I think that I can finally, for once in my life, with
clarity, can tell where Scandal is going! It took me ten thousand years to
finally get here but for some reason once I reached the point of indifference I
was finally able to objectively watch this show.
Let’s face it, this show loves to tap dance on our very last
nerve. First things first: For what it’s worth I don’t think that Quinn is dead.
The actress gave no exit interviews to any press as is customary. I know she
just had a baby but these interviews are arranged and conducted way ahead of
I will start by saying this: Olivia still has a few stages
to go through before she gets to where she’s going and I’ve identified the stages
The Catharsis: the breakdown of what’s left of
this version of Olivia. It began this last episode as she grappled with her
very own chewy center. She has one but she has deluded herself into thinking
that she doesn’t. All the baggage she dropped on Rowan’s living room floor is
the most self-aware moment she’s had in years! I found her statement to
contradict everything she told Fitz in that 509 argument but I will delve into
that later and how S4B & S5 are what bring us the Olivia we see today.
The isolation: Olivia must spend time alone to
come to grips with the choices she has made. The choices that affected her
personally and the ones that affected her friends/family. This introspection
will also serve as the foundation for what Olivia wants to do with her life. If
you had asked me a week ago I would’ve told you she needed this introspection
but I would have not been inclined to think that she was ready for it. Her
moment of self-awareness, in which she acknowledges the root of her problems,
her father, serves as the beginning of the breaking down and breaking through
to move the show forward and onto her introspection.
The penance: Olivia is not a very verbal person
in terms of apologies, I mean I can count on my hand the few times she’s apologized.
I think her making amends will be more about actions and less about words.
The Rebuilding: Olivia will eventually power through
and finally envision who it is she wants to be and what she wants to be doing.
She looked so unenthused when Mellie was giving her the “No man between us”
speech that I felt as if she was on the verge of quitting right then and there.
The WH at the service of Mellie ain’t the place for her. She isn’t cut out to
be command as we’ve clearly been shown. There’s only one place left for her to
go: back to the white hat, whatever the white hat means for her from this point
The reconciliation: this applies to all aspects
of her life, with Fitz (I was a skeptic but if they’re going to make
second-rate Dabby endgame then what has been the point of dragging Olitz out
all these seasons. Come on!) and the reconciliation with what we were
introduced to as her initial family: OPA.
I mentioned earlier how her speech to her father was the
opposite parallel to what she tells Fitz in their argument in 509. Her words
during that argument reflected her and were a deflection of her own actions
that lead to that point in the relationship. In no way am I implying Fitz was
innocent in all this. Olivia specifically hits Fitz where it hurts by saying
she came from a palace compared to him but my oh my how the tides have turned
and now she’s capable of acknowledging that she was emotionally deprived and
made in her father’s image.
I am almost certain that Rowan was responsible for her
kidnapping. Throughout the whole ordeal he behaved with such aplomb that no
harm would come to Olivia and was so aloof that I have no doubt in my mind that
he orchestrated the whole thing. It’s important to note that Quinn is wearing
her ring when she is snatched in the elevator, thus leaving her ring behind for
the crew to find is an intentional act that parallels Olivia’s kidnapping.
Since Rowan snatched Quinn (although I’m positive it was Jake who physically
did it because what other loyal goon does Rowan have otherwise?) As I was
saying, since Rowan snatched Quinn I think the parallel is intentional and would
connect him to both kidnappings.
I think that Rowan orchestrated the kidnapping to further
separate Olivia and Fitz. The kidnapping placed Fitz between a rock and a hard
place and no matter what he chose he would disappoint Olivia, so by design this
would further drive a wedge between Olitz since little Jerry’s murder was not
enough to keep them apart.
Fitz was torn between two choices:
Not rescue Olivia -this would disappoint her and make her
believe he never loved her and would have destroyed her confidence in his love.
Keep in mind she tells the kidnapper that the President would be looking for
Rescue Olivia –As Fitz acquiesces to go to war to save one
person this also shatters Olivia because Fitz makes a choice that she vehemently
disagrees with. She does not want to feel responsible for a war, much less the
lives that will be given in exchange for her survival.
Fitz would lose no matter what choice he made, and either
choice would forever change him in her eyes, further driving a wedge between
them. No matter what he chose he could not win and would be tarnished in Olivia’s
eyes, between a rock and a hard place.
Note that the S4 finale has Olitz reuniting but it is only
possible because her father is finally locked away and out of her life. It is
obvious that Olivia has not dealt with her PTSD at this point in S4 and all the
trauma that remains bubbling beneath her surface comes to light in S5A.
