link?! I laughed picturing Leo doing that with Sue and then promptly threw up in my mouth a little. Oh and Vitamin Peen? Drop a note to a Woman’s One a Day and see if they can’t add that to their multivitamins.

  9. Natasha
    March 20, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Bye bye Huck. There’s no way he can come back from a move like that. Not even Liv can protect him once she finds out, cos she will find out! Huck’s been borderline for a long time and this has taken him over the edge. Quinn may think she’s protecting him but really she needs to get him some help, get him in a home or something for other Huck-like crazies. He is no way gonna have a normal life now, ever. There is going to be a big build up to this story line and I only see death or destruction for Huck. He cannot seriously continue as an OPA when he has killed a good guy(gal) in cold blood. He just can’t.

    As for Olivia, her and Huck are equally messed up. Okay, maybe not equally, as there is a way back for her and her eyes are no way as scary. Doesn’t everyone know that a little bit of peen love is only temporary for one’s mental state? Does she really need some man juice to make her feel better? I don’t think so. That scene did not feel empowering to me. It just felt really sad and lonely and sexy for about all of five minutes, which was probably how long it lasted. She really needs fixing and I think Luvvie is spot on about her patterned clothes reflecting her state of mind. The woman is fragmented!

    I still don’t understand how you can be in love (love that leaves you breathless) with Fitz for all that time and just dismiss him because he went to war for you. What? That’s it, is it? End of feelings? All those risks they took to be together and BAM, it’s over with one throw of a ring. Also, did I read the end correctly? Does Jake know she’s getting peen but he’s lying because he knows Fitz will try to put a stop to it and because he’s thinking Liv doesn’t want him he’d rather her be with anyone but Fitz???

    Sadly, I think Olivia spelled out the end of Olitz and her relationship with the White House when she was talking to Cyrus. I just don’t know how getting back with Fitz could be credible now. They all seem to disgust her now.

    Oh where oh where is this season going? Can someone do one of their good prediction comments to give me some hope.

    Thanks Luvvie for another great write up and fast turn around. x

    • Guest
      March 21, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Well, it is clear that Olivia is NOT through with the Whitehouse from next week’s episode, and I most certainly don’t think it is the end of her and Fitz. It is clear that she hate’s FItz for what he has “sacrificed for her”, but I don’t see that hate/mounting tension lasting until the end of the season. The casual romp she had was just a band aid for her current emotional state. Once that heals she may be able to stand to look at Fitz again.

  10. paintgurl40
    March 20, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Ugh! Not only did I look up dustbuster (Atl dustbuster), I looked up motorhead, rough rider, double stuff, truffle butter, butter finger….they’re all bad.

    I really didn’t care for this episode. Sadly, I’m not really feeling Scandal anymore. I still watch it, but I just go through the motions so I can watch An American Crime afterwards.

    • Natasha
      March 20, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Hearing you loud and clear! Three weeks ago, I was watching Scandal whilst talking to my mum on Skype. She tells long stories, so I can do both and she never notices! Last week, I was doing some housework and watching Scandal. Last night’s, I was playing with my two year old.

      There was a time, when my whole house used to be on lockdown when Scandal was on. I would even encourage my husband to go out with his friends and deprive my child of his afternoon nap, so that he would sleep for 18 hours or some crazy time like that and leave me to watch Scandal in peace.

      Scandal aint the Scandal it was, that’s for sure.

    • r
      March 20, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      thank Goodness!!!! that click went here!

  11. Silk!
    March 20, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I think the combo of Sue’s read and David’s comment about wanting to feel helped to drive her to the bar.

    Do we think hotsexysexman is a throwaway? Or is there more?

    Also, is she distancing herself from Fitz for the simple reason that he was why she was kidnapped in the first place?

    • guest
      March 21, 2015 at 9:03 am

      IF we see “hot sexy sexy” again I am not thinking it will be in the form of a relationship. Although Olivia was getting her freak on, I saw no romantic spark/ chemistry, so I did not take it seriously. To me that was truly a one night stand.

      • Silk!
        March 24, 2015 at 11:36 am

        I just had a thought: Harrison’s brother?

        • Deelish
          March 25, 2015 at 2:10 am

          Nah, thats just his buddy from college. they used to Stomp the Yard together.

  12. catlustrous
    March 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Chile, I don’t know what’s worse (and by worse, I mean mo’ betta): Huckleberry Quinn or the “apartment that’s listed on Craiglist with directions on how to get in”. I literally can’t breathe!!

  13. Z
    March 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Why would you post that link? You knew we were going to click it. You’ve just single-handedly destroyed an entire generation.

