There's no doubt that Scandal Season 4 had plenty to discuss, and that's just what we're going to do in our TV Fanatic Report Card.
Whether it was kidnapping, a stabbing, the slit throat of a high-profile guest star or the reveal of just what it looks like in the first lady's nether regions, there's probably a hash tag for that to drive discussion onward and upward.
We hope this does the same. Chat about the best and worst before Scandal Season 5 takes the airwaves by storm!
Scandal Season 4 Episode 14 was a bold piece of storytelling for Shonda Rhimes and company. "The Lawn Chair" was an episode examining the death of a black teenager at the hands of a white cop, a narrative we've unfortunately seen in real life too. The episode wasn't for everyone, with some arguing it was unrealistic and poorly timed. But no matter where you fell on the hate it or love it spectrum, you can't deny that it was a powerful piece of television. Poignant, emotional and thought-provoking, it was Scandal at its best.
I'm sorry, but what in the world was THAT season finale? What actually happened? For about 3/4 of Scandal Season 4 Episode 22, Rowan/Eli/Command/Dad continued to reign supreme, until Olivia was able to get him arrested on embezzlement charges. Seriously, Scandal? You can do better than that. And is Quinn going to actually shoot Huck? Do we even care? Let's not even talk about all the work this season did in making Fitz and Mellie into a cohesive unit, only to have it burned down in 2 minutes. At least Olitz was able to get their moment. I'm sure it will last this time.
MOST CRINGEWORTHY HUCK SCENE
This could easily go to Huck killing someone in front of his son, but his brutal killing of Sue (guest star Lena Dunham) was even more disturbing. Huck has been to hell and back and you can't help but sympathize with him at times, but then he goes and brutally murders a woman to "keep her quiet" and all sympathy goes out the window. Huck has been a problem for a while and this move did him no favors. RIP Sue and that ridiculous wig.
BEST OLITZ MOMENT
Olitz is here to stay, whether you're Team Jake or Team Anyone Else, so it's time we all just get used to it. Olitz always has their fair share of emotional talks and sexy encounters, but a very quiet moment between the two proved to be the best moment these two have had in awhile. After the kidnapping and Fitz's decision to go to war, Olivia was done with Fitz and even took off the ring she vowed she would never take off. When she showed up to Cyrus's wedding with the ring back where it belonged, Fitz knew he was back in the game. Cue the swooning Olitz shippers all around the world.
Jake Ballard was stabbed repeatedly at the end of Scandal Season 4 Episode 19 leading fans everywhere to wonder (and worry) if he could really be dead. Shonda Rhimes has proven that she's not afraid to kill major characters, so anything was possible. Luckily, he survived despite his severe injuries. Scandal would not be the same without Jake!
There should probably be an asterisk here because things imploded in the finale, but the relationship between Fitz and Mellie has never been stronger than it was this season. They found a great balance this year and really came together as a team. It was nice to see them get to a point where they could truly respect and support one another. There may no longer be a romantic love between the two, but there is a deep connection and their friendship was one of the more unexpectedly sweeter aspects of the season.