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.


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?

Starz has decided that their original programming can compete with the other hot shows airing on Sunday nights.

Network CEO Chris Albrecht has told THR that they are planning on moving all of their original shows including Outlander, Ash Vs Evil Dead, and Black Sails — which currently air on Saturdays — to Sundays. The move will begin July 17 with the Starz series Power. Outlander will likely not move to Sundays until next season.

“Sundays are a prestige night and we feel our shows are definitely going to be very competitive, not just in viewership but in the attention-getting business on Sundays,” Albrecht said to THR, “So it made sense to move.”

Outlander and Starz’s other original series will be going up against tough competition, including AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Albrecht says part of the reason he wanted to move the shows was to make sure they were part of the watercooler talk on Monday mornings.

THR notes that Showtime’s original series typically get DVR’d, “growing 214 percent [in viewership] during the course of a week.” This would suggest that a lot of people aren’t sitting in front of a TV on Saturdays and want to watch the shows on a different day of the week. So, moving their programming to Sundays may not impact overall viewership numbers much.

Starz recently overtook Showtime as the second-most subscribed to cable channel. HBO still sits at number one, though all three are facing tough competition from Netflix.

Disney has set its sights on another live-action retelling of an animated classic: The Little Mermaid.

Deadline reports that the studio “recently heard a new take and are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the idea,” and “discussions have also taken place with some major producers, including some with a strong connection to the studio.”

That’s all we know for now. A “new take” makes it sound like they could be contemplating an alternate story than the one we saw in the 1989 animated classic, but I’d personally prefer a direct adaptation. I want to see live-action Ariel sing some of the Disney classics! Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book has spoiled me.

Like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid is one of Disney’s most beloved animated movies, so expectations for a live-action adaptation will immediately be set very high. With their recent adaptation of The Jungle Book hitting theaters to very positive reviews and the first trailer for their live-action Beauty and the Beast being very well received, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Disney start to look at other potential animated properties for source material. (But you would’ve expected to hear about a live-action Lion King before Little Mermaid after The Jungle Book’s success, wouldn’t you?)

The Little Mermaid is the latest in a long line of animated-to-live action projects in the works at Disney. Others include an Aladdin spinoff looking at the Genie’s origins, The Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson, Dumbo with director Tim Burton, Mary Poppins with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt, and Tinker Bell with Reese Witherspoon. And then there are sequels to the adaptations like Maleficent 2 and The Jungle Book 2.

Be sure to cross The Little Mermaid off your animated-to-live-action bingo card.

Do you think Disney can pull off a live-action ‘Little Mermaid’?

With Donald Trump’s presidency looking less and less like a joke, these high-profile authors and writers believe the time for silence is over.

Over 400 authors have signed a petition to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.

The petition, titled “An open letter to the American people,” was written by Andrew Altschul and Mark Slouka. It unequivocally states that Trump must not become President of the United States, and explains why writers in particular are worried about the power of his empty words and fear-mongering rhetoric.

Signed by the likes of Stephen King, Junot Diaz, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Cheryl Strayed, Colm Tóibín and Jennifer Egan, the open letter lays out reasons for openly opposing Trump’s candidacy, which they believe “appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society.”

The letter states:

“Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;

Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;

Because American history, despite periods of nativism and bigotry, has from the first been a grand experiment in bringing people of different backgrounds together, not pitting them against one another;

Because the history of dictatorship is the history of manipulation and division, demagoguery and lies;

Because the search for justice is predicated on a respect for the truth;

Because we believe that knowledge, experience, flexibility, and historical awareness are indispensable in a leader;

Because neither wealth nor celebrity qualifies anyone to speak for the United States, to lead its military, to maintain its alliances, or to represent its people;

Because the rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response;

For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.”

While there are plenty of arguments for why Trump should not receive as much media coverage as he gets, we have to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation when some of the country’s most respected artists take such a powerful stance as this.

The petition has been signed by over 7,000 people so far, and you can add your name to the list right here.

You can find out more about the group of writers who oppose Trump on Twitter, at @WritersOnTrump.