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The Fluffer and Mona Lisa of Boom: Scandal Episode 316 Recap

Chile, look. This episode of Scandal was intense! In fact, it was a throwback to season 2 and that I enjoyed. Let’s just get into it.

Not Olivia – Abby rolls through the White House in a white coat because she’s there to serve as Olivia’s proxy and Cyrus is not here for it. He calls her “Gabby” and lets her into a room that has Andrew Nichols with a black eye sitting across from a stewing President Ghost and unsure Mellie. Abby tries to give them all the poll stats and they all get up and leave as she’s talking. No Liv, no respect. Oop.

Abby Alone

Donning Pope white don’t make you Olivia.

Money Mark – Olivia is with her father and since they’re in this whole B613 takedown together, she makes him promise that he won’t hurt Fitz. His words are “I won’t touch a hair on his head.” Ummm… that was carefully crafted because just because HE won’t touch it doesn’t mean one of his goons won’t. Anywho, Rowan tells Liv that B613 is funded by an algorithm that steals tiny amounts of money from all the different gubment agencies, and some of it is supplemented by taxpayers. It all goes into a black box account. There is no one source. There’s thousands.

Liv gets back to the OPA offices where the Gladiators (and David) are waiting and Huck forces her to admit that she got this info from her dad. He leaves the room and when Liv follows him, he tells her that she’s being treated as a mark. “He promised you something. That means he’s going to take something.” But she ain’t tryna hear him, doe. Aight, girl.

Burning House – Olivia had told Abby not to call her unless the house was burning down. Well, Nichols is salty that Mellie hasn’t returned his phone calls, as if he didn’t just get his eyeball punched in. Governor Reston is on TV being all saint-like and visiting his wife in prison, with the cameras following him as if he’s some ride-or-die hubby. And then, Jeanine Locke, the intern they tried to use to deflect from Olivia is now a published author who is on a press junket about how the President is a “baguette.” Aw shit. That WH is crumbling like Quinn’s teeth in Huck’s pliers so Abby calls her boss with an SOS.

The Fluffer – The press is eating up this new tea that Jeanine is spilling (even though it’s a lie) and when they interview VP Sally, all she says is she’s gonna pray for her immoral President. Again, I’m so here for her holy shade. Liv shows up to the Oval Office and President Ghost is mad that she sent “Gabby” in her place. And he wants to kick Nichols off the ticket. TOO LATE, BRO! You gotta deal! Liv has basically had enough and she goes IN!

“What else do you need? What service can I render for you today? Am I here to stroke your ego? Am I here to be your cheerleader? Am I here to wipe the tears away? Am I your nanny? Am I here to fight the bullies? Maybe I’m here to make you feel hot and manly. Am I your fluffer today?”

Fluffer Liv

GO IN, OLIVIA! GO. IN. I’m so glad she’s clapping back like this. Is Shonda bringing my boo back to her old goonship?

Fitz looks at her and painfully says “I am not the bad guy. You can’t just stand there staring at me with dead eyes. I didn’t happen to you.”

Whew. That scene. Chile… it was like watching verbal volleyball of pain and love unable.

Yansh and Assignments – Jake tells Quinn and Charlie that he was someone they need to scope out but they CANNOT move without his say so. He hands over the folder and it’s Marie Wallace (aka Maya Lewis aka Mama Pope). Aw hell. Elsewhere, Maya is luxuriating in afterglow of coitus with some unknown white dude. The Pope women are all about the swirl, I see. Goons need loving too. Elsewhere, Harrison meets up with a woman named Claire and asks for info on Maya but she shuts him down something proper because she’s tryna make Mama Pope her mentor. OOP.

Go Home, Drake – Liv is in bed when her phone rings and it’s Drunk Jake (Drake) outside her door. Again: where is her building security? LAWD! She goes to her front door and says she’s not opening it. Command is on the other side talmbout how he misses her. YOU KILLED THE FATHER OF HER GODCHILD YOU CRAZY BUT SEGZY MAN!

Drake 1 Drake 2

You ain’t gotta go home but you can’t come in Liv’s crib. No matter how much you bang on the door. Not tonight, Drake. This is also why folks don’t take him as serious as Command. Rowan Pope would NEVER.

Animal Lost – Huck found the algorithm for B613’s money but the account is empty so he thinks Papa Pope is playing them. Liv goes to Daddy Dearest and he reminds her that “I’m helping you put down an animal that isn’t mine anymore.” Basically, Jake made changes (as he should have) for the very obvious reason that his predecessor might try to take him down. So to find the monies, they will have to get it through Command.

Unlisten to Liv – VP Sally is in the news because news leaked that her daughter got an abortion. Liv confronts Cyrus about it and he said he had to do what he had to do. When she points out that he went against her wishes, he points out that no one is listening to her at the moment because Fitz is in his office meeting with Senator Ramirez to possibly offer her the VP seat. She bum rushes that meeting and excuses the Senator. Ghostie’s all “YOU DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!” because he’s perpetually 5.

Olivia asks him what he NEEDS and he says a new VP candidate and she’s all “that’s what you WANT. Tell me what you need.” He finally tells her “I need Andrew to stop screwing my wife.” “Consider it handled.” I haven’t heard that in ages from Liv. HELL YEAH!

Love or Power? – Olivia meets with Andrew Nichols and says she is there because he has two choices: Screw Mellie or be VP.” Those are the ONLY two he has. And IF he decides to screw Mellie, she will run him out of the District so proper that he will be destroyed, personally and professionally. And really, he’ll only have a month of secks before that happens. So really, he only has one choice: be VP. The Governor says he loves FLOTUS but what’s love got to do with it? Liv tells him that she knows that he will choose power over love though. Nichols asks the unanswerable question of “What did he do to you?”

Men choose power 1 Men choose power 2

WHEWWWW!

One Enemy – Cyrus walks in his office and finds Liv, Abby and Leo there. He basically throws a tantrum, until he’s told that they all must band together to take Governor Reston out of the race because he’s gaining ground. In that moment, the Grant campaign has one enemy. The Reston case file is pulled out. Uh oh.

Leo visits Governor Reston’s wife in jail with the file on the case that landed her there. He’s about to tell her the real truth, which is that her husband shot her lover on purpose, not because he thought she was being raped. Awwww snapp.

Mission from Maya – Charlie and Quinn are in the truck scoping out Maya’s operation (and listening to audio) when someone walks into the Goon Hotel Room. It’s the girl that Harrison met up with earlier, Claire. Maya tells her to secure a bunch of U.S. passports and gives her 24 hours to do it. She tells Claire to leave town forever AS SOON AS she finishes that mission, as if she asked her to go to the grocery store. It was all casual. Whewww. I’d be all “I can’t. I need time to pack my shoes.” Chile… this is why I’m not a goon. Priorities…

Mission for Liv – Huck tells Olivia that to get the info they need from Jake, she’ll need to place a device on his phone for 30 seconds so it can extract access codes and all that. She asks the stupid question of how she’s supposed to do that and he tells her she’ll figure it out and she knows good and damb well how. Liv ain’t tryna do it either but Huck just straight pulled her card to call her to the carpet. She’s made him do hella shit so… “We do what we have to do.” Sure do, Huckleberry. She better do something strange for this change.

Smang It Body Roll

Jake is in bed asleep when he hears a sound. He gets his gun and creeps into his kitchen to find Olivia helping herself to a giant glass of wine. Soon after they’re sucking face and getting busy. OWWWW! Shoutout to the Scandal cameramen for the way they maneuvered that scene. It was nothing but face and neck shots. They had to do what they had to do.

Back at the OPA office, Huck and Harrison are talmbout the power of the Love Pocket, knowing that Liv is using her body for currency at that moment. Whoooo. At the Ballard residence, the two of them are cuddling and Jake is caking with forehead kisses, not knowing that he’s about to be bugged. When he falls into a deep sleep, Liv rolls over and places the device on his phone. She returns to the office and drops the device on the table for Huck. Well done, ma’am. She got some AND some.

Marital Issues – Mellie is getting dressed with her bra and underskirt on and rollers in her hair. Fitz walks in and he says he’s made the bed so no one knows they don’t sleep together. She tells him that she helped him pick out 3 blue ties so he can look all patriotic and he takes them from her and throws them on the floor. Sings “Why does it hurt so bad? Why must I feel so sad?” He treats her SO BAD! Ugh!

