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Scandal: Well, At Least Jake Isn't Dead

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Scandal Recap: Jake Ballard Is Alive – But Is He Back with Olivia Pope?

Originally posted 04/23/2015 11:20PM

Shondaland lost its original leading man Thursday night when Dr. Derek Shepherd was killed off Grey's Anatomy moments after doing what he did best: saving lives.

And yes, we shed our share of tears during that "Chasing Cars" montage.

Luckily for Gladiators, Scandal star Scott Foley was totally tricking us with last week's Twitter troll. Despite basically being stabbed on every inch of his body, Captain Jake Ballard was alive, if not quite well.

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Scandal, Are You Trolling Us? Twitter Reacts to Crazy Cliffhanger | Scandal


Scandal Might Have Killed off [Spoiler]: Twitter Goes Berserk

Originally posted 04/17/2015 12:25AM

Thursday's episode of Scandal ended with a shocking twist and a major cliffhanger – even by the show's crazy standards.

At the end of "I'm Just a Bill," with a fan favorite's fate hanging in the balance, the Internet (egged on by Scandal's social media-savvy stars and producers) did what it does best: Hit the panic button.

Spoiler alert for those who haven't seen the latest episode: Pivotal plot details will be revealed.

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Scandal May Have Just Killed Off a Fan Favorite


Scandal Recap: Olivia Pope's Ex May Have Just Been Murdered

Originally posted 04/16/2015 11:25PM

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) could really use some girl time.

It seems like all of Scandal's leading lady's problems trace back to the men in her life, from her diabolical father to her ex-lovers. But who would have thought she was sleeping with the enemy during her fling with the rando she picked up at a bar?

That's right, Gladiators: In the biggest #TGIT twist of the season, Liv's new man stabbed Jake (Scott Foley) – and it looks like the captain may really be gone for good.

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Scandal Recap: Olivia Saves a Man from Death Row, Jake Goes Insane | Kerry Washington


Scandal Recap: Olivia Saves a Man from Death Row, Jake Goes Insane

Originally posted 04/02/2015 11:30PM

#TBT to that time Jake (Scott Foley) killed people ... a lot of people.

That was the gist of Thursday night's episode of Scandal, a stark reminder that, as sweetly as the one-time command treats Olivia (Kerry Washington), he's still a trained assassin.

Faced with David's (Joshua Malina) plan to prosecute B613, Jake went into what Huck (Guillermo Díaz) termed "survival mode" – or, as we at PEOPLE call it, a murderous rage.

Or did he? A last-minute twist revealed that it was really Papa Pope pulling all the strings. Olake shippers can breathe a sigh of relief, but it looks like our main Gladiator will have to deal with her daddy issues once and for all.

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Scandal Sneak Peek: Meet Mellie Grant's 'Trashy' Half-Sister

Originally posted 04/01/2015 11:00AM

Scandal's Mellie Grant – played to polished perfection by Bellamy Young – is the epitome of class.

She coats her ruthlessness in a shiny, Southern belle varnish. But, as Gladiators will see on Thursday, refinement doesn't necessarily run in the family.

In a sneak peek of this week's episode exclusive to PEOPLE, the first lady and Senate hopeful is furious that her campaign manager Elizabeth (Portia de Rossi) wants to bring her sister Harmony (Lauren Bowles) to Washington.

Sorry, half-sister.

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Scandal Recap: Olivia Pushes Cyrus Down the Aisle


Scandal Recap: Olivia Pope Pushes Cyrus Beene Down the Aisle

Originally posted 03/26/2015 11:30PM

It's his wedding, and he'll throw his groom to the wolves if he wants to.

Thursday night's episode of Scandal focused on Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) the show's most Machiavellian character – and in this political drama, that's saying a lot.

A self-described "filthy monster," Cyrus can go from being Olivia Pope's (Kerry Washington) mentor and biggest champion to ordering her murder. And this week, his dalliance with prostitute Michael (Matthew Del Negro, who is truly Noah Wyle's clone) finally bit him in the butt.

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Shonda Rhimes Blasts 'Ignorant' Article for Questioning 'Ethnic Castings'

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Shonda Rhimes Blasts 'Ignorant' Article for Questioning 'Ethnic Castings'

Originally posted 03/25/2015 03:15PM

Shonda Rhimes has once again taken the media to task.

After an opinion piece claimed that "the pendulum might have swung a bit too far" with regard to more diverse casting on television, the executive producer of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder spoke out against the claims on Twitter.

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Empire's Taraji P. Henson Talks Auditioning to Be Olivia Pope and Her Trick to Keeping Sex Scenes Professional

Originally posted 03/20/2015 11:40AM

Taraji P. Henson is no longer Taraji P. Henson. And she's thrilled about that!

But before the actress became known to America as Cookie (her character on Fox's breakout hit Empire), she had her sights set on another name: Olivia Pope.

The Oscar nominee, 44, told Angie Martinez on her Power 105.1 radio show that she auditioned to play Scandal's Beltway fixer, but she knew it was a long shot.

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Kerry Washington: How Playing Olivia Pope Inspires Me


Kerry Washington on Scandal, Shonda and Raising Baby Isabelle

Originally posted 03/13/2015 01:00PM

Everyone comes to Olivia Pope for advice: Her friends. Her co-workers. The president of the United States. Politicians in trouble, recovering assassins, her own kidnapper while trying to leverage an online bidding war for her freedom.

And even Kerry Washington, the Emmy-nominated actress who plays her.

"I don't think I consciously say, 'What would Olivia Pope do?' but there's a new thread of belief in my own capacity that I think comes from her," the Scandal star says in April issue of Marie Claire, on stands March 24. "She makes it happen. She figures it out. She fixes it."

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Kerry Washington to Play Anita Hill in HBO Biopic

UpdatePosted 03/12/2015 06:05PM

Kerry Washington to Play Anita Hill in HBO Biopic

Originally posted 03/12/2015 04:05PM

If this isn't the role of the lifetime for Kerry Washington, it sure comes close.

The Scandal star will play Anita Hill, who was thrust into the spotlight in 1991 when she accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment – for an HBO biopic called Confirmation, PEOPLE has confirmed.

The movie is set to document the subsequent confirmation hearings and their indelible impact on modern culture and the workplace.

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