Did show creator Shonda Rhimes intend for this scene to cause a person to cackle out loud and say IS THIS REAL so loudly it scares the dog? Unclear. But it was riCOCKulous and delightful and absurd and fun and funny.
But it would be even harder to watch a character who doesn't change. Without a character arc, there's no story, no drama, no depth — Liv would just be a shallow cartoonish caricature of a powerhouse bosslady getting shit handled. By giving her daddy issues and the inability to deal with her love life as well as she can with her work life, Shonda Rhimes adds layers to Olivia Pope.
Doesn't mean it's not embarrassing right now.