"Where in the world is Olivia Pope?" the title cards of this agonizingly short first look at the fourth season of "Scandal" asks.
Yes, the infamous Olivia (Kerry Washington) jetted off to parts unknown in the season three closer with Jake (Scott Foley) in tow (#teamjake, for the record). Unfortunately, those parts remain mostly unknown.
We see a stonefaced Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) dialing the phone and the ringtone echoing through the halls of Olivia's apartment and the apparently shuttered Pope and Associates offices. No burner phone can save you this time, Mr. President.
All we know is Olivia is on a beach somewhere, drinking terribly seasonally-inappropriate (or at least geographically-inappropriate) red wine. That's literally all we know: girlfriend is wearing sunglasses and drinking red wine. We assume she's also wearing a flawless white one-piece, because Olivia even looks conspicuously fabulous even while going incognito, but Shonda Rhimes loves making us suffer and only gave us the briefest of 30 second glimpses. Guhhhhh.
"Scandal" returns September 25 at 9 p.m. with a season premiere entitled "Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia." ABC summarizes the episode thusly:
"Nearly two months after Olivia and Jake boarded a private jet to stand in the sun together, everything has changed. With another four years in the White House, Fitz and Cyrus are doing everything they can to make a positive impact on the nation. Meanwhile, Mellie struggles to cope with the loss of her son and the gladiators feel the impact of Olivia's absence."
Silent screaming. Can't wait. Won't wait. Have to wait.