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Last night’s “Scandal” finale changed the entire game. The power has shifted, some relationships were rekindled, others were broken, some folks were saved and others lost their lives. Check out the most memorable moments below.
The Scandal season finale is tonight, and it promises to be one that will slay our very essence. But then again, this season has provided shocker after shocker.
Before we go any further, be warned that from here on out, it is nonstop spoiler alerts if you’re not caught up on the season. Shonda Rhimes has put damn near everyone on the cast in danger this season. Let’s take a look at 15 of Scandal‘s most shocking moments from this season.
I have to be honest, I haven’t been watching “Scandal” with the same zeal that I used to. But last night’s episode reminded me of the earlier days when I was rushing home to be on the couch by nine. So let’s get into it.
Not long after Olivia Pope boomeranged her way back to President Fitz – for the millionth time post-Homeland-style kidnapping, that is – I’d officially nixed my weekly Thursday allegiance to Scandal. You see, I’m barely out of my mid-20s, and while relating to some of the rollercoaster relationship issues primetime television’s leading black women face comes with relative ease, the entirety of the storyline is extremely narrow, and, at times, unrealistic. And frankly, it’s not created for women my age.
There. I said it.
Now, of course, scripted TV dramas are created in an attempt to catapult audiences into an escape from real-life problems and into, sometimes, aspirational fantasies. Noted. However, with shows like BET’s Being Mary Jane, it’s written, to my knowledge, to highlight your everyday, well-educated black professional woman living and loving in a major city (read also: The Misadventures and Multiple Overly-Dramatic Misfires with Fine A** David of Mary Jane Paul). Yes, that’s essentially me. Still, I’ve yet to witness a black woman lead on television, in the last decade or so, really capable of speaking to my current lifestyle.
HBO’s hit series Girls has been garnering side-eyes for years for being anything but racially colorful. Hannah and her gaggle of girlfriends are set against some unlikely all-white backdrop that only depicts how white girls, who are trying to find their footing, live in NYC’s most hipster-centric ‘hoods. But you know what? For a young black writer wrestling for her spot in the high-level media ranks (not unlike Hannah’s experience at GQ…#journoproblems) and whose romantic interests switch bi-monthly, Girls is the closest thing on TV to the trials and triumphs my own homegirls and I actually live through on a regular basis.
I constantly find myself flipping through a handful of YouTube’s best black web series to find scripted versions of my age group’s stories, rather than reaching for the TV remote. I don’t mind nestling up next to my laptop (or iPad) to binge-watch An African City, That Guy, or roomieloverfriends, but is it too much to ask for a twentysomething black queen to get some primetime attention? To have a young black woman character garner nationwide media attention who is layered, dealing with the complicated emotions of finding a boo without wetting the bed (see Being Mary Jane season two), chasing her career goals without complete financial stability, and staking a claim on her future but not necessarily chasing a baby or a quiet life in Vermont? To identify with a black girl (insert natural hair here) who is living her most fabulous life in The Big Apple, turning up at Brooklyn house parties, catching flights with her girls to the country’s biggest summer music festivals and venturing to Harlem every now and again to, well, indulge in something she’ll laugh about when she’s 35?
That being said, it’s imperative for television to tell a new story for women of all ages, but to especially visualize a drama for young black women millennials on the small screen. Ideally, shows similar to A Different World and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Shows that have topical and on-trend segments directly ripped from the real twentysomething experience should make a huge comeback, allowing for Kim Reese-type role models and relatable tales of young love like Dwayne Wayne and Whitley Gilbert’s to flourish. Instead, we’re consistently stuck watching thirtysomething black women try their hand at the word “bae” in an attempt to be young and hip, but who have no other connection to younger folks.
Seriously, if these writers and producers are paying close attention, the inspiration for the next black mid-to-late twentysomething woman TV star is marinating on every black millennial’s timeline and on every black girl’s Instagram photo map. It’s time to go back to the drawing board or bring our fave web series to the tube, ‘cause all black girls rock, but when it comes to entertainment, we’re not all created equal.
While there were some moments we were able to anticipate, there were some major surprises in last night’s episode. Check out the best moments.
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Last night’s episode of “Scandal” had its moments. There was Abby checking the hell out of Elizabeth North…(that girl is still trying to find her place in the administration). There was that gut-wrenching scene when Cyrus’ now-husband Michael sat down with his parents for dinner. In case you missed it, Michael’s father told him that it made him sick to his stomach to look, sit and eat with him. And then, perhaps most memorably, there was the moment when Cyrus told Michael that even though their marriage was something like a sham, he was dedicated to doing what he could to “be his person” in a world where he’d been abandoned by everyone he loved. With Stevie Wonder crooning “All In Love Is Fair,” it was a very special moment.
