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"I'm choosing Olivia," Olivia Pope claimed boldly at the beginning of last night's Scandal (the first few minutes of which were a replay of the show's winter finale). You could tell by the gleam in her eyes that Olivia had thought about what choosing herself might look like — a life with Jake and Fitz, burgers and pizza, the sun and Vermont.

Rewatching those moments, it was hard not to want to shake Olivia by the shoulders and warn her about what was coming. Of course Olivia's announcement that she was choosing herself wasn't some sort of weird self-fulfilling prophecy, and the masked man who barreled in and abducted her wasn't some sort of genie. But by the end of last night's episode, Olivia was choosing herself, only at the same time, she had no other choice. As harrowing as it was to see Olivia stripped down like that, it was a powerful reminder of something I'd lost sight of: Scandal is a television show about Olivia Pope.

That sounds like a pretty obvious statement, but think about how much of the chatter around Scandal is about who Olivia is sleeping with and why (or even worse, what she's wearing). Or about aspects of the show that have nothing to do with her, from Huck's latest torture techniques to Mellie's beautifully dark comic monologues. I realized halfway through last night's episode that I was patiently waiting for the show to cut away to a frantic montage of Fitz, Jake, and the Gladiators, working through the night to save their girl. They didn't come. Maybe they're never coming.

But when Olivia's on her own like this, we get to remember who she is, and that she's more than the mistress of a president and the daughter of a mercenary. She is both the fixer and the impossible case, all wrapped into one and crammed into a prison on a soundstage. (Seriously, next week better have some answers.) And while Olivia is always fierce, we've never seen her fight like this. From the first second of her abduction, she claws back as hard as she can, both physically and mentally. She bucks against her captors, screams through duct tape, and eventually clubs one man and kills another. She scrutinizes every square inch of her prison for clues and escape hatches like some sort of hyper-aware, deranged Nancy Drew. And she beautifully, brilliantly, recklessly refuses to negotiate with anyone under her pay grade. "I'm Olivia Pope," she says to her cellmate at one point earlier in the episode, then laughs. "It's funny because it's useless." The name is, maybe, but Olivia's not.


And, of course, she makes herself a Gladiator. As soon as she's met her cellmate, Olivia befriends him and promises she's going to get them out, demanding he tell her everything he knows about their prison. She builds him up, making him eat and talk about his daughter to raise his spirits, but what Olivia forgets is that to be her friend is to be in danger. No one is ever, ever safer for having known and helped Olivia Pope. Sure, he was really just her captor pretending to be her cellmate and his "murder" was an act, but the point still stands.

At the end of the episode, as Olivia's slowly following her captor back into prison, she hears echoes of some of the main speeches from the first half of the season: Tom calling her "the face that launched a thousand ships," Fitz asking whether they were ever really people, and, loudest of all, her father reminding her that she's on her own now. It's a dark end to what's arguably one of the scariest episodes of the series, but I'm not afraid for Olivia. She's Olivia Pope. I'm so glad she reminded us.

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'Scandal’ Season 4, Episode 10 recap: Kidnapped Olivia Pope is on the ‘Run’

The newest 'Scandal' episode begins with Olivia Pope running for her life.

After a long, cold winter break, "Scandal" has returned from its hiatus to deliver perhaps its most Olivia-centric episode ever. Which makes sense considering she's going through the most traumatic moment of her life.

We start off in the final moments of last season's cliffhanger: Liv has disappeared just seconds after she decided to let go all her family drama AND relationship drama and live in the moment with Jake.

Scratch that: We really begin with Olivia running for her life down a hallway towards a padlocked door. The frantic look on her face and the unkempt hair is an immediate signal that Olivia just didn't momentarily go across the hall to ask her next-door neighbor for tips on getting a red wine stain out of her white sofa.

Nope, she has been abducted. And except for a brief foray into her stress-induced dream/fantasy, the episode is all about Liv. Not only does it provide an acting showcase for Kerry Washington, it also gives viewers a deep dive into her character's mindset as she grapples with her kidnapping, and eventually learns that none of her identities–powerful D.C. fixer, love interest of the President of the United States, estranged daughter of the former head of B-613–will save her.

"I'm Olivia Pope. That's funny because it's useless."