Governor Reston goes to visit his wife in prison and she slides the file Leo brought over. When she asked him if he really did set her up, he admits it and says she better shut her mouth and deal. Oh. Sir. You don tried it.

Dinner with the Popes – Claire calls Harrison and says she will snitch to him IF he gets her an out. Ma’am, is there an out when you cross Maya Pope? Methinks not!

Liv and Rowan are having dinner when Maya shows up looking like a bag of money and evil. YESSS! The two of them are kinda stunned. Mama Pope’s crazy ass tells Olivia that she wants her to get out of the business she’s in because it’s dangerous. Papa grabs his steak knife and Mama leans over and dares him to make a move and see which of them is faster.

Mama Pope at dinner

WHOOOOOOO!!! Then, Liv’s phone rings and it’s Harrison. Maya tells her she might wanna pick up. When she does, the Gingham Gladiator says Claire’s dead, and he’s standing over her body. Mommy Dearest tells her to stay out her business and she won’t have to do such things. AAAAAWWWWW SHHHHHIIIITTTT!!! Olivia’s mama is NOT to be played with. She’s a special type of crazy.

Revenge on Reston – At the White House, Abby shows Leo video from Reston’s visit with his wife where he admits he set her up. Also, she’s posted it online and it already has over 100K views. THAT’s how you gladiate. You can see Leo’s loving it and possibly Abby too. I see some sexual tension there. I feel it in my shondo, Shonda! Lemony better watch his woman. The Reston video goes viral and his candidacy is dropkicked through the goalposts of life. WELP!

Warrior Woman – The event that Mellie was at a Veteran’s Hospital. She had to make a speech to women who have served so she could help her husband win female votes and she stepped up and kicked ass. Governor Nichols watches the whole thing from the White House and sees the woman he loves standing by the man who perpetually betrays her. The man who is so petty that he has on a burgundy tie, instead of any of the 3 blue ones she set out for him. Chile…

Later on, Mellie runs up to him in the hallway and says she wants to “talk” with him later and he shuts her down. He mentions how her and Fitz have been such good friends with him and she abruptly leaves. She runs into the Oval Office, interrupting a meeting and slaps the DOG MESS outta her husband.

Mellie slap gif

This slap is so legit that it pays taxes quarterly and comes with an EIN. This slap is its own entity. YES!

“You take everything from me!” Yes, including reliable peen. Damb you, President Ghost! You cockblocking summagoat! He reacts to that epic slap with a blank stare. I hate him for how he treats her.

Slaying Dragons – Olivia is in her office looking like a lost child when Abby comes in. She tells her how her father offered her an out to disappear and start over and she wonders why she didn’t take it. Abby spits her own words back at her with “You don’t get to run. You’re a gladiator. Gladiators don’t run. They fight. They slay dragons.” OK DEN!

Mona Lisa of Boom – Charlie and Quinn are still watching Maya and her people when they see her boo come in with a box of flowers. Under the flowers, there’s a bomb. Quinn gasps and even Charlie is taken aback. It’s not just any bomb. It’s the “Mona Lisa of BOOM!” Aw shit. They call Command and he tells them to sit tight. DON’T MAKE A MOVE! He wants to see what they’re planning on doing with it. Quinn better sit her yansh down and listen to Command. She’s talmbout she doesn’t wanna sit around doing nothing.

sit yo ass down gif

Meanwhile, the Gladiators got access to ALLLLLLL of B613’s tea. Plans, passcodes, access to servers. EVERYTHING! ALLATEA! ALLALIPTON! ALLAEARLYGREY! They’re all crowded around Huck’s computer like Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel because this is huge. Huck asks Olivia if he should shut B613 down now. Because he has the power to. She says “yes.”

Back at B613, their lights turn off right as they’re about to hear what Maya is going to say about the bomb. Charlie and Quinn’s camera equipment dies and they call Jake. His phone has been disconnected. WORST MOMENT EVER!!! Quinn wants to move and Charlie says her alliance to the Gladiators better not make her disobey. She says eff it, grabs her gun and jumps out the van. When they both enter the hotel room, Maya and her goons are gone and Charlie says “good to know what side you’re really on.”

The Gladiators (and David) are at OPA toasting to a job well done. They’re congratulating themselves on taking down B613. And then in comes Jake who puts Olivia in a chokehold against the door! “WHAT DID YOU DO?!? YOU JUST KILLED THE PRESIDENT!”

Jake choke 1 Jake choke 2

AW SHIT!!! THE BOMB IS HEADED TO HER BAE, FITZ!

WORST TIMING EVERRRRR!!! EVER! EVER! EVERRRRR!!!

I gotta say. I haven’t fully really figured out why Olivia thinks bringing down B613 is for the greater good. THAT part confuses me. Their job is to clean up the messes and make sure America sleeps at night. Do you realize the chaos that would exist without them??? Yes, they create chaos but it’s controlled. This is all on some personal vendetta shit. Yes, the organization be killing friends, family and foes. Yes, they have no checks and balances because that’s like tryna give the devil rules. BUTTTT they serve a purpose that is bigger than who is Command.

Did Olivia REALLY think this through? You cut off the head of the snake and another grows back but she blew up the snake thinking there isn’t another one in the corner. And if you kill the snake, won’t the circle of life be disturbed? The snake exists to eat certain things. Consider it population control. They pulled the plug on B613 and the people who are kept in check by the existence of that org can now run rampant. You might think you’re curbing evil but what if that evil is keeping greater evil in control?

Wrongness gif

Methinks the Gladiators made a GIANT mistake on this one. It was pretty damb selfish.

Maybe I’m wrong. That won’t be new or anything so we shall see. Next week’s episode is the penultimate of the season. The bomb is set to detonate in 59:59. It’s about to go DOWN!!!

Discuss, Gladiators! Whatchu think about the B613 shut down?

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166 Comments

  1. effie
    April 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    EPIC! Didn’t think Mama pope liked to swim in the cream like Olivia.. apple does not fall far from tree?

    • April 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      LOL Mama Pope is one BAD, WICKED, Woman.

    • April 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Shout out to Sebastian Roche aka JERRY JACKS from “General Hospital.” He’s an elegant sort of menacing 🙂

      • CityGirl81
        April 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

        I LOVE him. He plays grimy so good!

    • scandallover
      April 5, 2014 at 8:33 am

      real talk! that is exactly what struck me as well. they like ‘powerful’ men! but maya married a black man back in the day…so the qs is whether she was already playing from the get go, or was in love and got roped in

      i cant get over how fitz had the audacity to say he wanted reston to stop screwing his wife. he tells olivia he’s ‘indifferent’ to her…so why are u in her business? WHY? WHY? WHY?

      why didnt reston spit in olivia’s eye – asking HOW DARE U? HOW DARE YOU? HOW DARE U?!

  2. Maximillian
    April 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    #PopeFamilyDinner

    • April 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      HA! Daddy Pope gone pull out a steak knife on Mama Pope, SERIOUSLY? This wild wolf bit and gnawed a hole in her wrist the size of a swimming pool as a means to kill and escape.

      • AARP BARBIE
        April 5, 2014 at 4:48 pm

        LOL! yeah… he obiously missed that episode! LOL!!!

        • AARP BARBIE
          April 5, 2014 at 4:50 pm

          *OBVIOUSLY*

  3. Absurdist
    April 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Oh, for a world where the illegal arms dealers look (and act) like high-end rent boys…

    • April 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      HAHAHAHHA!

    • April 4, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Amen!

  4. L
    April 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I had so many feels from this episode….I need Mellie to be OK. Like I am so conflicted because I am #TeamVermont and jam and little mixed babies…but I need #MEW to be ok too. I need Mellie to tell Fitz what happened. However I know that he is a child and wants only cake for dinner everyday…like “I love my wife” “I love my mistress” “but my wife or my mistress can’t have a boyfriend” like what the heck? And I’m glad I wasn’t the only one seeing that chemistry between Abby and Leo! Why are there only 2 episodes left this season?!?!?! How will I live???

    • AARP BARBIE
      April 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      yaaaaaaaas! to ALLADAT!

    • Londa
      April 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Agree to agree with you!

      I was sooooo happy when Mellie slapped all of the remaining sense out of Fitz.

