i love them two stepping

This is for anyone who’s watched Fried Green Tomatoes and wondered if Ruth & Idgie are supposed to be read explicitly as a couple or just as best friends. The film does a weird job of both showing them as a couple raising a kid together, but keeping it ambiguous enough that they could still be mistaken for good friends. Every description of the film, including the back of the DVD calls them “friends” and it’s bullshit. They’re a couple. They are in romantic love with each other. Don’t ever doubt it.

From Fannie Flagg’s novel itself. Idgie’s POV (of the bee charmer scene) followed by Ruth’s POV of her decision to marry Frank Bennett:

I rest my case.

(There are obviously many other examples from the novel - including Idgie’s own mother telling Idgie’s siblings not to tease her about her crush on Ruth; and lovely Sipsey teasing Idgie that she’s been bitten by “the love bug”. But rather than me including every example, you may as well read the novel yourself!)

don’t mind me, i’m just bawling my face off over this week’s episode

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Gale Hawthorne Appreciation Week: Day Three (Katniss)

“What a pair we were—fatherless, frightened, but fiercely committed, too, to keeping our families alive. Desperate, yet no longer alone after that day, because we’d found each other. I think of a hundred moments in the woods, lazy afternoons fishing, the day I taught him to swim, that time I twisted my knee and he carried me home. Mutually counting on each other, watching each other’s backs, forcing each other to be brave.”

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How is it even possible that he moved on from us so quickly? 

anonymous asked:

R&R see this baby as Robin's daughter and that's it. She will technically be Regina's step-daughter (&niece), but she's not her daughter. This fandom needs to stop acting like this is "OQ baby" because it's not, no more than Roland is "OQ baby" or Henry their kid. Robin will raise the baby, Regina will help. That's different than two parents both equally responsible for their kid. OQ fandom needs to accept that only half of our ship got a new baby &stop pushing Regina into the role of her mother

Okay, I’ve already done this debate and I’m sick of it, so I’m just gonna say two things:

1: Stop insulting step relations by simultaneously saying “she will technically be Regina’s step-daughter” and also saying “but she is not her daughter.” My step-dad is my dad, and I am his daughter, and he did not raise me from the cradle. You wanna know when he married my mom? Seven years ago. Seven. I was twenty-three years old when that man married my mother, and he is my Dad. I don’t call him by his name, I call him Dad. Sometimes I call him Daddy-o, because I’m a big nerd. I have to stop occasionally and clarify that he’s my step-dad in conversation because I confuse the hell out of people while simultaneously talking about my divorced parents and “going home to visit my mom and dad.” So do not tell me in the same sentence that Regina is this girl’s step-mother and therefore she’s not her daughter like those are two mutually exclusive states. 

You don’t get to deny familial relations for a whole damn fandom, and quite frankly, I’m fairly certain that if Robin and Regina are primary parents (which the show has indicated they will be, together, and that’s the assumption we’re all going on when we say this stuff - we’re not pushing Regina into anything other than what we feel has been stated on the show), that baby at a year old isn’t going to look at Regina and think “Oh, that is Regina, girlfriend to my father, she helps.” She’s gonna think, “Mama who rocks me and feeds me and hugs me and strokes my cheeks and rubs my back and comes in the middle of the night when I cry.” And you may not like it, but as far as I’m concerned, that makes her Mom.


2:


Wait, sorry, thing 3: If they raise them together, Roland and Henry are their kids. So that argument’s not workin’ on me either. How in the hell this show where Henry Mills has a family tree that is a running fandom joke has ended up with so many people with so many limited views of family I will never understand. 

Scandal Review, Episode 505, You've Been Served...

Well waddaya know, two episodes in a row, and I’m still mostly happy.
Of course I knew that Zahir McGee would have to call Olivia some kind of derogatory name during the episode, he never disappoints. He did it through Edison, but he still did it. Overall it was a really good episode, and I was all set for giving him so much kudos for Olivia’s speech, only to find out that somebody else apparently wrote it. So sorry Zahir, you are still a douche to me. To be honest, even if you had written Liv’s amazing monologue, you’d still be like shit on my shoe. 



Anyway, let’s get on with it shall we?


What I Hated


Every scene with Jake’s irrelevant ass of course.

