“Don’t talk to me about tough calls, and names on the door. That woman needs us. And I don’t know whats going on with you or whats happened to you. But I know that you have stuff that you don’t talk about, I know that. But somethings going on with you and I’m sorry about that, I am. But that doesn’t mean that you get to stop being Olivia Pope. When Charles fractured 3 of my ribs, and broke my jaw and threw me out into the snow in my night gown. Olivia Pope took a tire iron and broke his knee cap. And then Olivia got me the best divorce attorney in the state. And got me out of that marriage. Its what Olivia does. Its who you are. You are the gladiator. I would glady follow you over a cliff. But you gotta show up. You gotta be a warrior. You don’t get to pick and choose when the real Olivia Pope walks through that door. You made the wrong call.”
The showrunner breaks down the fourth episode, “Enemy of the State,” and tells THR what Amanda’s disappearance means for Olivia and the president.
What if we all just used ‘scandal ABC’ to tag this show because browsing the ‘scandal’ tag for things to reblog is kinda hard to do at work!
You’re afraid that it was nothing, that he’s forgotten it already—tossed you like yesterday’s paper and moved on without another thought. And if he’s forgotten, then it’s almost as if it never happened, that what you had with him wasn’t real, and that makes you feel completely and utterly alone. But I haven’t forgotten; I know what happened; I know it was real. And whatever you want to do here, however you want to play this thing out, I will stand beside you every step of the way. If you ask me to, I will make him remember. And you will never, ever be alone in this again.
You’re not a cop.
#liking this show for so many reasons #i love how there are no small characters on this show no trivial bodies in uniforms #it would have been so easy and normal to just have this be Some Lab Tech some nameless storyless person #they didn’t even need to include this scene it could have been hand-waved in exposition #or what most shows would have done is end the scene after he flirts to establish him as this suave competent olivia pope dream team member #but they chose to give her agency and depth and i like them better for it obviously #i hope that she’s a recurring character #because she is glorious
I LOVE her and I love this thing where they keep setting up scenarios and plotlines where you think you know what’s going on because you’ve seen this story a million times and then they turn it on its head to make you see the perspectives that are usually ignored. They’ve already done it twice solely dealing with rape or sexual abuse, like where at first the viewer is meant to go HOW DARE THIS GIRL ACCUSE THIS INNOCENT MAN, GODDAMMIT HOW IS HE EVER GONNA GET OUT OF THIS, where the viewer is put in the typical misogynistic mindset. But then you see that the girl is brave and right and that she is, in fact, the survivor (or fighting for one who didn’t survive), and the one society is allied against and thus the one that the valiant Olivia Pope will defend.
yesssss all of this
i also like that most of the dialogue about rape was centred around the women characters. like, the white dude rapist wasn’t given a lot of screentime to be sympathetic or ambiguous or waffling over whether he’s a good person or not*; the show didn’t do anything do discount his privileges either and even kind of made the point that it was because of his privileges that he got away with rape in the first place.
*Instead, that role went to his mother. And I really liked that she listened to Olivia’s advice about turning in her son. And that Olivia, when she learned the truth, was on the side for good, instead of defending her client at all costs. (I think it was a nice move on the shows part by having the other lawyer be the bad guy in that regard, when he was taking down the woman on the stand.)