History Series / Scandal

14th Sep '16 6:15:19 PM belahorizon
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* AlmostKiss: Mellie and Marcus nearly kiss after [[spoiler: Mellie is declared the Republican nominee in the general election.]]


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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Fitz declares war on West Angola--against the better judgement from Cyrus and other advisers because of the lack of intel and causalities it may result in--so that [[spoiler: he could rescue Olivia]].


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* ClosedDoorRapport: Often happens at Olivia's door between her and Fitz or Jake.


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* EquivalentExchange: David gives up the Cytron card to have his job back.


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* GoodPowersBadPeople: The government as a whole. It may work for the people, but [[spoiler: rigging their votes (Cyrus, Olivia, Mellie and Verna) and sending troops to war to get a girl back (Fitz)]] doesn't really serve them. But perhaps Fitz's bills the Brandon Bill and Equal Pay, made up for that decision?


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* HeroicSacrifice: Fitz almost makes one for Elizabeth, Cyrus, Olivia, Mellie and Abby by confessing on TV that the real reason for the war in West Angola was [[spoiler: to get Olivia back after Andrew had her kidnapped]] because he felt responsible as the one who chose Andrew to be his running mate in the first place.
14th Sep '16 6:09:03 PM belahorizon
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** Vicariously seen by Rowan with his daughter Olivia and 'son' Jake. Whatever power they gain is power that he gains, hence why he forces Jake to became the Head of the NSA, marry Vanessa and the potential running mate to Francisco Vargas against his will.



* GoneHorriblyWrong: David's attempt at being like Olivia Pope in season four by blackmailing a Senate judge into voting to make him Attorney General. While he is successful in blackmailing him, the guy ends up killing himself, which usually isn't the outcome when Olivia wins.
-->'''David''': I was trying to be Olivia Pope, and I killed him.

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: GoneHorriblyWrong:
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David's attempt at being like Olivia Pope in season four by blackmailing a Senate judge into voting to make him Attorney General. While he is successful in blackmailing him, the guy ends up killing himself, which usually isn't the outcome when Olivia wins.
-->'''David''': --->'''David''': I was trying to be Olivia Pope, and I killed him.him.
** Fitz's [[spoiler: impeachment trial]] on Mellie's part. While initially working to quell her resentment for her ex-husband, the trial backfires on her when the Senate judges expose her for knowing that Olivia was Fitz's mistress, not Jeanine Locke.



* MistakenForMurderer: James suspects that [[spoiler: Cyrus may have killed Daniel Douglas.]]

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* MistakenForMurderer: MistakenForMurderer:
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James suspects that [[spoiler: Cyrus may have killed Daniel Douglas.]]]]
** Mellie thought Liz North was the one who [[spoiler: killed Andrew]], given her insistence to do so.



** Scratch that, all of them are. Fitz, being the President and all, just has it the worst, but that doesn't mean others like Mellie and Olivia don't have it hard.



** Olivia delivers a major speech to Fitz when he declared war on West Angola [[spoiler: all to get her back.]]



** The case with just about everyone in power (with the exception of Susan and arguably Fitz), really.



* WomanScorned: When Becky finds out that Huck is planning on [[spoiler: taking her down]], she retaliates by murdering a family that he considers dear to him!

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* WomanScorned: WomanScorned:
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When Becky finds out that Huck is planning on [[spoiler: taking her down]], she retaliates by murdering a family that he considers dear to him!him!
** Mellie. In the second season, fed up with Fitz's cheating, she exposes him on live television. Fitz isn't too worried about it, but Cyrus on the other hand couldn't have been more stressed. Then, in the fifth season, when [[spoiler:Elizabeth North]] exposed Fitz for cheating on Mellie with Olivia, which is subsequently confirmed by the homewrecker herself, Mellie demands that Fitz goes on campaign stops with her, gives her the Santa Barbara house and for Olivia to keep her name, to name a few. Regardless, none of it satisfies her until she votes to [[spoiler: hold an impeachment trial]].
14th Sep '16 5:57:54 PM belahorizon
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* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: James is shot and killed]]

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* BuryYourGays: BuryYourGays:
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[[spoiler: James is shot and killed]]killed by Jake.]]
** [[spoiler: Daniel Douglas is stabbed by Sally.]]
29th Aug '16 5:06:52 PM avengecharlie
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*BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: James is shot and killed]]
21st Aug '16 12:56:26 PM nombretomado
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** As noted on Twitter, the final scene of "First Lady Sings the Blues" with [[spoiler: Olivia and Russell]] in bed and she puts a gun to his head, is very similar to a scene between EddieMurphy and Jasmine Guy in Film/HarlemNights.

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** As noted on Twitter, the final scene of "First Lady Sings the Blues" with [[spoiler: Olivia and Russell]] in bed and she puts a gun to his head, is very similar to a scene between EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy and Jasmine Guy in Film/HarlemNights.
7th Aug '16 9:49:09 PM belahorizon
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* DoubleEntendre: ''Scandal'' refers to the crises that OPA and also the ones that the Grant administration embroiled in.

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* DoubleEntendre: ''Scandal'' refers to the crises that OPA Olivia Pope & Associates handles and also the ones that Olivia herself is embroiled in with the Grant administration embroiled in.administration
7th Aug '16 8:30:37 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 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 force put Fitz in a tough spot.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.



** Andrew also. He broke up with Mellie, so that he could remain on the Grant ticket as VP, which perhaps isnít as bad, given that Olivia convinced him that Mellie wouldnít want him if he wasnít on the ticket. But his ambition definitely got to the best of him when [[spoiler: he had Olivia kidnapped so that Fitz could declare war in West Angola.]]

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** Andrew also. He broke up with Mellie, so that he could remain on the Grant ticket as VP, which perhaps isnít isn’t as bad, given that Olivia convinced him that Mellie wouldnít want him if he wasnít on the ticket. But his ambition definitely got to the best of him when [[spoiler: he had Olivia kidnapped so that Fitz could declare war in West Angola.]]
19th Jul '16 2:59:47 PM morenohijazo
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!!! Tropes found in ''Scandal'':

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!!! !! Tropes found in ''Scandal'':''Scandal'':


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* DefectorFromParadise: Olivia decides to permanently leave the beautiful island she and Jake were peacefully living on to arrange Harrison's funeral in Washington, D.C.
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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