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Scandal 5x08 Review.

This episode was good, but it left me feeling unsettled perhaps that is the purpose but overall I thoroughly enjoyed this episode but kept looking at the clock in fear of what was going to happen and more importantly WHEN will Olivia tell Fitz the truth.

This review isn’t as detailed as others but I discuss the things I felt were important.

Opening scene:

Olivia has slowly been making her transition as first lady and while at first it was not smooth, everyone seems to be in love with her except Cyrus who wants again looks is jealous because the other girl stole her man, and it annoyed me how he was quick to call Olivia a whore when everyone knows she is not and to show her worth and value the Prime Mister graciously accepted Olivia because she has done what she always do which is save the day.

Olivia and Fitz are the power couple, love how they work together, Olivia gets to do what she does best and it will help Fitz. ugh- these two are literally the best team, I understand why everyone talks about them with envy, how can you compete with them?

Can we appreciate the look on Fitz’s face he is a man not only smitten and in love but proud. The way he smiles as he listens to the prime minster as he talks about his Liv. Did anyone catch that Olivia knew the chef who is from the same village as the Prime Minster? Olivia Pope is very much turning into the First Lady but quite possibly the best one yet.

 Jake:

I am beyond frustrated with Jake, his existence suffocates me his petty jabs of inconsistency- No. Throughout their ‘therapy’ session, Jake has been keeping tally of everything he has done for Olivia (spoon, listening to her talk about her father, Fitz, ‘riding’) This is why I can’t understand how someone can root for Olivia and Jake when Jake is petty and quick to humiliate Olivia once she has opened herself to him.  Say what you want about Fitz, but Fitz has never treated Olivia the way Jake does. Jake is the defintion of a fuck-boy.

 Olivia’s concussion has finally worn off( the one Jake had given her) and suddenly she sees what we have all seen from Jake- jealousy. Jake’s misguided anger is not because of Elise but because Olivia choose Fitz over him.  

Yes! To Olivia calling Jake out on his bullshit, this entire time Olivia thought they were friends but she sees that Jake has been waiting on the side-lines in hopes of getting the girl, hoping that Olivia would choose him. PLEASE. Before we are able to witness Olivia laying into Jake Fitz walks in.

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I love Fitz but how dense can you be? Did you not see how close they were or the tension in the room? Better yet why did he come all that way to say nothing-as usual? After a second viewing I believe that Fitz trust Olivia whole-heartedly and knows without doubt that she is in love with him and that she has no romantic feelings for Jake. Fitz’s calmness can only mean one thing-trust.  Fitz’s trust in Olivia has reached new peaks. When Olivia calls Abby and tells her to stop Fitz from signing the deal, Fitz could have continued but he believes Olivia and trust her more than he trust himself and so with the tens of cameras on him and the world watching at this second he closes the cap on the pen.

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Fitz’s unwavering faith and trust in Olivia-wow.

His legacy could have went down in flames at that very moment because he placed his trust in Oliva but he believes so strongly in Olivia that he is willing to deal with the possible ramifications.  If this doesn’t pull at the heartstring then you all are made out of stone this moment heightens the pivotal Olitz scene.

Olivia and Abby:

I loved how relax and comfortable Olivia has gotten since coming to the WH. In Abby’s office they are sharing a bottle of wine with both of their shoes off. Olivia has let her guard down and talks to her closest friend.

Olivia going to Abby for advice warmed me greatly. Finally Olivia is going to her actual friend who has a relationship with both parties but has no ill intentions unlike bastard. I love that Olivia can feel Abby’s judgmental stare and tells her to stop. Before Abby can tell Olivia anything, Olivia begins to speak.

O-I’m going to tell him

A-‘of course you are-you have to tell him

O-‘I just said that…

A-before it’s too late

O- Which is what I told you.

A-if he finds out from anyone else that it was you, who got your father out of prison-

O-Abigail !

