I'm CareBear KA and I'm a scandalholic

I am addicted to scandal and the sad thing is, I have NO interest in going to rehab. But I have stuff to do so I'm starting this tumblr as a place to download all my Scandal-ous thoughts and clear my mind.
darbysofficial:

Woohoo! ON MY WAY! Excited for the @ShondalandTV @twittertv @twitter PART-AY tonight! #carselfie

I think Darby doesn’t get as much style credit as she deserves.  She almost always looks fabulous at these events.  Odd to say perhaps, but I think Darby is much prettier than Abby.

darbysofficial:

Woohoo! ON MY WAY! Excited for the @ShondalandTV @twittertv @twitter PART-AY tonight! #carselfie

I think Darby doesn’t get as much style credit as she deserves.  She almost always looks fabulous at these events.  Odd to say perhaps, but I think Darby is much prettier than Abby.

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corinnestark:

mayson2013:

katrinapavela:

Tony’s Quote: Inside Scandal’s Shocking New Season

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katrinapavela:

corinnestark:

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amandaleisa:

Tony’s Quote:

"Olivia getting on a plane with Jake was like, ‘Just put a bullet in my head already!’" Goldwyn…

Because of the BS of Scandal S3 and what this fandom has turned into…when I see commentary like this I get real confused and suspicious and I start wondering if it’s for real or scripted or plants or something.  Just a short year ago, this was the banter on Tumblr and it was good and fun and insightful lol.  Anyways, don’t mind my rambling, just my way of saying I miss this. And I mostly wanna reblog this one for prosperity sake.

corinnestark katrinapavela

I’m here and I’m real and this has been the first time in months I’ve felt motivated to critically think about that show. Thanks (I think) katrinapavela.

A few things:

I’m not dismissing Jake. Jake’s presence with Olivia does not negate her reasons for leaving, and you guys seem to forget that. Would you hate her decision a little less if he wasn’t there?”

Yep. Probably. lol

"But there’s a story here that doesn’t actually revolve around him and has no actual bearing on the Olitz relationship. Olivia and Jake have never been in a romantic relationship (not for lack of trying). Olivia has used him as the device that he is and has ended up caring about him in some capacity."

If it didn’t have any bearing on the Olitz relationship, then I don’t think they would constantly advertise in script, interviews and promotions as Jake being the alternative for Fitz. If this was all about her finding herself and an inner journey, Jake wouldn’t be there next to her. 

"And why should the needs of Olivia’s married lover—whom the last she saw him gave her the news that her own mother was responsible for the death of his first born son? Which part of that makes her feel like she wants to comfort his needs? He has NO fucking idea how that makes her feel."

I don’t know, I think maybe the emotions of the person whose kid actually died might trump the emotions of the person who feels unnecessarily guilty because of it. And does it really matter if he’s married at that point? I mean just in general caring way, if it was someone you love, not even from a romantic perspective, if for example it was your sister had a child that just died, would you ignore their phone call? 

mayson2013 are you calling me a Scandal bot?

corinnestark, ummm, I guess I should thank you for writing something that incited me write a response?

couple things… 

“If [Jake] didn’t have any bearing on the Olitz relationship, then I don’t think they would constantly advertise in script, interviews and promotions as Jake being the alternative for Fitz. If this was all about her finding herself and an inner journey, Jake wouldn’t be there next to her. “—corinnestark

 

This is what I meant by Jake being used as a device. I can plainly see that they market Jake as some kind of alternative for Olivia, but I can also plainly see that the narrative tells me it’s a non-starter. Like, when were they ever in a relationship? When did they ever date? Never is the answer. A few fucks and a lonely kiss do not a relationship make. ::shrugs:: As for Olivia’s journey, did she not tell you what her plan was before Jake inserted himself? Olivia being able to focus on herself isn’t negated by having a travel companion to abate any potential loneliness. I don’t know why you guys think that the entire point has been derailed because Jake is there. In her head, it isn’t. There’s no indication that they have gone off on some romantic romp. I’m not gonna spend my summer making up stuff about them that hasn’t been proven in the narrative. Sorry, we just have to agree to disagree about Jake. I’m not gonna let his presence prevent me from enjoying this show or pretend that everything is invalid because he’s there.

