Scandal: The Complete First Season
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From the creator of GREY'S ANATOMY and PRIVATE PRACTICE comes a captivating saga of illicit relationships, unchecked power and shocking political intrigue. Go behind the closed doors of Washington D.C.'s elite and watch as the plot unfolds in SCANDAL: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON. When trouble rears its ugly head -- headline-making, life-ruining trouble -- there's only one person to call: the legendary Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). With her steadfast rule of always trusting her gut, Olivia leads an expert team of crisis management consultants skilled at making even the most sordid, salacious scandals disappear. But as these self-proclaimed "gladiators in suits" begin to reveal the cracks in their armor, will the masters of damage control be able to control the damage in their own personal lives? Relive every episode of this exciting political thriller, plus exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features, and get your fix of the ultimate "fixer."
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The storyline revolves around a former White House communications director, Olivia Pope, (Kerry Washington), who now runs her own crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates - a business with a particular twist. Her clients are those well known figures, usually political, who get themselves into deep doo-doo. Think Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, John Edwards and Reille Hunter, Richard Nixon and Watergate, etc. The catch here is that Olivia and her team of "gladiators in suits," have to believe in their clients' innocence before they take the case. Olivia is regarded as the best "fixer" in Washington.
Ms. Pope's team are all self proclaimed "weirdos," - you have to watch the show to see how weird. One has to be out of the main stream to be hired by Olivia. The cast of her co-workers/employees are: Harrison Wright, (Columbus Short ). Harrison worked for a firm whose CEO was prosecuted for insider trading. Harrison was sentenced to a relatively long prison sentence because of his association with the firm. Olivia defended him pro bono because he was innocent of all charges, thus terminating the jail time. This earned her Harrison's eternal loyalty.
Abby Whelan, (Darby Stanchfield), works as an investigator in Olivia's firm. Abby was married to the son of a former Virginia governor. She left him when he beat her in a drunken rage. Olivia got a tire iron and broke Charles's kneecap. She also helped Abby get the best divorce attorney in the state to help her get out of her marriage. Abby is also extremely loyal to Olivia.
Quinn Perkins, (Katie Lowes), a new employee, is definitely not who she claims to be. Some of the episodes deal with Quinn's identity and the serious problems she has with the law.
My favorite character, Huck, (Guillermo Diaz), is totally "strange." Another extremely loyal team member, he works as a tech guy in Olivia's firm. He is willing to do anything she asks of him. Olivia found the homeless Huck while she was working on a presidential campaign for the same candidate who is now president. She is VERY involved with our head of state. Anyway, she took a shining to Huck and brought him coffee every day. Prior to knowing Olivia, and after serving in the Marines, Huck was blackmailed into joining a top secret C.I.A. program called B613, where he was trained to torture and murder American "traitors".
Non-Pope employees but reoccurring characters include: Cyrus Rutherford Beene, (Jeff Perry), White House Chief of staff; Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III "Fitz," (Tony Goldwyn), as of the President of the United States; First Lady Melody "Mellie" Grant, (Bellamy Young), David Rosen, (Joshua Maline), Assistant US Attorney; Sally Langston, extremely conservative Vice President of the US.
Season one focuses on the lives of the team members, the relationship between Olivia and the president (her former employer).
The downside of "Scandal" is that the episodes and dialogue seem to run on cocaine. Everyone talks fast and the pace is beyond fast. It is really necessary to pay attention because you can miss something important if you blink your eyes twice in a row. Eventually, one gets used to the pace
Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, is partially based on former George H.W. Bush administration press aide Judy Smith, who serves as a co-executive producer.
Shonda Rhimes is a genius...that said, Judy Smith, really is a crisis manager in real life and Kerry Washington,i.e. Olivia Pope actually consults with Ms. Smith and asks her "what she would do" for the show.
The casting is perfect and I am completely captured by Tony Goldwyn...I love the power in his voice and the pain and love that he shows about Olivia...is palpable...
The Series will last forever...because it is #1 and will stay that way if Shonda Rhimes has her way in the creation. What a magnificent creative mind and sadi that Whoopi Goldberg was her inspiration, from the day that she saw Whoopi perform...
This show will take every award that is offered from start to finish of characters and the producing, directing, creating and overall GREAT TV SERIES !!!!
I can't wait for the Fall season to start...I know that some of the characters wil change and move on to better things and they will be replaced with other great actors....I cannot say enough !!! I am a Scandal "junkie."
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