Olivia saying Abby’s full name! Olivia becomes tense when Abby brings up that she released her father- Olivia knows what she did but she just doesn’t wish to bring it up. Ohh how I love their re-established friendship and bond. Olivia was quiet on guard when talking about what she must do, and after her encounter with Jake Olivia feels that she must tell ‘Abby’ that she is ‘going to tell him’ but we all know the person Olivia is trying to conceive is herself.

Abby gives Olivia a warning that time is running out.

And Olivia is aware that the hourglass is almost full, but she knows that once she tells him- she loses him and possibly forever this time. I find this scene extremely rich as we dig more into Olivia’s psych which is easy to understand at this time.

If Fitz were to leave Olivia, this could possibly break Olivia in ways we have never seen. Olivia and Fitz are done hiding; stolen moments will no longer curb their appetite for each other only standing in their truth can. Olivia is finally getting her Christmas with Fitz; there is no way Olivia wishes to go back to the life she once had absent his presences.

Olivia is a woman desperately trying to hold on to the one who makes her whole.

Bed scene:

You can see Olivia being suffocated by this lie between them and Fitz sensing that Olivia is withdrawn attempts to make her feel better. Olivia turns her head because she knows if he looks into her eyes, he will see everything.

  Olivia never really initiates intimacy but this time she kisses Fitz deeply and cradles his face as she moves deeper inside but then she stops. I think Olivia stopped because kissing Fitz only reminded her that this might be her last kiss. BTW- the soft melancholy music does not help the already dreary scene.

The normalcy of asking Olivia if she wanted to watch tv really stung because that is exactly what Olivia does when she is upset. When her mind becomes too loud she watches tv in hopes of clearing it. Fitz might not know about ketchup but this man knows the things that make Olivia who she is- what comforts her. To make Olivia want to die even more, Fitz plays with her nose. Fitz’s attentiveness will most certainly make the pain we all will experience in the bunker worse.

Olivia sensing the end wishes to ‘stay here’ and soak-in this moment with Fitz, cherishing every second with him. Fitz does what he always do, he wraps Olivia in his arms and holds her tightly. It’s only when placed in Fitz’s arms that Olivia seems to be at peace, her eyes closed- she’s home.

Bunker scene:

This scene moved and touched me but I was furious that I couldn’t hear what they were saying. For the first time this season we see Olivia baring her soul to Fitz and we can’t hear it! Part of me feels as though Shonda decided to play the music because this moment is/was only meant to be heard between them but I hope we get to see this scene at a later date. 

Fitz rushes in and quickly un-cuffs Olivia, but look at how he cradles her wrist afraid of hurting her more than already done. This man!

Olivia looks completely broken- the comparison between Olivia at the hospital vs in the bunker; in short notice Olivia’s world collapsed at her very feet. As Fitz tends to her, Olivia grips his thigh as though subtlety pleading with him not leave.

They told me that you let Rowan out. But that’s insane right? That’s impossible. You wouldn’t do that. I know you wouldn’t do that. You wouldn’t do that to me. You’re not Mellie.’

Fitz pleads with Olivia to tell him it’s all a lie but her silence tells him everything.

He backs away from Olivia scared; frightened as though looking at a stranger because that’s who she is now. His ‘Liv’ could never and would never do this. His ‘Liv’ wouldn’t break his heart and break his trust. His ‘Liv’ isn’t like Mellie.  

At this moment Fitzgerald Grant became broken and lost.


I am not sure how people cannot see that this man is on bend-knee asking for mercy. His world has just been ripped apart in a matter of minutes. It was not long ago that this man was stopping a peace deal that has been in the works for two years because Olivia told him to- the level of trust and faith in Olivia…  It was only two days ago that he was watching the love of his life shin brighter than any star, listening to old stories of her saving the day. Fitz was so proud and honored to have Olivia by his side. In two days their world fell apart, and the sad thing about it is that he didn’t even have a choice.

The women he loves broke his heart- Fitzgerald Grant is not okay and those believing so are not watching this show clearly.

