Scandal Recap/ Review Heavy Is The Head, Episode 501
Well wasn’t that a freaking almost flawless episode of Scandal?
When was the last time that happened? Fuck knows. All I know is, I always have a good time when the writers remember who this show is about.
Anyway, I have shit to do so let’s get on with this.
What I Hated
1. The fact that Jake Ballard appeared on my screen for that one second.
Yeah I get it, he’s a regular, so the writers have to find something for him to do, but still, he was so pointless in this episode that it just means that I can’t say that the episode was perfect. Death to The Human Vibrator! ( Although truth be told, I wouldn’t be mad if he only had a second worth a screen time every week. I could live with that.)
2. The Shonda Rhimes recap of season 4 at the beginning of the episode.
I swear to God, I did not need to go back to season 4. As with season 3, I’m going to pretend that that mess didn’t happen. I’m happy living in denial dammit.
What I Liked
1. Sally Langston.
That bible thumping husband- murdering bitch is such a great character, and such a fantastic Big Bad. Her diatribe against Fitz and the White House was pretty awesome. Whoever came up with having her be the female version of Glenn Beck did a great job.
I thoroughly enjoyed Fitz and Olivia Sodom and Gomorrahing all over the White House to the sound of her judgey, scathing indictment of Fitz, she’s such a great consistant character, and she is played delightfully by Kate Burton. Love!
. 2. Olitz sexy time!
Hubba Hubba! For those of you out there who are adult enough to understand that sex is an integral part of any romantic relationship, how freaking hot were Fitz and Liv? At this point I’m rewinding the mirror scene several times, so bear with me for a moment while I fangirl the fuck out.
Ok, I’m back in the room.
3. Olitz playfulness and intimacy.
There is something about Olivia and Fitz being playful with each other and their more tender moments that will always give me the warm fuzzies. The hand holding as they walked towards the elevators to go down to the dinner. The hand holding when she answered the phone to the Queen, those sexy slight touches that only Tony Goldwyn knows how to deliver, Liv adjusting his tie, the sexiness of their casual interactions, their intimate eye contact at the dinner, just their whole easy demeanor with each other was wonderful to see. We’ve waited 5 long seasons to see this much development in their relationship, my fellow Olitzers, we deserve this!
4. Olivia’s State Dinner dress. Swoon!
5. Liz’s State Dinner dress. Swoon!
6. Huck lying on Olivia’s sofa watching the news.
I felt for him, I really did, however I can’t forgive him for A, putting his hands round Liv’s neck, B, slitting Kinky Sue’s throat for no fucking good reason, and C, murdering all those jurors. I hope Shonda can redeem him, because I’m not gonna lie, he’s dead to me until she does.
7. Abby’s dress and hair. Swoon.
8. Mellie being banned from attending the state dinner.
Honestly, the man threw her out a few days ago, and somehow she still thinks that she’s going to be allowed to attend a formal event at the White House? Cry those white tears Mellie, cry them well you entitled, no-pride-having idiot. Although, I have to say, I did love her dress. Paolo did well dressing the entire cast for the dinner, it’s not often I’ve been able to say that since season two.
9. Abby: “Rachel, muzzle your beast, we have a plan.”
I’m here for Abby referring to Mellie as a beast.
10. Susan being sat next to the queen with her provincial self.
11. Abby: “How long did it take for him to call you?”
Liv is so damn shady, but I howled at Abby’s look of cynical disbelief. Technically of course Fitz didn’t call her. He drove to her apartment, then went back home to find his beloved on the Trueman balcony. Lol
12. Princess Emily catching Abby gossiping about her.
13. Emily: “To them I’m not human, I’m just a spectacle.”
Uh-oh. We know where this is going.
14. Fitz: "I’d give them another six months if I could spend it all in this bed.“
We know Fitz. We know son.
He’s such a sex-starved machine and I love it! (Erm remember folks, consensual sex is good, great in fact.)
And Olivia wearing Fitz’s navy shirt! Triple swoon! Ugh, I love domestic Olitz.
15. The Princess Emily Car Death scene.
Did anybody else have flashbacks to 1997, when Princess Diana was killed in Paris? Man, that was such a sad day. I cried buckets for a woman that I didn’t even know, and had never thought in a million years her passing would effect me the way it did
. 16. Olivia throwing her Burberry over the dead bloodied princess.
Noooooooo! What was she thinking? That beautiful clean coat!
17. Olivia being swaddled in some sort of grey sack cloth as she sat talking to the Queen of Caledonia.
Lyn Paolo, what the fuck was that?
18. Quinn being the only functional associate left at OPA.
Man I can’t wait until Liv gets a full team again. Minus The Human Vibrator of course.
19. David Rosen: ”There are limits to my power.“
Olivia: "I seen what you can do with your power David”
David: “I’ll see what I can do.”
David stays being the most easily manipulated character on the show. Poor thing.
20. Liz: [to Mellie] “First, let’s be clear. You did not do anything for me. You did that for you. You only ever do anything for your own benefit. Second, you didn’t take me in. I was your prisoner. I was your puppet. I was your bitch. Third, my payment was that I got you elected. You are sitting in that chair, in this office, a United States Senator, because of me. That is how I repaid you. Fourth, one can only be betrayed if there is loyalty first. I was never loyal to you and you were never loyal to me. I don’t think you’ve ever been loyal to anyone. So when I made my move up the ladder of political success all in my own, I wasn’t even thinking about you. Because you don’t matter to me. And now you also don’t matter to the most powerful man on the face of the Earth.“
Yaaaassss! Read the bitch! This scene was glorious. For the first time, I saw Liz as a decent character that I might take a shine to. As long as she isn’t messing with either Fitz or Olivia. I love that she said all the things every character should have said to entitled Mellie Grant by now. Yay for white feminism.
