Scandal Trailer: She's the Most Powerful Woman ...

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... you've never heard of.

When it comes to crisis management, nobody does it like Olivia Pope. Kerry Washington stars as Pope, who's based on real-life crisis management expert Judy Smith, in Shonda Rhimes new series Scandal.

No problem - whether it's politics, sports, business or show business - is too big for her Washington, D.C.-based firm to handle. But just to be clear ... they are lawyers, but this is not a law firm.

"When you can't go to a publicist, when you can't go to a lawyer, when you can't go to the cops, you come to us and we fix it," Washington says of her character and her associates.

Of course, in typical Grey's Anatomy / Private Practice fashion, "Olivia is full of contradictions. In her professional life she is always the smartest woman in the room. In her personal life she's a total mess."

Rhimes' latest series debuts April 5 on ABC. Will you watch? Here's a preview:

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Scandal Quotes

Mellie: This is my office.
Olivia: This is not your office. It belongs to the people. To the Republic. This office is sacred. You don’t own it - you lease it. Four years with an option for renewal. You protect it, you serve it and you don’t decide the best way to do that by yourself.
Mellie: I didn’t. I listened to your advice, and I chose a different course.
Olivia: And now I’m stuck cleaning up after you, which is why I need to you get you on the phone with the British Prime Minister.
Mellie: I don’t care if this tiny dustup with Bashran causes World War III. The only thing I care about right now is making it crystal clear that you follow my orders. You have my back. You don’t sneak around behind it and freelance after I give an order.

I am not a toy that you can play with when you're bored or lonely or horny. I am not the girl the guy gets at the end of the movie. I am not a fantasy. If you want me, earn me! Until then, we are done.

Olivia