History Series / Scandal

13th Oct '17 12:26:38 PM MikeW
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** Mellie, but only during her quest for/reign as First Lady. Not only did she [[spoiler: rig the election]], but before that, she faked a miscarriage to win the female vote for the Grant campaign. Then, as the unhappy First Lady, she made attempts to expand her power by demanding to be included in security meetings and stating her opinion on issues, which would put Fitz in compromising positions. Her and Fitzís marriage also suffered as a result of her power struggle and the only reason she ever fought for Fitzís love again was because she blamed Olivia for not keeping Fitz happy and him sleeping with Amanda Tanner as a consequence. To top it all off, while sheís campaigning as Senator of Virginia, she gives [[spoiler: Rowan the names of the jurors on the B613 case, leading to the death of all 16 jurors, in exchange for hiding Fitz's involvement in Operation Remington and the photos of their extramarital affairs (though she didnít know what the names would be used for when she provided them).]] In season 5, she announced she would be running for president, with no evil plans, as of yet.

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** Mellie, but only during her quest for/reign as First Lady. Not only did she [[spoiler: rig the election]], but before that, she faked a miscarriage to win the female vote for the Grant campaign. Then, as the unhappy First Lady, she made attempts to expand her power by demanding to be included in security meetings and stating her opinion on issues, which would put Fitz in compromising positions. Her and Fitzís marriage also suffered as a result of her power struggle and the only reason she ever fought for Fitzís love again was because she blamed Olivia for not keeping Fitz happy and him sleeping with Amanda Tanner as a consequence. To top it all off, while sheís campaigning as Senator of Virginia, she gives [[spoiler: Rowan the names of the jurors on the B613 case, leading to the death of all 16 jurors, in exchange for hiding Fitz's involvement in Operation Remington and the photos of their extramarital affairs (though she didnít didn’t know what the names would be used for when she provided them).]] In season 5, she announced she would be running for president, with no evil plans, as of yet.


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* SpotTheImposter: A common bit, usually Huck's experience in black ops allowing him to realize when someone isn't what they say he is.
** At a White House dinner, Huck sees a man in a Navy uniform but his medals are out of place and he's really a killer out to assassinate a visiting dignitary.
3rd Oct '17 11:48:35 AM MikeW
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** After a ton of mystery and fake-outs, it finally turns out in the season 7 finale that [[spoiler: Luna Vargas was the one behind the killing of her own husband right after he was elected. She planned to use the controversy to somehow end up being named President herself, arguing "imagine what Jackie Kennedy could have done as President after Dallas" and she would have done much better by her husband's agenda.]]
29th Sep '17 7:38:52 PM Nyame
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* EvilerThanThou: [[spoiler:Luna Vargas managed to manipulate Eli Pope into assassinating her own husband to jumpstart her own political career and become "Jackie Kennedy in her blood-stained pink Chanel shirt", but when it comes down to it, she's nowhere near the cutthroat bitch that Olivia Pope is, who blackmails her into committing suicide]].



* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Frankie Vargas is this, even more so than Susan Ross, as far as politicians go. He's HappilyMarried, devoted to the people, and really the only black mark he has is his brother, who is every bit as cutthroat and dirty as Olivia and Cyrus are. Even Cyrus starts to see him as a more than just another ticket to the political Olympus called the White House. [[spoiler:Though that didn't stop him from manipulating the guy's wife so he could have the Presidency for himself]].



* LandslideElection: Fitz with the second election because [[spoiler: his son died]].

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* LandslideElection: Fitz with the second election because [[spoiler: his son died]]. Rather understandably, to him, it's a hollow victory.



** [[spoiler:Though he died before he could find out, Frankie Vargas' assassination was masterminded by his own wife]].



* PlausibleDeniability: [[spoiler:Cyrus was the true orchestrator of Frankie Vargas' assassination and all the trouble that came with it, as he deliberately planted the scenario that spurned on Luna Vargas into masterminding this plot so ''she'' could be President. However, since he wasn't directly involved in it any fashion, and was even framed and briefly imprisoned for it (to the detriment of his marriage with Michael), Olivia can't nail him for it (though, admittedly, she wasn't particularly concerned with doing so at the time)]].