21, The scene between Abby and Liz when she’s trying to persuade her to persuade the president to attend Mellie’s swearing in ceremony.
I laughed at how stressed out Abby was throughout this episode.
22. Olivia hiding from Abby in the White House.
Lol. I don’t know why she just doesn’t tell her. Liv knows that it’s only a matter of time before she finds out anyway.
23. Olivia: "Don’t you have a swearing in ceremony to get to?”
Fitz: "Liz North and I decided that I’m not going.”
Olivia: What do you mean you’re not going?“
Olivia: “Don’t Liv me. It’s a hugely public event. If you don’t attend, all it will do is raise questions, and you owe her this.”
I loved this conversation between them. I think Olivia was right, and it was very shortsighted of Fitz to think that he could not attend and not have the press give them the journalistic side-eye. I hate Mellie, always will, but for the good of keeping the press off their behinds, I think Olivia’s advice was sound. What I didn’t agree with was the part where Liv mentioned how often Mellie must have done similar things for him even when she didn’t want to.
My answer to that is, bitch wanted to be First Lady so she needed to suck it up. I don’t care about Mellie being embarrassed. The woman went on national TV and outed her husband’s affair, then proceeded to ‘stand by her man.’ when she should have been kicking his ass to the curb like any self-respecting woman would.
24. Abby being made to look a fool in front of the White House press corp.
Man she can’t catch a break. I’m sure she will by the end of the season though…
25. Mellie thinking that Fitz was at the Swearing In Ceremony to reconcile with her.
God she got on my fucking nerves during this scene. It was so painful to watch her try to show remorse for something that she clearly felt no remorse about. She was just sorry she was caught out.
26. Mellie: "I know that without a doubt, that you and I together a team is what’s best. For us, for the country, for our beautiful children, and I’m so glad you see it too.“
Jesus Mellie. How could she fail to see how much of a fuck Fitz couldn’t give about her attempt at apologizing? The man clearly didn’t even want to be in the same room as her. I wish the writers wouldn’t make her so freaking dense.
27. Fitz: "I’m divorcing you.”
Mellie’s delusions lead to this moment so I felt not one ounce of sympathy for her.
Sidebar, can I just mention how awful Mellie’s wig was in this episode. It doesn’t even look like it belongs in her head any more.
28. Mellie: "I’ll never sign.“
Fitz: ”You will. You have so many qualities I despise, but I do admire your brilliance. So do the math, Mel. Fighting this, fighting me, will mean both of us deploy every weapon in our arsenals. Every lie, every secret, every juror on that bus. Mutually assured destruction. We’ll be ruined. Now me, I’m a war hero, governor, two-time President. My bucket list is done. You? Your biggest accomplishment so far is waving and smiling. It’s your first day……you’ll sign.“
Damn, Fitz went in hard. I loved that his delivery had an eery calmness to it. Way more effective than shouting. I’m not crying any tears for Mellie. She has enough white tears of her own. At this point she should be trying to scheme ways to burn him, but alas, we have her quivering lip and doggy eyes.
29. Olivia: ”Divorce papers?“
Fitz: ”I thought you’d be happy, you don’t look happy.“
Olivia: ”No. I… I’m just surprised. I didn’t know that you were even… Divorce?Fitz: "I have dragged you into my marriage enough, you shouldn’t have to deal with this.“
Olivia: ”But we had a plan. Optics, your approval ratings.“
Fitz: ”Life is short….. I don’t wanna wait. Ok?
Fitz: ”This is good.“
Olivia: ”This is good.“
Ugh, I loved this conversation. We can obviously see how uncomfortable Olivia is with the idea of Fitz giving Mellie divorce papers so soon, but I was so Team Fitz right here. In my mind, if they were going to be cavorting around the White House, not being very discreet, it was only a matter of time before they’d get caught, and Fitz having at least filed for divorce might make a small difference to how this all plays out. And no I didn’t think they’d be outed in the first episode back. But we’ll get to that later.
30. David Rosen proving that he’ll always be Olivia’s lapdog by calling her and letting her know that the car accident was not an accident.
Bless him, he has his uses.
31. Fitz and Olivia’s epic professional fight (laced with the personal) in front of Liz and David.
Listen you guys. The fact is, I could watch Olivia and Fitz fight, fuck, hold hands, drink tea, cut grass, all freaking day. Their chemistry regardless of what they’re doing is off the chain. It’s so good to have that back this season. I saw some people talking about how Fitz treats Liv so badly. These people have clearly never been in a relationship before if they think that spouses shouting at one another automatically equates to being toxic or being treated badly. How old are the fucking morons who watch this show? I wish they’d go out and get some fucking life experience. Or have sex. Or something.
I love how uncomfortable David and Liz looked. I cackled.
32. Huck: "Are you back? Are you sleeping here? Are you back?” Olivia: “Have you been waiting for me to come home? I’m your plan?” Huck: You always fix me….my guy is out Liv, he’s running around and I can’t go home until you fix me.”
This entire conversation was heartbreaking. It really was, but I need for Olivia to get Huck professional help. Except of course he’s a murderer so who can he confide in? Sigh. I understand that to a certain degree, Olivia had a hand in him getting this bad, however I’m not going to absolve Huck of his agency in order to blame Liv for the way he is. Huck was already broken when Olivia saved him. Her mistake was asking him to let his beast out in episode 105. He hasn’t been the same since, however him asking Olivia to fix him when she doesn’t even know how to fix herself? That’s too much. Especially when he killed those jurors for Rowan because of something he wanted, his family. Olivia was right to tell him that he needed a better plan than her. She fixes other people’s problems, she doesn’t fix people, and she never has. It was all an illusion, when she felt she wore the white hat. She’s not the same person anymore. She can no longer lie to herself. She’s as broken as everybody else. She has a hard enough time trying to fix herself. I’m so glad she finally realizes this. Growth for my favorite. Heart-eyes motherfucker.
