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Ride Sally Ride. Run Olivia Run: Scandal Episode 311 Recap

After 10 weeks, Scandal has returned to us. How did I #CopeWithoutPope? I kept myself busy with other things and other shows but I missed my Gladiators dearly. To refresh your memory on what happened when we left off, check out my recap of Scandal episode 310.

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Running Mellie – News drops that VP Sally will be running for President on the Independent ticket and the Grant administration is thrown for a tizzy. Mellie runs through the White House in them click clacks to go see Cyrus, livid dinnamug! They try to figure out what to do next and they’re told that President Ghost is reviewing poll numbers with his campaign manager. The door to the Oval Office swings open and Mellie sees Olivia and Fitz making out like teenagers under the bleachers. DAMBIT! This is NOT the time for tongue hockey, fools! Nawl.

Sally is Running – Sally prepares to make a live statement about candidacy as Olivia briefs the White House communications team on how to spin it. “Selfish quitter. Loose cannon. Endangering national security and troops.” The VP drops another bomb when she announces that she will not be resigning her position. WELL DAMB! She’s telling her boss “I want your job but I’ma keep mine as I gun for it.” She snatched the rug from under them and then tried to cuddle them with it. WHOOOO! Sally is no joke.

Sally Mellie Shade

Get into these looks that could kill, doe.

How does Fitz deal with all this? He grows his glass of spirits against the wall of his office, because he is a child (Daddy Pope did say it. “YOU. ARE. A. BOY.”). This is why you can’t have nice things, like the respect of his peers. Olivia comes in and tells him to get his tighty whities out of a bunch when he says he knows who he wants to be his VP, Governor Nichols of California, his old deputy. The White House needs another WASP as much as Cyrus needs more shadiness. He ain’t tryna hear it, doe and he shuts down his inner circle’s objections.

Ambiguously Spying Duo – James is with David Rosen, listening to the tape of VP Sally calling Cyrus when she killed her husband. LAWDDD. Even though the tape is inadmissible, David wants to pursue the case but Beene’s boo tells him he is on his own. He’s tryna keep his new job at THE HOUSE. As James leaves, Lemony Snicket (David) gets a call from Harrison, who wants him to help look into Adnan Salif. Oooo and Brolivia Pope got extra facial hair. Hey boo.

Command – Jake from State Farm is for real Command now (ugh) and he’s meeting with Charlie the Sugar Assassin. He brings up Quinn and Charlie tells him that the former Baby Huck will never be B613. They don’t want her either. (-_-)

Mitt Romney NOPE

The Gladiators meet Governor Nichols and he’s a never-married playboy without skeletons in his closet. I still don’t trust him, doe, and neither does Liv. She tells Cyrus and he breaks the news to her that her father is no longer Command. She goes to a playground and finds Daddy Goon sitting on a bench looking like someone stole his lunch money. She knew he’d be there because that’s where he used to take her when she younger.

Run, Olivia – The quote “Uncommon valor was a common virtue” is inscribed on the foot of a sculpture of soldiers. She says it reminds her of him because he let her hate her all these years when her mama was the more terrible person.

“You’re skipping around in a field full of bombs and mistaking them for daisies… What happened was the man who DEFILED you also DEFILED the organization that I gave my soul to build… President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III has made an enemy of the WORST kind because I know ALL his secrets. I know where every body is buried. And the best weapon I can use against him calls me Dad.”

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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And he ends with a not-so-empty threat of “START GRIEVING NOW, OLIVIA!” Rowan told Olivia to get casket sharp for Fitz’s homegoing because he might don’t make it. ALL THE WELPS!!!

My eyebrow hairs fell out after THAT read because he snatched Fitz’s wig through Olivia so hard that he needed more follicles to pluck and mine sacrificed themselves. Rowan/Eli Pope is my FAVORITE for these life-changing READS he perpetually gives!

Publius Text – A member of the press at the White House starts getting texts from a mystery person who calls him/herself “Publius.” The person is asks about why there wasn’t an autopsy on Daniel Douglas.

Mistress Tea – Elsewhere, Abby is about to appear on TV opposite of Leo, the VP’s campaign manager to discuss her candidacy while being 2nd in command. When the cameras roll, Leo names Olivia Pope as the President’s mistress, kicking over the cup of tea they thought they had already mopped up earlier. Abby starts stuttering like Yosemite Sam because like Sway, she ain’t got the answers.

