Notes on Scandal: Shipping Olivia Pope and David Rosen

Notes on Scandal: Shipping Olivia Pope and David Rosen

This could be one of the most controversial posts I’ve ever done. I’m not even kidding.

If you followed me on Twitter the whole time I was burning through the first two seasons of Scandal, you probably know my feelings about President Fitzgerald Grant. The gist is — Not good, Bob. Fitz is probably our worst TV/movie president of all time, eclipsing even Billy Bob Thornton in Love, Actually. What has he ever done that has been both good and his idea, besides his hair, which probably gets done by some lackey at the White House anyway?

And don’t even get me started on Fitz and Olivia or Olitz or Folivia or whatever we’re calling them today. I choose to call them a Big Mistake. I choose to call them a very intelligent and successful woman whose brain cannot function when her nether regions are engaged and the guy who murdered Patrick Swayze in Ghost.

Shonda Rhimes does seem to like putting two people together at the start of her shows and keeping them together through hell and high water because damn it, it’s fate. Because Fitz and Olivia and Meredith and Derek were in love in the pilots of their respective shows, they shall henceforth be in love for all eternity.

Both Folitz and Deredith fell in love immediately. ‘Twas insta-love for all involved. Meredith and Derek met at a bar and banged. Fitz saw Olivia and he knew immediately that she was going to be a problem, not necessarily just because she was hot, but also because he KNEW THEY WERE MEANT TO BE. Shut up, Fitz.

I know this is supposed to be a post about David and Olivia, and I’ll get to that, but I’m still not finished talking about why I can’t stand Fitz. Let me count the ways. There are so many ways:

  1. He’s the president of the United States and he’s whinier than Edward Cullen.
  2. He says he loves Olivia for realzies, but then he pulls out the “I’m the President” card whenever she has a moment of clarity and attempts to thwart his advances.
  3. He’s a complete dick to Mellie. (Granted their marriage sucks for a lot of reasons, but come on. She’s the mother of your children, jerk wad, and you’ve been cheating on her for years.)
  4. He’s a “fiscal conservative” who wastes who knows how many taxpayer dollars getting over to his girlfriend’s condo in the middle of the night.
  5. He’s a murderer who couldn’t get elected to the presidency on his own.
  6. He’s an entitled baby who always gets what he wants.

Which spins me off into Olivia. She also always gets what she wants. She has an army of minions following her every move, taking everything she says at face value. No matter how much she crows about wearing the white hat, she cares only about winning (same as Fitz), because she does not lose (I’m hoping we’ll get more clarity about why she feels she cannot lose now that we know about her father). She cares so much for winning that she’s willing to let the people who care most about her — her team — break laws and screw each other over and fall back into old, self-destructive patterns.

She looks great, and she seems sweet; but when you really stop and think about it, Olivia Pope’s kind of a dick. She and Fitz are two of a kind. They are very attracted to each other, but neither one makes the other better. They both want what they can’t have. I have to think that if they were ever allowed to be together like a normal couple in the real world, they’d be bored out of their kindergarten minds. Together Olivia and Fitz are stagnant. Together they are two sub-par human beings with a very satisfying sex life.

That’s where David Rosen comes in.

The Assistant DA is the only person on this show (save Cyrus) who will give Olivia Pope the what for. He knows what she is. He sees through all of her bullshit. They are (now that he’s out of her suite and back in the district attorney’s office) true adversaries. They’re David and Maddie from Moonlighting. They’re Sam and Diane from Cheers. They challenge each other. They expect more from each other. They’re going to be butting heads for the next few months at least; and I’m hoping, when all is said and done, by the end of it they’ll be butting other things as well.

David is good for Olivia. David can make her a better person. Hopefully Fitz can bring a person like that into his own life. (Then, maybe — MAYBE, that’s a big maybe — Olivia and Fitz will have matured to the point where their coupling would not be a complete, nation-killing disaster. But until then…)

Team Dolivia Posen forever!

P.S. I understand that it’s a dick move for Olivia Pope to go after her employee’s one-time man, but this is a Shonda Rhimes show. That’s par for the course, friends.

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