Jeff: Back up P.T., you’re gonna ruin it
Daniele: You can see the pillow
Dominic: Oh my God! You guys are killing me right now
Kalia: Move! Seriously P.T., get back
Dominic: Guys, who has a lot of experience playing Call of Duty Black Ops? P.T. does
Olivia may need a shrink, but Mellie needs one even more. She also needs somebody who will call her on her shit, because the writers seem very unwilling to go there, and the less-than-analytical section of the audience swallow the “Poor Mellie” BS, like those men who took part in the Milgram Experiments swallowed ‘the experimenter’s’ lies.
Mellie feels that she’s entitled to power just because she wants it, but unlike Sally Langston and Olivia, she’s never truly worked for it. She thinks she’s entitled to power, and her screaming at Olivia “It’s my turn” clarified this point for me even more. Mellie-lovers insist on seeing her as a self-sacrificial lamb who hid her rape from her husband so that he could fulfill his dreams, which is such a load of bunkum, unless you want to ignore what we know about Mellie Grant thus far.
Her rant on what a terrible human being Fitz is would have no doubt brought a cheer to the likes of you, but the fact is, she says these things, yet she’s the one who’s kept a death grip on him, and refuses to let him leave her. She will do anything to keep hold of him, anything, (including risking her baby) yet Fitz is the bad person in that relationship? Why is that? Because she got raped and made a choice to keep it a secret? Because he fell in love with somebody else after remaining faithful and mostly celibate for ten years? Because he dare ask for a divorce? Because he’s never hidden the fact that he wants to be with somebody else? Because he wants to not live a lie? They argue and hurt one another, and she’s as vicious to him, as he s to her, moreso in fact, yet she’s the victim? This is such BS.
Apart from the fact that Fitz is having an affair that she co-signs whenever it’s convenient for her, what has Fitz ever really taken away from Mellie? Did she really think that just because he’s been having an affair with Olivia, that she would be able to carry on with a man who he considered his friend, a man that he would have to work with for the next four years if he wins re-election? Mellie is stupid (bless Olivia for saying otherwise, but I disagree with her) but even she knows that that was never going to fly. I guarantee had Mellie decided to schtup a random guy from WhoCaresWhere, Fitz’s reaction would have been very different.
So what has Fitz actually done to Mellie? He was faithful for ten years when most men would have started cheating after six months, and left after a year. Had she told Fitz, he would have stood by her, even now, when he hates her the most, he still shows up for her when she really needs him to, for example, the interview in 307 when he defended her.
Fitz is loyal, even somebody as in love with Mellie as you are, can’t deny that. Had she told him about the rape, he’d have been there for her, but she knew that he’d disown Big Jerry, and that would have perhaps been the end of his career in politics. That Dolley Madison book that she’d read at the age of ten meant that she couldn’t let him quit, no matter what. She wanted it for herself as much as she wanted it for him.
The misery that Mellie is going through has all mostly been self-inflicted. Even having Olivia as Fitz’s campaign manager was her idea. She wants power at all costs, and those costs are simply biting back at her now.
Her telling Olivia that she owes her, brought out the biggest guffaw of the night in my household. Olivia who came in and breathed life into her dead marriage enough to get Fitz elected, Olivia who’s “yes” was required to rig the election that got him the presidency (2x11). Olivia who walked away from Fitz so that he could govern honestly and free from Scandal (2x08). Olivia who had the choice of letting Fitz step down so that he could be with her, but instead helped Mellie flush the stench of Amanda Tanner away (1x07).
The Olivia who helped deliver the Kashfari hostages after Mellie had told the families that the US government were willing to negotiate with terrorists (2x16), The Olivia who stepped in when Mellie falsified the letter of reinstatement and helped her avoid jail (2x11). The Olivia who continues to throw Fitz back to her instead of going along with his romantic notions and ideas of being together. The Olivia who Mellie begged to come help her husband win the presidency back (3x05). The Olivia who handles Mellie’s family crises when all Mellie wants to do is to hide herself away in her glass of hooch (3x15). The Olivia who handled Leo and Sally and that entire paternity mess caused by Mellie herself during a fit of rage (3x17).
That’s the Olivia who owes Mellie? Really? That line called for a big old ” Bitch please” and made me wonder how much longer we’d have to put up with this Poor Mellie rhetoric that the writers are insisting on . No doubt next season they’ll decide to give her cancer.
Mellie is the one who truly needs to be called out on her shit, regardless of the fact that she was raped. She’s the one who needs to be made aware that her choices led her to where she is today. Olivia gets called out all the time on Scandal. She’s the one who gets branded a whore for her choices. She’s the one that the show insists on calling a hypocrite. She’s the one that nobody goes to bat for, she’s the one who’s expected to be strong all the time and save everybody, yet is berated time and time again for making the choices that nobody else wants to. She’s the one who takes the risks, while Mellie stays playing at being First Lady. A job that she finds “profoundly boring” (episode 3x01) yet clings to with everything she’s got. Unlike Mellie, Olivia has earned everything she’s got, and she doesn’t owe Mellie Grant a dime. Mellie is literally her own worst enemy, so I’m always going to reserve my sympathies for the one character on the show who truly deserves it.
A commenter over at The AV Club review of Scandal, Flesh and Blood. (via corinnestark)
Yasssssss. So much yasss.
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TOO. MUCH. TRUTH.
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