Love, marriage, divorce— Shonda Rhimes brought out all of the drama for this milestone episode.
In honor of their 100th episode, Scandal took viewers on a time-travel trip to an alternative reality.
As fans know, the series started five years ago when Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) first took office and his love affair with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) fully bloomed. As we’d later discover, he wouldn’t have won the presidency if not for faulty voting booths in Defiance, Ohio.
But in “The Decision”, Pope envisions an entirely different existence where Defiance never happened and Fitz isn’t in the White House.
Their love affair remains just as intense, he leaves Mellie and they marry in a beautiful ceremony, but losing the election weighs on Fitz. Eventually a life of being a political pundit kills his career passion, and ultimately affects his alternate life marriage to Olivia.
Love, marriage, divorce, secret kisses, Common’s “The Light”— Shonda Rhimes had it all.
Fans also reacted to Mellie kissing Cyrus, after Fitz has left her in the alternative world. In either existence, Cyrus is still gay, so it threw viewers off.
“I don’t think I’ve really thought about it until we were standing there at the 100th episode celebration with the cake and everything,” Rhimes told The Hollywood Reporter about taping the 100th episode.
“I truly didn’t realize it. I don’t know if it’s a milestone because I’m a woman or a milestone because I’m an African-American woman — it’s America, so everything is a milestone if you’re an African-American woman it seems. But it does feel fun that we get to do these shows and get here and the fans are following.”
Scandal comes on Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC.
[BLANK_AUDIO] So yesterday we had the entire Chanda Linn family. All of the actors from all three shows, although there's going to be a forth. All of the actors together looking beautiful and fabulous and well-dressed. And color-coordinated, and we were all in a room to do this massive portrait for Shonda and her land. Shonda Rhimes far exceeds any prayer I could have come up with for the best boss ever. She is a friend She's an inspiration. She's a role model. She's a leader. She is a, she's really such an example for me as a woman, as a person of color, as a mom, as an employer, as an artist, as a human being I think the thing that I love most about playing Olivia Pope is that I'm constantly learning more about her. You know I come from film, so I'm used to playing a character for three or four months. Or even in the theater where you may play a character for a year, but it's that same moment in their life. Over and over again. And the thing about doing television is that you get to discover more and more about your character because you live with them but you live with them in all different situations and scenarios over four years now. So I just love her, I love Her imperfections, I love her fabulousness, I love how strong and smart she is, I love how vulnerable and imperfect she is. She's a real gift to me in my life. I have to say I think my favorite line on the show is not a line that I got to say. I think my favorite line Line on this show is probably I'm Quinn ****. Which is probably a [UNKNOWN] line. So that's probably my favorite. But I've had some great ones. It's handled is so classic that's probably the one people on the street say to me the most. I kind of live the [UNKNOWN] Speeches. You know when she pokes someone, those moments are really fun because I think as a woman to be able to have that sense of authority, and give somebody a good read is really fun.