Thoughts From a Southern Girl

Just so you know, this post is about to be real random.  Why?  Because I have a lot of things I want to say…but I don’t really have anything to say.  Make sense?  Yeah, I didn’t think so.

First, let’s talk about the return of “Scandal”.  I was not excited about the premiere, until I saw a clip of Mellie and Olivia at a faux lunch.  Mellie laid into my girl Liv, I put a smile on my face, and prepared to enjoy the mid-season premiere. The premiere was good, a bit predictable, but I think “Grey’s Anatomy” was WAY better!

Unfortunately, or fortunately for some, it snowed in the DC area on Monday.  (And there are reports we will get more snow next week. -_-)  So, the good thing for me was that I used that day to catch up on some missed television, namely the Oscars.  Yes, on Sunday evening I propped myself on the couch to catch the awards show, but somewhere between the award for Best Production Design or something like that and the evening news I fell asleep.  (I am such an old woman.)  I woke up to the news that Lupita won for Best Supporting Actress and “12 Years A Slave” won Best Picture.  Thankfully, the Oscars were on On Demand, so I was able to see Ellen’s shenanigans, Matthew McConaughey’s AWESOME speech, and Steve McQueen jump at the end of his acceptance speech.

Honestly, that’s all I’ve got.  I don’t really have anything else to say.  My life is pretty boring at the moment.  Well, maybe not boring.  Uneventful is probably a better word.  I’m just working and trying to get my personal affairs in order.  I do plan on juicing for Lent.  Since I have not consistently done it in the past like I was supposed to.  And the days that I do not juice, I will not succumb to food.  I will just drink H2O all day.  Jesus made a sacrifice for me, and for the next 40 days, I can make that sacrifice for Him.  I am planning how I am going to celebrate my birthday, which happens to be during the Lenten season.  So far, I am pleased with what I’ve come up with; I just need to figure out where it’s going to be.

For someone who didn’t have anything else to say I am not surprised I found some extra words. 🙂  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

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“Scandal” Re-Cap: YOLO

So, it has been a good little minute since I’ve written about “Scandal”.  The episode from 2 weeks ago was great.  Last night’s episode had a lot of nail-biting, bug-eyed, pass out moments.

First, can we just acknowledge the fact that I was right and called it WEEKS ago that Maya Lewis aka Marie Wallace is a terrorist?!?! I almost lightweight believed Eli/Rowan/Byron Douglas when he told Charlie he doesn’t enjoy killing people.  Because he could have EASILY let Maya stay on that plane and get blown up…because I think there was a bomb on that plane, and Maya put it there.  But I am also slightly annoyed and find it highly unbelievable that after ALL this thinking back Olivia did that she remembered in the 11th hour that someone called the house asking for her mother by a different name… That’s whack.

Also, some people keep talking about how Liv was sitting like a bump on a log for a few minutes during the beginning of the episode.  Well how would you feel if your mother, a woman that you believed died in a plane crash over 20 years ago, just magically showed up at your home talking about, “Hey, Livvie!”  O_o Say what now???  So I can expect her to be a little shell shocked.

And I knew Huck was going to torture Quinn.  I was kinda anxious to see exactly what he was going to do, because I knew that he wasn’t going to kill her.  But to extract a tooth, leave for a little bit, and come back and do it AGAIN!!!  That’s just cruel.  But well deserved, because she should have never gotten caught up with the likes of Charlie.  And their love scene??? YUCK!!!  But she is not going to kill Eli/Rowan/Byron Douglas.  Liv needs him to get her momma back and to find out exactly why she’s been locked up for 22 years…besides the fact she’s someone that can eat her own flesh, kill a doctor, and escape from a maximum security prison.

I am REALLY surprised about James.  I thought he was smarter than that.  He figured out that Cyrus set him up; so why didn’t he also figure out that Cyrus had a way to get proof of Daniel-Douglas’ double life???  And to answer your question (and James’) on why Cyrus didn’t hire someone?  Too risky.  He knew from Mellie’s cocktail party that DD had an attraction to James.  Or they were at least connecting.  Even though I would NEVER condone setting your spouse up to cheat on you, James knows the type of man he married.