Sidenote: for seven episodes fans have been yelling at Olivia for her lies and now after the truth is out Fitz is the one being called ‘creepy’ and ‘weird’ and Olivia should now run away from Fitz. I really don’t understand how some fans are quick to find faults in the other and quick to change sides instead of looking at the clear picture.

Watching Fitz walk away from her Olivia stands up and begins pleading with Fitz to listen to her- to still love her.

Olivia is fighting for her relationship. For those who don’t believe Olivia loves Fitz, can you see the utter despair written on her face as she leans on the chair as though without it she might not have the strength.

As Fitz begins to walk away from Olivia, she stands up and pleads with him to stay. Pleads with him ‘still love me, tomorrow.

The sheer agony on Olivia’s face as she sobs loudly, painfully at her heart breaking and the door shutting on her and Fitz’s relationship.  

Without a word being heard we saw and felt everything- this scene was breathtaking.

My heart broke for these soul-mates, and please can we start bringing up Tony Goldwyn’s name for an Emmy because his work this season and Kerry’s- They need an Emmy and it’s long over do.

Final scene:

Fitz orders Cyrus to bring Olivia home, and by home he means the WH. I was elated at Fitz telling Cyrus that he forgave him- Cyrus’s days of ordering Fitz are no more; Fitz knows what he wants and who he wants-Olivia.

Fitz reaching for his empty scotch decanter is a clear sign- that all is not well. Truthfully it shouldn’t be, you don’t smile and pretend everything is okay after that level of trust has been broken.  Fitz is ticking.

Olivia in the WH, her hair in a natural state is similar to 2x15 I believe but it is Olivia’s shell-shock that tells the viewer her current state of mind. She follows her clothes being hung up in the closet and she looks completely confused and I don’t blame her. It was not long ago that Fitz left her after she told him everything that happened but instead of going to prison or wherever they were planning on sending her Cyrus picks her up and takes her to the Residence- and now she is looking at her clothes being hung up in the closest. I would be confused.

Fitz enters and tells Olivia that Jake will not kill her father but have him brought in…this scene is vague because in the oval Fitz told Jake to call him when it’s done. Fitz could easily be lying to Olivia but with Shonda nothing is at it appears. Olivia is shocked- Fitz is acting as though nothing happened, that she did not just release the man who has caused both of them so much pain- the man who has made it his mission to keep them apart.

Olivia’s eyes are glued to her suit’s confused as to why they are here and Fitz tells Olivia simply because she lives here now. *some said Olivia looks scared but I don’t see scared but confusion; like I said earlier Olivia thought her and Fitz were over but instead he has her moving in to the White House.  If Fitz had went to pick Olivia up and told her he was taking her home, then I am certain Olivia would have went happily to the WH because Fitz came back for her but he didn’t this time- Fitz had Cyrus do it who most likely was making jabs and being petty as usual. I think Fitz moved Olivia into the WH for several reasons.

  1.      Trust- Fitz’s trust in Olivia is gone and might not ever be the same. Like I said this man stopped a peace treaty that has been in the works for YEARS because Olivia told him to. When Jake was in the oval Fitz completely ignored the tension because he trusts Olivia and knows that she is in love with him. But now…the trust has been broken and perhaps Fitz does not trust Olivia to stay or trust Olivia in general.
  2.     Love-Fitz is still very much in love with Olivia that much is obvious. Sometimes being pushed away is a sign of wanting them to be closer. Fitz moved Olivia into the WH because he is tired of letting her run the show and if we are being honest here, Olivia was very much on her way to moving in. When the translator spilled her drink did anyone see that Olivia was able to guide her to the restroom without batting an eye-lash, Olivia is comfortable enough at the White House that she easily gave instructions with accurate detail. Or when Olivia told the Prime Minster about a chef from his same village making his dinner. Everytime we saw Olivia in bed it was always at the WH this transition was coming but Fitz made the choice because as he told Olivia in 5x06 she doesn’t know what she wants-and she will never be ready.
  3.       Protection- depending on the extent Olivia told Fitz, her life is in jeopardy. Truthfully if the ‘sons’ are watching the tv then they would see that Rowan has a biological daughter and that daughter is the link to the WH. Olivia’s life is very much in danger so I understand Fitz wanting security on her and wanting her safe because Olivia being outside is a huge liability we’ve seen it already.

