Every Monday at noon EST during the Scandal hiatus, I will post a monologue, or snippet of dialogue from the show. I’m creating this as an outlet that will allow me to reflect on passages within the context of an entire season, or draw on parallels from the past. These are…
Is that too much to ask.
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Love this, although I disagree on a few things.
After 3a, I never want to see Huck reunited with his family for their sake. He is bad news for them. He could torture them and think it’s fun.
But how can Joke “stay” relevant when he’s never been relevant in the first place?
I never want to revisit that horrible, manipulative, retro-conning backstory of Big Jerry raping Mellie again.
But everything else, basically golden, with particularly number 1!
^^^Completely agree Corinnestark…
NB: This really isn’t that long (looking at you, Specs). It’s just the dialogue taking up space, but I like to have it there.
Finally! I’m writing this. You guys know that I couldn’t function for at least three days after Vermont is For Lovers, Too (308) aired. Basically, this was me:
#1 Liv & Fitz Chemistry
I mean, really. This is what the show is all about. And I’m not just talking the sex scenes like we saw last week in the cabin. You can put these two on the phone together and their connection is electric. One of my…
Talented, messy as hell, intelligent, passionate, ain’t taking shit from nobody, connected, cosmopolitan, analytical, patient, shade throwing, artistic, and here for everyone who GETS it. I couldn’t ask to be a part of a better fandom.
Hell yea!! 100% agreed!
FINALLY. The Wait is Finally Over! Hands down the best episode this season (so far; no telling what the future holds. But for now…)! Let’s Recap!
The picks up with Eli telling Maya seeing Olivia is not an option. He’s going to have her sent away as soon as possible! “I want to see her.. Olivia.. I want to see my daughter. And I want you to make it happen. Before I leave.”
Quinn’s riding with Charlie these days. Quinn gets out of car and walks into the office thinking of what she’s just done (killing the security guard that was OPA’s last chance to find out what happened on flight 522 from a source not personally connected).
OPA and Jake (I don’t know if I’m ready to include him with the team, yet) is still trying to figure out what happened to Olivia’s mother. They also want to get ahold of the security footage that will shed light on what happened to their last flight 522 lead (Quinn looks on nervously). Olivia gets a call that there’s trouble at Josie Marcus’.
Cyrus and James are home and Cyrus has gotten James a new job. His first job would be an article on Daniel Douglas (Cyrus initiates a dangerous game of manipulation).
Olivia, Harrison and Abby are with Josie Marcus and Candi (her daughter who grew up believing she was her sister). Their house was broken into and a laptop with campaign strategies was taken. Candi believes it was Reston’s camp (the governor also bidding for the democratic presidential candidacy).
Mellie and Fitz are watching their last interview (where Fitz showed up for Mellie). Mellie’s elated; she’s looking over at Fitz, smiling and twirling her hair. Fitz, on the other hand, looks like he’s going to be sick. He gets up and says “Don’t wait up.” and leaves.
Fitz goes to the Oval Office to call Olivia; Olivia is at home watching the same Grant interview (with a look of utter disgust) when the Fitz phone goes off. She looks at the phone before picking up her popcorn and wine and walking out of the room (declining to answer).
Maya chews away at her wrists (clearly to find a way out of the cell, possibly the entire prison)
Quinn runs into Jake while trying to be the first to retrieve the surveillance footage that would reveal what she’s done.
Maya’s in the infirmary. Eli receives the update from doctor (looking on with what seems to be concern… I don’t know).
Abby asks David for help with Josie Marcus’ recent burglary.
Mellie and Cyrus discussing Daniel Douglas taking the bait (that is James) and making a pass that will expose him.
Mellie tells Daniel that James and Cyrus are in a open marriage.
OPA trying to decipher all the surveillance footage (there’s no clear shot of the “culprit” who killed the security guard). On the tv, Candi gets on telling reporters that campaign materials were stolen and she hints that Reston was behind it. Harrison, “I’m on it!”
The Fitz phone goes off in Olivia’s purse (clearly she wanted to talk to Fitz; she could have just as easily left the phone at her apartment..)
Jake looks on outside of Olivia’s door. Jake comes in and tells Olivia that Fitz will find a way to talk to her; breaking up that phone won’t stop him.
Harrison goes to the Marcus camp to tell Candi she messed up getting on tv. “So, you’re here to babysit me now?”
"Maybe if you’re good, I’ll let you stay up past your bedtime."
Huck, Abby and Jake find a faint possibility that could reveal who killed their last source. Quinn tracks Candi’s laptop at the Reston camp.
Olivia and Harrison with Josie and Candi are all watching tv, where David is exposing Reston’s dirty move.
