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Heavy is the Head: Scandal Season 5 Premiere Recap

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Scandal (and the entire TGIT lineup) is back and I was so damb ready. You know when you don’t realize how sleepy you are but when you hit the bed, the next thing that happens is you wake up 7 hours later with your shoes still on? That was me. I didn’t know how much I missed Scandal until the I was watching it and realized there was a dumb ass smile plastered on my face. I miss the Thursday fellowship with everyone on Twitter as we act a fool over Olivia an’ em. Anywho, let’s jump into the shenanigans.

Official Dinner – Sally Langston is on her show giving a proper tongue lashing to the President for having a dinner that was representative of his approval of Sodom and Gomorrah. She was letting his ass HAVE IT, and we’re seeing Liv and Fitz in bed doing the horizontal tango. They’re even getting dressed for this dinner together. AW SHIT. Are they officially coming out as a couple? Nah. That’ll be too much like right.

International Incident Scandal

The President is hosting Queen Isabel of Caledonia, the Crown Prince Richard and his Princess Emily, who is a regular American woman who snagged one of the most eligible bachelors in the world. People turn their nose at her and VP Sally is one of them. Plus, she knows Fitz really wants a naval base on their turf. Liv and Fitz in their formal wear looking like cake toppers separate before the hit the ballroom and make googly eyes at each other across the room.

Meanwhile, Mellie is missing from the dinner because she’s basically in exile. They told Abby to tell folks she got the flu, but she’s calling fully-dressed mad as hell that she’s been banished. Abby told her mouthpiece “Rachel, muzzle your beast.” WELL DAMB. Keep count with me. Person 1 to come at Mellie.

Abby sits next to Liv and asks if the President has called her since kicking FLOTUS out the crib and she boldly lies to her friend. The 2 go to the bathroom to dust their faces and Red starts talking mad shit about the Princess. She used to be a Human Rights lawyer, so Abby sees her marriage to the Prince as a real come up. Just then, the Princess emerges from one of the stalls. OOP. Gotta watch your mouth and where you’re running it. Abby’s clearly embarrassed and rushes out. Emily tells Liv that people say mean shit about her because they don’t see her as a human, but as a spectacle. “The next day, you’re the most famous person on the planet. Only because of the person you were in love with.” MESSAGE. Receive it, Olivia

Tragic Ending – Liv is in the President’s bedroom rocking his NAVY tshirt only (so we know it’s real) when she gets a phone call from the Queen of Caledonia’s people. There’s been an accident. Olivia shows up on the scene in this AMAZING white trench and she runs towards the upside down car. On the ground is the princess dead, and her crown is feet away from her. Liv tells everyone to back up and she hurriedly throws her coat over Emily’s body. NOOOO. Meanwhile, I’m all “OLIVIA! YOUR BURBERRY TRENCH! IT WILL GET BLOOD ON IT.” I’m terrible.

Noooooooooooo gif

A car turned upside down in a tunnel from an accident? A princess who was treated as spectacle and not wholly approved of is dead? Yes, this storyline is definitely Diana-inspired. Plus, Queen Isabel of Caledonia had a more than obvious resemblance to Queen Elizabeth. The human rights attorney part reminds me of Amal Clooney, who everyone was trying to jealous when she married George Clooney.

Anywho, the Queen retains Olivia and tells her to make sure none of the pictures of the Princess’ body ends up on newspapers, magazines and online. With a case full of loot, Quinn handles it. She finds all the paparazzi, bribes them and gets their memory cards. One of them refuses to give it up, no matter the money offer so to give her something to post on her cover, Liv goes to the Queen saying she needs them to capture a photo of her seeing the Princess’ body. That old Queen is all “Nah, B.” She’d rather have them print those pics than do that. The Crown Prince volunteers, doe. A lone photographer is there to capture his grief at the morgue as he sees the body of his wife. Basically, our culture of knowing everyone’s business has rendered us all heartless shrews.

There was only one photographer who Quinn did not find and they look at his picture and realize he was probably a hacker. The Princess was murdered! Of course she was. There was too much hateration in her dancerie.

Mellie’s Read – Mellie calls the White House to get confirmation that Fitz will be at her Senate confirmation. Buttttt she is told that he is busy. DAFUQ? Uh huh. He does not wanna come. Sitting across from her is Liz North and FLOTUS asks why she betrayed her? Weren’t they supposed to be on the same team? NOPE. That’s where you’re wrong, Mellie Mel. The woman who you shared a penis with (VP Nichols) at the same damb time will not truly be on the same team with you. You should know this. Liz, being the Petty Crocker that she is, takes the opportunity to read Mellie, reveling in the fact that she’s been banished to the dark side that Mufasa told Simba to avoid. “You also don’t matter to the most powerful man on the face of the Earth.” WELL DAMB. Person number 2 to come for Mellie in this episode.

Clean Up – Abby is always having to clean up mess but no one gives her the broom to use. Liv sneaks into the White House, avoiding her friend as she goes into the Oval Office.

Liv hides from Abby

Fitz has been summoned for lunch and she’s in a black suit that had me strolling my chin. She wasn’t in turmoil in the moment but that black suit has me curious. Are they switching up Pope white? I wonder…

Anywho, she tells Fitz that he has to go Mellie’s swearing in. HE HAS TO. There is no justification they can publicly give that will excuse the POTUS from seeing his FLOTUS being sworn in as a senator. Fitz, you better take your ass to Mellie’s swearing in! Don’t do her like that. Ugh. Abby is in the press room answering questions from press and letting them know that the President will be unable to make the swearing in. One of the journalists (HEY CAROL), asks her if she’s sure and she says she is. Carol pulls up her phone and tells Abby that the President IS indeed at the swearing in. So he went and nobody thought to tell Abby?? That’s a hot ass mess.

Our girl storms into Liz North’s office pissed that she hasn’t been informed. The surprise look on her face tells Abby that she ain’t the only one out of the loop in that White House. Ain’t nobody telling either of them a damb thing.

Presidential Put-Down – After the swearing in, Mellie and Fitz are alone. Our girl is in her power red, and she’s rambling apologies to him. This is the first time she’s spoken to him since she got kicked the hell out the White House and our girl is lowkey groveling. She’s talmbout how she can fix her mistakes and they can have a future together GIRL NO. That man already moved on. Bless her heart. As soon as he could get a word in, Fitz pulls out an envelope and says “I’m divorcing you… You have so many qualities I despise. But I do admire your brilliance…Your biggest accomplishment so far is waving and smiling.”

Fitz Reads Mellie

WELL DAMB. Fitz is cold-blooded and person number 3 to come for Mellie’s edges. EVERYBODY IS TRYING IT WITH OUR GIRL. My feelings’ feelings were HURT for her. She stands there stunned. Do NOT be mad when she turns into Medusa. I would not blame her if she flips OUT.

Murder Was the Case – Quinn and Liv have been trying to figure out what happened to Princess Emily’s car, and why she was murdered. They checked out pics of her and realize that her and the Prince rarely ever spent time together. The person Emily spent time with the most was her bodyguard, and he also died in that crash. Emily was having an affair with him, because the flesh sure is weak. The Prince killed them! He surely had cause.

Olivia rolls into the Oval Office for a meeting with Liz and the President. She wants him to charge the Crown Prince of Caledonia with the murder of an American (Emily) but Fitz refuses. The Royal Family has diplomatic immunity, but most importantly, he wants those naval bases on their turf so charging any of them with a crime ain’t gon work. Him and Liv have a verbal match as Liz watches. I thought they were gonna stop in the middle of it and start making out.

Hurt Inside – Olivia goes home, where she clearly hasn’t been for awhile because she’s taken up part time residence at the White House. She finds Huck on her couch and he’s in mini 752 mode. Is he just squatting at her house nowadays? Poor thing. Ever since him and Quinn fell out, he ain’t been right. He asks Liv about Fitz, saying “Is he hurting you on the inside?” She says no and turns the tables on him. “Did Quinn hurt you on the inside?” They’re talking like Barney trying to teach kids what being safe, strong and free looks like. Bless it. He admits “yes” but that’s because he hurt her first. Huck sits up and tells Liv that he wants her to fix him, because she usually does.

