From day one I have been 100% Olitz. My videos, FFs, and everything else clearly state that. I threw the biggest bitch fit when I saw she boarded that plane in the finale and for that reason, I am still hesitant to buy the DVD. However, when I watched 401, I wasn’t bothered by the attempt to force Olake down our throats. I became caught up on the scene where Liv and Jake were in her apartment and he was speaking of “him being the one she loves to ride”. In the beginning I didn’t understand why that scene seemed to stand out to me, and not in the negative way that it bothered a huge portion of the fandom. So I took one for the team and I re-watched that scene over and over, mainly paying attention to Liv’s facial expressions after. It didn’t hit me until 2 am Sunday morning, literally pulling me out of my sleep. I’m going to break this down in the way that I analyzed that particular scene.
First, we have the professional Olivia Pope, the gladiator who is a woman who likes to control the pace and tone of things. She likes things to be at her pace or nothing at all. She has to be in control at all times. She goes hard and does what she has to do to shut her clients up, make them happy, however you see it, as quickly as possible. She creates a positive end result for her clients. In the end, this results in her providing her own satisfying results which is mainly a nice paycheck and feeling like she is wearing the white hat…..
So I got to thinking and broke down the significance, the truth of her unforgivable actions, truth that Jake had clearly missed by her actions. To fully explain this, you have to consider the vast contrasts between Olitz and the other.
With Fitz, Liv doesn’t have to be in control. In fact, she receives the ultimate pleasure when he is the dominant force in their relationship, whether it be sexually, or just calming her fears. She doesn’t have to create her own pleasure, because even though there are moments of pain, Fitz gives her what she needs in the moment.
Sexually she never takes the reigns with him. She either shares the control like in Vermont, or she takes comfort in relinquishing all control to him. Next, when Liv is with Fitz, she doesn’t have to pretend. She can simply be herself. She can be the flawed, non white hat wearing individual that wants what any woman wants. A life with the man she loves. She’s a giver, and that extends sexually with Fitz. She allows Fitz total control and he thrives in being able to take her wherever, however he pleases. Finally, she doesn’t have to control anything with Fitz because she knows that he will satisfy her every need. Her body reacts to his and the depths that he reaches , in a way that she simply can’t with anyone else.
Now, onto the other which must be addressed to explain this thought. Please stick with me.
Olivia Pope hasn’t been with Jake since she forced herself into his apartment with the intention of bugging his phone. Julia Baker, Liv’s alter ego was the only part of herself Liv could draw from to endure two months on an island with Jake (Note he calls her Jules, even when they are alone). She is the polar opposite of Fitz’s Livvie. She can’t just be herself, she can’t be flawed, she can’t just release the reigns. She has to call the shots. With Jake, Julia always wanting to ride isn’t completely sexual for Liv. It is her need to maintain control of herself, her body, and her situation. Liv had just left a situation where she felt as though her life was out of control. She felt she had no choice (*side eyeing*) but to leave her life behind for the sake of everyone else, but I digress. In order to understand why Jake’s statement didn’t bother me, you must think of the benefits, the true benefits of a woman being on top.
When on top, a woman controls the pace, she controls the tone, she controls how long a guy lasts, which if you do it right, wouldn’t be that long. This would come in handy to simply get off cause let’s face it. Liv never stopped thinking about Fitz the whole two months she was gone and as much as we may hate to think about it, Jake was there. I don’t like it, but it is what it is.
To most guys, a woman riding him is sexual. There is no emotion or goal other than it’s fucking hot and he gets off in the end. This is exactly how Jake saw it, but to a woman it is so much more than that. Having control of your body and a situation, especially when your partner doesn’t know what they are doing, allows you to obtain the ultimate pleasure on your own terms.
After thinking about my little self proclaimed epiphany, and watching Liv’s reaction to Jake’s statement, I seriously believe that this may be what was meant to be seen, and not that Liv preferred Jake to Fitz. At first I thought maybe he was throwing shade, that maybe she had said something and Jake was throwing it back in her face, but then I realized that just isn’t Olivia Pope’s style. The final time i watched that scene, I realized that wasn’t what that look was for. The look on Liv’s face was a “This dude seriously has it twisted” look on her face. But, considering Liv and Jake’s history, why would she verbalize it.
Now, I may be wrong, but this was my take on this specific scene but something tells me I’m not.