1.10.2014

When Love Becomes a Liability

Last year, I wrote a post called The Jump-Off, in which I discussed the futility of being the other woman.  In said post, I referenced the hit TV show Scandal, which I didn't watch at the time because I didn't like the idea of a sistah being a white man's side dish.  I didn't give a damn that he was the POTUS.

Fast forward eight months.  After spending the holidays with my bestie, who is a diehard Scandal fan, I'm now caught up on all 2.5 seasons of the show.  I enjoyed everything not Olitz-related. In fact, I rolled my eyes and fast-forwarded through every "tender" scene they had together (which my bff thought was hilarious).

I don't understand their relationship.  I don't believe their "love."  In fact, I need someone to explain to me why he loves her and why she loves him. 

Continued on Musings in the Dark

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  1. This is the same reason I have never watched the show....I just can't support being a bit of chocolate on the side for whitey.......I might have watched if she was the Flotus....I mean we do have precedence for a Black Flotus.....

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  2. I can't believe you watched the show!

    I don't understand their relationship. I don't believe their "love." In fact, I need someone to explain to me why he loves her and why she loves him.

    While this seems to be the crux of the show, it's also the weakest link. There's enough murder, torture, terrorism, conspiracy, and run of the mill political scandal to keep this show going. Olitz, ironically, may be the very reason the show ends up getting canceled. So not only is such "love" a liability in the romantic sense, it's also a liability in the creative sense.

    Are they really love? Are they indulging their angst? Do we care??? I don't believe they're in love or even know what love is. Abby/David is love. The friendship Huck and Quinn shared was love, though of a platonic sort. The affection Huck shared with his wife was love, and let's note that two gay actors portrayed that heterosexual relationship to perfection.

    Jake and Edison love Olivia - I can believe that. Edison wanted to marry her (twice, as you pointed out), and Jake had the time to actually get to know her (granted, through surveillance mostly). But Fitz? Fitz is a boy. Fitz is a spoiled, selfish, clueless little boy, and the fact Liv allowed him to put his dick in her is downright appalling.

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    1. She watched American Horror Story (which scares the shit out of her) with me, so I watched Scandal with her (and tried my best to curtail my snark). It's what bffs do.

      While this seems to be the crux of the show, it's also the weakest link. There's enough murder, torture, terrorism, conspiracy, and run of the mill political scandal to keep this show going. Olitz, ironically, may be the very reason the show ends up getting canceled. So not only is such "love" a liability in the romantic sense, it's also a liability in the creative sense.

      YES! YES! YES! I enjoyed everything that had absolutely nothing to do with that skewed "romance." I think the show would be a whole lot better if that aspect got axed. There's nothing beautiful or romantic about their relationship. If anything, it's infantile and Fifty Shades of Twilight. Trying to keep it as the center...well maybe not quite front and center, hogties the writers. When she said, "Where is this going?" I was like, "Um, yeah?" Because the answer is nowhere. They'll write themselves into a corner if they're not careful.

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    2. Please don't get me started on the hot garbage that is David/Abby. HE can do so much better. I can't stand Abby, That heffa is cornier than a bowl of Frosted Flakes and shadier than Twenty-Nine Palms. She's a liar and a thief, and he's clearly a sucker. She wants to be Olivia's confidant, and while they may be friends, there is a line Olivia rightfully won't let Abby cross because she's so fucking shady.

      I also get annoyed at how Olivia treats Harrison sometimes. But that's another rant for another day.

      TBH, I don't know why Jake loves Olivia either. I understand why he feels protective of her, but I don't understand why he thinks he loves her. Yes, she rescued him from the hole...but she ain't did shit else to warrant his love. THIS is what I don't like.

      Quinn's about as bright as a Dollar Tree flashlight, but I do believe Huck cared for her. And yeah, I believe Edison is the one man who really loved Olivia...and she couldn't handle it.

