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First Lady Sings the Blues: Scandal Episode 420 Recap

When we left, Scandal had us getting the Usher Board ready to plan another fune because Russell was using Jake’s body as a pin cushion. Let’s just get right into it.

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Surprise! – Quinn enters the gladiator office, getting coffee and whatnot. When she opens the conference room door and turns on the light, she’s sees Jake’s body on the conference table. SURPRISE! She takes out his phone when Huck shows up. Our girl thinks he’s dead and is freaking out. Jake isn’t cold yet and Huck pounds him in the right place and he jolts awake. I’m so glad we didn’t make any deposits on his fune arrangements. We were one more day from writing checks for his homegoing services.

Olivia gets there and David is also in the OPA office, trying to call 911. This is how you know he doesn’t know better. THIS IS NOT FOR A HOSPITAL, FOOL! not hospital work, fool. They somehow get his bleeding to slow down by holding his wounds close, and they take him to Charlie, who is waiting for them at some shady warehouse.

Jobfull Mellie – Mellie is on the campaign trail and is rocking a power red suit, picking up babies and giving PC answers.

Mellie Campaign 1

One question she’s asked and rehearsed with Lizzie is whether she can handle being both First Lady of the United States and Senator of Virginia. Her campaign manager says it’s been tested and voter-approved. When Mellie is asked the question, she sticks to the script with: “It’s a privilege not a job. To call it hard work would be an insult to the hardworking people of Virginia.”

VP Sally Langston, who wakes up and drinks Haterade gets on her show and says that Mrs. Grant has insulted the position of First Lady by saying it’s not a job. She’s not gon let this go without being challenged.

Favor Payment – The doctor Charlie calls shows up after 1 hour, and he’s a Russian guy (Ilya) who recognizes Olivia as the fixer. Jake needs surgery ASAP and he wants a favor for payment for treating Jake’s wounds. “You help my friend, I’ll help yours.” His friend is Black Sable, one of the most notorious KGB assassins, and has been presumed dead. She needs help with a new mission and Liv has to say yes because Jake is dying.

Black Sable – Huck tells Liv that Black Sable is the most dangerous spy, as they show up to someone’s house and knock on the door. A Golden Girl opens up the door. Turns out that she is Black Sable, and her name is now Mary Peterson. She’s grandma to two kids who live with her, she is hospitable and gives them cookies.

Mary tells Liv how she grew up so poor in Russia that her little brother died from starvation.

Black Sable 1

She comes from nothing and how she was able to rise up was when she found out that she was kind of a skilled murderer.  “I had the eye of a sniper and I would kill anything with my bare hands without asking questions. They said I’d have all the food I wanted, a warm bed to sleep in and shoes. I’d have shoes. All I had to do was learn English, go to America and murder people when I was ordered.”

But there was no more home for her. Her mother was killed, and she left KGB unofficially because she stopped getting missions, and she was happy about it. She got married, had kids and blended into America. She hasn’t had a mission or handler in 27 years, but the the morning before, she got a dead drop order on her window sill. She has no idea who did it, and ignoring a job can get you killed. Mary wants out. Forever.

Conflict of Interest – Mellie as a Senator sleeping with a President might be a conflict of interest and media is bringing it up. She wants to sit down with Sally and defend herself but Lizzie disagrees. Fitz wants to hear Abby’s and her advice is that they separate themselves from each other in some way so they look independent of one another. President Ghost brings up the question of whether it’s even legal for Mellie to run while married to him.

Rule 1 Rule 2

Abby calls David, who is at the warehouse with the Gladiators and Jake, and he has to lie and say he’s sick in bed. But he does tell her that it is legal for Mellie to run for Senate while being First Lady. There is no rule in the books that prevents it because no one figured out that married couples could even be in the position.

Abby: So Mellie Grant’s run for Senate is legal because of misogyny. In this instance, misogyny is our friend.
David: No, I’m saying something less controversial. I’m saying something that won’t get me stoned to death by my feminist sisters.

LMAO! I love this show for being so unmistakingly feminist and not letting us forget it. Anywho, Abby says she needs him to tell the press, which he does in interviews he conducts over the phone.

