Kerry Washington

‘Scandal’ Season 4 Finale Recap: “You Can’t Take Command”

Scandal‘s season four finale hit the reset button in a very necessary way: B613 has been dismantled, Rowan has been locked up (for now), and Olivia chose Fitz. But there is a shiny, new x-factor here that makes season five look like a new frontier: Mellie Grant has left the building. With a finale like “You Can’t Take Command,” why even bother with a cliffhanger? … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 21 Recap: “A Few Good Women”

“So that’s it, we never find out what Foxtail means?” Quinn asks as this week’s Scandal comes to a close. As Olivia knows better than anyone, when Rowan wants to make his presence known, he does so aggressively. He’s just not ready to reveal his big plans for Foxtail, which viewers learn this week *is* Mellie Grant. Does next week’s season finale bring a terrible fate for Mellie, or does it merely use her as a bargaining chip to get, for example, the President to shut down any future Attorney General investigations into B613? Whatever the case may be, I have a feeling it will in turn force Olivia to confront her feelings for both Fitz and Jake, and perhaps make a decision once and for all. The gang probably won’t have time to take down Rowan too, but hey, a recapper can dream. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 20 Recap: “First Lady Sings The Blues”

Last night’s Scandal was Shonda Rhimes’ greatest “SIKE!” moment: Jake Ballard is not dead, at least not yet, despite what Scott Foley says on Twitter. Russell played darts on Jake’s chest last week and left him to bleed out on the conference room at Pope and Associates. The Russian doctor Charlie keeps on retainer claims Russell missed the major arteries, and if he manages not to contract an infection, Jake could make it. Why am I somehow not surprised that it’s not over ’til it’s over? … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 19 Recap: “I’m Just A Bill”

With Scott Foley’s track record on Shonda Rhimes shows, I have to wonder if he’s her new Katherine Heigl. Or is it that there’s just something so satisfying about killing off characters that seem so inherently good, despite being an assassin?

For the second time on one of Rhimes’s show, Foley — who also played Henry, a terminal patient who fell in love with his doctor, on Grey’s Anatomy — was offed by Rowan (via Olivia’s new boy-toy), to what I imagine will be the dismay of fans. It’s hard to hate a good guy, even if he isn’t so good. Jake Ballard’s death was not the right thing to do. And so, “I’m Just A Bill” spent the other subplots holding on tightly to those white hats, so much so that it came at a detriment to the episode. (Though real talk: Susan Ross insisting to critique the implementation strategy of a 1400-page bill before signing it made me feel good about the American legislative system for a second, which pretty much never happens on Scandal.) … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 15 Recap: “The Testimony of Diego Muñoz”

Well, B613 had a good run. Now that Huck’s focusing on himself and David Rosen’s rocking a white hat, B613 is on the brink of being exposed. It’s the one lie that could dismantle everything in the Scandal universe, the one truth that if told, could make everything fall apart so fast. B613 is so far outside of the law, and all the characters are so entrenched, it’s hard to imagine what would happen if the truth came out. Something so extreme, it would probably require the clean-up muscle of one Olivia Pope. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 14 Recap: “The Lawn Chair”

Last night’s Scandal ended with the embrace of two men who know what it means to lose their sons, Nina Simone pleading that she shall be released, and tears on the keyboard.

I found myself crying not for Brandon Parker, the 18-year-old black boy whose death at the racist hands of D.C. police stood at the center of last night’s episode. I found myself crying for Michael Brown, for Trayvon Martin, for Tamir Rice. And that’s exactly what Scandal had intended in this ripped-from-the-headlines episode. I’m just not sure there was any way to tackle America’s Black Lives Matter problem in a single episode without it seeming at least a little cheap. At times “The Lawn Chair” was not enough to capture the weight of this real-life epidemic, other times too overblown in the usual Olivia Pope ways (i.e. monologues that inspire preacher-like delivery). … Read More

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