Mellie for President! She's the baddest ass of them all.
The ratings for the season premiere was very good! The highest ever for the show. A lot of people who didn't watch Scandal in the beginning caught up with the 1st and 2nd season of the show via Netflix or DVD.
If you missed the premiere, it's being repeated Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 10 pm, instead of unlucky Lucky 7.
R2 It was also repeated on BET, and there was a clip show Thursday night to catch people up.
The clip show was helpful in explaining Olivia's feeling responsible for what happened to Lindsay Dwyer/Quinn Perkins. I missed that first time around.
I'm one of those who caught up with Season 1 on Netflix and most of Season 2 on Huluplus. I watched the last three episodes of Season 2 on broadcast TV, and was ready for the new season's premiere.
Scandal is now one of my favorite shows. I'm a total Gladiator now.
One reason I hadn't been into drama series in the past is the fear of missing an episode or two and then not being able to catch up. Now that I have Hulu i am loving TV a lot more.
Daddy issues much? Great acting by KW and Joe Morgan--they sound like each other when giving orders.
R6, you sound exactly like me. I began to hear about the show late in Season 2. I used Netflix and Hulu Plus to catch up, and watched the last three shows of Season 2 on broadcast.
I also tended to avoid dramatic series for the same reason, and love the
sense of security Hulu gives me.
This show is beyond stupid.
Well then, R9, it's a good thing your opinion doesn't count.
Love Olivia Pope! I am HERE for her!
It is settled, R11.
Did Quinn lose weight.
Abby's hair looks much better.
What happened to Abby's face? She looks very different. Too much botox and filler? She doesn't look like she gained a lot of weight. I find Kerry Washington's mouth very unattractive and distracting. As is her mild speech impediment. She has a problem pronouncing the sibilant s. And before you attack me for having an issue with big lips, let me say that I find Nicole Beharie very beautiful. And she has luscious, full lips.
KW and NB remind me of each other in their acting style and certain facial expressions, although Kerry can be a bit over-the-top at times, but her show seems to call for it. I love her lips, though. They are everything (next to those fantastic white clothes she wears).
I don't think Abby has gained any weight. Quinn has lost some weight.
Daddy Pope wins for chewing scenery.
Season is off to a good start.
Scandal is on regular Hulu. No need to pay anything.
I would like to see daddy Pope and Jessica Lange chew scenery together.
Abby looks different because of a new hairstyle (curly) and different makeup (thick top and bottom eyeliner). In an interview with elle.com Darby Stanchfield, who plays Abby, explains that it ties in to changes in store for the character this season.
Eli Pope is a monster.
I am liking SCANDAL even more this season than I did before, which is to say a lot. Adding Eli Pope to the story and connecting him to Cyrus is a wonderful new twist. Plus it seems Olivia has changed some of her home decorating, incorporating my favorite color, turquoise (or else I wasn't paying attention for the first two years).
I'm loving Mellie this season especially.
R27 Mellie for President!
Are you enjoying Lisa Kudrow as the Democratic Sarah Palin?
Having Lisa Kudrow on anything is a terrible idea. The sound of her voice makes me want to leave the room. But she's going to be a huge part of the story this season, so I can't turn her off like a Yoplait commerical.
R29 - Yes, I'm enjoying Lisa. I want more drunk Mellie, though.
I really enjoy this show for the soapy over-the-top drama that it is. However, I can't stand how they all deliver the dialogue in pretty much the exact same way. I realize that is Shonda Rhimes' writing style, but does she stand there and tell them all to talk really fast and then suddenly slow down and put a period.between.ev-ery. word. when trying to make a point? It's distracting.
Are they going to work in Kerry's pregnancy?
That's a nasty scandal to end the episode with. Did not see that coming.
Abby looks really good this season.
R35 - Shatner should sue for copyright infringement.
R37 - Yes, Abby does.
Mellie looked fantastic last night.
How the fuck did the president NOT know that her mother had died on that plane?
Just too boring for her to ever bring up?
