I love the end of February. It’s almost better than Christmas. All of my favorite shows that took a break for the holiday season finally made their return, and I was extremely grateful. One show in particular that I am happy is back on the air is none other than Scandal. This show is the bee’s knees and is another great example of Shonda Rhimes’ incredible imagination and writing talent.
Scandal stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a crisis manager, or fixer, in Washington D.C. She has built a career managing political campaigns and fixing scandals of politicians and other important people in the city. The big twist, or a major ironic hook, in the series is that Pope herself is having an affair with Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III (played by Tony Goldwyn), the president of the United States.
President Grant is best described as a combination of Presidents Reagan and Clinton, in my opinion. Before he became president he was governor of California, and is also a Republican, just like Reagan. He is like Clinton in the sense that he cheats on his wife Mellie (no disrespect to President Clinton) and his wife is a former lawyer and former partner at a law firm like Hillary.
Mellie’s storyline is a great one. For a while it was easy to dismiss Mellie as Fitz’s annoying and meddling wife, but before the winter break we were all given insight into Mellie’s life. She worked so hard to become senior partner at a law firm, only to give all of that up for her husband’s political career. Her career title suddenly became “supportive wife.” She was then sexually assaulted by Fitz’s father and the show alluded to the fact that one of her sons may actually be Fitz’s brother, and not his son.
The show ended in December with Fitz’s vice president, Sally Langston, murdering her husband, whom she had discovered was gay and was having an affair with another man. The president’s chief of staff, Cyrus Beene, helped Sally cover up the murder by getting a doctor to declare the cause of death due to “natural causes.” The show picked back up this season with Sally announcing that she would not be running with Fitz as his vice president for his reelection campaign. Instead she would be running for the presidency as well, but as an independent.
That is as much as I can say without completely ruining the show for anyone who is not completely caught up. The show has several characters, each one with their own story lines. I would definitely recommend this show to anyone who is a fan of Shonda Rhimes’ other shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice). I would also recommend it to anyone who is a fan of political dramas like The West Wing.
For those of you fellow Gladiators, or Scandal fans, here is a buzzfeed quiz. Find out which Scandal character you are! I got Olivia Pope, which I am super happy about because I have identified with her since the first episode!