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Shonda Rhimes, Scandal, and the Cost of Doing Business

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Scandal on abc is downright salacious. There is so much going on to keep our short attention spans reeling. Olivia Pope had an affair with a future president, Lindsay Dwyer is really Quinn Perkins and Huck was in Black Ops. Whoah. Leave it to Shonda Rhimes to keep things interesting. She has a way with story lines and character developments that keep viewers wanting more. I started wondering if these perfectly mind bending story lines could really exist in real life. Leave it to some ridiculously creative folks who have documented plot lines and their corresponding costs. Yes, drama costs money.

Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 11.16.49 AMFirst up, the dreaded C word. Unfortunately, most all of us have been affected by cancer in some way or another. But when you look at the cold, hard cost of cancer, it’s mind-blowing. In 2011, the average cost of a cancer-fighting drug was $3,259. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Verna Thornton riveted Scandal watchers with her liver cancer diagnosis. But I never factored in the financial effects in additional to the emotional ones.
Shonda Rimes has a pulse on the nation’s conversations. We spend a lot of time talking about firearms. President Fitzgerald Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 11.19.35 AMGrant was shot multiple times, but he survived. What does the cost of  a firearm related injury look like? President Fitzgerald’s case was a complex one, but consider this: The average cost of treating ONE gun-related injury in the US is $48,610.

I was very wrapped up in the adoption process of White House Chief of Staff, Cyrus Beene, and his partner, James Novack. Kudos to Hollywood for documenting this strong trend. But is it realistic? It takes time, money and patience. Check out the infographic. Only about 19% of US same-sex couples raising children reported having an adopted child in their home. Modern Family and Scandal make the process seem common, but it’s still a tremendously difficult and expensive process.

Ultimately, Hollywood stories are just that…made for the screen. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t dissect ‘em and agree on this: Life is expensive, no matter how you slice it.

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