I don't read her relationship with Jake as having anything at all to do with getting back at Fitz. Getting back at him for what? She has nothing to get back at him for. Jake is convenient, and maybe he IS a relationship of convenience. But he's more than JUST a booty call. She does care about him, even if that care extends to wanting him to be safe. ETA: She may not care about him in the sense that she wants to marry him and move to Vermont and make jam, but I don't think that's a realistic end for her and Fitz either.
Nope. It wasn't an excuse. There is no excuse for it. But we cannot rewrite the entire story arc so that it reads "Jake walks into Olivia's office for coffee, chokeslams her on her own desk. End scene." That shouldn't have been the end result of that story arc (the chokeslam) but it wasn't a situation where he just walked in and did it out of the blue because it was Tuesday.
I definitely, completely agree that Fitz and Mellie's marriage is toxic. The best thing for those two is divorce. I strongly believed that they loved each other at one time and that their marriage wasn't just one arranged for political aspirations as we've been led to believe. I do believe they loved each other. But too much has transpired between them for their relationship to recover. It's time to cut the cords and set each other free.
At the time that Tom was supposedly in Fort Detrick, Jake was Command. Fitz knew that which is why he called Rowan in knowing it wasn't Maya Pope who killed his son.
I definitely appreciate this response, particularly regarding Olivia being written as human instead of weak. Thanks for this.
I never said Mellie was a good mother. I said she had a great scene in this episode in which she happened to be a good mother.
It's curious to me that Fitz' first thought after learning that Tom was responsible for the death of his son was to call Rowan, the person who told him about the meningitis in the first place, and that Jake is the one in custody now because that's the name Tom gave. Something tells me (prediction based on previous writing of the show, perhaps) that we'll learn Fitz' jealousy over learning that Olivia took Jake away with her was at least in part his motivation for believing Jake to be responsible for killing his son. Otherwise we wouldn't have the next two episodes.
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.
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