When we last left Washington, Fitz had sent a message to Olivia that he was willing to let her go. He loved her that much. Very few men in television land have made such declarations to the women they love. Ross ran through an airport to stop Rachel from leaving , Big flew to Paris to bring back his girl., Ted let another man marry the woman he loved on “How I Met Your Mother.” Fitz already has a house in Vermont already for them when it’s time to move out of the Big White House. But this man is willing to return to the loveless marriage to let her be happy. So an interview is taped so the First Couple, can repair the damage from the photos leaked. But at the same moment, Olivia is confronted and asked if she is the mistress of the President of the United States. Her answer was the word that shocked the world…. YES!
Abby has to be the true gladiator. While Huck, Quinn , and Jake sit and drink, Abby runs through the halls of the West Wing trying to stop the interview. She knows that when the world sees the telecast, everything changes. Arriving with the Secret Service, she tells the taping to stop. The television is turned on and Mellie is livid. On the other hand, Fitz is delighted with his girl finally stepping into the light. But at this point, Abby is furious as she confronts Olivia. She lied to her face and told her that she wasn’t sleeping with the President. It turns out that Abby has a fatal flaw, she wants to be Olivia.
The Senator decides that she is in the perfect position to negotiate, so she gets Cyrus to go into the Oval with her demands. She asked for some pretty ridiculous demands like Olivia wouldn’t take the name Grant and they couldn’t get married until Fitz out of office. Fitz was basically her “Bitch Baby” all during her Presidential campaign. While he was in the Oval Office, Cyrus thinks he is in the perfect position himself to beg for his job back. Fitz gives him an answer “You no longer work here.” Fitz has stopped being the puppet to these monsters.
Bellamy Young has the most wonderful monologues on this show and I can’t wait to try some of them when I audition. This week she knocked it out of the park again. We have only seen the big WH closet only in one other episode and that was “Happy Birthday Mr President”. Mellie seems to have some of her daddy’s “hooch” hiding in the closet, and she has gone there to retrieve it. Olivia goes there to talk with her. Mellie offers the young woman some of the magic elixir and says that she will need it. From this point on, she will cease to be Olivia Pope. She will live and smile and support her man. She will cease to matter because she will live only for Fitz. Olivia is scared by the comments and Mellie succeeds by psyching her out. Olivia returns to the Oval and then she says maybe she made a mistake. Instead of yelling at her, Fitz talks to his wife and realizes that it is a very scary thing for her to step from his shadow.He then tells her that he believes that he will see her place her hand on the Bible as the first female President. (No, Sallie’s takeover after the shooting doesn’t count) She then tells Cyrus and he tells her that she has been played by the best politician of all.
Olivia finds Mellie in the closet and Mellie gives her view on her future life as Fitz wife. Was she just playing Livvy?
It’s Abby turn and she smiles and tells Olivia that she has had the best teacher. Now she goes to bat for her friend and the storm to come.
Shonda Rhimes is known for her declarations of love. Tonight we saw a reprise of a scene that we saw in another episode. Olivia and Fitz try to imagine what life will be like after the news conference. Olivia knows it will never be the same. She also knows that the only way to save Fitz is to have Abby throw her under the bus. Cyrus had put together a kill file on Olivia telling how she had often been in the company of powerful men. Abby knows that this is the way to play it and tells the press of Olivia’s history. She announces to Fitz her sacrifice and he runs to stop Abby. Olivia screams the defining words to the leader of the free world, “Sit down Fitz! Sit down and watch me choose you!” She echoes the words that he said so long ago on the night Mellie went on television with the late James Novak. “Sit down with me and watch me run the clock out on my marriage. Sit down and watch me choose you.” Once again ,music sets the tone in the episode with the wonderful Motown soundtrack that the show is known for. James Ingram and Patti Austin’s haunting “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” plays when the Grants realize that this is it. The melancholy words echo as Fitz and Mellie say how they thought they would grow old together. Maybe there was some love after all. True irony exists when a different version of the R and B classic “You’re All I Need To Get By.” is played as the final scenes are played and Liv chooses Fitz. The first time it was the original version by the one and only Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. This version is by the Queen herself, Aretha.
The first time Fitz comes over and tells Olivia that he intends to earn her and show her he chooses her. The waiting is intensified when the classic “You’re All I Need to Get By.” is played .
Olivia chooses Fitzgerald T Grant III and they are never going back as Aretha sings “You’re All I Need To Get By.”