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Scandal plays its “Trump Card”

Photo: Scandal (ABC)
Photo: Scandal (ABC)

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Thursday, May 5. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 8 p.m.): Between Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Captain America: Civil War, this spring is all about legends duking it out. And Grey’s Anatomy won’t let superhero movies have all the fun. Tonight Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins—the two halves of former power couple “Calzona”—battle in the courtroom for custody of their daughter. Whether or not Spider-Man and/or Wonder Woman will make a cameo is anyone’s guess. Personally, Caroline Siede would prefer to see Meredith Grey get a visit from her old boss, Daredevil.

Scandal (ABC, 9 p.m.): Such is the state of this year’s presidential race that it’s somehow even more bonkers than the fictional one unfolding on Scandal. Which means we can’t really ignore the fact that tonight’s penultimate episode is called “Trump Card.” Even stranger, this episode is airing one day after Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee and days after he accused Hillary Clinton of using her “Woman Card” to win votes. That’s either a pretty big coincidence or proof that Shonda Rhimes is some kind of prophet. Tonight Olivia and Abby decide they must team up if they hope to defeat Hollis. Elsewhere, “Edison realizes that joining forces with a manipulative Rowan and Jake may have been a poor choice on his part.” All Gwen Ihnat has to say about that is, “No shit, Sherlock.”


Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.): As she made fun of last week, Amy Schumer seems to be in the headlines every few days, whether she’s discussing body-shaming or being harassed by a photo-seeking fan. Tonight she tackles her fame head-on, starting with her nearly nude photoshoot with Annie Leibovitz. As Marah Eakin wrote in her pre-air review, Schumer’s increased fame means she’s now pulling from personal experiences that are far less relatable for fans (like having a nearly nude photoshoot with Annie Leibovitz). That being said, this is also an episode in which Schumer “eats pasta from the trash,” so maybe she’s not so different from the rest of us after all. (Not that Emily L. Stephens would ever eat trash pasta, of course.)

Premieres and finales

Marseille (Netflix, 3 a.m.): Gérard Depardieu stars in the new political drama Marseille, the first French series produced for Netflix. Depardieu plays the long-term mayor of Marseille, who winds up in a political battle with his protégé. Those who binge-watch new Netflix shows while doing chores should be sure to brush up on their French and/or their ability to read subtitles while folding laundry.

Millennials (Ovation, 7 p.m.): Listen up elders! Ovation attempts to do for millennials what the Seven Up! series did for British children of the 1960s. Filmed over the course of 15 years, the six-part series follows a diverse group of 22 people as they move from childhood into adulthood. Ovation is billing the series as a “real-life Boyhood,” but we’re guessing it has way less Patricia Arquette.

Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime, 9 p.m.): The final three contestants journey to the top of the new One World Trade Center to create collections inspired by New York City, which seems to be an idea Project Runway returns to basically every other week. Also Debra Messing is the guest judge so you know what that means:

TV Club Classic

Battlestar Galactica (11 a.m.): Battlestar Galactica makes its glorious return to our TV Club Classic Coverage! In “Flight Of The Phoenix,” a Cylon virus threatens Galactica and the only person who can help is Sharon. Then in “Pegasus,” Galactica comes across another battlestar and things go downhill from there. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and Zack Handlen can’t wait to reunite with Star Trek alum Michelle Forbes as Admiral Helena Cain.

Regular Coverage

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8 p.m.)

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow (The CW, 8 p.m.)

The 100 (The CW, 9 p.m.)

The Catch (ABC, 10 p.m.)

Orphan Black (BBC America, 10 p.m.)

Archer (FX, 10 p.m.)

Streaming pick

The West Wing, “Game On” (Netflix): Scandal offers a pretty cynical take on the modern political system, particularly now that its lead character is a straight-up murderer. Those who need a break from its bleak world can always retreat into the comfort of Aaron Sorkin’s liberal political fantasy, The West Wing. In “Game On,” incumbent President Bartlet faces off against his Republican opponent in a high-stakes debate. Bets, ties, and some high-level oratory ensue.