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Fri
Apr 11 2014 10:45am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 4 2013 11:08am

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal Season 3 episode 1Ready for an all-new season of Scandal? For a refresher and to speculate about the upcoming season, be sure to check out Nicole Leapheart's post “Anticipating Scandal Season 3: Gladiators, Grab Your Wine Glasses.” And now without further ado, Kwana Minatee-Jackson's recap of the Season 3 premiere of Scandal, “It's Handled.”

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

It’s been a long time, my friends. We’re all a little older and I’m just a tad bit rusty, but it’s all right. Like riding a bike, lacing up your Gladiator sandals is something you never really forget, so let’s get to Gladiating…

When we left our dear friends in D.C., there was all sorts of turmoil in the lives of Olivia, Fitz, Mel and Gang.

Fitz was still lost in love (reality TV and Jack be damned), but Liv was standing strong in her 'get this life back on track' plan after finding out that Fitz sent Verna to the grave faster than she was intended to go. The season came to a heart-thumping halt, with Liv being outed to the press and ambushed in front of her home, only to be swept into a waiting car and coming face to face with the leader of B613, her dear old dad, Rowan. Now how’s that for a family reunion?

[What's next?...]

Fri
May 17 2013 10:04am

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal 2.22, White Hats Back OnThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 2 finale, episode 2.22, “White Hats Back On.”

(Need a refresher? Check out Kwana's recaps of episode 2.12episode 2.13episode 2.14episode 2.15episode 2.16episode 2.17episode 2.18episode 2.19, episode 20, and episode 21.)

*****SPOILERS*****

Hey, Gladiators, are you with me? Sure you are! Bleary-eyed, certainly, but you’re here. Cheers to you! You went to Shondaland, you rode all the rides, and you made it out to tell the story. Today’s season finale recap is going to come at you a little fast, but like Quinn, you’re no longer a wide-eyed virgin, so I’m thinking you can handle it. You’ve proven you like to play it a little fast and loose, so let’s go.

The show opened up where we left off last week with the Gladiators coming to terms with Billy Chambers being the mole and a quickie recap of the life and times of good 'ol Billy. Sort of like a video Holiday update, but more entertaining with murder and mayhem. “If you want someone killed right, you’ve got to kill them yourself,” Huck says.

[Annnnnd Huck gets the side-eye...]

Fri
May 10 2013 11:11am

Olivia and her gladiators in Scandal 2.21This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 2, episode 21, “Any Questions?”

(Need a refresher? Check out Kwana's recaps of episode 2.12episode 2.13episode 2.14episode 2.15episode 2.16episode 2.17episode 2.18episode 2.19, and episode 20.)

*****SPOILERS*****

Hey #Gladiators, how are you all doing? Me? I’m feeling used, and no, not in the ‘good morning after Fitz, tired but refreshed, we’ve taken a nice shower together’ kinda used. I’m feeling all sorts of “out too late in the VIP, morning-after raccoon eyes, run in my fishnets, going home in an unmarked Town Car with a call you maybe and some suspect sport memorabilia” kind of used. 

Last night’s episode opened with Cyrus thrown to the wolves—aka the press—where he had to dodge questions about Mellie’s allegations and call them “a private matter” with a straight face. Like that’s gonnna fly, Cy.

[Honestly, Cy, you know better than that...]

Fri
May 3 2013 10:30am

Why are you trying to harsh my mellow!This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 2, episode 20, “A Woman Scorned.”

(Need a refresher? Check out Kwana's recaps of episode 2.12episode 2.13episode 2.14episode 2.15episode 2.16, episode 2.17, episode 2.18, and episode 2.19.)

Hey Gladiators how doing’? Are you hung over? Did anyone get lucky? Cause I’m thinking last night’s episode was just about the equivalent of a long play Barry White song with some R. Kelly at his best while everyone was stuck on a 36 hour on a cruise to nowhere with a open bar feeling no pains.

The show opens with Liv swimming in a fantastic white suit with back piping which as we know means she trying swim her problems away, but when she comes to a stop there they are in the form of Captain Jake. And there they are again and again and again as Jake has now gone from cute stalker boyfriend to cute stalker bodyguard assigned by the President. Annoying much.

[All she's asking for is a little space, ok?]

