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Thu
Apr 24 2014 2:00pm

18 Suggestions on How to Survive the Wait for Scandal Season 4

Now that we’ve made it through the third season of Scandal with our minds relatively intact, we’re suddenly left with a gaping hole in our Thursday nights for the next few months, not to mention the free time that we have not standing around the water cooler or on social media discussing what happened the week before. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of things you can do while waiting for Scandal to return in the fall.

1. Talk yourself into believing you can pull off a white hat.

Source: scorpiant.tumblr.com

[+More ideas on how to stay busy...]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 11:10am

Scandal Season 3, Episode 18 Recap: Elections and Aftershock

Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss any of our Season 3 recaps, including 3x103x113x123x133x14, 3x15, 3x16, and 3x17. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 18, “The Price of Fair and Free Elections.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal. Enjoy!

Put on your gym shoes and track shorts because this episode felt like an epic workout and it had the blood, sweat, and tears to prove it!

When the episode opens, the bomb is ticking and Fitz is still practicing his speech in his office. Papa Pope is being wheeled into the emergency room with multiple stab wounds, and Adnan is getting nervous that things aren’t going to plan to which Mama Pope tells her to chill and be patient. Jake is trying to call everyone to get them to clear the church, and this is all in the first 45 seconds of the show! (Warmed up yet? Let’s start power walking.)

Just when Cy is having an attack of conscience and is about to fill Fitz in on the fact that there is a bomb at the funeral he is supposed to be attending, Jake bursts into the Oval Office and announces that they have a “situation”.

While Liv is in the hospital waiting room, footage of funeral goers being quickly evacuated from the church is being reported live on television. Fitz is in the Situation Room with plenty of advisors—including Jake giving a guilty looking Cyrus the side eye—when boom goes the dynamite and the front of the church explodes. (And now we have the beginning credits, so let’s start jogging.)

[I got my running shoes ready...]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 10:45am

Scandal Season 3, Episode 17 Recap: You Dropped a Bomb on Me

Maya Pope in Scandal 3x17Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss recaps of 3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, 3x12, 3x13, 3x14, and 3x15. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 17, “Flesh and Blood.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal. Enjoy!

Howdy, Gladiators, welcome back! Last time, Liv had pulled the plug (literally) on B613 at exactly the wrong time, giving Maya just enough time to slip away unseen with a bomb that she plans to use to take out Fitz. Cut to Jake going practically postal and storming into OPA, putting Liv in a very “I know you didn’t just put your hands on me” choke hold.

Alrighty then. You got that one, Jake. That one. This week, we open with Liv out of her up-against-the-wall hold and she’s now in the main OPA conference room arguing with Jake about her poor timing and treason over taking out B613 when suddenly Fitz chimes in for them to hush it up with Cyrus by his side. Hmm, I’d like to know who called Fitz and how that hold would go over now? But I digress. These are scenes we are not privy to, so back to the matters at hand and Fitz is mad because Liv didn’t talk to him about her plans and Liv replies that she made the call because it was what he said he wanted. Then salty Jake jumped on in and doesn’t miss his shot to toss across the table that Liv slept with him the night before to put a tracker on his phone. Did you hear that, Fitz, yet another man sleeping with your other woman? And Boom.

[Buckle your seatbelts—here we go!...]

Fri
Apr 4 2014 10:29am

Scandal Season 3, Episode 16 Recap: Hard Decisions

Olivia and Fitz in Scandal 3x16Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss recaps of 3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, 3x123x133x14, and 3x15. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 16, “The Fluffer.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal. Enjoy!

This episode of Scandal was aptly named because it was a jaw-dropper! There was also a lot of hightailing it out of the room, so I kept count.

As the episode opens we see someone else sashaying down the halls with Cyrus Beene. It’s Abby, dressed in Olivia Pope white. (She looks good, too!) Cyrus, in disbelief, is grilling Abby about why Liv isn’t there. He also calls her Gabby, which unfortunately sticks to poor Abby the whole episode as she has interactions at the White House.

Cyrus pulls out his phone to call Olivia, and Abby reports to him that Olivia is only taking Abby’s calls and Abby better not call unless the White House is burning down. Shaking his head, Cyrus tells (G)Abby that he feels sorry for what’s about to happen in the next room.

[Hightail count: 0...]

Thu
Apr 3 2014 9:30am

Man Meddle Not with Me: Onscreen Cheating

Michael Fassbender in Jane Eyre

Cheating—is it ever excusable?

Many romance readers have reading dealbreakers, and one of the most mentioned dealbreaker is cheating in romance novels.

