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Fri
May 20 2016 1:00pm

Scandal Season 5 Finale Olake Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 5 Finale
Ship(s): Olivia/Jake (Olake)

Scandal Olake Heart-to-Heart

At the mid-season finale, Olitz was caput, Jake went home to Command, and Abby was just starting to properly fill the shoes of a White House Chief of Staff. Six months later, the Primary presidential race is on and it is dirty. (The team at Shondaland proved that truth was indeed stranger than fiction; at the Paley Center panel she confirmed that they had to go do quick rewrites when current presidential candidates actually said some of the over the top statements that were already part of Scandal scripts!)

The second half of this season introduced us to different versions of the characters we thought we knew so well. Olivia is a harder, colder Liv as she is still suffering from PTSD and her breakup with Fitz; Abby has realized how close she is to the power of the Oval Office and decides to make grabs for power, even if it means making an enemy of Olivia; Tom is sleeping with Cyrus (!), David is sleeping with Liz AND Susan, Mellie and Marcus have crushes on each other, and Jake appears to be domesticated under Command’s tutelage. There is never a dull moment in Shonda’s Washington.

[Never Ever...]

Tue
Dec 22 2015 5:05pm

Romance News: Top Shonda Couples + Alisha Rai Excerpt

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.**

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—Head to Shondaland...and E! to see if you agree with the ranking of all 63 Shonda Rhimes' couples. We don't know about you but we think Quinn/Huck deserve to be ranked a little higher. Catch up on Shonda Rhimes' hit show Scandal with Season 5 premiere and midseason heart-to-hearts from Nicole Leapheart. 

—Megan Frampton (H&H's former Community Manager) has a cover to reveal! Check out the cover for Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? then read the review for Megan's One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild before its release on December 29. 

—Alisha Rai gave us one of the most memorable lady billionaires, and now we're going to get Connor Campbell's (brother of A Gentleman in the Street's hero) story in Right Man for the Job. Read an excerpt from Chapter 1! See all Alisha Rai content on Heroes and Heartbreakers with our tag. 

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**Heroes and Heartbreakers is going on holiday! Today will be our last Afternoon Tea News Roundup until we return on January 4, 2016. See you in the new year!

Fri
Dec 4 2015 10:30am

Scandal Season 5 Midseason Heart-to-Heart: There Is No Us!

TV Recap: Scandal Season 5, Mid Season Finale "Baby It's Cold Outside"

TV Recap: Season 5x09 Midseason Captain's Log Olitz

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 5, Mid Season Finale “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Ship(s): Olitz

We have come a long way, baby since the “Heavy is the Head” season premiere of Scandal. Over the course of the season so far, Olivia has found out just exactly what that phrase mean as she and Fitz have been through quite a lot; here is the quick and dirty: First, footage of Olitz playing house in the White House is mysteriously released to Sally Langston prompting Olivia to admit she and the President are having an affair; Olivia and Fitz find themselves in the crosshairs of a scorned Mellie who has initiated an impeachment inquiry with the Senate judiciary committee; the Senate judiciary committee flips the script on Mellie and sets her up on the stand to start a complete takedown of the Grant family; Olivia is next to testify and she will either have to lie on the stand or refuse to answer questions...unless Olivia and Fitz get married in a quickie ceremony so she can’t testify against him. Out of the shadows comes Olivia’s father with another solution: release him from prison and he can pull out enough dirt on all the senators to shut the inquiry down. Olivia recruits Mellie to make his release happen and Mellie does with the caveat that Olivia helps her run for President; Papa Pope comes through, but Olivia can’t tell Fitz. Of course Fitz finds out about Eli’s escape and sends Jake to “take care of him” while Olivia is taking on First Lady duties that are boring her to tears, which brings us to “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. (That was a mouthful!)

[Everything falls apart and comes together at the same time ...]

Fri
Oct 30 2015 4:12pm

Romance News: Charlaine Harris’ Midnight, Texas Series Tapped for TV

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine HarrisSookie Stackhouse creator Charlaine Harris has another book series in development for TV. Her Midnight, Texas, series—which executive producer David Janollari told Entertainment Weekly has “great secrets and great romantic entanglements happening with this big mystery backdrop, though it's the supernatural that will scare the hell out of you”—could be hitting the screen in fall 2016, though it's very early days. Feeling out of the loop? Read Carol Malcolm's take on the first book in the series, Midnight Crossroad. Then weigh in here: Did you like the way the Stackhouse series ended? How about True Blood? Would you give this series a shot?

