October 4, 2013
SCANDAL returned last night with a Vengeance!
The timing, the acting, the directing… Everything was on point! 
Episode 3.01 - ‘It’s Handled” ~ Recap


So, we come back 22 min later from where we left off at the end of season 2. Rowan, Papa Pope, is harsh. “You have to be..What?!?? Twice as good as them to get half of what they have!… You know to Aim Higher!… Do you have to be so mediocre?” 

WOW! And then, “Olivia you’re getting on that plane come Hell or High Water. And to be clear, I am the Hell and the High Water!” I was just like damn. The show started out at 100 mph!!I was almost sure Cyrus had something to do with Olivia’s name getting out. But, his argument to convince Olivia not to run and get off the plane proved otherwise. Good, because I was still a little sore with Mr. Beene from last season’s end. "I am a monster. But I’m Your monster!” ~CyrusSally Langston can be so harsh sometimes; the comment she made about Cyrus was just low, “I have never once mentioned how I feel about your godless, homosexual lifestyle and that poor, sweet brown baby you brought into it”
But I’m glad that Fitz was able to pull her aside and tell her (in so many words) ‘hey, I need you to have my back to give me a moment to sort this all out before I go out there and tell the world what I did. Can you buy me just a little time?’ I love how Fitz is always able to reason with Sally the way he needs, when he needs!
Olivia, back to OPA. Going on as though nothing major has happened.
"Business as usual?? How is that even possible?"  {Olivia calling all of her clients, realizing they no longer require her services}"There is no one else on earth who can handle something like this better than we can! So that’s what we do. We handle It!"James and Cyrus… “Sweetheart!”Mellie and The Twitchy Snitch Hal (even he knows he can’t be trusted)The new and improved David Rosen (like, his time at OPA has made him a little more interesting. Also, he seems cooler; cooler like, ‘it’s okay if my hat is a little off-white’ and hopefully he won’t try to be so holier-than-thou this season). #Dabby

"Start a kill folder on Olivia Pope!"  I’ve finally learned Cyrus is quick to move and that this kill folder would not come to light. I was just interested to learn about Olivia’s past, finally."For all our sakes, It Can’t be Liv!" Can I just interject, the team behind Scandal put Columbus to work!Harrison took hold of the wheel and took charge of OPA. His fast-talking was definitely a highlight. Digging up Olivia’s past… “Well documented preference for older men..”"Where is Jake Ballard?" Let Rowan tell it, he makes not only the US run, he makes the world run!Olivia pulled the fire alarm! And here it is Ladies and Gentlemen… “Hi.” That is, by far, the most powerful statement in this entire series! 


"You’re not in the bubble anymore! If there is an attack… I can’t get you!" ~Fitz
"We need to make a plan!" ~Olivia  When Mellie walked in, I wasn’t even mad. She put all this in motion by going on national television and telling everybody her husband cheated. So, it made perfect sense she be there to help clean up the mess.
Secret Service Agent Tom! LOVE HIM!!!

Damn right!
 Olivia telling Mellie off! YAAAASSSSSS!

 About time. 
"Reclaim the Narrative. We tell the truth!" Fitz wants it all out in the open. Work through the ordeal as a opposed to covering it up! Olivia whips out a plan on the spot. Sounded perfect to me! "The truth works!"… "Mellie describing Fitz & Olivia affair. The hurt. I almost felt bad for her (but I’m too Team Olitz, so I was quickly over that)! But the audience can clearly see Mellie coming to the realization that, "That is me being in love with another woman." ~ Fitz {The resolution on his face… Insert fainting gif here…}The stares that flew across that room, had me holding my breath, afraid to make a sound. Like I was interrupting something! Mellie is just delusional. Her telling Fitz she’ll go sing like a canary if he goes out and tells the world his ‘fairy tale’ was like Whatever. Fitz was looking like ‘Go! I’m sick of you anyway. The woman I want to be with is standing over there [in that gorgeous, white, Burberry coat] and I’m ready to be with her. Now!’ Mellie leaving, thinking she’s gotten her way, and leaving Olitz alone, I felt the FEELS coming on!!

Fitz giving Sally the ‘Ok’ to jump out in front and take the opportunity to rise! I was like really thinking, at this point, they’re really going to put this out there and Fitz is over the presidency.OPA and the First Lady??… Quinn’s bloodlust… And of course…



Jeannine Locke is President Grant’s mistress. Interesting turn of events.-Fitz’s shocked and appalled state-Cyrus’ content state-Sally Langston’s ‘Grant lied and played me’ state
"What. Did you do??" Your’ team handled it, Liv. No, this isn’t what, as Cyrus referred to it, the ‘Unholy Political Trinity’ discussed, but it works. Fitz and Mellie! This scene! This scene set the tone for the first half of the season! #TheStormIsComingFitz leaked Olivia’s name. And Mellie figured it out. He wants out of this loveless marriage. And he meant what he said to Olivia in 2.22. “We’re going to be married… You’re going to be my First Lady!” The start of a very serious, dangerous and Crazy-Good chess match is underway here, people!

"No. Step one was me coming to Blair House and laying my head in your lap like I gave a damn about your forgiveness."


Operation Remington.  What did you see in the folder Cyrus??       {Bring in Scott Foley aka Jake Ballard}
Like I said earlier, Scandal came back with guns blazing! I can’t wait to watch this season unfold. Until next week, Gladiators!

…Gifs are not mine. Borrowed from other amazing Gladiators all over tumblr.…
❤ Southern Gladiator ❤

SCANDAL returned last night with a Vengeance!

