TV

An Innocent Man: Scandal Episode 406 Recap

Chile, last night’s episode of Scandal, I met my spirit animal in a woman named Bitsy Cooper. Let’s talk about it!

Dreaming – Olivia is in the pool swimming in that AMAZING one-piece of hers. It switches to her being in bed with Jake but his face changes to Fitz’ and then changes back. She does that “Oh you’re in” gasp, having all types of NASSY dreams while “Summer breeze makes me feel fine” plays.

Liv 1 gif

Owwwwww! Her father says “My God, Olivia. Wake up!” and she wakes up gasping and Abby runs in her room (she stayed the night with her).

Abby tells her to call Fitz to let Jake go but she says he isn’t taking her calls.

Knuckles – Fitz is on the White House balcony in pajamas and with bloody knuckles when Mellie shows up (dressed up and hair combed). He’s surprised to see her not looking like PigPen from Charlie Brown with a cloud of dust behind her. She says she’s planning a state funeral so she gotta look presentable. But he’s the one looking like Filthy Fitz.

Suspect – Former President Edward Cooper has died of a stroke, but in 1986, there was an assassination attempt on him. So yes, he’s Scandal’s Ronald Reagan. Olivia (in this bad ass black/white cape trench) walks into a maximum security prison to meet Leonard Carnahan, the man who has been locked up for 30 years as the suspect. He seems to have requested Liv. He denies the shooting and said someone else framed him. He wants her to help him prove that he’s innocent because the bullet lodged in the President’s head will show that it wasn’t from his gun.

Hired Ho Thangs – Cyrus is getting dressed and Michael’s all in a towel. Cy tells his gigolo that he’s getting him an apartment and a secured phone and a bank account. WAIT. WAYMENT! THEM IS HUBBY THANGS, NOT HO THANGS!

No SMDH gif

Lawd. You’re not ‘posed to fall in love with the hired help! STAHP, CY! He goes to the bathroom and Michael pulls his phone and reads something on it.

Lizzie Bear and Michael meet up and he got pics of him and Cyrus kissing and whatnots. Then he tells her that he got more tea. Apparently, the President might be closing 6 military bases and he got more tea like this where that came from but it’s gon cost her more guap. “Make yo money. Don’t let the money make you.” I’ma start calling him Diamond.

Abby Goes In – Abby walks into the Oval Office and President Ghost is looking for a frequently late lately Cyrus. She answers his question but lingers and he wonders why she’s still standing there. Red says she wants to know what happens to Jake Ballard.

“You just thought to stroll into the Oval Office and ask the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces about something you have no security clearance for.”

Her sweet reply:

“I’m asking the married man who used to sleep with my friend what exactly he has done with the man she’s currently sleeping with… I am overstepping the hell out of my world right now but if you love her at all, do her the courtesy of telling her what is going on. You may have never heard what it sounds like when Olivia wakes up screaming from a nightmare but I have and it’s awful.” 

YES, ABBY! She wonders if Jake is being held legally and has proper representation and all’at. Because she peeped his bloody knuckles. And she excuses herself.

highest of fives gif

I AM HERE FOR ABBY, WHELAN!!!

Gladiating – Huck is playing video games when Quinn walks in to inquire about what he’s found about the key in the dead girl. It’s a locker key and Liv walks in. She wants them to find everything they can on Carnahan. They agree that the only way to tell is with the bullet and to get that, an autopsy is needed on the former President’s body, which is supposed to be buried in 3 days. The only way they can make this happen is if they get Leonard charged with murder. When Quinn and Liv go to see him, he quotes something he read in the newspaper: “The truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for awhile but it’s not going to go away.” He got it from Liv herself. She says she believes him.

Bitsy the Boss Shader – The ex-First Lady, Bitsy Cooper, comes to see the current First Lady and when the cameras leave and everyone else does too, she lets loose.

“My husband’s only religion was believing that he had to screw anything with a pulse. But since us bitches gotta get through this dog and pony show, I’m gonna need you to sit down, shut up and follow my lead. Now I’ma take the office, I’ll do the planning and you go crochet or vaccinate fat kids or whatever silly hobby makes you feel like you’re making a difference.”

Bitsy Cooper Scandal

GAAAHHHTTDDAAAMMBBB!!! Ain’t no shade like old folks shade, man. She left Mellie speechless. I love Bitsy Cooper!

