Blogging Scandal: ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President,’ Season 2, Ep. 8.

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Of red hoodies and Sally Hemings. [...]

Blogging Scandal: ‘Defiance’, Season 2, Episode 7.

Olivia’s #SenateBoo is obviously a placeholder and a plot contrivance. The show doesn’t take him seriously as a suitor for Olivia and neither should we. [...]

Blogging ‘Scandal’, Season 2, Ep. 4: ‘Beltway Unbuckled.’

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In the opening scene of last week’s Scandal, the President of the United States is sleeping on a couch. Why is he sleeping on the couch? Presumably because it’s a universally understood shorthand for marital discord, even though the White House residence has other beds in it. Nine other bedrooms in fact, [...]

Blogging Scandal: ‘The Other Woman’ (Season 2, Ep. 2)

Nancy Drake calls Olivia. She’s hysterical because she can’t find her husband, the Reverend Marvin Drake. Rev. Drake is The Nation’s Pastor, a black church leader who’s also a supporter of same sex marriage. Rev. Drake is found in a hotel room, dead, on top of a woman, originally thought to be [...]

Blogging Scandal: ‘White Hat’s Off’ (Season 2, Ep. 1)

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Live-tweeting has completely revitalized the TV-viewing experience. How did we ever wait 12 to 24 hours to gather at water coolers or to meet our friends over coffee and discuss all our guilty pleasure shows and their salaciousness? Shonda Rhimes shows especially lend themselves to shock-tweeting; she trafficks in big plot [...]

Night Catches Us.

When last we saw Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie together, they were quarreling ex-lovers She Hate Me, Spike Lee‘s epic misfire about corporate malfeasance, lipstick lesbians and, um, nontraditional family arrangements. It was hard to gauge whether the two have any screen chemistry, since they were forced to spout lots of clunky, implausible lines. [...]