Tonight’s Scandal season 3 episode titled “A Door Marked Exit” sent the show off for 2013 and definitely lived up to expectations.

Last week’s episode ended with Vice President Sally killing her husband who had had an affair with Cyrus’ husband. We also saw Olivia discover her mother is the enemy – not Rowan.

A VP problem. The episode began with a flashback to when Sally and her husband Daniel had their final major argument. “You are my cross to bear, you are my original sin,” she says to him. After threatening to go on television to reveal the truth about her, she stabs him repeatedly.

Cryus comes over to the house to witness the damage after Sally calls him over. “The devil came in, I gave in,” she tells Cyrus. Later, Cyrus suggests that she tell everyone Daniel died of a heart attack. He insists he help clean this up.

The next day, Mellie comes in to share the good news about Sally. Cyrus is feeling guilty – and drinking at 7 a.m. – because he thinks he’s the devil Sally mentioned. “This one takes the cake. We can quit now. Game over,” he says. Later Mellie goes to Sally and tells her they’re covering up the murder – but she needs to remain loyal to Fitz. She also advises the VP to avoid Leo, who’s been nagging her to run.

Back at Cyrus and James’ home, the couple are taking some time to think about their future. Later, James decides that if Cyrus wants them to stay together, he has to become the press secretary.

Rowan is captured by Fitz. The President asks him the same questions we’ve been wondering, but Rowan’s refusing to answer anything. To get in his head, Fitz tells Rowan that he hooks up with his daughter as regularly as he can, and could even tell him how she “tastes.” This sets Rowan off, and he goes on a screaming rant about Fitz being a spoiled boy.

The mission to bring back Marie is on. Olivia’s asking her team to find out everything they know about her mother, now that they know she’s the real enemy (or is she?). Huck asks Quinn to infiltrate B613 to attack Rowan, but the plan fails when Rowan gets the information he needs about Marie’s whereabouts before she could attack. Quinn then rips the tracker out of her mouth to go rogue.

Abby visits David and asks to see Marie’s file, and he agrees to e-mail it to her. Back at HQ, Jake warns Olivia that just because Marie may not be innocent doesn’t mean Rowan is the good guy.

It turns out that Mama Pope was stealing government secrets from her father. Huck and Jake later figure out that Fitz is holding Rowan at the Pentagon, and Olivia arrives at the scene. She has it all figured out: There was never a bomb on the plane, but Rowan still had the plane shot down.

Speaking of planes going down, Marie’s plane never made it to Hong Kong where Olivia was sending her to for safety. Fitz calls Olivia and tells her they found the plane elsewhere, and she shot the pilots after it landed.

Jake and Olivia speak privately, and it ends in a kiss as well as a romantic confession: “I loved you. I want you to know whatever happens next that I loved you. I love you,” Jake tells her.

At the very end, we see that Marie has some how gotten back to the United States, and she’s at the White House. “I’ll see you very soon,” Mama Pope tells Olivia.

A woman has audio of the VP committing to her sin. And she brings it to David.

Jake is now the head of B613. This is awful news to Rowan, and it looks like it was organized by Fitz.

Overall, it was a great episode of Scandal with several major changes, but it lacked the shock of the last episode.

Scandal season 3 will resume with new episodes on February 27, 2014. Eight episodes of the beloved Shonda Rhimes drama are still to come!

What do you think is next for ‘Scandal’ season 3?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!