ABC’s TGIT Lineup Blows Us Away With ‘Scandal’ and ‘How To Get Away With Murder’

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Credit: ABC

T.G.I.T. is officially going to be my favorite day of the week thanks to Shondaland. For those of you who do not know, T.G.I.T. stand for “Thank God, It’s Thursday”, the official slogan for ABC’s Thursday night lineup featuring all of Shonda Rhimes’ dramas (THANK YOU, SHONDA) Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and her newest series How To Get Away With Murder.

Catherine Meushaw will be recapping Grey’s Anatomy so we’ll skip over that show to talk about Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder. Gladiators, I know you all have been most anxious to see what happened to Olivia Pope and Associates over the hiatus, and the show did not disappoint. Pop open that bottle of red wine, crack open those law books, and let’s get down to business!

What You Need To Know About Scandal:

  1. So Happy Together: Olivia and Jake ran off together to Zanzibar, a remote East African island. All seemed well for the pair of them until Olivia (who is now going by Julia Baker) received a letter with a newspaper clipping about Harrison’s death (RIP Brolivia). It’s back to reality for them as Olivia flies back to bury her friend.
  2. Everyone Has Moved On: Since Olivia disbanded her firm, everyone landed themselves new gigs as it appears. Abby is now the Press Secretary, Huck works as an IT guy who goes by Randy, and Quinn is just a stalker now. As it turns out, Quinn is the one who mailed the clipping to Olivia, expecting her to come back and fix everyone. Turns out, not everyone wants Olivia back; Abby in particular gives Olivia a dressing down when she sees her again. Olivia pulls herself together though after confrontations with all her old friends to bury Harrison, which surprisingly brings everyone back into the fold of OPA.
  3. Olympus Has Fallen: Things at the White House aren’t that grand. Fitz is firing people left and right and has gone too liberal for the RNC, who sends “Lizzy Bear,” played by Portia de Rossi, to figure out what is going on. Mellie, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have a care in the world as she spends all day in her pajamas, eating cereal. The Grants do have a moment together when they go visit their son’s grave, and each of them seem to find comfort in that.
  4. Their Light Goes On: While Olivia appears to be all about Jake now, it looks like the fires still burn on for Team Olitz as at the end of the episode, the former lovers share a knowing look and almost touch after they first see each other in passing at a courthouse.

Quote of the Night: “Are we gladiators or are we bitches?” – Olivia, quoting Harrison’s favorite saying.

What You Need To Know About How To Get Away With Murder:

  1. Class Is Now In Session: Annalise Keating, played by the wonderful Viola Davis, is the professor that most college co-eds have nightmares about. Right out of the gate, she lets her students know what the deal is with Criminology 101 (or as she calls “How To Get Away With Murder”). We are quickly introduced to the cast of misfits (students) that make up the rest of the show’s ensemble. We have Wes (who’s apparently just lucky to be there), Michaela (who desperately wants to be Annalise 2.0), Connor (who is the male Michaela with the same ambitions though without morals, it appears), Laurel (who appears to lack a backbone), and Asher (the class clown). Keating builds her classroom lessons around real murder cases — past and present — and offers up employment in her firm as a prize for the five students who impress her with their skills on her current case. Spoiler: these five are the ones chosen.
  2. Schoolin’ Life: Keating singlehandedly shows her students in her big case of the week, involving a man’s mistress trying to kill him with aspirin, her trusty three-step defense plan of 1. Discredit the witness, 2. Introduce a new suspect, and 3. Bury the evidence with so much information that the jury is filled with nothing but doubt. Keating will do anything to win, even calling her unspeakably hot, married detective lover to the stand. Said hot married lover admits that he’s aware of instances where cops tampered with video evidence. Keating gets him good when he is forced to admit that he wasn’t around the night the damning footage came into police hands because he was “with a friend” — and not his cancer-stricken wife. His “friend” was of course Keating, whom Wes walked in on getting some from her married lover (poor Wes).
  3. He Had It Coming?: The pilot also treated us to flash-forwards of Wes, Michaela, Connor and Laurel, apparently three months after their first class, wrapping up a dead body at Keating’s office, arguing about the best way to deal with the situation, and then ultimately deciding (with a coin toss, no less) to take it to the woods and burn it on homecoming night since bonfires are all over, and it won’t seem suspicious. Here’s the kicker about the dead body: the corpse in question just so happens to be that of Keating’s husband Sam! Looks like the plot for the rest of the season has been established!

Quote of the Night: “Never take a learning opportunity away from another student. No matter how smart you need everyone to think you are” – Annalise to Laurel, putting her in her place.

And now for our After Party!

There you have it! Will you too be bowing down at the altar that is T.G.I.T?

Erika Negrón Rivera
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