The new series “Scandal” premiered on ABC last night, and from what I saw, they may very well have a hit on their hands.  The star of the show is Kerry Washington, who plays the pivotal character, Olivia Pope.  Pope runs a company, in Washington, D.C., which employees attorneys, but their practice has little to do with the  law.  They are “fixers”, people who do damage control and make things right for those in the nation’s capitol who have either gotten themselves into trouble or have been victimized by someone else.  I’m guessing, given the locale, that they will be employed for a long time.

During last night’s episode, Pope and company were very busy.  They succeeded in returning a baby, kidnapped by Russian thugs, to its very grateful diplomat father.   The group is also hired by a decorated war hero who is the prime suspect in a murder.  His alibi would mean that he would have to expose the fact that he is gay, and would have to “out” himself and tell police and prosecutors the name of his lover.  After some soul searching and a conversation with Pope, the decorated soldier decides that his love is more important to his public persona.

Then there was – is – the plot line regarding a rumored affair between the President of the United States and a White House intern.  Pope, who once worked for the President, doesn’t believe the young woman’s allegations, but instead chooses to take the word of the Commander in Chief.  Olivia delivers a rapid fire, strongly worded warning to the intern, describing what her life will be like should she go public with her accusations.  Pope provides a cautionary tale, invoking the public smear campaign endured by Monica Lewinsky, and telling her that it didn’t even matter that Lewinsky was telling the truth.

When the intern attempts suicide, Pope and a new associate go to the hospital, and the associate explains some of what the young woman said to her, including the fact that the President liked to call the girl “sweet baby”.   Pope knows those words, because they were the same ones the President had used to refer to Olivia during their illicit relationship.  The woman who is the queen of crisis management meets with the President to confront him about the intern.  She is angry and disappointed in him, telling him  that she left her own White House job so that he could run the country, as a better man, without any distractions.   She also lets all of us know that the abused and broken intern is now a client of Pope and Associates.

If you’re anything like me, and you’re still trying to wean yourself off of Bravo, this show might help you to fill an hour.  ABC has already been nice enough to provide us with “Revenge”.   Seeing that Bravo wants to keep people like Taylor Armstrong on their payroll, I’m convinced that they really do not care about viewers, despite how we’ve tried to express our disgust.  I don’t care if the only position she holds is running errands and picking up after Andy Cohen.  As long as she is their employee, they are letting us know, again, that we don’t matter.


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10 Responses to Scandal

  1. Adgirl says:

    Thank you Empress for the recommendation.

    Thanks to the miracle of timeshifting, I will watch it over the weekend.
    Many of us raced to Bravo because we were bored with the sloppy scripted shows. Now that Bravo has become boring and sloppy we are ready to move on.
    I’ve been watching The Good Wife.

    • Donna says:

      What time/date on the weekend

      I’ll be recording The Finder and hubby likes to watch Nikita

      • Adgirl says:

        Timeshifting= DVR recorded it. If you have on-demand it might be on there or on the network’s site.

  2. baronessbeachcomber says:

    Warched it and LOVED it.

  3. princesspindy says:

    Hi Empress,
    I watched most of it, switching back and forth between it and AWAKE. I really like AWAKE. I will need to record one or the other. I am almost weaned off Bravo, but like a car wreck, will probably see what is happening with the RHONY, the previews looked wild and mean….. Done with BEA, OC and Atlanta. I was watching C-SPAN the other day, A panel discussion on “Mormonism and the Political Process” or something like that, it was at Boston College, I found it very interesting. It might have helped recover some brain cells that were dumb-ed down by Bravo, I hope!

    My gravatar is my little BooBoo, she is one of my Chi-Chons and I adore her! She’s my favorite but don’t tell her sister, Cinnamon!

    • OMG – princess – how adorable is she?
      Now if I can just get you away from Mob Wives (ok, Knuckles) before you have to go into Witness Protection. 🙂

      • princesspindy says:

        I haven’t watched that show in a long time. Me and da boyz dicided it weren’t too goods four us, if youse know what I mean, bada bing!

  4. codystl says:

    I’ll have to check out Scandal.

  5. Adgirl says:

    Well I watched it. Frantic/frenetic pacing and all the extra backround noise of banging and clanging made me almost turn it off.

    I liked the central character. She doesn’t date. She follows her instincts. She has connections.
    All of her employees are oddballs. Oh, and she has a weak spot for the married horndog president.

    I don’t know if I can watch a weekely politically themed series. I was infuritated last week when 1966 era Mad Men mentioned Romney (senior). I sense that Scandal will have a hypocrite of the week rotation of democrats and conservatives. Bleh!!!

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