Scandal Season Finale Recap, ‘The Price of a Free and Fair Election’

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Aaaaaahhh, this show! We were promised an explosive finale, and it was, but it also left me feeling a little whelmed. The twists and turns were a bit predictable, but it was a satisfying end to what was kind of an erratic season. Olivia finally woman’d up, Papa Pope didn’t drop dead, but someone very close to the White House did.

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Being the unapologetic goon he is, Cyrus goes over a speech with Fitz just as Senator Hightower’s memorial is getting underway. He ignores Jake’s call, and Jake bursts through the door to tell the Prez that the bomb is actually in the church. Adnan is waiting for the bomb to go off, but Maya was waiting to make sure that Fitz was there, or that Olivia wasn’t. That gives them enough time to warn everyone, so Sally, Leo and Andrew are safe, but the bomb goes off anyways, injuring many. Leo sees this as an opportunity for Sally to play Florence Nightengale, so she tends to some wounds for the cameras and eventually gets full screen coverage over Fitz. Naturally, that scores her some votes, and everyone in Fitz’s campaign reluctantly accepts defeat. Fitz looks on the bright side and realizes that out of the White House, he can divorce Mellie, marry Olivia, move told boring ass Vermont and start making babies and jam. Uh, what about those three other kids you have, Fitz? Liv seems on board with all of this, but there is a lot hanging over their relationship.

So Rowan survived Maya’s shanking, and his near death experience (I assume he’s had many) left him in a fatherly mood. He shares a tender moment with Olivia after she tells him that she was scared after seeing him covered in blood. Back at the WH, she reveals to Fitz that Mellie was raped by Big Jerry, and this brings the two closer together. Literally the day before, Mellie was drunk and wanting out, so it was weird to see them embracing over that. I didn’t have a problem with Olivia telling him, even though she broke her promise to Mellie. It’s just that this secret should have been told by Mellie herself. When Liv returns to the hospital, BOOM, Maya is sitting in Rowan’s room. I knew she would show up Elle Driver style, but I was hoping a needle would be involved somehow. She tells her daughter that everything she has done so far has been for her, because Fitz will do nothing but throw her away. Girl, listen to your mother! She’s insane, but she makes a lot of sense sometimes. Just as Fitz and the fam are taking the stage for a speech, Little Jerry starts coughing up blood and then collapses. Fitz carries him off stage, but Jerry later dies at the hospital. Liv and Cyrus sit in the hallway pondering their amoral lives, and the fact that Fitz has definitely won the election now.

The strain of bacterial meningitis that Jerry died from was stolen from Fort. Dietrick by none other than Maya. So Rowan proposes a plan, he’ll help Fitz snuff out Maya, but of course he’s going to need something in return. Back at OPA, things are crazy, and gross. Harrison and Abby catch Huckleberry Quinn getting it on in the meeting room, you know, where Rowan almost died and there is still tons of blood on the floor. UGH! Charlie knows about their trysts and wants out. Before he leaves Quinn’s apartment, he gives a file full of info to Quinn to give to her new boyfriend. Being the nosy little something she is, Quinn opens it and learns that where Huck’s wife and son live. Huck thought they were going to just “watch” a new family, but when he sees them through the windows he refuses to go talk to him. He confides in Olivia that they are much better off without him in their lives. So Charlie effectively drove them apart by bringing his family back into the picture. If that means the end of Huckleberry Quinn sex and spit kissing, then I welcome Charlie being a bitchy ex-boyfriend.

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Realizing that she is a scandal, Olivia thinks back on the offer her dad gave her and chooses to leave everything behind. Abby is distraught, but Huck supports her getting away from it all. When Jake finds out she quit OPA, he begs her to let him come with, to stand in the sun together. That means leaving behind Fitz, who has just won his second term. Distraught over everything that is happening in his life, he spends the night on the floor in the Oval Office, and all he wants is Olivia, who isn’t taking his call. Rowan is Command again, which was his master plan all along.

Harrison, who was used to catch Maya, realizes that he was the one who infected Jerry. Maya was only ever in it for the money, and was caught after she made a huge withdrawal from the bank, but there was no money in killing Fitz’s son. It did, however, eff him up for good. Rowan said he wouldn’t physically hurt him, but he could do far worse damage. So he gave Olivia what she wanted, another term for Fitz, and he got his revenge for him having an affair with her. Maya ended up in the same hole Huck and Jake were kept in, and it’s safe to say she can’t chew through steel.