Huck Fix Me

They are really co-dependent and this friendship is too much pressure with too many burdens. Olivia tells him “I don’t fix people on the inside… I don’t know how to fix you. I’m sorry. You need a much better plan than me.” Yes, like therapy. In-patient, stay in the hospital, around the clock therapy.

Broken Circle – Liz barges into Abby’s office because she’s had an epiphany. She says she just witnessed a lover’s quarrel in the Oval Office. The person that has been undermining her authority is Olivia, because she is back in the White House and she is the puppetmaster who has made Abby’s job that much harder. Red is shocked, because her friend told her a bold-faced lie. These two are about to be a half circle since they’re locked out of the real circle.

Mellie rings a doorbell and Cyrus Beene answers it. He invites her in, and she tells him he needs to get his job back at the White House because they need to get their circle back. Girl, bye! That circle does not exist anymore. Cyrus was like NAWL. NO KANK YOU. Yes, he hates yall and I’m not sure what you can do about it. Mellie starts crying and Cy looks like he might soften up.

Queen Goon – David comes into Olivia Pope and Associates and tells Liv that he is basically a hologram because he has something for her that is supposed to be buried. The Princess’ body will be flown back to Caledonia the next day and once that happens, nothing can be done. He has a folder of the autopsy results. Liv opens it and sees that Emily was pregnant. Sooooo yeah. The Prince must have found out, and the baby was probably the bodyguard’s.

Olivia goes to see the Queen of Caledonia and says that she is sorry to tell her that her son was responsible for the death of the Princess. The Queen turns to her icily and says her son is innocent. It was she who did the deed, because she found out about Emily’s affair and her son was too in love with that girl. She could not birth babies who wasn’t a true heir to the throne. “She had one job. To give us an heir and a spare.” The Queen got bars, and zero dambs to give.

No Fucks Given gif

Liv says she will get justice and the Queen stops her with “I am justice, dear.” She reminds Pope that she has diplomatic immunity AND that non-disclosure agreement she signed when she was retained means she gotta STFU. This is one fairy tale that does not have a happy ending, and all Liv can do is walk out. Queen was all “Yeah I killed her. You can’t say shit either, Liv. WHO GON CHECK ME, BOO? REP YOUR SET! CALEDONIA WATTUP!” OOP.

Fairy Tale Ending – Liv gets home and lays on her couch, which is now sans-Huck. On her floor, she sees the magazine cover with the grieving Prince and has a lightbulb moment. The Princess’ casket is being rolled towards a plane, and the Queen waits to see it get on. Right then, Olivia shows up with the Crown Prince. Whappened? Well, Liv’s NDA meant she couldn’t discuss the case with anyone outside of the Royal Family, but the Prince is fair game. Richard tells his Mom that Liv has informed him that she is responsible for the death of his beloved wife. So here’s what she’s going to do. She will get to Caledonia and resign from the throne, giving him the reins. She will disappear and go gardening or whatever it is that retired monarchs to. And the next time he will see her will be at her funeral. ALL THE WELPS.

Richard walks off after dropping that gauntlet and Liv leans to the Queen for the Mortal Kombat finish. “All fairy tales don’t have happy endings. But evil queens? They tend to go down.”

Evil Queen Scandal

Spectacle Begins – Huck knocks on the door of an apartment and Jake opens up. He says he needs his help. Soooo I guess this is where ex-assassins go when there’s nowhere else.

Liv goes to the White House and meets Fitz on the balcony. He tells her the Queen of Caledonia is stepping down, which means he is not getting his naval base. Richard is an even harder negotiator. He asks Liv why she’s picking a fight with him and she says he is not. Work needs to be one of their boundaries. Also, she’s not ready for him to serve Mellie with the divorce papers. She admits that she is afraid of going public with their relationship because she knows that SHE will become a spectacle. Real Gs move in silence like gnomes, Olivia! I FEEL YOU! “If we are broken going in, we are NOT getting out. Not together.” Really, though? When will they ever be ready? There will never be a good time for them to do this. Fitz agrees to slow it all down and they start kissing.

Then they are interrupted by Abby. Liv looks at her friend and knows she’s caught in a lie.

Caught up

Either way, they better come on because they might want to see what is on TV. Sally Langston is on her show talmbout how she got the hot piping tea. The President’s marriage has crumbled and it is all a shame. She has insider info saying he is now sleeping with Olivia Pope. Liv and Fitz’s mouths drop as they watch footage from the White House’s security cameras. They’re kissing, Liv is adjusting his tie before the state dinner, and they are undeniably together. Liz and Abby give each other a knowing glance. Mellie watches the footage looking slightly stunned, and Cyrus looks slightly taken aback too.

OOOOOOO SHIT!!!! It has officially hit the fan. Ready or not, trouble comes because the secret is out.

First, I’d like to have a moment of silence for that impeccable Burberry trench that sacrificed its perfection to maintain the decency of the princess, even in her post-mortem state. Whew. May it rest.

pour out liquor gif

I thought it was too easy to suspect the Queen. That was the obvious. That Queen is a real ass goon, doe. She gave so few dambs but didn’t think of the backdoor that Liv could take. Oh Evil Witch. Do not underestimate your foe. But shoutout to David “Lemony Snicket” Rosen for coming through with those autopsy files. I love that his white hat still ain’t in storage. Even though, as much trouble as he constantly get in, you’d think he woulda thrown it into the Potomac River by now.

Fitz is THE most disloyal of hoes. As much fuckshit he’s done, he acts like Mellie is the one who has finally taken being conniving to new levels. Yes, he might be mad about the jurors that died, but keep in mind that she did not get them killed willingly. She turned over the list to Papa Pope, not knowing they’d all end up sliced up. He is so damb mean to Mellie. I don’t like how he disregards her like she’s a roach. He does not even know how to be civil.

So who snitched on Liv and Fitz? I think it was Liz and Abby. Which is a mess because Abby betrayed her friend by teaming up with a woman who she doesn’t know just how conniving she can be. Athough, Liv did undermine her so I get why she felt like she needed to do it. I just think it will blow up in her face.

TGIT Shondaland

Welcome, TGIT. Good to see you again.

Gladiators, ROAR in the comments. What are your thoughts on the season 5 premiere of Scandal? Are you digging Olitz?

P.S. I won’t be writing Vulture recaps for Scandal anymore. It was killing me to write 2 recaps on Thursday nights. LOVE Vulture and hoping to write other things for them. But yes, this will remain my only Scandal recap.

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  1. Eve Tey
    September 25, 2015 at 3:57 am

    This recap just made my whole, entire Friday…now I can go to work happy!!

  2. Lorna
    September 25, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Love reading your recap Luvvie. This is the first Scandal in a long time that I had fun watching. But, if I recall Liv did not lie to Abby. Take a look at last season final episode. Fitz went to Liv apartment but she was not home. When he went back to the white house she was there. She told him she spoke to Charlotte who informed her about everything. So, judging from that ending Liv was the one who called. She just failed to tell Abby that small detail. I wish Shonda and them stop having Mellie looking so desperate. ” Mellie, Fitz does not love you. Walk away with some dignity.” TIGT was a hit. I enjoyed all three shows.

      September 28, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      I agree with you, However, Liv did not undermine Abby, it was Fitz’s responsibility to let her know that he was going to the swearing in of Mellie. Abby is jealous of Liv and keeps trying to out do her which won’t happen she will nevr have the access that Liv does.

  3. Drea823
    September 25, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Can I just say that it’s only the first episode and this show already got my stomach in knots!

    Queens hating on princesses, best friends betraying best friends and goons snitching on bigger goons! I can’t! My cants needed a Xanax after watching all this backstabbing!

    Ms. Shonda is pushing wigs back without a care, as usual, and I’m here for all of it. TGIT IS BACK BIH! (Insert the dark skinned Aunt Viv’s finger snap from when she had to give the mean girls in dance class that work!). LOL!!

  4. KayMee
    September 25, 2015 at 5:23 am

    I think Cyrus may still have connections in the White House and he exposed Olitz. The fact that Fitz is all Gung ho to ruin his legacy (basically discounting all the dirt and conniving and pain Cy did and went through to keep Fitz the President) by divorcing Melle probably didn’t sit right with Cy AND Cy wants Lizzy Bear to go down too. He knows Olivia is Fitz’ Achilles Heel. Cy is to ornery to go down without a fight so he gonna blow it all up so he can fix it. Plus, ambition wise, he and Sally are two sides of the same coin.