But (and you knew there was a “but”!), sometimes cheating is accepted by the reader because of its context. We had a post on adultery in romance, specifically historical romance, and we've also covered cheating heroes in contemporary romance.

Many of those close-to-acceptable situations have extenuating circumstances (in the historicals, the heroines are trying to have children, for example), but what if there is nothing close to a noble circumstance? Is it still possible to root for the cheaters?

[Maybe? Or not?...]

Fri
Mar 28 2014 11:27am

Scandal Season 3, Episode 15 Recap: You’re Either In or You’re Out

Quinn and Charlie in Scandal 3x15Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss recaps of 3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, 3x12, 3x13, and 3x14. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 15, “Mama Said Knock You Out.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal. Enjoy!

Hey Gladiators, when we last left off we were beginning a period of deep mourning for our friend, the lovable, if not all that bright at times, James. Taken from us way too soon by a power drunk, high on his own self-importance, “I am in command!” scream it from the rooftops, Jake Ballard.

[It's all over but the shouting? Not so fast...]

Fri
Mar 21 2014 12:06pm

Scandal Season 3, Episode 14 Recap: Plenty of Love Lost

Olivia and Cyrus in Scandal Season 3 episode 14Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss recaps of 3x06,3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, 3x12, and 3x13. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 14, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”

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Grab your wine bottle, your therapist’s number, and get out your tissues out—this one is a snot-fest.

When the episode opens, it starts where the cliffhanger ended last week. We see the distractingly handsome Jake take out three people; the big question was, who got shot, David or James? Turns out it was James. In a moment of sheer self-preservation, James bolts down the street, and Jake guns him down. Swinging his big gun to David’s face, Jake tells David that he always liked him, and asks him if he’s smart and if he can play ball—or does Jake need to stop liking him?

[Scary Jake is scary...]

Fri
Mar 14 2014 4:45pm

Mid-Season Television: What Are You Watching...and Who Are You Shipping?

Star Trek Shipping Gif

I don’t love the term “shipping,” but honestly, has the internet ever come up with a better shorthand for that fugue state which many of us fans of romance will suddenly find ourselves in, while watching a relationship play out in a TV show or film? You know how it goes: you fall for a couple so hard, ultimately it doesn’t matter anymore if the show’s creators want them together or not. Your heart and your head fill in the gaps. Now and then you get lucky—and your hopes for a pairing dovetail nicely with the actual show’s intentions. Every once in a while.

Yes. I’m sure all you H&H readers have been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. So often.

Once again, it is midseason TV time—a bucketful of shows are returning post-holidays and post-Olympics, and the networks are bringing us more new shows to sample as well. Here’s a rundown of some preferred lovers, love triangles, and some of the more addictive ships I plan to revel in this spring.

[Let's board this 'ship, shall we?]

Fri
Mar 14 2014 11:03am

Scandal Season 3, Episode 13 Recap: Hit Me with Your Best Shot

Olivia Pope in Scandal 3x13Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss recaps of 3x06, 3x073x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, and 3x12. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 13, “No Sun on the Horizon.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal. Enjoy!

Hey, Gladiators! So when we last left off it was a big smooch all around. Harrison was getting cozy with Adnan Salif, while Liv was all up in Fitz’s business having angry sex and shouting matches in a hotel room, as her fake boyfriend and the secret service pretend not to listen outside the door. Meanwhile, David tells Abby he loves her after getting thrown in a trunk and Mellie has does her own lip smacking with Andrew in the hall of first ladies past, making the ghost of Lady Byrd Johnson blush.

But now it’s a new night and we’re starting out with Jake sitting in his office doing a darn good impersonation of Norman Bates. He’s talking and going on about having no family and how it’s best for the job when you have none and no light on the horizon and on and on with vacant scary eyes and we don’t know who he’s talking to, if anyone at all. He’s just talking about now being the property of the US government and coming to work at Acme Limited and fake selling fake paper.

[Uh, Jake, buddy, let's get you some help...]

Fri
Mar 7 2014 1:49pm

Scandal Season 3, Episode 12 Recap: Lattes and Lovers

Mellie and Olivia in Scandal 3x12Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss recaps of 3x063x073x08, 3x09, 3x10, and 3x11. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 12, “We Do Not Touch the First Ladies.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal. Enjoy! 

As usual, this episode was a jaw dropper, so without further ado, let’s take a page from Fitz and Olivia and jump right into it!

