11.01.2013

Black Girls' Night Out: Olivia Pope

KNEW I could snag a pic of this dress!
OHHHHHHHHH....SUH-NAAAAAAAAP.

***As usual spoilers***

What started as a shockingly bland and mediocre episode slowly and meticulously escalated until my jaw was on the floor.

First, Lisa Kudrow

As I mentioned earlier, I was happy Shonda Rhimes chose Kudrow for the role of Fitz's rival.  I like the actress.  Of course, she's a little over 10 years younger than my mother, yet last night she looked at least 10-15 years older than my mother...but that's a different conversation for a different day.

Some might argue that the casting stunt is foul play, but to an extent, I get it.  We're gearing up for election season on Scandal, and introducing the character of Congresswoman Josie Marcus (Kudrow) in this manner is much like introducing a political contender. We get hyped about her presence because we want to see more of the Democrats on the show and just how far they're willing to go to take out the Prez.

Secondly, Sally Langston

On Facebook, I shared this hilarious article which posited six ways Sally Langston is a better President than Fitz.  Sally has been something of a laughingstock to Cyrus and Fitz on Scandal, and she's not taking it anymore.  In fact, that seems to be theme this season: political women not taking it anymore.  We saw the Senator's wife murder his side piece and then verbally step all over him in court.  Congresswoman Marcus has decided to make the leap and become the first female Prez, which ain't nothin' to scoff at.

And now Sally Langston is thinking of breaking away and running for President as an Independent.

Thirdly, #TeamHucknJake, and Quinn is grounded

The ex-spies have joined forces, y'all; they know Daddy Pope's dirty little secrets, all three hundred and twenty-nine of them (sorry ladies; it seems Liv's mom is dead after all).  In so doing, Huck's found a new playmate and Quinn's grounded for trying to be too much like Huck.  You know what happens when kids get grounded, right?  If they're Quinn, they sneak out and buy a gun.

Fourthly, Kennedy

The Prez is still not grasping just how powerful B613 is.  Even after getting hung up on by Daddy Pope, the Prez seriously thinks he can "get rid of B613".  So Cyrus tells him a sweet little story about a man who noticed - merely noticed - B613's budget among the government's regular funds.  The story ends with the man committing suicide.  Of course, Cyrus explains that's not exactly how the Prez's story will end if B613 decides he's an enemy.  He explains that if Fitz wants to know how B613 will deal with a sitting President, he can "ask Kennedy."

Lastly, the Unholy Trinity

I know you're thinking Mellie/Fitz/Liv, but I was actually thinking Mellie/Cyrus/Liv.  After publicly throwing Liv under the bus and fucking with her revenue stream, the White House wants her back to help re-elect the same man they accused her of sleeping with...publicly.  They think they can recreate their former magic...without the election-rigging this time.

Um...yeah. Okay.



Really quickly, could someone explain something to me? What makes Fitz so "great"? Cyrus runs his Presidency. Mellie used to be crucial to his image. Liv writes his jokes and comes up with all the great strategies. Meanwhile, Fitz drinks, and whines, and doesn't know what to do with himself. What makes him so great?

Remember how lost this man got when left to his own devices?

10 comments:

  1. And this episode's snark award goes to....

    "I like your new boyfriend. Is he married?"

    ~ Mellie to Olivia

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  2. Wow..I missed most of Scandal I will try to watch this episode over the weekend. I did get to see the last few minutes of Huck and Jake's collaboration( sounds suspenseful) and I did managed to watch Millie's met up with Liv. I was shocked at the request Millie asked Olivia. I thought that she was going to lock the door and beat her like crazy.

    Hmmmm....I know what Millie is doing,but man..I don't know...I just don't know. From either side. As the wife, I don't know if I would confide in the woman that I can't trust to help make my man happy again,but on the other side, I don't know if I could continue tiptoeing around their affair like Olivia with fears of the truth coming to light. I guess it's a case of your worst enemy playing your greatest ally. Still, I would be wondering what Millie got up her sleeve?

    I also wanted to see more of Lisa Kudrow's character. I got to see some of her last week and she's definitely no joke. She has aged some,but Lisa is playing a good role on Scandal. Im hoping that I won't be blocked off TV next week. Far as the president, what is so good about him you ask. That's the milllion dollar question. He's a playboy and a stalker. I also think he takes people for granted. I know that Liv is about to have a nervous breakdown,but if Jake doesn't have any deceptive surprises for her, that is who I would want her with.

    I hate that Olivia's mom is dead. I was reading where people had " what if's" of who could play her mom.
    If her mother's character was alive, I would have liked for either Phylicia Rashad or moreso,Lynn Whitfield to play that role. The lady can bite..lol , She's a great actress. Now that Kerry is pregnant, I wonder what Shonda's going to with it. Unless Scandal is about the go off the air, I don't think her pregnancy should be written in the show. It would spoil it. Maybe suspect that she may be pregnant,but let it be a false alarm.

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    1. I also wanted to see more of Lisa Kudrow's character. I got to see some of her last week and she's definitely no joke.

      This is what I mean; she's got me caught up in the excitement of this faux election and I want to see her make Fitz & Co. sweat bullets.

      Far as the president, what is so good about him you ask. That's the milllion dollar question. He's a playboy and a stalker. I also think he takes people for granted.

      This. Mellie is a cold-hearted, miserable bitch because she had to suffer the indignity of working her ass off to become a lawyer, and then having to settle for being the wife of a politician who fucks and respects everybody but her.