    • Tiara
      September 25, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Yessssss! I agree Cyrus got his hands all in that

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  6. SoulfliHoneyBea
    September 25, 2015 at 6:39 am

    I was speechless at the last part of the episode. Did anyone besides me and my sister think of Beloved when Huck and Liv was talking about being ‘hurt on the inside’? No…okay then…What really trips me out about Sally is that she’s putting people’s business out there like she ain’t got a dead body in the closet though…*sips blueberry tea*

    • Charlz
      September 25, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Nope, you are not the only one….. “I want you to touch me on my inside….”

    • Ms. Faith
      September 25, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      Yes! I thought the same thing…”touch me on the inside part” LOL

    • Nicole
      September 28, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Nope. I was texting my friends during like “why are they having this Beloved moment???” I was side eyeing both of them every time they said it

      • Soulflihoneybea
        September 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm

        Yes! I texted my sister like–Did Huck suddenly become the ghost of the dead baby?!

  7. Lynette Hilliard
    September 25, 2015 at 6:54 am

    This gave me my entire life and probably an advance on part of my afterlife!!! “Who gon check me Boo.. Rep your set!!!” I’m dead.. Living on that afterlife advance…

  8. Aisha
    September 25, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Huck had me feeling all the feels. He’s so broken and he knows it. Somebody better help fix my boo.

    And that speech Liv gave Fitz about their relationship. ….ohhh lawd. That was way too real

  9. Shelia
    September 25, 2015 at 7:12 am

    I think Jake and Huck exposed them as a way to get her to come back to them. It’s not like Jake hasn’t put surveillance on her before.

    • Dani
      September 25, 2015 at 8:10 am

      I thought the same thing. I think it can be someone Sallie knows too.

    • September 26, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Nah. That makes no sense motives-wise. Jake is out, like he said. Huck is broken so he can’t do shit.

      • Janel
        September 28, 2015 at 4:06 pm

        I think its just it just Liz. Even though Abby is mad at Liv she wouldn’t blow her spot up like that. Liz is trying to be the new Cyrus, but she’ll soon find out, you can’t play ball with the Pros. She’s in the little league.

      • Mel
        September 30, 2015 at 6:52 am

        Are we forgetting the obvious! Papa Pope!!

  10. CourtneyH
    September 25, 2015 at 7:53 am

    This was an okay episode. Am I the only one that regularly laughs when Sally gets on her high horse about morality because she killed her gay husband? Is that just me? I know she isn’t the only one with secrets, but she is the only one that has themselves set up as a bastion of morality.

    That being said, I think that Cyrus still has pull in the WH and got the pictures. That was internal WH footage. I don’t think that Abby would do it, and I don’t think that Liz would risk it because is still feeling things out.

    Thanks for the recap Luvvie.

  11. Dani
    September 25, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Awesome recap!! I just wanna say Fitz so blindly in love with Olivia he’ll let it all go in ruins. What a damn dummy. I’m glad Olivia told his ass to slow down and think this situation out. He act like she going somewhere. Chill out bruh. And that damn Sallie. Omg that woman is evil but I love it. They need to give her a friendly reminder that she killed her husband again so she can shut up.

      September 28, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      I think for the first time Fitz listened to what Liv was saying and realized what Liv needed. After what happened to the princess he also realized they had no time to waste it could all be over before it got started. After Liv said she wanted him and us Fitz realized for the first time she was not walking away but they have to do this together.

  12. KElly
    September 25, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Love your review!! I got to my desk this morning and didn’t realize how much I missed reading them. One note in the part where the princess is dead, you say the Queen was murdered but I think you meant to write Princess was murdered!

  13. ItsMeTho
    September 25, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I totally agree with you about that trench coat. That was my exact same reaction. There were a few things that I was a little disturbed by.

    1. What was Mellie’s hair doing and why was it doing it? But then you told me in your recap. Her edges were in defense mode cause they knew all those people were coming for them. Shonda’s team does a good job of giving us clues about the storyline without us knowing they are clues.
    2. Why was Huck dirty-looking self lying on Olivia’s all white, clean couch? He was in the right position, just wrong location. He can’t get mo help on that couch. It can’t help your hurt insides. If that were the case, Olivia and Fitz wouldn’t have the issues.
    3. Why hasn’t Olivia replaced that pillow cushion that was ruined when wine was spilled during her kidnapping? I know it was a traumatic moment, but replace the pillow or the whole couch. Don’t be letting people see your immaculate place marred by a pillow. Too many questions will be asked.

    I enjoyed the return. I wonder if Queen Elizabeth watches the show and if she was in her feels when they modeled her and her daughter in law’s mysterious death on Scandal making people question her part in Diana’s death.

    • Erika
      September 25, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      I had these same questions! Mellie with the 90’s hair was my most pressing question followed by the non-replacement pillow/couch.

  14. Carleen
    September 25, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Your Scandal recaps are too good for elsewhere! Thanks for the recap. I always enjoy it at least as much as the actual show and usually more. #PettyCrocker needs her own Twitter account

  15. Carriecnh12
    September 25, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Luvvie I am so glad to see your recaps, I have missed them more than the show itself 🙂 I thought the whole princess storyline was in such poor taste, I had seen online before that the ep was airing in England, and now I know why. Yes 20 years have gone by, but her children are still alive and they ain’t stupid, the only other the obvious comparison could have been more obvious was if the princess was in love with an Arab business tycoon instead of her bodyguard. Shonda and her team at the takiest and Worst.

    Fitz is the WUSEEEE, how could he/ the writers breakdown all that Mellie has actually accomplised in life to just smiling and waving, did she not graduate from law school, did she not have career and a life before she met him? To me that one line shows the problem I have with all of Shonda’s shows, no matter what a woman has done in her life she will always be broken down to just being good at being used for sex and as an arm piece for what ever man she is with.

    Could some one please tell me what qualities are actually appealing about the character of Fitz? He disrespects every single woman that is in his presence, he expects them to do what ever he tells them without a ‘by your leave’, he is one of the biggest hypocrites on the show, he went to war with another country, had soldiers killed. wounded and bloodied over his fricking mistress, he killed a woman that was already on her death bed, every single decision he has ever made on his own as president has been bad, he even cheated on his mistress and called the 2nd side piece Amanda by his 1st side piece’s pet name.

    • Carriecnh12
      September 25, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Just one correction, I meant to say that the episode was not aired in England, I understand why, just tacky. Also Nellis has done some extremely stupid and illegal things all in the name of ambition and love for Fitz, but then so gas everyone else. I just hate to see women being defined as empty and vapid persons by some man who shouldn’t throw pebbles, let alone stones.

      • J
        September 27, 2015 at 11:04 am

        In the UK we are a series behind but I watch it online. It will definitely be aired because unlike the US, the majority of us don’t give a damn about the royal family and their foolishness because they don’t pay my bills. (Also a lot of people are pro abolishing the monarchy).
        Love your recaps Luvvie from the UK

    • Rhys
      September 25, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      *fingersnaps* for you…..Fitz is vile.

    • Thunda
      September 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      YAAAAASSSSS!! I say that about Fitz every single time! I get so dayum mad when the writers make Mellie chase after his fool a$$! He’s a murderer & cheater just like Mellie, Liv & Cy. These folk and their selective memories be werkin’ my NERVES!! I actually want Liv & Fitz to be together not because they’re the great romance of the century, but why inflict their brand of ‘love’ on folk who don’t know better? Miserable company begets don’t bring that ish round here. I gots no time or dambs to give.

      • September 28, 2015 at 8:08 pm

        “Selective memories” yes! That’s exactly what it is. I hate that they just conveniently forget they are all equally dirty ugh.

      September 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Fitz is not a hypocrite he is a man that has allowed the people who are suppose to care about him lead him in the wrong direction , his father, Cyrus and Mellie. He was set up by Billy Chambers who took Amanda to the Pres quarters when he was drunk. He didn’t call Amanda sweet baby she got that from the tape that recorded Fitz and Liv sleeping together for the first time. Verna deserved to be killed, she paid an assassin to kill Fitz, she didn’t give a hoot about any of them only her desire to be on the supreme court.

