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There are few shows on television that make me as angry as Scandal does, and it's mostly because I'm exhausted by purportedly smart people constantly doing the dumbest crap. I watch stupid stuff happen on TV all the time: law enforcement bungles investigations on The Following, teenage girls enter dark, abandoned warehouses on Pretty Little Liars, backwater fools think they can put one over on the Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones (guys, she has friggin' dragons). For the most part, I've grown to accept those milksops and their shenanigans. But for whatever reason, the fever pitch of idiocy on Scandal has put me out.

The "white hat/black hat" theme of the show (along with the assumption that everyone actually wears a sickly gray hat) has pushed the characters around until they're all basically reprehensible. Whether they're avowed murderers, closeted murderers, proud adulterers, or just operating in a gray area of what's good for themselves and what's good for the Republic, there isn't a single character on the show who's unfazed by darkness, and their reactions to that touch of evil put them on a scale of likability, from understandable pathos to "Is there a way we can go back in time and undo Defiance?" And thus, here are Scandal's ten most reprehensible characters...


Honorable Mention: Abby Whelan/Harrison Wright


Abby and Harrison aren't even consequential to this show anymore. They might be bad people, but all of their crimes are in service to Olivia, so it's hard to really say they're terrible so much as they are drones to their particular masters. Abby used to be the convincing voice of dissent, but now she's basically just around to to convince her powerful boyfriend to do questionable things. Two seasons of Harrison getting no action, and the two times he's followed his wiener somewhere, it's gotten him into trouble. Nowadays, these two are basically just warm bodies to help fill up the conference room.


10. David Rosen


Poor, stupid David Rosen. If there is any White Hat remaining on Scandal, it's him, what with his sense of right and wrong. That being said, David's stance on justice is constantly being manipulated by a girlfriend with questionable ethics, a woman who's always wearing evening gloves and needs endless favors, and a case of the old-fashioned hush-up-or-I'll-kill-you-and-yours. He's still quippy (you can't get rid of that Josh Malina wit) and, at the very least, looks constantly pained when he knows he's doing a wrong thing. The best thing David Rosen could do for his career would be to give up the U.S. Attorney game and be a sports writer. He seems like the type who'd be good at stats.


9. Mellie Grant


We've all been holding our breath, waiting for Mellie to get hers. She's had to put up with so much during this administration, from a openly cheating husband to threats on her family's well-being to staying celibate in a "loveless" marriage. The celibacy part seems to have fallen by the wayside lately (and I'm not mad at her), but I'm tired of seeing a First Lady who seems so strong, manipulative, and cunning 80 percent of the time looking like she's misplaced her backbone when she gets caught in her schemes (or caught on her knees, depending on the situation). She backs down so quickly and so fiercely. I know her history with Fitz is complicated and that she puts up with a lot for the good of the country, but Mellie deserves more than what the Fitz administration can give her.


8. Jake Ballard


Yeah, there are seven people worse than Command. We've watched Jake shoot a secondary (okay, tertiary) character in cold blood, basically choke a woman when she messed with the wrong unchecked spy agency, and a host of other ruthless things that B613 has managed to force him to do. But we've also seen the giant heart the beats only for a Olivia, and the remorse for a man that struggles to compartmentalize the loneliness of his extraordinary work and being a human being. It's that pathos we're after that so many of these characters like to shirk. Also, it helps that Scott Foley seems to only chase roles where he's the passed-over guy in a triangle. Yes, I just made Fitz the new Ben.


7. Quinn Perkins


Quinn doesn't seem like such a bad gal. Sure, she can get too big for her britches and has a problem with being serially disillusioned, but she's just someone who wants to be loved/heard. The problem is that she's complicitly walking down this path of doom with B613 because they made her, but all she really wants is for someone to pull her out because she's drowning. She talks (and licks) a tough game, but the fact that she's constantly shaken and seems to be repulsed by Charlie's paranoid invasion means Bone-Drilling Quinn and Gladiator Intern Quinn are fighting for her soul. While they duke it out, Quinn the Human continues to make a steady stream of terrible, clumsy moves that make me wish Jake would just take her out. For the good of the Republic.


6. Sally Langston


It feels kind of wrong to put a God-fearing woman this high on the list, but she did kill someone (though she wanted to confess!) and she is willing to cave on some pretty important social issues otherwise forbidden by her dogma for the sake of the greater good. Plus, it's also very hard to have sympathy for Sally. She's stabbed wildly at the back of the man who brought her within reach of the Oval Office (even before stabbing wildly at the back of her gay husband with a letter opener). Her campaign manager has her on the ethical ropes as she fights for power. And on top of all that, she wasn't really all that complex to begin with. If Sally fell off the face of the earth, I'm not sure the Grant administration would notice, given all the other garbage they put up with during the week.


5. Huck


I like Huck. Honestly, I do. Although that might just be due to warm feelings from the beginning of the series, back when he was the coolest guy in the room, the greatest gladiator. Always quick to help Olivia, willing to go the extra mile, and just a sweetheart of a man. But then the licking started. And I can't take it. He swung from being a man with an addiction and trying desperately to rise above to being the creeper sitting in the dark, cool corner of the office waiting for opportunities to lick Quinn. It's gross. The writers need to swing that pendulum back to Holding-It-Together Huck before it's too late.


4. Olivia Pope


You fell in love with this show because of this woman. She was smart, decisive, and willful. She didn't back down from conflict and she didn't lose her cool when faced with a problem spiraling out of control. And then Scandal went from being a case-of-the-week to the constant crap-storm blowing in her face and we lost the Olivia we once knew. She's become the sexual plaything of the two most important men in the Republic and, while I think Jake is the lesser of two evils, both situations are poison. We've watched an adult backslide into being an adolescent, and it hurts. She blubbers about Vermont. She's surrendered her business to the service of an undeserving man. And, worst of all, she's basically unrecognizable from the woman for whom the gladiators-in-suits vowed to fight. Why would they do anything for her now? How are they even making money? Who's paying for all of this popcorn and wine?


3. Rowan Pope


Command used to be a monster that no one could wrangle. Rowan's reign saw both Huck and Jake being put in the Hole, the ultimate destruction of the Pope family, and, basically, Rowan fast-tracking Fitzgerald Grant to the presidency. If 22 years of terror wasn't enough, watching him monologue is an excruciating experience. Every conversation with Olivia becomes a theatrical performance: No scenery is left un-chewed, no fourth wall is left un-smashed by such anachronistic speeches. I miss the simple dinners. Since he's been relieved of Command, he's like a more eloquent street-corner personality that we're forced to watch not out of pity but because we made the mistake of asking him for directions. "Okay, man. I get it. You're mad. Sorry. Wow. You're still going. Okay. Watch that vein, man."


2. Cyrus Beene


He prostituted his husband to sabotage his political opponent. He helped orchestrate a betrayal of our electoral system. He wanders around scheming and scowling like some flaxen-haired ogre, living and dying by every opportunity to screw someone over. He adopted a kid to keep his husband from blurting out his secrets. Also: His beard is weird and gross. Cyrus Bean is what would happen if you appointed a Disney villain to a high-ranking government position. He is the Everyday Grinch.


1. Fitzgerald Grant


And then there was President Emo McFreeTime. I was much happier with Fitz when he was just a side-story for Olivia, the distraction that might eventually lead to a season-finale cliffhanger and not the all-consuming walking monument to petulance that dominates Scandal these days. There is a childishness in Fitz that perturbs something deep within me. The tantrum-throwing. The bald-faced lying. The double standard where he can get mad at Mellie for finally getting some action even though he's been trying to dry-hump Olivia every time she walks into the Oval. Everyone in his administration keeps discussing how he's a great man who can do great things for this country, but when will Scandal take some time away from the soap to actually work on building those traits into Fitzgerald Grant? How is he a great man? What have seen of him that he deserves the unconditional adoration of his staff and the unwavering availability, both professionally and sexually, of one Olivia Pope? This gray-templed baby does nothing but pitch fits. He's unusually cruel to Mellie. He jeopardizes everything and everyone around him for chasing tail. The Grant administration might be the worst thing to ever happen to Scandal's America. It's at a point where I think Jake might be letting Mama Pope work out that bomb deal because letting it go off at a campaign function might be the only way to save the Republic from the Grants. Exploding all of them would be sad, but it's the only way to be sure. Fitz is so worried about his poll numbers, but if he did some presidenting every once in a while instead of counting the ways to dip his wick, maybe people would consider four more years. I'm just saying. Congratulations, Fitz. You're the worst.


Who do you think is the most reprehensible character on Scandal these days?


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AIRED ON 5/12/2016

Season 5 : Episode 21

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I'm pissed off with the made up countries!
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Cyrus, in my opinion, is one of the best characters. I absolutely despise Mellie.
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Why do you despise Mellie? I genuinely want to know. While I agree some of her decisions are frustrating, for the most part she is strong and professional. She has to put up with a childish, cheating, piece of shit husband and even though it kills her, she does it so she can have a career as well as to keep her family together. She is also a sassy, cunning, power female and who is pretty fabulous in my opinion. Although if I were her, I would not put up with her petulant husband.
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I can't believe I named my son Rowan, and now I've read so many times it means the devil, but it also means the king, so how messed up is that?