    • TheMrs
      March 23, 2015 at 2:17 am

      I didn’t 🙂 :p

  14. Diva
    March 20, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Did anyone else peep her quick glance at the white hat before meeting Dr. Feelgood in her office?

  15. nichole
    March 20, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Liv’s clothes are screaming “I’m in conflict. I have issues. The fixer needs fixing.”

    Scandal needs a glossary of terms. I remember there were terms used in S1 with the madam episode. I’m still wondering what some of those terms meant.

    To think DR got his groove on when he was regulated to a nobody (non-powerful person in DC).

    Who is this guy from the bar who doesn’t know who Olivia Pope is. Last year she was all over the papers for having slept with the President. Has he been under a rock? Or could he be an old acquaintance and they are doing some role play??

  16. Gwensday
    March 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    #1. I’m not looking up “dustbuster”. Nice try though – y’all suffer in silence over that one. #2. Cyrus know he a queen; he was about to pay 3 million #dowhlarz for some kinky tea! Denied tho, good for you for like, what…5 minutes, Liv. and finally #3 – Huck, nooooooooooooooooo!

  17. Purple Dove
    March 20, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Liv: two major recaps in a short time! Kudos to you! They are helpful to show me what I may have missed. That Empire finale exhausted me!

    Scandal…. sigh…. Echoing Natasha’s comment that this is not the Scandal I fell in love with…. starting with the inconsistencies as Nichole points out: how does anyone in at least the DMV NOT KNOW WHO OLIVIA POPE IS?!?!?!?!?!?!??!? She didn’t do anything to disguise herself other than the wig and the darker lipstick. What’s going on, Shonda? Maybe it was a dream sequence or a flashback but then when she hallucinated(?) about being in the prison cell, I was wondering if her sex w/strangers fantasy was supposed to be recent?

    Olivia’s behavior had me side-eyeing her for most of the episode, starting with her going to Sue’s house and just barking at her instead of a more strategic approach. And then stomping out of the apt talking about “it’s handled”? No it’s not! Nobody’s scared of you anymore, Liv!

    And I HATED for it to be Lena Dunham’s white feminist character (whatever) to read Liv but she was kind of right.

    And then for Liv to arrange to simply pay the girl with no guarantees? Come on!!!!!

    Fitz is still using Jake to check up on Liv. This is why Jake will never get into first place. He’s such a punk. Does he know how to say no? Does he need the money so that’s why he’s doing this job?

    Is Scandal even fixable at this point? Maybe not. I opted to watch the Mary Mary reality show and caught up w/this Scandal episode online afterward because I just wasn’t that interested.


    • Natasha
      March 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Double sigh indeed. I honestly would not be surprised if this is Scandal’s last or penultimate season. There’s nowhere for it to go. Liv is gonna bark herself into exhaustion. That’s all the woman does! Love Shonda for what she’s done and the characters she’s created but I think their time is up, unless they can pull something magical out of the bag….(not holding my breath).

      • Guest
        March 21, 2015 at 9:20 am

        One thing they can do for me is STOP the back and forth between Olivia and Fitz. Fitz does not need to be her punching bag, “give her a new one”. They need another OPA member stat, someone that has good chemistry with Olivia and has an interesting background. The guy who played Marcus is a great candidate as well as and good eye candy. We need new Scandals, not always involving the kink. I started watching for Olitz so either give Fitz a divorce or have him be strong enough to sale the Vermont house. I am game for the feminist talk, but I also like my men to be strong. Lastly, if they want me to buy into Mellie for President, she needs to put that law degree into practice stat.

  18. Carriecnh12
    March 20, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    OK call me petty but I refused to watch that mess called an episode with molesty Dumpham in supposedly portraying a woman that men in power would willingly choose to do kinky ish with PUULEASE There is clearly an agenda afoot on Scanda, here we had an wp supposedly about women being their own agent and owning their feminity, but apparently the only way to do that is to write a book about tour bedroom exploits and sleeping with perfect (though sexy fine ) strangers.
    without watching the whole e, except enough to see Brian’s abs, I knew the plot from beginning to end. 1: Olivia
    being in denile she needs help and instead drinks a baby’s bath worth of wine. 2: She recites some tired monologue we’ve heard dozens of times. 3: same person she read corrects herbwhile at the same time insulting her. 4: Cyrus axts like a total souce to one of the women he works with 5: Quinn is ever curious 6: Fake & Ditz drink and are slightly worried about Liv while being secretly happy she’s not happy without them 7: Huck acts like he escaped drom Arkum asylum while speaking like he can’t breathe with creepy wide eyes and over kills someone 8: and then we end with Liv sleeping with someone instead of dealing with her myrried of issues. This episode I am sure as well as this season is as bad as the horrible hair hats they’ve been wearing. JUST UGH

    • Carriecnh12
      March 20, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      I must apologise for the spelling errors, I was typing on my phones while walking through the mall.