When the episode opens, Fitz and Olivia are screaming at each other in a hotel room about Jake, who is standing sentry outside said room with Tom and some other secret service agents.  Fitz apparently didn’t appreciate Olivia bringing Jake to their rendezvous. Olivia reminds him that being seen going into a hotel by herself with the President looks kind of bad. He ups the ante and the volume by spouting nonsense about having a “fox” in his “henhouse.” Olivia informs him that she is no one’s hen and that her house is her own. So there!

[Check yourself before you wreck yourself, Fitz...]

Fri
Feb 28 2014 12:00pm

Scandal Season 3, Episode 11 Recap: Secret Affair Revealed!

Sally Langston in Scandal 3x11Hey Gladiators, we’re back! It’s been a long hiatus, but well worth the wait. When we last left off we were hanging by our nails and clutching our merlot. Let’s see; we had one dead Daniel Douglas Langston, a hacker with a tape of confessing Sally. Quinn tipping over on the dark side with creepy Charlie and Papa Pope out of a job after royally ticking off Fitz with the most epic dressing down ever. “You ARE a BOY!” So now we’re stuck with Jake in charge (I’d feel more confident with Charles) while Mama Pope is on the loose promising to drop back in “real soon.” These streets are not feeling safe for woman or Gladiator, but here we go…

We open, and our dear first lady, Mellie, is doing a fat two step into Cyrus’s office with the terrified declaration of, “She's running!“ And so it would seem that Sally Langston is making good on her threat to run as an independent against Fitz. It seems to matter not a bit that she not a minute ago literally stabbed her husband Daniel Douglas in the back and killed the man.

[Yes. LITERALLY...!]

Fri
Dec 13 2013 12:09pm

Scandal Season 3, Episode 10 Recap: Escalating Feelings

Fitz in Scandal 3x10

Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss recaps of 3x01, 3x02,3x03, 3x04, 3x05, 3x06, 3x07, and3x08. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 10, “A Door Marked Exit.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal.

Hey there, Gladiators, so we’ve successfully made it to the mid-season of Scandal with at least a bit of our minds left intact and for some that’s a very small bit at that. When we last left off, Quinn was nursing her sore mouth from Huck’s stint in dental college and on her way to see Rowan with yet another deadly needle, Mama Pope was leaving on a jet plane thanks to Liv and Fitz (though too bad Liv had a moment of revelation about five minutes too late and figured out mama ain’t all she’s cracked up to be) and then Sally was calling up Cy with a confession after just having offed dear old Daniel. There you have it.

Last night’s show opened just where we left off, with Sally and her confession and a flashback recap of the fight leading up to Danny’s offing. Sally is mad over Daniel’s transgression with James and giving him hell for it. The fight gets worse and worse. Calling James “poisoned fruit,” saying Daniel “unleashed a snake into their garden.” Sally is nothing if not on point with the metaphors. But ol’ Danny turned it around on her telling her she knew what she was getting into when she married him. That he sold his soul to her and got her where she was. Then Sally calls him “pretty and stupid.” Danny rebuts with she can’t be president because she doesn’t have the “balls” he has and he is done with her and well that is the last straw. He turns his back and Sally reaches for the letter opener. How about those balls now, Danny?

[“Never dis Sally,” is the moral here, I think...]

Fri
Dec 6 2013 12:39pm

Scandal Season 3, Episode 9 Recap: You Only Die Once

Huck, Jake, and Harrison in Scandal 3.09Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss recaps of 3x013x02,3x033x043x053x06, 3x07, and 3x08. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 9, “YOLO.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal.

Mama Pope lives and we celebrated by having one of the most exciting episodes yet of Scandal. Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

When the episode opens, Quinn finds herself in Huck’s spiderweb. She is naked and restrained by duct tape. Huck is describing in explicit detail everything he wants to do to her and how much he is going to like it. He hates how much he is going to enjoy torturing her, but can’t resist getting a taste of her fear by licking her face. Quinn is in hysterics, and we watch, wondering if Huck is just trying to teach her a lesson. He won’t really pull her teeth out, will he? Begging, Quinn repeats over and over again, “I’ll be good, I’ll be good!” Huck goes in to pull out the first tooth, and his cell phone rings. Saved by the bell! It’s Olivia and she is hiding behind a door, watching her mother pace in another room. She tells Huck that she is alive, and she is at her house. Huck tells her to get out immediately and get to the safe house—if Maya is there, then Command is coming. Huck laments having to leave Quinn before they really get down to business. He asks her to wait for him, then decides, “We have time for one. Let’s live a little. What’s that stupid thing the kids are saying? YOLO?” He reaches in with the extractor and you know it isn’t a test, you know it isn’t a joke, you know Huck is really pulling out Quinn’s teeth.

