“Are We Gladiators Or B!+ches?” Best Moments From Last Night’s “Scandal”

October 4, 2013  |  
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The moment we’ve been waiting for the entire summer finally happened last night and I must say I was thoroughly impressed with last night’s Season 3 premiere of “Scandal.” It answered plenty of questions, exposed the drama that we love and of course a few people got their wigs snatched in the process. Let’s jump in to the most memorable moments.

Daddy Issues

Man did Dad come in like a force field or what?! In the first six minutes of the show we learned that Daddy Pope is the man, other than Fitz, who can effectively get under Olivia’s skin. She literally cowered under his tyranny and was minutes away from flying away to some obscure island away from the mess that was awaiting her. In addition to learning just how small he makes Olivia feel we also learn that he was not trying to kill her, he was after Jake Ballard. Just before he attempted to send her off to the island, he left her with sweet words, calling her mediocre and asking her why she didn’t aim higher. In all of the belittlement, Daddy Pope said something many black parents have expressed to their children: “You have to be twice as good as them to get half of what they have.” Well…

On another note someone on Tumblr mentioned that Fitz and Olivia probably continue to gravitate to one another because they both have domineering fathers who want the best for their children, but often seek to degrade them as a form of motivation.

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I can’t say I expected to see Sally this episode. But I should have known. After all, there’s a moral issue on the table and naturally, she would want to share her two cents. Initially, she came in like a bull dog attacking Cyrus’ homosexuality, even talking about the poor, sweet brown baby he and James adopted. After all of her barking was done, Fitz asks to speak to Sally alone. When they’re by themselves he asks her for time to reveal the truth behind all of this drama in his own time. She softens and then even admits that her own husband is stepping out on her too.

Olivia was out here

As my coworkers and I were discussing the show this morning, we debated about the plausibility of Olivia getting around with powerful, political, silver foxes. Was it real or was it fabricated? Umm… judging by what we’ve seen of Olivia in the past three seasons, I certainly wouldn’t put it past her. I mean, she did sleep with Jake kind of quickly. And when she learned that he wasn’t who she thought he was, she didn’t seem too devastated. She does this. And not only that, it would certainly explain how she got her career started. She could have genuinely been in love with a few of them, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t teach her a thing or two along the way.

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Olivia’s Coat

Honey, I don’t necessarily consider myself a fashionista. I don’t always put much effort into my outfits, but I will say I have good taste. A sista knows what looks good. So, it was no surprise that Kerry’s trench coat caught my eye, in addition to thousands of other women. It was too fly to ignore. Because one of our Twitter followers asked me to let her know if I ever found out where she could get it, here are the deets. It’s a doubled caped trench coat from Burberry Prorsum’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Allegedly, it’s no longer available but I’m sure, after last night’s episode, someone is throwing that bad boy on Ebay. I’ve heard prices quoted from as “low” as $1557 to $10,000. Good luck!

I know the above gif has nothing to do with the coat but I feel compelled to highlight one of the more important lines from this bunker scene. Is Kerry really a slore? She certainly doesn’t seem to be benefiting financially or emotionally from carrying on this love affair with Fitz.

What was Fitz really doing?

Now, I certainly don’t trust Daddy Pope. If Olivia’s own mother was warning her about him, it’s clear he’s not a man of high moral standing and not above lying. The folder he presented Cyrus supposedly contains information about what the president, Fitz, was really doing when he sent troops to war?… At least that’s how I understood it. Correct me if I’m wrong. There are a lot of theories swirling around but one of the most interesting is that the president and Jake Ballard had an affair. Woooo lawd. That would be soo juicy and I want you all to know I would be here for all of it. They said there was going to be a love triangle this season. You never know…

“Like I gave a damn about your forgiveness”

Father forgive me, but I can’t lie. I live for the moments when Fitz shuts Mellie down. I don’t know what that says about me. Maybe I like to see the underdog get pissed on or maybe I’m a closeted misogynist, I can’t quite call it. But when he comes for her, my soul smiles. Sick isn’t it? And last night was just another instance of Fitz shutting Mellie down and embarrassing the hell out of her…once again. He told her last night that they were at war. And it began when he laid his head in her lap, like [he] “gave a damn about her forgiveness.” Ooo wee! And as usual, all she could do was stand there, stuck on stupid while she no doubt thought of another harebrained scheme to get him to stop seeing Olivia. I think the fact that Mellie always thinks she’s ahead of the game and is always dead wrong, is why I love when Fitz lets her know the real deal. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t know what Mellie hopes to gain from all of this.

