Gladiator Chronicle: Scandal 318 – “The Price of Free and Fair Elections” (Aired Apr 17 2014)

KERRY WASHINGTON, SCOTT FOLEY

Season, Episode # &  Title:  Scandal 318 – “The Price of Free and Fair Election”
Original Air Date: April 17, 2014
Written By: Shonda Rhimes; 
Directed By: Tom Verica
Soundtrack: Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (1972) by The Temptations
Updated: April 18, 2014

  • Scandal 318 begins with attendees at a church awaiting the start of Senator Hightower‘s funeral. It is now 14 minutes until the bomb goes off. Among the attendees are Presidential candidate Sally Langston, her campaign manager, Leo Bergen, and Fitz‘s VP running mate, Andrew Nichols.
  • Olivia is at James Madison Hospital. She follows her father, Rowan, as he is rushed into surgery after being stabbed by Mama Pope.
  • In the Oval Office, Cyrus looks on as Fitz reads him the eulogy he wrote for Senator Hightower. Jake Ballard tries calling Cyrus to warn him to have the church evacuated as the bomb is about to go off. Cyrus ignores the call, it goes straight to voice mail.
  • Adnan, while talking on the phone with Mama Pope and holding Harrison at gunpoint, believes that something is afoot because the President has not yet arrived at the funeral. Mama Pope tells Adnan to stay calm.
  • When Cyrus finally decides to tell Fitz about the bomb, Jake bursts in to the Oval Office to tell Fitz. Fitz and his security advisers move into the Situation Room to monitor the church, Jake calls out Cyrus for not alerting Fitz about the bomb.
  • Churchgoers are evacuated. The bomb goes off. Sally, Leo and Andrew survive. Leo advises Sally to use this tragedy for political gain. Sally assists in giving first aid to bomb victims, in full view of the national media.
  • Olivia bursts into the Situation Room and advises the President to address the nation about the bombing, and be in front of the cameras. Fitz addresses the nation but the media shifts in Sally‘s favor, devoting more air time to her “ground zero” efforts than to the President. Olivia tries to take her media contacts to task over ignoring the President in favor of Sally, but she is unsuccessful.

Scandal 318: sally Uses Bombing for Political Gain; Media shifts in Sally’s favor

Video courtesy of YouTube channel ScandalTVGladiators

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Royals: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Brisbane – Day 4 – #RoyalVisitAus

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Attention Royal Watchers! On Day 4 of their tour of Australia, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley in Brisbane, Queensland. The royal couple met members of the RAAF’s No. 1 Squadron, spent time with family members of servicemen killed on duty, inspected some of the RAAF‘s F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets, and planted a Plunkett Mallee tree in the air base’s memorial garden. The RAAF No. 1 Squadron honored the royal couple with a flyover of some its F/A-18F Super Hornets.

The Duchess wore a blue and white Lasa Poppy Print dress from British designer, L.K. Bennett. The images of these events are courtesy of the Daily Mail. Enjoy!

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Spoofs: Cartoon Scandal – Episode 18 – “The Price of Free and Fair Elections” – KevOnStage

Attention Gladiator Nation! KevOnStage has released Cartoon Scandal Episode 18 – “The Price of Free and Fair Elections,” the season 3 finale. This episode was pretty heavy yet KevOnStage still finds the humor in it. He has done an awesome job of making ‘Scandal‘ drama hilarious. We will miss these until Scandal returns for season 4 in the Fall. But KevOnStage promised us another special, “Living With the Popes” this summer. Enjoy!

Video courtesy of YouTube channel KevOnStage

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News: Joe Morton Likes ‘Cartoon Scandal’

Attention Gladiator Nation! KevOnStage received a major endorsement recently when ‘Scandal‘ star Joe Morton told Essence Magazine that he like ‘Cartoon Scandal.’ Congratulations KevOnStage!

