fitz in love with liv

I don’t understand where they think this damn speech was great at? We support sex shaming women now? I mean Joe is a great actor and he always delivers but this speech was trash and degrading 🙎🏽🤦🏽‍♀️💆🏽 ☝🏽see what we not gone do is sex shame Olivia and celebrate it esp when yal asses the one writing her like that! But I get it Rowan wanted to get under Fitz skin and he used Olivia to do it, deep down even Rowan knows Fitz is in love with Olivia and it’s deep, it’s not some fairy tale bs! He knew to get Fit to tick he has to take a jab at Liv the fact that she’s his daughter didn’t matter because he’s trash who would, will, and has thrown his daughter under the bus! Rowan can’t stand that Fitz and Liv are in love with each, I mean he even killed Jerry talking about “you took my child so I took yours.” But back to Olivia, How you go from telling her to be “twice as good” to calling her a whore in front of a room full of people? 😤😠 Fuck Rowan and anybody who liked that bs monologue

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Maya's return: damn, it feels good to be right. #Scandal .From jump (see poster analysis). You think transfer of power was gonna happen without a black woman? Lol 😆

While I wasn’t pushing the narrative that Maya was behind all this, I knew she had to come back into Liv’s life THIS season (“the balance of power is about to shift”).

DO NOT play yourself by thinking Maya did this to get Liv into the White House. It was to get her out. Maya is no patriot and knows the Republic is fucked up and refuses to aid in that system: “you think you’re family, but you’re nothing but the help” (Maya, #315). Haven’t we talked about how Mellie treats Liv that way? IF Mellie actually gets sworn in (dubious), do we really think that relationship will change, especially as Liv will be formally “serving at he pleasure of the president”? Girl, bye. Shonda been trying to show y'all the limitations of that place all along.

I still don’t trust Rowan and I don’t forgive him for so many fucked up things against Olivia. Nope.

Also right about Olivia being America (check S2 stuff). Rowan hating Fitz because Liv loves the very qualities her father doesn’t have (613). Quinn being groomed to take over OPA. About Marcus and Mellie. My baby Fitz and the whole Brandon Bill influence. Liv is gonna join forces with them to make an actual difference.

Ugh, let me stop talking. My head is spinning.

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The Ultimate Boyfriend Smackdown: Jake vs Fitz

[Warning: if you are a Fitz fan, move on from this post]

So let’s get down to it. Jake Ballard or Fitz Grant? Both are inherently flawed characters of course, but at the end of the day who is the best one for Olivia? Let’s do this in a way that’s fair to both of them– pro/con list.

Let’s start with Fitz. Well, to start off he’s married. CON. Yeah, even if he kicked Mellie out of the White House, it doesn’t change the fact that they are still married. HE IS A MARRIED MAN. Let’s just let that sink into everybody’s brains.

But of course, at the end of the day, I believe (in spite of being Team Jake) that he is Liv’s one true love. Pro.

Jake is an assassin. Con. That’s pretty much my biggest issue with him. He used to kill people for a living.

Though he uses these skills to fight for the greater good. Pro.

And for Olivia. Pro.

Because he truly loves her. Pro.

And did I mention that he’s single? Pro.

Fitz is a murderer too. Con. Remember that judge? Yeah he killed her. I just wanted to refresh your memory. So there. Also he shot down a plane full of innocent people. Con.

However he, like Jake would do anything to protect Olivia. Pro.

Because he loves her too. Pro.

Even unnecessarily declaring war on another country for her. Con.

I mentioned earlier that Jake’s got mad skills. He could protect Olivia all on his own without the help of anyone. If they were locked in a room with 50 people wanting to kill Liv, he has the physical and mental ability to protect the both of them. Pro.

Fitz would probably use her as a shield. Con.

Because he’s pretty useless in that field. Con.

While we’re at it, Fitz is incredibly rude to Mellie…ALWAYS (even if she is annoying to people). He doesn’t treat her with an ounce of respect. Con.

He needs to have things go his way otherwise he’ll throw a tantrum. Con.

Fitz can’t let Liv go. As in literally. He holds on to her a lot even when she’s trying to get away from him. He forces himself on her a lot because he thinks it calms her down. Con.

Jake let Liv go. Pro.

He recognized that Liv was in love with Fitz even though he is seriously, seriously, head over heels in love with her. Pro.

He loves her so selflessly and all he wants is for her to be happy (even if her happiness means Fitz). Pro.

That’s real love. So it’s a double pro.

Fitz is totally selfish when it comes to Liv. Con.

He could never find it in his heart to let her go like that. Con.

But, after all these cons, we have to remember that he is the POTUS. So he is extremely powerful. Pro.

But you could still probably take him out with a barbie. Con.

Whereas Jake can survive 5283739 stab wounds. Pro.

Fitz is admittedly good looking. Pro.

Jake is REALLY good looking. Pro.

RESULTS
JAKE:
Pros - 12
Cons - 1

FITZ:
Pros - 5
Cons - 12

There you have it. The numbers tell you everything you need to know.

Winner of this boyfriend Smackdown battle: JAKE BALLARD!

Scandal Review, Episode 417, Put A Ring On It...


Guys, I loved this episode so much, even though it messed with all of my OTP fangirl feels.  

It was so good, and once again, we had a great episode that was made even greater by the absence of The Human Vibrator.  Next week seems to be all about him though, but we’ll tackle that later in predictions.


Anyway, let’s do this.


What I Hated

Cyrus’s wig.


Seriously guys, you couldn’t find a wig that at least looked like it belonged on his head?


What I Liked and Loved

1.  Olivia dreaming of her kidnapping interspersed with images of Fitz.


Ugh. Baby Girl is going through so much right now.


Did you all notice that her dreams had  a pattern to them? First we saw images of her kidnapping, specifically of her running towards the red door, running towards a perceived safety, then we saw when she first met Fitz, then back to the kidnapping and running, then back to her and Fitz in the Oval, then she dreamt of her throwing the ring at him, then she was running towards the red door, then other images of other key Olitz moments, including when Fitz ran out the clock for her, then lots of her running towards the red door, then throwing the ring at him.

