Over the Top, Trifling Messes
In this episode, Olivia is unexpectedly terrified and erratic. She finds out about Jake and this leads to a physical altercation. Cyrus attempts to manipulate James into forgiving him. Fitz continues to be a bully who stalks and belittles his significant others. David could possible be in training to be the next Fitz, learning how best to pull someone in before you stomp on their hopes and dreams. Quinn is finally allowed to show that she’s got a brain and Cyrus is possibly the mole.
Quotes from the Podcast: “We’re not blaming [Olivia] for being afraid because who wouldn’t be afraid? We’ve seen her afraid before. The guy jumps into her car, she’s scared. She’s startled. The CIA guy’s at her door, she has to take a big breath to steel herself against her fear. But, at the same time, whenever she’s been afraid, she’s used her fear to put the other person in check so the other person doesn’t overstep their bounds. And yet, with Jake, she’s like completely erratic. She acts like any other woman would but Olivia has been shown not to be any other woman.” – Sabrina
“To me, it was very manipulative. Not Shonda manipulating, Cyrus manipulating and there’s a difference. I feel like what Cyrus said to James was completely out of line because he’s talking like… James had a clear choice and an easy choice. Either send Cyrus to jail, bring down the government or don’t. And also he’s talking like he left it up completely to James. He didn’t.” – Alta
“They’re always pretending and they have no happy memories. And I’m like, that’s not true. Because even if they decide to never show us a flashback with Mellie and Fitz getting along and even if Fitz continues to paint this horrible life, this horrible picture of their past, umm, you can’t have twenty years with someone and not have good moments. Day in and day out. It’s just not realistic.” – Sabrina
“I don’t even know why [Olivia] gets so bothered by Fitz and Mellie when she’s supposed to know that it’s all a charade. Why does she get so bothered? She’s the one who coached them. She made them! She’s the one who taught them how to fake it. Yet she was watching that interview – does she not know how they met? Fitz and Olivia, there’s so much about each other that they don’t know.” – Alta