Who is on Team MerDer? Which moment on Scandal left us completely #huckedup? What does it mean if your nickname is The Dustbuster? Grab your Olivia Pope giant wine glass so we can discuss. Spoilers ahead!

Grey’s Anatomy, Season 11, Episode 16 – “Don’t Dream It’s Over”

What we loved:

Shandle: April and the kid with his tongue. I love her when she gets tough.
Kathy: It was interesting seeing her mother him.
Shandle: It was. She’ll be great when she gets her shot. Speaking of mothering, Alex and the baby – if you had told me back in season one that Karev would be a pediatric surgeon I would have laughed in your face. I feel like he has grown so much.
Kathy: I think his character development has had the most growth. Everyone else has stayed almost the same – the same patterns.
Shandle: Exactly! I also loved Jackson’s speech to April. I’m glad to see them healing.
Kathy: I think I have said this every week, but this storyline has been my favorite in years. It has been so damn real. Their emotions, the up downs, and the pain – just so real. Best in years.

Shandle: It has been. And Arizona saving Callie from Steakknives was sweet? Awkward?
Kathy: Maggie bonding with all the people these past few episodes. And her bonding with Richard? It was like the first time she ever acknowledged he was her father.
Shandle: Yeah, I loved seeing Maggie and Richard bonding. Her fear that she got the gene from him brought them together.

What could’ve been better:

Shandle: The case with Martin was really hard. Maggie having the gene sucks.
Kathy: Well, we should have expected it – Mer can’t have a sibling on this damn show.

Oh shit, Shonda! moment:

Shandle: Martin’s decision was it for me. His choice to go back to remembering nothing to escape the truth of the accident. And then fucking Derek.
Kathy: I’m going to go with Derek. Flying all the way back, that look on his face. I literally said “Oh shit” when she opened the door.

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What we’re looking forward to:

Shandle: Meeting the Horse Skank. Ugh, dammit Derek.

Best lines:

“Arizona was seeing other people while the two of you were still married.” — Meredith to Callie

“I think Dr. Warren is trying to subtly tell you to shut up.” — Richard to Maggie

“Death is scary, they just want to believe that there is somebody out there who can defy it.” — Bailey to Alex

“Look, I’ve watched you two suck face for years. You’ve disgusted me for a long long time. He’s into you. And if a guy is still into you, it means he still wants to do you, and if he still wants to do you, you’re solid.” — Alex to Meredith

“You and Derek are living proof that love exists, that it works, that there is hope. You guys are a freaking romance novel. And I, for one, am rooting for you, TEAM MERDER!” — Callie to Meredith


“Don’t apologize for caring about your patient. A lot of doctors aren’t willing to go all in. It hurts too much, but that’s what’s going to make you such a excellent doctor.” — Bailey to Jo

Scandal, Season 4, Episode 16 – “It’s Good to Be Kink”

What we loved:

Shandle: Lena was fantastic in this episode. I loved her character and her telling off Olivia was one of my favorite scenes. I feel like she had what would be a dream role on the show. She got to fictionally sleep with David and Leo and yell at Olivia, no one yells at Olivia! Then Olivia fixed her problem and she gets killed by Huck. I would love to go out being killed by Huck. Is that wrong?
Kathy: I loved her on the show. I loved her character flip, I loved her death scene – she was fantastic. And yeah, getting #huckedup would be my preference as well.
Shandle: The nicknames of all the guys in the book had me laughing, and David is a naughty boy.

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Kathy: How many people do you think were searching urban dictionary for their nicknames? Some of those are pretty, um, let’s go with adventurous.
Shandle: Yes, they were. I will never look a a dust buster the same again. I expect these kinky shenanigans from Leo, but not David. That was surprising. And go Abby for having not one but two such adventurous lovers.
Kathy: It didn’t shock me too much. It’s always the quiet ones
Shandle: Word. And of course Abby’s speech was so true, and again, Shonda shines a light on a real feminist issue.
Kathy: Shonda always gives me chills with her feminist highlights. It always gives me all the damn feels.

Shandle: I loved Olivia putting herself back out there. Russel is tall, dark and handsome. Good for her.
Kathy: I like seeing Liv get a little of herself back. Not sure how I feel about how she did it , but she did it nonetheless, so I call that a win.

