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Icarus and the Burning Truth: Scandal Episode 306 Recap

Operation Remington

Episode 6 of season 3 of Scandal was called Icarus. I’m a fan of Greek Mythology and I immediately recalled the story of the man whose father created wings so he could fly but he was warned not to get too high. He kept flying higher and higher and he got too close to the sun so the wax on the wings melted so he fell and drowned into the sea. I assumed it’d mean someone would get too close to the truth on Operation Remington and get burned.

Mama Memories – In a black and white scene from the past, little Olivia (with glasses) is at the kitchen table. Her mom (filmed in a blur) is getting ready to leave, so she hugs her (with what seemed like finality) and bounced.  Peep the white blazer too.

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EEEEEE KHANDI ALEXANDERRRRRRRR!!!! Also, how cute is Lil Liv?!? I live.

Back in the present, Liv is sitting all catatonic-like in her office and Huck shoos the concerned Gladiators away. Harrison wants to know whose team she’s gonna be campaign manager for: Grant or Marcus. Olivia leaves for the White House and he thinks he has his answer.

Oval Office Uh-Oh – Mellie is in the Oval Office with Cyrus and President Ghost, excited about Olivia’s visit, because surely it must mean she’s saying yes to managing the re-election campaign. When Liv walks in and asks for privacy with Fitz, Mellie’s so parched for this news that her jittery ass excitedly rushes Cy out. Finally alone with Ghostie, Liv asks him about Operation Remington and he pulls rank on her by saying that as Commander-in-Chief, he cannot discuss that highly classified mission, which technically doesn’t exist. He even threw Defiance in her face. A crushed Liv tells him she can’t work for him and bounces. Mellie comes back to snatch Fitz’s wig because all her begging was for naught. OOP.

Speaking of the Oval Office, VP Sally is tryna occupy a seat there so Leo Bergen agrees to be her campaign manager.

Quinn’s Practicing – Baby Huck is at a gun range taking her new toy for a spin and to practice. She is hellbent on being prepared like Scar for her first kill. Chile… Bye.

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Sugar and Spice – Olivia decides to manage Congresswoman Marcus’ campaign so she and Abby immediately start getting her funding. They secured meetings with big wigs from the sugar industry and Rep. Buffay is in the Gladiators’ hands getting monies!

Rousing for Remington – Olivia returns to the Gladiator office and tells Jake that she wants more info on Operation Remington. He basically replies with “yes, boo. I gotchu!” because he’s so far gone with this crush. In a meeting of the twin goons, Cyrus tells Rowan that Olivia knows about Remington and the goblin tells him to handle Congresswoman Buffay while he deals with Jake. DONTCHU TOUCH JAKE, DADDY GOBLIN!!! I LIKE HIM NOW! *wall slides* Oh, it’s also clear that Cyrus doesn’t realize that Rowan/Eli is Liv’s daddy cuz he’s ouches snitching TOO tough!

Date with Kate – Jake meets up with a hot chick named Kate to fish for some info and she offers her Love Pocket up on a platter for him. Look, Kate. This Love Parallelogram is full and we ain’t got space for one more in it. BYE GIRL! The camera then shows a man being incognito in the corner. Aw dang.

Hollering at Harrison – The Gladiator in Gingham gets a call and it’s from Cyrus, and I already knew nothing good would come from it. Beene tells him he knows they’re reaping for Buffay and he wants that to be changed. He says the name Adhan Salif and Harrison dries up and is spooked. WHO IS SALIF AND WHY DOES HE HAVE HIM SPOOKED?!? WHAT?!?

My Twitfam explained that Salif was his boss who ended up in jail while Harrison only served a couple of months on a years-long sentence. Soooo he probably thinks Harrison snitched on him to lessen his term but we know Liv is who helped him out. We just don’t know under what terms. I SMELL TROUBO!

One Crashing Question – Olivia is on her couch guzzling wine like usual and watching old footage of a news report about the plane crash that took her mama away from her. We flashback to a moustached and afro’ed Rowan Pope watching the news in tears as they report on a plane crash that took 329 lives. His adorable daughter walks in and he stands up to tell her the news. Then, we switch to the present where Liv is in tears. She picks up the phone and calls her father.

She tells him that she wants to ask him many questions but is afraid that all her friends will end up dead if she does.

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He grants her one question, like a stingy genie and she asks “Did you give the order to have my mother killed?” and he gives a straight “No.” She tries to ask if Fitz was involved and he reminds her that he only said ONE.

I believe Rowan when he said he didn’t give the order. And he was in tears when he saw the plane. MAYBE…MAYBE the plane crash went ABOVE Rowan’s head and Mama Pope was B613 and he couldn’t save her because he seemed genuinely hurt on that couch in them misty-colored memories. I DON’T KNOW!

Setup to Fail – I haven’t had a chance to rematch the show so I missed some of this scene but I believe Cyrus asked James to interview Congresswoman Buffay to show she’s a weak candidate. James: “You’re a shameless monster.” Cyrus: “Who loves you dearly.”

Campaign Pushback – Olivia is trying to get Josie Marcus to start biting back and showing her claws in the campaign and she ain’t tryna hear it, talmbout that’s not her. Liv tells her “Nice doesn’t get you president unless you want to be president of Candyland.” WELPY! Buffay snaps at Pope and excuses herself and Abby comments that she has a temper. Liv turns her head sideways like Stewie in “Family Guy.” ORLY?

Help from Huck – Harrison rolls into Huck’s office and closes the door behind him. He needs a favor, something he’s never asked his colleague before. He tells him that “If Adhan Salif sets foot on U.S. soil, I’m a dead man.” AW NAWL! NOT MY BOO! Huck offers to get Salif’s visa application deleted from the system. Ummm… I already know that ain’t nearly enough but Harrison takes it.

Lousy Langston – Mellie, Fitz, Sally and her hubby Daniel are at dinner, tryna act like everything is all honky dory. But at the table, Daniel is being all greasy and flirting with Mellie, who is giggling like a schoolgirl in a Delia’s catalog. Anddd Sally was rocking a SHARP ass emerald green suit. Emerald is a color that Mellie rocks well, so that was an interesting choice for her. Seeing how sleazy her hubby was acting by shamelessly flirting with Mrs. Grant, it’s clear that the VP has been in the First Lady’s shoes and on the end of a trifling husband. Maybe the color match was to tie them together in that way? Iunno. BUT WHAT IF IT’S MELLIE HE CHEATS ON HER WITH?!? SCANDAL!

Baby and Mentor Assassin – As Quinn shoots it out at the range, Charlie shows up. LAWD I CAN’T! Nothing good ever happens when you see that sugar-eating sharpshooter. He gives Baby Huck a tip on how to be more accurate and I wanna slide off my chair. The LAST thing Quinn needs is tips from Huck’s archnemesis, another killer assassin. And it doesn’t help that when she goes digging for answers from Huck, he pushes her to the side like badly-cut bangs. Let us not ignore that she’s now rocking all black, showing that she’s moving to the dark side. MMhmm.

Proverbial Asskicking – Congresswoman Buffay is still hellbent on playing nice and right before she starts a live interview in her home with James, Liv shows her an ad from Governor Reston’s camp. It basically called her out for being a woman without much experience to be president, using the image of the shaky hand of a woman unable to open a door for negotiations. This lights a fire under her yansh because she proceeds to hand James and Governor Reston a verbal asskicking. She points out that they’ve tried to paint her as just a woman without acknowledging her military background.“What about soldier? What about lieutenant?” GO FORTH AND FIGHT THAT PATRIARCHY, MADAME!

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Welp!

Meanwhile, Cyrus is watching mad as hell because James had ONE JOB and he failed. Womp. He got Poped.

Bygones Be Guns – Late at night, Jake goes to some deserted place to meet with Kate, and is being followed by some mysterious dude. As him and Kate talk, he turns around and a single bullet goes through her head. The man killed her before she could kill Jake. RIP Kate. You’re already forgotten.

Gladiating Detected – At the Buffay campaign headquarters, the team celebrates the success of the interview. Candice, the Daughter-assistant, tells Abby that her nail polish is the same as the woman’s in the ad. The Gladiators faked the ad. Oooo sneaky! I’m not mad, doe. They had to do it to get Josie to woman up and be about that cutthroat life.

Salif Coming – Harrison goes to see Cyrus to say he cannot be blackmailed with Salif because Olivia made her decision on who she’s representing. As he walks out, Beene makes a call instructing someone to issue a visa for Adhan. AW HELL! He’s tryna get my boo killed!