33. Olivia: Huck, did Quinn hurt you on the inside? Huck: Yes. But I hurt her too. We hurt each other. But I didn’t try to kill her.
Well that’s ok then Huck. Seriously Liv, the man needs a good therapist. I’m so glad you recognized that fixing people isn’t in your skillset these days…
34. Lizzie: "She didn’t waste any time did she? Olivia Pope is in the White House, which means that she’s in the president’s bed, which means she’s up in our business.“
Poor Abby, totally blind-sided again. Her story arc reminds me of David Rosen’s in season two, when he couldn’t catch a break, then at the season’s end, it turns out that he saves the day. I’m assuming that Shonda has the same plan for Abby. I really wish that Olivia had confided in her though, but I guess that’s not who she is.
35. Mellie telling Cyrus that they could have eight more years together if he’d just help her talk Fitz out of a divorce.
Honestly, when people come into my inbox defending this chick, I feel fully justified in excoriating them because here her husband has told her in no uncertain terms that he wants a divorce, and she’s still trying to fight it. What are you fighting for Mellie? The man doesn’t love you, and even worse, now he doesn’t even respect you. Move the fuck on, or at least start planning your vengeance against him, shit do something for yourself. Buy a new fucking wig, anything!
36. Mellie: ”He doesn’t want you Cy. He doesn’t want you. Any more than he wants me. He hates us.“
Gee, it’s like the penny just dropped on her big-assed wig, and knocked some sense into her.
Speaking of wigs, am I the only one who noticed how terrible Bellamy’s wig was in this scene? What a mess. It was huge and resembled a bird’s nest. I was fully expecting some newly hatched chicklings to come flying out of her hair at any moment.
37. Olivia: ”The princess was pregnant.“
At this point I figured out that the Queen had had her daughter-in-law murdered. She looked a stone-cold bitch.
38. The Queen: ”She had one job. To give us an heir and a spare. And that single job she failed"
I was right. That was cold man.
39. The Queen: "Not all fairy tales have happy endings my dear.“
I wish people would stop telling Olivia that. Bitch, she of all people knows.
40. Queen: ”What’s she doing here?“
Richard: ”You hired her, the same way you hired the man who murdered my wife. Your non-disclosure agreement didn’t apply to me. So when we get home you’re going to abdicate because of health reasons. Because of age. Because you’re no longer fit to rule…..the next time I see you, the next time I will even be able to tolerate the sight of you, will be at your funeral. If you oppose me, if you speak out in any way, Olivia Pope may not be able to tell the world what you’ve done, but I won’t hesitate.“
Olivia figured a way to get justice for Emily.
41. Olivia: ”You were right, not all fairy tales have happy endings, but evil queens? They tend to go down.“
Go Liv, Gladiate up in that bitch!
I refuse to include the next scene because, just ugh.
Anyway, the next scene was just wonderful.
42. Olivia: ”I want you. I want us. But I want to slow down. I want our business handled. I want our problems fixed. I want to be ready before the world is watching because once it is, once we’re in that spotlight being picked at and scrubbed and stretched in every direction we will never get the chance to make things right. If we are broken going in, we’re not getting out. They will destroy us. That’s reality, Fitz.“
*Sob* My babies are growing up at last.
The thing is, she’s right. The moment the news gets out about their relationship, the glare on them would be hard to get over. Hard to live with, and it would probably break them up. Not many couples could survive that kind of intense scrutiny, (look at all those damned Housewives shows, and reality shows in general) let alone a married president trying to make it with his long time mistress. This isn’t to say that I don’t think Fitz should have filed for divorce. I still think that was the right move, but there’s no way he could come out publicly so soon with Liv and her not suffer the consequences. Like he said to Mellie, he’d be fine, it’s Olivia who would suffer. All her achievements destroyed in a moment. Having to live the rest of her life branded as a black whore. By both blacks and whites. America will forgive a white man of any wrong doing, but it’s a totally different story for a black woman. Hell, black woman’s bodies aren’t even important enough to protect. They aren’t even considered to be human by a subset of Americans. So here, I’m so Team Olivia.
43. Fitz: ”Ok, we wait, until we’re ready.“
God these two break my heart. This was the biggest progression in their relationship to date, that we’ve seen. It’s what Olitzers have been crying out for. There is enough drama in them being together, nobody needed that raggedy assed triangle that Shonda subjected us to for two seasons.
44. Abby: ”Sir, there’s something you need to see.“
Seriously, how is Abby and everybody and his dog able to get into the White House private residence???
The look of guilt on Olivia’s face though, not just because she’d been caught canoodling with the president, but because she’d lied to Abby about it. The look of betrayal on Abby’s face was heartbreaking too. Their relationship is about to get majorly tested. I want them to stay besties dammit!
45. Sally Langston: ”I have it on good authority, that the trusted adviser, Olivia Pope, has found her way into the president’s bed. Before the high minded liberal feminist elite media begin howling charges of slander, these are not merely rumors, these are facts. Photos of Miss Pope, lurking in the residence at the White House after hours.“
Oh my fucking God! I was so shocked I can’t even tell you. This was the last thing I expected this episode. I fully expected Fitz and Olivia to go on hiding their relationship and sneaking around. Now they can’t do that. And you know what, perversely, I am so glad. This is movement and progression in their story. I want to see how they’re going to navigate this. Of course Liv has been outed once before, but this time, there are photographs. There’s no denying their affair this time. Time to come clean. Poor Liv. Her absolute worst nightmare is about to come true. What is she going to do? What would she tell her clients to do?
For me, the fact that Fitz filed for divorce before they got caught makes all the difference in the world. It’s the difference between a man cheating on his wife, behind her back, and a man who’s wife clearly knew something was up. As far as optics goes, it perhaps shows that Fitz never intended to cheat on his wife, willy nilly. For all that’s worth. The blowback will squarely land on Olivia though. Poor Liv. If I was her, I’d straight up try finding a way of revealing that Sally murdered her husband. The self-righteous wind-bag.
