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I’m Just A Bill and Papa Pope is Back: Scandal Episode 419 Recap

Shoutout to the Scandal team for the Schoolhouse Rock hat tip on the title of this episode: “I’m just a bill.” Check out my Vulture recap for the short!

Bill on Capitol Hill

Wine and Read – Papa Pope is back and he’s sitting in Olivia’s crib drinking her good wine. She’s pissed because she’s wondering what he’s doing there. Being the all-knowing goon that he is, he of course knows about the plan to take down B613 so he’s there to tell her she has 48 hours to stop it before he handles it and them. Liv is not hearing it and this tells Rowan that her and her beloved Fitz are not seeing eye-to-eye at the moment. Because surely, if B613 goes down, so will he since he was a part of it.

Papa Pope 1

“Are you finding that no matter how far you run… no matter how WHITE your knight is, that all men are just like you father?”

The Grand Goon ain’t wasting NO TIME to read Olivia like he’s in the Presidential Library. Welcome back, sir. You’ve been sorely missed. When he leaves, we see that Russell is drugged and bound behind Liv’s couch. She wakes him up and plays drunk, saying they had too much wine. That lie is so wack.

The Brandon Bill – President Ghost has introduced The Brandon Bill to Congress, named for Brandon Parker, the Black boy who was killed by police in the Black Lives Matter episode. Fitz promised his father Clarence that he would do something and this is it. The White House staff rejoices when the Senate takes their vote and only one vote is needed for it to pass: the Vice President’s.

Mayor Mansion Murder – The Gladiators show up to the Mayor’s mansion on a call and they find Marcus Walker, the activist who fought to get Brandon Parker justice, in the main bedroom. On the bed is the mayor’s wife (Natalie), dead and in a pool of blood. Brandon and Natalie were making the sex when they heard someone enter the mansion. He gets his clothes and hides in the closet and watches 3 masked men come in. One stabs her 5 times and they leave. So here he is, in boxer briefs and in shock.

Also, Marcus is running for Mayor so this is double trouble. The Gladiators decide to just clean up the scene, throw the lady’s body into a suitcase and act like none of this happened.

HuckleberryQuinn 1 HuckleBerryQuinn 2

Marcus asks Liv: “This is what you do? This is your job? I call you and you pack up a dead body for me?” Yup. Basically.

He’s Not Here – The Mayor’s wife has been declared missing in a press conference. They want to know her whereabouts, not knowing that the Gladiators got her as luggage somewhere. Liv storms into the police station, where Marcus is being held because police said they found emails from him threatening Natalie leading up to her death. She asks the detective if Marcus is arrested and when he says no, she tells him they’re leaving. As they head out the station, they run into the Captain, and Liv READS HIM LIKE A CHILDREN’S BOOK AT STORYTIME. I got my entire life. Also to be noted: she’s wearing of her her old taupe coats.

Olivia: Captain!? Do you see this man standing here?
Captain: Yes.
Olivia: Wrong answer. You do NOT see him standing here because if you did see him standing here, then I would want to know how he got here. Was he arrested?
Captain: *no response*
Olivia: (to Marcus) Were you arrested?
Marcus: No.
Olivia: AH. He wasn’t. Well then why was he taken off the street, put in a patrol car, and brought to a police station? Because that SOUNDS like an arrest. Except an arrest would mean that you read him his Miranda Rights. And you didn’t read him his Miranda Rights. (to Marcus) Did they read you your Miranda Rights?
Marcus: No.
Olivia: You didn’t read him his Miranda Rights. So now I’m confused. (to Marcus) Are you confused?
Marcus: Well I’m not here, but I would be if I was.
Olivia: Do you see the kinds of questions I would have if he was here? And I probably wouldn’t be the only one with questions. I think the United States Department of Justice, which is already investigating your department because of the Brandon Parker shooting, would have questions too. So, I don’t think he’s here. And I don’t think anybody is ever going to THINK that he was here. And if it ever gets out that he was here, if it ever turns up on the news or online or anywhere EVER that Marcus Walker, candidate for mayor, was here, then I’m going to ask my questions and I WILL get answers. Because I am someone who gets answers to my questions. (to Marcus) Am I someone who gets answers to my questions?
Marcus: Yes.
Olivia: See?! So let me ask you ask you this question AGAIN: Do you see this man standing here?
Captain: *no response*
Olivia: Right answer. *PUMPS OUT*