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    3. Okay, total sidebar. I watched a bit of Fringe and it wasn't until you mentioned Huck's wife that I realized that she was played by Jasika Nicole. I think I was confused b/c I'd heard the mention that Huck's wife is Afro-Latina but Jasika Nicole is Black American and from Alabama (and while we know that Guillermo Diaz is Latino, his ethnicity is kind of not mentioned on the show, just like that other South American guy from Lost who left after the first season).

      Abby has crapped on David so many times, and even now she treats him like a shameful booty call that she doesn't want anyone to know she is banging.

      Will we ever see my future baby daddy Harrison with a woman who isn't some mediocre white booty call. I mean, I'm okay with him being single if that is how they are going to play him.

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    4. To be fair, Abby is an ex-battered wife who's still working through her damage. Abby's problem, ironically, is Olivia. Her loyalty to OPA and her tendency to put them first is what's screwing her relationship with David the most.

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    5. She's going to have to make a decision soon, then. Stephen jumped ship when he fell in love and got married, and if Abby is really serious about being with David, then she's going to have to do the same. I still don't like that bush.

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    6. I'm still ticked about Stephen leaving. Henry Ian Cusick Chavez is a gorgeous Latino actor with a real British accent, and I wonder why the hell he left the show. Granted it, gave Harrison more room to shine, but look how well they haven't handled that?

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  3. I have often said this about Orlitz relationship. He is in LUST with her and he is obsessed. I also think that he sees Olivia as a game. Love is sacrificial and if he loved her he would leave Millie and be with her . Fits just keep playing with Olivia's feelings and it's like she's Fitz's toy .It really do make Olivia look like his plaything.

    When Jake first came on the scene I wasn't sure what to make of him.. maybe another plaything to Olivia, but the more that I studied him,the more I realized that he truly cares about her and her well being .Fitz may see her as a joke but I would love for Olivia to make a fool from him and just be merry with Jake. Jake have grown on me and I like him.

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    1. I mean, he's no Columbus Short but I would not turn away Sergeant Felicity if he was knocking at my door. And certainly not to be Fitz's side-piece.

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    2. Nope..Columbus is the man but any man there is better than the president. Olivia is really getting on my nerves being played by Fitz. Eventually, she'll be in somebody's mental hospital while he's have another woman on his shoulder or go back to Millie.

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  4. I'll be honest. I'm Team Mellie. She's the very definition of ride-or-die and regardless as to her political machinations, the point is that nearly everything she does is for Fitz's benefit. She sacrificed A LOT to get that sorry bastard into the Oval Office, and he treats her like shit. He throws his affair in her face every chance he gets, and while we know it's killing her, she puts up with him to maintain the facade to springboard her own political career. But she is playing a looooong game. A lesser woman (like myself) woulda been left Fitz's ass and made a fortune airing the dirty laundry.

    I'm still waiting for the show to reveal exactly when he fell out of love with Mellie. I can't pinpoint it exactly, but there had to be something in their marriage that broke sometime before the campaign, because it is this very thing that Olivia points out when they first meet.

    I wish both Mellie and Olivia would tell Fitz to sit on a dick and spin.

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    1. I have only watched about five episodes of this show total. I would say that more than ride or die Mellie is smart. She is looking out for herself which all women need to do. Unlike Olivia she will get paid when or if Fitz does leave her plus she can write the tell all book. Sympathy will be on her side as the suffering wife. Unless it comes out that she knew all along then there will be hell to pay for all parties. The public will feel like its been played.

      As for Fitz and Mellie being in love. I'm not sure. When you look at most political figures the marriages don't look all lovey dovey. Its more of a business transaction. The get married because it helps their image. It reminds me of the scene from Legal Blond where Reese Witherspoon's character gets dumped by her boyfriend when he decides that he needs someone that better suits his career (in other words get the dull boring girl that won't off put other women). So I think Fitz went with the 'safe' bet when he got married. Someone other women would identify with instead of a playboy playmate that would tick them off.

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