      • scandallover
        April 5, 2014 at 8:35 am

        Livvie, I JUST LOVE YOUR CAPTION TO THE MELLIE SLAP. THAT IS TOLD!! he really needs to be put in his place

      • Kwan
        April 5, 2014 at 5:19 pm

        I screamed Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssss! Slap him again!

    • Syrich
      April 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      OMG I saw the chemistry and I was like WHAAAAT??? WHAAATTT?? Loved it, but I don’t see Mellie going down with out a fight.

  5. KemaB
    April 4, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I was so mad you weren’t around to live tweet but off the strength of the body rolling gif you are forgiven 🙂

    I loved this episode!!!!!! Liv got some of her fire back and when she read Fitz and lowkey read herself….. I was like Jesus be a wake up call cause she is finally seeing the light. Then when she snatched VP to be Andrew’s wig and hit him with the I wish you would but you not so try me if you want to ninja(paraphrase) I legit screamed Talk that Shit Livvie!!!!!!(clearly I’m way too emotionally invested in this show)

    That smack>>>>>Mellie hit Fitz with the fire of a thousand scorned women and I am here for it. Her hand cocked all the way back to south Florida before it came across his face, a thousand yesses for Mellie Mel she needed that, he needed that because he is the worst.

    I have been saying this for awhile now but I’m not buying this hatred between Mama and Papa Pope them bishes are in this together and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds! Loved the recap

    • Jen Jen
      April 4, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      That body rolling GIF is going to haunt my dreams…and I’m okay with it!

      • AARP BARBIE
        April 5, 2014 at 4:51 pm

        that joint is FUNNY!!!

    • FoxyForty
      April 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      I think the Parentals are aligned in some way too!

    • Londa
      April 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Cosign with a check that won’t bounce on alladis!

      • KemaB
        April 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm

        Lmaooo 😀

    • Camee
      April 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      not all the way to south florida doe

      • KemaB
        April 4, 2014 at 6:34 pm

        She reached down deep for that backhand!

        • beth
          April 5, 2014 at 8:24 am

          she channeled our ancestors for that slap…and I was here for it, and her! #knockhimintothemiddleofnextseason

        • Camille
          April 6, 2014 at 11:51 pm

          She reached back for all the pain from all the times she walked in on him and Liv, from all the time she had to grit and grin in public at Liv insteada calling her everything but a child of gawd, and she let the 5 year old president ghost have all of it. She should have hit him again. Hypocritical man whore.

    • Mrs. Roman
      April 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      I said this too! Papa Pope said HE wouldn’t hurt a hair on Fitz’s head, but we know he hates him with a passion. And since we know he doesn’t do his own dirty work, I don’t think the timing is a coincidence. I’m convinced he knows what Mama Pope’s plan was, and I’m like 95% convinced they’re working together to kill Fitz.

      • KemaB
        April 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm

        Yep that’s exactly the way I feel it was all too pat to me but I do think they care about Liv a smidge cause they offered her a chance to run thought it was a chance they knew she wouldn’t take

        • Kwan
          April 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm

          You know what you might be right however I don’t think he knew everything about her so a little bit of his disdain is real because she did kind of play him. Especially when it comes to that mission where Fitz shot down the plane.

    • LegalEase
      April 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      I am here to cosign all you’ve said.

      Best part by far is when Mellie slapped the sure fire taste out Ghostie’s mouth and I hollered YASSS! And the realness of “You take everything from me!” *whew* chillllle….

      I had feelz this week.

      Great recap as usual.

  6. April 4, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    They did not think this through, and they are never going to be able to get rid of B613. All they did was pimp out Olivia and create some new enemies because Jake has gone completely mad.

    I am here for all the chaos that Mama Pope brings because she is so cold with it! When she leaned in on Rowan when he went for that knife and told him to leap if he was feeling froggy, I was like yaaaaaaassssss. He finally met his match.

    Olivia needs to sign up for Iyanla’s Wonder Woman Weekend and take Mellie with her because those two really need to consider the choices that they have made.

    • Jen Jen
      April 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      In the worlds of Iynala: Do your work!

  7. JDawn
    April 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I watched and I’m still so lost …I’m going to have to watch all weekend just to figure out what happened … 🙂

  8. April 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Just got to say that sex scene with Jake and Olivia was a HOT MESS.
    More later.

  9. MissDeee
    April 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    The slap that was heard around the world!! GO MELLIE!!!! Fitz is a boy, Rowan was on the money with that one.

    And I guess Jake was like, “Does Jake Ballard have to choke a bitch?” I am here for him.

    And that dinner, laawwdddd. The Pope’s are truly dysfunctional.

    • blackprofessor
      April 4, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      I died at this “Does Jake Ballard have to choke a bitch?”

      • AARP BARBIE
        April 5, 2014 at 4:54 pm

        but did ANYONE notice… LIV aint spill a dayum DRIPPITY-DROP of that wine! not nay DRIPPITY-DROP i tell ya! LOLOL!!!

    • Sane Jane
      April 4, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      “And I guess Jake was like, “Does Jake Ballard have to choke a bitch?” I am here for him.” ROFL co-signing on that!

    • dmcmillian72
      April 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      “Does Jake Ballard have to choke a bitch?” — MissDee

      I wish there was a “Like” button…that I could hit at least 100 times…for this comment!!! BWAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!

  10. Miss D
    April 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I’m disappointed that you didn’t say something about Jake choking Olivia. You even posted gifs of it. That was not ok but it seems like that it doesn’t matter or the impact of it doesn’t register. I was hoping you would have more to say about that since I’ve seen a number of other recaps where that was also glossed over, as if assaulting Olivia is ok while also congratulating Mellie for slapping Fitz when she should’ve slapped Andrew if she was going to slap anyone at all. I’m surprised to see you gloss over it too.

    This is a good post on why it’s troubling to see so many people glossing over Jake choking Olivia: http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/scandal-fluffer-203073#comment-1318796388

    • April 4, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      This recap is 2,900 words ALREADY. By the time I got to the end, I was ready to be done. It took me 3 hours. Lemme live. And besides, since you’ve linked to a piece on that issue, then you don’t need my greater comment on it, right? Word.

      • Jillian
        April 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm

        That other piece doesn’t even discuss Jake putting Olivia in a half Nelson. So didn’t even get the point.

      • Shoni
        April 4, 2014 at 2:54 pm

        Was there all this fuss when Huck did it, or did I miss that? It really feels like people are giving Hick a pass on that, because he and Liv aren’t having sex.

        • Shoni
          April 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

          *Huck. Dang Kindle.

      • edouble
        April 4, 2014 at 4:05 pm

        Word.

      • Lisa
        April 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

        Sorry, love you but I gotta call bullshit on this. You can go on and on about how mean Fitz is to Mellie with his words only, but you can’t spare a word, sentence, or paragraph on how Olivia is physically accosted by Jake (not the first time btw). Such outrage…OMG Fitz is so mean he threw the ties on the floor!!! Such applause…yay Mellie finally slapped Fitz because Fitz is the devil and a big meanie with his mean, mean words. He had it coming. While, Olivia can be choked and thrown against the wall, while her people are held at gunpoint and it’s *crickets*. Or better yet, it’s joked about in the comments. Guess she had it coming too.

        I am thoroughly unsurprised that all the reviews in the MSM have glossed over this, because the abuse, pain, and suffering of black women both real and fictional is largely ignored. But I guess I was foolish to think that the blogosphere created and frequented by black women would be different. But so far what I see here this: Mellie is a white woman who has lied to, deceived, and manipulated her husband for years. Yet she is championed and defended because her husband has mean words for her. The man who has never laid a hand on her is vilified as an abusive ogre. While Olivia, a black woman, can be physically assaulted repeatedly by a white man and it is crickets or jokes. And the man who put his hands on her on more than one occasion gets what amounts to a free pass.

        This whole thing is very disturbing to me. But maybe I’m just sleep tho.

    • April 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      I found it disturbing that Jake could just roll all up in there brandishing a gun and choke hold Olivia.

      In that moment, I sooooo wanted Huck to do some Kabuki, Kung Fu NINJA shit and beat the tar out of Jake.

      • #scandalmakesmenervous
        April 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

        Huck gone get Jake for choking his Liv

        • April 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm

          I want Huck with anyone but Quinn. And I want him and the Gladiators getting down and dirty for OPA.