Scheming with Quinn – Quinn is at the gun range and seems to be warming up to Charlie’s evil mentorship. The sugar assassin gets on the phone and chats with Daddy Goon, who is pleased that some seed is being planted. GAHTDAMBIT! Quinn is part of another diabolical plan because she’s apparently an empty vessel who can be used for random things. First Citron and now this. This is why she gotta go OCCUPY A SEAT! Shit.

B613 Bloods – Jake shows up at the Oval Office to thank President Ghost for having security tail him. You know he had to look out for his BFF. I really enjoy their bromance. Fitz tells him to stop looking into Operation Remington but Ballard says it’s his only key out of B613. They seem to be the Bloods of the gubment. You don’t just quit. You get stomped, killed or holed out. Damb.

Pope Got Poped – Olivia’s doorbell rings and it’s Fitz, dripping swagu and looking all Presidential. He’s terrible but my goodness the man can rock a suit. He strolls in like he owns the place and asks Liv to come work for him. He says “There is NOTHING you wouldn’t do that I won’t forgive.” She ain’t killed yo mama, doe (-__-). Liv starts talmbout the plane crash, detailing how 329 people died. His hardened face continues to feign ignorance until she says “One of the bodies in the ocean was my mother. Do you still not know what I’m talking about?” And his face maintains that hard look but his eyes fall. He looked shell-shocked. He replies with “I don’t know what you’re talking about” and sees his way out.

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But as the elevator door closes, the weight of what he had a hand in is written all over his face and his hunched shoulders.

YEAH MAN! YOU KILLED HER MAMA!* even though I don’t believe she’s dead but y’all already know my thoughts about that.

It was a MASTERFUL scene! Both Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn did some amazing acting.

WHOOOOOO!!! This episode was A LOT. A whole lot of crazy was thrown into the pot and stirred and I loved it. Shonda STAYS shaking the table but I see where she’s going.

We’re finally getting to unravel the onion (booty) that is Harrison. This Adhan Salif dude is gonna bring chaos with him. This is the beginning of the Gooning Gladiator in Gingham’s storm.

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We have some SLIGHT insight into Rowan Pope from back in the day and when he told Olivia he’d answer ONE question, I believed that he’d give her the real answer to that question. So when he said he didn’t order the hit on that plane, I believe him. However, this doesn’t mean he wasn’t involved. It just means it might have gone over his head, like I said above. Andddd I CANNOT WAIT for Mama Pope! YES LAWD! We see her picture in next episode, at least.

How will Fitz handle this new info about Liv’s mother being on that plane? This just added a layer to him and Rowan’s ‘lationship that he wasn’t aware of and he’s gonna wanna do something about it. The thing is that President Ghost tends to overestimate his power over Daddy Goon.

VP Sally and Leo Bergen pairing up is gonna be interesting because they’re both sneaky as hell. What foolery will they bring along?

And back to the title of the episode being Icarus. Who’s getting to close too the truth? Well, everyone. Olivia, Jake and Fitz are putting themselves in danger from this investigation and as more things are revealed, it seems that the truth might create irreparable rifts in ALL their relationships. Oh AND like Icarus, the plane fell from the sky into the ocean. I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE, SHONDA!

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SO MANY QUESTIONS! And Gladiators ROAR in the comments. Y’all give me the best answers.

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149 Comments

  1. C'estmoi
    November 8, 2013 at 7:10 am

    This season has kinda been meh for me BUT this episode was EVERYTHING, E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Kris
    November 8, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Shonda continuing to leave me breathless. I still don’t trust JAke and not because im a olitz worshipper.

  3. November 8, 2013 at 7:17 am

    That bird meme is EVERYTHING. Im dead. Roflmao!

    • MsZ
      November 8, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Girl Yes!! I laughed for a good 5 minutes about that!! *still giggling*

    • November 8, 2013 at 11:03 am

      lmao too funny!

  4. Ally
    November 8, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I just need to know who Fitz was in bed with i. Dem previews.

    Every week I come up in here thinking we gon get some resolution and all I get is more questions. Still over here tryna get my life after last night.

    And why is Rowan/Eli pulling on Baby Huck? Quinn, you in danger girl!

    • Momongo
      November 8, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Mellie

      • milaxx
        November 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

        poor Mellie always getting Liv’s sloppy seconds.

    • Gladiator in a suit
      November 8, 2013 at 8:28 am

      Surprisingly Mellie

    • Melody
      November 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

      I thought that was Jake and Olivia in bed.

      • Momongo
        November 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

        Nope it was Mellie and Fitz

        • AJ
          November 8, 2013 at 11:30 am

          No that’s Mellie and Sallie husband….I bet you that. SHe realized his weakness is any kind of pussy….sorry to be so brash about it though lol

        • Momongo
          November 9, 2013 at 11:22 am

          OMG I will have to go back and look

    • Ally
      November 8, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Wait…what? Y’all sure? Imma have to go back and peep that because u don’t believe it.

    • Ally
      November 8, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Well dang. Tis Mellie. I’m trying to decide if my soul should be burning or not.

    • Ally
      November 8, 2013 at 11:33 am

      I’ve decided that it’s a flashback and not present day.

      • Momongo
        November 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        Yea I think it was a flashback….if it’s not lawd help us all!!!

  5. Carriecnh12
    November 8, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Why am I up so early just to read your review, seriously Lord, what is my life, this show and this blog?

    Fitzye seems to be reminding people that he is the President and Commander in Chief, if he has to do that he is really commander of none and chief of few, he should get some sorta sign of symbol that lets people know his job title. He also conveniently forgot that Liv and Mellie get him this job and shows no appreciation ungrateful haint.

    Mellie is too trifling, flirting with Sally’s husband right there are the dinner table, she may not like it but, is once again doing what she needs to, to keep Fitz in the office.

    And Ms. Buffay handed James, Gov. Reston and basically every man watching their behinds on a serving tray, she let them she ain’t here for sport and will take a fool to task while still keeping her morals and dignity. That is how it’s done.

    Oh this big diff between Josie and Fitz is that she doesn’t let Liv push her around with her suggestions, while Fitz basically lets’ Liv do his thinking for him

    • Elizabeth
      November 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      I beg to defer regarding comment of diff between Josie and Fitz, because at every turn Josie ends up doing what Liv tells her and has this stumbling bumbling look on her face as though she’s caught off guard. Fitz has been around long enough to understand the value of Liv’s advise. After all, Josie is the one that came back begging Liv to be her campaign manager after she call herself doing something by firing her. She’s new to politics and its real clear she is out of her league if she thinks $6M is enough to run a presidential campaign. Truthfully, I’d trust her with the security codes as much as I’d trust Mellie. Mellie doesn’t think long term, she jumps first and then looks. She thinks she can run a war or the CIA…heaven help us. When has anything she ever recommended are sanctioned worked. Definitely not ready for primetime. And Josie, I’m better we haven’t heard of all the dirt she’s done. There is more stuff to come with her past and I’m betting it will have to do with military career.

  6. PoetrysTruth
    November 8, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I still have not one white boy curr (care) to give about Jake. Shonda is trying to make Fetch happen and it’s just NOT. He’s a good actor, but he’s so THIRSTY for Liv. He wearing Desperation by Calvin Klein. Go AWAY…and take Quinn’s ass with you! These two are sadder than a 400 credit score.

    We gon get chocolate realness with Harrison…about damn time.

    I wonder if Mellie is going to go all Kim K and fuck ol boy for the greater good and self promotion? I love Mellie!

    I love how Huck knows Liv and he’s STILL trying to protect her even though he’s hurtin’.

    Congresswoman Becky went in on James. SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT! I’m calling it now, her sister/daughter (is that like a puppybrother?) is going to be her downfall.

    • ORH
      November 8, 2013 at 7:42 am

      “is that like a puppybrother?” … I hollered.

      This episode was everything and I need to watch it again to see what I missed. It brought up soooo many questions, but i am glad we are getting to learn Harrison’s story, but she is going to be TROUBLE if Shonda kills off my boo.

    • Momongo
      November 8, 2013 at 8:13 am

      Jake is thirsty, but he is trying to make me like him and I hate that!!!! Lol. I think Jake and Fitz relationship is more than just navy buddies I think Jake is Fitz brother from another mother…

    • Esquire Diva
      November 8, 2013 at 8:54 am

      I lurk here all the time (don’t y’all judge me damnit!! Lol) but this comment forced me out!

      I only have one can til the following Tuesday after Scandal Thursday and this comment took it. LMAO!!!!