    • Nicole
      September 28, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      I. Hate. Fitz. With my whole being. I want somebody to assassinate his trifling self successfully.

  16. SASE
    September 25, 2015 at 9:33 am

    You are one of the few people like me who empathise with Mellie. I honestly think she loves him.

    • milaxx
      September 25, 2015 at 10:51 am

      I think she does too. I hate that Fitz is so petty he still can’t recognize that Mellie basically gave up her life for his from the moment she held in that secret about his daddy raping her. So she’s also ambition. Fitz has done just as much dirt if not more. He darn near caused an international incident to get his side piece back from kidnapping. Soldiers died! Mellie was doped by Papa Pope and Fitz knows hand how slick he can be.

    • September 26, 2015 at 10:01 am

      I do too. Mellie is power hungry but she also isn’t a robot. She does love Fitz and he constantly twists a knife in her heart.

      • Carol
        September 26, 2015 at 11:35 am

        Stop with this nonsense. Mellie has shown no love for Fitz or anyone else. It is always about Mellie as several characters on the show have stated – Hollis, Verna, Cyrus, Lizzie, Andrew, Harmony, Olivia, etc. Mellie only cares about Mellie. Even her groveling speeches to Fitz and Cyrus in this episode was about her political future.

        The only person Mellie loves is herself and her public persona – pretending is real.

      • Carol
        September 26, 2015 at 11:36 am

        Stop with this nonsense. Mellie has shown no love for Fitz or anyone else. It is always about Mellie as several characters on the show have stated – Hollis, Verna, Cyrus, Lizzie, Andrew, Harmony, Olivia, etc. Mellie only cares about Mellie. Even her groveling speeches to Fitz and Cyrus in this episode was about her political future.

        The only person Mellie loves is herself and her public persona – pretending is real.

        I was so glad to see everyone dropping truth bombs on Mellie in this episode.

        • J
          September 27, 2015 at 11:14 am

          I’m here for Mellie when she is when is up to no good and I ain’t here for weak Mellie at all. She needs to come back stronger and harder. I’m sorry nobody but is innocent but I love Olitz because they could actually work. There is no way I would be with a man when i know what your daddy did to me and look at you everyday! For what?Kmt. Mellie needs to accept she is now on her own and build on her own career by herself and come back bigger badder and better. She might need to go find a man that suits her cos Fritz ain’t here for her any more. She can’t be letting anyone talk to her anyhow! She is Mellie Grant and without her there would never have been a Grant in the WH in the first place.

  17. MzCafe
    September 25, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Love, love, love the recaps!!

  18. September 25, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Oh so many feelings! I was like a dog chasing its tail last night. Shortly before 9, I walked into my 3 & 5 year olds rooms and said “Know this, you may not have extra water, you don’t need to go potty anymore and you can wait to tell mommy about any itches and scratches until morning. If you come out of your room while mommy is watching my special TV show, Santa will know.” #SorryNotSorry but I had shit to do ????.

    Any who, while I was mainly entertained by most of the episode I was oddly distracted that Livvie Pooh has yet to replace the stained cushion damaged during her kidnapping. It’s been enough time LiLi, just buy a new couch. You can’t be Presidential Bae and have ghetto furniture…I know that’s not the point but…#PettyProblems I has.

    And I for one am still SO here for the VP’s awkward antics. She’s like the mom that brings extra buttery peanut butter flavored cupcakes to the bake sale while the other parents offer gluten free, non allergenic, vegan soy bars. I love Suzy!

    • Natasha
      September 25, 2015 at 10:41 am

      You’ve got to get best mum of the year award. This had me howling! I also make sure my little man misses his afternoon nap, so he is in bed on time and will sleep right through til the next day!! And then I hand my husband his guitar and tell him to go practice. All just for Scandal.

      • September 25, 2015 at 10:50 am

        Lmao @ let me help you better yourself dear. I wish my husband had a musical hobby, I’d be putting his ass out too.

    • Charlz
      September 25, 2015 at 11:56 am

      My 12 year old is too old for a nap but he does get strict instructions not to talk, hum, nor chew too loudly during Scandal. I don’t feel bad at all! Sometimes, like last night I get an extra hour. It wasn’t until after HTGAWM that he finally asked, “Can I talk now? Is Scandal over?”

      • September 25, 2015 at 12:16 pm

        Lmao, I admire his willpower. You’re raising a good boy there ????????

      • September 26, 2015 at 10:00 am

        Your 12 year old rocks. loll

    • JD
      September 25, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      “Santa will know”. Well done! Oooo did I laugh.. I told my kids the same thing about Empire night – Mom is watching her show dammit!

      • September 26, 2015 at 7:59 am

        Lmao – the fall viewing season is gonna be hard on our babies.

  19. Lorna G.
    September 25, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Luvvie, Thank You so much for this quick recap!!! I’m in the middle of filming and we got called to the set on Thursday by a bunch of men. Folks would ask what time it was and the two women on set were like “It’s a quarter to Scandal!” We weren’t released until well after 9pm, I went ever so slightly above the speed limit to get home and only caught the last 8 minutes (when Liv told Queen Bad-Azz Mofo that Evil Queens go down). I was Hurt! So I appreciate this recap.

    Sally need to take a football stadium of seats. She points her sanctimonious finger at everybody and conveniently forgets her 13 year old daughter had an abortion, her gay husband was also an adulterer who she MURDERED, but yes, let’s talk about Liv straightening Fitz’s tie, shall we? Uhggg, she is so.. so…. REPUBLICAN!

    As for Fitz, after years of wanting him and Liv to be together, he now reminds me of the recently departed man in my life. He wants everything and everyone, but doesn’t actually give of himself. He is so selfish and I don’t see him truly supporting Liz next week now that the poop has hit the fan. Awesome Recap as usual!!!

    • Marissa
      September 25, 2015 at 10:12 am

      When you miss the episode, you can buy it on Google Play. I don’t have a tv so I watch in the morning before work. 😉

      • Rita
        September 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm

        You can also watch the episode for free on HULU the very next day. Just FYI.

  20. Marissa
    September 25, 2015 at 10:10 am

    “The Queen was murdered! Of course she was. There was too much hateration in her dancerie.”

    Lmao! Thank you for this. Now I can get my work done without goin’ off. Friday Morning are the absolute best!

    I think Mellie mel spilled the beans. Remember she calls Oliva his weakness. So she played her hand. Ain’t mad..

    • Vanita Applebum
      September 25, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Mellie and Cyrus together. On some “if I can’t be in the White House, none of us will be in the White House”. BOOOM!

    • Shay DeShade
      September 25, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Hate to be That Person, but I think Luvvie meant “The Princess was murdered.” The Queen was, uh, busy for the rest of the episode.

  21. Natasha
    September 25, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I live for Scandal. I live for these recaps and I live for these comments. There is nothing on the internet that has me laughing out so loud and dabbing tears from eyes. Welcome back everyone. Missed all this laughter. x

  22. milaxx
    September 25, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Welcome back!
    TGIT did what it usually does:
    Grey’s made me cry
    Scandal made me “oh chile!”
    HTGAWM made me scratch my head & my mouth fall open

    As for Scandal, I’m wondering if there’s a remnant of Papa Pope’s goons around. I can see Liz leaking info, but not Abby. Even mad at Liv, I can’t see Abby betraying her. I’m glad Huck went to Jake. Jake was the one who called Huck out on his inner demon taking over. Make sense that he can help him nit let it completely take over. I called Queenie a being the murderer from the jump. Still I loved Liv’s “evil queen” line. Did Cy’s boytoy hubby disappear with baby Ella?

    • RaeJ
      September 25, 2015 at 11:39 am

      Right!! Abby’s is an original gladiator and they will follow Olivia “over a cliff”…so I don’t think it’s her. Liz is scared of Huck. Cy holds out hope for his job back. Maybe it was him to prompt the need for him, but I don’t think he would do it. Perhaps it’s a forgotten secret service guy. Who else is out there??? I blame Baby Teddy!!!!