    • chas9527
      April 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      This is Luvvie’s recap. Perhaps you should write your own and include everything & anything you choose with no gloss.

      That body roll gif is everything!!

      • April 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm

        Clap, clap, CLAP! *giggles*

      • April 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

        Amen! Somebody is always trying to regulate what has already been done. Luvvie is doing just fine without piggy backing somebody else’s ‘blog’.

        Roll on, Luvvie. Roll on.

      • AARP BARBIE
        April 5, 2014 at 5:03 pm

        agreed… and why don’t folk get that this is FICTION … dammit MON!… in that moment, LIV needed that choke out as much as she needed that READ from DADDY POPE a few weeks ago… dayum, aint like he killed her… ‘sides, she could still talk which meant AIR WAS GETTING THROUGH! *sigh* now that dayum BODY ROLL GIF is what was uncalled fo’… CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT!! LMBAO!!

        • dmcmillian72
          April 7, 2014 at 1:45 pm

          A-to-the-MF’in-MEN!!! Jake putting a choke hold on Olivia is EXACTLY what I expected to see when he rolled up in there! And I have not one dayum problem with it! What part of “…digging around in B613 is dangerous…” did Liv not get when her Dad, Jake, and Mama Pope told her to stop it? Being put in a choke-hold was the LEAST of what could happen to Liv’s dumb arse! I need for people to get a dang grip…or stop watching. Sheesh! The choice is yours… #Shrug

    • brittainny cobb
      April 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Did you ever think that Luvvie bringing up more on the choke would take the whole in a different direction and send a totally diffrent vibe. Its just a recap.

  11. Tracey
    April 4, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    When Huck told Liv that Eli mad her a mark, then they were able to shut down B613 waaayyy too easily, I knew Eli had used Liv. I personally think Momma and Poppa Pope are in cahoots to bring down Fitz and they are using Liv to do it. There is no way Momma Pope has all her contacts after 20 plus years just like that. They are getting back at Fitz for not shooting down the plane all those years ago. Liv is a pawn in so many people’s games that it’s not even funny anymore. She needs better foresight. Jake from State Farm is in over his head and Charlie is whipped. But to answer your question…yeah, B613 is the lesser of the possible evils that are out there.

    • Jen Jen
      April 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Charlie is whipped??!?! I think Quinn needs an escape plan cuz Charlie sounds like one who would take out everybody if a woman does him wrong. Their conversations really concern me. When he unexpectedly moved into her apartment in the last episode, I kept thinking Quinn needs to have a suitcase packed and ready to go just in case. Assassins don’t make good boyfriends, ladies.

      • Tracey
        April 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

        Yeah, she really needs to seduce him and when he’s at his most vulnerable, jab him in the hand, the neck, the peen, whatever with one of those needles. He is only the second character I’ve ever seen that scares the entire hell out of me. The first was Heath Ledger’s Joker. Just a whole new level of crazy.

        • Muse
          April 4, 2014 at 11:37 pm

          ^^^THIS. Folks are totally underestimating Charlie’s crazy. Huck is crazy but in a more self-contained way. Charlie, on the other hand, is straight up possessive, jealous, completely unpredictable, scary and unhinged. Quinn sure has a rough track record with men LOL.

          The only evil character on this show I’ve yet to relate to on any level is Mama Pope, and I figured out why. She’s a textbook psychopath: no empathy, no regard for others, no loyalty to anyone or anything. That’s a WHOLE other level of scary. (I’ve never had prolonged contact with a psychopath, but folks I know who have been in relationships with them are just as scarred as Olivia and have a million horror stories to tell). Huck, Papa Pope and Charlie have twisted ways of expressing love, but they still have a capacity to FEEL love. Mama Pope, not so much. She’s an endless abyss filled with stabbed kittens and drowned puppies.

        • April 5, 2014 at 10:06 am

          Agreed, Mama Pope is terrifyingly psychopathic. However, I have a strong feeling that Charlie is a sociopath. He doesn’t have feelings for Quinn, he is more interested in controlling her. He gets off on manipulating her. That whole dynamic between them, plus the Huck angle (his nemesis and frenemy), makes me super uncomfortable.

        • Kwan
          April 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm

          I said the same thing. I noticed how he was obsessing over asking Quinn what happened when Huck was in her apartment, then he jumped to straight move in with me and then when she refused he moved in with her. I said “Oh Hell No, he crazy!” Shes gonna end up breaking his heart and he’s gonna become a crazy obsessed stalker and maybe she will die. So I’m actually for this relationship just b/c I see it as a gateway to Quinn FINALLY dying. So rude but hey.

    • April 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      I’m feeling you on the Parental Pope Trap. That knife scene was hysterical. Rowan knows damned well that Momma’s literally an ANIMAL, anytime this woman is willing to inflict self-harm to get what she wants.

      • Tracey
        April 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm

        Girl! I had a scene like that with my babydaddy (not in front of our daughter though) and I said the SAME ISH!! “who do you think is faster?” He knew I could take him and he knew I would shank his ass. I was totally on the floor dying laughing.

        • Mia
          April 4, 2014 at 3:44 pm

          hahaha

        • foxxxtalltrees
          April 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

          That’s right gurl, get gangsta

    • Lauren
      April 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Yes!! That’s exactly what I thought after watching this episode. Huck was right, Liv was a mark. Daddy Pope wasn’t going to just give her all that information without getting anything in return. Command don’t work like that. Both of her goon parents want her man dead and they’ve joined evil forces to try to make it happen. I can’t!

      • scandallover
        April 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

        definitely: it’s to easy the way they were able to get that B613 money

        what is wrong with olivia? how can she not see her father is using her? how can she even trust him? with his track record? with his connections? accept ur family is DYSFUNCTIONAL and move on girl

  12. Kiss
    April 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    1-800-ALARM ME! DAMN! Liv needs locks. What kinda idiots try to bring down the biggest criminal organization in the world and you just leave all the office doors unlocked. Why don’t they have Security at OPA? I don’t appreciate Jake from State Farm choking Liv up even if She is a silly rabbit. And of course Abby is gonna stray because Lemony Snicket just can not have nice things. And Abby is probably the nicest thing in the whole Scandal cast. Smh

    • April 4, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Cosigning on the locks. How you gone let a bitch roll up in your joint and chokehold the CEO of OPA, Olivia?

      Don’t bank on Abby being pure as the driven snow. She and Leo will be Rolling in the DEEP, soon and very soon. LOL

      • foxxxtalltrees
        April 4, 2014 at 10:16 pm

        ROLLIN IN THE DEEP!! I JUST DIED!!

      • scandallover
        April 5, 2014 at 8:45 am

        u r so right. and i thought that when olivia rolled into jake’s apartment. command doesnt have a damn lock on his door??! HE AINT GOT NO SECURITY WAIVING PPL IN AND OUT? ARE.U.FRIGGING.KIDDING.ME????!

    • Carleen
      April 4, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Everybody on this show needs to go in and get a group discout from ADT. Jake is command & Liv can just walk in in the middle of the night? OPA might as well not even have doors since they never seem to be locked.

      And what kind of phones does everybody got that the NSA can’t hear? They’re all talking about terror & murder & government secrets?! Come on son.

      • Muse
        April 4, 2014 at 11:43 pm

        Indeed. My suspension of disbelief was stretched to its limit with all that. Get some deadbolts and a security detail! Isn’t Olivia entitled to White House Secret Service since she’s basically running Fitz’s campaign? Get SS Tom on to guard her. He’s a cutie with that little booty chin.

        And yeah, now that Abby has gotten a taste of White House power, I suspect she might set her ambitions a bit higher than the humble nice guy David.

      • Normandie
        April 5, 2014 at 4:14 pm

        GROUP DISCOUNT!!! I’m dying…

      • Camille
        April 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

        I believe ADT has ceased to operate in the District of Shondaland. No one has any type of security. No latches on bedrooms, no doormen, no deadbolts, no password protection, not a single anti-virus program. Half of them can’t keep secrets, and the other half are keeping the wrong ones.

  13. Bmore
    April 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Am I the only one who wonders how it is that Harrison STILL has a job and how it is that not one person, including Olivia, even remotely checked him on his epic FAIL of allowing Adnan to get ALL of the information? Simply because he couldn’t resist the P? Although I don’t believe it will happen, if Fitz is killed (or even seriously injured), it’s because Adnan got his schedule and folks knew where he was gon’ be (scenes from next week). This is a major plot hole to me and I’m bothered (can you tell?)