This was the first three minutes before the credits rolled. So it’s going to be THAT kind of episode? Okay, Shonda Rhimes.

[Better buckle up...]

Fri
Nov 22 2013 12:57pm

Scandal Season 3, Episode 8 Recap: Chew on This!

Olivia in Scandal Season 3 episode 8 Vermont Is for Lovers TooCan't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss recaps of 3x01, 3x02, 3x03, 3x04, 3x05, 3x06, and 3x07. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 8, “Vermont Is for Lovers, Too.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal.

Last week we all replaced our glasses of wine with glasses of whiskey. We found out a lot, characters found out a lot, and despite everyone’s shock, the world kept spinning.

This week was another heart-stopping episode, and full of mature content warnings that should have been around last week, but whatevs. When the episode opens, Mama Pope (isn’t that funny since she went by her maiden name?) aka Maya Lewis, is in her jail bed when Eli comes busting in. He tells her that Liv is asking questions, and so he is going to have her moved somewhere else, someplace else, far far away. Maya wants to see Olivia, and demands that Eli makes it happen. He hesitates, but refuses. She screams his name as he leaves her in desperation.

Stupid Quinn is in the car with Charlie, and he reminds her nicely what her job is—to report to him what’s happening at Pope and Associates. She can just pretend he is her boyfriend! Quinn isn’t so sure about that, but she isn’t refusing either. The Gladiators are already in battle mode; the death of the security guard has them chasing ghosts. They decide to get security footage from the surrounding areas since the building footage was swiped. Quinn looks like she is going to lose her breakfast and last night’s dinner when she opens a folder and realizes she is the perp the Gladiators are looking for.

[What kind of day has it been...]

Fri
Nov 15 2013 12:44pm

Scandal Season 3, Episode 7 Recap: Family Secrets Revealed

Mellie in Scandal 3.07

Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss recaps of 3x01, 3x02, 3x03, 3x04, 3x05, and 3x06. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 7, “Everything's Coming Up Mellie.”

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Hey, Gladiators, how goes it? When we last left off with Liv and the gang, Liv was in a tizzy and had dropped the bomb—so to speak—on Fitz that he’d been the pilot behind Operation Remington that killed her mother, and Fitz, being a good soldier and politician, pleaded the fifth on all counts, sending Liv into further fits.

This week it was a big old dysfunctional family reunion full of fabulous '90’s flashbacks as we opened with Mellie in the present day in the White House with a reporter doing an interview special giving a tour of the east wing. After some awkward moments and a bit of banter we see a flashback rewind of Mellie though the seasons and are then taken back 15 years to Fitz and Mellie waking up in bed together in Santa Barbara, California. They seem genuinely in love, and you have to hand it to Fitz, he seems to be able to rise to the occasion and look hot, no matter who the leading lady is in his scene.

[What a player!...]

Fri
Nov 8 2013 1:14pm

Scandal Season 3, Episode 6 Recap: Too Close to the Fire—You’re Gonna Get Burned

Olivia and Abby in Scandal Season 3 episode 6 IcarusCan't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss recaps of 3x01, 3x02, 3x03, 3x04, and 3x05. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 6, “Icarus.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal.

Last week left us with another jaw unhinging cliffhanger—Liv’s mom was on the plane that Fitz maybe shot down?

When this episode opens, we see Olivia frozen at her desk, flashbacks popping in and out of a young Liv (cute with giant glasses) and her mother (played by the fierce Khandi Alexander. What a fantastic choice!) at breakfast. Maya was rushing out the door to the airport. It was the last time Liv saw her. Outside Liv’s door, Team Gladiator is having a pow-wow. Abby and Harrison need Liv to choose a team; either she is running Fitz’s campaign or she is running the Marcus campaign, because they keep calling. Huck and Jake know she is going to need a few minutes to digest what they told her about Operation Remington. Finally, she snaps out of it, gathers her things, and leaves. On the way out, she tells Team Hake (Team Juck? No, I like Hake better) that there are only two people who can answer her questions. One is her murderous father, the other is the President...so she is on her way to the White House.

Sally Langston has invited Leo Bergen to her home to discuss campaign strategy. They come up with a cute plan—rile up the religious base, get them talking about Fitz’s penis problems. Who will they send out to calm those ruffled feathers? VP Sally Langston! But instead of ruffling those feathers, it’s her chance to spit some game in their ears about how awesome she is, and it's a pre-campaign trip that would be funded by the White House!

[Who could turn down that opportunity?...]

