From the outside looking in, those who are unfamiliar with the TV obsession known as “Scandal” may not understand why fans are so crazy about it. On the surface, “Scandal” just seems like a show about a mistress and the POTUS with a wandering eye, hands, lips...you get the picture. But don’t be fooled, it’s so much more than that. With season 3 of “Scandal” just around the corner (set to premiere on Thursday, October 3), we thought it was best to help those of you who are fighting the feeling to get hooked, to well, get hooked! So get comfortable and let’s talk. Here are 10 reasons why people are obsessed with “Scandal.”
1. It’s unpredictable
As viewers, we love the idea of unpredictability in TV. We hate cliché storylines and figuring out what’s going to transpire before the hour is up. That Shonda Rhimes is a genius with a pen, because right when you think you’ve predicted the ending, she shows you that you have no idea. Whether it’s sitting at the edge of your seat thinking that Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) will be the next First Lady or scratching our heads in confusion trying to figure out just why Billy Chambers (played by Matt Letscher) is alive and sitting in the back of a cab, “Scandal” will have you doubting everything you once believed was typical TV.
2. An inside look into dirty politics
We know that a lot of these politicians’ hands are not clean when it comes to the real scandals in the political world. But we usually get brought in after everything hits the fan and don’t see how they came to be or how they get fixed. “Scandal” gives us the fly on the wall perspective on just how the scandal’s get handled or at least a close enough perspective if not accurate. We often wonder how the wives of the political figures really feel when their dirty laundries are aired out. Mellie (played by Bellamy Young) plays the wife that is well aware of her husband, President Fitzgerald Grant (played by Tony Goldwyn) stepping out. In fact, she gets mad at Olivia in season 1 for not playing her part and performing her mistress duties. And let’s not forget White House Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene (played by Jeff Perry) running back and forth delivering underground messages and trying to bargain with the President and the First Lady who is threatening to go on live TV to let the country know that her husband is a cheater. Juicy stuff like this makes us all wonder just who the real fixers are in politics, and how we can get their autographs.
3. The clients
The clients that walk into Olivia’s office for her help are not regular Janes and Joes. Olivia has helped people from Senators to madams and they all have a unique story that you want to know everything about. The most memorable client would have to be from the very first episode. A decorated war veteran found his lady friend murdered. He was in a relationship with a man and was willing to go to jail for his friend’s murder even though he had nothing to do with it, all so that he would not be ousted as a gay man. The storyline was powerful because it was on the heels of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and really showed all that “Scandal” had to offer. It wasn’t going to be just another fictional drama, it would be one that we could relate to simply because it connected to current times.