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The difference between The West Wing and Scandal, in a nutshell: July 24, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Erin Watches.
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In The West Wing, a woman comes to the White House trying to get a posthumous pardon for her grandfather. He was accused of being a Soviet spy; she’s convinced he was innocent. One of our heroes looks into the matter, and learns, through classified information, that the grandfather really was a spy.

Our hero goes back to the woman and explains he just couldn’t get access to make the case happen (but she can try again in a few months). The woman feels hopeful, has good news to take back to her ailing father, and both of them get to keep their rosy image of their (grand)father.

In Scandal, a woman comes to the White House trying to get a posthumous pardon for her son. He was accused of being a terrorist; she’s convinced he was innocent. One of our heroes looks into the matter, and learns, through classified information, that the son was really a high-level US operative who was killed while on a deep-cover mission.

Our hero goes back to the woman and explains that her son was a terrorist. The woman kills herself.

(I’ll watch both of these Americas on TV, but there’s only one I’d want to live in.)

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