I decided to slow-mo Liv’s  dream to see what order the images were coming in. Here’s what I got:


1.  When she first met Fitz (The Trail)
2.   Running towards the red door
3.   Her and Fitz making love in the Oval (Happy Birthday Mr President)
4.   Liv throwing the ring at Fitz
5.   Running towards the red door
6.   Fitz crying in her arms after his dad’s funeral (Episode 211)
7.   Ring throwing
8.   Running towards the door
9.   Fitz running out the clock with her (episode 220)
10. Running towards the red door
11. Them making love in the Oval
12.  Running towards the red door
13.  Throwing the ring
14.   Running towards the red door
15.   Throwing the ring
16.  Fitz crying in her arms after his dad died
17.  Fitz running out the clock with her
18.  Running towards the red door
19.  Throwing the ring
20.  Running towards the red door
21.  Throwing the ring
22.  Running towards the red door
23.  Throwing the ring
24.  Running towards the red door
25.  Throwing the ring
26.  Red door
27.  Throwing the ring
28.  Red door
29. Ring
30.  Red door



Now isn’t that interesting?  I found it fascinating that as the dream went on, the images that recurred the most were those of her trying to run to safety and her throwing the ring at Fitz. It was almost like she was equating the fact that she couldn’t reach the door, with her throwing the ring at him. I wish I could hear from the writers themselves about what the dream really symbolized.



2.   Olivia calling everybody but Jake to help with the Cyrus situation.


Yes, I’m petty, but that shit made me happy as fuck.


3.  Cyrus:  “I want that whore out of my house”



Cyrus about to give himself another heart attack.


4.   “Gentleman Johns


Great name for a gay bar.


5.   Cyrus:  "It sounds like a shotgun wedding"
Liv:        "It is, and you’re the pregnant bride"

Lol


6.   Cyrus:   “There hasn’t been a good time”
Liv:        "Of course not, it’s impossible to find time to do something that you don’t wanna do, funny how that works.“


There’s something quite delicious about this happening to Cyrus.  The person who never hesitates to make people do shit that they don’t want to do. I’m really happy that Liv called him out on his crap.  If anybody knows what it’s like to do something they don’t want to do, it’s Olivia Pope. Her entire relationship in one way or the other has been about doing the opposite of what she wants to do, in order to keep Fitz in the White House.


7.   Liv:  "We need the White House. There is no bigger stage, there is no bigger moment.”


I’m still puzzled as to why it wouldn’t have been a better option to simply call the wedding off, but I guess having a big splashy gay wedding at the White House would definitely change the conversation.


8.   Cyrus:  "We have bills to pass, we need the Teapartiers to pass them.  He has yet to publicly express his views on same sex marriage and he can’t rock the boat with Mellie’s senate campaign on the horizon. I can’t pile on and bother the president with my hooker problems.“


So Liv has to come up with a plan that doesn’t put Fitz in jeopardy, politically.


9.   Mellie: "A White House wedding? A gay Republican White House wedding?”

Olivia: “Hosted by the First Lady, and more importantly, the Republican candidate for senator of Virginia. Posting an historic White House wedding would be the perfect platform for a candidate who’s looking to transition from a social figurehead to someone who’s engaging at the forefront one of our most divisive issues of our time.  A leader, taking a bold step towards the right side of history. Breaking with her husband’s beliefs. Decisively. Unapologetically. Publicly. Never once considering asking the president’s permission, because this is something you feel.  In your heart. In your gut. Politics should never stand in the way of fundamental rights for an oppressed population of law-abiding Americans. That yours is the party of Lincoln, that love, is love. To be celebrated, never relegated or regulated.”



Man, Olivia played Mellie like a fiddle. She knows her so well. And she knows that Mellie’s ambition leaves little room for any kind of questioning or clarity of thought, when it comes to pushing up her presidential aspirations.
Bravo Liv!  This was such a great way of getting what she wanted without compromising Fitz.  She also didn’t do Mellie’s future potential run any harm. 

Did y'all peep that self-satisfied smile on Olivia’s face when Mellie was doing exactly what she asked her to do?



10.   Janet:  "I am Cyrus Beene and I would make a great controller


Oh man, I loved the flashbacks to Cyrus and his wife. She seemed like she was such a good person. Somebody who really loved him.


11.   Cyrus:  ”You know what, why don’t we get married?“


The fact that Cyrus didn’t have a ring prepared, and took his own ring off to propose to Janet tells you how spontaneous the whole marriage idea was. Especially as they’d only been dating a few months. Marry in haste repent at leisure Cyrus Beene.

12.  Janet:  ”You better not be joking. I am Catholic, I have been saving myself and I can’t just get divorced..“




Ooops. Talk about doomed from the start.


13.  Fitz:  ”I hear we’re running a quickie wedding service out of the White House now.“

All the lols.


14.  Fitz: "Who’s idea was this?”
Abby: “The First Lady just announced it.”
Fitz:    "Mellie did not think of this.“

Fitz knows that his wife ain’t shit.


15.  Abby:  "The president’s views remain unchanged.”


Even though publicly nobody really knows what his views are either way.  It was such a smart move by Olivia to use Mellie to get this done.


16.  Mellie:  "I am doing this for you.“
Cyrus:   "Are you? Are you Ma'am? How generous, how selfless. I cannot tell the difference between you and Mother Teresa.”


So much shade at Mellie from Cyrus here. We all know that Mellie isn’t doing this for anybody but Mellie.


17.  Michael: “Is there any way we can do this without my parents, Cyrus, please?”


The panic on his face though.


18.  Ronnie:  "Are we still in for racquetball next week?

So that’s what the kids are calling it these days? How does Cyrus manage to get all these pretty good looking dudes by the way?


19.  Sally Langston:  ”The spray-tanned former gigolo.

Yesssss, Sally’s back! Man I’ve missed that hypocritical bible-thumping bitch like she was my best friend!



20.  Lizzie:  ”Casting your lot with Olivia Pope, backing this terrible idea without checking with me, your campaign manager. What in the hell was that?“


21.  Mellie:  "We are not partners. We are not friends. You work for me. You fix for me. You don’t accuse me. You do not judge me. You most certainly do not lecture me. You are not me. You wish you were me, but you can’t be me. Remind yourself of that. Do you understand?”


Well that told Lizzie. Although, that speech seemed like something she’d have loved to say to Olivia Pope, but chose to say to a less powerful target.


22.  Liz scurrying away like the rat she is after Mellie gives her a tongue lashing.


Girl where’s your backbone?



23.  Abby:  "You played me.“


Even though Leo and Abby have way better chemistry than her and David, this is why I can’t get on board with them. Leo is a snake and a sleaze, and didn’t even a bat an eye-lid at Abby catching him betraying confidential conversations.  I know that she’d do the same, but once again, what’s healthy about mutual betrayals?