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I had to skip the last episode, soon into the 3rd season, because I was so disgusted by the writing. It was like going to a nice restaurant, and then on a subsequent visit, you wonder if the chef has become an alcoholic, or something terrible has happened. I couldn't believe how the story went, it was so not right to me...it was all wrong. I'm like the Fruitcake Lady, if I found out my husband was cheating, I would beat the living daylights out of that woman. My perspective is as a wife, and the only married woman on the show is an idiot, so everything else is skewed for me. I don't know who the target audience would be, if not me. I guess it's women who are ok knowing their husband is openly cheating on them....but how sick. It makes me feel like someone from Saudi Arabia wrote it. It was a terrible show, I wasted so much time on it, and it didn't deliver. I have such bad memories of it all!
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Fitz IS NOT BEN!!!

And yes Fitz is the worst.
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Surely this should be a list of people you actively hate, because by God it has nothing to do with who is actually the most reprehensible character on the show. The fact that Mellie Grant is apparently less reprehensible than Olivia Pope, is more about you preferring her to Olivia, because Mellie has done some pretty horrific things on this show, but I guess since the show raped her, had her attempt suicide, all her sins are forgiven? I could give you a list of all the bad things Mellie has done, but you're not really interested in that Nick, because this list was bogus as hell, and was more about the characters you hate.


Shonda Rhimes and her stable of really bad writers have made a mockery of this show, in an effort to humanize Mellie Grant, they had Fitz's father rape her, and because Big Jerry is dead, Fitz becomes his proxy, and every time they have an argument or a shouting match, he becomes the bad guy because his dad raped her, it doesn't seem to matter that he knows nothing about it, he's just bad, period.
It doesn't matter that Mellie told him that after having a baby she'd lost her sex drive, which meant that he then spent the next ten years, being faithful and celibate (the odd hump for procreation purposes doesn't count, and you should know that) until he met Olivia. I ask you Nick, would you have stayed faithful for ten years in a relationship where your wife/partner shut down all intimacy between you? I don't know one guy who would have lasted the year, let alone ten years.


Can you actually highlight how Fitz has been abusive to his wife, with the exception of the affair - which you may erroneously class as abuse, but her response when he asked for a divorce was "there will be no divorce honey" so I would like somebody to give me a comprehensive list of all the times that Fitz has been abusive to Mellie? The man asked for a divorce, and offered to come clean, but Mellie threw an innocent girl under the bus to stop that from happening. The misery and pain that Mellie is currently in, stems from choices she made a long time ago. She's been the champion of her own downfall since she struck a deal with the devil, and has been blaming Fitz for the mess her life has been ever since.


Oh, and shouting at her for trying to trap him into a war with East Sudan on national television, does not count. Think about Michelle Obama trying to trap her husband into launching a war on another country. Also, Mellie expecting to be able to sleep with a guy who is supposedly his best friend, who he potentially has to work with for the next four years was the most ridiculous thing ever. If she'd been sleeping with some random guy, the reaction from Fitz would have been very different. He thinks she was sleeping with Andrew, when she told him that she'd lost her libido. That was the natural conclusion to jump to, seeing as the guy was around 15 years ago.


I digress, anyway, please make that list of all the times that Fitz has been abusive to Mellie, because I can come up with a list of all the ways that Mellie has undermined Fitz and sometimes just plain worked against him. Her eagerness to rig an election, is probably one of the lesser sins she's committed. I'll wait for that list.


As for Olivia being more reprehensible than Mellie and Jake, you need to just own the fact that this isn't based on anything other than your personal taste.


Wanting Olivia to be with a guy who puts her in hospital with a concussion, chokes her and walls her up and threatens to kill her (315) just about tells me how much of a shit you couldn't give about Olivia. Which is fine, but for the love of God, just own it.





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Perish the thought that this list is anything but scientific!

I did extensive research; put each character through a rigorous 68-point inspection for faults, predilection to evil, and heinousity (hayne-OS-ih-tee); interviewed every one using enhanced, non-OPA-approved techniques; tested their pH balance; sent each one through an MRI; pushed them through treadmill tests (Cyrus failed); braised them over Bunsen burners to test the smoke each one gave off; examined their individual spectra to see of which elements they are comprised; observed them for months in the wild and learned their ancient language; took urine samples and biopsies; carbon-dated each one (the results would shock you!); and, of course, administered safe and perfectly above-the-board rectal exams. You can never be too careful.

I believe there's an impasse with Scandal fans that separates them into two camps that can't seem to see eye-to-eye.

If you bought into Olitz early, you see he and Olivia as a worthwhile couple withstanding the constant abuse of a world that desperately tries to tear them apart. If you thought Fitz was an unnecessary and over-the-top distraction for a strong-minded, independent woman and never bought into the relationship, Fitz is a little baby man and everything he does is tainted by his little baby thoughts.

There are plenty of evil people on the show and Fitz hasn't even one time considered blowing up a church full of innocent people to destroy embarrassingly few political obstacles. If this was real life, I would certainly say some of these people belong in front of a war crimes tribunal, not drinking coffee at OPA. But I get the benefit of watching these characters within the context of their universe, not ours, and I can safely say, from my limited omniscience, Fitz is the most upsetting. He's tiresome and petulant and whiny and makes my eyes roll every time he's on screen. Both Olivia and Mellie could do better. Do I think Olivia should run into the open arms of Jake Ballard? No. He's poison, a trainwreck of a person, fully complicit in doom, culpable of too many crimes against Olivia and decent people, a human shitshow. Do I like Jake Ballard more than I like Fitz? Yeah, he's definitely more likeable. He doesn't whine so much and he has pathos.

When having to choose a mate for Olivia on this show, can't I just choose none of the above and hate them all for her? They're all the living worst. There's probably good academic paper in reading the psychoanalytic reasons for why the choices being put in front of Olivia are so amazingly terrible and how she deals with them being a statement on how the writers feel about her character. But that's for someone smarter than me.

Thank you for taking the time to write!
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But Nick, your list is supposed to be about the most reprehensible person in the Scandalverse, so when you cite weak, whiny, ineffective and petulant as a reason for choosing Fitz as the most reprehensible over a guy who killed a pregnant woman, and who tried to kill his own husband, it kinda makes you seem not only whiny, but slightly challenged, shall we say.

Defend this list with all your might, but you know as well as many of us do that putting Fitz as the most reprehensible character out of the people you have listed above, suggests that you have no idea what reprehensible actually means. It really doesn't mean what you seem to think it does.

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It means deserving condemnation. "Reprehensible" is vague enough to connote a vileness of feeling while still not being specific to similar terms that would ultimately change the tone of the list. I'm not ranking the most evil. I'm not ranking the worst deed. I'm ranking characters that give a sense of being "the worst." While the litany of crimes Cyrus commits ranks him high even by Scandal standards of being awful, Fitz as the kernel of all that is terrible on this show, both from a narrative standpoint and from a production standpoint, makes him the worst.

Compared to his cohorts, his evil deeds are limited. He did kill an old woman, shoot down a plane full of innocent people, and repeatedly and openly cheat on his wife. Bringing these up seems to instigate just as much ire from people since they justify everything. He had to kill the Supreme Court justice because she threatened him and his office. He was only following orders on the shooting down the plane. His wife didn't love him the way he wanted so, of course, he's allowed to fall in love with someone else. Although, I would counter that every character on the show has reasonable, if heinous, motivations for their actions (the "good of the Republic" is popular).

What complicates Fitz and why he's so frustrating a character is his capability for terrible things while also constantly making himself a victim for everything. Even when he apologizes to Olivia or his wife, it's with a tone of it not really being his fault but the situation they're in (like how he can't give Olivia Vermont because he's President and he's married) or he was drunk or he was put in a tight spot by his political opponents. He's wishy-washy and boneless. And that's what makes him terrible to watch. Not to mention, admittedly arguably, the sharper focus on his soapy drama is the ruin of what the show had been.

I enjoy the discourse, though. Personal as it seems to get.
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I love Scandal.I’ve said all along the reason people hate Fitz is because he loves Olivia, I mean he just doesn’t love her he LOVES her like a little puppy would his master.He’s never showed Mellie any affection, with the exception of a few minutes in a flashback. Some people can’t stand this part of the story. Olivia and Fitz are the reason the majority of people starting watching Scandal. I have to admit I love this reaction of the so called Fitz hate, because it doesn’t ring true with the character. Yes he’s cheating, but so are many more characters on television.There are so many affairs on television with bad men and women, but some people want to put Olivia and Fitz in the serial killer column, simply because they are in love with each other. I mean really, Sally who killed her husband is not on the list higher than Olivia.

I love the way Kerry Washington plays this character. She has made Scandal and the name Olivia Pope extremely popular in the United States and other countries.I’m sorry that people can’t take the fact that Fitz is head over heels in love with Olivia, blame Tony Goldwyn for demonstrating this character’s undying love.These two have the best chemistry on television and the ratings for the last couple of years have have proven it.Who wouldn’t be in love with Kerry Washington/Olivia, she’s smart and extremely beautiful.Her flawless skin radiates on screen (quote from a critic) unlike any other actress currently on television.