That's quite the realization for Liv to have about the direness of her situation–and it makes makes me think about Shonda Rhimes' intriguing TVLine interview about how the biggest impact the kidnapping will have on the series is on Olivia herself.

Because while the episode was exciting to watch, it was also pretty straightforward in terms of its depiction of Olivia's ordeal: Bonding with a hostage who turned out to be one of her kidnappers (she really should have suspected that from the get-go!), almost escaping from captivity, killing one of her hostage-takers and realizing that she's in deeper trouble than she initially thought.

According to Rhimes, "We are growing Olivia in a different direction. And we are growing the show in the direction that we've been headed towards for a while."

To me, this reads as Olivia becoming more independent and focusing her energies less on her love life and more on making some sort of greater positive impact.

Having Abby serve as her voice of reason during her hilarious Vermont jam fantasy (although wouldn't it have been amazing if this was a flashforward?) reinforced that Olivia's purpose will likely stray away from being at the center of a sexy love triangle.

It doesn't seem to be a matter of her choosing between Jake or Fitz, but focusing on what Liv ultimately wants for herself, in terms of her ambitions and even her legacy (after all, the rigging of Fitz's election still haunts her). I imagine that whenever she goes free, she will make strides to change her life in a long-lasting, rather than running away to an island, sort of way.

At any rate, "Run" was interesting and noteworthy for being one of the rare "Scandal" episodes to solely focus on the main character. But let's hope it remains rare, because the rest of the gang, even Huck and Quinn, were really missed.

This episode of 'Scandal' is all about Oliva Pope.

On the other hand, the episode did yield these helpful kidnapping do and dont's:

-DO have a loved one place a tracking device on you.

-DON'T get kidnapped without a bra.

-DO splurge on the gel manicure.

-DON'T get too close with your fellow hostages. You're not in captivity to make friends. Every gladiator for herself.

-"There's no man to rescue you. You're the only gladiator in the place – you have to rescue yourself." Darby Stanchfield killed it with her scene in Liv's dream. I can't wait to see her take charge in leading the efforts to find her.

Because you know Quinn will huff and puff and bluster, and Huck will be emotional, but it will be calm and clear-headed Abby will be the most helpful with the mission to #SaveOlivia.

-Fans of "Grey's Anatomy" might have recognized one of Olivia's kidnappers – the one she shoots and kills while trying to escape.

It was the second time he had been killed off on a Shonda Rhimes show, but at least this time he deserved it. I fully expect him to pop up on "How to Get Away with Murder" and be murdered with Annalise Keating's law trophy, just to complete the Shondaland trifecta.

-Two things that Olivia needs to definitely change once she's safe: Enroll in self-defense training and get a deadlock for her door (or maybe move into a more secure building).

-R.I.P. Olivia's sweet next-door neighbor. Oh the things she must have overheard! Surely she knew about Olivia and Fitz? Those two were never very clandestine about their meetings at Liv's apartment, after all.

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'Scandal' recap: 'Run'

Welcome back, Scandal fans! It’s been a long, long break since the last episode aired, when our heroine, in the midst of a joyful dance party of self-empowerment, was kidnapped from her own home, leaving nothing but a spilled goblet of wine and a boyfriend whose hopes for piano-sex were dashed.

We pick up back in the moments before Ms. Pope’s kidnapping, refreshing for anyone who had forgotten the dancing, the gaiety, the imminent sexy times with Jake Ballard. However, where in the last episode we followed a gleeful (and then shocked) Jake through the apartment, this time we stay with Olivia. We see the masked and hoodied man who spirits her away, mere milliseconds before Jake returns. We see her restrained, duct-taped, and kept captive as Jake rushes about.

Mr. Ballard chases what he believes to be the kidnapping getaway vehicle out into the street, but ends up with only a license plate. While on the phone with the remnants of Pope and Associates, he does a quick scan for surveillance equipment. The lack thereof convinces him this isn’t Rowan’s doing. Little does he know all the surveilling is being done outside the apartment. In fact, from the apartment across the hall. Our kidnappers have colonized the home of Liv’s sweet old lady neighbor as their base of operations.

They watch Jake’s flustered attempts to catch them, and wait quietly, tensely, until he’s left the building to really get a move on. And their move is abrupt and shocking—they promptly murder the old woman whose apartment they colonized and use her as a decoy to get Olivia out of the building, hidden in her body bag. You’d think this would be the thing that causes Olivia Pope to crack. She’s been through many high stress situations, the focus of a lot of attention, and the target of a lot of enemy volleys—but not many, to my memory, have been as viscerally, physically dangerous to her as her current predicament.

