- Title: Owner of Pope & Associates
- Show: Scandal
- Played by: Kerry Washington
After successfully helping Fitz Grant win his campaign for President of the United States, Olivia launched her crisis management consultancy Olivia Pope & Associates. She’s become the go-to gal for D.C. politicians and public figures in crisis. We can only imagine the retainers Olivia deservedly collects. (I mean, just look at that wardrobe!) Olivia has no qualms bending the rules to help her clients. She sees the world in gray, rather than black and white, leading to more sympathetic relationships with her clients — and a moral flexibility that satisfyingly entertains. Her team proudly owns their role as ‘gladiators in suits,’ loyally following their white-hatted leader.
It appears Fitz is back to having none of Mellie.
After defending his embattled spouse during a nationally televised interview in last week’sScandal, Fitz can barely bring himself to look at her — let alone listen to her — in Thursday’s episode (10/9c/ABC). Adding insult to injury, he decides to ice her out whilethey’re watching the playback of said chivalrous interview. (Oh, Mells…)
Of course, his total disregard of the FLOTUS may have less to do with her and more to do with what he does next — and yes, it involves Liv.
Watch the sneak peek HERE
Tamara: I love Scandal scenes involving Mellie and Olivia! Will we get to see any more scenes like that any time soon?
According to our chat with Bellamy Young, that doesn’t seem to be out of the question, “I don’t know that she’s a person to draw lines in the sand like that, because she’s playing the long game, so any sort of short-term casualties are like pawns, right, they can be sacrificed within her tribe. She sacrifices her tribe constantly to get to her ultimate goal of this identity that she has of being in the White House, so you know, I wouldn’t put anything past her.” As a little bonus – Young says that there’s some stuff involving Quinn in episodes 3×09 and 3×10 that she “doesn’t even know how to prepare [us] for.”
Scandal – Season 3 > Episode Stills > 3.08 – “Vermont Is For Lovers, Too”
As things get messier for Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) in season three, Scandal viewers may have noticed that she’s dressing differently.
But costume designer Lyn Paolo says it’s the true Gladiators who have figured out that the wardrobe changes are as well thought-out as the show’s many plot twists.
“I’m intrigued by our Gladiators because they now understand these tiny little clues that we give through the clothes [that provide insight into] her mental state,” says Paolo, who points out that as her life has gotten more complicated, Pope has moved from wearing a mostly neutral, tone-on-tone wardrobe in silks and other light fabrics to bundling up in more textured pieces and bolder prints. “It’s all minimalistic changes, but what’s really fascinating is that the audience gets it.”
There’s even one costume detail that might hold the key to a major secret about Olivia.
“She wears [a Monique Pean] ring all the time. We bought it for the pilot and joked that there had to be a backstory for it,” says Paolo, who hints that series creator Shonda Rhimes ran with the idea and worked the ring into the plot. “We are very conscious that she does not wear the ring in flashbacks. She only wears it in the present time.”
While Paolo won’t divulge the secrets of the ring, the designer is willing to explain the hidden meaning behind Olivia’s trusty Prada Twin Pocket purse (which retails for $2200 at Neiman Marcus). “In our first fitting, Kerry ended up falling in love with my Prada purse. We laughed and said, ‘Well, maybe she’s a Prada girl.’ Then Shonda wrote it into an episode. When Olivia’s character is mugged on the train she is carrying a different purse, but the next time we see her she’s carrying the Prada bag. In our heads, the old bag was an awful reminder of the fact that she got mugged, so she got a new one. Sometimes we do things for no real reason, but then it grows into something else. It’s like a game with the audience to see if they can figure it out.”
Scandal – Season 3 > Episode Screencaptures > 3.07 – “Everything’s Coming Up Mellie”