Why can’t he just be killed off? Why Shonda, why?


And to find out that they cut the scenes of Liv and Fitz on an actual public date, just so we could watch Jake feed Olivia Gettysburgers? Really? Did anybody actually give a fuck about that scene? Did it even add anything to the episode? Even the fact that he finally admitted Elise was his wife was anti-climactic because as we saw, Olivia didn’t give a shit. What a waste of two minutes that could have been spent on that date and on this goodness right here:


God I hate Jake so much. I hate him in every capacity, and I will hate him forever and ever, Amen.



What I Loved


1.  Michael:  "We talked about this, we talked about keeping it together, didn’t we?“

Oh my fucking God, the show finally remembered that Cyrus is married! Woohoo! 
I liked that he seemed to be the voice of reason for an ever spiraling Cyrus. Now all we need is to see his adorable brown baby.



2.  Mellie voting yes to open an investigation into impeaching her husband. 



Oh Mellie, you are such a tool. How the fuck does this woman not realize that involving herself in this mess will, A, scupper her chances of being voted in as president, and B, her hands are as dirty as the rest of them. Mellie Girl, you had an affair with Andrew, the guy who had Olivia kidnapped in the first place. The guy who blackmailed Fitz into choosing between going to war for her, or letting her die. Mellie, you are the flaming idiot who handed the names of 16 jurors to the man who arranged for them to be slain. Mellie, you were a key part of Defiance. Mellie, Daniel Douglas was murdered because of what you and Cyrus did, and you helped cover it up. 


Mellie, where the fuck are your brains? Right now, you’re just an embarrassment and I’m  not sure what Shonda is trying to do with you. We keep being told that you’re usually the smartest woman in the room, but guuurl, you haven’t been the smartest person in the room for five seasons now, even when it was just you and Baby Teddy. Girl go get your life and learn to strategize for the love of all things Oprah.


3.  Fitz and Olivia on a date.



Fitz looked so proud bless him, he has not one fuck left to give. He has Olivia by his side, and that’s all he cares about. My blinkered little romantic you. Olivia on the other hand looked like she was going to a lynching. This is not who she is at all. All this attention from the press. Literally her worst nightmare come true.
As a Fitz and Olivia fan though? I squeed like a two year old. I love the idea of them just stepping into their truth and finally doing what we’ve longed for them to do for 4 long seasons.


4.  Fitz:  ”I have done nothing wrong and I certainly haven’t committed any impeachable offences.“



Fitz sweetie, you need to sit down with that mess. You’ve done a whole lot of shit during your tenure as president, it’s just that nobody knows about them. Yet.

5.  David:  "I’m just here to say, you need a lawyer.”


David was actually great in this scene. How often can we say that? Bless his cotton socks, but the truth is, he’s usually surplus to requirement.

6.  David telling Fitz not to talk to Olivia about the possibility of impeachment.



Oh how I laughed. David, Sweetie, have you met this man? That’s like asking him not to breathe.



7.  Olivia putting up all the newspaper headlines about her.


Sorry, all I could think was how pretty she looked in that black and white blouse, and her hair was flawless. Shallow much? Well I guess it was better than reading some of those awful headlines. 



8.  Quinn: “A lawyer can’t do all that.
Leo:  "No, but I can.“
Quinn:  ”You hired Leo?“
Leo: ”Thing 1, and Thing 2, and a new additions to the bestiary? Hold on, familiar face, recent headliner, yes, the man who hid in a closet while the mayor’s wife was being filleted. The coward of the county, Marcus Walker! If this bunch is your go-to, you obviously called me just in time.“

Oh how I love Leo’s presence. Olivia needs somebody as ruthless as him in her corner. I love that she was being proactive and trying to take control. Unlike Mellie who was still  walking around clueless, without a solid plan. We’ll get to her later.


9.  Leo:  ”We’re going to take what the public views as a cheap and tawdry affair between the president and his former Communications and we are going to spin it, into the greatest romance ever told. Olivia and Fitz, a love like no other. See my plan even has a name.“  

Olivia:  ”No.“


Who was surprised that A, Liv said no, and B, that she would have to change her stance by the end of the episode? I have to give her props though, the ”Olivia Pope, woman of the people“ slant was working until the discovery of Doux Bebe. Which I’m still confused about, but we’ll address that later.



