The Season 4 premiere of Scandal delivered on divulging where in the world Olivia Pope was. However, after being alerted to a personal tragedy, it wasn't long before she was back in the nation's capital. The rest of the hour set about revealing how it had changed, and was she sticking around for good?
Following last season's heartbreaking events, Olivia (Kerry Washington) had disappeared to a deserted island off the coast of Zanzibar with Jake (Scott Foley). They spent their time drinking expensive red wine, lounging on the beach and having lots of sex.
After about two months Quinn (Katie Lowes) tracked them down, and mailed a newspaper clipping of Harrison's murder. The couple was back on a plane to D.C. to plan the funeral. Olivia insisted they'd return to their haven right after.
Olivia was shocked to see Olivia Pope and Associates had folded in her absence. Quinn helped her contact the rest of the crew. None were pleased to see her. Huck (Guillermo Diaz) was now an IT guy named "Randy," and Abby (Darby Stanchfield) was working as Fitz's press secretary and nicknamed "Red."
They felt betrayed by her leaving and blamed her for what happened to Harrison. Olivia was disgusted, gave them the details and said they could show up to Harrison's funeral or not.
After a female senator, played by Jessica Tuck, nearly killed a male senator she said tried to rape her, Olivia was back in "Fixer" mode. Soon, Olivia figured out the senator was lying and it'd been her young, brunette assistant who was attacked. The senator orchestrated the whole thing to help get Grant's new gender-equality bill passed through. At this Olivia was ready to withdraw from civilization once again.
Mellie (Bellamy Young) was still deeply grieving. This manifested itself as her drinking a lot, not fixing herself up and wearing comfy sweats, and eating junk food. Minus the alcohol, this is me on an average day. However, it meant Miss Mellie was on the verge of a total nervous breakdown!
Cyus (Jeff Perry) was pissed Olivia was back in town, but reluctantly told Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) of her presence. Cyrus suspected the return of his star-crossed love would derail the off-the-booze, productive politician known as "Fitz 2.0."
When Fitz told Mellie, she asked to be informed when he started seeing his mistress again. Fitz rejected both notions. He was committed to his country and family. Suffice it to say, neither Cyrus nor Mellie were convinced.
The four remaining members of OPA showed up to grieve for Harrison. Olivia revealed he'd grown up in a group home and they were his only family. I thought it was pretty funny that after several seasons and writing off the character, he finally got some backstory. Better late than never?
Huck and Quinn returned to work with Olivia, and she took the female senator's case back on; this time, defending her assistant. She framed the young woman as a brave hero, and gave an impassioned speech about the outrage of gender inequality that guaranteed Fitz's bill would pass.
Fitz and Olivia passed each other on Capitol Hill, and pointedly didn't acknowledge one another. Viewers saw the warm, tiny smiles both were sporting afterwards though!
- Jake's not happy about Olivia's decision to stay, and all that will mean, but they're remaining a couple.
- Sometime after his son's murder and Olivia's departure, Fitz attempted suicide. He told Mellie he'd never try again. It seemed like she was the only one who knew that particular secret.
- David (Joshua Malina) had gone through all of Jake's B613 files, but issued no indictments. Jake wanted action, or his stolen files back.
- Fitz was cleaning house in his administration, which annoyed his party. GOP'er Lizzy (Portia de Rossi) came to town to get Fitz back in line.
- David accepted Fitz's nomination for Attorney General.
- Asked point-blank, Rowan (Joe Morton) told Olivia he'd killed her mother and had nothing to do with Harrison's death. Don't believe a word, girl!
Does Scandal look like it's back on track, Gladiators?
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