Of course, cracking is the last thing on her mind. While in the apartment, Liv discreetly worked a ring off her finger and hid it under the neighbor’s rug. And then, upon release from her close quarters with a corpse, tells her smarmy kidnapper that, “I only negotiate with people who have the power to say yes or no,” before noting that their ringleader has gone. They proceed to knock her out with your classic giant hypodermic needle to the neck.

She wakes up in your standard barren cell. A muezzin call sounds from what we presume is outside. A series of Debbie-Downer statements sound from her whiny cellmate. Poor Ian McClellan is a kidnapped journalist who just wants to get home to his daughter and feels bad about the fate of his former cellmate, Bradley (taken out of the cell, screamed, shot).

I know that circumstances can make for strange friends, but Liv and Poor Ian get close very fast. He tells her about his dead wife, his daughter, his long-gestating novel. She lets him scan her back for tracking devices. Poor Ian reasonably asks, “Who do you hope put a tracking device in you other than your father?” Liv’s unspoken answer could be “Any of the men who claim to love me!” Which, really, should be a sign that your relationships are maybe not that healthy. I can’t bring myself to buy their apparent closeness, but apparently it’s enough for Liv to tell Ian that the president will hunt her down. Personally I think that Olivia’s particular faith in her importance is more than a little overblown. Sure, the president loves you, but he’s one man. How much can his love outweigh the needs and feelings of the country he leads? Rather, WHEN has his love outweighed anything in his political life?

NEXT: Breaking (not so) free…

Liv makes a poorly-planned escape attempt through the bathroom window, MacGyvering her underwire into a lock pick. Unsurprisingly, she’s caught in the act. Olivia is, as always, convinced that she is untouchable. And she is, largely. She can be malnourished and isolated, but these men are not doing lasting damage to her. They taunt her with claims that there are things scarier than death, but this only manifests itself not as physical abuse or sexual violence, but in the unseen execution of her cellmate.

She retreats into a dream, as anyone might under such stress. Dream Jake rescues her! Dream Fitz joins her in a steamy shower! She is living in their dream Vermont home, worrying abut nothing more than her afternoon of making boysenberry jam, and Fitz’s inability to throw a strike. It wouldn’t be a dream if there weren’t a creep free-associative moment, and so Dream Tom the Secret Service Agent appears to remind her that there are ominous undercurrents to all this. And Dream Abby, as always, is the voice of reason, telling Liv to get her head on straight and realize she’s got to save herself (even if that means leaving her frankly very cute puppy behind). Some not very subtle dream symbolism provides the clue that will spark her escape.

This entire sequence seems a way to shoehorn more characters in to this episode, never mind a Liv-Fitz shower scene. This is Kerry Washington’s episode—we know she’s a stellar actress, and as Olivia Pope she’s carried this show through both it’s rough formative episodes and it’s bonkers overstuffed ones. Washington is supertalented at radiating lip-quivering, Bambi vulnerability and steely-determination, often at the same time. And she does solid work with what she’s given in expressing both Liv’s confidence in her eventual salvation and deprivation as a prisoner. The interlude with our bonus Scandal cast just seems unnecessary.

Finally, we get to the climactic action for this week. On yet another bathroom trip the dream hint manifests itself as a loose fitting on the sink plumbing. Liv pulls out her other handy-dandy underwire shiv (thank god breasts come in pairs) to loosen it and procure a weapon. Then it’s Olivia Pope with the lead pipe in the terrorist cell hallway, clobbering the asshole guard. She pulls keys and a gun from him and dashes toward the door she’s sure represents freedom. Only to be stopped by the smarmy kidnapper who’s so confident she won’t shoot him. “Nothing to be ashamed of. That’s a man’s toy you got there,” he tells her. Of course she shoots him. (Hell, I’d shoot him after that bit of condescending jackassery.)

