Monthly Archives: December 2012
December 13, 2012 —
December 13, 2012 — A DARK HORSE ARISES, ON ABC’S “SCANDAL” (courtesy of ABC Media Relations)
“Blown Away” – While working in the White House, Olivia helps Vice President Sally Langston; Cyrus stumbles across the truth about James’s secret investigation; and one of Olivia’s associates struggles to come to terms with a shocking betrayal, on ABC’s Scandal,” THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
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Be sure to check back on Friday for all of the Episode Extras – Episode Extras – “Blown Away”
EPISODE 209 STARS:
- Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope
- Columbus Short as Harrison Wright
- Guillermo Diaz as Huck
- Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan
- Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins
- Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant
- Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene
- Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant
- Joshua Malina as David Rosen
“Scandal” is created by Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”). Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) are executive producers. Judy Smith is co-executive producer. “Scandal” is produced by ABC Studios.
December 12, 2012 — This past Sunday, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) broadcast the newest episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter featuring her exclusive interview with the ladies of ABC’s Scandal – the creator and executive producer, Shonda Rhimes; the star, Kerry Washington; and the inspiration behind the show, the real live Olivia Pope, Judy Smith. From the set of the hit series…
December 11, 2012 —
SCANDAL Pace (S2 Thoughts UPDATED): Calling all #GLADIATORS to help solve the “Scandal Conspiracy”!!
**SEE UPDATED THOUGHTS AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE**
December 7, 2012 — Before episode 208 aired, I posted my theories on #WhoShotFitz and why! After watching “Happy Birthday Mr. President”, we all know that Huck was revealed as the alleged shooter, but what we still don’t know is WHY!
I’ve pretty much spent the last 10 hours tweeting with GLADIATORS, listening to the ‘Scandal Revealed’ podcast, watching the afterbuzzTV Scandal Aftershow and reading reviews and recaps! Yes, I’ve been busy! Some may call me obsessed and that’s perfectly okay, but I love solving puzzles and trying to connect the dots! So…I’m pulling out my Scandalous notebook, which is really starting to resemble David Rosen’s “Beautiful Minds” wall, and revising my original theories based on last night’s episode!
If you’re reading this, hop on Twitter or sound off in the comments below if you agree or disagree on some of these theories, picked up on something I didn’t and let’s HANDLE this puzzle! Simply because I can’t wait 6 more days to find out #WhatTheHuck just happened on the best television show EVER!
Please note – I know the episode ended with viewers ASSUMING Huck was the actual shooter, but I’m still going to refer to said person as “the shooter” because I’m not sold on Huck pulling that trigger, but we’ll get to that!
Here are some questions to get the juices flowing:
- Was the attack on the President meant to ACUTALLY KILL HIM?
- If the shooting wasn’t meant to be fatal: Was it a warning and to who? Was it staged as a means to cover up something else from coming to light (i.e. the voter fraud story leaking)
- Was the President the intended target? Maybe the shooter intended to take someone else out?
- Was the shooter hired by a third party and is simply the hit man or is the shooter and conspirator the same person?
- If the shooter was hired by a third party, whose potential target WAS NOT the President, did the shooter have their own vendetta for killing Fitz and possibly changed the original plan on their own?
Theory #1 – Suspect, Hollis Doyle
- Hollis’ oil company, Doyle Energy, would benefit financially from a war in East Sudan, especially if he gets his pipeline through the country.
- In episode 202, “The Other Woman”, Hollis had a brief conversation with Cyrus in the hallway after they discovered the photo from East Sudan was a fake. Hollis made two comments to Cyrus in this scene that raised red flags for me: “You have a soul? I thought you sold that to me years ago?” and in regards to the tampered photo “Ride that photo all the way to four more years.”
- I took his comment to mean, go to war with East Sudan so I can make a ton of money when the demand for oil goes up and I’ll continue to contribute to the President’s re-election campaign.
Addition Puzzle Pieces:
- The CIA director planted the fake photo of the killings in East Sudan – the photo was presented to POTUS in the Sit Room as Intel suggesting he declare war in the region
- Cyrus spoke with the CIA assistant or intern (don’t remember which) because he was suspicious of how he was acting and notified the President
- When Fitz approached him about the photo the assistant/intern confirmed it was fake
- The President demanded the CIA director’s resignation for faking the photo, but I’m unsure what his motive would be
- Based on Hollis’ comment about the photo, it makes me think that Hollis knew it was fake also – so was he working with the CIA director to force Fitz’s hand to declare war?
- How/why he would be involved with Hollis?
- How would the CIA would benefit from Fitz pulling the trigger on the war other than Hollis bribing the CIA director to fake the photo?
- The ONLY conspicuous puzzle piece regarding Mellie’s involvement is that she seemed eager for Fitz to make the decision to go to war with East Sudan also. HOWEVER Mellie is NO WHERE ON MY SUSPECT LIST right now!
POSSIBLE SMOKING GUN
- Huck used to be in the CIA
- Charlie is former CIA and at the end of episode 206 he makes a phone call to an unknown party and says something to the extent of “I’m back in town, maybe I’ll get back into business.”
