S1, E2 : “Dirty Little Secrets”
Episode 2 picks up right where the first left off, as Olivia Pope takes on a new major client for the week. Washington DC’s number one madam Sharon Marquette, needs the Pope agency to protect her client list and plethora of assets from the Distract Attourney’s office. Dating back to 1986, the list contains a many senators and congressmen, even Supreme Court nominee and President’s pick Patrick Keating. Of course Olivia figures this connection out and dashes to the White House to alert the President’s team of the incoming media bomb, but not before having a standoff with antagonist JJ, counseling Mr. and Mrs. Keating (now new clients as well-duh), and assigning newbie agent Quinn to monitor Amanda Tanner in the hospital.
Shonda Rhimes has done it again. With the debut of the slick new drama SCANDAL, viewers (I) may have discovered a new obsession. Actress Kerry Washington stars as Olivia Pope, the problem-solving, “professional-fixer”, superwoman, legal authority and all-around bad ass. She and her team of intelligence operate stealthily throughout Washington, DC putting out the fires of public figures, politicians, and such. Based loosely on the life of Judy Smith, the drama is in abundance between the professional and personal lives of the “Gladiators in a suit.”
Here are (5) more reasons you should be obsessed with SCANDAL.
I’m too excited to announce that my friend Jarryd A. Jackson, has completed his first novel!!!!! Reason being, aside from Jarryd’s brilliant writing and professional accomplishments, the FAMU graduate has worked really hard to make this dream a reality. I remember him sharing the concept and desire to get it out… and to have a physical copy is truly a wonderful thing! Check out the synopsis of the romantic thriller:
David Brooks has it all – a rewarding career, a loyal network of friends, and an upscale home in suburban Chicago that he shares with his beautiful wife, Danielle Brooks. His enviable lifestyle has concealed the truth about his distressed marriage to Danielle. Feeling alienated from his occupied wife, David seeks to reclaim her affection after she is victimized in a horrific bank robbery. However, Danielle, a dedicated attorney, attempts to bring justice to those involved in crime instead of rekindling the fire in her marriage. As their bond continues to crumble, Farrah, David’s seasoned assistant and Marcus, his womanizing best friend, turn into his support system. David also meets Vanessa, a young ambitious new hire at his firm. Captivated by her innocence and fresh outlook on life, he begins to confide in her. While his friendships ripen and his marriage withers, secrets are revealed and devastating changes are in store for everyone involved. Suddenly, David has to fight to keep each relationship intact before the pain of deceit, scandal, and resentment end his fleeting bliss.”
Sounds rather juicy, right?? Check out a sneak peek of the first chapter, then pick up a copy of The Right Amount Of Wrong, filled with more drama than a Basketball Wives season! Available now on Kindle, Amazon.com, iPad download, Nook or bandin.com. Support a talented young author, and let me know what you think!! I’ll be posting my review, and an exclusive interview with Jarryd, so be sure to check back. Congratulations again, Mr. Jackson on an awesome accomplishment! *first novel* 🙂
This week’s the Game episode “The Wing King” focused on Malik’s spiral out-of-control, and Melanie’s shallow insecurities living the “dream” as a football wife. Malik continues to push everyone away, and is forced to search for a new assistant as TT quit. Utilizing his resources, he finds an assistant in a groupie with the business sense and professionalism of a kindergartener. TT returns to assist the “new girl” and hopes Malik will apologize for sleeping with his girlfriend and treating TT like dog shyt on a Jordan. Too much like right, because Malik laughed off TT’s monologue (poorly acted I must say) and continued down his shame spiral. Predictably… Malik decides to drive post pill and alcohol binge and is arrested. Yes, there is even a Malik Wright mug-shot a-la Adam “Pacman” Jones (or your favorite pro athlete in trouble with the law).
Melanie, fresh from her DNA blunder, is working super-hard to be the best NFL wife ever and now leading the Sunbeams. A role once dominated (Season 1-2) by Kelly Pitts, she is over-eager to host a Career-Day Charity Event for young women and picks herself to speak to the youth. She shuns willing Sunbeam and former video model, Jazz (Tae Hackard), from speaking because of her sketchy past and “hoodrat” behavior (she slept with Derwin back in the day). When Melanie’s repeated attempts to play Jazz blow up in her face, Jazz delivers a cool and sassy monologue forcing Melanie to eat her words and ask for a booty-clap lesson. Tasha Mac (predictably) tried to drive the point home with the most memorable line: “We all got here the same way, either giving up the cooch, or pushing someone out of the cooch!” Pause. Wait. Whaaa?!?! Assuming Jazz’s character was an attempt to showcase the hypocrisy of judging another woman for exploitation in music videos, if the result is living a posh lifestyle as a football wife like GirlMelanie, they missed the mark a bit. The “lesson” centered around “Career Day” for underprivileged youth, and in that instance one shouldn’t encourage mimicking the “careers” of video vixens like Karrine Steffans. Also, it was slightly offensive that Jazz’s character was “hood” and brought stereotypical snacks for her refreshment duties such as Now-&-Laters, pickles and ranch Doritos, and that only the Black youth wanted to hear what she had to say. The young white girls remained seated (roll the footage). The mixed messages were rather irritating as the GAME was known for intelligent spins on issues such as this, yet this episode fell flat.
I’m still hanging in there, but decidedly underwhelmed. Overall the laughs are harder to come by and much of the interaction between GirlMelanie and Derwin seems forced-maybe a loss of chemistry shared in the past. The last but most important issue I found with Tuesday’s run was that BET made no attempt to run the show at a later time as the POTUS gave the State Of The Union Address?! #WhattheJoeJacksonHell?!? Why didn’t BET run the SOTU like every other channel?! Most Americans, as they should have been, were tuned into SOTU coverage. BET… do better. It’s embarrassing. What did you think? **Link to view this week’s episode**