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Olivia Pope takes on Ferguson-esque case in latest 'Scandal' episode
Olivia Pope takes on Ferguson-esque case in latest 'Scandal'
Olivia Pope requires on Ferguson-esque case in hottest 'Scandal' episode
Tensions run large in the newest episode of Scandal, aptly titled "The Lawn Chair."
By focusing on the shooting of a black teen by a white officer, creator Shonda Rhimes has packed in
all the latest Ferguson-esque headlines into an episode that wants to say a little something. But can
Olivia fix racism and prevent a riot all in the same episode?
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At the get started of the hour, Liv reassures a concerned Jake in excess of the cellphone that she's
"Okay." Unsatisfied with her reply, he pushes for her to talk to someone, but she tells him that she's
not ready to do any talking just but. She's also hectic resting in bed, she says, but which is not
It didn't get Liv long right after practically getting auctioned off to God-is aware of-who to get her
white hat back on and arrive at the scene of yet another crime. Brandon Parker, a black teenage boy,
has been shot by a white police officer significantly less than two miles from the White Household.
Contact me an optimist but I think this episode of Scandal will reinvigorate the Ferguson discussion
on social media.
-- Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) March six, 2015
Just as Olivia arrives to aid manage the situation, it escalates. The boy's father walks into the crime
scene with a shot gun and refuses to move.
He's a desperate man who has just misplaced every little thing, but also not naive about his personal
fate: He'll both end up in a morgue or behind bars. But it's justice he's soon after.
And if that was not ample, an activist named Marcus gets concerned too. He is a man from the
neighborhood and brings a lawn chair for the father to sit in prior to leading the chanting.
Timely episode give the DOJ findings from #Ferguson. #Scandal
-- Keysmash Site (@keysmashblog) March 6, 2015
Marcus also accuses Olivia of not getting a single of "them" -- for the reason that she wears a fancy
purse, will work to defend the picture of the cops, and assisted get a white Republican president into
the White Property, twice.
As the crowds kind, Olivia struggles to ascertain the reality, handle an increasingly anxious police
force, and stay away from a riot.
Following some persistence, Olivia lastly convinces David Rosen to supply a subpoena for footage
from the incident, and the video appears to verify the police officer's statement that Brandon was
reaching for some thing inside his jacket prior to becoming shot.
A knife is, indeed, identified on his jacket, but the boy's father screams in agony, "He doesn't carry a
#scandal did a amount on me... Currently being from saint Louis and investing misplaced of time in
ferguson I'm just...at a loss for words
-- D-Luv (@Pr3ttySaddity) March six, 2015
The evidence seems to recommend otherwise.
Not so quick, although -- somehow, via spotting a shadowy figure in the back of the officer's car,
OPA is able to establish that the knife was really proof from a past arrest and did not belong to
Brandon. In reality, he was merely reaching for a receipt.
As Liv confronts the policeman at the station, he lashes out: "What the hell is it with you individuals?
Yeah, you individuals," he screams, "You individuals have no thought what loyalty is, what respect is.
You are here mainly because you have been supposed to help us, and rather you invest every single
second of it striving to tear me down and push your very own damn agenda."
"You individuals..." #Scandal pic.twitter.com/b2bRD4kOVj
-- MyMy (@MyLyndaS) March 6, 2015
He goes on to rant about how he goes out every day and dangers his existence to shield "them," and
that it can be essentially the black neighborhood that has failed Brandon. They've raised him not to
have no respect for authority, he says.
In all, the episode fell a bit quick.
It could have been a complex exploration of the quite actual tensions we're facing, but instead it was
emotionally manipulative and simplistic. The police force was vilified and served up on a platter in
the end. The cop was dirty and racist, the kid was innocent.
But the concern is substantially deeper than that.
Loved this episode of #scandal but dislike seeing ignorant remarks. Not all cops are poor and not all
minorities are criminals. Finish of story.
-- Izzy D. (@_izzy1) March six, 2015
We captured reactions on the faces of other officers in this scene. Simply because, as we all know,
every cop is not Jeffrey Newton. #Scandal
-- shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) March 6, 2015
Probably it is meant to be taken as wishful pondering, a fantasy of kinds -- a reflection of the despair
felt by black persons across the nation and the hope for change.
As the episode closes, the police officer is positioned behind bars, and Rosen (as a representative of
the Justice Department) helps make a major speech acknowledging the issue. And not only does the
father stay away from prosecution, he is actually brought to the White House and embraces the
President when tears roll out of from his eyes.
In the ultimate shot, Brandon's physique is finally lifted off from the streets and zipped into a entire
body bag, reminding us that no matter the politics, there is nevertheless a life misplaced.
The last image does me in. For the reason that he's just somebody's little one. That's all. He's
someone's little one. #BlackLivesMatter #Scandal
-- shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) March 6, 2015
In other information:
- Fitz is headhunting for a new Veep now that Andrew is a bit also vegetable-like. He would seem to
be taking Mellie critically, striving to uncover anyone who won't threaten her long term bid for
President. Cyrus doesn't look to be as optimistic about Mellie's odds. He's much more keen on a
younger, charismatic (and opportunistic) Latina governor of New Mexico. But Fitz blocks that
concept by leaking some intel to the press, and alternatively agreeing with Mellie's suggestion to
supply the position to newly-elected Sen. Susan Ross -- a rather goofy, rapid-speaking, seemingly-
type-hearted lady who is rapid to acknowledge that not only is she the worst individual for the
occupation, but that the task also kinda sucks, virtually as significantly as it will have to suck
becoming the President. Intriguing decision...
What did you think of Fitz's selection and the episode as a whole? Inform us in the remarks.
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