Hey Shonda (And The Other Writers): Harrison…Remember Him?
Gladiators, can we have a moment to talk, please?
Do the writers think that because so many other things have been going on with the show we have forgotten than Harrison Wright’s (played by Columbus Short) personal life and past has been virtually ignored? That’s not what’s happening, is it?
I thought that since we are in the midst of a three week Scandal hiatus (that hate mail goes to ABC, not to Shonda Rhimes or ShondaLand), it would be a good time to discuss a very important matter.
Back in February, The Hollywood Reporter did an interview with Rhimes and they asked her what was going on with his character. Her response was:
I consider Harrison to be the gun on the wall that we haven’t fired on purpose. The story of Harrison and his past — he used to work for Adnan Salif and then he went to jail — that thing that’s going to unfold, that’s a giant story that we want to unpack when it suits us most. We’ve been holding onto it. We will be getting glimpses and hints as to what’s to come.
Two weeks later, I tweeted him right before the first three week hiatus this year asking if Harrison would get a storyline this season and he told me, “It’s coming.” Now, what he said to me isn’t as important as what Shonda said but I wanted to point it out anyway just in case any of you thought you had an e-chance with him. You don’t, we go together as of February 21st. I thought I’d put that out there now.
Back to Shonda’s answer. I get that Shonda and the writing team don’t work in a way that’s best conducive to us as viewers. If you do that, you’ll never satisfy everyone and probably hate the show as the creators/writers. So, I do get it. However, that interview was posted in early February so where are the glimpses and hints? I don’t think we’ve missed anything; all Harrison has been doing is working, working, working.
We’ve only seen him in the office asking Olivia what she wants him to do, almost like a right hand man. When he’s not doing that, he’s busy reminding Abby and Quinn that they’re “gladiators” and sometimes, questions don’t need to be asked. Wait. Is the latter a clue? I guess it could be but no one there really asks questions (besides Quinn) so that can’t be it. It’s fine to be Olivia’s right hand or be the “cheerleader” when the team is starting to question why they’re still involved in the company. But it’s not fine to be just that when there’s clearly more to him than that and the ability to be a lady charmer when necessary. I’m just really lost about this whole thing.
The reality is that there will only be four episodes left in season two when Scandal returns on April 25th. Yes, four episodes is more than enough time for a Harrison storyline to unfold but is that going to happen? Look at what he’s up against: (1) Huck and Quinn looking like they might have a late night hook up; (2) David, Abby and their unresolved issues in their love affair and; (3) we don’t know who the hell Jake is and why he’s been stalking Olivia. The last one alone is likely going to take up most of the episodes since Olivia is the main character.
This is not looking good. I mean, a fine and smart brother like that is getting no shine in Washington, D.C.? Chocolate City? Am I the only one who thought he was going to get with the black woman who was an executive at the company on the March 21st episode (the one where the woman had the affair with the Supreme Court Justice candidate)? They let that one go too.
Let’s be clear: I’m still here for Scandal. It’s a smart show with a super fly lead character. I just want to know when the brother will get some love – or hell, some hate.
What do you say? Do you think we’ll get any insight on Harrison’s background when the show comes back? What would you like to see happen with him?