All Roads Lead to the League of Goons! Scandal Episode 205 Recap

It’s been two weeks since the last episode of Scandal, so you know I was scratching my neck like a crackhead who needed a hit. I was SO READY for it. Now, I don’t even have the words to articulate how this episode of Scandal had me losing my mind. And I cannot deal with the voodoo the Scandal writers do every week, especially in the last 3-5 minutes. So I’m not e’em gon try. Let’s just talk about this episode. For it gave me everything.

As always, get off this bus here if you haven’t watch this episode and don’t want spoilers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Fixing the David Rosen Problem – We pick up in the meeting room with Mellie, Olivia, Cyrus, Vera and Hollis (the League of Goons, as I call them). They’re talking about their David Rosen problem and Olivia says she’ll fix it.

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David gets called to his office, expecting to get fired. Instead, his boss says he went to bat for him and he can be gainfully employed again on the condition that he stops obsessing over the Quinn-gate case. Well played, Liv.

The Dead Contractor – Olivia’s summoned to the house of the Governor of Maryland, who’s killed his contractor. He tells Liv he walked in and saw the dude raping his wife, Joan, so he shot him in the head. However, Joan, has since showered, which she should not have done before having a rape exam, disobeying Liv’s instructions. WHEN OLIVIA POPE SAYS DON’T SHOWER, YOU STAY FUNKY!

Olivia’s the Fixer – The Governor, his lawyer and Olivia talk about how this should be handled in the media and the lawyer suggests that they make the Gov out to be a hero. Liv thinks they should just tell the media to respect their privacy as they move forward. However, when she speaks at the press conference, the lawyer disregards Olivia’s advice completely.

Olivia confronts the Governor and he pouts about how he lost the election for Presidency because of her. Sir, pull up your britches. Your punk bishness is showing.

David’s Not So Fixed – Although David has his job back, he’s still wondering what happened with Quinn-gate. While him and Abby are canoodling, he says he’s meeting with some possible informant who might tip him off.

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Woman Who Cried Rape – As the Gladiators dig deeper into the lives of the Governor and Joan, they find out that the contractor who died was actually Joan’s side-piece and was unclogging her pipes along with those of the house. When the Governor walked in on them in act, her hoshit came to light, she panicked, yelled rape and side-boo got shot. SCANDALLLLL!

Squabble in the Press Room – Cyrus is mad that his husband, James, is now working as a press correspondent at the White House. During a press conference, James asks Cyrus a question and is brushed off quickly. When he doesn’t let his question die, Cy shuts him down and moved on to another reporter. Chile, it was testy in that press room. No pun intended.

Protecting the Hero – Now that Joan’s affair is out and it’s found that her false cry of “rape” is what led to the murder, Liv asks the Gubnor what he wants to do. She advises him that they tell the police the truth so he can be off, although it means Joan will be imprisoned. He tells her that the world thinks he’s a hero and he wants to keep it that way. Oh. O_O

Vera’s Hospital Visit – The Supreme Court justice, Vera, is in the hospital again. As she’s being discharged, Olivia shows up. Liv tells her “I prefer to think that anything can be fixed.” She says “Then you’re a fool.” WELP.

Just 4,359 – Liv talks to Joan privately and the Govnah’s wife tells her how she cheated because her hubby hasn’t been the same since the presidential election he lost. 4,359 votes stopped him from taking the office and he has become a shadow of his formerly self because of it. And he partly blames her for it. The Governor lost the presidency by 4,359 votes and lost his shit? Damb. Someone check on Mitt Romney. He lost by 4 million. OOP.

Mellie Wants Out – The First Lady says she no longer wants to meet with the League of Goons and that she wants out. Cyrus tells her “You wanted a seat at the table. Well you have it.” Ma’am, you can’t just leave the ILLUMIGOONI when you want. You gotta see this through! Cyrus SNATCHED her wig properly though.

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Also, I was at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in LA in February where Shonda Rhimes was one of the honorees. Her award was presented by the head of ABC (yes, the network) and the woman said that Shonda doesn’t just have a seat at the table. They gave her the whole table. I love how the writers of Scandal mirrored that.

Joan’s Ride or Die – David shows up at Olivia’s office with a warrant for the Governor’s arrest. Somehow, he got word of the fact that in the weeks leading up to the contractor’s death, he had received angry emails from the Gov. However, Joan decides to turn herself in, admitting that she was at fault for wrongfully crying rape.

