If ever a show needed a “Previously on…” segment, it’s “Scandal.” The last new episode aired over two months ago, and even back then you needed a flow chart and a PhD in analytics to follow everything.
Here are, to the best of my memory, the bullet points of how the last episode ended: Olivia Pope’s father, Eli Pope, just lost his job as head of super spy agency B-613 when the characters who had spent the entire season trying to figure out how to displace him went with the “We could just tell him he’s been let go and hope he doesn’t challenge it” approach (which worked). Olivia’s mother turned out to be a super terrorist and closed out the episode with the news that she was about to do something big (a cliffhanger which gets addressed not at all in the premiere, so glad I waited all this time to see how that one goes). James Novak discovered that his husband/the president’s chief of staff, Cyrus Beane, had covered up Vice President Sally Langston’s murder of her husband Daniel Douglas (which, at this point in their marriage, has got to be like the fourth worst thing he’s found out his husband did). And, of course, Jake Ballard’s abs were still amazing.
The show finally returned last night with the episode “Ride, Sally, Ride,” and here are a few things it left me shouting at the television.