Last week Kerry Washington fans the world over let out a collective OMG as sources confirmed that the Scandal actress is expecting her first child. Over the summer Washington went off and got hitched to NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, and now it looks like their family is getting ready to expand. But what does it all mean for us?! All good things, we believe. Here are just a few reasons to get excited about Kerry’s bun in the oven.
There Will Be A Human Being On the Planet Who Was Raised By Kerry Washington
Have you ever met Kerry Washington? Okay, probably not. But have you ever read any of her interviews? She’s amazing. Insanely smart, acutely aware, and – obviously -- crazy talented. And now there’s going to be someone who gets to say that this amazing woman is his/her mother. That alone is reason to celebrate. Or reason to be insanely jealous of a baby. But why be jealous when that baby is eventually going to grow up and probably infect the world with its awesome genetic traits?
The Maternity Fashion Will Be Insane
This year Kerry Washington was named People Magazine’s Best Dressed Woman In The World. That’s quite a title, but we’ve seen her red carpet looks and she definitely deserves it. And now that she’s with child, fashionistas the world over will be fawning all over her maternity wear, and all of the custom-made, bump-ready gowns she’ll surely be rocking come awards season. It’s gonna be epic.
They Write The Pregnancy Into Scandal And President Fitz Is The Babydaddy
One question Scandal fans have is whether or not the pregnancy will effect one of the biggest shows on television right now. Obviously, it will have some effect, but we have to wonder if Shonda Rhimes decides to write it into the script will that mean that the President of the United States will have a baby out of wedlock with his lover Olivia Pope? And if so, can the world handle that much scandal?
They Write The Pregnancy Into Scandal And Jake Ballard Is The Babydaddy
Okay? How crazy would that be? We all love Olivia and Fitz, but things have been heating back up between Olivia and Jake. Can we imagine a world where Olivia and Jake actually make a baby together?
They Don’t Write It Into Scandal And We Get To Experience Olivia Pope From The Waist-Up For A Few Episodes
The truth is, we don’t really see Olivia Pope getting pregs on the show. And while we wouldn’t put it past the genius that is Shonda Rhimes, we also would be perfectly fine with a world where Olivia Pope remained baby-free. We’d all just have to laugh our way through a few episodes where they’d be concealing Washington's pregnancy behind lots of desks and various objects that Pope would be forced to carry about, for seemingly no reason. As long as the show’s still on, we’re pretty much cool with whatever.
It was bound to happen eventually: Fans of ABC's Scandal are starting to lose it. It's one thing to get into a television show, but when you start tweeting madness at the real people who play certain actors on that show? Well, it's probably time to take a break. Or a nap. Still, not all of us are crazy. And the truth is when you watch a show as good as Scandal, it's hard to not get sucked in. Right now Gladiators the world over are stuck between a rock and a hard place-- the rock being Team Fitz and the hard place being Team Jake. It's getting serious everyone, and if you haven't picked a side yet, it's about time.
The one thing we can all agree on is that Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) is awesome. Totally flawed, but totally awesome. And we all want what’s best for her. There’s her true love – Fitzgerald Grant (played by Tony Goldwyn), the married President of the United States. Chances are if you’re on Team Fitz you’re a bit of a romantic, because it doesn’t get more star-crossed than the two of them. And then there’s Jake Ballard (played by Scott Foley), who started off as this creepy CIA agent hired (by the President, naturally) to spy on Olivia. Many of us were shocked and dismayed when Olivia and Jake began falling for each other, but he’s definitely grown on a lot of fans since his arrival last season. Anyway, pretty much anyone is a more available love interest than the POTUS. So chances are if you’re Team Jake, you’re a bit more practical when it comes to love.
Season three has kicked off with a bang, and in the most recent episode Olivia found herself, yet again, having to choose between Jake and Fitz. Or, rather, trying to have her cake and eat it too. As the season progresses we’ll all be tuning in to see who she ends up with, but in the meantime let’s not tweet poor, sweet Scott Foley any more craziness. It’s only entertainment, people!
Scandal returns exactly where it left off, with Olivia Pope in a car with her DAD. Remember that small cliffhanger we were left with when we found out that the man trying to kill Olivia was actually her father? Yeah, crazy, even for this show. Anyway, Papa Pope is a bit intimidating, to say the least, but he quickly clears up that he was not trying to kill Olivia, but was actually trying to kill Jake Ballard (Sex Tape Jake, as he will now be known). Olivia, of course, doesn't listen to her father when he forcefully suggests she leave D.C. for "opening her knees" to the President. Instead, she heads back right back towards the White House, where we know Olivia will deal with this situation brilliantly.
After leaving her daddy issues in the dust, Liv calls a midnight meeting with Fitz and Mellie to discuss a game plan for dealing with their own scandal: the affair of Olivia and Fitz being leaked to the press. To say the least, this may be one of the best scenes I've seen on TV... like, ever. It's perfect. The three actors are at the height of their ability, making plans to manipulate the public in such a cool and collected manner. Olivia says they will save the presidency by having Mellie and Fitz hold a press conference in the rose garden. The two will hold hands, call in the kids, and create the illusion of the perfect American family. Olivia will issue a public apology and everyone will get over it. Mellie, of course, is not okay with this and finally convinces Fitz she's not as dumb as he thinks, revealing she knew every detail of the Liv/Fitz affair, snidely whipping out dates and details that fly like daggers at the two adulterers. When everyone has a chance to breathe after Mellie's amazing, amazing speech, the three eventually agree that they will go with the story that Fitz and Olivia slept together only twice, once on inauguration night, and once after Fitz got shot. A number that both Mellie and the American public can live with.
After pounding out the details, Mellie leaves the bunker that they are holed up in, and Fitz immediately asks Olivia if she's all right. Olivia replies "fine" so many times that we of course know she's lying. Then Fitz hugs her, and the always calm, cool Olivia cries. It's heartbreaking, and wonderful... Fitz, we love you.
Back at Pope & Associates, Harrison makes the decision to fix the Olivia scandal for her. He rallies the team with the best quote of the night: "Are we gladiators or are we b**ches?" The team must decide they're gladiators, because one scene later, footage airs of White House intern Jeneane Locke drunkenly slurring about how hot the president is. Olivia Pope is immediately cleared of any wrong doing, and she is no longer the public face of the president's mistress.
In case your head wasn't spinning enough, we cut to Mellie, the First Lady of crazy, calling out Fitz, saying he was the one who leaked Olivia's name... and, you know what, she's right! Fitz doesn't even try to defened himself and Mellie calls him "idealist, romantic, optimistic, and idiotic," finishing by saying his "whore" will never be First Lady. Of course, this is Scandal, so there is one last, awesome twist. In the final seconds, we cut back to Jeneane, sitting in Pope & Associates, waiting for the team to come in and fix her image as the new mistress of the President.
Okay, you can breathe now. It's over. And we are reminded exactly why we can't get enough of Scandal.
While you're waiting impatiently for next week's episode, check out Olivia defending Jeneane in next week's promo below.
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