Fri
Nov 1 2013 12:37pm

Scandal Season 3, Episode 5 Recap: Secrets and Lies

Olivia in Scandal 3.05Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss recaps of 3x01, 3x02, 3x03, and 3x04. And now, let's dive into Nicole's recap of Season 3, episode 5, “More Cattle, Less Bull.”

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Hey there, Gladiators, so we’re back after the frightful night with Liv, Fitz and the Gang spent munching on leftover candy and gasping together in shock when it was revealed that no, it was not the Grim Reaper behind the door in the hall, but a just as scary Mellie decked out in satin and pearls. Could this be a Halloween prank? But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s go back to the beginning.

When we last left the gang, Huck was back on the assassination sauce and taking on Jake as his sidebar sponsor to try and get back on the straight and narrow. Meanwhile, Mellie was on the hooch. Quinn was on the outs. Liv was shaking like a scared baby bird and Fitz was playing Mr. Big Stuff and walking in on Big Daddy Rowan in his own B613 lair. Alrighty then, let’s see what’s doing this week.

[Guess who's coming to dinner?...]

Fri
Oct 25 2013 11:04am

Scandal Season 3, Episode 4 Recap: Your Lying Eyes

Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss recaps of 3x013x02, and 3x03. And now, let's dive into Nicole's recap of Season 3, episode 4, “Say Hello to My Little Friend.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal.

Last week we were all left sitting on our couches, desperately clutching our glasses of red wine, contemplating the desperate illusion of our lives.

This week, Olivia Pope said she wasn’t hearing that nonsense, and she wasn’t hearing anything the rapidly healed Jake had to say either. When the episode opens, Jake has decided to go back to his apartment, but Liv is worried about him. Jake is more worried about her; after all, he is a trained assassin. He tells her that Rowan will “slit her throat and drink her blood” if it will protect the Republic. Olivia is convinced her father wouldn’t hurt her that way—but she doesn’t want to court danger either. She tells Jake to keep his fancy ideas to himself, and that she is going to be a good girl and go to Sunday Dinners with her father. She doesn’t know him and she doesn’t know B613. (We’ll see how long that lasts.) Jake tried to lean in for a good-bye kiss, but got played instead.

[Oooh, burn...]

Fri
Oct 18 2013 11:50am

Scandal Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: No, Alice, This Isn’t Wonderland

Olivia and Jake in Scandal Season 3 episode 3Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss recaps of 3x01 and 3x02. And now, let's dive into Kwana's recap of Season 3, episode 3, “Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal.

Hey there, Gladiators. I hope you all are in one piece after last night’s explosive episode. When we last left our D.C. Do-Gooders, Olivia had just dodged the mistress bullet; gotten out of a near-death experience from the surprising clutches of Huck, who had just found out that her daddy, Rowan, was the top dog at B613; only to get home and have a battered and beaten Jake knock on her door and pass out in her arms. Whew!

This week’s episode opens where last week’s left off. It’s the morning after and Liv looks like she’s spent the night on the floor while she (no, it’s not creepy at all) watched a half-naked Jake sleep in her bed while she her mind wander. When we see Liv, her mind is wandering to Huck, but when she calls him, he has no time for Liv because he’s busy tailing her father, Eli/Rowan, whom he now thinks of as Command, a.k.a. Public Enemy Number 1. Huck is taking a personal day.

[So, just your average day in Scandal land?...]

Fri
Oct 11 2013 11:39am

Scandal Season 3, Episode 2 Recap: Balls of Fire

Olivia in Scandal's Guess Who's Coming to DinnerReady for an all-new season of Scandal? For a refresher and to speculate about the season ahead, be sure to check out Nicole Leapheart's post “Anticipating Scandal Season 3: Gladiators, Grab Your Wine Glasses” as well as Kwana Minatee-Jackson's recap of the Season 3 premiere. And now without further ado, Nicole's recap of Season 3, episode 2, “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.”

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Gladiators, I spent most of this episode with my mouth hanging open, so let’s get to it.

When the show opens, its 5 years ago, and 5-years-ago-with-bangs Olivia Pope has not yet met Fitzgerald Grant, but she does have a relationship with Homeless Huck who knows she has dinner with her father every Sunday because she brings him the leftovers. The family relationship is strained; “Eli” Pope commits to a sophisticatedly bland deception that he works at the Smithsonian, meanwhile the petulant Liv is still angry at her father for sending her to boarding school when her mother died. The tradeoff to rebuilding their relationship is that he pays for her law school loans and she comes to Sunday dinners.

[“Strained” seems like a nice way to describe things...]