Frenemies in Season 1
Let’s go back to before the beginning of the show, when they were “frenemies” at a Shield training academy … at least according to Simmons.
Fitz has a slightly different story. He admired her from the very beginning, struggling to befriend her for months before they were paired – by destiny – for chem lab.
Through season 1 they were absolutely adork-able. Simmons called him “well formed and symmetrical,” while Fitz admitted the only thing he would need to survive on a deserted island was Simmons. They added just the right amount of romantic “could be” spark to the show, without overdoing it and straying from the heroics of the other characters.
On the season finale the team was betrayed by Hydra Agent Ward and FitzSimmons was dumped at the bottom of the ocean. For the first time, the couple vocalized their more serious feelings for each other. I don’t care if you have never watched one minute of this show, watch this scene and tell me you’re not shipping these two.
Simmons: Why would you make me do this? You’re my best friend in the world!
Fitz: Yeah, and you’re more than that, Gemma. I couldn’t find the courage to tell you, so, please, let me show you.
Torture in Season 2
Then the writers decided to torture fans with, basically, all of season 2. Fitz had gaps in his vocabulary and loss of certain fine motor skills because he was deprived of oxygen while escaping from the ocean pod. Simmons abandoned him and Shield, because she couldn’t deal with her part in his near death experience. They are achingly distant from each other, to the point where Fitz starts hallucinating because he misses her so much. It was a turn of events that I wanted to hate, but for two characters that are so deeply socially awkward it was probably appropriate.
By the end of the second season, Fitz built up enough courage to ask her out on a date! Squeee! Of course, then she gets sucked into a rock…
FINALLY in Season 3
Which brings us to season 3. Simmons premiered stranded on a super weird alien planet, where she met a hunky astronaut named Will. After 4,722 hours on the planet together, they cobbled together some form of a so-called “relationship.” Again I wanted to hate this turn of events, but Simmons put up a good fight. She spoke to Fitz constantly at first, making voice and video recordings on her phone until the battery died and only turned to this other guy when pretty much all hope was lost. The FitzSimmons fandom shrieked in horror when this image plagued our screens…
Meanwhile, Fitz was making everybody crazy in his tireless pursuit to get Simmons back to Earth. Eventually, he jumped through a vortex hole through the universe with nothing but a rope tied to his waist and saved her, but without her astronaut in tow. So, of course, Fitz forces his pride to take a backseat and promises to help her retrieve he that shall not be named. The tension has been at a high broil all season, until this happened…
But our couple still has a very long way to go. All evidence is pointing to the fact that we will get back to the mysterious Blue Planet by the end of the season and Simmons will have to decide between our beloved Fitz or that other totally not hot, insignificant side character/plot device person. Until that happens, I’m hoping the writers will at least allow Fitz and Simmons to explore the idea of a real romantic relationship. Please don’t take another two years to discuss the kiss, pretty please?