'NCIS,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'Scandal,' 'Grey's Anatomy': Spoilers
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NCIS: MORE POST-FINALE SCOOP
Did you enjoy this week’s season finale? Did my post-mortem with Gary Glasberg leave you hungry for more? You’re in luck. Here are some outtakes!
‘DOWNTON ABBEY’: GRIEF STRICKEN
We all know that next season of Downton Abbey will be the exploration of Mary’s post-Matthew life, but what about the other grief-stricken women on the show? Namely, poor Isobel Crawley. “Well, she’s quite obviously like Mary — she’s in a very sad predicament because she’s a widow herself, but she also has no child,” executive producer Gareth Neame tells me. “She’s now lost. What is her purpose? She’s an oldish woman, she has no family left at all, what’s the point of her? I think that’s going to be her question.”
But while she finds herself in a place of sadness, Neame says “her family and relatives will have to rally and try to get her to turn back to life and find some purpose because she does have a grandchild.”
One thing she most definitely does not have, however? Ambitions for more from her relationship with Dr. Clarkson, who proposed to her in the finale. While there were some fans who questioned whether Isobel had realized he was proposing, Neame clears the air. “My reading of it is, like all women, she is quite perceptive and suddenly — in the horror or horrors — realizes that the doctor is thinking that they could become a couple. And before he even was able to get the words that suggested it, she just very nicely and politely came out with the suggestion that that wasn’t the road to go down,” he clarifies.
‘SCANDAL’ CAST TEASES EPIC FINALE
Pretty much every superlative ever uttered has been used to describe tonight’s season finale of Scandal — and for good reason. This is a big one, folks. For more, we turn to the cast and creator Shonda Rhimes.
+ A Huckleberry Quinn ‘game changer’
Quinn has been by Huck’s side all season — learning the ropes of killing and cleaning it up. But in the finale, could the student start to worry the teacher? “I think Huck is getting a little worried that Quinn is getting very good at what he’s teaching her,” Guillermo Diaz says of the finale. “And it’s going to get really exciting in the finale.” Meanwhile, Katie Lowes adds: “You’re going to see sides of their relationship you haven’t seen before. It’s going to reach new levels. We’re very proud of it.” Bellamy Young even goes so far as to call the episode a “game changer” for the pairing.
What’s next for Mellie’s attack?
“The dominos will begin to fall from the interview and from his enduring and annoying love for Olivia,” teases Young of Mellie’s plan to expose the First Sham Marriage. “[She’s] done with that.”
Is David REALLY a bad guy?
Josh Malina promised there’s more to this story when I talked with him earlier this week, and reiterates that the finale will allow the audience to see “more of what David’s game really is.” “Here’s a very good question: What is bad about stealing back what has been stolen from you in order to expose the rigging of a national election. Is that really ‘bad?'” he defends. “Only because the real villains of the show are younger and cuter than I am, I’m bad. I’m not bad. I’m just old and not as cute. But I’m doing the right thing.” As for whether or not Abby finds out about David’s possible involvement, Darby Stanchfield says, “All I can say is wait until Abby finds out. It’s probably not going to be pretty.”
PAGE 2: Teen Wolf, HIMYM, more
You got any Grey’s Anatomy — Meredith and Derek scoop? — Jessica Black
File this under possibly MerDer related: “By the end of the episode, someone’s life is up in the air,” Camilla Luddington, who plays Jo, tells me. “I have no idea if they’re dead, but that’s how it seems like.” But if we look at the current state of our docs, Jessica, who would you guess the person in danger is more likely to be? One of the doctors working to save lives in the dark or the woman giving birth in the dark? Hmm… (Finale airs tonight!)
Is all of HIMYM’s next season really going to take place in two days? — Karen
Yup. And exec producer Carter Bays tells me the premiere will also include a tiny time jump as well. “There’s a time jump of some sort in every episode of this show, so you can rest assured the premiere will be no different,” he says. “That being said, this next season in particular will feature some of the most non-linear episodes we’ve ever done.” There will be some exceptions, though. Hello, flashback eps! (Read more on the Mother here.)