10.  Leo:  ”That’s the thing about the great ones, they perform no matter what utter crap they are dealt.


Leo has Jokes, and he made me laugh so much this episode.


11.  Leo going through Olivia’s apartment.


So many lols. I especially love that he told her that she had to do her shopping at a regular mall. Poor Liv, even her wardrobe is under attack.


12.  Olivia:  ”He never gave me anything.“


Oh Liv, there’s the matter of a house in Vermont and a ring from his grandma. I knew one of them would have to come out before the end of the episode. Luckily it wasn’t the house.



13.  Leo: ”Where’s all her food?“
Huck: ”You mean her wine and popcorn?
Leo:  ”Whatever, where does she buy it?“

Huck:  "She uses a delivery service.”

Olivia:  “I don’t have time to go grocery shopping.

Leo:  "Of course not, you’re too busy getting your freak-on with the Prez.“


Leo is so freaking shady though. But I did laugh, even while I was low-key thinking that was a Zahir McGee type line. I can’t help it, I’ve hated him since he called Olivia The Help in that horrendous episode in season three.



14.  Olivia:  ”Edison.

Edison:  ”Olivia.“


Oh. Ugh. Ok. That guy. 


I guess we were bound to see him again, but I hate that Olivia had to go to beg him for help. Oh well, desperate times…



15.  Edison:  ”A criminal. A whore, an idiot, and a liar.

Olivia:  ”Excuse me.

Edison:  ”A criminal, a whore, an idiot and a liar. That’s what you said to me. You dressed me down, then implied that I was clinically insane for suggesting that you were screwing the president.“

Olivia: "I should go.”

Edison: “Sit down Olivia. If you want me to help you, you’re going to be honest with me. You’re going to admit to my face that you were never in love with me, that you never had any intention of marrying me. That you tried to make a fool of me for seeing you for exactly what you are. A criminal, a whore, and idiot and a liar. You want me to lie, you owe me the truth.”




So that was how Zahir McGee chose to call Olivia a whore this time round huh? I was waiting for it, and there it was. Told y'all.


Edison was so salty though, and I kinda get it, but then I don’t because nobody in their right mind would divulge the fact that they were sleeping with the president. Also, Olivia called off their engagement, and she didn’t string him along for too long, and I think she meant it when she said yes, but then she agreed to wait for Fitz, and we all know how that mess turned out.  Edison and Olivia were so incompatible though. They just did not fit, and when you’re telling your guy about having Chinese Walls between you, there’s a serious problem. Sorry Edison, I didn’t feel you back in season two, and I don’t feel you now. I guess you’re better than  Jake though, in that you haven’t physically abused her, so there’s that. 

Also. I guess he did as he promised in the end and gave her a glowing personal testimonial on national TV. I’m still salty though. Edison, dude, she was way outta your league, you just need to deal with it.
I noticed that he must have given somebody else his grandmother’s ring though because he had a wedding band on. Still didn’t stop him from being salty and petty, four years later.  Ugh.




16.  Cyrus giggling at the Edison interview like he was watching a spectator sport.


Hilarious.


17.  Olivia and Fitz watching the Edison interview, looking like an old married couple.



I love them. So much.

18.  Fitz:  "It can’t have been easy going to him.“

Olivia ”Hmm.. He called me a hypocrite.

Fitz. ”But he did what you asked.

Olivia:  ”Even hypocrites get to call in their chits.“

Fitz:  "It’s good. It changes the conversation. Those chits might have just saved us both.


Seriously, I could literally stare at the both of them together all day long. I can’t help but love how much Fitz adores her. The romantic in me practically screams whenever he looks at her. There’s just so much adoration there. I’m telling you, their relationship is more or less the only reason I’ve kept faith with the mess that the last two seasons wrought.

19.  Patty Snell.

I’m in love.

20.  Patty:  "What I want is to glue your hands to the podium and say that the president and his administration are cooperating fully with the committee and the investigations, over and over, a thousand million times. Sing it, yell it, don’t care, just as long as that’s it.



I’m a fan. She’s the female version of Leo and I loved it.
Although, when she had the bright idea of sending all the apparently pointless White House document files over to the investigators at the senate, I did wonder if that was going to come back and bite them in the ass. Well this is Scandal after all. Nothing is ever straight forward.