Abby-Answers

Autopsy Ask – Back at the WH, James is fielding questions from press about the SCANDAL when Liv barges into Cyrus’ office demanding dirt on Sally. When the journo who got the text asks why the VP’s hubby’s autopsy hasn’t been released to the public, Liv’s interest is piqued. Maybe THAT’S her dirt. TROUBO!

Devils in West Wing – Sally Langston is troubled about this new interest into Daniel’s autopsy and Leo shrugs it off because her approval points are up. She talks about how the devil is behind the murder. Meanwhile, the devil is somewhere like “BYE FELICIA!” Chile… Leo strolls into Cy’s office, who says he has to problems letting folks know how much of a “Pro-life, homophobic, raging bitch” she is. Leo reminds him that he moved a corpse, so checkmate! OOP.

Quarlie Questions – Charlie and Quinn (Quarlie) are in home depot or something picking up tools (like power drills and blowtorches) and she’s wondering if she gon be rocking a B613 uniform soon. He lies to her and says he just needs to warm Jake up. NAWL! She ain’t got no chance. Charlie’s phone rings and it’s Cyrus, interested in getting him for some more work. Nothing about this will be good.

Quinn ends up tricking some little boy walking out of school into a car with her and Charlie. Uh oh! Who’s child is she kidnapping?? Also, the fact that Quinn and Charlie are really a THING now makes me gag. Do not want. Return to sender.

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Coroner’s Bad Day – James asks Cyrus why there wasn’t an autopsy on Daniel Douglas and of course, he ain’t get no answers. Back at OPA, Olivia tells Abby and Huck to find anything they can on Daniel’s death. The two show up at the coroner’s doorstep to ask questions about the report she wrote. The woman tells them she’s “confident he died of cardiac arrest.” She tells them Daniel was a big drinker so he smashed his head on the toilet and his brain bled. Huck knows she’s lying immediately but we see that Charlie and Quinn have the little boy hemmed up in the next room. That’s who they kidnapped. As the Gladiators leave, Quinn look after them longingly. Gahtdamb Tom Benedict Arnold.

Match.com with Mellie – At the WH, Mellie “We need to focus on the bigger picture by getting your husband to at least APPEAR to prefer you.” Cyrus reminds her that bringing Liv in as campaign manager was her idea so she better fix this mistress mess. Her fix? To take Liv to lunch in a popular restaurant and kiki it up because why would you be girlfriends with someone who’s giving your husband Love Pocket privileges? Smart, Mel.

She hands her a list of single men to date, in a “GIRL THERE ARE OTHERS! STAHP FACKING MY MAN!” She’s like a walking talking Match.com. I ain’t mad at it.

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Spooked – Harrison is at the OPA office looking all pitiful when David calls him and says whoever Adnan Salif is has some powerful friends. When Abby gets back, she sees him rummaging through her cabinets. He’s looking for her gun because he’s spooked about whoever Adnan is.

Resigning Gut – Olivia asks Governor Nichols why he has never been married and he says he loves his work but she ain’t buying it. He finally says “I had my chance and I lost it. I let it go so I moved on.” Oh? Liv heads to the White House and when she walks into the Oval Office, she tells President Ghost’s secretary to leave the door open. He says close it and they go back and forth until the confuse the poor girl. It was Liv’s way of saying she came for business, not hanky panky.

She tells him that the polls like Nichols but her gut does not. And she wants to resign because the news cycle has her name everywhere. She then tells him about her lunch with Mellie and the ask that she gets a boyfriend so the public will no longer think she’s boning the President for sport. Fitz is upset about it.

Liv Lunch 1 Liv Lunch 2

They are BOTH ijots. You are married. And you are dating the first lady’s husband and you wanna pout like a fool. GOOD DAY TO BOTH OF YOUSE! “You are NOT resigning. I won’t win without you.” At least Fitz knows that. And just like that, she ain’t resigning. Chile… Oh, and because President Ghost really is goofy, he tells her that Jake being Command protects him. Just when I thought he was getting smarter. WRONG!

Hot for Adnan – Harrison (and that gingham, JESUS) is at the office still, holding night vigil because he Is scared hears a door creak. He grabs his gun and goes by the door when a woman in a bad ass red trench shows up. She calmly tells him to put the gun down and he says “Adnan.” ADNAN IS A WOMAN?!? AND WHERE DID SHE GET THAT COAT?? I’m asking. For myself. Iunno what they said after that because they just started making out and before I knew it, the Gooning Gladiator in Gingham was shirtless. OWWW! Getting in on while on top of a desk.

