“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.


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.

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.

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.

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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