THIS is the Olivia Pope I love! She snatched that Captain’s edges in front of EVERYBODY and as they walked out Marcus was clearly impressed. He’s rolling with a BAWSE. Someone said Olivia walked out the police station like this:

Waiting at the door

Serious Susan – They expected Susan Ross to just vote YES on the Brandon Bill but she is not having it. She wants to read all 1,200 pages thoroughly because she cannot stand behind something she hasn’t reviewed, to the frustration of everyone. They send David in to answer some of her questions and when she asks how the things in the police brutality bill will be enforced he has no answers. Her: “This whole bill is a bunch of requests.” YES. Someone who cares and is good and noble! She can’t last.Cyrus will put Susan Ross in his personal burn book and the beast in him will not let her live in peace if she doesn’t play ball.

Operation Remington – Liv is present as Jake is giving his testimony to David, who makes the room real tense when he starts asking about Operation Remington. That is the mission that will never die. It is the one where Rowan Pope asked for a plane with 329 civilians to be shot down. Jake makes Liv lowkey dizzy when he admits that Fitzgerald Grant was the person who carried out the mission. She knows this is fact but the realization that this takedown of B613 will bring down the Republic got real then.

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Alex is Here – Liv gets home and calls Russell, who shows up at her door because: duh. He says he knows her name is Olivia, and he knows he did not get drunk because he barely drinks. He wants someone stable in his life, sooooo that means he doesn’t want Liv. She’s the most unstable, unsettled person ever. She admits this but says she wants to be Alex when she’s with him because nothing in complicated when she’s Alex. LAWDT. Liv, let this man go. She convinces him to come in, because these men CANNOT say no to her. I actually enjoy the power she wields over them. It’s great seeing that. Also, I’m still waiting for her webinar but whatevs. Anywho, he comes in and they start making out and before you know it, he’s carrying her into the bedroom. HEY NOW!

Susan’s Read – Susan is still reviewing this bill and no matter how much pressure they place on her, she ain’t having it. She has real questions! So they send in Mellie and Susan knows wassup because she is sharp as a tack! “You need this bill so you can announce your Senate run” which will eventually lead to her running for President. I just love that this lady was made fun of and thought of as just some lady who was pitifully given a position but she’s showing that she’s incredibly smart and strong-minded. Even Mellie is taken aback.

The best thing about it is Susan gives her a hug and gives her a vote of confidence that she’ll be a great president one day. It was shade and love in the same breath. We need a politician like Susan Ross. So badly.

Justice or Career – The Gladiators found that the Mayor’s personal driver was rocking a bandage over his hand, and saw that he also got a deposit of $20,000 in an offshore bank account a day after Natalie was killed. The Mayor tried to frame Marcus for his wife’s murder with the planted threatening emails too. Now that they know who was really responsible, Marcus has two choices: he could blow the whistle, and end his political career immediately. OR, they could use it as leverage to get the Mayor to drop out of the re-election and Walker basically gets the seat. Liv says: “Justice or your career. I can only give you one. So what do you want?”

Marcus Walker

Marcus begrudgingly picks his career. Liv has him and the Mayor in a limo explaining the terms of their agreement. Now, they must go play nice to the press as he announces he’s stepping down. Right before they step out, Mayor looks at him and says “That bitch got what was coming to her.” WELL, that must have pushed Marcus over the edge because when he took the podium, he throws all the plans away and tells the truth, admitting that he was having an affair with Natalie and she is dead, not missing. HOLY SHIT.