* TrueLoveIsBoring: After several obstacles, [[spoiler: Olivia and Fitz at last get together in the fourth season finale, but don't even last a full season.]]

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* TrueLoveIsBoring: After several obstacles, [[spoiler: Olivia and Fitz at last get together in the fourth season finale, but don't even last a full season.]] And even before that, Fitz has made several attempts to compromise and even given up his Presidency for Olivia, but is left unable to due to the ambitions and machinations of those who surround him, including Olivia herself]].
26th Sep '17 3:04:20 PM Nyame
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* HateAtFirstSight: Fitz wanted Olivia fired from the Grant campaign for citing his and Mellie's aloofness towards each other as a reason for their low numbers.


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* LoveAtFirstSight: Fitz wanted Olivia fired from the Grant campaign for citing his and Mellie's aloofness towards each other as a reason for their low numbers. She was one foot out the door, Cyrus forced him to rehire her lest he lose him too, and Fitz confronted her and admitted he had agreed with every word she said. ''That's'' when Olivia realized the ''real'' reason he wanted to fire her. Cue awkward scuttling away.
26th Sep '17 11:13:08 AM Nyame
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* PosthumousCharacter: Big Jerry, Fitz's father, who, despite being dead at the beginning of the series and seen only in flashbacks, has a lasting impact on the Grant Administration. [[spoiler:He was the main reason why Olivia agreed to go along with Defiance, so Fitz could finally show up his father for once in his life. He's also the reason why Fitz and Mellie's marriage died -- he raped the latter, who kept her mouth shut and didn't tell her husband and anyone else so they could maintain a good relationship. This caused Mellie to emotionally and physically withdraw herself from Fitz, killing their marriage. Fitz himself admits that if that hadn't happened, he wouldn't have given anyone, not even Olivia, a second glance]].
26th Sep '17 11:04:07 AM Nyame
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** Mellie and Fitz in the flashbacks of their marriage. Played with in season four, as while they weren't in love with each other, they became best friends as a married couple and weren't planning on splitting up until at least Fitz's term was over.

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** Mellie and Fitz in the flashbacks of their marriage. [[spoiler:After Big Jerry's assault on Mellie]], though, the former started withdrawing herself from Fitz. Fitz admits that if she hadn't done that, they would've remained HappilyMarried, and he wouldn't have given any other woman, including Olivia, a second glance. Played with in season four, as while they weren't in love with each other, they became best friends as a married couple and weren't planning on splitting up until at least Fitz's term was over.



** This is the obvious image Mellie is supposed to have as First Lady.

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** This is the obvious image Mellie is supposed to have as First Lady. Mellie, being every bit as brilliant and independent as Olivia herself is, absolutely ''hates'' it.



* LoveMartyr: Mellie, by all counts. Her husband is a cheater and, by the time they got divorced, had been cheating on her for around six-seven years, yet she had remained faithful for (almost) the entire time. And even before then, she didn't just give up her career as a lawyer to help his as governor, but perhaps the biggest sacrifice she made was [[spoiler: keeping the fact that Big Jerry raped her a secret from him so that he and his father could maintain a good relationship.]]

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* LoveMartyr: Mellie, by all counts. Her husband is a cheater and, by the time they got divorced, had been cheating on her for around six-seven years, yet she had remained faithful for (almost) the entire time. And even before then, she didn't just give up her career as a lawyer to help his as governor, but perhaps the biggest sacrifice she made was [[spoiler: keeping [[spoiler:keeping the fact that Big Jerry raped her a secret from him so that he and his father could maintain a good relationship.]]relationship. It wasn't at a cost though -- Mellie gradually withdrew from Fitz afterwards, both emotionally and physically, and it eventually killed their marriage]].
23rd Sep '17 4:56:41 PM Nyame
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* ChekhovsGun: The glass of water Olivia drank for [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail 17 seconds]] while being [[spoiler: held captive]]. She used it to get someone to notice the reflection of the man behind the video.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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The glass of water Olivia drank for [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail 17 seconds]] while being [[spoiler: held captive]]. She used it to get someone to notice the reflection of the man behind the video.video.
** [[spoiler:With Mellie under the threat of assassination during her inauguration, soon-to-be Vice-President Luna Vargas asks that her children not be on stage just in case something goes wrong. The ceremony goes off without a hitch, and the assassin, Maya Pope, who changed their target to her employer, is thwarted. When OPA is reviewing the seating chart while figuring out who Maya Pope was going to shoot if she wasn't aiming for Mellie, Olivia notes that Luna was in the line-of-sight, and reviews the footage of Frankie Vargas's assassination. Guess who's not on stage]].