24.  Leo:   ”You poked the hole in the condom, not me. I kept it wrapped up.”.


So many lols.


25.  Cyrus:  “You need to stay on your side of my house.


Ugh. Cyrus stays being a hypocritical ass.


26.  Janet:  ”I definitely never knew it could be different….I am lonely here Cy, with you. It has been 16 years and I barely know you.  Being with you is a lonely experience.“


Poor Janet.


27.  Janet:  ”How about I will admit I’m not having an affair, if you will admit that you are gay?“

Oops….


28.  James: "Cyrus, are you ok? Because if this is happening too fast, tell me.”


I love the fact that Cyrus literally walked out of the closet from the flashback about the end of his first marriage, into his bedroom with James on his bed.
If that was intentional, then bravo to the writers and Regina King for that great piece of direction.


29.  Olivia:  "No one is calling anything off. No one is quitting. Not until I’ve tried everything. Everything. Is that clear?

Lol at Mellie shutting the fuck up, then resentfully mimicking Olivia’s ”Ok then.“ Man she’s so salty that she can’t be Olivia.


30.  Olivia’s hair and dress in Cyrus’s flashback to his and James’ wedding.


I love how much softer she looked back in the day. I wish she’d wear dresses more often…


31.  James: "I want to be Cyrus Beene’s husband, and I wanna be a journalist, but I don’t want to be ‘Cyrus Beene’s husband, the journalist…”
Cyrus:  "I’m never gonna ask you to do that, compromise your principles, or to influence your work. I love you too much for that.“



Man, when I think of how badly Cyrus fucked up James just before Jake murdered him. 


32.  Olivia’s second dream sequence scene;

1.  Flashback to her and Fitz making love in the Oval.
2.  Throwing the ring at Fitz.
3.  The red door
4. Throwing the ring at Fitz.
5. the red door.
6. Fitz crying in her arms after his dad’s funeral.
7. The red door.
8.  Throwing the ring.
9.  The red door
10.The image of the clock that Fitz was running out with her.
11. The red door
12. Throwing the ring
13. Running towards the red door
14. Throwing the ring
15. The red door
16. Throwing the ring
17.  The red door
18.  Throwing the ring
19. The red door
20. Throwing the ring
21.  The red door.
22.  Throwing the ring.



Once again, Olivia seems to be equating the red door that she can’t reach to safety with throwing the ring at Fitz. Maybe the loss of that ring means that she can’t reach safety without it?


33.  Fitz:  ”Don’t you love Vermont?

Fitz wearing the Navy sweater that Olivia clutched while crying over him in the presidential closet, when he was shot was kind of everything. Shonda knows that Olitzers pay attention to those kinds of details.


34.  Fitz:  “It’s a ring.  Very old. Rare. One of a kind. It even has a name. Doux Bebe. It was my great-grandmother’s. Her father bought it for her at auction in Paris. She wore it at her Debutante ball. And I was supposed to give it to my wife and I didn’t. It just never felt right, so I kept it. And now I know why, because I was supposed to give it to you.” 

So many feels. So damned many.



35.  Fitz:  “You don’t have to love me. You don’t have to come back to me. But if you could wear this…if I could know that you were wearing this. Then even if you hate me, I’ll know we’ll be okay. I’ll know you’re out there.” 

I loved that Fitz said this. It wasn’t him being manipulative or possessive, or him trying to “rob her of her agency”, a charge that regularly gets aimed at him by Haters.  He just wanted a connection to her. One that told him that they were ok, regardless of what she was doing, or even who she was doing.


Dear God, my feels over this entire scene was off the charts. Yes I ugly cried, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Olivia was so torn.  We know why she left the White House, she’d left for his sake as well as for herself. She was protecting him like she always does. Protecting him from her treacherous mistake, trying to make sure that their association didn’t tarnish his reputation and his presidency. Trying to make sure that she didn’t ruin him.

I genuinely don’t see how anybody could watch that scene and not feel moved. Olakers don’t count because they generally tend to hate Fitz more than they love Jake.  For them, Jake not being Fitz is all they really give a shit about, because otherwise, they wouldn’t give two fifths of a fuck about him.

It’s funny, but I was terrified that they were going to have sex, and the relief I felt when it ended with Olivia just hugging him was immense.  We know how hot these two are together, but that scene would have been ruined if they’d got all hot and heavy. It just wouldn’t have been appropriate, and would have ruined a really beautiful moment between them. This was Olitz at their best to me.


36.  Olivia:   ”I could never hate you

All the tears. Dammit. Olitz for life, people.


Honestly, I just don’t see how Shonda isn’t going to have these two people end up together. I don’t see how the writers are going to have her choose The Human Vibrator over Fitz. Not after this episode. I think the choice to not have Jake in the episode was a very deliberate one.  They’re telling us that no matter what happens with Fitz, Jake is not the one, and he never will be. He’s not the one who keeps her awake at night. He’s not the one that makes her heart ache. He’s not the one that she wants to protect to her detriment.  He’s not even worthy of getting mad at.  He’s simply not the one that she truly wants. Some people might want to deny that she loves Fitz, but that’s their business. I think what’s on the screen is pretty clear.  Their back and forth is annoying, but the fact is, Fitz is who she wants, not the spy who choked her.



37.  Fitz:  ”I just want you to be happy.

I’m so back on board the Olitz ship. No half measures.


38.  Fitz seeing Liv’s ring-less finger.



I loved that he didn’t even mention it. You could see that it hurt him, but he just carried on and I loved that.  Back when the writers were trying to make him out to be the devil, they would have had him petulantly mention the fact that she wasn’t wearing the ring. This way, haters can’t say that he pressured Olivia. If and when she decides to put the ring back on, it will be entirely her choice, and I’m such a huge fan of that.


Also, I love that he didn’t even hesitate to sign off on offering Sally Langston the position of Secretary of State. The woman who’d double crossed him and tried to oust him from the White House. The woman who even now was trying to bring him and his administration down.  All he knew was that Olivia wanted it done, and that was that. Gah, I loved that he just calmly gave her what she wanted. But then I guess when you’ve taken the country to war to save this very woman, offering an arch enemy a job is a piece of cake, huh?


39.  Fitz:  "You went around my back to Mellie.”
Liv:    "I did.“
Fitz:   "Nice move.”


Ugh. Fitz had so much pride in her. I loved that he understood that she’d been trying to avoid compromising him politically, by fracturing his already tenuous relationship with the Teapartiers and members of his own party even more.


