It doesn’t matter what anyone does because it will have absolutely no bearing on events after the commercial break. The characters are chameleons designed simply to fit into the feverish landscape of Scandal’s non-stop thrill-o-coaster plot lines. Olivia is both a nun and sexually adventurous. Fitz is both desperately in love and coldly ambitious. Jake is both an abusive creeper and an uncomplicated romantic romp.
The goal is not to tell coherent stories with engaging characters, but simply to spin fast-moving yarns that can be marketed as #NoOneSawThatComing, because, after all, who could predict what sociopaths in the writer’s room will do next with their puppets.