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.
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.
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