As any "Scandal" fan knows, whenever Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) isn't talking about White Hats or Standing In The Sun, she's telling people that "It's Handled." It can be a torrid affair, election fraud, murder -- no matter what the crime, Olivia Pope and Associates are game to Handle it.
However, as this fourth season goes on, we at MTV News have noticed that things are getting increasingly un-Handled. The show has largely moved away from its case-of-the-week format in favor of some heavily serialized stuff, and in the process, Liv's Handling it track-record has taken a major hit.
Still, the question remains -- is it really Handled? To truly determine this extremely important matter we went through each and every episode, consulting science to determine whether or not OPA Handled things that week. The overall results might shock you. Read on to find out just how handled things are:
Season 1, Episode 1: "Sweet Baby"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Not only did Sully St. James get acquitted, but he also came out to the world, in a clear advance for queer politics in the "Scandal" version of the U.S. military. Yay!
Season 1, Episode 2: "Dirty Little Secrets"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Sharon Marquette's client list did not get out, meaning D.C.'s finest would all live to see another day -- and solicit another prostitute.
Season 1, Episode 3: "Hell Hath No Fury"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Olivia convinced Sandra Harding to turn her son in for rape, firmly positioning that White Hat on her head.
Season 1, Episode 4: "Enemy of the State"
Was It Handled?: Yes. General Benicio Florez's wife and kids were able to leave him.
Season 1, Episode 5: "Crash and Burn"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Liv helped get the dead pilot's union off the hook.
Season 1, Episode 6: "The Trail"
Was It Handled?: No. This was a flashback episode, and it was nearly handled, but Amanda Tanner recording Fitz and Olivia having sex -- thus setting up the entire Season 1 disaster -- means this was all very un-Handled.
Season 1, Episode 7: "Grant: For the People"
Was It Handled?: Yes. The person who was responsible for Amanda Tanner's murder, Billy Chambers, lost his job -- but not his life -- while Quinn was let off the hook for Gideon, and Fitz got to keep his presidency.
Season 2, Episode 1: "White Hat's Off"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Olivia helped her client spin his sex tape into something positive, and Quinn was let off the hook for murdering seven people.
Season 2, Episode 2: "The Other Woman"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Reverend Drake's true cause of death remained a secret, and his wife and mistress even held hands at his funeral!
Season 2, Episode 3: "Hunting Season"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Artie was lying about his true intentions, but at least they helped tackle Thorngate.
Season 2, Episode 4: "Beltway Unbuckled"
Was It Handled?: Not really. They weren't able to get the killer's diplomatic immunity taken away, so Huck killed him.
Season 2, Episode 5: "All Roads Lead to Fitz"
Was It Handled?: Not really. Olivia's client stayed out of jail, but she also realized that he was guilty of premeditated murder and was powerless to stop him due to attorney client privilege.
Season 2, Episode 6: "Spies Like Us"
Was It Handled?: Yes. The B-613 information was not leaked.
Season 2, Episode 7: "Defiance"
Was It Handled?: No. Harrison "handled" the case of Harold Pierce, Sr. and his mini-meltdown, but Olivia's overall handling of Defiance truly fell apart when James discovered the voting machine. Also, Fitz got shot. Nothing was Handled, here.
Season 2, Episode 8: "Happy Birthday, Mr. President"
Was It Handled?: No. Sally got the votes she needed to become acting president after the shooting, despite Olivia (and Mellie's) attempts
Season 2, Episode 9: "Blown Away"
Was It Handled?: No. Huck was arrested for shooting Fitz.
Season 2, Episode 10: "One For the Dog"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Huck is let off the hook, and the real shooter was arrested.
Season 2, Episode 11: "A Criminal, A Whore, An Idiot, And a Liar"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Fitz's post-shooting return to public life is successful.
Season 2, Episode 12: "Truth or Consequences"
Was It Handled?: No. Hollis Doyle was released from holding after it was revealed that he was not guilty of ordering the hit on Fitz. (He was, however, guilty of rigging the election.)
Season 2, Episode 13: "Nobody Likes Babies"
Was It Handled?: No. Fitz killed Verna after he found out about the conspiracy, then returned to Mellie.
Season 2, Episode 14: "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"
Was It Handled?: No. Olivia has sex with Fitz and David is accused of murdering a woman named Wendy.
Season 2, Episode 15: "Boom Goes the Dynamite"
Was It Handled?: Sort of. Olivia helped Will probably get elected and kept his affair a secret, but we don't know if she was actually able to convince him to end it.
Season 2, Episode 16: "Top of the Hour"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Though Sarah's home life is ruined, she's able to keep her job.
Season 2, Episode 17: "Snake in the Garden"
Was It Handled?: No way. They misidentified Director Osborne as the mole, and he killed himself. Also, Olivia was not able to fix Hollis Dolye's terrible daughter problem.
Season 2, Episode 18: "Molly, You in Danger, Girl"
Was It Handled?: No. The mysterious Mole killed Molly, and had someone beat the crap out of Huck.
Season 2, Episode 19 "Seven Fifty-Two"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Olivia helps Huck get out of his "752" post-torture trance.
Season 2, Episode 20: "A Woman Scorned"
Was It Handled?: No. Mellie reveals the affair to the public, and the Mole's identity is still a mystery.
Season 2, Episode 21: "Any Questions?"
Was It Handled?: No. Olivia loses the Cytron card to the Mole.
