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Blackmail and Extortion

'Scandal' finale recap, 'You Can't Take Command'

'Scandal' finale recap, 'You Can't Take Command'

A part of me can’t believe that season four of “Scandal” has really ended. It had its highs (“The Lawn Chair,” Olivia’s subsequent takedown of the police chief in “I’m Just a Bill,” Susan Ross) and its lows (Olivia’s kidnapping), but it still feels like it flew by. The good news is that this finale actually gave us a bit of closure. The bad news is that it comes at the expense of some of the show’s better characters. Mellie’s busy schmoozing with Rowan, who is posing as Damascus Bainbridge (because yeah, that totally sounds like a real name), a very rich donor supporting Mellie’s Senate campaign. And how...