10 Reasons Scandal Season One Finale Rocks (The Gladiators)

1. Columbus Short: (Harrison Wright) It’s the freaking Season Finale

2. Guillermo Diaz: (Huck) In the first 5 minutes of the show you will witness the gladiators go “Over a cliff” for each other, like never before.

3. Jeff Perry: (Cyrus Beene)  The President is very vulnerable and yet he and the Vice President go absolutely head to head in this one!

4. Katie Lowes: (Quinn Perkins)  There is a 10 page scene in this episode THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND. A 10 page scene rarely exists in TV and to get it SCANDALOUSLY good we all got together to rehearse on our lunch breaks. It was like doing theatre. It was the most fun ever and I’ll never forget it.

5. Shonda Rhimes: (The Creator) Because Mellie BREAKS IT DOWN for Olivia in a way that is stunning.

6. Tony Goldwyn: (President Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant) Girl fight!!!

7. Bellamy Young: (First Lady Mellie Grant) – At the table read (which is when we all read the script together before shooting starts for the episode) was especially fun because Tony had to keep saying “take off your clothes” over & over – & each time he got redder & redder… :-)

8. Kerry Washington: Olivia Pope is in FULL #Gladiator mode is a gorgeous Valentino jacket that we tried on WEEKS before but decided to save it for the season finale because it was just so special and we knew the finale would be too!

9. Judy Smith: (Co-Executive Producer/Inspiration)) I’ve seen some meltdowns during my time at the White House but the VP’s Chief of Staff Billy Chambers’ takes the cake!

10. Darby Stanchfield: (Abby Whelan) The million dollar question Olivia Pope asks at the very end of the show may make you scream at your television set.

19 Responses to “10 Reasons Scandal Season One Finale Rocks (The Gladiators)”

  1. Gigi says:

    Love the show. I will really like to see the president not being a poppet. I love, love the president’s wife more, she knows what wants and shoots straight up. Bellamy does a real good job in her part.

    Peace out bros.

    Kerry, I am proud of you.

  2. Rehanna Allen says:

    I agree with just about everyone who commented . Each time I watch it I see something new. I don’t normally watch a lot of T.V. but for some reason this show captivates my attention. My eyes are glued to the T.V. I absolutely love this show. I come home and watch the old shows on Demand everyday. Thanks Shonda for writing such good scripts.

  3. Ann says:

    I totally agree with reason #10, so who is Quinn? I so wanted to hear the answer to the question.

  4. John says:

    I was no able to watch the show from its beginning. So one day I watched the fist four episodes in order to get caught up. i was blown away with the structure of the show. Olivia Pope’s character played by Kerry Washington was fantastic. I was taken aback with how assertive the First Lady’s character was. She was in charge the whole time and allowed what was necessary in order to keep her husband happy and thriving. Kudos to the show “Scandal”!!!

  5. LC says:

    I love the show!!! This is my 1st Shonda show. I’ve seen the finale (and other episodes) more times than I’m willing to admit. ;) I actually LIKE Mellie and her ambition (lol). But mostly, I love the chemistry between Livitz (my created name for Olivia & Fitz)!!! Very Powerful and believable!!! I think that Shonda did right in casting Tony… He has such Presidential Power Swag, especially when confronting the VP at the end of the finale… #forever a scandal superfan!!! Can’t wait for season 2!!! Keep up the good work!

  6. Garland Jr. says:

    Was going to just watch 1 episode today, and wound up watching four in a row! Great idea for a show, great writing, GREAT CAST! I’m really looking forward to Season 2!

  7. Marcia says:

    Wow! It’s about time. I’m hooked and can’t get enough. This is acting at its best and the actors are off the chart every one of them. Shonda, don’t ever stop doing what you’re doing. What a powerful gift you have. You make me proud to be a woman. Thank you.

  8. Nichole says:

    OMG… I watched this show and was blown away with the casting. I am truly amazed that they cast black women in this role. Kerry is rocking it. I don’t want to make it about race if the character was any other race the show would still rock. I just impressed that TV is taking these kinds of chances ;-)

  9. Denia J says:

    This is the best show on television. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time during the finale. If this show is not picked up for a second season I am boycotting ABC. Shonda Rhimes, you’ve done it again. Bravo!

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  11. Princess Turner says:

    I love this show.Kerry i love the fact that a powerful black women as yourself is on a popular tv show.Good job as a cast and i love this show. Can’t wait for the MANY SEASON to come!!!!!!!!!

  12. Desiree says:

    I can’t wait! But I don’t want to watching and have a crazy gap of time til next season. Why was this season so short! They should have known Shonda would make another hit.

  13. SOS says:

    I am not a tv person at all! I said to myself I’m not watching no scandal, I’m going to bed. But I stayed up and I am glad I did! My Thursday nights are booked at the tv waiting for the story that is taking over America. Awesome. The one minute sence seemed sooo real. I can’t wait tonight. How long do we have to wait for it to come on again? FYI all the actors and actress chosen for their roles are soo on point.

  14. WDS says:

    D–n, all that in ONE episode … I’m making a mental note to pre-pop the popcorn, tell everyone NOT to bother to call … this is going to be one great intense episode I can tell ….. GO SCANDAL!!!!!!!!! (and all connected with it!!!!)

  15. Susan says:

    Ok I like these 10 reasons but now we have to go through the summer with this cliff hanging in our brains. :-( Ok not liking it byt I cant wait till next season. Fabulous show! !!!!!!

  16. Irekz says:

    Oh my, I just can’t wait to see it, i pray each day for more one minute scenes, cuz its the best have seen in ages… Please don’t separate OLITZ, the chemistry btw both of them gives me fever, wanna keep getting fever please Shonda…

  17. Danie says:

    This show is just what t.v needs especially with all the B.S on now!!! KerryROCKS :)

  18. Mandy Lee says:

    Love absolutely all the reasons but Darby Stanchfield has me all kinds of twisted up. I can only imagine what the question could be because as we know in Shondaland you are always guessing and thinking about what is coming next and most of the time it is not at all what you thought, which is why we Gladiators LOVE this show so much.

  19. Tatiana says:

    I Adore this show and have sang it’s high praises to everyone i know! Super excited for tonight’s finale and the scenes between Mellie, Fitz, Olivia and Cyrus! All i can say is bring on Season 2 because i never want this show to end!

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