The Top 7 Things We’ll Miss About ‘Scandal’
After seven seasons, “Scandal” is coming to an end, with its series finale airing on ABC on Thursday, April 19. During its West Coast airing, the entire cast of the ABC hit — Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith Jr. and George Newbern — will take the stage of Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood for a one-night-only live staged reading of the show’s final episode.
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All proceeds from the evening will benefit The Actors Fund, a human services organization that “fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan.” The event also promises surprise guests, who will join the cast in a Q&A after the table read.
However, saying goodbye to Shonda Rhimes’s beloved Beltway series is easier said than done. Here are the top seven things we Gladiators are going to miss about “Scandal.”
1. Kerry Washington
Not only has she captivated us for seven years as the anti-heroic D.C. fixer Olivia Pope, she also became the first black woman to topline a drama in nearly 40 years. That almost didn’t happen: “The network was reading us their top choices, and it was Connie [Britton] and all white women,” recalls casting director Linda Lowy. But Rhimes was initially inspired to make “Scandal” after meeting real-life crisis manager Judy Smith, whose clientele includes Monica Lewinsky, Paula Deen, and Michael Vick. After testing Washington, Rhimes remembers, “We were all like, ‘Oh my God,’ because she’s tiny, cute, pretty, and younger — and because she was all those things, she was aware that people would underestimate her.”
2. Olivia and Fitz
The constant push and pull between Washington’s Olivia Pope and Tony Goldwyn’s married President Fitzgerald Grant cemented their status as one of the greatest “Will they or won’t they?” couples in television history. Not only has their onscreen chemistry remained palpably steamy through to the penultimate episode, but their ever-shifting moral compasses have constantly kept us guessing. “Both Fitz and Olivia have gone through and are continuing to go through a real gauntlet in their own self-awareness and their own personal journeys, and I’ve always believed if Fitz and Olivia could connect on some higher plane, they could live a very productive, healthy and happy life together,” says Goldwyn of the show’s longtime lovers. “But they both have to get through their darkness and demons to do that.”
3. Pope’s pours
Throughout its 124 episodes, “Scandal” has showcased time and time again a fine appreciation for the healing power of red wine, and we have cheered along every (thirsty) Thursday night. From now on, whenever we do cozy up in what’s now referred to as our “wine cardigans” and sip from our own 23-ounce, long-stemmed Camille Red Wine Glass from Crate & Barrel — Olivia’s exact glass of choice — we’ll be toasting the great Olivia Pope.
4. #TGIT tweets
Watching a show with a second screen — our phones — now feels like second nature, but “Scandal” was one of the first shows that became must-see-and-tweet TV, especially because the actors also live-tweeted each episode. “It also made Scandal appointment TV because you wanted to be a part of the conversation,” says Bellamy Young. “We are all theater kids and we loved it because it felt like we could feel our audience there. You could see how those scenes landed and if that joke worked or if the audience cried. People came together across the globe.”
5. Those clothes
Let’s be real — a large part of the reason why we watch “Scandal” is for the impeccable looks worn by Olivia Pope, whether she’s gallivanting around the White House in an Oscar de la Renta gown, or donning her usual armor-esque outerwear throughout D.C. “We’re kind of like sharks, because we’re always looking,” says costume designer Lyn Paolo of building Washington’s onscreen wardrobe. “We’re not completely loyal to one brand, other than the Prada purse.” We’ll just be consoling ourselves with some retail therapy at Saks, white hat in tow.
6. Bold scripts
“Scandal” has always been a steamy, surprising soap, but like Rhimes’ other shows, it’s one with a ton of social relevance. Its episodes are peppered with brave commentary on topical issues like police brutality, gun control, and women’s reproductive rights (that bold season-five episode featuring Olivia’s abortion has changed the sound of “Silent Night” for all). Says Darby Stanchfield of the scripts, “It’s always really fun for me to be a part of a show that is provocative and makes audiences think and makes audiences have conversations — conversations that hopefully will be had by other people who have other points of view because I think it’s really good for everybody to be talking and sharing ideas, and we’ve got to work it out as a nation.”
7. President Grant
No, not Fitz, but First Lady-turned-POTUS Mellie Grant, played by Bellamy Young. She beat out the Trump-like Hollis Doyle (Gregg Henry) in the fictional election, and has made major moves like filibustering a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. Despite the fact that she’s a Republican and, uhh, has ordered and supported a few executions, she does share some similarities with 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Just seeing a female in such a powerful position onscreen has brought a bit of sweet relief from our current political reality. Admits Young, “It’s just so nice that Mellie takes a moment in the oval, which they made into such a beautiful office. It’s really nice to be in a matriarchy for a minute. It’s a bit of a respite in these difficult times.”