Scandal 4×04 ‘Like Father, Like Daughter’: You get one free pass

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A couple reunites (sort of) and a murder is solved. God this really felt like an episode of How To Get Away With Murder. Everything I had to complain about in last week’s “Inside the Bubble” from the slower stories, less intensity and boring politics were not present this week. Instead Scandal brought what we love about the show: drama, conspiracies and of course, juicy scandals! Finally, we have an honest to god scandal on our hands, and this one is definitely a biggie. Who would have thought that this episode, given its title, wasn’t going to be surrounding the relationship of Olivia and her father. Let’s get to it, onto “Like Father, Like Daughter!”

The case-of-the-week revolves around the First Daughter, Karen Grant, who has gotten herself into quite the sticky situation. Apparently she slipped her secret service detail, went to a party where she got drunk and high. Olivia certainly has her hands full, dragging Quinn to find the first daughter and getting Huck to shut down the cell service of all the partygoers. They were able to get her out without a photo being taken, but a sex tape, featuring Karen and two random guys she met that night, was sent to her phone. Now this is a great scandal! Wake the president! Olivia and Cyrus tell Fitz, who is visibly upset like any parent would be which eventually leads us to the first OLITZ moment! We’ve been waiting so long for this and yet it was just a tease. Fitz wants Olivia to sweep this scandal under the rug without it getting out, including keeping it away from Mellie. He instructs Cyrus to do a full investigation into the Secret Service.

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With Karen’s help OPA go through all the boys from the party identifying one of the guys, Bobby. Olivia brings the news to Fitz leading to our second OLITZ moment! During their alone time Fitz asks why Liv left, and if she was alone. Olivia lies about being with Jake, saying she was alone to cope with their losses. As Olivia is leaving Mellie spots her walking through the White House and confronts her. Expects that she is there for Fitz’s booty call. Mellie barges into the oval office, furious with Fitz, but he turns it around and lets Mellie know what is on his mind. That scene was intense! More on that later.

Meanwhile Quinn has found Bobby and confronts him, discovering the identity of the second guy, Trip Morgan. Olivia brings the Morgans into OPA to discuss destroying the tape, which results in them revealing that they know that Karen is the girl in the tape and will destroy it for $2.5 million. Blackmailing Olivia? They certainly don’t know her. Olivia brings the blackmail to Fitz leading to our third and final OLITZ moment. God we were so spoiled this episode.

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Fitz is appalled that these parents could ever think of blackmailing another parent over a sex tape and Olivia simply states that there are terrible parents. Fitz takes this as directed at him, believing he is no longer a good husband or parent, wondering if he is also no longer a good man. This prompts him to hold her and the Olitz music starts! They get a bit frisky, start kissing and the whole Scandalverse goes crazy. #TeamFitz is cheering, #TeamJake is furious. However, this doesn’t last long with Olivia stopping to reveal that she was with Jake on the island prompting Fitz to conclude that he isn’t a good man as well, and tells Olivia to pay the Morgans for their silence.

Olivia brings the Morgans in, planning to agree to their demands when they ask for another 500,000 to keep quiet on the First Daughter’s “whoring ways.” This triggers Olivia to go from compromise to destroy, and she absolutely CRUSHES them. In the end Olivia gets the terrible Morgans to sign a settlement for their discretion. Mellie confronts Karen about her escapade, showing perhaps that the First Lady is turning a new leaf. Cyrus brings to Fitz’s attention that Tom was not on his scheduled detail days before Gerry’s death, going to a lab that had a vial goes missing containing the virus that killed him.

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Meanwhile only one other major storyline is happening and that is the aftermath of Jake and Rowan’s dinner conversation. The episode starts with Jake noticing a light blinking under his car and as he turns to walk away he unlocks it, prompting a bomb to explode. Rowan meets with Tom, B613’s link to the White House, saying that Jake needs to be killed or it will be Tom’s head. Immediately after Jake sits on the same bench with Tom, warning him that Rowan will look at him as another loose end to get rid of after Jake is disposed of. After their conversation Jake goes to David Rosen’s office, asking him to release the B613 files if he dies. Rosen does not agree, but Jake is not having that and threatens to kill him. Rosen eventually gives the files to Jake. This is where everything hits the fan.

As Jake enters the White House he asks to see Fitz, who is preoccupied with the investigation into Tom. He decides to wait patiently, unaware that Tom’s interrogation has taken a turn for the worst when Rowan enters. Rowan hounds Tom into telling him the name of the person who made him kill Gerry: Jake Ballard. The confession results in both Tom and Jake being arrested by the Secret Service while Rowan walks off untouched. SO. MUCH. ANGER. I absolutely HATE Rowan and really wanted this to be his end, but it looks like #TeamFitz will be the only side to cheer for after the next few episodes.

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Three moments that really stood out to me this episode were the Mellie/Fitz scene, the third Olivia/Fitz scene and the Olivia monologue:

  1. The Mellie/Fitz scene was by far my favourite part of the episode. It was definitely the wake up call Mellie was needing and Fitz had some pent up emotions he needed to share. Smelly Mellie? That made me chuckle.
  2. The Olivia/Fitz scene gave us what we have been yearning for all season. OLITZ! They finally were back together and boy was it good. But of course it was an abrupt reunion,
  3. The Olivia monologue scene is the very reason we love her. She turned blackmailing parents into put-in-their-place potential child pornographers. The way that she flipped their script on them was beyond amazing.

What questions did this episode answer:

  • Rosen has lost the B613 files meaning he won’t be blackmailing anyone any time soon.
  • Fitz and Olivia got back together, no matter how brief, and now that the seal is broken we will definitely be seeing more of Olitz!
  • The Rowan/Jake story didn’t drag out for a couple episodes like anticipated. Instead, Rowan framed Jake for Gerry’s assassination, stopping any chance of Jake ridding the world of Rowan.

What questions does this episode leave us with:

  • Which Mellie will we see next week? (Drunk Mellie, Screw Everything to Hell Mellie or Smelly Mellie)
  • Why did Tom lie about Rowan’s involvement when it would have been so easy to arrest him?
  • When will Olivia discover the truth behind Gerry’s death and her mother’s fate?

What did you think of “Like Father, Like Daughter”? 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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