Unpacking The Toolbox

Shondaland Audio and iHeartPodcasts

Shondaland Audio in partnership with iHeartPodcasts present: Unpacking The Toolbox. Each week, BFFs and Scandal co-stars Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz dive into an episode of Scandal, reliving their favorite memories from the set and breaking down the episode with plenty of behind-the-scenes stories and even more laughs. Joined by some of their fellow Scandal stars, Katie and Guillermo are sure to cover it all from the Olitz romance to the down-and-dirty deeds as Huckleberry Quinn. Calling all #Gladiators – Come join the Scandal fam for new episodes every Thursday, starting February 9th.

  • 1 hour 9 minutes
    310: A Door Marked Exit w/ Tony Goldwyn & Zahir McGhee

    In a jam-packed episode, guests Tony Goldwyn and staff writer Zahir McGhee join the show to share some never-before-heard info from behind the scenes. Katie and Guillermo learn how Sally Langton’s crazed speech was written and filmed, plus Tony reacts to being berated by Papa Pope. 

    What do you think, Gladiators? Email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 805-298-1474 to share your thoughts about the show, about food, about life, but mostly about the show. We would love to hear from you!

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    13 June 2024, 10:00 am
  • 55 minutes 39 seconds
    309: YOLO w/ Sabrina Brier

    Special Guest and TikTok star Sabrina Brier wasn’t directly involved with Scandal (or was she?) but she might just know more about the show than even Katie and Guillermo as they dive into one of the most famous episodes of all time. They cover it all: The teeth, the lick, and yes, even fetching a water bottle for a famous director on set. 

    What do you think, Gladiators? Email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 805-298-1474 to share your thoughts about the show, about food, about life, but mostly about the show. We would love to hear from you!

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    6 June 2024, 10:00 am
  • 51 minutes 29 seconds
    308: Vermont Is For Lovers, Too w/ Shonda Rhimes

    The one-and-only Shonda Rhimes joins the podcast this week to talk about her favorite moments of Season 3, the season she lovingly calls “The Hell Or High Water” season. Plus, did Shonda and the writers know where the series was headed? And then Katie and Guillermo break down the most horrific episode of Scandal yet!

    What do you think, Gladiators? Email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 805-298-1474 to share your thoughts about the show, about food, about life, but mostly about the show. We would love to hear from you!

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    30 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 44 minutes 53 seconds
    307: Everything's Coming Up Mellie w/ Bellamy Young

    What better episode to guest star the one-and-only Bellamy Young than the origin story of how Mellie became Mellie? This week, Bellamy, Katie and Guillermo deep dive into the making of the famous flashback episode – Cyrus’ hairdo, big Jerry’s despicable act and stories about shooting (and re-shooting) scenes due to an unplanned tanning accident.

    What do you think, Gladiators? Email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 805-298-1474 to share your thoughts about the show, about food, about life, but mostly about the show. We would love to hear from you!

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    23 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 45 minutes 38 seconds
    306: Icarus w/ RuPaul's Drag Race Winner, Symone

    What do RuPaul’s Drag Race and Scandal have in common? It turns out, quite a lot! Season 13 winner, Symone, was (and still is) a Scandal superfan. Symone joins Katie and Guillermo in gushing over highlights of the series, including some facts about the show that Symone knows more details about! Then, Katie and Guillermo break down a very emotional episode as Olivia confronts the truth about her mom’s death. 

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    16 May 2024, 5:57 pm
  • 45 minutes 54 seconds
    305: More Cattle, Less Bull w/ Scott Foley

    Since Scott Foley, aka Jake Ballard, was notorious for fart noises in set, which spread through the rest of the Scandal cast, it’s only appropriate that this episode comes with a content warning: Gas. But when Scott, Katie and Guillermo aren’t discussing mouth noises, they deep dive into how Scott got cast on Scandal, then RE-CAST on Scandal, and the infamous basketball scene with President Fitz. 

    What do you think, Gladiators? Email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 805-298-1474 to share your thoughts about the show, about food, about life, but mostly about the show. We would love to hear from you!

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    9 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 42 minutes 6 seconds
    304: Say Hello To My Little Friend w/ Melora Hardin

    The unbelievably famous and talented Melora Hardin joins Katie and Guillermo as they break down her guest appearance in a classic case-of-the-week episode. Guillermo is shocked (and horrified) to learn that Melora hasn’t watched TV in 22 years. And Katie gushes over an up-doo French Twist while Melora shares her experiences getting cast on Scandal and The Office.

    What do you think, Gladiators? Email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 805-298-1474 to share your thoughts about the show, about food, about life, but mostly about the show. We would love to hear from you!

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    2 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 41 minutes 53 seconds
    303: Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington w/ Cynthia Stevenson

    In a new case-of-the-week style episode, guest star Cynthia Stevenson joins Katie and Guillermo to break down an explosive episode. Plus, Katie shares some secret info about Kerry Washington’s time on set. Then Cynthia talks about her style of method acting while Guillermo gushes over a new favorite horror movie connection. 

    What do you think, Gladiators? Email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 805-298-1474 to share your thoughts about the show, about food, about life, but mostly about the show. We would love to hear from you!

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    25 April 2024, 10:00 am
  • 54 minutes 8 seconds
    302: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner w/ Kerry Washington

    Katie and Guillermo are no strangers to working on the weekend from their time on Scandal, and they’d record any time day or night, or over a cliff, for the one-and-only Kerry Washington. Kerry shares never-before-told stories from her newly-published book, and deep dives into the development of Olivia’s character. Plus, the OPA team answers your burning fan questions.

    What do you think, Gladiators? Email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 805-298-1474 to share your thoughts about the show, about food, about life, but mostly about the show. We would love to hear from you!

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    18 April 2024, 10:00 am
  • 49 minutes 29 seconds
    301: It’s Handled w/ Tom Verica

    We’re back through Hell or High Water! Shondaland royalty, director Tom Verica, joins Katie & Guillermo for the inaugural episode of Season 3 to discuss Kerry’s unbelievable acting in this episode, and the shocking reveals of Papa Pope. Plus Guillermo and Tom reminisce about a blooper with a shake-weight, and Tom shares his favorite recording session from his time on Scandal. Then Katie asks Tom about directing love scenes and all the… spit. What do you think, Gladiators? Email us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 805-298-1474 to share your thoughts about the show, about food, about life, but mostly about the show. We would love to hear from you!

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    11 April 2024, 10:00 am
  • 1 minute 59 seconds
    Unpacking The Toolbox Season 2 Launches April 11th!

    We’re back through Hell or High Water! Unpacking The Toolbox premieres with brand new episodes every Thursday starting April 11th. 

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    4 April 2024, 10:00 am
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