Ross the Boss – The voting for the Brandon Bill is several days overdue at this point because Susan is hellbent on reading this through so finally President Ghost shows up to tell her to COMME DES FACKONS. But our girl is not letting herself be bullied. “I am not here to advance my own agenda. I am not here to be your lap dog. The only reason I am here is to help make real change… I’m not the one wasting your time here. This bill is wasting your time. This bill is wasting America’s time.”

Oprah welp gif

There’s another BAWSE who’s a RAWSE and their name ain’t Rick. TELL HIM, Susan! By the time Cyrus comes to check up on this, he sees that Fitz has rolled up his sleeves with her. They’re ditching the 1,200 page paperweight and coming up with a new bill that will actually DO something about police brutality. Cy is pissed but he gon have to deal but Susan better watch her back. Oh and Mellie announces her Senate run.

Walker Walking – Marcus tells detectives everything he knows and saw about Natalie’s murder, and he walks away, telling Olivia that he’s kinda salty that his political career is over before it even started. She assures him that he did the right thing and that’s what matters. Meanwhile, I’m wondering why no one is questioning the Gladiators for being accessories to a first-degree murder by not just tampering with the crime scene (or making it disappear) but also hiding the body. Well, I know why: because TV.

Pope vs. Pope – The Grand Goon pays Liv another visit and she tells him that she is not stopping the takedown, and she doesn’t care who else she brings down with it because this is the right thing to do. Rowan is actually proud of his daughter.

“Look at what you’ve become. The woman I’ve always hoped you would be: standing on your own two feet. We may be on different sides, but at least you’ve become a worthy opponent.” This is how he shows love.

Jumping Jake – Jake goes to the OPA offices, looking for Olivia but it’s deserted. Suddenly, a masked man jumps out of the shadows and unto Jake. They get into a tousle match, until the dude pins Jake down. He removes his mask and IT’S RUSSELL!!!! LAWDDDDDD. He starts stabbing Jake repeatedly and while he does it, he says Rowan has always thought State Farm was the golden boy.

Jake stab

He uses Jake’s stomach as his own wack-a-mole game some more as the episode ends.

LAWDDDDDDDDDDDD. I had to call the Usher Board because the day I knew was coming might finally be here. I’ve been saying that Jake will die. Olivia is Team Bad Decisions for real because she gave that man IMMEDIATE access to her life and home. She never even thought it could have been a trap. She and her gut be slipping, man. Russell being B613 makes sense because you’d think she would know that the men she meets by happenstance are typically never that. Even JAKE was a setup for her initially. Olivia’s current lover killing one of her main side baes should make her have a complete seat and be done with men for a good minute. She gotta put her Love Pocket on ice because nawl.

But yeah, I thought Jake is gone but there are some promo pictures from next week’s episode that show him laying on Liv’s bed recovering. I had already called the Men’s Choir and told them the fune colors for Brother Ballard are fluorescent beige and muted royal. We’ll put arrangements on hold for now. FOR NOW. Related: I wish those pics hadn’t dropped.

Boo This Man gif

Papa Pope is back and ready to let chaos reign on EVERYBODY. They need to all walk in bullet-proof body suits and helmets, because it’s on.

Also, it’s clear that Marcus Walker is our newest Gladiator. He’s the new Harrison.

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  1. whilome
    April 17, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I never thought of Marcus coming to OPA! That’s perfect.

  2. Saiton (@saitonne)
    April 17, 2015 at 5:22 pm


  3. Eve Tey
    April 17, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Now I need Jake to die just so I can see what fluorescent beige looks like

    • brendadc
      April 17, 2015 at 9:17 pm


    • Neo
      April 19, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      You’re so wrong for this

  4. Carol
    April 17, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Liv is learning dicksabled but still a peen slayer The way my pay pal set up I’m ready to pay for my webinar seat

    • April 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      did you type “learning dicksabled?”#iQuit my chest hurts from howling!! you win!!