In the warehouse, the doctor is doing surgery on Jake and says he needs more blood. Olivia tells Quinn they need blood and she goes with Charlie to a blood bank, tie up doctors and get it. Because QUINN IS A BADASS!

Mary’s handler (the person who made the kill mission) is a butcher named Kostya Pasternak. Her order is to kill the deputy under the Secretary of Defense, who used to be a Russian spy.

Failing Successfully – Russell meets with Papa Pope, congratulating himself that Jake is dead. Chile, bye! Rowan corrects him and says Ballard is alive and he knows this because he hasn’t received an ANGRY AS HELL call from his daughter, Olivia. “She has gone underground, you failed and Jake Ballard is very much alive. Find him and cut the thread.” Russell ain’t bout this B613 A-team life, because if he was, he would have killed Jake. How many stabs did he do and he still failed? Seriously. He must be Remedia B613.

Russell calls Liv and says he wants to come to her house but she hangs up on him with a quick no. He was supposed to be using the call to track her down but he failed at that too.

It’s Not Handled – Liv goes to see Kostya and says she wants him to let her go. She asks how much he wants and the man basically laughs in her face as she says: “Some people have bark. Some people have bite. I have both.”

Bark Bite Both

He reminds her that he is from the coldest place on Earth, so he cannot be bothered by her cute little threads. Sooo yeah. He ain’t buying it.

Olivia goes back to Mary and asks why she doesn’t just kill Kostya. Her husband and daughter died in a car accident a couple of years before. She thought about all the folks she killed over the years when that happened, and she prays for forgiveness for all the blood on her hands. She is not Black Sable anymore so she can’t kill that butcher. Dang.

Cyrus the Chosen – Abby says latest polls show that Americans do not like FLOTUS running for Senate, and she thinks they should send someone to Sally’s show to call out her misogyny. She wants it to be a man too, and since it can’t be Fitz, she looks at Cyrus. He looks up from his phone talmbout “You’ve got to be kidding.” HA!!!!

Now we all know Cyrus is not tryna defend Mellie to the country because he thinks her running is absolutely ridiculous. But he is given no choice as Fitz yells at him to come on and do it. Beene wonders why his boss is so hellbent on supporting Mellie. What’s the agenda? There is none. He wants to support his wife since he’s spent so much time in their marriage being a selfish dustbucket.

Shade Tennis – Cyrus goes on Sally’s show and this scene is EVERYTHING. Him and Sally Langston go toe-for-toe and even though he’s basically spewing shit he doesn’t even believe, he does it so well. Yes, she took an oath to support her husband, but her marriage vow does not preclude her from working.

Cyrus Mother

Cyrus: “No one should be able to tell any woman that she cannot hold a job, Sally. It’s sexism of the purest and ugliest form.”

Sally: “But Mrs. Grant has a job. Being a Mother.”

Cyrus: “Being a mother is not a job. It is what someone is. It’s not a job. You can quit a job. You can resign, as YOU did when you decided to quit being Vice President. But you are a mother forever. Being a mother in incredibly difficult. Let’s not diminish it by calling it a job.”

Sally: “If you would have let me finish my sentence, Cyrus, you would have heard me say that Mrs. Grant is mother of our country, as as such, her true job is being First Lady.”

Cyrus: “Still. Not a job. People get paid for jobs. Don’t they, Sally?”

Sally: Being a First Lady comes with perks… a private chef. Now I’ve tasted that fried chicken myself and I can personally vouch for its value.”

Cyrus: “You’re saying women should get paid in fried chicken? Are you being paid fried chicken to host this show?”

THIS. EXCHANGE. WAS. EVERYTHINGGGGGGGG!!!!! Then Sally points out that Cy seems bitter because he knows he’d be a better Senate candidate than Mellie. “Your eyes are telling us that it should be YOU out there pandering to the people of Virginia.” She puts him on the spot and he does it well. “A First Lady should be able to do more than tend to the White House garden.” The interviews ends when Cy wonders if she would have stopped Daniel from working outside the house if she was President. It was an amazing volleying of shady minds!

Patient Russell – Russell goes to see Papa Pope and says he failed at finding Jake an’ em. In a smooth ass move, Rowan shoots him in the arm and says maybe Liv will pay him some attention then.