Anyway, moving on, I think this is why the word "Throuple” has been thrown round a lot in all the Scandal promos. I think a lot of what happens next will depend on Mellie, and what she does. They need each other,, and she can’t just throw Fitz and Olivia under the bus, not when her hands are so dirty. She could of course go the naive wife who didn’t know that her husband was cheating on her route, but this is Shonda, I don’t think she’ll take that route. I think between the three of them, they’re going to come up with a solution. What that is, I have no idea, but I’m looking forward to seeing if I’m right.
Who do we think outed Liv by the way? Knowing Shonda, it won’t be the obvious. It won’t be Mellie, or Cyrus. It won’t even be Lizzie or Abby. My bet is on Huck. He has the technical know-how to hack into White House security cameras, and he knew Liv was spending her nights there. I hope it doesn’t turn out to be him, but I bet it is. Eek.
As much as I enjoyed this episode, I couldn’t help but wonder which parts Shonda will reverse in the finale. If nobody else has noticed, that’s her thing. She reverses everything in the finale. Will it be Happy Olivia and Fitz that she reverses? Olivia and Fitz being in a good place while everybody else is scrambling to get used to the new world? Will she somehow put Mellie and Fitz back together? Will Fitz be the one walking out of the White House while Mellie is sworn in as president?
I already know that whatever happens, the finale will see Mellie smelling of roses, finally getting what she wants, but man I’ll be mad as hell if it’s at the expense of Olivia. Anyway, I don’t know why, but I have a better feeling about the finale this time around. Had Fitz and Olivia been happy throughout the episode, I’d have been inclined to believe that they wouldn’t be together by the end of the season. This way, the finale may be about Fitz and Olivia finally successfully navigating being together in public. We’ll see.
By the way, the next episode is titled “Yes”. What do we think this pertains to?
“Yes I’m having an affair with Olivia Pope”?
“Yes, I’m divorcing my wife”?
“Yes I love love Olivia Pope”?
Anyway, to celebrate the triumphant return of Scandal, here are some hot gifs of Olivia and Fitz getting hot and heavy. It truly was a thing of beauty. Fuck the haters.
They are so hot. Your fave OTP could never. Ok, maybe Jamie and Claire from Outlander, but no others!
I’m sat here, hours after watching this episode, and I literally can’t stop crying. My eyes are puffy, there’s snot running down my nose, and I can taste the salt from the tears on my face. Oh, and to top it off, I have a headache the size of Mount Etna.
Man, that was a lot. That was a lot.
It was a truly wonderful, well done episode of TV, and honestly it deserves all the awards. The great thing about having a black showrunner, is that stories like these can be told from our perspective. I wish Shonda would use her powers for good more often, but The Lawn Chair was beautiful, heartbreaking story-telling.
I give the writers a lot of crap on this show, and rightly so, because episodes like the one tonight, is proof that these people have the ability to create amazing tv that literally touches our souls. Zahir and Shondaland brought their A game tonight.
Anyway, without further ado, let’s get into this episode.
What I Hated
Always Jake. Once again, he was pointless in this episode. I assume that he’s part of OPA now, but that feels like such a cheap way to go with him as a character. The writers obviously can’t be bothered even writing decent dialogue for him these days, let alone give him a decent story line. Not that I care, mind you, because I just want him gone for good. When Olivia pretend-yawned at him to get him off the phone, I got my life. And did you all notice the subtle eye-roll from Olivia? I did, and I lived.
Another episode that excelled when his total contribution to the show was less than three minutes of screen time.
2. Fitz opting to choose an un-electable candidate for the VP’s job so that Mellie can run virtually unchallenged was annoying as hell, but I’ll get to that later.
What I Loved
1.0 Courtney B. Vance and Kerry Washington did their thing.
Man, they had great chemistry. My heart broke and kept breaking for a father who’d just learned that his son had been murdered by a cop. I can’t even imagine the pain.
2. Olivia: “I can get the attorney general here”
Unfortunately, David wasn’t ready to listen to her because he was about to go into a meeting with Fitz and Cyrus. And besides, it was way too early in the game to bring the big guns out.
3. David: “We could impeach him”
But of course nobody can impeach Andrew, because then everything would have to come out about how Fitz went to war for his ex mistress, so that wasn’t going to wash.
4. Fitz: “I am tired of my Vice Presidents trying to overthrow me”
Well Fitz, you need to choose better candidates.
5. Fitz: “Mellie’s next, I promised her. She doesn’t need the competition”
I think that we were all Cyrus when Fitz said this. He looked as incredulous as I felt. The idea that Mellie wants to be president without working for it, shouldn’t surprise me. Mellie Grant hasn’t worked a day in her life, so why should she start now? She’s literally the epitome of an entitled white woman, who doesn’t realize how privileged she is.
6. Cyrus: “Do you know what an uphill battle it’s going to be for Mellie to go from being First Lady, to being president"
Tell him Cyrus!
I’ve been giving Scandal a hard time for not treating Mellie’s ambitions for the presidency with the disdain that it deserves, but actually I think that they have more to say about her ambitions and how qualified she is to even consider being the party’s presidential nominee, than I originally suspected.. I’m assuming they’re making her look lazy and stupid on purpose, because if she’s supposed to come across as presidential, the writers and Bellamy are failing big time.
7. Police Chief: ”Neighborhood activist, he’s given us trouble before“
Ugh. Freaking judgey cops.
8. ”Mr Parker’s my neighbor, he drove me home from the hospital when I was three days old“
Man, I liked Marcus Walker straight away. I could totally see him at OPA. He’d be a great replacement for Harrison. Shonda, can you make this happen? Pretty please with a cherry on top?
