We’re breaking down all there is to know about our Thursday night addiction, Scandal. From the first season’s crisis to this season’s love triangles, we have the ultimate A-Z of Scandal.
Abby. Olivia and Abby’s relationship has had it’s fair share of drama, but as we see in Season 4, they’ve always got each other’s back.
B-613. The secret government agency, led by Papa Pope, that’s been murdering, torturing and threatening almost everyone in the series.
Columbus Short. The actor’s unprecedented leave from the show still has fans asking, “Will Harrison come back?”
Dan Bucatinsky played the late-great James Novak Seasons 1 through 3. He was the love of Cyrus’ life until he was shot in cold blood by Jake. R.I.P.
Emmys. The show has won two Emmys (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2013 and Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series in 2014) and been nominated three times.
Fitz. Fitzgerald Grant, the President of the United States and Olivia’s main love interest, played by Tony Goldwyn.
Guillermo Diaz, who plays Huck, Olivia’s tech and torture guy. On Season 4 Episode 15, we finally learned that Huck’s real name is Diego Munoz (really?!).
Hole. The B-613 hole that housed our disgraced Scandal favorites including Huck, Jake and Mama Pope.
“It’s Handled.” Olivia’s catchphrase. Is there any crisis this woman can’t fix?
Scandal is based on crisis manager and former George H.W. Bush administration press aide Judy Smith. A former lawyer and public relations executive, Smith now serves as co-executive producer of the show.
Kerry Washington. The star. The head Gladiator in charge. The Olivia Pope. Her favorite thing about playing Olivia Pope? The wardrobe.
Lyn Paolo is the show’s Emmy-nominated costume designer. In 2014, Paolo and Washington launched a Scandal fashion line with the Limited.
Mellie. The First Lady of the fictional United States, the oft-scorned wife of President Fitz. Don’t worry, she gets some loving from Fitz’s main man Andrew Nichols. Get it, Mellie!
“No.” A word Olivia just can’t seem to say to Fitz. Or Jake. Or Huck. Or anyone?
Olivia Pope and Associates, or OPA to the Gladiators out there. The sleek Gladiator headquarters in Washington D.C. where all the “handling” goes down.
Popcorn. Usually paired with a nice aged bottle of red wine. It’s Olivia Pope’s snack of choice and a must-have for Thursday night Scandal viewing.
Quiver. The iconic Olivia Pope lip quiver when she’s faced with a tough decision. (And also when she’s faced to face with Fitz).
Rowan Pope, the head of B-613, the father of Olivia Pope, the baddest man to ever appear on primetime. Thank you, Joe Morton, for giving this character life.
Shonda Rhimes (duh). Without her, there’d be OPA, there’d be no Gladiators, there’d be no Scandal.
Tom Larsen. The President’s Secret Service agent and B-613 double agent responsible for the death of little Jerry Grant (R.I.P.). Now Tom is locked up, they won’t him out. Poor Tom.
“Uh-oh.” The word most uttered while watching Scandal. Something always goes down or goes wrong for Olivia Pope and Associates. Scandal keeps us on the edge our seats.
Voldemort, David Rosen’s hilarious nickname for good guy turned bad guy turned good guy, Cyrus Beene. Gotta love a surprise Harry Potter reference.
Winter white. A staple shade in Olivia’s wardrobe.
Xerox. They copy, scan and print a lot of documents and images at OPA. Look at that window. They care about their clients but they clearly don’t care about trees.
Yellow. Like the sun. The sun that Olivia wants to stand in with Jake. When she’s not making jam in Vermont with Fitz.
“Zzzzz…” Sleep. Something you will not be getting thanks to ABC Thursday nights. But we’re not mad. Staying up late for Scandal is always worth it.