We (the humble staff) have been going back and forth about who will be keeping track of what show this fall, and Scandal changed hands a few times. I was more than happy to let someone else take over...until last night.
Y'all...Shonda Rhimes is officially a fine wine. She only gets better with age.
We'll start with Rowan a.k.a. "Daddy Pope", as some netizens are calling him. Well...*shrug*...we asked for it. We wanted to know why Liv is the way Liv is and boy...do we know now.
He was the star of this one, y'all; Joe Morton for tha muthafuckin' win. First he called Liv out for raising her skirt, opening her knees, and then giving it away to a man with too much power. Damn, Papa! THEN he asked her why she aimed for First Lady rather than Secretary of State or Joint Chief of Staffs, demanded why she had to be so mediocre. Then he was like, "Did I not raise you for better? How many times I have told you, you have to be...what? You have to be...what?"
Liv: (terrified) T-T-Twice --
Daddy Pope: (roaring) What?!??
Liv: (meekly) T-T-Twice as good --
Daddy Pope: (furious as fuck) --twice as good as them to get half of what they have!!!
And I'm like, Damn, Shonda!!! You's gon go THERE????
This was the episode we'd been waiting for and boy was it (kinda) worth the wait. Cyrus, in typical Cyrus fashion, prepares to throw Liv under the bus when he realizes this is one fuck-up he cannot fix. He starts a "kill folder" on her, trying to play the "ambitious slut card." We finally find about about Liv; we learn she's and only child whose mom died when she was twelve. To no one's surprise, we learn Liv spent most of her childhood in the very best boarding schools, and that after college, she had multiple flings with wealthy, powerful, older men (I know, right? Go figure).
Liv meets with the Prez and Wifey to plot damage control (with Wifey calling Liv a whore). And while Romeo and Juliet are thinking of tweaking the truth to weather the storm, Wifey ain't having none of this. She can't let the truth - or any variation thereof - come out. Her husband's in love with another woman and she ain't tryin' to hear none of it, so she schemes with Cyrus (quel surprise) to get Olivia's team to help throw someone else - someone unsuspecting - under the bus for this. And when the team hesitates, Harrison's like, "Uh...are we gladiators or are we bitches???"
Three guesses which one they choose.
So Liv winds up in the clear (and thoroughly pissed), while Wifey gloats to the Prez for having figured out he leaked Liv's name to the press - and y'all, I did NOT see that coming. And guess what else I didn't see coming? When the Prez shows some brass and reveals that he manipulated the situation to clear Liv's name once and for all so that Wifey can never hang their affair over Liv's head again.
And Shonda? Bring back John Barrowman. STAT.