Scandal Season 4, Episode 10
Welcome back, Gladiators!! After a long winter hiatus of discontent, our favorite crazy soap opera has returned. Where were we? Oh yes. Liv wants Vermont with Fitz. Liv wants the Sun with Jake. Liv chose Liv and told Jake to deal with it if he wanted to be with her. Somehow, he bought this, but before anything could happen, she mysteriously vanished from her apartment.
Honestly out of all the possibilities I had thought of for a resolution to this scenario, “Run” was certainly not one of them. Well played, Shonda Rhimes. We may have been able to guess some of the twists in this episode, but as a whole Shonda is still able to keep us on our toes. And Kerry Washington? She rose to the challenge of carrying an ENTIRE episode on her shoulders and she did it handily. Let’s get right to it, shall we?
We open with Liv, in her most natural haired and disheveled glory, running desperately towards a red door. She is carrying a gun. Hold me, I’m scared.
We flash back to the winter finale with Liv choosing herself and telling Jake to dance with her and then do her on the piano.
Jake leaves the room and someone storms into the apartment and grabs Liv.
Jake runs down the hall and out the building in his underwear.
A car pulls away and Jake chases it, trying to memorize the plate number. Still in his underwear.
Liv was ACTUALLY dragged to the apartment across the hall and the whole car speeding away thing was a decoy.
The head guy taunts Olivia as Jake is so near yet so far.
Liv screams for Jake and he hesitates at the elevator as if he hears her. He gets in the elevator.
The Bad Guys pull off their masks and then shoot the next door neighbor because she’s seen their faces.
The bad guys (one of whom is Charles Percy from Grey’s Anatomy) sneak Olivia out of the building in a body bag.
“This is a waste of my breath.” She knows this guy isn’t in charge so why should she beg for her life? Olivia Pope BAD ASS.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand they jam a syringe into her neck.
Liv wakes up in a dirty cell, seemingly in a foreign country, judging by the noises outside. She is not alone.
Liv’s cellmate Ian is a journalist with a 10 million dollar ransom on his head.
You gotta yell down the hall when you need to use the bathroom.
Liv’s futile attempt to make the bathroom sanitary is to line the seat with toilet paper. Which, given the situation, is beyond wasteful.
“They left to get you and I didn’t get food for three days.” My biggest nightmare TBH.
Olivia has been using ALL of her powers of observation since this began and she deduces a solution.
“Outside that big red door…” I only think of one thing when I hear Red Door.
Ian says their kidnappers lied about freeing Bradley, the last guy he shared a cell with. He says they got the ransom and killed him anyway.
“We are not going home.”
“I’m going to save us.” Kerry Washington is bringing it SO HARD in this episode. BAMF Olivia is the best Olivia.
“I’m Olivia Pope,” she laughs maniacally. YEAH YOU ARE.
As Ian searches Liv’s back for a tracking device, he starts to ask her questions about her personal life. This is immediately suspicious…DON’T TELL HIM A THING LIV.
Liv on her father: “We parted ways.” That’s one way of putting it, I guess.
“Who do you hope put a tracking device on you other than your father?” We know what Fox Mulder would say.
“If I’m missing, The President of the United States is looking for me.”
Liv sees the window high above the sink and climbs up to try and reach it.
Liv fishes the underwire out of one of her bra cups. Proving the bra is the greatest invention known to man.
Of course, Liv is caught trying to get out. Fighting ensues.
“You shoot her you know what happens to you?” Charles Percy screams at the other guy and this gives Liv all the power.
“You can’t do ANYTHING to me.”
Because they can’t do anything to Liv, they grab Ian and drag him out. We hear gun shots and Charles Percy returns with blood on his face.
“There is no way out of here.”
Surely that whole thing was faked right? DEMAND TO SEE A BODY LIV.
Asleep on the floor, Liv hears shots. Jake busts into the cell and scoops her up. She’s dreaming, right?
Liv wakes up in a bed and smiles.
Fitz joins her in the shower so she’s definitely dreaming about life in Vermont.
Apparently in her dream there’s a professional sports team called the Vermont Lake Monsters.
Dream Liv has a jam plan as she is the creator of White Hat Jams, which really just sounds like an alt!version of “Now That’s What I Call Music”.
Fitz is the Mayor and Liv is the little woman and this CAN’T be what she actually wants.
Tom the Secret Service Agent shows up. “You’re not supposed to be here.” Liv snarls.
“You asked me to come, remember?”
Abby shows up during Liv’s peaceful walk. “You didn’t choose Fitz.” In other words, WAKE UP.
Basically, Abby is Dana Scully in “The Sixth Extinction: Amor Fati” and she’s telling Liv to GET UP AND FIGHT. She also shows Liv what looks like to be a bolt from the bathroom.
“You are the only gladiator in the place. Jake and Fitz can’t help you. There is no man to rescue you. You have to rescue yourself.” YOU DON’T NEED NO MAN, OLIVIA POPE.
Liv takes the OTHER wire out of her bra. (And seriously the one boob that hasn’t had a wire this whole time must be so tired.)
The window is bricked up and Liv finally breaks down and sobs.
As she sobs, she sees the bolt on the sink from her dream.
Liv clubs the bad guy with a pipe and steals his gun.
LIV SHOOTS CHARLES PERCY BETWEEN THE EYES. And we have concrete proof that Shonda loves killing this actor via gunshot, as that’s how he died on Grey’s Anatomy as well.
Liv busts through the door to find that she’s being held in a warehouse. Everything has been on a screen and it’s all fake.
Ian, very much alive, walks out. Everything that has been happening has been to break Olivia down and get information. BOOM SCANDAL.
So who exactly is Ian working for and what do they want? Leave your thoughts in the comments!