      • Debbie
        March 23, 2015 at 3:34 pm

        I needed your recap Carriecnh12, I’m trying to figure out what’s going on as well. It’s like they’re playing hard to get but it’s gone terribly wrong and making us lose interest. Maybe some spouses got jealous, I don’t know but lol at walking through the mall

  19. March 20, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    First of all, thanks for your recaps! I live for them! Next, HULK is GONE off the rails! I luv him so much but WHO IS THIS GUY? He might as well go back to B613 full time!!! He’s “752”, 24/7!!
    I am sooo digging Quin this season but I’ve like her from episode 1 season 1 (sweet baby)! She’s come into her own and she ain’t no snitch! Livvie needs more than popcorn, red wine and sexual healing…. She needs her daddy…. And a therapist!
    Now Luvvie, why oh why did you give us (me) the link to finding out what a “DustBuster” is?!? My eyes have burnt out and I can no longer see! I can’t, I won’t, I will not!! After reading that, I feel like I need to repent and be Baptized all over again and I didn’t do ANYTHING!!

  20. alexis
    March 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Ew! That dustbuster ish is straight out of Marquis de Sade

  21. willa
    March 20, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    I have started a mess of greens for the repast but clearly Imma need a lot more bunches cuz its gonna be a LOT of death. Anyone started frying the chicken yet?

    • Debbie
      March 23, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      I’m bringing the potato salad and soda all these repast’s are cutting into my own greedy Scandal,Empire, HTGAWM food budget so I’ll have to bring Dr. Thunder instead of real Dr. Pepper

  22. Shannyn
    March 20, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Oh my Lort!!!! I didn’t even watch it last night, cuz I was out at a concert, and I don’t even care much. These comments and recap are making me think I don’t even need to see it, cuz that way I don’t need to un-see it. Why did Shonda pick a brother who usually plays the shadiest of roles? In the dictionary of Hollywood casting, his picture is on the page for “trifling brother boyfriend” WHY WHY WHY couldn’t she have a strong ass brother who could gladly go toe to toe with her. Why didn’t Shonda resurrect the powerful brother from the lawn chair episode who made her FINALLY stand strong in her blackness? Now I know I need to have a seat cuz I didn’t see the episode, but good grief, what is happening to this show??????????

    • Max
      March 21, 2015 at 2:28 am

      I’d say skip it, girl. I’m still trying to unsee it and its been days. Just read a synopsis and move on.

  23. Cemone
    March 20, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I don’t think “Alex” or Russell are real. It looked like she was daydreaming!

  24. Manxie
    March 20, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    The fifty shades of gore thing with Huck has gone way to far for me. First they had him threatening Lizzie’s child a few eps back, and then the gruesome murder of Sue last night just felt over the top. Liv has clearly lost her mojo – even before the kidnapping there would have been a lot of truth in Sue’s read. I actually liked her hook-up at the end, though, since it was juxtaposed with her two smug exes discussing her over drinks like they had a right to monitor her. I got the feeling that was more about control than concern, even though they both love her, so I was glad for Liv’s show of agency with Mr. Six Pack.

  25. March 20, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    I am all for Olivia getting her swerve on but did it have to be with Brian White? I know I am not the only one who saw those nekkid pics because shady azz people plastered them all over Twitter last night.

    Broman needs to file a missing Johnson report because he is lacking. His nether regions need to be declared a crime scene because he was surely robbed.

    Was Idris busy? What about Lamman Rucker or Lance Gross or some other chocolate drop?

    Ole girl is liable to run out of her own bedroom with that church finger raised in the air after seeing the goods.

    And I cannot abide Lena Dunham with her creepy overrated azz. I’ve been side eyeing her even before she disclosed that freakishness about what she did with her younger sister.

    When did being a whore become some kind of badge of honor? Screw who you want, but must you share all the lurid details with everyone? I am not buying this psuedo feminist bullshyt. You want to get your pipes cleaned then fine – just call a thing a thing. Don’t try to make it seem like some act of defiance.

    • Mimi
      March 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      And this right here is it! Thank you. #nuffsaid

  26. Absurdist
    March 20, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Get the butter, indeed…

  27. Absurdist
    March 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    But truly, kink is a matter of perspective and experience. Half the stuff that happens in that book doesn’t even make me blink, much less shocked.