Harrison Delivers

There’s nothing really to say about this one. Harrison doesn’t say a whole lot but when he speaks, he brings it. And last night he brought the most memorable line of the night.

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The Switch Up

Harrison’s plan was the deflect attention from Olivia and so he released the video of the president’s young employee talking about how hot he is. And just like that, people stopped talking about Olivia and everybody’s looking at the redhead. But you know Olivia has her moments of morality and she didn’t appreciate the gesture if it mean that another woman’s name would be dragged through the mud. By the end of the episode, we learn that she’s taken on the girl as a client.

Source: ABC

Charlie’s back

I’ve known I’m too into this show for a while now but last night just reaffirmed it. When I saw James slumped over in that chair, I just knew that Charlie had killed him. And I was really effected by it for a second. Thankfully, he had just drugged him. As diabolical as Charlie is, I really enjoy watching him. He gets ish done, even if it does make life for the Gladiators a bit more difficult. And I love to watch the interact with Huck. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see what he wants from Cyrus.

What did you think about last night’s episode? What was your favorite moment?

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  • Hajokesonu

    ” I am the hell and the high water”!!!!

  • Christiana Adebeshin

    Sh!t got real last night the things that happened in just one hour was ridiculous one of the best episodes I have ever watched

  • JRoc85

    Scandal was ON FIRE Last night!!! From Rowan laying down the law with his daughter, Olivia, Cyrus calling Olivia “an ambitious $lut,” to Mellie referring to Olivia as a “ho” right in front of her, to the “GLADIATORS” taking matters into their own hands, VP Sally telling Fitz her husband is cheating, Mellie & Fitz going “toe to toe,” & President Fitz getting Tom to leak Olivia’s name!!!! THIS SEASON PREMIERE WAS TOO GOOD!!

  • cryssi

    Um the Jake Ballard/Fitz war thing isn’t about Fitz sending anyone to war….Jake Ballard is his age, lol.

    They served in the war together. They did some kind of secret op together in the war when they were young that was kept top secret and redacted from any files on it.

  • Natasha1981

    I love her white coat, I want one in every color, lbvs. Plus the “I am the hell and the high water” was the line and even this morning when I dropped my daughter off at school, I heard a mother telling her son that after he disobeyed her.

    • sha

      LMAO!!! that is good and he was probably looking like WTH is that supposed to mean!! LOL !!!

      • Natasha1981

        He did, mom put his butt in check and the boy had to be about 9 or 10.

  • Jud Jud

    LOVE this Scandal lol I mean I love this show

  • HoneyDipp

    Am I the only one who is Team Mellie? Now my girl is pretty ruthless, but I would probably be salty as all get out if my husband did me like that too. I don’t care…. If I get played, everybody is crashing and burning! I KNOW you don’t expect me to just step aside and let her come in and take my place all willy nilly when I helped you build this…. Chile please! *eye roll*

    • Amanda D. Browne

      I’m Team Mellie too! I can’t wait for her to come up with another plan to get at Fitz and Olivia. He is a dog and they both deserve everything she throws at them.

    • Rochelle

      I would be with you on this if Mellie didn’t decide since season one to be a willing participant. When Amanda Tanner died, Mellie told Olivia that it was her fault because she walked on Fitz knowing that he loves and needs him and that she failed at doing her job which was keeping him happy and in check. She cannot switch up now that she realizes that Fitz is now in fact very much in love with Olivia, to the point where he is willing to do anything and everything to be with her, including not seeking a second term, or to be impeached. I feel like at this point she is just as guilty as both Fitz and Olivia. She realizes that she cares about him more than she imagined considering this marriage was a political one. She is willing to fight to bring him down now that she realizes she doesn’t have the juice she thought she did.

