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Get Out of Jail Free: Scandal Episode 506 Recap

For the first time since season 2, episode 2 of Scandal, I missed an episode recap. I was in Egypt last week and missed the episode. I got back on Tuesday night and was not able to get myself together fast enough to write the recap of last week’s episode before this latest episode happened. I will not do a 2 in 1 either, so I’ll just keep this party going.

Let’s just jump into this latest Scandal episode, which was full of twists and turns. And by the end, my edges were scattered all over my floor.

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Lies Mellie Tells – The Senate investigation into Fitz’ business has begun and the first person to testify is Mellie Grant. Beforehand, she spoke to the committee and they assured her that the list of questions they gave her in advance was what they’d be asking her. Of course they lied, because when she took the stand, she was asked if she knew of the Olitz affair before Liv dropped that “YES” on everyone. She said “NO” and then they blindsided her with an affidavit or something from Jeannine Locke.

Remember that she’s the person who was framed for sleeping with the President to take the heat off Liv in season 3. The letter they hand to Mellie has her own words on it, from Jeannine. The fact that she tried to bribe the girl with $2 million. Welp, egg on her face, because now people know she helped to cover up the affair for her political gain. Mellie signed up for something she was NOT ready for.

Executive Privilege – Watching this go down, the lawyer that Fitz hired to walk him through this tells him that her insistence that he testify before is now dead. They gotta flip this strategy on its head because the Jeannine Locke thing changes the game. Now he must use his power of Executive Privilege to avoid taking the stand himself. But you know who will be called up to the stand? Olivia. And if she gets up there, who knows what they’ll dig up and bring up.

As Liv, Fitz, Cy (yes, he got his job back) and the lawyer stand in the Oval Office, Cy says Fitz and Liv have to get married. Because then, she cannot be required by law to testify against him. Wait, though. President Ghost is still technically married. How the hell will that work? Those ar mere details. All they know is that Liv cannot get on that stand. They will all be dragged.

Coming for Command – Papa Pope gets a visitor in prison and it’s Elise, Jake’s wife. DAFUQ is she doing there? Anywho, when she leaves, the guard taking Eli back to his cell takes him into a room and tries to choke him with his police stick thingy. Chile, guess again, because when you come for Command, you gotta come correct. Old Mr. Pope flips the script and kills the guard. Welp.

Jake gets a call from the prison and goes up there to find Eli Pope laid up in the hospital bed. They tell him the only reason they called him is because he is just 1 of 2 prisoners he’s had and he ain’t got no emergency contact so… He learns that his wife is the other, and confronts her when he gets home. She admits to him that her mission is to kill Eli Pope. Whoever activated Lazarus One gave the order, and she doesn’t know who that is. Interesting.

Gladiators Testify – The Gladiators are called to the stand and Liv coaches them that they need to listen to the question being asked and tell the truth in the most specific way possible. They cannot lie. When asked about Jeannine Locke, they all admit that they do not know who came up with the idea to frame her.

Gladiators testify

And then came the question of who leaked the Jeannine tape. HARRISON WRIGHT. Welp. Can’t punish a dead guy.

Hang It Up – Olivia gets a call and it is her father. He tells her he is in danger and someone wants to kill him. Liv ain’t trying to hear it and hangs up on dear old dad mid-sentence. Over at David Rosen’s office. VP Susan Ross is giggling uncomfortably. What does she want? She wants to find out what she gotta do to quit her job. She no longer wants to be Vice-President of the United States. I mean, I don’t blame her but what did she think this job was gon be?

Jail or Jail? – Liv talks to Abby to discuss the possibility of her getting married to get out of testifying. The thing is that if she testifies, she will have to lie, because the truth is so damning that all will come falling down. Thing is, if she lies, she will be guilty of perjury, which is serious and might land her in jail. But if she marries Fitz, she’s locked into being FLOTUS which is a jail of its own.

Quinn gets a call and it’s Papa Pope. Dang, he must be desperate. She goes to see him and walks out because she ain’t ready to get in goon bed with him.

Liv goes to the White House balcony and sees candles everywhere and flower petals all over the floor. He gon burn down the White House with all these candles he got lit. That looks like a fire hazard. It’s cute, doe. Fitz is there in a tuxedo and he wants a do-over. Them talking about marriage has been purely about doing it to get her out of testifying so he wants to do it right. He gets on one knee and Liv looks like she wants to run. She tells him she doesn’t want this teenaged shit and he snaps saying “no man ever wants to do this.” So why? “YOU are what I want. But I guess you don’t feel the same.” Well ouch. Fitz just got his face broken into pieces. Liv ain’t tell him “I want you.” His #selfofsteam gotta be in shambles.

Pope Problems – Liv calls up Jake, the most friend-zoned dude ever to talk. He needs to stop picking up her calls. Right then, Quinn pays her a visit at home. She thinks she might have a solution to the impeachment thing.