  23. RaeJ
    September 25, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I think it’s someone we have forgotten about. Any of the others would be too easy of a guess and what would they gain from the secret being exposed?

    • September 25, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Jake is working with Rowan, Huck/Jake released those pics

  24. Tara
    September 25, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Shhh…. don’t tell nobody, but sometimes I enjoy reading your synopsis of each episode better than watching the show.

    • September 26, 2015 at 10:01 am

      It’s ok. Others have said the same. We’ll keep your secret. 🙂

  25. September 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Love, love, love your recaps Luvvie and thx for taking the time to do them! First of all, I hate Ghost, let’s get that out of the way. He has forgotten all the crap he’s done but you watch and see, Mellie gonna give him a stroke!! I think Quinn is coming into her own, I’m loving how she is developing. I think it was Huck, Jake, Mellie and Cy who exposed the pics but I think it may have been Huck’s idea because he’ll protect Olivia to the death. He thinks the Ghost is hurting her. That Queen storyline was a reflection of what most think happened to Diana so I called “the queen did it” quick. Olivia needs help as well as Huck. She has issues. She’d rather sneak around rather than commit to a full relationship with Fitz the Ditz. That’s why she talks about jam so much… She knows it will never happen so she’s really safe with her dreams only. Remember in season 4 at the end, Cyrus the Virus strolled into the Smithsonian and was talking to papa Pope like they were old friends. Papa Pope told him “you owe me”! B613 is alive and well!! When they get thru with Fitz, he’ll be laying beside Andrew in the same nursing home!

  26. Valerie
    September 25, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Absolutely enjoyed this episode and it has been a while since I could say that. I don’t think that Fitz’ treatment of Mellie was harsh as others seem to feel. Yes, they have both done dirt and neither one is “cleaner” than the other, but the difference between them is that Fitz knows he has done wrong and hasn’t tried to deny it or pass it off as anything other than what it was. Mellie on the other hand has always been conniving and whenever it blows up in her face and is confronted with it she always has some sob story as to how it is everyone else’s fault but hers. Now does she deserve to be treated like nothing….probably not, but Lord help me because I cackled at her when she finally felt the weight of everything upon her and broke down into her ugly cry at Cyrus’. For whatever reason that moment was just too funny to me.(#TeamPetty)

    As for Fitz and Olivia being outed, they really could have had the jump on this. With all their planning did they not have a contingency for just this type of situation happening? I mean she’s a fixer. She should be looking at things from all angles and should have had backups for her backups. In the end I’m not mad at Sally one bit because this forces them, mainly Olivia, to really see if they are in this for real this time.

    Like I said before, I absolutely enjoyed this and overall I am really looking forward to this season. I pray that Shonda does not disappoint!

  27. September 25, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I missed this recap in my life!

  28. jason
    September 25, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    That last scene with the Queen, I was waiting for Olivia to say “whats good, Queenie!”

  29. Manxie
    September 25, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks for the great recap, Luvvie!

    This season, I’d love to see the show make its way back to the political scandal of the week structure instead of going off into the weeds with kidnappings, B613, and 50 shades of gore, so I thought this was a good start.

    As for Fitz, Papa Pope’s epic read of him from a couple of seasons ago was Truth. Fitz is a spoiled brat, and he needs to handle his business and the end of his very long-term relationship with Mellie like an adult before moving on for real with Liv. It always creeps me out when they show the two of them in bed and they focus on Fitz’ wedding ring, and, knowing Shonda & Co., this is on purpose. Good for Liv for putting the brakes on, but Huck isn’t the only one who needs some serious therapy.

    I hate the minimizing/disregarding of Mellie’s accomplishments, too, and look forward to her revenge. And, I’m with those here who think Cy was probably behind the vid leaks. He’s too evil and butthurt not to be plotting some some sort of apocalyptic comeback.

  30. Shar
    September 25, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Had to catch up at work especially when your “recap ready” email came through………oh how I’ve missed thee, let me count the ways 🙂

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      September 26, 2015 at 1:29 am


      • September 26, 2015 at 9:59 am

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  31. SIPort
    September 25, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I am so glad to see your recap, Luvvie.

    Sally cracks me up. You wouldn’t think Sally had one glass windowpane in her house with all the stones that she throws.

    Mellie is gonna have to girdle up.

    Abby was played by Lizzie bear.

    And, I still love Huck, broken though he may be.

  32. Karen Walcott
    September 25, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I’m glad that olitz was outed. Olivia is so damn stupid when she’s with Fitz. Did those two really think that he could dump Mellie and sneak the mistress into the FLOTUS position? Really? So damb dumb.

  33. nichole
    September 25, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Time to go in…
    >I was LOVING E-VP Sally in the opening. Lay the groundwork because we knew it had to circle back. Thanks Sally for saying what I wanted to say.
    >Where is Liv’s home training. E’rybody knows you never talk in the bathroom without checking the stalls. Slip in the long line of slips.
    >Liv is wearing black because she is in dangerous territory. Only time she had on white was when she was in Fix It Mode. Telling…
    >Cyrus is now the equivalent of Doug from House of Cards. Fitz has as much respect for Cy as Francis has for Doug. And just like Doug, Cy has hope.
    >Huck has asked Liv to fix him. She has kicked him to the curb. Mistake

    Mellie: Right now she is a Jr. Senator because of time. But she is a Majority Leader based on her knowledge. She is not a person to turn your back on. AT ALL.

    Would Huck leak the tea about Liv and Fitz? He doesn’t like to hurt Liv but he’s not a fan of Fitz, especially if he is the reason Liv can’t help him.

  34. Nik
    September 25, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I have been entirely over Olitz since season 3, so good riddance…hopefully! Fitz is dense as hell and disgusting/unfit to lead anyone or anything. Yuck. As for the leak theories, everyone seems to be onto something (is it Huck or Jake for purposes of rescuing Liv, or perhaps Cyrus and Mellie for revenge/the White House return?). We’ll see…and lastly, why doesn’t someone out Sally’s criminal behind?! I am so sick of her damn antics. Geez.

  35. Brandihorse83
    September 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Really Sally you up here talking all that big talk but you got a body??…. I can’t wait for someone to get in that ass and pull all your right -wing conservative cards and read you for filth…. And I want Mellie to realize she can do bad all by herself and stop running back to Fitz who has made it clear love don’t live here anymore… AND if this heffa Liv run from this I am gonna be thru… She should just own this shit at this point everybody in the free world knows that you have been letting Fitz beat it to the side for years…. Just own it DAMN!!!

  36. Trish
    September 25, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    GREAT recap! Umm, I thought I was gonna lose my life when she sacrificed that white coat for the princess decency.. goodness gracious! I do believe there was some significance in her doing that. She threw off that white coat and was later seen in a BAD black one. #lifegiver Any who, I’m so glad the season is back. Let the howling, from the recaps and comments begin. ????

  37. September 25, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    If I didn’t know it before, I know now…Fitz is the ABSOLUTE WORST human. I couldn’t believe how everyone was coming for Mellie like that, but I’m holding out hope that they will live to regret it. I have faith that Mellie will come down on Fitz’s head with all the wrath she can muster and it will be glorious.

    I am not here for the way he minimized Mellie’s accomplishments and tried to crush her like that. He forgets that he is the most worthless puppet of a president to ever run a country and has never made a move without Olivia, Mellie, or Cyrus pulling his strings. Regardless of how he feels about the jurors or anything else Mellie has done, she’s still the mother of his children and the woman he was once in love with (according to the flashback when Cyrus had on that chin wig)….she at least deserves a little civility and respect.

    • Kendall
      September 26, 2015 at 5:20 am

      How is Fitz the worst on a show where Olivia’s father had his son murdered?

      A show where Olivia’s boyfriend Jake put his hands round her neck, choked her, and threw her against the wall?

      A show where Huck killed 17 innocent people on Rowan’s command?

      A show where Mellie and Cyrus set up a honey trap for Sally Langston’s husband that eventually got him murdered?

      A show where Mellie without question handed over the names of 16 jurors to a man she didn’t know, getting them all killed?

      A show where Cyrus ordered the murder of a pregnant woman?

      A show where Olivia’s boyfriend, Jake, murdered the father of her god child as well as two other reporters in cold blood?

