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When Leo tells Abby she doesn't have to worry because The fictional Press Secretary says the media has long had double standards for women in the Capitol: reporters write stories about how she looks and who she is dating just as much as they write about her accomplishments. They can't fathom the concept that my life doesn't revolve around you. Read a transcript of the monologue below: What happens to you happens to me. On last night's episode of , White House Press Secretary Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield) contemplated resigning from her post when another woman, played by Lena Dunham, threatened to write a tell-all about the sex lives of several men in D. They have a running joke that I'm on a hunger strike until I can be liberated by the democrats. Every article that comes out about me has your name somewhere in it because apparently there's this rule: In order to mention my name, they also have to report to the world that there's a man who wants me. C., including Abby's boyfriend, political consultant Leo Bergen (Paul Adelstein). My work, my accomplishments, my awards—I stand at the most powerful podium in the world, but a story about me ain't a story unless they can report on the fact that I am girlfriend of D. fixer Leo Bergen, like it validates me, gives me an identity, a definition. Tell me, when they write articles about you, Leo, how often do they mention me? (It was that abuse that united Abby and Olivia.) See more The Couples of Shondaland: ' Grey's Anatomy,' ' Private Practice,' ' Scandal' What transpires is nothing short of a miracle for the Leo, who as VP Sally Langston's (Kate Burton) campaign manager, was a total weasel.Leo leaks Charles' political misdeeds to the press, and he's forced to drop out of the race.
Charles' entry into the race naturally ruffles Abby's (Darby Stanchfield) feathers, and she's effectively forced to reveal why: He is her ex-husband and responsible for breaking her jaw and fracturing three of her ribs in a drunken rage.
It's an epic scene that continues to show Abby's gusto and wherewithal as the character continues to remain one of the most outspoken and fierce (former) Gladiators on the series.
caught up with Stanchfield to discuss "badass" Abby, what her kiss with Leo means for a future with David (Josh Malina) and if pulling a gun will have a long-term impact on her character. The only time you see her take a gun out on somebody is because Huck (Guillermo Diaz) or someone tells her she needs to guard the spies when we had that superspy episode at OPA.
Darby Stanchfield, who plays 'Abby Whelan,' talks about the feel of the 100th episode of 'Scandal' and on how the casts' lives have changed.
Darby also recounts her first day on 'Scandal' and the best part about working on the show.