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Holy fuck!! Shit just got real.
Their promos are so much better than the American version. lol
And if Fitz can’t see Olivia the reason will be he’s stuck in the bunker. Sucks.
I just had the same thought! Lawd…that man is not going to be settled until he hears from her directly that she’s okay. Looks like that Providence key could have come in handy here. Foreshadowing in 301.
Great point, Specs. That “I Can’t Get You”/Providence Key moment in the bunker definitely set things up for #303.
(H/T: kronosinasuit for the gif)
Is it Thursday yet? LOL!
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Do you hear that?
Somewhere, someone is talking about “Scandal” and its season three premiere that aired last Thursday. Since the inception of the Shonda Rhimes-created hit, nearly each and every episode gives a wealth of fodder for discussion – and last week’s episode was no different.
In one of the most epic monologues yet on the show, Rowan Pope (Olivia Pope’s father) gave viewers a whole slew of quotables to get us through the week. ”Do you have to be so mediocre?” and ”I am the hell AND the high water!” had me sliding off the couch and rolling around on the floor in the fetal position. However, it was one quote that immediately took me back to my childhood – and as per my Twitter timeline, I wasn’t the only one who was slapped in the face with nostalgia.
If that isn’t the word of a race-conscious parent, I don’t know what is.
While my own father has never made me flinch at his touch like Olivia did with hers, Papa Pope’s ferocious insistence that his daughter acknowledge her societal deficits rang true. Both of my parents – especially my father – drilled into me from a young age that my Blackness (and later, my existence as a woman) would require me to work harder, smarter, and faster to be on equal footing with my white classmates. There were times when I thought they were paranoid and overreacting, and times when I understood all too well. It wasn’t until that moment on “Scandal” when I started to think: What has the Pope family motto – which at times has been my family’s rallying cry – done to/for me throughout life?
On the positive side of things, it instilled an importance for work ethic. I always loved learning, but the added challenge of excellence was necessary to push through the comfort of complacency. I was a strange child in that I actually loved tests and exams. There was no better feeling than knowing I was smart and prepared, so I looked at each exam as a worthy opponent, not something to fear. I loved to learn, but I loved to be the best – which brings me to my next point.
I learned to develop a healthy relationship with competition. Being involved with sports and attending an arts school that regularly had student auditions meant competition was inevitable. My parents were realists in recognizing that competition was an indelible part of the society we lived in, and chose not to shelter me from it. My parents taught me how to be a proud but gracious winner, and how to handle losses in a positive way. I grew to regard participation ribbons and other such tokens as a salve to soothe those who weren’t winners, and I didn’t need them. If I didn’t win, all I wanted to take home with me was a game plan on how I was going to do better next time. Competition was a part of life, and my family encouraged me to learn how to navigate it, not hide from it.
The “work twice as hard” mentality was especially poignant living in a small, white town with parents who were still relatively new to the country. Lessons on race and racism were doled out by my parents just as fluidly and crucially as teaching me how to read or tie my shoes. They didn’t have the catchphrases back then, but my parents taught me about white privilege, showed me how media stereotypes affected me on a daily basis, and urged me to stand up for and defend myself. ”There will be times when you’ll look to your friends for help, and they’ll turn their backs on you,” they would say. ”You’ll have to speak up for yourself, and you can’t be afraid.” I’d nod dutifully and head out into the world feeling prepared, if not a bit nervous, for battle.
It’s fairly easy to identify the positives of absorbing the message that minorities must work harder than the majority to reap the same benefits. Thinking about other negative or complex aspects has been a more revealing exercise.
Work ethic and competition have at times combined to turn me into the most insufferable overachiever. That arts elementary school I attended? Students didn’t have to pay tuition, but did have to endure a two-day audition to get in. Once I entered high school, I earned advance standing in a number of classes, so I started ahead of the game. High school wasn’t challenging enough for me, so I told my parents I was going to take night school classes in order to fast track my last year. Until university, I was consistently the only Black student in my grade and one of the few in my schools, and my family’s creed of working twice as hard propelled me through. I’ve had a hard time removing myself from the expectations of others – as my parents’ eldest child, I kept wanting to give them accomplishments to brag about, and provide inspiration for my younger siblings. I sometimes mistake a well-needed break for complacency, and punish myself when I feel I haven’t hit the markers of excellence I’ve set out for myself. In my adult life, I’ve had to re-learn a number of lessons, namely how to manage self-criticism and irrational feelings of inadequacy.