      A show where Cyrus let a bomb go off in a church full of people because he wanted to get rid of a political rival?

      A show where the chief of staff ordered a hit on his own husband?

      A show where Mellie, Olivia, Cyrus, and Hollis Doyle rigged a national election?

      A show where we learned that Olivia’s psychopath of a mother tricked her equally psychopathic husband into ordering the current POTUS to blow up a civilian plane with 330 people on board?

      So Fitz is THE WORST EVER because he served his wife divorce papers, and he wasn’t nice about it?

      I find that conclusion very interesting…

      • September 26, 2015 at 8:37 am

        We aren’t watching the same show if you think divorce papers are the worst Fitz has done. What about the Fitz that shot down a plane full of innocent people and had no problem with daddy covering it up? What about the Fitz that killed Verna with his own hands? What about the Fitz that would have sexual assaulted Liv in an elevator if Mellie hadn’t interrupted? What about the Fitz that berated his wife for grieving for their son longer than he liked? What about the Fitz that cheated on Mellie for years but lost his mind when he found out she was sleeping with someone else? What about the Fitz who blamed her for ended their marriage because she wouldn’t have sex with him anymore? What about the Fitz that went crawling into Mellie’s bed sticking his hands down her panties because his mistress was gone even after he knew she’d been raped by his father?

        Everyone has dirt under their fingernails on this show. There are no perfect or innocent people, but the difference between Fitz and everyone else is that they at least acknowledge some of the wrong they’ve done. He always has an excuse or blame to hang on someone else’s shoulders.

        • Kendall
          September 26, 2015 at 12:55 pm

          Nope, we are definitely not watching the same show.

          Fitz shot down a plane under orders from Rowan because Maya had tricked him into believing there was a bomb on the plane. Did that part fly past you? If you’re going to blame him for that, then all service men and women who kill under orders, should all be court-marshalled.

          Fitz killed Verna by removing her breathing apparatus because A, Verna had tried to have him assassinated for something he didn’t even know about. They rig an election, then she tried to kill HIM for it? Really? She was trying to assuage her own guilt before she died, so she was going to come clean to David Rosen, thereby landing Mellie Olivia, and Cyrus in jail. That murdering bitch deserved to die. Also, in case you forgot, Verna’s hired assassin killed Press secretary Brittany Kagen, who had two kids. So no, in the Scandalverse, Fitz killing Verna was totally justified, and the woman was dying anyway.

          Fitz got overly amorous in the elevator, and Olivia slapped him for it. Also, in the town hall debate prep, it was at least addressed when he apologised. If you recall, Olivia waved it off, because she knew what that entire incident was about. If you call that sexual assault, then it’s no different to Mellie trying to have sex with him in the shower when he clearly wasn’t interested. If you recall he even grabbed her hands to get her off him, but she looked all hurt, so his guilt kicked in. But I guess that’s different because Mellie is a woman right?

          Fitz defended himself when Mellie had the gall to come at him when they discovered that Karen Eiffel Towering with some guys. She had the sheer gall to say that she was the only person looking out for the family, when in actual fact, Fitz had been the one balancing his work, her grief, and his own grief over his son, while she decided to depart from the world and abdicate all responsibility. Or did his grief not matter because he’s a man who cheated on his wife?

          That scene where Fitz lost his mind, wasn’t about the fact that she’d cheated on him, if you’d bothered watching properly. He was devastated because for 10 years way before Olivia came into the picture, he’d had to live without sex, without love and without intimacy because Mellie had told him that she’d lost her libido after Jerry was born. He’d felt guilty for 10 years because he figured that the way she felt was all his fault. The man stayed faithful for all of that time, when his wife refused to have sex or get intimate with him. Faithful and guilt-ridden, so to find out that it was because she’d been having an affair with his best friend at the time (so he thought) was like a shiv to his back. All those wasted years of guilt. Go back and watch that scene again, without your Fitz Hate Goggles on, you might see what was actually on the screen, as opposed to what you made up in your head.

          You are dead wrong about Fitz crawling into Mellie’s bed and sticking his hands down her pants after he found out that she’d been raped by her father. The conversation that you’re referring to was one that was held on the Truman Balcony in episode 401, and Mellie was clearly talking about what he used to do, because she referred to how she’d pretend that she didn’t know why he was in her bed. Go back and watch. And by the way, even if it had been after he found out about the rape, it happened 12 years before, and she’d already slept with Andrew and continued to do so. Plus she was the one who insisted they stay married quite frankly.

          As for the fact that Fitz cheated on his wife? You think that’s worse than murder? Worse than rigging a national presidential election? Worse than murdering 17 innocent people? Really?

          And let’s not forget how many times that A, Fitz has asked for a divorce so that they can both move on with their lives, and B, how many times Mellie has used the affair when it suited her. Like in episode 305, when Mellie BEGGED Olivia to come back to Fitz because he had no interest in winning re-election. “He can’t breathe without you, he’s not alive when you’re not here, he misses you, come back to us Olivia.” That’s what Mellie said to Olivia. She basically tried to pimp her beloved husband out because she wanted another term as First Lady. A job she apparently hated. Or perhaps you forgot that scene? Or the scene in episode 103, when Mellie invited Olivia to the state dinner because Fitz wasn’t sleeping and so wasn’t able to focus on his job. She invited Olivia along with the sole purpose of Fitz seeing her so that he could get back to the job in hand. If you know that your husband is cheating on you, and he comes and asks for a divorce, and you do everything you can to stop the divorce, is he to blame for your unhappiness, when he was prepared to come clean and tell the truth to the world? Like in episode 301. When does Mellie start taking responsibility for her part in their disasterous marriage?

          Fitz is one of two people on the entire show that shows remorse whenever he does something wrong. The person who blames everybody else for her entire life being a mess the most is Mellie, and if you were watching the show without your Fitz Hate goggles, you’d see that. Hell, she even blamed him for not intervening in an argument between her and her sister. So he then had to go and plead Mellie’s case to Harmony, because Mellie herself was too busy sulking. Harmony had to be the bigger person and make amends, when she had done nothing wrong.

          Back in episode 214, Mellie put all the blame on Cyrus for the election rigging. I’m sure you recall that scene in the car? Right?

          You’ve attempted to outline why you think that Fitz is the worst, but nothing you’ve mentioned trumps most of the stuff that I already listed. None of the above trumps killing somebody’s child. None of the above trumps murdering three people who had never done anything to you in cold blood. The majority of the above was actually an argument for why Mellie should have put her big girl panties on and divorced Fitz when he asked the first time. But her solution was to induce her baby four weeks early, risking his life, just so she could manipulate Fitz into forgetting the divorce talk.

          You’re going to have to do way better than that weak list to persuade me that Fitz is the worst human on the show, and backtracking by saying he’s the worst because he doesn’t acknowledge his wrong doing isn’t going to cut it. If I murder 17 people, me acknowledging it doesn’t really negate the effects of what I did. If I murder somebody’s child, me saying “my bad” doesn’t make it better, and your suggestion that it does (which is what you were doing) is utterly ridiculous.

        • Carol
          September 26, 2015 at 1:45 pm

          Applause!!! Kendall you are giving the Mellie stans a reading.

          The Mellie stans are delusional and rewrite the show to fit their views of their special white snowflake. Else there really is no reason to be praising Mellie who is a terrible person – worst than Fitz.

          If Fitz was really evil he would have killed her whiny ass or divorced her a long time ago so he would not have to listen to her stupid rantings.

        • brandihorse83
          September 28, 2015 at 5:50 pm

          Thank you Kendall I don’t understand the ppl that hate Fitz….. He is one of the few ppl on the show that has a soul… He never gets any credit for just being a guy who wants to just be with the one he loves…… He asked for a divorce in the first season!! All he ever wanted was to get some love back from the ppl he thought he could trust… his father… mellie.. liv…

  38. Londa
    September 25, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I know he’s locked up, but I’ll bet you ALL the monopoly money that there ever was that Papa Pope/Big Daddy Goon/Shade Squad Superintendent has something to do with Liv and Fitz’s relationship being revealed.

    Don’t believe me, just watch.

