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WHAT KIND OF GLADIATOR ARE YOU?

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[ Listen to the Randy, Red Superfreak and Julia  episode of the Scandal Podcast ]

Abbey: (To Quinn) Stop calling me, Superfreak. I mean it. I’m busy! I have five…no three…three free minutes and it would be GREEAAT to use those three free minutes peeing or eating something instead of here…again with your annoying phone calls. I’m busy.

Quinn: I wouldn’t have called, but she doesn’t have a cell phone and she won’t buy one…she’s unplugged or something.

(Abbey turns to see Olivia walking towards them.)

Quinn: I’ll give you two a minute.

Olivia: You’re working at the White House now.

Abbey: What are you doing here?

Olivia: They found Harrison’s body.

Abbey: I know they found Harrison’s body. I know that Olivia. Is that why you’re here? Did you fly all the way back from where ever Daddy sent you to tell me that?…because you wasted a trip.

Olivia: I came back to plan his funeral.

Abbey: Now you decide to come back.

Olivia: I came back…I thought… We should all plan his funeral together.

Abbey: Goodbye Olivia.

Olivia: Abbbeey…

Abbey: What!

Olivia: We should bury our friend.

Abbey: We are not a team anymore. You’re just Olivia Pope there is no AND Associates…not anymore. You’re on your own.

Olivia: I know you’re mad at me, but we both care about Harrison and he would want us to…

Abbey: Harrison would have wanted all kinds of things. He would have wanted you to not get on that plane. He would have wanted you to not leave his side so God knows what could happen to him. He would have wanted you to care about him BEFORE someone put a bullet in his brain. He would have wanted his champion…his gladiator to be HERE fighting for him while there was still a chance he could have been found alive. But now he’s dead…HARRISON DOESN’T WANT ANYTHING NOW!

(Awkward silence)

Olivia: I have never once held a grudge against you. Not for anything. I’ve always forgiven you.

Abbey: You want me to forgive you?

Olivia: NO! I don’t need you to forgive me. I haven’t done anything wrong. I was making an observation. I’ve never once held a grudge against you…I’ve always forgiven you… until now…you blaming me for Harrison’s death is UNforgivable! You abandoned them too Abbey. Huck and Quinn and Harrison. You abandoned them too. You moved four blocks away into the most powerful house on the planet and you left them out in the cold. I was on tge other side of the world, but you were right here…and all you have to give is three minutes? What kind of champion…what kind of gladiator does that make you? (Olivia turns to go and suddenly turns back) I’ll make sure you have the date and time for the funeral. Show up…don’t show up…your choice.

(Olivia leaves Abbey goes directly to Quinn)

Olivia: Go home.

Quinn: Liv…

Olivia: That is not my name.

Quinn: What?…

Olivia: GO HOME!

Quinn: But…

Olivia: I’M FINE!

Quinn: But I…

Olivia: DAMMIT! GO HOME QUINN! Leave me alone.

(Olivia storms away.)

Quinn: Son of a bitch!


 

*Side note: Shonda couldn’t have written this episode or this scene any clearer. HARRISON IS DEAD!

Everyone is hurt and angry about it. They buried the character both physically and symbolically, whether you saw the body or not. Let’s move on and hope this season consist of Olivia finally learning the truth of everything her father did to get her on that plane!*

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HOW LONG WAS OLIVIA GONE?

Langstan Smith, Scandal Podcast

Langstan Smith, Scandal PodcastScandal Chronology of Olivia's Depature

[ Listen to the Randy, Red Superfreak and Julia  episode of the Scandal Podcast ]

Olivia was gone for more than a few weeks…she was gone for a few months.*in Madea voice* Stay with me and I’m going to bless you. Olivia left on Election day which would have been on November 4th…Quinn tracked her down based on invoices for the Grand vin du Bullay, one of which was dated November 30. When Olivia first walks in to the OPA office…she looks at 3 “Union” magazines. The first is from November after the death of Little Jerry, the second in January after he takes office for the second time and the last in February. So it is safe to say she was gone and Harrison was missing and/or dead for at least 3 and a half months. Harrison Wright is officially dead and it would be silly to assume that Shonda Rhimes would rehash the same plot device used to explain the disappearance/death of Maya Lewis/Marie Wallace to revive the character of Harrison. (You know the one where she was held for over 21 years in an underground “hole” or cell because for whatever reason Papa “Eli/Rowan” Pope thought this was a fitting punishment for deceiving and betraying he and Olivia as well as making him kill 329 people as an act of “personal” revenge because she was apprehended, arrested and possibly tortured by him.)

Shonda has yet to reuse a plot device to advance her stories nor does she revive dead characters. So Rest in Peace Harrison and let us all find peace in knowing that he had a strong and solid three years as one of our favorite characters in the history of television. Here’s to hoping we get another strong character that has a back history with Olivia to round out the OPA team.