10 years ago, is that there’s so much more intensity because news is so much more immediate, and you have a sense of that in this episode, which is exciting — how quickly the stories change and evolve, and so how quickly your tactic and plan has to change and evolve.” (That tells us nothing, so Shonda should be happy!)
All she’ll tease about the Gideon story line is that the first 11 or so pages of the episode’s script read like a play. “We rehearsed it a lot, because we wanted to make sure that we honored that flow,” Washington says. See a clip below in which Olivia arrives to find Quinn (Katie Lowes) covered in blood, shaking, and wanting to call the cops. “You and I both know why we can’t call the police…. If we call the police, they’ll find out who you really are,” Olivia tells her.
Washington says we’ll also see more of the president’s wife, Mellie (Bellamy Young), who we found out via flashback last week had faked a miscarriage during the campaign to help her husband win the election. “Bellamy Young will continue to shock and awe you,” Washington says, with another laugh. “Her talent is stupendous because in real life, Bellamy is this sweet Southern gal, not this calculating woman you see on the show. When I read this episode, I thought Wow, this is gonna be intense, and she blows you away.” We tell Washington that while Mellie’s confession of a fake miscarriage was a brilliant political move, it made us feel better about Olivia and Fitz’s affair. “It’s funny, not everyone has had that reaction to her faking the miscarriage,” she says. “Some people see that as her willingness to do whatever it takes for her husband and his goals and desires. Playing Olivia, I felt like it was such a selfless act that it made me feel badly about getting in the way of their commitment to each other.” How will we feel about Olivia and Fitz at the end of the hour? “People’s interpretations of their relationship are coming at it from so many interesting ways — having to do with issues of marriage, issues of race, issues of age, issues of at-work romance — it’s hard for me to say,” Washington says. “At the end of the season finale, I think people will continue to have complicated feelings about who they are and the choices they’ve made.”
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