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why olivia and fitz are (currently) the best non-couple on television

Flawed characters are my favorite kind. The shows that produce fictional people who are fully aware of their crippling personality “quirks”, or at the very least aware of the screwed up-ness of their actions, are usually the ones I can’t miss. Because of this, and the general perfection dished out at Pope and Associates week after week, I’m smitten with Scandal.

You hand me a strong woman who follows an off-course moral compass and has savvy and intelligence that few can compare to, and couple all of that with the type of beauty that words like “gorgeous” and “breathtaking” only do slight justice when describing how truly enchanting she is, and only then do you have Olivia Pope. I’ve read critics take on how this character is an egregious offense to ‘black’, ‘women’ and ‘black women’ alike, and although I can understand the criticism, I can’t even remotely agree. If rooting for a (fictional) married man to run off into the sunset with his (fictional) mistress is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

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President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III and Ms. Olivia Pope are a tumultuous love affair for the ages. He’s married and admittedly, she’s the other woman, but the power dynamic that would typically come into play in an affair like this simply doesn’t exist. She, he and everyone around them acknowledge that were it not for her efforts, he wouldn’t be Mr. President. He loves her with such unabashed passion that you forget the typical married man tropes (“My wife doesn’t understand me”/ “I’m just not happy” / “I wish I’d met you first” and the most ridiculous, “I’m leaving my wife”) when you see them together, or even listen to him talk about her when they’re apart. He loves her and all those around him know it, even his wife.

Maybe it’s Kerry Washington’s ability to play vulnerable and emotionally impenetrable at the same time that makes this relationship so much better than half the will they/won’t they couples littered on the TV landscape today. Or perhaps, it’s Tony Goldwyn‘s presidential portrayal that’s half President Bill Mitchell and half hopeless romantic in every single rom-com you could ever think of. It’s that type of strength mixed with vulnerability that makes Fitz an all around good guy. Sure, you know he’s wrong for having an affair, but you consider his wife’s previous indiscretions and you see his undeniable connection with Olivia, and you can’t help but root for them episode after episode.

The best part about Olivia and Fitz? We’ve only seen bits and pieces of how they began, as well as the wreckage of their failed attempts to stay away from each other. If this is even a slight indication of the spark that finally, fully ignites into a full-blown relationship, then we’re in for so much more than a few clandestine meetings and stolen moments they both end up regretting.

Knowing all this almost makes me feel bad for Senator Edison Davis. On paper, and as far as we know, he’s a perfectly suitable compliment for Olivia, but the heart wants what the hearts wants, and all roads seem to lead back to Fitz. I’m not sure how they end up together, but that’s Shonda Rhimes’ job to figure out, I just plan to enjoy watching the journey that takes them there.

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revenge recapping: doubt

It’s been a while since we’ve had a new episode so you may need to catch up, previously on Revenge: Scandal

Emily has been working overtime to try and figure out how she’s going to handle the new wrench in her plan. Takeda has Emily, so she’s secure for now. The Graysons are trying to figure out how to spin the story so Daniel goes free. They begin to point a finger towards Jack, which doesn’t sit well with Emily. She suggests enlisting Mason Treadwell’s help, to spin the story in their favor. But of course, knowing Emily, she’ll be spinning this in her favor, not the Graysons.

Emily and Victoria

Queen Victoria needs to send a message to Daniel. The message comes in the shape of a vicious beating that will get Daniel out of prison and under house arrest. Emily suspects the plot and follows Victoria to a shady bar where she pays off a shady character and receives a drink from a past lover. Mason Treadwell is sniffing out his story and the scent leads him to Jack Porter, who tells him to get lost. Declan agrees to offer Mason his story about what he saw on the beach, especially since Charlotte was  high on painkillers and is not a reliable witness. While Mason is writing his first blog post, a message pops up and tells him to look in the bottom drawer. When he does, he finds the tapes from his house, giving him reason to suspect Amanda wasn’t behind his house burning down.

Daniel in prison

Daniel gets released from prison and put on house arrest, which is cause for celebration. But Mason’s blog post questions the hooded man theory and rids the prosecution of its key witness, giving the defense absolutely nothing to work with. Jack asked Nolan to get more information about the wire transfer. Nolan feeds him the information that the transfer was to Amanda’s account and the bank is in Canada. He tells Jack to go find Amanda and the truth. Emily, on the other hand, goes on a completely self-serving mission to hunt down the shady man that Victoria uses for her more nefarious errands. Emily uses the opportunity to beat the man up “for Jack” and get a mold of his key. I wonder what she’ll use that for.

With the defense now grasping for straws, Queen Victoria suggests to Daniel that they turn the tables on the owner of the gun, which is Emily. Daniel doesn’t like that and threatens to confess to everything if Emily is brought into this. Loyal to a fault. I wonder how they’ll spin their defense now.

