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Scandal is BACK! Season 3: Episode 1 Handled It!

Scandal is BACK, yall! I’ve been preparing for this moment ALL MY LIFE (ok 4 months, but still). Gladiators everywhere have analyzed the show to pieces and got our minds ready to see what Shonda Rhimes was gonna serve us for season three and last night was finally the time!

scandal season 3 premiere 1

I was in a room with 200 women at the #CBTVScandal watch party at Blogalicious and it was like being in a giant living room.

Chile… look. From the second the show started til the minute it ended, I had to hyperfocus because they packed SO MUCH into that hour. Let’s just get into it.

Rowan’s Rousing Read – Olivia rides in a limo with Daddy Goon (Rowan) and he takes her to some airplane hanger space and proceeds to read our girl for FILTH AND TRASH! He dropkicked her emotions through the goalposts of life, telling her “You opened your knees and gave it to a man with too much power.” WELL DANG, Daddy! NO ONE has ever snatched Liv’s wig like this and all she could so was look down and pout.

Rowan Olivia Scandal

When he told her “I am the hell and high water” I had to give props. ROWAN POPE THE KING GOON, ladies and gents!”

After he was good and done, he told her she needs to disappear for eight months and get a new life. She goes along with it and gets on the plane. When she calls Cyrus, he tells her not to run and she decides to face the music. Rowan was NOT pleased!

Sally and Cyrus Supreme Shade – Cyrus and Fitz summon VP Sally Langston to the Oval Office because of the mess they have on their hands. They ask her to appear publicly on the POTUS’ behalf as the chaos dies down and she ain’t tryna have it. She’s talmbout she’s the Lord’s witness and I bet the Lord is somewhere like “the devil is a lie!” Meanwhile, Cyrus tells her the Lord ain’t fill out no voter registration cards, so she basically needs to saddown.

LMAO! I love Cyrus.

LMAO! I love Cyrus.

But then she comes for him, saying “I have never once mentioned what I think of your Godless homosexual lifestyle and that poor sweet brown baby you dragged into it.” VP Sally is so damb CHILL-deficient!

President Ghost tells Cyrus he needs to talk to his VP in private, and then he basically does his version of Usher’s “Confessions” to appeal to her pitying side or something. She finally agrees to do what they want her to do.

Going Back to Gladiate – Olivia heads back to the OPA offices and when she pulls up, there’s Press everywhere. She can’t e’em come out the car until Huck opens the door and rushes her in, with Harrison right behind. When she changes out her workout clothes, the Gladiators ask her what’s next and she says “business as usual.” NAWL, LIV! That ain’t how it goes.

Gladiate 1 Gladiate 2

Snitches Without Stitches – Mellie sees Hal chilling in the hall and she asks him if he leaked Olivia’s name when he went to a DC bar that reporters go to. He says he just mentioned him having an affair. UGH I HATE HAL!!! I ain’t here for his loose-lipped ass. How are you gon be Secret Service when you can’t keep N’AN SECRET?!? They could tattoo a secret to Hal and it’d somehow wash off.

Dingy White Hat – Lemony Snicket (David Rosen) comes to see Olivia as a friend and he brings up her white hat, which is clearly dingy gray by now. All this drama. Liv’s hat gon need bleach. Right then, it’s announced on the news that there’s footage of President Ghost coming out of Liv’s apartment building. UH OH! Trouble dey!

Kill Folder – The footage has Cyrus spooked so he tells someone to start the Olivia Pope “Kill Folder.” Because he’s the kinda dude who has NO allegiance to anyone. Cyrus ain’t bout that life. Anyways, Harrison calls him and he hangs up on him because he’s rude and terrible. But we find out some tea on Olivia Caroline Pope. Her mom died in a plane crash when she was 12 years old, and Liv has a thing for older powerful guys. I believe the latter but the former might not be true. I have a feeling that Liv’s mama is still alive, but she’s a top flight CIA operative of the world. DONBELEEMEJUHWAH!

2 Legit 2 Quit – Olivia is headed to her car in a parking garage when her daddy pops up. Apparently, that wig snatch from earlier wasn’t enough. Also, why isn’t Liv with security ALLATAHM?!? For someone who is so high profile, they leave her vulnerable too doggone often.

Liv asks Poppa Goon where her fallback boo, Jake, is and he doesn’t tell her. Reminded me of when DeAngelo asked Stringer “Where Wallace at, String?” I digress. He does tell her to realize that she’s pretty powerless and she hits him with the “I am NEVER out of options!” Yes, MA’AM!  Olivia Pope is 2 Legit 2 Quit.

“Hi” to Providence – Olivia makes a phone call and uses the word Providence. Next we see her doing her signature strut down a hallway in an AMAZING white trench that gave me what I NEED!!! I just need to take this moment to talk about how glorious that joint was. AMEN.

When the door opens, Olviia hears “Hi.” and it’s President Ghost waiting for her. YESSSS, LAWD!!! I did a church scoot at this moment. Ain’t no “hi” segzier. The sweetness is only momentary as Fitz starts scolding her for using the code for high alert situations. She basically did the equivalent of yelling “FIRE!” Whoops. Well it’s important to her because this situation is bigger than both of them. Liv tells him “all of us are here” and he wonders who the “all” is as his wife walks in.

FAINTS WUT?!?

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Two Times – Mellie walks in and Fitz tried to question her presence, so she looks at Liv and tells him his “whore” asked her to be there. I ain’t e’em gon be mad at her for calling Liv such because if I was her, I’da called Ms. Pope WAY worse. I’m petty so… Anyway, the point is to fix this situation and Fitz recommends that they just tell the truth. And this is why don’t nobody ask him for solutions. He’s so damb simple. Liv comes up with a plan to have the First Couple do a press conference and they admit to Fitz having an affair, they apologize and she makes a statement saying she’s sorry.

But Mellie says they can only admit they slept together twice. She’s basically fed up, and she got the right to be because when President Ghost got shot, the name he called out was Olivia’s.

Mellie Scandal

The knucklehead she’s married to throws it in her face by saying “That is me being in love with another woman.” Fitz is THE WORST!!! This is why he can’t have nice things, like real power and opinions on situations. There’s one thing to be a cheating trollop, but to constantly throw the love for your mistress in your wife’s face is just unnecessary, President Ghost!

When Mellie leaves, Fitz takes off his jacket and pulls Liv into a hug as she sobs. Aawwwww! Woo woo woo, Olivia girl.

Scotch and Sally – VP Sally joins Fitz for some scotch in the Oval Office, and he tells her he’s gonna come clean to the public. “After my speech, there will be a window. Climb through it. Be bold. Condemn me. Male yourself the moral center of the party.” Chile, he’s so fed up that he basically wants to GIVE her his seat. And he of course had to throw in a Mellie jab in there. He ain’t right.

Bitching Gladiators – The gooning Gladiator in Gingham (Harrison) rallies the troops to fix what Olivia doesn’t want them to. When they express doubt, he gives them a verbal wedgie by asking “ARE WE GLADIATORS OR ARE WE BITCHES?!”

Gladiators Bitches 2

Welpy McWelpington of Welpland. GO IN THEN, BRO! Hey boo heyyyyy!

The plotting that the Gladiators were doing finally comes to light. They set up a White House Aide to take the fall as the other woman that Fitz was seeing (instead of Olivia), without her consent. She was basically an innocent bystander to the web of chaos, and the press has a field day. Olivia finds out, storms into the OPA conference room and demands “WHAT DID YOU DO?!?” Uh-oh. Also to be noted, Liv had on black here. Oh it’s really real now, huh?

Ghost Leak – Mellie walks into the Oval Office to see Fitz, who is wondering why the girl named Jeannine was brought into the madness. First Lady tells him that she knows he’s the one who leaked Olivia’s name to the press, because he thought then he could bring her in as his main lady. GUESS AGAIN, PRESIDENT GHOST! He got Tom, his other Secret Service dude, to leak Liv’s name while in that reporter-loved bar and there they are. Fitz admits that he did it so that Mellie can’t dangle the knowledge of their love over Liv anymore.

Fitz Mellie Showdown

He’s so doggone DONE with her.

Charlie’s Latest Mission – Cyrus gets home and walks in his bedroom to find Charlie sitting there. James isn’t moving and looks dead but Charlie tells him not to worry because he’s only in a drug-induced nap. That shady summabish. Anywhere you see Charlie, it’s for the worst stuff.

Charlie’s takes Cyrus to Rowan, who really loves terribly lit rooms. Daddy Goon asks Cyrus if he knows about a military mission that Fitz and Jake once had in Iran and Beene only knows the skeleton details. Poppa Pope hands him a file and tells him to read about what really happened, and whatever it was made Cyrus say “Oh my God.”

Aw hell. I feel like hell or high water is about to be what we see in next week’s episode, because the girl Jeannine is now a client of OPA.

i cant even gif

Chile, I can’t. I don’t even know how to can. My ability to can is currently furloughed.

When the show ended, I stood onstage with my #CBTVScandal co-host Kailei and just scratched my head. SO. MUCH. HAPPENED. I gotta let is marinate a little bit more.

But I have a couple of final thoughts

– Poppa Pope was a bit harsh but one of the things he said really had a G pause for the truthiness. He told Liv “You have to be twice as good to get half of what they have.” I wanted to find a handkerchief to THROW it because it’s such fact in so many of our lives. POPPA DON’T PREACH! I’M IN TROUBLE DEEP Realness.

– Mellie was a BEAST in this episode! She gets a bad rap but she’s a real G who has the right to be ALLL levels of pissed at Fitz and Liv. And Fitz ALWAYS underestimates her. It will always come back and bite him in the yansh.

– Cyrus is dirtier than old chicken grease. Dude ain’t bout that life AT ALL! But I still love him.

I got a couple of questions:

  1. Do you think Olivia’s mom really died when she was 12?
  2. Why did President Ghost really leak Liv’s name?
  3. What do you think was in the folder that Cyrus read?

Gladiators ROAR in the comments. Whatcha think of the beginning of season 3?

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193 Comments

  1. October 4, 2013 at 7:17 am

    First I have to address “My ability to can is currently furloughed.” YESSSSSS!!!!

    1.) I think if Olivia’s mom died it has something to do with her Dad. The line when Liv said “That’s the same thing Mom used to tell me about you” makes me feel like she’s dead.

    2.) I really think he leaked the name because like Mellie said, he thought he could leak the name and then Liv could fix it so people weren’t livid about it and then he would divorce Mellie and marry Liv. He’s too simple though and so he thought it was going to work.

    3.) The folder was definitely about Jake and Fitz. Probably some deep dark covert thing because everyone has been so hush hush about why they are so close.

    • Quinta
      October 4, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Mom not dead. Lynn Whitfield has just the right amount of sexycrazy to git right on in.

      • October 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        ok, i would actually fall out for real in real life if lynn whitfield showed up as olivia’s mom. i’ve been stanning so hard for diahann carroll as queen mama pope that i didn’t even consider ms. lynn. that would be EVERYTHING.

        • Max
          October 11, 2013 at 10:45 am

          I LIVE for Diahann, but I have to say Lynn Whitfield feels very right to me. Honestly, Diahann, and I mean no offense (she’s playing Mama/Lena Younger in Raisin the Sun with Denzel Washington next year) could actually be her grandmother, with Lynn as her mother. 3 generations of fierceness. I would have Diahann find Liv and tell her where her mother actually is. Someone get Shonda on the phone NOW!

