Jimmy Kimmel Airs Shonda Rhimes' Never-Before-Seen Teen Drama Scandal High

Talk show host debuts spoof of popular ABC show with characters set in school

By Samantha Schnurr Oct 30, 2015 12:35 PMTags

Ever wonder what political handler extraordinaire Olivia Pope was like as a teeny bopper in high school? Well, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel, we're all in luck. 

Long before they were running the nation's capital, Scandal's biggest stars met for the first time on the set of Shonda Rhimes' earliest unaired television venture

"Before she had all this success, Shonda created a teen drama. They only shot four episodes. It was never picked up," Kimmel teased on Thursday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!. "This has never been seen on television until tonight and it is my pleasure tonight to share episode one of a show called Scandal High."

In the never-before-seen spoofed saga, we got a glimpse at Olivia Pope & co. assuming their most fitting high school archetypes—Huck (Guillermo Diaz) as the computer geek in love with the school's token goth, Quinn (Katie Lowes). Olivia (Kerry Washington) naturally assumed the role of queen bee fixated on the school's upcoming election—a heated competition between the school's quarterback golden boy, played by President Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), and his rival frenemy, none other than District Attorney David Rosen (Joshua Malina). 


The real scandal, however, was the burgeoning tryst between teacher and student, press secretary Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield) and chief of staff Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry). And though he made it clear from the star that he is openly gay, that wasn't enough to quell her affections. 

The plot thickened when the quarterback framed his election competition with graffiti followed by a climactic "unfriending" on Instagram to the background tune of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood."

It's quite a shame this epic drama didn't earn a lasting spot on ABC's "TGIT" lineup, but perhaps this new airing will give it the publicity it needs to make television execs change their minds. 

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