Harrison Adnan 1Harrison Adnan 2

RED HOT. Like that trench. Again. CAN I HAZ??

Dropping Balls – Leo is sitting in Cyrus’ office and Mr. Beene does NOT like that at all. “I’m talking about your balls. Have they even dropped yet? Will you miss them when they’re gone?” CYRUS IS LIFE! Leo is concerned about Vanessa Chandler, the press lady who’s been getting the leaks. As the two chat, David and James are listening in. James is finally ready to take his boo DOWN and he tells Rosen “My husband is a monster… He thinks he doesn’t have a weakness. But he does: me. I will sleep beside him for as long as it takes to take this monster down.” He is Publius. DUN DUN DUNNNN!

Patriot Passion – Jake is at Liv’s door. I see her building security is still on strike. (-_-). WHAT DO YOU WANT, SIR?!? He’s talmbout he can run B613 better than Rowan. YOU WISH, ROOKIE! GET YOUR LIFE! He thinks he’ll be some good soldier. Liv: “I think it eats at you until you are not you anymore.” I feel the same way about kale. Jake feels like he’s serving the republic by taking this post and Liv asks him how much he wants to serve. We find out because she’s doing PDA with him. Guess his new role is “fake” boyfriend. I ain’t gon lie, doe. I’d totally tongue hockey Scott Foley for the republic. I’m a patriot like that.

President Ghost got the nerve to ask Olivia what she’s thinking bout her new “boo” and I wanna tell him to shut his ass up. He ain’t got the right. Mellie introduces the POTUS to the campaign crowd and he joins her onstage.

Elsewhere, Leo and Rowan meet for the first time. Pandora’s box just opened and I’m nervous just thinking about what’s coming from this.

12 Years a-Lust – Remember me not trusting Governor Nichols? Mmhmmmm. Wells we flashback to like an hour earlier after him and Ghostie greet, and he’s standing alone with Mellie, he says he’s been waiting for 12 years for that moment. “Being on the ticket?” “Being near you again.”

Being near you again

AWWW SHIT! Mellie is his lost love?!? *faints*

The episode ends with Nichols taking the stage, Mellie in the middle and Fitz on her side. She takes the hands of both men and lifts it up in the air. “Mellie in the Middle” just made me hehehehe. Lemme find out that FLOTUS is gon get her pipes cleaned, since Fitz ain’t been giving her none. Get yours, Mels!

Chile, BOOM! It’s about time she got broke off something proper. Even Harrison’s been getting some lately so… yeah.

That episode didn’t make my heart palpitate. I’m disappointed. I’m so used to my blood pressure elevating in 10 minute cycles that an episode without any twists that slapped me in the face properly feels slow. I’m a masochist and I know it. I guess Shonda and team are ramping up to madness next week. We didn’t see Mama Pope and you KNOW she’s coming.

Body is Ready Kerry gif

And let’s talk about Olitz. Iunno whether it’s because Kerry is with child now but they’ve lost their magic to me. Now I’m just annoyed by them. I say this until the next time Fitz says some uber sweet line and I’m swooning (because I’m wishy washy) but this episode, I just rolled my eyes. Also related: I see why Olivia’s daddy keeps reading her for filth. Her main lover was the man who freed her mama and then fired him from the job he’s held for decades. And now her fake lover is the man who took her daddy’s job. SHE IS THE WORST DAUGHTER EVER!

I look forward to Rowan’s next read of LIFE.

Anyway, I love the coats and tricks they’re using to cover up Preggy Kerry. They got Kerry crossing her arms and rocking giant bags to hide the #pregnet. The Claire Huxtable way. And I must say that she looks DAMB GOOD right now. Baby baking agrees with her. LOVE IT!

It’s good to be back, Gladiators. This episode. DISCUSS!

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71 Comments

  1. RavenJ
    March 5, 2014 at 10:35 am

    It’s here Gladiators!!! It’s here!!!! Okay…let me go back to actually read it.

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  3. March 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I wanted to hate so bad on how they were hiding Kerry’s pregnancy, but I was like “ooh I love that coat”. “Girl can I have that bag?” Also I surely hope Mellie can get it on like popcorn ASAPtually because she’s probably desert dry. Iont think her & Fitz did the do since that tragic ass shower scene. Knock them cobwebs out Mellie!

  4. March 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

    YES! It’s finally here!!!

