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Scandal US - S05E01

Drama . Thriller
 

Olivia and Fitz are back together again and enjoying every scandalous moment together while Cyrus, Mellie and Huck are all still dealing with the aftermath of helping Command. Meanwhile, when a visit from the Queen of Caldonia and her family turns into a tragedy, Olivia is hired to make sure the Royal family’s private life stays private.

 
Episode Title: Heavy is the Head
Airs: 2015-09-24 at 09:00 PM
  • Mark A. Perigard

    On "Grey's Anatomy," particularly in the first two years, Rhimes proved herself skilled at crafting gripping love stories. She's outdone herself here.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The formula doesn't always work (insert memories of your least favorite "Grey's" story arc here), but when it does, Rhimes is as successful at tugging for the heartstrings as anyone in the business.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Scandal is about as realistic as Mamie Eisenhower Witch Hunter but it has so much headlong energy, you may not care. [9 Apr 2012, p.40]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    It's still a fun, fast ride, with lots of twists and turns, murder and menace, and after only a few episodes we know enough back story about most of the main characters to care what happens to them.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    Rhimes hustles the audience into episodes in the middle of things. Pope and her colleagues speak at a clip suggesting years of study at the West Wing School of Elocution and Composition. In the rush, I scarcely had time to scoff at the over-the-top content of the pilot.

    Slate Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Scandal isn't a deep show, but it's bright enough.

    Time Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Even if Scandal isn't quite as instantly addictive as "Grey's Anatomy" was back in the day, this is a well-paced, generally well-acted show with some promising elements (though there is also an occasional tendency to offer contrived redemptions that don't make a ton of sense).

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    It's entertaining to watch, though, distracting in a highly caffeinated way, and Washington and Cusick are especially fun together, but at no point do the characters seem like people or the venue anything but a fast-paced, occasionally clever television show.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    It's energetic and inventive enough that I suggest you check it out. Maybe twice. Shonda Rhimes has certainly earned at least a second look.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    This may not be Peabody material, but if you like a show that's not afraid to go bananas, this might just be your type of low-hanging fruit.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It is stylish, hammy, sexy, dirty, devilish, laughably bad TV, the guiltiest pleasure since the network unveiled "Revenge."

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    While there are bouts of facile speechifying, some of the twists are predictable, and the plot gears are greased a little too easily in the pilot--the various OPA employees know, and have dirt on, everyone from cops and mobsters to politicians and reporters--it's a satisfying, fast-paced, well-acted hour with flashes of humor.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    While there are moments that are downright laughable, Scandal has flair and even sophistication.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Clear away the soap bubbles, and you'll find ... more soap bubbles. But you won't be bored.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    This female-skewing drama gets points for its actors' performances and its originality.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    At just seven hours, you can think of Scandal as the modern equivalent of those old Sidney Sheldon miniseries and enjoy it at that level. Assuming you can get through the first hour. And past the main character.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    A tantalizingly juicy soap opera.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    The cast around Washington is also quite solid, and the show looks and is refreshingly different from a typical procedural. But it also feels a little too slick and superficial, and those gaps in logic may be a problem for some viewers.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    It's the new Revenge, but so much goofier and more shameless that it makes Revenge look comparatively measured.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    If Olivia can keep her edge, if Rhimes can keep the stories as strong as the soap, and if we start feeling we don't know exactly what to expect, "Scandal" could become a habit worth forming.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    The show's formula looks to be this: the silly plots swirl, the brokers scheme, and the minions toil, but in each episode, Liv finds a moment to chat with one of these wise, powerful, and inevitably troubled women. In these moments, Scandal is slightly less tabloidy and soapy, and slightly more beguiling.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    While the characters are slight and the dialog is silly, there's a story there somewhere.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The show's set in Washington, where the crises that need managing are unending, so there's bound to be material, some of it all too familiar.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Over the top? Yeah. Closer to the truth of the matter? That, too.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    At once cynical and softhearted, Scandal is a nighttime soap less believable than Private Practice. Good acting, though.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    If only what's new about Scandal was supported by something better than blah writing, ludicrous situations and cardboard characters.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    The banging-the-president plot may outdo "Grey's" and "Private Practice's" in sheer headline-grabbing, gonzo boldness, but it's still ill-advised. The chief executive needs to button up, and even Shonda Rhimes can't make a TV show escapist and over the top enough to obviate that--though, it sure should be interesting to watch her try.

    Salon Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    To enjoy the show, though, you really have to suspend disbelief at many points, just as you do with "Grey's." There are moments when the frenetic drive for cleverness prompts some rather silly decisions about plot points.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    As usual, Rhimes' workplace characters talk very fast, but the manic visual style can't obscure a series flawed on most every level.

    Variety Full Review
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  • 1. Haunted Paris : Consummation (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 4. Sally Must Be Sold (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 5. Critta's Tale (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 6. Dupont Arrives (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 7. They Fight (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 8. The Scandal Grows (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 9. Death of James (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 10. Sally and Tom (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 11. The French Revolution (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 12. Free Since Paris (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 13. Louisiana Purchase : Stitching Stars (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 14. Homecoming Celebration (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 15. Death of the President (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 16. Bankrupt (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 17. Tom Hemings Leaves (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 18. Journey To Paris (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 19. In the Garden (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 20. Birth of the First Child (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 21. At Versailles (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 22. Love Letters (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 23. Returning Home (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 24. Love At the White House (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 25. Slave Auction (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 26. Epilogue (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 27. Tom Jr Returns (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 28. Monticello - End Credits (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 29. I Was Born Sally Hemings (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 30. Falling In Love (From the Original Soundtrack Recording for "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") Performer: Joel McNeely & Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra Stream Music Online