        • Trina
          October 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm

          What about Angela Bassett? She could pull it off too.

      • October 8, 2013 at 12:55 am

        You ain’t NEVA LIED about to the subsequent Martin episode to promote said movie, to Madea’s Big Happy Family ReunionChristmahaunakwanzakah Party, YEAH…she has the whole bat-isht insane in Louboutins thing down pat!

        i think Liv handled Mama Goon away from Daddy Dearest because if he could read his “only child” for filth like she was a lowly screet urchin, then I’m almost certain Mama Pope is waiting until season 4 or 5 to grace us with her presence (with one hell of a season 3 finale tease in the wings).

  2. October 4, 2013 at 7:18 am

    i’m not buying that “olivia’s mom died in a plane crash” story AT ALL. nope. queen mama pope (please let it be diahann carroll!) is gonna swoop in and read rowan for all the filth ever.

    and idk what was in that folder, but cyrus is shook and that’s never a good sign!

    • Drea
      October 4, 2013 at 10:05 am

      ONG yaaaaas to Diahann Carroll. like you get me.

    • brittainny
      October 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

      I was thinking about the same person as her mom.

    • OriginalQT
      October 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

      I thought about Ms. Carroll because she’s just divine, but I might need Mrs. Claire Huxtable (Tony Award winning Phylicia Rashad) to read Whitley’s Byron for the filth and truth he brings. Ah, I was slain in the first 5 minutes when Mr. Pope told her he was the hell and the high water. Ooh chile. And Luvvie, you know every parent of every black, brown, yellow or red child told them same thing (hence why many of us are smarter, work harder and are paid less than the person we work for). I’m just saying…

      • Ms Pepsie
        October 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        It would be a sweet twist for Jasmine Guy to be Mama Pope! Phylicia Rashaad would of course be perfection – BUT she’s still on Grey’s. Unless, that could be the Grey’s/Scandal tie-in that I’ve been holding my breath for. I’m just still dead. I’m gonna have to change my schedule at work- i need sleep after Queen Lady Shonda is done snatching my life apart at the seams on Thursday nights.

        • Ametia
          October 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm

          Hi Ms Pepsie, Debbie Allen in on Greys anatomy , not Phylicia Rashad.

  3. Mimi
    October 4, 2013 at 7:18 am

    OK, Lemme just say in your words “…IT SLAYED ME….” I don’t think i breathed for the entire hour or so. I didn’t even notice i wasn’t breathing until i took in a huge breath as the credits rolled. WHOA!
    I think the reason why President Ghost put her name out there is cos he was tired of the dodgy affair, he wanted out of everything so he could finally be with our beloved Livvie. And this was probably the only way it was ever gonna come out with all the ‘fixing’ that keeps going on.
    As for whats in the folder, i think Shonda is gonna gives us another reason to not root for president Ghost.*sigh* and i can bet my bottom dollar (if i had any) that Livvie’s momma is alive and watching from the sidelines, although she may not appear anytime soon. Maybe the end of this season or the next one.
    Oh and by the way Awesome review as always. Your name is so apt.
    Ok. finished typing so i can breathe again. *phew*

  4. blacksred
    October 4, 2013 at 7:23 am

    I watched the first 10 minutes of the new waiting for more scandal.

  5. Jessa
    October 4, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I think Liv’s mom is alive and well and her baby being in trouble will draw her out. All I ask is that Ms. Rhimes bring Jasmine Guy onboard as Liv’s mother!

    • Somerset
      October 4, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Yessss! I would love for Jasmine Guy to be her mother! That would be perfect and what I long for!

  6. AngelMama
    October 4, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I think President Segzy was being a punk. He wants to be with Olivia and give up the presidency but he can’t do it like a man. He wants someone to pull the trigger for him.

    I also find it funny that Olivia was acting very much like a client. She had her head up her a$$ and did everything she could do to derail the “fix”. Olivia knows better; them daddy issues are real.

    I’m not really her for another Olitz. I’ve never enjoyed those or the hate sex scenes (Dabby I’m looking at you).

    • AngelMama
      October 4, 2013 at 7:34 am

      Typing too fast Edit:

      I’m not really HERE for another Olitz WAR. I’ve never enjoyed those or the hate sex scenes (Dabby I’m looking at you).

    • Khira Smith
      October 4, 2013 at 8:12 am

      Fitz is such a punk ass bish! And Olivia set it up to let his punk flag wave. She allowed herself to be a secret and when feelings came in things were too messy. I Could go on….. ugh.

    • Kay-VA
      October 4, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Agreed! I love Scandal, but I do not watch for the Olitz nonsense. I am not here for them and never will be. Fitz is a cheating, manipulative murdering ass. Liv, honey, how you get him is how you lose him. Liv is so damb smart yet so damb stupid.

      • Camille
        October 5, 2013 at 10:27 am

        YES! If he will cheat WITH you, he will cheat ON you! I thought Daddy Goon was more than a bit harsh, but he wasn’t wrong about the problems with her being Fitz’s chick on the side. Nobody, especially Daddy Goon, raises their children to be The Other anything.

  7. janelfelice
    October 4, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Two things. One, several things is Cyrus’ kill folder weren’t true. It said something about her father being a farmer and poor. We know that isn’t true. Cyrus would have freaked if he found out that Rowan was Olivia’s father. Cyrus just knows her as his student. Not much before that. Also, i think that Fitz expected the fallout. He is basically starting a war with Mellie. In next week’s episode, he is on the phone telling Olivia to come at the White House full throttle to defend ol’ girl. This is about to get good. Fitz had no dambs to give. I think him and Olivia are going to end up working together. And it’s going to cause a whole lot of drama! All hail Auntie Shonda!

    • janelfelice
      October 4, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Correction. They said her dad curates antiquities at the Smithsonian. Cyrus can’t be dumb enough to believe that. If her father was in DC, he would have seen him by now.

      • CapitalKayPea
        October 4, 2013 at 8:58 am

        The entire ‘kill’ folder is inaccurate. it was set up by PoppaPope, the Original Goon. I don’t think a ‘kill’ folder is for murders. I think it’s for collecting neutralizing facts. Cy is incapable of ordering a kill on Liv.

        I don’t think that MommaPope is dead.at.all. I do think PoppaPope had her bani-shed, tho. For sleeping around with someone like maybe Fitz’ daddy!?!?

        …AuntVivUno is my choice for her mama.

        Fitz leaked the name because he’s a no-good control freak bitcharse who warned his wife he was going to divorce her and leave the presidency the minute he woke up from his coma. He meant that. We’ve seen steps One and Two already. Three through Five comin’.

        That folder, tho.

        That folder, in my opinion, is the reason Fitz is Pres. Not the vote fixing. We already know he’s a murderer. He is also a maniac who probably along with Jake did some heinous goonery during the war with hostages and innocents. And now he’s a punk because he can’t live with himself.

        • jcanwisegrrl
          October 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

          #AMENT to everything you said! I cannot stand a single, solitary cell in Fitzgerald Grant III (even though Tony Goldwyn CGI… metaphorically speaking.) He’s such an ain’t-shit, manipulative, selfish, weak, punk-ass loser! I don’t know what either Mellie or Liv sees in him. How you gonna profess to love someone and expose her to the shit storm? Listen, I’m NOT HERE for Olitz. Never been. And it’s not just because of the adultery. NEITHER of them know squat about love or how it’s supposed to work and their relationship makes my gums bleed. He just summons her and she comes running for some slam-bam-thankyoumam or shows up and takes it and she doesn’t have the good sense to kick him in the nuts! Ugh! #endrant

          Fitz’s ain’t-shitness goes far back, it seems. Can’t wait to see what’s in that folder that had ol Cyrus shook.

          Anyhoo, that kill folder had some interesting info, for sure. Right now, I’m thinking Olivia Pope isn’t even miss thang’s real name. Mama Pope is not dead. Nope. She probably left ol Rowan and is waiting in the wings to destroy him or something.

          I’ll definitely be watching the episode again, because I missed so much of it live-tweeting (never doing that ish again! Tweet only during breaks) and fighting the air due to my hatred for Fitz.

          Shonda n’em: 1
          My nerves: 0

        • Mel
          October 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

          Agreed! I’m so sick of Olivia and Fitz! I’d rather see her with Jake than Fitz. I think Jake really loves her. He disobey B6-13 orders knowing he was going to get slayed for doing it! That’s love. I don’t see Fitz risking his life to save her they way Jake did.

        • October 8, 2013 at 1:04 am

          if you don’t know that the reason why neither Liv nor Mellie can’t let go of Fitz is because they know what dat presidental MOUF do, IDK what to tell you! lol that’s his only redeeming quality at this point and Mellie is so thirsty to get that ol’ thing back, she’s making ME parched!

        • milaxx
          October 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

          yeah that kill folder is for them to use as damage control if things ever hit the fan

        • Ametia
          October 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

          Totally agree with you on the “kill folder,” It’s really a way fro poppapope goon to above all peeps fix his darling livvie’s antics.

        • skidiva
          October 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm

          A kill file does not mean to literally kill. It means to wreck a reputation with untruths and it creates a narrative. (ie…..ambitious slut)That’s why Cyrus’ response when he was told that Olivia attended Georgetown Law was, “I know, I was there.” They obviously created and used a kill file on Jeannine instead.

          Please, no Jasmine Guy as Liv’s mom. Let those characters rest in peace on a ADW. Besides, I know Jasmine hasn’t aged well but she’s only 50. Phylicia Rashad, Daphne Maxwell-Reid, Valarie Pettiford……Love Diahann Carroll but she’s now in grandmother territory.

          I don’t believe for one minute that Maya Pope is dead and whatever Cyrus saw in that folder possibly has something to do with her mother and neither she nor Fitz have a clue.

          SN: ABC cancelled “Lucky 7” and now “Scandal” will re-air in that time slot starting this Tuesday.

  8. October 4, 2013 at 7:46 am

    If you think Olivia’s mama is really dead…then you also prob think that Abby didn’t use some hot ass Marcel curling irons to get that serious BUMPAGE to that hair. Chile no! She aint dead….I am with you there. Lynn Whitfield as her mama would be DOPE….

    And Rowan was dropping SERIOUS knowledge..if you gonna open them legs..then do it for SOMETHING…esp w/ a man in that position. She coulda been the next Condi..

    And I think the PRez has some SERIOUS bodies on him..prob some botched mission…

    • Dee
      October 4, 2013 at 11:11 am

      I totally agree! Lynn Whitfield would tear Poppa Goon apart!

  9. October 4, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Before I get into questions, I agree that Cyrus is dirty, but he was sweating pure fear when he thought Liv was gone! “I may be a monster, but I am YOUR monster!” Mm-mm-mm. But she hopped right off that beautifully appointed jet, though. Plus he is dirtier than chicken grease accidentally used to fry fish.

    1. I think Liv’s mama is at a “spa” “resting”. However, I think someone is gonna tell her her baby girl is in trouble and that Poppa Pope caused the mess. She is gonna sweep in all fabulous with a wardrobe that makes Liv’s look like TJ Maxx and be the one person that makes Poppa Pope shut up and hang his head. At least this is what I want.