    • Lauren
      April 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Exactly. I said “so nobody wants to ask Harrison about how they found him nekkid on the floor with a needle in his neck, huh?”

      • Sane Jane
        April 4, 2014 at 9:50 pm

        TeeHee!!

    • FoxyForty
      April 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      I don’t think they know that Adnan took the info. She had copies and a flash drive of the information. She ain’t dumb enough to take the originals and bring the wrath of the Gladiators on her. I think they think that Harrison just got date raped. Remember they think that the chic wants a way out from under MommaPope.

      • Muse
        April 4, 2014 at 11:45 pm

        Exactly.

    • scandallover
      April 5, 2014 at 8:52 am

      u know what – u r so right? i am still in shock that no1 has security at OPA or Ballard’s apartment, i didnt even bother to ask myself: how has harrison not been fired?

      how are we at the end of season 3 and harrison still has no storyline? what has shonda revealed about him? that he can fall for punanni that easily?? PURLEEZ

      • April 5, 2014 at 10:15 am

        I’ve been seething with annoyance about Harrison’s lack of character development. Namely because I feel like Shonda is pandering to the superficial in all of us, exploiting his looks to keep us interested. Face it, if Harrison looked like Flava Flav, we’d all have no dambs to give about his story three seasons into the show. I’ve lost interest in him as anything more than eye candy since an entire episode aired without him and I didn’t even notice. (Plus, I’m not thrilled to learn how violent he is IRL, especially on the domestic front.) Meh.

  14. Brandihorse83
    April 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I can’t with this damn show any damn mo!!!

    1) Did anyone else flashback to the Color Purple scene with Celie and Mister when she liked the blue tie and choose the other color??

    2) Why don’t Fitz and Mellie both agree I don’t want yo azz and you don’t want mine so lets just be a couple in public but have our own private relationships with Liv and Andrew.. Like I don’t understand it they now could have the most perfect dysfunctional fake ass relationship in the world and all four of em could get away with it… or maybe I am just morally corrupt…

    3) LUVVIE I am done wit you when you called Jake… Drake I can’t with your shennagians any mo..

    4) Babbby when Jake had Liv in that pimp choke hold I slid off the damn couch and started rolling around on the floor like a crack fiend especially when she answered him in that lil raspy voice…

    5) Also when Mama and Daddy Pope were both in a Mexican standoff about to shank each other in the damn restaurant…. I know why Liv is a crumbling emotional mess… They all need to stop they shat!

    6) What the hell is Mama Pope’s end game does she wanna just blow the president up for shits and giggles?? I need shonda to go on head and give the benediction on this story line bc it is making my head hurt.

    ** Oh and Liv got that swirl gene honest bc I see you Mama Pope with your own vanilla peen…..

    • April 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      *hollering@vanillapeen…*

    • Mia
      April 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      I agree with #2 all day long! Why they gotta make things so difficult?

    • Kya j
      April 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      The only Color Purple flashback I had was when they were about to high tail out that office when Mellie pimp slapped Fitz. Remember at the juke joint when the guitar player packed up and was like “whelp time to go” after Squeak called oprah a heffa?

      • LeeLee
        April 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm

        Flatine________________

  15. nichole
    April 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Here it is again, billboard size this time. I don’t think Fitz loves anyone but himself (said in the same voice as Billy to The Kid in Purple Rain). Plus, he’s trying to block Mellie AND Liv from love pocket love? If he doesn’t love Mellie he should step back and let her get hers. He is a BOY.

    A big welcome back to “it’s handled” and “shut it down.”

    Quinn is the worst agent of anything. I bet she would be a terrible State Farm agent.

    Maya Pope/Maria Wallace = Pure, to the core, evil

    Best moments of the night: Liv finally reading Fitz. Finally. “The Slap” YES! I’m giving Mellie a standing O. I was yelling at the tv “now, hit him with your left!” Even better that she made everyone stay for it.

    • Q
      April 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      he tried to leave and give up the presidency for her, but they would not let him go….they kept dangling the presidential carrot in front of his face.

      • nichole
        April 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm

        Right. He chose power, just like Andrew did. Same situation, different girl.

        The thing is if he doesn’t love Mellie, and was willing to leave his marriage, why is he so butthurt about her being with Andrew? If he doesn’t love her, what difference does it make to him? It’s because he doesn’t have Liv.

        • Kenzo
          April 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm

          I guess the situation is kinda like a kid not wanting a toy and also not wanting anyone else to play with it.

        • Erika
          April 5, 2014 at 1:10 am

          Fitz is mad b/c Mellie smashed the homie… that’s the ultimate violation… now, if it were some random he’d be like “you can have her a$$.”

    • April 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Fitz is a boy. He’s in it to win it all for him, Selfish MOFO.

      I was all the way on TEAM Olivia last night, right up until Jake put that choke-hold on her.

      How is she not going to put 2+2 and know Jake= “Is Jake gonna have to choke a Bitch?”

      • nichole
        April 4, 2014 at 5:44 pm

        Fitz is a boy. It is so obvious.

        Jake hemmin’ up Liv like he did just goes to question and illustrate who he is now. He is conflicted. And Rowan got under his skin by telling Jake he doesn’t have a home.

        Jake went from drunk knocking on Liv’s door (where we saw some of his aggression) to doing a happy dance when she showed up at his house and he got some to finally the choke hold. Fitz knew what he was doing by putting Jake in as Command. He wanted the relationship between Jake and Liv torn apart beyond repair.

    • scandallover
      April 5, 2014 at 8:57 am

      why hasnt some1 shot quinn yet? how can she think she’s a G? u leave your van that has no communications information to run into a hotel room with a terrorist who has been in the game for over 20years to do what? what? what?!

      quinn has been a G for 5mins. you are not B613. you are NOT!

  16. march pisces
    April 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    that slap gif was everything i needed today. mel-mel had me shouting for her….

  17. Lynne
    April 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Mellie and Fitz have basically done the same thing with each other…. “I don’t want you but I don’t want anyone else to have you either” Mellie when Fitz tried to divorce her and now Fitz when he said stop screwing my VP… so it all balances out in the end… They all need to be slapped as quite as its kept.

  18. Patricia Johnson
    April 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Whoooo chile; I should know by now NOT to read your recaps while I’m at work!!! I am so glad you do what you do;-)

  19. Football mom
    April 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I’ve been waiting all day for your recap. Thanks Luvvie!

    My observations:
    1. Abby’s coat was beautiful! Love it! I wonder if they will sell it at Kolhs next season.
    2. Was it weird to anyone else that Harrison knew MommaPope was connected with Adnon? He must have been planted to watch Liv from the beginning! He’s a mole! And, to top it all off, his real life is so jacked up…he might die soon!
    3. When Liv went to seduce Jake, it was the first time that their kiss held some heat. All of the other times looked forced.
    4. Fitz is a jerk. He treats Mellie like trash and Liv not much better. He has not one kindness in his body. Dont like him anymore. At all.
    5. I wanted Mellie to swing on him like a man with closed fist! I was so happy she finally stood up and declared a brand new day!
    6. Abby did a good job Poping Pope! You don’t get to run! Tho, all of them should cause MommaPope is one scary woman.

    My prediction…I think Mom and Pop Pope are together in this need to get rid of Fitz. He’s screwing up their baby’s life and parents unite for the sake of the kid. Poppa Pope is setting Momma up for the fall…cause he plays chess and wants to be the good guy in Liv’s eyes.

    • Muse
      April 4, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      “2. Was it weird to anyone else that Harrison knew MommaPope was connected with Adnon? He must have been planted to watch Liv from the beginning! He’s a mole! ”

      Oh my GOSH! That’s kinda brilliant. I would swear you’re secretly one of Shonda’s writers.

  20. #scandalmakesmenervous
    April 4, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Olivia shut down B613 not to be selfish but to save Jake I mean he has been asking her over and over again to save him well she did now she got choked up. I also think she was doing it for Huck and David too.

  21. April 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Maya Pope is no joke.

    Not in the least.

    She is the original GOON.

    I see why her ass was locked up for 20+years.

    Uh Uh Uh.