 Many see Fitz as ‘punishing’ Olivia and I will admit I saw that too at first but after the second viewing I changed my view and might change it again honestly.  The reason why I don’t see Fitz punishing Olivia is because Fitz is not aware of Olivia’s feelings; he does not know that Olivia feels trapped by the WH.

If Olivia was scared as some saw, then she wouldn’t have kissed Fitz and clung to him while looking around the room in disbelief. Yes, Shonda we got the subtle message of her white hat on display but out of her reach.

Sidenote: loved that Tom asked Olivia ‘how is he?’ Tom always knew that he couldn’t protect Fitz from Olivia and Olivia has always felt that she was Fitz’s biggest downfall. Tom’s re-emergence shall only bring up old wounds Olivia and Fitz have buried.

This episode was good but for those saying and believing everything is okay between Olitz…your wrong. Olivia and Fitz are ticking, too much has been done and not enough has been said.  The hard talk is imminent brace yourself gladiators.

Good episode, not sure what to think about that promo completelty over the top. Love that olitz is still together but the band-aid won’t stop the bleeding, looking forward to the explosion- they need to really talk.

 thanks to banandaome and dangerousfeminism for their gifs.

until next time

Pop Stars as High School Personality Types
  • Madonna: Virgin who knows everything about sex
  • Beyonce: Tracey Flick/Rachel Berry type
  • Taylor Swift: Regina George
  • Lorde: Veronica Sawyer
  • Gaga: Art student who doesn’t really fit in with the overly pretentious art students, as hard as she may try. High school sweethearts with her best friend since elementary. Probably will be the first to marry of her friend group. She is a member of every club in the school
  • Lana: The girl who is literally never in class and when she does go to class she is sleeping all period and then gets picked up early shortly after homeroom
  • Rihanna: Effortlessly cool senioritis girl
  • Katy Perry: Popular cheerleader who is best friends with the effortlessly cool girl and tries to edge up her image but not enough
  • Miley Cyrus: Has a different ‘style’ every semester. Never wears uniform and frequently brags about her drug use
  • Iggy Azalea: Grotsky girl who shows up for every school fight and wears extensions from CVS and no one really likes her. Wears WAY too much make up for a 9th grader at 7 am. Can be seen as breakfast applying concealer 
  • Azealia Banks: Introvert masquerading as an extrovert. Massive class clown but has a very traumatic home life that no one knows about because she doesn’t invite anyone to her home. Humor and outrageousness as a defense mechanism. 
  • Ciara: Head cheerleader that is generally just nice to everyone. Eats lunch alone
  • Janet Jackson: Everyone’s favorite English teacher who was fired for unjust reasons

Review of the VMAS by pop culture expert me: 

wow niki minaj is super good at life that song is a jam

pls stahp saying araina grande is twelve cuz she is hot af

Jesse J i thought you weren’t the jam but i was mistaken you are most defiently the jam

Taylor Swift is bae. This new ERA is going to be the best ever. Don’t be mean to her she better than yall

ditto goes for Lorde. Don’t call her weird/awkward she makes more money brushing her teeth than you will in a year

are sam smith and katy perry banging or nah? 

Iggy is super good at singing songs we needed another female rapper that slays thank you to the continent of Australia for giving us a gift.

Jimmy fallon is the hottest man on the planet there is no getting around it. 

Miley Cyrus is literally probably one of the best human beings out there. I hope she made all the celebs in there feel super bad about being filthy rich and they give tons of money to the homeless teen thing. 

Beyounce literally may have saved the world in the performance. we are going to have so much more femnist youth this is so exciting. 