Tiffany Reisz's The Bourbon Thief details are emerging ahead of the book's June 28, 2016, release. Here's the official description:

A forbidden love affair between a teenaged bourbon fortune heiress and the illegitimate son who should have inherited it all and the dark family secret that threatens to tear them apart...

The Bourbon Thief is a story of revenge, betrayal, lust, and bourbon inspired by real events in Kentucky history.

Looking for more on Reisz? See why she made Jennifer Porter's list of 10 erotic romance novels you should read.

Halloween candy in your near future? Find out which wines pair best with Skittles, M&Ms, Snickers, candy corn, and more with this rad candy & wine matchmaker infographic. And do not forget to stop by our no-costume-required Halloween sweepstakes for the chance to win a bucketful of paranormanal romance novel treats.

[+Diana Palmer deal, #FallBackinTime, Scandal High...]

Fri
Sep 25 2015 11:00am

Scandal 5x01 Heart-to-Heart: Liv-ing in the White House?

Scandal 5x01 Olitz

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 5, Episode 1, “Heavy is the Head”
Ship(s): Olivia/Fitz (Olitz)

Scandal 5x01 Captain's Log for Olitz

In the Season 5 opener of Scandal, Olivia and FItz are living one of their fantasies out in in technicolor. With Mellie kicked out of the White House, Liv has been sleeping over with Fitz. A lot. And judging by her reactions, Fitz really really really (no, REALLY) knows what he is doing in bed. As usual with Olitz, Olivia knows the best course of action for their relationship is to play it slow and steady for the long haul; Fitz is the emotional (read: spoiled) one who can’t bear to live his life unless it’s on his terms. Besides all of the sneaking around that Olitz has been doing, Fitz has been courting the nation of Caledonia to put an American naval base there. It also happens to be a monarchy that an American married into and became a princess with Grace Kelly-like fame. Unfortunately during the royal visit to America, Princess Emily’s story took a tragic Princess Diana turn, and she was killed in a car accident. The queen hired Olivia to make the spectacle as small as possible.

[You do your job and I'll do mines ...]

Fri
May 15 2015 11:00am

Scandal 4x22 Heart-to-Heart: Sunny Days

Scandal 4x22 Finale Olitz

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 22, “You Can't Take Command”

Scandal 4x22 Liv/Fitz Captain's Log

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 22, “You Can't Take Command” 
Ship(s): Liv/Fitz

There’s an old saying that goes, “be careful what you wish for because you just might get it,” which pretty much sums up my feelings after last night Scandal season finale being the big old cheerleader for Team #Olitz that I am. But before I get into my feeling at the end of the episode let me do a quick backtrack and take you through my journey to the sunny side of the street.

The episode opened where we left off the week before with Mellie as the fox caught in Papa Pope’s trap. He was disguised as a big money donor and going under the name Damascus Bainbridge when he handed Mellie a file that held all her and Fitz’s dirty little secrets. In exchange for his silence he told Mellie that all he wanted was a list.

We then see Jake testifying under oath to David in a courtroom about B613. He’s spilling his guts while the jury looks on. While this is happening Liv sits outside the courtroom and thinks over her years with Fitz. She then calls him and tells him how proud she is of all he’s done with Mellie and her campaign. There is a nice mention back to Clarence Parker and his episode when Fitz says he’s signing the Brandon Bill into law. I love that the writers did not drop the ball on that very important episode. Fitz and Liv have their usual intimate and low key sexy banter but Liv is sad and Fitz picks up on it. When Liv says goodbye to Fitz this time it really does feel like a goodbye.

[No more standing in the sun for Olitz.]

Fri
May 8 2015 10:45am

Scandal 4x21 Heart-to-Heart: On the Mend

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 21, “A Few Good Women.”

