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Washington says she loved how Olivia went for Fitz’s gut by calling herself the Sally Hemings in the relationship. Racially charged moments aren’t typical of Scandal boss Shonda Rhimes’s shows, where diversity is a given. “This was kind of like the woman who doesn’t address race, as a way to be progressive, is now gonna talk about it. That was exciting,” Washington said. The reference to Hemings and Thomas Jefferson had actually turned up in a script for an earlier episode but was dropped, which led to lengthy conversations between Washington and Rhimes about how and when Olivia and Fitz would address race. “[Shonda] waited for the right moment where Olivia would do it, because it’s important that we don’t think that she actually believes that. She uses race as a weapon to hurt him when she’s feeling unworthy and unloved.” In response, Fitz rips out his own heart and offers it to her. (Let’s just relive his speech now, shall we? “I love you. I’m in love with you. You’re the love of my life. My every feeling is controlled by the look on your face. I can’t breathe without you. I can’t sleep without you. I wait for you. I watch for you. I exist for you.” That’s not even all of it.)

Kerry Washington to Vulture.com, 8.27.13

The Rose Garden scene is easily one of my favorite Olitz moments!

“You own me! You control me. I belong to you. You think I don’t want to be a better man? You think that I don’t want to dedicate myself to my marriage? You don’t think I want to be honourable? To be the man you voted for? I love you. I’m in love with you. You’re the love of my life. My every feeling is controlled by the look on your face. I can’t breathe without you. I can’t sleep without you. I wait for you, I watch for you. I exist for you. If I could escape all of this and run away with you? There’s no Sally and Thomas here. You’re nobody’s victim, Liv. I belong to you. We’re in this together.”

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Olitz putting much perspective into “I watch for you.” Thanks Mo! 

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“You left me all alone.” -Liv 2.19

“He hasn’t left her side.” Mellie  2.19

Two different statements about Fitz in a span of what seems like a day.  It is interesting how Mellie sees Fitz’s relationship with Olivia and how Olivia sees their relationship.   

Fitz was a man who didn’t go to Mellie’s doctor’s appointments when she was pregnant with Teddy.   There were reasons (mostly personal) but he didn’t show up for them.  In the end, Fitz was there when she was having Teddy to support her but Fitz was there just as much to greet his son into the world as he was there for Mellie.

But the moment Olivia is hurt he is there with all of his secret service protection, twenty thousand cops, and despite the fact that the press corps will awake to the President not even being at the WH.  And he stays even after she tells him that she hates him.  Into the morning.  Into the light.   

“He hasn’t left her side.”

Mellie gets it as much as she can get it in a way that Olivia doesn’t.   The fact that he’s there in the morning isn’t a token gesture.  The fact that he hasn’t left her side isn’t some non-issue.  Fitz is putting his presidency at stake just to make sure Olivia is okay.   

“He hasn’t left her side.”

And Mellie knows what it means.   She knows what it means.

It’s a nice little contrast in the two women’s view.  One where Olivia doubts his love and Mellie is certain of it by the set of similar actions.

#GladiatorOvation, Milton Song for this: One where Olivia doubts his love and Mellie is certain of it by the set of similar actions.

Actions speaks louder than words. I’m ready for Olivia to understand this. Fitz is more than ready to get her to understand this truth too.

It’s like what you said about Olivia’s reaction to Fitz telling her all that he said in the Rose Garden. Look at her face when Fitz walked away:

(GIF h/t: kronosinasuit)

The writing’s on the wall. These two though? I’m anticipating I’ll be doing this several times (with grape juice) from 10:00 to 10:59 on 4/25:

(GIF H/T: oliviasgrant

I’m NOT ready! Plus this is just the Olitz aspect of this episode. I’m not ready for the Huck story arc!

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Dinner looks. Requested by anonymous anon

Ugh. The way these two communicated during that dinner. Fitz was steady saying, “you see? This is why I didn’t want this mofo here”. And Liv was just taking it in and understanding but at the same time, she wanted him to be bigger than what he was putting out there. Poor Liv. She had no idea about the wrath Big Jer wraught. But that 2nd tile doe…..

This just reminds me 211 was such a good episode. Got to rewatch it…

Interesting too that Mellie was on his left, while Liv was on his right. The one you place on your right, is your most trusted person (side thought). Bit he never looked to Mellie for NOTHING. It’s all about what Liv thinks.

His whole body was pointed towards the RIGHT direction: Olivia. It’s all symbolic and definitely intentional. I love how they use blocking and body positioning on this show. Gaaah.

Yes! This entire episode was a glimpse into their behavior while they were sneaking around on the campaign trail. They had to learn to communicate without words. With body language and stolen glances. They did it the entire episode, not just this scene.

^^^That’s one o the MANY reasons 211 is my favorite episode so far. So many shades of Olitz—past and present. Loved that we got to see the gamut of their communication. From highs to lows.

I love how everyone in the room is focused on BJ’s speech and showmanship and Olivia is only looking at him.   Her only focus is him.   Watch for you, indeed.

This is “I Watch for You” manifested indeed!

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