I like Lisa Kudrow, but I don't really care for her on this show. In general I think she's much more effective as a comedic actress than a dramatic one. Whenever she plays a dramatic role, her line delivery still always has a sharp tongued comic edge to it. Her character here just reminds me of the "what if" episode of Friends when Phoebe was working on Wall Street and it's hard to take her seriously.
Also, I didn't understand her anger over the commercial in the last episode. The commercial was a blatant take off on the ad Hillary ran about Obama's lack of experience. The fact that the commercial on the show had a female hand didn't make it sexist; it made it directed at Reston's opponent who happened to be a woman. And the fact that she went on TV and attacked Reston for his sexism made no sense when the ad turned out to be fake. What evidence then did she have of his alleged sexism? S
Kate Burton does a solid job as the VP. She doesn't go over the top, but maintains just the right level of self righteousness. And you can't altogether blame her for resenting president for the way he and Cy have used her.
[quote]And the fact that she went on TV and attacked Reston for his sexism made no sense when the ad turned out to be fake.
I was laughing about this because it was a clever plot twist that wound up being really stupid.
The actress who plays the VP is perfection.
This show is dumb.
What white president would risk his presidency for some black piece of ass?
None. Nope not even Clinton.
racist much?, R45. Go troll somewhere else...
R44 - Her name is Bellamy Young.
No, her name is Kate Burton (Richard's daughter.) Bellamy Young plays the First Lady, not the VP.
I didn't see the first season. What happened to Fitz and Mellie? I know he had the affair but why does he usually act like he can't stand her?
Loved the first two seasons.
Am enjoying this season as well, but they sure have amped it up to the point of outrageous. It's quite fun, but doesn't seem grounded in any sort of reality anymore.
At they rate they're going, we're going to find out that Olivia's father was responsible for the 9-11 attacks and that Huck was flying one of the planes.
I loved Rowan's plot twist at the end last night. That never occurred to me.
I haven't watched this show. Is it worth going back to the first two seasons to catch up?
Yes, definitely, R55.
The first season is short and mostly a single story.
Last night's ep may have been my favorite so far. I just have one question, and it's about Khandi Alexander's character: WHY?????
The last night's episode felt like a cliffhanger. Is the show going on a hiatus until new year?
I just started watching and I think Fitz and Olivia have tons of chemistry but I feel terribly sorry for Mellie.
R59, there'll be one more episode on Dec. 5, and then they're going on "winter hiatus." They won't be back until Feb. 27.
Liv: "You killed my mother!"
Fitz: "I built you a house!"
Did Cyrus's husband have sex with the VP's husband or did they stage those pictures?
Actually, how the HELL did they take those pictures?! Did the Secret Service take them?
Cyrus had a photographer planted in a tree at the VP's residence. I imagine it was someone from B613.
I'm wondering if James just pretended to have sex with Mr. VP. They carefully prevented us from seeing what happened between James' realization and Cyrus' seeing the photos on his phone.
I was wondering the same thing (about faking the pics) since we were treated to flashbacks of the conversation between James and Cyrus that morning as the VP's husband was speaking.
James then realized he was set up and knew he was being pimped out by Cyrus. It broke my heart to see the tears in Cyrus's eyes. Yes, I know he brought it on himself but its obvious he didn't think of the possiblility that James would do anything.
However, James wouldn't know about the photographer though, right? So maybe he DID do the VP's hubby?
I'll have to watch the episode again this weekend. I could be wrong but it looked like James's sweater was on backwards.
Nelly aka R64
You felt sorry for Cyrus, R66? What about James??? James was the one who was betrayed, not Cyrus. Cyrus is a pretty despicable character, in my opinion. I like Cyrus, but he is an incredibly manipulative character.
This show is so absurd and the "love story" between Olivia and Fitz is just cheesy beyond belief, and yet I keep watching.
It is my favorite show these days.
Cyrus has done nothing but use and manipulate James. Last year he nearly had him killed. Why the hell exactly does James stay with him??
Is that the end of Lisa Kudrow's storyline? Because it felt like a lot of build up for nothing.
[quote]Is that the end of Lisa Kudrow's storyline?
God, I hope so.