    She.does.not.play!

    Mellie’s slap was life.

    GO MELLIE!

    Oh Olivia….Olivia….

    Uh uh uh…

    Jake isn’t playing. Command Jake is scary.

  22. Q
    April 4, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Mama and Papa Pope are working together….and using Liv in the process. Remember, he was willing to have Liv killed last season, and Liv never knew it.

    i’m Not understanding why people are so mad at Fitz over Mellie. The woman held out on him for years without a good reason. he’s tried to leave, but he’s always stopped. Hell, even Mellie has blackmailed him into staying in that relationship. yet, she won’t even tell him that she was raped.

    i’m happy Mellie is finally getting some sexual relief, but she brought her pain on herself. she shut her husband out, denied him the opportunity to leave, now she wants him to love her…trick please!

    I am so happy to see Liv looking strong again.

    Enjoyed the show…they were losing me with the last few episodes. I’m excited to see next week.

  23. April 4, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Shutting down B613 wasn’t just selfish – it was stupid. Also, Mellie needs to finally come clean and tell Fitz the truth about her assault because they both need to be set free from that secret.

    • shadgg02
      April 4, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      i agree. Fitz daddy is STILL playing puppet master with the both of them straight from the evil hell hole is in!
      i think shutting down B613 was for revenge and that clouds judgement. i’m already upset that this season will end soon!

    • April 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Except Fitz is a child and would take his anger out on his son who may not be his son. Mellie isn’t just protecting herself, she knows her husband won’t handle it. Her children’s lives would be changed and not in a good way.

  24. Jay
    April 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    So I guess people who are complaining about the Liv and Jake scene have never watched a soap opera. Victor Newman and Brooke Logan sound familiar? Any who I was here for Melly Mel pimping the piss outta Fitz. All she needed was a lil baby powder and I would have lain slayed on my living room floor with a “B*tch betta have my money!” Thrown in for emphasis. I think Liv crossed a line you don’t get hemmed up like that unless you stick your nose where it shouldn’t be. Momma Pope scares me to nth degree! So you just gone stab Ol’ boy in a restaurant full of witnesses? With no dambs to give? Oh aight then, lemme get out yo’ way then. All in all it lived up to the hype of beeing labled a drama.

    • Eve Tey
      April 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Yep, she would’ve shanked that ninja in front of everybody and walked out like the bad b*tch that she is lol

  25. April 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Ok, I’m just gonna say that after your comment about the Pope women loving their swirl, this was all I could think of as I finished reading:

    http://babycakesbriauna.tumblr.com/post/71494117057/sbrown82-lorenemichelle-screengeniuz

    http://justsomuchlove.tumblr.com/post/59461041888/chochoa1-chocolate-and-vanilla-swirl-swirrrl

    “Swirrrl…swirrrl….Swirrrl…Swirrrl…”

  26. AARP BARBIW
    April 4, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    that’s why i LIVE fo’ this recap… i totally missed this: “The man who is so petty that he has on a burgundy tie, instead of any of the 3 blue ones she set out for him. Chile…” oh no he di’nt wit his ol’ teddy mcpetty tie selection-rejection @$$… unh-un!

    • AARP BARBIE
      April 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      AARP BARBIE! dayum, gotz me effin’ up my OWN name…

  27. Londa
    April 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Oh wow…last nights episode was one of the best in a very long time.

    What stayed with me, among other scenes, is when Jake was at Liv’s door. Liv had all but dismissed him, and he murmured, “remember, I asked you to save me and you said no,” or some words to that effect. My heart broke for him in that moment.

    It reminded me of Liv’s dad telling her the week before that EVERYONE needed saving and pulled back into the light. But, she let Jake be alone in the dark. And, to add insult to injury, she used him sexually to get what she needed.

    I do believe a scorned Jake From State Farm will be a very dangerous enemy.

    • April 4, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Jake’s a snake. Liv could’ve used this same line on him when he was whining outside her door.

      ….”men like you, always, always choose POWER.”

      And she was right. Part of that kind of power is their PENIS, or so they think it is. That’s how she was able to stumble into his pad, drop drawls, and let the cameras flail about like the “Blair Witch Project,” and get what she wanted.

  28. Carmen
    April 4, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    That body roll GIF is E-VREEE-THANG and I’ma play it all weekend til I can simulate a reasonable facsimile thereof.

    Mellie…after that jawbreaking pimp slap you’da thought Fitz’s eyes woulda been rolling on the floor like dice in a craps game.

    Dinner with the Popes? Don’t they know that a family dinner means eating the fried chicken, not each other? Lawd….Popes Gone Wild!

    Liv, Liv, Liv…..gurl got played like The Game of Life. And Monopoly. And Spades. I’m with Tracey: I think Papa Pope and Mama Pope are in this together. Daddy tried to warn Liv that he was taking Fitz out. SMDH…child’s just hard headed.

    Rowan Corleone used Liv to take out the heads of the five families and I ain’t e’em mad!

  29. Merica
    April 4, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    The whole episode was like whoa! But I really wanna know how many times does Olivia’s HOA send her letter about the noise and the goings on in and outside her condo…we all can agree she lives in a condo right lol

  30. April 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Damb & Thank You Shonda Rhimes for that Mirror Mirror on the wall! I was already over the “Olitz”, but now I am officially FUGGING over the Olitz! Way to manipulate a persons feelings! “I need for him to stop screwing my wife!” Fitz doesn’t want Mellie but doesn’t want nobody else to have her either! #control Typical dick! “The way I hear it you can’t have it both ways”, so wait for that Olivia/Reconstructed/Gladiator heel to drop & strut!

    I also guess, when it comes down to it, Power over Panties all day ERRRday! Sorry Mellie & Liv

    That table scene with Papa Pope & Mama Pope had me reaching for O2 FROM the floor! ERRRbody just sadddown and put the knives down dammit your baby girl is present! 

    Meanwhile, Let me find out Quinn is the black widow!

    Lastly, That fast assed, weak assed, take down of B613 was just that. Jake from State Farm gon need some new boxers cuz his b-a-l-l-s has grown astronomical in size since becoming command; Even thou he aint go *shet on my play daddy aka Poppa Pope!

    Moma Pope ____________________ #flatlined O-<-<

  31. April 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Mellie slapped every taste that was ever tasted out of Fitz’s mouth. I bet taste buds packed bags and left after that slap. You do NOT mess with a woman’s peen after she ain’t been getting regular loving. It just is not right.

    Spectacular post, Luvvie. But the body roll GIF, is that Charlie or Eddie Murphy?

  32. JJ
    April 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Papa Pope is right. Fitz is a BOY!!! He doesn’t want to play with his toy (Mellie) but doesn’t want anyone to play with it either. And who yells “You’re not the boss of me” (loosely paraphrased) past age 10?? BOYS.

    And I don’t see how ANYONE in their right mind could be Team Jake after Chokeageddon. Shonda who hurt you? Why did you write Olivia getting hemmed up and accepting it twice? What happen Shonda? Why it happen?

    • KDP
      April 4, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Chokeageddon!!!!! O-M-G *chair slide, death annnnnnd scene*

  33. nichole
    April 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    BTW,
    Why is B613 on a pre-pay plan?
    They can’t get credit?
    Even with a deposit?

    Huck hit one button and ALL of B613 communication when dark and was disconnected. No service termination notice at all.

    • scandallover
      April 5, 2014 at 9:04 am

      pls – D E A D …. i cant wet myself with laughter

    • Ametia
      April 5, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      BWA HA HA H nichole, you.aint right.

      B613 might benefit from this family plan!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHA7DHLWgCk

  34. Nicole Froio
    April 4, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Liv didn’t think this through at all!! I mean, she just wants to avenge James’s death (WHICH BY THE WAY WAS TOTALLY TRAGIC, I AM STILL IN MOURNING) and give herself a white hat or some shit.

    Also how dare Fitz be so goddamn self-righteous in regards to Andrew and Mellie? If they were a polyamorous couple this would ALL BE FIXED. This is all about Fitz peeing all over the place to mark his territory. Someone please castrate this man.

  35. April 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    LOVE the “smang it” gif! While watching this episode I kept getting pushed deeper into my couch because I wanted to run away but couldn’t. Thanks to you I’ve been reading into the episode more than ever and I’m usually smack on with what your reviews say :P. Great post as usual!