    2. He leaked Liv’s name to force Mellie out in the open. I think he does want to be pushed out of the Oval Office and Liv will be the catalyst to make that happen. He is truly a manipulator – you see how he hypnotized Sally? It was like watching somebody mesmerize a cobra, and if he wanted at that moment, he coulda squeezed a VP boob (I know – ICK!) and only needed a fingertip of scotch. But am I wrong or #amirite?

    3. I tihnk Fitz and Jake probably killed a bunch of civilians or at the very least participated in some sort of major world leader assassination. Trust that the post-head injury murder of Verna is not the first time Fitz has killed someone.

    BTW – you looked fabulous in your white, Luvvie! And what is the color of that poppin’ lipstick you had on? Inquiring minds wanna know…

    • shay_lafemme
      October 4, 2013 at 9:13 am

      *__________________________ flatline*

      time of death: “It was like watching somebody mesmerize a cobra, and if he wanted at that moment, he coulda squeezed a VP boob (I know – ICK!) and only needed a fingertip of scotch. But am I wrong or #amirite?”

      sho you right!!

      • jcanwisegrrl
        October 4, 2013 at 9:43 am

        Lololol! Sally fell for the ol charm! I was watching like, ‘Whoa!’

        Wonder if we’re going to see anything happen with her family. We’ve never heard anything about the lot, except when Fitz kindly reminded her of her daughter’s abortion. But now she’s talking about how her husband has changed since coming to DC. Hmmm…

    • mochazina
      October 4, 2013 at 11:56 am

      THIS.

      All.

      The.

      Way.

      yuuriiiiite!

  10. Lea
    October 4, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Did anybody else catch what VP of Evil Sally said about HER husband? About how he’s “fun” now that they’ve moved to DC? I think that mofo is cheating on Sally Mae and that’s why she is so pissed at Fitz. That’s probably also why she seemed sympathetic once he admitted it. I hope they explore that angle more. Fitz has a whole mansion full of skeletons but I think Sally has a least a condo or town house in the burbs…

    And did we peep Miss Abby tryna give us segzy with the new hair and all the makeup? I dont think it works but she tried it.

    Baby Huck’s one line about killing another intern had me rolling. That girl has gone to other side of darkness and set up a permanent shop.

    Lastly, I am having shirts made that says “Are we Gladiators or are we bitches?” Dont nobody steal my idea dammit!

    😀

    • Tina
      October 4, 2013 at 8:20 am

      So…um…about those shirts though… *crackhead neck scratch*

    • Mel
      October 4, 2013 at 9:16 am

      I won’t steal it, but it would’ve been best if you didn’t post it. Once you openly post an idea on the internet, it’s considered as free information. O_o

      • Londa
        October 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

        Shonda isn’t stupid. She knew that line would slay folks. She’s already got those shirts ready, I’m sure.

    • Chile.....
      October 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Sorry…..already made them….would you like to buy one?

      • Mel
        October 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm

        LOL!

    • Londa
      October 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Girl, THE MINUTE you get them shirts ready…I’ma need about a dozen. STAT!

  11. Lenore
    October 4, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Fitz doesn’t want to be president and he is trying every way to get kicked out without telling the women in his life he just wants to give up.

    Olivia’s Mom is probably truly dead because Shonda has parent issues (see: grey’s anatomy Mer’s mom is Rowan 1.0) Flashbacks however might bring her in.

    Mellie is owed at least ONE GOOD SLAP on Olivia for the time BEFORE she knew of the affair. You can’t quite call her a “whore” if you purposely brought the mistress around to “cure” your husband. (see: Estate dinner season 1)

    I am HERE for Harrison Second in Command at OPA. Always will be.

    Cyrus is looking out for CYRUS. Has he ever done any different?

    JOE ROWAN POPE THE DADDY GOON MORTON!!!! I was tearing up as he read Olivia like the Sunday paper. I loved the little “head tilts” he was doing that you only do when you are talking to someone you are sure is an idiot.

    That folder shows that Fitz and Jake killed some innocents or something. I’d go as far to say maybe an Abu Grahb(sp?) situation with a cover up but I don’t know if Shonda would make people hate Fitz with no chance of returning like that. That could make her lose viewers.
    Woah this just hit me- WHAT IF FITZ WAS ALMOST B613?!? And Operation Remington was some sort of torture mission where he failed. Maybe killed a fellow soldier. We know he is capable of taking a life.

    Wooo that’s all I got for now.

    • PerfectlyImperfectPisces
      October 4, 2013 at 8:57 am

      ^^^THIS!

      People keep saying Mellie has every right to be mad about the affair but, she damn need chaperoned it!

      In season 1 I can think of at least TWICE where she supported that ish. Once when Fitz couldn’t sleep and she was like “You need to see her. You always sleep better when you go see her.” And second when they found out about Amanda Tanner and she told Liv “You have ONE JOB!”. Soooo, now that ish got too real and Liv did her job SO well, Mellie wanna be mad about it?

      Plus in last nights episode, she listed just about every time Fitz and Liv got it on. She admitted to knowing about it on the campaign trail, she admitted to knowing about the oval office quickie after the inaugural ball. ALL those opportunities she had to put her foot down and she gave them permission.

      So Mellie, you can go ‘head with alladat!

      • nichole
        October 4, 2013 at 10:47 am

        I agree with you about Mellie ok’ing Fitz and Liv before. But when she found out he loved Liv and then wanted to divorce Mellie, it was too much for Mellie to take.

        • Imani
          October 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm

          But, its not too much to take because she actually cares about her husband. Its only too much to take because she wants her position of power and her power over him. It seems like he already wanted to divorce lowkey before he even met Liv. I dont support Olitz, but I cannot support any of the nonsense Mellie spews (though I adore her ruthlessness). Olivia does need to smack Mellie, at least once. Liv may be a wh**e to her, but Mellie sure was playing the role of Madam quite well, and you know how a lot of Madams started out.

        • stephanie kidd
          October 5, 2013 at 6:57 am

          NEVER BEEN A TRUER STATEMENT. ilove what mellie brings to the table but the victim is not the one.

    • Bukky
      October 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      “JOE ROWAN POPE THE DADDY GOON MORTON!!!! I was tearing up as he read Olivia like the Sunday paper. I loved the little “head tilts” he was doing that you only do when you are talking to someone you are sure is an idiot.”

      THIS! I was like well damn Senator Byron! You going to send her to her room with no dinner next? I felt for OP getting READ for FILTH like that!

      My dad was famous for doing the head tilts with his students.

      • October 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm

        Why is it when we talk to someone acting stupid we tilt our head? I know some teachers who have permanent cricks in their necks.

    • overit
      October 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      @Lenore ” I loved the little “head tilts” he was doing that you only do when you are talking to someone you are sure is an idiot.” LMAO!!!! So true.

  12. Football mom
    October 4, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I think the mom is alive and that the bio info on Liv was planted there specifically for this by Daddy G. I’d like to see an unknown actress play her mom…or someone we have not seen in a long time.

    I screamed when he admitted to being the leak…whaaaaa!!!!!!!!! He really has no clue what he’s up against. Good point about Fitz being a punk…he wants decisions made for him and tries to manipulate folks into doing things where he looks like the victim in the end.

    The TV lady got played! I wonder how she is going to fit into the future. She was set for her season in the sun and now it’s not Liv but some scared looking, acne’d face intern.

    David dipped in and dipped out. What was that about?

    Did anyone notice Liv’s wardrobe colors? I read that she will be rocking more variety to show her angst.

    I’ve got to stop watching this at night! I am sleep deprived from trying to figure it all out afterwards. 🙂

  13. Football mom
    October 4, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Oh…one more question…what security clearance can be so high that Cyrus couldnt access that data before?

    • Dee
      October 4, 2013 at 8:11 am

      RIGHT?! I thought HE was the most powerful man in the free world, guess not.

      • jcanwisegrrl
        October 4, 2013 at 9:46 am

        Nope. That’s Liv’s dad. Lol! He’s the only one Cyrus is scared of. Wonder why….

  14. Nanda
    October 4, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Mama Pope ain’t dead. Either she in a hole (Byron Douglas made a comment about no one disobeys him in this business). I think she tried to escape with Oliva and things went left.

    I think Harrison is her brother.

    Baby Huck is gone to the deep end and ain’t coming back.

    We now know why they rigged the election for Fitz. He has no common sense.

    • Mel
      October 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      “We now know why they rigged the election for Fitz. He has no common sense.”

      ^^^ I HOLLERED!!! LMAOOOOO!!!!!

    • October 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      “We now know why they rigged the election for Fitz. He has no common sense.”

      This had me rolling! You ain’t said nothing but the truth!

    • dmaclee
      October 4, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Fitz bought as bright as a billy goat with ADHD. Thank Luvvie for that one!

  15. Nanda
    October 4, 2013 at 8:07 am

    honk Angela Basset or Lynn Whitfield would be perfect as her mom.

    • Jen Jen
      October 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Angela Bassett is doing American Horror Story, so I doubt it will be her. I’m all for Lynn Whitfield. If they aged Jasmine Guy and had her do it, I would crap my pants. Seriously.

      • October 8, 2013 at 1:14 am

        Unfortunately, nowadays…they wouldn’t have to age Jasmine Guy much….*whistles & walks away*

        But I would be born again if Angela Bassett popped up as Mama Goon/Pope. I’m still stanning for Lynn Whitfield for the part though lol

    • Clotel
      October 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Angela Bassett would be AWESOME!

      • Max
        October 11, 2013 at 10:47 am

        OH HELL YES!

  16. Fitzgladiator
    October 4, 2013 at 8:12 am

    I am torn about Fitz leaking Liv name, it is kind of selfish and no better than what Liv did to him in Defiance however he loves Liv and wants to be with her so there you go. The vault scene was awesome they acted their asses off in there. Felt bad for Liv when Rowan was reading her he was probably a mean daddy when she was little( Fitz and Liv have so much in common)…Cyrus looked uncomfortable when they were going through the “kill Liv folder” when he said ” ambitious slut” I was like NO not my gladiator!!!! I don’t know what is in the folder I think it is bad for Fitz but guess what?? I am there for you Fitz, lol!!! Quinn is my girl!!! Don’t cross her ass!!! Love Huck going to get Liv out the car and Harrison is my Boo Boo!!! Can’t wait till next week

  17. Dee
    October 4, 2013 at 8:13 am

    1. Nope.
    2. he’s a Punk
    3. War crimes Fitz committed in the military.

  18. rikyrah
    October 4, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Daddy Pope was DA MAN.

    When he said POWER elected Fitz and said

    I AM THE HELL AND HIGH WATER..

    I am on Daddy Pope’s team…I don’t care…that’s a line that just got me forever, the same as when Mellie told Olivia that they were all on Team Fitz and Olivia did not do her job…

    Daddy Pope is…too much..

    He sent CHARLIE to Cyrus’ house.

    Whew.

    Mellie…I remain on Team Mellie because Mellie is crazy as a muthafucka and has been true to who she is……I love Mellie because she doesn’t pretend to be anything other than who she is.

    I still love Olivia…but, her Daddy being her Daddy just cracked me up all the way….no matter how big and bad you are…you still answer to Mama and Daddy..LOL

    Luvvie…thank you.

    • Ametia
      October 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Poppa Pope is my new found love. You don’t fuck with daddy’s girl. He’s handling his business with Olivia too.