What could’ve been better:

Shandle: Cyrus offering to pay for the book,not t o save Abby but for his own gain. I also don’t like Jake spying on Liv for Fitz.
Kathy: Fucking Cy. I want to hurt him and love him all at the same time. I HATED that whole scene – the two of them, sitting around like the flipping babysitters club. It rubbed me the wrong way.

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Oh shit, Shonda! moment:

Shandle: Huck, oh my god, Huck. I know he is so desperate to get back what he lost, but that was so wrong of him. I’m not sure he can come back from that.
Kathy: When he slit her throat I about died myself. I had to rewind to make sure I wasn’t crazy. The desperation in his face – it was heartbreaking. I was left feeling bad for him as Sue was bleeding on the floor. Maybe I am already #huckedup
Shandle: Totally #huckedup. I don’t like that Quinn covered for him either. Liv needs to know how desperate Huck is right now. A desperate Huck is a dangerous one. I get what she was saying about it coming as a cost to Abby and her family, but she still should have told her.
Kathy: Yeah, I wasn’t sure how I felt about that either, I can see it because of all the two of them have been through together, but I agree Liv needs to know. I wonder if it was not so much about protecting Huck as it was to protect Liv. Let’s take it to the readers – thoughts, guys? Who was she protecting? Liv or Huck?

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What we’re looking forward to:

Shandle: Liv and and her new man! And Mellie running for Senate? I’m intrigued.
Kathy: I kind of hope it was just a one time thing for her. She is a serial monogamist. Mellie? I cant wait to see this play out.

Best lines:

“Define violate to you.” — Sue to Olivia

“I always get it done.” — Olivia to Sue

“Olivia Pope don’t come cheap.” — Sue to Olivia

“There’s no sympathy for the kinky.” — David to Huck

“What happens to you happens to me. I’m good at my job, Leo. I am a lion up there. I own that room. I work for it. I give a strong briefing. And they write about that. They cover the news and there are articles about how well I do at my job. But they also write about me. If I wear lipstick, I’m dolled up. If I don’t, I’ve let myself go. They wonder if I’m trying to bring dresses back, and they don’t like it that I repeat outfits, even though I’m on a government salary. They discuss my hair color. There are anonymous blogs that say I’m too skinny. They have a running joke that I’m on a hunger strike until I can be liberated by the democrats… They also write about you. Every article that comes out about me has your name somewhere in it. Because, apparently, there’s this rule. In order to mention my name, they also have to report to the world that there’s a man who wants me. My work, my accomplishments, my awards… I stand at the most powerful podium in the world, but a story about me ain’t a story unless they can report on the fact that I am the girlfriend of D.C. fixer Leo Bergen, like it validates me, gives me an identity, definition. They can’t fathom the concept that my life doesn’t revolve around you. My life doesn’t revolve any where near you. It’s horrifying. Property of Leo Bergen. Tell me, when they write articles about you, Leo, how often do they mention me? Do they talk about your clothes? Write about your thighs? There is a difference. There is. So what happens to you, happens to me. Which is why I am writing a letter of resignation.” — Abby to Leo

“”You’re Olivia Pope. In political circles, that’s like saying you’ve been to the moon. You’ve stood on the mountain top. You make Rumsfeld look like a nanny, that’s how bad-ass you are. You and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, that’s it. That’s all we got. The power you wield in this town, Olivia, it’s legend. You used to exude it. It came out of every pore. It gave other women a contact high, so I must admit I’m a little disappointed by your behavior toward me… I thought you’d be brave. I thought you’d be brave. I thought you’d be adventurous, fearless, sexy, confident, but instead you’re just this dried up prude who, instead of celebrating the fact that I fully own my body and use it however I want, with whomever I want, as many times and in as many kinky ways as I want, you’re shaking your finger at me? You’re telling me to be afraid of what name somebody’s going to call me just because I had the audacity to have too much great sex, as if picking up a hot stranger in a bar for a dirty screw is a crime. What happened to you? Where did your power go? When did you become so afraid of life? I’m not ashamed. This is my life, my body, my story to sell or tell or… anyway, it’s all I’ve got now. Hey, so, go ahead and call me a whore. Everyone who writes a memoir is a whore. You can also call me an author, an artist, a businesswoman… you can call me smart, and pretty soon, you can call me successful!” — Sue to Olivia


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