The only TV drama series I watched in the past decade was Grey’s Anatomy and I gave up on it three years ago. I tried watching Smash and Nashville when they started, but only lasted two episodes. When a friend recently asked if I was a Scandal fan, I thought he was talking about Anthony Weiner, not a TV series. I had never seen the show. That same day, Joshua Malina, a Scandal cast member, was on Ellen, a show that I DVR every afternoon to watch at night. The next morning, some of my associates were talking about Scandal on a conference call before the organizer got the meeting started.
All the Scandal stuff coming at me in a 24-hour period provoked my curiosity. So a couple of nights later I watched the show’s season premiere. I had no idea what was going on, but I liked the actors, especially Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope and Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant. I remembered that Netflix had past episodes of some TV series and decided to check to see if they had Scandal. That was the beginning of my three-night and two-day Scandal marathon.
I watched about 22 hours of the series, from beginning to present, thanks to Netflix. I started after work on a weeknight, continued the next two nights and all day Saturday and Sunday while my husband watched football, baseball and NASCAR. I stopped only to sleep and throw a pizza in the oven or heat up some soup in the microwave. I was instantly caught up in the gripping drama of nasty DC scandals and betrayals, bloody crime scenes, steamy sex, diversity, the brilliant dialog, plot lines and storytelling of creator Shonda Rhimes, steamy sex, fabulous ensemble cast and, oh, did I mention the steamy sex? It’s an ABC network show, so the sex isn’t THAT steamy; it’s just enough to cause my temperature to rise a bit.
One of the best moments for me was finding my dear friend, Gaye Nelson, as a nurse at bedside in a scene wherein First Lady Mellie Grant (actress Bellamy Young) is giving birth. Gaye is a frequent background cast member on The Big Bang Theory – my favorite TV comedy of all time. She’s also on Criminal Minds, but that’s too dark for me. It was a thrill to find her in an episode of Scandal.
Bottom line: I am a devoted new Scandal fan. I haven’t been a fan girl for many years, but now I can’t wait till Thursday nights to watch the show and participate in the cast’s live Twitter chats. I learned that Josh Malina, the actor I had seen on Ellen, whose Scandal character, David Rosen, immediately became one of my favorites, does a behind-the-scenes Scandal cam video show for Entertainment Weekly. I found his videos online and watched all of them this past weekend.
I’m still watching football with my husband on weekends and Monday nights. He’s been patient with my Scandal addiction, probably because of how my temperature has risen. I doubt I will be giving up on this show any time soon.