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Scandal Recap, ‘We Do Not Touch The First Ladies’

 

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As enjoyable as ‘Scandal‘ is, it’s also kind of exhausting to watch. In the first couple of minutes alone, we learned that Olivia is “dating” Jake publicly, Abby loves David and Jake might be in over his head as head of B613. Then there is all that messy spy and suicide stuff, but it all led up to another one of ‘Scandal‘s trademark WTF moments.

I think Shonda Rhimes has gone from being an Olitz lover to using the couple to flat out torture us viewers. They argue about Liv using Jake as a political beard basically, but Olivia isn’t doing this for Fitz. She doesn’t want to be a “public whore,” and simply wants to be able to walk down the street without being whispered at. There are more pressing matters however, like the rumors that his running mate Andrew Nichols was a bit of a druggie back in the day. Flashback to 14 years ago when Mellie was sexually assaulted by her FIL and can’t even stand to be around Fitz. One night he finds her almost dead on the floor after having taken some pills. Wanting an explanation after he saved her life and didn’t call an ambulance, she tells him that she isn’t even sure her baby is Fitz’s and frankly that has made her suicidal. After Olivia handles the situation, she confronts Mellie about Andrew covering for her overdose, but Mellie lets her know that they aren’t the same type of bitch. Even when she had the chance to cheat, she didn’t, but she does kiss Andrew as they admire the portraits of past First Ladies. Mellie is a hard character to like, hell all of them are, but she is easy to sympathize with. I think her having an affair with Andrew is just a bit too convenient, even if she might deserve it.

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Sally’s campaign managers gets Hollis Doyle to be her big whale, but only if she can get him a cushy job like Secretary of Energy. Throughout their conversation Sally has flashes of Daniel, or it might have been the devil trying to enter her body again. Does no one else think it’s weird that she’s still using the office she killed her husband in? Meanwhile, Rowan is trying to bring down Fitz on his own and can’t be bargained out of doing it by his own daughter. Quinn spies on them during their dinner but somehow didn’t notice Olivia walking out of the restaurant and right up to the car. Quinn wants to be badass, but can’t be bothered to turn her head 30 degrees to the left. Olivia pleads with her to come home, back to OP & Associates, but she can’t face Huck again. Not after he licked her face, but she seemed totally fine with the fact that he pulled out her tooth. Her and Charlie have been hacking into Rowan’s financials, a skill that could make her a great B613 agent. Seeing as how her old friends Huck and Abby got the best of her boyfriend, she might do better as a Gladiator.

James is desperately trying to keep his secret identity hidden from his husband, who is trying to have him, or Publius, killed. The journalist that he has been feeding information to, Vanessa Chandler, wants to speak to the President and could spill the tea that Daniel Langston never had an autopsy. Cryus has Charlie on the case, and just as he’s about to rub out David, luckily he was “kidnapped” by Huck and Abby. That’s real love, kids. As for Harrison, he’s in too deep with Adnan, and we FINALLY get more of his backstory. He was involved with insider trading, but Adnan hints that there is more to him that even Olivia doesn’t know about. She gives him some money to donate to Fitz’s campaign so that she can buy a plate to a fundraiser dinner. There, Adnan thanks Cyrus for helping her to get back into the country. Cyrus seemed to be scared, maybe because he has met someone more evil than he is. He should be scared as it is revealed that Adnan is in cahoots with Maya Pope.

 

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Oh God, this show. Another big revelation is that Tom, one of the President’s Secret Service men, and the one we see around him the most, is the mole inside the WH for B613. Jake had met him plenty of times and had no idea. He gives him a recording of Fitz asking Olivia if she cared about him, but she doesn’t answer. Next week promises that the last 30 seconds will be mind blowing. Which means someone will die, or almost die, but whatever happens it will good!

Scandal Is Back! ‘Ride, Sally, Ride’ recap

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Our Thursday night obsession is back and battier than ever. When we last left off with ‘Scandal,’ Mama Pope was on the run, Daddy Pope lost his position as Command of B613, Sally Langston killed her husband and “No One’s Favorite,” Quinn, was striped of her Gladiator title. The show jumped right back into the action with drama surrounding Harrison, and Mellie playing matchmaker for Olivia.

To the surprise of no one, Olitz is back on. They aren’t even hiding it now, just kissing in the middle of the Oval Office. Instead of tonguing down Olivia, Fitz should be focused on the fact that his Vice President just quit him. Sally officially announces her run for President, so it’s up to Olivia and the team to pick a suitable replacement. Fitz demands they get Andrew Nichols, a friend from his days in California, to be his running mate. Andrew is clean, for the most part, but he’s basically the George Clooney of politicians. He dates actresses and models, but hasn’t settled down just yet. When Olivia presses him as to why, he tells her that he decided to marry his work instead because “the one,” got away. It wasn’t too hard to figure out that his former love was none other than Mellie.

Mrs. Fitz is desperate to keep her position as First Lady, which means she has to improve her image and get Olivia out of the way. During a debate show with Sally’s campaign manager Leo, Abby is blindsided by him dropping the bomb that Fitz and Olivia are a seeing each other. So Mellie sets up a photo-op lunch for her and Olivia where she seriously suggests that she start dating someone. She even gives her a couple of candidates. Olivia agrees, but Fitz just won’t let that kitty go. Everything surround Liv is just so ridiculously toxic, I don’t know how this woman is still alive. Meanwhile, Harrison is asking David Rosen for help in tracking down Adnan Salif and realizes that everyone in an old picture is dead, which means he’s next. He borrow’s Abby’s gun to protect himself, uh why doesn’t he have his own? Later he is visited by a sexy lady in his apartment who turns out to be Adnan. Instead of shooting her, or running away, he has sex with her instead.