      Mellie is not to be fucked with; and I believe she knows EVERYTHING about Fitz’s dirty laundry pre-Olivia.

      Olivia’s one true weakness, yet redeeming savior is her Poppa Pope.

  19. Scandal70115
    October 4, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Fitz how could you throw Liv under the bus??? When she find out she will never forgive you…where is Jake

    • Scandal70115
      October 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

      I know he is in hole, can we get him out asap

    • stephanie kidd
      October 5, 2013 at 7:54 am

      i don’t think liv will be mad the more i watch the interaction between fitz and liv they seem to be in this together. remember that statement it always rings true. i think the wrinkle in their plan was dad showing up which neither expected.fitz has a phd ,he’s a rhodes scholar and you don’t get those things being stupid a rhodes scholar can’t be brought.the story always makes mellie as the smart one but fitz is equally as smart and it about time the show allowed fitz to show a bit of guts, for two season he been allowing these two wonderful ladies to lead him by the nose so now he pulling rank good for him. liv is no ones victim every decision that ever been made liv made them . the hotel room and the closet. fitz made the first move but she smacked him and he stood back and gave her the option of walking out of the closet but she jump on him. liv and fitz are each other worst best ememy. i am so sick of fitz always being the bad guy no one ever considers that he killed verna because liv, mellie, and cyrus stole the election without his knowledge. if not for fitz which was not necessarily a great option but all three including fitz would be in jail if verna had spoken to david. just remember all the situation never what they seem. liv is NO victim we are in this together. also fitz is no dummy he put his relationship on the line by doing this and he new it was a calculated risk. it fitz year to shine after two season of being driven by these three people it’s about time. i think shonda rhimes has a tour de force for fitz thank god for that let’s just trust the process liv seems to if not she would have walked away from fitz a long time ago she knows who he is, she see him for who he is and she still stays i want to know why. one more thing daddy pope was trying to kill jake for the mission that he and fitz were involved in it had nothing to with liv she just happen to be an obtacle.fitz can’t be taken out for his part because the republic needs him what did rowan say the republic has the power which they bestowed upon him. fitz is a man with to much power. fitz is a pawn in a bigger game which i not so sure he is aware of and being involved with liv creates a problem to the republic and that why liv has got to go away she his achilles heel and the republic wamts him focused and determined.

  20. Court
    October 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

    First of all…can I just say how gangsta it is that Olivia had the code to the bunker? So if the world were to end, the presidents family would be joined by his mistress?

    Secondly…I want Olivia to find out that Cyrus has a kill folder on her. Isn’t Olivia’s new client the same person that put this information together for Cyrus?

    1. Her mom is alive

    2. Fitz is a punk. He wants Olivia and created an opportunity to be with her.

    3. I think Fitz probably was responsible for killing women and children in a remote village.

    Here is MY question though. I know that Mellie is fed up. I know that Mellie wishes Fitz loved her…but why does it seem that Mellie can’t stomach the fact that it is Olivia? Why is she okay with the intern being out there as having slept with the President a few times, and that other intern from Season 1…but she doesn’t want the word about Olivia to get out to the public?

    • October 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

      I don’t think it has to do with race but I DO think it’s hard to face the facts that your man just don’t want you. As intelligent as Mellie is, as sharp as she is it still hurts like hell when your man loves someone else.

    • Scandal70115
      October 4, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Liv is an accomplished woman with a business and has a career unlike her having to be First Lady and be in Fitz shadow. She is jealous Liv has her man and the freedom to pursue her career.

    • shay_lafemme
      October 4, 2013 at 9:25 am

      b/c he LUUURVES Olivia. she expected him to cheat, but him loving the other woman is too much for her ego and ambition, plus he going to mess everything she worked for, kicking her to the curb and replacing her with Liv. Mellie is not here for THAT! she done birthed too many babies for that man and her position.

  21. October 4, 2013 at 8:35 am

    “Dirtier than old chicken grease.”
    I am so using this. Bwahahahahahahahaha!

    • Ametia
      October 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      BWA HA HA This line cracked me up too.

  22. island girl
    October 4, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I pray Jesus be a role for Diane Carroll as Olivia Pope’s mama back from the dead. AMENS!!!

  23. NicoleLisa
    October 4, 2013 at 8:49 am

    1) I do believe Liv’s mom is dead. I don’t have much else to add to that.

    2) I think Fitz leaked her name for the very reason he gave Mellie. Mellie was ready to through Olivia under the bus when Fitz asked for a divorce. It’s better to be in control of your secrets than to be at the mercy of someone else.

    3) I think the mission that Jake and FItz did probably involved the killing of innocent people (women and children) in Iran.

  24. MayMayz
    October 4, 2013 at 8:51 am

    FIRST: MELLIE IS THE G OF ALL Gs in this episode!!! The snuffed at Liv like “bish, sit down and let me tell you about yourself” However, she claims to be “THAT TIRED!!” but she isnt. When you get to that tired point in a relationship, you are too tired to make a stink. She hasnt seen tired yet.

    Ok, now the questions:

    Do you think Olivia’s mom really died when she was 12?

    – No I dont. I think she is on the run somewhere. Perhaps Daddy Goon’s activities or career led him to sacrifice his family and the “plane crash” is part of it. Random: I see him putting her on a plane to get a new life and the gov’t “crashes” it. Remember how they tortured Huck over his wife and kids??? I bet Mommy is on that island he mentioned.

    – Also, its obvious her Dad cares about her or else he wouldnt go in as hard as he does.

    Why did President Ghost really leak Liv’s name?

    – I think he is just that simple. He wanted to “protect her” and he is also trying to get out of the White House. I think he did it for selfish reasons. I could tell partially into the episode that Fitz leaked the name. He seemed not-so-concerned with it, ready with his next move, and the only other person who stood to gain from her name being released (other than Mellie).

    – I was glad to see Pop Pope WASNT trying to get Liv killed or expose her homewrecking. That would have been too much for me.

    What do you think was in the folder that Cyrus read?

    – I assume someone, either civilians or friendly fire, got killed and shouldnt have. Jake probably had his back for whatever reason or someone covered it up, maybe Governor Daddy.
    – More far fetched – Maybe some “Dont Ask Dont Tell” type love?? Shonda loves the gay storylines

    More questions:

    Why did Rowan use Jake to try to break up Olivia and Fitz, but also want to have him killed? Is he trying to protect the administration or hurt it???

    • Mel
      October 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

      I was thinking the SAME THING about Jake and Fitz! What if they were lovers at one point?

  25. Taurian
    October 4, 2013 at 8:51 am

    If I were a writer I would definitely make Fitz an ex- B-613 operative. This would explain why Rowan has so much information on him and him and Jake were such great friends. President Ghost may have so many bodies under his belt, it’ll make Huck look normal.

    Mom is definitely alive! It allows for an entire episode to explain why Olivia is the way she truly is. The question is why did she disappear in the first place.

    BTW what man goes around leaking names? That is unreal, whether its true love or not! He has more of a hatred for Mellie than a love for Olivia. That will become his pitfall! According to the kill file, once he loses power, Olivia won’t be interested in him so he better step his game up.

    • CapitalKayPea
      October 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

      YAAAAS. FITZ IS EX-B-613!!

      Hence the disdain from DaddyGoon. Makes perfect sense. *highfives Taurian*

      • Q
        October 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

        This is exactly what I think. I beleive Fitz is not as ditzy as he’s making us beleive. He is has some ice cold bloob running through those veins.

    • jcanwisegrrl
      October 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

      I am here for everything you just said! #endorsed

    • nichole
      October 4, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Fitz is cold. He did kill Verna. But I’m not sure he’s B613 cold. Fitz in comparison to Poppa Pope, Charlie and Huck? Can’t see it.

      • Q
        October 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

        Jake doesn’t compare to Huck or Charlie either, but he’s B613.

        I think Shonda May be setting everyone up for the rope-a-dope when it comes to ole Fitzgerald Grant III.

        • mochazina
          October 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

          agreed

  26. AngelMama
    October 4, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I also loved how Mellie used the same amount of disdain when she described Fitz as idiotic as she did when she described him as idealistic, romantic, and optimistic.

    While I HATE the Olitz wars I LOVE the Mitzie wars!

  27. Lana
    October 4, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Hi Luvvie! Great post as always! Love your GIFs girl! LOL! Here are my answers to your questions:

    1. I do not think her mom is dead but I think that Liv believes she is (Can we please get Diahann Carroll?!). I think her dad knows she’s not dead but has her stashed away somewhere because of some secret. There is a story there.
    2. Like Mikelle S said, I think he seriously thought he could leak the name and somehow fix it and then have Liv be his First Lady. A little naive of him there, it’s just not that simple. Especially with that she-wolf Mellie. She ain’t going down like that!
    3. As for the folder, I think that Fitz is some kind of Manchurin Candidate (like that movie). When Rowan was reading her the riot act of who Fitz was when they were at the plane hangar and he told her that “He is not in charge, he is never in charge, power is in charge.” Fitz ain’t nothing but a puppet for something greater.

    Anyhow, those are my thoughts, sorry for the long post. Love you Luvvie! Keep up the great posts. 🙂

  28. shay_lafemme
    October 4, 2013 at 8:58 am

    she’s not dead. she’s been detached and disappeared like Huck’s girl and kid. Papa Pope did to Huck a step worse than what was done to him. this is why in the Kill File, Papa Pope ain’t Papa Pope.

    he leaked Liv’s name to get rid of Mellie.

    war crimes!

  29. October 4, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I don’t believe Mama Pope is dead…..WHERE ARE THE PICTURES?? Neither her dad or her mom was in that folder. Mama Pope is alive and she will make an appearance, if I’m right. She probably is into something COVERT! Whew Daddy Pope is EVERYTHING!

  30. Kee
    October 4, 2013 at 9:04 am

    That was the fastest hour in television history!! MY GAWWWD…. Scandal is like crack and I was fiending for another hit! Cyrus is the type that will eat his own, including that “sweet brown baby”, but when he finds out Rowan is Olivia’s dad, it’s gone be “trouble… trouble”! Mellie is on fire this season, and it gave me life. iHollered when Liv told her not to call her a whore to her face!! I loved everything, from the verbal slaying of Liv by Daddy Goon, to the “fix” led by my boo, Harrison. Thanks Luvvie for the awesome recap!!

    • Elle
      October 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      If Cyrus finds out that Rowan is Olivia’s Dad (and not “Eli”) like the file says, he better not let on. That would mean his life, I’m sure.

  31. Stephanie
    October 4, 2013 at 9:08 am

    ABC wanted us to guess what was in the folder and I was like, I can’t even think right now!
    I wonder way Fitz would throw Liv up under the bus like that. Doesn’t make sense if he loves her. Probably loves her too much….

    II really thought James was dead, I was prepared to cry!!!!

  32. October 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Daddy Rowan is the man! I don’t think it was with malice that he was going in on Liv I think it was with concern. He taught her better than this. He knows she is going to constantly get the short end of the stick with this relationship but she’s too in love to see it. I also think he called Harrison and was like your sister has her head in the clouds and can’t be reasoned with…HANDLE THIS and that he did. Hey Harrison…..
    Mellie is still my girl. Seems like Prez Ghost should have married a girl with the prestigious background AND barely graduated from high school cause Mellie is not the dumb chick to fall for his lame okey doke moves. She’s like you will NOT set the stage to ease your mistress in here on my watch.
    Liv’s outfits gave me life and I’m not even a fashionista! Glad to have Scandal back, Luvvie’s recaps and this crew of gladiators to speak on it!

