History Series / Scandal

26th Jun '16 2:05:22 PM belahorizon
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** Largely averted in Olivia's case with both Fitz and Jake. This was because Shonda Rhimes wanted to make the fact that Olivia and Fitz were an interracial couple as minimal as possible.
** In-universe, however, when she and Fitz go public, the fact that Olivia is black and Fitz is white is only a problem for the media/general public. The interracial aspect of their relationship isn't conspicuously stated by the media, but rather they use Dog-Whistle Politics to imply that Olivia is a "sassy, well-spoken" black woman who likes to get with powerful, particularly ''white'', men. The show further indicates that there is more outrage that Fitz slept with a black woman than one of his own race when Olivia is hit with racist and sexist comments.

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** Largely averted in Olivia's case with both Fitz and Jake. Jake before her and the former go public. This was because Shonda Rhimes wanted to make the fact that Olivia and Fitz were an interracial couple as minimal as possible.
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** Out of the main cast, however, Rowan is the only one to have a problem with Olivia and Fitz's relationship on the basis of race. He believes that Fitz's status as the white male President of the United States versus Olivia's as a black woman set her up for failure when she is accused of sleeping with the President.
--->'''Rowan''': He told you that you would be First Lady and ''you'' believed him! Did I not raise you for better? How many times have I told you that you have to be what? You have to be... what?
--->'''Olivia''': Twice...
--->'''Rowan''': WHAT?!
--->'''Olivia''': Twice as good.
--->'''Rowan''': Twice as good as them to get ''half'' of what they have.
** In-universe, however, when she and Fitz go public, the fact that Olivia is black and Fitz is white is only a problem for the media/general public. The interracial aspect of their relationship isn't conspicuously stated by the media, but rather they use Dog-Whistle Politics to imply that Olivia is a "sassy, well-spoken" black woman who likes to get with powerful, particularly ''white'', men. The show further indicates that there is more outrage that Fitz slept with a black woman than one of his own race when Olivia is hit with racist and sexist comments.
26th Jun '16 12:39:10 PM belahorizon
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26th Jun '16 12:39:09 PM belahorizon
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** Fitz has Jake go undercover as an average guy interested in Olivia, but having Jake sleep with Olivia and fall in love with her wasn't a part of his plan.
** Virtually the same happens to Elizabeth, although David sleeping with Susan ''was'' part of her scheme.

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** Fitz Elizabeth has Jake go undercover as an average guy interested in Olivia, but having Jake sleep with Olivia David seduce and fall date Susan, although the two falling in love with her each other wasn't a part of his plan.
** Virtually the same happens to Elizabeth, although David sleeping with Susan ''was'' part of
her scheme.scheme, considering that Elizabeth herself is in love wit David.
26th Jun '16 12:35:00 PM belahorizon
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** Mellie is an expert at forging Fitz's signature.

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** Mellie is an expert at forging Fitz's signature.signature, having forged [[spoiler:his request to be reinstated as President and Rowan and Tom's release from prison]].
26th Jun '16 12:27:14 PM belahorizon
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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 force Fitz in a tough spot. 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 Rowan not leaking photos of her and Fitzís extramarital affairs, and for not leaking Fitz's involvement in Remington(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.
** Cyrus. He was also a part of [[spoiler: election rigging so that Fitz could win the presidency, which would effectively make him Chief of Staff.]] And in Season 5, he approaches Fitz about [[DoNotGoGentle leaving office with a bang]], but Fitz isn't interested. So, he scouts for a potential candidate for the next election, Francisco Vargas, and even puts the poor guy in a life-or-death situation so that he could gain some political capital for when he runs for president (which he also convinces Francisco into doing by lying).

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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 force Fitz in a tough spot. 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 Rowan not leaking photos of her and Fitzís extramarital affairs, and for not leaking hiding Fitz's involvement in Remington(though 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.
** Cyrus. He was also a part of [[spoiler: election rigging so that Fitz could win the presidency, which would effectively make him Chief of Staff.]] And in Season 5, he approaches Fitz about [[DoNotGoGentle leaving office with a bang]], but Fitz isn't interested. So, he scouts for a potential candidate for the next election, Francisco Vargas, and even puts the poor guy in a life-or-death situation so that he could gain some political capital for when he runs for president (which he also convinces Francisco into doing by lying). He puts his feelings for Tom aside to reunite with Michael and Ella now that he is [[spoiler:Vargas' running mate and therefore Mellie's rival]].
21st Jun '16 10:41:19 PM ClaryD
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** David when Susan found out that he's been cheating on her with Liz North and only began sleeping with her to begin with to convince her to do what Liz wants. Though, the move has since led him to [[spoiler: grow genuine feelings for her]].

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** David when Susan found out that he's been cheating on her with Liz North and only began sleeping with her to begin with to convince her to do what Liz wants. Though, the move has since led him to [[spoiler: grow genuine feelings for her]].
21st Jun '16 10:34:11 PM ClaryD
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** [[spoiler: Russel]] in "Baby It's Ccld Outside." [[spoiler: He had started Lazarus One to get B6-13 back to before Rowan "lost his way." Jake finds out and shoots him in the head, mostly since Russel had killed Jake's wife.]]
** [[spoiler: Andrew Nichols]] in "Thwack." [[spoiler: He recovered from his Huck-induced stoke enough to start talking about kidnapping Olivia to start a war. After insulting Olivia one too many times, she kills him with a chair. Rather violently.]]

