Here Are The Top 5 ‘YesPlease, MoreThankYou’ Moments From, ‘A Criminal, A Whore…’ Last Night’s Episode Of ‘Scandal’

Season 2, Episode 11

Do you know the love of my life had the nerve to call last night’s episode of Scandal a “throwaway” episode?!?! I was, like, THIS close to ending things with him right then and there, lmao. But then he explained that he thought the flashback episodes were good, but not always the biggest and best episodes of the show. As I’ve said before I loooove the flashbacks, and I really liked last night’s show because I love, love, love “meeting” the parents of my favorite TV characters (and of people, like, everywhere). Click inside so we can get this recap on and poppin’!

After last week’s episode we pretty much knew that Olivia and Senator Davis were DUNZO, and at the beginning of this episode I felt like they were still headed in that direction. But maybe we spoke to soon, ’cause a lot popped off  last night. One of the coolest things about the episode was the appearance of Fitz‘s Dad. LOVED every second of this! People get sooo insecure around their Dads and Fitz was just another kid, angry at his Dad and– simultaneously– totally in awe of him. It was amazing/hilarious/heart-breaking to watch.


 

We also got more background on the Defiance story. Interestingly enough, we’d never learned about how, specifically, the whole group decided to steal the election for Fitz and now we know. And, damn, it was intense! I think his is one of my favorite storylines ever in the history of everdom/television, because it poses a really difficult philosophical question: What if the American people don’t know enough to pick the right guy? Is their justification in the decision to falsify votes if that decision will ultimately put the best man in office? In other words, does the end justify the means? Tricky stuff…

Although I did miss Cyrus‘s hubby James (and that adorable bundle of baby from last week) I absolutely loved this episode. But I’m also a sucker for lurve, and their was a lotta sexy, sexy betwixt Olivia and Fitz in those flashback scenes… so let’s get to it!

Oh, wait– bummer news. In the middle of my second viewing (online), the ABC site went kaputz, so I didn’t get to grab all my screen shots :(  Y’all know I love me a good screen shot, so we’ll just have to make do with some other pics, lol.

The Top 5 ‘YesPlease, MoreThankYou’ Moments From ABC’s Scandal
Season 2, Episode 11: A Criminal, A Whore, An Idiot And A Liar

 

1. “5… 4… 3… 2… 1…” Olivia Gives The Best Break-Up Speech Ever

Right now I am freaking the freak out because, since the ABC site is not working, I can’t go back and watch the video, which means I can’t quote Olivia‘s break-up speech word for word! Agh! But I’ll never forget that, after the Senator asked her if she’d had an affair with the President, she lit’rally started a countdown of reasons as to why they were DUNZO… and she started at 5! That changed my liiiife, lmao! If I remember correctly, number 5 was that the question itself was sexist, and then yeah. She just went crazy from there. It was amazing! Although, she definitely never answered his question (and I really liked that he let her know that he wasn’t fooled), the fact that she flipped out like that only made her look more guilty. And truthfully, she is. Olivia Pope is, by many definitions, a criminal, a whore, an idiot, and a liar. We’ve seen her do some crazy ish on this show, but because her character is so well-written, none of those labels are quite enough for our Queen of the Gladiators.
 

2. Fitz And Olivia Always Mix Business With Pleasure… And It’s Always Awesome

OMG. I liiiiive for flashback episodes!!!! Sweet baby Jesus, did you see them getting it on and popping WHILE talking about Fitz‘s political future?! I love when they do that! Let me tell you… it’s vurrry difficult to get a guy to talk about his Daddy issues right before he… um yeah. And we saw Olivia do a similar thing in another flashback episode, where they were “working” on Fitz‘s Inaugural Address together… while, like… inside of each other, lmao! OMG, I’m such a sucker for these two and their ridiculous poli-sexual relationship. It’s amazing. And I think that the point is for us to understand that these two connect on pretty much every level. In this episode, Kerry was the only who could get Fitz to agree to letting his father get involved and you can see a real level of trust between them.

