What Would Judy Do?: A Criminal, a Whore, an Idiot and a Liar

By Judy A. Smith Jan 18, 2013

Fitzgerald Grant IIIThis week as we shuttle back and forth between the past and the present we gain a clearer understanding of just what makes Fitzgerald Grant tick, in particular how his relationship with his father has shaped who he has become.

Fitz holds a ton of anger for his father, which is understandable given the tumultuous past that is alluded to throughout the episode. From their interaction we can observe the tension and can see the irony in the fact that while his dad is a jerk and a bully, he would also be the perfect dinner guest: knowledgeable, successful, intelligent and charming. While he has successfully sold this adoring person to the public we have also realized he believes one does whatever is necessary to win. For Fitz’s father you worry about doing the right thing after you become President.

In contrast, Fitz wants to be nothing like his father although he still yearns for his approval. Fitz is more principled and idealistic which is why Cyrus and Olivia are drawn to him politically. He fits their ideal for a leader, even though they did not display the same idealism in getting him elected. This triggered the pending crisis they all now face which could lead to irreparable damage to each of them.

Breaking this chain of action is often what I have to do when I am hired by a client. I advise them to come clean within a context that will at least, hopefully, offer some forgiveness and if nothing else put a stop to the crisis growing. It is a stressful process for both myself and the client in how the truth is revealed - how much of it, the whys, the details, the behind the scenes maneuvering- must be presented in the best interests of the client. I feel for Olivia, as she must deal with the stress of so many secrets and not being able to tell or talk about what she knows. Her world is so tied up in secrets and power that she must watch out from sinking into isolation. She is a professional fixer but who fixes things for her? A lack of emotional support makes her vulnerable to clinging onto whatever might resemble it and prone to make mistakes based on that need. Is this occurring with Fitz? Is it true love or the need to fill a lack of connectedness?  As with any good story we have to wait and see how it unfolds.

 

Judy A. Smith is the founder and President of Smith and Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles as well as a Co-Executive Producer of ABC's Scandal. You can follow her on Twitter (@JudySmith_) or "Like" her on Facebook, and you can get more information about managing personal and professional crisis situations by visiting her site, judysmith.com.