I'm disagreeing with you and the other reviewer, and you know what? That's okay. It's okay that we don't all agree on how that speech should have been perceived. WE know that Olivia's power is beyond her beauty, but it's rare that either Jake or Fitz, and especially not her father, give her credit for that. There's little to suggest that Helen of Troy was more than a trophy, a gift to Paris from Aphrodite herself despite the fact that Helen was married to Menelaus, and Olivia is very often treated by the men in her life like a trophy to be won.
I don't think it's so much that they're playing each other as their motivations are different. I think Olivia loves the idea of Fitz and that's why she keeps him on the hook. It's not so she can use him. And Fitz loves the idea of Olivia because she came around at a time when he was feeling the loneliness of his marriage to Mellie. He definitely likes controlling her, probably because she lets him in the way Mellie never has. (That's not me saying Mellie is better/stronger and Olivia is lesser/weak. Just that Mellie doesn't like being controlled and Olivia submits control in her relationship with Fitz because she's in control in so many other areas of her life. She wants someone else to take the reigns and Fitz wants to take the reigns.)
Eh, you CAN turn around and blame them. It won't make much sense, and it certainly isn't rational, but it happens all the time.
Pretty sure I didn't drool over Jake once in this review. Yes, Fitz used the phone sex to distract her, but he initiated the idea of sex before she asked about the suicide attempt. Third, Jake didn't call Olivia a booty call. He said HE would be a booty call for her, and has repeatedly said, much like Fitz, the ways in which he would like to please her. So don't twist what I'm saying since I never once compared the relationships in this particular review. Yes, I'm aware of my mythology. Helen of Troy was stolen from her home and rightful husband and a war was waged because of it, a war which lasted a decade because every suitor who wanted to marry her before she made her choice vowed to protect her and align themselves with the man she chose should the help be needed. Tom calling her Helen of Troy most certainly was not a reference to Helen's father but to the fact that men ride into battle for her freely knowing they will probably die, some even leaving their wives and families behind to do it. (See: Odysseus/Ulysses.) I do agree with you that Tom's monologue opened her eyes to the fact that her father is a monster whose sole desire in life is to control others. That's where she found the impetus to have him stabbed for his confession.
Olivia wanting to keep Fitz on the hook and Fitz controlling her aren't mutually exclusive. Both can be (and are) plausible.
I loved the reveal that Olivia had Tom stabbed to get him to confess and made him think it was her father. Loved. Not sure why, as that's a pretty dastardly thing to do, but yeah, loved it.
I think Olivia runs because that simple life in Vermont isn't what she wants. She's scared to be "normal." It's easier for her if there's less promise of commitment. That's why things didn't work out with Edison.
If you rewatch the ep, as Beth and Noah leave the hospital, they pass a row of cars with white crosses painted in the back windows. She was taken by the people at the hospital, but I don't think she was taken in the manner they described.
Now I wonder how much money David has squirreled away for himself...
Yeah, I didn't hate this episode, it just wasn't my favorite. It had some necessary moments for plot development, snarky one-liners from Nolan, and Charlotte and Emily beginning to mend fences. And I've always thought Jack was a great looking guy, but I think I prefer him in plaid.
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