Both actors addressed the tortured and passionate connection between Fitz and Olivia, which has arguably marked them as one of the hottest couples on television. Goldwyn also discussed some of this week’s big "Scandal" reveals [Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen the episode].
According to what Tony Goldwyn told "THR," we can’t be sure this mystery is solved. He said:
“You'll have to wait and see on that one. Let's just say Shonda never writes in a straight line, so expect some big surprises.”
Hmm. Could this mean our CIA man was working with someone else? Could Jake end up being the mole, with an ulterior motive to get close to Fitz and gain more information while watching Olivia? Or, does Jake want to get close to Olivia to spite Fitz or further some kind of other secret agenda?
We hope not!
We’re admittedly relieved to find out Jake (Scott Foley) is only watching Olivia because Fitz is asking him to—relieved, that is, that Jake isn't some sick serial killer. BUT, since Fitz is kind of slipping off the rails, we’re worried that Fitz is even asking Jake to do it.
Goldwyn talked about Fitz’s motive for spying with "THR", saying:
“It's unclear at the moment. I do know that Fitz cannot function without Olivia in his life. So, in my mind, he has created a justification to watch her as a potential adversary. There may be some value in that, but it really is a personal obsession.”
Kerry Washington talked about the sort of poetic justice in Jake watching Olivia in her post-episode podcast. She said:
“You know what else I like about this awful thing he’s doing? It’s something we've seen Olivia Pope do. So in some ways its terrible that he’s watching her. But, we've seen her do it to Abby and David. So, it’s not completely out of the realm of what’s possible and his sin is a sin which she’s already committed, which I love.”
We don’t know too much about Jake at this point or his past connection to Fitz. Fitz and Olivia are both really going out on a limb to trust him. Washington also discussed Olivia’s caution with Jake, saying:
“I think that Olivia is trying to be more guarded with men in general and to be more clear about this kind of person who she has flirtatious energy with. She’s trying to be more clear about it because her relationship with her last boyfriend, the POTUS, turned out to not go so well. Same for Senator Davis. She’s just trying to be more clear in general and be more suspicious of herself and others so that she can make decisions like she does at work, that are more strongly connected to her gut.”
In this week’s episode, Olivia finally agrees to go on an actual date with Jake, when she sees Fitz at a client’s campaign event. It’s almost as if she’s pushing herself toward Jake to push away from Fitz. In truth, she deserves to move on, and it seems unfortunate Jake has agreed to the spying arrangement with Fitz.
Washington talked about understanding Fitz and Olivia’s intense connection. She said:
“I have a lot of compassion and understanding for this crazy love connection between the two of them and that is really born out of those feelings. But, I don’t always look at Olivia’s choices and think, I would make those same decisions.”
Olivia is still brokenhearted over Fitz’s cold, abrupt halt to their relationship. She's also carrying the guilt and baggage of the rigged election secret. Any sort of fling with Jake could be just the thing she needs to help her move on. However, anything long term between her and Jake seems just as impossible than something lasting with Fitz.
If Olivia finds out what Jake is doing, she’ll feel crushed and betrayed. And, if Fitz finds out that Jake is dating Olivia, this will breach a personal and professional trust with Fitz. This may push an already unbalanced Fitz right over the edge.
Goldwyn told “THR”: “Keep him away from any rooftops! It would make him insane. I don't know how Fitz will tolerate another betrayal.”
"Scandal" airs on WJRT ABC12 in Flint on Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST. Click here for a Flint area channel guide.