  5. March 5, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I read a lot of recaps and reviews of various TV shows, and I’ve gotta say, yours are the most creative on the planet. Your use of GIFs alone makes you unique. And then there’s your sense of humor on top of that. What I’m trying to say is I really enjoyed your recap. Recaps are hard to write.

    Now, as for this episode of Scandal, why does Olivia continue to be hot for Fitz? The guy has so little going for him – well, other than being the most powerful man in the free world – but, really, he’s a putz. I know, I know, the show wouldn’t work if they weren’t a hot item, but don’t you wish he was more worthy of something as awesome as Olivia Pope?

    • Jen Jen
      March 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      We agree on three points. 1) Old Ain’t Dead, 2) Luvvie’s recaps are great, and 3) Fitz is a putz!

      • Nitocris
        March 5, 2014 at 12:24 pm

        I second that on al three points. I really wish Olivia would forget about Vermont and Jam for a while.

        • Kiss
          March 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

          I need for Mellie to get her guts busted like YESTERDAY. I was all “Go Mellie! Get that future V.P. DANG-A-LANG!” I wonder How President Fitzgerald CAN’T is gonna feel now that the shoe is on the other foot. Eli is my errythang right now. He is a true Goblin but I suspect he also has atiny white hat ssomewhere. His reads are RuPaul worthy. And pregnet Kerry is all pie faced and glowing. Guess Olitz won’t be making the seks anytime soon. Can She just chill? Go fix something. Damn.

  6. Camille
    March 5, 2014 at 10:43 am

    More like reviewing *pole* numbers, wouldn’t you say? (Sorry, I
    can’t help it!)

  7. Nirvana E
    March 5, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I referred to Charlie as “Sugar Assassin” and could not remember where I heard it….thank you for that one! It’s make me giggle each time he comes on screen.

  8. March 5, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Olitz is super awkward now that Kerry is preggers! The scene where FItz tells her he won’t lose her again, and she’s kind of guarding him with her arm up? It looks like she’s protecting her baby bump….from another man.

  9. mochazina
    March 5, 2014 at 10:55 am

    welcome to the “Olitz is toxic” club. 🙂 them two for sure need to staph. i want something to happen for them to simply staph. cuz staphing is everything.

    that is all.

  10. March 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

    It was a pretty dull episode. I’m really tired of things revolving around the White House. Much preferred when Olivia and team were helping other people out.
    If this season is more of this episode then I won’t be watching for much longer.

    • reallynow
      March 5, 2014 at 11:09 am

      ^^^ This! So tired of all of the WH, Olitz shenanigans! I need some variety because I’m over this story line. Come on Momma Pope and add some excitement!

  11. March 5, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Thank you for the recap Luvvie. I knew you wouldn’t let us down. Just like you this episode didn’t have my heart racing but it was good to have the show back.

    I am hoping for/looking forward to Governor Nichols pursuing Mellie till she realises she’s worth it.

    I wasn’t’ fond of the fact that Adnan was female. What’s she got on Harrison? Why was he scared enough to want a gun? I need answers. I also need for Harrison’s story to be interesting. This Adnan thing has been building up for some time so let it be epic.

  12. LadyLarke
    March 5, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I was waiting about 2 months for this episode and even longer for this recap!

    I always knew in my heart that Mellie cheated on Fitz first but I didn’t know who. Now that I know the douchebag that is Fitzgerald Grant II (and the whole Grant family, btw), I say GO MELLIE!!!! lol

    I need to sign up for the International Pope School of Reads that Poppa Pope is obviously the Dean and President of. I need some pointers to make people cry in their tea the next time someone pisses me off.

    Where is Mamma Pope? I know she’s gonna show up at the most inopportune moment real soon because she’s just THAT gutter.

    Harrison and Adnan? Yes, my life was restarted at the moment they began getting it on! That desk was probably like, “YASSSSS!!!!” lol

    James gonna die. #thatisall

    Sally is about to get herself in a world of hurt. It’s just backstabbing all around in a 360-degree circle and I am here for ALL OF IT!

    • Nitocris
      March 5, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      I agree with all of this. I want Rowan Pope to be my mentor.

      I’m intrigued about Harrison and Adnan. I want to know why he was quaking in his boots.

      I’m worried for James to but he brought it on himself.

      I’m expecting Sally to end up in a mental hospital. She said the devil made her do it, she’s obviously going for an insanity plea.

