You know… there are so few things that are actually worth the wait in life. The Dark Knight Rises was one of them. Babies can also be pretty cool. But otherwise, I can’t staaaand waiting… which is why it pained me to hear (after the last episode ended) that we would have to wait two whole, unbearable weeks for another episode of Shonda Rhimes‘s Scandal. Madness!!! However, this new episode was so ridiculously cray, on so many levels it was actually totally and completely worth the wait. Like, I needed all the drama, glory, and insanity that was these past two weeks so that I could mentally and emotionally prepare for this episode. So yeah, let’s recap this business inside!
Ugh! I love this show so much it huuurts! No, seriously. I mean, after last week’s episode all I wanted to know was WTF that roundtable (Olivia, Mellie, The Judge, Hollis, Cyrus) was all about. And I loooved that as soon as this episode started– BAM! There they were. We didn’t get all of our questions answered (like we ever would, with Scandal), but it was a great start to the show. Although I seriously missed President Fitz (remember he invited Liv to go with him on his trip to Japan and when she basically declined, he broke up with her… as if he could live without her, lol), it was kind of cool to see the cuteness popping off between Olivia and her ex-boo the Senator. He’ll make a nice rebound guy or whatever. Ouch. But yeah. In other cuteness, we also had Huck and his self-help group addict (as in, she’s seriously addicted to attending self-help groups), and David and Abby who are still doin’ the damn thing (did y’all see Abby‘s corset– crazy sexy, lol). But the absolute best romantic drama of the episode came from Cyrus and his husband James. I mean, do you love them or what?! First of all, let’s be real. You kinda forget that Cyrus is gay sometimes (which is brilliant on the part of Shonda Rhimes because it forces us to rethink our own prejudices and stereotypes). So when hubbie popped up and went back to work… OMG. It was amazing. He made him so cray Cyrus had to go kick it at Olivia‘s house just to recover. This moment was hilarious:
And the Gladiators had the ill case to take on with the Governor and his faithfully-challenged wife– loved this storyline (especially the revenge-y twist at the end). So let’s get to it! Oh, wait, can we just take a moment to acknowledge all the amazing 70s soul music that always gets played when the Gladiators start getting to work?
Okay. Thanks guys.
1. Ohhh So, That’s What This Roundtable Is All About!
The world of politics is stupid scary. And by ‘world of politics’ I mean ‘Hollis.’ When the episode opened up with Mellie freaking the freak out about the meeting, I felt like we knew everything we needed to know about the roundtable group. And by ‘everything’ I mean ‘very little,’ lol. But the important thing is that Mellie looked shook; she did not want to be in that meeting. It kinda reminded me of those few times we’ve seen Victoria Grayson looking scared on Revenge– you know it’s gotta be some serious ish for these ladies to lose their cool, lmao! And in this scene we also got to see that Hollis (the Southern gentleman) is really at the center of all the fear. When everyone kept yelling Hollis, you freelanced! I was like WTF?! WTF is freelancing, and when did it start sounding like blowing up offices?! This was also the moment when Olivia took control of the David Rosen situation, which seemed to surprise everyone. I think the general consesus is that Liv doesn’t eff around. And when she says I’ll handle it, you pretty much know that it’s about to go down.
Quote It: Now we can sit here all night twisting my nipples… (Hollis)
2. The Governor’s Wife Screams [Illegitimate] Rape
Aghhh! Why would she do thiiiissss?!?! So, Olivia gets called in to assist the Governor who ran against Fitz in the Presidential election. She, apparently, destroyed him in the election and now he needs her help to sorta, kinda cover up the murder of the man who was “raping” his wife… and by “raping” I mean “hittin’ that on the regs.” Anyway, I thought this was such a great storyline! Shonda Rhimes really took a risk, IMO, because this is such a big issue right now and there’s great sensitivity and concern for the issue of rape and the way it is understood in politics. So to have this plot centered around a woman lying about rape and then using it for her husband to obtain a certain political advantage? Crazy. But the craaaziest part was that they got Olivia involved just to get her back for those 4,359 votes they lost, LMAO! This dude knew about the affair his wife was having with their contractor the whole damn time.