If the writers would show Fitz showing some kind of affection for Mellie, then all of the Fitz haters would change their tune.The Fitz haters would love to see Fitz and Mellie in a real love scene, they are holding their breaths, but sadly the writers haven’t shown that yet.As soon as they do, they all will love Fitz. Even if they show Fitz and Olivia in one of their great love scenes, then the next scene with Fitz and Mellie, they would be fine with that, any little crumbs will satisfy the Fitz haters.

As far as Mellie is concerned Shonda ‘s experiment is working out just fine, no matter how pathetic and manipulative she writes Mellie, some fans will still sympathize with her.Mellie could have been on her knees giving all the men in white house BJs, and getting caught by her daughter, and some people would have still said, “Poor Mellie, “she does it because Fitz doesn’t love her.Bravo to the cast of Scandal and Shondaland for giving us a different type of show, with a great female lead, along with other WOC directing episodes this season.This show has led to other networks casting black females in the lead for future projects. I don’t know any other show currently on television that has so many people talking about it and articles being written about it almost on a daily basis. I can’t wait until next season, Go Scandal.
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In this weeks episode:

Leading to some kinky sex including ripping of fishnets, slapping, choking and spitting.
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Sorry but I love this show. The worst to me now is Jake. I do have a huge issue with Fitz's tandrums though. How DARE he get mad at Mellie about Andrew with his open relationship with Liv. Then orders Liv, the woman he is supposed to love, to end them!!!!!! Ridiculious! Love Huck and Quinn's playtime together. Rowan is the DEVIL and Cyrus is a Monster. The rest are tame but fit in this Dark show.
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Oh good lord. Jake is the worst person in the world!!! People happy now?

And by the way, I'm a black man married to a white woman. My hate for Fitz and Olitz has nothing to do with race. But more to do with he (and now her) just being awful characters, period.
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I HATE FITZ!!!!!
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me too
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I concur with Fitz being the most reprehensible character on Scandal, but, he's tied with Olivia Pope, in my opinion. They are like flip sides to the same nauseating coin.

I'm a huge fan of this show, but I've never understood, as a viewer, how I'm supposed to perceive Olivia as the dynamic, incomparable, political strategist mastermind that they portray her to be. I have very rarely seen any evidence of that. She bumbles and stumbles from one situation to the next, and only adds 2+2 when someone else does the math on her behalf, and then gives her the answer. She comes across to me as a narcissistic hypocrite, with severe "men issues", who at best is mediocre; and at worst, is totally incompetent!

The only person slightly more deplorable than Olivia is Fitz. I agree with the PM. I have yet to see any actions on his part that even resembles an effective tenure as president. I could perhaps be more convinced if they ever portrayed him doing something other than displaying childish tantrums about his personal life, trying to get in Olivia's pants, whine about what she's doing when he's not in her pants, or standing around like a brain dead doofus until Olivia gives him permission to do something other than salivate every time she walks in the room.

They are like the dynamic duo of utter stupidity and ineptitude!

But, that's just my opinion....

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Cyrus Beene is just so sinister though. I understand Fitz physically choked Verna (like she didn't have it coming...) and killed 300+ individuals (under orders to stop a terrorist...) and mentally screws with Melly (She is still married to him, so I can assume she likes to be mentally abused...). BUT you can tell when someone has a nature towards evil (Huck and Quinn are just misunderstood pawns...), and Cyrus definitely defines reprehensible. There is no one whispering in his ear telling/making/convincing him to do all these horrible things, he does it out of his own selfish and reckless needs.
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Let's be real. every person in Scandalverse is a reprehensible human being. Every "good" or seemingly decent person person on the show quickly ends up with a bullet in the head or at the bottom of a river.

The show is about evil people in an evil world sometimes fighting to choose the lesser of two evils.
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Sooo...I guess this bumps Cyrus up to #1 on the list. I might even have to concede that he's ahead of Olivia on my of worst people on this show.


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I thought that he was already one of the worst, and certainly worse than Fitz. Remember how he had Fitz's former mistress murdered just to avoid some negative publicity? There have also been hints that he's used Charlie's services several other times.

But yeah, this should take him to the top of most people's lists.
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Under orders or not, Fitz has (or at least had) the trump card of pulling the trigger on a trans Atlantic passenger plane.
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If he had a legitimate reason to believe that more people would die if he doesn't pull the trigger, then it doesn't make him a bad person.
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I don't recall the detail of whether or not he knew why he was to shoot it down or if he was just following orders. Either way, he obeyed and is (in part) responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent people.

Cyrus' reasons for killing however many will die are certainly far worse. Mass murder aside, I do have more respect for him since he knows he's a monster and accepts, if not embraces it. Fits on the other hand sees himself as the good guy, a hero to the people and an unfortunate victim of circumstance that keeps him from fulfilling his epic love story.

Deplorable with conviction or deplorable with delusion...I'll take the former every time.
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Funny that the actual terrorist mom doesn't even make the list.
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Haha that's what im saying i was just so sure that Mama Pope was at the top of this list she's always been 2 steps ahead of everyone including Jake and Rowan. This woman is suppose to be priority no. 1 yet she's walking around DC in the broad daylight getting shit done like its nothing. Personally I'm enjoying her arc the most this season.
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I left most of the tertiary people off. I didn't include Charlie or James, either. Had I written this in the second season, certainly Hollis Doyle would've made the list but he hasn't been poking around too much lately. I also could've just said, "Cripes, everyone is the freaking worst on this show." That would've been an easier read, probably.
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I almost mentioned Hollis. He's worse than the terrorists.
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Except that she doesn't pretend to be anything other than a villain and the show doesn't try to portray her as some sort of hero of the people, a lost soul trying to do the right thing or in a relationship that supposed to be an epic romance.

Rationalizations have been made by everybody on this list. Additionally, the sympathy card as been played for each one as well. At one point or another, we're supposed to feel sorry for Liv or Fitz or Cyrus...that's not the case with Mama Pope.

Like Rowan, I have more respect for her since at least she has a strength of conviction, makes no apologies and takes full accountability for her actions. That can't be say of anybody in the top 10.
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Lol... I guess that's cos we've only seen her plotting so far.. and not doing much...
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Olivia Pope by very very far.I find her a despicable, hypocrite and manipulative bitch to outdo all the bitches everywhere. She literally sleeps with the enemy, breaks marriages, whines when things don't go her way and is a major meddling pest.
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That marriage was already broken
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But she still got "romantically involved" with him as a means of manipulation, even if she did at some level have "feelings" for him. every time they are together it is because she wants something from him. when a few episodes ago , he took her to the lodge that he built for her, she was unhappy and certainly less enthusiastic than someone who wants to spend the rest of her life with him. When he offered to sacrifice his presidency and resign to be with her, she did all she can to prevent this, because he would no longer be in position to help her.When she wants something from him or disagrees she always gets on her high horses until she bullies her way and she never, never let him have things his way and if he asserts himself, she whines. I am sorry, but what they have is not my idea of a true loving couple.
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Yes, because being a whiny slut is far worse than being a mass murderer, a torturer, or a whiny man-slut.
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Yes, because this is their inner nature that are being manipulated or attempted to be manipulated by that narcissistic degenerate. She is the worse because she has not made any attempt at helping them become better people, but to use them foe her own means and when she fails, she whines. At the beginning they were explaining to us how she "saved' her entourage, but that was never the truth and it took whatshername that is now working for B49 and whose face was licked to show us what is behind that "kindness". I am sorry but she is one of the few TV characters I really abhor and hate, that's just the way it is.
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Jesus Kerkesh, what show are you watching? Are you really slut-shaming Olivia because she slept with a guy who was married? Are you really going in on her because she apparently never helps anybody? So she never saved her team at OPA? She wasn't the person who extricated Abby out of a bad marriage? She wasn't the person who saved Harrison from serving real time in jail? She didn't make a deal to save Huck's life? Are you really talking about Olivia?

The Olivia who came in and breathed life into Mellie's dead marriage enough to get Fitz elected?

The Olivia who’s “yes” was required to rig the election that got him the presidency? (2x11)

The Olivia who walked away from Fitz so that he could govern honestly and free from Scandal? (2x08)

Olivia who had the choice of letting Fitz step down so that he could be with her, but instead helped Mellie flush the stench of Amanda Tanner away? (1x07)


The Olivia who helped deliver the Kashfari hostages after Mellie had told the families that the US government were willing to negotiate with terrorists? (2x16)

The Olivia who stepped in when Mellie falsified the letter of reinstatement and helped her avoid jail? (2x11).

The Olivia who continues to throw Fitz back to Mellie instead of going along with his romantic notions and ideas of being together?

The Olivia who Mellie begged to come help her husband win the presidency back because he "missed her" and couldn't "breathe without her"? (3x05).

The Olivia who handles Mellie’s family crises when all Mellie wants to do is to hide herself away in her glass of hooch? (3x15)

The Olivia who handled Leo and Sally and that entire paternity mess caused by Mellie herself during a fit of rage? (3x17)


That’s the Olivia who doesn't help people? Really? You are not watching the same show my friend.