  28. IRENE
    March 20, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    I liked this episode but I have to agree the writing on this show seems to half-hearted.
    I think the fatigue with the show is because there doesnt seem to be any story progression.
    Every season Olitz makes up to only instantly break up and I think both fans and non fans just want something to happen
    either a presidential divorce or lets really write Liv a love interest that is serious and with good chemistry and let her get on with her life!
    I used to love Olitz until i realized that what I thought was some great love story, was just a powerful rich entitled married couple, who were using Olivia both professionally and sexually to get in and stay in the White house for 2 terms !
    Fitz and Mellie have sucked Olivia dry and in the process endangered her life and made her a basket case.
    Hey I liked Russell and I thought they had good chemistry but I am certain he will just disappear never to be seen again!

  29. Shevi
    March 20, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    I’ll have you know that I clicked on that dustbuster link and for a good six minutes, I curled up in the corner of my bed, thinking, “No. NO. No!’

    This review was great as usual. I agree with everything you say. And as good as peen therapy is, she needs the real deal.

  30. BLynne
    March 20, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    I was bored the entire time…… This show aint what it use to be and quite frankly I use to watch for Olitz and I am sicka everybody hating on Fitz like he was the only one who involved in their affair…. Olivia was a grown ass women who needs to stand up in her grown assedness and not blame everyone she also needs to apologize for her shit and take her narrow behind down to some damn therapy…. Fitz tried to make their love a real ass thing and for her not to be the side piece for almost three damn seasons but now after everything now she wants to be a traumatized victim…. Nope aint buying… Liv has done some raggedy shit to keep that dude in office shit he didn’t even ask for so for her to be like I am quittin you is so foul….. He went to war for you and now you mad…. I can’t with her…. and Huck ova here running fuckin amok!!! Does he really think he is gonna be able to take his behind home with out having real ass in living color flashbacks?? Also is Shonda ever gonna talk about Fitz’s suicide attempt I would like to know more about that and why didn’t he ever have PTSD I mean he had a bullet in his brain and he was fine… Shonda needs to get it together or just bring back HTGAWM because that show was on point…..

  31. Max
    March 21, 2015 at 2:25 am


    This episode crossed a serious line for me. I’m done with Scandal. I think there is something wrong with it. I really am uncomfortable with the way that Shonda Rhimes and Scandal has sexualized torture. I still feel we haven’t had the scene where Quinn says, “Excuse me, Huck, but you took out some of my teeth”, it has even been used as comic relief.

    I feel that what they did to Lena Dunham (and I’m not a fan) was disgusting. First have her give a fierce monologue about sexual empowerment, then completely undermine it by having her be a victim who is just trying to get back at men, then save her by giving her a female lawyer who will help her fight back against her perpetrator, then have a man in her apartment trying to attack her, then have Quinn and Huck come and save her, only for Huck to then kill her.

    It isn’t lost on me that Dunham is heavier than ever actress on the show (except Quinn) and that the “fat girl” gets it for being sexual. I felt all that stuff about Olivia calling her a whore, was just a set up so that Olivia could get her grove on, but the way she got it on and the way she treated the black man had none of the “tenderness” or “standing in the sun” that she had with Jake and Fitz.

    I felt the episode was messed up from beginning to end, but when Abby, who is a victim herself of violence, uses Sue’s death to “get her groove on” with Leo, and there is no grief for Sue from anyone, only justifications and laughter, I thought – this is really too much. Bye Scandal.

    • Lola
      March 21, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      YES 100 % to this!!!

  32. Tee Cee
    March 21, 2015 at 8:44 am

    This is the definition of dustbuster that I think they meant:
    The act of a female (or anyone) snorting cocaine off of a male erect phallus. She gets the dust….he gets to bust!

    Seems like the kinda kink that Bad Wig Girl would like…

    • janet
      March 21, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      No one would laugh Leo out of office over that definition…I think the link Luvvie provided is correct because it is both disgusting and degrading.

    • Max
      March 23, 2015 at 11:55 am

      I agree, if Leo was doing cocaine, that would be a completely different conversation for Abby, and Olivia would have confronted Abby about it. We would also have seen Leo using Coke or coked up behavior in other episodes. It doesn’t make sense that Leo would get a thrill from just watching Sue do coke on him. And I don’t think Abby would have felt so much shame at the beginning of the episode nor would Liv have had that look on her face.