9. Olivia - ”I’m not the enemy“ Marcus- ”Are you sure?“
Marcus basically calling out Olivia for not being black enough. More on that later.
Was I the only person who was reminded of Jesse Williams. Knowing Shonda, Marcus was probably inspired by him.
10. ”You’re about getting a white Republican president elected. Twice.“
Way too judgey Marcus. But I still like you.
11. Marcus: ”No thanks Olivia, your black card isn’t getting validated today“
For all those people who probably forgot that Olivia Pope is actually black.
The scenes between Marcus and Olivia were just so interesting to me. And his attitude is actually one that I’ve experienced from within the black community. I’ve been told that I wasn’t black enough because I talked "like a white person”. Seriously, when I was growing up, some black folks had a problem with the way I spoke. The fact that I loved reading was even a problem.
My parents weren’t rich or anything, but we were comfortable in comparison to a lot of my friends, and somehow living in a nice neighborhood, being well educated, and not speaking in Ebonics made me less black. When I was younger it used to bother me that I wasn’t as “black” as my friends, but I’m older now, and I’ve realized that the ones who felt that I wasn’t black enough for whatever reason, were the ones with the problem, not me. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to finally cast those insecurities where they belonged.
12. Olivia: “The fact that they stand in groups and say things that you do not like does not make them a mob, it makes them Americans”
I was so proud.
13. Olivia “Stand up, fight back, no more black men under attack”
I was chanting and punching the air along with them.
14. Susan Ross: “I’ve been thinking a lot about vaccination protocols!”
This was the perfect time for Mellie to step up, and look the part, but nope, she dons a fake smile, and tries to get rid of Susan without hearing her out. This is the woman who wants to be president, and she doesn’t even have any interest in making time to hear a newly elected senator out, or at least pretend to. Convincingly. Mellie’s case for being president grows ever weaker.
Mellie Stans may think that her looking in disgust at Susan and pretty much dismissing her was funny, but it highlighted all the ways that Mellie has no chance of being president. She never sees the big picture until it’s too late.
15. "I never let Brandon leave the house without him saying where he was going. I never fell asleep until I heard his key turn in the lock. No being around girls. We fought about that one. A lot.
It may sound so simple to you, but I just kept saying to myself, “get him to eighteen”. Get him a diploma, don’t let him end up dead, locked up. There was a thrift store down on Browning Road. I used to buy Brandon old portable radios, TVs calculators, cheap crap. Because he loved taking stuff apart. Seeing how it worked, he always had a mind for that kind of thing. He was gonna do the apprentice thing after graduation, become an electrical contractor.
Even though he wasn’t going to, college, I put a University of Maryland sticker on my car anyway so if he ever got pulled over, the cops wouldn’t think that he was just a thug.“
I could literally feel an ache in my heart for Clarence. OK, I’m crying again.
16. Chief Connors: "Who’s side are you on here?” Olivia “Not yours”
Olivia joining the protesters despite fear of being tear-gassed.
This moment was so powerful for me as an Olivia Pope fan. You could see that she was frightened to death, she knew that in that crowd, there was a chance that she would no longer be Olivia Pope, and she’d be just another black face. Part of the unruly mob.
17. Mellie: “You told me that you were going to pick someone boring and unelectable. I prostituted myself so that you would get your mistress back, and now, you’re going to take someone young and charismatic, and female and Latina, and make her the Vice President of the United States, how dare you! What happened to my turn!?”
Mellie lies so much she can’t keep any of it straight. Last week she was sleeping with Andrew to save Liz and her daughter. Or did I dream that part? I’m still staggered that she literally wants to walk into the White House as president without having to work hard for it. I can’t.
18. Olivia “you talk about fairness and justice as if it’s available to everybody, but it’s not! That man standing over his son’s body thinks he knows that he’s going to end up in one of two places, a jail cell or a drawer in the morgue, and to hell if I can’t look him in the eye and tell him that he’s wrong. I can’t fix this David. I have nothing left, no more tricks in my bag, it’s too much. It’s too…much.”
My poor broken, exhausted Olivia.
19. Liv: “I thought I was going to die. For about a week straight, I thought I was a goner. I lived in complete and total fear. Imagine feeling like that every single day of your life.”
20. Fitz “Let’s pick a VP that won’t get in your way” Mellie “I have one” Fitz “Competent?” Mellie “Yes, and completely un-electable.
21. We know that this is going to come back to bite Mellie in the ass. Susan Ross was completely un-electable as a senator, until Olivia made her electable. She cares, and she has a heart, and she’s genuine, and she’s smart. And most of all, she’s accomplished more by herself as a single mom, than Mellie has as the wife of the president.
22. Jake coming into OPA and making random noises at Huck and Quinn:
Fuck me, he’s pointless.
23. Olivia: ”Talk faster or say less“
I’m gonna use this in my real life from now on.
24. Jeff Newton: ”God what the hell is it with you people?“ Olivia: ”Us people?“ Jeff Newton: ”Yeah, you people! I didn’t misspeak. You people have no idea what loyalty is, what respect is. You’re here because you were supposed to help us, instead you spent every second of it trying to tear us down, tear me down, push your own damned agenda!
The truth is those people in Rosemead have no respect for anything or anyone. No, they’re like you, they just take whatever they want and they have no problems turning their backs on the people who gave it to them. People like me, who strap on their boots everyday, kiss their wife and kids goodbye and trek 40 miles into a city where everyone including little babies are taught to look at us like the enemy. They are taught to question me, to disobey me. And still, I risk my life for these people, every day for seven years, I’ve allowed myself to be disrespected and hated by these people, all to protect them from themselves. I mean all I hear about on the news are dirty cops, cops who shoot innocent black kids, it’s crap! There were eighty four murders in this city last year. Were all of those cops shooting innocent black boys? Hell, no! Those were blacks turning guns on each other, and yet somehow I’m the animal!