    • L
      March 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      “James gonna die. #thatisall”

      Gurrrrrl I am in tears over that.

    • pup
      March 5, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      *waves church fan*

    • March 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      “James gonna die. #thatisall”

      I was not ready. I snort-coughed upon reading it. Thank you muchly.

    • OPAFan
      March 6, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      Wait…do we KNOW that Mellie was with Nichols and Mellie were together after she was married to Fitz? I missed that. I assumed since he said “I let her get away” that he lost her to Fitz.

  13. March 5, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Girl, I’m so glad for your recaps. Anyway I’m Team Jake because although he was a B613 goon, he’s 1,000x a better man than Fitz. Unfortunately lovely Jake may end up murdered in a back alley because of Olivia but still, Fitz is the worst part of her life. She needs to be free of him and Rowan is free to make that happen. Bacchanal in the place!

    • scandallover
      March 7, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Jake is getting on my nerves. he needs to respect himself: why is he allowing himself to be used and abused by olivia as it opened up in this latest episdoe with fitz and olivia screaming at each other like a married couple?! Livvy, where’s your recap of this latest episode? I was screaming at my laptop; shonda is something else. i’m actually scared now that someone is going to die…the stakes are so high for everybody. and mellie’s suicide attempt; we’ve never seen her that vulnerable before…

  14. patrisms
    March 5, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Charlie and Quinn should be “Charlequinn!” Ok let me continue getting my life and finish reading this recap!

    • March 5, 2014 at 11:48 am

      ^^^ THIS!!!!

      • Jen Jen
        March 5, 2014 at 12:15 pm

        ^^^THAT

    • StEvans
      March 5, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      YASSS

  15. emv1102
    March 5, 2014 at 11:27 am

    10 weeks, don’t know how I made it but somehow I pulled through. I was never an Olitz fan so their little school girl/boy makeout session in the beginning was vile inducing. I’m not e’eeem talking about the fact that she’s preggers IRL. Anyhow, how about I think the reason Fitz picked o’boy to be VP is cuz he knows about he and Mellie’s past. I betcha Fitz is trying to send Mellie packing so he can set sights on a divorce. Fitz is politic stupid but street (ok maybe not street but street-ish) smart. The stuff w/Harrison seems silly to me but we’ll see. Cyrus, what can I say..I love Cy e’eem though he is all da time wrong. I’ve never seen Cy be right but I root for that fool every.single.time. Papa Pope READ Liv like the bible in Sunday school and she deserved it. That’s ya daddy..quit playing. That’s all I got. One more thing..welcome back Luvvie! 🙂

  16. March 5, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I hope Mellie gets some..she is so desert dry round her lady parts and deserves it! I hate to say it….

    “OLITZ” bores me and is so tired now. I kinda want her to move on and the Prez to just focus on being the shiftless president that he is.

    This episode didnt really get me going as you said..but it’s just a start 🙂

  17. March 5, 2014 at 11:56 am

    i’m most excited about the Leo/Eli pairing. They are going to bring Fitz DOWN. And i approve. Olivia better listen to her father, FOR ONCE, and run. Run. RUN!! Mellie gon be good. She always lands on her feet. i love that Adnan is a woman and that Harrison is gittin his. But the coat is RED. That means somebody gon die. James better watch hissssself. Cyrus truly is the devil and the devil don’t play. Mama Pope is somewhere getting her gown fitted for the state dinner. Tryna figure out how to tuck the knife and the uzi and still work the runway.

  18. nichole
    March 5, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for the recap, Luvvie. It was worth it.

    I’m with you. I NEVER thought Adnan was a woman. And she’s got skills. Making Harrison quiver in his boots just thinking she’s back in the US and quivering in other ways. My oh my!

    Calling Jake “rookie.” Love it. And again, I agree. For the republic and in public!

    Ghost has been on my nerves for so long. Now he’s just plain annoying. “I love you. I hate you. I’m your man. You can’t talk to me that way. I am the Commander and Chief.” I really want him to have a seat in that chair in his office and work. He tells Liv he loves her and then turns around and says he can’t win without her as his campaign manager? Seems to me Liv is asking the same question.

    And finally, Rowan! I love how he reads everyone in his way, his daughter included. I’m afraid to run into Joe Morton IRL just in case he reads me for something, anything. Shonda Rhimes and team is making him my hero with every monologue he does. Tell it! Ghost is throwing glasses. He should be worried about Rowan, aka. Always Command. Just shows, again, how much Ghost IS A BOY.

