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Gladiators get into Awesomely Luvvie’s #Scandal304 spot-on review. I am so here for the assessment on Olivia Pope’s apartment security issue! \o/ Read in full on awesomelyluvvie.com!
The second episode of season three provided lots of watercooler moments from Kerry Washington’s unflappable D.C. fixer.
Welcome to the “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” edition of the Gladiator Report. This is a quick look at what recently went down in the scandalous world of Olivia Pope and Associates.
This week on ABC’s Scandal, the Gladiators got to meet Olivia’s father — though only one of them got to truly know him.
Cartoon Scandal recap - “It’s Handled”
TV After Dark Online: Rowan Pope Top 5 Cringe-Worthy Scandal Quotes From Episode 3×01
It’s Handled, According to Daddy Dearest: Scandal’s Newest H.N.I.C.
Turns out Rowan Pope is the match to Mommy Dearest. When you watch an episode of Scandal you never know which character is going to be so polarizing next. We’ve come to expect that from Chief Executive of the White House Cyrus Beene aka The Monster, and First Lady Mellie Grant, otherwise known as The Animal. How many more strong characters on Scandal can we stand? Dominant, power-hungry, backstabbing, out for themselves…the list goes on. Now we can add one more to that list in the form of Joe Morton, who plays Olivia’s estranged father Rowan Pope. His speeches given during episode 3.01 “It’s Handled” were frighteningly captivating and equally hellish to watch – definitely akin to the feeling we get when Cyrus or Mellie take the stage. That’s why he was given our weekly TVAD Award – for out-performing all the incredibly talented actors already present in this series. As a token to Scandal’s newest cast member, we’ve compiled a list of our Top 5 Cringe-Worthy Rowan Pope Quotes from “It’s Handled.”
1. The presidency versus you
My goodness, when you’re the President’s mistress it’s one thing, but when you’re the daughter of Rowan Pope, it’s a whole other ball game. With the extremely high standards Olivia’s dad has for her, I’m astonished she turned out as well as she did. I’m sure there is a deeper back story to Olivia than just what Cyrus Beene’s kill folder for Olivia has revealed. But when your dad starts talking about your lady parts, what other Scandal reaction can you have but OMG followed by WTF?!
“You’ve raised your skirt and opened your knees and gave it away to a man with too much power. You’re not rare, you’re not special, your story is no different than a thousand other stories in this town. So you know how this goes, you can call this in your sleep. First they’ll smile, be warm, sympathetic, on your side, letting you know they will fight for you. Then they’ll lull you into a false sense of security and then once your belly is exposed they will gut you and everyone that you know. And they will be swift about it and by the time you realize you should be fighting back, well… you’ll already be bleeding to death. Thatis the presidency versus you. Whose victory do you think they will fight for? Whose body do you think they will bury?”
2. Power is in Charge
If there is one thing Scandal has taught us, it’s that we don’t have any clue who anyone is until it’s too late. In politics, there’s always someone playing someone else, but who holds the winning move isn’t the question you find yourself asking in this episode – it’s who’s writing all the rules? Who is making the decisions, who is the real person in charge? Their identity may not be revealed yet, but even Rowan Pope has someone to answer to. Any guesses at who might hold claim to this power?
“He would never. You and I both know he is not in charge; he is never in charge. Power is in charge. Power got him elected. I know more than you could possibly imagine, of things you cannot dream. He told you, you would be First Lady and you believed him. Did I not raise you better? How many times have I told you, you have to be what? You have to be what?”
“Twice as good as them to get half of what they have.”
3. You know to aim higher.
Rowan scathingly talks down to his daughter on what is certainly one of the most well-known facts: that is, women tend to face a workplace dominated by men and have to work twice as hard as their male colleagues to be even seated. In the White House alone 538 seats are in congress and only 98 of those seats are occupied by women. Rowan has discovered his daughter’s ambitions aren’t going in the direction he’s drilled into her head since she was 12 years old. Apparently First Lady isn’t what you should strive to be in the Pope household, though I can’t hold too much against Rowan for that belief – especially when Mellie Grant seems to abhor the idea what revolve around being the First Lady. However, the way in which Rowan belittles his daughter has an undeniable verbally abusive tone and quite honestly I’d like to find that box Jake Ballard is in and put him in there instead.
“For god’s sake – you know to aim higher, at the very least you could have aimed Chief of Staff, Secretary of State. First Lady?! Do you have to be so mediocre?”
4. I am the hell
There’s a certain tone to these powerful men within the political office that Shonda Rhimes has tapped into, and when this switch is flicked anything can happen. Remember when Cyrus looked Mellie in the face and said, “You might be an animal but I’m a monster”? I can’t imagine the sparring words between Cyrus and Rowan, which are bound to happen now that Cyrus is in The Know. When the time comes I just know it’s going to be brilliant. The only question remains will be – who will win the speech throw-down when that happens?!
