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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 20 Recap: “First Lady Sings The Blues”

Last night’s Scandal was Shonda Rhimes’ greatest “SIKE!” moment: Jake Ballard is not dead, at least not yet, despite what Scott Foley says on Twitter. Russell played darts on Jake’s chest last week and left him to bleed out on the conference room at Pope and Associates. The Russian doctor Charlie keeps on retainer claims Russell missed the major arteries, and if he manages not to contract an infection, Jake could make it. Why am I somehow not surprised that it’s not over ’til it’s over? … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 19 Recap: “I’m Just A Bill”

With Scott Foley’s track record on Shonda Rhimes shows, I have to wonder if he’s her new Katherine Heigl. Or is it that there’s just something so satisfying about killing off characters that seem so inherently good, despite being an assassin?

For the second time on one of Rhimes’s show, Foley — who also played Henry, a terminal patient who fell in love with his doctor, on Grey’s Anatomy — was offed by Rowan (via Olivia’s new boy-toy), to what I imagine will be the dismay of fans. It’s hard to hate a good guy, even if he isn’t so good. Jake Ballard’s death was not the right thing to do. And so, “I’m Just A Bill” spent the other subplots holding on tightly to those white hats, so much so that it came at a detriment to the episode. (Though real talk: Susan Ross insisting to critique the implementation strategy of a 1400-page bill before signing it made me feel good about the American legislative system for a second, which pretty much never happens on Scandal.) … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 15 Recap: “The Testimony of Diego Muñoz”

Well, B613 had a good run. Now that Huck’s focusing on himself and David Rosen’s rocking a white hat, B613 is on the brink of being exposed. It’s the one lie that could dismantle everything in the Scandal universe, the one truth that if told, could make everything fall apart so fast. B613 is so far outside of the law, and all the characters are so entrenched, it’s hard to imagine what would happen if the truth came out. Something so extreme, it would probably require the clean-up muscle of one Olivia Pope. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 14 Recap: “The Lawn Chair”

Last night’s Scandal ended with the embrace of two men who know what it means to lose their sons, Nina Simone pleading that she shall be released, and tears on the keyboard.

I found myself crying not for Brandon Parker, the 18-year-old black boy whose death at the racist hands of D.C. police stood at the center of last night’s episode. I found myself crying for Michael Brown, for Trayvon Martin, for Tamir Rice. And that’s exactly what Scandal had intended in this ripped-from-the-headlines episode. I’m just not sure there was any way to tackle America’s Black Lives Matter problem in a single episode without it seeming at least a little cheap. At times “The Lawn Chair” was not enough to capture the weight of this real-life epidemic, other times too overblown in the usual Olivia Pope ways (i.e. monologues that inspire preacher-like delivery). … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 13 Recap: “No More Blood”

“I wasn’t raped,” Olivia Pope tells the President upon safe return this week on Scandal. “Guess what I learned. There are worse things than rape.” … Read More

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The 5 ‘SNL 40′ Sketches You Absolutely Have to Watch

Last night, during NBC’s celebration of Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary, viewers were treated to three hours of familiar faces and sketches — both live sketches and montages of classic ones. And just like every other episode of SNL, the new sketches were hit or miss. But there were still plenty of gems found in the mix. From the successful return of fan favorite “Celebrity Jeopardy” to a wonderfully long segment featuring Maya Rudolph’s perfect Beyoncé impression, here are five SNL 40 sketches everyone will be talking about. … Read More

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