Of course, freedom isn’t actually freedom. Instead of running out into the sunlit streets of an African/Middle-Eastern metropolitan area, she finds herself in a warehouse. Her prison was created for her with soundtracks and projections. Poor Ian is alive and actually Evil Ian. He was using this imprisonment scenario to get information from her. Namely, the information that the president of the USA will go on a rampage until he finds her. To this I can only think, Liv, you’re DC’s prime fixer. You should learn to know when to show your cards and when to hold ’em. A lot of voiceovers sound, hitting hard on obvious themes—”I’m free.” “Are we even people?” etc. A bit of a heavy-handed flourish on the moment. Liv looks shell-shocked by the revelation that she’s been used, and obediently follows Evil Ian back into their prison. Is this the first step into breaking down Olivia Pope? Are they going to Patty Hearst her? We’ll have to wait to next week, when, if the tease is anything to go by, the parallels to ISIS-like activities are even more aggressively drawn.


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Scandal Season 4 Episode 10 Run How to Get Away with Murder Review

Run (Scandal)

10th episode of the fourth season of Scandal

"Run" is the tenth episode, serving as a mid-season premiere of the fourth season of the American political thrillertelevision seriesScandal, and is the 57th overall episode, which aired on ABC on January 29, 2015.[1] The episode was written by showrunnerShonda Rhimes and directed by executive producer Tom Verica. The episode serves as a bottle episode, in which the episode focuses solely on Olivia's kidnapping and her captivity in a jail cell, which she shares with a cellmate named Ian McLeod. The episode features the fewest series regulars of any episode of the series, with only four regulars appearing: Olivia Pope, Jake Ballard, President Fitzgerald "Fitz" Grant lll and Abby Whelan.

Shonda Rhimes praised the episode in an interview in which she named it the best episode of Scandal. She praised the writing, saying, "It is probably my favorite episode that we’ve done, ever. It’s my favorite episode that I’ve written, of anything that I’ve written. But it’s probably our favorite episode that we’ve done ever.”[2]


Olivia (Kerry Washington) is kidnapped in her apartment by masked men, who take her across the hall to the neighbor apartment. Jake (Scott Foley), believing the kidnappers took Olivia out of the building, runs out to the streets where he runs after a car he believes Olivia is in. While Jake is outside, the kidnappers quickly remove surveillance equipment from Olivia's apartment before Jake returns. Jake calls Huck and Quinn and informs them of the situation.

The kidnappers drive away with Olivia in an ambulance in which one of the kidnappers, Otto (Robert Baker), tells her to beg and negotiate for her release, but Olivia refuses and tells them that she will only talk with the leader of the kidnapping. She is then drugged and passes out. Olivia wakes up in a demolished cell with a cell mate, a man named Ian Woods (Jason Butler Harner), who claims to have been there a long time. He tells her that he is a journalist and was kidnapped after finishing a story in Egypt. Olivia assures Ian that she will get them out of there.

As time goes by, Olivia and Ian begin to bond and share details of each other's lives. One day when she is in the bathroom, Olivia discovers a window and tries to escape through it, but is caught by the kidnappers who, knowing they can't harm her, decide to punish her instead by taking Ian and shooting him.

Olivia, distraught by Ian's murder, begins to have dreams about Jake rescuing her, and her life in Vermont with Fitz (Tony Goldwyn). In her dreams, both Tom Larsen (Brian Letscher) and Abby (Darby Stanchfield) show up to tell her that she does not have anybody to rescue her and that she must rely only on herself.

When she is taken to the bathroom, she tries to escape again out the window, but discovers that the kidnappers cemented it shut. Olivia is devastated and begins to cry. However, she manages to get a hold of a pipe iron and uses it to knock out one of the kidnappers, and steals his keys and gun. She begins to run towards the red door leading out of the building, but is stopped by the other kidnapper, Otto. Olivia, after much hesitation, shoots and kills Otto.

She manages to unlock the red door, but discovers that the small building she is being held in is within a warehouse and that there is no way out. She also discovers that Ian is actually the man holding her hostage as leverage against the president.


The episode was written by showrunnerShonda Rhimes and directed by Tom Verica.[3] Rhimes announced that she would be writing the episode herself and revealed the title of the episode on December 12, 2014.[4] Rhimes deemed the episode the best episode she has ever written, continuing to praise the episode calling it her favorite episode of Scandal.[2] The episode featured the songs "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing" by Stevie Wonder and "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb. The episode focuses solely on Olivia's kidnapping as she is kidnapped from her apartment and being held hostage in a building for several weeks. The episode also focuses on Olivia's struggles to escape from her kidnappers.