“Olivia you are getting on that plane come hell or high water.. and to be clear I am the hell and the high water.”
5. They never think of the democracy that I make possible.
Remember that scene in Lean on Me when the principal nicknamed Crazy Joe (played by Morgan Freeman) was throwing out I’m-A-Bad-Ass with quotes like, “They used to call me Crazy Joe but now they can call me Batman.” (LOL! I still laugh in spite of his antics, he has a way with words.) When principal Joe talked to his parents and the faculty he gave off this demeanor of self importance and superiority. In his voice was the idealism that everything he said was the God-given truth and those in his surroundings would welcome and be grateful for it. And like Rowan – who finds himself in a place of power – he seems to be keenly aware of where power comes from.
“No one refuses an order in my business. Now you may choose to not understand that, you may choose to feel disgusted… you may choose to pretend that what you do and how you live are not made possible about what I do and how I live. I do my job so that fatty can watch reality TV, eat fast food, stare at the internet, screw their husbands or their battery-operated products. And never use their teeny tiny brain to think about the freedoms that I make possible. They never think of the democracy that I make possible. They never think about it so they sleep like babies at night.”
it’s back!! #3minuterecap for the #SCANDAL Season Three Premiere “It’s Handled”
The season 3 premiere delivered one breathtaking scene after the next.
WARNING: Major spoilers below!
Olivia Pope is back, and this time she needs the fixing. Her secret is out. Her business is in danger. Her puppy-dog face is extra pouty. Andher clothes … amazing as ever.
Season 3 of Scandal kicked off Thursday night, and creator Shonda Rhimes did not disappoint, dropping bombshell after bombshell in the fast-paced episode featuring standout performances by Kerry Washington (Pope), Tony Goldwyn (President Fitz) and Bellamy Young (First Lady Mellie). And if you’re like everyone on Twitter, you simply … Can’t. Get. Enough. Seriously, is it next Thursday yet?
Until then, let’s relive the episode’s best scenes:
1. Olivia Goes Full Out Gladiator on Her Mystery Dad:
After our favorite fixer Pope’s secret is revealed (she’s having an affair with the president), Daddy Pope arrives. All we know is that he is the head of some top-secret killer spy division of the CIA called B613. And he’s angry enough to scream phrases like, “I am the Hell and the High Water,” to his quivery-lip daughter. He wants to send Liv across the world until the media calms down. But she won’t budge. (Like she’d ever leave Fitz!) Plus, she gives it right back to pops delivering one of her signature one-liners: “I’m never out of options.”
2. Cyrus Beene Creates a ‘Kill’ Folder …
… on Olivia?! And we get a brief rundown on her past: grew up going to fancy boarding schools, moved out after her mom died and her dating history includes a number of flings with older, successful men. This scene also reminded us how much we missed Cyrus – shoutout to the fabulous Jeff Perry! – and his maniacal ways.
3. The President, His Mistress and the First Lady Together Again
We’re still recovering from the sheer brilliance of this scene (and Olivia’s white Burberry trench … it’s everything). Basically we feel like this:
So what went down? Olivia rings the emergency alarm and goes to a secret underground bunker to meet Fitz. And she invites Mellie. Mellie delivers one of her signature smackdowns. Fitz wants to come clean to Mellie’s dismay. They finally reach an agreement: Fitz and Mellie will address the press together as a unit and reveal he only slept with Olivia twice, once after the inauguration and once after the assassination attempt. And … how amazing were the performances? And the choice not to include music. Brilliant. It felt like we were right in the room with them.
4. Fitz and Olivia Embrace – a.k.a. The Hottest Hug in TV History
Our hearts literally stopped beating the second Foxy Fitz took off his suit jacket and started walking toward a very fragile looking Olivia. He touched her arm. She gasped. He pulled her close. She cried on his shoulder. Magic!
5. The Gladiators Go Behind Olivia’s Back
Enter the most quotable line from the episode, courtesy of Harrison Wright (played by Columbus Short): “Are we gladiators or are we b––s?” Pope’s team proves to be the former, leaking a video framing communications aide Janine Locke as the woman behind the President’s affair. The clip shows the 26-year-old White House employee calling Fitz “hot” in a drunken haze. The media buys it. Liv is safe, but furious with her team. Then bam – Janine’s the newest client of Pope & Associates!
