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'Scandal' recap: 'Like Father, Like Daughter'

Jake is up to something and given the fact that Rowan Pope flat out threatened his life last episode, this can't mean anything good.

Before heading over to Olivia’s house for dinner, Jake tests out some explosives on a car.

Dun dun dun.   In the middle of dinner, Liv gets a call and rushes out to a college party. After a bit of searching she finds the person she’s looking for: Fitz and Mellie’s daughter, Karen. She’s slung over a bed in her underwear, puking. Olivia instructs Quinn to call Cyrus’s “black” line.

Cyrus is busy ruining his life, one romp with Michael at a time. They are engaging in a little pillow talk when he gets the call from Olivia. He’s curious as to how this happened, but Liv is more concerned about the dozens of kids with smart phones who are partying right outside.   She calls Huck and has him shut down the cell phone service at that address and honestly, how many of us wish we’d had Huck in our lives during college? Quinn finds a fire escape and they half-carry Karen...

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Md. native makes a splash as celebrity blogger Necole Bitchie

If you keep up with pop culture, Hollywood's glitterati and, particularly, the "black" blogosphere, you've probably heard of celebrity blogger "Necole Bitchie."

Necole Kane, who grew up on the Eastern Shore and lived in Baltimore for several years while attending Morgan State and Towson universities, is the visionary and CEO behind Necolebitchie.com, one of the hottest urban gossip websites in the country.

The site, which debuted in 2007 and has built a cultlike fan following, dishes up a mix of celebrity entertainment news, pop culture, music and fashion via posts, photos and video interviews on "Bitchie TV," her YouTube channel.

Necolebitchie.com boasts more than 2.5 million monthly unique visitors and 12 million to 13 million monthly pageviews; her team cites data from Google Analytics. She has about 600,000 followers on Twitter, and her two fun (and occasionally profane) Instagram feeds have some 400,000 combined followers.

It's all a bit more than she expected, coming from quiet...

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' recap: 'Massacres and Matinees'

It’s just another week at the "Freak Show" – hermaphrodites and strongmen and clowns, oh my!

Here Come the New Folks: New faces arrive at Fraulein Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities, including Dell the Strongman (Michael Chiklis) and his wife Desiree Dupree (Angela Bassett), a hermaphrodite with three breasts. They’re on the run from Chicago, where Dell killed a guy for having an affair with Desiree, because – and this is a plot point that comes up frequently – he has a serious temper. Because he is, you know, a Strongman. Dun dun dunnn.

Jimmy, who to this point seems to have been the quote unquote “man of the carnival” despite the fact that he seems to be around 25, immediately dislikes Dell, who he thinks is too busy trying to take over the show with his plans for matinees and insistence that the cast keep away from townies to boost ticket sales.

This is problematic for several reasons, one of which being that Dell is actually Jimmy’s father (cue rather terrifying flashback where it looks...

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'American Horror Story': The curious case of Kathy Bates' Baltimore-ish accent

Her beard may be the least interesting aspect of Kathy Bates' character on "American Horror Story: Freak Show."

Can we discuss Ethel Darling's unique accent? More directly: Is that some form of Baltimorese?

The signs are there: There have been quite a few "hons," super-rounded vowels and other word pronunciations that you can imagine coming from the mouths of lifelong Baltimoreans.

We're not the only ones who have noticed it. Chatter about the accent has been incessant since the show premiered last week.

One fan, Natalie Sermon, @miznattie, tweeted directly to Bates: "Your bearded lady and her evident Baltimore accent is fan-freak-in-tastic!! #heavyontheO #AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow"

And Bates, @MsKathyBates, responded: "Glad YOU got it. Tell NY Times."

We're assuming Bates is alluding to this part of the Times' "AHS" review: "and [there's] Kathy Bates as the bearded lady, whose accent wanders around the Southern states, periodically landing on something vaguely Appalachian."

Really,...

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'I fell in love with my college roomie, and life is sweeter'

In the transition to adult life, it's easy to focus on the concrete things: job, money, apartment, etc. But under the surface, more abstract changes are developing, including the most complex aspect of them all -- relationships.

Navigating post-college love life is a whole different ballgame, whether you're single, in a relationship or somewhere in between. And things can really get crazy when matters of the heart (e.g., your relationship) combine with the practical (e.g., where you live).

For most 20-somethings, moving in with a significant other is most likely a new concept, and the decision to do so can feel like a true plunge into adulthood.

But for me and my boyfriend, it was much less momentous, considering we were living together just one month into our relationship.

OK, it was after only one week … and on the first day … and even before that.

You may have guessed it: I fell in love with my roommate.

Tim was one of five guys I lived with during my junior and senior years of...

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Great Baltimore cocktails: The Stable Punch, Mount Vernon Stable and Saloon

One of Mount Vernon's favorite basement bars, the Mount Vernon Stable and Saloon, is celebrating its 30th birthday this month, so there is no time like the present to hitch your horse to its doors (or just take a cab, if you prefer) and sidle up to the cocktail menu.

Though there are plenty of refreshing options available, stick with the basics and go for the time-honored cocktail that bears the establishment's name (sort of) — the Stable Punch.

Sounds like a karate move, tastes like fruit punch.

Indeed, with equal parts Stolichnaya, Disaronno amaretto and Southern Comfort all blended together with pineapple and grenadine, the Stable Punch goes down smooth and packs a punch.

Sweet, sweet pineapple complements the spicy notes of Southern Comfort alongside the velvety almond essence of Disaronno to produce a very smooth and equally refreshing happy-hour experience, whether it's your birthday or the birthday of the bar you're drinking at.

The additional kick thrown in by Stolichnaya vodka...

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