Olivia walks into the prison hospital and sees her dad laying in bed, but he looks perfectly fine. He is. He lays still for a second and his heart monitor goes flat. THAT GOON CAN FAKE HEART PROBLEMS. I LIVE. He’s been doing that so he can be kept in the hospital because someone is trying to kill him and they won’t stop til they do. Liv doesn’t look concerned. He tells her that if she gets him out of that jail, he will let all this impeachment stuff go away. He will find all the bad things those senators have done and make shit happen.

Tunnel Meeting – Olivia walks through the tunnel in the White House and waiting for her is Mellie in a royal blue suit. That is a color she’s been rocking A LOT as Senator Grant. Liv tells Mellie that she needs her help freeing a prisoner in Virginia who can make all these proceedings disappear, because if she testifies, THEY ALL BURN. She is due to take the stand in 2 days. Liv tells her the person is Damascus Bainbridge, and she immediately recognizes that name. She says that is the man who blackmailed her into giving him the names of the jurors, and then killing them.

With this, ALL these unknown things start tumbling out to both women. Liv says “That’s Eli Pope, my father.” Mellie says that is why Fitz kicked her out the White House. And Liv does the checkmate and tells Mrs. Grant that he is the person who killed her son. The still-grieving mother puts her head on the wall of the tunnel, sobbing, as Liv walks away. THAT IS THE MAN YOU WANTED HER TO RELEASE, LIV?!?!? HOW WOULD SHE FORGIVE HERSELF??? Two women who have been hurt, and who share painful history with two men they cannot shake.

I Guess – Fitz and Liv are laying in bed with their backs to each other, when she turn around and tells him “No wedding dress, no flowers, no vows. And I’m keeping my name.” She slides on the engagement ring he offered her and puts an ellipsis on what is the most unenthusiastic acceptance of a proposal ever.

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I guess the whole wedding thing has to happen since plan A (Papa Pope being free) ain’t panning out.

Liv calls Jake talmbout she gon marry Fitz, and he’s all “whatevs.” What do you want from him, Olivia? Stop calling him. He does one strong move and hangs up on her, though. He turns to Elise and says he will go with her to help kill Liv’s father. They agree on meeting at 3pm the next day at Union Station.

Pathetic Mediocrity – For the marriage to Liv to happen, Mellie gotta sign those divorce papers. They’ve already hashed out most of the terms so Fitz is in the room as they go over the final things. She wants control of Jerry’s foundation and she wants to be able to visit his grave on Saturdays without having to see his face. He begrudgingly accepts and she signs. As she starts walking out, he throws shade her way talmbout how there’s nothing left for her to take from him. That lights a fire in Mellie’s head because she turns around and reads his ass for filth.

In all of this MESS, Fitz won’t ever take responsibility for anything so when he tells her she has blood on her hands with those jurors, it was the pot calling the kettle faulty. Did he forget about Operation Remington and how he shot down an entire plane of people on command? Or the fact that he killed Verna?? Mellie goes IN saying “I wouldn’t have had to bury my baby if it wasn’t for you… I wouldn’t have spent 20 years propping you up. Making you feel okay about your pathetic mediocrity.”

Mellie to Fitz

ALL THE WELPS! Fitz is every white man, basically. His character needs to be called “white privilege” because he epitomizes it. Folks have spent Fitz’ entire life propping him up, making sure he prospers and he thinks it’s because he’s REALLY smart. He IS white privilege.

Quitting Time – Susan is in David’s office, hellbent on quitting her post as VP and he says she just has to send a resignation letter. Over some wine coolers, she admits to the Attorney General that she does not want to become President, because she is not cut out for all the shenanigans. The way it’s looking, Fitz will be impeached and she ain’t about the life. David tells her that because she’s so not the right person for the job, she’d be the right person for the job. Oh Susan. . I bet she thinks drinking an Amaretto Sour is a wild night.

The Revolution – Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” plays as Olivia resigns to her fate and stands in the Oval Office, about to be married to Fitz. She is so out of her element that her usually fierce outfit and long flowy hair has been replaced by Sister O’Dell’s French twist and some homely white suite.

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An official tells her that once she becomes First Lady, she will need to pick a chief of staff. Also, she will need to hand over her phone she she’s given a top flight secure one. As he makes that point, her phone rings and she steps away to take the call. It is Mellie Grant.

Next, things move very fast. Jake goes to Union Station and goes to where Elise is sitting. He taps her and she falls over the bench, dead. AW SHIT.

Abby walks into the Oval Office and drops the ring Fitz gave Liv on his desk.

Olivia is due in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify but when they call her name, she does not show up. Instead, envelopes are dropped in front of every member of the 18-person committee. They open them up and each one has a different incriminating picture that is so bad it will destroy them. They unanimously decide to drop their investigation because anything else on their part will cause mayhem raining down.