Although, it does need to be said that Liv and Fitz had a helluva awkward moment in the elevator. Nothing like a little sexual harassment from your boyfriend/boss/oh great, Mellie just saw everything and Kerry is so scandalous for completely playing it off like she was totally a victim. So yeah, there was that.
 

3. Fitz’s Dad Is Everything

I love other people’s Dads! OMG! A while back I was telling the love of my life that I kinda understood why Scandal hadn’t been nominated for an Emmy yet. I told him that the characters and the storyline were so intense, it was all a little unbelievable sometimes– even if it was wildly entertaining. But I also felt like, if they could introduce some family members the characters would start to feel more real. I was especially thinking of Kerry‘s character, but I was still psyched to meet Fitz‘s poppa in this episode. I’m telling you, everything gets explained when you meet someone’s Dad and/or Mom! Senior Grant was an accomplished politician, but his very existence and reputation worked against Fitz‘s campaign because he, simply, could not outshine his father. But we also saw that Senior Grant had his own personal issues, having been caught up in his own scandal, which prevented him from running for President himself. Watching all the Father/Son issues play out was really intense, and really enlightening. In a way, we can see Fitz as someone working against his father’s legacy and political tactics (which is why, in the end, he decided to run a clean campaign). But we also see certain connections– as both men entered into politics, and both were unfaithful to their wives (Senior Grant cheated with a prostitute named Hope… obviously).

Quote It: Keep Hope alive!
 

4. Cyrus Gives Another Great Speech… In Which He Compares Fitz To Jesus Christ

Y’all know I love when Cyrus starts speechifying! He lit’rally could have been a preacher or something. Hollis introduced Fitz‘s crew to the idea of tampering with the voting ballots in an Ohio county and, while no one was as gung-ho about it as Hollis, no one was more adamantly opposed (initially) than Olivia. I’m still really interested in finding out why Hollis wanted Fitz in office so badly, but I was excited to see how this plot first began to unfold. When Cyrus gave his speech to Olivia (while they were in that weird-looking hallway), and talked about how Fitz was the good guy, the guy who walked on water (and I even think he made some reference to the loaves and fish) I was like Oh boy! Here goes Cyrus on his other ish! But all those New Testament references totally worked; Olivia caved. Still, Cyrus made some strong points about who “the people” really are. When we say that the President must be chosen by “the people” what do we really mean? And why trust “the people”? Cyrus decided that he, along with Olivia, Hollis, Judge Verna, and Mellie were the real “people” and it was up to them to “elect” the President.
 

5. Fitz And Mellie Are… DUNZO?!?!

YOOOOOOooooooooo. First off, can we talk about how amazing Fitz was in this episode? In the flashback scene he definitely had many weak moments (especially when his father came into the picture), but the present-day scenes were a huge deal. Even the friggen Acting President had to BOW DOWN by the end of it. Like, two seconds after getting out of his coma Fitz was back in the office, trying to reclaim his throne. Against everyone’s judgement he sat in meetings and even held a press conference. The only person who didn’t seem to give an ish about his health was Mellie! And I know Mellie (rightfully) gets a bad rap, but damn! Somebody’s gotta watch the throne, lmao! Anyway, at the end of the episode as Fitz lay in bed, reeeeallly exhausted after that coma, all she could see was the political opportunity his assassination attempt and recovery had afforded them. When she told him that he could probably have anything he wanted, he said he wanted a divorce. BAM!

And then, of course, Senator Davidson popped back up and proposed to Olivia. Because, obviously.

Can’t wait to hear what you guys thought of the episode! Did you love?! Did you freak?! Do you die laughing every time we see Throwback Huck in that ridiculous wig and mustache?!