Show/Episode: Scandal, Season 4 Episode 21, “A Few Good Women”
Ship(s): Mellie/Fitz, Olivia/Jake (Olake)

When the episode opens, Jake is recuperating at Liv’s apartment. Jake is plenty smart and knows that Russell is probably on ice somewhere but Liv isn’t talking. Their morning interactions are downright domestic considering he is recovering from a massive knife attack at the hands of Russell. She makes sure he is comfortable, deftly avoids all of his questions, and pretends to leave. What she actually does is go across the hall. Liv has left Russell in the capable hands of Huckleberry Quinn who are taking turns and having a good time trying to get the answer to one simple question: What is Foxtail? Russell, however, isn’t talking. Also, Huck was really getting turned on by watching Quinn work.

[An unconventional office romance...]

Fri
Apr 24 2015 12:00pm

Scandal 4x20 Heart-to-Heart: Hey, Foxy!

Scandal 4x20 Come in Russell, my darling.

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 20, “First Lady Sings the Blues.”

Scandal 4x20 Liv-Russell-Jake Captain's Log

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 20, “First Lady Sings the Blues” 
Ship(s): Liv/Russell/Jake

So it’s just another workday and Quinn comes in to OPA, puts the papers down, and starts the coffee, only to find Jake bloodied and laid out the conference room table. Gah! “Jake is DEAD!”

But wait, in comes Huck, going straight to stealth mode and doing his best Grey's Anatomy impression. Huck gives Jake a quick assessment, declares that yes, he's pretty stabbed up, but he's still warm, and then… Wham! A well-placed punch to the chest and Jake is sucking in air again. Huck, your talents know no end.

The team now complete with Liv and David, they all decide—against David’s wishes—not to call an ambulance but instead to take Jake somewhere secret to patch him up. Once at their secret warehouse location they get Charlie to call on a shady surgeon friend to help Jake.

Meanwhile, Mellie is now on the campaign trail in Virginia and saying all the right things. Too bad Sally now has her own watchdog show, “The Liberty Report,” and is on television punching holes in Mellie’s well-crafted campaign.

[Mellie for what, again?...]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 11:05am

Scandal 4x19 Heart-to-Heart: Time for Team Ralex? We Think Not!

Show/Episode: Scandal, Season 4, Episode 19, “I’m Just a Bill
Ship(s):
Olake, Ralex?

Scandal 4x19 Captain's LogNote: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 19, “I'm Just a Bill.”

When the episode opens, we pick up right where we left off in the last episode with the sexy but mysterious Russell standing at the front door with Rowan in tow. Apparently Papa Pope drugged him so that he and Liv could have a private conversation about getting her assistance in shutting down the B613 legal case. Poor Russell was laying face down on the floor as Rowan laid out two options for Olivia; shut the case down or take him on as a client. When Liv refused to back down, Papa went on a tirade, as he is wont to do, and read Olivia cover to cover. Didn’t she realize how this would affect “him” (Fitz)? Unfortunately for Olivia she has no poker face with her father. As Russell starts to come to, Rowan leaves a burner cell phone on her table and gives her a timetable of forty-eight hours to come to a decision about shutting David Rosen and crew down. As he leaves, he lets us all know that Russell is lucky to have been given a mild sedative he could wake up from instead of a permanent go-night-night-forever drops. Flustered but always thinking, Liv quickly cuts Russell’s duct tape restraints and pretends that they had way too much wine together and fell asleep on the floor. Russell is disoriented and confused, especially when Liv tells him they were singing and dancing together. (Girlfriend, that was you and Jake. Get it right!) But she puts him, and another crazy day, to bed.

[Oy vey, what a day...]

Fri
Apr 3 2015 10:45am

Scandal 4x18 Heart-to-Heart: The More You Know...

Liv in Scandal 4x18Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 18, “Honor Thy Father” (Spoilers, natch)
Ship(s): Olivia/Jake

Scandal 4x18 Captain's LogAnd we left on such a high last week all full of hope for Cyrus and his lovely new forced union. We were all a shivers with dreams of rose petals and whispers of “sweet baby” to get us through the week. So how did we go from there to here?

This week it would seem the romance is gone. David has once again strapped on his non-existent holster and put on his white hat and is expecting everyone else to fall in line with his plan to bring down B613. Well, too bad that Jake is not ready to line up like a good little solider and he threatens David with a swift arm-twist to prove his point.