Mellie is the one who truly needs to be called out on her shit, regardless of the fact that she was raped. She’s the one who needs to be made aware that her choices led her to where she is today. Olivia gets called out all the time on Scandal. She’s the one who gets branded a whore for her choices. She’s the one that the show insists on calling a hypocrite. She’s the one that nobody goes to bat for, she’s the one who’s expected to be strong all the time and save everybody, yet is berated time and time again for making the choices that nobody else wants to. She’s the one who takes the risks, while Mellie stays playing at being First Lady. A job that she finds “profoundly boring” (episode 3x01) yet clings to with everything she’s got. Unlike Mellie, Olivia has earned everything she’s got, and she didn't need to ride on anybody's coattails. She doesn’t owe Mellie Grant a dime. Mellie is literally her own worst enemy, so I’m always going to reserve my sympathies for the one character on the show who truly deserves it.

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Do you also mean the Mellie who didn't complain, was supportive even, when Fitz was risking the safety of the entire US when he was making reckless decisions to save Olivia when she was kidnapped?

Look, I love Olivia. She is the best character on the show in my opinion and I think she has helped Mellie out very much and is also relatively unbiased when making decisions that involve her.

All I'm saying is that Fitz is the most reprehensible character on the show. I love both Olivia and Mellie and to be honest, I think you're giving Mellie to much shit. I don't necessarily feel bad for her but I get where she is coming from.
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I mean it when I say that you are certainly right in all your points, but she just rubs me the wrong way. I do watch the episodes. she did all these things you say, but to me she did these things to use those people to her own narcissistic advantage. All the people you mention where in horrific life situations and many became "monsters" or at least terrible people in their own right. There are life conditions which just take control and transforms its victims to the worse of what they are and some remain that way for reasons of their own. The difference is that once she helped those people, she did not channel this saving them by leaving them alone or guide them towards more productive ways of making a living or simply live life. No, what she did is take the negative thing they became and used it to built herself a ruthless reputation which she flaunts here and there. The ex-B49 killer remained a potential killer she uses and the skills which destroyed him are put to her service.This is the same for the others. While the others are prisoners of their compulsions, she is not.What she is a master manipulator always. This is the major difference which makes me dislike her so much.
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Nice Sports Night reference!
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Not to mention Fitz totally killed an old woman.
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Who ordered his assassination (which almost killed him) after she felt guilty she helped rig his win. Mind you she was also going to expose him and herself (only after she died of cancer). That "old woman" was not honourable in any way!
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Wow, the tone of that was really unfair. Back off of the show. Scandal isn't the only dark show on TV.
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The only other shows with people this despicable are The vampire diaries and The originals. I would rather have Nick get on those two cases than off this one.
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game of thrones as well.
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GoT certainly has its share of people who are that despicable, but it's not like all of them are. And some of the people who have done bad things were in pretty desperate situations when they did them.
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I love the show and till the previous season was strongly rooting for Fitz-Olivia. But to be honest, this season, I kinda think that being the 2 of the most horrible people in the universe, they should just be killed off. They don't deserve a happy ending! Olivia's take-charge attitude, now just makes her look insanely stupid, careless, aggressively dominating instead of authoritative, unable to actually ponder on something and to look before she leaps, idiotically stubborn, morally corrupt and needlessly interfering, uncaring, selfish, not to mention all the while being a cheater!
And Fitz takes the cake! He's a cheater of unthinkable proportions! and a murderer! Weak-willed, spoilt, whinny, selfish, uncaring (he didn't see that something horrid had happened to Mellie when she changed!! What kind of a horrible human being is this???? )...the list goes on! So free the Scandal world of their scandal and get rid of them! At least then it will be a show about horrid people, being truly openly horrid and not pretending to be white knights!
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I was a bit apprehensive when I saw this article, but you are SPOT on! Last week I was grumbling about the plot line. I hate this soap opera turn this show has taken. Where is the damn "fix" of the week??
The writers really do need to fix this problem fast or I'm done.
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Scandal is about Olivia so the only character we need to root for is her. Anyway the arena is politics. Call me cynical but I have not seen a "good " man in politics before. We live in a gray world especially in politics and Scandal just reflect that.

I do agree it is getting wilder and more soapy but it still very exciting to watch. Did it not just won an award recently? So at least some critics loved it. Ratings are good and people are talking about it, that is what is important for a TV show.

My favorite is still Olivia and Huck.

I do not mind Fitz to be number one on your list and its fun to watch a president that is far from perfect.
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I totally agree with your list, especially with putting Fitz on the top of that list.

The thing is: For me, the reason why I still watch, is Huck and Quinn. I love how Quinn embraced her inner sociopath. Huck licking her face - that was the best :) and Quinn licking him back - great. I always enjoy some well done sociopathic behavior - at least on TV.
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I am not even sure why anyone is surprised, if the show runner thinks a character is the devil and everything is his fault, why should anyone else feel otherwise. By the way this writer should be ashamed of himself, if he thinks being whiny is worst than being an physical abuser like Jake. I guest since the abuse was against a black woman and not a white one, it doesn't count. For that reason, I am judging you personally and you are worst than any of these characters.
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stop looking for reasons to be offended! This show is about evil people doing evil things, so just STOP
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"I guest since the abuse was against a black woman and not a white one, it doesn't count."

Not for nothin', but that statement, given the scope of atrocities perpetrated by characters on this show is absurd, and being Black, I'm offended that you'd play that card...personally.

Jake has a few episodes and a couple of instances of being/turning into a typical Scandal character. Compare that with the rest of the cast that have been deplorable human being since the better part of season 1 and I don't know what you're complaining about. Jake should be higher because he grabbed Olivia by the throat and the only reason he's not is because she's Black?

What rubbish
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Is physical abuse worse than other kinds? Sexual, mental, verbal? Everyone on the show has been abusive in some way.

If you think for one instant that Nick's ranking was affected by either Jake's or Olivia's skin color, you're a friggin' idiot. People who play the race card at every single opportunity make it mean less for all of us when actual racism occurs.
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Yes, the fact that you personally didn't see anything wrong with a man throwing a woman against a door and choking her, tell me there is something amiss here . WTF? Had it been Mellie I guarantee you would have wanted him dead and he would not have been so low on your list. All these people are awful and I am glad they don't exist but anyone who would harm a woman physically is the scum of the earth and I don't care if he feels any remorse. They always feel remorse before they kill you.
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The fact that you don't see that the push and choke is insignificant in the context of a discussion about how bad he is says a lot about you. Did you miss that he MURDERED three innocent people a few episodes ago?

It's even more mind-boggling that you think that her race is at all relevant in this context.
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Yes, physical abuse is worse than mental, what kind of question is that?
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I disagree. Abuse is abuse but Mental abuse can be the most lasting. Physical scars can take weeks or months to heal. Mental abuse can take YEARS!!!
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It's a valid question from someone who has suffered all of those and has spent uncounted hours with many others who have suffered similarly. We identify with each other and recognize each others' reactions, and we're not stupid enough to believe that one type of suffering is worse than the others. Abuse is abuse. It's obvious the scene in last week's episode with Jake and Olivia was a specific trigger for you, but I don't think that drops him lower than anyone else on the show at this point. It's not as violent as what Fitz did to Vera (who, despite her past, was a helpless old woman at the time), and certainly not as violent as what Quinn does with a cordless drill. Of course, she's a woman, and her victim was a man, and some fools would see that as less vile than a man harming a woman. In the end, it's all people hurting people with whatever tools they have at hand, just because it furthers their own goals. Abuse is abuse.
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I meant to say verbal abuse, there is no comparison between verbal and physical abuse, anyone who equates the two have not really suffered either.
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With Physical abuse, you know it's happening as you can see the obvious signs. It can break you or it can make you super strong. It also allows others to witness it and SAVE YOU. But verbal/Mental abuse (for eg, the way some mothers convince their daughters of how everything is wrong with them) is not always visible and most often the victim doesn't even realise it. It sits with you FOREVER and it never makes you strong. Others can't save you for the lack of visible scars and most often others don't even see it even when it's happening in front of them. Verbal/mental abuse distorts your whole psyche and your complete personality. There is generally less that can be done to heal you from verbal/mental abuse as it leaves scars in places where you never know they exist. There is much less escape from verbal/mental abuse. The pain from physical abuse goes away and the scars fade, hardly so from the other. So yes, I do think verbal/mental is worse in some ways. It presents much less opportunity of escape and healing :)
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A lot of disagreement in the comments (which is totally cool). We can all agree David Rosen is the least reprehensible, right?
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What David lacks in reprehensibility he makes up for with idiocy. But, given the list of characters, being 10th on the list seems reasonable.
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Fitz and Mellie's baby isn't reprehensible yet. Let's see what happens when he begins to talk.
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THANK GOD!!! Finally somebody else who's just about had it with this damn show!

There isn't a single character of any significance who isn't a deplorable human beings, completely lacking any level of integrity or just fat out stupid. Abby and Harrison are the exceptions, but they're just window dressing at this point.
EVERYBODY ELSE...they're pretty much nonredeemable. My personal list is similar, though a few notable differences.

10. David Rosen: His intentions are good, but a complete lack of spine and smarts to see he's being bent to another person's will makes it all for not.

9. James Novak: Very similar to David, except instead of compromising himself for others, James compromises himself for selfish reasons. Be it for a baby, for his career or for Cyrus. But he's dead now so lesson learned I suppose.

