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Mellie Grant , Please Stop Being a Victim, OR, How Olivia Pope Owes You Nothing (#Scandal 317)

raytwin:

katrinapavela:

zelia254:

katrinapavela:

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Though they have Fitzgerald Grant in common, Olivia Pope and Mellie Grant are two very different women. One is a woman who has had many terrible things happen to her, yet she never references them, let alone use them as an excuse to curry sympathy or favour. Here’s a brief list of…

Excellent analysis. The problem is I think the writers think like the media (and actually many humans) re:Mellie where the urge is to throw the responsibility/backlash of personal choices made unto someone else’s shoulders. I just wish someone in the MSM would have the balls enough to write something even close to this concerning Mellie. I’m not sure why she continues to foist the screw ups of her choices on her husband (who once stood beside her in loneliness and ignorance for a decade), and now Olivia Pope. It’s just frustrating to see this BS bought hook, line and sinker with no questions asked of Mellie.

See, I think the writers are doing this on purpose exactly for this kind of controversy. I don’t think they hold it as a single truth that Mellie is a victim and that everyone owes her something. Simultaneous truths exist in the Scandalverse. What I want to know is, we’ve gotten plenty of the victim side as a reason for her lies and manipulations. When will the writers give us the other side where characters see right through her, or allow the wheels to completely come off the bus? Fitz was the only one who tried to hold her accountable for the lie she told him 15 years ago. Some people (including media) STILL sympathized with Mellie and demonized Fitz even though Mellie said very little in that scene. We mostly got Fitz’s perspective. Few people considered his feelings because 1) He’s a man. If he’s denied tenderness, that shouldn’t count and he’s an asshole for even being upset about it ::eye roll::; 2) The audience knows about the rape and Fitz doesn’t, therefore he’s deemed the asshole and Mellie the victim. That’s purposeful by the writers, but why? I don’t think it’s because #Fitzisthe devil ::eye roll :: My faith makes me hopeful that that they are building up to something with Mellie because he victimization is becoming trite. It feels like it’s building to a hilt, but it’s hard to tell with these writers. In real life, most people would NOT know about her rape and NOT give her a free pass to do whatever she likes as some justification for that past trauma; 3)People are so basic and petty. Because Fitz has had an affair, nothing he says is valid. They so readily accepted Mellie’s tale as a way of understanding her a little better, but would not accept that Fitz was actively pushed away by Mellie for 10 fucking years before the man felt desperate and broken enough to fill the hole on his heart. But again, he’s a married man and marriage is a sacrifice that you stick with no matter what ::eye roll::

I could go on, but I’ll spare you.

I too was thinking all of this “St. Mellie” narrative was building up to something. But you’re right, if it is, it’s taken too gosh darn long. Just like I thought all of Jakes shadiness and lack of accountability was leading up to something too. But we get more of the same in the pentultimate episode. Sigh. With every thing else going on with the bomb, and Mama and Papa Pope, I doubt they will have time to address the issues that lie with these two characters during the finale.

Truth be told, I think all of this is manipulative by the writers so that the audience wouldn’t judge Mellie for having an affair. And well, I don’t know why Jake is literally getting away with murder when it comes to Liv. I know they’re trying to push the love triangle. But why write that he choked her, if everybody is supposed to forget that it ever happened?

I think the writers are doing their jobs. Good drama does not leave you feeling indifferent. They are not writing to manipulate you they are conveying Mellie’s perspective. It’s not the writers’ fault that a significant and vocal group is identifying with Mellie’s perspective. It’s the writers’ job to have that character act and speak in a manner consistent with that character’s perspective. It is the viewer’s choice to accept her perspective as truth or take it with a grain of salt or wait for another perspective or what have you. Frankly, the points Katrina Pavela makes are so clear to me that it’s hard for me to understand how any viewers don’t get it. But that’s not the writers’ fault. It’s not even necessarily a bad thing. If I were watching in a vacuum rather than hanging in the fandom, I wouldn’t be bothered at all by what’s going on on Scandal. The frustration comes from other folks seeing things their own way rather than my way (aka the RIGHT way! 😇)

gladiator-in-a-suit:

Um can you not… This is a problem. I’m already about to be done with this unnecessary-ness happening on the show, but if Olake happens forreal, that’s it for me + Scandal… 😷

Well this is kind of stupid since 1)neither is mutually exclusive and 2)According to Olivia, both seem to be true.  Also, this could hardly be considered a scientific poll.

gladiator-in-a-suit:

Um can you not… This is a problem. I’m already about to be done with this unnecessary-ness happening on the show, but if Olake happens forreal, that’s it for me + Scandal… 😷

Well this is kind of stupid since 1)neither is mutually exclusive and 2)According to Olivia, both seem to be true.  Also, this could hardly be considered a scientific poll.

