Not In Jersey: Scandal Sunday 4.1–Randy, Red, Superfreak, and Julia Scandal Sunday 4.1–Randy, Red, Superfreak, and Julia - Not In Jersey

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Scandal Sunday 4.1–Randy, Red, Superfreak, and Julia


Okay guys. I watched the Scandal Season Premiere and I cried. It wasn’t quite what I was hoping for and I imagine some of you know why I say that. I just really wanted Olivia to ditch Jake but it hasn’t happened yet. And there were so many sad parts that I found hard to watch. Some being the obvious – Harrison’s funeral and Fitz and Mellie visiting their son’s grave. The abandonment of Olivia Pope and Associates. The fact that Fitz tried to kill himself after Jerry died.


Aside for finding out where Olivia went at the end of Season 3 (somewhere off the coast of Zanzibar…), I was also curious what the title of this episode meant. As it turns out, the names in the title were code names or nicknames for the characters Huck, Abby, Quinn, and Olivia. Nothing too ground breaking there!

As a fan of Fitz and Olivia as a couple, seeing Olivia and Jake all lovey and happy was difficult. One thing that stood out for me was Olivia talking to a female senator who was claiming that a male senator tried to sexually assault her. She said that if this attempt had actually taken place, there was no way the senator would forget the details. She said “…when a man grabs you, puts his hands on you, you do not forget it. You remember ever single detail. Every touch.” Well, what about when Jake choked Olivia towards the end of Season 3? And now she’s with him for real? This doesn’t make me want to continue watching the show, really.


The last scene in the episode showed Fitz and Olivia passing each other and reacting to each other as if no one else was around them. The voiceover heard was as follows: “Deep down, no matter what face we present to the world, no matter what pain we’re hiding, no matter 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.”

What does this even mean? I don’t know guys. I feel like my show is ruined.


Janine Huldie said...

Oh I am so sorry that the first episode wasn't what you were expecting and hoping that that it will pick up and get back to where it once was.

LeeS99 said...

Dara, I hate the Jake character. He is unstable, insecure, violent and jealous of Fitz. Apparently Shonda has a crush on Scott Foley from his Felicity days which is why we have to endure his non-acting self on Scandal. The guy cannot emote so has to take off his shirt and show his chest all the time. BTW his chest is not impressive. Tony Goldwyn is 12 years old and has a much better chest and body. Jake's line about his sexual prowess in this episode was so juvenile and pathetic. Olivia is obviously not into to him since she was thinking about work and making phone calls while he was trying to have sex with her - another clueless guy like Edison. Did you notice that he was focused on "me, me, me and us" while Olivia was trying to plan her beloved friend's funeral and work on a case? Jake is a self-centered, selfish idiot.
Actually I liked this episode since it was not as crazy as last season. I just ignored the Jake scenes (after rolling my eyes). I was happy to see the other characters - Huck, Quinn, Abby, Cyrus and Fitz after the long hiatus.
I used to like bitchy Mellie in season 1 and early season 2. But she is reminding me of Jake now with her whinnying and self pity. She paints herself as a victim (blaming Fitz for everything) without taking responsibility for her life choices. Also, I wonder about the people who like Drunk Mellie. Do they realize she is ignoring her other kids (Karen and Teddy) while drinking which she has done from the beginning before Jerry's death? There is nothing appealing about Mellie's behavior and Shonda needs to end this love she has for this character. Bellamy Young is another of Shonda's favorites like Scott Foley. I find them to be fake people based on what I read on Twitter. Bellamy did not even congratulation Kerry Washington, Joe Morton and Kate Burton on their Emmy nominations until 3 days after she finished sulking from not getting nominated. Yet she is constantly on Twitter kissing up to entertainment journalist and re-tweeting any praise she receives. I'm not buying her fake sweetness. Plus all the Mellie and Jake time take away from the main character and the other supporting characters.
The show is frustrating because Shonda has made Liv and Fitz into the bad guys while the real bad guys - Jake and Mellie get all the sympathy when they have done worst things.
I can only hope Shonda turns this show around before fans who got on board from the beginning abandon the show.

Dara said...

Yes and yes again!! Are you on tumblr because I know about lots of what you wrote here from my readings there! I hate the way Mellie's suffering is more important to Olivia's. Right now I feel so sad for Fitz and can't imagine how Shonda will ever bring Olivia back to him although that is all I want for them!!

tamarsb said...

My mom was quite happy with the opening episode! Hope your chag was good!

LeeS99 said...

Exactly, Olivia has suffered too and it is not addressed especially by reviewers which shows some racial aspect - pretty white woman's pain is more important and it makes me uncomfortable.
That last scene which was beautifully shot shows that Fitz and Olivia have this magnetism when they get close to each other. That scene was so electric and had more chemistry than the bland sex scenes with Jake.
As Cyrus and Mellie said Fitz and Olivia cannot stay apart forever. They'll be back together soon.

Dara said...

I so hope you're right! this was the first time I seriously have considered giving up the show. it hurts too much!

Dara said...


Dara said...

she must be a Jake fan!