Not In Jersey: Scandal Sunday 4.14–The Lawn Chair Scandal Sunday 4.14–The Lawn Chair - Not In Jersey

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Scandal Sunday 4.14–The Lawn Chair


This week, Scandal once again turned away from it’s signature fast paced, non-stop story telling to focus on (almost) one story line, this time one that was straight from the headlines – a young black man was shot by a white police officer. Although she had just returned from her own kidnapping, Olivia was hired by the police to help control the situation. During the course of the episode, Olivia realizes she can’t stand by the police when she herself identifies with the father whose son was shot and the community that is effected by his death. Because although the show has not always made Olivia a character who is black before anything else, in this case she chose to side with the community.

The story focused on the black teen who was suspected of shoplifting. The police officer claimed to believe Brandon was pulling out a knife and therefore he shot him. The teen’s father placed a lawn chair over his son’s body and sat on it, while a community organizer named Marcus encouraged the gathering crowd to chant “Stand up, fight back, no more black men under attack.” After getting a subpoena, a knife actually is discovered under Brandon, which infuriates his father, who screams that Brandon didn’t carry a knife and scares Olivia and Marcus with his shot gun. Meanwhile, Huck and Quinn research the case and discover that there was a witness to the shooting who the police officer let go in exchange for his silence. Before he let him go though, the officer planted his knife under Brandon. It turns out that Brandon was trying to show the officer his receipt for the cell phone he was accused of shoplifting. The officer speaks for all of the enraged white police officers when he yells at Olivia as she exposes what he did:


You know who understands the death of a son? The President of the United States, who because of his position, could not make a statement in support of Brandon and his father, Clarence. He was busy this episode finding a replacement for his Vice President, who is now incapacitated after his stroke. Being that he made a deal with Mellie that she will be the next President (even though she has no political experience or the ability to lead anything…) he needs to find a VP that won’t eventually run against her and win. Mellie suggests Susan Ross, the Senator from VA who Olivia previously helped win against Abby’s abusive ex-husband. She is awkward and says whatever is in her head without thinking – so when she sits in the Oval with Fitz and Mellie, she goes on about how awful she feels for Clarence, how she can’t imagine his losing his son, how she would just die if that happened to her…all before she remembers who she is speaking to – the parents who recently lost their own son Jerry. Which is exactly why Olivia brings Clarence straight over to meet Fitz, where Clarence finally breaks down as he is embraced by the President of the United States.


A nice job was done with the acting in this episode as Scandal took a break from its normal craziness to address a social issue. Next week it looks to return to the insanity we’ve all come to expect from this show. If you watched, what did you think?


Janine Huldie said...

Sounded like a great episode with a break from the norm indeed 😉

tamarsb said...

Turns out most of my coworkers are obsessed with this show! I may need to finally check it out (-:

LeeS99 said...

This was a powerful, emotional episode. Olivia is suffering from PTSD after her kidnapping and having to deal with this situation made it worst. She is going to crack soon.

Courtney B. Vance (Mr. Angela Bassett) who played the father was amazing. As were the other guest actors, the community activist and the police officer (his rant was so chilling). Kerry Washington has been giving great performances this season with each episode.

I'm glad Shonda showed both sides of the issue - the police officer's view and father's view who did everything to his could to raise his son to survive. The last scene of the two fathers (President Fitz and Mr. Parker) who lost their young sons crying together had me in tears.

Finally, Mellie's entitled attitude is so very annoying. Even Cyrus is in disbelieve that Mellie thinks she can be President without doing any groundwork. Hell even Hilary Clinton did not go straight from Flotus to try to be President. She had to pay her dues as a Senator and Secretary of State.

I like Senator Susan Ross and I hope she takes the VP position. Susan may derail Mellie's plan for an easy ride to the Presidency which would be poetic justice.

This UK blogger who is writing a PhD thesis on Scandal has some interesting posts on Mellie and her brand of feminism -

Dara said...


Dara said...

you always say you're going to start watching - you should!

Dara said...

I read the blogger you mentioned - she is so smart and insightful! and I agree with your other thoughts too. thanks for stopping by!