James tells Cyrus his latest interaction with Daniel was horrible and he doesn’t think he wants to continue with interviewing him. Cyrus tells him to keep at it. He tells him he just needs to make Daniel as comfortable as possible. Picking out a casual outfit for James. James then thanks Cyrus to going above and beyond for him (James can be so naive).
Eli inquiring about Quinn from Charlie (Quinn is to report what goes on in OPA to Charlie, who in turn reports it all back to Eli). Eli then goes looking at old news clippings about Olivia. Eli goes to see Maya and shows her a picture of Olivia. “Here. I brought something for you.”
SSA Tom at Olivia’s door and says, “Ms. Pope. There’s a helicopter waiting for you.” (I love Tom almost as much as I love Olitz. You can’t help but smile when you see him; he’s Fitz’s go-to-guy)!
"No.. You go back and tell him I won’t be summoned." Olivia objects, then Tom shows her a picture of her and Eli (Fitz knows more than she realized he knew).
"It’s a beautiful house!.. The ceilings are made from local wood - Vermont pine." So, they’re in Vermont (this is when the overly, excited fangirl in me Really came out to watch). They argue about truly knowing everything about each other. Fitz then goes back to talking about the house.
"Stop talking about the house!"
"I wanted you to see it at least once."
"What is this place?"
"This house is yours.. Ours" and then 'The Light' starts playing!
Fitz built the house for Olivia!!! The House is Theirs!!!! I’ve stopped breathing. He had a house built. For them. In Vermont! (I almost ended the recap here… I mean, I just had all kinds of Feelings seeing them in Their house).
Huck was still trying to process the security footage. “I know you do a good job.” he tells Quinn.
Charlie tells Quinn to buck up and get on board.
Eli and Maya looking at the newspaper articles of Olivia. Maya realizes that Eli didn’t be a real father to Olivia.
Mellie asking Fitz’s secretary, Lauren, to track down Fitz.
And all the Sexy greatness!
When Fitz can’t be reached, Mellie starts to put the pieces together and has Lauren call Olivia. When Olivia doesn’t answer, Meliie immediately storms out of the room, feelings hurt and all.
The Morning after, Olivia is already up and getting dressed. Fitz finally wakes up and tries to convince Olivia to stay one more day. She tells him neither can stay, they have work to do.
"I love you."
"Fitz, I really do have to go.."
"No, I’m saying.. Your father has to be stopped. And I want you to know before I stop him. I want you to hear me when I say that I love you no matter what happens."
"Do what you have to do. Because I’m not going to stop until I have answers either."
“DON’T SELL THE HOUSE! Not yet!” (Honestly, I was on such a high after this Amazing Olitz moment, I was barely into the rest of the show)
David and Abby waking up in bed together. David reveals there was nothing on Candi’s laptop worth it being stolen.
Abby realizes Candi staged the break-in and calls Harrison and let’s him know.
Harrison’s in bed with Candi
(This episode was the gift that just kept on giving. Olitz and then Shirtless Harrison!).
Mellie watching a rejuvenated Fitz on tv. Cyrus comes in jubilant at the revived Fitz (not knowing the true reason for the newfound pep-in-his-step). The two talk about trapping Daniel Douglas and Mellie voices concern to be careful not to ruin his and James’ marriage.
Olivia walks into office. Jake in all his jealousy, “I told you he’d find a way, didn’t I?” Olivia side-eyes him all the way into the conference room. The surveillance footage they’d been looking over turns out to be a bust. Olivia deals with the recent scandal in the Marcus camp (thanks to Candi, who was trying to be like OPA and failed miserably). “You. Got. Caught.” Harrison tells Candi. Olivia suggest firing Candi to help Josie recover from the bad publicity.
James and Daniel Douglas. Daniel Douglas jumps onto James. “I need a minute!” Daniel tells James that Mellie told him he and Cyrus were in an open marriage. James realizes Cyrus kind of set him up (pimped him out).
Josie Marcus tells the press the burglary was fake and that she was behind it all. She then resigns from the presidential race.
She tells a Olivia she couldn’t throw her daughter under the bus. She’s going to go home and start over.
"How was New Hampshire?" Mellie making small talk with Fitz about recent events with Josie Marcus and possibly approaching Olivia again to be campaign manager. Mellie’s hurt and realization is written all over her face.
Cyrus at home; clearly waiting for James. James comes in and heads straight for the shower. Cyrus then receives a text message full of pictures of James and Daniel having sex (Cyrus that’s what you get for playing James and thinking he’d be too ignorant to figure it out)!