8. Jake Ballard: He was on the fence but he's clearly embraced his dark side and despite his drunken request, Liv isn't going to save him.

7. Millie Grant: Sure, had a rough go of things, but she's more than made up for it with all the sh*t she's cast upon those around her.

6. Huck: might be the truest example of a victim. Once command captured him and slaughtered his family, it was all over for him.

5. Quinn Perkins: She's been a tool from almost the very start but now she's embraced her inner sociopath. She's Huck but with the past traumatic events to "justify" her behaviour.

4. Sally Langston: The Bible thumping, pro-life, religious hypocrite killer...enough said

3. Cyrus Beene: Turning out his husband is just one of a laundry list of offenses. But, at least he knows who and what he is and is consistent about it. That's FAR more than can be said of most everybody else on this show.

2. Olivia Pope: She's within a whisker of being at the top of this list. "I'm a gladiator!" STFU...you're supposed to be insanely smart with a terrifying reputation. You never let emotions cloud your judgement and you were there to right wrongs. That's how this show was sold. What was left out was that you were a wildly insecure, weak willed and weak minded stereotype of a woman. Constantly letting yourself get manipulated and played by a mean who's inferior in almost every regard. Whoring yourself out to a man who treats you like garbage in the most dysfunctional codependent relationship on TV I can remember seeing. If Fitz wasn't the worst person on any series (and I think he is), you'd be the hands down winner because of what a colossal let down you are in every facet of life.

1. Fitzgerald Grant: Too many reasons to list. If you watch the show, you know.
Noticeably absent, Rowan Pope. When he's the best person on this show, you know it's in trouble. Ya, he's don't a lot of bad things, but many of those were for decent, if not understandable reasons. Mostly I left him out of the top 10 because he is what he is, he knows what he is, he has a code and principles by which he is absolutely fixed to. There's no compromise (good or bad). He stands up for what he believes in and is the only character with any level of integrity.

I'm growing closer and closer to giving up this show as it becomes more and more of a poorly executed day time soap opera. That in addition to there's absolutely nothing or nobody to "root for" makes watching seem like a complete waste of time. At this point, I'd be happy with the series ending any time with as many people from that top 10 being taken out as possible.

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Reprehensible is exactly the word I'd use to describe this list. A man who slept with a woman under false pretenses, recorded them having sex without her knowledge, gave her a concussion, told her to lie about it, used her as a human shield, told her sleeping with her was part of his job and then choked her is somehow excused for his actions? I can't help thinking if any of his actions had been committed against Mellie, he would be number 1 on this list and people would be calling for Jake to be killed. It is unfortunate that you choose to tout domestic violence rather than condemn it. I think this list says a lot about you.
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Jake should be higher in the list that's for sure but he isn't the worst. The worst of them is Olivia's mother. How is Olivia ( her father is somekind of a hurt monster and her mom is the bigest socio) suppose to play Jesus and save them all?
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Yep, I agree! I don't know how jake isn't number 1 on this list or Cyrus or Mellie! But somehow Fitz is the worst! Nope nope nope!
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"I think this list says a lot about you" - AINT THAT THE TRUTH!
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I really wish these articles would start writing what their real problem is with Fitz. And that's the fact that he's in love with Olivia Pope, a black woman, over his lilly white wife! He's told Mellie and Olivia who he loves and has being willing to give up the presidency twice to prove it. Yet this article's author chooses to see Fitz as a man-child running around throwing tantrums and chafing tail. Stop hiding behind the pitiful excuse that he's not running the country. His being president is not a focus of the show so of course you're not going to see him discussing policy or working with members of congress. That is not what the show is about. I know it's hard to remember since this season has been all about Mellie's pain and trying, and failing, to make Jake relevant, but this is a show about Olivia Pope, DC fixer. And anybody in her orbit and what they do is secondary. This article's writer would do well to remember this and start writing with this fact forefront in his mind. Fitz's role is that of Olivia's love interest who happens to be the president. Grown folks breaking the law, covering up murders, fixing elections all without Fitz's knowledge, yet he's childish and throwing tantrums. What is he suppose to do when he finds out folks are doing these things when he didn't ask them to? Smdh!
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My real problem with Fitz and his relationship with Olivia is that it makes her look weak and act stupid and it makes him act like a 5-year-old in a sandbox saying "But those are my toys...I wanna play with them!"
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No, I don't think that these articles will/should start writing that their real problem with Fitz is that he's in love with a black woman because it isn't. It's very troubling to me that so many people in this thread genuinely think this. Not everyone is a raging racist that finds it difficult to accept a biracial couple. In fact, surprise! Pretty much no one writing scandal articles believes that.
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That's the thing is that I think this show has careened far away from Olivia being a fixer and way into the soapy aspects of her romantic triangle and how it affects policy and the American electoral process. I would LOVE for this show to go back to case-of-the-week and watching Olivia do what she does rather than her weeping into her popcorn bowl every week. How she handled the VP candidate a while back was a blip of the old Olivia I miss. We don't see that anymore. She's been reduced to a puppet between a couple of abusive men. To me, Jake has done a better job of demonstrating his grown-up affection (until last week's assault) where Fitz has demonstrated nothing a lovesick, deluded teenage would demonstrate. But, honestly, she's caught between two poisonous situations (as I noted).

My problem with Fitz is that he's undeserving of anyone's affection, particularly the strong women that have held up to the constant barrage of violence and slights. But, somehow, he's on a pedestal.
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Wait, Nick, really? Mellie was raped 15 years ago, and since then has blamed everything wrong with her life on Fitz. Fitz was shot four times for a sin that he knew nothing about. The people closest to him conspired to make him a fraudulent president. He was ordered to shoot down a plane with 329 passengers on board because Olivia's mother was trying to get at Rowan. Those things alone, for somebody as sensitive and idealistic as Fitz is, would be like a constant noose round his neck. He's had to endure his own suffering. He nearly lost his life for something he knew nothing about, yet he's the weakest one of all because sometimes he behaves petulantly? You're right, he doesn't deserve Mellie, he deserves somebody who loves him for more than his political legacy.

By the way, had he not killed Verna, they would have all gone to jail, Mellie, Olivia, Cyrus, and Hollis. Verna was dying anyway, so she would have escaped, and this is what makes Fitz reprehensible. I think you need to have a word with yourself, when Fitz is worse than a guy who ordered the killing of a pregnant girl, and tried to kill his own husband, and as of last Thursday, was prepared to let hundreds of people die just to get rid of a political rival.

The more I think about this, the more ridiculous and stupid your list is.
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Yes, most of us want to see the show return to what made it special...and that's getting the focus squarely back on Olivia. Why aren't you writing articles about what the hell happened to scandal? Or is scandal lost? Or do the writers even watch their shows because if they did they'd see all the plot holes and inconsistencies I'm seeing? Articles along those lines! Put the focus on what's been lost all for the sake of OMG moments that don't really amount to anything by the end if the episode. Scandal has been nothing short of a train wreck this season. I hope it finds it's way out of the morass that is season 3.

Now, I was with you up until you started with Jake. Last week's assault notwithstanding, I struggle to see how any of this "grown up affection" he's shown towards Liv is genuine. Nothing about their " relationship" was organic. He was able to capitalize on her vulnerabilities because he spied on her, made a sex tape without her consent and put her in the hospital and ask her to lie about it. His spying created an unfair advantage in my world. Also, I'm not even sure I understand why some see him as a viable love interest for Liv. Even if they did, after last week's assault, I hope they've re-evaluated their positions. If you watched from day 1, with close attention from the time Jake came on the scene, I don't understand how he's not number one on your list. Hell last week's assault against the female lead and WOC, without repercussion, should have been enough reason to make him number one on anyone's reprehensible list alone! I'm judging you nick for not seeing that!

As far as Fitz is concerned, he sits on a pedestal of privilege. I think folks hate him because of this...and he's in love with a black woman and willing to give up his power, position and some privilege for said black woman. That makes him the worst of the worst in the eyes of some. He must be sick to be willing to give all that up risk having it taken away all for HER, right?! Marinate on that for a minute Nick. Yes, he's a rich white male, but is that his fault? Whether folks want to admit it or not, Liv loves Fitz and Fitz loves Liv. They are in love with each other. They're in love under some less than ideal circumstances so that's gonna be hard. At times, neither of them treats the other one well. ..doesn't mean they don't love each other or should be together. Now Mellie? Mellie needs to get her life. I'm not sure what Mellie has done besides have kids she didn't want and make all kinds of moves and decisions to secure what she did want...and that is power! Also, Fitz isn't trying to give Mellie affection...and quite frankly she's not trying to give him any either.!
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Well, there was that shower scene a while back where Mellie gave Fitz some -- affection. Mellie at the service of the President, amirite? :: self high-five ::

But, seriously, while I think the argument that Fitz-Backlash has racial bias involved is an interesting topic and worth being explored, I don't know that it's the only reason why people don't like Fitz. He's also a petty man, a coddled man, a man who only knows silver spoons and privilege, so to see him demand things in a world that doesn't work the way he wants them to work out makes the portions of society that frown on rich white males taking what they want scowl a bit. That he thinks he can pluck a woman from her life and bend her to his will is another way to look at what Fitz has been doing to Olivia. I've never necessarily been sold on Olitz. I'm not sure if it's a chemistry thing or if it's because I don't like Fitz as a character but I like her better with basically any other person she's been linked with, even the troubled, dangerous, and poisonous Jake Ballard.