Not giving up David recruits Quinn, Huck and Charlie to pull in other old B613 agents to offer them immunity in order to get them to testify. It’s all very shadowy, that is until the old agents Max, Margo and Simon reveal themselves to be not as quick on their toes as they used to be. They are set up in a safe house until David can gather a secret grand jury. The only problem is his plan is not so secret. He’s talking really loud in a room that Jake has bugged and Jake is listening to all their plans at some secret location. This surprises no one since we know that Jake loves to secretly spy on people.

[Keep spying you spy...]

Fri
Mar 27 2015 4:34pm

Scandal 4x17 Heart-to-Heart: ’Til Death Do Us Part

Michael in Scandal Season 4, episode 17Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 17, “Put a Ring on It” (Spoilers, natch)
Ship(s): Michael/Cyrus, Olivia/Fitz (Olitz)

Captain's Log for Cyrus and Michael in Scandal 4x17Washington D.C. is the city that never sleeps when it comes to political sex scandals, and for Cy, Olivia, and Abby to all get a call at 4 a.m. just can’t be a good thing. It was, in fact, a terrible thing because Cy’s aimless fiance Michael the Sex Worker just got rip roaring drunk and made out with a stranger at one of the most notorious gay bars in D.C. Liv and company are in full fixer mode. The quickest fix? Get Cy and Michael married quick, call the bar indiscretion a wild bachelor party, and change the conversation. Great, no problem, except Cy is having an existential crisis about getting married again, especially to Michael, whom he has vilified to the point of infamy.

Olivia goes to Mellie and pitches the idea of a White House wedding to her. It would be a chance for Mellie to separate herself from the President as she acts in her own interest, and make her more appealing to Democrats who are in support of gay marriage. Michael seemed like a deer caught in headlights when he found out that his parents were invited to the wedding. He made a personal plea to Cyrus to reconsider inviting them, but Cy brushed him off. The wedding was a perfect plan until Sally Langston, who is a talking head with over three million viewers, has caught a scent on Cy’s sham of a marriage and is planning to pay serious money to anyone who can prove it. Liv asks Michael point-blank if there is anything they need to know, and he tells them he is “clean.” Oh, Michael, you idiot.

[Yet the show—and a wedding—must go on...]

Fri
Mar 20 2015 11:25am

Scandal 4x16 Heart-to-Heart: Hey Sailor

Abby and Olivia in Scandal 4x16Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 16, “It's Good to be Kink” (Spoilers, natch)
Ship(s): Fitz/Jake, Abby/Leo, with mentions of Olivia/Jake, Olivia/Fitz

Scandal 4x16 Captains LogAhoy there Gladiators! Anyone else feeling the need for a life raft today? I know I sure do. Right now I’m feeling like I’ve been set emotionally adrift with no easy way back to shore.

When we last left off it was with Huck turning states evidence and spilling the beans on B613 so that he can finally get some closure with his wife and hopefully get his life back. We also had a small bit of hope when Liv packed up her stained couch cushion and sat ready to indulge in a huge bowl of popcorn and a monster glass of wine that she too would be moving on.  

But nuh uh. This week things took yet another turn with the show opening with our Super Gladiator/ Press Secretary, Abby having a big ol row with Leo over a hot new tell proposal that was making the rounds to publishing houses in which Leo is highlighted in one of the chapters as “The Dustbuster”. I’ll hangout her for a moment while you go look that reference up…. Are you back and have the images been burned into your brain? Grrrreat.

[Once you've seen, you can't unsee...]

Wed
Mar 18 2015 3:43pm

Romance News Roundup: Sleepy Hollow Renewed for Season 3 and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Ichabod and Abbie hug in Sleepy Hollow Season 2Sleepy Hollow has been renewed for a third season! (Go ahead. Hug it out. Ichabod and Abbie would approve.) For a refresher on the most recent episode, which featured some lovely Ichabbie moments, peruse our Season 2 finale recap.

—Deal Alert: Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway's The Lady Most Likely: A Novel in Three Parts is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailer sites such as iBookstoreAmazon, and Barnes & Noble. Of course, we also have plenty of posts on Quinn, James, and Brockway, including a First Look at their jointly written romance A Lady Most Willing.

Scandal's Guillermo Diaz (Huck) was very cute as the guest DJ on Ellen yesterday. We're all about Scandal here, if you couldn't tell.

