Watch Scandal's Kerry Washington Play 'Speak Out' On Ellen

It was a long hiatus. Before those long Olivia Pope monologues, she probably needs to stretch everything.

Scandal will have been off for the better part of a year when it returns to ABC's TGIT next week (one whole week later than planned, giving us one more thing to blame on this inauguration). So to help star Kerry Washington warm up for the wordy speeches Shonda Rhimes and her staff are always writing for her, Ellen DeGeneres turned Washington's visit to her show into an impromptu prep sesh with a very important prop.