    • November 8, 2013 at 9:07 am

      I was thinking the same thing about Mellie.That heffa will do anything to get them re-elected, even beg Liv to be on their team. I’m with Momongo, I don’t want to like Jake, but I kinda am starting to.

    • November 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

      “He wearing Desperation by Calvin Klein.” <— Wall slides, cries and dies!

      • Stace
        November 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

        ME TOO! hiccuped and flatlined at the sentence right there.. PoetrysTruth..WINNING

    • Opal in the rough
      November 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      this comment though? SLAIN. You stole all my cans and damns.

    • Elizabeth
      November 10, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Agree with everything except Jake’s acting chops. He has yet to have a scene where I truly believed he felt comfortable in the role. He needs acting classes as much as he needs Charlie to help boost his spy skills because both or seriously lacking. His acting lacks emotion and he’s a spy that can’t tell he’s being spied on when the guy is doing everything but sending up flares as he watches over him. Jake reminds me of some of the awful one-note models on ANTM. They have one look and they give it regardless of what the scene calls for. He could never pull off final Olitz scene we saw. That scene called for a range of emotions and required a level of feeling that was so poignant viewers, whether you love or hate Fitz, read his feelings and thoughts without hearing it voiced. Scene is rated top for the week on SpoilerTV.com.

  7. Mona
    November 8, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Luvvie!! Awesome recap as usual. My mom and I were thinking two things:

    1) Rowan uses Quinn to try and kill Huck and Huck ends up “hucking” her in the end. But please can he, cuz I’m in the hospital being so sick of her.

    2) We think #MaLivia might just have been a spy or traitor and that’s why she was brought down, but she managed to escape.

    That bird gif is all of the things! LOL

  8. November 8, 2013 at 7:45 am

    This recap was awesome, what did you do, stay up all night writing? I bet Quinn is either going to accidentally kill Jake or rescue Huck. Shonda always does the opposite of what we expect.

  9. rikyrah
    November 8, 2013 at 7:47 am

    You are on point. You cracked me up. Harrison…I can’t handle anything happening to him. Cyrus is a goon on his own level….
    I should hate Papa Pope, and I know he’s evil, but damn, Joe Morton is awesome and adds depth to him.

    That scene between Olivia and POTUS when he realizes what he did was awesome.

    Thanks Luvvie

  10. November 8, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Why is it when you said Quinn was “moving to the bad side”..I immediately had “Stepping to the Bad Side” from Dreamgirls playing in my head. LMAO! Oh gosh….. and I like how you tie in these colors for real. The “green” with Envy….. the whites. I am here for it.

    ANd perhaps I am alone in this..but I want Mellie to get some. As terrible as that sounds..that woman’s vagina is prob praying “God..call me out of this Dry place!!” smh… And I wouldnt even be made my dude…esp if it is Sally Langston’s greasball husband!

    LMAO @ love parrallelogram! I HOLLERED!!

    • Opal in the rough
      November 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Her coochie dryer than dreadlocks that ain’t been retwisted in 2 months.

    • funkmysoul
      November 9, 2013 at 7:41 am

      I’m with you on that. After everything she’s been through, let’s be honest…Mellie deserves some good D lol.

    • Lenore
      November 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Hahaha @ steppin to the bad side! Let Quinn show up in a red sequin dress and a tambourine!

      Also @ Opal I’ve had those locs they ain’t nothin nice once you finally get back to the shop. Mellie’s Love Pocket needs some tender lovin’ care!

  11. NickiR
    November 8, 2013 at 8:08 am

    This blog and the comments are my buttercream icing. I think we’ll come to learn that Mama Pope was a much bigger goon than Daddy Pope and that though it killed him, he ultimately did it for his baby Liv. Think about that dig he took at Liv when she said she wasn’t being the woman her mama raised her to be – He was like ‘that’s what you think her legacy is.’ Mmmmhmmm . . . sumpthin ain’t right there. Something tells me mama was a traitor and that mama ain’t dead y’all.

    • Stace
      November 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Girl YASSSSS!!!! It think so too. The motives for the Goon we love to hate is gonna shed a whole new light on him and Liv’s relationship.

  12. writerbish
    November 8, 2013 at 8:09 am

    i think sallie wore green cuz she was green with envy… which is probably why mellie wears it too…

  13. Brandihorse83
    November 8, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I loved your recap as usual Luvvie I wait for it I watch for it… But this episode was EVERYTHANG!! When Fitz kept shutting down Liv and repeating I don’t know what your are talking about was crazy I really thought that he was gonna break down in the end bc Liv is his boo but when he smoove walked out of her apartment I died… ( so was that symbolically saying he is walking outta her life for good?) Also Jake’s super parched thirsty ass needs to get somewhere and sit down this following Liv around like a puppy dog is getting old… and that hoe Quinn is about to write some checks her gun-happy ass can’t cash..THEY FINALLY DID A BACK STORY ON MY HUNNY-BUNNY HARRISON!! I am here for that I can’t wait to see who this Salif dude is and could he be connected in some way as well…. ( Shonda u give me heart trouble) Also did yall peep next weeks epi… it looks like Fitz and Mellie get it on… I wonder if it is just a flashback… Also I still don’t think Mama Pope is dead she lives I just know it!!!

  14. laddibugg
    November 8, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Anyone think they might be setting up Quinn to take the hit for that girl who was shot in the head.

    Eli’s wig and mustache? Should have had a mention in the credits.

    If Fitz killed her Momma, he and Liv better be DONE.

    Something about Lisa Kudrow’s facial expressions bother me. Not sure what.

    • philly
      November 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Wig and mustache own credits?!!!<——-tears! I can't! **knees buckle**

    • scandallover
      November 9, 2013 at 7:50 am

      I so agree re Lisa Kudrow. I can’t take her seriously: am I still suffering Phoebism?! I’m really shocked she was cast in this role

    • Elizabeth
      November 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      I don’t think Liv’s mom is dead but we know that 329 people were supposed only that plane and they are dead. So someone isa guilty of that but I don’t think it was Fitz and if it turns out that it was it will be a matter that he is a fighter pilot ordered to set his air-to-air missile on a specific coordinate and fire. These pilots release the missiles which lock on to targets and follow the target. Jets recoil and soon as missiles are fired. Personally, I think MamPope faked her death to save Olivia’s life. I’m thinking she was part of B613. Fitz being the killer is too obvious, even with the lack of consistency in some of the writing, I don’t think the answer will be as simple as “Fitz did it”. Heck, may turn out that Pete Foster was flying that plane after all. The big question for me is what was it Pete wanted to tell Fitz about Op Remington? What could he possible have to tell Fitz if Fitz was there?

  15. asetdivine
    November 8, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I have to say the casting of Khandi Alexander as Olivia’s mother is genius. I didn’t even think about her but I loved her on CSI Miami and a lot of other things…great actress and great choice.

    The flashback scene in the beginning was really sweet and sad at the same time. When her mother hugged young Olivia and told her she loved her and goodbye, you can tell that she knew she wasn’t coming back. I still hold on to my theory that she isn’t dead and that maybe Rowan attempted to kill her and she escaped but I have an additional theory now. What if Olivia’s mother did something for Rowan that forced her to leave Olivia behind? What if she, like Olivia loved her man so much that she was willing to cross lines and go over a cliff for him like Liv did with Fitz? 0.0 I’m just waiting for her to show up and really turn Olivia’s world upside down. Now we know why Olivia wears white too…it’s her connection to her mother.Olivia probably hasn’t shed a tear since her mother died, we get sad eyes and her on the verge of crying but she always pulls herself back and gets it together. Rowan’s tears on that couch were of sadness AND guilt I think. Remember what Olivia’s mother said about Rowan being capable of destroying her. Whatever happened, Rowan had a hand in it no matter how many tears he shed for her. He put her in a position that forced her to leave a child behind and he may have felt guilty about that and it may have turned him colder, but he did something. I don’t trust anything that he says even when he tells Olivia no when she asked her one question. He lied to her about Huck being arrested when she told him about Huck saving her in the train station.

    I don’t know what to say about Fitz and his “I don’t know what you’re talking about” and pulling rank on Olivia. This is the woman you are madly in love with who knows what every expression you make and how you say things means without you saying it straight out and you still stand there and lie? If that had been Mellie or maybe Cyrus he lied to, yeah they probably wouldn’t have been able to tell but this is Olivia, the person that knows his every emotion. That last scene with her revealing to him that her mother was on that plane was EVERYTHING!! Olivia was so done she opened that door up for him to leave like “don’t let the door hit you on the behind on your way out.” Fitz is definitely going to lose Olivia for a while. I can’t wait for the full story to come out concerning Operation Remington.