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: HELL YES! (Scandal 314)--Random Thoughts

These are just some quick, random (occasionally considered) thoughts that came to mind when I watched the episode, and by no means a formal episode review. There are no extensive quotes and references:

  • Kerry Washington, I hope you never win an Emmy for playing Olivia Pope. She might get gotten (see Dan Bucatinsky (James))
  • Speaking of James, you were (R.I.P.) a problem, and have been since season 2.  I didn’t want you to go out like that—especially after being used by your husband in such a despicable way— but see ya.

  •  As for your monster Boo, Cyrus, I cried real thug tears for his breakdown over your death and for reminiscing about your courtship. I hope you took to heart that the best part of him truly did love you. Ella will now be his only meaningful memory of you.

  • I loved and appreciated seeing some of the transition period between Cyrus dumping his beard (literally and figuratively), and the evolution of him becoming comfortable with his own gayness as a middle aged man.  James was the anchor to that new phase of his life. James did get in his way professionally sometimes, but James also represented the best part of him.  This is a whole other phase for Cyrus,  and though many things about him are unlikely to change, I wonder which parts will.

The Bromance:

  • Before I get serious, let me just shout-out Fitzgerald Grant for continuing to be a sexy beast and an entirely decent man (despite some people’s wish for him to make him out to be a monster). Moving on…
  • I first mentioned the importance of Fitz’s friendship with Cyrus (when glass tumblers  and sex tapes aren’t involved), especially because of Cyrus’s sexuality and because Fitz is a Republican President—arguably the embodiment of American masculinity itself. I first wrote very briefly about this last year, in Bros Before Moles (Scandal 218). The continuity of that aspect of their relationship was beautifully carried over into Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. The most noteworthy thing about the portrayal is the completely normative way in which it comes across. Because it is.

  • While I’m on the subject of men, let me bring up Rowan.  This man has not shown a genuine emotion since he cried when Olivia was 12 and ‘lost’ her mom (among other things). This man has walled off any real connection to his individual self and became a persona—even several personas, including a ‘dad’ persona—that was devoted to the Republic. It’s why Olivia had to ask him to play a ‘real, caring, nice’ dad for a minute, someone who cared about her as a person. I’m  big fan of Jo Morton, but not Rowan’s parenting skills. What he mustered up to say to Olivia was actually important for her to hear, and builds on what Olivia said in the last episode to Fitz: “Grow up…[sic]there is no clean.” Just as she asked Fitz not to punish her when she has to do dirty things to protect him, Rowan had to remind Olivia that wearing the white has is a problematic and binary way of seeing the world that just does not work for real people. Nothing and no one is pure. She should know that better than anyone.
  • I think Olivia’s problem has been that she let herself go down a really slippery slope last season and by the end of it she was trying to re-jigger her own moral compass with this white hat delusion. I think this season has been about her coming to terms with the fact that the whiteness of her hat is relative, her purpose in this world is a good one. Rowan’s speech about Olivia dragging everyone to the light reinforces her ‘white’ knight narrative, but also the tremendous burden placed on her shoulders. He’s made her responsible for a nation. And in doing so, Scandal , has pointed out that it is the people who make up the Republic who persist in making this nation what it is—the good and the bad. We accept the delusions of  democracy,  the upward mobility fallacy of ‘the American dream’, true equality and so many other building blocks of this experiment called the United States. We do it because we are in so deep, what other choices do we actually have but to keep chipping away at dragging people into the light? Ultimately we benefit by dragging others into the light. It is not lost on me that this conversation was being had between the two main black characters on the show.
  • While I’m talking about Olivia: umm, Olivia, isn’t ‘What?!’ the way you greet everybody? I wish Rowan would have greeted her with ‘Hi, hello, how are you…what?’ like she did when Cyrus called her out in Sweet Baby.