Dear [r65] and [r64] They have these modern contraptions where photos can be taken without a human operating the device. You place it in front of the action ... try xtube. Cyrus was counting on his husband turning it down and writing about it in outrage. The rest of the show has gone down the toilet shark and all.
The kiss between Quin and Charlie was hotter than any of the "love" scenes between Fitz and Olivia. I like Kerry but she really needs to work on her O face. It looks like her angry face. Which looks just like her "I'm in emotional pain" face. And I agree that the transition from "YOU KILLED MY MOTHER" to dropping her draws because Fitz bought them a house was really pushing the envelope. It's as if Shonda Rhimes is letting the fans dictate the plot lines and it isn't doing this show any favors. Give me more Mellie, James and Cyrus. Washington is starting to look silly every time she has a meltdown. Which is like every other scene. And her speech impediment is more pronounced when she yells. Again, not doing the actress or show any favors.
Oh, go watch Jonny Lee Miller, R73, if you hate Kerry so much.
Don't you usually sign your posts Gladiator, r74? Just because you don't like my take on the show doesn't mean I'm a hater or my opinion has no relevance. Washington has limited range and the Pope character is now a cliche. Don't hate me. Take it up with Shonda Rhimes and the actress portraying her.
I don't [italic]think[/italic] I'm Gladiator. I may have signed a post "another Gladiator" once, but I think someone else actually uses the name.
R67, I should have put the word almost in parenthesis in my post at R66. The tears in Cyrus's eyes appeared when he realized what James did/might have done, not what he might have made happen. And yes, he is a master manipulator.
And R72, I missed the photography set-up. Please, if you can, find it in your heart to forgive.
R66 aka Nelly
What was in the photo Olivia looked at? Fitz's SS guy gave it to her in a manila envelope IIRC. I couldn't see what it was a photo of.
Ewwww, R73, Charlie is so disgusting, I don't know how any scene he was involved in could ever be construed as "hot". He looks like Paul Rudd's shrivelled older brother.
I wish they would just kill off Quinn, can't stand that moronic bitch. Hopefully Huck will dispose of her next week. It would be hot if Huck got together with Harrison.
R63 It was also so odd when Fitz told Olivia that he had hoped to fill the bedrooms with children and raise a family with her in that house. Isn't he supposed to be 50+ years old? And doesn't he already have a bunch of kids with Mellie?
Quinn is looking good these days.
No one mentioned shirtless (finally!) Harrison?
Well r75 I don't blame Kerry I think she has more than the range they give her to portray. I used to watch Grey's but any character I liked soon got stuck in certain modes of expression that for some reason Shonda was loving them in. It goes along with a Shonda show that she will run some things into the ground thus ruining some great stuff.
Did anyone else gag when Maya gnawed open her wrist? Did she actually swallow her flesh? That was disgusting. Yes, I'm squeamish.
R72 R84, I actually did say "shark" when I saw what Khandi was doing to herself, but I put a question mark after it. I want to know what she did. I know we'll find out "in good time," and I HATE spoilers. My guess is that she set up what happened to the plane, but then I take it right back because it's too red a herring to be true.
We have to find out before the break, because Liv and Mom have now found each other again.
I love this show, even in all its excess. And I love Kerry.
I love this show, despite the fact that the lead actress is quite mediocre. I sometimes wonder how much better the show would be with Viola Davis in the lead.
Though I like Viola Davis, I probably wouldn't have started watching it if Kerry weren't the star. I find her delightful.
The show is getting a little over the top.
New episodes will air Dec. 5 and 12.
You're welcome, R90. At the end of the last episode, I thought they made the announcement that there'd only be one ep on Dec. 5 before they broke until late Feb., so when I checked Dec. 12 and saw there's another ep, I thought I should let people know.
Last night was good, but the surprise reversal with Maya almost at the end was kind of expected.
I've been increasingly unhappy with this show and have been looking for a reason to drop it. The opening torture porn scene from Thursday's episode gave me plenty of reason. Never again.
The editing for this episode was atrocious. I had to check to make sure that my video player didn't start it in the middle.