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** [[spoiler: Russel]] in "Baby It's Ccld Cold Outside." [[spoiler: He had started Lazarus One to get B6-13 back to before Rowan "lost his way." Jake finds out and shoots him in the head, mostly since Russel had killed Jake's wife.]]
** [[spoiler: Andrew Nichols]] in "Thwack." [[spoiler: He recovered from his Huck-induced stoke stroke enough to start talking about kidnapping Olivia to start a war. After insulting Olivia one too many times, she kills him with a chair. Rather violently.]]
21st Jun '16 10:30:38 PM ClaryD
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** Olivia too. [[spoiler: Fixing an election]] is pretty dark, but she was the most reluctant and was the only one who didn't do it for power. [[spoiler: She also killed someone, although it is more or less [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as it was in a life-or-death situation.]] But as of season five, Olivia is seemingly going down the darker path, having [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide driven Susan's secret baby daddy to suicide]] to get him to publicize that he is Casey's actual father, effectively tearing a family apart,]] though Olivia eventually learns that it's wrong. But it doesn't end there, as in the subsequent episode "Thwack!", [[spoiler: she bludgeons Andrew's to death with a chair while experiencing PTSD when he taunts her]]. Also arguably justified because the PTSD was from [[spoiler: when he had her kidnapped, so perhaps his death was [[BestServedCold revenge]]]].

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** Olivia too. [[spoiler: Fixing an election]] is pretty dark, but she was the most reluctant and was the only one who didn't do it for power. [[spoiler: She also killed someone, although it is more or less [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as it was in a life-or-death situation.]] But as of season five, Olivia is seemingly going down the darker path, having [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide driven Susan's secret baby daddy to suicide]] to get him to publicize that he is Casey's actual father, effectively tearing a family apart,]] though Olivia eventually learns that it's wrong. But it doesn't end there, as in the subsequent episode "Thwack!", [[spoiler: she bludgeons Andrew's Andrew to death with a chair while experiencing PTSD when he taunts her]]. Also arguably justified because the PTSD was from [[spoiler: when he had her kidnapped, so perhaps his death was [[BestServedCold revenge]]]].



** 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 force Fitz in a tough spot. 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 Rowan not leaking photos of her and Fitzís 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 force Fitz in a tough spot. 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 Rowan not leaking photos of her and Fitzís extramarital affairs (though affairs, and for not leaking Fitz's involvement in Remington(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.



** Fitz in the third season finale. [[spoiler: He's determined to lose his reelection, learns that his wife was raped by his father, his son dies, he finds out that his death was a murder and the love of his life leaves him to live on an island with another man.]] The only thing that comes out good from the fiasco is that he does wins the election in the end and that was only out of sympathy.

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** Fitz in the third season finale. [[spoiler: He's determined to lose his reelection, re-election, learns that his wife was raped by his father, his son dies, he finds out that his death was a murder and the love of his life leaves him to live on an island with another man.]] The only thing that comes out good from the fiasco is that he does wins the election in the end and that was only out of sympathy.



** [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]] by Jake, who used to be against B613, but then [[spoiler: became the ''head'' of the organization and killed at least three people while in the position]]. And it happens again, between season four and five, as in the former, [[spoiler: he figured out who killed Fitz's son, tried to rescue Olivia and encouraged shutting down B613]]. But in season five, he crosses over to the dark side again, having [[spoiler: killed the head of the NSA's husband so he could take her role and works for Rowan Pope again.]]

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** [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]] by Jake, who used to be against B613, but then [[spoiler: became the ''head'' of the organization and killed at least three people while in the position]]. And it happens again, between season four and five, as in the former, [[spoiler: he figured out who killed Fitz's son, tried to rescue Olivia and encouraged shutting down B613]]. But in season five, he crosses over to the dark side again, having [[spoiler: killed the head of the NSA's husband boyfriend so he could take her role and works for Rowan Pope again.]]



** Implied to be happening with Olivia. It starts in "The Miseducation of Susan Ross," in which she scares Susan's husband into [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide killing himself]] when he refuses to publicly disclose that he is her daughter's real father]]. She quickly realizes this is wrong, but the White Hat is officially set on fire when she [[spoiler: pounds Andrew's face with a chair, killing him.]]