  33. L. Fitz
    March 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I agree with the previous comments that Russell was in Liv’s imagination. She is sitting on the couch with the book and then it switches to the bar scene. The second time she is putting the book in the safe and Russell appears saying “you’re back. I thought I dreamed you up.” It seems like her fantasy because she tells Russell her name is “Alex.” If this were real, he would have recognized her as Olivia Pope.

  34. Mstink
    March 21, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Do me a favor Luvvie and tell Shonda it’s time to go on ahead and play the pregnancy card she’s been avoiding wit Liv because Scandal is going down hill and we’re getting bored with this weekly foolery. I do like Huck and Abby and OPA gladiating again but something is still off about the show. If it weren’t for your recaps I would have jumped ship by now so thanks.

  35. Syrich
    March 22, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Why can’t I have two good shows? I was walking around proud as a peacock because I had Empire on Wednesday and Scandal on Thursday. Too bad, Scandal has become increasingly hard for me to watch. I am tired of crazy I don’t need nobody Olivia. Who is in the situation because she open her big mouth and told someone she is the President’s sidepiece. Now “she is walking around like someone stole her bike.” I am tired of crazy O.

    ps. Random thoughts: Didn’t fake looking black guy recognize her? How are you going from being so scared that you walking around your home with a gun to bringing home a stranger? I need smart Olivia back in a hurry because she is going to have to fix herself.

  36. Tee Cee
    March 22, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    **starts rant**
    I swear that people are NEVER satisfied. If you don’t like the show, stop watching it and quit bitchin’! Seems like many ppl watch the show just to get on social media and write about how much they hate it. Jeez. Stop watching. Stop announcing that you’re going away and just do it. Go. Away. They don’t like the confusing seasons. They don’t like the kidnapping episodes. They don’t like the dream sequences. They don’t like Huck being psycho. They hate Fitz. They hate Jake. They hate the Lawn Chair episode. They hate that Lena Dunham’s character was killed. Blah. Blah. Blah. Shut it up! **rant over**

    • Max
      March 23, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Typical reaction these days from people who want to shut down any critique of what is being dumped into our culture about race, sexuality, gender, violence.

      Interesting that you feel the need to “protect” the product Scandal and its brand, even though having these conversations is a way that we, the general public, resist representations that we feel are unhealthy or untruthful.

      I’m glad you had your rant. Now go and defend other products and brands that need your help, like McDonalds, Coca Cola, Chase Bank. We need people like you to shut people like us down against vulnerable organizations like ABC.

      • Tee Cee
        March 23, 2015 at 8:35 pm

        1. Hahahahahah! You’re funny, “Max”. Where did I “protect” ABC? Actually, I didn’t mention ABC at all, nor did I allude to or infer ANYTHING about ABC or similar companies.

        2.You ABSOLUTELY cannot base your opinion of me from one post on one page.

        3. All I am saying is…if they HATE it so much, don’t watch. It’s that simple.

        4. Once you “stop watching”, you don’t have to announce it. The people who claim they hate it so much will continue to watch and comment…(see MANY of these similar posts above and on other pages)!

        5. You better get your life together. Your comment made no sense in relation to what I posted.

        • Max
          March 25, 2015 at 10:40 am

          Of course my comment make sense, and it makes even more sense after your reply. What do you care whether people hate watch or criticize the show – do you have a particular investment or stock options? My point is that part of what happens here, which I’m grateful for, is the opportunity for people to deconstruct what they are watching, what works, what doesn’t. I don’t think “Scandal”‘s feelings will be hurt because someone criticizes its weakness. I’m of the opinion that there is a lot wrong with the show if you read my post above and I actually think some of the messages are dangerous.

          Does this mean I’ll never watch again. I’m not sure, but I need to be able to talk about my ambivalence about it without having to be shamed or silenced by you. If you feel this strongly, one could argue you should stay out of the comment section.

  37. March 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I agrr with the one who said Scandal ain’t the same anymore! I was bored with that entire kidnapping story line. The best episode this season was the “black/all lives matter” themed. Idky Shonda followed that episode with this one. I’m trying to figure out where we are going this season. With them baiting us on who was going to buy Liv like it was going to be someone we say before. Then bring Steven in like he was rejoining the cast, only for him to leave.

    Huck out here slicing innocent people’s throats, His wife outing b613 (I thought they already disbanded). This season has too many story lines! With Mellie trying to be senator, then president. It will look good for her if Fitz is on her side (he wants her to have this, he owes her). I don’t see how that’ll work, but if it does, that means no Fitz and Liv. I swear I can’t take them going back and forth this entire series! Either be together or break up for good!
    Also can Jake stop being Fitz’s do boy?