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Of Moles and Men — and Walking the Line

Taking responsibility for our actions can be an arduous task. Often, the easy way is to, simply, lie. Cover it up. Deny the truth. Sweep reality under the rug, and forget about it. Additionally, it’s often a lot easy to place the blame on somebody else, because if you’re just following orders – or you’re just trying to protect someone – then, it’s not your fault. Not really. You’re just playing a part, playing a role, doing what you’re “supposed” to be doing. Right?

But that raises an interesting question – what’s more dangerous: the lie or when you start to believe the lie?

In last night’s Scandal (Molly, You in Danger Girl – frakkin’ LOVE the Ghost shoutout), so many lies are revealed. Amidst their revelation, some things begin to heal. Let’s start with Fitz poking his nose into Cyrus’s love life and offering him advice, because James has banished Cyrus to a hotel. Now, I don’t know how long Fitz’s been sober, but take away his alcohol and look what happens: he gives a damn. He tells Cyrus, “If you love him, don’t give up. Just…don’t give up.” Cyrus takes that advice to heart, returning home where he and James have the best heart-to-heart. (Communication, people: it’s the secret to any good relationship.) James blames Cyrus for his perjury. Cyrus isn’t buying it, citing that James is merely astonished at himself, because he now knows that he’s capable of lying like that to protect a person that he loves. That good and bad, flawed and full of lies, they both love each other anyway. Because that’s what real love is, isn’t it? When you acknowledge the ugly bits, but love that person unconditionally.

Speaking of ugly bits, Fitz and Mellie consent to give an interview, which is essential to Fitz’s reelection campaign (which hasn’t been announced yet). It’s all smiles, laughter, memories, and…lies. Once the cameras stop rolling, and Fitz and Mellie are alone, Fitz starts to poke at the plaster. Apparently, their meet-cute is nothing more than a meet-lie, predicated on a fable that somebody (Big Jerry?), somewhere crafted to serve their political purpose. Fitz and Mellie’s marriage is another political marriage, and without malice, Fitz tries to talk about how lying wears on him – while wondering if it wears on her (“They sold you to me.”). Mellie is completely taken aback by this line of thinking, because she softly admonishes that “pretending is what’s real.” Which, in terms of a healthy relationship, NO. Hell frakkin’ no. Compromise is one thing. Lying about everything is quite another. You cannot have a real relationship based on a fabricated legend. But this is who Mellie is: ornamental, apparently, from the very beginning. Perfect breeding and background, a chess piece of a person. And to Fitz’s horror, she doesn’t see a problem with it. She isn’t stupid enough to believe the lie, but she believes in the merit of the lie.

Apparently, Fitz has been thinking a lot about truth. So much so that he calls Cyrus up and reveals that he killed Verna Thorton. Cyrus’s reaction, by the way, is so perfectly subtle – because he’s clearly taken aback, but he’s also grappling to discern what the president wants from him. Fitz asked, “Would she forgive me?” And Cy knows that he’s talking about Olivia, and Cy (perhaps smarting from James’s reaction to the truth about Defiance) advises him to keep it from Liv. For her own good, because it’s necessary sometimes – which is, ironically, what Liv did to Fitz, when she kept Defiance from him. Pot, meet kettle. You’re both made of copper. The fact that Fitz asked this question? It’s huge. Because Fitz has been blaming Liv, and himself, but he’s done with the blame. He’s come clean (at least to Cyrus), and he’s taking responsibility. In asking that one question, he’s pulling down the lies he’s been using like armor: that he doesn’t want Liv, that they’re done, that he doesn’t miss her. Love like theirs? It doesn’t diminish, no matter the time or distance. No matter what one of them has, or has not, done. It’s unconditional.