Leaks – Lizzie is on the news and she drops the dime about a “rumor on military base closings.” Cyrus wonders how she found out and wants Abby to find out. She says it’s not her job but he says she better make it her job because after coming at the President, she is lucky to still have a job. And if she wants to continue with this one that has good benefits, she better find the leak. He doesn’t know it’s because HE is being sloppy through simping. SMDH.

Pissing Contest – Olivia calls Abby and tells her she shouldn’t have run up on Fitz like that. She hangs up because there’s a knock at her door and it’s President Ghost with his squad. He walks in and says “So. Abby’s kind of a bitch.” DON’T COME FOR ABBY EVEN THOUGH SHE SENT FOR YOU, FITZ! Keep it cute!

Fitz 1 Fitz 2

She says Jake did not do this and he drops all types of evidence on her about how he killed Jerry. She says she wants to see him and he’s all fussy and mad that she feels like she KNOWS Jake. He walks out, knowing damb well he’s going to let her see him. Liv downs her glass of wine. We gon talk about how Liv is an alcoholic later.

Partner Proposal – Lizzie asks Mellie to go out publicly to say that the military bases are not closing and she peeps that it’s so that the President could be painted into a corner. She tells ol’ Slicky Ricky (her hair is always slicked back) that she is not going to do her hubby like that.

#JusticeForCooper – Quinn has narrowed down the key to belonging to a locker in one of 3 places. The Gladiators are trying to figure out how to get Carnahan charged for murder so they used the press to get the ball rolling. They figured they’d start a hashtag on Twitter to get it trending. #CooperWasMurdered is deemed too long so #JusticeForCooper is just right. LOL ShondaLand STAYS on Twitter.

Oprah Twitter Fire gif

David convinces Fitz to get the Justice Department to file murder charges against Carnahan. Score 1 for the Gladiators.

Barbara, This is Bitsy – Mrs. Cooper has taken over Mellie’s office and Bitsy doesn’t e’em care about all these plans. What people don’t know is that the former Prez had ADD. SHE was the force behind him and she’s the one who made all the important decisions for him. “I strengthened the military. I negotiated the Baltic Peace Accords…” Mrs. Cooper is like “I PAID HIS BILLS. I WASHED HIS SUITS!” I bet she’s called Barbara before… “you might not know me but…”

Bitsy is pissed that all she will be known as is the woman who was the wife of some important man. Come on and strum the pain of a lotta women, Bitsy. LOVE HER!

Advised by the Devil – Fitz is in the Oval Office, sharing a bottle of scotch with Rowan Pope, who tells him that he wants to handle Jake himself. “Let me discipline MY DOG.” He tells the President all that he wants to hear, pumping his head up and that fool sops it up like a lap dog. The snake is in your office, President but you think you got a friend. Sir, BYE. Grand Goon tells him to let Olivia see Jake because if she keeps her away from him, she will think he’s some sort of hero. “Don’t let love cloud your judgment.” Rowan Pope could sell water to the ocean. That dude is the MASTER MANIPULATOR.

Playing Games – Huck is at OPA playing video games as Quinn is trying every single locker in the building she narrowed it down to. He is of NO help, playing Worlds of Warcraft and shit. In the courtroom, David argues that they should not allow an autopsy of the former Prez but he looks over and sees Liv sitting in the pews and knows he lost. Oh Lemony Snicket.

Afterwards, he tells Olivia “Hashtag you wanna screw me.” Meanwhile, I’m too busy drooling over the houndstooth blouse that Liv is donning. YUM. She goes to see Carnahan and tells him they will get the bullet.

Face to Face – Olivia gets a phone call and she is called to the Pentagon. TO SEE JAKE. She walks in and sees her 2nd bae on the floor looking like Martin in that episode where he got into the boxing ring with Tommy “Hit Man” Hearns. Face is all bloody and swollen.

He tells her to listen to him. He says he has an offshore bank account with a password Emily (his sister’s name. 942540920 is the account number. He tells her to remember it and give the money to his mother in Bloomington, IN if he doesn’t make it. He tells her that he won’t waste his time talmbout being framed and her dad being the puppetmaster but he ain’t gon do that. “We both know in the end, you’re not gonna choose me… I want you to know, I need you to know that not choosing me is ok.”

Always Second Fiddle. Never the Groom. Jake gon make ME go rescue him. I’m a sucka, man. Aawww. He asks her to repeat that number to him and she does. Fitz looks on PISSED! Step yo game up, man! Don’t be mad. Jake just made ME wanna give him a hug.