Liv shows up at the hospital and sees Russell lying there. She asks him what happened and he says he was walking to his apartment and 2 guys cornered him. Huck and Liv look at each other. She grabs Russell’s phone, steps on it and he stabs him in the neck so he falls asleep.

Cutting Threads – Liv and Huck go to the butcher Kostya and say they might have something he wants: B613. I’m sure they’ve taken out hella KGB agents, so she wants to give him something of value for Black Sable’s freedom. She hands him Rowan’s burner phone and tells him that this will give him access to the person who runs B613. “Kill Command, set her free.”

The doctor is done with surgery for Jake, telling him not to move too much as he walks out the room. Jake looks over and sees Russell on the next table. AW SHIT!

Jake Russell 1 Jake Russell 2

They’re alone in the room, and Jake’s hands are strapped down so Russell gets up, grabs a surgical tool and Ballard is trying his best to be loose. Right as Russell is about to stab him, Jake actually lets himself loose and the sudden movement makes his blood pressure go up so the machine starts making noise. Ilya rushes in just in time for Russell to play it off and for him to get Jake down. SO. DAMB. CLOSE.

Liv gathers her troop of misfit toys and tells them about giving Kostya her dad’s burner phone. Russell hears it, and I start fighting the air. Why the hell are they talking about this top flight mission around some dude she just boned? Why is he in their safe house? Why is whispering busy? Couldn’t they talk about this in the next room over? DAFUQ, man???

Team Grant – In the Oval Office, Cyrus did really well but 67% of people still think Mellie shouldn’t run. He says maybe now isn’t the time for her to run but Lizzie says the conflict of interest could be fixed if they leak that the First Marriage is over. Mellie is NOT having it. “Fitz and I are a team. We came in as a team. We’re going out as a team.”

Team 1 Team 2

Fitz calls Liv and she’s basically wondering why this bugaboo is calling her phone, and it’s because he wants advice on the Mellie thing. She’s all taken aback that he’s calling his mistress to ask about his wife’s issue. She tells him to worry about himself but he wants to “make up for the sins of my past.” Liv says instead of fighting the conflict of interest, use it to their advantage. Senator sleeping inches from President is HELLA access. Play that up. P.S. don’t call me, bruh.

Pope vs. Pope – Morning comes and Liv is sitting between her main side bae and her new bae, both injured. She thinks they’re both unconscious (Russell is awake), so she talks to Jake, apologizing for all the chaos and madness. She misses the island they were on, and Jake wakes up, sees Russell and starts freaking out.

Huck shows up and says he can’t find Kostya and Liv goes to Black Sable’s house. She walks in and finds Mary and her grandkids on her couch, dead from gunshot wounds to the head. Olivia gets to her car and something is ringing in her trunk. She opens it and finds a dead Kostya in there. She picks up the phone and her dad says “What have I always told you, Olivia? Against me, you will never win.”

Papa Pope win

HOLY SHITTTT. Papa Pope is FOREVER a man of his word.

Liv gets back to the warehouse and the doctor picks up his Dereon duffle and leaves because she did not stick her promise and his friend is dead so hers can too. Liv tells the Gladiators (and David) to say the whole mufugging operation to take B613 down is OFF. It’s so off that she ON button ran away. She tells David to cancel the Grand Jury and he protests at first but she wonders who will testify. Jake cannot. Huck can. Charlie is not. David says Quinn can but Charlie’s funny ass reminds them “She was in B613 for like 5 minutes. She barely qualifies for the health plan.”

Liv says they are done, because if they keep this going ALLADEM will be deader than dead. She’s gonna call her father and tell him to stand down because they didn’t know what they were messing with. Everyone STFU because they can’t even argue that. Quinn says they have to get Jake to a hospital, so she’s gonna handle that. Russell is listening to all of this go down. 

Whipped President – Mellie is on the campaign trail and says that as Senator, she will come home and talk to her POTUS husband. Abby is watching it with Cyrus, and she recognizes her friend and former boss’ spin on all of this. She turns to a less-than enthused Beene, who reminds her that the President’s approval ratings are tanking. He makes the point that this will flush his legacy down the toilet because Mellie’s  gonna win on a campaign that is based on her husband, the POTUS, being whipped. True, true.

