November 18, 2013 - 10:34am
BY CHLOE GILKE AND GABY VASQUEZ
Gaby: There was a lot going on in this week's episode. We had drama coming at us from all angles, with Congresswoman Josie's baby scandal, the truth about Operation Remington and the Correspondent's Dinner.
Chloe: So much action! First, Congresswoman Josie's baby debacle. I must say, I agree with Olivia that going public with her situation of having been a teenage mother was the right thing to do. It would make her seem more sympathetic as a candidate, and keeping it hidden would only hurt her campaign and personal life even more. Also, I love Lisa Kudrow as Josie! I'm excited to see how Olivia handles her request to work for Josie's campaign. She's really torn between both parties now.
Gaby: I agree; I think the biggest reveal in this episode was that of Operation Remington. Olivia seemed ready to go back to work for the White House on Fitz's re-election campaign, but after Huck and Jake tell her the truth, the choice won't be as simple.
Chloe: So Fitz gunned down the plane that Olivia's mother died on, but it's hard to tell if he's actually to blame. I still think he must have been operating on someone else's orders (I am forever a Fitz apologist). What are your thoughts?
Gaby: See, I'm quite the opposite. I am definitely anti-Fitz; he has always seemed weak and rather cowardly to me, even in moments when he attempts to be tough (like his conversation with Olivia's dad). Even if Fitz isn't entirely to blame, Operation Remington is still on him. The problem is that Olivia is also a “Fitz apologist.” She finds it difficult, if not impossible, to blame him for his mistakes. Fitz is her weakness, her flaw — which is part of what makes her such an incredibly complex character — but it definitely frustrates viewers such as myself who know she can do so much better and wish she would break free of Fitz once and for all.
Chloe: Whether Fitz is at fault or not, I think this might be the final straw for Olivia’s and his relationship. She was eager to throw away her secret cell phone, after all. Still, the Defiance election-rigging and their affair are haunting her conscience, and she knows it's not right to be with him. And although Jake might seem like a more sincere person, he's also not perfect, and I'm not sure he's right for Olivia either. Everyone on this show operates in such a moral grey area, and the characters's relationships are so twisted and convoluted. That's what I love so much about this show.
Gaby: I was about to say the same thing; this show does a great job of creating complex, flawed characters rather than putting forth “perfect heroes.”
Chloe: Speaking of flawed characters, Mellie's speech at the end was great. A lot of fans agree with the campaign worker who, at the beginning of the episode, called Mellie a "frigid shrew." For me, though, she's always been more than that. The fact that she wants Olivia to work for Fitz's campaign again says a lot about her character: she's willing to look beyond her own personal feelings of jealousy over Olivia and Fitz's relationship and see that Olivia is a vital part of getting Fitz re-elected. Mellie isn't a "shrew" or a "bitch" — she just sees the big picture and really runs the politics, since Fitz never really did. #LadyInCharge
Gaby: Exactly! To be fair, we have to recognize that Mellie herself is far, far, far from perfect, but at the same time, a lot of the criticism she receives comes from her being tough and ruthless (which, if she were a man, would make her great rather than a "shrew," but that is an entirely different discussion).
Chloe: Preach! And did you hear that Kerry Washington is pregnant? I'm really interested to see what the writers will do about that. There could be a whole new baby scandal!
Gaby: I did, actually! I wonder if they'll work it into the show, like the writers of 'Bones' did when Emily Deschanel was pregnant.
Chloe: That would be awesome. I could see that being an interesting plotline for Fitz and Olivia, Finally, some real consequences for that ongoing affair! I guess all we can do is wait and see what happens!
Gaby: Yes, with all of this and the upcoming elections, the rest of this season should give us a lot to talk about.
Chloe: I'm excited to see how everything plays out. We'll chat next week then!