#Scandal, S02E22: This set design looks like Liberace’s bathroom. It’s gaudy and ostentatious. We’d sooner stay in Huck’s on-bedroom hovel, than this peach powder puff. But that’s just us.
Hollis: ”He’s probably marching his pale azz into the Justice Department this very second.”
Cyrus: ”No. He’s in my office. Right now.”
Whoever is in charge of White House security needs a pink slip. Since when do you let a disgraced District of Attorney freely roam the halls of the President’s living space?
And why was David allowed into the private office of the President’s Chief of Staff, where he could rifle through files. Instead, David should have been held by Cyrus’ secretary to wait in the foyer.
Besides, it’s late. It’s been a crazy day. Hey, David. We know you have the Cytron card, but you can schedule an appointment like anybody else.
Sister Mary Fabulous
Nope. We don’t think so. And we know LHHATL is ratchet. Everybody knows that. But all good TV goes back to the story and the characters. And that’s what makes LHHATL exceptional.
It’s true. Because when you find yourself yelling at the screen… Well, my friend… you’re caught up with the story. And LHHATL has some of the BEST storylines. Plus, the cast is relatable. We all know that beautiful girl who’s struggling with a trifling man. We all know that loser who thinks he’s a pimp. And Joseline Hernandez is just plain crazy.
Plus, we don’t want TV producers to think that it’s all about the fight. Nope. It’s not. It’s about good storylines, and likable cast members. That’s good TV. And LHHATL is damn good TV.
You know we love The Family Hustle, but we have to be honest… we didn’t understand why VH1 produced this 7-episode, short-run season? As you know, Season 1 had 14 eps. Season 2 had 17. So why throw together 7 not-as-good-as-they-coulda-been episodes?
#TheBorgias, S03E06: Caged Animals
Maybe we’re looking too deep into this show, but we loved the framing of this scene. The chandelier creates this “cage-like” affect, as they discuss military strategy.
It’s intriguing. His Holiness and his son are literally “locked” in battle. The Pope is angry about Cesare’s new army being placed on the doorsteps of the Vatican. And Cesare is frustrated with his father’s lack of trust in his abilities.
Forever bonded by blood, and forever seeking to break free. It’s brilliant television.
#Scandal, S02E21: Nice, one. As the show transitioned from Cyrus eviscerating James, to the investigation into Sally Langston, they flashed photos of the Watergate Hotel.
As you know, the Watergate Hotel was the location of the infamous Watergate Scandal in the 1970s, which resulted in the resignation of President Nixon. But somebody on this show is fascinated with Nixon anyway, and we’ll tell you why.
When Liv was walking home with Edison, she kept praising Nixon for opening up China [S02E06]. And now we see the Watergate Hotel. Cuh-winky-dink? We think not.
“Mate”? Greg, was it really necessary to tack on the word “mate”? Oh, yeah. Killian Jones is a pirate. That’s how pirates talk. Hmmm. Anyhoo.
Greg told Killian that Mister Gold has powerful magic. In what alternate universe does Greg need to school Captain “I-Lost-My-Love-And-My-Hand-To-Rumple”? We thought Greg’s whole conversation was pointless. If there’s anybody who knows about Mister Gold’s magic, it’s Killian “Hook” Jones.
In our opinion, these are the fine details the showrunners can’t afford to ignore. Not when our beloved show is hemorrhaging viewers.
#Scandal, S02E19: ”Hey!”
First off, Scandal, by nature of its subject matter, is a controversial show. And sometimes, as Gladiators, we make controversial comments. This is one of those times.
How can a Black man yell, “Hey!” and take off running, in a hospital, with a floor full of Secret Service agents, who were sworn to protect the POTUS, who recently survived an assassination attempt? Seriously. Doesn’t the guy, wearing a trench coat, attempting to gain access, and then yelling out loud, raise an eyebrow? Just sayin.
When Harrison yelled, “Hey!”… Hal and company could have responded, sealed off points of entry, or something. Then, maybe they would have caught “baseball cap.” Interviewed him. Found out he was NOT connected to Albatross, and follow some real leads.
By the way, where was the DCPD? The President was on the move with no support from DCPD? No wonder Charlie got away.
#Scandal, S02E20: Please, let’s NOT make this about Mellie
In what drug-induced, sensory deprivation scenario is Mellie “a woman scorned”? Seriously, if anybody is the victim here, it’s Olivia Pope.
Everything Jake said to her was a bold-faced lie. The Albatross is probably pointing a high-powered rifle at the Pope & Associates building, as we speak. And Fitz is putting more pressure on Liv than a fire hydrant.
Hey, Fitz, maybe you should ease up a little. And let’s be clear. We’re not saying give up. Never give up. Just fall back, and let the woman sort some things out. She’ll come back. She loves you.
Lastly, we have Mellie Grant. Ugh, this woman. She can play the victim in the Court of Public Opinion. But we know the real deal. Mellie is nobody’s victim. Over the years, she’s ignored, allowed, and even promoted the Olitz affair.
Remember? Season 1, Episode 3, “Hell Hath No Fury.” Mellie invited Olivia to the Presidential Ball, so Fitz could get a full night’s rest.
Sorry, Mellie. You can’t have it both ways, Boo.
#OUaT, S02E19: Look familiar
Belle looking at Regina’s matchbook was similar to David looking at the windmill [S01E06]. But we don’t like to compare Before-the-Curse-was-Broken-Storybrooke with After-the-Curse-was-Broken-Stoybrooke.
Footnote: They always say magic has unpredictable results in Storybrooke. Really? Because it seems to work exactly like it’s supposed to work. Just a random observation.
“You always brought out the best in me. And right now, I need that.” Really, Gold? Do you need Belle and Nealfire? Or do you need someone who loves you for who, and what, you are, good or bad.
Honestly, we’d rather see Mister Gold with Lacey. She likes and accepts the “darkness” in him, much like young Cora did.
Furthermore, we think EVERYBODY deserves to be loved, good or bad. Seriously, why do the “heroes” in Storybrooke think you have to be “good” to have love? Love doesn’t discriminate.
We also think having Lacey fall for the evil Mister Gold is a fresh, new take on a very old story. Lastly, we wish Regina could find the same. Someone who loves The Evil Queen, and all of her glorious cruelty.
“This is gonna sound crazy… I remember you healing me.” That does sound crazy. If Mister Gold healed you, then why did you stay in the hospital for days? Why were you sedated? Why, if you were healed?
But we won’t dwell on that minor plot point. Overall, this was still one of the BEST episodes we’ve seen all season.
#OUaT, S02E19: Two parents, Two sons
Oh, the layers of this scene. Absolutely brilliant. Regina finds out Nealfire is Henry’s bio-Dad. Reggie and Rumple both want the same thing, to re-build their relationships with their sons.
Grampastiltskin contemplated redemption and becoming “good,” but Regina knows that road leads to a dead end. You can change yourself, but you can’t change the opinions of others.
Plus, Nealfire’s paternity to Henry means Rumple and Reggie are forever linked together. Unless, Regina totally abandons Henry, which is something she would never do. Oh, the many, many layers. Loved it.
During the portrait sitting, Lucrezia Donati tells Leonardo about the Jewish guy who broke into the bookstore. Leonardo was intrigued, and decided to investigate further.
That’s a classic plot premise. See… Lucrezia works for the bad guys. The bad guys wanna find the Book of Leaves, but don’t know where to look. So they give Leonardo the clues they have to point them in the right direction. That’s basically the plot premise to almost every Indiana Jones movie.
Plus, they withheld some vital information as their insurance policy. That’s why Count Riario kept the other half of the key. But that’s just our opinion.