But the BIGGEST shocker of the night was Sally calling Cyrus saying, “I have committed a sin.”  Ma’am, is this the same man you just read and told him that he and his husband would spend the rest of their lives in purgatory because of their relationship???  And he is the FIRST person you think to call???  I can’t wait to see the flashback of this argument (because you know there will be one) and to see how Cyrus cleans this up and spins the story.  You know that he is going to make Sally agree to forget about running for President against Fitz and to get on the Grant bandwagon.  I’m sure he’ll make her sign an agreement, too.

Some other mentionables: Cyrus breaking down in the Oval Office.  Mellie totally looked like she wanted to say, “Awk-ward….”  I DIED when she turned and gave Cyrus a minute to compose himself!  Jake and Fitz will ALWAYS fight over Olivia.  Point blank and the period. They should just mud wrestle!  (Kidding! But isn’t that what dudes say about girls??? Anywho…)  Fitz let Jake know he can try to be her hero, but it’s not going to work.  Oh, another thing that I think is major-Olivia has not and does not tell ANYONE that she loves them.  At first, I just thought it was Fitz.  But in the flashback, Maya tells young Olivia, “I love you”, and Olivia does not respond… My co-worker said that she told Edison she loved him, but I don’t think that’s accurate?  (So who’s right???)

Some of my co-workers wanted me to share a few things on my blog, so here goes: One, was Maya trying to insult Olivia when she told her she didnt’ see any laughter in her life and that she was more like her father than her?  I just thought it was an innocent comment and Maya meant that in terms of who Olivia THINKS her mother is.  What say you?  And my other c0-worker thinks Olivia is in a particular sorority.  What do you guys think-IF Olivia was Greek, what would be her organization??? Just a thought and hopefully we can share some laughs, because last night’s episode was intense.

I am anxiously awaiting next week’s winter finale.  What did you think of the episode?  Who’s really the bad guy?  Who can be trusted?  Is Cyrus going to help Sally?  And will James leave or stay?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Everything’s Coming Up Mellie

Yes, this post is about a week late (don’t judge me).  I was so focused on “The Best Man Holiday”, not to mention the fact that I had already decided that I wasn’t going to post about “Scandal” because I have been less than impressed with the episodes so far this season.  But Shonda & Co. made up for my lackluster interest during last week’s episode!  So let’s dive right in!

First, I kept trying to tell you all I don’t like Quinn, and I think you finally see why.  AND I called it-Charlie and Eli/Rowan/Byron Douglas were trying to turn her into B613.  And because she’s naive and tries too hard, she totally missed the fact that Charlie was playing her and NOW she’s a part of B613.  Huck can’t save you now, girl!!!

Cyrus and Mellie are beyond devious!  So Daniel Douglas, VP Sally Langston’s husband is possibly on the down low.  Ten dollars says that they are going to try to use James to seduce Daniel Douglas.  And they will probably use the angle that James has recently lost his job and his uncovering of this scandal could be the break his journalistic self needs to possibly get his job back.

So Maya Lewis LIVES!!!!!!!!!  I’m not surprised.  I think Omar Dresden is a made up person, Eli/Rowan/Byron Douglas is the federal agent that took “Omar” off the plane, and CLEARLY “Omar” was created so Maya could get off the plane without anyone knowing she survived.  She may very well be a domestic terrorist, the type of person that B613 was created to get rid of.  And maybe Eli/Rowan/Byron Douglas couldn’t allow his wife to be killed, so he saved her instead.  He had to get rid of her (and sent Olivia to boarding school) so he could stay/become a part of B613.