Operation Gotcha – Russell calls Rowan with the update that the B613 takedown has been shut down. Papa tells him to move on to Operation Foxtail and keep him in the know with Liv’s whereabouts. They hang up, and Russell is in Liv’s bedroom as romantic music plays. She’s rocking a silk negligee and he’s laying on her bed. She straddles him and apologizes for the madness. Then she tells him to close his eyes. HEY NOW! Except no. Liv holds a gun to Russell’s forehead, saying she wants to know what Foxtail is. She figured out he’s B613 because how else would her father have known every single move, including the Russians?

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YESSSSS, BISH! Finally. First of all, I am hella mad at Liv because sometimes, she’s far too careless and far too trusting. In fact, SHE of all people should operate from the angle of “Trust no bitch.” Again, I still question why she would let Russell into her space so soon. But not only in her house but in that safe house. Even IF she felt like protecting him from Papa Pope, why does HE matter? He’s just her hoe and I might be bogus for this but even if he had died at her father’s hands, he’s just unimportant collateral damage. I’m glad she finally learned who he is but what kinda leader to the Gladiators is she when she’s so careless so often?

This is why I miss Harrison. He woulda read her ass for filth after this. I need Quinn to do it now, or something.

Keep it real gif

Ok so now what’s Operation Foxtail? I know it’s not just a mission where Russell snitches about what Liv has for breakfast. There’s something more there. Could it be a mission to dissolve the Gladiators? Like turn them against each other so they’re no longer a unit? THAT would rock Liv to the core.

I just want her to kill Russell. I WANT HER TO KILL HIM DEAD. But we shall find out in 2 weeks.

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  1. Football Mom
    April 26, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I had trouble getting into this episode but it was probably because I was so upset about Derek’s death on Gray’s.

    However, not much of it made sense to me…why, like you said, was Russell in the safe house? Why were they talking in front of him? If he’s B613, why didn’t he just roll over and knock Liv and the gun onto the floor? Why doesn’t Liv ever think proactively? She always reacts…I’m certain that at some point in her childhood, Rowan taught her how to play chess!

    Mellie, Like Liv, is a totally different woman than she was in previous seasons. She used to have bite and wit and smarts…now, she is just operating on blind ambition. It makes no sense.

    There have been a few episodes this season that have been reminiscent of earlier seasons…but, I’m ready for the new Shonda show to replace this one…the Catch sounds like it will be pretty good.

    • Twashie
      April 26, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      First let me say I feel for you Grey’s fans. Last year Scandal fans lost 2 that’s right 2 characters (thanks Luvvie for the home goin’ programs). Second, finally Millie is doing more than moanin’ and mournin’ over President Ghost. ‘Bout time she got some ambition. Third…replace Scandal!!!! Oh Lawd that’s downright blasphemous (somebody needs a healin’).

  2. Madamsophia
    April 26, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    This may be my last season of Scandal. The writers are failing miserably. I tuned in because of all the political scandals and fixing but lately since season 3 it seems they are all about Olivia and her emotional roller coaster. How is she ever going to win an Emmy when we have Ms Davis and Empire crew dropping it like its hot. Shonda needs to reevaluate this. This is the same recipe that spoilt Private Practice.

  3. Madame Zenobia
    April 26, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Why is no one else bothered that Eli offers his daughters sexuality up to his favorite agent of the month? At the end of “I’m Just a Bill”, Russell comments to Jake that Eli used to “go on and on about Jake the Golden Boy” before stabbing him fifty-leven times (and still not killing him, apparently being Command’s Golden Boy doesn’t make you the most skilled assassin,) If that’s true, Jake was the Golden Boy, so Eli sends him to seduce and sleep with Olivia. Now, Russell is the Golden Boy and HE gets sent to seduce and sleep with Olivia. Am I the only one who caught that? Am I the only one who thinks that is gross, creepy, weird and sick.

