Kerry Washington y’all. Kerry Washington did the damned thing and I was here for all of it.
She showed her full range, and didn’t just rely on gritting her teeth and screeching like a banshee.
Let me just give you the slow clap girl:
By the way y’all, she was barefoot. That’s for all you people who were speculating that she was running in heels. I’m kinda laughing at you. Sorry. Ok, I’m not because you were all blinded by your hate for Shonda that you didn’t see what was pretty obvious to anybody with eyes.
Anyway, without further ado, let’s get into what I hated and what I loved about the episode
WHAT I HATED
1. Say it with me people. Jake. Always Jake.
Why we had to recap that scene from the previous episode over and over, I have no clue.
By the way, just in case you were hoping that my thoughts on Scott Foley have changed one iota, please know that that will never happen. If anything, I despise him and his character even more than I did in November. I’ll never be here for a guy who was literally shoe-horned into a show because his master is obsessed with him.
Speaking of The Human Vibrator, did y’all notice that Jake had love handles as he was running down the street after the decoy car?
Must be all those freaking Gettysburgers he’s been force-feeding Olivia and chomping down on. Being a woman who never takes her eye off the ball with regards to what she consumes, I love how much effort it obviously takes for Scott Foley to get in shape and keep in shape. It does my heart good knowing that he’s only ever a burger away from looking as doughy as he did when he first appeared on Scandal.
By the way, I didn’t watch live because I had something on, but when I got home, I put on my DVR, and fast forwarded as much of the Jake scenes as I could.
2. Olivia has a neighbor across from her apartment???
For four seasons the elevator went to her apartment, and the only door there was her door. Sometimes I feel that the set decorators know that we’ll pick up on these continuity errors but don’t seem to give a fuck. I wish they’d stop.
3. The fact that the kidnappers didn’t kill Jake.
Like whut? Dude, you guys wouldn’t have had to kill an innocent old black lady if you’d have just taken Jake out. Also, there would have been nobody to alert her Gladiators that Olivia was missing in the first place if you’d killed his ass. Can’t a girl get catch a break here? Please, somebody kill this character.
4. Ian was obviously a plant dude!
Initially, I hated the fact that Olivia didn’t figure out that the guy she was sharing a cell with was obviously faking it. Then I remembered that I’m watching a TV drama where I’m always looking out for nefarious characters to show up. If that was me in Olivia’s shoes, I’d probably be pretty grateful for the human connection.
Once I put myself in her shoes, I totally understood why she would trust that he was who he said he was. The people screaming about why Olivia blabbed to him forget that she’s not Jack Bauer, she’s in a box, seemingly in some far off country, and the only human connection, the only person who she can trust is a guy sharing a cell with her. Instantly, there’s a natural connection there, a natural bond.
So my only quibble with that scene, ended up being the specifics of what she said about Fitz, rather than just mentioning that she’d worked for the POTUS, she told him that he loved her? Nope, not buying that part. As much as she was trying to reassure herself and him at the same time, I simply refuse to believe that she would have spilt all that tea.
5. Abby appearing as The Grim Reaper.
Girl, you couldn’t just let her enjoy her brief break from reality? Seriously?
Anyway, that’s pretty much all I hated, let’s go on to the goodness of this episode.
WHAT I LOVED
1. Kerry Washington kicked ass and took names this episode.
She carried this entire episode, and I loved it. It reminded me that she used to be a movie actress. She used to act in pretty good movies too.
2. The 38 minutes where we didn’t get to see Jake.
3. The entire kidnapping scene was so freaking well done. I was tense as fuck all the way through.
4. "Run Forrest run"
Oh the shade of it all.
5. I loved that Olivia isn’t Jack Bauer, and on this episode at least she wasn’t being portrayed as a badass fighter. Olivia is a spoilt, privileged princess. Her greatest weapon has always been her brain, not her muscle power. She wears designer clothes, carries around expensive bags and drinks rare red wine. She ain’t about that 24 life. Although I suspect that Shonda and her writers are going to change that in upcoming episodes.
6. “Do you have someone you care about? Someone you love?”
I loved that she wanted to save Ian. Because for me, this is one of the most constant thing about her as a character. Even when her gut was all kinds of off, and she was deluding herself about who she loves, or about how trustworthy her father is, the one thing that has never changed since season one has been her need to save people. I get that people see that as a failing on her part, but I say fuck that. I love that part of her, and honestly, for good or bad, I hope she never loses it, because that is her greatest saving grace.
7. Olivia putting the paper over the toilet seat. Girl was brave even getting on there in the first place. That shit was foul. (Erm, pun intended)
8. "I’m Olivia Pope. And it’s funny because it’s useless."
This was so heartbreaking.
8A: "Ian, if I’m missing, the President of The United States will find me…he wont stop looking for me."
Olivia’s conviction that Fitz would find her had me sobbing into my wine glass.
9. “Your father is Ike Turner”
So many lols. You know that line was all Shonda.
10. The dysfunction of Olivia thinking that maybe she’d been implanted with a tracking device.
Girl needs to get new friends.
11. "Five minutes and I’m coming in"
Loved this sequence. It was so freaking well done.
12. “You mess with his pay day you’ll know how mad he’ll be.”
So who the hell is really paying these guys?
13. Olivia using the underwire in her bra to try to unlock the window.
14. Olivia putting her 90lbs, 5.1 frame in front of a man twice her size to save him.
All the freaking feels.
15. Olivia still keeping her wits about her even in the most dire of circumstances.
This is who Olivia should have always been. Had we had this episode in season three, and had her character not been diminished to the extent that it was in S3, people could enjoy this episode without waiting for the other shoe to fall.
