Scandal Round Table: Who is Ian?

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We might have seen the face of Olivia's captors on Scandal's midseason premiere, but their motives are anything but clear. At the end of the episode, Olivia seemed resigned to her time in that makeshift mosque.

What did the TV Fanatic Round Table panel think of "Run"? We're glad you asked. Join Jim Garner, Christine Orlando, Carla Day and Miranda Wicker as we discuss all this and more.

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Favorite quote or scene from Scandal Season 4 Episode 10?

Jim: I liked the montage as Olivia was running that end with "we have to be twice as good". Sadly dropping the gun after shooting one of the bad guys doesn't fall into the category of "twice as good". 

Christine: Oh my God! Jim I was thinking the same thing. Why didn't she have the gun? Why wasn't she shooting Ian? So disappointing! But as for my favorite quote, definitely Abby telling Liv, "You are the only gladiator in the place. You are all you've got. You have to rescue yourself." She needed to be reminded of that, even if it was from her own subconscious.

Carla: It's really more than one scene but a progression of Olivia's experience through the bathroom scenes. Her shift from using toilet paper to cover the seat to not caring. The most suspenseful moment was when she tried to get the window open. I was on the edge of my seat in fear for her. That evolved into her crushing breakdown when she found the window bricked over to her final escape attempt. The bathroom stuff was awesome.

Miranda: I enjoyed Olivia realizing that no one was coming to rescue her and if she wanted out, she had to do it herself. Too many supposed heroines on TV are always being rescued by other people, usually men. The only thing that would've made this better is if she'd actually been able to escape on her own merit, and maybe she still will.

How not-handled is this situation on a scale of 1-10?

Jim: Easily an 11, maybe a 12. When you start having dreams inside your fantasies, things are not handled at all. 

Christine: Oy. I'm with Jim. Nothing about this is handled. It's a god awful mess inside and I'm not sure if it's been designed to break Olivia or start a war. 

Carla: There's nothing handled. She's made it through phase 1 and now it will be up to those who care about her to step up.

Miranda: Oh yeah, this one goes all the way to 11. This is so very not handled.

Were you shocked at where Olivia was being held?

Jim: Not really, I actually thought her father set the whole thing up to show her how much she needs him. 

Christine: I was. I didn't see that coming at all. I think I was just as disoriented as Olivia when she came through that door and saw the giant screen. 

Carla: No. While Kerry Washington's performance was award-worthy, the writing of this episode was lacking in parts. Sorry, Shonda. The flow of the episode with flashbacks, visions, dreams, timing were all great. The problem was neither of the two "twists" were surprising at all. The kidnapper posing as a prisoner ... obvious. The location not as it seemed ... again not a surprise.

Miranda: I was. If Andrew and Liz want a war, it seems like taking Olivia to the country they want to go to war with made sense. Holding her right under their noses? Evil. Genius.

Who is Ian?

Jim: That jerk that kidnapped Olivia and murdered her neighbor... Beyond that, I've got nothing. 

Christine: Who knows? A man who wants to start a war and somehow knew that Olivia Pope was the tool he needed to do it. That means he knows someone who is close enough to Liv to know about her relationship with Fitz. 

Carla: No idea. The who and why of Olivia's abduction remain a big mystery.

Miranda: I wouldn't be surprised if he's one of Rowan's former people and his being used to do this job will somehow bring Rowan back. Rowan isn't involved in Olivia's abduction, but a former B613 man is. Of course Rowan will be the one who has to bring him down.

What was your favorite part of the dream sequence?

Jim: Fitz being Mayor and Olivia making jam. Talk about fantasies! 

Christine: The White Hat Jam in the fridge. So funny. 

Carla: Vermont was awesome, including everything about it. House, jam, mayor. I also liked that despite their differences it was Abby that talked sense into Olivia. Though, why was Tom there? Is that a hint of what's to come and who's behind everything?

Miranda: Jake scooping her up out of the cell, of course. (I think Tom was there because he was another man in her life who spoke about saving her and why it is that the men in her life can't help but love her.)

How many episodes before Liv is rescued?

Jim: Too many! After an hour of her trembling and muttering I'm already tired of this storyline. Gawd I hope they don't drag this out. 

Christine: I'm with Jim on this one. I was disappointed that no one else was really in this episode. I wanted to see how Jake was scrambling to find her. Just watching Liv in her cell served a purpose but I don't want to stay there long.

Carla: *** SPOILER ALERT *** I spoke to Darby Stanchfield and Scott Foley and both implied her abduction is addressed in the first three episodes and then they deal with the ramification of it.

Miranda: Three seems about the limit for any major storyline like this one. We either get a slow build up to it or many episodes of the fallout afterward. Sounds like we're getting the latter in this case.

And here is your first look ahead to Scandal Season 4 Episode 11:

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Scandal Season 4 Episode 10 Quotes

I only negotiate with people who have the power to say yes or no. You don’t have that. You're not in charge. No one in this ambulance is in charge. The guy back at the apartment who had his hand on my mouth, he is in charge. He never said a word, but you all looked at him every time you spoke. You were checking for approval. He was in charge. He says yes or no. So me begging and bargaining here with you is a waste of my breath and you can't kill me unless he says you can. So no I don't have a death wish because he’s not here to be afraid of.

Olivia

Olivia: Ian I know everything looks really bad right now and you don't know me, but I'm gonna tell you something and I need you to believe me. I'm gonna save us. Ok? Ok. Say it.
Ian: You're going to save us.
Olivia: Yes I'm going to save.
Ian: How?
Olivia: I'm Olivia Pope.