Fri
Apr 26 2013 11:01am

Olivia and Fitz in Scandal Season 2, episode 19, Seven Fifty-TwoThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 2, episode 19, “Seven Fifty-Two.”

(Need a refresher? Check out Kwana's recaps of episode 2.12episode 2.13episode 2.14episode 2.15episode 2.16, episode 2.17, and episode 2.18.)

Hey, Gladiators, we’re finally back! When last we left off with Scandal, Liv was in a tight spot. Torn between two stalkers—oops, I was supposed to say lovers, wasn’t I? Well, no matter, 'cause either way Liv was feeling every bit the fool. But that’s what makes things happy and bright here in ShondaLand, and what a time we had in that land last night.

I have feelings. So many feelings. Things were revealed that blew our minds and broke our hearts. Let’s talk about it, shall we? Starting with Seven Fifty-two, first off, if it comes out as a lottery number and I don’t win, well it’s my own fault. The show opened with Liv and it’s 5 years before and she’s all fresh and dewy and meets Hobo Huck for the first time sitting on a train platform mumbling something incoherent. Is it 7:52? Is it a train schedule? Liv puts put money in his cup, she touches his hand and they talk briefly. They are sealed.

[Such a soft touch, Liv...]

Fri
Apr 5 2013 10:41am

Scandal 2.18 AbbyThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 2, episode 18, “Molly, You in Danger, Girl.”

(Need a refresher? Check out Kwana's recaps of episode 2.12episode 2.13episode 2.14episode 2.15episode 2.16, and episode 2.17.)

Hey there, Gladiators, when we last met we were left with a dead “mole” who we knew wasn’t really the mole and a Creepy Cute Jake sitting on a Washington bench with a new guy (ya know, that man from Terminator and Speed) talking about how Smarty McSmart they were for fooling everyone and setting up Osborne the way they did.

This week we’re back, with yet another fast-paced episode, one filled with so many twists and turns and fall out, yell at your screen, send your fingers flying to tweet moments. Instead of going my usual route, I’m going to share all the moments that had me yelling tweeting, gagging or going H2theN.O., they didn’t. Feel free to chime in over in the comments section with your favorite scream-worthy moments. Now let’s dive into this crazy stew together, shall we? #WhoIsTheMole

My first scream-worthy H2theN.O. moment came not 15 seconds in when HuckaberryQuinn popped on into Liv’s apartment chatting up their new Liv apartment bug and camera-sweeping itinerary. And when was this policy implemented and, uh duh, if there is a bug don’t you think shouting out your plan is a bad idea Huckabops? Yeesh.

[What is going on here?...]

Fri
Mar 29 2013 11:29am

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal Season 2 episode 17, Snake in the GardenThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 2, episode 17, “Snake in the Garden.”

(Need a refresher? Check out Kwana's recaps of episode 2.11episode 2.12episode 2.13episode 2.14episode 2.15, and episode 2.16.)

When last we left our D.C. dynamos, Olivia had invited Creepy Captain Jake into her apartment to come on over and pose for his own cameras, which he happily did and in the creepiest way possible. Leaving us in shivers. We also had CIA director Osborne getting a pic on his phone of Quinn, which left us feeling for than a mite scared for a little Huckleberry in training.

This week the show opened up with Cyrus having a meeting in a darkened garage with our favorite contract killer, Charlie, where he hands him Jake’s photo. Charlie asks if his husband is cheating on him. In perfect Cy-ness he says, in a way, yes. Then we see Fitz meeting with Jake once again. Jake is looking all comfy and chummy and sipping on a scotch, Fitz’s drink of choice, as Fitz praises him, telling him he doesn’t have many people he can trust but if Jake plays his cards right, he can be maybe be his official wingman. To that Jake tips back his drink. As if Cy would let that stand. Oh, Jake, you may be cute, but don’t mess with a man that would take out a hit on his own husband and keep said hit man on retainer just because.

[That does sound mighty dangerous...]

Fri
Mar 22 2013 10:25am

Mellie Grant and baby in Scandal Season 2 episode 16Was that hiatus cruel or what? But Scandal's back with new episodes!

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 2, episode 16, “Top of the Hour.”

(Need a refresher? Check out Kwana's recaps of episode 2.10episode 2.11episode 2.12episode 2.13episode 2.14, and episode 2.15.)

