11 Sensible Reasons Why You Should Let Yourself Get Sucked Into 'Scandal'

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11 Sensible Reasons Why You Should Let Yourself Get Sucked Into 'Scandal'

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | October 2, 2013 | Comments ()

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The Intelligently Nuanced Depiction Of A Conservative President. When’s The Last Time We Had A Sympathetic One Of Those On TV?

The Profoundly Sophisticated Portrayal Of A Modern, Professional Gay Couple

The Brilliant Subversion Of The Jackie O/Long-Suffering Wife Trope

Joshua Malina. What A Genuine, Brainy Talent. If You Liked Him In Sports Night Or The West Wing, You’ll Love Him In This

The Meticulously Elegant Way In Which The Costume Department Dresses Kerry Washington

The Way In Which The Show Doesn’t Shy Away From The Race Issue And How Olivia Being An African-American Has In Impact On The Conservative Political Landscape

The Well-Researched And Deeply Informative Explanation Of The Ins And Outs Of A Presidential Election And How The Democratic Process Can Be Tampered With

The Addition Of Joe Morton As **LAST SEASON SPOILER REDACTED.** He’s A Truly Talented Performer Who Doesn’t Get Enough Work.

The Frightening Examination Of The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex And The Sticky Web Powerful Men Weave Behind The Scenes

The Upsetting Psychological Corruption And Moral Decay Of Quinn Harper

The Less Nuanced But No Less Chilling Psychological Profile Of Kate Burton’s Tea Party-esque Vice President Sally Langston

The Refreshing Opportunity For An African-American Woman To Take An Intelligent, Powerful Leading Role In A Network Drama

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • SelenaMac

    Joanna, my love, if I still had a uterus, I would have your babies, but you are so wrong about these two. Fitz is terrible. He's petulant, he's manipulative, he killed Sam Wheat AND Verna Thornton. (spoilers?)
    Olivia deserves better. So do Mellie and Cyrus. I dunno about Teddy, he's hard to read.

  • e jerry powell

    Inscrutable little booger, ain't he? I think he may have the launch codes hidden in a onesie somewhere.

  • yourmom

    And Mellie and Cyrus aren't terrible and manipulative? And Olivia isn't petulant? Seriously, they're all a mess. A terribly attractive mess.

    And PS: YES, that is a HUGE spoiler up there. Maybe you could remove it or put in a bigger spoiler warning?

  • Strand

    Well... the show IS called "Scandal," and I don't know a single person who watches it as anything but a presidential Mills & Boone adaptation.

  • Ben

    "The ins and outs of a presidential ellection'
    hehe in and out...

  • e jerry powell

    12. Gay actors convincingly playing heterosexual characters.

  • Irina


  • e jerry powell

    Guillermo Diaz as Huck, and Jasika Nicole as Huck's wife Kim.

  • Irina


  • e jerry powell

    Arriving as they did after John Benjamin Hickey and Cynthia Nixon as couples on both "Sex and the City" and "The Big C."

  • socallmeshirley

    I seem to be in the minority here, but I watch Scandal in spite of, not because of, the relationship between these two. I can't stand the President and I don't get any chemistry from them at all. I find him creepy and dead-eyed and I wish the makeup department would fill in his eyebrows.

    I definitely think Olivia Pope could and should do better.

  • jptaylorsg

    Cosign, absolutely. I find their "romance" uncompelling and him particularly a charisma vacuum. I love the rest of the show, though.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    Other than the fact that I like Tony Goldwyn in other roles (actor, director, etc.), I agree with you completely. I watch for Olivia and her team. I go do some laundry when those two get together.

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  • foolsage

    Well, you have me partially interested. I don't think I'd enjoy the show though unless there's some romance and sex. Is there any?

  • LMo

    Seriously though the chemistry between these two is BLISTERING! Tony Goldwyn said in an interview that his wife doesn't watch the show and I understand why. I mean that amount of chemistry would put a ripple in the most stable of marriages.

  • CYRUS!!!

  • John W

    A well constructed argument.

  • WestCoastPat

    I gave this show a try. Watched Season 1 and a large chunk of Season 2. Stopped watching when I realized that I despised Kerry Washington's character. She is awful and selfish, but not in a way that makes me at all interested to see what she does next.

  • e jerry powell

    Chacun à son goût.

  • MGMcD

    Game. Set. Match. But don't forget Huck.

  • onegapingmaw

    I'll be in my bunk.

  • You said "In's and Out's". heh heh.

  • Martin Holterman

    Agreed all around, except with "The Intelligently Nuanced Depiction Of A Conservative President." Instead, it's yet another TV-Republican who is to the left of Bill Clinton, at least. Not that I wouldn't like to have a US president like this one, but we shouldn't kid ourselves that this has anything to do with the Republican party or modern conservatism. Presidents like this only exist on TV and in the movies.

  • lowercase_ryan

    The hours it took for all these gifs to load resembles a slow build to climax.

    Or so I've heard. I have a really fast "internet connection"... :/

  • Yossarian

    Just remember, it's not over until both of you clear your cookies.

  • Boo_Radley

    Jeez, I get it already!

  • Bea Pants

    1. I see what you did there.

    2. I cleaned my house while the boys were out of town this last week and binge-watched Scandal in between 30-45 minute speed cleaning sessions and I fully credit my desire to see what happened next with the cleanliness of my home.

    3. Huck. I love him.

  • Darlene

    I've done all the laundry, ironing and "chores" I can do within watching distance of the TV...and then I did just what you did, cleaned like mad, then watched captivated...cleaned like mad, then watched captivated. My house is looking pretty good too! LOL!

    and 1,000 yeses for Huck.

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