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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 »

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Production Co:

Shondaland,ABC Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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When Clarence Parker, the grieving father, receives news of the truth about his son's shooting, he sets his shotgun down by his son's body. When the body is being removed, the shotgun is gone. 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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Inappropriate Low Blow
11 August 2017 | by chubbydaveSee all my reviews

In this episode, Olivia Pope is asked by the Washington DC police department to help calm a crowd gathered after a young black man was shot by a white police officer. Racial tensions and tensions between the police and citizens were portrayed.

The portrayal of the DC Metropolitan police department was inaccurate and shameful. The fact is that the DC government and the DC police do not have a strained relationship with the citizenry. The politicians and many of the employees of the DC government consist of local people. The police department has a good relationship with the citizens and they do not shoot unarmed citizens. This is not an accident. This is a result of the recruitment and training of the department.

I know that the show takes place in DC. They could have easily written the story to be about a nearby city like Baltimore.

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