Bitsy’s Advice – The First Ladies are on the White House balcony dranking and chilling. She tells Mellie that she had to GRAB power when she was in the White House. “I made sure his secretary was the homeliest woman I could find. He still managed to bang her twice a day everyday for eight years!” She said she was grateful because all those shenanigans gave her time to run the country and she takes a sip of her dry martini. AW SNAP! Maleficent Mellie is going to happen from this. Watch.

Bitsy and Mellie

President and Vice President of Giver of No Dambs LLC.

Guilty – The ballistics came back and the bullet in the former President’s head came from Carnahan’s gun afterall. Liv goes to see him and the man confesses that all he wanted was to have his name known and Olivia did that for him. That SUMMABITCH! He used her own line about the truth and the sun against her. OOP.

Liv goes to David and Lemony Snicket rubs it in her face talmbout “I outpoped Olivia Pope. EAT IT, SUCKA!” This one time, sir. And you didn’t really because you did everything they wanted you to do. Olivia says she wants him to tell Jake but he tells her that her bae is no longer in the DOJ’s custody. He’s been transferred.

Command vs. Command – Rowan sits across from Jake and says he is a man of his word so he will see him die. Jake talmbout he loves Liv. WHAT’S LOVE GOTTA DO WITH THIS??

“I handed my greatest treasure to you on a silver platter. All you had to do was pay your respects to her father and you couldn’t handle that. It stops you every time. The arrogance. The need to swagger. To show everyone who you are. True power hides in plain sight. I played this president like a fiddle to get you back in my possession. I was his daddy, his priest, his valet, his concubine, his best friend. I danced for him. I made him feel pretty… You can’t take Command. Command takes you.”

Rowan Pope’s reads are the tea for my fever. The Robittusin to my cough. I just love them.

Hope – The former President is laid to rest and Carnahan is announced as guilty but he’s working out a plea deal. Abby whispers something to Fitz and he goes to an office where Liv is waiting. She scolds him for removing Jake from DOJ custody and to hand him to Rowan. She tells him that if Fitz lets Jake die at the hands of her father, they will REALLY be destroyed and there will never ever be hope of them being together. Out of ALL this, the only thing he heard was that. He asks “Are you saying there is hope?” She says “There’s hope” and storms out. Liv said that just to get him to get Jake back. Hope packed its Dereon duffel and said “I QUIT.” Fitz wants to believe SO BAD that there is hope. Hope is on timeout.

Rogue Mellie – As Bitsy and Mellie leave the Capitol building where President Cooper’s body is lying in state, the press is all over them. Mrs. Cooper makes a comment that re-states the impact of her husband like she is expected to. Mellie goes rogue and adds commentary about how President Ghost will uphold his legacy and will make sure no military bases will be closed. AW SHIT! Bitsy is clerly proud and whispers to her new friend “I have a joint in my handbag and it is not going to smoke itself. Would you like to join me?” I LOVE HER SO MUCH! CAN SHE STAY, SHONDA??

Spilled Cyrus Tea – Beene calls Abby PISSED that she still hasn’t found out about the leak and Red puts him in his place REAL QUICK by saying she went digging for stuff herself and found out what happened. He got a new cellphone a couple of days before and he has rented a one bedroom in Georgetown. “I’m guessing it’s to stop paying for a hotel room every time you see your… friend. So before you head out on a witchunt, you might wanna take a better look at your own backdoor. See you at work tomorrow.”

OOPS cat gif

ALL THE OOPS THAT EVER OOPED.

All’s Well – Huck has been tied to his computer playing video games because the person at the other end is his son. AAWWWWW. Quinn finally finds the locker that the key opens and it’s full of hundreds of pics of Olivia. WUT??? And then, Fitz walks into where Jake is and tells him that he is being transferred to a SuperMaximum facility (under DOJ authority). All this so he can one day get back into Liv’s underdraws.

Olivia is doing laps in the pool (in this gorgeous one piece) and when she comes up for air, Rowan is standing there, PISSED! He wonders what she did to intervene to save Jake and she says she saved BOTH Jake and Fitz. She tells him:

Olivia 1

“You may be Command, Dad. But I have weapons at my disposal. Weapons that you can’t possibly possess.”

THE POWER OF THE P! The secrets of the Universe that are betwixt her thighs. Rowan could NEVER.

I need Olivia Pope to hold classes on how to get these men simping this hard. Can she give a webinar? I asked Shonda last night on Twitter and she RTed me. I’ll take that as hope that yes, it might happen. Maybe Michael, Cyrus’ gigolo can make a cameo too.


