Scandal: Season 4 (2014 - 2015)


Season 4

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Romantic tensions and twisty plot lines come to a head to create even more chaos in the delicious political fantasy that is Scandal.



Critic Ratings: 20


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User Ratings: 225

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Air date: Sep 25, 2014

In the fourth-season opener, Fitz begins his second term with a plan to make positive changes for the nation. Meanwhile, Mellie has trouble dealing with her son's death; and Olivia's absence leaves a void on her team.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2014

Fitz prepares to speak about gun control in his State of the Union address, so Cyrus reaches out to a power couple who can provide assistance with this topic. Elsewhere, as Mellie deals with her private strife, she garners the nation's attention.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2014

Olivia's friend seeks help when her daughter goes missing. Meanwhile, a national news story intrigues Mellie; a business breakfast gets uncomfortable for Cyrus; and David goes above and beyond to prove himself.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2014

Part 1 of 2. A family crisis gets messy, so Fitz asks Olivia to handle the matter. Meanwhile, Rowan wants an old pal to take care of an unpleasant task for him.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2014

Conclusion. Jake doesn't return Olivia's calls, which distracts her from Catherine's case. Elsewhere, Cyrus continues to get tangled up with Michael; David gets a taste of victory; and Fitz wants answers about Jerry's demise.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2014

An incarcerated assassin asks to see Olivia and insists he's not guilty. Meanwhile, Mellie feels a camaraderie with a former first lady; Elizabeth makes progress with her corruption plan; and Fitz does something unexpected.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2014

Olivia doubts Jake's guilt, so she seeks answers from Tom. Meanwhile, Mellie makes a power play; Leo Bergen's new client prompts a quick reaction from Olivia's team; Huck keeps flirting with danger; and Elizabeth's surprising ally is revealed.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2014

Fitz and Jake keep feuding over Olivia, but she wants them to concentrate on defeating Command. Meanwhile, Huck yearns to reunite with his family; Cyrus realizes he can no longer run from his actions; and the grandeur of Elizabeth's scheme is unveiled.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2014

Danger looms for those close to Olivia because Command can't be outwitted. Meanwhile, Cyrus feels the ramifications of his actions; and Huck and Quinn finally deduce what Elizabeth's been planning, but time is not on their side.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2015

Details of Olivia's abduction from her own home are seen from her point of view.

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Olivia returns to Washington D.C. only to enter a maelstrom of scandal as Jake is arrested for the death of Jerry Grant. With his life and freedom on the line, Olivia and the team have to find a way to clear his name and find the real perpetrators. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Olivia and those closest to her are in the crosshairs of an all encompassing threat.

Critic Reviews for Scandal Season 4

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

Olivia and Cyrus, at least, will always be tied together. In the twisted world of Scandal, a relationship like that counts for a lot.

May 7, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

In an episode full of bold moves, this is the boldest, and one that augurs the promising continuation of Scandal's season four rally.

May 7, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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This episode started with an explosion and ended with a bang.

May 7, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Fitz and Olivia are playing a weird game of chicken. Someone's got to blink first.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…

This felt hollow somehow. I was not happy with this ending, and I want a redo. Most of it was fantastic, but of all their season finales, this ending was certainly the weakest.

Apr 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Neither half is satisfying on its own, and they make for a baffling whole, culminating in the show's worst-ever season finale.

Apr 19, 2018 | Full Review…

This was an excellent start to the season. We've seen Olivia estranged from Fitz before, but this time her isolation from Abby, Quinn and Huck will be interesting to see play out.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Well THAT was certainly a way to wake up. I'm not sure what nightmare Olivia was screaming from because DAYUM. I wonder what it was like for Kerry to film that scene!

May 7, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Going down that rabbit hole again? Olivia Pope, you've lost your damn mind.

Mar 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Scandal is back, and full of drama from its first frame onward (one would not expect anything less).

Mar 26, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Olivia wants to be a gladiator again... and I am game.

Mar 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

What we do know is that we're ready to get our white hat back on.