 

Alright, Olivia and Jake flew off into the sunset, but how long will they be gone? Liv told Abby they would be taken care of financially, but where does that leave them? Abby could help David out with all those confidential government files Jake left him. Huck could go back to spying on people, I guess. But the one that is most in trouble is Harrison. He has tons of dirt on Rowan, a lot of which  Rowan just let him have, so does he join B613, or does he die? Columbus Short has been in some serious trouble recently, so we’ll have to wait and found out if he gets written off the show. Since his little story line from this season is dead, Rowan killed Adnan to make it look like Maya did it, what else is there for Harrison to do? The White House will continue to be a mess, but my biggest hope for Season 4 is that it returns to it’s former glory and we can all go back to loving Olivia and rooting for her.

‘X-Men’ Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing a Minor Again – LAPD Ignored 1999 Allegations

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Director, Bryan Singer

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X-Men director Bryan Singer faces allegations that he sexually abused a 15 year old boy in a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday. The suit alleges that Singer forcibly sodomized Michael Egan (now in his 30s), when he was 15 and that they had numerous sexual encounters over the next two years. The suit describes parties at a California mansion where drugs and liquor were used to take advantage of young boys sexually.

The lawsuit is quite graphic in describing the main incident, stating that Singer plied the plaintiff drugs and alcohol in order to allegedly sexually and psychologically abuse Egan.

via: Variety.com

“…an alcoholic beverage . . . and mentioned finding a role for him in an upcoming movie that he was directing.. Defendant Singer solicited plaintiff to perform oral sex upon him, which plaintiff resisted…Singer flagrantly disregarded plaintiff’s unwillingness to submit, and forced plaintiff’s head underwater to make plaintiff perform oral sex upon him. When plaintiff pulled his head out of the water in order to breathe, defendant Singer demanded that he continue which plaintiff refused…Defendant Singer then forced plaintiff to continue performing oral sex upon him outside of the pool, and subsequently forcibly sodomized plaintiff.”

A lawyer for Singer issued a statement which states in part,

“The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit… We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit.”

Egan’s lawyer is Jeff Herman, known for bringing suit against Elmo puppeteer, Kevin Clash.  He stated,

“Hollywood has a problem with the sexual exploitation of children…This is the first of many cases I will be filing to give these victims a voice and to expose the issue.”

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While Singer has not been directly accused of abuse of a minor before, there were allegations of inappropriate handling of minor actors’ nudity on the set of Singer’s film, Apt Pupil,  wherein three young actors were allegedly told to disrobe completely for a scene without warning. The actors’ families brought a lawsuit against the production company that was later settled. It’s important to note that the LAPD was made aware of the accusations back in 1999, as per Variety’s article.

While this suit has not yet gone to court it is just the latest in a long line of tales of Hollywood star-makers leveraging their power over young people to exploit them sexually and emotionally. Going back to the Roman Polanski incident in the 70s, it seems that the casting couch has become even more insidious for minors. Drugs, liquor and promises of fame are used to oppress and abuse these children and youths when they are far from willing participants.

For years there have been whispers that a certain Nickelodeon mega hit producer has allegedly sexually victimized many of the stars of his shows. Power corrupts, but it seems if even a fraction of the stories that slip out are true, the people in power in Hollywood were probably pretty damn corrupt when they got to power.  Not helping the abusive culture are many of the stage parents who seem more than willing to whore their children out to ride the fame they may get in return.

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Marc Collins-Rector’s 2007 Mugshot

 

Also disturbing is the naming of Marc Collins-Rector, former chairman of the Digital Entertainment Network, in the Singer suit as well. Collins-Rector has been convicted of sexual crimes against minors in the past according to Variety.  Even if Singer is cleared of the accusations there is some level of guilt by association that has to be questioned.  Who knows that these  go on? Everyone? If so, those who don’t stop them are just as guilty as the perpetrators themselves.

Let it be noted, that a handful of folks in Hollywood are referring to these most recent accusations of abuse as nothing more than a “shakedown“.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

What are your thoughts? Innocent until proven guilty? Or is Hollywood (and everyone involved, past and present) merely sweeping sexual abuse under the red carpet once again?

Season 2 Trailer for ‘Orange Is The New Black’ – “This is like…next level crazy.”

 

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Fire up your Netflix! The new season of Orange is the New Black, set to premiere June 6th, looks like it’s going to be just as groundbreaking and gif-inducing as the last one. Can we all get a “holla back, amen” to that, kiddies?! Earlier today, Matt McGorry (John Bennett) coyly tweeted the link with the line, “I know no one probably cares but just in case, here is season 2 trailer ;-)”. Yeah, okay, Matt. *cue hysteria* I don’t know about you, but I am so ready to throw my pie for someone!