Brandon Parker is dead because he didn’t have respect. Because those people out there who are chanting and crying over his body, they didn’t teach him the right values. They didn’t teach him respect. He didn’t respect me. He didn’t respect my badge. Questioning my authority was not his right! His blood is not on my hands!“
Man, I was so mad. Kudos to the actor for eliciting so much rage in me, because if I’d been Olivia, I would have straight up choked him out. And the unbearably sad reality is that many cops feel this way about black people. About black children. They don’t recognize black humanity. There are many Jeff Newtons out there, wearing badges, and promising to protect and serve as long as the people they’re trying to protect and serve aren’t black.
25. Susan Ross in the Oval Office gave me a few deserved lighter moments. I really, really like her.
Mellie: The president is asking you to be his new Vice President” Susan: “Why?” Fitz: “Why?” Susan: “I’m a terrible choice, I just got elected.” Fitz: “That’s why I’m asking you. This town has a way of taking people and turning them into politicians, I don’t want a politician” Susan “But if I was the Vice President and something happened to you…” Fitz: “Then you would be president” Susan “But I don’t want to be president, I mean no offense, but your job is the worst job in the entire universe.” CindersinRags “Halle-freaking-lujah!”
Somebody in the White House who doesn’t actually want Fitz’s job. Yessss! This is so going to backfire on Mellie. Susan is literally everything that she’s not. She’s worked hard, has raised an adorable little girl by herself and has an actual platform and she’s not just a talking head. This is gonna be good.
26. Susan: “That poor man who’s son was shot dead in the streets, my God! If anything like that ever happened to Casey, my daughter, she’s ten. If anything like that ever happened to her, but of course she’s white and the daughter of a senator so the police are actually going to think twice before shooting her, but that poor man, he raised that boy all by himself, can you even imagine what he’s going through right now? I can’t, I would die, I would literally die on the spot. I would have to kill myself.”
The look on her face when she realized that she was talking to two people who’d just lost their son. I really like Susan. I love her and her verbal diarrhoea.
27. Fitz: “Mr Parker, I’m so sorry for your loss”
I love that Olivia took him to meet the president. Two fathers who’d both lost a son.
28. "Call me Clarence. My son’s name was…. Brandon“
The realization of where he was, and that his son was dead. Oh God. I cried so hard at this point. His boy, his precious child, dead. Brandon was just a baby. His baby.
Fitz consoling him was just…so touching. And heartbreaking.
And I’m crying again.
I love the fact that white certain people are offended and swearing blind they’ll never watch Scandal again. That says more about them, than it does about this episode in my opinion. I think a lot of those people had probably forgotten that not only is the showrunner black, so is the lead actress, and the events at Ferguson couldn’t help but affect them personally. Hell, I think most of them had forgotten that Olivia Pope is black, and whilst some might see that as a good thing whilst wearing their Utopian All Lives Matter spectacles, as a black person, that’s the opposite of what most of us want. The reality is, we just don’t want our color to be the thing that people judge us on before they even get to know us. We don’t want our color to be the reason that a 12 year old boy is shot, while a guy who murdered 12 people in a movie theater gets to stay alive.
This episode of Scandal will be the one that fans will remember for a long time. I can’t say that I’ve ever felt so much emotion watching a TV drama. When a show can make you feel so much within an hour, it really deserves to be recognized. It truly was a brilliant episode, and my hats go off to the writers, the actors and everybody involved in this episode. Well done.
How amazing was the music tonight? When I Am Released started playing, I started sobbing and I couldn’t stop. Especially when they zipped Brandon into a body bag.
Olivia is going through it. All episode, you could see that just putting one foot in front of the other was hard for her. There was an air of sadness that clung to her throughout the show and honestly it broke my heart. And her hands shaking made me cry. Powerful indestructible Olivia Pope. That facade was always that, a facade, but now, she’s barely holding herself together. My baby girl needs therapy. And soon.
I’ve already said it, but I predict that Susan Ross will wind up being an amazing VP, and she’s gonna have Fitz’s back, unlike his other power hungry VPs. Mellie literally just made life so much harder for herself, and she doesn’t know it. How delicious…
Olivia is obviously going to have to break down. She’s so tightly wound that it won’t take much to make her snap. I’m praying for some sort of release for her. She needs to grieve for herself, and she desperately needs to forgive herself.
No Jamie and Claire Gifs this week, but a drink or two was certainly needed to get through The Lawn Chair, so here’s Snow…
Scandal Review, Episode 505, You've Been Served...
Well waddaya know, two episodes in a row, and I’m still mostly happy. Of course I knew that Zahir McGee would have to call Olivia some kind of derogatory name during the episode, he never disappoints. He did it through Edison, but he still did it. Overall it was a really good episode, and I was all set for giving him so much kudos for Olivia’s speech, only to find out that somebody else apparently wrote it. So sorry Zahir, you are still a douche to me. To be honest, even if you had written Liv’s amazing monologue, you’d still be like shit on my shoe.
Anyway, let’s get on with it shall we?
What I Hated
Every scene with Jake’s irrelevant ass of course.
Why can’t he just be killed off? Why Shonda, why?
And to find out that they cut the scenes of Liv and Fitz on an actual public date, just so we could watch Jake feed Olivia Gettysburgers? Really? Did anybody actually give a fuck about that scene? Did it even add anything to the episode? Even the fact that he finally admitted Elise was his wife was anti-climactic because as we saw, Olivia didn’t give a shit. What a waste of two minutes that could have been spent on that date and on this goodness right here:
God I hate Jake so much. I hate him in every capacity, and I will hate him forever and ever, Amen.
What I Loved
1. Michael: "We talked about this, we talked about keeping it together, didn’t we?“
Oh my fucking God, the show finally remembered that Cyrus is married! Woohoo! I liked that he seemed to be the voice of reason for an ever spiraling Cyrus. Now all we need is to see his adorable brown baby.