Fri
Mar 13 2015 11:14am

Scandal 4x15 Heart-to-Heart: Testify My Love

Liv is not okay in Scandal 4x15Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 15, “The Testimony of Diego Munoz”
Ship(s): Abby and Leo, Olivia and Fitz, Huck and Kim

Scandal 4x15 Captain's Log**Note: There be spoilers ahead**

This episode truly belonged to Abby and Leo (or Reo as the internets are calling them, for Red and Leo.) When Susan, Fitz’s Vice Presidential pick, flubs her first press conference with a snort and giggle heard around the world Cyrus wants to bring Olivia in to fix it. Olivia is still huddled in a corner at her apartment with a metaphorical “Closed” sign planted on her door, so they move on to the other fixer they know, Leo Bergen. While Olivia is trying to get over her ordeal, Rose (Marla Gibbs) comes back knocking on her door asking for help in trying to find her friend Lois that was killed when Liv was kidnapped. Her desire to help Rose and find some closure for herself and Lois has her setting her last two full time Gladiators on finding Lois’ body.

Meanwhile Leo and Abby are working closely with Susan to polish her up for the Senate confirmation hearings. Her initial poor showing has the talking heads’ tongues wagging in disdain, but Leo Bergen is on the case and he is a hard ass. He is relentless in his drill sergeant tactics in shaping Susan up, who is becoming obviously weary in the process. Not weary, however, is Abby who is getting hot and bothered every time she and Leo clash, agree, or are neutral in their handling of Susan. Even Cyrus gave Abby a knowing look when she breathlessly defended Leo’s tactics to him.

[A little too vocal of a defense?]

Fri
Mar 6 2015 12:10pm

Scandal 4x14 Heart-to-Heart: The Mirror Has Two Faces

Liv at a crime scene in Scandal 4x14Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 14, “The Lawn Chair”
Ship(s): Liv/Marcus Walker, with mentions of Mellie/Fitz

Scandal 4x14 Captain's LogNote: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 14, “The Lawn Chair.”

Good day Gladiators, so nice to see you all back again. When we last left off, Liv was fresh back from the virtual auction block, saved by her good friend Abby and ex-Gladiator Stephen. She was clearly not feeling like herself (a bit too much in my opinion), and lashing way out at Fitz for doing exactly what she said he would do and going to war to save her. Who knows, maybe it was the few flat-iron-free days that sent Liv over the edge. Either way that whole blow up worked my very last nerve.

Coming into this week, though, we were smacked dead on with an episode that was quite the departure from what we are used to. Our Dear Ms. Rhimes went and stepped full on into the of-the-moment cultural arena, with Liv being called down to fix a situation where an officer had shot an unarmed teen, Brandon Parker, on a DC street. The teen’s father was now standing over his body with a shotgun, demanding justice. From the very start, my stomach was twisted into knots as thoughts of Ferguson, riots, and lives taken way too soon pricked at skin.

[Straight from the headlines...]

Fri
Feb 20 2015 11:45am

Scandal 4x13 Heart-to-Heart: Returning the Favor

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 13, “No More Blood”
Ship(s): Olivia/Stephen, with reference to Olivia/Fitz (Olitz) and Olivia/Jake (Olake)

Olivia and Stephen Scandal 4x13 Captain's Log**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 13, “No More Blood.”**

As the episode opens, Olivia is still. In. Captivity. Gus and his cronies are about to deliver her to Iran, but Olivia’s expertise in Farsi thwarts that plan, so the jerk patrol takes Liv back to be auctioned off yet again. Over the past few episodes different people have risen to the challenge to rescue Liv, and Olivia certainly has continued working to save herself as well. This week belonged to the pit bull that is Abby Whelan. As a (former) Gladiator she has been shut out at Pope and Associates, and as the White House Press Secretary she does not have the government clearance to be in the inner circle to find out information about Olivia’s situation.

[But Abby has ways, we're sure...]

Fri
Feb 13 2015 11:45am

Scandal 4x12 Heart-to-Heart: Who’s the Highest Bidder?