I want Bitsy Cooper to stay forever and ever. I just love her so hard. She is the influence that Mellie needs to get her head back in the game instead of perma-mourning Jerry. She is like a shade mentor and FLOTUS was getting her whole life. That little smirk she gave when Bitsy asked her to join her for a smoke session cracked me up.

Also, I can’t believe Fitz is so dumb that he let Rowan be like a trusted advisor. That dude is a fool.

P.S. Did yall hear them slip it in there that there’s only two episodes left before the winter finale? WHAT ARE WE GO DO WITH DECEMBER?!? Lawd…

Gladiators ROAR in the comments!

Previous post

Whose Bocs (Bald Locs) Are These?

Next post

About Lena Dunham's Memoir, Overshare and Lack of Boundaries

64 Comments

  1. Eve Tey
    October 31, 2014 at 11:45 am

    That trench coat is selling out on The Limited! Y’all better hurry

  2. October 31, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Bitsy can never leave the show ever in life. If she dies, her hollogram will need to be written into the show.

    Love her! Love her!

    • milaxx
      October 31, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      I want Bitsey & Mellie to become besties. They can hang out smoking joints & eating fried chicken on the balcony.

      • October 31, 2014 at 8:10 pm

        I guffawed so loud.

    • scandallover
      November 2, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Shonda, write in Bitsey: I is begging you. My God, her line to Mellie about being relieved her husband was banging the homeliest secretary she could find so she could run the country was HILARIOUS!!!!!! That was just tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo MUCH!

  3. Bobbie C
    October 31, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    My absolute favorite part of this episode was when Mellie asked Fitz on the balcony, if he wanted her to have the cook rustle up some fried chicken. I almost died! Love her.

  4. October 31, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    351 Orin Street

  5. Jenny
    October 31, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Tight sugar walls trump Command any day of the week!!
    Even Daddy Pope had to shut his mouth on that one.

    • Milaxx
      October 31, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      He taught Liv well. I hope her heads back in the game and she sees Daddy Pope for the evil that he is now.

  6. October 31, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Ain’t nobody getting jack for Christmas because I’m saving all my loot for the webinar registration! And I am forever here for Bitsy….I need her to be my consigliere, drankin buddy and road dawg. #TeamBitsyforlife

    • TEE
      November 10, 2014 at 3:19 am

      Girl, I was hoping to be gifted a webinar registration — Now, I am gonna hav’ to get the hook up from Liv or check the homeliest secretary…

  7. jink
    October 31, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Best lines of the recap:

    WAIT. WAYMENT! THEM IS HUBBY THANGS, NOT HO THANGS!

    “Make yo money. Don’t let the money make you.” I’ma start calling him Diamond.

    Rowan Pope could sell water to the ocean

    Always Second Fiddle. Never the Groom. Jake gon make ME go rescue him

    Rowan Pope’s reads are the tea for my fever. The Robittusin to my cough. I just love them.

    Fitz wants to believe SO BAD that there is hope. Hope is on timeout.

    I need Olivia Pope to hold classes on how to get these men simping this hard. Can she give a webinar?

    THESE lines are why I love Scandal recaps!!!

    • Rita Red
      November 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Agreed to the umpteenth degree. The recaps are my new blood flow and life sustaining IV fluid.

  8. jinks
    October 31, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I want Bitsy to be my grandma. I want to lie at her feet a soak up her shade like a tree. FOREVER.

  9. Football Mom
    October 31, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Did anyone else notice how this episode was all about bitches? Bitsy proclaimed that she and Mellie were bitches who needed to get through the dog and pony show…kind of embracing the term.

    Liv had to defend Abby being called a bitch by Fitz…who obviously meant it in a derogatory manner.

    Rowan wanted his dog…tho we know he meant bitch back so he could deal with him…reflecting a sense of ownership of Jake. It almost could have been a discussion on the ‘n’ word and the various connotactions. Smart Shonda!

    Quin, she’s grown up and taking OPA on her back. She’s going to do the grunt work – finding the locker – and stay on course to complete the mission that obviously Huck and Liv have forgotten. I like this take charge Quin.

    Abby – finally demanding some respect and being a friend. This is supposed to be her season. I look forward to her backstory.

    Liv – Lord, I so hope she was playing Fitz to save Jake. I will be so disappointed to see her with him again…believing in the Vermont dream.

    Fitz – does he respect anyone???????/

    Rowan – I’d be so scared right now if I were his daughter! She has declared war on the man who breathes fire.