I love TG. OMG.. ooommmgg. I have seen every movie and for me going on the set…. I called him Mr. President everyday and he was so sweet. He would come and hug me at the end of the day and it just gave me little goosebumps.

Debbie Allen on the Scandal podcast.

Thanks mellymet for pointing this out.. She is so cute!!! such a fangirl

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Super adorbs. Tony Goldwyn: reducing grown ass women to fangirls since…?

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Everyone who works with him seems to hold him in high regard and almost all of the women speak of him with great affection.

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kerrybearw:

3x12 || 3x17

This is reminding me that Jake has never hesitated to use the intel he has gathered while spying on Olivia to his advantage.  He observes her in private moments and then uses what he hears to faux connect with her.  He did the same thing in season 2 when he used stuff he saw on the Best Buy wall.  Remember when she was sitting alone in her room looking so forlorn and he called her.  This is creepy.  I mean like clinically creepy.

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The ‘Sins’ of Mellie Grant: An Episodic List

katrinapavela:

[A huge thanks to spectaclesinscript for her invaluable contributions to an early draft of this list.]

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I was very annoyed with the Mellivia conversation in Flesh and Blood (317) for several reasons, even though I thought it was a great dramatic scene. If you watched the Scandal…

Can’t wait!  I’ve never understood why 307 garnered so much sympathy for Mellie.  For me it just confirmed that Mellie has been Mellie for a really long time.  I mean it’s one thing to be traumatized by rape and to keep it a secret.  It’s another thing entirely to be so calculating as to use it to the political advantage of your husband.  The rape didn’t suddenly turn Mellie in to a cold calculating emasculating woman.  That’s who she was and that’s what allowed her to choose the path she chose.  The Mellie that coped that way with adversity all those years ago is the same Mellie we see today.  IMHO.

raytwin:

hall70:

raytwin:

kikinickmc:

loveniaimani:

"Did you really just… Treason?!"
"That is the nicest word for what you just did."

I just love Fitz’s “Enough!" They could have kept the rest of that shit.

The more I see Jake on my dash the more I laugh, I’ve never seen someone so pitiful in all my years. Lol. He ended up looking like the biggest fool here. 😂😂😂😂

First of all Livvie, you need to pay attention, Jake never expressed hate towards B613 towards you. He expressed hate for Command, i.e. your father. And secondly, since Jake was dismissed in this episode, he will probably look like a hero in the finale *rolls eyes*.

that’s a good catch about jake never expressing hate for b613. he actually said something or other about loving it in this episode didn’t he?

now let’s talk about fitz…why was he trying to act all brand new with olivia acting like he didn’t want to dismantle b613 when they talked about it. he was wrong for that.

Yeah Fitz has wanted to dismantle B613 since the beginning of season 3. I don’t know why he was acting so incredulous. Unless he was just more upset about her doing it the way she did and as a civilian. I always thought that Fitz long term goal was to dismantle it, just maybe not right away.

The dismantling of an organization like B613 requires a serious plan.  You can’t just wake up one day and cut it off.  There are agents cut off from their handlers, there are terrorists who are now in the wind.  Fitz followed this up with “you should have collaborated with me” or something like that.  And he’s right.  Even if he wanted it shut down, you have to consider the impact of doing so and put a plan in place.  I think his response was more to her doing it on her own with no plan for transferring any of the B613 responsibilities or calling in the agents from their assignments or the zillion and one other things that would have been addressed if she had collaborated with Fitz or had put a plan in place to dismantle rather than cut off.

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evoria-chill:

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waterpopsicleformerlycryvanse:

misguidedivory:

walkingwiththeblackdog:

These are the mugshots of William West and William West, and they are not related. They were both sent to Leavenworth Prison at the same time, in 1903, and after some confusion, the staff understood they had two different prisoners with the exact same name, who looked exactly alike. They are part of the reason fingerprints are now used as identification.

Omfg

man…. they look… kinda alike… but i can tell them niggas apart….

ight tell me which one is william west and william west

What’s they middle name thooooooooo?
But I can tell them apart

If their pictures weren’t next to each other it would be very hard to tell which one you had in front of you.  Having the comparison right in front of you makes it easy to tell them apart. 

evoria-chill:

officialcrow:

waterpopsicleformerlycryvanse:

misguidedivory:

walkingwiththeblackdog:

These are the mugshots of William West and William West, and they are not related. They were both sent to Leavenworth Prison at the same time, in 1903, and after some confusion, the staff understood they had two different prisoners with the exact same name, who looked exactly alike. They are part of the reason fingerprints are now used as identification.