The remaining fall schedule for ABC was announced on October 30, 2014, where it was announced that Scandal would air nine episodes in the fall with the fall finale to air on November 20, 2014, just like the rest of ABC's primetime lineup "TGIT" Grey's Anatomy and How To Get Away with Murder.[5] The remaining 13 episodes was announced to air after the winter break, beginning on January 29, 2015 with the episode "Run".[6]

Scouting for the episode began on November 21, 2014 in Vermont.[7] Filming began on December 2, 2014,[8] and ended on December 12, 2014.[9] It was reported on December 11, 2014, that Jason Butler Harner, known from Alcatraz, Homeland and The Blacklist was cast for the show in a recurring role, which he would first appear in the winter premiere.[10]Robert Baker was cast for the premiere, playing one of Olivia's kidnappers. Baker previously appeared on another show created by Shonda Rhimes in the sixth season of Grey's Anatomy. Scott Foley injured his foot during filming of the episode as he had to run barefoot on the street.[11]

The episode was screened early for TV critics visiting the set of How to Get Away with Murder,[12] and was met with positive critic. Natalie Abrams, a writer for Entertainment Weekly said how exciting the episode was, saying "...I gasped at least 3 times during the first act".[13] Writing for E! Online, Tierney Bricker said it was "an anxiety attack in the best possible way."[14]



"Run" was originally broadcast on Thursday, January 29, 2015 in the United States on ABC. The episode's total viewership was 10.48 million,[15] up 12 percent from last years mid-season return.[16] In the key 18-49 demographic, the episode scored a 3.6 in Nielsen ratings,[15] up 6 percent from last year,[16] scoring the best ratings since the fourth season premiere and is equaled the series's 2nd-highest-ever rating in Adults 18-49.[17] It was the top TV show in the 9:00 p.m. slot, beating Two and a Half Men, Backstrom and Reign.[15]

The 10.48 million people tuned into the episode marked a 3 percent increase from the previous episode (10.14), in addition to the installment's 3.6 Nielsen rating in the target 18–49 demographic marked a 13 percent increase from 3.1, which was from the previous episode.[17] The Nielsen score additionally registered the show as the week's third-highest rated drama and fourth-highest rated scripted series in the 18–49 demographic, only behind NBC's The Blacklist (8.4), CBS's The Big Bang Theory (4.5) and Fox's Empire (4.3).[18] Seven days of time-shifted viewing added on an additional 1.5 rating points in the 18–49 demographic and 3.56 million viewers, bringing the total viewership for the episode to 14.03 million viewers with a 5.1 Nielsen rating in the 18–49 demographic.[19]

Critical reception[edit]

"It’s an amazing thing Shonda Rhimes does here, and a necessary one. No television show suffers more from a midseason hiatus than Scandal, and it was shrewd to craft an entire episode that can stand on its own merits. “Run” is as perfect a place to resume as it is to start fresh."

—Joshua Alston of The A.V. Club[20]

The episode received critical acclaim from critics. Joshua Alston from The A.V. Club said that if anyone should start to see one episode of Scandal, it should be "Run", which he deemed a standalone episode. He continued saying "No television show suffers more from a midseason hiatus than Scandal, and it was shrewd to craft an entire episode that can stand on its own merits. “Run” is as perfect a place to resume as it is to start fresh."[20] Lauren Piester of E! Online praised Kerry Washington's acting, calling her performance Emmy worthy. She wrote "we would even give her an Oscar for that, since that episode could have been a movie if it were half an hour longer."[21]

Judy Berman of Flavorwire also praised the episode saying "Scandal needed nothing more than to rip itself up and start again — and that’s exactly what last night’s winter premiere accomplished."[22] Lindsey McGhee from Den of Geek called it one of the best episodes of Scandal, and praised Shonda Rhimes saying "This is Shonda Rhimes at her finest, testing her lead character's strengths and pushing her to all possible limits."[23] Cody Barker writing for said that Scandal needed to do an episode like "Run" as he meant the show had become more predictable and "upholds many familiar conventions, both in its storytelling and it aesthetics."[24] Leigh Raines of TV Fanatic wrote "It seems that Shonda Rhimes has heard her audience's pleas and taken note. After complaints that the first half of Scandal season 4 wasn't quite up to par, she came back in 2015 and killed it."[25] Kirthana Ramisetti from NY Daily News was pleased with the episode saying "At any rate, “Run” was interesting and noteworthy for being one of the rare “Scandal” episodes to solely focus on the main character. But let's hope it remains rare, because the rest of the gang, even Huck and Quinn, were really missed."[26]