Any early Glee intel? — Lynn
Obviously, the cast has just wrapped season four, but Jenna Ushkowitz says she’s “definitely looking forward to graduation.” “I’m not sure if they’ll be a huge ceremony like last year, but I think that’ll be interesting to see where she is going to go to college, if she’s going to go to college, what she’s going to pursue,” she says. As for Tina’s future? While she’s been wait-listed for vet school, Ushkowitz says she’d like to see Tina still keep a toe in the waters of the performing arts. “I’d like to see her try [to pursue it],” she says, “at least try.”
Did I see mermaids in that OUAT in Wonderland trailer? AMAZING! Any chance we’ll see THE most important mermaid Ariel next season?? — Holli
It’s up in the air according to EPs Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. “Obviously Neverland brings up mermaids and it brings up fairies,” says Kitsis. “We have ideas for Ariel. When we introduce her is up in the air because we’re still figuring out what we want to do. There’s a possibility we’ll see her.” Horowitz adds that she’s “one of our favorite characters” and “if and when we do it, we just want to make sure we do it right.” One thing you can count on? Her story will very much follow the Once model — surprises on top of surprises. “The thing that we love to do and that we will continue to do is, we do love to be able to say, here’s the backstory of an iconic character, but it’s not what you think,” Kitsis says. “So for Beauty and the Beast, we realized the beast was Rumpelstiltskin. And we realized Bae was with the Darlings, and that Red Riding Hood was the wolf. We still want to be able to show you our versions of things, and of course Ariel is at the top of the list.” Meanwhile: Seen this?
Elementary! I can’t wait for the season finale! — Aly S.
Here’s a refreshing departure for the season finale norm: While lots of shows have left us pondering numerous cliffhangers with their season finales, expect the opposite from Elementary. “For a good long while we anticipated a cliffhanger,” executive producer and creator Robert Doherty says. “When it looked more likely that we would get to go to London for our premiere, we didn’t want to drag any of this year’s business into a second season…So the notion of going to London came up early enough for us to write what I feel is a nice last chapter for this season. We will be tying things up and starting with something of a clean slate coming into year two.” Yay for closure!
Any Psych scoop?! — Lizzie
The upcoming season finale is going to shake up the precinct in a way that will make you wonder exactly how next season will unfold. Specifically, someone might be exiting the PD with a box of their belongings in-hand!
Falling Skies?! — Tara
Glad you asked! Because as we prepare for the June 9th premiere, executive producer Remi Aubuchon reveals that the third season will be about “figuring out at what cost victory is.” “We begin with the 2nd Mass and the humans winning, and we’re winning because we have allied ourselves with another set of aliens. And part of what we wanted to kind of explore this season in a very sort of general way was how does that change things.” He adds: “I think, in some ways, the story is a little more complex this season in that it doesn’t depend on just one conflict. There’s many conflicts that are established within this third season.”
Any Teen Wolf scoopage! I saw some people got screeners! — Michelle
I, indeed, have the first episode in my grasp. What I can tell you? Lydia is cured!…of the heartache caused by the departure of Jackson. Well, rather, she’s getting there. How? Lots of ***! Elsewhere, despite Scott and Allison’s desire to ignore each other at every cost, they do have an encounter early on in the episode. Call it fate — or a deer.
Vampire Diaries finale!! — Jane
Last minute juicy scoop! Nina Dobrev tells us that at the end of tonight’s season finale, Elena “finally breathes a sigh of relief.” “It may not seem like a lot right now but it will make sense quite literally what I mean afterwards,” she teases. CAN’T. WAIT.
(Erin Strecker, Emily Rome, Hilary Busis, Samantha Highfill, and Nuzhat Naoreen contributed to this column.)