'Scandal' Withdrawal: It's a Real Thing

Here's what the ABC drama's obsessed fans plan to do with their time now that its second season is over.

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For beauty blogger SanTara Cassamajor time off from Scandal could mean more quality time with her husband, who regularly teases that on Thursdays his wife is too busy with Olivia Pope and company to pay him any attention.

"I guess I'll actually be looking at my husband when he talks to me during that hour," said Cassamajor. "He says, 'Your eyes go from the TV to the computer, from the TV to the computer.' I tried one day to look at him during Scandal but I just couldn't do it."

Cassamajor says she created the now ubiquitous Thursday night Twitter hashtag #ScandalParty.

"It's the only nonofficial hashtag that has trended outside of ABC's 'AskScandal,' " she said. "I've never missed a week. I've been hooked since the very first episode of the first season."

And for those who think these withdrawal symptoms are much ado about nothing, the gladiators on deck don't have time for that.

"People joke about Scandal being lousy," said Hanselman, "but it's unapologetic in its brazenness. We get that it's unrealistic, and that's why it's awesome."

With its over-the-top plot lines laced with fast-paced dialogue, plus the added rush of fans' live tweeting, Scandal is nothing short of addictive. 

"It's this weird feeling because we know it's not coming back in three weeks," Cassamajor sighed. "Have we ever seen anything in the history of television do this to people?" To get through the summer hiatus she plans on creating a new hashtag -- #ScandalRehab.

Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter.

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