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Scandal: Enemy of the State

“Whatever it is, we will fix it.”

The show returns to sympathetic clients. This week, the team helps the wife of a tyrannical dictator hailing from an unspecified South American country. It’s a common problem. You meet a guy, fall in love, get married, have kids, then watch him turn into a guy with death squads. Not an easy situation to get out of. Unless, of course, you have Olivia Pope on your team.

Of course, Olivia Pope wasn’t exactly on Carolina’s team until Abby gave her a verbal smackdown. Olivia was perfectly ready to hand Carolina and her kiddies back to Benicio. Doing what she does, Olivia can’t afford to forget that she is supposed to wear the white hat.

Olivia is coming unhinged. The ice queen’s frosty veneer is melting. She took Amanda’s case to get back at Fitz, but she never imagined Amanda wanted to go public. She wanted to show up her former lover a bit, but now she’s faced with destroying his entire life and she just can’t bring herself to pull the trigger.

Luckily, Amanda’s been kidnapped after having a very mysterious conversation, so Olivia might not have to go public with Amanda and her baby after all. Amanda appeared to be having second thoughts about the so-called ‘nuclear option.’ She told her mystery caller that she couldn’t lie anymore. What does that mean?

Gideon appears to be hot on Amanda’s trail. He’s looking at footage of her and the president, and tells Quinn he has another source. The plot thickens. Meanwhile, Quinn lied to Gideon, which Harrison expressly told her not to do. Lying to your boyfriend is never a good thing, neither is lying to a reporter about your client. Quinn might have stepped in it here. Maybe Olivia will fire her? Fingers crossed.

Bits and Pieces:

This week, Abby hates dictators. For once, I can’t blame her.

Cyrus is gay. Didn’t see that coming.

Having Pope & Associates investigated was a clever way of getting through a lot of exposition. Huck is a scary-ass mystery man, formerly of the CIA, Abby had an abusive husband with political clout, Stephen had a nervous breakdown, Quinn is a big question mark, and Harrison was involved with insider trading. Olivia really likes fixing people.


“You know what’s interesting about being engaged? FiancĂ©es don’t like it when you get out of bed at three A.M. to go see another women. But, you called, I came, and I brought our best friend Shiraz.”
Olivia seems to go through a lot of wine.

“You’d better come down to the office. There’s an army here.”
“An army of what? Reporters? Lawyers?”
“An actual army.”
Sometimes, it’s not a figure of speech.

“Good thing you called. Wouldn’t want you to have to deal with all this on your own. I’ll take the two nuns on the left, you guys get the one with the baby.”

“Sanders Black is a short, short man.”
“So was Napoleon, but he still did a lot of damage.”

And now, Cyrus’s absolutely awesome monologue, in its entirety. You’re welcome.
“What’s next? What’s next? Okay, here’s what happens next: you resign from office now, or Amanda goes on TV, tells her sad, sordid tale, there are hearings, you’re impeached, and you’re forced to resign from office. Your vice president, a moronic, right-wing nut job, who thinks the Tea Party was founded to lower the yacht tax and who also seems to not quite understand that evolution isn’t an idea but an actual fact, but who cares? We won the scary states in the election, they’ll have a party now that their grand wizard is president. I’m pretty sure I’ll never see a legal marriage and women will lose the right to choose, but hey, whatever, we’re all Republicans. Even if the new president will give Republicans a bad name. You’ll leave in disgrace, go home to California, keep a low profile for a while, and then some fancy publishing house will pay you a fortune for a book, which you’ll write, only it won’t talk about what everyone really wants to know about. It won’t talk about your sordid affair with a White House aide. It’ll talk about policy and your thoughts on the economy, and it won’t sell because no one cares about your thoughts on policy and the economy anymore because you’re not the president anymore. What you are now is a joke on Letterman. Mellie, a lovely woman, ambitious and strong, and well, quite wealthy in her own right, she’s not gonna be circa 1998 Hillary on this. No, sirree. This is the twenty-first century. She’s gonna leave you and she’s gonna take your children with her, and everyone will applaud her, from the religious right to the women’s groups, because you’re a philandering pig who had a child out of wedlock, and we all know it’s true because we heard the tape. You’ll be alone in your house in Santa Barbara, listening to old records and telling the same story over and over again to the poor sap not smart enough to get out of being assigned to your Secret Service detail. Then one day, about, oh, three or four years from now, you’ll step into your bathroom, take out that revolver your father gave you when you were elected governor, you’ll put it in your mouth, and you’ll blow the back of your skull off. Oprah’s retired now, so I guess I’ll have to do a post-funeral interview with Barbara Walters. She’s nice. But you know, you just go back to writing your own speech. That’s important. That matters.”

Three out of four presidential love children


  1. Cyrus's monologue was definitely the highlight of the episode. So thank you. :)

  2. Loved the monologue, but loved his bit to Olivia at the end better. Badass Cyrus makes me smile.


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