Revenge-y like a mother****, right?!
Quote It: “Rape.” Such a gorgeous word (The Governor).
3. Huck Gets A Girl
So many of us have been rooting for Huck and we were all getting our ‘awwww’ on when he ended up holding hands with the chick from his AA meeting in the last episode. And now they’re officially dating! Cuteness! He was so annoyed when everybody started intervening, lmao!
And then they went on the cutest, creepiest, coolest date ever. Huck just needs a girl who understands that he likes to watch strangers having dinner together. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for? Seriously. Wait… what?
Quote It: Where do you… take women? (Huck)
You’re asking me where I put the lotion on their skin or else they get the hose again? (Harrison)
4. Cyrus’s Husband Has A Follow-Up Question
Damn Cyrus! You really shoulda given your hubbie that big fat baby he wanted. Now look at him– all up in your work space, lmao! I loved every second of these two on-screen together. We so rarely get to see them together but now that James has gotten his old journalism job back, I think he’s gonna make it a point to sort of punish Cyrus by screwing with the one thing he holds sacred– his j-o-b. How effing funny was their back-and-forth banter during the press conference; James had a question, Cyrus didn’t wanna answer, James had a follow-up question, Cyrus doesn’t do follow-up questions. They were so cute… and volatile, lol. Loved it!
Quote It: I’m working late, don’t wait up.
No, I’M working late, YOU don’t wait up!
Okay, and sidenote. How ’bout that moment when Cyrus went off on Mellie?! No one has ever been able to shut that woman down… it was kinda awesome, lol!
And soooo many Quote Its!
If your water breaks, change your pants and cross your knees.
You may be an animal, but I’m a monster (okay, Lil Wayne! i.e. Okay you’re a goon but what’s a goon to a goblin?)
Mellie, do not ever speak the word Defiance in my presence again.
Love Cyrus! Love Mellie! WTF is Defiance?! Aghh?!
5. Abby Is Goin’ Dooooown/Did They Seriously RIG The Election?!?!
Yo. I don’t wanna see the next episode. Like, seriously. I don’t wanna see Abby and Olivia going head to head. I DON’T. In a way, it’s almost like they’re too much alike (which is why they lurve each other). They’re both very confident, smart, and a little bit lonely sometimes, lol. So when Abby realized that Olivia had done David dirty (by setting up that bull-ish meeting with the phony contact) I felt kinda bad for her. Because she’s really feeling David… and she still has her own questions about Quinn and the bombing.
But Olivia… does not handle betrayal very well. And I do not wanna see how she responds to this. Did you see her face when she found out that Abby was snitching! Look up the phrase I’m About To Cut A Bitch in the urban dictionary and this is what you’ll see:
No definition. Just that face. Closed eyelids and all that. Abby‘s been feeding David information that is very specific to Olivia Pope & Associates so she’s gonna have some ‘splaining to do. Or Huck‘s gonna have to take care of her. One or the other, lol.
Now, about this whole election voting booth scam thing. WTF IS THIS?! I refuse to believe that Olivia did something… bad. She’s not… bad, right?! But remember when she and the Supreme Court judge were having their little heart-to-heart and the Judge was all like Hollis made dreams come true for all of us? I don’t know what these people are– they’re like the damn Initiative, lol. I can’t! And I just can’t believe that MY Olivia would have been caught up in some grimy ish. She’s the Ultimate Good Guy.
Quote It: I don’t like when the bad guys win (Olivia… see?!)
Can’t wait to hear what some of your fave moments were! And WTF do you guys think Olivia and the Roundtable have been getting into? And when’s Fitz coming back? Waaahhhh. Love him.
Oh, and good news! PITNBR Thomas sent me this link; Scandal is officially getting a full season (a total upgrade from last season’s 7 episodes), which means more episodes, more recaps, and more Kerry Washington face.