40.   Olivia:  "But to be clear, you’ll be throwing Michael to the wolves to save yourself.“

Olivia seemed surprised that Cyrus Beene would make such a choice. Has she not met him before?  The guy nearly had his husband killed, and was ready to nuke her black ass, when she was kidnapped. Cyrus ain’t loyal to anybody but Fitz.  


41.  ”You think we approve of this? Of you? Of what you are? You think we spent all those money sending you to camp to fix you, only to have you to end up like this?  You make me sick to my stomach. Both of you.“




Well Michael’s parents sure won’t win any Great Parenting awards any time soon.  The way that they spoke to him though.  I felt so much for Michael in this scene.  It totally reminded me of how Liv used to be with her dad. Head down, shoulders down, eyes down. Submissive and child-like.  You could see that he wanted to just curl up and cry his heart out.  My heart kinda broke for him.  Nobody deserves parents like his.  You could see that Cyrus even felt the same way, despite their differences.


42.  Cyrus taking the tie despite James asking him not to, and manipulating him into helping fix a political situation for him.



Man, he didn’t even wait until after the honeymoon to break his promise.  Cyrus Beene, you’re the worst.


43.  Olivia wearing white!

Yessss, I never thought I’d miss that overdone color so much!


44.  Olivia:  ”We’re not throwing Michael under the bus.

Oh thank God.


45.  Olivia;   ”If you go ahead with this, trying to take down Cyrus, I’ll tell the world about another sham marriage, the one between you and Daniel Douglas.“
Sally:   "You would defame a dead man.”
Olivia:  "Only because you’re defaming a live one.“


I don’t know why Sally Langston even thought for a moment that Liv wouldn’t attempt to blackmail her using what she knows about her and Daniel Douglas’ marriage.  I loved this scene so much. I love Liv being badass, and fixing shit, and I love Sally’s bible-thumping shady ass.


46.  Michael:  I’m one of those people who’s been picturing my wedding since I was a teenager. I believed. Even in my stupid hometown with my stupid parents and idiot guys who threw rocks at me every day, I believed. Even when I was working as a pro, my worst nights on the streets, I still believed. I believed that someone was gonna love me, care about me, that I wouldn’t be alone, and it is my wedding day, and you hate me. You would murder me with your bare hands if you thought you could get away with it and I have no one who would even miss me. I have nothing. It is the day I’ve been dreaming of and I have nothing.
Cyrus: You’re wrong, you know. I would never murder you myself. That’s a rookie move. I’d pay a professional to do it. 



Man this scene made me cry so hard.  I was so happy that Cyrus found his humanity for a minute. I really hope that they make it, even if Cyrus is an asshole.  After all, they had a genuine attraction even back when Michael was trying to play him.


47.  Cyrus:  “You’re wondering what this is going to look like, our life. And I could lie to you right now. That’s how both of my other marriages began, with lies, so I could lie to you right now. I could tell you there’s a chance we will warm to one another, maybe fall in love and live happily ever after. I could lie, but I won’t. We’re not going to fall in love, and that is a relief to me because I cannot disappoint you. I cannot hurt you anymore than I already have. I cannot destroy your image of me or break your heart or damage your soul. You don’t believe in me, so I have nothing in you to break. I am on no pedestals. You see me for what I am. A filthy monster desperately trying to hold on to the last shreds of its humanity. You are a good person. I know that. Ella could use a good personin her life. I’m not promising much, but I will promise this. I may not do it well, but I will do my best to be your someone so you’re not alone. Okay? You’re not alone.


This is literally the most honest that Cyrus has ever been, and I’m here for it. 


48.  Fitz seeing the ring back on Liv’s finger.

I love Olitz at their best. When the writers just let them do what they do best. Be in love, show their love in all the ways that count.  Can you imagine how great they could have been had the writers not done their level best to destroy them?


Random Rambling

Man, that was such a great episode, made even greater because Jake Ballard wasn’t there. It really felt like vintage Scandal.  The writing was good, the case of the week was excellent because it involved somebody that we cared about, or at least knew, and was invested in.


I’ve said it before, but I really think that Shonda meant to tell this story at some point.  We all knew there was a story, but Shonda was never going to tell it until she was ready.  Apparently folks have been going in on her for lying, but what’s the point?  She finally gave us what we wanted, even if it was a ratings ploy, I literally couldn’t give two shits. I’m just happy that we got a poignant and beautiful Olitz flashback moment, and that Olivia put the ring back on herself. At least the Fitz Haters have no way of spinning that Fitz made her do it. She did it of her own volition and it was a beautiful thing.  Suck it haters.


I’ve seen Olitzers bemoan the fact that next week she apparently sleeps with Russell even though she’s got the ring on, and honestly people questioning that, like she hadn’t already been sleeping with her very own portable vibrator, whilst wearing said ring, made me scratch my head.  Where have you people been?  She wore it the entire time she went away to Zanzibar with Jake.  We clearly saw the ring while Jake was fingering her on the beach.   Liv having sex with another guy while wearing the ring, means nothing. Fitz knows that it’s not a promise to be faithful, and he’s been mostly fine with it, and even if he isn’t, as long as he’s still attached to his particular ball and chain, he knows he has no right to expect celibacy or fidelity from her.  Olivia sleeping with Russell while wearing the ring doesn’t negate the importance of the ring, or the significance of her putting it back on. So yeah, pipe down whingers.



Predictions


Having seen the promo, it seems clear that the show wants us to think that Jake is turning into a maniac.  As much as I’d like to believe that they’re finally ready to show us how crazy he  is, don’t know if I trust it completely. ABC promos lie. They lie blatantly.  I don’t see how anybody can spin "I’ll kill Liv” into anything positive, but I’m damned sure the powers that be will give it a go.   I’m more inclined to believe that Russell will turn out to be yet another person who was sent in to sleep with Olivia, and that will make me so damned mad.


If the episode doesn’t turn out to be quite so anti-Jake, then what does it mean that ABC have done a promo almost promising that Jake would be turning into a fully-fledged bad guy?  It means that they know that the Jake Ballard character aint shit, and that they’re aware that people are waiting for him to die.  I mean… that’s hardly a ringing endorsement is it?