Liv walks through the tunnel and meets up with Mellie, who says she decided to take her up on that offer. Senator Grant says “You are my freedom. You are my white knight…. you are gonna make ME President of the United States.”

Mellie Freedom

Just then, Eli Pope walks up behind Mellie, and behind him is Secret Service Agent, Tom.


Ok first of all WHERE THE HELL DID TOM COME FROM??? Not only did Papa Pope get out, he sprung Tom out too. But the shit here is that Mellie is now choosing to work with the man who killed her son. HOMEGIRL HAS SNAPPED. I mean seriously. Shit is really gonna hit the fan now because she’s in dangerous territory and to take her #1 enemy as an ally is an act of desperation. This is not gonna end well for her because when you lay in bed with a snake, you will get eaten. Mellie doesn’t know how bad this idea was, and I bet she will find out soon.

Remember that no one can control Rowan Pope. Olivia did ALL that work to take down B613 and get her father in jail just to have it all falling down. Command is right. He is NEVER caged.

What’s interesting is how much of a commitment-phone Olivia is. The way she looked like she wanted to enter the ground at the idea of being married. She is a cloud and you cannot pin her down. AMIRITE?? She shouldn’t have said YES to the press if she wasn’t ready for what would come with it, and why didn’t she foresee some of this fallout? You cannot start a fire and then halfway through be all “Oh wait. I WASN’T READY.” You lit the match. Watch it burn. Instead, she’s having Abby return her engagement ring.

Meanwhile, Jake cannot ever win. That dude stays losing, on the romance side and on the life side. He finally reconnected with his “wife” and she comes up dead. Someone said he is the new Lemony Snicket and his life is a series of unfortunate adventures. And now, he’s vowed to kill Rowan/Eli Pope. We gon see.

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  1. Silk!
    October 30, 2015 at 7:32 am

    I just realized Olivia’s wedding suit was straight from KevOnStage’s Scandal cartoons:

    • October 30, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      You are so RIGHT????????????????! Looking like a church mother from Ebernezer First Baptist Pentecostal Revival Missionary AME CME Synogogue Advent Church Of The Alpha and Omega COGIC Holy First Fruits Church!!!!! Did you see how she was holding that handbag the whole time? I said to myself, “either Kerry is preggy again OR church mother bout to pull out some MLK fans, lap clothes and Kleenex

  2. October 30, 2015 at 7:44 am

    His character needs to be called “white privilege” Welp.

    Yes, Fitz is mediocre AT BEST. His father, Cyrus, Mellie, even Olivia have pumped his head full of delusions of grandeur for so long he actually thinks he deserves everything he has thanks to hard work and intelligence. Ugh. I was such an Olitz fan, but enough is enough.

  3. Allison
    October 30, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Why do people keep trying to pin Operation Remington on Fitz? Yes, he shot down a plane full of people. But, he was a soldier acting on military orders. He’s not supposed to take responsibility for that. That responsibility falls on his commanding officers and Rowan.

    • Joi
      October 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      People usually only bring it up when Fitz does something stupid, like telling Mellie she has blood on her hands because those juror died. He stays quick to judge other people for things, when he’s done much worse. So I think people bring it up as a principle of the matter, not so much “he’s at fault”.

      • Allison
        October 30, 2015 at 12:27 pm

        People bring it up all the time, and it’s usually because they hate Fitz. And, it doesn’t make sense, simply because he was a soldier following military orders. That blood isn’t on his hands. Just like the blood of those jurors isn’t on Mellie’s hands. She didn’t know what the list was for. Seems like the writers are forgetting that they had Fitz kick Mellie out because he realized she was never going to change and they were never a team. At least that’s what Shonda said last season.

        Now, Verna’s death, that is blood on his hands. But, she didt try to have him killed, and she was basically camped out at death’s door. And, that murder didn’t keep Mellie, Olivia, Cyrus, and Hollis from going to prison.

        I don’t get nor did I like Mellie’s rant. It’s the same rant she’s been giving since Season 1. She is actually the one who likes to walk around with a victim mentality and try to act blameless. And, all of the “sacrifices” that she has made, have been for her. Her ultimate goal to be president. She figured Fitz had to be president first, and then she could campaign on his success. She could have gotten out of that marriage years ago, but she stayed because she wanted to be president. And, now she’s knowingly teaming up with her son’s murderer. And, the minute something goes wrong, she’s going to blame Olivia or Fitz.

        • RaeJ
          October 31, 2015 at 8:59 pm

          I didn’t like her rant either. It was like she was trying to read her, but failed. I didn’t like the whole “you are my bitch” tone to it. It was like she was ordering Liv to work for her.

  4. October 30, 2015 at 9:53 am

    To me, “PRESIDENT Melody Grant” is like the word “fetch.”

    I want her to stop trying to make it happen.