Olivia says NAWL – Senator Davis, Liv’s ex, has been calling her to ask her out. When he shows up at her office, she says a soft NAWL, saying she’s not ready. And that when she is, she’ll let him know. You know she’s still fiending for President Ghost.

Abby Trips on New Info – Our boy, Huck, found him a lady at his Alcohol Anonymous meetings and he has a date with her. As the Gladiators try to dress him up for the occasion, Abby goes to his computer and sees a note on it with the time and date of the meeting David had. She figures out the person he met with was a plant. LAWD, ABBY.

Governor’s a Shrew – While in the Governor’s office looking for something to write on, Liv finds a picture in one of his files. It’s of Joan and the contractor. HE KNEW ABOUT THE AFFAIR AND SET HER UP TO TAKE THE FALL FOR THIS MURDER! That bitter summabitch was really butthurt about the campaign he lost, and this was his way of winning. Ain’t that about something???

Unwinding Like They Know How – Cyrus visits Liv because he’s mad at his boo, and the two of them unwind over a glass of wine. Liv tells him “I don’t like it when they bad guys get away.” He replies with “Then you shouldn’t come to Washington.” Well damb.

Huck takes his date to go spy on a random family having dinner to show her what he does for fun. That’s not creepy at all. O____O

Snitches Get Stitches? – Since the dude David met up with was basically useless for the information he needs, he decides to give up the witch hunt. As he takes down his Olivia shrine in his living room, Abby barges in to tell him what she found on Huck’s computer. Including something about voting machines. DAMBIT, ABBY!

But wayment. Turns out that Olivia knew Abby has been on some traitorous shit. Next thing we see is Huck and Liv in a room listening to what Abby was telling David. OLIVIA GAHTDAMB POPE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!! I am HERE for the Grand Goontress of Gubment!

And then afterwards, I thought so wait. Did the League of Goons. Did they screw the governor outta 4,359 votes??? Is that why he lost??? This is SO DEEP! And one of my followers said:

Scandal Rigged Votes

OMG! That makes SOOOO much sense! This episode is called “All Roads Lead to Fitz” but NAWL! All roads really lead to the League of Goons, who are really running things!

Rigged election. Having no real power and having all his strings pulled by others. President Fitz is basically Dubya from 2000. WELPY.

And this also makes sense why this episode did not run before the Presidential election on Tuesday. This makes PERFECT sense. I get you, Shonda! I GET IT! This was too much tea!

This is deeper than the Pacific! This story gets more layers every week and I’ont know how deep it can go. Alls I know is that I AM HERE FOR IT! 15 minutes after the show went off, I was still sweating like Tyrese at a spelling bee! WHOOO! Scandal knows how to get me, lawd!

But yes, whatcha think of this ep?

Also, the 2nd episode of my Ratchet and the Geek podcast with Scott Hanselman is up! Check out and getchu a piece. We talk about Scandal in it too!

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  1. Arianna
    November 9, 2012 at 7:22 am — Reply

    I thought the Govenor didn’t set his wife up, but just used her rape cry to become a hero since he was going to commit murder-suicide? I don’t know they talk so fast in this show!

    • Amy
      November 9, 2012 at 10:31 am — Reply

      You are right. AFter watching it again today lol, He initially was going to do a murder suicide. He was going to kill the lover first so his wife could watch him done then turn the gun on his wife then him.

      When she yelled rape, he saw by his words ” he had a second chance’ and he ran with it.

      The saltiness this man had ,no bounds. How you just going to use one election to justify being a murderer.

      LMAO at luvvie’s Mitt’s references lol.

    • Amy
      November 9, 2012 at 10:34 am — Reply

      I think the Governor is sooo delusional now that he make actually run for President again.

      Again lmao at Mittens references because I can see it. lol

  2. Miss Hope
    November 9, 2012 at 7:30 am — Reply

    Last night I was channeling my inner Shonda and I just KNOWED that the heffa was having an affair!! However, the Governor’s extreme saltiness (and subsequent griminess) was totally unexpected!

    Cyrus’ wig snatching was extraordinary and I (mentally) ran around the house bawling when he said “you may be an animal, but I’m a monster” Cyrus for gahtdamb President! That line made my night.

    As for that twitter post, it’s too early in the morning for me to contemplate the ramifications of that possibility. My brain cells may have recovered in time for next week’s episode -____-

    • MAK
      November 9, 2012 at 8:47 am — Reply

      Yes! I was (mentally) running around the house too after Cy said that… “you may be an animal, but I’m a monster” Best quote of the night!

    • November 9, 2012 at 10:48 am — Reply

      iHollered when he said that!!!