    Bitsy – she’s gotta come back. She’s way smarter than Mellie and Mellie needs help.

    Cyrus – grief, guilt, lonliness and age has cost him… I wonder how he’s going to come back at his kept man.

    I dont like these winter breaks, ABC. What’s the point?

  10. Shondaint
    October 31, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I was like…BITSY ’16 – Democratic nominee!! Then when Abby stepped up on Cyrus, I was like, well, OK, then – RED as BITSY’S running mate!! Then when Liv hit Rowan with the “youowne’em knowboutdisthanghere,” I started wondering if she’d consider Sec of State!!

    • Scandal fiend
      October 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      ☝️☝️️alladisrighthere!

    • Rita Red
      November 1, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Lol. Polls would have turnout numbers outha yen yang.

  11. Cinnamon
    October 31, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Oliva-“You may be Command, Dad. But I have weapons at my disposal. Weapons that you can’t possibly possess.”

    At least she owns it and admits it!!

    I want front row seats to that webinar!

    • scandallover
      November 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

      to end on that line with olivia: i was like buyaka! DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

      for once papa pope looked SHOCKED

  12. notconvincedgranny
    October 31, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Imma need some extra recovery time. All those faint and floor roll episodes have left me a little verklempt.

  13. cicely
    October 31, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Bitsy…Bitsy…Bisty, she made the whole show last night. From the moment she told Mellie to get rid of that filthy wallhanging because she might get crabs…LoL…to lets go smoke this joint, Bitsy is my kinda woman. She is the life force that is Mellie right now.

    Po Po Cy. So lonely that he didn’t even see the set up coming. But Big Red (I call Abby the Gabby that now) got wit him. Turned him on to the situation at hand. I cant wait to see him destroy Gigolo Bigolo and Slick Rick Frosted Flakes.

    MONEY~SEX~POWER…Fitz, Liz, Command (Roman or Jake). Enough said.

    • YvMarie
      November 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Slick Rick Frosted Flakes! I died!!

  14. October 31, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Why can’t I like the comments on here like I would on FB!

  15. Linc123
    October 31, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I’m even MORE #teamjake now. If that had been Fit in that hole, he’d have been whining and trying to get Olivia to pull in every favor she could to save his life. But Jake? He’s just going to hold to his love for Liv and let it see him through. That’s manhood. Fitz could take a damn lesson.

    And I LOVE Bitsy! I hope she stays for a good long while and takes Mellie under her wing. All her lines are amazing commentary on the way women’s work is undervalued in our culture.

    I actually groaned out loud when Liv told Fitz there was hope. My hope is she was lying to him, cause if Miss Shonda takes us back down that road again, #icant. I just can’t.

    • scandallover
      November 2, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Olivia must be lying to Fitz because of her comments to her father: she knows what she is doing. But I agree: Olitz is done!

  16. cicely
    October 31, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    @football mom: good call on the bitch fest!!

  17. Mamatasha87
    October 31, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Hope packed its Dereon duffel and said “I QUIT.”
    That just killed me! LOVE you Luvvie.
    Excellent job as usual.

  18. SIPort
    October 31, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I love Bitsy. She must stay. Mellie has found a MENTOR!!

    I loved them together, because Mellie hasn’t had anyone who can teach her in a long time.

    I loved Abby this episode. She stepped to Fitz, told him the truth, then stepped back.

    And after all the shyt that Cyrus has flung her way, for her to be able to shut him down cold and tell him that he’s sleeping with the enemy – loved it.

    Papa Pope is the Devil. For sure.

    Bye Jake. Sorry you’re being sent away from stuff you didn’t do…but, Jake is no saint. He did kill James, after all.

    I love that David/Olivia interaction.

    Huck…this won’t end well. Huck means no harm, but we all know this is NOT going to end well.

    Cyrus is gonna use his HO to fry Lizzie. Ain’t nobody worse than old gay man who thinks you’re using him. If HoBoy doesn’t watch it, he might be visited by Charlie sometime soon.

  19. October 31, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Barbara, this is Bitsy…
    Best line of the recap!

  20. Christian
    October 31, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    During that last scene, I was half expecting Papa Pope to hold Liv’s head under the water for crossing him. Whenever he comes on screen, I get mad anxiety.

    • Mobaygurl
      October 31, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      u r not alone. He makes my heart race with his level of wickedness…outchea telling Jake from State Farm bout arrogance being his shortcoming. Who more arrogant than Rowan, the devil?

