SCANDAL US SEASON 4: THE WHITE HOUSE IS ON FIRE
By Bliss Ndapasowa
Drama, sex scandals and controversy rules America’s white house as Scandal Season 4 returns to our screens this summer.
The American television drama series is a gripping ABC production show created by Greys Anatomy’s Shonda Rhimes, assisted by Mark Wilding and Besty Beers.
Season 4 continues to trace the life of an accomplished Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her crisis management firm Olivia Pope and Associates (OPA) together with the drama of the white house and the super-secret spy agency B613.
The season kicks off with Olivia’s return to Washington DC from a two month long vacation on an island off the coast of Zanzibar with Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) after learning the death of one of her close friends Harrison Wright (Columbus Short).
Upon return she discovers her disappearance had created a wedge between her friends and herself and tries to make things right. She also learns that her long time married boyfriend and president of the United States Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) was still hung up on the death of his son from the previous season.
Attempts to determine who murdered the president’s son steer this action packed ship so far as 9 out of 22 episodes have been aired up to date.
Jake Ballard finds himself locked up in a maximum security prison for this crime wwith Olivia trying to pull every string at her disposal to prove that Rowan Pope (Joe Morton), her father, was responsible for the misdemeanor.
This season highlights the lives of the series regulars as we witness Abby ( Darby Stanchfield) performing as Press secretary for the White House, Huck (Guillermo Diaz) building a relationship with his long lost son whilst white house Chief of
Staff Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) manages to get himself caught up in a gay sex scandal.
A Fresh powerful cast adds to the drama of this season as Elizabeth North (Portia de Rossi) conspires with the Vice President to diminish President Grant by stirring up war in West Angola.
More spectacles are expected to develop as Rowan Pope shuts down B613 and starts taking out former agents. Meanwhile Huck’s fatherly intentions are disrupted after his son witnesses him in killing mode and Olivia’s rocky relationships with both President Grant and her father.
Season 4’s premier, luring more than 11, 9 million viewers has been billed as a rebound for the rather messy previous season which introduced numerous non-recurring characters.
The season so far is proving to be an absorbing entertainment piece worth investing one’s time.