Scandal Round Table: Debut Edition!

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Welcome to the debut edition of the Scandal Round Table!

Following another fascinating episode of this ABC hit, TV Fanatic staff members Miranda Wicker, Jim Garner, Leigh Raines, Carla Day and Christina Tran are here to breakdown "Hell Hath No Fury." Gather around and join them now!


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Miranda: It's a tie between the opening and closing scenes with Good Ol' Fitz and the First Lady. The first scene was "Wow. I feel really bad for this woman married to this cheating scumbag." The second was, "Wow. Lady's got some balls."

Jim: I really enjoyed it when David Rosen showed up at then with "maybe we can be friends." I really enjoy the banter between Olivia and David, as he is one of only a few people who is not intimidated by her.

Leigh: I agree with Miranda, the first lady totally stunned me. I'd say my favorite was the closing scene when we realized that she knew more than she let on. Second favorite was Olivia rousing mini-millionaire and sneaking him and his skank out of the hotel. It just flowed very well and was somewhat humorous watching Liv and Harrison deal with a frat boy.

Carla: I loved when Olivia gave the reporter the story about the CEO and her son. She gave him a career story, while protecting her client. Trades like those are what keep her in business. Though, I hope that's not the last we see of him. I like him and Quinn together.

Christina: My favorite scene was when the First Lady blatantly said: "You needed to see her. I trust that tonight, you'll sleep like a baby." That was totally shocking!

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Could you work for Olivia Pope? Would you want to?
Miranda: No, I couldn't, even though the job seems never to be boring. I'm not sure my moral compass is broken enough. Or I'd be Quinn.

Jim: Honestly, I would love to work for someone that has that much trust in her people to take charge and make things happens. However, the reality is I like having a social life so I couldn't do it for long with the hours they keep.

Leigh: I kind of think I could. Is that bad? It's intimidating but it seems thrilling. However, my intense Libra nature would lead me to vacillate on a lot of the cases.

Carla: It would be an exhilarating job to have. Olivia generally has been on the "right" side of the moral code, but what happens when she isn't? I'm not sure I could handle that.

Christina: I'd like to think I could, as everyday would seem just a bit more challenging and interesting than the day before. However, I'm already struggling with my 9-5 and couldn't imagine working their ridiculous hours.

Do you think Quinn will be able to fit into the team?
Miranda: Right now, if she stays as wholesome as she seems, no, I don't think she will. To give a better answer, I have to know what her deep, dark secret is first.

Jim: I saw a glimmer of the person she may become if she survives long enough when she stood up to Olivia about Amanda lying. Like Miranda said, I want to know what her dark secret is that drew Olivia to her.

Leigh: Quinn will fit in sooner than later. There's a reason they brought her on. I don't think think they would hire someone who couldn't hack it.

Carla: She already is. She's green, but she fits a role the team needed. No one else could have held the reporter in check the same way she did. Or, handheld Amanda.

Christina: Yes, she's already fitting in just fine by speaking up and going with her gut feeling, just like Olivia has shown to do so well.

Who do you think sent Cyrus the audio CD of Amanda and the President?
Miranda: Right now I think it was the First Lady. Next week? I may think something totally different.

Jim: My bet is also on the First Lady. I think she is trying to drive a wedge between Cyrus/Fitz and Olivia and is calculating this will do it. She is a smart, smart lady.

Leigh: I kind of think Cyrus procured the tape himself and is pretending someone sent it to him. He is furious with the President for keeping things from him.

Carla: Hmm ... I hadn't thought about the First Lady or Cyrus. I assumed that it was Amanda or the secret phone person she was talking to. But now I have to go with Cyrus.

Christina: I actually think that the First Lady and Cyrus are working together. The thing is they probably each have their own agenda, though.

Bigger shock: First Lady knowning that "Olivia relaxes" the President or Amanda being pregnant?
Miranda: Definitely that the First Lady knows about her husband's affair with Olivia. The pregnancy's a plot device, plain and simple, but the First Lady knowing - and sort of condoning - the affair? I didn't see that one coming.