      • notconvincedgranny
        October 31, 2014 at 4:05 pm

        The Devil is Rowan Pope’s handmaiden. “Big Papa” Pope pimped him out a long time ago. Rowan Pope is to Satan what Liv is to Fitz – his drug of choice and he can’t say no.

  21. October 31, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    At the end, I was like… Liv run this!

  22. Amarylis
    October 31, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Olivia told Daddy Pope “I’ve got oil drillin’ in my back yard, hurntey!” And hit the back stroke on ’em! Maya Angelou is proud…

    Phenomenal Woman
    “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
    I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
    But when I start to tell them,
    They think I’m telling lies.

    I say,
    It’s in the reach of my arms,
    The span of my hips,
    The stride of my step,
    The curl of my lips.
    I’m a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

    I walk into a room
    Just as cool as you please,
    And to a man,
    The fellows stand or
    Fall down on their knees.
    Then they swarm around me,
    A hive of honey bees.

    I say,
    It’s the fire in my eyes,
    And the flash of my teeth,
    The swing in my waist,
    And the joy in my feet.
    I’m a woman
    Phenomenally.

    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

    Men themselves have wondered
    What they see in me.
    They try so much
    But they can’t touch
    My inner mystery.
    When I try to show them,
    They say they still can’t see.
    I say,
    It’s in the arch of my back,
    The sun of my smile,
    The ride of my breasts,
    The grace of my style.
    I’m a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

    Now you understand
    Just why my head’s not bowed.
    I don’t shout or jump about
    Or have to talk real loud.
    When you see me passing,
    It ought to make you proud.
    I say,
    It’s in the click of my heels,
    The bend of my hair,
    the palm of my hand,
    The need for my care.
    ’Cause I’m a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

  23. KathyMo
    October 31, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Rowan is like a father-figure to him. He’s very similar to Big Jerry only Rowan tells Fitz what he wants to hear and Big Jerry wasn’t one to pretend. He coddles him and Fitz’s dumbass isn’t used to that from a male figure. He is Rowan’s puppet and doesn’t even know it.

    • Mel
      November 2, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      I never thought about it like that. Great point

  24. October 31, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    WOMEN RULED that epi of Scandal last night. RULED IT, without a measuring stick. LOL

  25. nichole
    October 31, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Mellie asked Fitz if he wanted fried chicken. Lesson for Fitz: Never point the finger because you don’t know when you will be in that position.

    Cyrus is singing Babyface’s “Soon as I get home.” Cy has taken $2500 and invested with some serious returns. Or not.

    Jake will now inhabit the SuperMax cell recently vacated by Maya. Especially since she’s in his former digs in the hole.

    Where do I sign up for that seminar?

    New hashtag: #bringbackBitsy

  26. Carriecnh12
    October 31, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Liv is finally back in the race and hitting her stride, all she has to do is stay there, and not mind this fool called Ditz, I mean every episode he has to remind someone that he is Commander in Chief, having to do this shows that is Commander of none and Chief of few, can’t stand his petulant man child behaviour.
    Liv needs to put him where he belongs and that’s in the rear-view mirror chocking on her dust. I really hope they keep Bitsy around, she is someone who can give Mellie direction and deliver snappy one liners.

  27. JIll
    October 31, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    It might be just me but Bitsy seems to be a tad bit Hillary Clinton…helmet hair, rough, smart and ran the country. I LOVE IT!

    • Lyn
      November 2, 2014 at 10:42 am

      I was thinking Nancy Reagan .

      • Wendy
        November 4, 2014 at 11:46 pm

        I was thinking the same thing. Nancy Reagan cuz Ronny was not coherant those last couple of years.

  28. paintgurl40
    October 31, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Luvvie, we gotta call HoMichael Diamond!! We just gotta!
    Bitsy, Big Red, and Poppa Pope gave me fresh air this episode! True power hides in plain sight….I must remember that motto.
    Also I think Fitz suffers from ADD as well….or maybe PDD…
    Liv better watch her step, if she don’t think her daddy will kill her she got another thought coming.

  29. Blkbuttafly
    October 31, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I was starting to get a lil bored but last night OMG!!! And the recap was like dessert! Yasss!!! When is the webinar?? ♡

  30. Absurdist
    October 31, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I’m just checking:

    As far as Catherine, Caitlin, and Faith, everybody has heard that an actor has been cast in the role of Abby’s ex-husband, right?

    Given what happened to him the last time he and Olivia met face-to-face, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s the one coming after Liv.