“I don’t know, I think maybe the emotions of the person whose kid actually died might trump the emotions of the person who feels unnecessarily guilty because of it. And does it really matter if he’s married at that point? I mean just in general caring way, if it was someone you love, not even from a romantic perspective, if for example it was your sister had a child that just died, would you ignore their phone call?” —cor

Corrine, two things here. 1) Your language is very problematic. Using a hierarchy of pain wherein one trumps another and the “less” relevant pain should be in deference to the “more” relevant pain does not work in this instance. Neither does your analogy about ignoring the call of a sister that has just lost a child. You are leaving out the incredibly important detail on which Olivia’s entire reason for leaving is based: she feels responsible for what has happened to Fitz (and others around her).

Olivia: I”t’s me. Everything that’s happened—none of it would have happened if it weren’t for me. It’s my mother, my father, the man I love, an innocent boy dying, churches blowing up, you [Jake]being thrown in the hole—the common denominator is me. I am the center. I’m the eye of the storm.”

Bearing the consequences of her failure to ‘behave’ was a key issue for Olivia in season 3, which is why you get all that self blame above (I could write an entire thing on just the above statement). She’s been told that it was her mother that killed the love of her life’s first born son. Not only that,  in a rare moment of allowing Fitz to help her (309), Olivia let Fitz conspire with her to facilitate her mother’s escape. Fitz ended up committing treason by letting a criminal flee US soil. That criminal then comes back to attempt his demise, and then failing that kills his son (that’s what they’ve both been told). You don’t see how Olivia probably can’t stand herself knowing all of this? Have you ever met Olivia? She takes on these burdens. She doesn’t want that potential resentment from Fitz, and that’s part of what she fears. She already went through that with Defiance and it hurt her to her core.  I’m hoping that Fitz can understand where she was coming from having found out that his own father raped his wife 15 years ago.  Do you not see the relevance here? Sure, Fitz told Olivia at the hospital that as children, they aren’t responsible for the sins of their parents, but that doesn’t eliminate guilt. I’ll tell you what: I’m sure Mellie knows that on an intellectual level, yet she still saw Fitz as a proxy for Big Jerry’s crime for years and years.  

2) Yes, it matters that Fitz is married. It’s another inconvenient truth that some of us like to act like is no big deal. In this instance it is. Whatever the state of the Grant’s marriage, they are parents. They have two children that have also been traumatized (let’s not forget what Karen saw several episodes before her brother was murdered) by the death of the eldest Grant child. Not only that, Fitz just found out something horrible about the role his father played in the deterioration of his marriage so many years ago. Fitz needs to heal with his family. I don’t think it’s appropriate that he cleave to Olivia at a time like this. Please don’t mistake that for me saying that Grants should somehow give their marriage another go, but marriage, or not, they are a family.

Of course I know Fitz wants and needs Olivia by his side, and if it was simply a matter of the loss of his child, I’m sure she would have be there for him. And I would fully support that. But it’s not that simple. I see all the time but but but but, it’s not a good time for Fitz! Olivia should have waited!  For when exactly? What perfect time? It’s not fair to continually ask her to sublimate her needs for him. To many women think that making a man better is their job. Nope. If she doesn’t take care of herself, then who will?

 Fitz needs to learn to consider her needs sometimes above his own, or at least consider the detrimental impact his decisions can have on her.  He accused Olivia of not being a team with him (219), and that this teamwork is what he wanted. But Fitz’s idea of being a team usually serve his needs and his convenience. Did he think they were being a team when he leaked her name without her knowledge (I still want him to tell her this), even if the ends justified the means? Was this not similar to what Olivia did behind his back with Defiance. Fitz also needs to learn how to cope without drink and without her during a tough time. This will ultimately be a good thing for their relationship

Now onto a couple things I want to say in response to tweets and messages in my inbox:

On another note, if people continue to distill the Olitz dynamic down to break-ups/make-ups, or simply oh, Olivia’s running again, you’re not gonna get the most out of this relationship.