      He supposedly loves Liv and is willing to leave everything for her, but he doesn't (granted, it's inconsistent writing, but there's a kernel of truth to it). Fitz is not going to give up power and prestige for Olivia, but you best believe he expects her to hike up her skirt on cue.

      And no one has Fitz's back like Cyrus Beene. Cyrus is the one person in Fitz's life who will forgive anything he says or does and will do anything to keep Fitz in office. He had Charlie kill Amanda Tanner, and he almost had Charlie shoot his husband James to keep him from testifying about Defiance. Cyrus does what he can to appease B613 to keep them from offing the Prez, because quite frankly, I believe they would've killed Fitz off a long time ago simply on principle.

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    2. Hmmmm....I know what Millie is doing,but man..I don't know...I just don't know. From either side. As the wife, I don't know if I would confide in the woman that I can't trust to help make my man happy again,but on the other side, I don't know if I could continue tiptoeing around their affair

      By the way, I didn't like this. The speech sounded forced. Bellamy Young (Mellie) looked like she was reciting that shit under protest.

      As soon as Mellie started going on and on about being suddenly, totally unlikely, out-of-the-friggin'-blue #TeamOlitz, I had a WTF moment. I thought I'd accidentally switched on Twisted during Jo's "Lacey, I adore you speech" which has its own pedestal in the Bullshit Hall of Fame.

      WTH? These two hated each other for years, and Mellie was willing to destroy her respectability and her husband's presidency all in one fell swoop because of Liv. ABC really expects us to believe she's suddenly going to let bygones be bygones just because it's election season?

      Abeg.

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    3. I think one of the things that works with Lisa Kudrow is that she is a smart lady finally getting to play a smart lady. Her signature role was as a blond ditz, but in real life she is bilingual and has a a degree is bio or biochem from Vassar. I also like that she's left her face alone, or at least has allowed it to age believable for a white woman (and yet still works).
      Fitz is the attractive alpha male that many people who would not get a shot for various reasons (Mellie b/c she's a woman, although white women are first to get the shot after their husbands are done, a la Hillary Clinton, Cyrus b/c he's a gay Republican, Olivia as a black woman). All of these people are able to live out their fantasies through him, and it works precisely b/c he is so mediocre. I mean, really Fitz is like many privileged alpha-males who are mediocre but always "win" b/c of the people who do the heavy lifting for them.
      He's the face. Everyone else is the brains.
      Mellie did what many privileged white women do. They jump off their own career ladder and boost their husbands and expect to live happily ever after enjoying the spoils of victory. But I think that many men like Fitz are delusional and arrogant and dont' really realize or acknowledge how much their "back-up" dancers really contribute to their success.
      I think he has enough hubris to think he can have it both ways, although so far, something always brings him bakc down to earth.
      Plus, I'm sorry, I can't understand how Olivia ever talked to him after that mess after the christening.

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    4. Did a little research to find Lisa Kudrow is actually 50, which makes her 8 years younger than my mother. That being said, I applaud her for not getting any work done; knowing that she's not botoxing or face-lifting gives her an air of dignity, and I find her more convincing as a Congresswoman than I do a ditz.

      She owns this role, and I hope to see her all season long.

      Plus, I'm sorry, I can't understand how Olivia ever talked to him after that mess after the christening.

      Meet the 21st Century equivalent to the Riddle of the Sphinx.

      I think that many men like Fitz are delusional and arrogant and dont' really realize or acknowledge how much their "back-up" dancers really contribute to their success.

      And I don't like how everyone's lining up to apologize to the spoiled white alpha male. Fuck him. They committed a felony and the tragic result? He became fucking President. Boo-hoo.

      The gay Republican and three women took the over-privileged guy and gave him even more privilege. And not just any privilege, but Presidential privilege. As if that the sort of thing a hard-drinking, skirt-chasing, boundary-violating asshole really needs.

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  3. So... Did Olivia's dad have Fitz kill Olivia's mom by shooting down the plane she was on? Or did I read things wrong?

    Also, what Olivia did to Jake was a new low for her, her pining over Fitz came off kind of pathetic to me. She really needs to move on.

    As for Mellie, I just don't get her. Case close. But I am slightly starting to like her more.

    And finally, what makes Fitz great, I don't think anything does. I think it is simply what Cyrus said last season about why he can't be president " He's not so pretty" " He sleeps with men", Mellie's a woman so it won't be easy for her to be president and Olivia seems too lovestruck with Fitz to do anything. Where as Fitz, the ex naval officer, son of a politician, rich, married with kids, white , heterosexual, Christian, male has the easiest chance. Cyrus, Mellie and Olivia seem like they just want to build Fitz into what they want him to be and lay claim to doing it.

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    1. Did Olivia's dad have Fitz kill Olivia's mom by shooting down the plane she was on? Or did I read things wrong?

      Girl, Fitz crashed that plane somehow. I guess we just have to wait to find out how and why Daddy Pope made him do it.

      Where as Fitz, the ex naval officer, son of a politician, rich, married with kids, white , heterosexual, Christian, male has the easiest chance. Cyrus, Mellie and Olivia seem like they just want to build Fitz into what they want him to be and lay claim to doing it.

      I get that he has the "creds", but Cyrus, Mellie, and Liv keep talking about how "great" he is as though he's special in some unique way. Now, I like your idea that they are vicariously projecting onto him, because let's be honest: ain't nothin' great about Fitz. He is not special. He was simply born into the Holy Grail Trifecta of privilege: he's a wealthy, woman-loving white guy and that's it.

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  4. He was simply born into the Holy Grail Trifecta of privilege: he's a wealthy, woman-loving white guy and that's it.

    And sadly to a lot of people that equals great.

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