Jim: Both got a "OMFG" reply from me. But given how subtle the former was, it wins out. When she dropped the bomb I exclaimed and my wife looked at me strangly. I had to back it up and let her hear it again to completely process the implication, then she joined me with a "holy sh..!"

Leigh: The pregnancy wasn't too surprising. First lady was the shocker, for sure.

Carla: Neither were overly shocking, maybe that's because I watched The Vampire Diaries right before Scandal. We knew the President and his wife had problems; her knowing wasn't as shocking as her inviting Olivia to a state dinner of all things to "relax" the President.

Christina: Amanda being pregnant was predictable. As for the First Lady's huge reveal, my jaw literally dropped.


@ Jim
Thanks for the clarification. I'll def PM the reviewer for Nikita.
And it does make sense to ensure tv shows with several million viewers a roundtable. Yep. Haha makes sense ;) Annnnd..... Mustang's got a date with Hulu later this week ;)


@Mustang, I'm sorry to say there is no secret formula for what shows get a Round Table. For the most part Round Tables happen for shows that are popular. As to what makes the "popular" list, look no further than the ratings. Here are this weeks ratings for Nikita and Scandal as an example: Nikita viewers (millions) = 1.497
Scandal viewers (millions) = 7.351 That being said, we are always willing to try and do a Round Table for shows that you guys want to see one for if we have multiple staff members who watch it and want to participate. Remember, it never hurts to send a private message to the reviewer of your favorite show and ask if it's possible to have a Round Table for it. Jim~


@ Elijah's Hottie/EH
Yeah. Thanks ;)
As for the eps I've missed... my internet at home sucks for big things like watching movies/shows online. To a nearby wifi hotspot for me this week!! So recording it in the future i guess.
Cuz the storyline is amazingly unique and I wanna be a part of this scandal. :D lol
Sorry I ranted 'bout Nikita. i TRY to stay on topic. Ha. Not today it seems. :p
Next week... I'll be ready to talk. About Scandal:)


@mustang: I hope you get your "precious" Nikita roundtable as well.:) I would definitely recommend watching all three episodes of Scandal. The background story or premise for this particular show is quite interesting. It is of course inspired by the career of Judy Smith, who was a Press Secretary to the first Bush and a crisis management expert.....It is worth the chance.


1. Olivia/Rosen coffee
2. No
3. It seems like she fits but it's only been 3 episodes.
4. Cyrus or FL
5. FL knowing


@ SnaketheCritic
Yes! And as for comedies, some of the ones I watch (Community, HIMYM) have roundtables.
@ EH
I didn't just come here to plug Nikki. Sorry ;) I like what I've seen I've liked. Fascinating view of politics. I've only seen snippets of episodes, and didnt get to see much of this ep. :( I need a day of me n my laptop n hulu. Sorry 'bout ruining your precious scandal roundtable with my Nikita rant. ;) Still thinks it needs a roundtable tho... BUT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SCANDAL HERE.


Btw, I'm EH if someone has a problem with it and choose to address me. I decided to log in but again, it is ridiculous for a bunch of nikita fans to come here, where other people do ENJOY this show and complain. PM the staff. Interesting points Gen. I also love Liv's chemistry with the President.


Why exactly do we have people here just to complain about Nikita not having a roundtable? Do you not have another forum to do this? Some people actually enjoy THIS show and should have the privilege of discussing it in peace.


I got a ? What's more of a Scandal?
This show getting a roundtable or that 5 people actually watch this show. I vote roundtable, as 5 people have a job to do. @ Mustang "And other shows like Nikita -in their second season- don't have a roundtable." I agree Nikita would be great. What about a comedy ?


What?! Scandal has what, 3 episodes? And other shows like Nikita -in their second season- don't have a roundtable. Why not? How do you choose which shows get roundtables and which shows aren't in the 'popular' group?! :p

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Scandal Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Sharon: I didn't stay out of trouble for 30 years by kissing and telling, Stevie. Nobody knows that better than you.
Stephen: Your clients are all grown men. I'm a grown man. I made a choice. To do something illegal. And sometimes we have to live with the choices we make.

It's a dirty little secret. And dirty little secrets always come out.