    Yes, I live for Eli’s reads. Joe Morton plays the fool out of this character. But that one thing, that he constantly offers/relies on his daughter’s sex life to get what he wants or to manipulate her disturbs the hell out of me. It just makes me feel icky. THAT’S what bothered me about the whole Russell thing from jump. He came into her life the EXACT SAME WAY Jake did and she fell for it all over again. How dumb can she be?

    She needs to carry herself over to Edison’s house and ask for forgiveness and his grandmother’s ring back. Damn Vermont jelly and sunny islands. Go get a house in Virginia and let Mellie be your new senator.

    • Mrsshinny
      April 26, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Exactly Madame Zenobia! I have been lamenting the gross behavior of ElI/Rowan manipulating his own daughter through sex. It’s disgusting. I can take all the lame storylines that lead to no where and even this assinine attempt at Mellie’s run for Senator(gimme a break). PapaPope is waaaaayyy to interested in the visitation rights to Olivia’s lady parts. Why? What is his ulitmate goal? Clearly this show has become about B6-13 and ROWAN “getting over” on his daughter? Why?

    • whilome
      April 26, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      THIS. So much THIS. I let a lot of stuff pass with this show (like why would you think a man with an arm wound be “unconscious” all that time), but I don’t get angry when they mess with plausibility. I get mad when they have Rowan offer his child up to his underlings.
      Think about the sick machinations of a father’s mind to find the ONE B613 agent that would be 1. be what his daughter would lust after enough to approach 2. a brotha as a “palate cleanser” from Fitz and Jake. He played on her emotions and punanny with that move. And Russell was reporting back to him! Just like Jake was reporting to Fitz. Ugh. Next time a dude makes her moist, she should just use that as a sign that Papa Pope is on the move.

    • Sage
      April 26, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Probably an unpopular opinion, but I am not bothered by it in the least. If Papa Pope were holding Olivia hostage and forcing her to have sex with these men; it would be a completely different story. The simple fact of the matter is: Olivia slept with these men of her own accord. All Papa Pope does is place these people in her life, everything that happens after that is Olivia’s decision. Olivia Pope is GROWN ass woman who is responsible for her own sexuality, don’t be putting that on Papa Pope. He may not be father of the year but he is not selling her, nor is he forcing her. She makes the conscious decision to let these shady ass people into her life and into her.

      • Tawana washington
        April 26, 2015 at 7:18 pm

        @Sage…Thank you. I was going the write the same thing.

      • whilome
        April 26, 2015 at 8:03 pm

        You right, you right…She’s grown and Papa Pope didn’t force her to take the bait. I am just unsettled that he would even be THINKING about her sex life. In this mental chess game, he’s 3 moves ahead in her panties. It’s just very unsettling to me. I guess that’s the point.

      • April 27, 2015 at 4:17 pm

        This is right and Olivia is the one who was gloating about the powers she has at her disposal, so I am really not mad Daddy Pope setting her up.

        I am more concerned about her sharing her ladyparts so freely with random men in her mental state.

      • dmcmillian72
        April 30, 2015 at 4:03 pm

        Yeah, I’m of this mindset as well. Olivia has always had a choice in how much of her both Jake, and now Russell, got. That’s not on Eli Pope…aka #GoonOfTheDecade

    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      I too, am borhered by the fact that he sent dudes in her life to seduce her. More bothered by the fact that he knows she will take the bait. Most dads don’t even want to think of their daughters having a sex life, no matter how old they are.

    • Car
      April 27, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Papa Pope didn’t send Jake to Olivia, Fitz did. Remember he used to go to the Oval Office in his Navy uniform. And report about her movements to Fitz!

      • Milaxx
        April 27, 2015 at 4:29 pm

        Fitz sent Jake to spy/watch over Olivia. Rowan gave the orders to seduce. That’s why Fitz was always so pissed. He thought Jake was his buddy to be trusted. He had no idea he was B613.

    • Football Mom
      April 28, 2015 at 10:02 am

      I absolutely agree. Rowan is a great character and scary but he’s a PIMP and I cannot! I think he probably set the Fitz affair up, too. After all, Fitz used to be B613, too.

