Scandal seems to be everyone’s guilty pleasure. Kerry Washington’s wardrobe is fierce and her chemistry with Fitz is so swoon-worthy that I can hardly contain myself. As much as I root for Fitz and Olivia, I know that much of Scandal is a lesson on what NOT to do. On that note, here are my top four ways to learn from Liv (so far).
1. Stay Away From Guys with Daddy Issues
As we learned in A Criminal, a Whore, an Idiot and a Liar, Fitz has some classic daddy issues. He is super resentful of dear old dad, especially the fact that he was repeatedly unfaithful to his mother. Interesting, eh? I’m an expert in psychology since I watch reruns of Frazier. So, I know dudes with daddy issues are notorious for feeling the need to constantly prove themselves. This can manifest itself in many ways including: easily getting into fights, always needing the last word, becoming a workaholic or murdering supreme court justices while they lie in their cancer deathbeds.
2. Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt, Liv.
I’m not on team Edison but he spoke truth here. Every relationship has it’s ups and downs but her confession of wanting a painful and devastating love made me think that Liv needs some couch time with Dr. Phil. When the pain outweighs the joy, it’s probably time to be out and: Comparing yourself to Sally Hemings in a relationship is a bad sign. A REALLY bad sign. <- Tweet this
I’ll admit that any man that says “I’m in love with you. You’re the love of my life. My every feeling is controlled by the look on your face. I can’t breathe without you. I can’t sleep without you. I wait for you. I watch for you. I exist for you.” is going to make me stop in my tracks. But when the same man that can declare his love so articulately, also uses his skill to hit you where it hurts the most — “I may not be able to control my erections around you but that does not mean I want you” — It’s time to move on and not look back.
Deepak Chopra says “It isn’t love when another person cannot give you the space to live your own life.” <- Tweet This ~and we couldn’t agree more.
3. Married Men Rarely Leave their Wives
We know this, right? But we still kinda thought Fitz was gonna divorce Mellie. We thought they were going to be the exception to the rule. I was rooting for them too, but here’s the thing: I’m sure EVERYONE in this situation thinks they will be the exception to the rule. Being into someone makes us blind to the obvious. Hell, even being into someone on TV makes us blind. How quickly did we forget that Fitz also did the horizontal mambo with Amanda Tanner or about the time he wasn’t taking no for an answer in the elevator? Selective memory has led many a woman astray or… um, a closet during a christening.
4. Know Who Your Real Friends Are
The league of extraordinary election-riggers is a bad crew to roll with. We knew Hollis and Mellie were bad news but let’s not forget the ones Liv seems to trust. She should have known that Verna was a frenemy when she gave up Huck, but for some reason Liv still trusted her. Lesson learned, just because we think it’s cute that grandma says “burner phone” like she recently learned the term on CSI, doesn’t mean that she’s beyond suspicion.
Next up is Cyrus, remember how quickly he made Liv persona non grata at the white house? How come he was drinking wine on her couch a few episodes later? The Budget Socialite doesn’t play that. Also, remember how he “took care” of Amanda Tanner? Why was Liv surprised when “taking care” of the Hollis situation meant that he was going to send Charlie, the hapless contract killer, after him. (Seriously. Worst. Contract. Killer. Ever.) He also said he was going to “take care” of James and that didn’t set off any warning bells. Liv, look alive, girl! Taking care means murder. Don’t sleep on Cyrus.
Next time on Learn from Liv: Beware the rebound guy. I see you Scott Foley, and apparently you see everyone.
So, what do you think of learn from Liv? Are you still rooting for Liv and Fitz to be together? What’s up with Scott Foley and his sliver set-up? How do you suppose Liv keeps her hair so sleek when she goes swimming every morning? Let us know in the comments.