  5. Michele
    October 30, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I’m usually down with the jargon but you lost me with “commitment-phone”. What is that?

    • Dee
      October 30, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      I’m thinking “phobe”

    • Joi
      October 30, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      She meant “commitment-phobe”, lol. Someone afraid of commitment.

  6. phillygirl109
    October 30, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I was never that big a fan of Olitz, and I still can’t figure out why these two couldn’t wait until Fitz was out of the White House to be together. Mellie’s read of Fitz was EPIC!! When she turned around and asked him “what did you say?” and walked back into the room, I felt like my own mama was about to slap the spit out my #mouf. Why did Liv have to tell Mellie that Papa Pope killed her son?

    • nichole
      October 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Anytime you hear “what did you say?” take cover. Someone is about to blow!

    • Kierah
      October 30, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      Mellie came for his neck. She snatched his damn ancestors by the short hairs.
      Fitz, ain’t got a damn thing that a bunch of other people haven’t sacrificed to get for him. And he takes everything they give.

  7. October 30, 2015 at 11:50 am

    That READ Mellie gave Fitz was long overdue. And she did that. He had the nerve? She wasn’t having it and I was glad Mellie shut it down. He even tried to pull that last minute name thing that has stopped her in the past. No Mas! He blamed her for the jurors when he knew about Jerry. He knew this guy was Liv’s dad but didn’t come clean to her. He better be glad there were no knives on the table because another woman would have gone there.

    Being married to Fitz is like being in jail. This has been stated and implied a couple of times. I see it. He is such a baby.

    Papa Pope said that Lazarus 1 being activated was Liv’s fault. I believe the person who activated L1 was Papa Pope for a tactic to get out of prison.

    And of course it would be a 2-for-1 with Papa Pope and Tom getting out of jail. Papa Pope told Tom he would take care of him and there it is. He is loyal, for his own gain.

    Liv’s wedding attire aged her 20 years (hair and clothes). The stark white was way too much. I believe she is in a position that she needs some grey or black.

    Mellie’s colors are either blue or red. Red when she’s fired up and blue when she’s more calm and serene. But last night here color when she read Fitz was a dark red. And she when met with Liv at the end of the epi was dark.
    She’s gone to the other side y’all.

    • Kendall
      November 1, 2015 at 9:18 am

      You think that the read that Mellie gave Fitz was long overdue? Are you kidding? That read was a variation on every single rant that Mellie has lobbed at Fitz. It was literally no different. Fitz ruined her life because she sacrificed and let Big Jerry rape her. Fitz ruined her life because she had children. Fitz ruined her life because she conspired with Cyrus behind Fitz’s back to quit her job. She sacrificed herself by marrying him in the first place. Fitz took her dreams away, Fitz took everything from her. Fitz caused her to induce her baby early when he asked for a divorce the first time, hell she even accused Fitz of forcing himself on her, just like his father, but yeah, let’s cheer her on in her delusions.

      • nichole
        November 2, 2015 at 5:21 pm

        Yes, I do believe it was long overdue. The difference with this one is that she included everything. And she didn’t stop when he called her name at the door like she has done before.

        If course she plays her part in some of the things that have happened BUT the common denominator is Fitz, who doesn’t own his. He throws up the jurors to her but what about his ish, that he NEVER admits to. Not even with Olivia.

        Everyone has conspired on his behalf but he only brings it up when it serves his purpose.

        Yes, this is how I see it.

  8. CourtneyH
    October 30, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks for the recap.

    I find myself going back and forth on Mellie. As a character, I love her, but I can’t cheer her on when she goes off on Fitz for not loving her or supporting her. My impression has been that she has knowingly stayed in this relationship because she ultimately wanted to be in the white house. She was doing this for herself, not for Fitz. Dealing with Fitz was a necessary evil to get where she wants to be. And she is repeating that behavior by working with the men that killed her son so that she can become President. I love the character and her reads, but I say that knowing that this is as much her fault as anyone else and I am waiting for someone to read her for once.

    Fitz…I’m kinda over him. He had to have known that she wouldn’t want to get married under these circumstances and having flowers wasn’t going to make that situation better. He tried to put lipstick on a pig. Bless him.

  9. Carriecnh12
    October 30, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I thought really short and easy about last nights episode and came to the conclusion the story of Zola’s epic adventure of tomfoolery and shenanigans had a better plot, execution and characters than the last two and a half seasons of scandal.
    I mean what the heck was that trash shown on TV last night? The show has more than gone of the rails, it’s has crashed and burned, the b6foolishness needs to burn with the fire of a 1001 fiery suns. I am so sick of this mess, Fits is the pettiest of the petty, he sent soldiers of to war to save his side piece and couldn’t even do that right, killed Verna on her death bed, knew they rigged both elections, knew that Eli killed their son & and a whole bunch of other bull cap and had the gall to ask Mellie what more she could take from him? Mellie should have slapped the foolish out of him, and Liv ain’t no dam better, how the heck she always acting high and mighty when she has caused other people’s deaths, broken EVERY law there is, is the most indecisive character on TV, and we are supposed to buy that this is some great love story. IT IS A LIE FROM THE PIT OF HELL.