The timing, the acting, the directing… Everything was on point! 

Episode 3.01 - ‘It’s Handled” ~ Recap

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So, we come back 22 min later from where we left off at the end of season 2. 

Rowan, Papa Pope, is harsh. “You have to be..What?!?? Twice as good as them to get half of what they have!… You know to Aim Higher!… Do you have to be so mediocre?” 

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WOW! And then, “Olivia you’re getting on that plane come Hell or High Water. And to be clear, I am the Hell and the High Water!” I was just like damn. The show started out at 100 mph!!

I was almost sure Cyrus had something to do with Olivia’s name getting out. But, his argument to convince Olivia not to run and get off the plane proved otherwise. Good, because I was still a little sore with Mr. Beene from last season’s end. 
"I am a monster. But I’m Your monster!” ~Cyrus

Sally Langston can be so harsh sometimes; the comment she made about Cyrus was just low, “I have never once mentioned how I feel about your godless, homosexual lifestyle and that poor, sweet brown baby you brought into it”

But I’m glad that Fitz was able to pull her aside and tell her (in so many words) ‘hey, I need you to have my back to give me a moment to sort this all out before I go out there and tell the world what I did. Can you buy me just a little time?’ I love how Fitz is always able to reason with Sally the way he needs, when he needs!

Olivia, back to OPA. Going on as though nothing major has happened.

"Business as usual?? How is that even possible?"  {Olivia calling all of her clients, realizing they no longer require her services}
"There is no one else on earth who can handle something like this better than we can! So that’s what we do. We handle It!"

James and Cyrus… “Sweetheart!”

Mellie and The Twitchy Snitch Hal (even he knows he can’t be trusted)

The new and improved David Rosen (like, his time at OPA has made him a little more interesting. Also, he seems cooler; cooler like, ‘it’s okay if my hat is a little off-white’ and hopefully he won’t try to be so holier-than-thou this season). #Dabby

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"Start a kill folder on Olivia Pope!"  I’ve finally learned Cyrus is quick to move and that this kill folder would not come to light. I was just interested to learn about Olivia’s past, finally.

"For all our sakes, It Can’t be Liv!" Can I just interject, the team behind Scandal put Columbus to work!
Harrison took hold of the wheel and took charge of OPA. His fast-talking was definitely a highlight. 

Digging up Olivia’s past… “Well documented preference for older men..”

"Where is Jake Ballard?" Let Rowan tell it, he makes not only the US run, he makes the world run!

Olivia pulled the fire alarm! And here it is Ladies and Gentlemen… “Hi.” That is, by far, the most powerful statement in this entire series! 

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"You’re not in the bubble anymore! If there is an attack… I can’t get you!" ~Fitz

"We need to make a plan!" ~Olivia  When Mellie walked in, I wasn’t even mad. She put all this in motion by going on national television and telling everybody her husband cheated. So, it made perfect sense she be there to help clean up the mess.


Secret Service Agent Tom! LOVE HIM!!!

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Damn right!

 Olivia telling Mellie off! YAAAASSSSSS!

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 About time. 

"Reclaim the Narrative. We tell the truth!" Fitz wants it all out in the open. Work through the ordeal as a opposed to covering it up! Olivia whips out a plan on the spot. Sounded perfect to me! "The truth works!"… "

Mellie describing Fitz & Olivia affair. The hurt. I almost felt bad for her (but I’m too Team Olitz, so I was quickly over that)! But the audience can clearly see Mellie coming to the realization that, 
"That is me being in love with another woman." ~ Fitz {The resolution on his face… Insert fainting gif here…}
The stares that flew across that room, had me holding my breath, afraid to make a sound. Like I was interrupting something! Mellie is just delusional. Her telling Fitz she’ll go sing like a canary if he goes out and tells the world his ‘fairy tale’ was like Whatever. Fitz was looking like ‘Go! I’m sick of you anyway. The woman I want to be with is standing over there [in that gorgeous, white, Burberry coat] and I’m ready to be with her. Now!’ Mellie leaving, thinking she’s gotten her way, and leaving Olitz alone, I felt the FEELS coming on!!

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Fitz giving Sally the ‘Ok’ to jump out in front and take the opportunity to rise! I was like really thinking, at this point, they’re really going to put this out there and Fitz is over the presidency.

OPA and the First Lady??… Quinn’s bloodlust… And of course…

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Jeannine Locke is President Grant’s mistress. Interesting turn of events.
-Fitz’s shocked and appalled state
-Cyrus’ content state
-Sally Langston’s ‘Grant lied and played me’ state

"What. Did you do??" Your’ team handled it, Liv. No, this isn’t what, as Cyrus referred to it, the ‘Unholy Political Trinity’ discussed, but it works. 

Fitz and Mellie! This scene! This scene set the tone for the first half of the season! #TheStormIsComing
Fitz leaked Olivia’s name. And Mellie figured it out. He wants out of this loveless marriage. And he meant what he said to Olivia in 2.22. “We’re going to be married… You’re going to be my First Lady!” The start of a very serious, dangerous and Crazy-Good chess match is underway here, people!

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"No. Step one was me coming to Blair House and laying my head in your lap like I gave a damn about your forgiveness."

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Operation Remington.  What did you see in the folder Cyrus??       {Bring in Scott Foley aka Jake Ballard}

Like I said earlier, Scandal came back with guns blazing! I can’t wait to watch this season unfold. Until next week, Gladiators!

…Gifs are not mine. Borrowed from other amazing Gladiators all over tumblr.

❤ Southern Gladiator ❤

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