Weiner Scandal Inspires Storylines On Two Shows This Week

Tale of Two Olivias: Mariska Hargitay (left) as Det. Olivia Benson in "Law & Order: SVU," and Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in ABC's "Scandal." Inset: Anthony Weiner (Photos: NBC, ABC, Getty Images)

Politicians caught snapping revealing photos of themselves are the subjects of storylines on two different prime-time dramas this week.

The two shows are: “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” on NBC, a show known for prospecting for plotlines in the pages of New York’s newspapers; and ABC’s “Scandal,” a drama series about politicians and their pecadilloes that could be expected to get around to a scandal story involving an office-holder caught taking pictures of his privates.

Episode descriptions for both shows this week are evoking memories of former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 over a sexting scandal. He then ran for mayor of New York this year — emerging as a surprise frontrunner until revelations of more sexting doomed his campaign.

In “L&O: SVU,” a show that takes place in New York City, the parallel is ummistakable. In the episode airing Wednesday night (Oct. 23) at 10/9c on NBC, a frontrunner in a mayoral campaign will come under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct, according to an episode description provided by NBC.

However, the episode summary doesn’t specify if the candidate in question was caught in a selfie scandal, but it’s crystal clear in the description of this week’s “Scandal” episode subtitled, “Say Hello To My Little Friend.”

In the episode — airing Thursday, Oct. 24, at 10/9c on ABC — problem-solver Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her team take the case of a “philandering senator who enjoys taking photos of his not-so-public areas,” says the ABC episode summary.

Patrick Fabian guest-stars as the sexting senator, with Melora Hardin, formerly of “The Office,” guest-starring as his wife. Also in the episode, and apparently unrelated to the sexting storyline, Lisa Kudrow guest-stars as a congresswoman in hot water of her own involving the First Lady.

Of course, CBS has an entire series that revolves — at least originally — around a politician and a sex scandal: It’s called “The Good Wife.”

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