Let me just start by making my bias clear; Scandal sucks. As a writer, it must be awesome to work on that show because there is literally nothing out of bounds. No matter how ridiculous or implausible something is they just throw it in because… well, why not? I bet the gag reel has to be edited down because there is so much to laugh at there is no way these actors can keep straight faces for long.
The worst part about Scandal is that it started off as a really engaging fun show with a strong female protagonist but has devolved into an epic hot mess so quickly and profoundly that I suspect it would be impossible to reel it back into any semblance of plausibility. And Olivia Pope, the successful, shrewd, stylish, alcoholic who loves to drink expensive red wine while wearing white designer outfits, has turned into one of the worst female characters in television history.
Just to set the table, for those who don’t watch this abysmal show on ABC, here is who Olivia Pope is… her father is a ruthless killer who is in charge of a secret spy organization that basically controls the world outside the confines and restrictions of the government. Her mother is a terrorist who Olivia thought was dead for two decades. She was once engaged to an older politician who was actually a pretty cool guy but fell for the married presidential candidate (she clearly has daddy issues) whose campaign she ran and rigged to win. Her constant back and forth with the now President of the United States, including fucking him in an electrical closet type of room in the White House, is beyond idiotic. Get a load of this though; that same guy, The President, hired an old buddy to basically date Olivia but then a bunch of stuff happened and now that guy is the man in charge of this secret spy organization (sort of) and she still fucks him sometimes for reasons that are never really clear (except to steal his phone) and then The President (who is still married) gets all pissy about it. And then there is VERMONT!!! Don’t ask.
I haven’t even gotten into any of the other characters because they are all just as terrible as Olivia Pope. Every one of them is awful. Trust me. Scandal is one step away from Naked Gun territory and that is an insult to Naked Gun because at least that was supposed to be a comedy.
Yes, Scandal, you suck. It isn’t even debatable. I have watched every episode and I hate myself just a little bit more each time I do. Why don’t I quit? I can’t imagine making it beyond this season’s finale where I am praying you set off the bomb and kill every single one of these insufferable characters with the exception of Josh Malina who I hope they just build a reboot of the great and beloved show The West Wing around.
If you want to watch a good network tv show then catch up with THE GOOD WIFE. It is everything Scandal wishes it could be.