Later in life, I also started wondering: Who are “they” and why do I necessarily want to work towards what they have? Where is the room to make my own path and create my own ideas of success? The “work twice as hard” mentality started putting a bad taste in my mouth – I was tired of feeling like I was continuously chasing a predetermined vision of achievement that wasn’t constructed with me in mind. Navigating the world as a racialized being, figuring out which spaces to fit into, and developing the agency to decide when/how to stand out – it all makes for an extremely complex existence.
As this season of “Scandal” unfolds, I’m sure we’ll begin to learn more about how Papa Pope’s words have shaped Olivia’s life. I appreciated that monologue moment as an opportunity to reflect on how my life has been shaped by the lessons and ideals of my own family. The benefits of hard work has never been lost on me – but what I’m now trying to figure out is what exactly I’m working for.
Were you ever given the “work twice as hard” lesson? How has it affected you?
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Gladiator Report: Episode 301 “It’s Handled”
- Posted Yesterday at 5:00 pm
Welcome to the debut edition of the Gladiator Report. This is a quick look at what recently went down in the scandalous world of Olivia Pope and Associates. There’s no way we can list all of the juicy, jaw-dropping, rant-filled moments from each episode. There are way too many! So feel free to add anything we missed in the comments section below. Now, onto the highlights of the Season 3 opener “It’s Handled.”
Most Confusing, Complex, Cheek-Cupping Father-Daughter Exchange Ever:Olivia’s dear old dad always tried to teach her a valuable life lesson. You have to be twice as good as them to get half of what they have. Makes sense if you do the math. Rowan asked his daughter if she had to be so mediocre before gently looking to cup her cheek. It was a complex, unsettling, head-scratching back-and-forth. See for yourself.
That’s So Harrison: At least once each episode, Harrison lets loose a verbal parade of slick sayings, cool catchphrases and impassioned pleas without ever coming up for air. His “It can’t be Liv” phone call to Cyrus oozed all the usual coolness of a typical Harrison diatribe.
Rant of the Day: Normally, you’d think this honor would go to Cyrus on a weekly basis, but Rowan takes the cake this week with his speech about the freedom he makes possible after Olivia asked about Jake Ballard. This guy could give Colonel “You Can’t Handle the Truth” Jessup a run for his money. Rowan warns, “No one refuses an order in my business.” Well, that’s not entirely true. Olivia did get off his plane. Still, it was a scary-good speech.
Mellie Being Mellie: Did you catch the look Mellie had after Secret Service agent Hal told her she deserves better than how her hubby treats her? She was caught completely off guard, but only for a moment. Then she went right back into Mellie-mode. Loved it!
The Old Switcheroo:The President admitted to Sally that he slept with someone that’s not his wife. He sincerely apologized for not living up to his promise to being the best man he could be. This had Sally agreeing to give him a little time before he tells the world the truth. Of course, then he didn’t. Sally never saw it coming. If she had, she likely wouldn’t have bared her soul like she did here.
White Hat Moment: Hard to find one in this episode, but it probably has to be the great risk Fitz took to free Olivia from Mellie’s clutches. See if you agree after watching the following clip.The Quotes Are In:
Please, Register to Vote:Cyrus (after Sally Langston declares she is the Lord’s witness): “The Lord did not fill out his voter registration card. So, guess what? The Lord does not have the right to vote in the United States of America!”
A Simple Request:Olivia: “Mellie, I know the situation is difficult. I do. And I’m so, so sorry. But we have a job to do here and in order for me to do my part effectively, I’m gonna need for you to refrain from referring to me as a whore. At least in front of my face.”
Olivia: “It works. The truth works.”
Fitz: “The irony.”
History Lesson:Mellie: “If all we had to talk about was a blue dress with a stain and a cigar that had been in interesting places, I’d be fine.”
Resistance is Futile:Once Mellie leaves that top secret room, Fitz tries to comfort Olivia with a hug. As usual, she finds it impossible to resist his embrace. See their exchange.
Will there be more embraces, more tears, more rants in next week’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” episode? We have no idea. Well, we have some idea. There will likely be more rants. See you next time, Gladiators!
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Get off the plane!
BTS: Tom Verica Directing Kerry Washington on a Plane for Season 3 Premiere Episode (H/T: Andrew Lemon)
Olitz in the Bunker from Scandal Episode 3.01 “It’s Handled.”