  3. Lisa
    November 9, 2012 at 7:42 am — Reply

    This show has me all up in my feelings for at least an hour after it’s over. Crazy. I love how Harrison called out Judas, AKA, Abby on giving info to David. One thing that I did notice is that the guy who was in the living room with Liv at the end was the plant she sent to meet with David, not Huck. So clearly there are more people in on the secret than just the ones who met in the room. They explained what Cy, Mellie, and Verna got in return to participate in this deal but they skipped over what Liv got. It wouldn’t shock me if Mellie agreed to let Liv have Fitz once his term(s) as president were up. I should probably stop trying to figure anything out, you really never know what Shonda is going to throw out you. Great recap!

    • Lisa
      November 9, 2012 at 8:10 am — Reply

      At* (oops)

  4. Tiffany
    November 9, 2012 at 7:46 am — Reply

    I think Liv is now going to set the Governor of Maryland up to be the person behind the bombing, probably saying he got some type of insider’s tip that it was rigged and took matters into his own hands. It just seems like the perfect way to discredit him and get the heat off the League at the same time. Side note, I’m going to shed a thug tear when Vera dies.

  5. November 9, 2012 at 8:10 am — Reply

    I imagine the way Liv is going to bring Abby down is the way a lioness brings down a gazelle. Run by her side, let her get ahead just enough to think she is getting away, then clip that back foot. Once she is down go straight for the jugular.

    Abby is going down and Liv is going to do it in the most glorious fashion. I am here for that. Every. Last. Second.

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    • November 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm — Reply

      UBER YUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! *shakes table*

    • Joy n L.A.
      November 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm — Reply

      “…then clip that back foot.”
      Sorta like a pit maneuver…

    • Bukky
      November 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm — Reply

      Girrrrrrrrrrl…and I am right there with you!!!! Haven’t liked her since season 1. She deserves errything Liv is about to give her. Every. Darn. Thing.

  6. Shanna
    November 9, 2012 at 8:36 am — Reply

    What hasn’t been mentioned is the clip for next’s weeks show. All I can say is, Olivia Pope is making BOSS MOVES.

  7. November 9, 2012 at 9:13 am — Reply

    LAWD! That tweet has me reeling! But Abby gon get it! I can’t wait to see Liv take her DOWN!

  8. vanita applebum
    November 9, 2012 at 9:19 am — Reply

    “sweating like Tyrese at a spelling bee”

    OMG! OMG!! *runs around couch screaming with laughter, then falls out*

    Thats in my lexicon forever now. ROTF!!

  9. bichole
    November 9, 2012 at 9:51 am — Reply

    The League of Goons?! So right.

    I guess the Governor thinks he knows Olivia? To play her like that? Part of him feeling like a winner? We will see because I can easily see this storyline coming around again.

    I predict Mellie is going to blow soon. All this men keeping her down? Plus hormones? No way is she going to continue to put up with all this.

    Abby has been around Liv for too long to not know Liv has skills. She saved her from an abusive husband. She seen her work miracles and knows there are back room deals. WHY Abby, would you gamble against Team Pope? I hope it was good while it lasted?

    • Bridgette
      November 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm — Reply

      Right!!! What is Abby thinking about? She had to know that Liv was going to find out. Chile…..

    • November 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm — Reply

      RIGHT!!! David’s horizontal dance moves can’t be THAT good to make it worth Abby basically risking her LIFE!!! Liv is gon’ peel Abby’s muffin cap back blue!!! And I. AM. HERE. FOR. IT.

  10. Tiffiany
    November 9, 2012 at 10:01 am — Reply

    “The Governor lost the presidency by 4,359 votes and lost his shit? Damb. Someone check on Mitt Romney. He lost by 4 million. OOP.” *priceless*

    • Margaret
      November 9, 2012 at 11:12 am — Reply

      That’s the first thing I thought. Send folks to check on Mittens. Y’all remember how long it too him to concede the other night…wonder if he was having those same thoughts.

  11. milaxx
    November 9, 2012 at 10:30 am — Reply

    Here’s the other thing I was wondering. Once I realized they rigged the election, I wondered about Oliv & Ghost. Was she just supposed to seduce or flirt with him & accidentally fell in love or what. Is that why Mellie is so butt hurt because I really don’t think she cared that he didn’t love her. I don’t even think he cared if he had affair if he was discreet about it. I think what ills old Mellie is his barely being able to function without Liv.

