Two seasons into Scandal and the only person that still feels as mysterious as Olivia Pope is Harrison, the Gooning Gladiator in Gingham. Actually, I feel like we know him even less than we know Liv. We know nothing about his background, his hobbies, his home, and all that. At least we know Liv loves wine, white and wide-leg pants. All we know about Harrison is that he loves gingham and suspenders.
Also, Harrison is the only main character who hasn’t been linked to anyone romantically. WHY CAN’T HARRISON’S SEGZY SELF GET SOME?!? Although I might be jealous when I finally see him with someone because CoYUMbus is my boo.
I mentioned it in my season 2 finale recap and I think Harrison’s being called Brolivia Pope is more than just a nickname.
We were calling him Brolivia Pope because he’s so protective of her and besides Huck, he’s the other Gladiator who is blindly loyal to her. No questions asked.
Harrison will follow Liv to the ends of the Earth and fly off a cliff if she asks him to without a second thought. And there are times when this even confuses Liv. He is SO passionate about being a Gladiator and at first, I was wondering what she did to earn it. Besides the fact that she got his insider trading case dropped. He be so ready to GOON for her at any moment.
Methinks Harrison is REALLY Olivia’s brother, and his fierce loyalty to her is a product of that. And what had me thinking this was that in the season 2 finale episode, Harrison was pretty lowkey, and the times we saw him, he wasn’t in gingham! Like WHAAAA?!? And THAT felt so glaring. The last time we saw him in a solid color shirt was in episode 2 or 3 of season 1.
And then when Liv gets pulled into the limo, saw Rowan and said “Dad?” I was like AW SHIT! Could it be?
Stay with my random logic here. But what if the reason Harrison wasn’t in gingham was because he felt that he failed as a gladiator? Because the episode before, he read Liv for filth and told her SHE should be their client because of her torrid affair with the President of the United States. He hit her with the “you’re the problem!” line and when liv was NOT hearing it, he felt the only way he could protect her was to go higher up. To the only person who could handle this. ROWAN, the phantom goon.
How would Harrison know about Rowan? IF HE WAS HIS SON!
ANDDDD… the last scene we saw with Harrison in season 2, he was looking all shifty-eyed and not like his usual cocky self. I think he was just ashamed because he knew what he did was necessary but still a betrayal to Liv, whose love for Fitz was gon shake EVERY table. And he couldn’t rock his gingham with pride.
Now here’s the other kicker I’ma throw in: Liv doesn’t know Harrison is her brother. OOOOOOOOO!!! Because seems to me that once Rowan chose B613 over his original family and they lost touch, he could easily have gone to procreate somewhere else. So it’s possible, right?
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want every Black person on Scandal to be related, which is why I initially dismissed the thought that Rowan would be Olivia’s dad but wouldn’t this be a good twist?
I even wrote a short piece in the September issue of Essence Magazine about it (on page 74).
You can go pick it up on newsstands now! *hits my dougie*
Chile, I don’t know if I’m off and doing too much but consider it. And you know BET’s Scandal marathon continues tomorrow (Saturday, August 17) from 8am-10pm EST. They’ll finish airing the complete second season on Wednesday, August 21 at 9pm EST. That’s when they will show the last two episodes. Which means you can watch and try to pick up some clues that might prove me wrong or right. And when you tweet those eps, use the #ScandalBET hashtag.
I’ma be watching to see every move Harrison makes in every scene (because I really do have a Scandal problem).
We gon see though. I know Shonda and her people are hella unpredictable so I might be more wrong than some of Harrison’s gingham shirt and paisley tie combinations. We shall see. I’m looking forward to learning more about Harrison in season 3.
So what do my fellow Gladiators think of my theory? Is it possible or nah? Gladiators ROAR (in the comments)!
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by BET but the opinions expressed are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of BET (aka don’t get it twisted. This post was ALL ME, SON. You know I love me some Scandal)!