Today, on the eve of my 21st birthday, I am honored to present the ultimate drinking game to complement your three-seasons-long, binge-watching marathon of “Scandal,” available for your convenience on Netflix. Each swig will accompany you through every incredibly uncomfortable, sexual-tension-ridden scene with Olivia and Fitz and every Pope family interaction that makes your own family seem that much more normal. Whether you’re a high-powered D.C. senator with a few skeletons in your closet or an agent in the super-secret B-613 agency, this drinking game has the potential to create a PR crisis that would even challenge Olivia Pope. For extra authenticity, make your drink a tall glass of fine red wine. And if you find yourself quickly catching up to the latest episode, don’t worry: “Scandal” will be back on ABC on Jan. 29.
Olivia is drinking wine on-screen – Drink
The word “gladiators” is used – Drink
Olivia says, “it’s handled” – Drink
Fitz and Olivia have a secret, late-night phone call – Drink
Huck hacks into something – Drink
There’s a montage of Washington, D.C., photos between scenes – Drink
Someone mentions Defiance – Drink
Jake mentions “standing in the sun,” OR Fitz mentions Vermont – Drink
David Rosen says “white hat” – Drink
Cyrus lectures someone angrily, especially James – Waterfall through his monologue
The sad Olivia and Fitz music plays in the background – Waterfall through the scene
Finish your drink if...
The president’s children OR Cyrus and James’ child actually make an appearance
Huck resists the urge to kill someone
Check back next week for "House of Cards"