Video courtesy of YouTube channel KevOnStage

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Spoofs: Cartoon Scandal – Iyanla Fixes Olivia Pope’s Life – Part 2

Attention Gladiator Nation! Cartoon Scandal‘s KevOnStage has released Part 2 of “Iyanla Fixes Olivia Pope’s Life.” With parents like these, we’re surprised Olivia has not yet been committed to a mental hospital. They give new meaning to the expression, “toxic parents.”

KevOnStage also teases that this summer, there will be a new ‘Cartoon Scandal‘ special called “Living With the Popes.” This should tide us over during the long, dry summer. Enjoy!

Video courtesy of YouTube channel KevOnStage

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Ratings: Scandal Finale Draws Record Crowd

TAL:

Congratulations to the cast and crew of ‘Scandal‘! Well done.

Originally posted on TVLine:

Scandal Ratings Talk about going out with a bang.

Scandal closed out its third season Thursday with its most-watched finale yet — 10.5 million viewers. In the 18-49 demo, the episode drew a 3.4 demo rating, another finale high and the show’s second-best young adult number to date.

RELATED | Scandal Finale Recap: Did [Spoiler] Die?

Per ABC, Scandal finished Season 3 up 39 percent in viewers and 43 percent in adults 18-49 to post its highest-rated season so far. 

Over on NBC, Community wrapped its fifth (and final?) season with a 1.0 demo rating, up 10 percent week-over-week, while Parenthood ended Season 5 with a 1.3 — an 18 percent jump from last week.

Other Thursday highlights: The Crazy Ones concluded its first (and final?) season with a series-low 1.5; Grey’s Anatomy notched a 2.5 (down 4 percent); and Vampire Diaries drew a 0.7 (down 13 percent) while Reign (0.4) was flat.

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Images: ‘Scandal’s’ Papa Pope Releases New Album, “Super Bad” (2014)

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Papa Pope’s new album, “Super Bad.” Check out the track listing. Image courtesy of Twitter account @jordyygray.

Attention Gladiator Nation! If we learned anything last night, we learned that we should never underestimate Papa Pope. Well now, Papa Pope has released a new album called “Super Bad,” and most likely will be taking his show on the road. The track listing is genuine Papa Pope, he stays true to his musical roots. This is a great album though we think it could have included the following tracks:

  • My Greatest Weapon Calls Me Dad
  • She Slithered into My Marital Bed
  • He Took My Child So I Took His
  • I Shot Your Man, And You Didn’t Even Flinch
  • Young, Gifted and Dead

This album should receive a bump up the US Billboard music charts: All US federal government agencies will be forced to buy it for required listening of all federal employees. Tracks are already available for download on Itunes and Spotify. Enjoy!

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Television: ‘Scandal’ Cast’s Senor B’s “Jugo de Jicama” Ad Premieres on Jimmy Kimmel Live – Apr 17 2014

Attention Gladiator Nation! The Scandal cast’s Senor B‘s “Jugo de Jicama” ad premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. ‘Jugo de Jicama‘ is the official drink of “Escándalo,” the most “popular” telenovela on Latin American television. A word of caution though. Dr. Oz makes a special appearance in this commercial. Heed his advice and do not drink this stuff. You have a better chance of cleaning off rust with “Jugo de Jicama” than any reaping nutritional benefit. Stick to red wine and pop corn.

Video courtesy of YouTube channel Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Royals: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit Manly Beach – Day 3 – #RoyalVisitAus

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Attention Royal Watchers! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Manly Beach in Sydney, on Day 3 of their Australian tour. The royal couple visited to promote Australian Surf Life Saving Clubs. The couple met many of the clubs lifeguards and lifesavers, and witnessed some beach flag races, swimming races and some surfing. The Duchess braved the beach sand in wedge heels. The images of this event are courtesy of the Daily Mail. Enjoy!

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Royals: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit Sydney Children’s Hospice – Day 3 – #RoyalVisitAus

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Attention Royal Watchers! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on Day 3 of their Australian tour, visited Bear Cottage, a children’s hospice in Sydney. The royal couple met with hospice patients and their families. The couple, visibly moved by what they saw, paid tribute to hospice staff for all their hard work. The images of this event are courtesy of the Daily Mail.

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