But that's always going to be the impasse. If you buy into Olitz, then Fitz isn't so bad. If you don't buy what he's selling her, because you think the character couldn't possibly fulfil all the promises he's tossed her way, then you start to see Fitz as more of a monster that pinions Olivia.
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I avoid commentary on this show in particular because I see things through my eyes covered in a body with black skin. The issues that persist with the biracial entanglement are not simple to grasp within my skin let alone outside of it so I am in agreement that it should at least be put aside for the sake of discussing the show in general. The only thing I will say is that I think the writer, Shonda Rimes, has done a great job of NOT making race an issue and she's black fwiw. It's the only way the show would be palatable to mainstream (white) society in the first place.

In the beginning I was on team Olitz and now not so much. I think Olivia's character has gone to pot basically. OR we are seeing an extended behind the scenes view of the downside of female strength. If we look at the latter, it makes sense in a very real way. No one can be that strong and that in command 100% of the time, so we could say we are starting to see the cracks in her gladiator shield.

As far as Fitz goes, I wanted to believe him in the beginning, I wanted to like him but more and more I see he's just weak and undeserving but that too is like most of the real men who start out strong and then start to show the cracks too.

So basically, once you throw into the pot that this is based on American politics and the American lives that hang in the balance of the decisions made by people like these it's pretty scary.

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Yeah that pitiful blow job Mellie tried to give Fitz was cringeworthy. Let's hope her skills improved for the blow job she gave uncle Andrew before her daughter walked in! Yikes! Lol!

Oh nick nick nick! Anybody is better but Fitz for Liv including the "troubled, dangerous and poisonous" Jake? Wow! So you're good with her being with someone that has laid hands on her..twice and landed her in the hospital? Okay! I'm still having difficulties understanding how jake could even remotely be considered a viable love interest.

Nonetheless, Fitz is always made to apologize for the wrongs he's done, but I must've have missed all those episodes that showed everybody, including Liv, apologizing for things they've done! Hello! Defiance anyone?! Something tells me if he finds out about the rape, he'll be apologizing for that too...even though he had nothing to do with and had no clue it happened. But since Shonda thinks Fitz is the devil, then of course he will be to blame and some will believe him to be worthy of the blame.

Now I will say I think Liv and Fitz need some time apart to work on and heal themselves. Time apart doesn't mean I don't think they're endgame. They are. Fitz and Mellie need to divorce. There is nothing left to salvage. Mellie needs to get a life and figure out a way to use all those smarts to go be great in her own right. But damn, I'm realizing that Fitz loving this black woman with all he has really doesn't sit well with folks. Good to know!
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UNTIL last week's assault? Really? This is the same dude who assaulted Olivia in his home by not allowing her to leave when she went, fighting against her and causing her to be concussed. This is also the same dude who, after Olivia confronted him about James' death, implicitly threatened her life. This is also the same dude who used Olivia's body as a shield int he s2 finale -- that woman was not there to harm Olivia (those with sense knew this from the jump. For everyone else, it was explicitly stated in the s3 premiere).

There is nothing grown up about his affections. What grown man wants a woman to save him?
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Well, gender issues aside (it's okay for a woman to save a man), Jake has made some sacrifices for Olivia. I don't think he's a good person (hence making the list of reprehensible people). I don't condone what he's done to Olivia. Fitz, however, is directly responsible for reducing our hero from the strong, smart woman we see in the beginning of the series to the one that's been reduced to weeping into her popcorn at night. For our purposes of ranking fictional characters within the context of the storyworld, Fitz has done much more damage to Olivia's psyche and still gets to be revered and heralded as President.
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Fitz is not responsible for that. To say that, negates Olivia of her own agency. Olivia is what she is because that's what she allows herself to be. As Fitz told her last week, he did not happen to her. As Kerry Washington says in interview after interview, it was Olivia's choice to begin a relationship with Fitz (something that Kerry has said she appreciated -- she likes the fact that we see Olivia make this decision of her own accord after Fitz tells her to go to her room all the way back in 1.06). Don't make it seem like Fitz is doing something to her when she could very well walk away (and, back in s2 when fitz did walk away, Olivia was testing him to see if he meant it and brought herself back into his orbit after his assassination attempt). Honestly, this reasoning is specious at best. Olivia is not a victim of their relationship -- she can walk away (the same way she did back during the first 100 days) but she chooses not to. Your reasoning is horrible and treats Olivia as if she has no say in her life.

And my comment about a man being saved by a woman is not about the whole reversal of damsel in distress (which, personally, I hate that tired trope as well). Jake needs to save and fix himself. It's not Olivia's job to do either of those things.
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I swear man, Fitz hate is on another level in the media. But that's what Shonda wants y'all to feel so congrats for falling for it hook, line, and sinker. Because heaven forbid, anyone in the media be discerning. It seems to be in SHORT supply around these parts.

Because I would hope that Jake putting Olivia, you know THE LEAD of the show, in the hospital as well as choking her would put him in first place. The man that has literally never done a thing for Olivia, AGAIN THE LEAD OF THE SHOW, or apologized to her would surely be the worst on this canvas but no. You people really are something else drinking that cyanide laced Shonda koolaid.

And you would like to see Fitz be a president? Well, maybe we would if nearly EVERY episode wasn't wasted on garnering sympathy for that growling and pontificating harpy Mellie or Jake's ungodly attempt to be relevant re: B613. This show has literally gone to crap for those two reasons. Olivia is a secondary character on her own show because for some reason, we need to know what made Mellie a bad person and why we should care about Jake. I didn't sign up for this show for Jake or Mellie. I signed for this show for Olivia Pope. And I stayed for Fitzgerald Grant. You know that is why a lot of people watch, NOT because of Mellie, a woman who for some reason doesn't want to divorce her husband even though he has told her twice he wants a divorce and that he is in love with another woman. That doesn't make her strong. That makes her stupid. And I sure as heck don't want to see Jake disrespecting and manhandling the first black female lead in prime-time TV in 40 years.

But keep on falling into the Fitz hate trap. Fitz has proven to be practically the only person on this show that has Olivia's best interests at heart. And her interests are the ONLY interests to be considered, since she is THE LEAD OF THE SHOW. He built her a freaking house, he was willing to give up his Presidency for her, he does whatever she tells him to do, and HE APOLOGIZES, something that NO ONE does on this show. But when you like to pick and choose what is relevant and what is not it is really easy to make 2 secondary characters seem like they walk on water instead of sympathizing with the lead or the man that is desperately in love with her. Your bias is so transparent. But hey, you aren't the only one so congrats on being in negligant company.
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This list is so ridiculously biased. How is it even possible for Fitz to be worse than Rowan, Cyrus, Huck, Quinn, Jake and Sally. First of all we have Cyrus who pimped out his own husband and put a hit out on James once knowingly and once unknowingly(which led to his death), he also is responsible for killing Amanda Tanner. But he is somehow better than Fitz? WTFever.
Then we have Rowan who sent a man (Jake) to sleep with his daughter and tape it. Not to mention his years of killing.
Next up is Jake who has as mentioned above slept with Olivia, filmed her, landed her in the hospital and choked her just this past episode. But somehow Fitz is worse?
What exactly has Fitz done that is worse than those people? Oh, he killed Verna who tried to kill him. Having affairs and falling in love is worse than killing? He pitches fits? More than the biggest whiner of all, Mellie?
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Agreed. Although I'm somehow actually still enjoying it, I've been watching Season 3B relieved of any investment in the characters. At this point, I watch Fitz/Olivia's scenes grudgingly and take everything they say with a pinch of salt. I was never really a fan of Fitz's character anyway, but now I it's just hilarious how he's written as a tantrum prone toddler who happens to be the president of the United states. Olivia has become an embarrassment. I side eye the way they've made Fitz and Olivia awful people just to make us 'like' Mellie. I already 'liked' Mellie. Season 1 and early season 2 Mellie- who was rational, realistic and actually got things done- was my favourite character. But since the end of last season, her arc has been her as this slighted, victimized wife, and Olivia and Fitz have become these two idiotic, childish messes. Bellamy Young is doing a great job- she's one of the things keeping me watching. I actually think Tony Goldwyn is very good as well. I just think it's really unfortunate that the writers have tried to make her (Mellie) more sympathetic at the expense of the other two leads.
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Jake has a big heart for Olivia--- I guess knocking her unconscious and chocking her are now signs of love???? How is abusing someone make someone a nice guy?? Jake also kills people too and is a sociopath. Huck is a murderer and tortured his bestie Quinn and chocked Olivia and yet Fitz is the worst character ever cuz he is in an unhappy marriage.
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He also shot down a plane full of 300+ innocent people. And he's so WHINY.
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Also? Fitz is no more whiny than ANYONE else on the show. Cyrus threw a damn temper tantrum outside of Olivia's apartment. Mellie whines all of the time about what she has "sacrificed" (which is bs. She sacrificed because she wanted to be FLOTUS. Point blank period. Because Fitz did not ask her to give up her career - Cyrus told her she had to. If she's such a political animal, then she could have tried on her own), etc etc. Yes...Fitz is the biggest perpetrator?