    • scandal lover
      May 14, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      I feel exactly the same way re her father and her sexuality And I cannot for the love of money work out how Olivia allows a random man like that to just come up into her flat like that. No fear of rape/assault anything? You can’t give me female empowerment baloney. You just can’t. After that kidnapping experience, she should be super super paranoid about who she keeps company with

  4. notconvincedgranny
    April 26, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Russell is testing errybody; he stabbed Jake in a way that would not kill him to see if Papa Pope was the real deal (dat that bullet in the arm said yep! Papa don’t take no mess). Testing Liv on the joy stick side (nope, you ain’t that good). If you don’t like roller coasters, you’re having trouble with all dis, but I’m loving every hairpin turn, breathtaking ascents and descents with a sudden right turn before Hell.

    I wanna know what happened with Grandma and Grandpa Pope. I bet Papa Pope killed ’em and begged mercy from the court because he was an orphan. Ate his own heart when he got hungry.

    • Anne
      April 26, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      See! I felt the same way about Russell he missed every major organ intentionally. I think there’s more to him. Still no clue as to Liv’s complete reckless tho…..

    • whilome
      April 26, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Oooh, I never thought of that! I mean, how on earth would an experienced, highly trained assassin/goon NOT hit a liver, at least?! Either Russell is a Keystone Cop or it was intentional. Maybe he’ll be trussed up until Jake recuperates to clear the air.

      • RaeJ
        April 26, 2015 at 10:08 pm

        Every.Single.Time someone mentions Keystone Cops I giggle uncontrollably. It cracks me up. So yeah…either Russell is really good or really bad.

  5. April 26, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Scandal has lost its luster, one can tell: Luvvie’s Scandal recaps appear 3 days post-show on this site; fans’ comments have dwindled so much. And why not when Real Life is serving up a Michael Eric Dyson v. Cornell West Smackdown(s); Bruce Jenner’s Transgendering, etc. –all so much more entertaining than “Reel Life.” As is said about the turkey, “stick a fork in it, it’s done.” UNTIL– SOME HOW Mama Pope is out of prison and she and Papa Pope “off” each other making Liv an actual orphan instead of the emotional one she has been.

    • April 26, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      If you’re basing the lateness of my recaps on how Scandal has lost luster, then you’re choosing to ignore that my life is busier than it ever has been AND I’m writing a recap for Vulture too and that one has a paid deadline I have to meet. Soooo…

      • April 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm

        Getting Payed! #realness

  6. Chelle
    April 26, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    First of all, I was quite disappointed about the Jake’s dead/not dead bait and switch played on us. Remedial B613, FO-SHO . . . it was cheap, it was lazy. Second, how did Russell get the russian info to Papa Pope??? Liv smashed his phone at the hospital and he’d been knocked out until then. When did he have a chance to get to the T-Mobile store to pick up a no-contract iphone? And third, it is so STUPID that she just willy nilly brought her random cuddy-buddy to the safe house. Really?!?! (with Seth and Amy) I mean! Ok, it set up that awesome final scene, but it was just not believable in the Scandal World that we know and love. Just my 2 cents

  7. Girl2000x
    April 26, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    How young are these people who are so freaked out by Rowan picking Liv’s bed buddies. There was a time I modern history that your parents directly or indirectly picked who you married and by extension who you did the nasty with… I think it still goes on in some societies today. Anyway, I don’t think that is the point. The point is that Papa Pope is so ruthless that he will use anyone’s weakness against them and in Liv’s case her weakness happens to be doing the sexy with shady needy men who adore her. I still love the show. My spouse and I look forward to it with some wine every Thursday night.

    • April 26, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      I’m so tickled at your comment and you are correct. In bible times, when a young couple “married”, when they went in to consumate the marriage, the parents (who picked the bride for the groom), stood outside of the “marriage bedroom” and waited till they “finished” to check the sheets for blood to make sure the young girl was a virgin. My point being, PapaPope is getting his job done the 2015 way…by acting like a professor in a lab and Liv is the lab rat. Whatever he “dangles” in front of her, she goes after it like a fish at bait. It’s not his fault that his daughter sleeps with EVERYONE she has the hots for so he uses it to advance his agenda . Yes, it’s disturbing (that she falls for it) but that man gets the job done… By any means necessary! He also introduced her to her favorite beverage… Wine! Lol

      • Serenity
        April 27, 2015 at 9:53 am

        Its 2015 A.D. not 2015 B.C.

