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Scandal 4.01 “Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia”

September 28, 2014

Our favorite gladiators are back…well everyone except one.  #RIPHarrison  A brand new season of Scandal has begun and I’m more than thrilled to finally be writing about the show and not just talking about it.  I was one of those people that held off on Scandal because of the insane hype that surrounded the show.  But once I manage to Curious George my way into seeing the first episode on Netflix, I was hooked.

We’re now in Season 4 and it’s been an incredible journey thus far.  And it’s not slowing down now.  The opening to this premiere was pretty sexual.  I was eating my mint chocolate chip ice cream and noticed that not even 2 minutes into the show, my ice cream was melting from all that HEAT (that sounds like a joke, but I’m being dead serious).  Olivia and Jake have been doing well and they’re having no ifs ands or buts about going back…that is, until Olivia, or rather, Julia, receives a note about Harrison’s death.  You could see the look on her face as her life as Olivia Pope was slowly returning back to her.  Vacation at the wherever islands was about to end and it’s all thanks to Quinn the Superfreak, who apparently is superior now in all things Huck.

The first half of this episode was very uncomfortable.  What I’ve come to know and love about all of these amazing characters has disappeared.  Everyone is completely off since Olivia left.  Huck, now known as Randy, is working at an electronics repair shop, which I find to be absolutely hilarious.  All I kept thinking about was how in the world did he get hired with that torture-ist look still on his face.  Abby, my bad, Red, seems to have stepped up her game by working at the White House.  Can I just say though that I never thought I would see Mellie in pjs.  And what about Portia de Rossi?  ;D  What did you guys think of her being in the show?  I hear she’s in for a multi-episode arc so I’m excited to see what her character has up her sleeves.

Scandal did in this premiere what it does best.  It made us FEEL.  With just a few words from Randy, Red, and Superfreak we were like…

“Why did you leave Olivia? WHY?!!”

Although that uncomfortable feeling of everything being out of whack lasted for a while, by the end of the episode we found our peace again.  But what I loved most is that we’re not back to where we were at before, no, it’s a new Olivia Pope and Associates; one that only consists of Olivia, Quinn, and Huck at the moment.  It seems like Red is staying at the White House for now, but who knows what the future holds.  With Harrison gone, there is sure to be new dynamics between all of our gladiators.  If this premiere was any indication, this season is going have a fresh take on all things that’s amazing about Scandal.

Side note:  Did you guys notice the Scandal titles for the opening and closing were different?  I think last year they started to change it, but to have two different ones in one episode made me wonder if they’re going to keep doing that in future episodes.  Title worker just got a pay raise, hey!

One of my favorite scenes in this premiere was when Olivia and Jake were in bed and she kept talking about Senator Sterling.  It gave us a humorous look into their physical relationship, but it was also definitely foreshadowing their future.

 

And talk about an ending.  Olivia’s speech!!  When we first got introduced to Olivia back in the pilot episode, she was battling for Sully St. James’ right to live a free life as a gay veteran.  And now we see the return of Olivia Pope fighting for female empowerment.  I don’t think this was a coincidence at all and I am very happy to see it.  I’m glad that THIS is what tipped the scale for her to stay.  Oh and that final scene where she and Fitz walk passed each other.  That was quite the moment.  I liked that the camera faded out all of the surrounding people; making only the two of them matter.  Olivia and Fitz didn’t even speak to each other, but you can tell; that moment was like a visual image of a heart skipping a beat as they crossed paths.  With Olivia’s speech going on in the background, it was a pure moment of gold and on top of that, our precious gladiator was wearing all white.  It was completely beautiful!

“After she was attacked, Kate had a choice to make.  A difficult choice.  A choice about what kind of person she wanted to be. Kate chose to stand up.  Kate chose to be a hero; a hero to the next girl who thinks she doesn’t have a choice when it comes to being harassed in the workplace; a workplace where somehow woman still make seventy-seven cents to every male dollar.  To heroes like Kate Warner, we will stand with you, we will protect you, and we will fight with you.  Moments like this give every woman an opportunity to decide what kind of person she wants to be deep down, no matter what face we present to the world, no matter what pain we’re hiding, what struggle we’ve been through; we know our worth.  We know what we’re capable of. We know who we are, who we’ll always be, and we have a choice:  we can hide in the shadows…or we can stand in the light.”  – Olivia Pope

 

That last thing that I want to mention is the full circle moment that this premiere brought to the show’s run; specifically this past year.  Now this is something that I didn’t even catch. I saw that people were mentioning it on Tumblr and THIS is exactly why Scandal fans are so amazing!  I love it when shows do things like this and I’ll be doing my best to pay MORE attention in the future for signs like these.  Several moments in this episode were actually literal reflections of last season’s premiere; the most noticeable one being a reference to what Harrison said a year ago.  Take a look for yourself.

For now, I’ll leave you with a promo for the second episode of the season.  For more reviews and news on Scandal stay tuned to my blog!  And you can catch all new episodes on Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC!

 

“Can Ms. Pope and I have the room?”  – Fitz  #wellTHATdidn’ttakelong

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