Jake has proven that kitchens aren’t just for cooking, but Fitz and Olivia have gotten it on in hotel rooms, kitchens, closets and the New England home he secretly purchased for his mistress. Despite his CIA detail, he’s not above flying a helicopter to Vermont for a little last-minute nookie. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s married, but we can’t ignore a grand romantic gesture when we see one.
Winner: Fitz, but please get away from the damn windows!
Fitz will talk all he wants about starting a life with Olivia, but he’s not willing to defy convention enough to see it through. Jake will suffer a fierce beating, B-613 style, for something he thinks he believes in. And then get depressed and realize he has no other choice but to become the man he hates most.
TREATMENT OF OLIVIA
According to Fitz, Olivia is the love of his life and the only person that makes him happy. We’ve seen the way he looks at her and know he definitely can’t keep his hands off of her when they’re alone in confined spaces. He’ll arrange for powerful military types to keep watch, escort her to and from the White House with his Secret Service detail and buy her real estate in the country. But will he leave his wife for her? Will he risk his career for her? No! He’ll talk about it — forever — but he’s failed to prove he’ll actually do anything. Jake may have fallen into Olivia’s orbit under false pretenses, but he’s since proven he’s willing to go through physical and emotional torture AND pretend to be her beau to keep her Fitz affair secret. He’s the fake and real boyfriend you can eat burgers with, and he doesn’t look bad with his shirt off. We repeat: Jake DOES NOT look bad with his shirt off. Olivia, are you listening?
Verdict: For some reason Olivia is drawn to the fire and passion of a dysfunctional brat. Daddy issues, much? Her attraction to Fitz is more palpable, but would she be so hot for him if he wasn’t in position of power? It’s clear that Jake is the better choice between the two doomed suitors — mostly because he’s unmarried — and if given the opportunity to really be with her, who’s to say he couldn’t create his own version of Vermont for them to grow old in? Last week’s episode featured Fitz verbally decimating his wife’s self-confidence with a hypocritical tirade that blamed her for their garbage marriage. The chances are way too high that a sudden fall from presidential grace to be with his beloved Olivia would end up being blamed on his beloved Olivia. Go with Jake, girl! He’s just a puppy who wants to be loved! So long as you forget the fact that he murdered your pal James in the middle of the street. Maybe Tinder isn’t so bad after all.
Only 13 more hours to go until a new episode! Grab your red wine and get your popcorn ready, Gladiators.
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