Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia: Scandal Season 4 Premiere Recap
The Scandal season 4 premiere begins on a beach far, far away. Olivia Pope is luxuriating in this dope one piece suit when Jake from State Farm joins her for some 15-minute hanky panky. WELL THEN. Liv’s natural hair game was giving me what I needed though.
Julia Baker – The 2 of them get a delivery from some dude on a boat and it’s for ’94 Du Bullay wine. The guy hands them an envelope and it’s addressed to “Julia Baker.” They wonder who it could be from because they’re 100 miles off the coast of Zanzibar and no one knows they’re there. Jake tells her not to open it but of course she does, and she finds a newspaper clipping saying Harrison was found dead. WELP! Bye, Brolivia Pope.
Shoutout to Shonda and team for this homage to Diahann Carroll. “Julia Baker” was the name of the title character of the show “Julia” from 1971. That was the last primetime TV drama with a Black woman as lead, before Scandal came on the scene in 2012. So dope.
The Return – Liv and Jake return to DC to bury Harrison and he reminds her that they just need to be in and out. Prolly so he can be in and out of her on a beach. I ain’t mad, doe. Liv walks into the OPA offices and sees it’s empty. No more Gladiators. Inside, she sees maps that pinpoint her location when Quinn walks in. She tells her old boss that she was able to find her using the wine she ordered. Look at Huck Jr. all growed up! Harrison’s body was found in the desert next to Adnan’s. Where’s the rest of OPA?
Randy – Huck is now Randy, a computer tech guy at some local shop. Olivia and Quinn show up and he asks “Are you back for now or are you back for good?” She says she’s only back to bury Harrison and he yells “NEXT CUSTOMER!” That is officially the new “BYE FELICIA!” Quinn says she comes in once a week but he’ont pay her no mind. Meanwhile, Abby is now press secretary at the White House. She’s running the front and looking the best she has ever looked. THIS is why she was standing next to Cyrus in the Scandal Prom pic. YUPPP. And yall thought I was reading too much into it. See?
Musty Mellie – Speaking of, President Ghost has removed most of his cabinet and the Attorney General. Mellie rolls in while rocking a house coat and UGGs. “Mellie, I thought we were going to try and get dressed today.” “It’s only day 2 for the shirt. And these panties are fresh out the dryer.” LMAO!
Musty Mellie is in the building, ladies and gents! And what is this new hairhat that Cyrus is rocking? It looked like a feather duster. #MendItMoses
Lizzy Bear – Liz, the RNC Chairman comes to visit Cyrus (who calls her Lizzie Bear against her will). She’s there because President Ghost doesn’t want to fundraise, his new bipartisan outlook and Mellie being MIA. He is not pressed and sees her out. Welp.
Gladiator Show down – Abby meet up with Quinn, pissed off that the “superfreak” is bothering her again. Olivia walks up and tells her she’s back to plan the fallen gladiator’s fune. Abby goes IN and tells her that she’s by her lonesome because she abandoned them all. “He would have wanted you to care about him before someone put a bullet in his brain. He would have wanted his gladiator, his champion to be here fighting for him while there was still a chance he could be found alive.”
“You abandoned them too, Abby…You went four blocks away into the most powerful house on the planet and you left them out in the cold. I was on the other side of the world!… What kind of champion, what kind of gladiator does that make you?”
AW SNAP!!! The women storm off and Quinn follows Olivia who yells “DAMBIT GO HOME, QUINN!” I’ve been saying that since season 1. She won’t listen to me.
Jake shows up at David’s office wondering why he didn’t use all those documents he left him to bring down B613 but Lemony Snicket tells him that he is scared dinnamug of what’s in those files. Jake wants David to take down the bad guys while he was gallivanting at the Sybaris Island with Liv. Selfish.
Dinner with Papa – Olivia goes to dinner with her daddy and she asks if he had anything to do with Harrison’s death. Rowan the Grand Goon lies to her eyes and says he did not. Then he tells her that he got rid of her mom because of the whole poisoning Fitz’s son thing. Papa Pope knows he be lying like a Persian rug and lying like I blink. Mama Pope is in the hole. Olivia talmbout “You did the right thing. She was a terrorist. She killed his child.” GURL…
Good/Bad News – Back at the White House, Cyrus, the squirrel on his head and Abby are chatting and Cy is pissed that she didn’t tell him Liv is back in town. “Do I need to explain to you how dangerous Olivia’s return is to this White House?” Yes, because those “secrets between her thighs” might wreck shop and render Fitz unable to stand up straight. Again, this is why Abby was standing next to Cyrus in the Scandal Prom pic. They’re gonna be working very closely this season. Number 2 (Cyrus’ new name) rolls into the Oval Office and says he gotta talk about something important. Fitz replies with “Mellie is doing better. She’s washing her hair.”
