Another parallel: (I forgot to add it to my last post)
Did anyone else notice how in 1x01 Fitz points out the cameras in the Oval, whereas in 2x20, Olivia does it. It’s so symbolic to how much both characters have grown. He’s at the point where he genuinely doesn’t care about being found out, because his priorities have changed. Whereas the lessons of Defiance has made Olivia more protective of him and the presidency. It’s Shonda’s little subtleties like this that make me love this show so much.