Back at the prison, Maya is about to be sedated. Eli comes along to find the bed empty and the doctor passed out on the floor with a needle in his neck. “Guard!”
Quinn comes home to find a picture if her reflection deciphered from the surveillance footage. “Huck?”
"Yeah. We need to talk about who you’re really working for!"
Olivia is walking home. Just as she gets closer,
Cue the signature Olivia Pope lip quiver!
The only thing that mattered in this episode was the house that Fitz built for Olivia in Vermont and having Olitz come together!! Finally (like I said at the beginning) an episode I will watch several times over! Fitz’s emotional and romantic monologues completely MELT me, everytime! This episode was exceptional; reminiscent of what made SCANDAL the hit we’ve all come to love! I don’t have much else to say; I need another dose of this episode.
Scandal won’t be back for two weeks (that’ll give me plenty of time to memorize this episode.. Kidding.. No, Seriously ;)) Until then, HAPPY THANKSGIVING (to all who celebrate) and I’ll be back for my Winter Finale recap!
❤ Southern Gladiator ❤
Tony Goldwyn in People’s 2013 Sexiest Man Alive Issue (Digital Version)
Gotta reblog again and AGAIN
More like OLITZED!!
Mellie Grant 307 Flashbacks
I really appreciated this glimpse into the early years of their marriage, and into the early years of Mellie’s political ambitions. It seems she was a bit naive about the parts of herself that she would need to give up in order to attain her dreams via her husband.
That’s not a reference to The Thing. That’s about the speech Cyrus gave her. I wonder how much of Cyrus’s speech was informed by his bitterness about the parts of himself that he was giving up in order to have his dream, since he was closeted and sporting both a literal and figurative beard (wife).
What the Grant marriage flashback also showed me is that by his nature, Fitz is a caring, sensitive and somewhat need man for affection and praise. A lot of that could be because of his overbearing father who basically told him, ‘you ain’t shit. You ain’t never gon’ be shit. I brought you in this world, and I’ll take you out.’
The flashback also makes me very curious as to how the breakdown of the Grant marriage transpired in the 11 ensuing years before The Trail. We already know it was ‘dead’ before Fitz ever met Olivia, but when? And how much did Mellie change, or hide her true self away from Fitz after her violation? And did that contribute to the degradation of their marriage? So many questions. I love that about this show. As soon as the writers satisfy a curiosity, they raise more questions.
1. Have tissues? No? Go buy some immediately. Why? Olitz can be a b sometimes.
2. Have high blood pressure? Take a lot of pills cause things can get hectic. (Don’t take a lot I am not a doctor but consult a physician if Scandal become to much)
3. Have a normal life? Great! Well Scandal might…
Mellie was raped.
My thoughts after sleeping on it.
Mellie was, as a young woman, traded like a commodity. click here or watch below.
Mellie has been used by men since she was young. She was essentially bought by Big Jerry for Fitz. BJ owned her, she had of course been sold by her father (or whoever did the deal) BJ, the man that he was (and there were many of his kind back in the day), felt he owned both Fitz AND Mellie so I was not at all surprised that he went to forcibly claim her that way. I always thought there was something there, was sad to see the writer add the violence to it.
Mellie as a young woman was used already to being used. Then she was raped. Any and everything Mellie did before or after this…. however nasty does NOT negate the fact that she was raped. She chose to handle it the best way her defenses to could let her. She was raped.
I have never gone through such a thing, so I am not for one moment equipped to have a real opinion on how anyone can or should handle such a thing, I do however, spend many of my Saturday afternoons with many who have gone through this. None of us can even begin to suggest how one can or should handle such a situation. Many never ever deal with it or even reveal it. And those choices do manifest in them in very different and in many cases tragic ways. I will not decide here how Mellie should have or could have dealt with the rape.
I will however discuss the Mellie they have shown us historically and the Mellie they showed us in that moment and how this traumatic situation was used by writers via Mellie.
We met a Mellie in the WH who was egging on her husband’s love affair with Liv, a Mellie who orchestrated her husband’s girlfriend to come visit so her husband could sleep. A Mellie who was ANGRY at this girlfriend/co-wife who in her eyes fell down on her job, allowing for Amanda (shiny red apple) to happen to Fitz.
We were taken back in time to a Mellie and Fitz who were DONE with the marriage by the time we meet them on the campaign trail as Liv comes into their lives to save their campaign. In that moment Fitz tells us, their marriage has been dead for a long time and Mellie should play ball if she wants the WH so much, and stop pretending the marriage had not been dead a long time, and in fact they were not speaking and could not stand being in the same room, let alone sit next to each other.