OPA:

  • Did you guys peep that this episode was a Gladiator call to order? That scene where all the Gladiators came in alerting Olivia to the shadery that was going down was a pivot. OPA is coming back strong you guys! Olivia’s purpose is renewed, and this time she is realistic. Her forays into the dark world of B6-13, her father, her mother, all of that….it served a purpose. This is the re-education of Olivia Pope, a woman with a renewed sense of purpose. I am ever the optimist.
  • I’m also curious to see how this new pact between Olivia and David will turn out. It’s a monumental (zing!) task for them to take on dismantling B6-13 and it’s government sanctioned atrocities. I’m cynical about this, but go Olivid!

 David and Abby:

  • Who would have ever thought that you guys would have the model adult relationship on the show? Wow. 

Madnan:

  • Adnan Salif, girl you were NOT ready for Maya Lewis to bust out pro gangsta, Marie Wallace, on you. You and Harrison can go cower and bun up together somewhere warm. Mama Pope is riding into town to protect the interests of her baby girl, and I’m like this while waiting for it:

  • Real talk, Marie/Maya sometimes reminds me of my mother and the phases our relationship has gone through growing up. It’s weird to watch. Marie is a problem, but she’s also awesome.  I can’t quit her.

Mellie & Andrew:

  • Umm, Meldew/Mes/Mendy Project or whatever your ship is? I like your flirting. It’s a little Sweet Valley High, but it’s cute. However  when you guys get sexual, it is so not hot.

  • What’s with the carp kissing? Now, you may not be able to commit like Kerry and Tony (for obvious reasons), but that is no excuse for at least being titillating. Harrison and Adnan set the Scandalverse ablaze. Step. It. Up.
  • Also, Mellie? You are the worst kind of Republican—one who pivots away from a salient issue to bring up straw man shit. Really? Bloody Marys are as dangerous as guns and stringent background checks?

  • Where the fuck do you think ‘black market’ guns come from? People who have legit licenses buying them and selling those shits on for money! JFC, may you never be President.   
  • Even though that scene added a layer of awkwardness to the Huckleberry Quinn relationship, it also strangely paved the way toward repairing their relationship. That kiss though?

Jake:

  • Jake? What can I say that I haven’t already said? He is a company man. Sob story, schmob story. This man has been doing unethical things in the name of B6-13 and the Republic since season 2 (hello, seduction of Olivia Pope and illegal sex tape). I have been saying for a while that Jake’s face, his sob story and seeming fondness for Olivia is intended to fool (some) people into trusting him. Olivia’s persistence in needing to believe that Jake is a ‘good guy’ is more about her own need to order people into categories of ‘good’ and ‘monster’ just to make it through the world.  But this man cannot be trusted, and I truly hope that she gets that once and for all. That’s one of the few hard lines in the sand that I have drawn over this show.
  • The one thing Jake illuminated for us is that it was Rowan’s job (he wasn’t Command at the time?) to take down that plane with 329 passengers, but his punk ass pulled little Fitzy out of a hole to do it. (Remember, Rowan told Charlie in 309 that he gets no pleasure out of killing; He had Huck kill Pete Tyson in 303). This is why Rowan says he is responsible for the deaths of 183 people. He put the responsibility of the 329 not on Fitz’s shoulders, but likely on Maya’s since she lied to him.

Every season, Scandal has an episode that works pretty tightly , marking a pivot point or illuminating important information on a character or story arc. For season 1 it was The Trail (106), season two it was A Criminal, A Whore, An Idiot, and A Liar (211). The third season isn’t over yet, but *the* episode of the season may end up being Kiss Kiss, Bang, Bang.

These are of my two babies, Roxy and Cyrus. Roxy is an Australian Red Heeler (age 4) and Cyrus is a mixed breed (age 3). I got Roxy from one of my mom’s co-workers when she was 4 months because he didn’t have the time to take care of her and we got Cyrus from someone who worked at a car dealership because her children brought him one day from the streets. I’m not 100% sure on Cyrus’s past, but I know it wasn’t a good one.
Anyways, back to the photo. These photos are from today, August 22nd, 2015, after there hour long walk. They love going on adventures together and doing everything together, they literally both cry if I leave the house with only one of them.
These two are my best friends (besides my best two dogs) and they make me smile/laugh everyday.
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