    I’m loving Jake Ballard a little more now too. He’s so in love or infatuated with Olivia that he’s willing to put his life on the line for her and her need to know the truth. Olivia is getting from him what she needs, someone who is willing to take care of her and not someone who needs her to take care of them. If that don’t qualify him to be her plus one in every way, I don’t know what does. If I was Olivia I’d be having some confused, angry se-….listen…just know he’d be my emotional roller coaster…LOL! I knew that Rowan was going to set his sights on Quinn after the last episode, she’s gullible and fascinated with what Huck does. She wants to be Becky so bad. Getting a glimpse of Harrison’s past was interesting too. Who is Salif? What exactly did Harrison do? Apparently that car salesman job was a front for something else. Cyrus is trash for having this guy that could kill Harrison brought back to the states too. I’m waiting for karma to hit Cyrus wear it hurts the most…his husband James. All his dirty deeds are going to catch up to him eventually.

    When will VP Sally learn she’s not smarter than the average bear (Cyrus)?

    • Dia
      November 8, 2013 at 8:48 am

      It already started. Did you see James get his mic handed to him in that interview?! Cyrus is not gonna appreciate that.

    • laddibugg
      November 8, 2013 at 10:34 am

      “When her mother hugged young Olivia and told her she loved her and goodbye, you can tell that she knew she wasn’t coming back. I still hold on to my theory that she isn’t dead …”

      Ok, I *do* think maybe she isn’t dead, BUT you have to remember this is Liv’s flashback, we’re in her head. And people don’t always remember things how they actually happened, but they might think of how they WISH they had happened. That hug might not have been remember so poignantly if it wasn’t the last hug.

      • asetdivine
        November 8, 2013 at 11:26 am

        hmmm…yeah I get what you’re saying.

    • RavenJ
      November 8, 2013 at 11:56 am

      I just let out a snort reading your last line. She tried it…

  16. Momongo
    November 8, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I really enjoyed last nights episode!!!! At the end when Liv told Fitz about her mom and the heartbreak on his face I was like YES he didn’t know!!!! I wanted Fitz to tell her about Remington but he is trying to protect her, Chinese wall Liv!!!! Fitz is really being manly this season making big decisions, protecting Jake, strutting down halls I see you FITZ!!!!LOL Also two things I picked up on when Liv was drunk talking to her dad she asked him so if I ask this question you won’t kill Jake or Huck or anyone I love(she talking bout Fitz) I loved the last part we know who she love and someone need to tell Jake so he can go on now… Last thing when Fitz was leaving her apartment they showed flashbacks of her mom leaving too it was so sad because these are the two people she really loves and they are both gone( not really but…cause momma still alive and Fitz gone make this right) but I love how Shonda did that!!!!! And one more thing I am scared for my boo Harrison and I love how he said stupid super spy’s , lol

    • JustJozie
      November 8, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Yes, to the the dual door closing. I watched it three times, and that’s what it means! Two people that Liv loved, both walking out. *throwing my handkerchief* toward you.

    • funkmysoul
      November 9, 2013 at 2:29 am

      I did not catch the meaning behind the double closing at all, imma have to rewatch…Very good point!

    • Elizabeth
      November 10, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Agree with your point regarding Liv add “or anyone I love” as being her way of including Fitz. I thought that was very poignant. As I’m writing this it harkens me back to last week when Jake said he doesn’t play 2nd fiddle to anyone not even the president. Yet he has been pushing himself on Liv since stalking her via his Best Buy wall. He is and will always be 2nd fiddle, even if he ends up with Liv in the end, he will never be her great love. This is the woman that was in the midst of kissing him and jumped up to answer her FitzPhone, knowing damn well who was calling. This is the woman that even when Jake put forward his best cockblocking move and Fitz told Liv you’ve got company and it would be rude to talk she continued to try to hold him on the phone. If he was a better spy Liv wouldn’t have to write clues in braille for his ass to understand. I can’t wait for him to see that she still has the FitzPhone and its got 5 bars flashing. Sorry, I don’t trust Jake nor believe that he is doing everything to protect Liv and is selflessly putting her need to know before his safety. If he was truly interested in getting free why drag her into this? What was he expecting her to do to get him free? He’s the one putting Liv in danger by dragging her deeper into digging something that is beyond his ability to comprehend. And with his spy skill set all their asses are domed because if it wasn’t for Huck they wouldn’t be as far along the path as they are. What has he contributed that Huck didn’t guide or direct him toward? His comment that Fitz is not a good guy and he always gets everything first…but kind of high school BS is that? Don’t trust him…he spent a couple of days in the hole and was beat senseless, patched up and given penicillin and then beaten again and he is showing no signs of PTSD? GTFOH…not buying it.

      Dang, I went all off the rails here. Anyway, good catch regarding the significance of Fitz leaving and the juxtaposition of Liv seeing her mother at the same time. There is some powerful symbolism there. I believe her mother and Fitz will find their way back to Liv.

  17. Kelli
    November 8, 2013 at 8:27 am

    this episode had me SLAYED! That epic read from congresswoman Buffay have me so much life

    Here’s my theory on Rowan and mama pope….I also believe him when he says he didn’t order that plane to be shot down. I think whoever was above him in b613 ordered it once he found out Rowan had a family. after mama pope “died” he had to get rid of Olivia for her own protection, so off to boarding school for her. BUT mama pope is slick….she knew something was off and somehow got out alive. and over the years Rowan for all bitter and crazy and became a monster. truly, I think the history between the Popes is one reason Huck is still around. maybe Rowan feels a soft spot for him because he had a young family too and his life was also destroyed.

    • MsZ
      November 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Yes!! I didnt even think about that!!! Yes!!! *waves church fan at Kelli*

    • StillSuga
      November 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Yessssss! Kelli! That makes all of the sense!

    • Ms Nicole 2 U
      November 8, 2013 at 10:12 am

      •throws ALL the money atchu•

      Yes Gawd! Alladat thurre.

      • Kelli
        November 8, 2013 at 11:07 am

        *curtsies* thank ya kindly! 🙂

    • Rina
      November 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      YESSSSSS!!!! To all of this!!!!!

  18. Dia
    November 8, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Big Daddy Goon didn’t give the order because he wasn’t command back then. The order was given to get him in line with B613. You know they like to go after families to get the point across. There is NO OUT. That’s my theory… For now. I like to take a 2nd look at each episode to formulate a complete diagnosis.

    • laddibugg
      November 8, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Yes, good point. You don’t kill both the mom and kid because they’d then have nothing to live for…

    • milaxx
      November 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      GOOD POINT. I wonder who he dethroned to become Command though.

  19. Cyndi D.
    November 8, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I’m trying to get ready for work, but I wanted to drop this gem; do you guys remember how B613 reacted when they became aware that Huck had a family? They ordered him to dismantle it!
    What if the same was required of Rowan? Think about it, as soon as Mama Maya was axed Olivia was sent away to boarding school! I sincerely believe that this order may have come from someone above Rowan’s pay grade.

    • Camille
      November 8, 2013 at 9:15 am

      I was thinking the same thing. They got Maya first, threatened Liv, so he sent her away. Once Liv grew up, he had the whole Eli Smithsonian employee thing to cover and protect her.
      The whole thing turned him into hard-ass Daddy Goon. He uses that tactic against Jake & co. now because he knows it worked on him.

      I wonder how much Maya knew. She hugged lil’ Liv goodbye like she knew she was going somewhere. Maybe she faked folks out to get away from Rowan and protect her child.

    • E. Scorpio
      November 8, 2013 at 9:40 am

      I didn’t think about that. But is it not possible that Daddy Goon perhaps did that to make it seem like he got rid of her but maybe the two of them faked her death together? Perhaps he was crying and upset simply because he knew he would never see her again.

      • Mrsrony
        November 8, 2013 at 10:09 am

        SEE THIS is what I think. I don’t think he killed her. I think he faked her death..or helped fake her death to protect her and sent Olivia on across the pond. I think papa KNOWS mamaP is still alive and thats why he need ERRRRRbody to STFU about Remington quick fast and in a hurry.

        Now I don’t think anyone but Jake and Huck know that papa and Olivia are of the same blood. Fitz was clearly shocked to know Livy’s mama was involved and he had to clench his entire azz tight to walk out her door(Cause Lawd I sware he looked like he was gonna bend her over the couch when he walked in to her place) so this thing is still bigger than just 200-300 folks being dead.