Season 2, Episode 22: "White Hat's Back On"
Was It Handled?: Yes. David Rosen helped the gang out Billy Chambers as the Mole and Defiance remained safe. (However, Olivia's affair was released to the general public.)
Season 3, Episode 1: "It's Handled"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Olivia's name is cleared as Fitz's mistress.
Season 3, Episode 2: "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Jeannine Locke took Mellie's bribe and became Fitz's official fake mistress, allowing Jake to be set free by Rowan Pope.
Season 3, Episode 3: "Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington"
Was It Handled?: No. It's not Olivia's fault, but she's unable to release the info the proves that Chris Lawrence was NOT a terrorist recruiter but an undercover agent, and his mother blows herself up in a state of agony. Rough.
Season 3, Episode 4: "Say Hello to My Little Friend"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Senator Meyers was freed from his murder charges, but only because his wife did it. (Shh.)
Season 3, Episode 5: "More Cattle, Less Bull"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Olivia helped Congresswoman Marcus break the truth about her secret daughter. Marcus fired her at first due to the emotional upset, but eventually offered Liv her job back.
Season 3, Episode 6: "Icarus"
Was It Handled?: No. Olivia still knew nothing about Remington by the end of the night, and her gig with Marcus was on thin ice after she made a fake attack ad as motivation.
Season 3, Episode 7: "Everything's Coming Up Mellie"
Was It Handled?: Nope. B-613 take out a major lead in the Remington investigation before Jake can get to him, and they use Quinn to do it. So basically, Olivia has lost all control of Quinn at this point.
Season 3, Episode 8: "Vermont is for Lovers, Too"
Was It Handled?: No way. Quinn murdered someone, Marcus dropped out of the race when she refused to (rightfully) fire her daughter, and Liv slept with Fitz. Nothing was remotely handled, here.
Season 3, Episode 9: "YOLO"
Was It Handled?: No. Olivia lost Quinn to B-613, Huck to madness -- he removed Quinn's teeth -- and realized her mother was a terrorist moments after she took off on a flight to Hong Kong. Not handled.
Season 3, Episode 10: "A Door Marked Exit"
Was It Handled?: No. Olivia's mass-murderer mother killed a whole lot more innocent people, and Olivia still had no clue where she was by the end of the episode. Also, the cover-up for the murder of Daniel Douglas was spiraling out of control.
Season 3, Episode 11: "Ride, Sally, Ride"
Was It Handled?: No. Olivia is too caught up in the campaign to realize all of the things going on with her Gladiators, including Harrison's shady terrorist girlfriend, and Quinn's B-613 actions.
Season 3, Episode 12: "We Do Not Touch the First Ladies"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Olivia kills the story about "Andrew's" Oxy use from the Santa Barbara days. (But she still has no hold over Quinn, and her mother is on the loose.)
Season 3, Episode 13: "No Sun on the Horizon"
Was It Handled?: No. Olivia manages to help publicly conceal the true nature of Daniel's murder, but she can't stop Jake from murdering everybody (minus David, as we find out next week) who knew about Sally's crime.
Season 3, Episode 14: "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"
Was It Handled?: Yes. As horrible as it is, Olivia successfully covers up James' murder for the larger goal of hurting B-613.
Season 3, Episode 15: "Mama Said Knock You Out"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Liv helps the First Family work out their issues and conduct a successful nationally televised interview.
Season 3, Episode 16: "The Fluffer"
Was It Handled?: Uh, no. Mama Pope has a bomb and will apparently kill the president. The episode ends with Jake holding a gun to Olivia's head. So not handled.
Season 3, Episode 17: "Flesh and Blood"
Was It Handled?: No. There's literally a ticking time-bomb.
Season 3, Episode 18: "The Price of Free and Fair Elections"
Was It Handled?: No. Jerry died, Rowan was to blame, Olivia thought her mother did it, and she left town rather than "handle" her issues.
Season 4, Episode 1: "Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Olivia took on Kate as a client in the end, and let's just assume she handled it. She's had too many losses lately.
Season 4, Episode 2: "The State of the Union"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Olivia helps the bickering gun control couple do their big interview.
Season 4, Episode 3: "Inside the Bubble"
Was It Handled?: No. Olivia's friend Catherine was arrested for her daughter's murder. She's innocent.
Season 4, Episode 4: "Like Father, Like Daughter"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Olivia stops the "Eiffel Tower Incident" from getting out. Phew.
Season 4, Episode 5: "The Key"
Was It Handled?: No. Another girl was killed, and Jake was still in Fitz's custody.
Season 4, Episode 6: "An Innocent Man"
Was It Handled?: No. David "Out-Poped" Olivia when she was manipulated into taking on a presidential shooter's case, and the file two girls were murdered for was revealed to contain photos of Olivia. Hmm.
Season 4, Episode 7: "Baby Made a Mess"
Was It Handled?: Yes. Olivia pulled a total Daddy Pope move and got Tom to confess that Rowan was behind Jerry's murder. Win.
Season 4, Episode 8: "The Last Supper"
Was It Handled?: Hellllll no. Rowan killed the crap out of everybody and got away.
Season 4, Episode 9: "Where the Sun Don't Shine"
Was It Handled?: No. Olivia got kidnapped, possibly so the Veep could start a war with West Angola. That's not handled.
Total Number Of Episodes: 56
Times It Was Handled: 27
Times It Was NOT Handled: 29
Basically, it's 51.78571428571429% NOT handled. Nice work, Pope and Associates!