Bethonie Butler of The Washington Post called the episode "crazy". She was also more opened about Olivia's decision to reveal her plan to Ian after only knowing him for less than a day.[27] Kat Ward of Entertainment Weekly was more critical towards Olivia and Ian's friendship as she wrote "I know that circumstances can make for strange friends, but Liv and Poor Ian get close very fast." She continued talking about Olivia's belief in Fitz's ability to save her writing "Personally I think that Olivia’s particular faith in her importance is more than a little overblown. Sure, the president loves you, but he’s one man. How much can his love outweigh the needs and feelings of the country he leads?"[28]

Many critics were critical towards the episode for being predictable. Cicely K. Dyson from The Wall Street Journal criticized the episode for not making much sense, but praised Kerry Washington's acting for making the episode enjoyable.[29] Kirthana Ramisetti from NY Daily News called the episode "pretty straightforward in terms of its depiction of Olivia’s ordeal".[26] Virginia Podesta from TV Overmined also called the episode predictable as a regard of the reveal of Ian being the kidnapper all along as she said "Now this is hard for me to admit, but Ian looked suspicious from the beginning."[30] Writing for Vulture, Danielle Henderson expressed her disbelief about Olivia's decisions in the episode saying "For a show that’s all about her gut, she sure has stopped paying any attention to it whatsoever."[31] Heather from Go Fug Yourself criticized the episode calling it a filler. She continued saying "Scandal is nothing if not overly enamored of itself, and in its rabid self-fancying, it gave the game away too early for any of this to feel like anything but filler."[32]


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Season 4 Episode 10

Editor’s Rating 5 stars *****

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This is the saddest recap I’ll ever write, but only because it’s my last one. We’ll get to that right after we talk about the fact that I ripped the underwire out of all my bras last night trying to figure out how many weapons I’ve had hiding in my drawers all this time.

When we last left off, Olivia had been snatched out of her house, leaving only a disturbingly difficult-to-remove red-wine stain behind on her couch. If Shonda doesn’t eventually show us how they get that cushion clean, my OCD is going to kick into overdrive. Her kidnapping isn’t even the worst part — a series of flashbacks revealed three terrifying facts:

  1. Liv was snatched mere seconds before Jake came back in the room. If he had been even two seconds sooner, he would have seen her fingers still gripping the doorjamb, popped the guy with the terrifying mask in the face, and this entire episode would have been all about them having sex on that piano — but NOPE. She got snatched, and Jake then went running through the streets in his chonies trying to find her.
  2. How did they take her away so fast? The guy who took her dragged her next door. That’s right — the entire time Jake was running around outside trying to find her, Olivia was across the hall! The neighbor whose house was hijacked took a bullet to the heart while the six or seven blackface G.I. Joes staged it to look like Olivia had been put in the car Jake was chasing down.
  3. When Jake left, they whipped out gurneys and a body bag, and dragged Olivia out in an ambulance under the dead body of the woman they shot. JESUS, SHONDA.

Olivia is smart enough to know not to bargain with them, having already identified the leader as the guy holding her against the door, but they spike her neck with a needle and put her in an underground bunker with a shifty liar named Ian anyway. We all knew Ian was one of the bad guys from the second we saw him, right? His story was all over the place, and it was just way too convenient. Liv wakes up in a concrete room with the sounds of the Islamic call to prayer floating around her and no idea where she is, let alone what country she’s in, but she (and we) can reasonably guess it’s somewhere in Yourefuckedistan.

What’s wild is that she doesn’t believe his story from the jump, yet ignores her instinct. For a show that’s all about her gut, she sure has stopped paying any attention to it whatsoever. After Ian feels her up for tracking devices and she promises to take care of him, she casually reveals that the president will never stop looking for her. Why not just take out a full-page ad in The New Republic announcing your affair? I understand that prison makes people crazy sometimes, but you haven’t even been locked up for a full episode of Chopped at this point, Olivia! Keep some secrets, damn! The trips to the bathroom give her time to concoct an escape plan (she is the daughter of a wrist-chewing psychopath, so trust that she’s going to find a way out) while also giving us some sense of how long she’s been in there (either 20 days or 20 years). She fashions a hook out of the underwire of her bra in a MacGyver-esque attempt to open the bathroom window but gets caught, and the next time she goes in, the window is bricked over. To punish her, her blockheaded captors take Ian away and shoot him. RIP, Ian; you were shady as fuck.