    • Purple Dove
      April 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      I had to blink SEVERAL times until comprehension came from the term “learning dicksaled”. And then my Lord and Savior Jesus The Christ gave me enough strength to type this kudos to Carol before I laid me down to sleep….

      And when I awake, Carol, know that I will do my godly best to incorporate this term into any and every conversation I can….


      • Purple Dove
        April 17, 2015 at 7:31 pm

        “learning *dicksabled”*

    • Tahnda
      April 17, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Carol, I am unable to Can! Learning dicksabled!

    • LaShae
      April 18, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      “learning dicksabled”??? I am done. You hear me? I quit. I just died, came back to life and then died laughing all over again. Turning off computer in 3…2…1!

  5. Charlene Warren
    April 17, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Great episode last night. Scandal returned in fine dramatic form, although I felt that the murder storyline regarding Marcus, the community activist and the DC mayor’s wife was unnecessary, unless it was used to introduce Marcus as a series regular. There was no backstory regarding his romantic relationship with the mayor’s wife. How did they meet and why would he risk a promising future and career to sleep with his opponent’s wife? Jake’s apparent death was so shocking and had me so wired that I had a hard time getting to sleep last night. I really liked the Jake character, even though he murdered James in season 3. The episode may have been more suspenseful if they had not immediately shown us the identity of us murderer. I am excited to see the last 3 episodes of the season.

    • J9
      April 19, 2015 at 5:25 am

      Jake didn’t kill James. David Rozen’s secretary did. Remember we found out she was B316 a couple of episodes ago when they were starting the case against B316.

      • April 19, 2015 at 2:59 pm

        Except no. Jake killed James. David’s secretary killed other B613 agents but Jake pulled the trigger on the gun that killed James.

  6. Jen Jen
    April 17, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Marcus is simple. Of all of the white girls in DC, he gotta do the Mayor’s wife?!?!? Dumb.

    • notconvincedgranny
      April 17, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Marcus wanted a power bottom. Got her killed, but hey, no one can say it was a black-on-black crime.

      • scandal lover
        April 19, 2015 at 7:28 pm

        LMARTF! Am I the only person who thinks it’s weird that Olivia allows RANDOM MEN to just get up in her flat??? No security? No checking? Nothing??? No fear of rape, murder, assault? She doesn’t seem to think it verreeeeeeeeee strange that her three main lovers have come through her father???!

    • Desmonae
      April 17, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Am I the only one who wondered why he didn’t try to help and fight the guy off when he witnessed her being attacked??? Just aaying…

      • April 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm

        Marcus stood in that closet like he was watching a horror flick waiting on his popcorn to pop.

      • Cliff
        April 19, 2015 at 10:12 am

        I was thinking the same thing but unless I’m mistaken there were 3 guys that came in to kill her. Marcus didn’t want to end up dead also.

  7. Desmonae
    April 17, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Great Recap, as always!!! I also thought Marcus will ask to be the newest Gladiator too! You could definitely see how hard his nipple got when Olivia read that police captain. And now his political career is shot, this may be a good opportunity for him to help people.
    Also, I predict Susan will change her mind about running for President when the time comes. I think she will get a taste of all the good work she could do if she was in the Oval Office, and she may give Mellie a run for her money. But I don’t think the presidential race will be anytime soon.

  8. notconvincedgranny
    April 17, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Liv. If her life is so bad she needs random secks from an obvious plant, damn girl just kill yo’self and save everyone else. I kept watching Olivia’s clothes lighten up, and slowly darken again. And how the hell is it Susan isn’t as dumb as they believed? Could she be a plant too? If it turns out that short, stubby, sawed-off sister is B613, there ain’t enough Jamaican castor oil in the world the save all the forever snatched edges. Hell, that’d remove brows, lashes and hairs on the big toe.

    • April 18, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      I read your comment and died. If she is B613, there is nobody safe in washington.