I understand Mellie SO much better now!  Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III will NEVER understand the sacrifices she made for him to get to where he is!  Big Gerry was a BIG BULLY!  And it appears that Liv and Fitz have daddy issues; maybe that’s another reason why they bonded so well.  To anyone that may be questioning, no rape victim EVER “asks for it”, “encourages it”, or “seeks” to be attacked.  Yes, this is fictional television, but to anyone that is insensitve, rape or any kind of attack has nothing to do with the victim; it has to do with the perpetrator.  There are probably women in real life that relate to Mellie more than we will ever know.  One cannot say what they would do if they were in that situation unless they actually lived it.  Mellie kept quiet because she wanted to protect her husband, whom she loved…and still loves.  And their oldest son, Fitzgerald IV, may not be Fitz’s…I wonder if that will ever come out.  I am glad that Fitz stood up for Mellie in the interview; it was about time he started treating her like a human being and like his wife, in spite of the fact he may not be in love with her anymore.

With Episode 7, this entire season has been redeemed.  There are only 2 episodes left until the Winter Finale.   I’m excited to see tomorrow’s episode.  Most importantly Quinn’s foray into the dark side and Maya and Eli/Rowan/Byron Douglas’ relationship.  What are your thoughts from last week’s episode?  What are some of the things you think will come out in the next few episodes?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

P.S. So I COMPLETELY forgot to mention that Fitz now knows that Eli/Rowan/Byron Douglas is Olivia’s dad!!!!  When Liv mentioned Rowan’s name during her call to Fitz, she didn’t respond when he asked her how she knew about the head of B613.  I can’t wait to see what Fitz does now that he knows about their connection!

Nothing is Getting Resolved

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. And it’s been an even longer while since I’ve posted on a consistent basis. I guess that’s what happens when you get older, things that you did on a regular basis change.  I do have a ton of things to share my own little commentary on, like Jordan Davis and Michael Dunn, these people who think dressing up as murder victims and painting their face to look like other races is a great idea for a Halloween costume, and even what’s going on politically.  But today’s post is going to be about “Scandal”.  I mean, it’s Friday; what else did you expect?

All of my friends, IRL and on Facebook, even you guys, know I am a “Scandal” fanatic.  (I’m sure I’ve posted that a time or two as well.)  Anywho, I have been totally underwhelmed this season.  Except with Episode 2 “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”.  (I actually might re-watch that this weekend.)  One of my co-workers thinks my expectations are too hight; I told him it was Shonda’s fault.  She should not have set it up that way.  My take-aways from “Scandal” have been minimal this season.  After each episode, when at least ONE thing should be tied up and resolved, I have more questions.

We can start with Quinn.  When she called out Liv for her affair with Fitz, I wanted somebody to kick her in her throat; she’s becoming SO disrespectful!  And the fact that Charlie, the man who taught Huck everything he knows, has sunk his claws into her will only lead to some mess.  And I should not have been surprised that Eli/Rowan/Byron Douglas was involved.  But the main question is WHY is he trying to turn Quinn into B613?  To replace girl Kate???

Speaking of Eli/Rowan/Byron Douglas, he seemed genuinely upset and sad when Maya died.  And if he didn’t make the call to take down the plane that killed her, then who did?  And, some people seem to think that Maya knew about the call to shoot the plane down, didn’t board it, and is alive somewhere.

Also, let’s talk about Harrison and this Salif business.  Yes, Liv saved him from his insider trading case, but I also think Harrison was a whistleblower and turned in old Salif.  We all did this moaning and groaning and complaining about wanting to know about Harrison’s background; well it’s about to come full force in a mighty way!  But I don’t want Harrison to get hurt…

In short, I need to know about Operation Remington, I need Fitz and Cy to figure out that Eli/Rowan/Byron Douglas is Olivia’s daddy, I need Quinn to sit down somewhere, and I need Cy and ‘nem to figure out that Sally is setting them up for failure and is about to go rogue on the White House.