Meanwhile, at Olivia Pope and Associates, it’s revealed that Obsourne is not the mole, he did not commit suicide, and the Gladiators dive back into the case. Along the way, Huck gets stuffed into a giant wooden box, and Quinn (in all her It’s QUINN, BITCH glory) saves him – which really a) bolsters the amazing student-teacher relationship they’ve got going on and b) reminds us that Quinn is pretty damn kickass. This, of course, brings up the issue of Charlie – who calls Cyrus with a “development.” We are probably meant to assume that he’s the one that clobbered Huck and left him to be traumatized. We are also meant to assume that he’s working for Albatross – and since he called Cyrus, we should deduce that Albatross is Cyrus. Except, I’m not buying it. Charlie cannot be 80 places at once – he couldn’t deal with Huck, be at Liv’s apartment (we’ll get that to in a minute), kill Molly (to keep her from revealing the identity of Albatross), and then also be outside the hospital where Liv ended up after a concussion. My guess is that once Olivia told Cyrus that Obsourne wasn’t the mole, Cy called Charlie and had him start to look into it. However, this also brings into question Jake. Jake, with his sweet little puppy dog eyes and questionable motives. Jake, who keeps meeting that mysterious guy in the park. Let’s talk about Jake.

He’s clearly working for the president; at Fitz’s behest, he’s keeping an eye on Liv. Initially, we simply assumed it was because Fitz turned into Buffalo Bill and this was his emotional dirt pit/basket of lotion/or else it gets the hose again. But, no. Fitz is, in his messed up way, protecting Olivia – from the creepy dude who saw skulking around her apartment, who may or may not be Charlie. (Pardon me, while I scrape my brain off of the floor. I’m currently second-guessing basically everyone.) Jake has crossed all sorts of lines, falling for his assignment (because he has fallen for Olivia; he’s not some emotionally bankrupt douchebag). I wonder why he switched off her phone. Was it just so they could spend time together (with the horizontal mambo in mind) or did he know that Creeper Guy was going to visit her apartment? Also, we can assert that since Cyrus didn’t know who the hell Jake was, the Jake/Charlie mole issues are probably parallel plotlines. Given that we still have no idea who the mole really is, the answer is not going to come easy.

Olivia, after striking her head on Jake’s coffee table, ends up in the hospital. Before anyone else comes in, Jake asks her to lie about what happened, to claim that Jake saved her in her own apartment from Creeper Guy. This, we discover, is because Fitz strolls in, thanks Jake for protecting Liv, and then looks absolutely adoringly at her. He’s her Fitz again, and she’s completely shell-shocked – because in a small time span, so much was revealed. We’ve never seen Liv look so blindsided before, except maybe when Fitz gave her the haha, just kidding – don’t wait for me bullshit. Equally horrified was Jake, who spied Fitz embracing Liv through the door to her room. Jake’s expression was one part jealousy, one part oh shit this explains so much.

Fitz, it seems, is done lying. He’s done hiding. He’s done pretending. He went to see Liv in the hospital. Let’s think about that for a minute. First, the last time he was in the hospital? He murdered Verna. Second, it is impossible for him to get away – and yet, when he was told that there was a “situation,” he rushed to Liv’s side.

Pause a moment. He rushed to Liv’s side. The last time he wanted to do that, to drop everything and be there for her? It was when Liv was keeping to her bed, and he was thwarted by Mellie’s induced labor. This time, nothing and no one gets in his way. He’s back in that place where he’ll drop everything for her. The only question is: can she forgive him for being Captain Asshat and for having her spied on? At least we know that Fitz wasn’t simply being a stalkery creeper. While it totally isn’t okay to spy on someone, Fitz’s altruistic motive does make it a bit easier to swallow.

So, which is more dangerous: the lie or when you start to believe the lie? I’d have to say it’s when you believe the lie. Some lies are necessary, especially (and unfortunately) in politics. When David questioned Abby about her feelings for him, because she got kind of frantic when she realized that he was in danger (again) – she protested that she just didn’t want to see him dead. And yet, did anyone (even Abby herself) believe her? Um, no. For Fitz, he’s probably to protest that he was merely trying to protect Olivia. If he’s going to win her back, he’s going to admit that keeping her in the dark – and having cameras put in her home – was probably not the best way to handle…anything. His reasons may have been noble. And in a twisted way, it does illustrate that you can be mad as hell at someone you love, but you still try to protect them/care for them. Sure, it’s mad messed up. But, to quote from Buffy, sometimes love makes you do the wacky.

And hell, Olivia rigged an election because of love. So, I’m fairly certain that no one’s wearing the white hat, and that everybody’s better off in shades of grey. Because life isn’t lived in a black and white world. Instead, living means walking the line. And as the Man in Black once sang, “Because you’re mine, I walk the line.”

  1. April 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Love reading your analysis! My mind was bush-whacked after last night’s episode!

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