  33. Msdrema
    October 4, 2013 at 9:32 am

    2 things: 1. Olivia knows her dad is “the man” as it were, but does she *know* he is B613? 2. the Gladiators did not come up with the “Jeanne is the other woman” fix, Mellie did. She told Cy she had a plan but it had to come from the outside somehow that info about Jeanne got to the gladiators – remember the call made to CY from Harrison IT CAN’T BE OLIVIA, the scene switches between the cy/mellie talking, the broadcast, the gladiators and she told Fitz she leaked Jeanne when she figured out he leaked Liv.

    • Tori D.
      October 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

      I think Liv knows what Daddy Pope does. Remember when Jake told Liv he was B-613 and she freaked out? Then this episode she asked her dad where he was. So IMO she most definitely knows. And I think that is why Huck is still alive. Charlie was supposed to kill him, and you KNOW Daddy Pope knows who is working for Liv. She probably called in a favor to daddy to let Huck live.

      On point 2, I completely agree. Mellie used Liv’s own team against her to ruin the plan. Theyainteemknowit!

      • JustJozie
        October 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm

        Yes, yes and yes. And, can I say that Tori D., your hair is giving my TWA all kinds of life. 🙂

  34. Nicole
    October 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I think the VP’s husband is out getting him some strange and that’s why Sally Jessie Ralphael is hotter then fish grease. But watching Prez. Ghost soothe the savage holy beast was impressive. This is the first time I’ve ever seen them stand side by side and not facing off with the grand canyon between them.Momma Pope ain’t dead she chilling in Antigua with a beverage and a strapping pool boy named Juan Carlos. But when she hears of this nignorance poppa pop is pushing she on the first thing smoking back to D.C. to end his devilment and shame him beyond even Scandal’s level of shameness. Fitz and Jake could be brothers after all his Pappy was a governor, who are we to say he didn’t have a romp in the sheets with an intern or two or three or seven? Plus as we all know Cyrus is king of the Goons, he almost had his husband killed c’mon now, so for him to sweat like a hog at Jenkins Henderson family reunion is unusual . A hit dog will holla and Cy was howling hard.Liv’s fits were to die for! And when they put the Jeanine chick on the chopping block and they showed Sally’s face…Malificent’s dragon hellfire is gonna seem like snow in the Alps once Sally gets through spraying folks. Fitz wants Livy something fierce he’s willing to throw it all away (including Mellie) for her and yes he does underestimate her but at the same time she underestimates him as well a man in love is a dangerous thing.

    • milaxx
      October 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Oh yeah, Sally trying ti be nice and say he “likes” DC, but nubby out there getting his freak on. Ghost gonna let Sally feel like she got it going on and then snatch her wig with info about her hubby so he can keep her in line.

      • Ametia
        October 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

        Yep; Sally’s squeeze is def out there dippin’ his stick in the warm waters of D.C. *winks*

        Lawdy; who to trust in this circus of scandals…

    • Elle
      October 6, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      You slayed me with a single word, Nicole. “Nignorance.” It is my new favorite and I must find occasion to use it IMMEDIATELY.

  35. Mel
    October 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

    *Whew* *scratches head* Ok… this is my analysis.

    I do believe Olivia’s mother is dead, but I also find it strange that it wasn’t relieved that Rowan is HER father. Cyrus would’ve had another heart attack and DIED fa reels!

    President Fitz is a punk. He leaked the information so that he could be impeached, divorce Mellie and marry Olivia. He just wanted to make himself look like the victim. It’s obvious he doesn’t want to be President anymore, especially since he found out about Definance. Remember, he didn’t even file the reelection papers! But because Mellie and Cyrus basically run his presidency, they’re not having that. It’s all about power to them. Mellie wants to be the first lady and Cyrus … well… is just being Cyrus LOL!

    I LOVE Rowan! Finally, the only person who can actually talk some sense into Olivia. I honestly think Olivia believes that he’s right about everything he said, but is still holding on to that ounce of faith she has in Fitz. And I don’t know about you Luvvie, but I’m so sick of Olitz! I know their affair is what make the show what it is, but it’s beginning to look like a bad soap opera.

    David’s two second appearance makes me think he’s not done with his revenge on Olivia. Almost like he’s enjoying watching her suffer. Kind of like, “Haha, bitch. That’s Karma.”

    I don’t blame Mellie one bit! She has every right as a wife to feel that way.

    • Football mom
      October 4, 2013 at 10:56 am

      I’m sick of the Olitz thing, too. He has not treated her with respect…

      What I really think is that she is pregnant and will not be sure if who the baby’s daddy is… I’m all for Jake or someone new coming along.

      • stephanie kidd
        October 5, 2013 at 8:22 am

        i have been wondering the same thing. another question you went to the press and told them about your husband affair and now you are retreating. iam sure her retreating has do with fitz re-election but
        why would you want a re-election because you said that being the first lady is boring. so lose and go home. start your own career.

  36. October 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

    1) I don’t think that Liv’s mom is dead and I think that daddy king goon knows that and she is going to pop up sometime this season and read somebody for filth.

    2) I think too many of yall are out there sleeping on Fitz and calling him a punk…. Just bc he doesn’t tear shit up like Mellie or Cyrus doesn’t mean he is a punk… I think Fitz is a low-key evil genius I mean he is quite and calculating and its the quite ones you have to watch…. I think he knew exactly what would happen if he leaked Liv’s name and now Mellie cant blackmail them with tha affair crap anymore and besides I was tired of the secret lets move on and let that shit get out in the open!!

    3) Fitz and Jake did some serious shit in Iran I don’t know if they were burning down villages, raping women and children clubbing baby seals or just bombing the hell out places….. I think this is why daddy goon doesn’t want Liv with him…. maybe he is ex-B-613 and if so than he really needs to let his gooness fly and let people know he is not to be messed with!!

    4) I am here for Harrison and Shonda needs to do his back story!!

    • Sheena
      October 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

      I’m with you I want that Harrison backstory sooooo baddd!!! That’s my boo!!! lol

    • October 4, 2013 at 10:54 am

      I agree that I don’t think Fitz is a punk however I do think he underestimates the women in his life.

      • Ametia
        October 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm

        @Sheena & SweetMimi. I’m so with y’all on Harrison. We need character development with this Bro, Shonda. Deliver us the goods on Gingham Harrison, PLEASE!

  37. Milaxx
    October 4, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I suspect he’s Liv’s half brother. Liv doesn’t know it, but he does, hence the extreme loyalty. After watching tonight, I got a bit more spec. Olivia’s mother is not dead. Daddy dearest sent her away just like he just tried to do with Olivia…and how he sent her away for boarding school fit years…why? Because when he got promoted to working with B613 he was told they can’t have wives or spouses. Chances are, he gave her a new identity and her last name became Wright. Harrison is going to turn out to be Olivia’s baby brother.

    As for Jake & Fitz, I’m worried that the mess in Iran will turn out to be some sort of My Lai massacre type situation where the military when in and killed a village of civilians because they suspected they were harboring rebel forces or something. Only the intell was wrong and they basically killed a bunch of innocents and then the government covered it up.

    I’m glad Mellie gives as good as she gets. Hoowever no matter how hard he schemes between Liv & Mellie, Ghost always gonna be the dumbest guy in the room, bless his sexy heart.

    • Somerset
      October 4, 2013 at 10:49 am

      I have been thinking that Harrison is Liv’s half brother, too. Maybe they both know it but decided to keep it under wraps for business sake because Liv’ doesn’t want to give the appearance of nepotism.

  38. Sheena
    October 4, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Ms Luvvie as always you did DAT!! You hear me!!!!! I was so excited waiting for this episode like a child on Christmas eve. Wooooo lawwwd. So much happened. I felt like the episode was fast forward the entire time. Innnnnnteeeeeeewayyyyyyy.

    1.I do not believe Liv’s mom is dead. She was somewhere on the sidelines for sure. She’s probably a big goon like Papa Pope. There isn’t a way around it. And how convenient. It’s like we got to go into Olivia C. Pope a little but not all the way. Typical Ms.Shonda fashion.

    2.Pres Ghost leaked Olivia name bc he was tired of living a lie and he wants them to live happily ever after. Notttttt. Now don’t get me wrong I do believe Pres Ghost loves Livie BUT I do still feel that he doesn’t think he can win the race on his own…since finding out about Defiance you know. So he figures leak Liv name bc he’s not going to get reelected anyteway and they can just be together. He think he slick. But if Ms. Cyrus got anything to do with it. Fitz WILL be back in office lol.

    3.Anddddd finally in the folder I believe that Jake and Pres prob did some real shady boots stuff. Not exactly sure but knowing the Pres it was def shadddddyyyyyy. For them to remain close like that I believe that they both might have something on each other. I’m excited to see how that unfolds.

    As usualllllll the recap was on pointnizeeeeeee!!!!

  39. Purple Dove
    October 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

    She’s talmbout she’s the Lord’s witness and I bet the Lord is somewhere like “the devil is a lie!”

    RIIIIGGHHHTTTTTTT!!!!!

    1. First I thought Liv’s mom might really be dead and we would get to meet her via flashbacks but then I remembered who Rowan/Sen. Byron Douglas was and I concluded that she’s stashed away somewhere involuntarily but she will show up and when she does, it had better be the entrance of the 21st century with flair, fabulousness, wicked charm, and fly wardrobe like someone said upthread–that makes Liv’s wardrobe look like it came from TJ Maxx (or Dots! LOLLL!). In any case, it is imperative that we know Liv’s background this season and this includes her parents and siblings. It’s got to be the right choice (age, looks, can do diva-ish ways, etc.). Many have said Lynn Whitfield and that’s a good start but not quite right. The great Diahann Carroll is too old, the great Phylisha Rashad is too old…. How about Lonette McKee (the original Sister from Sparkle?).

    2. Fitz revealed Liv’s name for the exact reason he said. He didn’t want Mellie to have any power over Liv anymore. Either she’s eternally optimistic or she’s dense as Hades because he flat out told her he’s IN LOVE WITH LIV. Quite honestly, he was never in love with Mellie. Mellie was Big Jerry’s hookup and (hilarious how y’all keep calling Fitz simple but it’s true) Fitz went with the plan, just like he did with…

    3…the secret military activities. He and Jake must have done some very foul, wicked mess. Like serious human rights violations.

    Luvvie!!! You forgot about the scene in the limo when Liv was going back to her office and how she snatched that bun out of her hair and smoothed it out to cover her face. A serious sistah girl’s move of when we’re in the car and we have to pull it together real quick when it’s time to get down to business! LOL!

    Also, Sally’s scenes were underrated, esp. when Fitz told her to take her shot and she so calmly said “Oh yes I can” without blinking. The Lord’s witness INDEED! LOLLLL!

    Great blog to start of the season! Kudos!

    • blackpepper
      October 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Oh Lonnette McGhee, I like that choice or Valerie Pettiford,i hope that’s her name, but I can see it in my mind.

