“Any Questions” offered us another rare opportunity to see Olivia and Fitz interact as a more traditional couple. The opening scenes in Olivia’s apartment, completely wrapped up in each other figuratively and literally while the world literally is about to come crashing down around them; making love, getting dressed together and beginning to plan the next few critical hours of their lives.
But what may be my favorite scene of the episode is the conversation that Olivia and Fitz had regarding his failure to file is re-election paperwork. The sheer magnitude of that conversation is important enough on its own, but an added layer of significance is that this conversation occurred in Fitz’ bedroom (yes, the bedroom he shares with his frenemy wife, Mellie.)
Olivia and Fitz do the Stride of Pride
Could you two be any happier with yourselves? Seriously, no wonder they can’t stay away from each other.
After much bellyaching and making threats like he’s an adult Tracy Flick who becomes unhinged after learning that a rival PTA mom found out the secret to her spaghetti is a dash of cinnamon, Cy makes his way into Liv’s crib. Olitz are boo’d up and fooling around in bed. It’s hilarious to me how much of an eff they do not give that everything in their world is coming undone faster than knots on a makeshift bed sheet escape rope in an action movie. Anyway, Cy storms in and yells at them to get up, and you know what? I don’t blame him. These fools had him running around D.C. in order to save the presidency while they were headlining Sexapalooza ‘13. And let’s be honest, Cy’s trying to protect his job as well because we know his power-hungry ass is not going to give all this up and teach world history to some middle school chillrens.
Phoebe’s back! Many of you raved about her recap last week. Here’s her latest for “Any Questions”.
Fitz: Smug, satisfied confident bastard who knows he just killed it. I love him.
Fitz and Olivia Discuss the Re-election
Another amazing scene between Olivia and Fitz as they figure out their plans for their future and the impact of the decisions that loom before them. For once, seemingly confident they have a future, but unsure of how it will play out.
Olivia, believing and knowing Fitz truly wants to be with her, but also knowing she can’t let him bury the insecurity and brokenness he still harbors over Defiance and even more importantly, the damage his father did to his psyche all his life.
Again, the writers show us how deeply Olivia and Fitz are connected. These are two people who love each other enough to push one another to face the truth about their feelings and motivations.
Olivia loves Fitz enough to know that unless he proves himself TO himself, he will never truly be happy, no matter how much their love may sustain him. And she’s willing to sacrifice her own needs to make sure he is a whole person, not just for his own well-being, but for the good of their relationship too. And Fitz knows she’s right.
That’s called long-term thinking folks, and it’s good to see Olivia and Fitz thinking of themselves together that way.
Are we going to see them finally back together as team? Olivia and Fitz against Everybody Else? We shall see.
Scandal 221 Sneak Peek 4 “Any Questions?” Cyrus Press Conference and Subsequent Hissyfit
Yes, I said hissyfit. There’s no other way to describe it. I’ve seen and thrown my fair share of hissyfits, so I call ‘em like I see ‘em.
Cyrus is channeling his inner-Bill Belichick on that press conference. The art of talking without saying anything is harder than one might think.
And fist-bump to the return of SSA Tom holding down the loveshack security. Could we love him any more?
My inappropriate comment for the morning - I’m almost surprised Olivia can walk around so well after the night they just had.
I told y’all it was inappropriate!
Scandal 221 “Any Questions” 5/9/13 Sneak Peek #3 - Stand Down
Fitz: “You are not in charge of everything.”
As one of those independent women who has spent a significant amount of my adult life focused on career and success and getting ahead, I admit that hearing those words from the right man (or person, whatever you got going on in your life) holds a lot of appeal. Not because you need anyone to take care of you, I think we’ve all proven that to ourselves many times over through the years. But isn’t it kind of the point of a relationship to find the person you can trust enough to “stand down” and let them handle things when its necessary?
True partnership is that kind of give an take. To put your emotions and even your future in the hands of someone you love, and trust them to do what is best for the both of you (and vice versa). Now yes, that person has to prove they are worthy of that kind of trust, but when you find that, the real thing, it isn’t about relinquishing power or your own identity, but more about building a relationship based on mutual trust, respect and support of each other.
Personally in relationships, I know it’s always better for me to have someone who knows when to tell me to chill the fuck out. OCCASIONALLY. ;)
The Morning (Afternoon?) Routine - Part 2
We were forced to endure the morning routine of Olivia with Puddin’ a few months ago, and thankfully the writers have given us an Olitz moment to cleanse even that ghost from Olivia’s apartment.
The difference is clear. Olivia with Puddin’ could barely even be bothered to pay attention to him. She’s more focused on making sure her shoes go with that fabulous blouse.
Contrast that against the Olitz scene. The connection is there even when they are across the room from each other - watching and talking to each other through the mirror even until they are face to face.
Getting dressed in the morning is the real, normal people stuff, but when you’re with the right person, even the mundane can have excitement, engagement and electricity.
My feelz are still a little wonky from all this and I’m still processing, but here is the link to my previous post on this.