  31. Absurdist
    October 31, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Not to bum you out, but it’s going to be December AND January. Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson have re-upped for The Taste for eight Thursday nights. I am assuming that the winter midseason is going to be just like last winter’s midseason, where most regular programming on power nights is going to be out for two months. Since the backend order won’t be shorted by four episodes this year (unless KW is double-secret pregnant again), Scandal may get all the way from February Sweeps all the way to May Sweeps.

  32. Yolanda
    October 31, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I liked Mellie’s little smile after Bitsy kicked her out of her own office.
    The woman kicked her out of HER OWN OFFICE and she was already liking her. Yeah! Bitsy needs to stay around for a bit.
    Oh, and Cyrus is, in his own words, a monster. I do hope Michael is about to find that out.
    I hope Shonda lets Cy turn Michael into a double-agent. I want slicky ricky to get hers. Taking advantage of a grieving widower that’s low.

  33. Absurdist
    October 31, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    “WAIT. WAYMENT! THEM IS HUBBY THANGS, NOT HO THANGS!”

    Michael now occupies (or at least hopes to occupy) a space that, were he a woman somewhere between the renaissance and the early Victorian era, would see him referred to as a “courtesan.” Courtier doesn’t seem quite right, because it’s never had the subtextual trappings of being a “kept woman” (that mid-twentieth-century term that we use to refer to Donald Sterling’s girlfriends — when we’re being polite).

  34. Absurdist
    October 31, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    She likes to have money in her pocketbook, and that’s alright…

  35. irene
    November 1, 2014 at 8:34 am

    This was one of the best episodes so far i loved it!
    While Liv was busy auditioning for the PORNSTAR hall of fame(I hate gratuitous sex scenes) a little old lady stole the show.
    Bitsey has to stay we all apparently loved her . Her delivery of those one liners was amazing, didnt we all want to hang out with her and Mellie on that White HOUSE BALCONY?
    Abby shut Cyrus down. Once again perfect delivery loved that scene .USED HER INVESTIGATIVE SKILLS TO REVEAL ALL HIS SECRETS!
    Jake scene in the cell with Liv broke my heart for the first time i really felt his pain!
    GREAT EPISODE

  36. MsDREMA
    November 1, 2014 at 10:44 am

    *Reading for second time* Diamond *light bulb click* Ohhhhhh, duh!

    Cy better recognize Abby was/is a gladiator. He know how they do.

  37. November 1, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Trill OG Bitsy made this episode for me. I mean she changed up real quick once she and formerly Smelly Mellie were alone together – drinking and smoking weed. This lady is the most gangsta tv First Lady ever.

    Fitz has gone from singing Negro spirituals to Babyface because whatever Olivia wants is alright with him. And she needs not gloat to Daddy Pope about her secret powers because that evil azz man is not above putting her in the hole. She better recognize who she is dealing with and quit all that reckless chatter.

    Poor Cyrus trying to turn a hoe into a housewife. Now that he knows the truth Mrs. Ellen and that gigolo better run for their lives because he is going to make them pay for that.

  38. Lauren
    November 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Jake looked so broken on the floor 🙁 I knew he wasn’t going to die.

    The Liv sex scenes are a little embarrassing for me (and I’m not a prude). Just a little bit – too much…

    LOVED Bitsy and Abby last night. They stole the show!

  39. Anne
    November 1, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I loved this episode and this line in the recap ” looking like Martin in that episode where he got into the boxing ring with Tommy “Hit Man” Hearns. ” I HOLLERED!!

    Rowan has one weakness and that’s Olivia. She is a straight up Daddy’s Girl and they both know it. What I saw in his face when she backstroked off was the slightest hint of a smirk. I had to keep rewinding. Joe Morton is EVERYTHING as an actor!!!

  40. Camille
    November 1, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Rowan is the Devil’s mentor. He can get every man on that show to do everything he wants, and they have no idea what happened. The man told Cyrus to stand down once, and Cyrus was like “yassuh, boss man.” Tom had no better sense than to kill a child and frame Jake for it. And damn Fitz falls for every story Rowan gives him, no matter how contradictory. But Rowan can’t control Maya unless she’s in a hole, and apparently can’t control Liv. Meanwhile,she’s got command of Fitz by just saying there’s hope he can get back at it. He’s just pitiful.

  41. NC
    November 3, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Kerry was on the TJMS this morning talmbout the winter finale was gonna have us all DEAD!!! So much so that we will be glad we get break to catch our breaths and get off the respirator in enough time for spring semester!!!

