TV Club: Scandal: “The Lawn Chair”

Episodic television reviewing is all art and no science. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve changed my mind about something I’ve watched, I could underwrite the wine insurance policies on Olivia Pope’s white wool coats. I base what I write on first impression. This is important because television junkies tend to overestimate the frequency with which other people rewatch episodes. An episode gets one shot for a typical television viewer, so I watch once and fire off my impression of it to ensure I’m neither overpraising nor being overly critical based on a close reading most people will never do. I watched “The Lawn Chair” one time. I have no idea what grade to put on it. I even tested out a new technique I’d never employed. I plugged each letter into the box to see how they felt and none was …

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