The fact of the matter is that all of the characters, including Olivia, have done WORSE things than Fitz -- but everyone always points their ire toward Fitz. Please seek help for your Fitz Derangement Syndrome.
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So being whiny is worse the choking the woman you supposedly love and sending her to the hospital due to a concussion and torturing people??? And Fitz was in the military and was following orders. Do you call our service members murders for obeying their orders??? Love how selective your memory is when it comes to scandal.
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You're an idiot. Military orders are military orders. Don't purposefully be obtuse. And whiny is worse than choking a woman? Really!?
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You mean when Fitz choked the dying Supreme Court Justice in her hospital bed?
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You mean after the same SCOTUS Justice tried to kill him twice (the first time causing him to be shot 2 times, the second time beind foiled), the same SCOTUS Justice who killed the innocent Press Secretary? Please stop. (and lets not forget that but for the rest of their actions with Defiance -- a situation he did NOT ask for, but they all went throw for their personal gain -- Fitz wouldn't have been in that situation to begin with. Moreover, had he not quickened Verna's journey home, Cyrus, Mellie (whom you clearly love so much for whatever reason), Hollis and Olivia would all be in jail...soooooo BYE).

Moreover, as someone mentioned, military orders are military orders. They don't ask questions -- they do what they are told.

Stop with the apples to oranges comparison.
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I should also remind you that if Fitz had not cut off Verna's oxygen...let's not say choke since in order to choke someone you have to have your hands around their throat....if you're confused see last weeks episode...anyway had he not your precious and pure Saint Mellie's pampered ass would be in a federal prison.
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You mean the Supreme Court Justice that had him shot three times and killed an innocent mother of two? You mean when he found out that everything and everyone he believed in was a lie? Is that what you mean because comparatively they aren't the same. NOW if Fitz were to have slept with Verna and then choked her hours later you may have a point. But that didn't happen so you don't. And you're still dodging the issue that Jake has physically harmed Olivia twice and made a sex tape of her without her knowledge that just got passed around. What Fitz has or has not done DOES NOT negate that Jake is an abusive bastard! But Olivia doesn't matter. Mellie matters. Verna matters. 329 unseen people matter. The lead? Nope! You're vile.
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Exactly. Nicholas can go scratch. Fitz was following orders.
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So Jake and Huck CHOKE Olivia, kill and torture people for a living but somehow Fitz is the bad guy just because he's married? Ya'll have Fitz Derangement Syndrome-

And you should really check yourself and your bias.
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Well, I mean, Fitz also shot down a plane and choked an elderly woman and has been nothing but verbally abusive to his wife for most of the series. No one's hands are clean on this show. It's just that Fitz is such a big baby that's completely undeserving of Olivia (and Mellie for that matter). Fitz shouldn't be in charge of a candy store let alone The Republic.

Comparing the crimes of each of the characters isn't apples to apples. Some of them were through military order, some of them were for their jobs, some just for themselves. Of all the people on the show, Fitz seems to be the one to do more things for #1 than anyone else (only because Cyrus purports to do things at the service of the President).
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Are you blind watching Scandal? The most selfish self-centered character is Mellie. Mellie's only goal in life which she stated has been to be First Lady and her every actions have been to get to the White House and remain in the White House.


Mellie is a nonsensical idiot who DOES NOT EXIST without Fitz. She is so pathetic that her only existence is being First Lady. She is an ABSOLUTE NOTHING without that position. All of her scheming fails and she has to be rescued by Olivia, Fitz and Cyrus. Then we get her endless ranting and whining. I'm tired of the Mellie the Martyr act.She loves POWER and Fitz has taken nothing from her.Mellie could leave at any time and have a rewarding life.She is a rich, attractive, privileged white woman with the world at her finger tips.



tired of the Mellie the Martyr act.She loves POWER and Fitz has taken nothing from her.Mellie could leave at any time and have a rewarding life.She is a rich, attractive, privileged white woman with the world at her finger tips.


Olivia is a successful professional who doesn’t need ANY man to define who she is. Mellie sells herself for power and does NOTHING by herself, she is a LEECH.


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Fitz built Liv a house. He has said on more than one occasion he would give up the Presidency for her. He has on more than one occasion offered to get a divorce. He has told her that there is NOTHING she could do that he wouldn't forgive, that he loves her unflinchingly, unconditionally, to his detriment at times. One of the reasons why he killed Verna, besides the fact that she tried to have him assassinated twice (your Fitz Derangement gives you selective memory) was because he was trying to SAVE Olivia, Mellie, Cyrus and, yes, himself from impeachment and imprisonment.

Meanwhile, he always apologies and owns his mistakes, while your precious Martry Mellie and Jake play the victim and blame everyone else (read: Fitz) for their shitty lot in life and that he happened to grow up privileged and have some things handed to you. I'm still waiting for Jake to apologize for stalking Olivia, giving her a concussion, attempting to kill her father, kill her goddaughter's father, and choke her. I'm still waiting to see Joke show ANY empathy or remorse for ANYONE besides himself ("I asked you to save me... and you said no.") - something Fitz does all of the time, constantly (the funeral earlier this year is a prime example).

I'm also still waiting for Mellie to take responsibility for her actions - you conveniently keep avoiding how obsessed she is with playing the victim and how allergic she is to accountability. Wonder why - must be that whole poor white wife being cuckolded by the evil black woman thing.
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Jake did risk his life to find out all the information Olivia wanted on her mother and spent time in the Hole because of her. I'm not saying those are outright apologies but it's not like Jake isn't self-sacrificing.

There's a lot of latitude given to Fitz's crimes than for anyone else and I don't feel like it's deserved, particularly since he commits the same crimes over and over again, particularly when verbally abusing both Olivia and Mellie and demanding Olivia be ready for him at all times for any manner of services. Treating Olivia like concubine (is she even getting paid by the White House?) while selling her on promises of "Vermont" or "resigning from the presidency" or whatever seems cruel to do to such a person that used to be so confident and strong.

Also, with regards to Vermont: he talked about moving up there with Olivia (I won't hold my breath) and having a bunch of kids and watch them run around the house. But his current children are shipped off to boarding school and only appear a handful of times in the series. That might just be a budgetary thing, though.
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Erm....Jake didn't risk his life to find out that information about Olivia's mother for her, he was trying to work out a way to get rid of Olivia's father. A fact that was confirmed when he went to the Oval office to beg Fitz to help him kill Rowan in episode 3x09.

Also, the erroneous information that Jake gave to Liv was what led to Olivia eventually putting her terrorist mother on a plane out of the country.
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"Also, with regards to Vermont: he talked about moving up there with Olivia (I won't hold my breath) and having a bunch of kids and watch them run around the house. But his current children are shipped off to boarding school and only appear a handful of times in the series. That might just be a budgetary thing, though."

Do you realize how stupid this reasoning sounds? One, this show already has too many freaking people and there is absolutely no need to see the kids weekly. Two, there is such a thing as a show budget. Three, it's been stated on the show that it was Mellie's idea to send them to boarding school and Fitz didn't like ti. But, I guess you don't care about facts because they go against your need to make up stuff about Fitz.

Verbally abusing both Olivia and Mellie: Um...do you not recall each and every instance both of those women have given as good as they got? Is it only a crime because he's a man that's yelling?

Fitz is treating Olivia like a concubine? Really? Did you forget in 2.08 where Mellie gave Olivia permission to keep being with Fitz because they all had their duty? Did you forget in 1.07 where Mellie blamed Olivia for breaking Fitz's heart? Did you forget in 1.03 where Mellie arranged for Olivia to come to the WH so that Fitz would be able to sleep? Did you forget in 3.05 where Mellie begged Olivia to come back to the campaign because Fitz needed her (and essentially told Olivia it was ok for them to be together, as if Mellie was in charge of Olivia's sexuality) and the in 3.06 was mad that Olivia said no and called her a whore?

The only person treating Olivia like a concubine and as if she controls Olivia's sexuality is Mellie. Check yourself and watch the show again.
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TREATING OLIVIA LIKE A CONCUBINE!?!?!

The only one who has treated Olivia like a concubine is MELLIE - from inviting her to the state dinner in 103 because Fitz couldn't sleep to telling her she was falling down on the job because she left Fitz and the WH to then turning around and begging her to come back to the campaign in 305. You are Conveniently ignoring the racial undertones of Mellie acting like the slave master’s wife rounding up her pretty black slave Olivia to appease the master. Fitz has NEVER treated Olivia like a concubine and with the exception of hi shitty treatment of her in 2x13 and 2x14 has REPEATEDLY told her she is NOT a mistress, she is the love of his life and the woman he would give it all up for if she would stop working behind his back with Mellie and Cyrus to manipulate him into staying into office.