    And in closing do they not have legal consultants on staff for this show, a wife can be supeaoned to testify against her husband if she is at risk of self incrimination, in other words if you are in danger of going to jail yourself you can sell your husband down that long river to prison (please correct me if I’m wrong)
    Sorry for the long rant but this show has gotten tired trite and tacky

  10. Karen Walcott
    October 30, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I’m about sick of Ms. Olivia. That’s why I don’t watch the show anymore, I only read Luvvie’s recaps. She had her chance to marry Fitz, so why didn’t she? He’s not going to be the president forever. I’m so disgusted that he has her in the White House. That’s not okay. Fitz is the epitome of white privilege and the fact that he has his mistress in the White House and thinks that he can make her his First Lady just screams that for everyone to hear. Fitz ain’t shit so his behavior is not surprising, but I expected better from Olivia. Where is your decency, Olivia? That’s why I hate Olitz. Olivia is diminished when she is with Fitz.

    • Jules
      October 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      She isn’t in the white house. She returned the engagement ring and took off!

      • SaneN85
        October 30, 2015 at 5:37 pm

        She’s been all up and through that White House with overnight visits. She’s there more than home.

        • Jules
          October 30, 2015 at 6:22 pm

          True say! I just meant she hasn’t moved in nor have they gotten married….

  11. October 30, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Attention Everyone, LAZ 1 is….. Maya “Momma” Pope! Oh, and I LIVE for Ex VP Sally like she’s mother Theresa, looking like “Sally Jesse Raphael”! She a great actress, Ms Burton! And she looks just like her father Richard Burton! Poor Jake. I love him but maybe he need to go back to the park or State Farm…. His luck is horrible. I have no words for Olivia because I know she has commitment issues BIG TIME! I’m so down with Mellie but she’s walked into a pit of vipers fooling with Papa Pope! He told that prison guard “The Laundry Truck Letf 2 hrs ago”!!!!???????? Can’t pull the wool over his eyes! Somebody please BUILD a stadium full of seats for FITZ THE DITZ! Ugh
    Thx Luvvie for your recaps! Awesome as usual

    • notconvincedgranny
      October 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      My thoughts exactly.

      Sometimes I feel like Scandal has devolved into a prime-time soap like Dynasty (better clothes than Dallas). All of which leaves me Brokeback about Scandal – “why can’t I quit ‘chu???!!!”

  12. Jules
    October 30, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I have been over her & Fitz for a long time now. She needs to be with Jake. Hue understands her. He is like her. Fitz is too needy for Olivia. Time for dem to done.

    • Kendall
      November 1, 2015 at 9:26 am

      You think she needs to be with the Jake who lied to her about who he was from the very beginning?

      You think she should be with the Jake who pushed her into a glass table in episode 2×18 when she found out that he’d been surveilling her?

      You think she should be with the Jake who referred to her as a booty call?

      You think she should be with the Jake who grabbed her by the neck, threw her against the wall and threatened her employees with a gun in episode 3×16?

      You think Olivia should be with an abusive asshole who threatened to kill her after she found out that he’d murdered the father of her god child in cold blood?

      You think Olivia should be with the man who made a sex tape of her and gave it to her evil father to use?

      You want her to be with a guy who confessed to Huck that he loves licking the tears of the people he murders?

      Damn, you obviously hate Olivia a hell of a lot, either that, or you have an incredibly short memory.

      The writers may be trying to paint him as a hero and her BFF now, but it doesn’t change what is canon. He’s a physically abusive mental case, who didn’t even bother telling her that he’d had a wife.

  13. OtherWynnGirl
    October 30, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Did you peep Marcus in his gladiator gingham near the end?

  14. October 30, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    This is relatively minor but when Liv handed Mellie the file I. The tunnel I’m pretty sure it was his picture that got him busted. I wondered why you needed a picture to spring someone from prison. I figured a name, location and maybe inmate number would be sufficient. Picture? Not so much.

  15. NiHi
    October 31, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Olivia’s wedding look was channeling Jackie O and I thought she kilt it! Mellie agreeing to work with Papa Pope exposed her true character. Mellie is about Mellie point, blank, period. There isn’t anything a person that murdered my child could offer me that I’d want. I must admit though this ish is getting g-o-o-d!

    • Lady vet
      October 31, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      You are so right. Mellie is so power driven that she is willing to do anything to be president including liase with Eli Pope who she knows first hand how dangerous he could be. Mellie is going down a rabbit really fast!!!

