‘Scandal’: Shonda Rhimes reveals Jake was almost Fitz’s VP in Jimmy Kimmel special — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO | EW.com
Scandal fans are used to multiple jaw-droppers per episode, but if the exclusive clip below is any indication, the twists will continue in the upcoming Jimmy Kimmel specialBehind the Scandalabra, airing after Thursday night’s finale.
The shocker revealed in the sneak peek? Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) was almost Fitz’s (Tony Goldwyn) running mate!
In the clip, creator Shonda Rhimes tells Kimmel that when writing season 3′s midseason finale, there were two options on the table for the writer’s room: one had Jake being appointed the head of B613 and the other had Fitz picking him to be his vice presidential candidate.
As fans know, Fitz ended up picking California Gov. Andrew Nichols (guest star Jon Tenney) to stand beside him in the election, and in the same episode, Jake was appointed the head of B613. But the outcome was not a decision made without great debate.
“Half the [writer’s] room wanted him to be the vice presidential candidate and half wanted him to be the head of B613,” says Rhimes. “And we fought about it right up until the last minute — so much so that we shot both ways.”
With footage of both at her disposal, Rhimes says the running mate idea ultimately felt off. (We agree.) But it’s a fascinating piece of trivia nonetheless. She talks more about the plot point “battle” below:
She’s and her team of writers are so fucking DUMB!
See, this is how you KNOW Shonda a) has no fucking sense and b) loves SF so much to the detriment of the integrity of the damn show. Jake as VP? In what fucking world? When has someone had a VP that has never held any type of political office with any real expectation of winning. WHEN? How would this have been a plausible story? The fact that ANYONE in the writers room thought this was a good idea just further proves that this show needs a writers room overhaul.
Where does she find these writers? For real? Do they sit around trying to figure out the most asinine things they can write and that’s what they go with? How in the blue fuck could Jake be VP? The only goal there is pushing the ridiculous triangle. Nothing that happens on any of her damn shows makes sense. From a medical standpoint Greys is a fucking joke and from a political standpoint Scandal is the same. Ugh…
So basically they can make a man with no political skills VP but Fitz can’t get a divorce because it isn’t realistic?
What a dumb storyline. The fact that they even considered this is ridiculous.