Scandal (2012–2018)
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Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia 

Fitz begins his second term with a plan to make positive changes for the nation. Meanwhile, Mellie has trouble dealing with her son's death; and Olivia's absence leaves a void on her team.


Tom Verica


Shonda Rhimes (created by), Shonda Rhimes

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kerry Washington ... Olivia Pope
Scott Foley ... Jake Ballard
Darby Stanchfield ... Abby Whelan
Katie Lowes ... Quinn Perkins
Guillermo Díaz ... Huck (as Guillermo Diaz)
Jeff Perry ... Cyrus Beene
Joshua Malina ... David Rosen
Bellamy Young ... Mellie Grant
Tony Goldwyn ... Fitzgerald Grant
Portia de Rossi ... Elizabeth North
Jessica Tuck ... Senator Stephanie Vaughn
Kelen Coleman ... Kate
Sal Viscuso ... Clark
Brian Letscher ... Tom Larsen
Joe Morton ... Rowan Pope


Olivia is enjoying her life away from Washington. But she learns about Harrison so she goes back to bury him. She learns that OPA is closed, Quinn is on her own, Abby's now working at the White House, and Huck is working as computer serviceman. She's about to leave when a Senator calls her. It seems she fears that she killed another whom she went to, to get support on a Bill Grant is working on. But when Olivia arrives she sees the man is still alive. She learns from the Senator that the man made a move on her and she resisted which is how he got hurt. Grant upon learning Olivia's back wonders if she's staying. Written by

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Release Date:

25 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Shondaland,ABC Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The book Olivia has by her side in the opening scene is "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. See more »


Olivia claims that the island they are on is "100 miles off the coast of Zanzibar". Zanzibar is an archipelago about 20 miles off the coast of Tanzania, East Africa, so it doesn't have a coastline as such. However the main island in the group, Unguja, is also known informally as Zanzibar so a charitable way of interpreting her statement is that they are situated 100 miles from there. See more »


[first lines]
Jake Ballard: [walking up to her beach chair] Hi.
Olivia Pope: Hi.
[they kiss]
Olivia Pope: Boat's gonna be here soon.
Jake Ballard: Well, it's not here yet.
Olivia Pope: It's gonna be here soon.
Jake Ballard: It's about 15 minutes out. You want to use those 15 minutes?
[stroking her]
Jake Ballard: Or stop?
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Bridge over Troubled Water
Written by Paul Simon
Performed by Aretha Franklin
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I was absorbed into the storyline and Washington's control of her surroundings.
27 September 2014 | by RyanCShowersSee all my reviews

Throwing out this fact right away is the best way to appreciate my thoughts on the "Scandal" season 4 premiere: I always found "Scandal" to be a glorified soap opera and ABC placing it in primetime instead of daytime was just an unfortunate oversight. Washington's performance was rooted in melodrama to the max, and her casual lisping diction flooded her work with falsity. How "Scandal" was taken seriously enough to warrant Emmy nominations for acting seemed like one of the seven mysteries of the world. However, "Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia" was a pleasant hour of television and that's coming from someone who has shown a bias against the series.

The problem with "Scandal" before was its intentionally artificial tone that was inherently sewed into the dialogue, direction, story lines, characters, and performances. Appreciating "Scandal" is understanding its nature, which is unapologetically a soap opera, but what I noticed in the premiere was how passionately the cast and creators embrace and own it. Thankfully the ridiculous melodrama has been toned back and one is able to actually breath amongst the pungent sugary air.

Kerry Washington stuns me with her beauty. She's one of the most gorgeous actresses in the business and you cannot take your eyes off of her when she's on screen. But what Washington brings to the role is a glamorous star power needed to carry this lighter show. Her acting is completely in sync with the jumpy, glossy show she leads. As the tone became less obnoxious in this episode, the more I began to see the fun in her acting and subsequently the show.

I'm no expert on Olivia Pope and her abrasive ways, but I have seen enough to justifiably state that this premiere is one of the best things this series has done. Sure, the corniness remains in areas and "Scandal" is not to be taken too seriously, but I was absorbed into the storyline and Washington's control of her surroundings.

Grade: B+

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