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In a brief meeting with her dad in the park, Rowan tells Olivia that she needs to run away from the White House because Fitz won’t make it to the end of his current term in office. We see him meet up with Leo, which means he’s either going to get Sally and the devil that took over her body to rub out Fitz, or maybe we’re about to say goodbye to Leo sooner rather than later. There’s also the issue of Daniel Langston’s lack of an autopsy, which someone by the name of Plubius has been asking a journalist to investigate. Turns our Plubius is James, as he revealed to David, but he just can’t seem to get anything right when it comes to his scheming. He’s married to Cyrus Beene, you’d think he had learned something from him by now.

It was interesting to see how the show would hide Kerry‘s baby bump, and they’ve been doing it fabulously with Prada bags and tweed jackets. Also, lots of shots above the waist. Quinn is still a non-factor, playing horror house with Charlie and kidnapping children. Olivia wants her back, and thinks that Jake has her, but how can she redeem herself and become a Gladiator again? Since there are going to be two affairs in the WH, I guess this is the perfect time for them to introduce Fitz and Mellie’s unseen older children, who were cast last year. Excited to see what sexiness Nazanin Boniadi, whom you ‘Homeland’ fans probably recognized, beings to the show.

The rest of the season is sure to be explosive. Welcome back, Scandal!

Scandal Recap, ‘A Door Marked Exit’

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As expected, the ‘Scandal’ winter finale was a doozy. I know that fans of the show take issue with how the numerous twists and turns, but I think after this episode it might be headed in the right, and by right I mean crazy good direction. Just when I thought I was out and the show was losing steam, it pulled me right back in. Fitz might have done something right for a change, while Cyrus finally realizes that he is in fact, the devil. Though both might be bested (worsted?) by Sally The Murderess.

The dizzying opening showed us the argument between Sally and Daniel over his infidelities. We knew that Sally knew that Daniel liked to sleep around, with men, but actual proof of it completely sent her over the edge. After some harsh biblical talk where she calls him a sinner who deserves to meet his maker, she helps him meet it sooner than he had hope.

After Sally LITERALLY stabs him in the back, she calls on Cyrus who helps her clean up the blood, stitch Daniel up and come up with a believable lie, well in Shondaland, that Daniel had a heart attack. After he crosses that line, Cyrus comes to realization that he is truly evil. He blames himself for what Sally did, but someone not too concerned with her involvement with the whole thing is Mellie who tells Sally that she knew about everything. This woman needs to visit The Wizard to see if he has any hearts available.

In a desperate plea, James goes to David with the photos of him and Daniel in hopes that he can get her to stop her campaign. It’s not until later when that plucky lawyer (?) slips David the recorded phone call between Sally and Cyrus that he realizes that he has been handed something big.

Cy tries to save what little is left of his marriage, but if James is going to stay in this awful marriage, he’s going to get something out of it. So he tells Cyrus to make him the new White House Press Secretary. Meanwhile, Leo is trying to comfort Sally by saying that Daniel is among the angels, but Sally thinks he’s rotting in hell. His client is a killer, but Leo is more concerned that she called Cy instead of him. So what is in all of this for him, because something tells me he’ll do more than change votes to make Sally the next President.

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As for the current Prez, Fitz uses that power he’s always speaking of to have a little sit down with Rowan. He has the secret service pick up Daddy Goon after he gets the call that his people have located Maya. The best scene of the episode, one of the best, if not the second best, of the entire series happened here with Rowan going IN on Fitz after Prez tried him by talking about how much he enjoyed having sex with Olivia. It’s too late for him to be nominated for a Golden Globe, but I hope Joe Morton gets an Emmy nod for this scene.

Olivia is brought in and demands to know the truth about her mom. The truth being that Maya was a hired assassin who married Rowan just to gain access to classified intelligence. She tricked him into thinking she put a bomb on the flight, so he had Fitz shoot it down, killing hundreds of innocent people. Far fetched? Yes. Crazy? Definitely! Maya doesn’t have any blood on her hands, but she’s still a terrorist and now she’s on the loose, all because her daughter and her boo thing effed up. 

Rowan is still a goon though, but slowly and surely his goon powers are being taken away from him. Jake tells Olivia that he did love her and kisses her goodbye. The next morning after Rowan calls Olivia for one of those Sunday dinners, he walks into his office at B613/Wonderland and sees that Jake has already made himself comfy. Oh yeah, Jake is the new command. He’s also BFFs with Fitz now, and this team-up is not going to work. There’s nothing scary about Jake, he’s a big old boring teddy bear, but maybe that’s just a facade and he’s a secret goon underneath all of that generic handsomeness. In the midst of all this Maya Pope chaos,

Olivia is at odds with Huck over the fact that he tortured Quinn for what he sees as disloyalty. He put a tracking chip into her tooth-hole, eww, but after she fails to kill Rowan she takes it out. The only alliance she has is to Charlie, but she thinks she would be better off with her weird friends and weird job. When she returns to OPA, Huck takes away all her Gladiator badges and kicks her out of the group basically. So it’s back to Charlie’s creepy ass.

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I don’t know what Olivia is going to do when she finds out. You can argue that Quinn was never really a Gladiator in the first place, because we all know that is a ride or die position. Didn’t Mama Pope look almost too fabulous when she was outside of the White House calling Olivia from the burn phone? How did she have time to kill the pilots, fix her hair, buy a new coat and get back into the city to scare the mess out of her daughter? Now we know where Olivia gets her love of  white winter wear from.

Scandal will return on February 27th. Until then, Gladiators!