        • Brandihorse83
          November 8, 2013 at 10:35 am

          Thats what I think too and I think Fitz and ole dude that huck killed and made it look like a suicide was in on the rescue mission and bc remember when Fitz made sure that he was buried in Arlington Cemetary with honors he said that he was a hero….. I dont think Mama Pope is dead and neither are those 200-300 people I think this is an epic cover up to protect something bigger than even papa goon pope…. And Jake needs to have a seat and wait for Christ why is he after someone who is clearly taken…. he is driving me crazy!!!

    • J
      November 9, 2013 at 5:15 am

      I am with you on this… I was thinking that the old grand goon ordered the hit to keep daddy Pope in line. Daddy Pope was so upset that he went gunning for the old guy and like the Underverse on Riddick ” you keep what you kill” and Daddy Pope took his life and his job and became the new HGIC…. And who can keep a child around for that? Bye little Liv of to boarding school you go.

  20. Janae
    November 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I don’t want to believe that Liv’s mom is dead but I kinda believe she is. I don’t see her staying away from child for 20 years. I don’t know any mother who would purposely do that. UNLESS she is still alive & her being alive would have out Liv in danger as a child & that’s why Byron sent her away to boarding school. Maybe Byron knows Mama Liv ain’t dead. I just don’t know. I’m tired of guessing. This show really gives me a headache.

    If Shonda knows what’s good for her & her wallet she wouldn’t dare kill off Harrison. If she does it is “forever fuck Scandal” and I will wish enteral flop on every episode they have after.

  21. Gladiator in a suit
    November 8, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Loving momma pope, seems like she knew she wasn’t gonna see Liv for a long time when she was saying goodbye. Bout time we learn Harrison’s bck story. Why do i get the feeling killer Quinn gonna be all up in his biz? Jakes thirst is at desert level now. He needs to STOP!!!
    Luvvie you have to check out this weeks cartoon scandal, sooooo on point!

  22. Nirvana E
    November 8, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I love that Cyrus had the Reverend in his back pocket the whole time and once again and VP will be handled!

    • CarCar
      November 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

      “Bless you brother Beene!”

      • Momongo
        November 8, 2013 at 11:43 am

        Lol I was like go CY

  23. November 8, 2013 at 9:10 am

    1. The pelican GIF has given me life today! But – WHHOOOO!!! That was a good episode, so full of shade, secrecy, and side-eye.

    2. Part of what makes Fitz so segzy is the hair cut and how he swaggers instead of just walking in.

    3. They gave Daddy Pope a Spinners mustache and afro. I wanted to sing Love Don’t Love Nobody after seeing the old school Rowan.

    4. Quinn is acting like a big-assed brat that needs all of the attention. She is gonna get somebody killed.

    Once again, Luvvie, your recap slays it again!

  24. November 8, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Awesome recap! I’m glad Prez Ghost didn’t give up the info. At least that is one way he is acting like a President even if her lovepocket is rainbows and waterfalls to him….he still has an official office and responsibilities. You can’t just go disregarding national security protocols cause you want your boo back. Of course, I’m fairly sure he will spill ALL very soon but FOR NOW I’m proud of his restraint lol
    I like Daddy Goon and my opinion has never been that he ORDERED the hit on Liv’s Mom. I think she was “killed” because he was too comfy in a homelife and B613 was sending a message or HE orchestrated it looking like she was on the plane and she is hidden somewhere. I also don’t like the idea of Olivia taking her Dad down…he’s still her Daddy – and obviously cares about her – even if he is a GOON!
    I’m wondering why Huck/Jake think that taking out Rowan will save them. First off Huck is already set. Daddy is fine letting him watch over Liv. Yes, Daddy offered up ol boy on a silver platter for him knowing what he’d do but he WAS trying to kill him, DG just offered up another option like a true GOON :). Jake is out of the hole simply because Liv asked and he allowed it. If they take Daddy Goon out I’m PRETTY SURE somebody else will move into his position and THEY won’t have a soft spot for Olivia.
    Love that we are getting into Harrison’s story. I’m hoping it involves lots of meaningful dialog – for him as the actor – and a few shirtless scenes for the rest of us lol.

    • Elizabeth
      November 10, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      I agree, I’m proud that Fitz held fast to his presidential duties. Liv knows that he did the right thing, he has a responsibility to the country/world-at-large and sometimes you have to let those magical thighs go. Fitz has to look at the bigger picture and because he knows what the mission represented he knows ramifications of what happens if that information gets out. Which is why I think the downing of that plane had nothing to do with Liv’s mom but since this was during war time, US was fighting Iran at the time, there was intel that someone or something was on that plan that needed to be stopped. I think MamaPope is alive and she was forced to leave the family to protect Liv and she had reservation on the plane but did not make flight, likely sent someone in her place as she disappeared.

  25. Vickie Wooding
    November 8, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Great recap! I just found you a couple of weeks ago and I am a subscriber to your channel :-). I’m cracking up in my office at your recap.

    I’m still trying to put pieces together and I’m scared of Daddy Pope also and look over my shoulder at night cause he may know I’m trying to figure out Operation Remington too!

    OK, here are my questions: How come Daddy Pope can keep his family in B613 and no one else can? You think Daddy Pope had to sacrifice Mama Pope’s life to carry out a government plot…maybe killing Osama Bin Laden, LOL! Who knows where this can go?

    1) Quinn is going to be used to take the fall again for murder but she’s too stupid to know it. I think Huck is going to save her and get rid of Charlie for good. You know he ain’t liking Baby Huck after she drilled a hole in him. Who can get over that and he ain’t found Jesus?

    2) I’m glad we are finally getting to see Harrison’s story. Huck will save him too. Huck is thirsty for some whiskey and will be saving everybody before the season ends.

    3) Daddy Pope tears were fake to me. I think he had to get into character to tell Liv her mom was killed. How are you that serious with your own child and not let her ask 2 questions? B613 is a mofo!!!!

    • dorothy
      November 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      QUINN DID NOT DRILL A HOLE IN CHARLIE, IT WAS BILLY CHAMBERS.

  26. Fatima
    November 8, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I loved this episode, love how Josie read James the riot act…..now as to my ideas as to who should play Adnan Salif…Oded Fehr..drop dead gorgeous..Anil Kapoor and there is another actor that I can’t think of right now…Cyrus was sneaky as hell…love it…and your recap just kills me….and those gifs…I can’t stop howling..my husband thinks I am going insane…if he puts me in a sanitarium,,Luvvie you best be visiting me..just saying…

    • olu
      November 8, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Yessss!!! Anil Kapoor or Shahrukh Khan

  27. Fatima
    November 8, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Kabir Bedi is the other actor..YES!!!

  28. CarCar
    November 8, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I’m team #jakefromstatefarm all day everyday!!! I know at first he was creepy dirty but he’s cleaned up his act… And Fitz with this one-liners I can’t deal!!! “You mean so you can sleep with HER!”

    Cyrus Beene you’re no good!!! You want to stay in the White House that bad huh? Just a maniacal murdering maniac!!! Yes, I want more back story on Harrison.

    I hope Quinn gets killed, I’m over her! Have been over her! Please die like Kate, cause you can’t be double crossing Olivia or Pope & Associates, not after they saved your life girl!!!

  29. Mays
    November 8, 2013 at 9:46 am

    What is Sally & Mellie decide to run together?? Like the Woman-Scorned ticket?

    • scandallover
      November 9, 2013 at 7:58 am

      oooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! that would be a fabulous storyline! i love mellie – that girl is too cool for school

  30. Scott
    November 8, 2013 at 9:56 am

    This show was awesome. The fact that Fitz held his own with his Livvy was great. I have always been a fan of Fitz but this season I am loving him more and more. He is acting very presidential even though it causes problems between him and Liv. I am happy to know that he knew nothing about Liv mom because you could tell by the look on his face when she said her mom was on that plane. Fitz wants to tell her the truth but he knows it could put her in danger. This man loves this woman and she loved him. Jake is getting on my nerves trying to make Liv have feelings for him. Go get a life!! We here in Olitz country want to see them together always. Sallie is stupid and there is something that is not ringing true with Josie and this campaign. Cannot wait for next Thursday!!!!

    • Mrsrony
      November 8, 2013 at 10:22 am

      I got red flags flying on Mz.SmellyCat too!! Either she gonna be in cahoots with Mellie and try and expose the Pope handbook or Sallie or something but whatever it is… becoming President is not her prime directive!

      • Ms Nicole 2 U
        November 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        Why she gotta be Ms. SmellyCat doh? *lays down with cool towel on forehead*

        I agree though. Representative SmellyCat is up to something.

    • Momongo
      November 8, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Fitz can hold his own!!!