      • Purple Dove
        October 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm

        Valerie Pettiford is an even better choice! 🙂

    • blackpepper
      October 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      I am also glad u reminded everyone about the true depth of Fitz and Mellie’s marriage. From reading a lot of comments, I can tell most forget that. Mellie only cares about winning that’s all. The “ambitious slut” could also be Mellie.

      • Momongo
        October 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm

        Thank you!!

  40. Momongo
    October 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Am I the only one who thinks Liv is pregnant…. Okay Rowan told her she would go to island for 8 months then he would let her live wherever she wanted, then when he was fussing at her he said once your belly is exposed they will gut you and when they were in underground bunker thing during the planning Liv went an sat down on steps…plus after all that was going on Liv didn’t have one drink of wine or scotch, am I reading too much into this????

    • Mel
      October 4, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Whooooaaaa!!!! I didn’t think about that!!! Wow! *holds on to wig*

    • Kee
      October 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      THAT THERE… is one fierce analysis!! Ohhh Emmm Geee!!

    • milaxx
      October 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      I think it depends on whether Shonda decides to right Liv’s pregnancy into the storyline or not. If Liv is pregnant, I want it to be Jake’s just cause it will make Fitz salty.

    • MayMayz
      October 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      awh shoot. I didnt even think of that!!! Jake or Fitz Oh My!!!

    • tacd
      October 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      that would make sense since the rumor mill has KW as being preggers!

    • Momongo
      October 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Of course I picked up on all that on my second viewing, I hope Liv isn’t pregnant would make things way complicated…so I will be watching next week to see if Ms. Pope is back to her red wine

    • CapitalKayPea
      October 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Actually, I did catch all of that. She doesn’t drink every episode, so I didn’t notice.

      But the even better question is: how does Rowan know she’s pregnant? I would have thought the first person to know that would be Huck…

      • Momongo
        October 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        I don’t know, Rowan just seems to know everybody business so I don’t know…olivia doesn’t drink every episode but with all that drama last night I thought she would have thrown back a couple..are maybe it is 8 months till the re election and that is why he wanted her to stay on island for that long, I don’t know… Smh I just don’t know lol

    • blackpepper
      October 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      do u work behind the scenes in secret? wow… this blew me away because I kinda believe it because it makes since as I replay certain scenes in my head! the power of the human brain.. (YOURS!:)

    • Londa
      October 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Dang! That is deep diving into this. Girl, I think you have a most excellent observation about this. I agree.

  41. Amanda
    October 4, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I find it way too coincidental that Liv’s mom “died” in a plane crash and her dad was about to send her “away” in a similar plane. Daddy Goon ain’t playing, he either had her killed and tried to kill Liv or he sent mom away. If her mom is still alive I’m guessing Debbie Allen will play her because we know how much Shonda loves to recycle actors. I would love for Lynn Whitfield to play her though.
    I think Fitz is fundamentally stupid enough to leak the name and think everything would work out and he’d have his cake and eat it too.
    Idk what’s in that folder, I have no guesses right now because I’m still processing but knowing Shonda it’s gonna be crazy!

    • nichole
      October 4, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Debbie Allen has a recurring role on Grey’s Anatomy. My cousin thinks it should be Phylicia Rashad. I’m all for that or Lynn Whitfield or Jenifer Lewis.

      • Mel
        October 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm

        I can see Phylicia Rashad. Her voice is elegant and she would be able to talk up to speed of the dialogue. I don’t see Lynn Whitfield lol … she’s too dramatic for me.

      • Camille
        October 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

        People keep mentioning Jasmine Guy, since she and Joe Morton worked together in “A Different World.” I would go back further than that, and bring on Vanessa Bell Calloway. For a few episodes, she and Morton played a couple on a legal show called “Equal Justice.” She could pull it off.

  42. nichole
    October 4, 2013 at 10:34 am

    First, I pay amish to Shonda Rhimes and team. They came back with a vengeance. The words. Dialogues and monologues were everything.

    Poppa Pope showed his daddy side and his ultimate Goon side, all in one. The “twice as hard” statement was it. And yes, my mom told me the same thing when I was younger. He read her like an e-book. It was so good. But she had to go and call Cyrus knowing Cyrus is going to do what’s in the best interest of Fitz. It’s his job but Cy is never above some under the bus throwing.

    This was priceless: “And this is why don’t nobody ask him for solutions.” Fitz dropped Liv’s name not caring that she already said she can’t leave her Gladiators. Selfish summabish.

    Harrison was taking charge. Between Harrison and Poppa Pope, no words no words do them justice.

    ~ it’s very possible that Liv’s mom is still alive. Shonda Rhimes always has a plan and will use what she must.

    ~ Pres. Ghost leaked Liv’s name because he’s a bish and can’t find a way to get out of his situation. Weak yanish. He’s trying to get out but he’s not as smart as Liv, Mellie and Cy. What will Liv think when she finds out, if she finds out?

    ~ the folder: too many variables there. They did some very bad things, something was covered up. Fitz probably made a bad decision and it cost people their lives. Or Fitz peed in his pants, neglected his duty in some way and a whole lot of bad stuff happened because of it.

  43. Q
    October 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

    VP Sally was castigating Cyrus for his unGodliness as though she completely forgot that Fitz knows she took her daughter to have an abortion. *Fitz blackmailed her with that in season 2, i think.* I found it very interesting that Fitz did not bring that up in his private conversation with her. He was smart enough to not blackmail her with this information again…he chose to appeal to her sensitive side. I’m willing to bet that he already knew that Sally’s hubby was cheating.

    I’m telling you, don’t sleep on Fitz. He is not who he appears to be. I believe he is in control more than we think. Him outing Liv had nothing to do with him being weak. Remember, he had the last word with Mellie and told her that this was a war between to two of them….and what she thought was ‘step 1’ was not it at all. Step 1 was when he came back asking for forgiveness….he’s a step ahead of Mellie.

    I beleive Liv’s mom is dead…en route to her hiding place that Rowan set up for her. This could be another reason why he’s so protective of Liv…guilty conscious (sp?) I also believe Liv knows what Rowan really does…he was too comfortable telling her that he was the reason people can sleep well at night.

    Fitz is ex-B613 and was on some sort of covert operation with Jake. Cyrus had no idea until he read the file. Cyrus saw the words B613 in the file…that’s what caused the OMG comment. this is also the reason why Rowan is fighting so hard to keep Olivia and Fitz apart.

    • CapitalKayPea
      October 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Yep.
      Yep.
      Yep.

      Liv already knows what her father does. She just doesn’t know that Jake and Fitz are involved in it.

      I have a friend who thinks Sally’s husband is out there Kai-Kai’ing. He’s not having an affair. He’s on some Birdcage ish…

      • blackpepper
        October 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm

        I don’t get it. please explain the birdcage thing. i’d appreciate it.:)

        • rikyrah
          October 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm

          Sally ‘s hubby is on the Down Low

    • stephanie kidd
      October 5, 2013 at 8:38 am

      why do all black people have to be related. why can’t harrison be a friend from the block before her dad sent her away after “mom” died. they reconnected after she came to dc and he got in trouble and she saved him. i am not for the relative idea.

  44. MsMelissa
    October 4, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I think Olivia mom had to disappear. Or left her controlling father. I think something eventually happened to get and Harrison is Olivias brother. I think Harrison knows but Olivia doesn’t.

    I don’t think Cyrus knows that this is Olivias dad, because he would have been repulsed by him wanting to show Fitz the sex tape with her and Jake.

    Lynn Whitfield would be AMAZING as Olivias mom.

    I don’t think Fitz Killed anyone in war, I think his Dad will have ties to something/someone scandalous and Fitz is a beneficiary of I.e. GWBush.

    Also, Luvvie you rock!!

  45. Tori D.
    October 4, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I don’t think that Liv’s mom is dead, but I don’t think she knows that. After all, the “plane crash” happened when she was 12. Now supposing that all of that info wasn’t COMPLETELY wrong like the info on her dad was, I think it’s safe to assume that Liv didn’t fully know what her dad was into at 12 years old. I definitely think her dad had something to do with it, but I’m not sure if it was for her protection or if they somehow ended up at odds (I’m kinda thinking like a Mr. & Mrs. Smith type deal). I think we’ll hear more about Momma Pope (and maybe get a flashback or reappearance) by the end of the season.

    As for Fitz, I think he was completely honest about why he leaked Liv’s name. Kinda messed up that he put her out there like that though! But he just seems so tired of Mellie and the presidency and EVERYTHING that he’s like “eff it, let’s do this.”

    I NEED TO KNOW WHAT’S IN THAT FOLDER!! I wanna say war crimes but that seems so obvious. I thought about the Jake/Fitz as lovers angle too, but I can’t see that being secret folder worthy. The former B-316 aspects adds some new layers and brings in a Fitz/Rowan showdown (in my head) so that’s the one I’m going with.

    • Tori D.
      October 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Oh yeah, this episode was everything i wanted and needed and couldn’t handle… EXCEPT 2-hours long. We really should’ve gotten 2 hours. :-/

      • MayMayz
        October 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm

        We REALLY should have.

  46. freshie85
    October 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

    My entire spirit is still laid out! I don’t know what to say.

    But i do wanna add that VP Sally trying to get all holy & shit but didn’t Fitz digged up her dirt about her daughter chasity having that abortion last season?

  47. LadyLarke
    October 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I would like to know what Mellie did to Fitz to make him hate her so much, b/c you just don’t dislike someone that hard for the fun of it (unless you’re a psychopath).

    Liv’s mom isn’t dead. Liv never even spoke of neither of her parents until now. And remember, when Jeanine was reading Liv’s kill folder, it said that her dad worked at the Smithsonian. And it said her father’s name was something weird, but it wasn’t Rowan. If they’re wrong about that, who’s to say what else they could think they know but really don’t?

    P.S. Cyrus Beene is so sketchy but I love it!
    P.P.S Even though Rowan read Liv for absolute filth that made me feel like I was being scolded by my daddy, I can’t blame him. His daughter is running around all loosey-goosey. He can’t let that simmer…

  48. Bre
    October 4, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Hey Luvvie, hey!

    Okay so you have 77 comments and I just couldn’t go through all of em so this might have been said already…but I think that Liv’s mom is possibly deceased, I think Rowan may have had something to do with her death.

    I think Fitz leaked her name for the reason he said, just to get it out there so Mellie couldn’t hand it over their heads anymore. He don’t give a damnb about Mellie so he ain’t got no reasons to lie to her.

    I think Prez Ghost may have done an unsanctioned hit or something. Did you see how calm he was killing ole’ Verna? That is not the face of a novice. Fitz has killed before.

    • blackpepper
      October 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      what IF Fitz was involved somehow in Olivia’s mother’s death? /now wouldn’t THAT be crazy?

      • Bri
        October 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm

        That’s what I was thinking! If Fitz and Jake killed Liv’s mom, then by giving that folder to Cyrus, Daddy Goon kills two birds with one stone. Olivia won’t want to be with Fitz anymore, and Daddy Goon won’t have to worry about Liv falling for one of his employees. Dang.

  49. Nae
    October 4, 2013 at 11:42 am

    ((Nursing a Scandal hangover here))

    Yesss to all ‘dis!! All I can add is that I think what is in the folder has to do with Baby Huck (Quinn) I’m thinking Fitz is former B613. Fitz and Jake were involved in a kidnapping…of a child/Quinn back when. We still don’t know who she really is. She didn’t exist before 2008.