    • Carleen
      March 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      I’m surprised that Adnan is a woman, but disappointed that she feels like a copy of Kalinda on the Good Wife.

      • nic
        March 5, 2014 at 4:46 pm

        I had the SAME thought Carleen! I can’t wait to see where they are going with this.

      • nichole
        March 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm

        The name gives it away. Shonda Rhimes is known for having a diverse cast. I’m sure this is just another layer to that.

    • foxxxtalltrees
      March 7, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      I’m sorry but what is IRL?

      • paintgurl40
        March 11, 2014 at 11:27 am

        in real life

  19. dmcmillian72
    March 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I enjoyed this recap SOOOO MUCH! And the “Lemony Snickett” nickname for David…? I…was…HOLLERING!!! AT WORK!!! I had to stop reading and wipe the tears from my eyes I was so tickled. I’ve added your feed to my reader. Thanks!

    • RavenJ
      March 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Back when she first gave David that name I cackled while reading. I think that recap was one of my favorites.

  20. circa1908
    March 5, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Can Harrison get a new shirt tho? I mean granted he has brought gingham back to new heights of hotness and every man is now rocking the latest banana republic gingham calling it “their Harrison shirt” but can he get a new shirt?

    And yes girl that RED TRENCH was Atomic HOT!

  21. milaxx
    March 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Papa Pope’s take back of B613 is going to be epic! I like Jake but he really doesn’t stand a chance. I bet he spends another summer locked in a hole.

  22. Nicole81
    March 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Why is this recap better than the actual episode?

    • Carleen
      March 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Sad, but true. Like Luvvie said I was a little meh about this episode.

    • Linda Fritz
      March 5, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Well said!

  23. L
    March 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    My only thing about this episode was that Kerry is in those huge (albeit gorgeous) winter coats and everyone else, like Adnan, Quinn and papa Rowan are in trenches or light jackets. I know she is preggers but where is the Scandal set continuity person? I mean I volunteer to do the job for free…

  24. rikyrah
    March 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I am so happy to see this, Luvvie.

    Missed you.

    I loved Daddy Pope. Daddy Pope is IT!!! And Joe Morton was a brilliant casting choice. When he told Olivia to RUN…I was like….girl, you better listen to Daddy.

    James…I do love James, but he doesn’t get it. He’s a guppy, thinking that he’s a shark, in a tank full of sharks. He doesn’t think Cyrus will catch on? James, you were better off leaving. James is still at the point where he thinks that he’s ‘better’ than Cyrus…he thinks he’s morally better than Cyrus. When he stayed with Cyrus, that went out the window.

    Mellie has a boo!!! I’m so shocked, but happily so.

    Sally is crazy…real crazy, but I love her being like..I’m running and not resigning…hilarious.

    Harrison got some!! That woman reeked BAD WOMAN from the moment she was on screen. Harrison’s got an addiction and the name is Adnan. This won’t end well.

    • milaxx
      March 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      James ain’t never leaving Cy cause he loves the thug life and just can’t admit it. Besides Cy wouldn’t let him leave with anything more than the clothes on his back and James likes nice thangs.

  25. Marquita
    March 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks for the recap Luvvie!

    I was slightly disappointed in this episode. Caught myself making the grocery list when I am usually glued to the TV :-/ I am so used to twists/turns/EXCITEMENT in every episode.

    ITA agree with the uncomfortable feeling for Olitz this time around…I really felt awkward watching the makeout session and his strong-arming her. It just felt sleazy and controlling to me and I’m not here for it. I guess Kerry’s pregnancy does change my view on her character.

    Harrison and Adnan – zzz. I really hope this develops into something captivating after all this time…

    I REALLY hope Mellie resumes her relationship with Nichols. She has really gotten the short-end of the stick and it’s time for her to have some happy returns, seriously.

    I REALLY hope Olivia and Jake’s fake relationship turns into something real…I am so sick of how Fitz treats her (and Milli)e. Olivia and Jake are both very attractive and single. I would love for them to get together and put a hurting on Fitz. I just wish they had the heat of Olivia and Fitz. That’s what’s missing unfortunately.

    Papa Pope – scares me! His reads gives me chills. WOW! That’s all I can say about that.

    As for the rest of them, nothing to add, I will see how it plays out. I wonder if Momma Pope will try to assassinate the president. But then, she would have to be on teamRowan – which she’s NOT. Miss her psychotic runway self though! Can’t wait to see what she has planned!