  31. Msdrema
    November 8, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Does anybody think Quinn could be the David Rosen of this season?

    • Ally
      November 8, 2013 at 11:21 am

      I need her to be. Actually, I need Jesus to be a hedge of protection all around her.

  32. SHAY
    November 8, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I think Olivia’s mom was killed by Command before her Dad became command, maybe thats how he got his position, remeber B-613 dont allow family. They got rid of the wife then he sent Olivia away to boarding school.. HMMMMMMM

  33. Ms Nicole 2 U
    November 8, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Luvvie, girl my Friday mernin’ ain’t right until I get my Scandal recap to recollect some of my cans and dambs Mother Shonda skrait SNATCHES erry Thursday.

    MAlivia Pope and lil Liv broke my heart. You could tell MA knew she wasn’t coming back. That’s why she came back to remind her baby chile she loved her even though she’d probably already told her once. I need MAlivia to be alive like Frankenstein’s monster cause our girl is broken and she needs her mommy to help fix her.

    Rowanli is evil incarnate and Liv summed him up perfectly when she said he’s that thing that goes bump in the night. He is and I am hrent for every last part of it. Senator Whitley’s Byron is making me nervous about trying to get to the bottom of Operation Remington. I love joe Morton for that.

    I don’t believe he gave that order but I think he realized when he saw that news report who did. B613 is the Vice Lords/El Ruhkn of international gooning.

    Quinn needs to get deaded now. Like really. Please kill baby Huck painfully.

    Harrison’s booty is perfection and I need this backstory like Jake needs a sip of cool water to cure this unbecoming level of thirstiness. I love Jake but it’s really become uncomfortable to watch him put himself out there for a woman who only tolerates his presence cause you can’t let go of Prez Ghost’s magic lips n hips.

    Speaking of Fitz, where all this swagu come from this season?! That mofos strut last week and his cool calm collected azz walk when he popped in on Pope? All the moisture in my vajayjay came for a visit and stayed for a spell. Tony Goldwyn can hit it raw.

    His face when he realized what he had done mixed with Olivia’s distress to bring my thug to it’s knees. Kerry and Tony did that.

    If Oder Fehr popped up on Scandal I might need to keep an IV going. My parchedness would caused electrolytic imbalances. Plus him and Tony Goldwyn together? *throws handkerchief at Shonda* iCannot with her.

  34. Ms Nicole 2 U
    November 8, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Mellie will run with Sally. I’m calling it now.

    Remember that old adage “keep your friends close but your enemies closer”? Once Sally realizes that the husband is truly hawt for Mellie, she’s going to use that to keep her man in line by keeping Mellie tighter than the skin on Joan river’s face.

    And can I just say I am here for Mellie with her ruthless azz? Bunk Olivia running the campaign! Mellie is just as smart and doubly ruthless as Liv. She can and will get that man reelected if it means stuffing every ballot box in every state of the union. I say let Mellie and Queen Cyrus of Goonland do that.

    • Anon
      November 8, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Mellie is book smart but street stupid. When has she ever been successful with one of her schemes?

      I see people praising Mellie but yet all she does is talk (meaningless monologues and schemes) and no constructive action. Mellie is the type of person who rides on other people coat tails for success. As they say about these folks, they were born on 3rd base and think they hit a triple.

      BTW, did you notice no one is suggesting that Mellie run Fitz’s re-election campaign? They know she would be a disaster. She is reactive and does not think through her actions – forging her husband’ signature, outing Fitz for cheating on national TV, telling parents of hostages that the Fitz is secretly negotiating with terrorists, etc.

      In contrast, Olivia is results oriented without a lot of big talk like Mellie.

      • Momongo
        November 8, 2013 at 11:47 am

        Nice insight on Mellie, she is a whole bunch of talk….she is fun to watch though because eventually she always falls!!! Her reaction when olivia turned campaign was priceless.

      • Ms Nicole 2 U
        November 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        When did I say she would win? I said she would stuff every ballot box in these here united states to get the husband reelected. Notice I said Mellie and Cyrus, never Mellie alone.

        And yes Mellie is stupid when she doesn’t stop to think about her actions. That’s why Queen Cyrus would have to have all the veto power. He’d have to pull a Rhett Butler and ride Mellie with bridle and spurs like a nervous filly.

      • Elizabeth
        November 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm

        I’ve said these words so many times. The thought of her running a war or the CIA, should send shear panic into the hearts of all that seem to worship her. As you noted all the dumb things she has planned have backfired. She doesn’t look at the big picture or weigh the cost before reacting. I’ve always thought that Mellie is reckless and does things for spite. She is a classic example of an educated fool. In addition to the things you noted that she has done remember she was pushing Fitz to bomb Sudan, took the rash action of inducing labor, paying someone $2M to say they slept with Fitz, pimping out Fitz to Liv on one hand and calling Liv a whore on the other. The woman reminds me of the Wyli E. Coyote, always planning and scheming and ends up caught in her own web of deceit. If I have to hear once more how she gave up everything for Fitz and had children for him (though we know why she had Baby Teddy) yet why isn’t she doing something constructive? If she was raising her kids she wouldn’t have “copious” amounts of free time for plotting and scheming. LOL

  35. Mcubed
    November 8, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Ok…Outside of believing that Rowan was crying crocodile tears because he knew Olivia would be entering the room, I’ll leave the Remington theories to smarter minds.

    But I want to offer that I think Olivia’s wine is laced with something and that her father is responsible (isn’t he behind everything?). Shonda is so careful with her clues, Olivia’s been slurping that stuff down since Day 1 and last night I was wondering why her glass of wine was being given close-ups like it was a guest star. Lol…

    Also, during one of the flashbacks Rowan was the one who told her where to get the wine. I think he has her supplier drugging her wine..

    • Melody
      November 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      I haven’t thought about that! LOL! That man is so evil, I don’t put nothing past him.

  36. Ally
    November 8, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I am still all up in my feelings after this episode. I came here for SOLACE and y’all got me up in my feelings even more. That preview got me in my feelings. I am done. Ya heard me? Done. I have zero cans left.

    I’m just gonna sit here like Celie and wait for next week’s scandal.

    • Momongo
      November 8, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Lol!!!!

  37. November 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    my Scandal viewing pordee peeps and I have our own theories: we cheered when Josie finally told off EVERY man in the world lol *two snaps in the air*; Daddy Goon may not have literally issued the order, but he KNEW it was issued by someone and those were Crocodile tears..point bank, PERIOD; Ghostie didn’t know who was on or not on that plane, he was just following orders like a good soldier (u know, kinda like he does now with the Liv-Cyrus-Mellie triad lol); MAMA POPE AIN’T DEAD and she’s coming back to wreck shop with OR for Liv; we are TOO glad to FINALLY get sexy Harrison’s story underway…it’s. about. to. GO. DOWN!; and we all agreed that Huck needs to get ‘Whiskey wasted’ on Quinn ASAP cuz she’s clearly a dangerous nuisance in the making when she’s in her feelings about not being a part of OPA’s reindeer games.

    also, to whoever said Mellie is looking like she could be getting her Kim K on with the VP’s oily hubby, i salute u! we’re really about to see how deep her love for Fitz AND OR power REALLY goes if she does that! YIKES! *hums Dru Hill’s “How Deep is Your Love” and skips away*

  38. QueenA'isha
    November 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    That was the first time I read one of your episode recaps & ALL of the comments!
    Why, Heavenly Father, did I read this mess at work?
    I am weak.
    Jesus, be a fence!
    I too believe that O.P.’s Mamma lives.
    Let’s watch and see!
    I gotta get my life back together and get to work!

  39. Beverly
    November 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I too have noticed the close-ups on Liv’s wine glass over this season’s episodes. It hit me last night that she may be slipping into alcoholism, which would tip the world of everyone she is associated with. The constant onslought of the emotional crises she has been bombarded with from so many directions would cause even the strongest of us to break down. If she does, I hope it is not during the season finale. I couldn’t stand the worry until next season.

    Also, it is possible that the reemergence of Mama Pope might not be the happy reunion many of us are assuming. It might just as well touch off the classic clash of titans–Mama versus doughter.

    I was thrilled to see Khandi Alexander. Shonda–Yess!!!

    • Melody
      November 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      I mentioned that Olivia is an alcoholic yesterday to someone, before last night’s show. That person said that even one big ass glass of wine doesn’t make you an alcoholic. I respond by saying there is no straight definition.