By the way, if it does turn out that Jake is as crazy as we’ve always known that he was, I think it will have something to do with when he went to visit Rowan to ask for help with Olivia.  I’m thinking that Rowan said something to him, much in the same way that he did with Huck back in season 3, when he killed that guy who was threatening to expose what really went on with Operation Remington. Maybe he’s been given his orders by Rowan?


Either way, I’m bracing myself for way too much Jake on my screen. 

Watching Scott Foley make a hash out of his lines is not my favorite thing to do.


Anyway, seeing as the writers regained their senses this episode, here are some Jamie and Claire and Live and Fitz GIFs to end with.


Surfbort. Lol

Scandal 5x09 Review

First I want to state this clearly- my opinions are not meant to condemn others for how they feel. My blog is my form of understanding the episode. I encourage discussions and enjoy viewing others opinions on the matter. I truthfully was not planning on writing a review because I did not want my views to interfere with others understanding and thought process but I have been asked by several people an hopefully this can be of assistance.


I’ve said this several times that olitz was ticking and that it was only a matter of time before they had this colossal explosions that would have repercussions far beyond what they predicted.

There is no time-table for how long Olivia has been living in the White House but in that short period of time, Olivia became everything she never wanted to be.

Her white suits-her armor; hidden. She stares at the clothes almost numbly as though questioning why she is really here in the first place. Then Fitz walks in and we see why she is here but he doesn’t see Olivia’s turmoil. He walks in points to a dress he likes and walks away- there is nothing wrong with this. In relationships you tell your partner what looks good and what doesn’t at times- this isn’t wrong. It’s natural and I think if Olivia wasn’t moved into the White House she would be open to Fitz’s opinion on the dress but she already feels caged and voiceless and so without saying a word she wears the dress while consciously putting another strike against Fitz.

I understand why many are sad; I was disheartened watching this episode. The formidable Olivia Pope was gone and in her place was first girlfriend who was meek-mild-obedient. When they walked out of residence to head for the party  Fitz was barking orders to Olivia and I noticed that though they were acting like an old couple they were not acting like a couple of teenagers we saw the first episode back in 501

Olivia was not fixing Fitz’s tie and Fitz was not reaching to hold Olivia’s hands.  It’s sad to witness that in such short period of time-these two beautifully complex individuals forgot how to love one another, how to support one another while still remaining their truest self.


Olivia is talking to a senator wife while staring at Fitz with envy and yearning. Fitz is chatting with the big dogs while Olivia looks to Fitz hoping he will come and save her-but he doesn’t look at Olivia because he doesn’t see her-not anymore really. Fitz is resorting back to his old ways with Mellie, not on purpose but because this is what they did- they were always a team in this area; faking.

Later on in the episode Abby see’s Liv picking china and tells her she’s good at this and Olivia smiles at her and tells her ‘she knows’. That is frightening for Olivia for two reasons.

  1.   If she were to marry Fitz then she would have mastered the art of pretending- her and Fitz no longer seeing one another as equals.
  2.    Because she is good at this- that too can be frightening, how easy it is to fill this rule and be great at it.

The abortion/fight:

I can tell you truthfully that I was upset-that I yelled at my screen with disdain and then finally became numb. It was as if I was watching a train derails and I could do nothing but watch in horror at what was to come and what to expect.

That scene in the clinic haunted me, Olivia’s name is called and we see her legs on the stirrup and the machine turning on. I was completely shocked at what was occurring, and I asked myself ‘how did Olivia get pregnant?’ We have seen Olivia partake in sex often and many have asked how has this women never been pregnant and of course my thoughts went deeper- did Olivia decide to give it a try or was it just a mistake- the truth; my inquire into how it happened doesn’t really matter because Olivia had an abortion and made her decision. It is a woman’s right and a woman’s body to decide whether to carry or not- I have always been prochoice but this action has made me question my own commitment.  As Olivia sat on the table, you can see that she has removed herself from this situation entirely almost as though a defense mechanism for self-preservation. There are no words really to describe this situation because it is sad for all parties. At first viewing, I was angry with Olivia because I felt she had an abortion because she didn’t want to be tied down to Fitz but I was wrong. Having a baby does not fix a relationship but exacerbates it. Truthfully we don’t know if Olivia wants children, I heard Olivia mention having children with Fitz one time 3x09(I believe) and I believe she wants to have a child with Fitz but under the right circumstances- at the right time. This does not excuse Olivia for her actions but it does bring up an interesting topic. Yes, Olivia is the woman and it is her body but does she have the right to have an abortion and if so should the father be made aware before the procedure? I think this was Olivia’s choice because it is her body but also her decision to make as a woman who was not ready and Olivia will have to deal with her actions- something she might regret or might not.

After the procedure Olivia runs into the closet  of the WH and she searches for the hooch-Mellie’s gift. Olivia is elated when she finds it and drinks it heavily. Remember what Mellie said before, the hooch is there to make you feel alive and Olivia wants desperately to feel because a part of her just died. The decision to have an abortion was not an easy decision as evidenced by Olivia’s attitude and when Fitz asked her where she was, Olivia tells him

I tried… tonight to make it to your dinner. I thought I would get back in time. I really… tried. But …” Olivia ‘tried’ to keep the fetus, she really did but she just couldn’t.

The fight ensues. It was brutal, ugly, honest, deceitful, but beautiful.  Fitz wanted Olivia to admit that she was running because that’s what she does- when she gets scared, she runs. Olivia justifies running because who wouldn’t run from this. I loved that Fitz told Olivia that she wasn’t here, and he isn’t referring to just the party. Liv hasn’t been here the same way Fitz hasn’t been here for Liv.

Like I said before, olitz was ticking before, we all knew they were going to have a fight, I just don’t think we were prepared and aware of the extent. Olivia tells Fitz that he hasn’t really been there for her because instead of treating her like his equal, he has her talking to a senator’s wife when she should be talking to the senator because she is the ‘Big Dog’.

The next topic- the move. This is where their lack of communication truly shines. Olivia feels Fitz was punishing her and Fitz is in disbelief because he thought he was trying to ‘save them’. Olivia retorts this move was because of her father and she is being punished for trying to ‘save’ Fitz, but Fitz knows her father’s release was as much for him as it was for her. Olivia and Fitz’s problem is that they make decisions on behalf of the other in hopes of ‘saving’ the other.

The talk is heated but restrained until the proposal is brought up. Olivia tells Fitz he didn’t really ask her to marry him for love but was trying to manipulate her. Olivia isn’t entirely wrong but she isn’t right either. Fitz made it clear he didn’t want to do this, but that Olivia deserved it. Fitz wasn’t trying to manipulate Olivia but he certainly wasn’t trying to marry her either-at least not the way they both wanted (5x07).  This is where the talk gets ugly. Fitz is not as blind as we all thought he is aware of Olivia calling the shots and “wielding her influence” and “power capes”. Fitz knows Olivia has always had his back and is his most trusted advisor but he is angry and hurt and so he attacks and Olivia gets ugly when she tells Fitz he is bitter because he is aware of how ‘ineffectual’ he is as the president-ouch. Their entire relationship Fitz always feared never being good enough and for the love of his life to tell him what he always thought of himself-ouch. Olivia was able to hurt Fitz in ways Mellie never could and so he tells Olivia, she is worse than Mellie because Olivia has been ‘pretending’ to believe in him whereas Mellie has always been Mellie, but to get back at Liv he references where Olivia came from.

The talk became less of a talk and more of a boxing match. Every blow one hit, the other retaliated. Fitz references where Olivia came from. Goodness! This is horrible- ugly. Fitz acted like the reporters with that line ‘where you came from.’ Olivia went to schools with royalty there is nothing average about her upbringing, but Olivia kicks back with the painful stab to Fitz’s heart “I came from a palace compared to the man that raised you- at least my father loved me.”  Olivia sees her father’s abandonment and abuse as love- poor Liv. Olivia and Fitz don’t know how to love in a healthy way, but they will. Daddy issues are obvious and both don’t know how to love in the right way. Fitz loves and fears losing Olivia so he places her in a box- I would love to have more backstory on Fitz and his up bring. How was his mom? What was she like? Fitz’s abandonment issues are there but just not as apparent as Olivia’s.

Olivia’s problem is that she feels it’s easier to leave then be left.

Olivia loves Fitz desperately she wouldn’t have done this for anyone else but him. She loves him but the fear of losing herself inside him is evident, but I think Olivia’s greatest fear is that not only losing the woman she is proud of-OPA but also the fear that comes with loving someone so deeply that it shakes your foundation.

Genius!  Love the flashbacks, genius move on Shonda and the editor’s part to incorporate the flashbacks to the moments when we and Olivia and Fitz fell in love.  Call me crazy but I felt this palpable chemistry between the two, I felt their love and desire for each other surging through my veins, how they invaded each other’s space and mind refusing to back down. I think that was their first breath in quite some time. No longer walking on eggshells they are telling each other the ugly truths.

You want to know who wouldn’t run- someone capable of being in a relationship- someone capable of being normal.”

This scene flashbacks to the first time we see Olivia and Fitz in the oval – the second time them dancing. Those flashbacks reflect their fight. Olivia is capable of being in a relationship because she’s been in love with Fitz this since she met him. The ironic thing about this scene is that Olivia and Fitz feared the other never truly saw them but they are wrong. They see each other clearly and the thing about love is that it is the ones we love the most that we hurt the most because we know them.

“If you were someone capable of being alone-someone capable of not suffocating me.”

We flashback to the Constitution were Olivia declares her love for Fitz. When Olivia says ‘alone’ it flashes back to the time when Fitz was burying his father and he asked Olivia if he would be a good president and Olivia tells him she thinks he would be a great president. That moment is more symbolic now than before- at the time we were not aware of Olivia’s daddy issues and how she too was ‘alone’ but with Fitz she found her home- where she always belonged and she was no longer lonely.

Fitz attempts to defend his actions while Olivia talks over him telling him ‘you were trying to save me.’ Just earlier during the fight Olivia was telling Fitz the exact same thing- she was trying to save him. Why is it okay for one to save the other and not the other way around- why can’t they save each other? Fitz clarifies that he was trying to save ‘us’ and our last flashback is the house in Vermont and we see olitz making love in their home.

The fight was more about past insecurities that plague them individually and their relationship.

Olivia declares that there is no us, this, Vermont, and jam.

Olivia’s recent abortion is blatantly obvious to the audience when she tells Fitz, there is no future-not anymore. Notice how Olivia struggled to say that last word, as if it took her breath away because it did. What would have been their child-their legacy-their future; is no more. She turns away from Fitz because he can’t witness her breakdown. Olivia’s decision was not an easy one and it seems ostensive that she has issues with her decision to have an abortion.

Olivia’s foretelling (501) has come to fruition. Tired, they sit on the stool and share a final glass of hooch and pat each other on the back ‘for trying’. They didn’t try that much is obvious; they didn’t fight for their relationship. They didn’t fight for their love- they gave up because life got hard and loving each other got even harder so they wiped their hands clean and decided to move on. Interestingly enough neither one said ‘it’s over’ because it’s not over between Olivia and Fitz and I don’t think it ever will be. Olivia and Fitz will soon regret giving up on each other ; instead of leaning on each other they pushed each other away.

The ending scene.

Olivia orders her a new couch and it shows us that Olivia is on the right path, but all can’t be fixed with a new couch. She smiles at her tree as she nurses her wine but then her smile stops subtly and we see her drift to thoughts of him-and it.

Wishes:

I hope to see Fitz single for a while and learning how to depend on himself and becoming confident in his ability to lead as the President

I hope to see Fitz date and have fun. It will be interesting if they go that route- Fitz is the first eligible president. He’s hot commodity and everyone will be dying to date him and Liv will have to watch as another woman hold his hand- it will be nice to see the shoes reversed!

I hope to see Liv deal with her decision to have an abortion in a healthy way- and I wish to see Liv handle her daddy issues.

Lastly I strongly believe that Olivia will get to know Fitz ‘available’ since she never has before.

While I am upset with how things could get so terrible so quick. I do see the endless possibilities:

I know many see this as being the end of olitz but I don’t see that- the exact opposite. It is obvious that they love each other but their issues are the cause of their demise. Olivia and Fitz must work on themselves before they can work on each other. They will find their way back to one another.

Some people just don’t know what a good thing is until it’s gone.

Until next time…xoxo

anonymous asked:

Katrina, what do you think of the fact that Liv and Fitz made out in a really public place, meaning everyone could see them? Exposing their relationship would have exploded the presses and really shadowed the entire presidency. Why do you think Liv did it? I understand Fitz, homeboy (I love him dearly) don't give two shits... But what about Liv? I guess I just don't understand her reasoning.

She didn’t give a fuck either, and that’s new. I don’t understand what’s so hard to understand. The song, “Here comes the sun”; the Tru(e)man balcony; the open air, they are all related metaphors about standing in the open, in the truth and embracing that truth, which Fitz represents for her.

I’ve always said that Olivia controls the pace of the Olitz relationship (that’s why Fitz’s outing intervention failed). Here she is this time sharing the reigns she’s taken (”we”, not “I”). Again, “whatever we want” is really a telling statement. It’s the new “we’re in this together” for two battle-scarred people who’ve fought to be a team. But that statement is also about the ways in which Olivia has changed and stopped sacrificing herself and what she wants for the sake of protecting other people. Every single season Olivia has sacrificed herself in order to protect/save Fitz the POTUS, thinking it was the only way to show her love. That’s the way she was used to showing love. It sounds strange, but by allowing Fitz to stand on his own, that was the only way he could evince the man she always knew him capable of being. He earned her, so to speak, and she rewarded that openly.

anonymous asked:

I am not sure I believe in Olitz anymore mainly because of Liv because I understand that Fitz loves Liv deep enough to forgive her but I am a bit tired of her doing what the heck she wants to Fitz all the time and then they don't even discuss it and they just make out in the oval. It's true he needs to grow some balls against everyone not just Liv. I'm not even excited about next week because I'm expecting more badly written characters.

Anon, I’m sorry but I think you came to the wrong Olitzer with this. I’m a Liv stan. I will cape for my fave without repentance over anyone, even Fitz. And I love him too but not as much.

Olivia doesn’t do anything that Fitz doesn’t allow. Even when she backs him into corners and forces him to play the game her way, he allows it. Just like she’s always ending it and running, he can do the same. He can lay down an ultimatum if he wants. But he doesn’t. Fitz is nobody’s victim. He’s not weak. He’s not a child. He’s the most powerful man in the free world. If he wanted a mistress at his beck and call, he could have his pick of women. If he wanted to live with Mellie forever, he could do it. If he wanted to live in the mountains with a mangy dog, he could. He’s white, good-looking, wealthy, intelligent, and charming. He’s got the world on a string. He’s literally got the most agency of any character.

Now I don’t think Liv threats him particularly poorly, but if she does, it’s because he lets it happen. If he wanted to stop anything, he could. Just like he did in S2 when he let her go. He is not a victim of anything. It doesn’t matter how much he loves her, if he wanted out, he’d be out. He’s not beholden to her in any way. As Liv put it in the Rose Garden scene, he’s “away by definition.” He’s somebody else’s husband, and the leader of the free world. He and Liv don’t have any love children or financial ties. He could pretend she never happened to him. But he doesn’t. He forgives because he chooses to. He goes back to her because he chooses to. Just like she does with him. People like to say that Olivia pulls the strings in the relationship, but who gave her the strings to pull? I feel like I’m repeating myself, but again I remind you that Fitz is not a child. Nor is he simple, slow, or stupid. Things are the way they are because he lets them be that way.

Also, and this is a pet peeve of mine in this ship, why are things held against Liv when he doesn’t hold them? Why do Olakers hold things against Fitz when Liv doesnt? They forgive each other implicitly and without question because there is never an malice or betrayal intended. That doesn’t mean they don’t hurt each other, but if they’re not counting wounds, why are we? You brought up all the things Liv allegedly does to Fitz that go without discussion, but don’t they always have their moments? Don’t they always establish an understanding, even if it’s inadvertent? If neither of them has ever demanded an apology, why do we?

Anon, it’s cool if you stop watching or stop shipping or whatever you wanna do. I can’t make you stay or believe. I can only provide you with my perspective.

Here’s a little companion post to go along with this edit. It is probably my favorite Photoshop project that I’ve done and also the most time consuming. I hope you guys like it.

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Fitz has said Liv is the love of his life on many occasions.

But I forgot how beautiful the first time was.

The emotion he speaks with.

The hitch in his voice where he’s trying to hold back the tears.

The pure love radiating from his eyes

The embarrassed look at his feet, after his admission.

That undeniable true love.

Oh Admiral. This, this is why we love you.

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And then this happened. And once again we are reminded of another reason why Mellie remaining in this marriage is ridiculous. Did she think the love Fitz has for Liv would go away? Fade into the background? Dissipate over time? The one person he is calling out for when he could be dying is the person he loves above all….And yet I will repeat, we never, ever get any critic commentary calling out the writers for NOT getting Mellie out of this toxic marriage to get her own life. 

Scandal Warriors Strike Back!

The Scandal Warriors is an online coalition of fans from across the United States and Canada. In a statement released by them today they wrote,

“Scandal was a gift to viewers. But it was a special gift to women, especially women of color and specifically black women. The show was magic. For the first time since the show, Julia, featuring Diahann Carroll, America had a gorgeous, intelligent, powerful black woman in the lead. Women of all colors were saying they wanted to grow up and be like Olivia Pope! And then, magic happened. The show struck gold with the powerful chemistry between the two lead actors, Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn. Their chemistry is the stuff of legends and joins other famous screen couples: Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Liv and Fitz became the love story that captured the hearts and minds of the viewing public. It was told with passion, dignity and relevance, acknowledging the racial component and the fact that Olivia Pope was a very independent woman working in what has traditionally been a man’s world. We were hooked and became advocates for "Olitz”.

But something else happened also. Scandal was no longer just a “t.v. show.” Almost from the beginning it became a cultural, social and political statement. There were scenes that resonated so deeply with black women that they heard echoes of their own experiences and upbringing. We became “invested.” We stuck with the story even when we started to see inconsistencies and flat out nonsense in the story line and character development. But we hung in there.

And then hell set in. The flames reached through the screen and torched everyone of us in episode 9, season 5. It was insulting on so many levels. Abortion is not a frivolous matter regardless of your position on it. Subjecting a black woman to abuse by a white man in other episodes hits a nerve. Transforming Olivia Pope from a sharp, professional character to what some have called a slut and a whore is not acceptable. If this was done by a white producer, a different kind of hell would have erupted with statements from some very high profile people.

Unless the producer received specific instructions from her bosses to denigrate the female lead, manipulate the male lead into something that bears little to no resemblance to a President of anything, and alienate a significant portion of the show’s fan base, the only thing we can assume is that producer has become self indulgent with little to no regard for the quality of her show or the devotion of her fans. If that is the case, we are here to say (to paraphrase a Scandal expression), “You don’t get to do that…” without consequences because Scandal has become bigger than just entertainment, bigger than just one producer’s show. It has become a statement whether the powers that be like it or not just as the election and re-election of Barack Obama became a statement about something much bigger than electoral politics.

So as Scandal Warriors, we have initiated a boycott of the show and will continue to do so. Some of us may never return. Some of us are still hoping for the resurrection of Olitz because we know that powerful, dramatic, relevant, and entertaining scripts can be written that will garner increased ratings, and become a genuine turning point in the history of television. It can be done. We’ve seen it on Scandal. And to those who will push back with the comment that this is the producer’s show. She has creative prerogative. Not any more. It’s our show now, and if we can’t get it back we will do our best to shut it down, and spread the word because that’s how much it means to us. We have become “the hell and high water.”

Operating much like the “Guerilla Girls”, an anoymous group of women protesting sexism in the art world, the Scandal Warriors see themselves as simply a critical mass of fans fighting for the integrity of this ground breaking show, and the respectful, realistic treatment of the female lead.


Jake attempted to convince Olivia that, agenda-driven or not, their recent coupling was full of real feelz. Liv, though, says that she loves Fitz, and while her and Jake’s hook-up meant enough to make her feel a sense of betrayal (failed ABC drama shout-out!), she was choosing POTUS. Goodbye!
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TV line review

Exactly what I’ve been trying to phrase

anonymous asked:

Katrina I love you so much! IMO in 411 Fitz and LIv confirmed their bond & understanding of each other and worked together to change the dynamics of the kidnapping. Fitz went to war to save her. That bought her time to come up with a strategy. The telephone call was confirmation that she was not harmed and he was freed from the war blackmailers. Now Liv has more control of the situation. Fitz is still concerned but has faith in Olivia's abilities. He told Jake, "She does not need a hero"

Thank Christ that someone else read the episode in that way. Before I get to Fitz and Olivia, let me say this. The episode was entitled, Where’s the Black Lady. You know where she was? Being a gotdamn boss in captivity. That’s where. My girl Rose came to OPA asking for the black lady, “you know, the one in charge.”  As soon as Ian let slip that he had a boss, She set about coming up with a strategy, and that was after she dropped the water class reflection bread crumb. Olivia Poped the hell out of Ian by appealing to something she said to Andrew in 316: “Men like you almost always choose power”:

Olivia: “The question isn’t what I want. It’s what you want. You wanna be a babysitter? Or do you wanna be a boss? It’s up to you.”

Andy by the end of the episode we were again reminded that Olivia Pope, the black lady, is in charge, gladiating her way through this crisis.

So tell me again how Shonda is disrespecting Black History Month by making Olivia into a little slave girl?

and why? Because you’re to focused on superficial comparisons to look at the context and the being who’s doing the manipulation. Anyway…

For all Mellie’s talk about a partnership with Fitz, she went and did something unilaterally, and with benefit to herself, to help Fitz. Meanwhile, Olivia and Fitz were in sync the entire episode and worked together as a team to make progress. Every single thing that was pushed forward happened because of the two of them. And they never needed to actually speak to accomplish this. Why? The knowing that I have so often spoken about. 

But there’s one thing I would correct—it’s who bought who time. Fitz didn’t buy Olivia time. Fitz employed a strategy, taught to him by Olivia (107, 201) to buy himself time against making a move he didn’t want to make. And we saw that Olivia didn’t want Fitz to make the war decision—and not just because of her. She knows him. She knows how much the thought of risking innocent American lives weighs on him (201). He does not take war lightly, and he’s not a vengeful man by nature, though he can be pushed into doing so (405). 

[oh god, this is turning into me just vomiting all my random thoughts that should have gone into a review :o()]

I remarked on Twitter earlier that this kidnapping is actually a brilliant situation for uncovering true motivations and making a path for progress. Last week I commented on Olivia’s isolation allowing her to come to terms with herself (or at least begin to) because she has to work for herself and find a way through, after being unable to run from the situation. Secondly, with Olivia in isolation, she had no way of stopping Fitz this time from showing her just how much he would sacrifice for her, just her. He had no reservation, or hesitation about proving that, even though the cost was tearing him up inside. He’s said it a number of times and Olivia has run because she never wanted to be the reason he sacrificed anything. With nowhere to run, and no way to stop him, Fitz shows her exactly who he is. Remember, this man has no promise of anything with this woman. They were not technically in a relationship, but they remain in relation to each other always. And it is this ineffable bond that allowed them to traverse these troubled waters separately, but together. 

Fitz buys time (using Olivia’s teachings) by asking for proof of life. She drops the first breadcrumb knowing he will see it and get it to her people. She wouldn’t bet against Fitz’s love for her with Ian (“I’ll bet you he goes to war for you. That he loves you.”). She wouldn’t even look at those headlines about the war because she knows that’s not Fitz. When Ian called Fitz a puppet, did you see the look on Olivia’s face? She hates it when people try to manipulate Fitz. She went to work because she has never wanted to the cause of Fitz’s downfall. Coming up with the open market plan fucks up Andrew’s plan to ruin Fitz, allows her to gain Ian’s trust, and clearly have the upper hand in this cabal.

And the best part? Both Olivia and Fitz navigated through the morass while being in captivity. That’s right, Fitz was also being held captive in a way, and it was beautifully conveyed by Tony and Ms. Debbie Allen. In the first scene, we hear a familiar line from Agent Fielding:

“They don’t call this [WH] the crown jewel of the American prison system for nothing.”

Fitz told Olivia almost that exact thing in 202 when he called her as a ‘good friend’ (lol). Later in 411 episode, we get a beautiful zoomed out shot of the Truman Balcony

Don’t those columns look like the most fabulous prison bars you’ve ever seen? 

Bars, or no bars, Fitzgerald Grant, just like the woman he loves, did not stop. He proves himself in the end, despite everyone, but Olivia, underestimating him.

And so, if the President is the most powerful man in the world, and he is controlled by Olivia Pope (as so many now know), then she is in fact the most powerful person in the world. The black lady. Clever and resourceful as she is, that is not what makes her so powerful.  Remember what Olivia told Rowan in 406?

Olivia: “I have weapons at my disposal—weapons you couldn’t possibly posess.”

It is her love as a subject, not her labor as an object, that makes her the most powerful being in the world.

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NB: That concludes today’s Q&A session. I had fun! I can do a couple more tomorrow. Don’t feel badly if I didn’t get to you :o(.

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