Okay, Scandal fans, after a lovely 3—or was it 4?—week break that started to feel like a court-appointed prison sentence, Scandal was finally back with new episodes. The show started pretty much where it left off: all fast talking, and honestly it took me a minute to get my Gladiator sea legs straight and get back in the groove, but after about four minutes of speedy verbiage, I steadied myself and was a-OK.

The show opened on a sweet little scene in anywhere suburbia, probably somewhere just outside of DC with a nice little family getting ready for a dinner of takeout pizza. It’s mom, dad, little brother and we’ll call her mid-sized tween sister. The doorbell rings, letting us know it’s pizza time and sis goes to get it. Only she opens the door to an onslaught of paparazzi and screams. Looks like it’s on now.

[Wouldn't have it any other way...]

Fri
Feb 22 2013 11:18am

Fitz in Scandal Season 2 episode 15This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 2, episode 15, “Boom Goes the Dynamite.”

(Need a refresher? Check out Kwana's recaps of episode 2.08episode 2.09episode 2.10episode 2.11episode 2.12episode 2.13, and episode 2.14.)

Hey, Gladiators! So we open with a little pickup from last week, ending where we left off with shot of Captain Jake watching live from his TV of many angles. And if that’s not creepy enough, the new epi starts with everyone’s favorite DA on the comedown, David, leaving his not-so-favorite job at the high school for some reason in the dead of night, all alone, with no one around. Suddenly, he drops his papers and a figure runs by. David gets scared and goes on the run himself, convinced that someone is out to get him. Paranoid much? Not that he doesn’t have good reason by now.

Cut to Olivia meeting Captain Jake at a fancy restaurant for a meeting, but Jake in convinced this meeting is a date. Then he grabs champagne glasses and takes Olivia to a more romantic locale, the Jefferson Memorial (thanks, Twitter peeps!). But once there, all Olivia wants to talk about is Albatross and what dead Wendy was up to when she died. Jake is all, “Wow, you really suck at dating,” and BT,  can’t you see this is not Cold Duck in these champagne glasses? Drink up, sister. Jake pauses in the midst of all this for about thirty seconds to talk very fast and tell Liv the “Legend of Albatross.” He’s all, 'State department, classified documents, sold to Tehran, dead guy who said that Albatross did it.' Thirty seconds over and date back on.

And then Liv’s phone beeps and just like that, the date/meeting is off. Oh well….

[C'est la vie...]

Fri
Feb 15 2013 11:57am

Olivia and Fitz in Scandal season 2, episode 14This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 2, episode 14, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”

(Need a refresher? Check out Kwana's recaps of episode 2.08episode 2.09episode 2.10episode 2.11episode 2.12, and episode 2.13.)

So lovelies, when we last left our intrepid Gladiators, it seemed all was lost. Fitz had just found out about the conspiracy that landed him in the White House—and offed Verna, David had been screwed out of the case of his life and Olivia had finally given the heave ho to boring Eddie and was sitting all alone on a church pew, the mistress being cast aside by a pouty Fitz. But wait! All was not lost! Mellie was sitting pretty back on Team Fitz once again.

Well, not much difference does a week and OMG 10 fiction months later make! As this week’s episode opens, we pick up 10 months later and Olivia is trying to work out her lonely girl sorrows by doing laps in the pool. Meanwhile, Fitz is trying to work out his lonely Fitz frustrations by taking up the new sport of 7am shower Scotch drinking.

[It's 5 o'clock somewhere, I guess?...]

Fri
Feb 8 2013 11:23am

Scandal 2.13 Olivia and FitzThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 2, episode 13, “Nobody Likes Babies.”

(Need a refresher? Check out Kwana's recaps of episode 2.08episode 2.09episode 2.10episode 2.11, and episode 2.12.)

You’d think with all the action that went on in the “Truth or Consequences” episode last week Shonda Rhimes would ease us into this week’s #Gamechanger episode of Scandal, but with the episode title of “Nobody Likes Babies,” we all really should have known better.

Scandal opened just where we left off last week—Hollis is on the elevator with gun for hire Charlie when in walks Huck. Guns are drawn and Huck gives Hollis a deal: Hollis can promise to shut it and never say a word about the election rigging and Huck will watch his back and save him from Charlie. Old Hollis may be a blowhard but he’s no dummy.

[Stay cool, Sodapop...]