  16. Kathie Brooks
    October 31, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer but not when the enemy is Papa Pope. # Mellieyouindangergurl!!!!!

  17. Kendall
    November 1, 2015 at 8:48 am

    In all of this MESS, Fitz won’t ever take responsibility for anything so when he tells her she has blood on her hands with those jurors, it was the pot calling the kettle faulty.

    This is simply not true. Fitz is pretty much the only person on the show after Olivia who owns his mess. It’s like the writer of this episode forgot about the scene with Fitz and Mellie on the balcony where he acknowledged that she had helped him, and where he thanked her for her support over the course of their marriage, just before she let a butthurt Cyrus manipulate her.

    The writers had Fitz saying that stupid line about taking everything for him in order to allow Mellie to spit out her venom, unchallenged. The problem is, they then didn’t allow for Fitz’s pov. They do the same thing with Olivia and Mellie every damn time. Mellie gets to rant to her heart’s content about how much she despises Olivia, and then proceeds to lay the blame at her feet for everything, while Olivia says nothing. That’s not good writing.

    You tell me one black woman who would let a white woman go in on her like Olivia does with Mellie, without at least attempting to defend herself.

    Olivia was brought onto the primary campaign due to the fact that Mellie and Fitz weren’t even trying to pretend that they had a happy marriage. They’d been hating each other for at least ten years before Olivia even came on the scene, yet the writers let Mellie get away with trying to pin the dissolution of her marriage on Olivia, without Liv saying as much as a “wait a minute now”.

    Olivia saw Mellie’s daughter catch her giving a blowjob to Andrew, yet she allows Mellie to call her all sorts? Not forgetting that the reason that Olivia was kidnapped in the first place was because Andrew, Mellie’s boyfriend, kidnapped Olivia to blackmail Fitz into going to war with West Angola.

    Olivia knows that Mellie laid out a honey trap for Sally Langston’s gay husband, something that led to him being murdered, yet she lets Mellie call her “sick” without a rebuttal? Is that even a little bit realistic?

    Olivia knows that when her and Fitz were on the outs, Mellie begged her to come and be with him so that he could concentrate on winning re-election, Mellie practically rolled out the presidential mattress for them, yet she lets Mellie get away with cussing her out? Are we supposed to believe that Olivia feels so guilty about the affair that words elude her whenever the plantation mistress is yelling at her like she’s a light-skinned house n*gger who’s servicing her husband?

    The one thing I hate the most about Scandal is how people rarely have meaningful conversations. When the writers want to validate one point of view over another, they just render the person on the receiving end of the read mute. Without fail, the people who rarely have anything to say for themselves in order for the writers to validate Mellie’s pov are usually Fitz and Olivia. Especially Olivia. I’ve never seen the lead of a show treated as badly by the writers as Olivia is. That writers’ room desperately needs more black women to write for Olivia, Raamla Mohammed being the only woc in that room just doesn’t cut it. The white men on the show pretty much only love writing for Mellie, and it’s evident in every confrontation between the two women, and Shonda is only interested in shoving her second wave feminist messages at the audience via the most anti-women female on the show.

    @Luvvie if somebody stood there calling you every name under the sun, wouldn’t you have something to say for yourself, whether or not you deserved the names? Would you stay quiet?

    The people who watch Scandal these days aren’t as intelligent as they used to be, so they take everything literally, and they rely on others to tell them what they should think. This means that, if Mellie screams at Fitz about how if it wasn’t for him, her life would have been great, and she’d have been somethingm, they take it as the gospel truth, rather than seeing the rant for what it really is. The following monologue that y’all are creaming yourselves over was Mellie’s. Let’s see how much is actual truth and how much was just her spouting shit from her perspective shall we?

    “What I have been forced to do. What I have been forced to endure. In an effort to protect you”

    So what exactly was Mellie forced to do? Was she forced to hide her rape from Fitz for ten years? By who? By Fitz or by her ambitions for them? What was Mellie forced to do? Was she forced to lie about having a miscarriage? Hell, Fitz had literally just told them all that he wanted to win clean. Please somebody tell me, enlighten me. What was Mellie forced to do?

    “Every imaginable scenario, they all end with you Fitz. Don’t you get it, you are the common denominator here, you are the root cause of everything. I would still have my dignity if it wasn’t for you. I would still have my career if it wasn’t for you. Those jurors would still be alive if it wasn’t for you.”

    Fitz is the root cause of everything? How? She would still have her dignity if it wasn’t for Fitz? So when Fitz asked her for a divorce four years ago, what did she do? Did he force her to risk her child’s life by inducing Baby Teddy four weeks early? Was that to “protect” him? Was that act just for him?
    When Fitz offered to lend her his support for the California governorship back in episode 2×20 if she’d just give him a divorce, what did she do? Did he force her to go on national TV and shred her own dignity by telling the world that he was cheating on her, but that she was going to stand by her man?

