Throughout the first two seasons of ‘Scandal,’ Olivia and Fitz getting back together was the show’s obvious endgame. But given Fitz’ horrendous, murderous actions, I’ll never be able to fully respect Olivia if she takes that philanderer back.
If you watch Scandal, then you’re definitely familiar with the “Olitz” fans, who won’t rest until Mellie (Bellamy Young) is out of the picture and their two favorite former lovebirds — Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Fitz (Tony Goldweyn) — are back together. But after two cold-blooded murders and enough cover-ups to make your head explode, one thing has become abundantly clear: these two are never ever getting back together.
President Fitzgerald Grant is a Sociopath
According to the all-powerful dictionary, a sociopath is a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience. Of course, Fitz isn’t all of those things — a president can’t exactly be antisocial, after all. He’s definitely displayed some criminal activity (murdering Verna with his bare hands), and has looked the other way while some pretty morally reprehensible things went down (Amanda Tanner’s murder and everything related to B6-13 stand out), and it really says something when the fact that he’s had multiple affairs in the Oval Office is the least offensive thing he’s done.
But even with all of those notches on Fitz’s bad-person-belt, I didn’t firmly make up my mind until the Nov. 7 episode, when he (again) treated Olivia like a petulant child for daring to ask what he knew about her mother’s tragic death. Now, I’m not saying that he did it — innocent until proven guilty, after all — but Fitz brushed her aside with a level of cruelty and indifference that is simply unforgivable. Fitz is all charm and flirtation when the conversation is on his terms, but when Olivia brings up something important to her? Nope, sorry. The Ice King returns, gas-lighting Olivia into thinking she’s crazy.
I’m not saying that Olivia is a perfect human. Far from it. She’s taken on some pretty awful clients, and most egregiously, covered up an election scandal she was a part of. But she still tries to do what’s right for the greater good, and when she finds out that one of her clients is in fact guilty, she does her best to make sure that justice is served. Fitz? Not so much. He just looks the other way while Cyrus does his dirty work. Olivia deserves better, and removing Fitz from her life would also eliminate so many of those impossible, dirty decisions she has to make on a regular basis.
Jake Ballard — The Better Option
It’s even more difficult to stick up for the “Olitz” pairing now that Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) has entered the scene. Though he suffers from some PTSD and is currently unemployed, the handsome, unmarried military vet has a much cleaner conscience than his old war buddy Fitz. Plus, it’s easy to brush last season’s lies (and surveillance cameras) aside, since he was on direct orders from his president and had no clue what he was actually doing. And he has never, ever spoken down to Olivia like Fitz does on a regular basis.
So let’s talk straight, Olivia — I understand. Letting go of a bad-boy ex is tough, especially when that bad-boy ex is a U.S. president who won’t stop calling no matter how many times you say you’re done. But next time Fitz calls to say “I still love you,” pull a T-Swift and respond with a firm, “I just… I mean this is exhausting, you know, like. We are never getting back together. Like, ever.”
— Shaunna Murphy