        Arranging your daughter’s hookups is nasty and disturbing.

    • April 26, 2015 at 10:33 pm


    • Yvette
      April 28, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      I agree. Its not about Papa Pope pimping her out. it’s about him knowing her weakness. That weakness has been part of her story line from the beginning of the show.. Fits, the senator, Jake,… Part of her character is also her personal life struggle with men – using them for her power and her comfort and knowing when or when not to let those lines cross.

      I still like the show – all shows have their peaks and valleys – but even with the twist and turns – it is still enjoyable and I love reading Luvvies’ paid recap and then waiting patiently for her recap she does for us for free with all the snark and shade we have come to love

      Keep up the great work Luvvie

  8. SIPort
    April 26, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I continue to be Team Papa Pope. He’s so cold and ruthless, but that’s him.

    Russell…Russell is the C-Team of B613. I didn’t feel anything when Papa Pope up and shot him.

    Cyrus and Sally were EVERYTHING! They were terrific! Cyrus has not been feeling Mellie’s run, but his ‘defense’ of Mellie was hilarious. Cyrus and Sally going back and forth like that…wonderful.

    I’m sorry, but I wanted Jake from State Farm to die.

  9. Devra
    April 26, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I just want Livia to STRAIGHT SNAP and spill some blood.

  10. Rosemary
    April 26, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Poppa Pope has killed 3 children…He needs to die. A teenage and 2 little kids. Damn…What’s next infants? I truly HATE that man. He has no redeeming qualities

    • whilome
      April 26, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      I got the impressions that he must have tipped off the Russians and THEY did the dirty work. He’s still cold, tho.

  11. April 26, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    First of all, awesome recaps! Bugaboo?! Really? Laughed Out Loud for real and foxtail for breakfast?! Too funny! Now, my thoughts: I think Olivia knew when she met “Ole Fine”Russell in the bar that he could be a plant sent by dear old dad. Russell is such a bad B613 agent that I think he’s really in pre B611 and got skipped too soon. He’ll be dead in 2 weeks. Also, I think these Russians who has come out of nowhere has something to do with Olivia’s kidnapping, thus… Eli Pope! I think he’s orgrastrated ALL of this from the day she pulled that trigger on him. I also think Operation Rattail, Cattail or whatever it’s called… Ohh Foxtail, is about Mama Pope! It’s gonna be a 2020 Ultimate Smackdown with Pope vs Pope vs Pope! Poor Jake! Somebody please kill Lemony or at least cut off a hand! Only someone as goofy as David can live so long! I think Huck or his family may die. #PopeEli #PopeMom #PopeLivvie (end times popes)

    • Alice
      April 27, 2015 at 6:26 am

      Mega, you are right on the money. It was clear that Andrew was not the power broker behind the kidnapping. Interesting that Russians are popping up again. Isn’t it natural for Liv’s gut to be off after her ordeal? That said, the writers need to wake up to the fact that people are paying attention to details.

  12. AnnetteS
    April 26, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I really don’t know what’s going on with Scandal these days. IMO it’s been a mess since S2B. I still cuss out my hairdresser for insisting I watch this show three seasons ago. It was good until it wasn’t. I just want to know if Papa Pope set up his daughter to sleep with Gov. Grant on the trail, and if so WHY. We know he sends men to sleep with his daughter. Remember, Cyrus asked Olivia to join the Grant campaign, and we know Papa Pope owns/controls Cyrus. So, did Papa Pope demand Cyrus bring Liv onto the Grant campaign? Remember, all roads lead to Fitz. We have not seen Rowan interact with Cyrus since S3 E x when he ordered Cyrus to show Fitz the tape of Olivia having sex with Jake. Maybe there are no connections between characters and storylines because the writers are making up the plot as they go. In any case, I am bored. YAWN. Not here for Shonda’s bad soap operas. Didn’t watch Grey’s or HTGAWM, and won’t watch anything else she produces. While I ha ‘ve tried to support the sisters,there is way too much good content on cable and the internet to settle for this mess.