    • RavenJ
      March 5, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      I agree that Olivia and Jake’s chemistry lacks something serious.

  26. Kiss
    March 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I need for Mellie to get her guts busted like YESTERDAY. I was all “Go Mellie! Get that future V.P. DANG-A-LANG!” I wonder How President Fitzgerald CAN’T is gonna feel now that the shoe is on the other foot. Eli is my errythang right now. He is a true Goblin but I suspect he also has atiny white hat ssomewhere. His reads are RuPaul worthy. And pregnet Kerry is all pie faced and glowing. Guess Olitz won’t be making the seks anytime soon. Can She just chill? Go fix something. Damn.

  27. Kendall
    March 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    So it turns out that Mellie did have an affair of her own, one that predates Olivia and Fitz. The rumors are that one of the Grant children actually belongs to the new VP. Everybody’s been worried that Big Jerry is the father of Fitz’s son, but in fact it might turn out that the new VP is one of Mellie’s baby daddy.

    I really hope that as many times as Mellie calls Olivia a whore, once it’s confirmed that she was cheating on Fitz way before he started cheating on her, that Olivia gets to call her a whore back. A whore who hid Karen’s paternity from Fitz.

  28. Princess
    March 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    This is really random, but it caught my eye during the show and I had to rewatch the scene to see if my eyes deceived me. They did not.

    The scene with Olivia and Mellie at that awkward ass dinner. When Mellie gives Liv the list of eligible bachelors, did you peep the first name? Rep. Adam Monsanto.

    If you don’t know, Monsanto has been all over the news because of their involvement in basically tryna kill us with poison in our food. I’d definitely say that’s an important dude (if he was real. he’s not. I checked.) Olivia could date. So to Shonda, I see ya girl. 😉

    Also, with all the reporters and photographers and gossip columnists in that room, there weren’t any lip readers? Mel and Liv smilin,’ and giving so much shade those photogs outside don’t have to worry about glares in their pictures, but no one can actually hear what they are saying?

    • Carleen
      March 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Right? Or recording it on their phones and showing it to some lip reader?

  29. ebs
    March 5, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Soooo can I just say when Harrison eyes rolled back in his head i had a small tvgasm(don’t judge me)….

    Sally and this Devil made me do it… really lady -_- If you was mad just say you was mad!!

    Olivia and Fitz I just I mean I really wanna her to rip open her coat and say we having a baby…..(anyone else…just me…ok)

    thanks for the recap luvvie i loved it!!
    ps Daddy Pope and his Reads for the GODS are everything!!!

    • numbah5
      March 5, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      I felt the same way about Harrison….get it boo…

  30. Carleen
    March 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    James thinks he’s a match for Cyrus. Bless his heart. It’d be sweet if he didn’t have a little daughter to protect. But since he does. JAME BETTER WAKE THE EFF UP and step away from the monster.

    • rikyrah
      March 6, 2014 at 9:07 am

      this comment made me LMAO.

      ” Bless his heart.”

      BWA HA HA HA HA HA

      James is so out of his league.

      • scandallover
        March 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm

        james needs to pack his bags, get ella, and be gone. he cannot play cyrus becoz he is the dark side and has no qualms about it whatsoever.

        him and quinn need to pack out; i dont understand why they think they’re big dawgs…they aint.

        seemples.

  31. _biggiesmallz
    March 5, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    FINALLY!!!! OH EM GEE. I’ve been waiting for this recap!!! (….like i didnt watch it on Thursday night.. like idk what happened -_-) ok, let me go read =]

    • _biggiesmallz
      March 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      “My eyebrow hairs fell out after THAT read because he snatched Fitz’s wig through Olivia so hard that he needed more follicles to pluck and mine sacrificed themselves”
      ^^^
      was my favorite quote from the recap LOL!!

      i agree.. i thought it was a little on the calm side for it to have been the premiere. the only thing that i kept saying throughout the whole epp was “i wonder when they’re going to kill Quinn’s character off?” im so over her. maybe she’ll do something to redeem herself & become a gladiator again? idk.. either way im over her. oh, and i was hella surprised that Adnan was a female! i cant wait to learn about her history and what has Harrison so spooked (because it definitely aint whats with between her legs…).

  32. Mercedes
    March 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I think that our Knowledge of Kerry being preg in real life is affecting how we see olitz now. It’s like, Ewww, he’s making out with someone’s pregnant wife. I still love them though, I love it when fitz is firm in his decision making.

