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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
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 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 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...]

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 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...]

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!]

Fri
Nov 14 2014 11:45am

Scandal 4x08 Olitz Heart-to-Heart: You Dropped a Bomb on Me

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 8, “The Last Supper”
Ships: Olivia/Fitz, Olivia/Jake, Mellie/Andrew, Cyrus/Michael

**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's, “The Last Supper.”**

Here we are with only one episode left before the mid-season finale of Scandal and it’s literally as explosive as the promos said it would be. The episode opened right where it left off last week with Fitz, Liv and Jake—the world’s most uncomfortable threesome—in Fitz’s underground Bunker. Jake was fresh from being on lock down, so feeling, I guess, a mite testy. Going on to Fitz about calling him ‘Captain Ballard’ or some such nonsense to make himself feel more important, trying his best to secure a position as the alpha in the room when clearly the pecking order went: Liv, then Fitz, then speakerphone, then chair and then maybe Jake. But whatever floats your boat, Captain Ballard. The three went back and forth for a bit to come up with a plan to get to Rowan, which included keeping Jake on lockdown while using the secret B613 files. 

[There's a lot going on...]

Fri
Oct 10 2014 11:20am

Scandal Season 4, Episode 3 Recap: Stick a Pork in It

Olivia and Papa Pope on Scandal 4x03Can'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 our previous recaps and posts on Scandal. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 4, episode 2, “Inside the Bubble.”

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

Hey there, Gladiators, seems were getting thick into it now. When we last left Pope and Associates, Fitz was delivering kick butt speeches, Mellie was falling apart, Abby was still Gabby, some oddly chiseled jaw gigolo was trying to pick up Cyrus, David was all about that blackmail and Liv was showcasing her boots to their best advantage… around Jake’s hips. 

[That might have been a major highlight from last week...]

Fri
Sep 26 2014 1:00pm

Scandal Season 4 Episode 1: Liv’s Back, Gladiators!

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 our previous recaps and posts on Scandal. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 4, episode 1, “Randy, Red, Superfreak, and Julia.”

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

And we’re back, Gladiators! We made it through the summer and fall is finally here. When last we left Olivia Pope and Associates, shoes were dropping, fans were being hit, first sons were being assassinated, Presidents were crumbling, and Liv, well, Liv was jetting off to parts unknown with creepy (but hey, still dreamy and hot) Jake because you know…Liv. 

[Crazy, sexy, cool?]

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 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
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 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
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...!]

Mon
Dec 23 2013 2:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best of 2013, Day 3

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae CarsonMay old friends be forgot? We don't think so! We're celebrating our favorite reads with four days of the Best of 2013. We asked our bloggers for their favorite books of 2013, with one stipulation, they had to be new to them and not necessarily new to 2013. We know we got a few recommendations to add to our to be read piles and it's a great way to feed those readers you hopefully get for Christmas!

Check back every other weekday between now and Christmas for all of the blogger recommendations! See the picks from Day 1Day 2, and Day 4.

Rae Alley:

Bitter Kingdom (by Rae Carson) would be my top read. It's billed as a YA, but like so many YA titles lately it isn't just for young adults. There's a bit of finding yourself and making sure you know your purpose in the world throughout this book (and the previous two in the trilogy) but what was interesting to me was seeing how we got to the happy ever after for our heroine and her captain. You start the novel with her running to his rescue and him unaware of whether or not she really is coming to save him as it might mean her trading places with him and how does he really feel about that...and this pace of action stays throughout.

[Action-packed is the way we like it!...]

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
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.”

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

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 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.”

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

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 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?...]