  36. April 4, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I agree with whomever said above that Mama and Papa Pope are aligned in some way. But that dinner scene was all i need to get me thru the remainder of 2014…and beyond. *dead*.

    all that was missing from this episode was after Charlie said, “It’s good to know which side you’re on,” he should have shot Quinn right between the eyes so we could be done with alladat!!

  37. Corsette
    April 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Yes for the Flynt Flossy bodyroll!!! Turquoise Jeep is everything.

    I’m just glad someone laid hands on Fitz. Mellie needed that slap for every wrong he’s done her.

  38. dawn
    April 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    THE pimp slap! That choke hold! This recap! YESSSSSSSS I am here for it!

    I never suspected Mama and Papa Pope to be in cahoots but I can see it now…can next Thursday be tomorrow or something? I wanna know what happens so bad tho.

  39. E
    April 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    The last 5 episodes have been crap. There is no consistency in the storyline. I like how all the sudden Fitz chose power over Liv – just skipping over the 2000 times he wanted to walk away and she shut him down. Mellie needs therapy, my heart doesn’t bleed for her. She chose power over everything including putting away her rapist or at least putting him in the ground. Jake clearly has PTSD and doesn’t know how to keep his hands to himself; somebody choke and shoot him please. Liv needs to freakin move – and get a bodyguard and metal detectors! Once that’s done, she needs to slap the shit out of herself. B613 is more powerful than the President… she didn’t think they could trace the security breech back OPA???? I need the gladiators to get some clients so Liv can have her “this is about you but applies to me” therapy sessions. I only like Liv’s crazy ass parents – and I think Andrew had something to do with Big Jerry’s “heart attack.” Scandal needs to go back to its roots.

    • Cass
      May 22, 2014 at 4:11 am

      Thank you. In my opinion, one of the view reasonable comments on this blog. People want to blame Fitz for everything. Fitz was not jealous of Mellie and Andrew, he felt betrayed. No matter how bad a relationship is, hooking up with your partner’s best mate is a
      no, no. And why hasn’t anyone questioned Andrew’s betrayal of Fitz’s friendship, because this guy has been trying for over 12 years to screw his best friend’s wife, even when Fitz and Mellie were still a loving couple. This is the reason behind Fitz’s anger. To those who say that Fitz will not give up his presidency for Olivia, I ask: what has Olivia given up for Fitz. Ending a regular marriage/union is hard enough, when you are the president, it is almost impossible. Liv knows this and still continue with the relationship.
      How was Fitz to know Mellie’s pain when she did not share the rape with him. Fitz’s anger is not due to Mellie sleeping with Andrew but because Mellie denied him love and intimacy for 10 years while all along carrying on with Andrew. Of course, Fitz beliefs this because he doesn’t know about Mellie’ s rape. Fitz doesn’t know about Mellie’s rape because Mellie never confided in Fitz. Mellie did not confide in Fitz for her own reason which could be due to shame, anger, her love for her husband, her love for power. Non of us know.

  40. Denise
    April 4, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if Momma Pope and Daddy a Pope are in cahoots? Momma Pope is a straight up thug, and Daddy Pope is pissed with President Ghost. That “I won’t touch a hair on his head” line had to mean something.

    Oh, but that slap tho! Mellie pulled that one straight outta the pit of hell! (Credit it the BFF for coming up with that one). Ooooo weeee!

  41. mo
    April 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Jhene Aiko’s “the worst” should have played when Mellie gave Fitz that Florida Evans slap she gave Thelma on tgat Ebai episode.

  42. Denise
    April 4, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    And, Liv having sex with Jake from State Farm – that scene was painful to watch. Liv looked bored! I kept waiting for her to pop some bubble gum and roll her eyes.

  43. Purple Dove
    April 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    You know I love you, AL, but did we watch the same episode? Because you spit shined this episode quite well.

    Shonda has–what’s the female equivalent of emasculate?–Liv as a character. I mean, I’ll admit I’m still sore behind Mama Pope’s prolific “You’re the help”–and it hurt extra deep because mama said it. And then this week Liv is asking her (only) client/adulterous lover what he needs and he says, without blinking, that he wants his running mate to stop screwing his wife. And she tries to be cold and says “It’s handled”. And then the subsequent speech to Andrew was so unconvincing… for several reasons.

    Sigh….

    Two saving graces of this episode was the Pope dinner scene (Olivia needs a lifetime of therapy) and Mellie’s slap.

    Granted, I’ll have to watch it again but the thrill of Scandal is almost gone….

  44. Krystal
    April 4, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I’ve heard of slapping the taste outta somebody’s mouth, BUT MELLIE DID THAT – AND SHE GETS BONUS POINTS FOR DOING IT IN FRONT OF FOLKS IN THE OVAL OFFICE!

    *me overcome by the spirit of Jodeci*
    “Forever, Team Mellie! It’s like a dreeeeeeeeam! I’m holding you close! I’m keeping you warm! This is ecstacyyyyyyy. Forever, Team Mellie….” LOLOL

    #ForeverTeamMellie

    • Londa
      April 7, 2014 at 8:01 am

      LOL!! Good one.

    • misstish
      April 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      *rewriting your chorus*
      Forever, Team Mel-lay!
      You are a quee-ee-een,
      You slapped Fitz damn face, you winnin’ this race
      Now kick him in the pee-een…

      • Cleojonz
        April 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm

        OMG I can’t with this! lol

  45. Q
    April 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    For the record, I am over Olitz, but I’m not in Mellie’s corner either.

    They all need to go have a seat in there on separate corner.

  46. Denise
    April 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Did anyone notice the facial expression on the sister in the background after the epic slap? Priceless!!!

    • Muse
      April 5, 2014 at 12:07 am

      Ha ha, yes! We had the same look on our faces. I hope somebody makes a gif of that!

  47. irene
    April 4, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I just rewatched this episode and I loved it ! I dont understand people complaining that Shonda is degrading the first black lead This is drama !!WHAT do people want the Cosby show? The writing on this episode was on point and KW delivered in the acting.

    Fitz where do I start with that man. For a woman he claims not to love Fitz expends a lot of emotional energy on Mellie . He seems to hate her and gets a lot of satisfaction in hurting her WHY? Shouldnt he be totally indifferent to her after all hasnt he found the love of his life? Knocking the ties to the ground, sleeping in a different room Hes seems to be punishing her for rejecting him ,he lashes out at her like a child
    Fitz seems to need Mellie by his side even more than he needs Olivia. Mellie is the person who came into his life and convinced him he wasnt the loser Big Jerry said he was and her rejection of him cut him deeply. He still thinks of her as his wife!

    For the first time I actually felt chemistry between Oliviia and Jake. The love scene was fairly hot not Olitz hot but not bad

    I LOVE MAMA POPE !! I know she has to die but Shonda cant you write her into a regular spot she is the wake up call olivia needs. The Pope family together gives me life.

    OPA has messed up big time getting rid of B613, and why all the outrage over Jake choking her. Olivia is not every black womans sister.Shes a character on a TV show. She just messed up BIG TIME. Jake had every right to be angry. Shes lucky he didnt kill her !These are the dramatic roles that white actress would kill for.Did you not see Brad literally try to kill Angies ass in that amazing fight scene in the movie Mr and Mrs Smith
    I didnt hear anyone complaining about why he was so violent it was part of the narrative of the movie!

    Liv made it clear Fitz definitely choose power over her . Fitz loves being President. A grown man doesnt need his girlfriends permission to get a divorce if he really wants one. All I hear is how he WOULD HAVE given up the Presidency for her but she wouldnt let him.Olivia will believe Fitz wants to divorce Mellie when she actually sees signed divorce papers until then he is All talk and no action!!

    MELLIES slap gave me LIFE she should have punched the fool. Cant wait till next week. Best episode of the season!

    • Shoni
      April 4, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      To answer your first question, yes. They want the Cosby Show. There are people who think that, if every Black female character on TV is not like Claire Huxtable, then she is degrading Black women.

      • Max
        April 9, 2014 at 1:21 am

        The Cosby Show got on my damn nerves. If Liv was a walking NAACP Ad every minute like Claire Huxtable was, we would have a boring role-model but we wouldn’t have an interesting character.