Thank goodness my friend KK came over last night to watch “Scandal” with me, because I was SURELY about to be knocked out around 9:30; but this time I was going to set my alarm to go off so I wouldn’t miss my show.  I tried to get Southern Dad to watch “Scandal” (like Southern Mom), but he could just not get into it.  And I kept wondering why.  Now I think I know.  If my very first introduction to “Scandal” was this season, I would probably be psuedo-bored and not interested, too.  I mean, the show has great moments, but I remember being on the edge of my seat for 60 minutes, 70-75 if you include the minutes I had to slow my heart rate down and get my life together after it went off.  Hopefully the remaining 4 episodes before the Winter Finale will take us back to the “Scandal” of old.  Because now, it’s not the same.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

“Scandal” Re-Cap

You know, for someone that was almost bored with Thursday’s episode, I found some amazing moments!  My favorite, though, was watching the preview for next week and seeing what Liv is wearing to this gala!  Her look was so fabulous that I had my tight girl/sister-friend at Hell in a Handbag rewind the tv so she could see it. 

During my weekly work discussion regarding “Scandal”, one of my co-workers, we’ll call him Adam, told me that my expectations were too high when I said that the last two episodes haven’t been that great.  However, Kathy, my other co-worker, agrees with me-Shonda set it that way.  She should not have been so great in the beginning, then start to fall off.

One theme that was PAINFULLY clear was that there were too many “ripped from the headlines” stories in Episode 4.  Adam pointed out “Law & Order: SVU” does the same.  My argument was that may be true, but they max out at two stories.  Shonda put in like 4 or 5 stories in one hour.  On to the re-cap…

First, I knew in less than 5 minutes that the wife killed that girl.  And Senator Myers needs to see somebody about his nasty little habit.  Second, I really need Quinn to SIT DOWN somewhere!!!  She keeps messing with Huck, he’s going to “whiskey” her.  She’s always into something.  Just fall back, and play your role. Third, I thought it was SO sweet that Fitz FINALLY stood up for Mellie.  He even held her hand. (All together now, “Awwwwwww…”) But that moment was short lived.  And speaking of Fitz, how careless could he be to attend Peter Foster’s funeral all willy-nilly with no type of discretion???  And social media is can be the complete death of  privacy.  Jake is like a bad body rash that you can’t get rid of, no matter what you do.  Liv told him to go away at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the episode…but he just wouldn’t!!!  And the nerve of him to think he could chill, hang out, and drink amazing red wine with Olivia while he tries to convince her that they need to kill her daddy.  Naw, son, that ain’t happening.  And he had the NERVE, the GALL, the AUDACITY to bring Huck into it, knowing good and well he and Liv are in a rocky place right now.  But most important, Jake is a bonafied H.A.T.E.R.  How is he going to blurt out, “Want more wine?” knowing good and well the POTUS is on the phone??? But, the ultimate player move was at the very end, when Fitz, with his Secret Service wingmen in tow, march into Byron/Eli/Rowan’s office!!!!

Now, I have SO many questions-Does Fitz know that Byron/Eli/Rowan is Liv’s dad?  Was (Is) Fitz a part of B613?  If Fitz really flew that plane in Operation Remington, did he kill Liv’s mom, thus prompting Byron/Eli/Rowan to send her away so he could become a member of B613?  Does Cyrus know that Byron/Eli/Rowan is Liv’s daddy??? (I seriously doubt it, because his picture was missing from Liv’s “Kill” File in Episode 2.) Does Jake REALLY think Byron/Eli/Rowan doesn’t know he was eavesdropping on his conversation with Cyrus??? I think that’s going to come back to bite Jake in the behind. 

Some of my “Scandal” co-horts think Byron/Eli/Rowan is going to die this season, even if it’s not at the hands of Jake or Huck.  Could it possibly be Charlie???

Anywho, that’s all I’ve got.  Feel free to share your thoughts on Thursday’s episode or what you think will take place in the rest of the season!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

P.S.  Can we talk about Harrison and his cute little dance??? Lawd, I heart Columbus Short!

