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

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

Jake: Man, do I love you.
Olivia: I want Vermont with Fitz.
Jake: Oh, okay.
Olivia: I also want the sun with you.
Jake: So...
Olivia: I'm not choosing. I'm not choosing Jake. I'm not choosing Fitz. I'm choosing me. I'm choosing Olivia. And right now, Olivia is dancing. Now, you can dance with me or you can get off my dance floor. I'm fine dancing alone.