Scandal 5×19 “Buckle Up” Recap

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Both parties pick the one candidate that no one considered “real.”

Episode Summary: Abby and Olivia have a fight, Mellie finds herself in a pickle, Cyrus’ life is falling apart and the next President of the United States is still up for grabs.

Review | Analysis: In this week’s episode, Scandal showed us a drama-filled version of how media everywhere depicts successful career women. Tensions were high when Abby pretended Air Force One was dealing with a mechanical issue that brought down Mellie’s plane. All the Democratic presidential candidates were looking for the  support of Florida’s governor.

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Scandal 5×12 “Wild Card” Recap

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Everyone loves a hero.

Episode Summary: Rowan is back and so is Tom. Cyrus is evil. Liv is jealous of what Fitz and Jake are doing in their personal lives. David is leading Susan on again.

Review | Analysis: The stage is set thanks to Sally reminding everyone it’s election season. And of course we know what that means — drama. Rowan is back and we almost regret it. No one wants to see Liv and him bonding. I mean, look at last season. How could she even trust him or how could she accept the fact that he’s “okay” being retired? She later started becoming suspicious of him (what’s new?) and yet she was still not phased by his past.

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Scandal 5×11 “The Candidate” Recap

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One word ex-girfriend.

Episode Summary: Liv and Mellie team up to get Mellie elected as the 45th President of the United States.

Review | Analysis: Liv and Mellie finished Mellie’s book and just released the best chapter yet – how she was able to stand by Fitz while the revealing of his affair was going on. All of this revolves around one word: power.

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Scandal 5×10″It’s Hard Out Here for a General” Recap

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Olivia left Fitz and is back at OPA.

Episode Summary: A big-name client gets Liv’s help when classified NSA files from her private computer get hacked. Mellie also gets Liv to assist her with writing her book.

Review | Analysis: Scandal’s midseason premiere was all about power and Olivia leaving the White House. It’s been months since she’s left Fitz and now she’s back “home,” at OPA. The gladiators aren’t the only family Liv has returned to. As the episode opens, we see her having dinner with the one and only, Rowan, aka Papa Pope. But do remember that a while back Liv was working with Jake to put Rowan in prison, except now everything has turned around. Liv is back having dinners with her father while Jake is his new roommate!

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Scandal 5×08 “Even the Devil Deserves A Second Chance” Recap

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David finds out Olivia is the one behind everything and she gets arrested.

Episode Summary: Olivia tries to figure out who is trying to kill her father, while Jake is trying to kill her father, and Fitz along with Cyrus and David are trying to do anything they can to find who released him.

Review | Analysis: Olivia’s happily ever after seems to be slowly drifting away. She was finally getting closer to Vermont, but some things are not meant to be. To be honest, I always thought Fitz would end up being the one to blame, but this is all on Liv. Think about it. She’s the one who let her father out who just so happened to have killed Fitz’s son AND she has been lying about it to both Mellie and Fitz when they know that she did it. No bueno!

Scandal has yet again, created another fictional country, The Republic of Bandar. The deal is that the U.S. has been trying to sign a disarmament deal with the country for a long time and it seems like it’s finally happening until a translator by the name of Navid, gets Liv’s attention at dinner and asks for asylum. In return, he offers the location of a secret nuclear facility.

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Scandal 5×07 “Even the Devil Deserves A Second Chance” Recap

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Fitz is free. No jail time for him, even though we all know everyone would love to see him with Papa Pope. But guess what? Papa Pope is free too!

Episode Summary: Cyrus tells Fitz Rowan has escaped, drunk Jake tells off Liv for letting her daddy free and for his sorta wifey’s death and there is a case of a famous author who is accused of rape.

Review | Analysis: Ok apparently Olivia seems to be some sort of a clueless person when it comes to her father.

We hate to say it but why did she tell Jake “if I had known,” when he confronted her about releasing him from jail? Girl, how could you have NOT known. SMH. Anyways, Jake, drunk, lashes out to Olivia for releasing her murderous daddy and for letting him practically kill his kind-of wife.