LMAO! Saints, #LettucePray for #MustyMellie. Poor baby is going THROUGH it. Cyrus tells him that Olivia is back in town and Fitz wants him to find out how long she’s in town for. LAWD!
Planning Pause – Jakes walks in on Liv watching a report on how Fitz don changed, ranting about the food he just got. She’s having a hard time picking a coffin for Harrison. Ain’t nobody gon tell her that I already planned his fune? I already saved her all the trouble and made some arrangements (Harrison’s Gone, Our Gingham’s Dead: Fune Plans).
Ennehweighs, the phone rings and it’s from outside the door. They open it and some girl says her boss needs to speak to Olivia. A woman says “This is Senator Vaughn. I think I just killed Senator Sterling” and we see a man laid out face down on the ground in a mansion.
David goes to the storage unit to revisit the files Jake gave him when he gets a call from the White House. I’m not even gon ask why he’s still carrying a BlackBerry in 2014. THAT’s the real scandal here. Lemony walks into the White House and Cyrus Beene asks him if he wants to be Attorney General. WORD??
Murder Wasn’t The Case – Liv arrives at Senator Sterling’s house and Vaughn is telling her that he tried to come on to her and in the process of getting him off her, she pushed him down the stairs. His finger moves (so he’s still alive) and Liv calls 911. By the next morning, she already has the top lawyer on the case but she’s talmbout she’s only in town for a couple days. Ok, girl. Olivia is all of us when we’re standing on a corner talmbout “I’m about to go” but 1 hr later, we’re still finishing our story.
Liv shows up at Huck’s job and invites him to Harrison’s funeral. She asks what happened with his family and he goes in.
“I am not Huck anymore. I stopped being Huck when you left. My name is Randy…When you walk in here, I hope. Randy doesn’t hope… Hoping is bad for Randy do so not come back here unless you are back for good. NEXT CUSTOMER!” OOP.
Mother Mellie – Mellie and Fitz go to the cemetery to visit their son and the grieving mother lays down on the grave. OMG I HAZ THE FEELS! *wall slides in the name of grief* This is why her wig is dusty :-(. She’s in her house robe and UGGs and her pain is palpable.
Jake Goes In – Jake is kissing Olivia’s bawdy and she can’t even relax because she’s thinking of her Senator Sterling case. She interrupts their segzy session to call her not-client (yeah ok) and Jake is frustrated so he goes in!
“We both know we’re not standing in the sun. We both know you’re standing in the shade of 1600 Pennsylvania. As long as we’re back, it’s his turn. Despite the fact that I’m the one you like to ride. That I’m the one who makes you moan. The who reaches you in places that he can’t begin to touch.”
HERE ARE THE PANNY DRAWLS, JAKE!!! YOU CAN HAZ ALL OF IT WITH THAT RANT. Hey boo.
Back at OPA offices, Quinn is working on the Sterling case with Liv (that rant ain’t make no difference to her, I see). At the White House, Fitz asks Cy if Olivia will be staying because if she is, then he’ll tell Mellie. Cy tells him that we all know that they’ll just see each other and crumble into sex bliss and President Ghost stands there looking like a little boy who can’t argue about the fact that he wants that chocolate bar.
Vaughn Says – Liv, Senator Vaughn and the Clark (lawyer) sit to talk about what happened that night and when Vaughn’s story keeps changing, Liv gets her alone. Liv says she wants to know what really happened and calls Quinn. Huck Jr. realizes that all the women who Sterling hires look like her (brown hair, brown eyes and curvy). Senator Vaughn is blond and skinny. AW SNAP! That describes his secretary Kate. SHE was the one who was assaulted by him and the senator was covering for her.
It is interesting to note that throughout this episode, Olivia has been in black. No white or beige to be found.
Suspicions and Shade – David is suspicious of the offer to become Attorney General because he’s a Democrat and the Grant Administration is Republican. He tells Abby he doesn’t #TRUSS it and he thinks she might have told them about the files Jake gave him. She tells him that they didn’t even let HER know and his obsession with those files pissed her off and it broke them off. But she still encourages him with “You wanna change the world, you wanna fix the world, become the Chief lawyer of the United States of America. Get on the inside, get yourself some power and use it!”
Senator Vaughn admits to Olivia that she might have set up her staffer to be assaulted by Sterling so she could get his vote to pass the Equal Pay bill. Because yes, it makes sense to use the body of another woman as currency with a man to get women equality. Kate overhears the convo and a disgusted Liv storms out saying she’s leaving DC.
