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Five Jaw-Dropping Moments from Scandal “Vermont is For Lovers, Too” 

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Scandal keeps getting crazier and crazier. And I don’t want the craziness to ever stop. We rate five of the jaw-dropping moments from last night’s “Vermont is For Lovers, Too.”

Jaw-Dropping Rating: 5 out of 5  Mama Pope eats her wrists to get to her artery and the infirmary.

That scene was hard to take. I’m not going to lie. It was gross. And disgusting. I had to close my eyes as if I were watching a horror show or movie. And OMG, Mama Pope, was serious about getting the hell out of that prison. What did she do to warrant a 20+ year jail sentence with her hubby as warden? Rowan said it was her fault she was in there. I don’t know if that’s true but she definitely figured a way to get out. She’s now on the loose and happens to find Olivia fairly quickly. I know we’re supposed to be happy because Thanksgiving is approaching but I’m starting to resent the hell out of this holiday. Because now all our shows take a week off. And I’m anxious to see Mama Pope v. Baby Pope. Very anxious.


Jaw-Dropping Rating: 1 out of 5 – Harrison in bed with Candace.

I was mildly surprised these two ended up in bed together because it was out of nowhere. But as much as I love Harrison (and I did love him yelling at Sister/Daughter Marcus), these two didn’t raise any shipper vibes for me at all. Plus, Candace thought she could play in the same league as OPA. She’s crazy. And stupid. The consequence? Her Mother/Sister took the blame and Josie Marcus is now out of the election. Happy, Candace? On the plus side, this Harrison/Candace thing didn’t last long. He deserves so much better.


Jaw-Dropping Rating: 4 out of 5 - Fitz builds a house for Olivia

For the Fitz/Olivia fans — this was a great episode. Fitz calls Olivia and she’s not answering. There’s things they need to talk about and she’s all of a sudden unavailable. So what does Fitz do? What he does best. Orders his Secret Service to deliver Olivia to him. This time it’s at this beautiful house in an isolated area of Vermont. It’s at this manse they come up with the newest version of “You own me”:

Olivia: “I fixed the election. He’s my father. I ruined you!”

Fitz gives the real reason for this sudden getaway: it’s a house he had built for Olivia. For them. And even though everything these two do is tainted and twisted by so much damage and destruction, the house scenes turn out to be beautiful and romantic and unexpected. Just not eating your wrists unexpected. Okay? Which is why I’m giving it a four out of five.

Fitz: “The house has orchards. 30 acres. This incredible greenhouse just off the kitchen. You should see the kitchen, these marble countertops that are from a quarry just up the road.”

Olivia: “Stop talking about the house!”

Fitz: “I just…I wanted you to see it at least once.”

Olivia: “What is this place? Why am I here? Why the hell are we out here in the middle of nowhere?”

Fitz: The house is yours. Ours. I had it built for you. When it looked like there was a chance for us, I bought the land and I had it built. I couldn’t really be mayor but…you can make jam. And there are bedrooms for lots of kids. This was going to be you and me raising a family and growing old in this house. It was supposed to be our house, Livvie. And I just wanted you to see it at least once before I sell it. I wanted you to see the dream.”

Fitz and Olivia later make love (to beautiful music, Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine”) and before the fixer is fixin’ to go back to civilization – she tells Fitz not to sell the house just yet. Great moment.


Jaw-Dropping Rating: 5 out of 5 – Huck and Quinn — the final scene

1. It doesn’t surprise me that Huck’s figured things out about his protege killing the security guard. And 2. Huck is waiting patiently for Quinn at her nice apartment. What’s jaw-dropping here is the fact Huck is in B613 mode and it looks like he’s about to treat his friend and colleague like he’s treated so many of his targets before. The tools are out and the tarp is down. Blood is about to be spilled. Quinn’s blood. Is this really going to happen? I mean, it’s mind-blowing that this is even a possibility. I need more time to process.

Jaw-Dropping Rating: 4 out of 5 – James sleeps with Daniel Douglas Langston…or does he?

The only reason this doesn’t get a 5 out of 5 is because we don’t know what really happened yet. And even though Cyrus is capable of anything and everything — I mean he almost had his husband killed over Defiance for pete’s sake — I’m still a tiny bit shocked he pimped out James to the vice-president’s husband, Daniel Douglas Langston. The Chief of Staff arranges for James to get another gig, a move the unemployed father appreciates. His latest task is to interview Mr. Langston for an in depth spread in a publication, the D.C. Times. So that means the two will have to spend a lot of time together, right? Mellie, of course, helps Cyrus’ scheme along by letting it slip to Daniel that Cyrus and James have an open marriage. She actually says to him: “Don’t the gays have all the fun?”

Fast forward to James and Daniel Douglas in Daniel’s “mancave.” The VP’s hubby makes a pass at James and the writer rebuffs it fairly quickly. And then he finds out that Mellie told Daniel he and Cyrus have an open marriage. Everything becomes clear to James and when he goes home he tells Cyrus he needs to take a shower. Meanwhile, Cyrus, who was so sure James wouldn’t fall for Daniel’s moves, gets some pretty naughty photos of a nude James/Daniel in action. He didn’t expect the photographer he hired to come up with anything.

But is it real? Did James cheat on Cyrus? Or did James stage an affair to get back at Cyrus for pimping him out? At this point, these two could be cheating on each other in front of each other and I don’t know if their marriage would end. So something like this? I think it’ll make things uncomfortable for a while. But would it mean the end of Cyrus and James? I don’t know. Right now? I would say no. What do you guys think?

Scandal will return in two weeks with an all new episode Thursday Dec. 5 at 10/9c on ABC.

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