Scandal 4×03 ‘Inside the Bubble’: The truth comes out

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Three episodes into season four of Scandal and the show has found some regularity in its story telling, but unfortunately that coincides with the lacklustre drama and intensity present in last week’s “The State of the Union.” However, it isn’t fair to compare last season’s constantly intense story with its aftermath and I’m sure that these slower paced episodes are just building the intensity up until all of the stories culminate. It doesn’t help that the White House is focused more on actual governing rather than affairs and assassinations. The latter makes for way more dramatic TV! Let’s get to it, onto “Inside the Bubble!”

The case-of-the-week revolves around a friend of Abby’s, and Olivia’s old classmate Catherine Winslow whose daughter Caitlin has gone missing. As Olivia searches for clues as to her whereabouts she is constantly inviting Jake to dinner with her father, which he continually refuses. The case takes a turn for the worst when Huck discovers a sex tape involving Caitlin’s boyfriend and Catherine, as well as a voice mail from Caitlin threatening to tell her father about the affair. Soon after Caitlin is found dead pointing all fingers to Catherine. Olivia and the team look for any potential clues to exonerate Catherine when they find a video showing Caitlin in a struggle with a man on an elevator.

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Meanwhile the other major story happening is Jake’s investigation into the deaths of Harrison and the president’s son. Jake tracks down Charlie and proceeds to interrogate him for information concerning Rowan’s potential participation. However, Charlie won’t talk until he is granted one wish, Quinn. Jake decides to take Quinn to Charlie and lock them up together in order to obtain the information. While locked up Quinn and Charlie connect and even kiss, but eventually Charlie reveals Rowan’s involvement. It is after this that Jake agrees to dinner with Olivia and her father. At the dinner, when Olivia leaves the room, Jake threatens Rowan with his knowledge and gives him the ultimatum of leaving, but Rowan has no intention of leaving DC.

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As for the rest of our beloved characters here is a quick summary of what happened with them:

  • Mellie distracts herself by playing detective for a viral video that depicts a newlywed accused of pushing her husband off a cliff. She seems to be doing well until at a cabinet meeting she set up to share her findings is abruptly ended when the FBI liaison reveals that the case has already been solved. Disheveled, Mellie returns to her state of shock. Really feel for her character and Bellamy Young is doing a phenomenal job.
  • Cyrus continues his risky relationship with sex worker/business student Michael, who still hasn’t showed any real interest in the relationship other than to help Liz obtain what she wants. I’m really disappointed in Cyrus because he is not as naive as this situation makes him seem. He had set someone up this very same way before for god sakes! How can he not see it. Only viable reason is his mourning of James. I really hope he is just playing along to make Liz feel like she has the upper hand.
  • David Rosen is taking his new job as Attorney General very seriously as he tackles the continuing issue of Fitz’s bill for Gun Control. The next step is winning the right amount of votes from the circuit judges to pass the law. When the vote doesn’t seem to be going in their favour Rosen decides to dig up some B613 dirt on one of the judges to blackmail him into voting with him. With this victory the Grant administration is incredibly happy with Rosen, but the judge he coerced Judge Sparks, commits suicide. Rosen is visibly upset by this, showing that his conscious might cause him to stop blackmailing if this is the outcome.
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Three moments that really stood out to me this episode were Mellie’s storyline, Rowan and Jake’s dinner scene and Abby and Fitz bonding:

  1. Mellie’s storyline just adds more heartbreak to an already tear jerker of a story. To see her finally happy only to have that happiness crushed and reduced to a state of shock and depression again. It is just awful! The acting by Bellamy Young is truly fantastic in portraying the lingering depression associated with loss. As much as this performance is thrilling I hope to see a happier Mellie in  the episodes to come.
  2. The Rowan/Jake dinner scene is definitely a turning point for this season. Jake threatens Rowan with his knowledge, but Rowan does not seem phased by it at all. These two definitely hate each other and with the news of Scott Foley‘s new show could Jake be just another loose end that Rowan ties up?
  3. Abby and Fitz bonding because it was in part a bonding scene for them, but also a means for Fitz to ask someone about Olivia. It shows that although they haven’t had any interaction in the first two episodes of this season that he still is thinking about her and perhaps they may soon be together again.
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What questions did this episode answer:

  • Jake was able to uncover Rowan’s involvement in Harrison’s and the president’s son’s deaths. He even confronted Rowan about it, threatening him with this information. This opens a big can of worms that I didn’t expect to be explored until at least a few more episodes in.
  • Rosen is showing that he is content with blackmailing officials in DC in order to get what he wants in his new AG position, although he is struggling with his conscious.

What questions does this episode leave us with:

  • Are Charlie and Quinn going to get back together?
  • How long will Olivia and Abby be frenemies?
  • Will Cyrus continue to fall under Michael’s spell?
  • How will David Rosen continue to use his AG power? Will he stop using the B613 files or will he eventually blackmail the wrong people?
  • Are Fitz and Olivia going to start their steamy affair again?
  • What are the next steps for Rowan and Jake?

What did you think of “Inside the Bubble”? Was it everything you wanted? Did it leave you yearning for more? Let me know in the comments below!

Dylan Phillips

Dylan Phillips

is a film fanatic and TV junkie from the mysterious land of Canada. He is an aspiring writer/director who hopes to make his mark on the industry one way or another, whether it be behind a camera or with a pen. When he isn’t watching hours upon hours of movies or writing scripts, Dylan can be found playing his guitar, avidly watching baseball or writing film reviews on his website and blog.

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