Too Much Fuss Over Fitz

By: | November 20, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Scandalalso known as… Fitz’s Scandalous behavior.  (Note: Spoiler alerts may be coming.)

Scandal viewers ask me if I’m Team Fitz or Team Jake.  In the past, I had to give it much thought.  After all, Jake had murdered my favorite character, James, in cold blood.  Now that time has passed, I suppose I’ll have to forgive him.  He thought he was saving the entire free world and all.  Therefore, I guess I’ll have to cut him some slack.

No way am I Team Fitz.  The contest is over, and he lost a long time ago. I believe it was the day when he gave his famous line, “I want you to watch me earn it,” to Olivia.  He was playing her to get her back in the sack.  (Rhyme intentional.)  He wasn’t trying to earn the public’s rejection of him as President in order to “earn” her by choosing her first.  As it turned out, he wasn’t even sure he wanted to be the president since he hadn’t even filled out the forms to run again.

Also, Fitz is Scandal’s only character that hasn’t been given a meaty speech.  The monologues the actors deliver are my favorite part of the show.  Joe Morton’s Rowan Pope is standout strong.  Kerry Washington’s Olivia and Jeff Perry’s Cyrus aren’t far behind.  Fitzgerald Grant, I maintain, never gets the speeches.  During one episode when he had Rowan Pope strip to his underwear, I thought that, finally, he was going to deliver a scathing speech.  One got delivered alright but from Rowan (yes, in his underwear), to Fitz.  Again, I insist, Fitz has no spine.

Instead, he has become increasingly weak.  For instance, the man is a hypocrite.  He asked Olivia to “handle” Andrew so that he didn’t have sex with his wife, yet has continued to stalk Olivia in the bedroom department.  In addition, he is a manipulator.  He told Olivia that he was a “failure” as a husband.  Instead of fixing that, he tried to manipulate Olivia into having sex with him by playing on her guilt.  He asked, “Am I also a failure as  a man?”  Was he hoping for pity sex?

He has become her virtual stalker this season.  He called her nightly on the phone, and knowing she was worried about Jake, tried to pressure her into having sex with him.  At the end of the scene when he asked her to join him at Camp David, she actually told him not to follow her.  Was the sappy look on actor Tony Goldwyn’s face supposed to make me respect the character?  It didn’t.

Next, we heard from Tom that Fitz was downright suicidal and making whimpering noises like a wounded animal.  Was Olivia supposed to feel sorry for him yet again?  Were we?

In contrast, Scott Foley’s Jake is a strong man.  When recently incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit, he gave Olivia permission “not to choose” him.  A strong man puts the needs of those he loves before his own.  Also, a strong person finds humor in tough situations.  Calling Olivia his “girlfriend” in front of the President when he was angry at him, was definitely funny.

For all the reasons above, I am definitely Team Jake through and through.  Any interest I ever had in Fitz has definitely fizzled.  What do you think readers?  Are you Team Jake or Team Fitz?  Why?  I look forward to reading your views.

  1. Garry Rackley

    I’m not familiar with the show but it was well written and you always make me chuckle a bit. If you decide to post it on Google+ publicly that’s fine but I would also send it to any blog community that let’s you share posts. I bet there are some communities for that particular show and that would really be a good target audience!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Gary,
      Thank you for the comment, for commenting right on the blog, and for this resulting “traffic”. Question: How do I find a community for a particular TV show? I tried Facebook, but not much came up. Thanks for any help you can offer.
      Janice

  2. Athenas Take

    There is an ease in your writing and the flow just made me read and enjoy the post.

    • Janice Wald

      Thank you so much for the kind words. Again, I encourage you to follow the blog to read more of my writing which I just renamed “Reflections”. I try and have topics for all interests.

  3. thistalkaintcheap

    Totally Team Jake. And if you want to discuss the show more, head over to Twitter. Lots of discussion there. You can follow the characters and they do a lot of tweeting on show days.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carolyn,
      I did go to Twitter but did not know how to follow the characters. Do you know what hashtags to use? I haven’t gotten much response to my Pro Jake blog so I’d appreciate the tips. Thanks,
      Janice

  4. batteredhope

    I like Hawk (or is it Huck) I still don’t trust Jake and Fitz, well……he’s Fitz

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      Thank you for visiting my blog! I think I saw you on the Women of Midlife Facebook group. My daughter and I love Huck. I hope his (ex) wife finally believes him and lets him see his son. I trust Jake despite his murderous ways; he killed for the good of the cause, and all that jazz… As far as Fitz the womanizer… I think Olivia’s too good for him.
      I hope her dad comes back. Joe Morton is such a great actor, and they write great speeches for him! Thanks again for coming to my blog!
      Janice

      • batteredhope

        Nice to connect with you Janice — hope you visit me as well. Yes, Joe Morton is great but I want him GONE – LOL

        • Janice Wald

          Hi,
          I visited your blog as soon as I got your comment. I posted under your 2013 Public Speaking post. It should say “awaiting moderation”.
          I hope “Scandal” finds a way to redeem his character somehow. Joe Morton is such an asset to that show!
          Nice getting to know you better this evening.
          Janice

  5. Lori Cohen Malin

    i have never seen the show so i have no idea who Jake or Fitz are?
    But i enjoy your writing and your humor.
    Looking forward to reading more of your “reflections”…
    Lori

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lori,
      Thanks for writing in and for the compliments on my writing. I try and have a variety of topics for all interests, so don’t worry about not being familiar with this one. Janice

  6. Cathy Lawdanskk

    Team Jake. He never calls Olivia to be less than she is. He is always there for her. Frankly, this season, I don’t know what a person like Olivia sees in Fitz. I love talking about my favorite TV characters as if they are real people. ?

    • Janice Wald

      I agree Cathy. I like talking about them as if they are real people too. It has been fun talking about Scandal with you. I am a week or two behind on my episodes. I want Jake with Olivia. I don’t want him to marry that other girl.
      Janice

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