- If the CIA director and Hollis were working together to “trick” Fitz into declaring war – could this be a missing piece as to how Huck got involved with the assassination attempt?
- The assassination of the President would also help distract the press and media from the voter fraud, should it leak and the American people will be sympathetic to the fact that the president was shot.
Theory #2 – Suspect, Vice President Sally Langston
- If you look at the first person who immediately has something to gain if the sitting president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, dies or resigns – THE VICE PRESIDENT!
- Regardless of the medical outcome of Fitz’s condition, she is going to have to be sworn in temporarily!
- Serving as Commander and Chief, even if temporarily until Fitz can resume the role, it gives her the advantage to be the party’s leading nominee for the next election whether or not Fitz decides to run for re-election.
- Fitz is going to be under anesthesia during surgery, and now he’s in a coma. WHEN he wakes up, it will be a long recovery for him. There is no question that Sally Langston will HAVE to assume the role during this time. Someone has to be in charge and make decisions! (hello West Wing fans – anyone relating to this?) As much as I love Cyrus for putting the VP in her place (man that scene was brilliant), the American people didn’t elect Cyrus – they voted Grant/Langston! Well some of them did – except in Defiance, OH – but we’ll get to that too! LOL!
Addition Puzzle Pieces:
- Now, originally a big follow up question to the VP being a suspect was IS BILLY CHAMBERS DEAD? I know we all assume so, but I haven’t seen a body and this is a Shonda Rhimes show we are talking about here!! However, executive producer Betsy Beers made a comment during this week’s Scandal Revealed podcast (at the 17 minute mark) – she referenced that there were real life brothers in the same episode last season (Matt Letscher played Billy Chambers & Brian Letscher plays Tom, the Secret Service agent). She goes on to say “the two brothers ARE NOT in the show this year, only one is. That’s a big hint”. You may interpret in differently than I am, but I took that to mean that we will NOT be seeing Billy Chambers.
POSSIBLE SMOKING GUN:
- A small history lesson on the 25th Amendment (yes, I researched it)
- Section 4 of the Amendment states that:
Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide (i.e. if the Vice President and a majority vote of the cabinet – which is what happened in the episode), transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President. (i.e. the VP submits a written declaration, signed by the cabinet members, to the Senate & the House that the POTUS cannot perform his duties, the VP will take on the role of acting President – again this is how it went down last night!)
- Here’s where it gets juicy:
“Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office…”
- (i.e. the POTUS could draft a memo to the Senate & House and resume the office once he has recovered from the attack)
“…UNLESS the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office…”
- (i.e. If the VP can get the majority of the cabinet to submit another written declaration stating that they still don’t feel the POTUS can perform his job, then Fitz getting his job back becomes potentially really complicated and VERY POLITICAL BECAUSE…)
…”Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.”
- So basically if the VP can keep the cabinet in her pocket and lobby the two-thirds vote in Congress – crazy bumpkin Sally Langston will finish out the term as President and Fitz is S-O-L!
- Governor Reston, who lost the election to Fitz due to voter fraud (Episode 205, All Roads Lead to Fitz), could be involved in the shooting. Obviously he has been obsessed with losing in the two years since the election – so much so that he was willing to let his wife take the fall for murder in order to make a comeback.
- This also links back to the voter fraud – could he have found out?
- The person behind the shooting is someone we haven’t met yet, have no knowledge of and has no ties to anything that has happened thus far this season – thus taking us into another story arch.
KEY STATEMENTS THAT I THINK COULD BE HINTS:
I refer you back to the Scandal Revealed podcast (refer to the 17:50 minute mark). Executive producer Betsy Beers and Bellamy Young mention the following in regard to the coming episodes:
- Everything is going to start to come together
- Loyalties are really tested
- Alliances shift
- More will be revealed about histories and grudges
- Who means what to who
- Everything single thing that you’ve seen put into motion comes to a head
- Who’s behind killing Fitz? Do you think Huck shot Fitz? Do you really believe Huck shot Fitz? You know Huck, he’s capable of a lot.
- And if he did shoot Fitz, why? Why?, he protects Olivia. Like what’s the deal there. That’s a whole big…pull that thread!
GLADIATORS – that’s all I can put into coherent thought right now! Otherwise my brain may explode. I will continue to review my crazy episode notes and add to this as we go!
What are your thoughts? Agree? Think some of this may pan out? Think I’ve lost my mind? – Hey, Scandal will do that to you! Tweet what you think @abcSCANDALfans or comment below and pray we make it through the next six days! I’ll leave you with one thought…WHAT. THE. HUCK!
ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS (I knew I’d forget something!!)
- During the afterbuzzTV Scandal Aftershow, the hosts discussed how methodical Huck is in his crazy/scary “I know how to make you disappear and like it” actions, which I totally agree with and adds to the fact that I don’t think he was the shooter and if not what was he doing?
- Did Huck pull trigger or was he cleaning up after someone else?? He looked panicked in his movements, wasn’t wearing gloves – I mean when have we seen Huck approach a killing or crime scene disposal without being absolutely, eerily calm and methodical? WE HAVEN’T!
