The Scandal cast includes, from left, Megan Leahy (as Violet Chumsley), Scott Adsit (as the mall owner), Z Gillispie (as Oral Hanks) and (Kirsten King) as Cindy.
The Scandal cast includes, from left, Megan Leahy (as Violet Chumsley), Scott Adsit (as the mall owner), Z Gillispie (as Oral Hanks) and (Kirsten King) as Cindy.

Dad’s Garage Theatre is presenting the improv soap opera “Scandal” every Saturday night through Aug. 20. “Scandal” is set at a fictitious shopping mall in the Old Fourth Ward that’s on its last legs and its wacky denizens. As media sponsor for the event, INtown is posting a recap of the Saturday episodes. Here’s a digested version from the debut on June 18.

As we kicked off the inaugural episode of “Scandal The Mall Season,” mall owner Yergie Anglocize was convening a meeting with all the store owners. The Big 4th of July Holiday was coming up, and Old Fourth Ward Mall desperately needed to upstage the Ponce City Market celebrations. Many ideas were tossed around, including fireworks, cookie with surprises baked inside and pigeons strategically plucked to look like baby Bald Eagles. Consensus was reached on attempting all three.

Mallwalker Violet Chumsley found Lil’ Daisy wandering around aimlessly, and pledged to take her under her wing, starting with figuring out a proper diet for a 10-year-old that wasn’t 100 percent Swedish fish.

Yergei visited Rosemary Splat in her Great American Cookie store and sampled some of the fresh cookies, only to learn that the surprise she had baked inside was cyanide!

Meanwhile, the Commodore revealed to Orange Julius that the aforementioned fireworks were located in the condemned part of the mall, an extremely dangerous place to visit. The Commodore was forced to scratch Orange Julius’ back in return.

Daisy visited Charles “Chugga” Kingsford at the Lil’ Smokey Caboose train ride, for her daily trip around the mall. After Chugga changed the route of the ride so as to prevent Daisy from flashing the audience, they pledged to be best friends.

Oral Hanks managed to sucker Cynthia Monets into his store and conned her into buying all 17 of his “baby bald eagles.” Just then, Violet burst in carrying a dying Yergie, and as he lay gasping on the floor he revealed that he had a secret daughter at the mall!

The Commodore shared with Jelilah Dixon the secret of the hidden fireworks, only to have Jelilah reveal something as well… her long hidden love for him!

Orange Julius boarded the Lil’ Smokey Caboose to the condemned part of the mall, along with a reluctant Chugga. After encountering vicious bloodthirsty crows and maybe a wolf, they located the legendary fireworks. At which point Chugga hightailed it back to the mall and left Orange Julius stranded.

Meanwhile, Rosemary returned to Great American Cookie to find Daisy stuffing her face… with possibly poisoned cookies! Violet then put a bunch of clues together and surmised that Daisy was Yergei’s lost daughter, and they quickly ran to his side.

In the mall main court, Yergie lay dying, with Oral Hanks administering some bizarre last rights. Violet and Daisy rushed in, only for Daisy to emphatically state, “That’s not my Daddy.” Yergie finally revealed the actual name of his secret daughter, Chugga, just at the train conductor arrived with the fireworks. Yergie passed on the ownership of the mall (and then passed away!) in a mystical ceremony that also healed Chugga’s missing eye, and his/her sight was restored!

To purchase tickets and to find out more information about “Scandal,” visit Dad’s Garage is located at 569 Ezzard St. in the Old Fourth Ward.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.