        I am a little disturbed by how she slept with Jake to get what she wanted. I’m not sure what message that sends to young women. It might be interesting for the character, but I think the show needs to react to how she did that, what the cost is. I guess we’re going to find out.

    • Purple Dove
      April 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      What don’t you understand about Shonda’s character murder of Olivia Pope?

      • Purple Dove
        April 4, 2014 at 11:01 pm

        I’ll speculate on the lack of understanding: please do not misinterpret the criticism of Shonda’s character assassination of Olivia Pope as degrading the Black woman’s image. At least that’s not where I’m going with it.

        IMHO, the evolution of the character of Olivia Pope from the start to now is inconsistent, unjustified, and disappointing. This has nothing to do with idea that Olivia was supposed to be perfect, unflawed, etc. For example, the first season led with Olivia going with her “gut” and usually being right but now, her “gut” is non-existent (not because of Kerry’s baby, either! LOL!). What happened to that? And we can’t blame the affair because Olitz had been going off and on for quite a while. I can go on but that’s a start….

  48. Darling Nicky
    April 4, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I told my sister this is how it would play out:

    Popa Goon played everyone. He’s the one that put the idea to disband B613 into Olivia’s head and to save everyone by bringing them into the light. I think he knows exactly what mama pope is up to regarding her terrorist activities and bomb purchase. He is a master manipulator and decided to work this in his favor. Papa Goon ain’t forget one bit about Fits telling him how his daughter tastes. Fitz took his babies away (Olivia & B613) so he would benefit most out of Fitz being blown up. Remember Papa Goon said “the weapon I will/can use against him calls me Dad” (or something like that). And he exploited the father/daughter relationship to give Olivia info on where B613 gets it’s funding. Shoot Huck even said it sounds like he’s setting you up to be a mark. Shiiid if Papa goon can’t have B613…no one will….because he’s going to take everyone out.

    The Bomb:
    I don’t think Fitz will be hurt by the bomb if Mama goon is successful in her plan. I mean wasn’t he already shot in the head two seasons ago? I don’t think it’s realistic that his mortality be tested twice. Instead…I think Mellie will be hurt (not dead) but seriously injured. And VP Andrew will be all butt-hurt about it and confront Fitz. They will have it out and that’s where VP Andrew will be all “Your father raped her and she tried to kill herself over it, your son could be your brother….and she kept this to herself for your career. You don’t eeeeen deserve her.” I think that’s how Mellie’s issues will be played out.

    *sits back* – Are you not entertained?!

    • Amsy
      April 6, 2014 at 7:16 am

      Co-sign on Papa Goon, he played that well.

    • LeeLee
      April 7, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      That sounds possible…I can’t wait until Thursday to see it all play out.

  49. April 4, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Olivia can outswim a dolphin, but she can’t fight to save her LIFE, ain’t even got a FOID card/gun, and NO SECURITY SYSTEM, STAYS gettin punked by ERRRBODY, and her parents are LITERALLY the two biggest goons on the planet???!!! Um. Ok. Liv, sweetie I’mma need you to invest in some MUCH NEEDED self-defense classes, get a FOID card & a 45, some $#÷#$×&* GROCERIES,and more importantly…GET YO LIFE!!! ASAP-TUALLY!

  50. April 5, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Luvvie,

    *bows down* we are not worthy!!!

    i am ADDICTED to your scandal recaps!!! I LIVE for FRIDAYS!!!

    please just remind all of us to get the oxygen tanks and have them by our couches next Thursday!!!

  51. Scott
    April 5, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Of course Fitz wanted Andrew to stop sleeping with Mellie, he is a man after all I am torn about Olitz at times but that love scene between Jake and Liv was not good. It was terrible!!! Mellie needs to make up her mind she is just like Fitz wanting Andrew when she wants to only.
    Fitz deserved that slap but Mel needs a slap too. If neither of them is in love with the other GET OUT OF THE MARRIAGE. Oh that’s right they both like POWER!! Politics make strange bedfellows. Jake choking Liv I am not down with and how did he know what Liv had done, he could not have figured it out in the dark. Mama Pope is a true badass goon and up to no good. I do not believe that she and papa are working together but Liv has serious family issues. Abby was looking good last night and I like her telling Liv that she does not get to leave she has to Gadiate. Shonda got her mo joe back with this eposide. Can not wait for next week!!!!!

  52. gillianrosh
    April 5, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Agree about the slap. It should have its own zip code.

  53. Kwan
    April 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I feel the same way about the take down of B613. They basically fix the problems the government creates for themselves. So it was okay for B613 to interfere when Liv and the Illuminati rigged the election and they were about to get busted, but now since a friend died because of them (the same person that was going to die because they were digging into the former problem) now B613 is bad -_-. They keep shxt in balance and Liv clearly didn’t think it through b/c now I bet Mama Pope ain’t the only terrorist running free around the world with bombs and shxt b/c of OPA’s dumbarses.

  54. April 5, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I appreciate this episode because like you said..it gave me much of the thrills we loved the first season. But Quinn is nauseating, Rowan’s speeches don’t pack as much punch as before.. and so weak is the Olitz love quadrangle or whatever it is …. Jake is kinda weak as command but still fine doe (LOL)…and Harrison’s storyline feels sooooo empty. I just want her to go back to being a fixer…..and fixing different issues each week. Not just being the Prez’s “fluffer”. I feel like I am just…exhausted this season and I need “more”…some depth. Right now this is borderline the plot on The Have and Have Nots or something..(clearly I don’t watch that show..I am just saying…over the top drama and no depth).

  55. April 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I am feeling so conflicted. I NEED Mellie to tell Fitz about Old Jerry. I’m so #teamOlitz but now that we know what happened to Mellie, I understand.

    I don’t know what Liv was doing shutting down B316. Maybe she has pregnancy brain!

  56. Tracy
    April 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I think I just peed in my pants I laughed so hard at the recap. AllaTea, AllaLipton, AllaEarlGray!!!!

    ROFLMBAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. dmcmillian72
    April 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    “They pulled the plug on B613 and the people who are kept in check by the existence of that org can now run rampant. You might think you’re curbing evil but what if that evil is keeping greater evil in control?

    Methinks the Gladiators made a GIANT mistake on this one. It was pretty damb selfish.”

    Giiiiiiirl… *sigh* ALL…OF…THIS…is whay Liv makes me freakin’ SICK! It was extremely selfish and obviously personal against WHO is Command, and not what command and B-613 does. Bish… Please have as many seats as your dumb a$$ can find!

    • dmcmillian72
      April 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Ooopps…

      …is why Liv makes me freakin’ SICK!

  58. paintgurl40
    April 7, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I’m so sick of Fitz’s ass. I’m rooting for Mama Pope on Thursday. Blow his ass all the way to wherever his raggedy ass daddy is located.

  59. April 8, 2014 at 8:01 am

    On the hypocrisy of Fitz’s anger a Andrew, I’m not convinced it has anything to do with Mellie. To me, it was two issues: since discovering Defiance, he’s been unsure of who the trust, and I think he pulled his homie to be VP because he considered Andrew trustworthy. It was a betrayal of his trust, first and foremost; his feelings have little to do with his wife. Also, it’s political, because his presidency has already been marked by sex scandals, and he can’t afford another one. And given that Mellie is not exactly discreet, it’s a worthy concern. If her own child caught her on her knees, anyone can.

    And while I understand the uproar over Liv’s character, I can also see its purpose. Liv is a woman who has followed her gut with confidence, and then her gut feelings were proven dead wrong when she learned her dad was Command, and her image of mom was completely wrong. It makes sense (to me) that she’s been off her game, having doubt, making poor decisions as a result. My only gripe about her at this point is Olitz is a dead horse beaten beyond recognition. She needs to let him go and make a few friends.

    Oh, and everybody seems to be sleeping on how conspicuously quiet David Rosen was this episode. Do we really know whose side he’s on? I got the impression that he told Jake about the account, and that’s why Jake cleaned it out. He has noble intentions, but is not above being a double agent.

  60. Lala
    April 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Awl I wanna kno is where is Tom 2.0 in all this? They beefed him all up and made him super-soldier n stuff, but I haven’t seen him around. *concern face*

  61. Lala
    July 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Creating my own makeshift Scandal marathon…. All of a sudden, this song came to mind when Jake was OUTSIDE of Olivia’s door….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CohuccUbdXM

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