    When he laid out a plan back in episode that 2×22 that would let her leave the marriage with her dignity intact and for the sake of optics, be supportive of each other, did she take him up on that offer?

    When the three of them agreed that Fitz would come clean about his affair with Olivia in episode 301, letting Mellie escape with her dignity in tact, allowing her to ride the victim wave, who reneged on the deal by bribing Jeanine Locke to say that she as the president’s mistress?

    Mellie telling Fitz that he stole her dignity was purely her pov, and had no basis in fact, because all of this could have played out very differently, but you all seem to struggle to see this. The man asked for a divorce for four years, was Mellie forced into denying him the divorce?

    The jurors would have been alive if not for him? So you guys actually think that it was really Fitz’s fault that the jurors died? Really? This is Mellie’s pov, but that doesn’t make anything she’s saying even remotely true. Mellie saw that Rowan had pictures of her having sex with Andrew, as well as all the other scandals that both her and Fitz had been involved in, and she saw her bright bright future going up in flames, so SHE gave Rowan the names of the jurors. Yet you people think that that mess was Fitz’s fault? Mellie was a victim of Rowan’s manipulations, but she made the decision to hand those names over. She did that, not Fitz.

    “I would have gotten to see Jerry attend his senior prom if it wasn’t for you. I wouldn’t have had to bury my baby if it wasn’t for you.”

    So basically, Rowan being a murdering psychopath was down to Fitz, rather than Rowan being a psychopath? The Rowan that so many of you on here laud and hail and say how amazing he is?

    “I wouldn’t have even had kids. I wouldn’t have married you.”

    So Fitz forced her to marry him? So Fitz forced her to have kids? Even though she had a strong suspicion for 15 years that Jerry wasn’t even his? Is this what you all are clapping Mellie for? This woe is me rhetoric that has been her mantra since season one? You all heard these things and decided that Mellie was telling the truth, and that it was Fitz who never takes responsibility for his actions? Lolololololol!

    “I wouldn’t have forced myself to stomach you and your disgusting father lying on top of me.”

    So Fitz along with his father raped Mellie? She was forced to have sex with Fitz? Do you guys think that’s true? Once again, this is what you are applauding her for. She basically called Fitz a rapist, and you all think she was telling the truth?

    “I would have had something. Been something. Done something. I wouldn’t have wasted twenty years propping you up, making you feel ok about your pathetic mediocrity. Petting you and applauding you. My life would have meant something if it wasn’t for you.”

    Did we ever see Fitz ask Mellie to give up her job, or did she come up with that plan behind Fitz’s back with Cyrus back in episode 3×07? Once again, this is Mellie’s pov and people are so stupid, they don’t understand that just because she says things, doesn’t make it true. Fitz is a modern guy who wouldn’t have cared if she’d kept working at her law firm, but guess what, she didn’t even discuss it with him. She took it upon herself to make the sacrifice because of her goals for the both of them, not just for him. But yeah, Fitz is the devil who forced her to quit her job.

    The mess that is their marriage was not all Mellie’s fault, but it certainly wasn’t all Fitz’s fault either. It takes two to kill a marriage off, but one thing I will always maintain is that Mellie bargaining with Jerry over him raping her, rather than telling Fitz is what started the rot, and 10 years after that, he met Olivia, so she wasn’t even responsible for the state of their marriage, in fact, as we know, she was the one who taught them how to pretend to be a real couple, without her, they wouldn’t have won the primaries, and they would have divorced years ago.

    I understand that people watch the show with different lenses, but I just wish people would at least take the time to watch the show properly, and see things as they are. Everything that the characters say are from their own pov, and it doesn’t make any of it true, but at least if all parties were allowed to enter into a two-way dialogue, the audience would have a choice in terms of who’s perspective they want to champion. Instead we get two minute monologues from the likes of Mellie, Rowan and Cyrus, where the other person involved in the conversation never says a word to defend themselves. Especially the lead character. And that’s infuriating.

  18. Mona Kane
    November 1, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I understand that people watch the show with different lenses, but I just wish people would at least take the time to watch the show properly, and see things as they are.

    Are you Shonda R. or someone else closely involved with the writing and direction of this show? If not, I’m having a hard time seeing why your opinion of what you see on the screen is any more valid than anyone else’s. And as far as watching a TV show “properly” is concerned, is there a rule book somewhere that we who aren’t watching the show “properly” can consult for guidance?

    The people who watch Scandal these days aren’t as intelligent as they used to be, so they take everything literally, and they rely on others to tell them what they should think.

    I think it’s great to be passionate about a TV show and to one’s viewpoints about it. However, I also think there’s a fine line between disagreeing with other people’s opinions and trying to declare their opinions invalid by insulting their intelligence. Throwing up a wall of words probably isn’t as effective as you might think either…in my opinion, of course.