Burying Brolivia – The Gladiators show up one-by-one next to Harrison’s black coffin at the cemetery. When Quinn wonders why it’s just them, Olivia tells her “He didn’t have people. He just had us.” DAMBIT. Abby and Huck come to pay their respects and as the casket is lowered into the ground, they pour rose petals on it.
Aretha’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” plays and THE TEARS!!! DON’T TROUBLE THE WATER. DON’T BURY THE GINGHAM! *tornado rolls* HE WAS GONE TOO SOON! As Olivia collapses in Jake’s arms, Jake sees Papa Pope sneak watching in his car like he wasn’t the one who told Tom to pull that trigger. Rowan is Satan’s locker partner.
Mellie’s Read – Musty Mellie is hanging out on a White House balcony in her trusty UGGs and pajama pants when Fitz joins her. “I’m not going to jump. I’m not going to try and kill myself. I’m not you.” WELL DAMB! President Ghost tried to kill himself? LAWD. Where is the government therapist at? Surely GrantCare covers it. He tells her that Liv is back and says he hasn’t seen her and won’t.
“WHEN you see her and then you come home all hot and bothered and you decide that you’re a good family man and then you climb into my bed and on top of me… I’m saying that when you see her, you will tell me because I’m going to want some warning. I don’t know if I can even imagine getting turned on by you right now. Oh and FYI, when you stick your hand into my panties, the other thing I just don’t do anymore is wax. So it’s 1976 down there. The point is, when you see her, you’ll tell me.”
The amount of fucks that Mellie does NOT have to give is commendable and I am here for all of it. She has not one solitary damb left to give. Drunk and Musty Mellie is everything we all needed and she’s going to be my favorite again this season.
No More Sybaris – Jake walks up to Liv and says their plane is ready. She tells him that she has to stay because what would Harrison say? “Are we gladiator or are we bitches?” Harrison is DEAD, ma’am. You better return to the beach and sip all the wine and get all the midday orgasms from Jake and stop playing these bald-headed games! Liv never wants to have nice things, man! Go back to Sybaris Island! Ugh.
Back to Life – David Rosen is publicly nominated as attorney general against the wishes of the RNC president, Liz. Olivia makes a public statement representing Kate against Senator Sterling while rocking her first white ensemble of the episode. It’s a suit and it fits like YES GAWD. Afterwards, she’s in the OPA office when Huck shows up with a phone for her. The team is getting back together.
Liv, Kate and Senator Vaughn walk through the halls of Congress and President Ghost is across the room of the main hall and him and Liv lay eyes on each other for the first time. As the two cross paths, not breaking stride or anything their pinkies almost touch. They both smirk as they keep walking, and it’s a more intimate moment than when Jake is kissing on Olivia’s bawdy.
And so it begins.
The title of the episode is about the broken Gladiators and these new personas they’re taking on with little to no stickiness. By the end of the episode, Randy (Huck), Red (Abby), Superfreak (Quinn) and Julia (Olivia) are finding their way back to each other. And even though Abby is no longer at OPA, her tie to them isn’t broken.
Speaking of Abby, she looked the best she’s ever looked in all 3 seasons in this episode. My goodness. The camel double-breasted coat she was in and the oxblood one gave me tea for my fever. Her hair was LAID too. Shonda has said season 4 is Abby’s and I’m kinda here for it. I’m digging her bigger role already.
Now, we all know Olivia and Fitz will make their way back to each other. It’s just a matter of how long it’ll take. As a bandwaggoner shipper for them, I can’t make up my mind on whether I want this to happen or not. Sometimes, they annoy me to no end and then other times, their bomb chemistry has me rooting for “one minute.” IDK. We shall see. All I know is that I don’t want Olivia being some crumbling mess next to him. THAT IS ALL I KNOW! And Jake? Well, he’s the king, President, CEO and Executive Director of the Friend Zone. Bless his heart.
One thing about this ep was that I couldn’t get myself to care about the case of Senator Sterling and Vaughn. I said I want Olivia back to solving cases but now that she is, I’m kind of bored by it. Chile, I don’t know what I want. I’m looking forward to seeing how this season unfolds. I AM SO HAPPY THIS SHOW IS BACK!
So Gladiators, what are your thoughts on episode 1 of Scandal season 4?
Many have asked and I haven’t seen How to Get Away With Murder. Well, I saw the first 10 minutes but fatigue and jet lag kicked in and I couldn’t focus. I’ll re-watch it. Will I be able to recap it, though? Not sure. These Scandal ones take a lot out of a G (approximately 3-5 hrs) so if I really like it and choose to recap it, those won’t show up til Saturday mornings. We shall see, doe.