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Scandal shifts focus to one of television's worst presidents in a slow-paced episode

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  • It’s only fair that Scandal dedicate an entire episode to Fitz. Fitz is one of the show’s most controversial characters. You either hate him or you’re obsessed with Olitz and I guess...tolerate him. I’m not really sure. I’ve never seen the appeal. For an episode about Fitz, this was fine.
  • I’m happy that an episode dedicated to Fitz spent so much time tearing apart his character. Fitz has always been a hypocrite. He holds Olivia to unfair standards. He cheated on his wife. He almost went to war to save his mistress. He was a horrible president. Olitz has never really been presented as a good or positive thing for Fitz or Olivia. He killed a Supreme Court justice. “Day 101" let the audience yell at Fitz through Marcus and it was great.
  • The show rarely acknowledges the narrative around Olivia being outed as Fitz’s mistress and stereotypes she faces as a black woman. Around the time that happened in the series, Olivia got kidnapped and Scandal went lunging down a new path. It’s nice to see them take a moment to discuss it between Fitz and Marcus.
  • Hahaha, Fitz can’t even go to the grocery store the right way.
  • The Marcus/Fitz fight was a bit much.
  • This almost felt like a bottle episode, even though it obviously changed locations. Still, the tight focus on Fitz was a good move. Papa Pope’s monologue felt like an intrusion and, obviously, Fitz wasn’t going to believe him.
  • It was obvious that Fitz would be outside of Liv’s apartment last week. Getting some backstory doesn’t make me want them back together though.
  • I almost wish Marcus and Mellie had remained friends. They have great chemistry together.
  • I can’t believe I’m saying this, but: I miss Quinn and Charlie. What are they up to? How’s the baby?
  • Well, cool, let’s send Fitz back up to his farm for the rest of the season. I think we’ve had enough.

Ashley Ray-Harris is a Chicago-based pop culture expert and freelance writer. Her work looks at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality and modern culture.

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