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The Lawn Chair 

A tragedy in D.C. gains national attention and the White House must deal with their problematic VP.


Tom Verica


Shonda Rhimes (created by), Zahir McGhee


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kerry Washington ... Olivia Pope
Scott Foley ... Jake Ballard
Darby Stanchfield ... Abby Whelan
Katie Lowes ... Quinn Perkins
Guillermo Díaz ... Huck
Jeff Perry ... Cyrus Beene
Joshua Malina ... David Rosen
Bellamy Young ... Mellie Grant
Tony Goldwyn ... Fitzgerald Grant
Courtney B. Vance ... Clarence Parker
Chris Mulkey ... Chief Conners
Artemis Pebdani ... Susan Ross
Susan Santiago ... Rosalyn Mendez
Cornelius Smith Jr. ... Marcus Walker
Michael Welch ... Officer Newton


Olivia is hired by the police department to help when a young black man is shot by a policeman but his father shows up at where his body is with a shotgun and refuses to let them take his son until they tell him why he was killed. The policeman says he had a weapon. But some people are inciting a riot saying the boy was not a criminal. Olivia tries to get David to help but he won't. The White House is looking for a new Vice President. The best choice is a woman from New Mexico but she has desires for the Presidency which doesn't make Mellie happy. Written by

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Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

5 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shondaland, ABC Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This episode concludes with the song "I Shall Be Released" written by Bob Dylan, Performed by Nina Simone. Courtney B. Vance (Clarence Parker) also portrays Johnny Cochran in American Crime story: The People vs OJ Simpson, in which the first episode also ends on this song. See more »


Ostensibly the police did not search the shooting victim's body for a knife because they were waiting for the coroner to remove the body, but this would not stop them from performing a search immediately or at least after taking photos. Also, in all likelihood the officers on the scene would have handcuffed the boy after the shooting as a precautionary measure even if he seemed dead. See more »


[first lines]
Olivia Pope: [on the phone in a cab] I'm fine.
Jake Ballard: I don't think you are.
Olivia Pope: I'm fine.
Jake Ballard: It's been two days. Are you talking to somebody? You need to talk about it, what happened to you, to someone. You need a war buddy. Even the biggest, baddest Navy Seals have war buddies.
Olivia Pope: I'm not there - at the talking stage. I'm just tired, so I'm resting.
Jake Ballard: Resting?
Olivia Pope: Yes, resting.
Jake Ballard: Uh-huh, not working?
Olivia Pope: No.
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Mercy Mercy Me
Written by Marvin Gaye
Performed by Marvin Gaye
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Ignore the overpolitical theme, great ep
19 July 2019 | by MiketheWhistleSee all my reviews

This was a great ep, but you have to ignore the subject matter a bit. Courtney Vance is a great actor and truly makes this ep really good. His portrayal especially at the end is fantastic. As to the subject matter, it's completely off-base as there are no statistics that backup that black men are killed at a rate statistically abnormal by white police officers. Are black men killed by police, yes; but by both white and black officers. Are the shootings avoidable? In some cases yes, in some cases failure to follow instructions is the main reason which is apparently what happened in this ep. And if you listen to the charges against the officers, murder was not one of the charges; it was the cover-up. Was the speech by the white police actor over played? It depends if you listen to it. I was raised to respect my elders, parents, military, police, and pretty much everyone. Unfortunately that isn't the case anymore and I can say that from experience with my stepson who doesn't give respect to anyone despite best efforts. So they were just playing on the news of the day, which gets ratings.

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