Lynn Whitfield's surprising role on "How to Get Away with Murder," Patti LaBelle helps "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg celebrate her birthday while Oran "Juice" Jones helps Jimmy Kimmel celebrate his. Plus, there's my watchlist and what's hot (Misty Copeland's upcoming "Swan Lake" performance) and not (the Missouri-based KKK).
Shondaland surprised a sista with #TBIT! Let’s start with “Scandal” first. I knew no good could come from Liv gathering with those two “boys” at the end of last week’s episode. Nope, none at all. And it turns out I was right because while Olivia and her two boyfriends–Fitz and Jake–were plotting to take down her father, Papa Pope was several steps, if not leaps, ahead of them. Let me refresh your memory: Fitz had Jake imprisoned for killing his son, Jerry. Turns out that Papa Pope was responsible for that crime. So when that truth came to light, Jake, Liv and Fitz (who is the President, for all you newbies) decided it was time for Papa Pope, who is Liv’s father, to go down. But c’mon, this is Papa Pope, Rowan, who is Command, and head of B-613. If he was able to eschew Jake’s plan the first time, don’t you think he could do it again? And the elder Pope did try to give his only daughter an out. He called Liv after the car bombing (yeah, VP Andrew Nichol’s life was endangered but he survived) to check on her. In response to her frostiness and calling Jake "family," he told her, "You may love these boys, Olivia, and they may even love you, but they are not your family." In another conversation, when Liv decided to take the reins on the plot against her father, he basically took ownership of her messy love life, apologizing for sending her off to boarding school and essentially being an absentee father. She still didn't heed. It wasn't until it was too late, when Papa Pope was about to be taken into custody, that he revealed his hand. And baby, it was a hand to be seen! He first told Liv he knows he hasn't been a perfect father but that he always wanted the best for her because to him she was already the best and that everything he did he did to protect her from those who say they love her ('memba when he tried to get her on that plane during the season 3 premiere?). I thought it was over when he told her the armed guards that were to take him away were already dead and he told her, "You have forsaken me, your father, your family," leaving Olivia, looking glassy-eyed and stunned, speechless. But it was his final words to her that probably would keep her up at night: "I tried Olivia. I've tried my best. For the first time in your life you are on your own. You think the world is so terrible with me in it, wait 'til you see what it's like without me." BAM! He straight Michael Corleoned her! That was an epic speech! I know next week will be on, especially since Mama Pope is rumored to make a return. Lawd, honey, the "Scandal" writers got me with this last episode which, to me, is one of the best for a few reasons but mainly for the Papa Pope-Olivia exchanges. "Scandal" writers, don't disappoint me next week. Watch the latest episode below. The "Scandal" midseason finale airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Be there or be square!
Watch the latest “Scandal” episode
“How to Get Away with Murder”… All I have to say about last night’s episode is thank you Peter Nowalk (and Shonda Rhimes–I suspect she may deserve credit, too) for casting the lovely Lynn Whitfield as Mary Walker, mother of Michaela Pratt's fiance Aiden. See, Michaela's boo comes from money! Yes, his parents have bank and Mrs. Walker wants to ensure that it doesn't get squandered away AKA Michaela ending up with it. So she took Michaela to dinner in hopes of strong-arming the law student into signing the prenup. Girlfriend didn't budge and a war of words ensued. When Mary slickly referenced Michaela's humble roots, that girl almost slapped her! LOL, you have to see it to believe it. I've been a fan of Lynn since first seeing her in “The Women of Brewster Place” when I was a kid and then as Josephine Baker in HBO’s “The Josephine Baker Story” (she won an Emmy for that role) and in “Stompin’ at the Savoy.” I hope the "Murder" team keeps her around for a while because she's a great talent. Watch the showdown between Michaela and her future mother-in-law (?) below. The "How to Get Away with Murder" midseason finale airs Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Watch the latest episode of “How to Get Away with Murder”
Birthday celebrations on ABC
Whoopi Goldberg and Jimmy Kimmel have a lot in common. They New York natives both are comedians with popular ABC talk shows. But it wasn’t until this week that I realized they both shared the same birthday: November 13. What’s cool is that Whoopi and Jimmy decided to share their birthday joy with us. And I’m glad they did. The legendary Patti Labelle performed as did “The View’s” house band Vintage Trouble. Jimmy took it waaayy back when he tapped Oran “Juice” Jones to perform is cult-classic “In the Rain” on his show. Check out videos of both performances below.
Watch Patti LaBelle perform on “The View”
Watch Oran “Juice” Jones perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Kerry Washington in The Hollywood Reporter’s beauty issue (Girlfriend looks fab!).
NOT: The rape allegations surrounding Bill Cosby (If this stuff is really true … SMH).
HOT: Ballerina Misty Copeland making her American debut in “Swan Lake” with the Washington Ballet in April (Go’on, girl!).
NOT: The Missouri-based KKK claiming to take “lethal force” in Ferguson, Mo. against individuals who would protest if a Grand Jury doesn’t indict Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed teen Michael Brown (…).
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