 

I could simply call each of those colours above, ‘purple’. If I did, I would be missing out on so much.

Lastly,

I touched on this ever so briefly after some of the discourse following the S2 finale, but what Olivia does with her henhouse is her business. The invasion and exploitation of her sexual privacy is a topic unto itself, as Scandal is rife with this (and I believe on purpose) since season 1.  She’s not married to Fitz. So people talking about Olivia cheating on Fitz is something I find a bit rich. Didn’t Fitz say to Olivia in 317 that he didn’t like the idea of her sleeping with Jake because it makes him crazy? So he’s fully aware that if she’s lonely, or stressed, or whatever, she reaches for that plank of meat. As I’ve said before, Fitz is an absentee boyfriend I adore the heck out of but facts are facts. He is not there. He has no ownership over Olivia’s body, or her sexual freedom. 

"He has no ownership over Olivia’s body, or her sexual freedom."  Fitz himself acknowledges this in the "You’re not able to look at me" scene when he asks Olivia if she has feelings for Jake.  She replies that it’s none of his business and he acknowledges that she’s right.  

One of my favorite scenes, beautifully acted by Kw and TG.  

darbysofficial:

#SCANDAL SEASON 4:  WILL ABBY KEEP HER MOUTH SHUT? OR NAH? NAH.😝#SASSYABBY

Channeling Olivia Pope.  And in the cast promo Abby is amidst the White House crew.  I bet they know her name now.

darbysofficial:

#SCANDAL SEASON 4:
WILL ABBY KEEP HER MOUTH SHUT? OR NAH? NAH.😝#SASSYABBY

Channeling Olivia Pope.  And in the cast promo Abby is amidst the White House crew.  I bet they know her name now.

katrinapavela:

april-michelle22:

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scandalmusingsandmore:

katrinapavela:

scandal-whipped:

olitzterry:

yourveryownbaggagehandler:

Official Scandal Season 4 Cast Promotional Group Photo

Tony and Kerry look Gorgeous!

Pls someone crop out SF.  Damn why is BY all the way over there? I thought she was the star of the show.

Ahhhhh the Olitz wedding!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m extra amped now. I was tired but have been infused with LIFE! Beautiful.

My lovable Gladiators are funny LOL

Mellie is far away from Fitz, turned away from him but looking evily behind at him. Will he be in her past this season? 😳. She’s looking back and there’s NO LOOKING BACK this season 😱😱😱😱
Poor David, is he looking at Jake or Abby?

Hmm, well we know it’s the season of Abby and she’s standing. In fact, it’s only the women of OPA and Fitz who are, so I’m hoping it’s cause that’s the focus!
Again, I’m spreading rumors and I think the storyline locked up is that somehow Liv and Fitz get married. I’m sure the way to get there is moronic and stupid, and I’m sure their marriage will get all Shonda’d up, but I’m a little more convinced now.

Good point about the women of OPA standing up. Wut wut! I’m ready for Mellie and Jake to have a seat after last season. Your rumour about Olitz is duly noted but my little heart can’t even think of it

Is Mellie hiding Andrew under that dress?

katrinapavela:

april-michelle22:

katrinapavela:

scandalmusingsandmore:

katrinapavela:

scandal-whipped:

olitzterry:

yourveryownbaggagehandler:

Official Scandal Season 4 Cast Promotional Group Photo

Tony and Kerry look Gorgeous!

Pls someone crop out SF.  Damn why is BY all the way over there? I thought she was the star of the show.

Ahhhhh the Olitz wedding!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m extra amped now. I was tired but have been infused with LIFE! Beautiful.

My lovable Gladiators are funny LOL

Mellie is far away from Fitz, turned away from him but looking evily behind at him. Will he be in her past this season? 😳. She’s looking back and there’s NO LOOKING BACK this season 😱😱😱😱

Poor David, is he looking at Jake or Abby?

Hmm, well we know it’s the season of Abby and she’s standing. In fact, it’s only the women of OPA and Fitz who are, so I’m hoping it’s cause that’s the focus!

