Joshua Alston

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    Scandal Series-Finale Recap: A Gladiator Good-byeA frantic and satisfying ending to the Scandal saga.
  2. Every Season of Scandal, RankedRemembering why the show became so beloved in the first place, and eventually became so frustrating.
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    Scandal Recap: Truth and Consequences“Standing in the Sun” sprints through 30 episodes of plot in a single, jam-packed hour.
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    Scandal Recap: A Gladiator DisarmedThese final episodes are focused on redeeming the idea of America itself.
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    Scandal Recap: Cyrus for PresidentThe final Scandal battle is the romantics against the power-hungry pragmatists.
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    Scandal Recap: Girls Against BoysIn Scandal, D.C. has long been a sexually treacherous boys’ club.
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    Scandal Recap: Nonsense at 20,000 Feet“Air Force Two” is a perfect representation of what Scandal has become.
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    Why the Scandal–HTGAWM Crossover Is So UniqueOlivia Pope’s partnership with Annalise Keating isn’t just a prime-time gimmick.
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    Scandal Recap: Introducing Pope and KeatingNeither Scandal nor HTGAWM has been this fun in a really long time.
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    Scandal Recap: B613 DeficiencyIt’s difficult to think of another television show that’s been subsumed to this degree by an unworkable plot element.
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    Scandal Recap: A Very Special Intervention“The People v. Olivia Pope” can’t seem to decide what story it’s trying to tell.
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    Scandal Recap: Tuesdays With MarvinThis final season is a lot more experimental and free-wheeling than anyone could have anticipated.
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    Scandal Recap: Death of a GladiatorScandal is the last show on Earth that should be trying a misdirect like this episode does.
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    Scandal Recap: Bad to the BoneThe show is stalling for time with only hours left to wrap up its story.
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    Scandal Recap: No Weddings and Two FuneralsOlivia Pope has officially joined the pantheon of television’s great antiheroes.
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    Scandal Recap: Olivia’s WarWith one shocking explosion, the season jolts back to life.
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    Scandal Recap: Vermont Can WaitAll together now: Olivia Pope doesn’t need to be rescued.
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    Black-ish Recap: Mo’ Money, Mo’ ProblemsThe game of Monopoly makes monsters of us all.
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    Scandal Recap: The House in VermontHas there ever been a more boring episode of Scandal?
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    Black-ish Recap: Ruby’s Long ConDre is worried that his mother might be losing a step.
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    Scandal Recap: The President Needs a VibratorOlivia is getting pushed closer and closer to the edge.
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    Black-ish Recap: Bow’s Baby BluesTracee Ellis Ross and Jenifer Lewis are outstanding.
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    Scandal Season-Premiere Recap: Fear of a Black Hat“Watch Me” heralds the birth of a brand-new Olivia Pope.
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    Black-ish Season Premiere Recap: We Built This“Juneteenth” is Black-ish at its most ambitious.
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    Shots Fired Finale Recap: Cold ComfortA surprisingly satisfying conclusion to a story that lacks easy answers.
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    Scandal Season-Finale Recap: It Feels RightOlivia Pope finally turns to the dark side.
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    Shots Fired Recap: Officer DownWill Ashe and Preston’s relationship survive what comes next?
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    Scandal Recap: Mother’s DayIt’s like the good old days on Scandal again.
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    Shots Fired Recap: The People UnitedAs Gate Station crumbles to pieces, Ashe and Preston finally give in to their romantic feelings.
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    Black-ish Season Finale Recap: The Newest JohnsonBlack-ish delivers its most emotional half-hour yet.
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    Scandal Recap: Eleven PoundsThis show transformed into 24 so gradually, we barely noticed it happening.
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    Black-ish Recap: A Different WorldWith Zoey heading off to college, Black-ish rolls out a backdoor pilot.
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    Shots Fired Recap: State of UnrestAs far as I’m concerned, Arlen Cox is the killer.
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    Scandal Recap: The Hateful Eight“Mercy” allows for some interesting character work that feels vital, even as it seems ridiculous.
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    Black-ish Recap: School Daze“All Groan Up” is a glorified clip show.
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    Black-ish Recap: Meeting Santamonica“Sister, Sister” welcomes Rashida Jones to the Black-ish ensemble.
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    Shots Fired Recap: A Riot Goin’ On“The Fire This Time” finds Gate Station erupting into violence.
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    Scandal Recap: Thwack RevisitedThe show’s latest surprise death doesn’t feel very shocking.
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    Shots Fired Recap: What About Arlen?The true villain of Shots Fired finally emerges.
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    Scandal Recap: Defying DefianceKerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn have screen chemistry so phenomenal, Shonda Rhimes tilted the entire show in their direction.
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    Shots Fired Recap: Follow the WeedThis best episode of Shots Fired so far.
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    Scandal Recap: Slapping AbbyScandal takes its characters to extreme places, then escorts them back into the real world.
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    Black-ish Recap: An Affair to RememberOur little Dre is all grown up.
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    Shots Fired Recap: Finding CoryOne mystery is solved, but the show still has much to figure out.
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    Scandal Recap: The Manchurian GingerIs Huck really dead? Time will tell, but the non-answer in “A Stomach for Blood” is pretty manipulative.
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    Black-ish Recap: Put Some Uvo on ItLet’s talk about the elephant in the room: Chris Brown’s appearance in this episode of Black-ish.
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    Shots Fired Recap: What About Joey?“Betrayal of Trust” is the unfortunate result of bending a nuanced drama into the shape of a crime procedural.
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    Scandal Recap: Civil WarIf Scandal kills off a major character, it’d be a very smart move.
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    Shots Fired Series-Premiere Recap: A Shooting in Charlotte“Hour One” does a fine job of illustrating the indignities that racism is built upon.
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    Scandal Recap: A Streak of WeaknessScandal is at its worst when the biggest threat comes from some all-powerful group of corporate baddies.
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