The Gladiators in Scandal 4x12Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 12, “Gladiators Don’t Run”
Ship(s): Fitz/Mellie, with mentions of Liv/Fitz

**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 12, “Gladiators Don't Run.”**

I would have loved to ship Liv and Fitz this episode, but Liv being in her unfortunate captive situation and not even given a phone this episode to share a breathy “hi” with her amore, it just couldn’t be done. But Liv’s departure from the scene has brought upon us the old but unlikely ship of Mellie and Fitz. Now before you go and start throwing tomatoes give me a chance to make my case.

The show opens with Abby sitting in everyone’s favorite DC park, holding two coffees while she waits for Liv. When Liv is a no show and she doesn’t answer her phone Abby decided to check Liv’s apartment. When she gets there and sees the obvious disarray—not to mention the wine stain on the couch—she knows there's a problem. Abby goes to Huck and Quinn for answers but they rebuff her, telling her she’s not a Gladiator anymore. That’s cold.

[Real cold...]

Thu
Feb 12 2015 6:05pm

Read If You Like...Television-to-Book Edition!: Roswell, Scandal, and The Walking Dead

Touched by an Alien by Gini KochAs romance fans, we look for the romance no matter what form it takes—books, TV, movies. We've assembled a list of some favorite (and wildly divergent) TV shows, and want to suggest some books to read to further quench your desire for more in that style.

Roswell:

If you were a teen in the late 90s you may have been among the many who loved the romance between Max and Liz, the alien and the human. Heck, I’m longer a teen and I’m still hooked on watching the seasons over and over again on DVD. In high school I was obsessed with the show and adored the bad boy Michael, who  was my first real bad boy crush. I’m always on the hunt for books with some alien romance, that excitement of the unknown mysterious guy from another world. So I created a list of my favorites—if you liked Roswell, check out these titles below.

Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

This series is addicting, full of kick butt action led by he female lead Katherine “Kitty” Katt. Kitty is a tough cookie who ends up battling aliens and working with some smoking hot Armani wearing aliens. Koch has a wonderful sense of humor, her characters are memorable, and the romance will make you swoon.

[We like to swoon! We'll get our smelling salts and fainting couch ready...]

Fri
Feb 6 2015 11:43am

Scandal 4x11 Olitz Heart-to-Heart: “Hi”

Fitz in Scandal season 4, episode 11Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 11, “Where's the Black Lady?”
Ships: Olitz (Olivia/Fitz)

**Note: This post contains spoilers on all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's 4x11, “Where's the Black Lady?.”**

Olivia and Fitz-focused Captain's Log for Scandal 4x11Considering the way this episode ended, this could have been an opportunity to ship Olivia with Ian, but quite honestly there was zero chemistry there to do it. Olivia is always looking for the man who calls the shots and we all know that ain’t Kidnapper Ian.

When the episode opens, Fitz is ready to use every resource available to him (which is a lot of resources) to find Olivia. However several Secret Service agents file into his office and inform him that they, as well as employees in all level of service to the President, are watching his every move. As long as he gives the Vice President the war in West Angola that he wants, Olivia will be just fine.

[No pressure, Fitz...]

Fri
Jan 30 2015 12:20pm

Scandal 4x10 Heart-to-Heart: Liv-ing La Vida Loca

Liv gets taken in Scandal 4x10Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 10, “Run”
Ships: Olivia/Fitz, Olivia/Jake, Liv/Liv (a girl's gotta depend on herself, this episode!)

Scandal 4x10 Captain's Log**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's, “Run.”**

It’s been a long cold winter as we sat and waited for the return of Scandal. When we last left off Liv had just declared to Jake over wine and Stevie Wonder that she was choosing Fitz and Vermont AND walking in the sun with Jake but over all that she was choosing herself. Huh? Ok then. Let’s dance about it.

This episode picks up where the last left off with Liv and Jake were cutting it up on her makeshift dancefloor and about to make love on her piano when Liv sends Jake for blankets and a pillow. During Jakes brief run to the bedroom someone, in cahoots with VP Andrew who is unveiling his evilness to Fitz, slips into the apartment and grabs Liv.

We get Liv’s capture from all possible angles and we even get a super slow motion recap of it that shows the masked culprits didn’t actually run off with Liv as was originally thought but instead they grabbed her and pulled her into the apartment of the neighbor across the hall. Pretty slick move kidnappers.

[We don't approve of your slick moves, though!]