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Gladiators, here are the must-read reviews for #Scandal308 all in ONE spot!
- AwesomelyLuvvie.com: All the applause for Ava Duvernay, who directed this episode of Scandal, which made history! It was the first time a Black woman (Ava) directed a prime-time network TV drama created by a Black woman (Shonda Rhimes) and starring a Black woman (Kerry Washington). AND IT WAS PHENOMENAL!!!
- Vulture.com: I think Mama Pope was also a spy or somehow involved with B613, but I wonder if we’ll be rooting for her a few episodes from now, or hoping she gets what’s coming to her. Papa Pope walks a similar line — he does supremely terrible things under the guise of keeping U.S. safety on lockdown, which makes him seem terrible, too, but is it the job that makes him awful, or does he have to be awful to do the job? Right now I’m rooting for Mama Pope — she’s got that whole mother’s-love, woman-scorned thing going for her — but I wouldn’t be surprised if we were all screaming “I KNEW IT!” and smashing our wine glasses against the wall at the end of the season because of something she did to betray Liv. I am ready for this ride.
- Entertainment Weekly: Following a tragic detour into Mellie’s past,Scandal brought us right back to Olivia Pope’s D.C. this week, and I have to say: It was comforting to reunite with Olitz and the B613 mystery. What was overshadowed by Mellie’s backstory last week was (possibly) the worst-kept secret in Shondaland: Maya Pope is alive and…not well, exactly, but alive.
- TV Fanatic: You guys. WHAT WAS THAT? Seriously. Scandal season 3 is bringing.it. There was A-game all over the place tonight! All of the twists and turns taken on Scandal Season 3 Episode 8 are the reason this show is the show to watch on Thursday nights.
- TVLine.com: This week’s Scandal was, in part, How We Met Liv’s Mother, as Rowan/Eli spent some time with “dead” Maya. Elsewhere, Fitz took Olivia for a ride, Cy put James in a… position… and Quinn labored to cover her tracks.
- ABC.com: Secrets of Scandal - Vermont is for Lovers, Too.
- The AV Club: Scandal - “Vermont is for Lovers,Too.”
AfterBuzz TV Reviews #Scandal308 “Vermont is For Lovers, Too.”
Cartoon #Scandal “Everything’s Coming Up Mellie.”
AfterBuzz TV Recaps #Scandal307 “Everything’s Coming Up Scandal.” Brilliant and spot-on commentary!
If you are anything but Team Mellie after this episode, then just get out of here.
There’s more to a character than whether he or she is a rape survivor.
AwesomelyLuvvie.com reviews #Scandal307 ‘Everything’s Coming Up Mellie.”
When Olivia expresses her need for more evidence of Fitz’s role in Remington, Jake agrees to get it for her. (“I’m only digging up dirt on the most powerful man in the world. How dangerous can that possibly be?”) He asks a friendly intelligence lass to pinch the cockpit recording, but when they rendezvous later for the handoff, a guy tailing Jake caps the gal in the melon — then reveals that she was about to shoot Jake. (Shades of The Sting!) The tail delivers Jake to the president, who urges his friend to stand down. Meanwhile, Olivia — after draining a bottle of red — leads her father to answer one and only one question. Her pick: “Did you give the order to have my mother killed?!” He says no.
As the hour closes, Fitz shows up at Liv’s, using his bedroom eyes to invite her back on the campaign trail and “be us again.” But all she wants is the truth. When Fitz insists that she stop digging, Olivia reveals the darkest fact at hand: that among the 300 fatalities, one was her mother. “Do you still not know what I’m talking about??” Fitz seems visibly surprised by this bombshell, but holds firm: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
* Sally and Leo plot to use her pro-Grant appearances to start laying out her own agenda. And when a celeb reverend rails against Fitz on TV, Sally is summoned to calm him — but instead courts him to support her ticket. (Thing is, the reverend is in Cy’s pocket.) Bonus: After dining with the Langstons, Mellie tells Cyrus that Sally has a liability: her handsy husband.
* Quinn starts practicing at a gun range, where Charlie shows up and offers some tips/encouragement — at Rowan’s bequest. (I assume this is the new scene partner Katie Lowes was excited about?)
What did you think of this week’s Scandal? What could be Rowan’s plan for Quinn?
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Tangela’s back with another amazing, HILARIOUS Scandal recap! (Who doesn’t LOVE Tangela’s recaps?!) She reviews episode 305, “More Cattle, Less Bull.” (We need Tangela’s ship name on a tee-shirt, stat!)
This week on ABC’s Scandal, Lisa Kudrow stepped into the spotlight yet it was Olivia who eyed a comeback, while the dark, dark truth about Operation Remington came to light.
AfterBuzz TV reviews #Scandal303: “Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington.” Insightful commentary as always, AfterBuzz TV Gang! (Thanks Bamm!)
REVIEW | It was a bit wheel-spinny of an episode for me, this early into the Remington storyline. If that mystery/conspiracy is to be the next Defiance, the next Albatross, they need to give it some teeth and quick. And — unpopular opinion time? — tortured-yet-sadistic Huck is getting trotted out just a bit too often. But the Drunk Mellie/David-vs.-Cyrus combo made up for it, and then some!
But the emotional highlight of the show had to be a hooched-up Mellie Grant, speaking truth to power as she verbally undressed her husband for what feels like the fifteenth time since the middle of the Defiance arc. It was boozy, brilliant stuff spoken by a woman with nothing to lose and actress who grows in strength and confidence with each episode. Yet these torrential streams of insults never feel repetitive. Instead, they feel refined. Depending on what point in the show’s run you are, the dynamics between the primary players in the show can be wildly different. However, a force not unlike gravity holds them all together. But instead of the sun keeping these people in orbit, it’s a cocktail of jealousy, misery, rage, lust, compassion, disgust, loyalty, patriotism, and egotism than manipulated the relative position of these less-than-noble stars with such speed that at best they can do is hold onto something solid and pray they don’t get sent off into the cold, dark reaches of space.