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11 Times Our Favorite Shondaland Show Went Too Far

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    Scandal is filled with so many outrageous moments, it's hard to keep up. Olivia (Kerry Washington) is having Sunday dinners with her father one day and sending him to jail the next — only to free him again. And she's just the show's main character; it's easy to forget, for example, that Cyrus (Jeff Perry) even has a daughter, since she's never shown in the scenes of him moping around his house.

    Between B613; the love triangle between Olivia, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), and Jake (Scott Foley); and the life and times of David Rosen (Joshua Malina), there's a lot happening in the Scandal-verse. Some of the show's most ridiculous plots mimic real-life events — the death of a foreign princess in a murder-disguised-as-car-crash hit a little too close to the conspiracy theories about Princess Diana, for example — others are so far out in left field that they're just laughably ridiculous, like when Fitz made an incredibly speedy recovery after an assassination attempt. (Still, I like to think the brain damage is why his character delivers such unbearably slow speeches.)

    We've rounded up 11 of the most outrageous plots from Scandal over the years. Click through to find the ridiculous storylines you might have forgotten about — and let us know which ones we missed!

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    The whole Defiance plot.

    Not only did Fitz become president through voter fraud, but James lied about it in court. To persuade his husband not to reveal his involvement in the conspiracy, Cyrus agreed to adopt a baby with him.

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    Fitz killed Verna with his bare hands.

    After Verna threatened to tell David Rosen the truth about Defiance and the election fraud, Fitz took matters into his own hands — literally. True, Verna was the one responsible for Fitz's assassination attempt in the first place, but it's still pretty horrifying to watch a president murder a Supreme Court justice while looking her in the eyes.

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    Tom killed Jerry Grant because he was working with Rowan.

    What's a president to do when the men devoted to protecting him are actually working against him? When Fitz found out his son was murdered, no one thought Tom was responsible, which made the reveal all the more shocking.

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    Amanda Tanner attempted suicide because of Olivia's lecturing.

    Olivia found it impossible to believe Fitz was having an affair with a White House employee, Amanda, so she lashed out at her for lying to get attention. Unfortunately, Amanda's story was true — and the stress Olivia and the others put on her was enough that she tried to take her own life. Luckily, Amanda recovered in the hospital and Olivia was able to apologize, eventually.

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    Cyrus had Charlie kill Amanda Tanner.

    Though Amanda survived her own suicide attempt, Cyrus still eliminated her from the Washington scene. The president's chief of staff called in a hit on her (through Charlie) and Amanda was never Fitz's "sweet baby" again.