10.04.2013

Black Girls' Night Out: Olivia Pope

I'm sorry...I couldn't wait.

**cue spoilers**

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.

Check...mate?



And Shonda? Bring back John Barrowman. STAT.

14 comments:

  1. Quote of the day - while watching this, I got exasperated and looked at the lis sis, asking, "Why is there a bar where the Secret Service goes to drink?"

    Lil Sis: AndEverybodyKnowsIt.com?????

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  2. I just want Liv to get away from the Prez, he is a manipulative little sh*t! He threw Liv's name out there for his benefit and not even for Liv's benefit either. Come on Liv, stop being bullheaded. But other than that, YES! This episode was on point.

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    1. He did it to clear her. He knew Mellie would find a way to throw someone else under the bus. So now, the Prez is still a lying, cheating asshole in the eye of the public, but Liv is in the clear. She's free. Mellie can't touch her (for now, anyway).

      If anything, this is one of the EXTREMELY rare times he did something sorta, kinda nice.

      By the way, Quinn had me rolling with the whole "Let's just kill another intern; it wouldn't be that hard" line.

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    2. "He did it to clear her. He knew Mellie would find a way to throw someone else under the bus. So now, the Prez is still a lying, cheating asshole in the eye of the public, but Liv is in the clear. She's free. Mellie can't touch her (for now, anyway)."

      I understand the explanation he gave Millie but I still think it really wasn't a benefit for Liv. And I'm scared for Quinn. LOL

      I'm guessing now that since Liv is helping the lady who's taken the fall, her and the Prez will be getting cozy at the white house again.

      Also does anyone really think Liv's mom is dead? Me thinks Daddy might have put her on a plane somewhere too.

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    3. I understand the explanation he gave Millie but I still think it really wasn't a benefit for Liv.

      So far, she's the only one in the clear, but time will tell.

      And I'm scared for Quinn. LOL

      I'm really starting to wonder about that girl!!!

      Also does anyone really think Liv's mom is dead? Me thinks Daddy might have put her on a plane somewhere too.

      I don't think she's dead. They said she died in a plane crash, but I'm not buying it.

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  3. I have only watched two episodes of this show. Last season's cliff hanger and the first one of this season. I wanted to see how they got her out of this mess. I have to agree I'm sick of her being stupid when it comes to Fitz. As for her mother I would love to see her show up out of nowhere! Maybe to put a foot in Olivia's booty on the Prez matter.

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    1. In the season premiere, it was told that Olivias mom is dead.Man..I would have liked for her mom to be alive to do just that.

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    2. I don't know...I wouldn't be surprised if Mama Pope was resurrected out of the blue.

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    3. If she winds up being not dead, which given her dad's proclivity for manipulating people's lives, could very well be true (I mean, come on, if there was something about Olivia's mom that her dad didn't approve of, we know he could "disappear" her pretty easily), I want suggestions on who Mamma Pope should be. I fully approve of using Joe Morton, although I think Avery Brooks could have killed it...
      Can we do a "dream casting" for Olivia's mom? Bc I feel that you are right in that we are going to see her.

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  4. I couldn't wait for the premiere of Scandal.I wasn't disappointed with this episode whatsoever.

    That Joe Morton really acted his butt off to the core. Now that is how our fathers would react if their daughters did what Olivia is doing.The realism in this is episode is sooooo incredible that you can cut it with a knife..my God!

    I didn't know that Millie was vicious..lol! Mentally..at least for the time being.She just look so sweet but its understandable why she would be and the Prez..wow! He just showed Millie the back door without remorse.Oh yeah..with that kind of coldness from him..its on! I also didn't think that Olivia wouldmy survive her problems with president,but they brought the decoy in.That was slick but now how will she get her named cleared?lol.

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    1. That Joe Morton really acted his butt off to the core. Now that is how our fathers would react if their daughters did what Olivia is doing.The realism in this is episode is sooooo incredible that you can cut it with a knife..my God!

      I was so happy to see that. It was my favorite scene (in case no one can tell). He said all the things some of us have wanted to say to Liv.

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    2. It's funny, b/c I was recently reading comments on a blog with black readership that was trying to minimize the importance of having a good father in your life but Joe Morton's character illustrated why that isn't true. I mean, fine, some women do a great job on their own and clearly finding a man shouldn't be everyone's goal but there is just some stuff that has a lot of weight coming from a black dad, and I suspect it was a case of people knocking it b/c they hadn't tried it/didn't have it.
      So we know Liv's dad will tell her what she needs to hear in a way that only a black dad could.

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  5. By the way....

    How many of us are explaining “work twice as hard to go half as far” to white friends who can’t make that math work at the water cooler this morning. Daddy Pope’s air hanger speech not but 4 minutes into the show proved that Scandal is here to go hard this season. ~ Racialicious

    Um...the fuck kind of "friends" are these????

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  6. I just watched the clip of Daddy Pope roasting his daughter's ass like a goose on Thanksgiving. GYATDAMB!!!! Joe Morton needs a damn EMMY for that scene alone.

    I don't really care about shit else, but that scene was FIRE!!!

    And they better tell them "friends" that Google is their sister in Christ.

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