Again, I’m spreading rumors and I think the storyline locked up is that somehow Liv and Fitz get married. I’m sure the way to get there is moronic and stupid, and I’m sure their marriage will get all Shonda’d up, but I’m a little more convinced now.

Good point about the women of OPA standing up. Wut wut! I’m ready for Mellie and Jake to have a seat after last season.
Your rumour about Olitz is duly noted but my little heart can’t even think of it

Is Mellie hiding Andrew under that dress?

meetaclassybitch:

The first picture is me and my twinbrother when we were 3 years old. The second picture is me on my brother’s funeral. He was 18 years old and killed himself. I don’t care if this ruins your blog. I want you to reblog this and make a statement.

The first picture is worldfamous. Even Kendall Jenner posted it on her instagram account.We were on the news because no one knew that the picture was 15 years old. But people need to realize that life isn’t as pretty as the picture tells us. Life is cruel. Just like our society. And I’ve lost my best friend because of it. Teenagers are suppose to have fun, instead of thinking about killing themselves. 

I hope this will get to Kendall Jenner and she’ll defend my statement. Because no one will probably listen to me… 

meetaclassybitch I’m so sorry for your loss.  I hope that over time memories of your brother will bring you comfort and dull the pain of being without him.

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Scandal Season 4 Poster Commentary: No Looking Back After the Storm   

katrinapavela:

spectaclesinscript:

katrinapavela:

NB: This piece does not speculate about ”Olake” (because that’s not a thing). Let me quickly say why: Because I don’t care I find it completely implausible that a man who has practically been criminally insinuated into the life of Olivia Pope could possibly be considered a future romantic…

Why are you so damn good with this stuff?

Anyway, I’m looking forward to a lot. As you mentioned, so much was blown up in S4. How will each character proceed from the varied events that occurred?

Olivia’s return would certainly be a surprise to Rowan. He may even have some apprehension about it. Here he has believed that he’s succeeded in getting his daughter to a place where she (1) trusts him and (2) she is far away from Fitzgerald. And as long as she’s gone, he can revel to his heart content in his baby B613 without fear that she may try to again expose it/shut it down. I can’t wait to see what pops off between those two. It’ll be epic.

Another thing I’m anticipating is seeing how the Grants have coped with having won reelection, but lost their son. Are either of them experiencing regrets? I’d expect much guilt would be on their shoulders for various misdeeds and missed opportunities. I’d like to know how they have been affected as individuals and how their relationship has changed. How has Fitz been doing without access to Olivia?

OPA: Should I still call it that? What becomes of Huck and Kim? What is Abby up to? Quinn? How will they all react when Olivia returns? How are they dealing with the loss of Harrison? Do they know how/why he died? Will this be another cross Olivia will carry? (I hope not).

David Rosen: will he or will he not do anything with all those B613 documents that Jake sent his way?

Speaking of Jake… WTF are they going to do with homeboy? He hasn’t got his Navy job and he’s not Command. Can they reveal his purpose please? We’ve endured 1.5 seasons of him and in that time, he’s gone from loyal B613 agent gone rogue to Olivia’s sometime fuck buddy to B613 Command to Mr. I Desire the Sun. What is your relevance, Ballard?

Anywhoz, that’s some of what I’m looking forward to.

spectaclesinscript Thanks, Booski

Maaaan, you brought up so many good points. I completely forgot to even think about Huck and his family. If they are able to start to reconcile, that will undoubtedly have an effect on him. I also wonder if Quinn sees OPA as the past, or does she see her wanna-be-bad girl stint in B6-13 as such. She technically didn’t have a home when we left her at the end of 318.

As for Rowan, I don’t give a toss what he wants. His influence on the narrative was too much for my taste. Olivia will not be able to live her life until she figures out how to make him feel like he doesn’t matter. So many if her movements were motivated by fear of his actions/retribution in S3. I really want her to know that he wreaked all that havoc to get her to behave. And I soooooo wish that her getting on that plane, while obviously about her need to get some breathing room, was also a way of fooling him into thinking she’s doing what he wants.

