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Quick Glance at ABC’s New Show, Scandal with Kerry Washington

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I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United Men for Kerry Washington, and to the republic for which we stand, one nation under a groove, impetuous, impregnable, with liberty and justice for all.

Let the church say, Amen.

Show Summary: The newest from Shonda Rhimes, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) dedicates her life to protecting and defending the public images of our nation’s elite. After leaving the White House, the power consultant opened her own firm, hoping to start a new chapter—both professionally and personally—but she can’t seem to completely cut ties with her past.

Let’s put this in perspective real quick… In my lifetime, Thursdays at 10PM have always been a big night for television. Right off the bat, E.R. and Grey’s Anatomy are quick reminders of how that spot can control the ratings. ABC’s new show, Scandal, is a pleasant addition to our programming schedule. If you’re like me, you DVR most of your television because you don’t like commercials. Other folks are just generally behind on all their TV shows. However you watch your television, if you haven’t caught Scandal, you’re missing out.

Here’s a brief summary of what the buzz is about:

I’m black y’all. I’m black y’all. And I’m blacker than black and I’m black y’all – In a world where everybody complains about not having enough Black programming on television, we finally have the throne. Tell your friends, family and people that you don’t like all that much but love to prove how much better you are than them to watch. This show not only has one main Black character, but it has two. What up DJ?!

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Not only that but it’s a woman – Generally speaking, I don’t think you find a lot of shows that don’t spotlight the woman in the lead role. But in addition to being a show that features a Black main character, she also a woman. She’s a poised, educated and powerful woman. We have waited a long time for another Maxine Shaw.

I love shows based out of DC – If you know anything about Dr. J it’s that he really loves his hometown. I’m on record as saying, “I was born here, I live here, my family is here, I’m probably gon’ die here.” With that said, I’m really loving all the shows that are based out of Washington, DC. Homeland was great, but Scandal is about to put us on the map.

The "Don't worry, i'll do it" Face

When’s the last time you saw a TV show where the white lady was the one trying to keep it together – The first few episodes have shown that the person struggling to hold it altogether is, Quinn Perkins. Quinn is a young new-hire to the firm who is trying to find her place in the shadow of Olivia Pope. After last week’s episode, I had to ask myself, “When’s the last time a TV show had a white woman in a subordinate and slightly inferior position to a Black woman? Not never.”

Wouldn’t be right if the Black lady didn’t have a little drama in her love life, but damn – Olivia wouldn’t be right, if her love life was right. After all, Olivia fits the profile almost to the tee. She’s smart, successful and powerful… her love life is a hot mess. Spoiler alert: Olivia was sleeping with the President, y’all! Of course she tries to downplay it and act like she was in some position of power, i.e., she broke it off. But, damn, that’s why Black people can’t have nothing.

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There you have it! That’s your quick rundown of the show. Check it out, it airs at 10PM on Thursdays. It’s also On-Demand if you want to catch up on the past few episodes. Hey, it’s still in Season 1, so if you hurry up and join the bandwagon now you don’t have to spend a whole weekend catching up for Season 2.

This ain't have nothing to do with this, but I just thought that I should mention.

– Dr. J

Comment(26)

  1. After I watched the first episode I told my hubs I didn't think it would last long buuuuuuut, I've seen a couple of more episodes and I'm liking it now. Good stuff! I'm liking Person of Interest with Taraji too. She's not the main character but she's up there and she's badd*ss too.

        1. Don't spoil it for me, LOL! I'm catching up online…almost done with the first season.

  2. Hello All!! First time commenter – Looove this site! You all are helping me in so many ways!!!

    SCANDAL IS THE SH*t. It is just sooo good! Please please please watch!!

    Love y'all to death~ I love the support 🙂

  3. i love the chemistry between her and the president…but i am also enjoying the president's gay right hand man. every episode we are learning more and more about each character. it gives the show depth.