6. Abby Debuts New Hair
Gladiators gone glam! That glossy, wavy blowout Abby’s (Darby Stanchfield) sporting is pretty major and totally turns David Rosen (Joshua Malina) into mush. PEOPLE.com Style Director Andrea Lavinthal says it best:
7. Fitz IS THE LEAK!
Did anyone else see that coming? Leave it to Mellie to crack the case wide open by confronting Fitz in the Oval Office. The estranged couple’s latest war of words marks one of the most poignant and emotional scenes (aside from the bunker) of all three seasons. Fitz explains he leaked Olivia’s name to the press via one of his bodyguards to free her from Mellie’s grasp. Now that it’s out, Olivia can be “free.”
8. The Top Secret Folder We Won’t Stop Obsessing Over For a Week
Talk about a cliffhanger. The episode ends with Rowan (Daddy Pope) having a secret meeting (yes, another secret meeting!) with Cyrus. A folder is presented containing the truth behind Operation Remington – the mission Fitz and Jake Ballard (who’s currently in the same B163 “box” Huck was held captive in) completed when they were Navy buds. Cyrus looks inside and the look of fear on his face says it all. Something went down. Something big.
What did you think of the Scandal premiere? What were your favorite moments? Tell us in the comments below!
Scandal Revealed Podcast is BACK with Betsy Beers! Kerry Washington joins the podcast to discuss Season 3 premiere episode, “It’s Handled.” (Click here to listen!)
Gladiators! We are so excited to welcome you back to our third season. We’ve got twenty-two brand new episodes to present to you this season, jam-packed with drama, lots of gladiating, and of course, a few good old-fashioned scandals.
As the show has been growing and gaining new eyes, Shonda and the writers have had their eyes on fresh sources of inspiration. One of the new and exciting things we’re proud to showcase this season is a new style of still photographs (actually, if you watch, they move!). If you know Scandal, you know we love our “click! click! click!” photo snaps that weave the episodes together. These represent the constant media scrutiny that frames every scandal, as well as the close eye on the details that any crisis manager worth her salt must have.
For season three, the writers and I immersed ourselves in the photographs of White House official photographers past and present. Almost every modern president has employed an official photographer, there to capture behind-the-scenes moments – the highs and the lows, the mundane and the extraordinary. These photographers have made famous images: Betty Ford dancing on the Cabinet Room table (by photographer David Hume Kennerly); Lyndon Johnson being sworn in as President aboard Air Force One soon after JFK’s assassination (Cecil Stoughton); Clinton exploding with rage in front of George Stephanopoulos (Bob McNeely); and Obama stealing a sweet smile with Michelle (Pete Souza).
Of course, in the pictures that opened our show, there weren’t any sweet smiles to feature. Season three opens right where we left off, on the drama of Olivia’s name just having been leaked. We see a tense Cyrus whispering to Fitz as the news breaks, Cyrus tossing a newspaper with dramatic headlines aside, staffers swirling around televisions featuring breaking news, and Mellie taking a private chocolate break to deal with the stress.
You might think that such private, intimate images would never be captured, but research into past presidential photographers shows that the Commander in Chief’s image-capturer is often given unprecedented access. In The President’s Photographer by John Bredar, Bredar writes about how photographers like Obama’s Pete Souza or Johnson’s Yoichi Okamato developed a kind of invisibility to the president. Okamato tells Bredar about President Johnson:
“Several times, I would go into the Cabinet Room and the people were there before he arrived and I’d take pictures…And then he’d come in the room and I’d cover the whole bit…and then I’d figure I’d shot my wad and go down to the office. And I’d get there and the buzzer would buzz and I’d dash back upstairs. As I walked in with my camera he’d say, ‘All right now, everybody comb their hair and look good cause this fellow’s going to take your picture.’ And everybody in the room had of course already seen me.“ (Bredar, pg. 119-120)
Underlining just how intimate a White House photographer’s job can get, Bredar writes about the time Okomato was fired by Johnson after a news story criticized Johnson for spending too much money on photographs of himself. Okamato continued snapping pictures of the President even in the midst of his dismissal. (Okomato was later hired back.)
So, what photo-worthy events will go down in Scandal history this season? Will Olivia’s father continue to wreak havoc on her life? Will Fitz’s attempt to play nice with Sally succeed? And will Olivia succeed in trying to lead “business as usual” in the midst of the media firestorm that surrounds the leaking of her name? Stay tuned to find out!
For more info about White House photographers, check out The President’s Photographer by John Bredar with a foreward by Pete Souza, published 2010 by The National Geographic Society.
Tangela Ekhoff Reviews Scandal Season 3 Premiere Episode: It’s Handled.
Tangela, AMEN to your comment there: “How many of ya’ll feel you were watching three different shows at once?!!” \o/ There’s so many layers PER scene! That’s amazing writing and the cast and crew bringing IT! Love her commentary on the episode!