“Scandal” Catch Up

So, we are a day away from the 4th new episode of Season 3 of “Scandal”… and I have yet to write a post about any of them.  See, what had happened was…

On the evening of October 3, I was minding my business, watching “Grey’s Anatomy” in the comfort of my own home, when I decided that the episode wasn’t that exciting.  So I was going to take a quick nap and be up in time for “Scandal”.  The next thing I know, I wake up, see what doesn’t appear to be “Scandal” on television, grab my phone and see that it’s 11:19, and fearfully realize that I have slept through the season premiere. To say I was pissed, shocked, and amazed at myself is an understatement.  I can go to sleep at 9 o’clock any night of the week except Thursday.  It’s like my body subconciously KNOWS what night it is and realizes it’s vitally important that I stay awake and not be tired.  But on October 3, my body worked against me.  And so was Comcast.  I’m not happy to admit this, but I have woken up at 5 am on a Friday morning in the past to re-watch an episode of “Scandal”. (Don’t judge me.)  So I wasn’t worried.  I just figured I would go to bed, wake up at the crack of dawn, and watch the episode so that I could contribute to the conversation that was sure to take place at work.  Because I had gotten so much rest, I woke up on my own at 4 am…checked On Demand…and did not see “Scandal”.  I didn’t panic.  I went to sleep on the couch, woke up around 5, and looked at On Demand again.  Nothing.  There was nothing new at 6, either.  So, against my better judgement, I looked at stories that discussed the premiere, but not anything that would totally give the main stuff away.  By the time I made it home Friday night with Chinese take-out, the new episode was up, and I was good to go.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t that impressed.  It possibly could have something to do with the fact that I kinda knew what to expect, like Byron Douglas aka Eli/Rowan giving an EPIC speech to Olivia during the first scene, Olivia standing up to her daddy, Mellie name-calling Olivia to her face (that was good), Fitz telling Tom to let it slip that Olivia was his mistress, and some other non-notable things that happened, except for Jeannine being set up to have been with Fitz; that was kinda genius.  Because I do not know in WHAT realistic world Fitz would think that the world would be cool with him marrying his mistress and making her First Lady.  Well, unless your Mark Sanford-then it’s possible. Oh, and Byron really did give a good speech.

But that second episode…What a wonderfully glorious episode!  We all know I am not a fan of Edison, but I was excited to see him!  (Do NOT ask me why, because two weeks later I still don’t know.)  And you all know I love a good flashback, so I was happy to see the evolution of Byron/Eli/Rowan and Olivia’s relationship.  Suffice it to say, there were definitely some moments in the first two episodes that reminded me of Southern Dad and myself.  Anywho, it was just great television.  I am super super weirded out that Huck let it out about B613.  And I was even more super weirded out when Byron/Eli/Rowan came face-to-face with Huck.  The “arguing” scene with Olivia and Daddy was priceless.  That was excellent acting.  Oh, can I also say that I am so mad that Huck choked Liv…but she kinda had it coming. She should not have lied.  BUT, I was SO pissed at Quinn!  I just want her to sit DOWN somewhere!  UGH!!! She’s always into something!  If she had just minded her own business, Huck never would have found out.  Now Huck and Olivia have to re-build their trust in each other again.

Episode 3 was boring…except the end when Huck was following Byron/Eli/Rowan and threatened him.  I knew he wasn’t going to shoot him, though.  And it’s amazing that Byron/Eli/Rowan still has that kind of control over Huck!  I just want to find out about Operation Remington…

So, that’s my re-cap over the last 3 weeks.  I tried to not have it be that long and focus on the episode I really liked.  Feel free to share your thoughts or anything I missed, because I know it’s alot!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Southern Girl Fall 2013 TV Guide

To say I love television is an understatement.  If I have free time, meaning I don’t have anywhere I need to be, I can be found chilling on my couch watching television.  Reality, sitcoms, or dramas-it doesn’t make a difference.  And PLEASE do not let USA have a “Law and Order:SVU” marathon; I will never get up.  Suffice it to say, it seems as if networks have stepped their games up this year and are trying to bring us quality television.  So, without further adieu, check out some of my top picks for this upcoming season.

