Originally published on madamenoire.com
I’ve been over Fitz for at least two seasons now. But every time I watch a new episode of Scandal, where the President speaks outside of his official capacity, my soul gets weary.
I wanted, more than anything, for Olivia and Jake Ballard to be together forever. But you know the heart wants what it wants. And it’s really unfortunate that Olivia wants Fitz so badly. Because not only is their relationship completely unrealistic, homeboy displays some characteristics that should leave quite women shaking in their boots.
The man is no good, y’all!
And I know we’re talking about Scandal here, no one is all that “good” on this show. They all have their own unique capacity for evil. But there’s something about Fitz pretending to be holy when he’s so far from it that just makes my skin crawl.
I get it. Fitz has had a rough life. His daddy didn’t love him the right way. He’s “trapped” in a loveless marriage. He lost a child. And he can’t be with the woman he loves.
But every last person on that show has problems. Major ones. Yet, Fitz is the only one who consistently tries to act like he’s never done anything wrong, like the victim in his own life story. Whenever things get rough for him, the first person he blames is a woman in his life. Usually, it’s Mellie, but when he found out Olivia had agreed to rig the election in Defiance, Ohio, he stopped speaking to her too.
Fitz is always talking to Mellie like a dog, and Thursday night was no different. After supporting him for years, riding with his affairs (Don’t get it twisted. It’s not just Olivia.), birthing his children, and then having to bury one of them, it was Olivia who had to convince him to be there to support his wife. And instead of giving her at least a day to celebrate the moment, he immediately starts hurling jabs.
He threatened Mellie saying that if she doesn’t sign divorce papers, he’ll let the whole world know all the dirt that she’s done. For the life of me, I can’t understand why Fitz keeps throwing the jurors in Mellie’s face when he has caused his own fair share of death, crashing a plane full of people, sending soldiers to die in a war to get Olivia back, and even snuffing out that old lady when she threatened to tell the world his whole presidency was a shame.
Fitz loves to pretend that he has been forced into these predicaments by others, painted into a corner. But I’ve yet to see him take responsibility for his own actions and admit, once and for all, that, for all the pain and drama it’s caused, he thoroughly enjoys the power and prestige that comes with being President of the United States.
Instead, he mentions the jurors again, as if she knowingly killed those people. And in doing so, he took time out to insult her even further. He was sure to tell her how he despised her and then, after she willingly gave up her career to support his political aspirations, told her:
“Your biggest accomplishment so far is waving and smiling.”
While I absolutely believe Mellie should sign them papers and be about the business of shaking things up in D.C., I cannot understand why Fitz is so mean and nasty to her. At the end of the day, despite their differences, Mellie has never done anything to intentionally hurt Fitz. She birthed his children and was always there in the rare moments that he decided he would try to be a good husband.
So why the attitude?
I know Olivia is not often privy to these conversations, but if she were, I wonder how she would feel about it.
If I were her, I’d be terrified.
There’s no guarantee that IF Fitz and Olivia get to be together, that they’ll last forever and always. We often forget that Fitz did love Mellie at one point. And if he could speak to the woman he once loved like that, God only knows how he’ll speak to Olivia when things go sour. Bottom line, Fitz is a punk. The only time he steps up is when he’s talking down to a woman, speaking to a subordinate, or beating up a man who’s tied to a chair.
He works my very last nerve.
Props to Tony Goldwyn, the real man who plays this character. I’m not an actor but I imagine it’s much harder to play a man viewers love to hate rather than one they simply adore.
What do you think about Fitzgerald Grant? Are you here for him? Do you think he and Olivia should be together?