Fitz’s monologue to Mellie in White Hat’s Back On:
“Mellie. This phase of our lives, capitalizing on public support as a definition of marriage, is over. Make no mistake. You are going to leave the White House. You’ll launch your own political career and I will back you and campaign for you and never speak of my ex-wife Mellie Grant in anything but the the most glowing of terms. And then about a year into my second term, I will go on one or two high profile dates with well-educated, age appropriate career women which will be chronicled in immaculate detail by tabloids around the globe and when word leaks six months later that I’ve been spending time with one of my oldest and dearest most trusted advisors who selflessly acted as the mouthpiece of my administration when I was lying half dead in a hospital bed. Who has always stood beside me as my friend and colleague. When it gets out that after all this time she and I have started after all this time to care for one another in a way that is no longer strictly professional, America will love her.
And let’s be honest, my relationship with Olivia is going to spark a REAL dialogue of race in this country and it is going to blow the Republican party wide open and let some light and air into places that haven’t seen change in far too long. So the party will love her. And YOU wanna be on the right side of history here. Trust me you do. If you don’t want to play along. If you leak Olivia’s name. If you refuse to go gently, well it only takes a few whispers of the word ‘racist’ for the feminist groups and the religious groups and even the Republican National Committee to turn up their noses at your stink. But I don’t want to do that, Mellie. I want to have you join me as a living, breathing monument to redemption and second chances in the America we all hope still exists.”
Read Awesomely Luvvie’s amazing recap of the #Scandalfinale here!
I’d hate to think that after the delivery of such a fantastic, well written monologue, particularly the part of it that Luvvie has included in the image above, the Scandal writers are just going to move in a different direction. You don’t spend all that time coming up with this kind of monologue and not act on it, not push to indeed spark said conversation. It is a serious conversation that needs to happen given the very real problems the real life Republican party has with minorities.
Given the fact that the audience of Scandal is so diverse—politicos, academics, fashionistas, feminists, lawyers, other professionals, students—and that the show sparks all KINDS of discussion, taking the Olivia and Fitz situation there would put Shonda Rhimes in a space only occupied by the likes of Norman Lear. Actually, it may place in her a position all her own. She has revolutionized television already with this show, and I don’t see her passing up the opportunity to further poke at the various institutions and many of the ideals that we hold dear in this country.
I would be very interested to see where she goes with this and how she intends to use Fitzgerald in crafting of her question or in attacking the answers given as to the race issue in this country. We’ve seen her touch upon it before, by using Olivia to bring up the question and having Fitz provide an answer (Episode 208). She has done it again here with Olivia crafting the plan and having Fitz deliver on it.
Anyway, I’ve rambled on too long under this quote. I just wanted to say that I thought the way Shonda has handled the race issue thus far has been masterful in its subtlety. She’ll likely become more brazen with it right from the start of Season 3 with Olivia having been exposed as Fitz’s mistress. There are all sorts of race and feminist related issues that could be tackled with the fall out from that revelation. I can’t wait to see it!
I have nothing to add except my enthusiastic agreement with everything you have said.