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Abby Whelan
Portrayed by Darby Stanchfield
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White House Character
Biographical Information
Full name: Abigail Whelan
Status: Alive
Residence: Washington D.C.
Alias:
  • "Abby" (by everyone)
  • "Ab" (by Leo)
  • "Red" (by Cyrus)
  • "Gabby" (by Fitz)
Past Occupations:
Physical Description
Gender: Female
Hair color: Red
Eye color: Blue
Relationships
Past Relationships:
Friends:
Colleagues:
Character Information
First appearance: Sweet Baby
Latest appearance: Transfer of Power
Appearance Count: 104

Okay... ground rule! Anytime I'm on the CD's, you hear something "R"-rated, you stop listening, and you bring it to me. Understood?

— Abby to the OPA Team, Nobody Likes Babies


Abigail "Abby" Whelan was the sassy judgmental member of the crisis management team at Olivia Pope's consulting firm, Olivia Pope & Associates. After Olivia abandoned her firm, Abby joined The White House as the Press Secretary. She then later became the chief of staff of the White House after Fitz made her fired Cyrus because he's been working for a democrat, Frankie Vargas without Fitz knowing.

HistoryEdit

Abby was married for 4 years to Charles Putney, the youngest son of former Virginia Governor James Putney. This was apparently an arranged political marriage.  She left him when he beat her in a drunken rage. When he fractured three of her ribs, broke her jaw and threw her out into the snow in her nightgown, Olivia Pope took a tire iron to his knee cap. She then got Abby the best divorce attorney in the state and got her out of that marriage (Enemy of the State).

She stayed with Olivia after her divorce and while Olivia was campaigning during the Presidential election. She likes to bake things to preoccupy her mind. She is an attorney, but works as an investigator for Olivia Pope & Associates (OPA). She got involved with David Rosen, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, who was investigating Olivia Pope. At that time, she helped him with his investigation. Olivia did not want her to help David get closer to the truth, so she had Harrison Wright plant false information that David beat his ex-girlfriend to break Abby and David up. As David Rosen got closer and closer to exposing the truth about Defiance, Abby assisted in covering up the election rigging scandal by breaking into David's safe at home and stealing the voter machine memory card that would prove David's case. As a result, David's case against the Defiance conspirators fell apart and he lost his job as an AUSA. David and Abby have been having a no strings attached - sex only - relationship, although David said that he wouldn't want a relationship with someone he couldn't trust. Abby continues to lie about stealing the voting machine memory card. But the truth soon comes to light and she confesses to David what she did. (Any Questions?)

PersonalityEdit

Abby is very opinionated, whether it is about her colleagues or their clients, she tends to speak up about it. Her personality comes in handy with her job. She uses her investigating skills along with her sass to get into crimes scenes where she's not welcome.

RelationshipsEdit

Friendships Edit

Olivia Pope - (Olivia and Abby) Edit

Olivia saved Abby from an abusive husband, a politician. She helped her get through and moved her into her apartment. When Olivia opened up her own crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates she hired Abby to be the firms investigator. Olivia and Abby have been friends since law school. Their friendship have been on and off again on the show but at the end of the day, they always forgive each other and support each other.

Professional Edit

Cyrus Beene - (Abby and Cyrus) Edit

Abby and Cyrus worked well together when Abby was hired as The White House Press Secretary and Cyrus was the Chief of Staff. They sometimes have different opinions on the matters and have their fights but they always understand and work together. At later episodes of season five, Abby found out that Cyrus is secretly working for a democrat, Frankie Vargas, and running his campaign, she told Fitz and made him fired Cyrus. Fitz then told Abby that she should be the one to fire Cyrus because she is the one who wants Cyrus's job. (I See You). Although Abby fired Cyrus, he is the one that she goes to when she needs an opinion. When Cyrus was in jail for the assassination of Frankie Vargas, she is the one who believes him and willing to help him get out of jail.

Fitz Grant - (Abby and Fitz) Edit

Abby started working with Fitz when she became the Press Secretary of The White House. They had a rocky start at the beginning of the work relation but later, they work close and Abby even became the "work-wife" of Fitz. When Fitz started dating Lillian, Abby told him that he can't date Lillian until there are rules or protocols planned for a single President to date someone. Fitz told Abby that if he's going to have to tell Abby about his sex life, they should be on a first-name basis and that it made Abby his closest friend in the world.

Elizabeth North - (Abby and Elizabeth) Edit

Both Abby and Elizabeth are kept out the circle regarding the Fitz Grant, Mellie Grant and Olivia Pope situation. Fitz doesn't tell Elizabeth that he went to attend Mellie's swearing in event and Olivia didn't tell Abby that she was sleeping Fitz. Abby discovers that Elizabeth is the one who leaked the scandalous photos that Sally Langston and The Liberty Report found. She uses this knowledge to force a standard of equality. A slightly-thrown Elizabeth agrees to work with her in the future.

Romantic Edit

Charles Putney Edit

Abby was married to Charles Putney for four years but she left him because he was abusive. Olivia later than helped Abby to filed for divorce.

David Rosen - (DAbby) Edit

Abby and David's relationship sparked up when David was on a witch hunt out to get Olivia, he hit on Abby in bar and surprise surprise hours later they were in bed together. Abby and David continued to have a sexual relationship but things started to get serious when Abby discovered what David was really up to, when she saw his infamous wall. At the time Abby was already suspicious of Olivia so she was more than happy to assist David with his investigation. There relationship started to get more serious, David even offered Abby a drawer to put some clothes in; but not too long after that she learned that David had a past of beating a girlfriend - which was false of course, the work of Olivia & Harrison. Distraught she broke it off with David. Even after they broke up, they stay good friends.

Leo Bergen - (Abby and Leo) Edit

Abby first met Leo when she was proxying for Olivia to handle things in the White House. Abby and Leo met again when Leo came into the White House as the campaign manager of Charles Putney, the ex-husband of Abby. After Abby tells Leo about her and Charles’s relationship, Leo ruins Charles Putney's campaign by telling the press that Charles set up the sex video scandal, forcing him to withdraw his candidacy. This leads them to bond and eventually, they started dating. Later, it appeared that they live together and even though they have up and downs in their relationship, they still appear to be together. Their relationship is a bit complicated because of their work situations.

GalleryEdit

→ See and enjoy 151 pictures of Abby at Images of Abby.

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