4 Things We Love About #Scandal

things we love about scandal

Scandal is just….  *sits down slowly*

I’ve been trying to find a TV series to compare it to and I just can’t. I loved Lost and 24. I’m currently addicted to Fringe. But Scandal? It’s the first show to have me slithering from my couch to the floor after just about every episode since…well, I don’t think there’s a precedent. For today and because I can’t help myself, I wanted to highlight a few of the things we love about the show. If you haven’t started watching it yet, you need to do one of those catch-up weekends. You will be left here at the Rapture if you don’t. Anyway, here are some of the fascinating things about the show:

The angst and stress it creates in our hearts and souls.

I’ve never been so excited to welcome high blood pressure every week, or so deflated to know I won’t experience it because of a break. It’s actually altered my testosterone level. I don’t weep, but I do tremble.

Thursday night’s episode was the fall season finale and it delivered like hood chinese food. It left me on my couch overwhelmed and emotionally drained. I’ve walked away from some chaotic relationships feeling more at ease than I do at the end of a Scandal episode. It’s like a roller coaster…and I hate roller coasters. But this show is everything, thang and it.

I’m convinced that on the 6th day, God created Shonda Rhimes. On the 7th day, he curled up on a couch made of clouds and ubiquity to watch an episode of Scandal.

Every character is capable of  everything.

I said last night on Twitter that the average IQ of characters on the show must be 200. Then I realized that would make them socially awkward and more funny than riveting. The truth is, every Scandal character proves that it’s not about the book smarts. They have exceptionally high uncommon sense…and a little craziness. On the smarts, the characters are always three steps ahead while we’re stuck at the beginning of the labyrinth trying to figure out where the story will go. As for the craziness…

Whether it’s the president ravaging Liv while the Secret Service watches and keeps it…well, a secret, someone putting hands in someone else’s mouth unsolicited before mounting them like a wild cowgirl, or trained cold-hearts having passionate killer sex on an array of photos, the inkling of craziness is there. And we love every moment of it.

It’s the most engaging programming since… well, I just love this sh*t.

Twitter makes watching television feel like a party where everybody communicates in keystrokes and cap locks. Award shows,reality tv, and sporting events are cool, but Scandal takes fan engagement to another level. I love that they have a Twitter account that interacts with fans, and that the cast members watch the show along with the rest of us. I asked @ScandalABC for a poster. I’m still awaiting my reply. *checks @ mentions*

It makes us accept and enjoy adultery, sidepiece-ism, sociopathic behavior, and wayward political beliefs.

Scandal effortlessly suspends disbelief and lowers our moral standards at the same damn time. Let me give you a few examples:

  1. Olivia is awesome sauce over a plate of organic rotini even though she was sleeping with the married president.
  2. President Fitz is a Republican and we don’t care.
  3. Olivia was sleeping with a Republican and we don’t care.
  4. Huck obviously enjoys getting his Dexter on.
  5. Bodies end up places for things and we just keep it moving like The First 48.
  6. Couples lying and scheming on each other. And you know what? We love every second of it.

I could go on and on about the show, but we want to hear from you. What are some of the things you enjoy most about Scandal? Where does it rank on your all-time TV list?

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  • Mr. SD

    I work like a madman, possibly 60-65hr work weeks…but dummit i don't miss Scandal!

  • cynicaloptmst81

    I just watched all of Season 1 LAST NIGHT…till 2AM.

    I will gladly pay the cost of my actions. I.COULD.NOT.STOP.WATCHING.

    I'm late to the party…but I'll catch up tomorrow…or late tonight.

    If only folks had made it a point to tell me Columbus Short was playing a character by the name of Mr. Wright…!!!!! I would've BEEN watching!

    He wore gray suits for the 1st two episodes. I LOVE gray suits. *swoons*

    So far, episode 6 (how Liv & Fitz met and the revelation that it was her moaning on the tape) is my favorite episode!

    And why do people lay all their cards out on the table for the bad guys? Get your wire tap first, man?! That's how you end up with scissors in your neck. I knew yo was dead when he started rattling off at the mouth…smh.

    #converted

  • InsomniaPoet

    i pray that one day i can be a gladiator in a suit…like seriously are they hiring real lawyers for the show?

  • Larry

    "Thursday night’s episode was the fall season finale and it delivered like hood chinese food."

    What was that thing you said about Chinese food one time? The crappier the service the better the food or something? lmaooo. That sitll cracks me up because it's truuuue!

    But yeah, Scandal is awesome. I even turned frommy beloved Laker game which I never do but they were getting beat by 100 so I had to numb the pain to tune in last night. I enjoy how everyone is playing chess out here and not checkers. Always trying to be 2-3 moves ahead.

  • fourpageletter

    you already know i love this post! LOL.
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    i've already known about Shonda's diabolical ways from back in early Grey's Anatomy days. sigh. but i do love how twitter has changed watching tv, and love love that the cast are all engaged (hell, they even pulled Oprah into it!!)

    i might pull out my GA dvd's to provide some sort of drama in my life until Jan 10th.
    My recent post the black, white and grey of loving Scandal

  • Nessa

    I’d have to say Scandal is her best work yet plot is unpredictable and the characters are dynamic. I don’t know how I am going to survive this 1 month hiatus.

  • Ashleymarcia

    I have to admit that I’m a little bourgeois towards those new to Scandal. If you haven’t been following the show since Season 1, I can’t even have a legitimate Scandal conversation with you, lol.

    “Scandal effortlessly suspends disbelief and lowers our moral standards at the same damn time”

    So true, lol! I love the fact that, in spite of your best guess, you’re probably still wrong in your theory about how any one incident will turn out. The writing is stellar and the cast is truly awesome in their portrayal of their characters. I’m still blown over the fact that there was an assassination attempt on Fitz and we’re not even half way through the second season. At this rate, I’m nervous about what the REAL season finale will bring! I am a scandal whore. There… I said it.

  • Jupiter Calhoun

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

    Scandal is EASILY the best show on television right now.

  • eastcoastvonnie

    It is additive and the sex between Olivia and Fitz is hot — can't believe ABC allows it on TV LOL — Can't wait for the White House showdown between the VP camp and Pres Camp.

  • Naena

    I am a new Scandal convert…like cynicaloptmst81, I too was up til 2am on a work night watching the first Season on Netflix…then I subscribed to Hulu Plus to catch up on Season 2…I did it just in time to watch the finale…Scandal is the best show I've watched so far!!! I want to grow up and be like Olivia Pope!!

  • Sherri

    Scandal is the best show on TV without a doubt!! Tony Goldwyn as Fitz is the best!!! He is a phenomenal actor and is brilliant. Kerry Washington (also great) is a lucky gal to work with him. I hope she really appreciates Tony Goldwyn.

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  • Nogore

    I have been an avid fan of Scandal since the first show aired. The action, acting and plot twists are nothing short of amazing! That being said, I was appalled and horrified by last night's episode. The plot definitely took a dark turn, but what made me want to turn off the TV was the air time devoted to (really dwelling on) the torture of Quinn. This type of "buckets of blood" focus as substitution for a plot is just beneath the sophisticated and intelligent nature of the show and the audience. Not only that, but there was so much more that could have been developed on what made Olivia's Mom a monster….if only the episode focused on that and not 10 minutes of gore. I hope this is a fluke episode. I refuse to watch gore TV and believe strongly that it incites those with mental imbalance to similar action.