#Scandal Scoop for Season 4

YAHOO TV: Kerry Washington Reveals What’s in Olivia Pope’s Purse, Her Style and Beauty Must-Haves

Asked what could be found in her handbag, Washington told Us that you can often find “my iPhone, a lip color and a bottle of water.” But in Olivia Pope’s purple purse, Mrs. Nnamdi Asomugha revealed: “In Olivia’s bag are very similar things: phone for sure. Wallet. I bet she has mints in her bag. I feel like Olivia’s a mint person,” she quipped.

She also had a note for Scandal fans desperately awaiting the season 4 premiere. “You will find out where Olivia went, and it’s really great and very cool,” she promised. “What happens there is kind of shocking.”


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Viewers will discover in the season premiere where (and how) the pair spent the two months that have elapsed since they boarded that flight; until then, rest assured that the scenes being shot while we were on set were classic, whiplash-inducing Scandal. “The cool thing we can gather from being here,” Washington says, referring to her top-secret surroundings, “is what we’re doing feels very old-school. The people in the room are not who you expect them to be, but we’re getting back to the show’s core.”

“Olivia getting on a plane with Jake was like, ‘Just put a bullet in my head already!'” Goldwyn says with a laugh. “It was a great story move from Shonda, but personally, I don’t respect Olivia’s decision. She ran away again, and he’d just lost his son!”

Even so, Rhimes stands by her creative choice. “We were telling a very specific story,” she says, “that had to culminate in both Liv and Fitz breaking down to some extent.”

All the better to build them back up again this season. “The finale wiped the slate clean,” Rhimes says. “One thing I wanted was for Season 4 to not be as dark. I remember Kerry saying, ‘What am I thinking in that moment on the plane?’ And I said, ‘That is your first step in your journey back toward something more positive, toward being your old self.'”


What she found upon reading the first script left her “pretty floored,” Washington says. “Not even Olivia Pope can make choices without there being consequences.”

Indeed, the fixer extraordinaire’s exit will impact every major Scandal character, starting with Jake, who Foley hints didn’t find complete fulfillment with Liv. “He’s always been bound by this protect-the-Republic responsibility,” says the actor, “and that’s still there. He believes the people in power are not doing it right and that he knows what’s best.”

“The family has been irreparably damaged,” Rhimes says. “And whether or not they get back together is an interesting question.”

The same could be said of Liv and Fitz. Still grieving for his son — and still rocked by the bombshell that Mellie was raped by his father — the commander in chief has “a take-no-prisoners attitude,” Goldwyn reveals. “He has to counterbalance all that darkness with some meaning, so in a way it’s made him more determined than ever to make a difference as president.”

“Mary McCormack(In Plain Sight) and Josh Randall (Ed) pop up as a couple in the Oct. 2 ­episode, which Young calls “world-class. You’ll be laughing your heart out, crying your heart out.”