Mar 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scandal: Season 4

  • Feb 01, 2017
    This season made Scandal become a by the numbers drama. It use to be a shocking and fun take on the overdone political drama genre that died after Olivia was kidnapped,because we all know that Rowan Pope was going to get caught since everyone hates him and all Scandal villains either disappear or are killed off.
  • Sep 29, 2015
    Advertised as a political Thriller, this is more like a Political Soap Opera. Annoyingly verbose, almost all characters speak exactly the same, the President of the US rarely stops behaving like an infatuated teenager (Literally, at some point I had to fastforward the redundant pseudo-love scenes between Olivia and Fitz)... There is an interesting story or corruption and intrigue running behind the heavy melodrama, but it remains behind from beginning to end. Oh, and the patriotism...! Don't you hate any narrative which repeats over and over that the US president is the leader of the 'free world'? Obnoxious!
  • Jul 13, 2015
    The most unbelievably witless drama on TV reminiscent of spoofs mocking soap operas (but passing as prime time entertainment??)
  • Jul 12, 2015
    "Gladiators in suits" - so corny! I find the show to be too theatrical and unconvincing.
  • Jul 05, 2015
    I’m going to keep this short. Millions of viewers would probably disagree, but this show has gotten bad, and when I say bad, I mean I-cannot-watch-this-show-sober bad: Season 1) Decent case of the week show, with a more than decent cast and a fun premise. Season 2) Perfection, blending political drama, overarching story lines, and sprinkled cases. Season 3) Messy. Really messy, and it seems pretty obvious to me someone on the writing team saw Alias and did a bad job imitating it. Season 4) WTF. This ship is way past the possibility of turning around. The only thing that remains perfection is Bellamy Young and even she can’t save this mess. There are so many wonderful and underrated shows that get cancelled while stuff like this and Pretty Little Liars gets renewed. I don’t understand television. “No Looking Back” is the tagline of Season 4. Indeed, I will not be looking back. Have a different Take? Tell me about it.
  • Jun 05, 2015
    this is such a great show. It's fast paced and thrilling with it's hangover-worthy cliff hangers and guest stars appearing for unusual characters. But what's most special about this show is how the audience could think and know what's gonna happen but is defied by the amazing Shonda Rhimes and her team of excellent writers and the somehow collaborative input of the wonderful cast themselves
  • Jun 01, 2015
    I have been watching since season 1. I still enjoy Scandal but the first season was truly the best! The second season was very good. It is becoming stagnant! I understand it is about Olivia. How many seasons of Liv and Fitz chasing each other must we have? Add Jake and it is becoming silly. I love Jakes character, it is the plot that is Jake, Liv, and Fitz I tire of. Then was fun at first but I'm over it already! It's like get some new material please! This season ended with her mother being freed yet again, Fitz giving up on Millie yet again, and Fitz and Liv trying again, yet again.. It didn't leave me looking forward to next season because I feel like I know what's going to happen already.. Cuz I've watched the last 4 years..
  • May 15, 2015
    This is getting tiresome.
  • May 10, 2015
    It's funny that this girl 'Olivia Pope' plays so dirty in Washington yet can still relax at home with an unlocked door, wine and a bowl of popcorn. I still love it tho.
  • Apr 18, 2015
    The only reason I do not give this show 5 stars exactly is simply because at times Scandal assumes the average viewer perhaps doesn't think outside the box. For example, so many episodes leading up to the discovery of B613 make it seem so hidden, powerful, and complex. Yet, once it is discovered, and we know who 'Command' is, all of a sudden we peak into its world, and find they are dealing w/ petty matters, and the same individuals are shown repeatedly engaging in operations. Suddenly B613 doesn't seem so hidden and all-powerful. Also, at times I personally got tired of Oliva's affair w/ the president & sometimes frustrated because it seemed like the president had nothing better to do but be 'in love w/ Oliva.' Perhaps that's really how it is, but I doubt it. However, overall I am addicted to the show and find it suspenseful and always want to know what happens next. I would recommend this show to anyone!

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