Fitz’s marriage proposal under the worst circumstances
possible triggers Olivia’s commitment issue which at that point in the story is
not new. Under the pressure of an
impending wedding that neither of them were ready for at that point in time
Olivia does what she knows will relieve her of this - she frees her father. If her father is free Olivia is under his
control, whether she knows it or not. Olivia’s PTSD reaches new heights when
Fitz creepily moves her in without even asking and this is when it takes a
drastic turn—Olivia is now caged and is reliving her prior traumatic
experience. To free herself she severs all ties with Fitz, abortion included,
and fully begins to live in her father’s image post 509.
Something that I’ve noticed for a while now is the
consistent theme of babies and motherhood. All of which can be traced back to
the very first season and I have confessed on here that I don’t think that
Olivia wants to be a mother but it’s just so in your face that I had to stop
and reconsider. It’s likely that Olivia thinks she won’t make a good mother,
what could be called her family life has been nothing but torture so it’s not
hard to see why she would think that, and that is further reiterated with her
choice to have an abortion. HOWEVER, I have been having conversations with
people analyzing the motherhood/babies theme for a few months now and it is
obvious that on some level Olivia resents Quinn because she has a life that
Olivia might’ve imagined for herself. In this season alone Olivia has touched
her lower belly, like she did in 509 when she says there is no future for Olitz
anymore, at least 3 times that I can easily remember. This is intentional
After thinking about it for a while I came to two
conclusions: One that I’ve discussed on here before, the idea that Olivia
having a child would further advocate for choice in alignment with the social
messaging of the show. Allowing the character to experience both ends of the
spectrum re motherhood would cement the idea that women are in control of their
bodies and should be able to choose when to take on motherhood if they so
The other conclusion is the fact that what Olivia has come
to believe about herself & her abilities/lack thereof regarding motherhood
are untrue. Olivia is the matriarch of OPA, it was her nurturing force that
brought them together. She found all those people, took care of them, and put
them back together! If that doesn’t stand out as one of the foundations of her
mothering abilities, then I’m not sure what will.
Now that makeshift family is sort-of broken, and notice that
every single member has done morally questionable things, all their ugly has
been exposed and their relationships deconstructed. After they get over their final hurdle with
this Olivia & Quinn situation they have nowhere to go but up. Notice that
no one has said the words “over a cliff” in a while because they no longer have
that sycophantic relationship with one another, and especially with Olivia.
That wasn’t healthy, which is why the deconstruction is pivotal to change
within this group of people.
This episode confirmed my suspicions that Jake is working
behind her back. My spidey senses tingled in the beginning of the season and I
was right. Jake is not interested in bringing Olivia into the light, his only
concern appears to be freedom. Therefore, he is participating in this whole charade
with Rowan and undermining Olivia. He looks like he’s involved to the point
where he is taking orders from both Rowan and Olivia, but at the end of the day
he’s interested in freedom the same way other characters were interested in
freedom this last episode. Rowan’s bones are just a sad euphemism for his
freedom to take back command. Notice that Jake suggests Olivia kill Rowan
because he is too weak himself and wants Olivia to subconsciously free him. That
thing she told him about him needing her too much? It’s true. And Olivia
gambles with her father until the very end so that she can prove that she is the
one in control and free of him. The complete opposite is true; she is still his
prisoner as she described how she was made in his image. Rowan has never
stopped being in control.
Now that I mentioned Jake it’s also important to mention
that I’m sure his days on here are numbered. This last episode planted the seed
in Cy’s brain that something is amiss. Using Fenton as a scapegoat was a bad idea;
Cy is now questioning the intel Jake claims he had and he seems to be the only
person who remembers that this asshole killed James in cold blood. It’s the
perfect time for revenge. Cy will help
unfurl what exactly has been going on under the roof of this WH all along. THE
TIME IS NIGH! PLEASE! PLEASE JUST GET RID OF JAKE!
Also, important to mention that Pryce of power guy was (is?)
a member of the press just like James, it was no coincidence that Cy of all
people has that discussion with Jake.
eyeroll* The most useless character on here that can’t do anything unless
she is coddled and spoon-fed. She needs Marcus for advice, she needs Olivia to
hold her hand every second, SHE is the one that’s President but in the end, she
relents and decides to pick Fitz’s brain (and reports) to see how she should
propose Criminal Justice Reform. No idea ever comes from her! EVER!
