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Scandal – The Complete Fourth Season

by Alan Rapp on August 25, 2015

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  • Title: Scandal – Season Four
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Scandal - The Complete Fourth SeasonScandal‘s Fourth Season begins with Olivia (Kerry Washington) being pulled back from island paradise into the political intrigue of Washington D.C. and ends with her quest to destroy B613 and see her father (Joe Morton) behind bars. In-between Abby (Darby Stanchfield) will grow into her role as the White House Press Secretary, Huck (Guillermo Díaz) will reconnect with his family, Mellie (Bellamy Young) will begin her own political career, Maya (Khandi Alexander) will wreak havoc, the Vice President (Jon Tenney) will attempt a coup, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) will fight for re-election, and Olivia will spend several episodes held for ransom halfway around the world.

For those enjoying the series’ longer arcs the season delivers. For those of us preferring to see Olivia and company in their roles as fixers we’re mostly out of luck as broader storylines continue to derail Olivia & Associates from making an honest living. The season certainly has its share of memorable moments, such as the return of a familiar face, but I wouldn’t rank it as my favorite.

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  • Title: Scandal – You Can’t Take Command
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Scandal - You Can't Take Command

Bearing the title of a familiar phrase on the show, Scandal‘s season finale brings the war between Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Rowan (Joe Morton) to an end as Olivia’s father uses blackmail to force the recently-elected Senator Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) to forcefully put an end to David Rosen‘s (Joshua Malina) attempt to bring B613 to light. With every member of the Grand Jury killed, thanks to the unsuspecting First Lady, and the fact that Rowan has cleared house with the last few members of the secret government organization that could identify him, Rowan claims victory. He also trumps Olivia’s last hail mary to turn over all proof of B613 to the CIA who decides to sweep it all carefully under the rug leaving Olivia and Jake (Scott Foley) with no further avenues to explore to take down Command.

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  • Title: Scandal – First Lady Sings the Blues
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Scandal - First Lady Sings the Blues

The war between Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Rowan (Joe Morton) begins with the discovery of Jake‘s (Scott Foley) in the offices of Olivia Pope & Associates. Walking back one of the biggest moments of the series, and undercutting last week’s cliffhanger, Jake still lives as half of the episode is spent with Olivia trying to keep him alive. To do so Olivia will have to do a favor for a former KGB assassin, compromise her ethics, and even go so far as to trade Jake’s life for that of her father. She won’t completely succeed.

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Scandal – I’m Just a Bill

by Alan Rapp on April 20, 2015

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  • Title: Scandal – I’m Just a Bill
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Scandal - I'm Just a Bill

Rowan‘s (Joe Morton) return sets up the season’s final three episodes as Olivia‘s (Kerry Washington) father gives the D.C. fixer 48 hours to stop her friends from dragging the secrets of B613 to light… or else. Choosing justice over loyalty, to her estranged father or to the man she loves (who will be implicated should the secret organization be revealed), Olivia chooses truth which will cost one supporting cast member their life and reveal the season’s worst kept secret about which new recurring character is actually one of Rowan’s men.

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Scandal – No More Blood

by Alan Rapp on February 22, 2015

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  • Title: Scandal – No More Blood
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“You saved me. I never thought I’d have the chance to return the favor.”

Scandal - No More Blood

The Fourth Season’s opening arc centering on the abduction of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) to pressure President Grant (Tony Goldwyn) to sending troops into harms way and the sale of Olivia to the highest bidder ends with “No More Blood.” Although I’m sure their will be plenty of fallout from her traumatic experience (as evidenced in the short interview Olivia makes towards the end of the episode after her rescue) the episode ends with our heroine back in Washington, D.C. and the unexpected return (albeit brief) of one of her former gladiators (Henry Ian Cusick).

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Scandal – Run

by Alan Rapp on February 1, 2015

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Scandal - Run

Scandal returns from mid-season break with an unusual episode that rehashes the mid-season surprise abduction of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) by a group of well-trained kidnappers. Aside from scenes dealing with Jake‘s (Scott Foley) reaction to his disappearance we get nothing from the series regulars (except for a short hallucination sequence) or their reaction to her disappearance. Instead the entire episode focuses on Olivia in captivity of what appears to be a Middle Eastern prison. Of course appearances can be deceiving.

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Scandal – Inside the Bubble

by Alan Rapp on October 12, 2014

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  • Title: Scandal – The Price of Free and Fair Election
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Scandal - Inside the Bubble

After returning from her tropical seclusion with Jake (Scott Foley) and choosing to stay and reopen Pope & Associates, Olivia (Kerry Washington) responds to a friend (Sonya Walger) concerned about the whereabouts of her missing teenage daughter. It doesn’t take long for Quinn (Katie Lowes) to find the girl in a posh D.C. hotel, however when the group discovers the mother was sleeping with the daughter’s boyfriend and the girl turns up dead in the hotel room after the mother was led their by Olivia things turn dicey very quickly.

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  • Title: Scandal – The Price of Free and Fair Election
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Scandal - The Price of Free and Fair Election

Picking up only moments after the close of the previous episode when Cyrus (Jeff Perry) chose to not tell the President (Tony Goldwyn) about the bombing planned at the funeral which he hoped would take care of the Fitz’s rivals, Scandal closes its Third Season with an emotional roller-coaster of a season finale full of twists, turns, and an ending that leaves the future of multiple characters in serious doubt. Immeadiately backfiring, and apparently handing the election to Sally Langston (Kate Burton) who survives the attack in heroic fashion pulling well ahead in all polling, both Cyrus and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) are forced to admit defeat as election day looms.

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Scandal – Flesh and Blood

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2014

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  • Title: Scandal – Flesh and Blood
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Scandal - Flesh and Blood

Setting all the pieces in place for next week’s season finale, “Flesh and Blood” deals with the immediate fallout from Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) shutting down B-613 unaware that she’s blinding the U.S. Government just as her mother and her co-conspirators have put together a plan to kill President Grant (Tony Goldwyn). Working with her father, against Jake’s advice, Olivia and her team find the bombmaker who just happens to be Maya‘s (Khandi Alexander) one true love who Rowan (Joe Morton) gleeful murders when given the opportunity.

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Scandal – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

by Alan Rapp on March 23, 2014

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  • Title: Scandal – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
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Scandal - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Putting aside the drama of the Vice-President Sally Langston‘s (Kate Burton) murder of her husband, although we do get the subplot of Langston’s campaigning to steal away the NRA endorsement from Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” deals primarily with the fallout of Jake‘s (Scott Foley) murder of three members of the Publius conspiracy including James (Dan Bucatinsky). Allowed to live, David Rosen (Joshua Malina) struggles with ignoring what happened and sweeping James’ murder, and the disappearances of two of his friends, under the rug as nothing more than a car jacking gone wrong.

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