SP032: Scandal – A Door Marked Exit Season 3 Winter Finale



The Episode

Scandal Episode – A Door Marked Exit; Season 03×10

During the winter finale of Scandal, A Door Marked Exit we review everything that happened on this episode of Scandal.  It was good and I have a breakdown of some of the things we discussed on the episode.

Rowan: And Nero “fiddled” while Rome burned.

Fitz: She was twelve years old. What kind of man…who takes a child’s mother from them?

(long silence)

Fitz: I’m screwing her you know. Your Daughter…every chance I get. The things I could tell you…about the way she taste. She’s quite a girl. Talented.

Rowan: Hmmph. You’re funny…you’re a funny, funny man…

Fitz: I am?

Rowan: …or should I say boy? You’re a BOY. You’ve been coddled and cared for. Pampered and hugged. For you, it’s always summertime and the living is easy and your daddy’s rich and your momma’s good looking. You’re a Grant! You’ve got money in your blood! You. are. a. BOY. I’m a man. I have worked for every single thing I have ever received. I have fought and scraped and bled for every inch of ground I walk on. I was the first in my family to go to college. My daughter went to boarding school with the children of Kings. I made that happen. You cried yourself to sleep because Daddy…HURT your feelings… because Papa…BANGED his secretary…because it HURT…to have so much money. YOU SPOILED, ENTITLED, UN-GRATEFUL LITTLE BRAT! YOU HAVE EVERY-THING HANDED TO YOU ON A SILVER PLATTER AND YOU SQUANDER IT! YOU’RE GIVEN THE WORLD…and you can’t appreciate it, because you’ve haven’t had to work for ANY-THING! So now you’ve decided that the one thing that you want is my daughter…my child…MINE…what I made. WHAT I CREATED! You could talk about what a great lay she is to try to get a response from me all you want, but guess what? I am actually…quite LITERALLY above your pay grade. Which meeeeaaaans that I know that you believe that you are in love with her as wrong you may be…

Fitz: I do love her.
Rowan: YOU LOVE THAT SHE IS A DOOR MARKED EXIT! You LOVE that she is your. way. OUT! Because if you are with Olivia Pope, you don’t have t fulfill your FATHER’S dream of being President. If you are with Olivia, you no longer have to be your father’s son. An apple never falls too far from the tree. You are always going to be Senator Grant’s disappointing BOY, FITZ! She is always going to be the formidable, Olivia Pope! Don’t use the person that I made to make you into a man. You’re a BOY!
Fitz: You don’t know anything about me.
Rowan: Sadly, BOY…I know EVERYTHING about you. You disappoint me…as a suitor for my daughter’s hand.



The Breakdown

Favorite speech in the entire episode.  So here, we broke it down during the recap but these are the twists and turns of this winter finale (I know, something a little different from what I usually do).

Sally murdered Daniel Douglas, Cyrus helped her clean it up.  Leo is mad because she didn’t call him to clean up her mess and now it’s going to wreak havoc on the fact that he wants her to run for president.  She’s firmly back in the Grant Administration’s camp because of what Cyrus has done for her.  Mellie is a tiger, she always knows when to pounce and she’s like…look chic, you’re with us now and don’t you forget it.

Fitz, as usual is caught up in something going on with Olivia and is busy outmaneuvering Rowan.  He doesn’t even know his right hand has helped cover up a murder and his wife has just did something else to try to secure his re-election as president.  No more snakes/weeds or anything that would put a hitch in their plans, in their garden anymore (other than Daniel Douglas’ dead body.)

James is manipulating Cyrus in order to gain information from the White House so that he can give information to David.  David already told him to go suck it but he’s persistent.  Cyrus is afraid to be alone and old and wants to hold on to James but he pretty much broke that trust when he set James up to be a side piece to Daniel Douglas.

Rowan has had his head cut off and Jake is now the head of B6-13, for now at least.  We’ll see how this plays out in the remainder of season 3.  This episode was outstanding and has so many possibilities that we can explore for the second part of season 3.

We haven’t forgotten about Huck and his anger towards Quinn and Charlie loving the fact that he’s getting regular nookie and no longer being alone.  And Harrison may have more than a 3 line per episode contract for the remainder of the season!  Dabby is doing quite well and OLAKE and OLITZ have some interesting things going on.  Olivia now has two men in love with her that have “power”, let’s see how it all plays out.  I can’t wait!



 Music this episode 

The Panelist

Langstan Smith

Langstan Smith is a native of Indianapolis, IN. Langstan moved to Chicago, IL 18 years ago in October of 1995 and is proud to call the Windy City home. He began volunteering his time as a graphic designer with various C

hicago club promoters which lead to work with the City of Chicago as well as the State of Illinois among other distinguished clientele. Langstan has worked with several Chicago-based non-profit organizations as a designer, a volunteer and an entrepreneur. He is currently pursuing a degree in Graphic Design at Harrington College of Design in Chicago.

Langstan on why he loves SCANDAL

Since the premiere of Scandal on April 5, 2012, I have been an avid and voracious fan of the series. I was hooked from day one, scene one of Season One’s Episode 1: “Sweet Baby”  it was obvious that this show had its own cadence and pace. You either got on and held on or got “bucked” off before the ride even started.

Just as we were learning who Olivia was and what she did for a living, (best introduction monologue EVER!) Shonda Rhimes took a baseball bat and collectively bitch slapped the entire United States as she revealed the scandal of all scandals. “Sweet Baby? Swee… Sweet Baby?” Why is Olivia on the edge of tears talking with the President? Ummm…Oh Heyall naw! With the first shocking reveal, Shonda said, “SCANDAL, BITCHES!”, dropped the mic and left us all snapping and screaming like we were at a Spoken Word event and Shonda had just rocked the mic that night. Dayum!

But it was actually Season One’s, Episode 6: “The Trail” that sealed the deal for me. Shonda Rhimes had in a single episode explained how it all began and revealed who was trying to bring the president down and why and then BAM! The scissors! Dafuque!? No! Gideon!? WTH!?…in walks Quinn…Sploosh! Coffee and bagels everywheeeeere! (True Gladiators will understand the shorthand)  We now knew most of the relationships and how they began just from that one episode. Little did we know the next episode was the last for the summer and I watched those seven episodes like Shonda had said the first seven hits are free, but after that you gotta pay me every last Thursday night you got. I don’t go anywhere. I’m hooked!


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