    • Annette S
      November 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Really. I wonder if she’s been playing Fitz the whole time?

  42. AnnerreS
    November 3, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    1. Doesn’t Fitz know not to pull Liv’s hair (wig), even though it’s her own dream?

    2. Everybody played everybody in this episode. I hope they bury further talk about white hats with Verna, cause nobody wears the white hat.

    3. Why is David trying cases as the country’s top lawyer? U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder doesn’t do that.

    4. Mellie has done it again at a press conference. Remember the interview to announce the gender of America’s Baby? And, the Jenny Nystrom protests? She needs to stay away from microphones and cameras. This is why she doesn’t have a seat ta the big people’s table. SMH

    5. Papa Pope is gonna go down in the middle of one of his big monologues like Samuel L. Jackson did in Deep Blue Sea. He can’t manipulate forever.

    6. Cyrus, Cyrus, Cyrus. I caught that hand shaking when Abby told you about how the info about military bases got out.

    7. I think that I’m still an Olitz shipper, but Fitz, please find your presidential-sized balls and stop begging Liv. So unattractive.

  43. IntrepVix
    November 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I told a buddy of mine recently after watching this episode that it seemed to be very feminist in nature and HTGAWM seemed to center around race. I know you don’t cover HTGAWM, (I was hoping that you would but anyway). This episode was pretty good. I like to call Cyrus’ lover Magic Mike cuz apparently he got that sumthin’ sumthin’ Cyrus is definitely missing. He’s like a fiend with that merkin on his head! Fitz, yet again is Fitz. He’s like a spoiled child who when he doesn’t get his way, does not play fair. I love that Papa Pope is playing him like the proverbial fiddle. To me, just because Liv met him first, doesn’t make him numero uno in her life. After watching the first season of Scandal and the backstory of their torrid “love affair” I was enamored and then I snapped out of it. Liv/Fitz WILL NEVER be together. Why should they? Oh, cuz they loveeeeeeeeee one another?! Oh, please. He’s weak. He is a simpering idiot who truly trusts Rowan and has no idea what is going on in his own administration. His dumb tail has let the devil in to sit down to have tea and crumpets. Lawd be the entire fence!!! Fitz is dumb. Beyond thinking about the next time he can grab Liv’s wig in bed again, his completely useless!!! JAKEEEEEEEEEEEE!! Lawd no!! They got my boy down there on the ground wearing one flip flop, some ole musty sweatpants and that tight shirt with one eye peeping through and the other looking like he got hit repeatedly with a sack of nickels! Fitz can’t even punch with his punk arse self! I just want Jake to knock him out one good time. He knows Jake has Liv’s heart too. What a tangled web we weaved my little pretties. BITSY 4 PREZ!!! That ole lady said ooh, get that tapestry off of the wall, might give ya crabs!! Honey I hooted!!!! I laughed so hard I was rolling on the bed. Every scene she was in, she stole. My ole girl has lit that fire under Magnificent Mellie and she’s about to run with that thang and take that Presidency into the stratosphere. My girl ain’t playin’ Fitz! Abby done told Cy off. Oh, yeah she found the leak alright….and it’s coming straight from you boo! You mean to tell me that Cyrus just leaves his phone unprotected like that?? Magic Mike definitely has the magic touch! Cy is sprung! Cue that T-Pain song right about now! So, of course in typical Shonda fashion we have questions…Who is watching Liv so intently? Who is Kubiak really work for? How will Liv get Jake out of SuperMax? When will it all hit the fan for Magic Mike? Who is Lizzie Bear answering to? Will Fitz ever grow a brain? And the biggest question of all is: WHERE IS MAMA POPE???? I’m gonna need my girl to wrap that weave around somebody’s throat and choke the life out of them! She’s gotta get out of that hole!

  44. TheRealQueenRen
    November 6, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Why in the world is there so much hate for Fitz on this blog and so much love for everyone else?

  45. Tinu Abayomi-Paul
    November 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I’m gonna need you to go ahead and post the date time and cost of the webinar. Please and thank you.

  46. Tara
    November 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

    No 407 recap? 🙁 Best episode of the season!

  47. gemsmom
    November 10, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I am hard core #TeamOLITZ, but Jake had me in tears. I was ready to go to the Pentagon and save him my dang self. I wanted to call his old buddies from The Unit and go get me insurance!!!!! Bitsy was too funny for words, but Mellie better remember she is ornamental- not functional. And that cat “oops” gif just slayed me. #LOVEIT