    Attention Everyone, LAZ 1 is….. Maya “Momma” Pope!,/i>

    Yeah, I think so to. Maybe OPA should just set up a deathmatch cage fight between Mama and Papa Pope and be done with it. Otherwise they’ll both keep returning like bad pennies

    Thanks for the continuing great work, Luvvie. (Also, is there a reason why this post doesn’t appear when you click the “scandal” tag?)

    • Mona Kane
      November 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      I understand that people watch the show with different lenses, but I just wish people would at least take the time to watch the show properly, and see things as they are.

      Are you Shonda R. or someone else closely involved with the writing and direction of this show? If not, I’m having a hard time seeing why your opinion of what you see on the screen is any more valid than anyone else’s. And as far as watching a TV show “properly” is concerned, is there a rule book somewhere that we who aren’t watching the show “properly” can consult for guidance?

      The people who watch Scandal these days aren’t as intelligent as they used to be, so they take everything literally, and they rely on others to tell them what they should think.

      I think it’s great to be passionate about a TV show and to express one’s viewpoints about it. However, I also think there’s a fine line between disagreeing with other people’s opinions and trying to declare their opinions invalid by insulting their intelligence. Throwing up a wall of words probably isn’t as effective as you might think either…in my opinion, of course.

      Attention Everyone, LAZ 1 is….. Maya “Momma” Pope!,/i>

      Yeah, I think so to. Maybe OPA should just set up a deathmatch cage fight between Mama and Papa Pope and be done with it. Otherwise they’ll both keep returning like bad pennies

      Thanks for the continuing great work, Luvvie. (Also, is there a reason why this post doesn’t appear when you click the “scandal” tag?)

    • Mona Kane
      November 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      sorry for the double post and the formatting errors in the first post…

    • MB77
      November 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you!
      Some of these people feel like they are so intelligent. Based on what? Because you so called pay attention more than we do?
      Just because we like different characters, it means we are stupid?
      Some of these people…
      But thank you Mona for saying the REAL TRUTH!

  19. SIPort
    November 1, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    About Olivia telling Mellie about Papa Pope killing her son…… I think it was retaliation for Mellie revealing that it was HER involvement with Damascus, and the killing of the Jurors that led Fitz to kick her out of the White House. It was obvious that Olivia had no clue that THAT was the reason that Fitz kicked Mellie out. We never saw a conversation where he revealed Mellie’s part behind the juror’s killing, and so, until that moment, I had assumed Olivia knew the truth. But, she didn’t. So, Fitz brought her into the White House without telling the truth about MELLIE’S ACTIONS that caused her to be kicked out. She wasn’t kicked out of the White House because of Fitz’s undying love for Olivia. She was kicked out because of something MELLIE did – which, from a relationship standpoint, is totally different. So, that, was another strike against Olivia marrying Fitz.

    The only disappointment in the entire episode was Susan Ross…I was like, Girl, you accepted the Vice-Presidential position..what did you think that means? Why are you spacing out, coming to whine to the Attorney General?

    But, everyone else was fabulous! The choice of music…how it all went down….Papa Pope AND TOM free, on the loose. My jaw was on the floor when I saw TOM -I wasn’t ready…

    Killing Jake’s Boo so soon – knew she wasn’t any good.

    Mellie was fabulous. Finally being the Mellie I thought she could be.

    I can’t have sympathy for Olivia. I don’t even understand…she ran out on the man she loves and marriage. It’s a mess, and I’m over Olitz. Olivia is so damn wishy washy. How she gonna say she loves the man, and doesn’t even really want to be with him.Sneaking around…creeping…that’s ok. But, in the light, with a commitment? No..she can’t handle it. I think she loved the drama of being with Fitz..and without it….she can’t handle normal.

  20. loverlyone
    November 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I completely agree with Kendall. I usually do not comment on this site, but I had to say something this time. I am tired of this show building up Mellie to put Olivia down, just to please those who feel Mellie is the victim and should be propped up on the White privilege pedastal. I also agree that I it is completely one-sided NOT to hear a rebuttal from Olivia, especially, when she is being constantly red to filth from “Saint MELLIE” who acts as if she has done nothing wrong. I am really considering not watching this show anymore because of the way Shonda and her writers are making Mellie out to be some kind of hero/superwoman, at the expense of Olivia. Olivia in season 1 was a tower of strength, and by this season she is a puddle of mud on the floor. It is ridiculous and I can not take it anymore!

  21. del
    November 9, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I agree with kendal 100 % she told it just like is.

  22. Blondek
    February 13, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Luvvie, I just wanna say I LOVE your recap! Thnx so much! I like to have Scandal on as I do chores and shiz and as a consequence I miss a lot. So, I missed how papa Pope got out. Googled it and I got you! I have now followed you on all social medias. Also, I LOVE all the comments and passion surrounding this show and TV in general. Ladies gotta be entertained! xo