  39. September 25, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    So happy to be spending Thursdays with you again! Mellie and Abby are going to be the ones to watch this season because they’ve both become women scorned. I feel so horribly for Huck, at least he has Jake, although I don’t think that will be enough.

    • Melissa Givens
      September 26, 2015 at 10:10 am

      Well! Slow clap…

  40. Kendall
    September 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Let me apologise in advance because I have a lot of feelings about thus recap, and the subsequent comments, so this will be hella long.

    Can somebody remind me of Mellie’s “accomplishments” again?

    Because as a long time watcher, I recall that she was a partner in a law firm and gave it up 20 years ago because of her ambitions for herself as well as Fitz. Does anybody even recall that Fitz wasn’t overly concerned about going into politics in the first place? Mellie wanted the California governorship way more than he did, and truth be told, he only really went into politics to prove that he was better than his monster of a father.

    Also what is Mellie’s political platform? What does she stand for? How does she compare to Michelle Obama? Her ambition is to rule the world, not to serve it, does that make her the perfect candidate for presidency? Especially when she’s proved over and over how politically stupid she is, and how much of a mess she lands herself in whenever she attempts a political manoeuvre. One that eventually needs to be cleaned up by either Fitz or Olivia.

    Also, the ONLY reason people feel sorry for Mellie is because she was raped by Fitz’s daddy, and they low key blame him, even though she didn’t tell him. They blame Fitz because they see her as a sacrificial lamb and so he seems ungrateful whenever he doesn’t use his inside voice with her, even though he didn’t know what she apparently sacrificed for him. Mellie knew that Fitz would have gone off on his father had she told him, thereby killing her dreams of being First Lady, so she made a deal with the devil, lied to Fitz for 10 years about why she was no longer interested in sex, and the man stayed faithful and sexless for 10 years before Olivia entered the picture. Would any of you stay faithful without any intimacy for that length of time? Sorry, I know I would be out after two years, never mind ten.
    Oh and guess what happened when he found out she’d been raped? He stayed and tried to support her, and told her that it didn’t matter if Jerry wasn’t his biological son. He comforted her, as he would have, had she told him at the time of the rape.

    I’m also really fascinated by how many viewers think Fitz is an asshole for talking harshly to the woman he’s been trying to divorce FOR YEARS. For those of you who are divorced or have experienced a break up, did you always behave impeccably or were you sometimes petty as hell?

    Sometimes when I read these recaps I have to check myself and try to work out how Mellie became the selfless, self sacrificing paragon of virtue that she’s sometimes painted as on here.

    Mellie is a mess. Her husband asks for a divorce because he wants to stop hiding and she risks the life of her baby and induces him 4 weeks early to stop Fitz from divorcing her. When you refuse to let your cheating husband divorce you, so that you can both get on with your life, can you really keep blaming him for how miserable your life is?

    The truth is, Fitz has supported Mellie way more than any of us would have. He’s saved her ass from jail on three occasions. Folks want to talk about Fitz killing Verna, then conveniently forget that had he not killed her, Mellie, Olivia, and Cyrus would have all gone to jail for rigging an election. They would have all rotted in jail. Also for the people who want to conveniently forget, Verna tried to assassinate Fitz for something he knew nothing about. Becky put four bullets into him, plus one in his head. Is that something he deserved just because he was having an affair?

    You have also forgotten when Fitz had to crawl from his hospital bed to stop Mellie from going to jail after she forged a letter of reinstatement and tried to fool Sally, who didn’t buy it for a moment. If you recall, Olivia was called in to fix a mess that Mellie made, while she just sat and panicked. Accomplished my ass.

    Folks also forget that Fitz had to throw a key presidential debate to stop Sally Langston from confessing to the murder of her husband, after Mellie and Cyrus set up Daniel Douglas up with James. Had he not done that, Mellie and Cyrus would have gone to jail for their part in the murder and subsequent attempted cover up.

    Fitz should have divorced Mellie’s scheming selfish ass years ago, none of you would put up with her mess, but for some reason you all expect Fitz to be the bigger man? Why? Because he’s a man? That’s such sexist bs.

    I understand that many folks disapprove of infidelity, and so a lot of opinions of Fitz are tainted by this, however, Mellie has used that relationship way too often for her own benefit for me to ever feel sorry for her for THAT reason.

    It’s interesting to me how much some people hate Fitz, when he’s one of only two people who ever truly shows remorse for the things he’s done wrong, yet I read so many of you cheering for Rowan who sent two men in to have sex with his daughter, killed Fitz and Mellie’s son because he’s a petty asshole, ordered Fitz to shoot down a plane with 330 civilians on board, and has pretty much tried to control every aspect of his daughter’s life. Yet Fitz is the worst? Y’all don’t know what true evil looks like. But yeah, let’s all jump for joy because he read Fitz, the white man sleeping with his daughter. The white man who went to war to save said daughter, while he went fishing.

    Anyway, back to Mellie, the woman is entitled as hell, and didn’t do a thing to win that senate seat. Fitz, Olivia and Liz won that seat for her, and Fitz even paved the way for her presidential bid by hiring Susan Ross, a woman who they considered to be no competition for Mellie.

    Let Mellie cry her white entitled tears, because as far as I’m concerned, Fitz owes her nothing. Not his inside voice, not his understanding, not his patience. NOTHING.

    Mellie needs to get some pride, sign the divorce papers, and concentrate on doing stuff for herself, instead of hanging onto everybody else’s coat tails.

    • September 26, 2015 at 9:58 am

      “Also what is Mellie’s political platform? What does she stand for? How does she compare to Michelle Obama?”

      Ummmm… she isn’t supposed to compare to Michelle Obama.

      • Carol
        September 26, 2015 at 11:30 am

        Luuvie, that is a cop out response. All First Ladies have a platform to show some accomplishments.

        I would like someone to address Kendall’s very detailed points because I happen to agree with her. Mellie is a pseudo feminist and the walking definition of white privilege – rich, entitled but constantly whining and playing the victim, saying everyone owes her and taking credit for sh*t she did not do. So her white tears get no sympathy from me.

        She constantly talks about being brilliant but we have not seen her do anything brilliant rather she screws thing up. She probably got the law partnership because she is rich and bought the partnership not through being a powerful lawyer since no one ever talks about her great legal career. Also if she graduating at the top of her law class, why was she not head of the Law Review? It is because she got those grades in a unquestionable way? Did her peers at law school also dislike her and not respect her so-called brilliance?

        Mellie got an unearned Senate seat by riding Fitz’s coattail and help from Olivia and Cyrus. That is why Mellie gets no respect from anyone inside or outside the White House. Even with all of Fitz’s blemishes the public still like him more than Mellie because they see her as a phony, Stepford wife – remember she was shown calling the public fried Twinkie eating idiots. Whereas they can relate more to Fitz as a flawed human being whose family was originally working class not DAR like Mellie.

        I’m really surprised to see so many black folks on here praising Mellie for doing nothing but being a scorned wife. I have worked with women like Mellie and they always succeed because they fool people into feeling sorry for them. The white supremacy is real.

        BTW, Cyrus and Mellie as a scheming team have proven to be a disaster – Defiance, East Sudan, Daniel Douglas, James, list of jurors, etc. Olivia and her team would crush them easily.

        • September 26, 2015 at 11:33 am

          Are y’all aware that this is a SHOW and that Mellie Grant is NOT supposed to be compared to Michelle Obama? And that this has nothing to do with white and black because THIS SHOW DOES NOT DEFINE THEM BY THIS?

          Look, sisthrens. If you cannot watch Scandal without trying to compare it to the current White House, don’t watch it. So no, I don’t consider what I said a cop-out response. I absolutely refuse to measure some fake ass FLOTUS to our real, live, flourishing, amazing one.

        • Kendall
          September 26, 2015 at 1:14 pm

          Ok then, but the question still stands, what’s Mellie’s platform? Without the Michelle Obama comparison? What makes her so accomplished? That was the real point I was trying to make. Your Michelle Obama counterpoint was a strawman’s argument.

          People are mad because Fitz didn’t want to be at her swearing in ceremony and he basically said she hadn’t achieved anything in her life, whilst handing her divorce papers. Was he wrong? When was the last time Mellie went to him and said “This is what I want to do”?