2. Mellie voting yes to open an investigation into impeaching her husband.
Oh Mellie, you are such a tool. How the fuck does this woman not realize that involving herself in this mess will, A, scupper her chances of being voted in as president, and B, her hands are as dirty as the rest of them. Mellie Girl, you had an affair with Andrew, the guy who had Olivia kidnapped in the first place. The guy who blackmailed Fitz into choosing between going to war for her, or letting her die. Mellie, you are the flaming idiot who handed the names of 16 jurors to the man who arranged for them to be slain. Mellie, you were a key part of Defiance. Mellie, Daniel Douglas was murdered because of what you and Cyrus did, and you helped cover it up.
Mellie, where the fuck are your brains? Right now, you’re just an embarrassment and I’m not sure what Shonda is trying to do with you. We keep being told that you’re usually the smartest woman in the room, but guuurl, you haven’t been the smartest person in the room for five seasons now, even when it was just you and Baby Teddy. Girl go get your life and learn to strategize for the love of all things Oprah.
3. Fitz and Olivia on a date.
Fitz looked so proud bless him, he has not one fuck left to give. He has Olivia by his side, and that’s all he cares about. My blinkered little romantic you. Olivia on the other hand looked like she was going to a lynching. This is not who she is at all. All this attention from the press. Literally her worst nightmare come true. As a Fitz and Olivia fan though? I squeed like a two year old. I love the idea of them just stepping into their truth and finally doing what we’ve longed for them to do for 4 long seasons.
4. Fitz: ”I have done nothing wrong and I certainly haven’t committed any impeachable offences.“
Fitz sweetie, you need to sit down with that mess. You’ve done a whole lot of shit during your tenure as president, it’s just that nobody knows about them. Yet.
5. David: "I’m just here to say, you need a lawyer.”
David was actually great in this scene. How often can we say that? Bless his cotton socks, but the truth is, he’s usually surplus to requirement.
6. David telling Fitz not to talk to Olivia about the possibility of impeachment.
Oh how I laughed. David, Sweetie, have you met this man? That’s like asking him not to breathe.
7. Olivia putting up all the newspaper headlines about her.
Sorry, all I could think was how pretty she looked in that black and white blouse, and her hair was flawless. Shallow much? Well I guess it was better than reading some of those awful headlines.
8. Quinn: “A lawyer can’t do all that.” Leo: "No, but I can.“ Quinn: ”You hired Leo?“ Leo: ”Thing 1, and Thing 2, and a new additions to the bestiary? Hold on, familiar face, recent headliner, yes, the man who hid in a closet while the mayor’s wife was being filleted. The coward of the county, Marcus Walker! If this bunch is your go-to, you obviously called me just in time.“
Oh how I love Leo’s presence. Olivia needs somebody as ruthless as him in her corner. I love that she was being proactive and trying to take control. Unlike Mellie who was still walking around clueless, without a solid plan. We’ll get to her later.
9. Leo: ”We’re going to take what the public views as a cheap and tawdry affair between the president and his former Communications and we are going to spin it, into the greatest romance ever told. Olivia and Fitz, a love like no other. See my plan even has a name.“
Who was surprised that A, Liv said no, and B, that she would have to change her stance by the end of the episode? I have to give her props though, the ”Olivia Pope, woman of the people“ slant was working until the discovery of Doux Bebe. Which I’m still confused about, but we’ll address that later.
10. Leo: ”That’s the thing about the great ones, they perform no matter what utter crap they are dealt.“
Leo has Jokes, and he made me laugh so much this episode.
11. Leo going through Olivia’s apartment.
So many lols. I especially love that he told her that she had to do her shopping at a regular mall. Poor Liv, even her wardrobe is under attack.
12. Olivia: ”He never gave me anything.“
Oh Liv, there’s the matter of a house in Vermont and a ring from his grandma. I knew one of them would have to come out before the end of the episode. Luckily it wasn’t the house.
13. Leo: ”Where’s all her food?“ Huck: ”You mean her wine and popcorn?“ Leo: ”Whatever, where does she buy it?“
Huck: "She uses a delivery service.”
Olivia: “I don’t have time to go grocery shopping.”
Leo: "Of course not, you’re too busy getting your freak-on with the Prez.“
Leo is so freaking shady though. But I did laugh, even while I was low-key thinking that was a Zahir McGee type line. I can’t help it, I’ve hated him since he called Olivia The Help in that horrendous episode in season three.
14. Olivia: ”Edison.“
Oh. Ugh. Ok. That guy.
I guess we were bound to see him again, but I hate that Olivia had to go to beg him for help. Oh well, desperate times…
15. Edison: ”A criminal. A whore, an idiot, and a liar.“
Olivia: ”Excuse me.“
Edison: ”A criminal, a whore, an idiot and a liar. That’s what you said to me. You dressed me down, then implied that I was clinically insane for suggesting that you were screwing the president.“
Olivia: "I should go.”
Edison: “Sit down Olivia. If you want me to help you, you’re going to be honest with me. You’re going to admit to my face that you were never in love with me, that you never had any intention of marrying me. That you tried to make a fool of me for seeing you for exactly what you are. A criminal, a whore, and idiot and a liar. You want me to lie, you owe me the truth.”
So that was how Zahir McGee chose to call Olivia a whore this time round huh? I was waiting for it, and there it was. Told y'all.
Edison was so salty though, and I kinda get it, but then I don’t because nobody in their right mind would divulge the fact that they were sleeping with the president. Also, Olivia called off their engagement, and she didn’t string him along for too long, and I think she meant it when she said yes, but then she agreed to wait for Fitz, and we all know how that mess turned out. Edison and Olivia were so incompatible though. They just did not fit, and when you’re telling your guy about having Chinese Walls between you, there’s a serious problem. Sorry Edison, I didn’t feel you back in season two, and I don’t feel you now. I guess you’re better than Jake though, in that you haven’t physically abused her, so there’s that.