Olivia teaches them to pretend, we travel back again to find a Mellie who’s calling for BJ to be brought back on the scene to help a struggling campaign, her reaction to BJ leads many of us to think she has hots for him, we even joke those kids might not be Fitz…. Just because she’s charmy with BJ does not mean we can negate the fact that he in fact raped her. This is family to Mellie and there is a goal here to reach the white house and to Mellie BJ can help get them there.
At this very moment we find a Fitz who is hostile towards his father and wants NOTHING to do with him, and has not for a long time, shortly we find out why…. BJ is a piece of elephant dung…. one who Mellie is happy to entertain, respect even and all…. Rape (that we didn’t know about just yet) was neatly and safely packed away, in this moment its the BJ-Mellie deal we’re seeing. Fitz is unaware of course he just sees a wife who is not on his side and a father who’s a mean bully.
Fitz remains consistent in his absolute hate of his father back then as he is today.
All through this we have been shown a Mellie who will do ANYTHING for power. She has forged Fitz signatures while he was governor repeatedly (very illegal), she lied on the campaign trail about having a miscarriage causing Fitz to almost throw up not believing what extends she would go to, then we see a Mellie later on who willingly endangers her own child to manipulate Fitz, abandons said child to nannies and then pays off a woman to lie about having an affair with Fitz. But finally we find a Mellie who is going to beg Fitz girlfriend/co-wife/whore to come back to “them” so that she can stay as first lady, when that does not work and she has worked herself into a media situation, she uses this tragic event/secret she has kept from her husband for a long time as a means to guilt him into helping her. Mellie has a singular focus. That focus = Mellie being First Lady and then in future running for office. A Mellie who is going to take what she deserves, what she’s owed, given the sacrifices she has made that no one asked her to make, least of all Fitz.
Mellie was sold. Mellie was raped. Mellie then chose to define herself differently, she used those things, took parts of them and come to where she is now. Mellie used that rape to gain power over BJ, BJ took power away from her by buying her then raping her… Mellie took back a bit of that power to make BJ get her where she wanted to get. Mellie WAS RAPED, she chose to not be a victim (in who she’s shown to be now) but to use that moment to what she thought was her best way forward becoming FL.
We do not know if she dealt with the trauma at all privately without ever letting anyone know (certainly Fitz had no idea), or if she just packed it away, brushed herself up and put one foot in front of the other to get herself where she is now, we don’t know how she deals with the pain of this knowledge inside herself daily, I don’t believe for one moment they will show us this at all. (we know she drinks but not as much as Fitz does when he and Liv are off… and we know she’s closed off and generally angry).
What I know is there was an element of happiness with Mellie and Fitz back then, Fitz may not have been sold on their love fully (he was not in love) but he was in it and was making it work. Something else changed along the way, I hope they will tell us what that was (Mellie in the limo on the way to Ella’s christening implied there was something), but at this moment whatever it is, it is separate or maybe tied to this traumatic event and that Mellie “changed” and that broke them, or she did something entirely different or maybe even illegal in search for power on her way to being FL, we don’t know but something broke them irrevocably.
Mellie on the other hand had a singular focus to get where she wanted to get, and that she did, by any means possible. All that she did, does not negate the fact that she was raped, and does not at all condemn her for how she chose to deal with the rape. There are consequences to those choices, we can deal with those and much of it we already see it i.e. possibility that her son is not Fitz son (perhaps even Karen? BJ might have come back for more and gotten away with it, who knows) etc….and how that will now affect the marriage and her position, not to mention what its going to do to her child when he/them find out the truth eventually (if at all) and what that does to Fitz personally given his childhood and relationship with BJ…..
The rape in this episode was a cheap plot device, one that unfortunately did not work because it still did not explain why Mellie and Fitz marriage was and is dead.
I’m not confident that how they set it up, they can use it to convincingly and successfully keep Mellie and Fitz together, that’s if that was the intent,…….. maybe by making Fitz guilty for his fathers’ sins? How could they if now the question becomes are those my children? Also how can they expect in present time for Fitz who hated his father so, to then sleep with this wife his father raped? The father who belittled him and thought him next to nothing, this is another act of absolute bullying and belittlement by BJ to Fitz, even dead he still strangles Fitz manhood and his being…. he’s about to actually kill this marriage for good from the grave and possibly take his kid or kids too.
What about what this will do to those children? To Fitz? To Mellie? now that she’s revealed it, she’s going to have to deal with it and the consequences of it to herself… or will they just ignore that and let Mellie just stifle and pack her pain and trauma away one more time like she’s done all these years?
Gosh I just rambled on……not even sure I’m making sense……Sigh.
Shonda really? this is what my grandma would do to you if she saw you for this cheapness…
and them writers…………….