‘Scandal’ stars laud shooting episode

Scandal actors expressed deep pride in last week’s very different episode, which veered from the fourth-season ABC drama’s usual heightened reality to take on a topic with real-life parallels: a white police officer’s killing of an unarmed black man.

In the episode, screened again Sunday before a PaleyFest panel discussion, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), just back in Washington, D.C., after a more Scandal-like story that featured her kidnapping, auction and last-second rescue, was drawn into the shooting aftermath, first working for the police department and then siding with mostly African-American protesters.

Washington, battling laryngitis, told fans it was “an honor” to be part of the episode, which ran right after the release of a U.S. Department of Justice report castigating police practices in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed young black man, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a police officer in August.

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