I would say that Olivia enables Fitz' dysfunction, even if she doesn't intend to. But yes, to your point, their relationship is dysfunctional and the stuff of adolescent fantasies. Liv would be best to walk away, work on herself, and then see where the chips fall.
I certainly don't blame Fitz for everything that's happened to Mellie. I blame circumstances and her inability to speak the truth for fear of what it might do to Fitz' career. Yes, Liv has to take responsibility for stringing Fitz and Jake along.
I don't think she can trust anyone completely, no. Not now that she knows who her father really is. And yes, I do think there's a certain level of being attracted to men who can't commit because somewhere deep down that means she doesn't really have to commit either. I also don't think that she doesn't care about Jake. If she didn't care about him at all she wouldn't have fought to have him released when her father had him the last time.
Here's the difference for me between Jake and Fitz, with the caveat that neither is particularly good for her. Fitz cannot separate his want of Olivia from his job as President. It's almost like he can't do his job as the leader of the country without wanting to be in Olivia's pants. Jake compartmentalizes so that who he is when he's at work isn't who he is when he's with her, except for at the beginning of their whatever this is when she WAS his work. It's not so much for me that JAKE is the right relationship for her as that it's that Fitz isn't. Not right now. I, too, want what's best for Olivia, so in your very last sentence we agree. She'd be best alone, loving herself, getting therapy for the terrible things she's witnessed and experienced, and being a badass fixer.
But they DO exist outside the bedroom. "Hey, let's do dinner. I'll cook." and "I got you a turkey burger..." as he's bringing dinner to her apartment so they can do whatever it is normal people do. They're a couple in all ways but acknowledging it.
I agree with you that neither Jake NOR Fitz NEED to be with her right now, but if one of them HAS to be with her right now (because we can't see weird sex between Huck and Quinn or get David and Abby back together or whomever else...or just not focus on sex?) Jake's the guy because he's the available one. That's not me writing. That's THE writing. Plus, having her with Jake fans the flams of the Fitz-Olivia fans and makes their inevitable reunion more tantalizing.
I don't hate Fitz because he's not in love with Mellie. I hate Fitz because he's a co-dependent brat who can't be in the same room with Olivia without thinking about screwing her, even when she's saving his job and his family. Again, talk TO me, not ABOUT me.
If they have to kill Jake to put Fitz and Olivia back together, this becomes Revenge. I don't think they'll kill him, but I do want to see Fitz learn the truth. And as much as I love Joe Morton, like I said downthread, I'm tired of seeing Rowan win all the time. He has to lose and pay the price for that.
I don't want Fitz and Mellie's marriage to work, but I do want them to get to a place where they can acknowledge they both screwed up and walk away from each other, putting their kids first. I'd actually love to see the divorce story Olivia posited come to fruition. Fitz is done with being POTUS. He and Mellie get a divorce. He and Olivia get together. Mellie runs for office and Fitz supports her in that endeavor.
I feel like what happens in the Fitz vs. Jake as boyfriend/lover material conversations is that I don't think our significant others should define us. Fitz said himself that he's nothing without her and almost died without her there. He's co-dependent on her and no, that's just not healthy. I don't care how hot their chemistry is. Can they sit at home on a Saturday night while she's got her hair in a top knot wearing oversized sweats and he hasn't shaved in three days and be happy together but not because of each other? Show me that. I want to see them be together doing anything other than fighting or having sex, because so far, that's all we see of Fitz and Olivia. You say that Jake is trying to change her. So is Fitz. He has his fantasy about the two of them living in Vermont while she makes jam. What the hell? Olivia's not making jam! Neither of these guys is perfect for her. In the long run, I'd actually prefer she end up with neither. But if she IS going to end up with Fitz, I'll deal, provided they find a way to redeem him somehow. (Which I said up there in my review.) I *did* like Fitz and Olivia in the beginning. In S1 and part of S2, I longed for them to run away together, even with him leaving his kids behind. If you want her, be with her. Give it up. Walk away. This doesn't seem to have ever been his dream anyway. It was his father's. But right now? Right now I don't like Fitz and Olivia together. It's just too co-dependent and obsessive for my taste.
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