Shock Ranking 'Scandal': 'We Got Poped!' Edition
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Shock Ranking 'Scandal': 'We Got Poped!' Edition

By Sarah Carlson | TV Reviews | November 1, 2013 | Comments ()


Welcome, Gladiators! This season, we’ll be shock (or sometimes, more like WTF) ranking the insanity of “Scandal,” ABC’s delightfully guilty pleasure starring Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn. There will be gifs. And fawning over Scott Foley. Deal with it.

Shock Ranking Scandal S3E5, “More Cattle, Less Bull”

5. & 4. Malina Got Poped.

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This didn’t happen on the show itself, but Joshua Malina dressing as Olivia Pope for his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night deserves several spots on our countdown. Glorious.

3. She’s my sister! She’s my daughter!


We knew Josephine’s pregnancy as a teenager was going to be used against her, and having her sister turn out to be the very daughter she “gave up” was an interesting way to raise the stakes. But what’s really shocking was seeing a politician on Scandal be unwilling to risk important relationships for the sake of winning a race. Josie couldn’t stop the story from coming out (although the narrative is that the baby went up for adoption, not that she is now a grown woman working on the campaign), and she handled it well thanks to prep from Olivia. But she wasn’t out to win political points, and that’s refreshing. I only hope Kudrow’s character can stick around to bring, you know, morals to the scene.

2. Frenemies.

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Mellie continues to be one of the more shrewd political players in the game, and she is right to ask Liv to put the drama aside and come back and run Fitz’s re-election campaign. She’s the only one he’ll listen to: “He’s not alive when you’re not here. He can’t breath when you’re not here. He doesn’t have the will to run much less win when you’re not here. Because you, you’re everything to him, Liv. He needs you. So I need you. Come back. Come back to us.” Liv is toying with the idea, but maybe she’ll take Josie up on her offer to run her campaign once she learns about …

1. WHOA.

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I love it that the characters themselves voiced the craziness of Operation Remington and the way the writers are trying to pull everything together: “Two things make a coincidence, three things make a conspiracy.” It’s best just to go with it, and “it” was an impressive twist that changes the nature of Liv and Fitz’s relationship, at least for the time being. If Huck is correct, Fitz ditched the ground team in Iran during the secret mission back during the second Gulf War and flew toward Iceland, where he shot down a 747 carrying 329 passengers — one of whom was Olivia’s mother. There’s no telling why Papa Pope wanted his wife killed, if he was even behind the plot. Next week’s episode is titled “Icarus” — could that be in reference to Fitz? Eli? Someone else? Tying Operation Remington into present-day consequences is smart; if this had just been a bad thing that happened to strangers 20 years ago, it could have been written off. But if it’s true, this won’t be an easy thing to overcome. I’m betting the Sunday night Pope dinners don’t last, if Eli was behind the crash.

For now, we’ll leave Liv and Fitz on a (bitter)sweeter moment, because another one may not come around for a while:

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Best Lines:

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Mellie to Liv: “I like your new boyfriend. Is he married?”

Harrison to Quinn: “Grounded!”


Best Shoulder Acting:



Quinn Psycho Watch:

Oh hooray, now she’s got a gun. You know what Chekov said about this, Shonda. Although I don’t have a good feeling about how the gun is going to be used.

Your Eye Candy for the Week:

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Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Maya

    So that basketball scene was meant to have homoerotic undertones, right? It wasn't just me?

  • Welldressed

    My sister: They are totally doing a Top Gun thing on Scandal right now!
    Me: Is it incredibly homoerotic?
    Sis: *nodding emphatically* I'm so turned on right now.


  • e jerry powell

    But of course. Just like Bill and Eric bickering over Sookie for three seasons. Life could have been much easier if they had just fucked each other and moved on.

  • I would love to see Olivia back Josie's campaign and topple Fitz. Maybe I'm influenced by my dislike for Olivia and Fitz's on/off whatever, but that seems to be the best narrative choice in terms of interesting conflict.

  • agreed all around

  • koko temur


  • I concur.

  • koko temur

    I had surprsingly strong feelings about Liv's hair during the dinner. I usually dont notice/care, but hot damn was that ugly. What is that, perpendicular mullet?

  • yeah...wasn't working for me

  • blacksred

    Actually (steps up to the mic to represent the black folk) Its a french roll in the back with a side swept bang.

  • See, and I like both a swept bang and a French twist. Just not so much together?

  • e jerry powell

    Nope. It's a throwback to a 60s style asymmetrical bob.

  • combined with a swept updo.

  • koko temur

    Its the combination i minded that much. Either of those would be great on their own. Le sign. Thst fierce dress deserved better.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    The eye candy was when Scott Foley got home after the pick-up game and took his sweaty t-shirt off. That's an impressive torso.

    Quinn's going to try taking out Papa Pope, wanna bet?

    And finally, Malina looks so much like Lauren Velez, it's uncanny.

  • Robin Kimball

    I must have that dressssssssss we wants it yes

  • e jerry powell

    That dress makes you stomp just by putting it on. You just can't simply walk in it.

  • Sara_Tonin00 Josh Malina in black[ish] face?

    I never would've recognized him.

  • Arran

    If anything he looks orange. He may be in oompaloompaface.

  • linnyloo

    In the clip, he actually says he didn't go "full Julianne Hough", so I think he's aware. His feet/neck also look the same as his face. I think we're okay here.

  • PerpetualIntern

    I was wondering the same thing. It's a fine line to walk.

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