Also. I guess he did as he promised in the end and gave her a glowing personal testimonial on national TV. I’m still salty though. Edison, dude, she was way outta your league, you just need to deal with it. I noticed that he must have given somebody else his grandmother’s ring though because he had a wedding band on. Still didn’t stop him from being salty and petty, four years later. Ugh.
16. Cyrus giggling at the Edison interview like he was watching a spectator sport.
17. Olivia and Fitz watching the Edison interview, looking like an old married couple.
I love them. So much.
18. Fitz: "It can’t have been easy going to him.“
Olivia ”Hmm.. He called me a hypocrite.“
Fitz. ”But he did what you asked.“
Olivia: ”Even hypocrites get to call in their chits.“
Fitz: "It’s good. It changes the conversation. Those chits might have just saved us both.”
Seriously, I could literally stare at the both of them together all day long. I can’t help but love how much Fitz adores her. The romantic in me practically screams whenever he looks at her. There’s just so much adoration there. I’m telling you, their relationship is more or less the only reason I’ve kept faith with the mess that the last two seasons wrought.
19. Patty Snell.
I’m in love.
20. Patty: "What I want is to glue your hands to the podium and say that the president and his administration are cooperating fully with the committee and the investigations, over and over, a thousand million times. Sing it, yell it, don’t care, just as long as that’s it.“
I’m a fan. She’s the female version of Leo and I loved it. Although, when she had the bright idea of sending all the apparently pointless White House document files over to the investigators at the senate, I did wonder if that was going to come back and bite them in the ass. Well this is Scandal after all. Nothing is ever straight forward.
21. Mellie: ”But also it makes them look like they have something to hide. We should take these over to the senate gallery, hold a press conference and show the American people how scared and sneaky this White House is behaving.“
Good Lord, Mellie Grant has to be the dumbest person on this show. Is this supposed to prove how worthy of winning the presidential election she is? Do the writers think that that they are actually selling her smarts? She’s dumb as fuck and I can’t listen to her without wanting to choke the bitch.
22. Senator Gibson: ”I’m sorry, we?“
Mellie: ”Not just us, the whole committee of course.“
Women’s Caucus Lady: ”You do realize that you have to recuse yourself from this investigation.“
Mellie: ”Recuse myself?“
Gibson: ”Yeah, resign from the committee. The conflict of interest is as clear as day.“
Mellie: ”This investigation is far bigger than my relationship with the president. I represent the people of Virginia. You can’t expect me to step down from this.“
Caucus Lady: ”Mellie, you’re in the middle of divorcing the man we’re investigating, your presence on the committee would be highly…
Gibson. “a distraction. A sideshow. It would taint an already salacious…
Mellie: ”I am not some scorned woman bitching about my ex, I am a senator and a member of the judiciary.“
Gibson: ”As far as the American people are concerned, you are a scorned woman bitching about your ex.“
Mellie stays being dumb as hell for not realizing without being told what a conflict of interest her even being involved in the committee is. As for not being a scorned wife, that was the entire reason she decided to get involved in the impeachment in the first place. Idiot.
However, did y'all notice that the caucus lady said ”You’re in the middle of divorcing the man that we’re investigating?“ So the divorce is going through? Wooohoooo! About damned time.
Now I just need Fitz to take off that damned ring.
23. Leo: ”Wake her up, separate her from that presidential spoon and drive her out of bed.“
Lol. Leo was mad. As Liv herself would have been.
24. Noah Baker: ”The president liked it, and he did indeed put a ring on it.“
So somebody leaked the existence of Doux Bebe to the press. What I can’t figure out is how this made things worse for Olivia? What difference did it make? Why was she no longer ”Every Woman?“ She was still the same woman that the president was having an affair with. Surely the ring validated what she meant to Fitz? I need somebody to explain this crap to me.
25. ”What is the first rule? Your first rule?“
Olivia ”Do not lie.“
Leo: ”DO NOT LIE! Olivia Pope, woman of the people, she is gone, she is history. It’s time for Olivia Pope love struck teenager.“
Olivia: ”I can’t sell that.“
Leo: ”You will sell that! You will sit down with an interviewer of my choice and you will speak as if you were chatting with your bestie about your innocent and your uncontrollably doe-eyed love for the president of the United States. That is the plan, that is the only way to spin your way out of the diamond ring you neglected to tell me about.“
Lol. Leo was mad as hell. At least it wasn’t Vermont that was revealed. Now that would have been a nightmare for everybody.
26. Mellie basically crawling over to Cyrus’s house, looking all sorry for herself.
So she was the one who told the committee about Doux Bebe? I wonder how she even knew? Actually I don’t care how she knew. All I know is, instead of hiring herself somebody to work on her image, she went to Cyrus with her bottom lip dragging on the carpet. I can’t with her woe-is-me bullshit.
27. Senator Gibson and the Caucus Lady trying to blackmail Marcus.
28. The next scene after that one was Olivia going over to the Human Vibrator’ house, and I just didn’t give a shit about it, so I saw up to the point where Elise tried to make a point by kissing THV, I saw Liv’s non-reaction, and I just fast forwarded. Jake doubling up as Lyanla trying to fix Liv’s life isn’t what I watch this show for.
29. Marcus telling Gibson and the Caucus Lady that he wants to be a good citizen.
I didn’t think for one second that he’d sell Olivia out, but it was nice to get the confirmation of that later.
30. Olivia starting out the Noah Baker interview trying to be all girly.
Girl what are you doing? I cringed so hard.I have to say that’s a testament to Kerry’s embodiment of this character, that Liv trying to be all girly and cute just made me want to die of second hand embarrassment, considering that that is how Kerry herself is in real life.