Jake Ballard in White Hat’s Back On.
His mission was to end Olitz and I think that bakery girl was just a means to a end.
Dad Pope doesn’t approve of Olitz but being that he is the Oz of B613 did he put Jake in the hole because he failed his mission or because he made good on his promise of meeting at the hole instead of by the Constitution?
Clearly Jake was trying to prove to Olivia that he is the good guy right? Clearly Jake doesn’t know that Rowan is Olivia’s father right? Clearly we are going to get more Jake in season 3 right?
I thought Jake always knew that Rowan was her father. Hence his shock as him using her as bait for Albatross when she was in the hospital. But I think Rowan is going to make him forget all about that.
Shonda has been playing with my emotions all season. She made me like then dislike then like David again. I disliked Quinn and now I’m in love. And I’m sure my love/hate with Mellie will continue. But this Jake thing is throwing me for a loop. I don’t know what to feel about him and I feel like they’re pushing toward him being a guy. I personally think he’s done too much, but haven’t they all? I still really want to dislike him. He injured Liv (and it’s my opinion that it was not self-defense), but he saved her. He lied to her, yet in the end he told her how much danger she was really in and he knew he was in danger for spilling the tea. Cyrus knew that Albatross was coming for Liv and he didn’t even warn her even though he thought that Albatross meant murder. I almost felt bad for Jake going in the hole, but I’m not exactly sure I want him to emerge from it. I’m struggling.
I think last night you were supposed to come to the conclusion that Jake is a decent guy who fell for his mark and tried to protect her. That he deserved that kiss Olivia planted on him and he risked his freedom to keep her safe.
So I’ll put it this way. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jake comes back next season and they officially begin a relationship. Because Liv likes him, doesn’t care what he did, and Shonda likes to torture us. lol
Pretty much what you said. Jake Ballard like we all called it scarified his freedom because he fell for his mark. I also came to the conclusion of Rowan Pope is not someone to test with. He will promptly put you in your place.
You ever hear of B613, Cy? You know what, don’t say anything. It doesn’t matter anyway. I know who it was and I know why and I don’t care. Fitz and I are going to be together.
Rebellious daughter, anyone? So I rewatched this episode came to the conclusion that Olivia figured out her dad was behind the whole thing after Jake told her about B613. The bigger question is what is Rowan’s issue with Liv and Fitz and how far back does it stem? I am so ready to learn more about Liv’s daddy issues in season 3. Because clearly she has some. Major ones.
So it seems that Rowan Pope could be Olivia Pope’s Big Jerry, huh? That was my initial reaction to Olivia saying “Dad.”
And the fact that Cyrus knows this man. And the fact that Cyrus mentored Olivia. And the fact that Olivia and Cyrus go way back. And the fact that Rowan knows about Olitz.
I’m interested to see how this Dad Pope/Olivia Pope story unfolds. Dad Pope operates with no conscience, no frills (his world, his rules) whereas Olivia swears by the “White Hat.”
I also find it telling that Olivia wore a white jacket to go jogging. It’s always about the Gladiator Armor. Maybe I’m just reading too much into that style moment but the times she went swimming she wore black and white.
I’m anticipating how this all connects with how Olivia handles OPA, Fitz, David Rosen, Cyrus and being a gladiator. How did the daughter of the head of B613 become THE Olivia Pope?
She seems shocked by seeing him. Like she hasn’t seen him in a very long time.
I think there are two things going on here with Rowan. One is that he has a mission and that mission is to keep the Republic stabilized and Fitz in office. The second seems more personal. That he doesn’t like Fitz with Olivia (irony in that this isn’t supposed to be a romance novel and yet a father keeping his daughter away from the man she loves is the oldest romance cliche’s ever) and fears the consequences of it for his career.
My assumption was that Olivia looked like she knew it was her dad behind it all when she gasped at Jake saying he’s from B613. Did you catch how she drew back from him further? That’s very telling.
I believe there’s two things going on with Rowan. (That cliche is definitely one of it.) The other thing is that if Olitz happens Rowan cannot exist. The American public will dig into Olivia’s past and Rowan possibly doesn’t want that attention on himself. It’s his world, his rules and he enjoys living in the dark side of the moon unseen. (His mission is both personal and to protect The Republic.)
I also caught how she looked completely shock to see her dad. That’s also very telling. This puts much perspective into Olivia Pope.
The mission to me has be personal the minute Olivia said, “Dad?” How all of this unfolds will be quite interesting to watch.
I’m going to be with him, Cyrus. We have a plan, it’s going to work. I love him.
Second time she actually admitted she loved him out loud.
I caught that too! Should this explain her smile in bed and the smile she had as she walked out of her apartment at the end though? It’s like last season’s finale when she strutted out of the White House.
Because she didn’t feel guilty or conflicted anymore. She felt she earned her white hat and with that on she couldn’t leave her gladiators and she couldn’t be with Fitz and kick Mellie out the White House. Much like Fitz was at peace with his choice, Olivia was at peace with her. No matter how much she loved Fitz she believed the foundation of the relationship was wrong and cause all the bad things to happen. So she thought she was going to start fresh. Hence the smile.
Yep. She’s always been tormented by the wrongness of her relationship with Fitz in a way that he has not. She’s come to the conclusion that all the bad things they did were not worth it. This is her clean slate and Jake will be her do-over eventually.
But I think ultimately Shonda basically was like “Ha, do over. You’re fucked” lol
She can’t erase her past. She can’t fix what she did. She can’t fix who she is or who she loves. She will forever be President Grant’s mistress. That’s her legacy and Shonda slapped her and slapped her hard with that in the end of the episode.
GOOD perspective. Her smile is a clean slate. Olivia cannot fix the fact that Fitz loves her. She cannot. She loves him. He loves him. Plain and simple. This took me back to The Other Woman and all the things Pastor Drake’s mistress said to Olivia. Olivia has now become apart of Fitz’s legacy. She’s no longer THE Olivia Pope but Fitz’s girl, the President’s girl, the mistress, The Other Woman. Is this that the blowing the premise of the show moment? Olivia Pope is the client in need of a fixer. That slap was brutal! LOL!
Olivia and Fitz’s final moment in the Oval from White Hat’s Back On.
You can run clean. You can start fresh. Run clean. We went too far. Over the wrong cliff.
Olivia offers Fitz a fresh start, a clean slate, a do-over. Olivia telling Fitz to let go of his dad, Verna, whatever happened in his past, and Defiance to run and win was her also going that clean slate route too.
Olivia also wanted to a do-over to fix things. She’s going back to re-start/reset things with OPA. They need her. She’s their gladiator.
I can’t leave them. They need me. I’m their gladiator.
What I love about this scene is that it echoes that moment from White Hat’s Off with Fitz looking out the window. He knew what would happened before Olivia walked into the Oval. He wanted a fresh start with Olivia. (I also love that moments of silence in between two.) When he called her Liv though? When he said “No, that’s not the plan.” (Hold me.)
I want you by my side. We can do this together. You are going to be my First Lady.
I loved that Verna and Jake is out in the open between them. I also loved how Lyn Paolo dressed Olivia in gray. I also love that Fitz forgave her and he didn’t care about what happened with Jake.
We can start over. We can start fresh. No big deal. I’m guessing you don’t feel the same way about murder.
That is the point of Olitz right then and there. That’s what I took from this moment. I didn’t take it as a break-up but as a fresh start, a clean slate. Defiance, Verna and Jake is now over. The past is over. It’s a clean slate. The reset button was hit. And that’s why it’s so brilliant that Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground played at the end of this moment.