    • November 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm — Reply

      Well considering that Mellie had an affair last season, I’m surprised that she even wanted him to care lol

  12. Marianna
    November 9, 2012 at 11:16 am — Reply

    I don’t think they rigged the election. Or at least Olivia didn’t. I think it was Hollis because he was a campaign contributor wasn’t he? Like a super PAC? So I can see him having done all this on his own. But when the others (Olivia) found out it was too late to do anything. Their guy was President. So they decided to help him (Hollis) cover it up after he screwed it up by killing Quinn’s bf.

    • November 9, 2012 at 11:20 am — Reply

      And there it is!! They mentioned something about him going rogue and doing stuff all on his own which put them all in a bad spot. But then he rebutted and said… well you all got what you wanted out of it. soooo… STFU.

    • milaxx
      November 9, 2012 at 10:53 pm — Reply

      That’s it! Liv & co were called in after her killed the guy in order to clean things up.

  13. November 9, 2012 at 11:19 am — Reply

    LAAAAAAAWWWWWDDDTTTT!! This episode just did things to me… I just.. me… I can’t…

    Shonda DAMB Rhimes and “Olivia GHATDAMB Pope”, ladies and gents!!

    I needs to know WHY Abby would underestimate the grand goontress that is Olivia Pope?! Why Abs?! FOR WHY?! You know she’s a beast. She just need to fall in line w/ Huck and Harrison. The women always wanna question. Quinn did too til she spent that 6 mos in prison. She got her mind right after that?! Abby better get her life before she ends up taking the fall for the whole Cytron thing. LOL. Be looking like O_O But… Wait!!

    Anyways… ain’t no reason Scandal don’t come on AT LEAST twice a week. I mean… half the stories are off the air. Replace the Young & the Restless w/ Scandal!! I. Am. Here. For. It.

    Sidenote: I needs them to actually film in DC. Harrison/Columbus could get the WHOLE thing. Hmph. All of it.

    • November 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm — Reply

      hunny! between Columbus and Kerry my emtotions be all confused!too much sexiness and beauty in one show

  14. Janel
    November 9, 2012 at 11:32 am — Reply

    I had to watch the episode this morning before i read your re-cap. You iLive for your re-caps of this show. So much sugar for my tea, lets re-cap your re-cap:(It’s been two weeks since the last episode of Scandal, so you know I was scratching my neck like a crackhead who needed a hit.) ( The Governor lost the presidency by 4,359 votes and lost his shit? Damb. Someone check on Mitt Romney. He lost by 4 million. OOP.)(“You wanted a seat at the table. Well you have it.” Ma’am, you can’t just leave the ILLUMIGOONI when you want. You gotta see this through! Cyrus SNATCHED her wig properly though.)(President Fitz is basically Dubya from 2000. WELPY.) And the most sugar I got, because I will fight someone if they disagree with this is (OLIVIA GAHTDAMB POPE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!! I am HERE for the Grand Goontress of Gubment!)

  15. Drea
    November 9, 2012 at 11:46 am — Reply

    As usual, iLive for Luvvie’s recap and iLive for Liv and her goon squad. I have to double my blood pressha meds to watch this damb show! I am here for every second of it. They better not ever take this show off! This show is right up there with 24 in my top 5 fav list.

    That red headed troll, Abby betta watch her back and I hope Huck doesn’t get to preoccupied with his lil gf and slip up. We need him sharp and focused!

    “Sweating like Tyrese at a spelling bee” this made me spit water on my computer I laughed so hard…lol!!

  16. Nikki Bee (@nikkib1920)
    November 9, 2012 at 11:56 am — Reply

    The chick in the red suit was not the Gov’s lawyer, she was his Chief of Staff. She messed it up for everyone, ol’ salty bish.

    And yes, if’n you aint on da Tweeter during #Scandal, you are missing OUT!. We all be ackin’ a fool on there during the show. 🙂

    How cute was Huck getting ready for his date? How creepy was it that he was stalking the family?

    and can we PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT ABBY?? but knowing my girl Shonda, Abby might be playing everyone.

    And yes at the League of Goons. That judge knows ERRYTHANG!!

    Wait, wait, the best part? The epic, understated battle between Cyrus and his husband, James. James is gonna get him a fat, smooshy baby or all hell will break loose.

    Didn’t we say at the beginning that we’d have to watch Cyrus? Chile, boom. That man is finna crack at some point.

    And Mellie needs to sit down, really? She’s truly ornamental. (who else thinks the baby is not Fitz’s? o/)

    Can we get some backstory on how the rest of the team ends up with Olivia?

