‘Scandal’s Kerry Washington: It Scares Me How Far Olivia May Go

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in "Scandal" (Vivian Zink/ABC)

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has made many enemies in her days as a fixer in Washington, D.C., but we haven’t necessarily seen any long-term results from her work. On Thursday night’s episode of “Scandal,” “All Roads Lead to Fitz,” that changes.

Olivia is someone who uses her gut instinct to tell her whether or not to take a case, so when the wife of the governor of Maryland is raped, and the governor takes the law into his own hands, he calls Olivia for help — and she decides to represent the couple.

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He is someone she has previously worked against, so it is interesting that he turns to her for help in cleaning up his mess. But the question becomes: Does she do so because she believes in his innocence, or because she feels guilty because of what she cost him in the past?

“One of the things I love about Pope & Associates is that every client that comes into the office will be a reveal,”

Washington tells XfinityTV.com. “This case will help you learn something about somebody at Pope & Associates’ past. It teaches you more about the world of politics on the show.”

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As usual, there are twists and turns to the rape case and, for once, Olivia’s gut — which Abby (Darby Stanchfield) believes hasn’t worked correctly since they represented the man who tried to use the firm to steal Thorngate, a secret computer program that can spy on any American — may be off.

But even juicier, the very, very, high-level people involved in the conspiracy to give Quinn (Katie Lowes) her new identity, have a meeting at which threats are made that put someone’s life in jeopardy.

“Nothing is as it seems to be. The Quinn situation is still unfolding in ways that are very unexpected,” Washington says. Then she adds, “I don’t know how far Olivia will go. It sometimes scares me a little. I keep being told that Olivia wears the white hat, so I keep trusting in that.”

As for why Olivia does what she does in the first place, Washington says, “I think she understands that the justice system isn’t always just. That law enforcement isn’t always fair. That the media isn’t always balanced. She believes everybody deserves a second chance if they are really sorry and if they are ready to take responsibility.”

“Scandal” airs Thursday nights at 10/9c on ABC.

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