It was a monologue that still gives me absolute chills. Not only because of the ferocity and intensity of it -- which no doubt helped Joe Morton cinch the Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series title at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys -- but because of its veracity and relatability.
As we watched Rowan/Eli Pope chide his daughter on the season 3 opener of ABC's Scandal, my timeline went up in arms. Not because he had stepped over a line, not because what he did seemed like abuse, but instead because of how many times we'd been told the exact same things, and how many times we'd come to find them as true. "You have to be twice as good to get half of what they have." That was the gospel. And that's what Eli Pope was.
He outwitted each and every individual on the weekly series: his wife, a world renowned killer whom he had imprisoned; his daughter, a world renowned "fixer" who he had sent out of the country; and his daughter's problematic beau, the president of the United States, whom he had crippled with the assassination of his oldest son.
Twice as good, half as far. You deserved it Mr. Pope.
Congratulations to Joe Morton. Can't wait to see you reprise the role in season 4.
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