It was a wish fulfillment night for Shondaland fans when Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating joined forces for a special two-hour Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder crossover event.
On Scandal, Annalise approached Olivia seeking help with a class action case involving plaintiffs, mostly poor and/or people of color, who had been incarcerated due to underfunded public defenders. Initially, Olivia turned Annalise down. However, Olivia isn't one to back down from a challenge and, this was a case she couldn't ignore. Surprisingly, the two didn't hit it off very well in the beginning and there was a lot of shade being thrown. Unsurprisingly, we were down for it.
When Olivia pointed out to Annalise that she came to her for help, Annalise explained, "Because I thought you had a bite behind that bark. But instead, I found a siddity phony who judged me from the minute she laid eyes on me." Annalise continued, saying, "I've dealt with plenty of bougie ass black women just like you. Spent most of your life in boarding school, Ivy League Universities, with a horse between your legs and a silver spoon in your mouth." And when she asked Olivia to keep it real, Olivia responded, "You may think you know who I am and what I'm about, but don't get it twisted. We are not the same. So allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Olivia Pope. And I don't have to explain myself to anyone. Especially you." While the shade-throwing was fun, the beef was eventually squashed when the ladies realized they're more effective working together rather than against each other. And together, they were a force to be reckoned with.
Scandal ended with the two women successfully fast-tracking their class-action lawsuit on the Supreme Court's docket, which took us to How to Get Away With Murder. Minutes before Annalise was about to have biggest moment of her life, she received news that Isaac overdosed and was in the hospital, which sent Annalise into a downward spiral. Luckily, she had Olivia to lift her up. "What you're about to do is terrifying. I'm terrified for you. But, Annalise, this case chose you. So you need to pick yourself off of this floor and walk into that courtroom. Not for anybody else but for you."
Fans on Twitter were absolutely LOVING the crossover event, as they tweeted:
"#HowToGetAwayWithScandal was the most chilling, wonderful two hours of television i’ve seen in a very long time. well done." and
"I am so glad that I was able to witness this episode live. I will never forget it. It will stay with me forever."
It really was the greatest two hours of television and, now that it's over, we're already dreaming of a new series starring Olivia and Annalise. Your move, Shonda.