‘Scandal’ (Season 4): Olivia’s Ordeal

KERRY WASHINGTON

As viewers of the ABC Washington DC-based drama Scandal know all too well, Olivia Pope (series lead Kerry Washington) has gone through the ringer recently from her well-coordinated kidnapping to being held by supposed radicals who made her believe she was in another country in a dirty, dank prison to being sold to the highest bidder because of her connection to President Grant (series regular Tony Goldwyn).

Throughout her ordeal, Olivia did everything she could to escape, including killing one of the men overseeing her “stay” at that fake prison and then convincing the supposed mastermind, Ian McLeod (guest star Jason Butler Harner), to sell her off to the highest bidder.

With this plan in place, Olivia was able to get out of the fake prison, but she still wasn’t free. She may have been able to properly clean herself up and be held in a fancy hotel room, but she was still at the mercy of Ian and his men; one of whom – Gus (guest star Chad Donella) – ended up killing Ian so he could have the money for himself and the two IT guys that set up the bidding site.

While Huck (series regular Guillermo Diaz), Quinn (series regular Katie Lowes) and Jake (series regular Scott Foley) attempted to outbid all of the other nefarious groups trying to buy Olivia – thanks to all of the money that Huck “acquired” from the downfall of B613 – but they were outbid; and convinced that Olivia was lost to them forever.

Enter the surprise return of Stephen Finch (former series regular Henry Ian Cusick), who used to be one of Olivia Pope’s gladiators, now working with the Russians, who thank God, were the top bidder.

Now that Olivia is safely back in the country’s capital and back in her apartment – albeit with more locks on the door and a state-of-the-art security system installed by extremely tech savvy Huck, this powerful woman can now get back to work.

But, how well is that going to work out? It’s clear, due to the horrendous ordeal for which she went through, that Olivia is not the same woman she was before the kidnapping. How could she be? She can play act all she wants, but she is going to have some heavy duty PTSD to contend with.

Two days after her ordeal she is called in by the DC police regarding the shooting of a teenage black boy by a white police officer rather than resting and not working, as she told Jake she was doing. This tense situation did nothing to allay her nerves and will, more than likely, only exacerbate her condition, which, if the clips for next week’s episode are any indication, will only get worse.

What are your thoughts on Olivia’s ordeal? Do you think she will ever be able to get back to “normal”? Please share your thoughts in our comments section below.

The next episode of the fourth season of ‘Scandal’ will air on Thursday, March 12 at 9/8c on ABC.