  40. Melody
    November 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I’m so NOT with the whole Olitz thing.

    I don’t think Jake did anything wrong since he first came on the show. All he did was follow orders by watching Olivia, but wasn’t aware that he was doing it for her “lover” and father. It wasn’t in his plan to fall for her, but since he has, he’s been protecting her. He even disobey several orders from *cues scary music* Command, got thrown into the forbidden hole, beaten, and all other kinds of crazy JUST TO PROTECT OLIVIA.

    Meanwhile, Fitz is all “I love you Liv…” Blablablabla bullshit talking to her. He claimed near the end of season 2 that he was going to give up the White House for Olivia and promised a laundry list of other things, but hasn’t followed through none of them. I know Mellie and Cyrus have a lot to do with it, and I know Olivia told him to run with Mellie, but seriously, he hasn’t done not one damn thing for Olivia to prove that he loves her besides have consensual sex with her. That’s all.

    I think if it look at it from Jake’s view, he’s probably never been in a serious relationship because of B6-13. Jake definitely wants something. He spent years and years in B613, unable to have a family, unable to have relationships. Olivia is the first person in his life in many years where he sees that maybe happening.

    Sooo…. that’s just my two cents, but I’m so annoyed with the whole Fitz and Olivia BS. I know the show evolves around them, but I’m kind of glad this thing is going on with her mother. Maybe finally, she’ll leave Fitz alone.

    • ToneNotTony
      November 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      I dont like the whole Olitz thing but I dont quite trust Jake either. He wasnt in too bad of shape after his release from that hole. That hole had Huck all messed up but all Jake needed was a little sleep?! Nah son.

      • Melody
        November 12, 2013 at 8:23 am

        The hole isn’t want really messed Huck up. It’s the fact that he had to disown his family and he didn’t know where they were, nor could he ever see them again. Jake doesn’t have a family or anybody to look after beforehand.

        • Rmc
          November 14, 2013 at 12:31 am

          Being in a dark hole and being beat up and having your bones broken everyday will cause any person to have physical and emotional scars. May not be as bad off as Huck. But he would have PTSD. And he would not have been able to play one on one basketball with the President a week later. Jake has been caught in a blatant lie. I call BS.

  41. Melody
    November 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    “Olivia’s doorbell rings and it’s Fitz, dripping swagu and looking all Presidential. He’s terrible but my goodness the man can rock a suit. He strolls in like he owns the place and asks Liv to come work for him. He says “There is NOTHING you wouldn’t do that I won’t forgive.” She ain’t killed yo mama, doe (-__-).”

    I read that last sentence at last 10 times and EVERY TIME it’s funnier LOL!

  42. Q
    November 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Ok, here’s my theory:

    Like others, I believed Rowan when he said he did not order the hit. I think someone else was Command at the time and was sending Rowan the same message that Rowan was sending to Huck. The difference is I don’t think Rowan knows MamaP is alive either.

    Think about it, Rowan has been trying to win Olivia’s love for a long time…when he confirmed to Olivia that he was Command, it seems like he would have told Olivia then that her mother was alive. I mean, apparently, he’s now the head goon and divulging this to Olivia wouldn’t be any more dangerous than telling her who he really is.

    I believe MamaP acted alone in her disappearance. Somehow she had advance knowledge of what was going to happen, or she knew that she was in danger because she found out about Rowan’s secret life….and she chose to flee on her own.

    I do have one question: When Olivia was talking to Fitz in her apt, didn’t she say that her mother was one of the bodies found in the ocean? That would indicate that maybe they identified her body.

    I am happy that Fitz stood up to Olivia. I get they are in love and we are caught up in their love triangle, but he’s still POTUS and there are certain things he cannot divulge to others….even if it is the love of his life.

    • Momongo
      November 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      I like that he stood up to Liv too, presidential balls!!!!

  43. Erin C
    November 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Jake’s ass is grass. lol

  44. November 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    This episode was SOOOO good! Very well-written and well-acted. I was about ready to burn my bra for Lisa Kudrow’s epic kick-ass monologue! My feminist self got all riled up! Preach Congresswoman, preach!

    and LOL at “sugar-eating sharpshooter” hahaha. Where do you come up with this stuff 🙂

  45. Kali
    November 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I’m ready for Kudrow and Quinn to saddown somewhere. Now that we are finally going to get into Harrison’s story, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS FOR ME!!

    Side note #1: James needs a new job because he stays getting caught off guard and embarrassed.

    Side note #2: I see Liv still ain’t got no security at her hotel/home because despite the recent outing of her name, Fitz still just strolled on up and knocked on the door like he was maintenance.

  46. Michelle
    November 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Daddy Pope has tear ducts! Who knew?!! I thought he had those things removed then burned….

  47. November 8, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    i need to see vp act a plumb fool and self-destruct when she walks in on mellie and ole’ boy in bed together. ’cause you KNOW it’s comin.’ mellie is not above ho-ery if it gets the job done.

  48. Ti87
    November 8, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Alright! I had to chime in:

    (1) No one felt a little sad when James got read like the Sunday paper?

    (2) I think Mama Pope lives too BUT remember this generation also thinks Tupac is still alive. So um, yea. And, if she did think something was up, they couldn’t fake both moms and Liv’s death? He ended up sending her away anyway.

    I think there’s A LOT to be said for Daddygoon’s side comment about Liv’s mom and where Olivia gets her strength. Mama Pope probably tried to run… and probably wasn’t successful in getting away.

    IDK My 2 cents, but you know, we can keep hope alive in the meantime that Momma Pope lives! LOL

    • Ally
      November 8, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      I hate you for the Tupac comparison. Go to your room and don’t come back down like Judy Winslow.

      • Ti87
        November 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

        Haha!

  49. milaxx
    November 8, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Loved the actress they got to play young Liv. She even sounds like her. I am more convinced than ever that Mama Pope isn’t dead. For all we know it could have been some Sleeping with the Enemy situation where Mama Pope just needed to get away from Papa Pope.

    Huck needs to start tending to Quinn. He got her started gooning like that and she needs to be kept in check. Especially when Charlie ready to swoop in and teach her the ways of the dark side. I really hope Shonda doesn’t give us Quinn/Charlie segzy times.

    My guess is the last episode before the hiatus, will drop some major bomb about Harrison and leave us all wall sliding until February.

    Speaking of which, did anyone see Columbus on Jimmy Kimmel. I love the guy, but he came out in skin tight cuffed pedal pusher jeans. I’mm need him to appear on talk shows looking like a grown up, not a college kid going to a clam bake.

  50. Leslie
    November 8, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Have ya’ll seen these Scandal Recap Cartoons!?!?
    http://youtu.be/YRZnsBnO3Oc

    • scandallover
      November 9, 2013 at 8:13 am

      just watched the cartoon – absolutely blooming HILARIOUS! esp the line from Olivia: I cannot twerk for u

      Is Shonda watching?

      • milaxx
        November 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

        Yes. Columbus retweeted one a while back and Shonda tweeted about them as well.

  51. nichole
    November 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    A recap of the recap: stingy genie, sugar assasin, love parallelogram, and welcome to Mr. Greasy.

    I’m so over Fitz and I need Olivia to be done with him too. He brings up Defiance again? Really? He always wants to throw that “I am your Commander and Chief” around when he gets the hard questions but never when he’s acting like some Boogaloo Shrimp on the corner. Done.

    I need to see some W-2 statements to understand who works for who on this show.

    Is Rowan recruiting Baby Huck (who wrecks my nerves with all her questions) for B613? Do you think Baby Huck will come to the rescue for Harrison because we know he will need some assistance?

    • milaxx
      November 8, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      yeah I wasn’t feeling that Defiance dig. Is he gonna throw that in her face every time they have a fight?

    • APlaid
      November 14, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      ” He always wants to throw that “I am your Commander and Chief” around when he gets the hard questions but never when he’s acting like some Boogaloo Shrimp on the corner.”

      Boogaloo Shrimp on the corner?!? ::DEAD DEAD DEAD DEAD::

  52. OPAFAN
    November 8, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    One of my favorite lines was from Mellie after Liv said she couldn’t work for Fitz: “I did everything but wrap your whore in a rug and role her out at your feet” which I think was a reference to the scene in Cleopatra…she rolled out of a rug at the feet of Caesar. It made me laugh out loud.

    Great recap as always!

  53. funkmysoul
    November 9, 2013 at 2:09 am

    First off, that Will Ferrell gis is EVERYTHING. Like forreal, it’s so accurate.
    LMAO @ love parralellogram. Forget a love triangle, it’s a love parallelogram outchea.
    Watching the flashback, I’m like 95% sure Liv’s monmma faked her death. To get away from the Grand Goblin. The way she said goodbye to lil Liv (who is toooo cute, great casting choice) that wasn’t a “bye, I’ll see you soon” it sounded really final. So yeah, Momma Pope ain’t dead.