Reality Television

Well, the fifth season of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” has come to an end.  And while the episodes are great, it’s the reunions that we live for!  Honestly, I’m sick of this feud between the Gorgas and Guidices.  Can’t they just make up and move on???  So, I’m happy to say that my top 3 favorite reality shows (at least on Bravo) are coming back in November.  “Shahs of Sunset”, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, and the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” are coming back strong!  And let’s not forget “The Voice”!  I LOVE this show!  And Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo are back!  But can we talk about cutie Adam Levine…with his goatee/mustache combo???  I always thought Adam was super cute, but that facial hair has taken him to another level.  Oh…let me get back on track. Honestly, “The Voice” is probably the best vocal competition show; it’s WAY better than “American Idol”, in my humble opinion.

Sitcom

So Tia Mowry’s new show “Instant Mom” premiered last night, and I totally missed it.  I’ll most likely catch it On Demand.  I’m excited to see this show, because I’ve missed Tia on “The Game” and Sheryl Lee Ralph and Michael Boatman are great actors.  Plus, the premise of the show seems really cute.  And we all need a good laugh!

Drama

So, at the prodding of some co-workers, I caught “The Blacklist” and “Hostages” this weekend.  Sad to say, but I’m not that impressed by “The Blacklist”.  While I LOVE Harry Lennix and James Spader, I couldn’t get into it.  And when I realized that I was playing on my phone during commercials AND when the show came back on, I knew something was wrong.  One thing that I knew was unbelievable and totally not true was the fact that Elizabeth (the main character) was able to be an FBI Agent and her daddy was a criminal… That never would have gotten passed the background check in real life, and it was just glossed over on the show… I’m not sure how I feel about that.  The only reason why I might continue to tune in is so I can find out who her husband really is…. “Hostages”…LOVED!!! And maybe it helped that it stars Tate Donovan, who I loved to hate in “Deception”, and my boo from “The Practice” Dylan McDermott.  This show is GREAT!!!! I was on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen next!  Now after just the first episode, you’re wondering who’s good, who’s bad, and who’s working together!

“Law and Order: SVU” and “Grey’s Anatomy” had 2 hour premieres last week!  Unfortunately, I was talking to Southern Dad during the first 30-45 minutes of each show… -_- Anywho, from what I could tell, they both looked pretty good.  I will say that I personally think it’s too soon for this episode that is coming on this Wednesday on L&O:SVU.  Cybil Shepherd, who I love, is guest starring as a woman that killed a teenager; and of course, the tagline used was, “Was is self-defense or racism?”  It’s way too soon, SVU.  But I’ll watch just to see what happens.

Last, but certainly not least, is “Scandal”!!!!!  I’m surprised I didn’t spontaneously combust this summer… October 3 seemed so far away in June…and now it’s (almost) here!  I need to find out about this relationship with Olivia and her daddy, Byron Douglas.  And I need to find out who leaked the relationship between Olivia and Fitz.  And I need to find out how they are going to spin this in Fitz’s favor for the upcoming election.  I will be attending a watch party this week to tune in.  I’m not sure how this is going to go down, because you all know I need to be completely focused when I watch this show.  And I don’t particularly like having other people around because it will encourage discussion…and you guys know I love to talk.

Some honorable mentions include “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane”, which premiere in January.  Oh, and let’s not forget “The Walking Dead”, which premieres October 13!!!  I can’t wait to see how Rick and the others get The Governor!!!  I’m sure I’ve missed some other shows, so feel free to make suggestions.  They say it’s supposed to be a really cold winter in DC, so I’m sure I’ll need some good television to keep me occupied while I’m in hibernation!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

P.S. I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to watch “Preachers of LA”.  The jury’s still out…