Her whole “we don’t need no man” speech was one of the
creepiest things I’ve ever witnessed on this show. I’m not sure if it was the
acting or what but I picked up on the strangest tension. And about men coming
between them? Fitz was between them in the beginning, and he is between them
now because Mellie is discussing and setting policy goals with Fitz instead of
with her COS, especially after Fitz has been pseudo-banished. No man between
them? LIES! It’s always the same man, now it’s just not in a romantic context.
In the end this whole Rashad thing will blow up but I refuse
to think that this bitch will have the satisfaction of firing Olivia. Olivia
looks like she’s barely hanging on by a thread as it is, I want her to quit and
reclaim her agency! For all the times that Mellie treated her like some whore
that was responsible for serving her now ex-husband! And all the times she’s
been dismissive of her this season! Or how she wants all sort of plausible deniability
while Olivia gets her hands dirty as command! Enough of this kumbaya sisterhood
shit, it’s fake, let’s end it!
The only thing I can’t quite decide on is Rowan’s fate. The
kill order is still standing; we were left with that cliffhanger… But I wonder
if the show is gonna go down the whole patricide route? I’m not sure. It is
obvious that Rowan and Olivia cannot coexist, for her to be able to live her
life she needs to be free of him. It is no coincidence that she was somewhat
functional the first two seasons when Rowan was not in the picture. Once he
entered the scene her life started to spiral, culminating with this last
episode in which Olivia unloads all her baggage and all the fingers point to
Last Few Words
For the first time in a long time I am eager to see the show
return. We only have 11 episodes left but these are all loose ends that need to
tied up. For a long time, I resented the show because I felt as if the writing
was constantly contradictory and I felt like it was impossible to interpret it.
The characters would act a certain way but their words were the complete
opposite and I just found myself running out of patience and not knowing what
to believe. I had to reach a place of indifference to be able to interpret it. I
in no way believe that all, if any, of these predictions will come to fruition and this may be more along the lines of wishful thinking perhaps. I want to fall in love with Olivia the same way I did at the beginning and I REFUSE to think that they will let her go out unhappy. Whatever her version of happy is then so be it, but she is not cut out to be Command. The writing’s on
the wall and we are reaching the end so everything tends to feel on the nose
and too intentional for there to be coincidences. I’ve thought of other things
that I did not include on here because this is so insanely long but would love
to discuss and pick at other ideas. :)
I think that we will come to find that Olivia has a
deliciously chewy center. (And I’m sure Fitz can attest to that!)
[Mellie] has NEVER been loved right. Her ex-husband…treated her like a cheap accessory and when she finally had an affair, that fucker turned out to be more of an asshole than her husband. It was only a matter of time before she hopped on Marcus’ magic stick and road into dicked-down-right-land. Oh and what a land it is! …You remember that land, don’t you Liv? That place Jake took you regularly? Hahaha! Yeah, I said it.
With the right spin [on a seperation] Mrs. Grant would definitely lock up the Virginia conservatives and as a woman and a single mom she’d get the moderates. We’re not doing it. I am not lying to the American people about our marriage.
“They have to take care of each other, they’re family. Mellie is Fitz’s family. Both Mellie and Fitz are victims of Big Jerry, and he has to take care of Mellie; he loves her as his family. Now that they’ve shared this loss of a child, they’re going to have to recover together.”
I loved this from the interview with Tony Goldwyn on THR (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/scandal-season-4-tony-goldwyn-fitz-olivia-697563). It really outlines their relationship as a whole. They need each other as a family, and obviously aren’t in love, but they feel a love on another level. A different kind of love. It really illustrates the connection and history that they have with each other. The understanding that they have with one another. Such beautifully shot scenes from the finale.
This is just one more opportunity for you to talk about how great you are. When you’re running you talk about how great you are. When I’m running for office, you talk about how great you are. Is there a scenario where you don’t talk about how GREAT you are. You are standing up here thumping your chest, reeling off your stats, chiseling yourself onto Mount Rushmore, like you didn’t stand on my back to get there. On Olivia’s back, on Cyrus’s, on your Daddy’s. I didn’t have a one hundred million dollar trust fund, a political legacy, I didn’t go to the best boarding schools on the planet and I am NOT a white man. I am here on my own. I got here on my own. I got here because I managed to escape you. Like Liv managed to escape you. You talk about how great of a president you are yet you whined and cried about how much you hate the job every chance you got. Do those people out there who LOVE you know how many times you tried to walk off the gig? How privileged and entitled do you have to be to think of the most powerful office in the world as a prison?! Unlike you, Fitz, I want this. Unlike you, I earned it. And unlike you, I will not squander it. This stage is mine.
Mellie Grant letting Fitz have it in 5x21 “That’s My Girl”