  50. missjai
    October 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

    GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Review

    I have to go back and rewatch that episode to catch everything. DaddyPope is not here for Olivia and Fitz’s relationship. That “Hell and high water” line had me shaking in my boots, and I was just watching. DAMN! DAMN!!!!!

    I agree with the others Olivia’s mom isn’t dead. She’s going to come out with BLIND FURY sometime this season or the next. It would be good for Phylisha Rashad to play her mom. OOOOHHHH that would be so good. She gives some of the best SIDEEYE I’ve ever had the pleasure to witness.

  51. KemaB
    October 4, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Waited all summer for Scandal Recaps so here we go

    1. Don’t think Moms is dead I don’t think anything other than her love of older men was true in the kill folder. Cyrus seemed very unimpressed like maybe he invented the folder because he knew someone would dig up the kill folder if he didn’t idk but Cyrus really didn’t seem to want to out Liv but you never know with Cyrus.

    2. I think Fitz really didn’t want Liv at the mercy of Mellie he is the owner of that position and he would never relinquish it to his wife and deep down he really wants Liv by his side anyway he can get her.

    3. Absolutely no freaking idea what was in that folder but if it could shock Cy it’s gonna be bad really bad

    This was a great premiere I know a lot of ppl don’t like Liv for being the side chick and trying to reconcile her guilt by handling others so she can keep the white hat on but I love that. That’s the beauty of this show everyone is layered no one is 100% good or bad they are who they are even Hollis and country ass Sally. I agree that Mellie Mel(her G name) can give both Fitz and Liv the business but its hard to find sympathy when she has no problem pimping Liv out to Fitzy for her gain.

    Lastly that Read from Daddy Goon of all Goons Lawd Jesus be a Kindle fire. He read he snatched he came for her and I was her for all of it!!!!

    Great Recap Luvvie and congrats on the new gig 🙂

  52. October 4, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    So charged to see Joe Morton (Rowan Pope) in action again. I recognized him on the train in NYC in 2008. I realized he was working on a script, complimented him and kept about my business! I’m excited to see that Olivia is cleared of her charges, but why did gladiators/Mellie have to throw that red head gal under the Bus! Oh Lawd! Now she’ll be comin’ round…the mountain, fo’ you to clean up her mess. “WHAT DID YOU DO?!!” I was holdin’ onto the edge of my seat the whole episode. BTW. “Daddy….where’s Jake?” “He disobeyed orders!” Translation-“I threw his ass in the hole and now he’ll turn into a crazy like Huck”. Oh Lawd!

  53. October 4, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I have only this to add:

    Joe Morton (Daddy Goon) be BREAKING HIS FOOT OFF in it. Boy, he can act! I love him and Cyrus for their intensity!

    What’s up with Mellie looking all HOT and thangs? She really was mighty cute…Abby is trying. Improvement for both.

    I was at a watch party too, and everybody went BALLISTIC when Huck and Harrison came to get Liv. Yes!

    Can somebody go get Jake outta that hole? Huck has gotta know how to get to him.

    • Momongo
      October 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Mellie was real cute last night, lovin that cobalt blue suit she was in!!!

  54. pup
    October 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I cain’t e’em think. Daddy Goon read Livvy so hard I started apologizing. My face cracked, & qas on the floor. Father God, mercy. I’m still stuck on the we have to be twice as good line. Heard that every day of my life & all I could do was holler “GLORAY!!” Ms. Rhimes gave us true realness, yes Lord. Cyrus’ read on Sally girl had me entirely too weak. But I can’t figure anythang out cuz I’m still trying to piece my edges together from that glorious wig snatch last night. Scandal is my crack & I ain’t thinking bout rehab!

  55. Toya
    October 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    The season came back with a slap to the face just what u expect from Scandal!

    When they leaked Liv’s name LAAAWD!!!
    I think Liv’s moms is still alive too and will roll through later in the season.

    So much to expect this season I’m so excited!

    Projectfreetv is taking too long nowadays to post their links so I still use http://tvxstream.net/watch-scandal/

    Gladiators unite!! lol

  56. Absurdist
    October 4, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I am so through with Papa Pope. “You have to be twice as good before whites will see you as an equal. You will be constantly doubted in their eyes: they will doubt your intelligence, your morals, your education, your wealth. Even an Ivy League degree means less if you are black.”

    Like I haven’t been hearing that MY WHOLE GOTDAM LIFE. I need Shonda throwing it back in my face now that I’ve gotten almost stable in my own damn self?

  57. GfromtheD
    October 4, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Really not feeling the negativity towards Fitz here.
    With the exception of David and the OPA associates, this man has been pushed, pulled, manipulated, and lied to, by everyone in his life; including Olivia. Why does everyone else get a pass on their underhanded nastiness? When Fitz decides to fight back and not be everyone’s patsy suddenly he’s a villain and a “punk”? GTFOOHWTBS!
    TEAM FITZ ALL DAY!

    • Kmissa
      October 4, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Im with you! Team fitz all the wayy

  58. E
    October 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    1. Liv’s mom is not dead. The same thing happened to her that Rowan was about to do to Olivia. She is living in some foreign country with a fake passport and a bunch of money; likely because she went against Poppa Goon. The way Olivia said “used to” when she was talking about her mom makes me think that she believes that she is dead.
    2. He leaked Olivia’s name because that has been part of the plan all along. Just remember: Liv told Fitz to run and win with Mellie by his side, she didn’t say anything about having to stay with her once he was president again. I honestly believe that Fitz and Liv are in this thing together. Going back to the end of last season, before she went on her run, she had this super satisfied look and smile on her face – right after she supposedly broke up with Fitz. (yeah right, that happens). I think he was at her house, and they came up with a plan that is going to destroy a bunch of people.
    a) Sally – He lulled Sally into a false sense of security because he was testing her; she failed…and she overshared. Now he knows her secret and he will use it to his advantage in the future.
    b) Mellie – They are going to drive her crazy, literally. I think the plan is to make her ask for a divorce. I am not sure exactly how it will play out, but I think at the end, she will be seeking comfort in Jake’s arms. (she needs to get some, cause that sad sex she had with Fitz was just…yeah, no)
    c) Cyrus – They have a plan for him too. Not to kill him to him, but to get him on their side; and it involves James.

    I see a bunch of folks saying that Fitz is a punk and that is why he released her name, but I don’t see it like that. He is a man that no longer cares – he ain’t playin games and he won’t be bullied. I am with that. I am not with all the back and forth corniness between him and Liv, but I like that he is not walking around being pupetted anymore.

    3. I am torn on the folder, it could be anything. It could be that Jake and Fitz killed a bunch of people, but it has to be bigger than that. We shall see…probably something that makes Fitz seem like a sucka and Jake seem like Superman – Shonda Rhimes style all the way.

  59. Carriecnh12
    October 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Luvvie, Luvvie, Beloved, you are the best on the web.

    First off can I just say that Jor Morton better get an Emmy nom next year, that man spoke the truth not only to Live but to every black woman out there. He basically told her she could do better and clearly has no self respect, but obviously she did not want to hear the truth and have it set her fee.

    1) Liv’s Mom is not dead, but I think she might be the goonette to Joe’s Goon, cause a man like won’t marry some fool.

    2) Prez Casper leaked Liv’s name hoping that it would create a scenario that he could come out on top. He is just full of idiofoolery,thinking that he knows how the game is played when he ain’t even read the rules. Mellie is going to show him how it is really done, that woman had a career before he came along, no one forced him to marry her he made a choice.

    3)I believe he killed either innocents of another comrade with friendly fire, because he clearly has no real moral compass, look how easily he killed Verna, thinks he is the head goon with a capital G, but is actually a common g. And who is he to be telling her about using secret codes, when he had the secret service basically acting like an escort service, stupseeeeee. He wants Live to attack the White House next week, forgetting that its the entire administration under fire and a government to protect.

    Olivaa gets on my nerves, with her foolish wimmpering and trembling lips, she slept with a married man and didn’t expect consequences and a rightfully pissed off wife. Treating Mellie as though she has no right to her anger, yes she knew and called Liv to the hospital, but that dose not mean she wasn’t hurt.

    Did you guy notice that the trench she had on in the bunker was the some one from the rain poster.

    • Absurdist
      October 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      But what gets me is that we established last night that MELLIE KNEW about the affair all the way back to the campaign. She even held the whole Amanda Tanner affair against Olivia after that, because if Olivia hadn’t fled the White House when she did after the inauguration, Amanda wouldn’t have been able to cut in. Mellie hasn’t much to be mad about, considering how she’s played her cards since season 1.

  60. Nae
    October 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Yesss to all ‘dis! I think Fitz is ex-B613. Fitz and Jake was on an abduction mission way back when. I’m thinking Quinn was the child that was taken. She doesn’t exist on paper before 2008. We still don’t know who she is.

  61. Alishia
    October 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Really??? “They could tattoo a secret to Hal and it’d somehow wash off.”?! I have ish to do and I CAN NOT be thinking about that and laughing the rest of the weekend!
    I was so mad at Hal! I missed a coupla minutes ’cause I kept screaming at the screen, “You’ve got ONE JOB.” Really!! How you mess up the first part of your freaking title? Not your job description that you can claim you weren’t aware of, BUT YOUR TITLE???!!!
    I might be uninvited to the Scandal Watching Events that I have put in place ‘causa Hal!

  62. Alishia
    October 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    “Chile, I can’t. I don’t even know how to can. My ability to can is currently furloughed.” Stopped here and furloughed continuing leaving all the comments in the lurch… for now.

  63. paintgurl40
    October 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Luvvie! been waiting for your post but had to throw my 2 cents in right quick.

    1) Daddy Goon read Olivia like a Dr. Seuss book. If you pay attention to their conversations in the beginning you can assume that he’s been in Olivia’s life some of the time. Not a deadbeat daddy but one that wasn’t home enough. That twice as good to get half of what they got line had me waving my hand like I was in church! YES!! And then he went in on her wanting to settle for just being a first lady? He looked at his daughter as if she lost her damn mind. Gurl I taught you better than that…fuckwrongwichyou!
    I think that he’s not too keen on Olivia sleeping with them white men and to be sleeping with Fitz got him HOTTER than fish grease because he know Fitz’s TRUE character unlike Cyrus, Mellie and Livvie- they just think they know him.

    2) All of that info in the kill folder is fluff. Her daddy is not an antiques expert. Her momma aint dead, she chilling somewhere at the family home in VA or running some corporation. Daddy Goon don’t want his minions to have families but since he’s the HNIC he can do what he wants. The white house got that folder of lies because if everyone knew who Liv’s daddy was…hell Cyrus don’t even know.

    3) He (Rowan) keeps saying Liv is in trouble but I think it’s because of the company she’s keeping. In other words, I think that the powers that be wants to get rid of Fitz but Olivia will be caught in the fray. The assignation attempt was by Vera, but she was 98% dead so she didn’t have enough breath to do much talking.

    4)Fitz and Jake did some very bad things during the war and like a line that was stated last season, “all roads lead back to Fitz”.

    5) Fitz leaked her name because he was sick of sneaking around and wants to marry Olivia. The problem is, he’s so fucking selfish that he didn’t care that although he will come out unscathed (white Privilege) Olivia’s career and reputation would be in the toilet. What only matters is what he wants. Mellie didn’t care who he screwed or how often, but then he caught feelings for Olivia and wants to divorce Mellie. That’s just unacceptable! I was with #teamolitz but that’s bullshit. i’m #teamHNICakadaddygoon!!