16. The Dream sequence minus Jake.
I fully realize that Vermont will never happen, and Olivia’s dream was probably Shonda and the writers bidding it farewell, but it still put me in my Olitz feels. Something I rarely feel as much of these days. Kerry and Tony still have wicked chemistry guys, and I’ll always be mad that Shonda decided to turn their relationship into something toxic.
Anyway, let’s appreciate the scenes some more shall we?
I did find it interesting that Vermont was Olivia’s happy place.
She dreams that Jake rescues her, and she dreams that he pretty much takes her back to Fitz, where she lived happily ever after with him. Basically Olakers, Olivia was dreaming of the guy she actually loves, not that bland milquetoast fool who couldn’t even protect her. As a sometimes/always./maybe Olitz fan, I was all:
when I saw that she was dreaming of Fitz. I’m not even sorry.
Whatever the narrative with the terminally bland Jake, Shonda always takes so much effort to let us know that Fitz is her soul mate, the person she ultimately wants to live her life with.
16A. Olivia’s wedding set.
Did you see that huge assed diamond ring? All the damned feels. I want him to divorce his wife for real and marry Olivia dammit. Is that too much to ask for? Shonda?
17. Everything that Olivia was wearing in the dream sequence in Vermont.
18. "I’m protecting him"
Awwww, Tom!! Gosh I found it so interesting that of all people, Tom was in this dream sequence, and that he tells Olivia that she asked him to come protect Fitz from her.
It was kind of a small moment, but actually, I think that it said so much about how Olivia views herself when it comes to Fitz. “I’m the Scandal" she said to The Human Vibrator at the end of last season, and that idea that she’s bad for Fitz is actually pretty organic to her character. She’s always trying to save Fitz and to fix him. If this was any other writing team, I’d give them a congrats for carrying that idea through from season one until now. But I have trust issues when it comes to the writers sooooo….
19. Guys her hair was laid, her make-up,was flawless, and her casual clothes were perfection.
Her entire look gave me Happy Birthday Mr President feels. Well done Lyn Paolo. See Sweetie, the less elaborate her clothing, the better she looks. Simple works lady.
20. "Do you know how to use a Dutch oven?"
Even dream Abby insists on shading Liv and her can’t-cook-won’t-cook self.
21. “You have to rescue yourself”
22A. I am all about Liv rescuing herself. Maybe with a little help from her Gladiators, but they’re her family, so I’m good with that.
23. Liv breaking down when she realizes that her one avenue of escape is gone.
24. Liv putting her hands over her mouth to stop herself from totally losing it. Ugh.
All the feels. Kerry Washington. Maaaan….
25. Olivia shooting one of her kidnappers in the head.
For a second, I thought there would be blanks in the gun, I know some of you did too, don’t lie.
26. “Knowledge is power”
Olivia’s discovery that Ian was the mastermind behind her kidnapping, and that it was all an elaborate hoax.
The fact that it was basically a film set? Wow. I know none of you all saw that coming.
Wow, people, that was a lot. That for me was an excellent episode, and if people weren’t so mad at Shonda, they’d agree too.
So, where do we think Olivia is?
Who do we think was behind her kidnapping? And does it in fact have anything to do with Andrew, like we were led to believe in the mid-season finale?
Personally, I think that this is bigger than the terminally bland Andrew. I just don’t see him being this smart. Let’s face it, he thinks that he can screw Mellie Grant and another woman at the same time and get away with it, so he really isn’t that smart. Unless they’re actually working together…
Anyway, for me, this can only have been masterminded by one of three people: Sally Langston, Hollis Doyle, or Mellie Grant. The question is, out of those three, who profits the most out of Fitz going to war with West Angola?
Sally Langston to me is the least likely, because she’s such a religious nut that I can’t see her planning anything this heinous, and involving somebody who’s never harmed her. Plus for all her terrible ways, she wasn’t a bad person per se. Well except for the fact that she killed her husband, but that was a heat of the moment craziness, and not her usual mode of behavior so I’ll give her a pass on that.
Maybe it’s Hollis Doyle, but I don’t think so, just because this seems way too personal for him. Hollis is all about the money, we know that, but was he ever aware of Fitz and Olivia’s relationship?
I think it has to be somebody who knows the depth of Fitz’s feelings for Olivia. It’s a big risk, kidnapping a civilian and threatening to kill her if the president doesn’t go to war with another country. You’d have to know about their relationship to even assume that such a threat would work.
So for me, that leaves Mellie. Mellie is pretty much the only enemy of Olivia Pope who knows that Fitz would probably burn the world to save her. Sure people might imagine that they were having an affair, but they wouldn’t necessarily have intimate knowledge of the depth of that relationship. (Although, it did play out as if Ian didn’t know her secret) I think she’s enlisted Andrew’s help, because if we believe that he has been in love with Mellie for over a decade, we could buy that he would do anything for her. Including having Fitz’s ex lover kidnapped.
I think that this is a way of getting her husband out of power. I think she’s working with Andrew to oust him out of office. I don’t know precisely know how that benefits Mellie, because she’s tied to Fitz for better or worse, but I still say it’s her. It may not make that much sense, but never forget that Verna, an old woman riddled with cancer tried to assassinate the POTUS, y’all.
What are your theories?
As much as I loved this episode, I’m just going to go ahead and assume that it was an episode that Shonda wanted to do, and that in a few episodes, it will be like it never happened, but I’m going to go ahead and bask in the brilliance that was Run anyway. It might be a while before we experience such a great episode again, and one that utterly showcases Olivia Pope, the way that this one did.
No need for Jamie and Claire GIFs this episode, instead I’ll leave you with Fitz, Liv in Showergate Part Two:
This entire sequence had me like: