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The Scandal Mid-Season Finale – Don’t Be a Bitch Baby

It’s going to be a long couple of months for Scandal’s legions of gladiators without our weekly fix. There are so many loose ends to consider after Thursday night’s mid-season finale! I have a few thoughts about the goings-on in Olivia Pope‘s (Kerry Washington) version of Washington D.C. In the meantime, we’ll just have to wait until January 29, 2015 for the return of Scandal.

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1. Papa Pope (Joe Morton) was right. As soon as he took off, Olivia got into trouble, disappearing into thin air just when she was about to have sex on her piano for the first time. Has he really been her guardian angel all these years? Will she forgive him when he gets back, especially because he left her all of those great albums? Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life is that good.

2. How come the Vice President Andrew Nichols (Jon Tenney)  is such a jerk? Is it just money? I don’t think so – it never is. He really must hate Fitz, and we don’t really know why. And does he seriously think he’ll get away with kidnapping Olivia? I mean, has he seen Fitz‘s (Tony Goldwyn) angry side?

3. I predict that Cyrus (Jeff Perry) and Michael (Matthew Del Negro) are going to fall madly in love. I predict that Cyrus  and Michael will be the downfall of Elizabeth North (Portia de Rossi). Cyrus will get his mean mojo back and kick some RNC butt.

He’s no bitch baby, that Cyrus. (Best line of the night!)

4. Jake (Scott Foley) concerns me a bit. It just doesn’t seem possible that he’s going to survive this season. How long can Olivia be in love with two men, and how long will Jake be able to dodge Papa Pope’s fury? Will Olivia choose the sun or Vermont? And who knew Jake was such a good dancer?

5. Olivia actually pulled the trigger on her Papa Pope, and even though no bullet was in the gun, it seems she killed something inside of him anyway. Seems. We never really know with him, do we? Maybe he and Maya (Khandi Alexander) really are soulmates and will find a way to be together again.

6. Quinn (Katie Lowes) and Charlie (George Newburn) are like Mr. and Mrs. Smith but a lot more fun. Clearly Quinn has deep, deep issues about men, and Charlie is the perfect person to indulge her hate me/love me fantasies. Will these two join forces now that B613 is blowing up? I hope she gets her tooth fixed.

7. Mellie (Bellamy Young) has emerged from the Ugg-wearing, robe schlepping, chip-eating pit she was in and she is on FIRE. First her husband cheats on her, then her lover, the Vice President does also. Don’t mess with a scorned-twice Mellie, that what I think. She’s out for blood.

8. How can you not root for Huck to get his family back? Mostly I want him to settle this issue so he can concentrate on being the genius he is and do his job. Also, it’s probably not a good idea to take a 10 year old boy on a stakeout…ever. Huck seems to have learned that lesson.

9. We will see the real power of the presidency when Fitz begins his FIND MY LOVE OLIVIA campaign. No stone will be left unturned, no FBI agent unused. Without Olivia, Fitz just can’t function very well. Go Fitz go!

And one last thing….

10. How will Olivia get that wine stain out of her sofa when she returns????

Sharon Greenthal

Sharon's blog, Empty House Full Mind, focuses on observations of the world from the midlife empty nest. Sharon is the Young Adults Expert on Sharon writes for the Huffington Post and Purple Clover. Sharon is the mother of two grown children - a daughter, 26 and a son, 24. She lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband and their perfect dog, Lambeau. Instagram: sharongreenthal

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Thursday 29th of January 2015

I loved the chip-eating, ugg-wearing Mellie. Though I like her more now than I ever have in previous seasons. She's got spine now. Can't wait for tonight's episode!

Carol Cassara

Saturday 22nd of November 2014

Hubby and I love watching the show together. Of course, much of it strains credulity but it's so well done! Team Jake, though. Fitz is a wimp.

Janice Wald

Sunday 23rd of November 2014

I agree. Team Jake all the way. Jake is a strong leading man while Fitz is a wimp.

Anne Parris

Friday 21st of November 2014

Loved the "bitch baby" tie in between this show and How To Get Away With Murder--that's Conner's line to Michaela at their crime bonfire.

And mark my words, Fitz is the ultimate bad guy of this show. He and Olivia will never wind up together. This show will ultimately end with him revealed as a monster and destroyed.

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