    • lvigil
      October 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      you went there with HNIC….he is that!!

  64. Londa
    October 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Did anyone else find it ironic that the chick who broke the story on the affiar between Liv and Ghost was a reporter in the Post’s Style section? Maybe I’m reading too much into things, but a person who writes about fashion – and we are always up in here dissecting Livvy’s fashion left, right and sideways – is the one who drops the dime on Liv?

    Shonda throws us bones so quickly, that little tidbit (of nothing possibly?) was easily missed in the first few opening seconds of the episode.

  65. Kesha
    October 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    ALLIMMA say is this: I hope Harrison isn’t her brother. Then ALL the black people on the show would be related! He needs his own story.

    Ok, I lied. I have more:
    1) More Huck, please!
    2) Abby was giving sexy vampire last night. It distracted from how annoying she is.
    3) Hal needs to be demoted to First Dog security.
    4) where was baby Teddy? They didn’t even mention him when they discussed the other children.
    5) if Liv’s mom is alive, Lynn Whitfield isn’t my choice. She overacts. I like the Phylicia Rushed or Lonnette McKee suggestions.
    6) Clearly, Daddy Goon had a false identity for public record. He already had an identity set up for Liv already. So, it’s easy for him.

    • Max
      October 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Lonnette McKee – wow, the suggestions keep getting better and better.

  66. Arlene...blackorchidproductions
    October 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    1. Momma goon – I am here for Lynn Whitfield. Viola Davis. Angela Bassett. Jasmine guy.
    2. Mellie consigned the game till it bit her in the butt
    3. Prez ghost just needs to stop playin and go resign.

  67. irene
    October 4, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    1.Fitz is so selfish so destroying Livs career is okay just to get what he wants?
    2. is it just me or has Mellie become a MAJOR player on Scandal!
    BY is a very powerful actress and she really slays, her delivery is flawless
    3. love love love Rowan,Joe Morton deserves all the awards out there !
    4.Kerry did great and im hoping for more emphasis on her this season
    5. Am i the only one who cringed when Fitz took off his jacket and started walking towards Liv? So relieved when all he did was hug her

  68. October 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Phylicia Rashad as Olivia’s mother. Diahann as her maternal grandmother. Cicely Tyson as her paternal grandmother. GO.

  69. asetdivine
    October 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Listen…this first episode was EVERYTHING. Daddy Pope set it off and it just kept getting better. When he told her he was the hell and the high water, I was ready to get on the plane myself!LOL

    I’m with you Luvvie…I don’t think that Olivia’s mother is dead. I think she is just like Daddy Pope, a high level spy and she left to protect Olivia and I think that it’s also why her father sent her away after her mother’s “death”..she was safer without them around.

    I think that Fitz leaked her name to neutralize Mellie and because it could have possible given him the opening to be with Liv openly. Dude is so desperate to be with this woman that he has no qualms about tanking his political career and walking away from the highest office in the land to be with her. I also think that Fitz don’t curl all the way over. Fitz isn’t as fragile or stupid as Cyrus and Mellie think he is…he is a dangerous man who chooses to not to show that side of himself and we’ll see that other side this season. We got to see a glimpse of the other Fitz when he was manipulating VP Sally and how he manipulated the whole exposing of Olivia as his mistress. That was some maneuvering that not even Cyrus and Olivia caught on to.

    I think that folder that Rowan showed Cyrus about Fitz time in the military that he was uncomfortable even talking about last season shows just how capable and dangerous Fitz really is. He probably did some horrendous things in his time in the military and that file provides every gory detail…he may have been B36 like Jake. It’s the reason that Rowan wants Olivia no where near him, it’s why Jake seemed a little afraid of Fitz himself last season. The Pres is probably just as deadly or deadlier than Charlie or Huck combined.

    • Momongo
      October 4, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Fitz is not dumb I don’t know why folks think he is let me tell you something when Liv chose her gladiators over Fitz in the season finale he was like hell no, he dropped her name knowing that her being exposed would tank OPA and then he would lose his presidency and then they could be together. He loves her but it pisses me off because she put her life on the line for him to get elected and then he goes and almost succeeds at tanking her career. It was never just about freeing her from Mellie. I got you Fitz you not fooling me at all..still love you though boo!!! Lol

      • Absurdist
        October 8, 2013 at 12:23 am

        You’re definitely not wrong.

  70. Raven
    October 5, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Got to agree with most on here except I do t feel the Fitz hate.. I can’t hate the man. He’s got to be one of the most unhappiest person on Earth. I gotta admit I love the chemistry between him and Liv. It practically melts the screen.

    Some mention that Liv might be pregnant! God I hope not! That would surely mess up the storyline! They just got Liv’s name out of the affair scandal and to have her be pregnant would start that all over again. Plus who would be the daddy on paper? She would have to marry someone just to keep Fitz out of it. I just don’t think that would work. But then on the other hand…..

    Liv’s mama is alive. I do believe that. I know there’s some horrible stuff between her and the dad, I just don’t know what it is. But I think Liv would have to be in some horrific mess before she shows up.

    I love me some Mellie! That woman’s got a tongue on her! Always thinking of herself first. No love for Fitz. They have a strictly hate/hate relationship. Makes for great tv!

    The folder that Daddy Pope showed Cyrus has to be worst then some human rights issue. We see that everyday. It’s got to be something so explosive it could bring the entire government down! Can’t wait to see what it is!

    Just so damn happy the seasons started up again!

  71. irene
    October 5, 2013 at 8:26 am

    episode 1

  72. irene
    October 5, 2013 at 8:44 am

    luvie this is why I cringed when fitz was taking off his jacket in the bunker. Bellamy ,Kate Burton and Joe Morton had all three had Emmy worthy writing and acting so far and this is just E1. I just didnt want Kerrys most memorable scene in the first episode to once again be a love scene she needs to do solid memorable scenes befitting the star of the show if shes going to have a chance at winning the Emmy next year.
    That why i hated the Oscar promo i thought OLivia is supposed to be an attorney and DC mover and shaker yet they had her decked out in a gold bikini like a bond girl! Kerry should have refused to do that promo .
    The Good Wife has a similar lead female role and i cannot imagine them using such a promo

  73. October 5, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Mom’s not dead, it’s Phylicia Rashad or Diahann Carol coming in for the kill!!

  74. October 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I loved this! It is so in point! I was wonderingly if Olivia’s mom is dead and if a) Olivia’s dad had her killed or b) she’s still alive. Great blog. I also did a recap. GREAT JOB LUVVIE!
    bit.ly/MenOnScandal

  75. Brittainny
    October 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I think someone should dedicate a page to Olivia’s wardrobe. That white coach was amazing! I wish I knew where to get one from.

  76. Traci404
    October 5, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I am gonna go off the usual radar for Mama Pope, since it appears that they intentionally did not show a picture of her in the “kill file”.

    Shonda colored way outside the box on Rowan- Daddy Pope.
    i am going way outside the lines…

    Diana Ross, Pam Grier

    Age appropriate, stellar actresses.

    Dianne Carroll is having some health issues.

    • Max
      October 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Diana Ross….goddamn. Diana Ross reading Cyrus reading Diana Ross….my whole life would be complete and I could die happy.

  77. Alishia
    October 6, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Fitz and Jake fired on the plane carrying Mrs. Pope on orders from Hell/High Water.

  78. Crym
    October 7, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Luvvie, I beleebyouandummawah LOL I agree with you… I dont think Liv’s mama is dead either. The thing that made me think that was the comment she said to her dad as Liv got back in the limo and she told him something her mother said to her about him… And then they said she died in the plane crash when Liv was 12.. I’m with you.. why all this bringing Liv’s mama up all of a sudden… I wouldnt be shocked if Liv’s mama works her way in the story line this season… IDK we’ll see

  79. October 7, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I don’t think Liv believes her mom is dead. “Used to” can also indicate an estranged relationship, which is quite likely. The scene also suggested that Liv may have chosen Papa Pope over her mom, despite mom’s warnings about the dangers of his work. The information in the Kill Folder was mostly bullshyte, with a fact or two peppered in to appear authentic.

    It’s wild that everyone is convinced Fitz leaked her name to free her from Mellie. But in doing so, Liv is now at HIS mercy. As much as I think Fitz truly has feelings for her, he also craves control. Now that he’s outed her, no one wants to be associated with her. He made it so her only option was him, thus the Providence scene.

    Speaking of control, Fitz has been a puppet his entire life. Everyone who supports Mellie as the scorned wife has forgotten that their marriage was damn near arranged. There was never any love, only the appearance of it. I don’t believe Fitz really wanted to be POTUS, but it was the career laid out for him, and stolen for him. Somebody whose every move has been directed wants a sense of power. Even as leader of the free world, he’s still told what to do. And he hates it.

    The folder’s contents may be about a dishonorable discharge, I think. It was covered up, ultimately, but I have a feeling he’s not a war hero of any kind. Notice how infrequently his tenure in the Navy is ever mentioned. Whatever he did was best kept confidential.

    All I ask of this season are two things: that Harrison and Liv are NOT related, and that we are not tortured by Scandal-less Thursdays. Please and thank you.

  80. October 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Now that Scandal is back are you going to get back with Scott and do some regular ratchetandthegeekwithscandalspoilers.com podcasts?

  81. Carriencnh12
    October 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Ok so I was thinking about the scene from this weeks promo with Liv trying to persuade the public that Scapegoat wasn’t Fitz’s side piece.

    Now if they buy the story which is for once actually true, I think the press will start digging into other possible women, because they know that Mellie outed Fitz as to actually having an affair, and this I believe will lead them to finding out about the Amanda Tanner situation and therefore the ish will really start to rain down.

    I also think that Pappa Goon , may have at one time either actually worked in the White House or aspired to actually being the President, that statement that Liv made to him at the end of their scene was to precise with his reference to the white house destroying her and I think B613 was his other option.

  82. Toni&BigAl
    October 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    1. Mama Pope is not dead. Wouldn’t surprise me if she isn’t the head of the CIA or B16, remember a momma keeps her hand on all things and knows all.

    2. Fitz and Olivia planned this whole thing (just like they did when Fitz told Mellie that the world would embrace Olivia after he divorces her). This is also why Olivia yelled “what did you do!” the gladiators messed her and Fitz plans.

    3. The folder has information on Fitz 2nd family in Iran. We know Olivia is not the first time he’s cheated.

  83. Absurdist
    October 8, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Here’s a funny:

    Cyrus Beene was not born to be Chief of Staff. Olivia Pope was not raised to be First Lady.

    Everybody has to be twice as good, I guess.

  84. MarvyMds
    October 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I did not watch the premiere on Thursday because I missed the first half of the show, so I had to avoid your blog to avoid spoilers, but this was worth the wait! You are hilarious talking about Daddy Pope’s epic read and how Cyrus is dirtier than chicken grease.

    I do not think that Olivia’s mother is dead because Daddy Pope is gangster enough to have just sent her away and told folks she died.

    And I am starting to feel bad for Mellie because President Ghost is so mean to her. She did not force him to get married, and if he is hot about his daddy arranging the marriage, he should have taken that up with him before he went to the big racetrack in the sky.

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