I'm finally in on the Scandal...now I understand what all the fuss is about

In a flashback or in the present, Kerry Washington and Co. continue to deliver the steamy, sultry goods.

Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) in a flashback.


Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) in a flashback.

The Show: Scandal, S1, E6 (City/ABC/Netflix)
The Moment: The Hot Flashback

In a flashback, we witness the moment Washington D.C. fixer Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and U.S. presidential candidate Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) fall in lust. He fired her because she called his marriage cold. Now he chases her down a hall to take it back.

“I am brilliant,” she protests. “You would be lucky to have me. Just because you don’t like hearing the truth about yourself --”

He cuts her off. “I loved hearing what you had to say,” he murmurs. “I would be lucky to… have you.” He gazes into her huge brown eyes. Time stops. He steps back.

“This is why you fired me,” she pants.

Whoo-ey! Why hasn’t anyone written about what delirious, ridiculous fun this series is? I’m kidding, of course; I’m just extremely late to this party. To quote Geena Davis after Brad Pitt rocks her socks in Thelma and Louise: Now I understand what all the fuss is about.

The white coat! The striding down corridors of power! The effortless way Pope’s elite team breaks into any house/computer/office and finds exactly the right clue everyone else has missed!

Just when you’re thinking, “Whatever began this lurking passion between Olivia and Fitz better be good” – bingo! A steamy sex scene arrives that delivers on every promise. Sure, it’s lifted directly from Steven Soderbergh’s film Out of Sight. But it’s so stuffed with hungry gazing and bosom-heaving that no one cares.

No wonder ABC simply hands all their money to series creator Shonda Rhimes. I would, too.