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Last night’s episode of “Scandal” had its moments. There was Abby checking the hell out of Elizabeth North…(that girl is still trying to find her place in the administration). There was that gut-wrenching scene when Cyrus’ now-husband Michael sat down with his parents for dinner. In case you missed it, Michael’s father told him that it made him sick to his stomach to look, sit and eat with him. And then, perhaps most memorably, there was the moment when Cyrus told Michael that even though their marriage was something like a sham, he was dedicated to doing what he could to “be his person” in a world where he’d been abandoned by everyone he loved. With Stevie Wonder crooning “All In Love Is Fair,” it was a very special moment.
Oh…and there was also Olivia wearing Fitz’s grandmother’s ring at the wedding…whatever.
In case my tone is elluding you right now, please know that I am not #TeamOlitz. Everyone is always telling me how much Fitz loves her but all of his actions seem to suggest that he loves the presidency even more. He’s had plenty of opportunities to step away from the power and the limelight. But he fails every.single.time. These two legitimately make me sick.
So, you can imagine my delight when Jake Ballard was introduced as one of Olivia’s new love interests. Unlike FItz, he was willing to leave it all behind for her, is always the one protecting her–except in this recent kidnapping thing…he did try though–and a relationship between these two is just far more probable and less dysfunctional…if such a thing exists on this show.
Anyway, last night after the show ended there was a teaser for next week’s episode and real talk, those 20 seconds got more of a rise out of me than the entire hour-long episode that preceded it.
In case you missed it, here it is.
What the hell?!
In my mind I know that there’s a great possibility that #Olake might never be a permanent thing. But to make him flip out like this, threatening to kill Olivia and all is just too much for me. I’m hoping that Shondaland is trying to throw us off the trail with this one because it just seems completely out of character.
Jake has spent at least two seasons trying to be the one Olivia loves and now, all of a sudden he’s trying to take her out? I’m just not buying it. And while we’re on this topic, am I the only one who’s noticed that there seems to be some gross character inconsistencies as of late? I’m still trying to determine why Huck had to kill Sue, Lena Dunham’s character, last week. We know Huck is a little off balance but we’ve never seen him kill anybody all willy nilly. Never. I know some would argue that there was a possibility that she could talk but the same could be said for a lot of people Huck knows. It was too much…and out of character.
With story lines that have Olivia fighting to break out of a fake prison, Olivia and Fitz doing that same tired dance and Huck slitting people’s throats, I’m wondering if the ratings are dropping simply because people can’t seem to follow all the various and seemingly “unrealistic” character paths right now.
It’s nice to know that Kerry Washington is as dedicated to Thursday nights as her loyal gladiators. In a recent interview with Net-A-Porter’s The Edit, the 38-year-old explained that she doesn’t have much of a social life when the show is in season because her Thursday night plans revolve around being available to live tweet the show and interact with fans.
“Oh yes, I have no social life on a Thursday!” she confessed.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering how this all worked out in the weeks leading up to her daughter’s birth nearly one year ago, Washington had this to say:
“Every Thursday within three weeks of my [daughter Isabelle’s] due date, I loaded up pre-tweets based on the episodes and what I would want to say.”
Interestingly, the wife and mom happened to be in labor while the show was on and do you know what she did? She tweeted!
“I tweeted in the very early stages of my labor,” she shared before confessing to her bizarre reason for doing so.
“I figured that if I went completely silent on social media, then people would know I was in the hospital!”
It has been nearly three years since “Scandal” first debuted on ABC, and the show’s protagonist Olivia Pope has been widely praised as well as criticized. When asked if there was anything she disliked about the political heroine, Washington expressed that there are many of Olivia’s choice’s that she disagrees with.
“I love her. To me she’s like family, and with family, it doesn’t matter if you like them or not, you love them no matter what. I don’t always agree with her choices, but I have a lot of compassion for them.”
As for one of the drastic differences that exist between herself and her character, Kerry said that it would have to be her willingness to address her issues.
“I do a lot of therapy! Not to say that I have it all together, but I think I have a little bit more awareness about my behavior patterns and I do the work it takes to get out of them.”
Scandal’s ratings have dropped to an all-time low this season!
The Wrap reports viewership of the ABC drama decreased 11 percent last Thursday, placing the entire network in second place for ratings that night; CBS came in first place thanks to the NCAA tournament. It is said Scandal’s ratings usually drop during this time of year because the majority of its college-age viewers are on Spring Break. Surprisingly though, Nielsen TV ratings for Scandal were still low despite millennial actress and producer Lena Dunham (Girls) —who is usually marketed to mid-to late-20-somethings — appearing on the show in a guest role.
After its sister show Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal received 8 million viewers last Thursday. Though that’s still a decent number, it’s a 4 million decline from the season premiere in September leading to some to believe Scandal’s storyline doesn’t have more room to develop and is becoming a bore to viewers.
Do you agree or have you been a faithful Gladiator?
