The show is slowly starting to find its footing, but Alfre Woodard remains the primary highlight. Whoever thought to cast her as President Constance Payton is brilliant. Whoever thought cast Courtney B. Vance as her First Gentleman, Mr. Marshall Payton - genius.
I don't know how long these actors have known each other in real life, but their chemistry is immediate. I was convinced they are a married couple. I was convinced Constance and Marshall are genuinely grieving the loss of their only child. But because Constance is POTUS, she has to put the concerns of a nation ahead of her family's, and the tension that causes with her husband is awesome.
I'm also digging her ruthless heroism; I like how Payton lets Heigl's character know that she's not the only source of info for the Oval Office. The presidency really is not for the faint of heart, and now that they're introducing more political players and widening the POTUS's role on the show there's so much potential to continue to show how far she's willing to go.
Fitz...ain't got nothin' on this, y'all. I hate to say it, but in the competition of who has the best POTUS, it's SOA -1, Scandal - 0.
But I need more. I can't do a Black Girls' Night Out series with the material given thus far. And as it stands, NBC's trying to make Kathering Heigl the next Kerry Washington/Olivia Pope and it simply won't work. They'll need to take a different tack with that one.