  33. Absurdist
    March 5, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    As I have said elsewhere, this episode saw Shonda pressing the “THIS IS A NIGHTTIME SOAP” button hard and heavy with this episode. Sally’s mad SATAN scene was just the appetizer, then Rowan’s stroll through the park was some Joan Collins-worthy SCENERY CHEWING. I almost called him a dentist to get all the rocks out of his teeth. It was veering dangerously close to being JUST TOO MUCH, but missed it by a whisker.

    Also, as soon as Liv asked Daddy Man-Candy II about why he never married, I KNEW Mellie was the reason. Talk about dropping anvils all over.

    The one thing I did appreciate was that the kid never knew that he’d been kidnapped. The mother was traumatized, naturally, but Quinn and Charlie went about it “the right way,” if such a thing can be said about ABDUCTING AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD.

  34. JJ
    March 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    How sexy was it when Harrison cocked that gun and CAUGHT the bullet?!?!?!?!? Between that and those tailored slacks with the suspenders.

    Girl… my panties fell off LOL

  35. CityGirl81
    March 6, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Fitz has no biological children
    Mellie got DAMN nerve
    That scene with Harrison was totally unnecessary
    Daddy Pope is out for blood
    James is about to die
    Oh and please kill Quinn already she’s totally useless

  36. Scott
    March 6, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I enjoyed the episode even though it was not one in which I ran to see again. Olitz is getting careless and that is something that I do not like and is crazy, the devil made her do it and her campaign manager is crazy as we’ll if he thinks that he will be sable to keep Sallie on the straight and narrow track. Sallie is going to go over the edge. Am I the only one who does not like Papa Pope, it seems that way from reading your blogs. What is there to like about this selfish and arrogant man who seems to think the world and everything around it revolves around him What kind of father has he been to Olivia? He talks about Fitz letting Olovia mother escape what about him keeping the woman locked up for twenty years when he knew the truth and did nothing about getting justice for what she did because he was protecting himself. I will admit that the Olitz scenes are a little off but that is because of the baby but I look forward to their return.

    • Absurdist
      March 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      In terms of “selfish and arrogant man who seems to thing the world and everything around it revolves around him,” how does that make Rowan any different from Fitz?

  37. Q
    March 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Fitz knows about Mellie and the VP…that’s why he’s bringing him on board. He’s trying to get to Vermont so he can eat jam. Mellie stands in his way….so he’s setting her up to get out of his marriage.

    I’m still of the belief that Fitz had more power and is more conniving than we think. Even Rowan/Eli didn’t think he could have him removed as Command.

  38. irene
    March 6, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    i actually liked this episode mellie was everything i just love her and i hope she has some chemistry with this old flame of hers and i will laugh my ass off if Fitz gets jealous . papa pope reminds me off a nigerian father to be honest so he actually comes across quiet realistically!
    Olitz ! i will be honest their past love scenes have almost melted my tv so you know im a fan but I have felt ickky since VERMONT IS FOR LOVERS.Kerrys married with baby bump and having another man do all that touching and kissing just feels dirty and not in a good way maybe its time to hold all sex scenes until next season!
    I hope theres more to Harrisons story we have waited long enough but i fear we are going to be disappointed
    im suprisingly starting to like Jake but the chemistry is just not there .Wish they could have gotten Idris Alba that man is sex on a stick but i guess hes too big for scandal
    overall a good start to 3B

  39. Nubianne AfroSoul
    March 6, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I want Kerry’s pregnancy to be part of the show. I want it to be a Maury ” Who’s the daddy?” season where Liv doesn’t know if the baby’s Fitz’s or Jake’s. Then the baby will turn out to be Fitz’s but the baby will be sick and need some stem cells from his brother–Fitz’s oldest son and when the do the blood work to check that he is a match BAM! They find out that Fitz’s eldest son is really his brother!

    • March 7, 2014 at 6:55 am

      lol that’s a great storyline right there.

  40. March 7, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I loved the episode but was puzzled by the Adnan Salif thing. In season one, they showed a pic of Adnan Salif and HE was a man with a beard. Do they (Shonda and company) think people have amnesia?

  41. KathyMo
    March 25, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Two best parts about this episode…that NASTY side eye in the hallway between Mellie and Sally. Straight “Mean Girls”. Lt. Gov. telling Mellie that he has a thang for her.