- Even his clothes…there was not attempt at stealthness or disguise there. It almost appeared that he was out on said date and had to show up quickly! He wasn’t dressed prepared to get away!
- In the promo for episode 209 we hear Olivia as Huck “What did you do?” and Huck’s response: “I did what I was trained to do”…He’s NOT a sniper! We’ve seen him kill up close, torture his victims. Even in episode 105, “Crash & Burn” when Amanda Tanner turns up missing, he describes exactly what happened to her and when Olivia asks him how he knows, he says “That’s how I would do it.”
December 6, 2012 — TV Fanatic staff writer, Miranda Wicker, gathered questions from ‘Scandal’ GLADIATORS this week prior to sitting down with actress Kerry Washington for a special Q&A session. Check out the interview to read answers straight from our favorite fixer!
December 6, 2012 — The Hollywood Reporter’s Lesley Goldberg reports that ‘Scandal’ POTUS, Tony Goldwyn, is scheduled to direct an upcoming episode of the ABC series sophomore season.
‘Scandal’ President Tony Goldwyn to Direct Upcoming Episode (Exclusive)
The gig gives the actor-director-producer a clean sweep behind the camera of all three Shonda Rhimes series. (courtesy of Lesley Goldberg and THR.com)
Tony Goldwyn has completed the Shondaland trifecta. The actor has been tapped to direct an upcoming episode of Shonda Rhimes‘ Scandal, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Goldwyn stars as President Fitzgerald Grant on the Kerry Washington political fixer thriller, marking the first time the actor-director-producer has stepped behind the camera of a series in which he stars.
“Directing a show that I have been a part of from the beginning is going to be a new experience,” Goldwyn tells THR. “This company is so close. To work intimately with them all in a different way really excites me. The best part will be entering the world of Olivia Pope & Associates, which Fitz is pretty much walled off from.”
The effort gives him a clean sweep behind the camera of all three of Rhimes’ current ABC dramas, having previously directed two episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and a 2007 hour of Private Practice.
In addition to his acting and directing duties on Scandal, Goldwyn most directed and executive produced the pilot for AMC’s untitled legal drama with Richard LaGravenese.
An airdate, episode number or title for Goldwyn’s Scandal directing debut has not yet been determined.
Repped by CAA, Untitled and Schreck Rose, Goldwyn’s directing credits also include features A Walk on the Moon, Conviction and The Last Kiss as well as episodes of Justified, Dexter and The L Word.
‘Scandal’s’ Kerry Washington on Who Shot Fitz: ‘Anything is Possible’
The actress tells THR that the episode will flashback to the inauguration and reveal more of Olivia’s relationship with the president. (by Lesley Goldberg courtesy of THR.com)
Who shot Fitz? That’s the question on every Scandal viewer’s mind after the president was critically injured during what appears to be an assassination attempt on his life in the closing moments of the episode.
“On our show, anything is possible,” star Kerry Washington tells The Hollywood Reporter.
While the theories range from the obvious — Huck’s (Guillermo Diaz) nemesis Charlie (George Newbern) seems to be the clear consensus — Washington says she’s heard the first lady’s name come up frequently considering Mellie’s sudden about-face in the limo to the birthday bash she forced on Fitz (Tony Goldwyn). Also still a question: is Billy (Matt Letscher) — the vice president’s former chief of staff who exposed Fitz’s “relationship” with Amanda Tanner in season one — connected to the shooting?
“I had that same question! I’m not sure, that’s still a question for me,” Washington enthuses.
Whether either Charlie, Billy or Mellie are ultimately involved remains anyone’s guess as Washington says the cast is still learning details about who their characters are in the present day — and who they were in the past.
“A lot of us have had ideas about who our characters are and we are even being challenged by the writing,” she says. “What’s amazing is not only do you not know what your character might do in the future, we’re discovering things our characters have done in the past because of the way the show goes into flashbacks. We’re still learning the lengths that we would each go for power.”
To that end, Thursday’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” episode will flashback to the early days of Fitz’s presidency, revealing more about the scandalous couple.
“We see some very personal memories and flashback to the first days of the presidency, including the inauguration,” she previews. “You get to see what it’s like in the early days. You’ll see how the struggles that we saw from them on the campaign and how those evolve once he’s president. You get to know all these characters on a different level and you learn more about their past and how they become who they are.”
Because who shot Fitz is not the only mystery circulating on the ABC sophomore political fixer drama, Washington notes that the theories about who the father of Mellie’s (Bellamy Young) unborn baby is are equally amusing.
“Some think it’s Hollis (Gregg Henry), some think it’s Morris (Troy Winbush) the guy at the White House security gate, some people think it’s Hal (Stoney Westmoreland), the guy who tells on Fitz and Liv,” Washington says with a laugh. “Then others think Fitz is actually the father.”
Either way, Washington is looking forward to the cast’s weekly #AskScandal Twitter session. “We can’t wait to be on Twitter this week during the episode when people do find out. We’re looking forward to seeing their responses!”