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** Implied to be happening with Olivia. It starts in "The Miseducation of Susan Ross," in which she scares Susan's husband into [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide killing himself]] when he refuses to publicly disclose that he is her daughter's real father]]. She quickly realizes this is wrong, but the White Hat is officially set on fire when she [[spoiler: pounds Andrew's face in with a chair, killing him.]]
15th Jun '16 1:11:02 PM belahorizon
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** A large part of Season Two's backstory involves one including [[spoiler:Olivia, First Lady Mellie Grant, Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene, Hollis Doyle, and Supreme Court Justice Verna Thornton. All five of these people were part of Fitzgerald Grant's election campaign, and all worked together on an election rigging conspiracy for various personal reasons: Hollis for the business connections, Mellie to be First Lady, Cyrus to be the President's adviser, and Verna Thornton to get on the Supreme Court. Olivia did it for Fitz. Hollis Doyle got a company called Cytron to rig several voting machines in a small county in Ohio named Defiance; the machines gave two-thirds of the vote to Fitz no matter how the county actually voted. Quinn/Lindsay Dwyer's framing was related to this conspiracy because her boyfriend, who had been Doyle's contact at Cytron, was a liability and had to be taken out, and Lindsay made the perfect patsy. Olivia, however, could not bear to see Lindsay's life be destroyed over something she felt was her mistake, so she arranged for Huck to abduct Linsday and give her a new life as Quinn.]]
** A second conspiracy is revealed in the first half of Season Four. [[spoiler: It involves getting Fitz to get America involved in a war in West Angola. Two teenage girls are killed to hide the conspiracy, bringing in OPA's involvement. The plan includes blowing up the Vice President's limo and forcing Cyrus to resign as Chief of Staff. When these do not work, Olivia is kidnapped. Vice President Andrew Nichols asks Fitz how far he would go to get back something he loved, ending with "how you likin' that war now, sir?"]]

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** A large part of Season Two's backstory involves one including [[spoiler:Olivia, First Lady Mellie Grant, [[spoiler: Involving Olivia, Cyrus, Mellie, Hollis, Verna and Lindsay Dwyer--unwillingly. The five conspired to rig the election in Fitz's favor, unbeknownst to him. Cyrus did it for the position as Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene, Hollis Doyle, and Staff, Mellie as First Lady, Verna as Fitz's Supreme Court Justice Verna Thornton. All five of these people were part of Fitzgerald Grant's election campaign, pick and all worked together on an election rigging conspiracy for various personal reasons: Hollis for the business connections, Mellie to be First Lady, Cyrus to be the President's adviser, and Verna Thornton to get on the Supreme Court.$2 billion pipeline. Olivia did it for Fitz. Hollis Doyle got hired a worker from the Cytron company, Jesse, to tamper with a voting machine in Defiance county, Ohio. However, when Jesse learned that he would only be getting $5 million from Hollis, while Hollis would be receiving $2 billion from the pipeline, he threatned to expose him. Thus, Hollis had the Cytron company called Cytron to rig several voting machines in a small county in Ohio named Defiance; the machines gave two-thirds of the vote to Fitz no matter how the county actually voted. Quinn/Lindsay Dwyer's framing was related to this conspiracy because her boyfriend, who had been Doyle's contact at Cytron, was a liability bombed. When Olivia and had to be taken out, and Verna learn that Jesse's girlfriend Lindsay made would go down for the perfect patsy. Olivia, however, could not bear to see Lindsay's life be destroyed over something she felt was bombing, they kidnapped Lindsay, brought her mistake, so she arranged for Huck to abduct Linsday Washington, D.C. and give changed her a new life as Quinn.name to Quinn Perkins.]]
** A second conspiracy [[spoiler:President Fitzgerald Grant's assassination attempt, which is revealed in effectively an extension to Defiance. Verna hired B613 agent and Huck's girlfriend Becky as the first half of Season Four. [[spoiler: It involves getting hitman to shoot Fitz on his 50th birthday. Verna framed Hollis as the one orchestrating the assassination attempt, while Becky individually framed Huck for shooting the president. On her death bed, Verna admits to get America involved in a war in West Fitz that she hired Becky to kill him because she felt that she wronged the American public for making him president and that she would be confessing to the cops about the assassination attempt and Defiance. To prevent this from happening, Fitz kills her.]]
** [[spoiler:West
Angola. Two teenage girls are killed to hide the conspiracy, bringing in OPA's involvement. The plan includes blowing up the Vice President's limo RNC chairperson Elizabeth North and forcing Cyrus to resign as Chief of Staff. When these do not work, Olivia is kidnapped. Vice President VP Andrew Nichols asks both wanted Fitz how far he to invade West Angola, believing that it would go benefit the part, however Fitz refused to. They went as far as to get back something he loved, ending organized his own assassination attempt and framed the West Angolan rebels for it. Andrew alone however had Olivia kidnapped and used her to blackmail Fitz into finally declaring war, with "how you likin' that war now, sir?"]]the support of almost everybody in the White House--secret service agents, aides, secretaries, even valets and butlers--except for Elizabeth, who had no idea about his plans. He planned to keep Olivia there for three more years until Fitz's term was over, during which he planned to control Fitz or Olivia would die.]]
15th Jun '16 12:43:25 PM belahorizon
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* CannotKeepASecret:
** Olivia doesn't have the reputation of being some gossiper, but one time, she did out-and-out tell Fitz that [[spoiler: Mellie was raped]] not long before Olivia herself found out, even though Mellie didn't want Fitz to know.
** And in another time, she confesses to Mellie that [[spoiler: Jerry IV was killed Rowan]]. Why she told herówhether it was because of guilt or to twist the knifeówas never specified.
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