Omfg

man…. they look… kinda alike… but i can tell them niggas apart….

ight tell me which one is william west and william west

What’s they middle name thooooooooo?

But I can tell them apart

If their pictures weren’t next to each other it would be very hard to tell which one you had in front of you.  Having the comparison right in front of you makes it easy to tell them apart. 

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zell-dincht:

The thing Erin and I have been wondering about Scandal…

So it’s one of those shows that are really popular, but once we saw what it was about, we were like, ok no that sounds like a really bad premise and really offensive. That there’s that trope where a woman of color is “saved” by the rich…

In what way is Olivia Pope being “saved by the rich white man”?  Not mocking you, but curious because I don’t see that as a theme in the show.

raytwin:

gladiatorinrags:

corinnestark:

babycakesbriauna:

danifran16:

mayson2013:

tonyssidechick:

Child bye.

Bye Melody

Mellie’s “growth” where she blames Fitz for her choices. 

Cry me a river

Seriously? smh

I hate everybody who works in the marketing and promo department at Scandal right now. 

So much misdirected rage and anger. Smh. But many undiscerning fans won’t get it.

I’m hoping that the season is toward Mellie having an epiphany.  She sees the paternity test results confirming that Fitz is Jerry’s father.  And she begins to realize that the genesis of the break down of her marriage was the choices she made to keep a secret that wasn’t even true.  You see I believe that if it had only been the rape, she wouldn’t have gone to such lengths to keep it secret.  It would’ve taken time but she might have let the secret of the rape out.  People learn to cope and move on from trauma, but when you are keeping a secret you have to distance yourself from those who want to see who you really are.  It was the fear about Jerry’s paternity that really kept her silent. That was the thing she most needed to hide from Fitz.  And that is what drove all of the choices she made in that marriage.   And when she sees those results she begins to realize that she didn’t really have to turn away from her husband.  That she didn’t have to limit their marriage to being a political partnership.  It will finally click for her that Fitz was not the one who changed.  That she was the first to change as she made choices to keep this secret that never needed to be kept.  And perhaps in realizing that she can move beyond the anger stage of grieving her marriage and into acceptance.  And this will lead to her setting herself and Fitz free.  
Hey a girl can hope, right?

 

raytwin:

gladiatorinrags:

corinnestark:

babycakesbriauna:

danifran16:

mayson2013:

tonyssidechick:

Child bye.

Bye Melody

Mellie’s “growth” where she blames Fitz for her choices. 

Cry me a river

Seriously? smh

I hate everybody who works in the marketing and promo department at Scandal right now. 

So much misdirected rage and anger. Smh. But many undiscerning fans won’t get it.

I’m hoping that the season is toward Mellie having an epiphany.  She sees the paternity test results confirming that Fitz is Jerry’s father.  And she begins to realize that the genesis of the break down of her marriage was the choices she made to keep a secret that wasn’t even true.  You see I believe that if it had only been the rape, she wouldn’t have gone to such lengths to keep it secret.  It would’ve taken time but she might have let the secret of the rape out.  People learn to cope and move on from trauma, but when you are keeping a secret you have to distance yourself from those who want to see who you really are.  It was the fear about Jerry’s paternity that really kept her silent. That was the thing she most needed to hide from Fitz.  And that is what drove all of the choices she made in that marriage.   And when she sees those results she begins to realize that she didn’t really have to turn away from her husband.  That she didn’t have to limit their marriage to being a political partnership.  It will finally click for her that Fitz was not the one who changed.  That she was the first to change as she made choices to keep this secret that never needed to be kept.  And perhaps in realizing that she can move beyond the anger stage of grieving her marriage and into acceptance.  And this will lead to her setting herself and Fitz free. 

Hey a girl can hope, right?

 

katrinapavela:

etoilerosie:

Mellie finds out-photoset, but the last gif?? I seriously hope this is Mellie, sad that her son is Big Jerry’s and not sad about Andrew being dead.

Or…Or, she could be disappointed that Jerry is Fitz’s son because she wanted to use the opposite scenario to drive a vindictive dagger in his heart.

I hope she’s sad because Fitz is Jerry’s son and she’s realizing just how much she threw away (happy marriage, loving husband, being able to look at her son in a different way) in the name of keeping that secret about Big Jerry. Because I think if it had just been the rape she might have come around to telling Fitz. But the questionable paternity was something she couldn’t reveal and in the name of keeping that secret, she destroyed her marriage. She spent all these years blaming Fitz for being the one who changed, but she changed first.

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