This is all the result of shitty writing deemed to martyr Saint Mellie (which you’re falling for hook line and sinker) and elevate Jake to some importance on the canvas on a show that was about a political fixer in love with the POTUS, NOT a pathetically lame Alias-spy rip off show
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how dare you :P ?! melly is literally the best part of the show!!!
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I actually like Mellie a good bit. I just wish she had more backbone. She caves so quickly to Fitz.
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She caves because all she cares about is being First Lady. People forget the fact that if she was really the political animal she claims to be, she would run for office on her own merits (like Sally) instead of riding Fitz's coattails. She's weak and cannot stand the scrutiny.

Based on so much of the media and write ups like these, I have to agree with @td131313's assertion that too many are uncomfortable with the idea of the most powerful white man in the world willing to give up everything for a black woman. It's so apparent and and the biases are transperent as all get out.
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She caves because she is interested in the power she gets from being first lady. Power first for Mellie. She has no interested in Fitz as he has none for her. Marriage has been dead for years but some rather show a pity party for the white secondary female character than anyone else.
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How many times has Fitz asked her for a divorce? The man has looked her in the face and said "I am in love with another woman" and Mellie is STILL there! Because she's loves Fitz? No! Because she loves power. Don't act like Fitz hasn't been straight with her. He has. She just doesn't care. The real issue here is that people are uncomfortable with the fact that a white man of power would choose his black 'mistress' over his white blue blooded 'wife'. THAT is the issue here. So instead of owning your own bias you put it on the character. It's transparent and just flat out wrong!
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"The real issue here is that people are uncomfortable with the fact that a white man of power would choose his black 'mistress' over his white blue blooded 'wife'"
I strongly disagree. I know many many people that watch scandal and have had many different reactions to this season, but I'm pretty sure none of them think that.
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Yes that's exactly what it is for Nicholas.

The white woman's white husband wants to leave her for a black woman and has made that known over and over again. So he's the worst, because who could ever leave someone as wonderful and white as Mellie for someone as awful and black as Olivia??? -_-
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I don't think that's true. I know Nicholas. He's a pretty cool cat.

Fitz wanting to leave his wife for Olivia is not why he's the worst. He's the worst for not doing it and still demanding Olivia be at his beck and call, professionally and sexually. He's reduced a strong woman to a puddle and it's tragic, for the character and for the show. This one weakness in Olivia has turned into the focal point of the series and it's hurting the show overall. The leader of the free world doesn't have to ask for a divorce. He knows he can make any move he wants as long as he's willing to deal with the consequences. And he's not so willing to shoulder them. Also, Fitz throws a lot of tantrums.

I do like Mellie. But Olivia is the reason I started watching this show and why I keep watching. And I really hate what Fitz is doing to her.
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Mellie is a POS. She's obsessed with playing the victim, blaming Big Jerry, Fitz, Olivia, Cyrus and WHOEVER for her shtty lot in life and is literally ALLERGIC to taking any responsibility for own actions, like quitting her OWN job when Fitz NEVER asked her to, keeping the fact that she was raped by his father from him AND the fact that his son might not even be his, not to mention inducing labor to manipulate him, alternately condoning his affair with Olivia and then whining like a spoiled brat that he needs to get over her, making him a fraud with Defiance, forging his signature when he was in the hospital, guilting him into feeling bad about loving Olivia when she carried on an affair with Andrew (emotional if not physical), I mean I can literally go on and on why Mellie is the most pathetic, disgusting, horrible character on this show but because she's white and her husband in love with a black woman instead of her, she garners ALL the sympathy in the world while Fitz is a dog and Liv the pathetic one.

Again, @McK8261 - check your bias.
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@Sharipep, Mellie JUST started getting sypathy THIS SEASON, because we now understand why she is the way she is. Because she was raped by Fitz' father. But for the first two seasons, people despised Mellie because they didnt know her back story and why she is so cunning and unfeeling. Mellie had ZERO sympathy from viewers. Im one of those people who could not stand Mellie, but once I learned her back story it helped me understand her. There is always a reason why someone is the way they are...but your statement is just factually WRONG
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"but because she's white and her husband in love with a black woman instead of her, she garners ALL the sympathy in the world-"

I have to respectfully disagree with you right there. We're meant to believe he's been in love with Olivia since we were introduced to the characters. And that he's not in love with Mellie. I'm pretty sure most people watching the show believed and accepted this initially.
But, as I'm sure you'll agree, this whole thing of Mellie garnering sympathy from viewers and reviewers only started relatively recently with that (tacked on, in my opinion) rape storyline and the backlash due to character destruction of Olivia. It's only these last ten episodes or so that I've heard this discussion of Mellie being very sympathetic and mistreated rile up. She hasn't been 'garnering ALL the sympathy in the world' this whole time. Before, it used to be 'Mellie is crazy ambitious', 'an ice cold first lady', HBIC etc. And Fitz was in love with Olivia then too! And I'm not even complaining because I enjoyed the character more that way. But then it all changed when the show started to victimize her. I don't see that Olivia being black has anything to do with it. Even if they'd all been white, or Mellie wasn't white, I think the reaction right now would be pretty much the same.
In summary, what I'm saying is, I think you should check your bias. It's rather insulting to viewers to say Mellie is only garnering sympathy because Fitz is in love with a woman of colour.
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oh, I didn't say she was a GOOD person. I just love the fact that she does what she wants, when she wants to with no apologies and exactly zero f**ks given. while Olivia is busy making ugly faces and breaking up with then immediately sleeping with fitz. she's a stone-cold b, and I love her for it
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I see you. White Mellie grinding her teeth and growling is attractive but Olivia making an emotional face is ugly. Racist much?

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Why do people keep liking these kind of comments?
They are so ignorant. How on earth is commenting on Kerry Washington's facial expressions racist? This is embarassing
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because I pointed out kerry washington's absolutely ridiculous faces i'm racist? ya, that makes sense. my husband of five years (who is black) would probably disagree. but thanks for your judgemental input!
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So, it's very clear that the media will continue to ignore the repeated instances of Jake both laying hands on Olivia as well as threatening her life -- and he's the lesser of two evils? When media makes these comparisons and fails to take these IMPORTANT instances of physical violence against it Olivia, it just shows there is a bias and agenda going on, as well as the fact that violence against black female characters is continually ignored and brushed aside.

Additionally, the Mellie sympathizing must stop. This is a woman who risked the life of her unborn child by inducing unnecessarily as well as lied to her husband about potential paternity issues. Yes, Mellie was raped -- but her rape, while horrendous, does not excuse her from being cold, manipulative, and all out crappy person.

For whatever reason, the media seeks to put Mellie and Jake on pedestals as if they are the stars of the show and I'm sick of it.
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PREACH


Let Scott Foley and Bellamy Young get their own TV shows if they are so wonderful. Let's see how long those shows last on the air. Scott and Bellamy have been on TV numerous shows but no movie career and they are both mid 40s. They are not star material.




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Why do they need to have had movie careers to be stars? And Scott Foley was a lead in Felicity. He's a very recognizable face in television, having had a very lengthy career in the medium.
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Scott Foley was a supporting actor on Felicity. The guy is wooden as hell. As for his long career, look at the work he's done, he's rarely been picked up for more than one season on any show. The only things that Scott has going for him are that he's white, male, straight and doesn't look like an ogre, otherwise he's as mediocre as they come, acting-wise. If a black actor sucked as badly as he does at acting, he'd never get a job. Hell, there are black actors far superior who have a really tough time getting roles that Scott lands easily. Talk about privilege at work.

The guy plays Noel Crane in every show he appears in. The writers have had to really work hard to get the audience to take to him. He has zero chemistry with Kerry Washington, and that's a pretty hard feat to pull off. He's been pushed and forced down our throats in a way that Columbus Short never has been, and he was a regular character way before Scott came along. In a further effort to make him relevant, Shonda and her team of writers made him Command. They even gave him Rowanesque monologues that he butchers, in an effort to drag some acting talent out of him.

We learned from the guy himself that the writers had written two endings for episode 3x10, one where Fitz makes him Command, and another where Fitz offers him the Vice Presidency. If that's not pulling out all the stops to make his character relevant, I don't know what is. There has been nothing organic about Jake Ballard's elevation in the Scandalverse, and the actor continues to suck at acting.
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LMAO - Scott Foley was a secondary character on Felicity not a lead character.


The TV shows where Scott had a lead role all flopped because he is a bad actor - wooden and emotionless. His last lead show The Goodwin Games (after he joined Scandal) failed miserably.


As for Bellamy, there is nothing in her career that comes close to Scandal after 20 years as an actress. She just does not have the 'IT' factor and will always be a supporting character.


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No. Keri Russell was the lead in Felicity. Scott Foley was a secondary character and he's pretty much been costing on his Felicity days.
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Oh, I see, Jerry Grant can't even rank! ;)
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LOL..i got late into this article, read it, then decided to read the comments too. Now midway, there is a discussion on what's worst -- this type of abuse VS that type of abuse. This boiled my blood a little, then there are also comments on racial and domestic violence which made me think and and ponder what to write (coz "Think before you speak/type). Anyways, amidst all that serious issues discussions i kinda lost the direction, or the entertainment value of the article. Then i read your comment.
I laughed so hard coz i figured out you meant Jerry Grant Jr (teenage brat-ness can't rank in the scandal universe). You must have meant that (because i don't want to analyze why i am laughing if you meant Jerry Grant Sr).
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