    Nothing makes sense on this show any more and it’s not because the writers have this deep storyline. I don’t want to be able to predict what’s going to happen on a show because I like surprises and cliffhanger.However, that’s not what’s happening with Scandal. It’s just poor writing.

    • April 26, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      Season 2 was DEFINITLY it’s best season. By far!

  13. nichole
    April 26, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Shonda Rhimes’ empire beyond Shondaland will include a winery and stock/franchise in White House | Black Market. Every season we are buying a black dress. Sometimes two (2). And if you watch all three of her shows, like I do, you are recycling dresses from season to season.

    Will the real Cyrus Beene stand up? You know he is going to be up to something really soon.

    I love when the Sugar Assassin shows up. He’s always good for a few laughs. And that line was FUNNY!

    They are trying so hard to find someone to testify against Papa Pope. Why not Tom? Is he still dedicated to Command? Even after he threw him under the “killed Little Jerry” bus. RIP Little Jerry. (That was a black suit).

    I’m looking forward to Sen. Mellie. Can’t wait to see what she does with that seat.

    My big question is Will Papa Pope die?

  14. Car
    April 27, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Why does OPA not have security cameras?!? Why?!? LUVVIE?!?

    • milaxx
      April 27, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Same reason it took Liv getting kidnapped to finally get some locks on the door to her apartment.

    • Toose
      April 28, 2015 at 8:27 am


  15. Dmaclee
    April 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Real question. How is Mellie running for Senator of VA?

    • Brookwater
      May 5, 2015 at 5:34 am

      Isn’t that basically what Hillary Clinton did? She started running for Senator while Bill was still president. The big issue then, if I recall correctly, was that she did not actually live in NY.

  16. Courtney H
    April 27, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I was distracted watching this episode due to Grey’s, but I will say, Scandal isn’t what it once was.

    When B613 came on the scene, I along with many people wanted them to get a spin off. I think it would be intriguing.

    What I don’t want is for B613 to take over Scandal. Scandal used to be about a fixer. Each episode was a case of the week that she fixed. We were left wondering how she had so many contacts and who she knew and how she had so much power. The problem is that once that question was answered, the show became a tortured love story. Now to be fair, given that rumors of the affair were made public, I would imagine that her clientele would decrease a bit….but to zero? I mean, she has no clients anymore?

    I want badazz Olivia back. I am sick of lip quivering Olivia. I am sick of lovesick Olivia. I am sick of “finding herself” Olivia. I want the white hat back. I want the strut back. We know where she learned to read, so I want to see her read.

  17. April 27, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I loved that they had the shady mom from Mike and Molly starring as a former Russian assassin. Rondi Reed is awesome!

    Cyrus was the only other thing I liked about this episode, and the rest of it just seems like more of the same.

    How many times is Olivia going to conspire with her crew to set up Daddy Pope only to wind up being outsmarted. That man didn’t get to be that old and evil being dumb! He already told her that she aint gone prosper trying to come against him but this hard-headed child must have thought he was slipping.

    This storyline about Mellie running for Senator is flat out ridiculous, I’d rather see her get a divorce instead of this. That is unrealistic too, but it’d be more interesting.

  18. Absurdist
    April 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    So was Sally’s talk show an argument that Thatcher and Ellis Grey never got to have? Just sayin’…

    • Kae
      April 30, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      YES!!! Because Thatcher did have issues with it. I do love how she moves actors from one show to the next. I would love to see KaDee Strickland on Scandal, she was awesome on Private Practice. And if Patrick Dempsey hadn’t had whatever issue he had with Shonda, I would have loved to see him on Scandal

  19. Juanita
    April 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    I want Cyrus and Sally to have a political, current events talk show. They rocked! It could be called Evening Shade

    • scandal lover
      May 14, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      Too damn funny!cyrus gets some of the best lines in this show

  20. May 8, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I know I’m coming late to this party but given that last night’s episode didn’t prove me wrong, here goes.

    Russell is Papa Pope’s son by another mother, making him Livvie’s half-brother. Explains why he is so faithful to Eli even though he’s clearly not B316 material and why Papa Pope allowed him to live after screwing up on the “kill Jake” misison.

    Sick, no?