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Scandal 5×01 ‘Heavy is the Head’: Princess Diana goes to Washington

Welcome back Gladiators to season five of Scandal! If we remember last season ended with a huge information drop as the lives of many characters were shook up. Essentially the only two characters whose lives were almost unaffected were David and Abby. The White House has a new look and the President’s Bedroom has a […]


How to Get Away with Murder 2×01 ‘It’s Time to Move On’: Onto the next (attempted) murder!

And the final portion of TGIT! Who’s ready for another murder? What else would you expect on a show called HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER? Last we saw Annalise and Frank were pondering who could’ve possibly stashed Rebecca’s limp body under the stairs and suddenly Shondaland went nuts with theories on who, what and how. Lucky […]

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Scandal 4×21 ‘A Few Good Women’: Foxtail is secure

YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH. Sorry I had to do it. Although this episode seems a bit slow it was the perfect pace to set up the final cliffhanger. It gave us a few questions to ponder before the hopeful last showdown between Popes in Scandal’s season finale. VP Susan Ross continues to bud heads with […]

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Scandal 4×20 ‘First Lady Sings the Blues’: Is Jake alive?

This will be a short introduction because we need to get right into the cliffhanger from last week: Is Jake alive? Regardless the remaining members of Team Takedown have to go underground because Rowan’s gun is loaded and firing at anything that moves. Meanwhile Mellie’s campaign hits a snag when Sally Langston turns the nation […]

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Scandal 4×19 ‘I’m Just a Bill’: Rowan’s return

With the return of Rowan in the final moments of last week’s ‘Honor Thy Father‘ you think that Scandal would be drama-filled and beyond frustrating. Instead, we get glimpses of Rowan at the beginning and end with a few other stories interspersed. The need to take down B613 is at an all-time high as Rowan […]

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Scandal 4×18 ‘Honor Thy Father’: Who’s that knocking at my door?

A ‘previously on’ always means that stuff is about to go down and until the last five minutes of this episode it almost did not, but then those last five minutes… Hopefully it is setting up a great start to a climactic finish for this season of Scandal. The title of this week’s episode seemed a […]

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Scandal 4×17 ‘Put a Ring on It’: If you liked it then you should have

Well we can check the Gay Republican Shotgun Wedding at the White House off the bucket list of events for Scandal to throw at us. This week it is all about Cyrus Beene as his wedding to gigolo Michael is put on fast-track when his hooker-husband-to-be is caught out on the town. While Cyrus deals with […]

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Scandal 4×16 ‘It’s Good to Be Kink’: Memoirs of naughty Girls

I’ll make this quick as this is a tad late and not much really happened. This may not be a popular opinion, but I found this particular episode of Scandal to be far from standard. Yes it went back to the essence of the show, but I just could not stand Lena Dunham. She walked […]

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Scandal 4×15 ‘The Testimony of Diego Munoz’: Big Block of Cheese Day

Don’t get the title reference? Well it refers to the day when government officials open their doors to listen to the public’s concerns (a term from Aaron Sorkin’s West Wing). It is not the Grant administration that opens their doors in this episode of Scandal, but one government official is faced with a hard decision when […]

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Scandal 4×14 ‘The Lawn Chair’: All lives matter

I know I said that “No More Blood” was the best hour of Scandal this season, but this episode surpasses that by leaps and bounds. As much as I want to stay consistent with my regular format of dishing out all the juicy details of each Scandal episode, I feel like that would not do justice […]

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Scandal 4×13 ‘No More Blood’: A most unexpected saviour

That was the best hour of Scandal we have had this season, maybe even since season two. Am I a little biased based on who showed up? Most definitely. That does not detract from the fact that this episode was finally something less formulaic than the entirety of the Olivia Pope kidnapping storyline. Finally, we […]

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How to Get Away with Murder 1×14-1×15 ‘The Night Lila Died’ & ‘It’s All My Fault’: Some friggin’ hitman

The only word I can use other than random keyboard mashing is: Wow. Initially I was wondering how this show could possibly go into a second season without the characters making it the How to Dwell on Murder show. I thought what if they get rid of the students and make Annalise teach new students using […]

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How to Get Away with Murder 1×13 ‘Mamas Here Now’: A look into Anna Mae’s past

What a turn of events to lead us into the season finale of How to Get Away with Murder. We got to see why Annalise has Bonnie on her team because she can certainly hold her own in a courtroom. Everything we knew about Annalise was thrown out the window as she comes from a past […]

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Scandal 4×12 ‘Gladiators Dont Run’: Who bought Olivia Pope?

Now I’m not sure about the other ShondaLand viewers, but I was not the most comfortable watching an episode dedicated to selling Olivia Pope, an African-American, in an auction. As the auction for Olivia begins, Fitz and the White House and Jake and OPA try to find ways to bid on her including getting in […]

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How to Get Away with Murder 1×12 ‘She’s a Murderer’: The Fifth Amendment

Well if one thing is for certain, Shonda Rhimes is queen of the cliffhanger. In every one of her shows she manages to turn out jaw-dropping twists within seconds of the credits, even if the first forty minutes or so aren’t all that invigorating. With the discovery of Sam’s body Hannah is hell bent on […]

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How to Get Away with Murder 1×11 ‘Best Christmas Ever’: Not so smooth criminals

Only three episodes to go after this and yet another bomb drops in the last seconds of an episode. Just when it seems like a typical run of the mill, case of the week story everything gets turned on its head. For a class dedicated on How to Get Away with Murder, these students don’t really […]

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Scandal 4×11 ‘Where’s the Black Lady?’: The face that launched a thousand ships

Last week the focus was on Olivia Pope’s situation through her eyes, but now the focus turns to everyone else who must come together to do whatever it takes to find her. Scandal is certainly not as intense this week, but it leaves us with a lot of fist-clenching, anger-inducing scenes as the story plays out. […]

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Scandal 4×10 ‘Run’: This is just the beginning

And we’re back Gladiators. After waiting months to see what happened after the abrupt and shocking fall finale cliffhanger, Scandal brings us right back into the action with a story focused around the question everyone is asking: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OLIVIA POPE? No one else really mattered in this episode, and that is […]

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How to Get Away with Murder 1×10 ‘Hello Raskolnikov’: In case you’re just joining us

Welcome bank to Shondaland! First and foremost congratulations to Viola Davis on her SAG win! Should’ve won the Golden Globe too… But we aren’t holding any grudges right? Well it didn’t take long, but How to Get Away with Murder jumped right back into action as we were teased with a seemingly hour long recap of everything […]

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Scandal 4×09 ‘Where the Sun Dont Shine’: Fall finale fiasco

Damn you Shonda Rhimes. Between the twists on Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder I need two apples on Thursday to keep the doctor away. So I really don’t know where to start because this episode went all over the place. The Winslow Scandal, the Rowan Scandal and the West Angola Scandal have all […]