      With that said, the Olivia/Fitz affair can get annoying and Fitz is indeed a dog. I am not one to call out teams but I would just like Olivia to be happy overall.

      • sha

        Yaaas ma’am! Spoken like a true Scandaholic!!!

      • Yvette


    • HUgrad13

      Yeah, I love Mellie as a character. Shes the one I love to hate, and Bellamy Young always looks great doing it. But, I cant get down with anybody acting the way she does in a marriage. Take out the fact that Fitz is a dog, and whatever you may think of Olivia’s actions. If I saw the ish Mellie does in real life, I would be appalled, and I wouldnt say she deserves to get cheated on (because no one does) HOWEVER, i’m definitely not inclined to think she actually has the right to be salty. You can’t be down for the affair, like oh yeah “I’m First Lady, screw whomever you want, do whatever you want, as long as you give me my power.” then be mad when it goes sideways. Sorry, thats just dumb. I agree with below posters. At this point she is equally at fault. She doesnt even love him, just the power. Plus, I’m 99% positive that Olivia has some concrete evidence that she is cheating as well.

      • HoneyDipp

        Despite it all, he is her husband and she is his wife. Liv is the sidepiece. The title of “wife” alone gives Mellie more than enough of a reason to be salty. Sure she tried saving face by having the “whatever” attitude, but you can tell she is extremely hurt by the affair…. I get you tho, she IS one scandalous heffa. She’s the wife though. LOVE. THIS. SHOW!!!!!

        • HUgrad13

          But I don’t think he was her husband. I think power is her husband and Fitz is her sidepiece. I think thats why I can never mess with her claiming wife to Fitz only when its convenient.

          • ksmall

            oooh, well stated! ya’ll are killin me here lol. love it!

      • ksmall

        i hadn’t considered that Liv might have that kind of dirt on Mellie, but let’s be real, her husband is always all up on/in Liv so Mellie gotta be gettin it in with SOMEBODY. that’s a scandal right there!

    • PleaseDOBetter

      I can appreciate Mellie’s humanity. I love the way that Shonda is able to bring that out of her characters. I could have been Team Mellie had she married Fitz for love rather than power. She willingly agreed to partake in a political marriage.

  • Fitz and Jake a couple? As if! I’m pretty sure they did some grimy stuff back in the day but them being together? Cant see it, but then again anything can happen. Papa Pope was on point last night!!! Cant wait for next week!!!

    • Jud Jud

      Papa Pope was surely on point last night I was like oooo he’s angry !!!!!

  • sammi_lu

    Another moment I caught was how effortlessly Quinn was ready to take it there when she slid that idea in of just killing another intern. Huck may have created a “Sleeping Monster”; something fiendish in my soul wants to see that ruthlessness unleashed lol.

  • Let It Be

    I told my husband this morning “I am the hell AND the high water”. It didnt have the same affect on him as it did O. Pope (he rolled his eyes and said “ok baby, I love you too”) but it was fun saying it! LOL Last night was just TOO much. Scandal will have you smoking cigarettes when you dont smoke, doing yoga, and meditating to just get your nerves off edge and regulate your blood pressure. I wonder what was in that folder; i think they killed Olivia’s mama… I need to watch it again. Providence will definitely be the new lovers code.

    • Yes! That was the line and judging from the Facebook posts from my friends, it did it for them as well. I loved how Daddy Pope gave O. Pope the same fast talking, get your life speech she gives her clients.

      • Let It Be

        YES! The interaction between her and her father made me believe for a hot second that i was watching a real lecture from father to daughter. She folded just as a daughter would but not for long.

        • Ok! Sounded like one my lashing my dad use to give me! He shut it down for the first few minutes. Then Harrison brought and I was in love!

    • Ajavee

      I loved the “I am the hell and highwater” line.

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