Oh…and there was also Olivia wearing Fitz’s grandmother’s ring at the wedding…whatever.
In case my tone is elluding you right now, please know that I am not #TeamOlitz. Everyone is always telling me how much Fitz loves her but all of his actions seem to suggest that he loves the presidency even more. He’s had plenty of opportunities to step away from the power and the limelight. But he fails every.single.time. These two legitimately make me sick.
So, you can imagine my delight when Jake Ballard was introduced as one of Olivia’s new love interests. Unlike FItz, he was willing to leave it all behind for her, is always the one protecting her–except in this recent kidnapping thing…he did try though–and a relationship between these two is just far more probable and less dysfunctional…if such a thing exists on this show.
Anyway, last night after the show ended there was a teaser for next week’s episode and real talk, those 20 seconds got more of a rise out of me than the entire hour-long episode that preceded it.
In case you missed it, here it is.
What the hell?!
In my mind I know that there’s a great possibility that #Olake might never be a permanent thing. But to make him flip out like this, threatening to kill Olivia and all is just too much for me. I’m hoping that Shondaland is trying to throw us off the trail with this one because it just seems completely out of character.
Jake has spent at least two seasons trying to be the one Olivia loves and now, all of a sudden he’s trying to take her out? I’m just not buying it. And while we’re on this topic, am I the only one who’s noticed that there seems to be some gross character inconsistencies as of late? I’m still trying to determine why Huck had to kill Sue, Lena Dunham’s character, last week. We know Huck is a little off balance but we’ve never seen him kill anybody all willy nilly. Never. I know some would argue that there was a possibility that she could talk but the same could be said for a lot of people Huck knows. It was too much…and out of character.
With story lines that have Olivia fighting to break out of a fake prison, Olivia and Fitz doing that same tired dance and Huck slitting people’s throats, I’m wondering if the ratings are dropping simply because people can’t seem to follow all the various and seemingly “unrealistic” character paths right now.
It’s nice to know that Kerry Washington is as dedicated to Thursday nights as her loyal gladiators. In a recent interview with Net-A-Porter’s The Edit, the 38-year-old explained that she doesn’t have much of a social life when the show is in season because her Thursday night plans revolve around being available to live tweet the show and interact with fans.
“Oh yes, I have no social life on a Thursday!” she confessed.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering how this all worked out in the weeks leading up to her daughter’s birth nearly one year ago, Washington had this to say:
“Every Thursday within three weeks of my [daughter Isabelle’s] due date, I loaded up pre-tweets based on the episodes and what I would want to say.”
Interestingly, the wife and mom happened to be in labor while the show was on and do you know what she did? She tweeted!
“I tweeted in the very early stages of my labor,” she shared before confessing to her bizarre reason for doing so.
“I figured that if I went completely silent on social media, then people would know I was in the hospital!”
It has been nearly three years since “Scandal” first debuted on ABC, and the show’s protagonist Olivia Pope has been widely praised as well as criticized. When asked if there was anything she disliked about the political heroine, Washington expressed that there are many of Olivia’s choice’s that she disagrees with.
“I love her. To me she’s like family, and with family, it doesn’t matter if you like them or not, you love them no matter what. I don’t always agree with her choices, but I have a lot of compassion for them.”
As for one of the drastic differences that exist between herself and her character, Kerry said that it would have to be her willingness to address her issues.
“I do a lot of therapy! Not to say that I have it all together, but I think I have a little bit more awareness about my behavior patterns and I do the work it takes to get out of them.”
Scandal’s ratings have dropped to an all-time low this season!
The Wrap reports viewership of the ABC drama decreased 11 percent last Thursday, placing the entire network in second place for ratings that night; CBS came in first place thanks to the NCAA tournament. It is said Scandal’s ratings usually drop during this time of year because the majority of its college-age viewers are on Spring Break. Surprisingly though, Nielsen TV ratings for Scandal were still low despite millennial actress and producer Lena Dunham (Girls) —who is usually marketed to mid-to late-20-somethings — appearing on the show in a guest role.
After its sister show Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal received 8 million viewers last Thursday. Though that’s still a decent number, it’s a 4 million decline from the season premiere in September leading to some to believe Scandal’s storyline doesn’t have more room to develop and is becoming a bore to viewers.
Do you agree or have you been a faithful Gladiator?
Olivia is still greatly traumatized by being abducted. And she is spending her days bolted up in her apartment. And while she would love to stay in there, Washington just can’t seem to run smoothly without her and she keeps getting called out to handle several crises. Check out the most memorable moments from the show.