    I also believed Rowan he said he didn’t have Liv’s mom killed. His tears also seemed genuine, but iunno. I think he was telling the truth.

    Mellie is such a mess but I love her. Never in my life have I seen a woman SO HAPPY to see her man’s sidechick/mistress. It took her approx 5 minutes to call Liv a ‘whore’ again…the line about wrapping Fitz’s ‘whore’ in a rug and rolling Liv at his feet was hilarious. Liv is my girl but damn Mellie has one liners for days.

    I did not care for congresswoman Marcus at all until she READ James like his Miranda Rights. You go girl.
    Funny how Candice spotted Abby’s nail polish but she ain’t realize her ‘sister’ is her momma, doe.

    I agree that the Adnan Salif dude is Harrison’s former boss, colleague or something that is out for revenge. It was weird seeing my boo all shook…he usually smoother than a mother. SO GLAD we’re finally getting his backstory.
    Sally’s hubby was on his Bill Clinton, chile…eyeing up Mellie while saying grace lmao smh.

    And finally, Fitz and Liv. No ratings for throwing Defiance back in Liv’s face…nope.
    But damn, I gotta give TG credit where it’s due. He dug into the depths of his SOUL for the look he gave Liv when he found out about Momma Pope. That scene was too real.

    p.s sooo when are we gonna address Liv’s borderline alcoholism??. Iunno why she even bothers using a wine glass at this point lol.

    • November 13, 2013 at 2:50 am

      “Funny how Candice spotted Abby’s nail polish but she ain’t realize her ‘sister’ is her momma, doe.” X________________X and gone!

  54. Scott
    November 9, 2013 at 6:33 am

    True that about my boy Fitz. TG has great facial expressions that he has shown throughout this series. I love Olitz they are great together and terrible apart. We now know that Jake can never be the man for Liv because he is more of a puppy because he inserts himself in to Liv life instead of waiting to be invited. All you people who are for Jake remember HE gave the sex tape of the two of them to her father for everyone to see and to use my boy Fitz’s words “that’s not love it is control”. I was not happy about the Defiance reference but at this point Fitz is thinking that Jake is behind all these questions. He does not know that Liv has legitimate beef with Operation Remington. I am sick of Jake being all holier than Fitz he has done some things in his past as well. I am loving Fitz this seadson so far he is being the man he is strutting his stuff six sheets to Sunday around that whitehouse. He is finally not being pushed around by anyone including the love of his life, Livvy. It will be great to learn more about Harrison’s background and how he meet Liv. I am already sick of Josie.where does this woman come from trying to be nice to win the presidency, what a joke and James is a lousy reporter who let’s people run all over him. I am not digging the sister/daughter thing either.

    • Melody
      November 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

      I thought Charlie broke in Jake’s house on Cyrus’ orders to get a copy of the sex tape? At least, that’s what I remember.

      • Rmc
        November 14, 2013 at 12:36 am

        Charlie got a tape and Jake gave Rowan a tape. Then Rowan threatened Cyrus to show it Fitz. Livs tatas are out there for the world to see. Smh.

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  56. November 9, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I don’t have time to read the whole comment stream like I usually do so I apologize if this has already been said…

    As much as I can’t stand Huckzilla (she ain’t no dambuh baby), I don’t think she’s that stupid. Huck taught her a bit better than that.

    I think she’s playing them and letting Daddy Goon and Sugar Tooth Killer THINK she’s succumbing so she can get up in there and kill someone or do SOOOMIN’. In the end she won’t hurt OPA, but she might end up dead.

    She’s tryna fly too high…

  57. MarvyMds
    November 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

    This episode had me wishing for a chin strap for my wig almost from the beginning. Mr. Sally is going to be trouble and Sally’s reaction is not going to be anything nice once she realizes that Bro. Beene has been playing her. And speaking of my favorite salty queen, if he gets Harrison killed, it’s not going to be alright. I generally admire how cutthroat he can be, but he had to know that Harrison has no power to make Liv give up the Marcus campaign. Harrison should have called Charlie on him instead of Huck.

    The acting in the final scene was excellent, but I really need for Fitz to quit rolling up to Olivia’s apartment like he pays rent up in that joint. When he kept repeating that he didn’t know what she was talking about, I was just waiting for her to yell “You a lie!” Not to be confused with “You’re a liar.” lol

    Anyways, this episode to me was the best one besides the season opener, and I am on edge just waiting to find up what is up with Leo & Mr. Sally because those two are definitely going to start cause problems.

    Oh, and Rep. Marcus’ verbal takedown of the patriarchy was what I needed. She read & wrote James and then would not even let him get a word in edgewise. Claire Huxtable would be impressed.

  58. JulieMiller
    November 9, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Ok…..here we go. The Brother From Another Planet and Mama Pope faked her death TOGETHER. When When The Brother From Another Planet told Olivia that she was getting on that plane come hell or hugh water (he being both hell AND high water) he was tryna send her to see her mommie. Plane crashed in ocean……he was tryna send Liv to island. Memba??? Y’all memba that?

    • JulieMiller
      November 9, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Scuse the double “when”

      • JulieMiller
        November 9, 2013 at 10:44 am

        And the “hugh” water

  59. Scott
    November 9, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Charile did get the tape for Cyrus but Jake had already given daddy goon a copy of the tape. Daddy goon offered a copy to Cyrus until he realized Cyrus had a copy already.

  60. SarahD
    November 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I will be holding a can drive to replenish my ever bare canned goods cabinet. All thanks to you lot and the likes of Shonda an ’em. I owe cans. Can debt. Feel me? Geez. hehe. The pellcan alone cost me everything I had in storage.

  61. milaxx
    November 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Just rewatched today. I noticed when Fitz came to visit Liv he had different secret service guys besides Hal & Tom. Did he find a new pair that know how to keep their mouths shut?

  62. November 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Two words – Love Parallelogram.

    Superb writing. As always.

  63. NaturallyNitaNC
    November 10, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I am predicting a Huck vs Baby Huck/Robin showdown before the season is over. Quinn is going to be a mole and since Huck will do anything to protect Olivia he’s gonna have to kill her. And we’ll all be glad she’s gone ….

  64. Cleopatra
    November 12, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Nah, y’all. Y’all still see it for Fitz? Same Fitz who leaked Olivia’s name as his mistress just because he doesn’t wanna be president anymore but he knows Olivia loves her gladiators so he did it so it could destroy her career and set shit up for them to go live the life in Vermont? Sorry, Fitz’ love may be skrong but it’s selfish. Oh, plus, lest we forget, he’s married and he just so happens to be the president of the US of A. Need I go on about how Fitz ain’t good for Olivia waaaay before ‘he could have killed her mamma’? Yeah, well.

    • Cleopatra
      November 12, 2013 at 2:28 am

      …. And Olivia kind of got Jake off the hook with her dad. She got him outta the hole so he kinda has the right to be falling over himself infatuated with her. I’m more here for him because he actually gives a flying fuck about her welfare not just her vajizzle-jazzle that spews rainbows and glitter. I don’t trust him at all but rather him than Fitz.

      Not here for CW Buffay. I see Phoebe and that bitchu guidance counsellor Lisa played in Easy A. That reading she gave James and patriarchy was the bomb but otherwise every line she does, I expect a laughing track to follow. :-/

      Mellie needs to get her some, even it is from Daniel Douglas’ greasy ass. He looks like he hasn’t bent a woman over and did unholy things to her on years. They can help each other out. But shame, Mellie’s face was so apologetic when she looked at VP.

      • Rmc
        November 14, 2013 at 12:40 am

        I don’t think he is out for Liv’s welfare. He obviously has a beef with Fitz and I think he’s still working for Rowan.

    • Melody
      November 12, 2013 at 8:19 am

      I’m with you! I’m NOT HERE for that Olitz shit.

  65. Scott
    November 13, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Really it is olitz that got this show going and it will be olitz that will keep it going! Let’s be realistic here yes Fitz is married and has been throughout this series. There is no doubt that he loves Lliv however one can question her feelings for him I mean she is in Fitz arms one minute and jake’ the next. Liv has man issues and Jake is not the one for her remember all the lied he told her in the beginning of their relationship. I don’t trust Jake and. Neither do I condone her and Fitz relationship however he is the one for her.

    • Rmc
      November 14, 2013 at 12:41 am

      Yes, I definitely think is lying to everybody right now.