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'Scandal' recap, 'An Innocent Man'

Olivia is really distraught over Jake. She’s having conflicted sex dreams about Fitz/Jake and even waking up with her out of place!

Abby has decided to put aside her petty jealousies and actually be there for Olivia. She suggests calling Fitz to see if he can do something about Jake being arrested, but that won’t work for two reasons: 1) Fitz thinks Jake killed Lil’ Jerry and we all know what happened to the last person Fitz suspected of murdering Lil’ Jerry; and 2) she’s already tried that. For once, it’s Fitz who refuses to return her calls.

Fitz is over at the White House, nursing his punching hand, which is red and raw from beating the mess out of Jake for hours on end. Mellie comes in, showered, dressed and preparing to plan a state funeral.

Former President Cooper, one of the “Scandal” universe’s most celebrated Republican presidents, died from a stroke that morning. Not only was Cooper credited with bringing the U.S. out of its “post-war malaise” and setting the standard for all...

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'All About That Bass' co-writer took '15 years to become an overnight success'

For years, no one in the music industry cared about songwriter Kevin Kadish's passion project: a '50s-sounding record of doo-wop-inspired pop. Top 40 radio had increasingly fallen in love with the opposite: beat-driven, electronic-leaning dance music — and Kadish "just didn't care about that stuff."

The Nashville, Tenn., resident, who is originally from Owings Mills, kept the idea in his back pocket until June 2013, when a 19-year-old unknown visited his studio in hopes of writing together.

After bonding over a shared love of Jimmy Soul's 1963 hit, "If You Wanna Be Happy," Kadish and the teenager — a songwriter from Massachusetts named Meghan Trainor — quickly wrote their first song together called "All About That Bass." Pulling from a notebook of potential song titles he keeps, Kadish mentioned "Bass" to Trainor, who almost immediately began singing in a low register, "You know I'm all about that bass, 'bout that bass, no treble." Kadish added upright bass, handclaps and layered vocal...

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'American Horror Story' recap, 'Edward Mordrake, Part 2'

“American Horror Story’s” Halloween two-parter wraps this week with the conclusion to the carny cautionary tale of Edward Mordrake, a Victorian-era man purported to have a second evil face (because, of course it’d be evil) on the back of his head, whose restless spirit could be summoned by performing on Halloween night. (Thanks a lot, Elsa and your Lana Del Rey song last week.)

All we know is, after a heart-to-heart with Ethel, Mordrake’s not interested in her. But someone’s supposed to get dragged to Hell this week. Who will it be?

The heart-to-heart tour continues. Edward Mordrake and his weird green smoke cloud accessory is still touring around the freak show, casually having lengthy heart-to-hearts with characters we barely know in an attempt to ascertain who’s getting a fast track back to Hell with him. He chats with Pepper, Legless Suzy and Paul the Illustrated Seal before arriving at someone we’re actually interested in: Elsa Mars herself.

Elsa assumes he’s there to make her a...

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An unofficial guide to Baltimore apartment hunting

If we take a cue from movies and TV, being a young professional comes with a large, trendy city apartment complete with exposed brick and furnishings that look straight from a Pier 1 catalog — all of which is within our struggling 20-something budget, of course.

Anyone who has actually looked for an apartment (or anyone with a reasonable sense of reality) knows that this is a complete lie.

In the real world, apartment hunting is a mix of stress, iffy Craigslist ads, disappointment and compromise. That dream apartment does not exist — and if it does, you probably can't afford it.

I've done the Baltimore apartment search twice in the little over a year I've been here. By no means does this make me an expert. But I do feel that I've gained a little insight since I came in blind to this new city with a short window of time to find a place to live.

So for all you 20-somethings looking for your hip loft in Charm City, here are some tips, from my experience, to bring you back to reality:

Seek...

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'Top Chef' recap, 'Curse of the Bambino'

Ron Eyester is upset.

His team landed on the bottom last week and Joy Crump got sent home for serving raw veal. For some reason he is blaming it on the drama between Aaron and Keriann. He tells everyone in the stew room, “If we have another team challenge let’s make sure that we don’t act like *bleepin* children.” 

Frankly, I’d be more upset at whoever came up with the wonderful idea of putting vanilla in that dish. Wait, that was Ron.

Regardless, it gives the producers another chance to replay the shouting match from last week where Aaron said he could cook Keriann under the table. Because people shouting at each other is the foundation of any reality TV show, cooking or otherwise.

I wonder if there’s a sign in the editing room that reads: “Do not roll opening credits before postmortem stew room fall out!”

Next morning, we get to find out that Aaron isn’t really a bad guy. He’s just misunderstood. Let’s let Aaron tell us about himself and what makes him the lovable guy he is today....

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'Survivor' recap, 'Make Some Magic Happen'

It’s a story night after the Tribal Council where Kelley was sent home. Dale, obviously, is upset, but I think he’s taking it a little far when he says that she was "slaughtered" in front of him.  He says he’s not going to give up until he can’t talk anymore, which means he’s probably going to get really annoying.

And yup, he is. He shows Jon his fake Immunity Idol -- to threaten him into keeping him, I guess? It looks like Jon believes him, so we’ll see what happens.

Over at Hunahpu, Alec and Jeremy are talking about what they’re going to have to give up in order to get more food. They don’t want to give up their roof or flint. Jeremy thinks they should all just suck it up until they win a reward challenge. I bet Jeremy has seen the first season of Survivor.

And up walks Jeff with a giant bag of rice. But what is it going to cost them? First Jeff needs to point out how much help they’ve needed so far, and it’s only Day 14. Jeff lays it out for them: in order to get the rice, they need...

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