Sunday, December 30, 2012

20 Burning Questions about SCANDAL

There are days when I wish I could be a grasshopper on the floor of the SCANDAL writers' room. Then, there are others when I'm content to live on this side of the screen along with the rest of you in Gladiator Land wondering what will happen next. As an obsessed fan, however, I wait with bated breath for them to reveal more about the back stories of our favorite characters.

Here are 20 burning questions that won't let me rest until I know the answers. I'm sure I'll have many more very soon. Let me know what burning questions you have in the comments section below.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

SCANDAL Between the Lines: When Livvy Met Abby

This is my imagining of Olivia's and Abby's first encounter. I based it on their character bios at and what we've seen on the show so far. This is purely fan fiction. There's no copyright infringement happening around these parts. Hear that, ABC? Enjoy!

She approached his office slowly, steadying her thoughts and composure as though she was preparing to testify before Congress. She opened the door as she knocked.

"Good afternoon, Professor Beene. I take your morning Legal Ethics course. I'm here to discuss fixing my grade."

"Uh, hello, Miss...?"

"Pope," she replied with a stern confidence. "Olivia Pope."

"Ah, yes. Miss Pope. Refresh my memory about your issue?"

Sunday, December 16, 2012

SCANDAL and Its Parallel Universes

Newtown, Connecticut

When I started gathering my thoughts about the most recent installment of SCANDAL titled "Blown Away," the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut hadn't happened yet. I write this post with profound sadness for the victims and all those affected. I recognize the heartless violence that took place in this episode, and it makes me slightly uneasy to reflect on it so soon. I'll do my best to keep it in the context of dramatic storytelling though that may be impossible.

Since there's so much to unpack from "Blown Away," I'll defer my predictions for the next episode to a post after the new year. Make sure you check in because they'll be good.

Parallel Universes

One of the most intriguing things about SCANDAL is the way in which the characters' lives mirror and intersect with each other. It adds more complexity to decisions that independently may seem completely irrational or depraved. I absolutely love that the writers incorporate this dynamic throughout the series. (Also see episode 202 aptly titled "The Other Woman.") In the words of Justice Thornton, "As if right and wrong are fixed." 

The latest episode elevates the show's parallelism to new heights. I'll take these analogous relationships one by one in hopes of not confusing you or myself.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


I’m Not Crazy. Really.

True story: Last night I dreamed I was starring in a stage production of SCANDAL alongside Kerry Washington, who was also directing. I told you this is an obsession for me. Let’s get straight into it.

Long Live Fitzgerald Thomas Grant, III

Fitz will die. I know some people are speculating that he will survive based on a perceived slip by executive producer Betsy Beers on the Scandal:Revealed podcast for episode 208 (around the 10:30 mark), but that’s not how I interpret it. It sounds to me as though she’s speaking in terms of a flashback that gives viewers more clarity around his decisions up to the present moment.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What the Huck?!

Who thinks Huck actually shot Fitz? I don't. I'll post my thoughts on it tomorrow. In the meantime, let's hear your theories.

A SCANDAL Obsession Becomes Me

I have a confession to make: I’m completely obsessed with Shonda Rhimes’s latest small screen masterpiece, SCANDAL. I’m not talking your typical don’t-talk-text-or-look-at-me-while-my-show-is-on obsession. It’s much deeper than that.

A few Thursdays ago, about 30 minutes before show time, my mom called me sounding unlike her normal even-tempered self. She told me she had some things on her mind and needed to talk to someone about them. Oddly, she thought I was the best person for this. We’re close, but we tend to leave the emotional exchanges for less composed mother-daughter duos. In the back of my mind, I thought I hope she can resolve this in 30 minutes or less, but I turned down my television and told her I was prepared to listen.