    • Kathleen
      April 19, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      I suspected Russell was not who he seemed, but never thought about Susan Ross. I’m glad Luvvie gave me some hope about Jake. I was freaked out, but not surprised, when he was seemingly murdered. Scandal has seemed very uneven to me this season, but this was one of its strongest episodes.

      • Lena
        April 20, 2015 at 2:55 pm

        Yes, you probably know now that he did, in fact, die and was killed off the show. 🙁 He was a good character but I do dig my Olitz…perhaps I am addicted to that sappy music that always plays when they are having a ‘moment’.

  9. Carriecnh12
    April 17, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Liv wordy and succeint all at the same time, and I will continue to luv it.
    This season of slasher has gotten so out of hand, the writing continues to become increasingly lazy, once more again we see Liv sleeping with some dude instead of dealing with her issues, papa pope reading her and trying to building her up all at the same time. Its no wonder the woman thinks love is supposed to be hurtful and devastating (looking at you Shonda), the larges male figure in her life has serious dealing with whom she sleeps with.

    Oh Huck and Quinn, how they continue to annoy, I cannot stand them, huck always looking like he is high on nitrogen, breathing, talking and acting like he been electrocuted and quinn just plain ole annoying.

    Then there is jake the most pointless character on the whole of tv at this time, he serves no purpose, without him there, the story would still be the same crap, he needed to die from the moment he was introduced, but alas all of russell’s apparently strategic stabbing was to all avail. because jake continues to breathe, and the woman he assualted, insulted, stalked and didn’t save will be the person caring for him. How fricking twisted has this show gotten, and not in a good way

    • AnnetteS
      April 18, 2015 at 9:28 am

      I agree with all of your points. The Scandal writers have gotten lazy and have lost their creativity. Most of this episode was so predictable because it mirrored several past episodes. 1) the mayor having his wife murdered felt like the Reston storyline. 2) Huck and Quinn removing Natalie’s body is similar to them removing the dead girl from David’s apartment last season. Marcus is the new David and, perhaps, Harrison. 3) Papa Pope sends men to sleep with his daughter. 4) Liv continues to bring strays to her home and bed. I’ll stop there. Oh, the stabbing scene, was totally ripped off from Tony Goldwyn’s short-lived series called The Divide. Shonda has ruined a show that had so much potential.

      • Bziporah
        April 20, 2015 at 11:07 am

        I agree with you on all counts. I hope Shondra takes note. .

  10. Eleasha
    April 17, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Luvie, did you also notice that Marcus was wearing a gingham shirt? He has to be to be the next Harrison especially cause he’s not going to be the mayor and he clearly wears the white hat. That’s that gingham power!

    • Anne
      April 17, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      AND all of the Gladiators are people that Olivia has gotten out of extremely bad situations!! Oh, yeah, he’s in like flynn!!

  11. Diva
    April 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    1. OK, did ANYONE else yell out “Lock the door” the moment Russell & Alex started making out? Just me? ok
    2. Keep the usher board on call, you know how Shonda likes to post previews that end up being deceptive. For all we know, that seen was a dream sequence.
    3. The Popes stay under the reading rainbow of life! Whew.
    4. I said a LONG time ago that Susan Ross has been underestimated.
    5. I need Liv to get some mediocre peen so she knows what a one night stand is supposed to look like. She stays addickted to what the dick did.

  12. SIPort
    April 17, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I loved last night. I love the new VP. Mellie shouldn’t be sleeping on this woman, because she means business.

    Huck and Quinn crack me up. Yeah, you call and they dispose of bodies. That’s what they do. Not everyone has someone on speeddial that can do that for them, but Olivia does.

    I will admit that I was wrong. I thought Russell was scared last week. But, he was in on it all the time.

    I didn’t realize how much Jake from State Farm had grown on my over the years, but I was so sad to see him get the shiv from Russell.

    I love Papa Pope. Evil Azz Papa Pope. I have missed his reads.