I love that Abby is the one who comes to her rescue, at least in her dreams, by revealing the key to her escape. When she gets to go to the bathroom again and sees the walled-over window, she breaks down and cries, but being on the ground lets her see all the pipes under the sink. She loosens the ring and grabs one (thanks, Abby!), then uses it to beat her jailor in the goddamn head. Olivia just murdered a man with a pipe! Then she steals his gun and keys and books it down the hall like she’s running away from a hot comb or toward some coconut oil. When she Terminator 2s into one of her captors (I see you, douchey Dr. Percy from Grey’s Anatomy), he taunts her by saying a gun is a man’s tool, so she shoots him in the middle of his Cro-Magnon forehead, and then a glittery banner that says “MISANDRY” floats down behind her, carried by tiny cartoon birds, while uterus-shaped confetti falls from the sky around them, clogging up the hole in his head.

When she finally gets the doors unlocked, she runs not into the center of Saudi Arabia but a damn movie screen! What in the Truman Show hell is this? It’s Ian, alive and well — and turns out he’s the man in charge! Apparently he has been told to keep her in one piece, so he crafted all of this to “pop her cork” and extract information from her, knowing that her need to save everyone is her emotional linchpin. As she slumps back into her cell, it becomes clear that this is just the beginning.

Leaderboard of Arbitrary Points, Week 10

  • Every point available on the planet for whoever manufactured those face masks. Nooooope. Just no.
  • +87,933 points to Jake running around in his chonies. Plus an additional 4,000 points for DVRs.
  • -3,299 points to Liv for not realizing that she was in the middle of a sham when she ate her rice lunch out of a $200 West Elm bowl.
  • -100 points to Olivia for letting Ian feel her up for tracking devices and check her scoliosis. He don’t even know you like that!
  • +10,600 points to Ian: “Who do you hope would put a tracking device in you other than your father?” 
  • 4,8921,300 to all of those jams in the fridge during Liv’s Inception-style dream within a dream. I thought we agreed to never talk about jam again! I did like the company name, “White Hot Jams.”
  • +655 points to Abby: “Do you know how to turn on a Dutch oven? Do you know how to work a regular oven?”
  • -8,322 points to Olivia’s nails for not even having one chip. How long was she really in there? Are those gels?

Friends, I cannot tell you how much I’ve loved recapping this show for Vulture. I’ll be starting a new job next week, and my employers are an ABC/Disney-owned company, so it’ll be a conflict of interest for me to keep recapping Scandal. The good news is I’ve left you in the very best hands, and I can’t wait for you to find out who will be taking my place.

We’ll always have Jake.

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‘Scandal’ Recap: Season 4, Episode 10, ‘Run’

Welcome back, Gladiators, to the land where you can freely dance to work twice as hard to make boysenberry jam in the sun. Doesn’t make sense? Neither did much of this episode, which was predictable but enjoyable thanks to Kerry Washington and her commitment to going without hair moisturizer for the opening scene.

The mid-season return was held together by Washington’s performance as we find out how Liv disappeared before piano sex with Jake. Did the thought scare her off and she ran away? Would you? As suspected, Liv was snatched. Through several points of view, we get to see how it all went down. While Stevie’s jamming in the background, someone clad in black pulls Liv into the hallway just as Jake’s coming back to the living room. The obvious thought is her kidnapper’s taken her out of the building. Ever the agent, Jake chases down the suspected car in his underwear, takes the plate number and calls it in to Huckleberry Quinn.


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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 10 Recap: “Run”

Welcome back, Gladiators. Before we check in with Olivia Pope, a confession: I was not looking forward to Scandal‘s return last night. Although nothing in particular had happened in the midseason finale to put me off the show, I was growing weary — weary of the Fitz-Liv-Jake love triangle, weary of Papa Pope’s pontificating, weary of wounded psycho-puppy Huck, weary even of my favorite character, Mellie. Character arcs were spinning into character circles; relationships were gridlocked. Scandal needed nothing more than to rip itself up and start again — and that’s exactly what last night’s winter premiere accomplished. Even better, Shonda Rhimes (who wrote the episode) did it with a riveting 45-minute action movie that put the average big-screen blockbuster to shame.