* ChildByRape: [[spoiler: Mellie suspects Jerry IV is Big Jerryís son, rather than Fitzís]].

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* ChildByRape: [[spoiler: Mellie suspects Jerry IV is Big Jerryís son, rather than Fitzís]].Fitzís. He isn't, though Fitz admits he wouldn't have cared either way]].



** Olivia: [[spoiler: Her father is the head of B613 and that she rigged an election.]]

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** Olivia: [[spoiler: Her father is the head of B613 and that she rigged an election. There's also her on-and-off affair with Fitz -- it was Mellie finding out about the affair and notifying Olivia that caused the latter to resign from the White House and break the relationship off.]]



** In season 5, Cyrus is convinced Vargas is sleeping with a reporter and goes so far as to have her beat up to drive her away from the campaign. When Vargas finds out, he's horrified not just by what Cyrus did but his assumption Vargas was like Fitz as he makes it clear he's happily married and would never cheat on his wife.

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** In season 5, Cyrus is convinced Vargas is sleeping with a reporter and goes so far as to have her beat up to drive her away from the campaign. When Vargas finds out, he's horrified not just by what Cyrus did but his assumption Vargas was like Fitz as he makes it clear he's happily married and would never cheat on his wife. [[spoiler:Of course, post-Season Six, it seems happy marriage wasn't enough to stop Luna Vargas from assassinating her own husband so she could have the Preaidency for herself. Of course, if you believe Luna's justifications for her actions (which, while emotionally charged, are honestly rather flimsy at best), they were ''so'' happily married that she wanted to ensure that his promises for the campaign were met and that his ideas didn't "die on the vine" thanks to political compromise, by any means necessary]].
30th Aug '17 10:33:53 AM GrammarNavi
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** "Dead in the Water" has a major Series/Sherlock ShoutOut as Huck's "mind palace" is the conference room of OPA as he [[spoilers: struggles to free himself from a car sinking in water]]. There's even a math equation on the Big Board. Other parts of the episode salute the works of AlfredHitchcock, including Film/Psycho and Film/Vertigo.

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** "Dead in the Water" has a major Series/Sherlock ShoutOut as Huck's "mind palace" is the conference room of OPA as he [[spoilers: struggles to free himself from a car sinking in water]]. There's even a math equation on the Big Board. Other parts of the episode salute the works of AlfredHitchcock, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, including Film/Psycho ''Film/Psycho'' and Film/Vertigo.''Film/Vertigo''.
26th Aug '17 12:38:55 PM belahorizon
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* ButNotTooBlack: Played straight with all of the black members of the show--Olivia, Harrison, Rowan and Marcus--even though [[ButNotTooWhite none of them are necessarily light-skinned either]].
* CaliforniaDoubling: California doubles as Washington, D.C.



-->'''Olivia''': It's handled / EARN ME!

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-->'''Olivia''': It's handled / EARN ME!handled.
22nd Aug '17 9:10:04 AM belahorizon
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* BigBad: Rowan, for Seasons 1-5. [[spoiler:Luna Vargas]] for Season 6, though it wasn't revealed until the finale. The Season 6 finale suggests that the BigBad for the final season will be [[spoiler:Olivia herself]].

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* BigBad: BigBad:
** [[spoiler:Billy Chambers]] for season one and the second half of season two.
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Rowan, for Seasons 1-5. 3-5.
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[[spoiler:Luna Vargas]] for Season 6, though it wasn't revealed until the finale. finale.
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The Season 6 finale suggests that the BigBad for the final season will be [[spoiler:Olivia herself]].
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