  13. Dee
    April 17, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Unfortunately I’m convinced that Jake is dead and that picture is from a show earlier in the season where Jake was injured from being put back in the hole and Liv was taking care of him.

    • M
      April 17, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      I’m convinced those pictures are a dream also but I forgot about Jake being injured before. I’ll check my DVR to confirm. Go on and press your white suits he’s #Vernadead

  14. Purple Dove
    April 17, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    This episode had glimpses of the Scandal that made it appointment TV….

    The Internet streets keep talking about Liv’s read on that police officer but I was not impressed. Her “reads” don’t have the same bite as they used to…. That officer was looking at her like *insert every racist/sexist combo slur here* without a care.

    And I get that love (and lust) comes in all colors but really? Did this “Activist Bae” have to turn out like this? And the mayor’s wife? And he’s running for mayor? I just needed him to be smarter than all of this….

    And should he join OPA, that’s fine. OPA is the land of the learning dicksabled misfits because every single one of them have let sex cloud their (better) judgement from Olivia on across….

    Plan a Roman Catholic mass for Jake from State Farm. He and his folk are not used to the pageantry of the African American homegoing tradition. The Men’s Chorus can sing at the gravesite if they have matching exotic skin shoes….

  15. Matador1015
    April 17, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Two points:

    Anybody but me notice that Eli’s Monologue™ was particularly impressive this week? I think while he was out he must have gone to Costco to pick up a large jug of Eloquence.

    When Huckleberry Quinn proceeded to condense the Mayor’s wife, they packed her in some BAGGAGE. What a clever analogy for these two (and the rest of OPA as well).

    And Jake Funeral Programs are flooding the Internets, but I know Luvvie’s will shut the Fune Program game DOWN. (Please remember that he was military, and include lots of flags and bald eagles.)

    • Pchee
      April 18, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      …lol @ “And Jake Funeral Programs are flooding the Internets, but I know Luvvie’s will shut the Fune Program game DOWN. (Please remember that he was military, and include lots of flags and bald eagles.)”

      Can’t wait for Luvvie’s fune program!

  16. Jdoc
    April 17, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    I think Jake is dead and gone…. I’m just mad that it was so damn easy for that weak jawed Russell to get the best of him. Dang Shonda we deserved to see more of a fight than that, smh.

  17. April 17, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Why am I the only one who loves Jake From State Farm?! I would hate it if he dies! I’d rather it be Lemony if somebody gotta go! Or Fitz!!! Shout out to Papa Pope! I Love Him! I also like Quinn and Huck but the disposal of the body was a bit much. Let’s hope Susan is B613 so she can kill Cyrus The Virus’ hair!! Marcus or whatever his name is, is NOT a good OPA CANDIDATE! He’s Too boring but Shonda, give Michael Ealy a call, I’ll be a FAN FOR LIFE! When is Olive going to get some therapy, I can tell she’s about to crack! Also, I don’t think she pulled the name “Alex” out of her (dingy) hat! I think it means something. Russell so fine, it ought to be against the law but we all know Olivia Carolyn Pope can’t draw a good “stick man”! Her gut must be experiencing IBS!

  18. April 17, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Daddy Pope and his epic wig snatchage gave me my entire life. At one point though I was worried about him because he didn’t even take a break and I didn’t want him to pass out and hit head. That daughter of his probably wouldn’t even call him an ambulance.

    Cyrus was so happy about getting the Black vote with his opportunistic azz. I have a feeling that he’s met his match in Susan Ross.

    I am so mad at these losers ripping off Luvvie’s funeral program for Harrison. When I first saw it, I assumed that she’d replace Harrison’s picture with Jake’s only to see some underhanded loser’s name on it.

    I think we need to just start pre-planning funerals to make it easier to handle when the time comes. These folks are about to start dropping like drawers during Fleet Week and there is no point in not being prepared.

    I volunteer to sing “The Upper Room” and bring the Ambrosia salad to the repast.