A woman by the name of Hannah Taylor, says the famed author, Frank Holland, raped her. This man is described as “God’s gift to women,” and wrote a book that inspired Abby to leave her hubby. As if that wasn’t good enough, this guy just received the Medal of Honor from the President himself! Once again, the team is working for both sides – the client and the White House.

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Scandal 5×06 “Get Out of Jail, Free” Recap

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Olivia gets a get out of jail free card, but this one carries the biggest cost of all.

Episode Summary: This week’s episode was all about how to escape things that don’t let us move on. Past secrets, ex lovers, you get the point.

Review | Analysis: Last week we saw the forming of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and now we are continuing with that but picking up at the hearings section.

They sacrificed Mellie to show they are not messing around. Yes Fitz can be protected, but Liv’s only option at this point was two rings on the her left finger and a spousal privilege. Fitz goes on and says that he called this meeting for their wedding. However, Liv doesn’t want a get out of jail free card and she doesn’t want to be forced to live her life at the White House. Y’all remember that house she always dreamed about living in with Fitz? *insert side eye emoji face*

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Scandal 5×05 “You Got Served” Recap

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Olivia finally breaks her silence about her relationship with Fitz to the world in a tell-all interview and Fitz makes a move that will likely leave Mellie in awe.

Episode Summary: Fitz’s impeachment hearing gains steam as Liv tells her side of the story.

Review | Analysis: Since going public with their relationship, Fitz’s presidency has been up in the air and Cyrus was the one who was stressing about it. At the same time, he wanted to see it fail and that was going to happen with the help of Mellie.

With all of this crumbling down within in seconds, Fitz needed a lawyer and fast! David offered his help and hired Patty Snell. He told Fitz not to mention any of this to Olivia since she too was now in need of some assistance. Queue in Leo!

She told Leo that Fitz never gave anything to her. Haha yeah right, that was a lie but she needed to show that she’s human and not this big deal person that everyone makes her seem to be.

She went to Edison an he threw the whole “a criminal, a whore, an idiot and liar” back to her face. If he was going to help her, he deserved to know the truth. And by help we mean lie.

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Scandal 5×04 “Dog-Whistle Politics” Recap

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Olivia deals with the nasty press, Fitz makes a drastic move that leaves Mellie ready for revenge.

Episode Summary: We learn quite a bit about our ever-so-handsome Jake, a new Gladiator steps up, Fitz makes another decision that leaves everything on the line and Mellie goes to extremes.

Review | Analysis: Whatever this Lazarus One is all about, it is something important. Jake should’ve known better than to think Rowan wasn’t going to spill the beans on it. Jake was thinking that either Rowan had someone on the outside making sure everything was smooth sailing or that Rowan himself was still pulling the strings. Regardless of that, Rowan still managed to “get mad” at Olivia.

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Scandal 5×03 “Paris Is Burning” Recap

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The White House is trying to figure out a way to deal with Olivias confession.

Episode Summary: It’s all about Mellie in this week’s episode and how the team is trying to help her sort the mess of her and Fitz out.

Review | Analysis: Mellie and Fitz are sitting down for their big interview to disregard all the Olivia rumors that she has just confirmed to everyone that she is in fact the president’s mistress.

Abby storms in and tries to get Fitz out of the room but as she’s doing that, one of the reporters gets some good shots of the couple lying about the situation. It’s possible they may use it for blackmail, but we’re not sure at this point. The couple is watching Liv give her statement to the press on TV and Mellie is just horrified. However, Fitz is just so giddy with joy.

Meanwhile, Abby is trying to convince Mellie that there is a way to spin this. They’ve grown apart since Gerry’s death, it’s amicable, yada, yada yada, but she’s not having it. Mellie calls Cyrus, who is thrilled to come back to the White House. She tells him that she wants to destroy Olivia Pope and to have her suffer like she has.

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