04:56 PM EDT 04/18/2014
Originally posted 04/18/2014 08:50AM
Every half season of Scandal has its own main scandal: the murder of Amanda Tanner, the election rigging in Ohio, the existence of shadowy CIA squad B613. This spring's abbreviated string of episodes has nominally been centered on the reappearance of Olivia Pope's mother, but true Scandal fans know that that's a false-flag operation. The real scandal at the heart of the spring's half-season is the disappearance of star Kerry Washington's ever-growing baby bump, which the show's producers have attempted to hide with the worst cover-up the show has ever seen.
Don't believe us? Here's the evidence, by the numbers. Pin these up to your wall while a funky Motown song plays.
Originally posted 04/18/2014 12:40AM
Scandal is a pleasure so guilty, at the end of any given season – and Thursday's third season finale was fabulous – you expect to be handed some sort of subpoena, summons or writ.
WARNING: Major spoilers ahead!
Originally posted 04/17/2014 12:00PM
Alas, Scandal's season 3 finale is upon us. Soon there'll be no more Liv and Fitz makeout sessions, heated walk-talks through White House corridors or oddly angled camera shots hoping to hide Kerry Washington's growing baby belly.
Originally posted 04/17/2014 11:45AM
For any other show, a bomb in a church, a looming election, an attempted murder, the takedown of a shadow government agency, and some face-licking would make for an amazing season finale.
But when you're talking about Scandal, that was just the appetizer. On Thursday, ABC's D.C.-set hit drama, starring Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, wraps up its third season (10 p.m. ET) – and everyone wants to know if it will go out with a bang.
Spoiler alert! In case you missed last week's episode, Olivia's mom, Maya, planted an explosive device in a church where President Grant (Tony Goldwyn) was expected to attend a funeral. The president's chief of staff, Cyrus Beene, was tipped off about the bomb, but decided not to tell anyone about it because the church was already packed with his enemies – while the president was still safely ensconced in the White House.
Jeff Perry, who plays Cyrus, dropped a couple hints about what to expect on the finale.
Originally posted 04/14/2014 04:25PM
Spoiler Alert: If you're a Scandal purist and want to wait for Thursday's explosive finale before hearing any of the sudsy details, read no further. But if you ship Huckleberry Quinn, grab your gladiator gear and suit up for this exclusive sneak peek.
Originally posted 04/04/2014 05:00PM
Forget the president: As far as Scandal's concerned, fixer Olivia Pope is the most powerful person in Washington, D.C. – a challenging role that Kerry Washington pulls off every week.
Which explains why co-star Darby Stanchfield was nervous filming the episode that aired Thursday night, in which her character, Abby, stepped in as Olivia's proxy to help handle the incessant drama swirling in the White House.
"It was pretty crazy," Stanchfield, 42, tells PEOPLE of trying to channel the show's star. She even slipped into Pope's signature style.
Originally posted 03/07/2014 06:15PM
Admit it – at one time or another you might have fantasized about what it would be like if you were Jennifer Lawrence's bestie.
Originally posted 03/03/2014 09:00AM
Every year, the Oscars are watched by a whole lot of people.
Many of those people are not pop-culture experts. They have a lot of questions about the Oscars. Sometimes, they type these questions into Google.
According to the search engine's internal analytics, these were Sunday night's five most-searched Oscar questions. We've done you the pleasure of answering them. (You're welcome.)
Originally posted 03/02/2014 11:25PM
It's like Chekhov always said: Never make a joke about giving pizza to celebrities in the first act if you're not going to actually give the celebrities pizza in the third act.
Originally posted 02/28/2014 04:10PM
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