Susan Ross (Artemis Pebdani) crushes her Republican debate competition when she opens up about her deceased husband John and his military service. The Vice President's words about wanting to tell her husband to leave Afghanistan hit home with viewers. She vowed never again to be silent after John was killed in combat. After all, wives are not their husband's keepers, but maybe one could be America's. From Season 5, Episode 16, "The Miseducation of Susan Ross" of Scandal, which airs THURSDAYS 9|8c on ABC.