‘Look at Me When I’m Talking to You’

Olivia Pope's dad reminds us of black parents' favorite expressions.

Joe Morton as Rowan Pope (Scandal ABC)
Joe Morton as Rowan Pope (Scandal ABC)

Joe Morton and Kerry Washington as Rowan Pope and Olivia Pope (Scandal ABC)

This line is so old I’m sure it’s what God said to his only begotten son, Jesus, when he was acting up.

2. ‘If you fail to plan, plan to fail.’

Joe Morton and Kerry Washington as Rowan Pope and Olivia Pope (Scandal ABC)

It’s pretty clear where Olivia gets her take-charge attitude. Mr. Pope certainly taught her to never play the fool.  

3. ‘This hurts me more than it hurts you.’

Joe Morton and Kerry Washington as Rowan Pope and Olivia Pope (Scandal ABC)

As the big boss of the scary spy-assassin program, B613, Papa Pope is all-too-familiar with violence. I doubt he’ll ask Olivia to “go get a switch,” but he’ll definitely put a hurting on her somehow.

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