          When she finally articulated that she wanted to be president and rule the world, Fitz said fine, then tried to pave the way for her. He encouraged her to show that she was her own woman by telling her to throw him under the bus in certain issues. He hired a VP of Mellie’s choosing because she was deemed to be less competition for her for the next election. He publicly supported her bid for the senate seat. She barely lifted a finger to win that seat, it was all Fitz with advice from Olivia, and Liz.

          I just want to understand what makes Mellie this paragon of virtue who has selflessly sacrificed her entire life in service to her husband, when the narrative clearly says that a lot of what she’s done, she did because she wanted to be FLOTUS, and eventually president, and apparently the only way she could achieve that was through her husband.

          I’m not trying to be difficult, but surely you welcome a voice that doesn’t echo everybody else’s on here?

        • Carol
          September 26, 2015 at 1:38 pm

          I know it is a TV show so no need to be condescending. However, I’m still waiting for you to explain to me what is great about Mellie. Please lets see so examples of her brilliance. The Mellie stans only seem to care that Fitz has cheated on her especially with a black woman and that his father raped her (which is used for her own political gain).

          But they conveniently forget all the evil things Mellie has done to lots of people. I specifically remember that white b*tch asking Lauren, Fitz’ secretary if she could read and telling her reading is fundamental. The level of disrespect Mellie has shown to other women is amazing but yet she gets praised as some feminist icon.

      • Tyren M
        September 28, 2015 at 10:08 am

        Of course not Michelle O!

    • Leslie
      September 29, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Wow, everybody talks about Liv needs to own her truth. Seems to me the Mellie fans need to own theirs because you just spoke the truth about Mellie. Hallelujah, praise. Finally, someone who has actually watched from the beginning and knows.

      I am a diehard Olivia and Fitz fan and it does my heart good to read the truth about Mellie instead of it being washed over as if the fans have amnesia and forgotten she’s as bad as the others. I’m still trying to figure out why she gets many free passes and the others don’t.

      Another note, regarding Eli Pope, my 90 year old father is a Scandal fan but I told him if he treated me the way Eli Pope treated Liv I would have disowned him many years ago. Real fathers don’t treat daughters like that. And my dad, is a real father.

      • Lesli
        September 29, 2015 at 8:56 pm

        My reply was to Kendall. Keep speaking the truth. Luv it.

  41. WillaT
    September 26, 2015 at 9:17 am

    First, so thrilled to have #TGIT AND Scandal recaps back in my life!

    Second, I love all the Gladiators that roar theories cuz, yes.

    So….As vile as Cy was/is, I don’t see him putting Olitz’ bidness in da street like that since he’s still hoping to come back home.( And where is his child? Did he give her back?)

    Liz is a snake and this feels exactly like something she would do but that seems too obvious a choice. Mama Pope is on the loose and ain’t a fan of the Olitz….

    Huck’s hurt on the inside broke me. Pleases help him, Jake.

    Mellie can ugly cry better than any of’em but there was something about this breakdown that was so filled with defeated and realization that I forgot all her conniving. Fitz was a dog for how he crushed her moment. Regardless of the list, she’s been ride n die with him from the start. Show some respect, dude.

    And yes to a Twitter

  42. Sheila
    September 26, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Kendall, you are my hero for speaking up and telling the TRUTH about Mellie and Fitz. I have been reading this blog and was thinking about not reading it anymore because of the way most people thought about Fitz and Mellie I was through with her when she used the rape in her favor. Fitz is loyal if he is nothing else and let’s talk about Olivia with her nosy been able to make a decision ass. She is not perfect by a longshot

  43. Kendall
    September 27, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Sheila, I used to read Luvvie’s reviews religiously, but I stopped a while back because it felt way too biased, and where there used to be hundreds of commenters with varying views, that balance has gone, and now it’s all anti-Olivia, anti-Fitz, anti-Olitz, and pro-Mellie. It’s like reading one of those dreadful mainstream review sites that seek to minimalise Olivia and uplift the white supporting character. I’m just waiting for the day that somebody on here suggests that Mellie Grant should be the main character, like some of those other sites have already. I can’t with that mess. I’m way too black for that.

    • September 27, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Girl, bless you. Of course it’s biased. It’s my opinion. Also, no parts of this post is Anti-Olivia. I’m not sure what you read where I roasted Liv, but you seem really touched by my like for Mellie.

      And yes, Fitz is a supreme asshole. If saying that makes you wanna stop reading my recaps, Iunno what to tell you.

      • Brendee84
        September 27, 2015 at 4:31 pm

        Luvvie, can you do a recap of “Cinderella” so we can then debate whether or not she would even make a good queen? I mean, maybe Snow White’s stepmother knew she would suck as a ruler and decided to save the kingdom.

      • BLynne
        September 28, 2015 at 6:15 pm

        Its not even about Mellie and her whiteness….. it about her dead wrongness and Fitz is no more a supreme asshole than the rest of the characters…..They are flawed and fucked up thats why we like them… But Fitz seems to get more vitriol than the rest for some reason like he cheated by himself……..

  44. September 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    It’s very interesting that the Vulture recaps include gifs now when they didn’t before. Hmmmm. Seems like they are trying to copy what you’re doing here. I prefer your version though.

    Also, I am sometimes Pro-Olitz and other times not. At times I want to bosom-hug Mellie and other times I want to step on her pinkie toe. This is how Shonda gets us. She messes with our minds and sensibilities and I love it all. People are complex so should the characters we love and the ones we love to hate. Just my two cents. 😉

  45. Shanae
    September 27, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I don’t even watch the show anymore, I’m just here for your recaps. Those people who hate on Mellie seem to have one defining thing that kicks them in the gonads: her whiteness. It’s not even like people be saying she’s this paragon of virtue, everyone knows she’s a trip but Fitz? He is a next level lying, cheating, self-absorbed whoracle. I am not and was never here for this Olitz stuff just because I am never here for cheating. Ever. I ain’t care if your spouse is the worst person on earth I will never be for your cheating ways.

    That said, Cyrus is the original fixer and he needs to be put back ASAP. Abby needs to read Liv something serious and then roll out. Liv needs to get some damn self-respect back and stop letting that man make her look the fool and lose her friends. Because seriously, their relationship has done nothing but make her lose most of the respect and friendships of those around her, not to mention their ‘love’ is the most dysfunctional, dangerous thing I’ve seen on TV in a while. Hell, she side-lined Huck. HUCK! Her loyalist, gooniest ally ever. She done bun out Abby. Cyrus is gone. Who does she really have left? Woman, get your crap together.

    Huck needs all the hugs and an extended stay in an in-patient clinic.

    Jake is the smartest person there getting out but he gone get yanked all the way back in.

    I feel Papa Pope is who spilled the beans. Just cause evil don’t die that easy.

    • Crystal
      October 2, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      I can remember back when Fitz was dreaming about the stuff he wanted with Olivia and I was like but you already have a wife and kids. I’ve never been a fan of those two together I can’t get why people are so down for Olivia and Fitz cheating butts..

      I agree with all your points. I need Cyrus back in the White house and Huck back to stardom.

  46. Tyren M
    September 28, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Hello Luvvie,

    I like your recaps. The ones on your blog are way greasier than the ones you do for the rest of the world. I’ll take these all day.

    After reading all the comments including pro v. anti-Mellie noise, I’m starting to think this First Couple is more commentary on the Clinton WH far more than Obama WH.

    As for the leaker, I’d go with Cy more than Lizzie Bear. Have a good day.

  47. Jason
    September 29, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    … I think Mellie leaked dem photos… A woman scorned!

  48. Leslie
    September 29, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Kendall, I, too would like to know what makes Mellie so brilliant. We have been told she’s brillant but we have not seen her brilliance. Abby, Quinn, even Liz North, I see their extreme smartness but to me the brilliance lies with Liv. She’s a brillant woman who fell in love with a married man. She hates herself for doing it but many brillant people have flaws. You can even see that brillant mind working but Mellie, the only thing she really works hard at is staying with a man who does not love her and getting people to do the heavy lifting.

  49. Crystal
    October 2, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I just can’t get with FItz and Olivia having a happy ending. I want it to be a tragic break up. Fitz is too weak and treats Mellie so badly.