21.  Mellie:  ”But also it makes them look like they have something to hide. We should take these over to the senate gallery, hold a press conference and show the American people how scared and sneaky this White House is behaving.



Good Lord, Mellie Grant has to be the dumbest person on this show. Is this supposed to prove how worthy of winning the presidential election she is? Do the writers think that that they are actually selling her smarts? She’s dumb as fuck and I can’t listen to her without wanting to choke the bitch.



22.  Senator Gibson:  ”I’m sorry, we?“

Mellie:  ”Not just us, the whole committee of course.“

Women’s Caucus Lady: ”You do realize that you have to recuse yourself from this investigation.“

Mellie:  ”Recuse myself?

Gibson:  ”Yeah, resign from the committee. The conflict of interest is as clear as day.“

Mellie:  ”This investigation is far bigger than my relationship with the president. I represent the people of Virginia. You can’t expect me to step down from this.

Caucus Lady:  ”Mellie, you’re in the middle of divorcing the man we’re investigating, your presence on the committee would be highly…

Gibson. “a distraction. A sideshow. It would taint an already salacious…

Mellie:  ”I am not some scorned woman bitching about my ex, I am a senator and a member of the judiciary.

Gibson:  ”As far as the American people are concerned, you are a scorned woman bitching about your ex.


Mellie stays being dumb as hell for not realizing without being told what a conflict of interest her even being involved in the committee is.  As for not being a scorned wife, that was the entire reason she decided to get involved in the impeachment in the first place. Idiot.



However, did y'all notice that the caucus lady said ”You’re in the middle of divorcing the man that we’re investigating?“
So the divorce is going through? Wooohoooo!
About damned time.

Now I just need Fitz to take off that damned ring.



23.  Leo: ”Wake her up, separate her from that presidential spoon and drive her out of bed.“


Lol. Leo was mad. As Liv herself would have been.



24.  Noah Baker: ”The president liked it, and he did indeed put a ring on it.

So somebody leaked the existence of Doux Bebe to the press. What I can’t figure out is how this made things worse for Olivia? What difference did it make? Why was she no longer ”Every Woman?“ She was still the same woman that the president was having an affair with. Surely the ring validated what she meant to Fitz?  I need somebody to explain this crap to me.


25.  ”What is the first rule? Your first rule?“

Olivia ”Do not lie.“

Leo:  ”DO NOT LIE! Olivia Pope, woman of the people, she is gone, she is history. It’s time for Olivia Pope love struck teenager.

Olivia:  ”I can’t sell that.“

Leo:  ”You will sell that! You will sit down with an interviewer of my choice and you will speak as if you were chatting with your bestie about your innocent and your uncontrollably doe-eyed love for the president of the United States. That is the plan, that is the only way to spin your way out of the diamond ring you neglected to tell me about.



Lol. Leo was mad as hell. At least it wasn’t Vermont that was revealed. Now that would have been a nightmare for everybody. 



26.  Mellie basically crawling over to Cyrus’s house, looking all sorry for herself.



So she was the one who told the committee about Doux Bebe?  I wonder how she even knew?  Actually I don’t care how she knew. All I know is, instead of hiring herself somebody to work on her image, she went to Cyrus with her bottom lip dragging on the carpet. I can’t with her woe-is-me bullshit.

27.  Senator Gibson and the Caucus Lady trying to blackmail Marcus.



Really?


28.  The next scene after that one was Olivia going over to the Human Vibrator’ house, and I just didn’t give a shit about it, so I saw up to the point where Elise tried to make a point by kissing THV, I saw Liv’s non-reaction, and I just fast forwarded. Jake doubling up as Lyanla trying to fix Liv’s life isn’t what I watch this show for.



29.  Marcus telling Gibson and the Caucus Lady that he wants to be a good citizen.


I didn’t think for one second that he’d sell Olivia out, but it was nice to get the confirmation of that later.



30.  Olivia starting out the Noah Baker interview trying to be all girly.



Girl what are you doing? I cringed so hard.I have to say that’s a testament to Kerry’s embodiment of this character, that Liv trying to be all girly and cute just made me want to die of second hand embarrassment, considering that that is how Kerry herself is in real life.

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