I found the premise of this episode very creepy. The government is using a program called Thorngate to spy on the American people, and not even the White House itself are safe. Artie’s anxiety put me on edge. Kudos to the actor. Artie only came to Pope and Associates to buy himself time to….find the highest bidder? Is that right? Anyways, let’s talk about the characters, starting with Fitz.
Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III. Have a seat!
There is a post on scandalmoments, written before this episode aired, that wonders who has the power in the Fitz/Olivia relationship. The article summarizes that both of them have an amount of power over the other, and in this episode Fitz exercised his in full force. My God did he need to be punched in the face.
“I am angry because you’re committing treason; I am angry because you’re behaving like a traitor to your country.”
Fitz is mixing his jealousy and resentment with his power, and that is wrong. Fitz is using his power to alleviate how bad he feels by forcing Olivia to spend time with him, and that is wrong. Fitz, by asserting his power, found out who Olivia’s ex boyfriend was, how long they were together, where they lived, and how far they got in the relationship (engagement). Olivia never told him this. Look at her face when he’s rattling off details about her private life. And then he got the man fired. Yes, I believe his firing Senator Davis was more out of jealousy and a need to let out some aggression than out of any need to punish Davis for doing something wrong. Fitz, if he’s so inclined, and we saw with the senator that he can be, can have Olivia’s job, make sure she never works again, make sure she can only get a low-level job, have her arrested on some bogus charge, and on and on.
There’s using his power to help Liv, like he’s done before, and then there’s using his power to get back at her, which is what he did in this episode. He cannot use his power to force her to meet with him, to force her to talk to him, to keep her from moving on. He cannot force himself into her life. That is some controlling bullcrap. He can jostle her any way and any time he wants to, because he’s the president of the United States, and he has a hell of a lot of cover. It’s one thing for him to say he won’t leave Olivia alone; it’s another to keep calling when she’s obviously ignoring his phone calls; and it is yet another to show her that he’s not going to leave her alone by dragging her out of her house and forcing her on a hunting trip.
What Fitz should be doing is realizing how unfair the power balance is between him and Olivia and act accordingly by respecting her wishes. He should be super concerned about checking himself in order to not go overboard, in order to not use all of the tools at his disposal to get what he wants. If she wants you, she’ll come see you. Your government is frequently in trouble anyways.
What Fitz can do is invite Oliva, by mail, to official galas and dinners and political events, and if she shows up then she shows up. She has to network with former/future clients anyways. Give her opportunities to see you. Do not take opportunities to force her to see you because you’re unhappy.
I ship Olivia/Fitz for the tragic/bad timing thing that they are, and I was not here for them in this episode. I’m not tethered to them, so I will let them go if need be. Fitz was over the top, a bully, unfair, and a manipulator (of the circumstances). He got in her face and yelled at her. He wants Olivia to settle. I said in the last review that Olivia is not going to be in Fitz’s biography and in the tv documentaries about him. He wants her to settle for that. To forever be his secret (because she will forever be his secret in a lot of ways, as a lot of things about their relationship will never go public even if they get together). He wants her to wait, and he wants her to settle. He wants her to deal with his wife now and his ex-wife in the future as well as his kids. He’s got nothing to offer her except a promise, and when that promise will be accomplished is up in the air, because he might run for a second term, thereby stretching out the amount of time Olivia will spend waiting. And he seems to want that to be enough for her, and it shouldn’t have to be. He was extremely selfish in this episode, and he needed to be pushed off a cliff and fall on every rocky outcropping until he landed at the bottom. Do not force Olivia to do anything. What are you giving her right now? If you were giving her anything, she wouldn’t be avoiding your calls. You better go pray about your life, Fitz.
“I am not yours. I don’t show up places because you want me. I am not yours.”
I don’t have much to say about Olivia. I bet Mellie’s speech about wives and mistresses stuck with her, which, in part, led to her saying this. She needs a very long break from Fitz at this point. She needs to go on a couple of dates.
She was blindsided by Artie, but she can’t be perfect.
I love it when she yells: at Artie to get out of her car, at Fitz to stop walking, at Huck to break down the door, etc.
“You see her again, and I’ll blow you away.”
My favorite line of the episode came from Mellie, and it’s in bold above. My favorite scene involved Mellie, and it’s the scene where she talked about her political future. I will reiterate that I love Bellamy Young’s delivery. Love the way she speaks as Mellie.
I always love it when Mellie is strictly about politics, strictly about the bottom line. The whole thing with her wanting to work out her marriage and having bad feelings about Olivia…..I sometimes feel the writers are trying to get away from the fact that Mellie condoned this affair in season 1 (and in the past) when it meant Fitz would have a cool head. She didn’t care about her marriage then. Does she only want Fitz because a divorce would be bad for her political future? That makes sense, but I feel like the show is starting to play scenes like the one where she was folding baby clothes completely straight. Like it’s more than the fact that they’re getting along and they’re friends. Like she actually has feelings for Fitz and wants to work things out.
But then we get to a scene like her last one in this episode, and we find out that upon learning that Fitz was with Olivia, she started worrying about her political future, not about her marriage.
David is realizing that Oliva didn’t screw him over just because. I love that he’s getting somewhere. He probably slept with Abby to get answers, but whatever the reason, that was not something I needed to see. It didn’t even look like they had a good time. I can’t even imagine that they orgasmed. I wanted him and Olivia to develop a thing! Lord.
I loved seeing Alissa again.
Is Abby going to quit soon? She’s questioning Olivia at every turn, being disappointed by her at every turn, and commenting on how Olivia doesn’t have it together. If that is how she feelings about her boss, why is she still there? She needs to do something soon, because this song she’s starting to sing every episode is kind of tiresome, especially when there’s Harrison who’s been with Olivia just as long as Abby, and he has a little more faith. And of course there’s Huck.
Speaking of Huck: I love that he’s completely there for Olivia. I love the scene in the parking lot. I at first thought those watches were souvenirs of the people he’s tortured and killed, and I was horrified. But it seems they’re simply a collection.
Good on Quinn for telling Abby off. Abby was being unnecessary. Obviously Quinn isn’t going anywhere. Was she just going to be snide to her until the end of time? Abby’s so negative, and I don’t know why. She always has a disparaging comment to make about somebody.
Loved Harrison’s “I’m Quinn, bitch,” and I also loved that woman hitting on him.
*Episode title: Hunting Season