    • Eve Tey
      April 18, 2015 at 1:56 am

      “…dropping like drawers during Fleet Week…” The imagery has me cackling

  19. Chelle
    April 17, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    “Meanwhile, I’m wondering why no one is questioning the Gladiators for being accessories to a first-degree murder by not just tampering with the crime scene (or making it disappear) but also hiding the body. Well, I know why: because TV.”

    ^^^^^^^^Yea, what she said^^^^^
    That was on my mind as soon as Marcus flipped the script

  20. nichole
    April 18, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Shonda an’em had me going for a tad when Slick Sly (Russell) was on the floor. But I came back when he showed up at Liv’s to kick her to the curb. Men don’t show up to tell a woman to kick rocks. He wasn’t done for 2 reasons and one was them getting nekkid.

    “Rawse the Bawse” wears the white hat. It’s so white it’s almost transparent.

    We knew Marcus was the next gladiator when he showed up on the scene helping Courtney B. Vance. He was all high and , mighty in that epi considering he was doing the nasty with Mrs. Mayor. Perfect Gladiator material!
    Why was he acting all mad with Liv. He called her. You know he has to be the next gladiator ’cause how is he going to pay her?

    If only Jake knew how much Papa Pope cared for him? “I put you in the hole ’cause I love you.” Maybe Jake would have stopped his vendetta.

    PAPA POPE IS BACK! Didn’t they learn anything when he had the team trying to take him down killed? Silly rabbits.

  21. nichole
    April 18, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Liv told Slick Sly that when she’s with him as Alex nothing is complicated.

    Puddin Pop wasn’t complicated. Boring, but not complicated. He’s probably married, with kids, living in Vermont making jam.

    • howlingbanshee
      April 18, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      OKAYY!! This was when I wanted a get-some-sense angel to fly down from Heaven and slap Olivia Carolyn with his wings. Senator Pudding Pop was the perfect stabilizing factor in Liv’s over-complicate, over-dramatic life. But nooooooooo she was hooked on the tormented agonizing complicated nonsense.

      • nichole
        April 21, 2015 at 12:03 am

        Pudding Pop was boring though. But not complicated, that’s for sure.

  22. Absurdist
    April 18, 2015 at 4:03 am

    My question: what skill set does Marcus bring to OPA, should he choose that particular mission?

  23. Football Mom
    April 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Luvvie, I checked all day for your post. Thank you! You are always on point!!!!

    I thought this episode had a theme of integrity. Liv only wore shades of brown in her flashbacks…in the days before she became the presidential mistress. Back when she did what was right because it was right. I think she’s trying to get back to that place. Marcus decided to walk in what was right because he wanted to live in integrity…not in power and in lies. He ended up getting what Olivia told him that he couldnt have…both the mayor’s resignation and justice. He lost his career aspirations, but he knows that he’ll eat. And, Susan Ross has no apparent hidden agenda…she wants to walk in what is right for the republic and will not be bullied into anything else. If Mellie runs, it needs to be as Susan’s VP. Mellie has so much to learn.

    Liv has dicksasterous taste in men. Her dad sends in the clowns and knows just what she is attracted to. While I respect his words and fear his actions, he will forever be a pimp who whores his daughter out for his goals.

    Marucus, I liked the fact that he was with a white woman. He mentioned that it seemed hypocritical…especially since he called Liv out about her black card. However, I think we have a new generation who see love as colorblind AND see that the struggle is real. I think it was a commentary on how one-deminsional we expect our leaders to be.

    I could have done without the graphic cleaning of the crime scene.

    I liked the episode. The old Olivia returned to the jail…I missed her. While, I had always thought that Russell was a plant, I got sucked into thinking he was just a dude in the bar when he was laying behind the couch. Dumb me! I should have stuck with my first thought then I wouldnt have been surprised when he turned out to be a killer. Sure, the writers are using old stuff…but, life has patterns…some things just reoccur.

    Hopefully, the next two episodes gives us a reason to want to do more than dvr next season. This season has been so inconsistent.

