Dear diary, it’s been 2 full weeks since Scandal wrapped for the summer and my Thursdays have felt a bit emptier. Helena Andrews wrote a piece on The Root talmbout Scandal withdrawal and it’s so real. I’m quoted in it saying, “I’m thinking of taking up a trade. Or learning a new language. Or maybe rocking back and forth from withdrawal because it’s going to be a long summer.” I clearly have issues with my attachment to that show. Fellow Gladiators understand my struggle though, right?
Although the show won’t be back til
September 12 October 3, I’ll be spending the summer writing about it (see: issues mentioned above). First thing I’m tackling are the characters in it, specifically the nicknames I use for them. A couple of people have asked me to clarify certain monikers I’ve adopted for our faves so here I am. Some I created and some were picked up along the way.
Olivia Pope (aka Livvie) – She doesn’t have a nickname besides Liv or Livvie. Sometimes, I call her the Ultimate Goon but that doesn’t count. Or “The Woman with the Secrets of the Universe Between Her Thighs.” And that’s because she makes President Ghost lose his mind. Great segway into the next character.
President Fitzgerald Grant (aka President Ghost) – I call him this because Tony Goldwyn, who plays Fitz, appeared in the movie “Ghost.” It’s that simple. Plus, it helps that he killed someone this in season 2 LIKE HE DID IN GHOST! It works. You’re welcome.
Mellie Grant (aka Mellie the Maid) – Mellie started being called “The Maid” because those of us who watch the ratchet saga of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta saw Joseline (who is Stevie J’s mistress) call the mother of his child (Mimi) “Molly the Maid” when she became his main chick. And Mimi owns a cleaning company. So when Prez Ghost chose Olivia over Mellie, well… it felt natural.
Rashid Darden even blessed us with a graphic and it had me hollering for far too long.
“Hey Maid. I see you’re wearing that maid costume like you always do.” *cackles*
David Rosen (aka Lemony Snicket) – I call him Lemony because he is always the victim of a series of unfortunate events. Dude lost the most high profile case he’s ever tried at the last minute, he got framed for killing some lady, he lost his job and his Grandma had to pay his rent. And then he had to camp out at the gladiator office so he wouldn’t be killed for knowing the truth. Yup. Lemony Snicket indeed.
Harrison (aka Brolivia Pope) – Harrison is Team Olivia through and through so he earned the name Brolivia Pope for his unwavering allegiance. Adam Shapiro (who played Jesse, Quinn’s murdered boyfriend and is Katie Lowes’ real life boyfie) actually tweeted the name first with this picture.
I love the gooning gladiator in gingham! Hey Harrison boo, hey!
Quinn (aka Quinnsey or Baby Huck) – Quinn’s name used to be Lindsey Dwyer, and then the Defiance rigging happened and her reporter boyfriend Jesse was about to blow the whistle on it. And she got caught up in the madness, got knocked out and was given a brand new identity, which was Quinn. Soooo sometimes, we call her Quinnsey as a way to merge Quinn and Lindsey. She has also earned the name “Baby Huck” this season because she’s become Huck’s protege. She fully grew into that in the Scandal season finale when she used Billy Chamber’s scrotum for drill practice.
Senator Edison Davis (aka Senator Pudding Pop) – The actor who plays Edison (Norm Lewis) looks like Bill Cosby’s long-lost son. Or him from 30 years ago. Look:
Yup. You see it. And Cosby’s Pudding Pop commercials from the 90s are something we cannot forget.
Jake Ballard (aka Officer Truman Show) – Remember the movie The Truman Show where Jim Carrey’s whole life was basically a reality TV show he wasn’t aware of? Well, Jake watching Liv’s apartment reminded me of that.
Rowan Pope (aka Senator Whitley’s Byron) – Fans of A Diff’rent World will remember that Joe Morton played Whitley’s fiancé, Byron. He was a senator and she left him at that altar for Dwayne Wayne. I also call him Phantom Goon from time-to-time because for a long time, we didn’t know who he was or what his motives were.
Molivia Nope – When Mellie the Maid gave President Ghost the ultimatum that if he doesn’t end his relationship to Olivia, she’d sing to the press that he’s having an affair, she hired her own fixer. He was supposed to be her crisis communications guru (aka her Olivia. Without the sexing, of course) so I named him Molivia (male Olivia) Nope (because I’m not here for him). I still don’t know his name so this is what he will go by forever.
Scandal Couple Mashups
Olivia and Fitz (aka Olitz) – These two jump off the screen when they’re in the same room. They are now named OLITZ to save us syllables. Also, some use POPUS, which is a combination of Pope and POTUS (President of the United States).
Huck and Quinn (aka Huckleberry Quinn) – The two characters forged a strong bond in season 2 as Huck trained Quinn and they went on missions together. They have been dubbed Huckleberry Quinn as a play on Huckleberry Finn. Thank you, internets!
David and Abby (aka Dabby) – The couple we love to hate because they’re both annoying for different reasons. But they do seem to love each other. And they enjoy random freak sessions in the office (on desks) and garages (in cars) and there’s the time Abby angry-freaked David and we all felt dirty.
And in case you wondered…
League of Goons – This is what I called the evil and conniving partnership that included Olivia, Cyrus, Justice Verna, Mellie and Hollis. Basically, the people who rigged Defiance.
So there it is. All is clear now. Next time someone asks you why you call any of the characters something random, send them here.
Did I miss anything? What other nicknames have people created for Scandal characters or situations?
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