As for Abby, I know she’ll be salty when Olivia gets back and I won’t blame her. She had Olivia’s back all the way in S3. I’m glad we’ll finally get to her background this season. And lastly, I don’t want Olivia’s return to DC to be because of Harrison. That sounds awful, but I just don’t want her responded to external emergencies. I want her return to be because she thinks she’s ready.

As for Jake: ditto.

Katrina, The Scandal fandom is always a better place when you are active in it.  I share your optimism for season 4.  I think season 3 set the table for a number of significant transformations.  In no particular order I’m hoping that 1) Both Mellie and Fitz have been set free.  Now that the rape is out in the open and exposed as the initial source of the unraveling of her marriage Mellie has been freed from the bonds of victimhood.  She can no longer blame Fitz as the sole source of her unhappiness.  I think this will ultimately be the catalyst for her to let go of her dead marriage and reach for a life of her own.  2) In Olivia’s absence, Fitz will learn to be great without her.  I’m thinking that work is going to be the mechanism he uses to cope with the loss of his son.  Throughout the series we’ve seen everyone working to push Fitz to greatness—Olivia included.  In a way, this has kept him from being his own man.  How many times have we heard him say he “is nothing” without Olivia.  With her gone, I think he will have to come into his own and achieve the greatness everyone has expected of him.  And in doing so he will be ready to come into the Olitz realtionship (at some point) as a full and capable partner to Olivia rather than as her combination fixer project/one true love  3) Huck getting back into recovery.  I think the arc of Huck’s story is among the most underappreciated of the show.  We initially meet Huck while he is in recovery and since the 3rd or 4th episode of season 1 when Olivia asked him to find Amanda Tanner, he has been spiraling downward deeper and deeper into his addiction.  I feel like he hit rock bottom last season, and I’m hoping that seeing his family will motivate him to seek recovery again. (There’s an essay in my head about the trajectory of Huck’s story and how it’s one of the best characterizations of addiction I’ve ever seen on television, but so far it hasn’t made it out of my head—one day).  4) Olivia has created a space in which she can fix herself—finally.  And we know she’s the best fixer around so there’s no doubt that she WILL fix herself and ultimately be free of the burden of being her father’s daughter and her mother’s daughter.  I think season 3 laid the groundwork for a very satisfying.season 4.

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lauriolpla:

I have a brilliant friend (she’s White) with whom I discuss the inability of White Conservatives in particular to understand racism, you know, the folks who say there wouldn’t be a race problem if victims of racism would only stop talking about it - in other words, people like Sean Hannity.  She has a theory about how some people cannot recognize experiences that they can’t share.  She said they see them as fiction, which is why no matter how many facts you put in front of these people, they will NEVER EVER see racism.  For them, experiences that are not like their own are like reading a book or watching a TV show, real only in someone’s imagination.  I think it is a serious mental disorder that must be acknowledged and addressed for the sake of humanity.  

lauriolpla This is consistent with an observation I’ve made about conservatives who have flipped their positions on gay marriage.  In most, if not all, of these cases the conservative elected official has had a close family member come out to them and they have identified that experience as the catalyst for them changing from anti-gay marriage to supporting gay marriage.  They were only able to see the injustice of denying marriage equality after it impacted them in some personal way.  Prior to that they were incapable of empathy for the people they were harming with their position.

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scandalously-passionate:

In honor of #Scandal Season 4! May Olivia Pope the Fixer come back full force, and may she come back to her senses & leave Joke stranded! ^^
Ballpoint Pen Drawing Around 70 hours of work, many nervous breakdowns and an aching body later, I hope you like it :)
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Wow, you are very talented.

scandalously-passionate:

In honor of #Scandal Season 4!
May Olivia Pope the Fixer come back full force, and may she come back to her senses & leave Joke stranded! ^^

Ballpoint Pen Drawing
Around 70 hours of work, many nervous breakdowns and an aching body later, I hope you like it :)

© Cosette_Yo

Wow, you are very talented.