  24. howlingbanshee
    April 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Also, remember when Olivia thought she was The Business in her white swimsuit, telling her dad that she has “Weapons” and all that foolishness? Clearly she had already forgotten that one of the dogs on her little Secrets-of-the-Universe (SotU) leash belonged to her father, and in fact still belonged to him.
    So she was talking all this big talk and clearly feeding Rowan everything he needed to know to devise his strategy.
    Use her overconfidence in her SotU against. Too dang easy. Worked once, will work again.
    Papa Pope be like “I have ways of neutralizing your weapons.”

  25. Quitha
    April 18, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Fluorescent Beige though? LMAO!

  26. Lala
    April 19, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Of course Liv’s dad knows her! She has fallen right into the arms of both men that he has set her up with.

    Papa Pope be steadily trying to fix his baby girl up with who he considers to be a “good man”.

    • paintgurl40
      April 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Wait! I could’ve sworn it was FITZ that set up Jake to meet her and watch her. Not her daddy.

  27. fabfreshandfly
    April 19, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    They should have called this episode Return of the Goon, because Papa Pope is back abs he is taking names and kicking ass. Here are my obervations:

    1) Marcus definitely has the makings of a gladiator. He is flawed, but he has a heart for Justice. And Olivia saved him, so he will be loyal, just like the others.

    2) Susan is going to be a problem and Cyrus is going to handle her. He can’t have her meddling with his plans, and she will have to go.

    3) Olivia need to quit giving up the draws so fast. You would think a woman with all the tools at her disposal would properly vwt her suitors, but then again she is just as weak when it comes to the D as the men are when it comes to the P.

    4) I knew Russell was B613 from the gate, but he stabbed Jake with a vengeance. Clearly he is the Cain to Jake’s Able, as they were spawned from the same evil Father.

    5) Fitz can’t get any woman to listen to him. Susan gave him the old “What you not gonna do is” and all he could do was bow down.

    6) As much as I used to loathe Quinn, I really like Huckleberry Quinn when there are not investing.

    7) David’s face when they spilled the beans about Operation Remington was priceless. When is he going to realize that he is in way over his head? He keep digging for dirt and he’s gonna hit a gas line.

    8) Finally, Jake from State Farm ain’t dead. If Papa Pope wanted him dead and gone, it would be a lot less messier than that, and with a witness to run tell Olivia. He is alive for a reason.


  28. paintgurl40
    April 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I was thinking about this episode and I was thinking that maybe Olivia has those anxiety attacks is because she is fighting that murdering spirit that she inherited from her mama and daddy. She is almost like her daddy, but what makes her different is that she hasn’t killed anyone like her parents. Yeah she killed that kidnapper, but that was self defense. But to kill someone because they’re a problem….that’s a different story.

    I’m going to watch the last 3 episodes but I’m not as enthused about Scandal like before. It’s like I watch it, just to wait for HTGAWM and An American Crime to come on. I never saw what the big deal was about Jake so I was unbothered when he got shanked.

  29. Mstink
    April 20, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    “fluorescent beige and muted royal”….this is why I come here lmao!
    Yeah we all pretty much know Marcus is the new Gladiator but idk how I feel about that, it’s like he’s not…G enough or somethin to me. but then again neither was Quinn at first so we’ll see.
    Papa Pope, please don’t leave us again.
    I said from jump the new vp ain’t no joke, and I thought I was the only one that noticed she was throwing Mellie shade. I like her.
    Liv needs a chastity belt until she get her mind right.
    In my feelings about Jake, I like him and don’t want him to die. My prob is he was B613 and Command so ain’t no way he should have been taken out that damn easily.

  30. Kierah
    April 21, 2015 at 11:49 am

    The ONE time Olivia dips her toe in the chocolate, he turns out to be B613??!! Damn, Shonda, you gots some ‘splainin to do.

  31. April 24, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    This recap was epic. I need somebody to give you an award! I LOVED IT!