I have never heard Fitz call Olivia stupid, ignorant, naive, or dumb. I have never witnessed him systematically try to undermine her confidence in herself or her sense of self. In fact, he does just the opposite, even when he is upset with her his words indicate that he thinks she is all that and a bag of chips and that his anger at her is a result of the fact that he holds her in such high esteem. I think terms like verbally and emotionally abusive are thrown around by people to express their dislike for certain behavior. I don’t understand why people feel the need to go to the extreme when defining behavior they don’t like. Maybe it’s because they think it’s more persuasive? Well, it isn’t, unless you’re dealing with people who don’t know anything about abuse. I would say that Big Jerry, Mellie, Papa Pope, and Cyrus are the emotionally abusive characters in this series. Both Big Jerry and Mellie systematically undermine Fitz’s confidence in himself, either by claiming that he is nothing or by taking credit for his success. Papa Pope systematically belittles Olivia for her choices and for her beliefs. He treats her like a child when she is an adult. Cyrus was emotionally abusive toward James. He constantly belittled him.
—  Lauriolpla on emotional/verbal abuse within “Scandal” (via lauriolpla )

It doesn’t matter what anyone does because it will have absolutely no bearing on events after the commercial break. The characters are chameleons designed simply to fit into the feverish landscape of Scandal’s non-stop thrill-o-coaster plot lines. Olivia is both a nun and sexually adventurous. Fitz is both desperately in love and coldly ambitious. Jake is both an abusive creeper and an uncomplicated romantic romp.

The goal is not to tell coherent stories with engaging characters, but simply to spin fast-moving yarns that can be marketed as #NoOneSawThatComing, because, after all, who could predict what sociopaths in the writer’s room will do next with their puppets.

—  Geejayeff spitting that real about “Scandal.”

"Kiss her real slow. And get down and blow her mind. Gotta take ya time."

So I was listening to Mary J. Blige & Beyoncè : Love A Woman. And those lyrics just painted numerous Olitz images in my head instantly! TFG knows how to love a woman! This is evident!

Thought I’d share in honor of Tony Tuesday. :-)
* thanx to the owner of this gif


Made these last night, some of my favorite quotes from scandal I can’t wait until tonight’s episode! There’s so many spoilers out:)

Mellie is the showrunner’s pet and the showrunner wants her to replace Olivia as the lead of Scandal. Unfortunately, Mellie’s relevance to Scandal begins and ends with Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III. Fitz must be the president and she must be married to him or there is no place for her. She’s not going to join OPA or B6-13. We know it, her fans know it, and Bellamy and that pig Shonda know it. That’s why Bellamy is so desperate for Fitz to be in love with Mellie and why Shonda refuses to split them up. If there was a way to make Mellie relevant without Fitz, it would have been done already. Between her and Shonda’s other pet Jake, Scandal will remain permanently stagnant.
—  Hangingoutintheicu spitting that real.
I’ve questioned Shonda’s decisions in the editing room ever since she edited out the (IMHO) extremely pivotal scene in 2.14 following the server closet sex encounter with Fitz and Olivia…the moment when, after he’d been bitterly cruel to her in the hallway afterward, he turned back to look at her with tears in his eyes. Shonda has a rare gift in Tony Goldwyn, who has the extraordinary ability to be more expressive silent than most actors do with words. Just the way he slowed down and the way his body shifted position said so much about what he was feeling in that moment, even before we could see his face and the tears in his eyes. We knew what Olivia was feeling because we could see her face, but all we knew of Fitz’s feelings before he turned around was being told in how his body was positioned. Not many actors can pull so much off with just their physicality and facial expressions. For me, it’s not just that Shonda seems determined to thwart and kill a most compelling storyline…it’s that she seems completely unaware and unconcerned with the gifts and talents she has at her disposal (far surpassing those she has had on any of her other shows), and she seems incapable of allows the actors to use them to their - and her - fullest benefit. Moreover, she seems unwilling to allow Fitz to have any interior life whatsoever. When Fitz was vilified for his treatment of Olivia in that hallway, I did not use this scene to defend him, but rather to offer additional insight into the pain of the moment for BOTH of them. However most viewers never knew this scene had been filmed, and thus never had this additional insight. As a aspiring writer and artist myself, simply I do not understand choices that limit or restrict the interior life of a character. I just do not.
—  Iknowwhythesongbirdsings on Shonda Rhimes and “Scandal.”

"Emotional abuse" is a convenient phrase to paint a character you hate as some huge bully beating down on someone innocent and defenseless but you can’t call them "abusive" because they’ve never actually raised their hand to their so-called victim. There’s nothing obvious or quantifiable like physical or sexual abuse, so a harsh word from your hated character is "abuse" while equally harsh words to that character is simply them "being told the truth" or "getting read". Fitz has never hit, only been hit by his "victims", therefore to his haters, he’s an emotional abuser.

(I’m not saying that emotional abuse doesn’t exist, of course it does. It’s just that in fandom the accusation is overused — abused, if you will — and you have comments like “shut up” or “you suck” being termed as “emotional abuse”.)

—  Hangingoutintheicu dropping knowledge (via hangingoutintheicu )