    WHO is the costume designer for this show, because CHILEEEE, WHOO!! I’m not even a fashionista and I want everything Olivia wears!! That grey coat last night? SHOOOOT. .

    Finally, finally. Don’t EVER miss the last 3-5 minutes of a Shonda Rhimes show. Your life will be handed to you during that short time frame. Every Thursday I end up yelling/gasping at what happens during that space.

    Great recap, Luvvie!! As usual. 🙂
    *goes to check for podcast*

    • November 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm — Reply

      I was crying when my baby girl woke up crying and cried through the last 5 mins of the show!!! I couldn’t wait for this post to see what i missed!

    • Kathryn
      November 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm — Reply

      I don’t think that baby is Fitz’s.

  17. Renita
    November 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    When Harrison turned around in the office with his coffee and Huck was standing there, I jumped with him. Lol Huck aint the one you wanna see sneak up on you.

    • Nikki Bee (@nikkib1920)
      November 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm — Reply

      aww, Huck has no people skills. lol!

      • Renita
        November 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm — Reply

        No he doesnt, but he’s kinda adorable that way. I just wanna give him a hug.

  18. Tiffany
    November 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    I just imagine every Thursday night Shonda Rhimes steps out onto her porch and yells “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!!!” Then goes back in and goes to bed. Mellie stay gettin’ told about herself and shut down. First when Cyrus said “If your water breaks, change your pants and clap your knees” I died! Then came the infamous “I’m a monster” line, I was done! I do fear that Cy’s husband is going to get caught up in some stuff now that he’s working at the White House as a journalist. When he said something about there being secrets and he can’t wait to find them I clutched my pearls and was like “Is Cy gonna have to go monster on his boo?!?!” I can’t take it!

  19. Tiffany
    November 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    I just imagine every Thursday night Shonda Rhimes steps out onto her porch and yells “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!!!” Then goes back in and goes to bed. Mellie stay gettin’ told about herself and shut down. First when Cyrus said “If your water breaks, change your pants and clamp your knees” I died! Then came the infamous “I’m a monster” line, I was done! I do fear that Cy’s husband is going to get caught up in some stuff now that he’s working at the White House as a journalist. When he said something about there being secrets and he can’t wait to find them I clutched my pearls and was like “Is Cy gonna have to go monster on his boo?!?!” I can’t take it!

  20. DonnaRanae
    November 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm — Reply

    Luvvie we do really go together. These Scandal posts keep us bonded. Man if Shonda Rhimes isn’t the damb QUEEN of alla Hollywood. Cyrus is the Grand High Priestess of Wig Snatching and he kills me with one liners allatahm. These writers deserve alla awards….Grammy, Emmy, Oscar, Tony, MTV, EBT(BET but I call them EBT becuz they ratchet and low budget), Olympic, JD Power and Assoc, Homebuilders…pretty much anything that comes with an award.

    • Alyssa
      November 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm — Reply

      Flatlined at JD Poer and Assoc. Miracle Resuscitation at Homebuilders. You deserve all the damb awards.

      • Nikki Bee (@nikkib1920)
        November 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm — Reply


        someone call it. . lol!!!

  21. Bridgette
    November 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    Man, Abby gon get f***ed up. Excuse me, Abby AND David gon get f***ed up. I kept thinking, Abby has to know that Liv knows what is going on. She can’t be that stupid. I’m thinking its David’s peen that has her all screwed up. She was already tripping but now she has gon over the edge. Bless her soul.

    And poor Mellie…she is in over in head and Cy proved it. He basically called her ornamental, but he prefaced so much better. “If your water breaks, put some pants on and hold your knees tight together….” Damn, Cy. I wanted to cry for Mellie.

    Until next week

  22. Deekiemack
    November 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm — Reply


    Great recap as usual. But how did you not discuss Cyrus telling Mellie that “if her water breaks she needs to change her pants and close her knees??”

    BEST line of the night!

  23. Dee
    November 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    I always feel like I have to watch Scandal twice so I live forthese recaps to help bring me some clarity. Lawd knows if you sneeze you end up missing some conspiratorial look or whisper or something that throws paths the whole episode off!

    • Dee
      November 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm — Reply

      *throws the whole episode off.

    • Lisalis
      November 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm — Reply

      This is so true. I have to go back and watch each episode at least twice so I really know what’s going on.

  24. JojoRaze
    November 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm — Reply

    I came here for the podcast update and stayed for the Scandal recap. I don’t even watch Scandal, but your recaps have me rofling every time.

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