Scandal season 3, episode 2 saw a slew of flashbacks in which Olivia fell in love with wine and Huck met his future boss.

Here were the highlights of tonight’s Scandal season 3, episode 2 titled “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner.”

Flashbacks and (some) answers. At the start of the episode Olivia and her dad are at dinner. She learns that when her mother died she was sent to boarding school. Jumping to another flashback, Olivia was mugged and Huck enters her life when he saves her from the attacker. Back at dinner, Rowan plays off this man and calls him mentally ill. Interestingly, it’s at this dinner that Olivia begins to develop her love for wine thanks to her father making a recommendation that’s on point. Now a days she’s downing bottles at a time, so this was as big an occasion for her as any other.

Freedom for the innocent. Olivia Pope’s is adamant about clearing Jeannine’s name. In a statement to the media, Olivia says that her client absolutely did not have an affair with the President and accused the White House of slander. After this announcement, Cyrus and Mellie try to convince Fitz to continue with the Jeannine plan, but he refuses and commands them to deny the affair with the truly innocent woman. Not listening to the Commander in Chief, Mellie hatches a new lie to push the accusations harder: She leaks a report that Jeannine and Fitz were alone frequently in the White House.

Olivia fights back by planning a morning television interview where Jeannine will clear her image. As they do, Olivia Pope and Associates put great care into Jeannine’s physical appearance to give her an innocent look. All is going according to plan, but the night before the big interview, Mellie offers Jeannine $2 million to admit to the lie. The next morning as she’s about to speak on TV and “come clean” (despite pleads from Olivia who just learned of the situation), she’s pre-empted by the President who goes on air and confesses to the lie himself.

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Protection for his true love. This strategy is a win for Olivia, which is why Fitz decided to do it. Rowan had told her that he would free Jake if she went with the Jeannine confession. Fitz was not able to cut Jake loose any other way.

“Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” the episode’s title, lived up to its name when Olivia – in a flashback – brings to dinner her boyfriend who conveniently works for the Senate Intel Committee, the type of group who should be feared by her father. After realizing his daughter’s threat, Olivia tells Rowan to release Huck and put him back in his home in the subway. He obliges, but not without a new threat: The so-called “boyfriend” has been told by Rowan to propose to Olivia.

Towards the end of the episode Quinn connected Olivia and her father to Huck’s early days in the subway. After Quinn approaches Huck about this, he realizes that a deal was made by Olivia to save him in the flashback scenes. Olivia had lied to him in season 2, which sends him lurching towards his boss because he now knows her father is head of B613, the organization that cost him everything.

At the end, Rowan calls Olivia to tell her to open her apartment door. Jake is outside in bad shape but alive, and Rowan reminds her over the phone about the dinner promise she had made earlier to save Jake.

All in all, it was another action packed episode that we may have to watch again to make sure we caught every little detail.

What did you think ‘Scandal’ season 3, episode 2?

Hit the comments to discuss your thoughts on tonight’s storyline. Where do you think Jake, Olivia, and Fitz are heading next? What will come of Fitz’s so-called affair with Jeannine?

The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

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The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

Unfortunately, del Toro did not get the answer we were hoping for.

However, there is hope for fans of the comics, as artist and creator Mike Mignola reminded us that just because del Toro isn’t going to be involved anymore, it doesn’t mean there won’t be future Hellboy movies. There’s always hope.

This is good news for those who perhaps didn’t like del Toro’s take on the character. It hints at a possible reboot of the franchise, but if that were to happen, don’t expect Ron Perlman to reprise his role.

For those who fell in love with Perlman’s interpretation of the titular character, this is certainly a blow. However, del Toro does wish the franchise luck, and it’s not like he’s hurting for work (he’s got Netflix’s Trollhunters, Pacific Rim 2, and The Shape of Water, to just name a few).

This tweet is certainly interesting, as it hints that he wanted to take Hellboy in a new direction, but his vision did not match the vision of the studio. Does this mean they’ve got another idea in mind already, and if so, will it be Hellboy III, or a Hellboy for a new generation?

With Ron Perlman out of the picture, it’s likely the studio may try to do a reboot, rather than replace the actor for a potential sequel. If there is a reboot, there could be resistance from fans, but with updated technology and someone else’s vision, we could be looking at an interesting new set of superhero movies that will still feel different from the blockbusters currently taking over cinemas.

Are you interested in a new ‘Hellboy’ franchise?

The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

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The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

The synopsis for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda reads, “Simon Spier is sixteen and in love. Sure, he has never met the mysterious ‘Blue’ in person, but he’s falling hard and fast for their email love letters. There’s only one problem: Blue is a boy, Simon is gay, and he hasn’t told anyone else.”

The novel made the world (and Hypable) fall in love with the story, and the current cast and creative team have fans excited for this adaptation. With Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment (The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers) behind the scenes, it’s bound to be a big production.

How excited are you for ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’?

Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

Iwan Rheon is best known for his terrifying turn as Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He has starred in the British series Misfits and Vicious, and may never play a hero again in his life.

Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb, who also serves as an executive producer on Inhumans, suggests that those villainous skills will be well-deployed in the role of Maximus.

“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life,” Loeb says. “We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Showrunner Scott Buck agrees.

“Maximus is a complex character. Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment,” he says, “And I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”

Marvel’s Inhumans will be produced in partnership with IMAX. The first two episodes will screen in IMAX theaters before the show’s network debut in mid September. Spanning the course of eight episodes, the series will tell the story of the Inhuman royal family, with the associated drama that just happens when you’re a family of aliens with magical powers trying to rule a secret city.

A leaked cast list for Inhumans hinted at a complex lineup of characters, including Black Bolt’s wife Medusa and her sister Crystal. Karnak, as well as the three-legged horse Gorgon and amphibious Triton round out the eclectic cast. And with Iwan Rheon in place as Maximus, it seems like just a matter of time before the rest of the family falls into line.

What do you think of Iwan Rheon as Maximus in Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’?

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