Olivia is still greatly traumatized by being abducted. And she is spending her days bolted up in her apartment. And while she would love to stay in there, Washington just can’t seem to run smoothly without her and she keeps getting called out to handle several crises. Check out the most memorable moments from the show.
Over the weekend, Kerry Washington and the cast of “Scandal” took the stage at the Paley Center for their Paley Fest panel with moderator Jimmy Kimmel. Towards the end of the event, fans were allowed to ask questions, which of course was quite risky and according to E! Online, the fan Q&A led to plenty of awkward questions presented to cast members. Washington handled one particularly uncomfortable question like a pro about ex-cast member Columbus Short. Check out some highlights from the panel below.
Kerry on how the cast handled their Columbus Short drama last year:
“The one thing that I would say, just so that it’s clear: everyone who’s in this family is in this family whether you’re in this show or not. I don’t celebrate the laughter at that question. I understand the question, and thank you for giving us so many viewers and thank you for understanding why we’re not going to answer that.”
Kerry on the Ferguson-type situation that was presented in last week’s episode:
“It was really important to us that the show is about a woman who is black but also a lot of things.”
“We have a come to a point where the writers do feel comfortable to address more race. I was very moved that Shonda had a lot of feelings about what’s been going on and her form of protest her form of expression is to write, and so for all of us to be able to tell this story was such an honor. It was a coming of age for Olivia but the overriding subtext of the story was so important. It was about lives mattering independent of who you’re born as.”
Tony Goldwyn on Olivia being appreciative of Fitz going to war for her:
“No she was not. She didn’t quite meet my expectations. I was hoping for a little more sugar.”
Kerry on Olivia’s kidnapping:
“Tony and I actually had a really great conversation about the fact that the president went to war, the idea that at a time that we were fighting for media to pay attention to hundreds of girls, #BringBackOurGirls. Shonda did the epitome of that story showing that the president went to war for one girl, and then put a black woman on an auction block because she’s Shonda and it’s complicated.”
I’m sure, I’m not the only one, still stuck on last week’s episode of Scandal.
The return of our beloved Stephen is one of our FAVORITE moments of this season thus far. Now, we have some new casting news to tell our gladiators.
According to Variety, Lena Dunham will appear in an episode of Scandal. Lena will star as a guest cast member in one single episode. The details of the episode have not been revealed. However, Dunham once the website Grantland, “My life’s great passion is the idea of being a guest-star on Scandal. I want to be like, a senator who did something wrong.”
We can only hope Shonda granted Dunham’s one wish. As for the show, we’re excited to see where things go. After last week’s episode, we can only wonder how long Liv will stay away from Fitz. Also, will Poppa Pope make a reappearance? Sigh, only time will tell.
Columbus Short is set to return to the small screen.
E! Online has confirmed that Columbus Short will join the cast of Fear Files, an original horror film from TV One.
The site is reporting,”In the short film Fear, which will premiere in Friday, March 13, Short will play City Councilman Harvey Jordan, whose plan to build a football stadium in a low income neighborhood causes friction to erupt within the community. And after a deadly fire removes the last resident standing in the way of his project, people begin to question if the death was an accident or a murder planned by the Councilman. While the truth begins to haunt Jordan, he must charm Kelisia Waters (Erica Hubbard, BET’s Let’s Stay Together), a determined reporter in order to sway the media attention away from him.”
For the last few months, Short has made headlines for his legal issues and substance abuse. He was sadly killed off the hit show, Scandal, because of them. Hopefully this will be a fresh start for Short.
I don’t know how many more weeks I could have watched Olivia be in bondage. So I was so happy to see that she broke free this week. But it took a while and there were some pretty memorable moments along the way. Check out the highlights from last night’s episode.
If you love the app Shazam, which instantaneously tells you what song you’re listening to if you don’t know its title or artist, you will love Spylight.
Made for the fashionistas at heart, Spylight helps consumers instantly view where to purchase the exact outfits their favorite television characters are wearing. The app listens to the audio of shows or movies and then Spylight provides the labels being worn on the characters in the scene. Spylight also partners with major media corporations to gather information about their television shows in order to know what outfits their popular characters’ wear before the shows air. If consumers cannot afford the clothing featured in the show, Spylight provides affordable alternatives.
COO Aly Moore also told the Daily Beast:
“We are building a disruptive technology that will open a whole new array of options for fans, studios, and fashion brands. Through Spylight, brands can now receive recognition for—and benefit from—their contributions to movies and TV. And Hollywood studios can enable fans to engage with their favorite characters on a level that was never possible before.”
For those who will be viewing the Oscars this upcoming Sunday, February 22, Spylight will live-blog the event notifying their followers what their favorite stars are wearing. Spylight will be available to download, later on this month in the iPhone app store.
Last night, I was wondering just how Olivia was going to work her way out of bondage. This whole being imprisoned thing is a nice twist in the story line but I’m ready for homegirl to be free. So I was glued to the television. And the episode did not disappoint. Check out the most memorable moments from last night’s episode of “Scandal.”