Making Papa Pope the Man with the Plan, Mellie's new right arm, the ultimate fixer who made the Prez's inevitable impeachment (and likely imprisonment) was a move that unraveled all the other moves.
It started when someone put a hit out on Rowan (praise be) and failed. He tries to get his daughter to rescue him, but Liv is willing to leave him for dead. Now right there, I winced, 'cause I knew my uncle was going to have an issue with that. Like, I know he's going to want to have words this evening about that.
But Liv eventually does come through for her dad (in a way), and for that I want to have words with Shondaland's writers.
So let me get this straight: After Mellie lies in court and wrecks her future, Olivia explains to Mellie that Papa Pope can fix everything and make all their problems go away if she uses her pull as a Senator to free him. After revealing who Papa Pope really is and what he's done - including assassinating Mellie's son - Mellie still decides to go ahead and free him and bring him on her team.
But wait...there's more.
You wanna know how Papa Pope fixes everything? By blackmailing the prosecution. How, you ask? By revealing to them their dirty secrets via photos and documents. But, you ask, isn't that just something Olivia and her people could've done them-damn-selves? Why yes, of course. They could have. It's what they do, or at least used to.
So now, Shonda has finally hit the reset button she promised in Season 4, but the problem is, Huck, Quinn, and Jake are basically useless. Marcus Walker - in some ways - is just Harrison-lite and band-aid being slapped on this show's cancer. Papa Pope is back with Tom the Teutonic Bodyguard in tow...despite fan protest to just let...them...go. Olitz is still going strong (*yawn*), and Mellie's warpath is just business as usual. Things have changed on Scandal...how, exactly?
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Okay...rewind to Season 1. Does anyone recall someone putting a gun to Nate's head and forcing him to have an affair with Annalise while his wife was rotting from cancer? I mean, didn't she need him then? Yeah sure, like the New Roomie says, he's grieving, but still...how quickly they forget!
I'm not going to bother bringing up Michaela Pratt in detail this week because she didn't do much except to repeatedly remind Wes that he let her have sex with Eggs 911 a.k.a. Levi. She has zero fucks to give about whether or not Rebecca is dead because all she can think about is the fact she was carrying on - for gods only know how long - with Eggs 911. She says it over and over again like a punchline whenever she's about to walk off with her fellow mini-Keatings: "You let me have sex with Eggs 911" - it's amusing as hell.
This week, however, we finally found out exactly what Asher did at Trotter Lake. Allegedly, he participated in a gang-rape, which is ironic considering how distraught he seemed at Bonnie being raped by her father. I wonder how Annalise is going to react to this info? Especially since she just had her team throw Asher's dad under the bus to save herself, her team, and her mini-Keatings, Asher included.