From that first shot — a flash-forward of Olivia running, wild-haired and disheveled, with a gun — “Run” felt different from the typical Scandal episode. In place of the Gladiator-power funk and disco the show tends to favor, the soundtrack was all noisy electronic music. And though the story picked up exactly where it left off two months ago, going so far as to retrace its steps through Liv’s “I choose me” monologue, sex-on-the-piano-with-Jake plan, and sudden disappearance, Rhimes’ decision to re-play her kidnapping from multiple perspectives and at varying speeds immediately signaled that the show was trying something different. (I don’t imagine many viewers complained about the extended scene of Jake chasing a car in his boxer-briefs, either.)

By not only keeping a tight focus on Olivia, but also removing her from her typical OPA office-White House-drinking wine at home circuit, the episode was able to escape all the once-thrilling aspects of Scandal that have now become boring and predictable. Instead of back-loading eight shocking revelations into the last five minutes, Rhimes scattered small twists throughout “Run” before delivering a giant one at the end of the hour. First we learn that Liv’s captors dragged her not out of the apartment building but merely across the hall — which brings a great moment of tense frustration when she sees on a monitor that he’s only a few feet away from her and she can’t reach him because her mouth is taped. Then there’s her pseudo-cellmate “Ian’s” confession that his old roommate never got to go home, despite having his ransom paid. We get Liv’s foiled bra-wire bathroom escape plan.

With pithy dialogue and epic speechifying kept to a minimum (save for Abby’s well-placed “You have to rescue yourself” dream monologue), just about all of the drama and suspense in “Run” plays out through action sequences. But the final one — in which Liv grabs a pipe from the bathroom (thanks, Dream Abby), knocks out one guard, steals his gun, shoots the second guard, and unlocks the door to what she believes will be freedom — ends with a reveal that is both genuinely shocking and entirely appropriate. Olivia Pope finds herself standing in what is basically an enormous film studio. The sights and sounds that made her think she’d been taken to a Muslim country were just projections on a screen. And the man she thought was her cellmate turns out to be the ringleader she’s spent the entire episode demanding to see.

Forgive me for going this deep into Scandal, but… wow. There are actually a lot of layers here! Let’s do a rundown, starting with the fact that everything that seemed off about Liv’s kidnapping suddenly makes sense at the end of the episode — not just why the ringleader abruptly disappeared, but why her English-speaking captors supposedly brought her halfway around the world, why she had a friendly co-captive to bond with, why she was allowed to keep her bra (even after she tried to use it to escape), and why that guy claimed his job as foreign correspondent was just a way to pay the bills while he wrote his novel. I was constantly bracing for a rape scene, and though I was grateful one never came, I did question the realism of the choice to pretend Olivia Pope was immune to that particular form of male-on-female violence. The ending believably explained that, too.

Then there’s the fact that the episode felt like a semi-generic action movie because, in the fictional world of Scandal, the people who engineered Olivia’s kidnapping wanted it to feel that way. And yet, within those constraints, we did get to see Liv’s character finally move forward — past getting rescued by Jake, past making jam in Vermont with Fitz, to a place where she could free herself (or at least believe that she was freeing herself). On top of that, I think there could even be a layer of cultural criticism happening here. Although there are several things about happening on “Run” that just don’t add up, Rhimes knows that we — and Liv — will believe this vague tale of our heroine getting drugged and winding up in a desolate room in a Muslim country because that’s just how shows like Homeland and 24 and countless action movies portray the shadowy evils that prey on good Americans.

I’m genuinely floored that, so far into its run, Scandal managed to accomplish so much in a single episode — one that also had me at the edge of my seat throughout. Next week, I’m sure, we’ll check in with the Gladiators and the White House, and find out more about what “Ian” wants with Liv (surely it involves West Angola). It would be easy enough to fall back into old patterns after this truly surprising, refreshing midseason premiere, but something tells me that “Run” was more than just a one-off thrill ride — it was an admission, from Shonda Rhimes, that Scandal needed some shaking up.


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