        1. The show has been subtle about it, but between meeting his partner, and his comment about "not ever seeing a legal marriage" if the Vice-President gets to run things, they've made sure that we know he's into dudes. I like that they didn't just automatically make him one of the good guys. A lot of times, if a character is homosexual, it's a given that they can't be a bad person. Cyrus has made it pretty clear that while he may not be evil incarnate, he can be a right bastard.

        2. THE Vice-President Is A WOMEN….A card caring member of the Tea Party.
          Put down the 40 and pay attention to the dialog. Cyrus runs the West Wing….!

        3. I'm aware that the Vice-President is a woman. But from his speech in the fourth episode, it's obvious that Cyrus is not one of her supporters. She's in the ultra-conservative camp.

          Cyrus isn't exactly one of the good guys. He lied to both Olivia and the President in order to keep them from each other. For a while, I was convinced that he had a hand in Amanda's kidnapping and subsequent murder. Now, it's clear that he's just really tenacious about his job and protecting the Presidency.

          And for your information, I've seen each episode twice on Hulu. I know the dialogue just fine.

        4. Proof-read before "U"hit Submit Comment.You wrote "if the Vice-president gets to run things,they`ve made sure that we know he`s into dudes."Key word "he`s".Cyrus
          is the Chief of Staff .Not only does he run the West Wing he also keeps POTUS
          focus on the big picture.Power up Hulu(Name dropping) and watch some old episodes of "The West Wing". If a Chief of Staff is loved then He/She is not doing there JOB.
          Have a Great day…..

        5. I can't believe I'm doing this. Okay…

          The comment breaks down like this. Do pay attention.

          "The show has been subtle about it, but between"

          'A', where A = "meeting his partner,"

          and

          'B', where B = "'his comment about 'not ever seeing a legal marriage'" if the Vice-President gets to run things,'"

          "they've"

          'C', where C = "made sure that we know he's into dudes." "He", being Cyrus Beene, NOT the Vice-President, who is a woman. Based upon her character's political stance, it's safe to assume that she is only into her husband, and that sex must only be done for procreation, in the missionary position, and no more than twice a week.

          So to recap, the sentence should read as "The show has been subtle about it, but between "A" and "B", they've "C".

          It really seemed like a simple sentence in my head. There are commas, actual commas, used to delineate and separate ideas. Apparently, my initial comment was too difficult to understand, since I had to use an algebraic equation to explain it. Since I'm vehemently opposed to algebra, I apologize.

        6. My bad, Upon giving it a re-read i see your object was to communicate in the
          3th person.Now back to the story "Olivia" is POTUS and "Cyrus is the VP. But this show take place in modern day cir.2012 .So we have a tall white man as POTUS .But Ms.Olivia,Cyrus and the FLOTUS are the power Next to the man. I`m not opposed to algebra just to folk`s that used basic math and
          call it algebra.Next week let the story come to "U". No rewrites….Class dismiss ….have a good monday….

  4. LOL at that last pic.

    Question: Is Kerry's acting good in this? I kinda got tired of her after For Colored Girls….she over-acts and makes weird faces. I still love her though.

  5. I love Scandal.. I love the various plots & how they are fleshing out each character… I even love how the First Lady knows about the affair but she is holding her frame TIGHT… I go over to my moms house & watch it with her every week… It’s now our show… Then she forces me to watch novellas but that’s a comment for another topic!

  6. Well I guess I'll give the show a try. There's never anything on tv, so I can catch up with ondemand. I hope it lasts though. I always seem to get into tv shows that are short lived (Flashforward, heroes etc.). It is refreshing to see a black woman in a non stereotypical leading role.

  7. Hi, Put down the Cell phone, Close the PC And turn off the Music …..
    And now for something new ..Listen to the dialog and Experience just how Brilliance Ms.Shonda Rhimes (Bachelor`s Degree-Dartmouth,Master Of Fine Arts-University Of Southern California) is.
    And "J" next time Google Ms.Rhimes…..She is the reason for this discussion….. !

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