 

LMAO. Sigh. I love Scandal. Oh! And do check out this write-up on Scandal at the New York Times. My cousin Chandra, who is awesome, shared it the other day and sparked an interesting Facebook discussion about what the show is (or isn’t) doing with race, gender, and television.

Share:
| Posted under:
pink-is-the-new-blog
  1. i love throwback Huck.
    i dont know..i was 50/50 on this episode. it had a lot of weak moments. but the divorce & proposal should be interesting come next week.
    and here’s hoping next week has more Huck & Harrison, cause i missed them.

    • nicole, I missed our Gladiators too. My bff was also saying that she wasn’t in love with this episode– here’s hoping the drama picks up next week :)

  2. Whit

    Amazing recap as always, Shannon.

    I think next time I have to break up with someone I am definitely having a countdown. It was like Bey’s song,”Countdown” except in reverse relationship order!

    I don’t think Liv will say yes to that proposal. Also, I don’t know if the right time to ask someone to marry you after a series of being avoided, getting kicked out from places, and accusing your wanna-be- wife of having an affair with the leader of the free world.
    Also, while I love that Fitz asked for a divorce, he has to know Mellie is not going down without a fight. Also now more than ever with his accident he needs to keep up a pubic image, for whatever reason we as a country have never even considered a single president, most times the campaign and family values are so interlinked it’s hard to separate them. So at this point, he needs her and I think Liv will advise him of that.

    • Whit, thanks for this! I agree with you– The Senator’s marriage proposal is coming more from a place of desperation and fear of losing Olivia. I hope she doesn’t take it seriously.

      My bff said the same thing about Mellie– it’s not going down, lol! And you’re right, Liv tends to ultimately make decisions that keep him in the office, and keep him in good standing with the people. She, ultimately, wouldn’t want this for him either.

  3. Added to bucket list: Tell someone off in countdown form #thankyouscandal. I didn’t know that was missing in my life until now. Lol.

    Now how is Fitzgerald gonna ask the women currently pregnant with his child for a divorce. He straight knocked Millie off her cloud 9.

    I need to know why Hollis wanted Fitzgerald in office? I think there’s still a big piece of the puzzle missing Neil we get that answer.

    Great epi and even better recap. Thanks.

    • blaqfury, ‘even better recap’?! Don’t make me blush, lol :)

      That countdown was epic. I actually tell people off in countdown form all the time but I always start with one! (I got it from Renee Zellweger’s character in ‘Cold Mountain.’) Anyway, I’ll never do it that way again, LMAO!

      Hollis is the perfect villain. Nobody even seems to really question him on the show; I think people were legit afraid to find out why he was so interested in Fitz. But I hope we do learn more!

    • LaToya

      Well as for the baby Millie manipulated that situation and refers to it a America’s baby! America’s baby….the woman is crazy.

  4. bleedingEars

    This episode was important for ONE reason: we learned that Olivia had the final say on the election rigging. Fitz asked her if she felt he could win the Presidency and she said “yes, I believe in you”. But clearly not enough. Big trouble ahead.

    • bleedingEars, oooh I like this! I hadn’t thought of it that way– that Olivia was really in control and, therefore, kind of spearheaded the whole thing.

      Olivia and the other def believed that Fitz deserved to win and that he was the best man for the job. But you’re right– they knew he was going to lose.

  5. One of my favorite episodes!! But we all know Mellie will never go down without a fight!!

    I

  6. Why do I see a miscarriage in the future… or some type of complication with Mellie’s pregnancy!?!

    • naomi black, hmmm good point about the complication. I mean, I doubt that she’s just gonna give birth and everything’s gonna go smoothly. It’s Scandal!

  7. Samantha

    Died, done, finished. Me. Scandal is my TV Everything!

  8. Loved this episode and the recap. I am super bummed that we have to wait two weeks for the next one. Wah :(

    Obviously the Fitz and Mellie divorce thing is going to get super complicated, but I can’t blame him for asking. He almost died…I think that probably changes a persons priorities, etc.

Leave A Comment