Quotes

Charlotte: “You’re just another puppet in the Grayson family play and it’s time for your exit.” (Clever way to break up with someone)

Emily: “What do you want?”
Nolan: “World peace but let’s start small.”

Kristen is a confused young adult who sometimes thinks TV shows are actually her life. Wouldn’t that be cool? Unless she was a victim on Dexter, or a deranged privileged teenager on gossip girl, or a wolf on teen wolf, or Liz Lemon! Never mind. It wouldn’t be cool. Kristen is a young adult. Follow her @kris10_Alyse or read frustrateddreamer.com
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revenge recapping: scandal

Previously on revenge: chaos

The interrogations begin as the police comb the beach for answers. Charlotte saw a man in a hoodie. Declan isn’t sure what he saw. Queen Victoria raves Tyler is a lunatic. Ashley says Tyler was sick. King Conrad questions the authority’s abilities to keep Tyler locked up. Emily knows where Tyler got the gun, in her house, after climbing in through an open window. Daniel heeds his mother’s advice and says he doesn’t remember anything. Even with all these odd puzzle pieces the only obvious answer is that Daniel shot Tyler.

Emily and Daniel

Daniel is withdrawn from Emily and it seems clear that suspicion has been aroused in him. Odd considering it was aroused by a gun toting maniac. Even though Tyler is right, why would sweet trusting Daniel choose to believe Tyler’s accusations against Emily? Oh that’s right, because of the ones Queen Victoria made against her in the last episode. Emily didn’t flee to Paris with Daniel, if she had things would be different. Daniel’s suspicions cannot be confirmed though Emily finds him digging through a box under the floorboard (not the infinity box). It seems that he has decided to trust Emily, for now.

Queen Victoria and King Conrad

The Graysons are presenting a united front, with Emily by their side. Charlotte is still indulging her new pill popping habit, but hopes to be able to help Daniel in some way. It’s clear Queen Victoria wants her to identify the man in the hoodie on the beach. King and Queen are reunited again as King Conrad moves back into Grayson manor to further project the united front. Ashley, meanwhile, is using the Graysons’ latest predicament to her PR advantage. Leaking photos, speaking to the press, and advancing her career in the best way she can.

Jack meanwhile is frantic over Amanda’s disappearance and the implications of her being at the scene of Tyler’s murder. He has no regard, though, for his own well-being and what this could mean for him. Such a hero. Only this time, Declan catches on and tells him it’s time he stopped taking the fall for the people he cares about. I don’t think Declan got through to him, but we’ll see. And the ever pressing questions: where is Amanda? What did Master Satoshi do with her? And does Amanda know?

Daniel is arrested

Daniel is arrested and at his preliminary hearing the judge doesn’t grant him bail. I can’t say I disagree. Given the abundance of resources the Graysons could use to get Daniel out of the country it would be a really stupid move. The lawyer they hire is a shark and I have a feeling we’re gonna get some interesting stuff out of him, but first…

FLASH TO 48 Hours Earlier:

A frantic Emily, still in her fire dress races up the steps to her house, box in hand. She rips back the carpet and reveals the space beneath the floorboards. A noise catches her attention and she turns to throw a punch. Satoshi. In the shadows of night a small scuffle until Satoshi has an emotional Emily pinned to the wall. He accuses the current chaos on her actions. Explains what he saw at the beach: Daniel and Tyler scuffle, Daniel shoots Tyler once, Satoshi steps in and shoot Tyler another two times after knocking Daniel out, Satoshi drags Daniel off, Amanda races up followed by Jack who sends Amanda on her way, and drags Tyler’s body away from the beach. Satoshi releases his grip on her and say “You can’t save them both” before leaving Amanda in a furious state.

Thoughts/Predictions

  • Satoshi blaming the current chaos, aka Tyler’s actions that led to everyone else’s actions, on Emily seems a little unfair. Even if she had no feelings for Jack and no feeling for Daniel, she still couldn’t predict that actions of a crazy man. No matter how in control of everything she is, there will always be an unforeseen X factor.
  • Good to know that Emily is human enough to panic.
  • No new episodes until April. Lame. But I bet they’ll be worth the wait.

Quotes

Nolan: “You ever notice how whenever you want girlfriend to leave she keeps popping up like the homicidal stripper version of whack-a-mole but whenever you need to find her she vanishes?”

Conrad: “Life as we know it, Victoria, is over.”

Emily: “Tragedy and scandal it seems have a unique way of clarifying people’s priorities.”

Kristen is a confused young adult who sometimes thinks TV shows are actually her life. Wouldn’t that be cool? Unless she was a victim on Dexter, or a deranged privileged teenager on gossip girl, or a wolf on teen wolf, or Liz Lemon! Never mind. It wouldn’t be cool. Kristen is a young adult. Follow her @kris10_Alyse or read frustrateddreamer.com
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