There are 3 basic types of triangles:
- Equilateral - all sides are equal
- Isosceles - two sides are equal
- Scalene - no sides are equal
Now that we’ve refreshed our memories, let’s explore how triangles work in the Scandalverse as they relate to Olivia and Fitz.
Equilateral: the laws of math and the good lawd in heavin do not yet allow for equilateral triangles that involve Olivia and Fitz. The writers spent two seasons defining and emphasizing that Olivia and Fitz are the real deal. Add to that Tony and Kerry have sealed their romantic chemistry pretty tightly around Olivia and Fitz, and let’s be completely honest, no one is breaking through that to get even close to making a third party seem believable. Circumstances around their relationship and happiness are very difficult, but if all external factors were removed, in their purest form, there is no chance for there to be a 3rd party to be involved equally. Cyrus occassionally can join the picture and create the phenomenon known as the “Faux Equal”, but that is still not a true equilateral - when you measure closely, he still doesn’t quite equal up to the other two sides.
Isosceles: this is really the only way a possible triangle works within the confines of the Scandalverse. You have Olivia, Fitz and some poor little schmuck who is dumb enough to think they can slide in and make a run for one of them. This is a highly unstable polygon with little hope for survival long-term. Eventually, the laws of nature take over and Olivia and Fitz are drawn back together, breaking the poor little schmuck in half. You basically end up with a tent for Olivia and Fitz to live in and then Fitz will chop up the rest of the broken poor little schmuck to make a fire for their dinner.
Billy Chambers submitted the attached illustration:
Errrr, um, okay….moving on.
Mellie, Edison, poor dead Amanda Tanner and Joke have all provided some nights of warm fires for Olivia and Fitz, and the ones that are still alive all seem like eager beavers to sign up for more of the same if the occasion arises. Like I said, schmucks.
Scalene: another temporary triangular state where no sides fit and things are just wonky in general. This is usually a state that occurs when Olivia and Fitz are having one of their knockdown, drag out, I hate you, I love you periods. Any random loser can join in on that crazy at their own risk. Notably, this is another area where Cyrus will present himself. He is a master at creating chaos and uneven angles - he thrives in it. Also dark liquor is another contributing factor to Scalene triangles in the Scandalverse. Fitz is a straight summabitch when he’s on the dark liquor. Olivia has been know to make some bad decisions after a bottle of wine herself. But hey, we all got problems. One bonus to the Scalene state: the laws of nature do kick in intermittently and we get random sexual explosions in the wilderness and server closets. Don’t stand too close cuz it’s dangerous, but they are fun to watch!
And thus ends today’s math lesson. Triangles really don’t exist in the Scandalverse, at least not permanently. So usually you still just end up with a tent for Olivia and Fitz and the fire of the broken souls burning outside. See the above illustration, but here is a less deranged summary.
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Reblogging because my random musings from January make a lot more sense after last night’s Olivia/Huck Scene.
Olivia and Fitz have a connection that is so overwhelming, it takes up all the oxygen in the room. It permeates every episode even when it isn’t the focus of the action. However, there is another significant relationship in Olivia’s life. A much more quiet, subtle relationship, but one that is in many ways as important to her as Fitz. Olivia’s ever faithful puppy, Huck.
Similar to Olivia and Fitz, the communication between Huck and Olivia is often without words. There are so many conversations we never hear them have, or if we do, it’s almost as if it’s spoken in some secret code they only can decipher. Olivia understands Huck because she understands the part of herself that his like him. Insecure, emotionally disconnected, singularly focused on the tasks at hand and intellectually brilliant.